EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/4/2011

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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lisch, Wildcats22.0 
 2. Mills, Tigers21.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats19.3 
 4. Khazzouh, Kings18.4 
 5. Warren, 36ers17.8 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers17.6 
 7. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 8. Tragardh, Tigers15.5 
 9. Catron, Hawks14.8 
 10. Mims, Crocodiles14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  Crocodiles
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Holmes, Crocodiles10.3 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings10.0 
 3. Worthington, Blaze8.0 
 4. Grant, Kings7.6 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 6. Weigh, 36ers7.3 
 7. Bose, Kings7.3 
 8. Mims, Crocodiles7.0 
 9. Hill, Taipans6.8 
 10. Pledger, Breakers6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gibson, Blaze6.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 3. Bruce, Kings5.6 
 4. Martin, Hawks5.5 
 5. Jackson, Breakers4.8 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.5 
 7. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 8. Gill, Crocodiles3.0 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.0 
 10. Hill, Taipans3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.2 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Gibson, Blaze2.0 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 5. Robbins, Wildcats1.8 
 6. Harvey, Blaze1.5 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Rychart, Taipans1.0 
 9. Vukona, Breakers1.0 
 10. Boucher, Breakers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Grant, Kings2.2 
 2. Johnson, 36ers1.8 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings1.4 
 4. Weigh, 36ers1.3 
 5. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 6. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.2 
 8. Forman, Hawks1.2 
 9. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats1.0 


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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BAHRAIN   


Manama capture Super Cup - by Yousef Ahmed

MANAMA lifted the Zain Bahrain Super Cup last night following a resounding 93-72 victory over Al Hala at Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam.

American professional Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) scored a game-high 31 points to spearhead the victors, who captured their first title in the annual one-off curtain-raiser to the national basketball season.

Manama had earned the right to play in the game after winning last year's Zain Bahrain Cup, while Hala were contending as the reigning champions of the Zain Bahrain League.

Mohammed Hussain contributed 20 points in Manama's win, marking a successful return to full first-team action following a long-term injury. Big man Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) added 13 points and 15 rebounds while Mahmood Ghuloom chipped in with 12.

US import Patrick Simpson paced Hala with 20 points, while young guard Jawad Abdulla had 10 as their only other player in double-figures.

Following the contest, the victors were awarded the glittering Super Cup by Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) president Adel Al Assoumi, in the presence of BBA vice-president Jassim Al Sindi, BBA officials, representatives from season sponsors Zain Bahrain, and other dignitaries. Ghuloom accepted the Super Cup on behalf of the team.

Yesterday's game saw the return to the sidelines of Manama head coach Salman Ramadhan, who was in charge of the team for several years in the past before coaching the past few seasons overseas.

Warning

Manama's triumph sent out a stern warning to their rivals for the remainder of the local campaign, as the boys in blue boast a reinforced line-up that can go 10 men deep.

New additions Jassim Mohammed and Essa Ebrahim made their debut appearances for the team yesterday, while point guard Hussain made his presence felt on his return. The addition of those players to an already star-studded line-up of Rice, Al Mutawa, Ghuloom, Ahmed Abdulaziz, Mohammed Hassan and Hassan Nairouz make Manama the team to beat this year.

Hala, coached by Salah Al Haddad, have picked up veteran court general Hussain Taqi and power forward Yasser bu Naffour to try and make up for the loss of inspirational skipper Ahmed Malallah, who was instrumental to their title run last season.

But Hala last night looked far from the team that won the league title last July.

After taking a 25-18 lead at the end of the first quarter, Manama pulled away from their rivals in the second quarter. A Rice triple made it 46-34, before a pair of Mutawa free-throws and a Hussain fastbreak lay-up made it 50-34 at the break.

They continued to pour it on in the third, when a Hussain three-pointer gave them what was at the time their biggest lead, 63-41. But they weren't done, and they managed to extend their advantage to a massive 30 points, 81-51, heading into the final canto.

The fourth period was a mere formality as the victory had virtually already been decided.


Source GDN By PATRICK SALOMON , Posted on Thursday, November 03, 2011


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


OKK Beograd signs Jovan Koprivica - by Eurobasket News
Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) is back to Serbia after two years. The G/SF signed a deal with OKK Beograd for rest of the season. Koprivica spent the last one in Ukraine. He appeared 29 times with Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Season 2009/10, Koprivica also played in Ukraine. He was a member of Lvovskaya Politekhnika Lvov at that time. In 47 league games he had 8.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.8 apg. He helped them reach UBL Semifinals. In the past, Nikola Koprivica played for Ergonom, Igokea and Panellinios Athens. He also has experience from Serbian teams Crvena Zvezda and Beopetrol.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mindaugas REMINAS
  Naglis P.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reminas, Naglis P.24.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph22.5 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus20.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 5. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool17.4 
 9. Barinov, Naglis P.17.0 
 10. Kaldre, Rapla16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 13
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas13.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.10.0 
 3. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 4. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 5. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 8. Keedus, TT.7.3 
 9. Willard, Ventspils7.3 
 10. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas8.0 
 2. Maceina, Juventus7.8 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.0 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai6.8 
 5. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 6. Rinkevicius, Nagli.6.0 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 9. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 10. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 2. Elksnis, Valmiera2.5 
 3. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.5 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 6. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 7. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 8. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 9. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 10. Peciukeviciu., Sa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Kurtsevich, Trium.2.0 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 5. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 6. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 8. Fall, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Cipruss, Tarvas1.0 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai1.0 


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


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  BOSNIA   


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


Round Five is completed - by Eurobasket News
Last three games of Round Five were played yesterday. Varda did a great job on the road against Celik celebrating 72-86 victory. Miroslav Markovic (201-F-75, agency: BeoExcell) shined for the guests with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Ivan Miceta (205-FC-81, agency: 011 Sports) secured great help adding 18 points and 8 rebs. Their Varda improved to 3-1 record. Capljina was better than Zrinjski at home 86-72 for almost perfect 4-1 record. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) once again was a key player for his team. This time he had 22 points and 11 rebounds. In the last game of the round, Mladost handed 78-88 home loss to Brotnjo. Ninoslav Milosevic (196-SF-79, agency: Beo Basket) paced the visiting squad with 24 points and 6 boards. Mladost also has 4-1 record now.
Round Six is scheduled for the next weekend.


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  BRAZIL   


Sao Jose/Vinac and Pinheiros/Sky advance into Final - by Eurobasket News
S.Jose/Vinac - Itabom/Bauru 83-78

Sao Jose/Vinac booked their spot in the Paulista League Final. They overcame Itabom/Bauru to clinch the third and decisive win in the series. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-78. Sao Jose/Vinac made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Andre Laws (186-80, college: San Diego, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) responded with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and center Douglas Nunes (201-87) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Sao Jose/Vinac and four Itabom/Bauru players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Itabom/Bauru: L.Taylor 25+6reb+7ast, F.Fischer 17+1reb, D.Nunes 16+7reb+2ast, J.Agba 10+10reb, G.Zilmer 8+1reb, P.Alves 2+3reb+2ast
S.Jose/Vinac: A.Laws 17+6reb+3ast, P.Castro 16+5reb, M.Becker 14+6reb, J.Antonio 14+11reb+1ast, M.Costa 10+9reb+3ast, F.de Assis 6+1reb+10ast
gschID: 156667


Winner/Limeira - Pinheiros/Sky 75-83

Pinheiros/Sky advanced to the Final with a road win over Winner/Limeira in Game 4. The guests were already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 27-17 last quarter charge of Winner/Limeira cut the lead to 83-75 at the end of the game. Pinheiros/Sky dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Winner/Limeira's 26 and made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. Winner/Limeira was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by the former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) who scored that evening 19 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 17 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Four Pinheiros/Sky players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by forward Biro Alves (200-87) did not help to save the game for Winner/Limeira. Benite added 14 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for lost side. Winner/Limeira's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: B.Alves 16+5reb+2ast, Benite 14+2reb+5ast, A.Bambu 13+4reb+1ast, T.Romualdo 8+2reb+3ast, A.Neto 8+2reb, R.Ramon 6+1ast
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Vieira 19+3reb+4ast, S.Stallworth 17+1reb+4ast, P.Boracini 14+2reb, L.Morro 11+2reb, O.Rodriguez 7+6reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 156668




Paulistano waived two players and sign american PG - by Paulo Freire
The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo basketball team is already preparing themselves for the NBB. The team has dedided to change somethings up on their roster.
Managers took a chance and waived point guard Gobor Vinicius (185-G-90) who was a former player from the young basics team of the club and center Adriano Machado (208-C-83) who came to the team early in the season before the Paulista State started.
Adriano Machado got hurt and went into surgery just before the Paulista State Playoffs started and wasn't able to help the team pass by Limeira on the quarter finals.
As a replacement of Gobor Vinicius the team have sign Jeffrey Addai (188-G-84, college: Texas A&M) the half american, half Ghanian player has been playing in Brazil for a while since he defend two teams, Rio Claro and Americana in this last Paulista State where he average 12.3 ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.8 apg


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  CANADA   


Oshawa Power home opener Thursday - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power is excited to be hosting the Moncton Miracles in their inaugural home opener on Thursday November 3 at the General Motors Centre. Canadians Tut Ruach and Kevin Francis are two of the main pieces on the Power roster. The Miracles feature Toronto native Tristan Martin in their back court and small forward and Moncton native Matt Robertson.

The Power is eager to get into the win column after a hard-fought opening game loss to the Quebec Kebs this past weekend. The Miracles also lost to the Kebs this past Saturday.

The Power will be relying on a strong home court advantage when they hit the hardwood to face the Miracles.

'If last week's enthusiasm and support is any indicator, we should have a loud and raucous crowd in Oshawa on Thursday night for our opener,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. ' 'We want to make sure we protect our home court and utilize the fans as our sixth man.'

Game time is fast approaching and it's going to be a night to remember. There will be special guests and an opening night ceremony that includes Oshawa's Mayor John Henry at centre court. The mayor has also wagered a friendly bet with Moncton Mayor George Leblanc, with the losing team's Mayor having to don the jersey of the winning team's Mayor at his next respective council meeting. To say that Mayor Henry believes in his team is an understatement.

'In true community spirit, let's show Moncton that we have the best NBL Canada team and the best fans! Show your support and feel the excitement at the Nov. 3 game.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


Liga Sudamericana: Historical night for Boston College - by Daniel Valencia
CD Boston College Santiago made history on thursday night defeating to Atenas Cordoba 78-73, as this one was the first victory of a chilean team against Atenas. Boston was the leader of the game for almost 35 minutes, reaching a 15 point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Atenas reacted with a great offesnive effort in the last minutes and with a three point shot made by Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances) took the lead (71-70) with two and half to play. After that, field goals from Santee, Valencia and two free throws by Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) gave Boston this historical victory.

Erik Carrasco was the star of the night, finishing with 20 points, 8 rebounds and with avergaes of 63% from the field and 90% from the line. Darris Santee (203-F-87, college: UNLV) scored 17 with 4 rebound while Brandon Smith (198-G/F-86, college: Minnesota) helped with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

For Atenas, the scoring leaders were Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) with 13 points, Bruno Labaque and Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) with 12 each.

Day 1

Atenas Cordoba 73 - CD Boston College Santiago 78
Ate: Christopher Hayes 13 pts. Bruno Labaque 12 pts.
Bos: Erik Carrasco 19 pts. Darris Santee 17 pts.

1 15-26 / 2 21-14 / 3 13-22 / 4 24-16


Boxscore

In day 2 of Group C, Boston College will face Flamengo.




Liga Sudamericana: Boston College will represent Chile - by Daniel Valencia
This thursday, CD Boston College Santiago begins its participation in Liga Sudamericana 2011. Boston will share the group with Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito (Ecuador), Clube de Regatas do Flamengo (BRA, with the NBA player Leandrinho Barbosa on the roster) and the host Atenas Cordoba (ARG).

Boston added four players to its roster, exclusively for Liga Sudamericana (they will go back to their teams after the tournament), this players are: Marcelo Hernandez (187-G-79) (Osorno), Nelson Mendez (200-F-77) (Osorno), Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) (Los Leones) and Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) (Puente Alto).

CD Boston College Santiago Roster

Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80)
Juan Urriola (196-C-90)
Jorge Valencia (206-C-77)
Sascha Frings (202-F/C-86)
Erik Carrasco
Aldo Rivera (185-F-94)
Erik Carrasco
Marcelo Hernandez
Nelson Mendez
Brandon Smith (198-G/F-86, college: Minnesota)
Darris Santee (203-F-87, college: UNLV)
Gene Shipley

Coach: Patricio Miranda
Ast. Coach: Hernan Viveros

CD Boston College Santiago Schedule

Day 1


Atenas Cordoba vs CD Boston College Santiago

Day 2

Clube de Regatas do Flamengo vs CD Boston College Santiago

Day 3

Universidad Tecnologica Equinoc. Quito vs CD Boston College Santiago


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  CROATIA   


Olin Erdine inks Luka Drezga - by Eurobasket News
Luka Drezga (196-G-87) is a new member of Olin Edrine. The Croatian guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Drezga spent this pre-season with Fenerbahce Ulker. The player started 2010/11 with Ukrainian Khimik Yuzhny. He had 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1 apg for 7 games in the league. Drezga also added 16 ppg and 5.5 rpg for two EuroChallenge games, after what they split. In 2009/10, Luka Drezga played for Trogir. He shined with 16.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 30 games in Croatia. In the past, he was a member of Sibenik. Drezga played for Croatian U18, U20 and B National Teams earlier.

CSKA destroys Zagreb, extends winning streak to three - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - CSKA 47-89

Another victory for CSKA Moscow and at the same time another fiasco for Zagreb. The Russian powerhouse celebrated huge 47-89 road victory for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. On the other side, the Croatian champion stays winless with 0-3. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led CSKA in scoring with 15 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) had 14 points and 7 rebs, while Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 12 points, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 pts. CSKA took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 13-22, 11-23, 11-21, 12-23. In the next round, CSKA will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. Zagreb will play in Malaga.

Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 15+5 boards, Mario Kasun 14+9 boards, Ante Masic 9
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 15+5 boards, Andrei Kirilenko 14+7 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 12+6 boards


Barac in BC Kyev! - by Dani Erceg
Pankracije Barac (196-G-81) joined BC Kyev. Last season he played for Cibona, averaging 6.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.1 apg in Croatian League. In Adriatic League he had 4 appearances averaging 3.8ppg and 1.5ppg. In past career he also played for Hiron Botinec, Zadar, Charleroi and KK Zagreb.

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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus league-Day 3 - by Michael Aristidou

Pizza Express Apollon and InterCollege Etha Engomis won last night in day 3 of Cyprus league.


Moreover Pizza Express Apollon won Petrolina AEK Larnaca 93-77 in a game that was a derby only in first half. Petrolina AEK Larnaca started more positive but Pizza Express Apollon manages to take the lead by the end of first quarter and never look back. The winners had Besik Lezhava (191-G-86) in great night 16 (4), not only in attack but also in defense.


Quarters 23-22, 49-38, 74-56, 93-77
Pizza Express Apollon: Besik Lezhava 16 (4), Robinson 10 (2), Waleskowski 6, Raymond 21 (3), Pantouris 3, Grafs 5, Ford 12, Gillenwater 14 (1), Gabrans 6
Petrolina AEK Larnaca: Karim 12 (1), Panteli 19 (4), Fisher 20 (2), Makanda 1, Barlett 2, Kandic 8 (2), Garcia 15


Last year champions InterCollege Etha Engomis didnt face any problems against Hasapis Omonia Nicosia. They won 88-72.

Quarters: 26-16, 42-39, 61-53, 88-72
InterCollege Etha Engomis: Watkins 10, Jackson 22 (2), Ray 13 (1), Tutt 16 (2), Anastasiadis, Massamba 7 (1), Kasinopoulos, Lalovic 3
Hasapis Omonia Nicosia: Bostick 8, Watt 8, Avalic 18 (3), Juknebicius, Souflias 2, Boykin 18 (1), Papadopoulos 17 (3)




Cytavision Apoel Nicosia lands Michael Cuffee and Filip Dedijer - by Eurobasket Center
Cytavision Apoel Nicosia strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American forward Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.). Cuffee played most recently at Al Rayyan Doha (Qatar). While playing Asian Club Championships for Al Rayyan last season he averaged 5 games: 8.4ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Cuffee is a very experienced player as he played also pro basketball in Denmark, Finland, Italy, Qatar and Turkey. Cuffee graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball. Cuffee represented at the Asian Club Championships this year. His team won Bronze.
Another addition to the team is Filip Dedijer (206-C/F-88). Filip started last season with KK Borac Cacak (Serbia-A league) where he was starting five averaging 12.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 68.8%. However, in March '11, he moved to Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1).


Lastly, the club decided to part ways with Jontae Sherrod (187-G-89, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina).



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


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Veteran Big Man Tarvis Williams Returns to Czech Republic with BK Decin - by Surujh Roopnarine
33-year old forward/center Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, college: Hampton) has been signed by BK Decin to boost their frontcourt depth.
The former Hampton star, which helped lead his 15th seeded Pirates to a historic NCAA Tournament victory in 2001 over second-seeded Iowa State, returns for his fifth stint in the Mattoni NBL. He last played for Decin during the 2008-09 season, appearing in 28 games and averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.7 blocks while shooting 60.7% on two-point field goals. Last season he split his time in Slovakia with BC Prievidza and Germanys Pro A league with BG Karlsruhe.
In addition to the 2008-09 season with Decin, he also spent the 2004-05 team with the club as well as stints with Novy Jicin and Pardubice. A prolific shot blocker and leaper, Williams will team with Pavel Houska (201-F-84) to form an intimidating front-line for Decin which sits tied for second place with BK Prostejov at 8-2. The two clubs will face off on Friday night at 18:00 in Prostejov in one of the most anticipated matches of Round 12.


Gadri-Nicholson's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Prostejov and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 18 rebounds, while his team crushed Chomutov (#9, 4-6) with 25-point margin 96-71. BK Prostejov is placed at 3rd position in league. They are still close to the very top. BK Prostejov would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. It's Gadri-Nicholson's second year at BK Prostejov and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson averages this season 15.1ppg and 8.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of USK Praha. He is Slovakian center in his first season at USK Praha. In the last game Sedmak recorded impressive 28 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead USK Praha to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked NH Ostrava (#8, 5-6) 92-69. This victory allowed USK Praha to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sedmak is a newcomer at USK Praha and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.6ppg (#1). He also registered 5.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80) of league's leader CEZ Nymburk. Wilson scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of CEZ Nymburk, leading his team to a 89-61 easy win against the lower-ranked BK Pardubice (#5, 8-3). CEZ Nymburk confirms their top position in the standings Wilson has a very solid season. In 9 games in Czech Republic he scored 15.3ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 67.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 21 points and 9 rebounds
5. Esian Henderson (203-F-86) of Levice - 23 points and 6 rebounds
6. Stanislav Votroubek (212-C-81) of USK Praha - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice - 12 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Keaton Grant (193-G-86) of Levice - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vojtech Hruban (202-F-89) of USK Praha - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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 


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Reno Bighorns acquire Ayer from Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns, affiliate of the Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies and Atlanta Hawks, have announced the acquisition of center Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, agency: Dream Hoops, college: Loyola Marymount) from the Dakota Wizards in exchange for a third round pick in the 2012-2013 D-League Draft.

Ayer played 20 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 12 points and 5 rebounds per game. A Loyola Maramount graduate, Ayer will also suit up for the Great Britain Men's Basketball team at the 2012 Olympics in London. Bighorns head coach Paul Mokeski will be an assistant coach for that team.

'I am very excited to be back in the NBA D-League,' said Ayer. 'Paul Mokeski is a great coach. I am happy to play for him and I am excited to make a run for the D-League Championship.'

Fans can learn more about the Reno Bighorns roster at their 2011 NBA D-League Draft Party on Thursday, November 3 at Sully's Sports Bar & Grill inside the Tamarack Junction located at 13101 S. Virginia St., in Reno. The draft will begin at 4 p.m., with free throw and three point contests starting at 3:30 p.m.

The Draft Party will allow fans to meet new Bighorns' head coach Paul Mokeski, the Reno Bighorns Dance Team, hang out with Bruno and be part of the excitement of selecting the 2011-2012 Reno Bighorns. Enjoy food and drink specials with chances to win season tickets, Fan Experience Packages and Bighorns gear.

The free throw and three point contests will be split up into age groups of 13-years-of-age and younger and 14-years-of-age and older, with no limit on the age of the participants. The cost will be two dollars with all proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northern Nevada. The top three contestants from each age group will get a chance to win Reno Bighorns season tickets if they can beat former University of Nevada, Reno basketball star and Harlem Globetrotter Eathan O'Bryant.

The Reno Bighorns were chosen to have the 13th pick in the D-League Draft, but their first overall selection will be 20th pick due to a trade with the Bakersfield Jam last season. The draft will utilize the 'serpentine' style selection process.

The Bighorns tip off their regular season on the road on Friday, Nov. 25, when the team visits the Bakersfield Jam, affiliate of the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. The team will return to Reno to host its first home game of the season against the Jam at the Reno Events Center on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of www.ourtsportscentral.com


Ambres re-signs with Stampede - by Eurobasket News
Mildon Ambres (6'6''-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene) has re-signed with the NBA Development League and will report to training camp with the Idaho Stampede, which begins November 14, the organization announced today.

Ambres has played two previous seasons with the Idaho Stampede, from 2008-10. In 2009-10, Ambres played all 50 games (30 starts) and led the team in minutes (1,447) and total rebounds (405). That season he averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and was named the Most Improved Player in the NBA D-League, which was voted on by the league's 16 head coaches.

In 2008-09, Ambres played 45 games (4 starts) and averaged 6.5 points and 4.3 rebounds after he was selected 67th overall in the fifth round of the 2008 NBA D-League Draft.

Born Sept. 12, 1984, Ambres finished college at Southern Nazarene, of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics), after transferring from Southern Mississippi and LSU prior to that. Before suiting up for the Stampede, he spent one year as a professional in Romania (2007-08).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Chris Ayer joins Reno Bighorns - by Eurobasket News
Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, agency: Dream Hoops, college: Loyola Marymount) will play for the Reno Bighorns in the next season. The Dakota Wizards gave the rights for the player to the Bighorns in exchange for a 2012 Draft 3rd Round pick. Chris Ayer started the previous season in Hokkaido. The centre tallied 7.4 points, 5.5 boards per game in JBL. Later he moved to the Dakota Wizards. Chris Ayer posted 12.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game in D-League. In May the centre inked a deal with KL Dragons in Malaysia. He appeared in four Asian Club Championship games. His stats read 22.3 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per appearance. Chris Ayer was the member of English National Team in 2010.

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BC Donetsk land Darnell Jackson - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Darnell Jackson (203-F-85, college: Kansas). It is the first overseas contract for the US player. The forward spent the last season in the NBA. He played for the Sacramento Kings. Darnell Jackson tallied 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Kings. Previously the forward had stints with the Cavaliers, Bucks and the Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. Darnell Jackson graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008. The forward posted 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in his senior season. Darnell Jackson was named into All-Big 12 3rd Team in 2008.

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Round 3: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Caja Laboral - Olympiakos 81-79
Caja Laboral kept the perfect score after three Euroleague games. This time the Vitoria team grabbed 81-79 home victory against Olympiakos keeping the first place in Group A. On the other side, the Reds dropped to 1-2. Olympiakos had 60-66 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) led a 10-2 run that brought 70-68 lead to Caja Laboral with 6 minutes to go. The game went down to the wire and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) drained a triple to tie the game at 79-79 with 8 seconds left. Pablo Prigioni had time to get to the other end and bury the game-winning shot, as Olympiacos did not score in its final possession. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin (5 rebs) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) added 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Vassilis Spanoulis shined with 19 points and 7 assists. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (6 rebs) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 points apiece. Quarters: 13-22, 19-18, 28-26, 21-13. In the next game, Caja Laboral will meet Nancy as a guest. Olympiakos goes to Cantu.

Group B
KK Zagreb CO - CSKA 47-89
Another victory for CSKA Moscow and at the same time another fiasco for Zagreb. The Russian powerhouse celebrated huge 47-89 road victory for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. On the other side, the Croatian champion stays winless with 0-3. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led CSKA in scoring with 15 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) had 14 points and 7 rebs, while Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 12 points, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 pts. CSKA took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 13-22, 11-23, 11-21, 12-23. In the next round, CSKA will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. Zagreb will play in Malaga.
Group D
Union Olimpija - Asseco Prokom 70-62
Both teams had 0-2 record before this meeting. Union Olimpija managed to beat Polish champion 70-62 for the first Euroleague win this season. At the same time, Asseco Prokom dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) was a key player for the hosts with 23 points. He made 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Dino Muric (200-F-90) helped his team with 8 points and 6 rebs. In Prokom, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) was better than the others with 13 points and 7 rebs. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) scored 12 and Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) stopped to 9 pts. Union Olimpija had wonderful beginning and later managed to keep its lead until the end. Quarters: 25-16, 15-17, 18-14, 12-15. Union Olimpija will host Galatasaray next week. Asseco Prokom will meet Uncis in Gdynia.

Montepaschi - Galatasaray 103-77
Montepaschi had no troubles to beat Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Italian powerhouse celebrated huge 103-77 win for 3-0 record in Group D. Galatasaray faced with the second straight loss and they slipped to 1-2 score in this pool. Experience Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up for the hosts with 24 points. He missed only once for 26 minutes on the court and reached valuation 30. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 19 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) helped with 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In Galata, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 12 points. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had 11, and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Quarters: 30-16, 20-21, 26-17, 27-23. Montepaschi will meet Barca at the Palau Blaugrana next week. Galatasaray's rival will be Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.21.7 
 2. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 3. Batum, Nancy20.3 
 4. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 5. Goss, AS.19.0 
 6. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.19.0 
 7. Weems, Zalgiris18.5 
 8. Domercant, Unics18.0 
 9. Carroll, Real Madr.17.7 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.17.7 
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. Bourousis, Armani8.3 
 5. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja7.7 
 8. Zoric, Unicaja7.7 
 9. Moerman, Nancy7.7 
 10. Simonovic, ALBA7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.7.5 
 2. Batum, Nancy7.3 
 3. Linehan, Nancy7.3 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal7.0 
 5. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 7. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 8. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 10. Law, Partizan4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.3.0 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 3. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
 5. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 6. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 7. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 8. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.3 
 9. Kaimakoglou, Panat.2.0 
 10. Broyles, Charleroi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.7 
 2. Kasun, KK.2.0 
 3. Perovic, FCB Regal2.0 
 4. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 5. Fischer, Bizkaia2.0 
 6. Hines, Olympiakos1.7 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.7 
 8. Teletovic, Caja L.1.7 
 9. Begic, Real Madrid1.7 
 10. Fofana, AS.1.5 


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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.8 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.27.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.24.0 
 4. Manning, Huima22.3 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla22.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua21.8 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.21.0 
 9. Cooper, SayRi20.3 
 10. Green, Ura Basket20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Cooper, SayRi16.8 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.2 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo13.6 
 4. Green, Ura Basket10.4 
 5. Britton, Huima10.4 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.4 
 7. Andrews, Ura B.9.0 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla9.0 
 9. Coleman, FoKoPo9.0 
 10. Laitinen, Tapiol.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.5 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.8 
 3. Manning, Huima4.5 
 4. Phillips, Oulun N.4.0 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.3 
 6. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 7. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 8. Viertola, Huima3.0 
 9. Robinson, FoKoPo2.6 
 10. Baxley, Lapua2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eetu NIEMINEN
  SayRi
  (192-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nieminen, SayRi2.8 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Jousisto, ToPo A.2.0 
 4. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 5. Little, Porvoon2.0 
 6. Kankaanpaa, BC No.2.0 
 7. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 8. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.0 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.2.0 
 10. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.2 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.3 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 7. Cooper, SayRi0.8 
 8. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.7 
 9. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 
 10. January, BC Nokia0.6 


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Alexis Ajinca arrives to Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois agreed terms with the French NBA player Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports). The 23-year-old center will join Paris-Levallois for the next seven days, when both sides will make a decision to continue cooperation or not. Paris-Levallois and Ajinca stated that this move could be beneficial for both sides, but they decided to make a test for the next seven days to see how it goes. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He had 4.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for them in 24 games. The played started the season with Dallas Mavs. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for 10 games. From 2008 to 2010, Alexis Ajinca played for the Charlotte Bobcats. During the both seasons he also played in D-League to get more experience. With the Maine Red Claws, Ajinca had 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 20 games in 2009/10 season. In the past, he played for Pau Orthez, Hyeres-Toulon and INSEP.

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Nikolovski number one for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Former international Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Feni Indistrija, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat ABA Strumica (#8, 1-4) 88-80. It allowed Feni Indistrija to consolidate first place in the Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Feni Indistrija already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. Nikolovski turned to be Feni Indistrija's top player in his first season with the team. Kiril Nikolovski has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 6.8rpg) and averages impressive 65.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Phillip Brooks (188-G-84) of ABA Strumica. Brooks had a very good evening with 30 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as ABA Strumica lost that game 80-88 to league's leader Feni Indistrija (#1, 5-0). This loss caused ABA Strumica to drop to 8th position in the standings. 4 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory ABA Strumica managed to get this year. Brooks is a newcomer at ABA Strumica, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.0ppg (#1). He also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) of Lirija (#6). Mitchell scored 20 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Mitchell's great performance Lirija lost 71-76 to the league's current leader Torus Skopje (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Lirija 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 Mitchell he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mitchell has individually a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.3rpg (4th best). Mitchell attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79) of Kumanovo - 18 points and 4 rebounds
5. Dejan Mikic (201-F-86) of Kumanovo - 21 points and 6 rebounds
6. Darko Radulovic (194-G-80) of Vardar - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cade Davis (196-G-88) of MZT Skopje - 18 points and 5 rebounds
8. Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) of MZT Skopje - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Aleksandar Stefanovski (200-G/F-87) of Vardar - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of Kumanovo - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robo KREPS
  MIA Tbilisi
  (182-G-88)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi27.7 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.26.0 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi23.0 
 4. Chikviladze, Samed.19.3 
 5. Milutinovic, Olymp.18.5 
 6. Gay, Sokhumi18.5 
 7. Panchulidze, TSU T.18.0 
 8. Khaniashvili, STU17.3 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.16.5 
 10. Gamqrelidze, Olym.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.16.0 
 2. Machaladze, STU T.12.3 
 3. Arabic, Rustavi11.0 
 4. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 5. Niniashvili, TSU T.9.5 
 6. Keshelava, Batumi9.3 
 7. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.0 
 8. Shermadini, TSU T.8.5 
 9. Berishvili, Olympus8.0 
 10. Kadaria, Sokhumi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.10.5 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.6.7 
 3. Mikeladze, Batumi5.7 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.5 
 5. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi5.3 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi4.7 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.7 
 8. Gay, Sokhumi4.5 
 9. Gaines, Armia4.5 
 10. Babunashvili, Kut.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Revaz CHACHANIDZE
  Rusta.
  (183-G-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Chachanidze, Rust.3.3 
 2. Sanadze, Dinamo T.3.0 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.3.0 
 4. Thomas, Armia2.5 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 6. Chikviladze, Samed.2.3 
 7. Beruashvili, STU T.2.3 
 8. Gaines, Armia2.0 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi2.0 
 10. Ramishvili, Batumi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.4.0 
 2. Toudjani, MIA T.2.7 
 3. Machaladze, STU T.2.7 
 4. Atuashvili, Sokhumi2.3 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.2.0 
 6. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi2.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Armia2.0 
 8. Gugava, Rustavi1.3 
 9. Bolkvadze, Batumi1.0 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.1.0 


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Larry Wright (Fraport Skyliners Juniors) I Try To Help Young Players Keep The Right State Of Mind In Tough Situations On the Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Larry Wright (187-G-87, college: Oakland) is a 24 year old 187cm guard from Saginaw, Michigan that is playing his first professional season in Germany fort he Fraport Skyliners juniors (PRO B). He started his NCAA career with St Johns in 2006 where he played until 2008. He played a total of 60 games for St Johns and then transferred to Oakland where he played from 2009-2011. In his senior year, he played 34 games: 9.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 80.2%. he spoke to eurobasket about the game he loves basketball.

Welcome to Frankfurt Larry. How do you like here?

I am adjusting and grocery shopping can be tough, but I enjoy here.

You came from the NCAA. How difficult was the team finding process?

It was a tough process. There was a time where I thought that I wouldnt play this season, but my agent did a good job finding this opportunity in Frankfurt.

You have an interesting function as player and as a guy that helps the coaching staff. How are you adjusting?

It has been an interesting process. I like working with young kids. There are good young players here and I am helping them learn how to play the game.

Your 24 and what kind of a feeling is helping coach guys who arent much younger than you?

It really isnt that hard. I like to have fun and Im like a kid myself.

What tips do you give the young players of the Fraport Skyliners juniors?

In games there are always rough phases and players have to learn to move on to next play and not let that last play effect them. I try to help young players keep the right state of mind in tough situations on the court. All players make mistakes and you cant be perfect. You can always bring a miracle like Michael Jordan did.

What is your impression of young Bamberg player Daniel Schmidt?

He is very crafty and I like his game. He is very good at picking his spots to shoot or find the open man. He can shoot and attack. He is very unique and good at running the team.

What have been the biggest problems of the Fraport Skyliners juniors in the early going?

I think it is confidence. I think that we should not get down. We are making little mistakes that can be corrected. We have to play better defense. It seems like we are just standing around and not playing for a purpose.

How are you adjusting to the PRO B level?

I am adjusting, but I am still getting used to the traveling rule and the 24 second shot clock.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

My ability to create. I usually play more off the ball, because I shoot so well.

What is your impression of young 17 year German Max Merz?

He is very talented. I would like to see him direct the players more on the court. He is very young and still has a lot of time to learn.

You come from Saginaw, Michigan that is known for breeding many fine players. What was your childhood like?

My childhood was rough since we moved around a lot. But from the basketball side it was great. I was fortunate to play with so many great players and learn so much. The best player that I played with was probably Jason Richardson.

Who were your NBA idols as a kid?

Michael Jordan and Larry Johnson.

Your first two years in the NCAA was spent at St Johns. What was your fondest memories of ex Skyliner Qaaran Calhoun?

I had a great time with him. We were always joking around. We spent a lot of time together and I remember spending time with him in New York city just walking around and going shopping.

You then transferred to Oakland where you played your junior and senior years. Why did you go west?

My mom had had back surgery and I felt it was best that I was near her so I found the school closet to her so I could be there for her.

What did Oakland coach Greg Kampe teach you?

He always told me to be aggressive on the court, because sometimes I shy away at shooting. He taught me to keep my head up. I learned a lot from him on and off the court.

Who won a 1-1 at St Johns you or Paris Horneof BG Goettingen?

We went back and fourth. He has a great chance to become a top player in the Beko BBL. He is a super athlete that can shoot and just plays hard.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?

57 in practice.

What was your most crazy shot that you made in a game?

I hit a buzzer beater against Notre Dame with ST Johns in Madison square Garden and a buzzer beater last year with Oakland against Tennessee. Both teams were rated in the top 10 at that time.

What are your hobbies?

I like to cook, watch movies and play video games. I like to cook chicken the most.

Why do basketball players like Entourage s much?

I never really got into that show, but I want to start watching.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Transformers.

Thanks Larry for the chat.



19 players named to German U18 National Team - by Moritz Korff
Following the try outs in Heidelberg, that featured the 50 most talented youngsters of their age group, head coach Kay Bluemel named these 19 players to the extended roster for the new German U18 National Team.

Ismet Akpinar (188-PG-95)
Helge Baues (205-F-94)
Kevin Bryant (191-G-94)
Alassane Dioubate (199-F-94)
Kalidou Diouf (198-F/C-94)
Johannes Heisig (192-G-94)
Stefan Ilzhofer (198-F-95)
Robin Jorch (206-F-94)
Dominic Lockhart (193-F-94)
Mauricio Marin (188-PG-94)
Daniel Mayr (212-C-95)
Malik Mueller (187-G-94)
Jamo Ruppert (190-F-94)
David Taylor (188-PG-95)
Maximilian Ugrai (196-F-95)
Dominique Uhl (196-F-94)
Stephan Wess
(203-F)
Robert Zinn (194-PG-95)
Paul Zipser (195-G-94)


ProB Round 9: Dorsten keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Dorsten as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dorsten defeated 8th ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets at home 100-95 in overtime. SG Schwelmer Baskets were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-15s. Dorsten made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Dorsten especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by SG Schwelmer Baskets' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Terry Bryant (186-G-85, college: SE Louisiana) (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) who recorded 22 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Dorsten 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 SU Medien. SG Schwelmer Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with Wolfenbuettel and ALBA Berlin II. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play next round against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel trying to get back on the winning streak. Dorsten will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Hertener Loewen at home.
Top ranked BSV Wulfen (6-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Hertener Loewen (5-3) 80-64. It was a good game for power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Vincent Kittmann contributed with 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) answered with 24 points for BSV Wulfen. BSV Wulfen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Vechta and Stahnsdorf. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen dropped to the third position with three games lost. Hertener Loewen will play against league's leader Dorsten on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BSV Wulfen will play against SC Rist Wedel and hopes to get back on the winning track.

The best stats of 9th round was 26 points and 5 assists by Augie Johnston of Rist Wedel.


North
SU Medien - Vechta 107-94

Everything could happen in Braunschweig at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets and 5th ranked SC Rasta Vechta had identical 5-2 record. This time Spot Up Medien Baskets used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Vechta 107-94 on Wednesday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Spot Up Medien Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets forced 19 SC Rasta Vechta turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. SC Rasta Vechta was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Dennis Schroeder (186-93) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 assists. Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international center Dirk Madrich (211-83, agency: Court Side) who recorded 22 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and American forward A.J. Rudowitz (198-88, college: Stonehill) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Spot Up Medien Baskets (6-2) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Dorsten. SC Rasta Vechta at the other side keeps the fifth place with three games lost. Spot Up Medien Baskets will face Hannover Tigers (#4) in Hannover in the next round. SC Rasta Vechta will play at home against ALBA Berlin II.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: H.Sant-Roos 23+3reb+1ast, D.Schroeder 23+1reb+11ast, F.Theis 21+5reb, L.Gertz 16+2reb+3ast, W.Buchmiller 7+1reb+1ast, D.Theis 7+4reb+2ast
Vechta: D.Madrich 22+9reb+3ast, A.Rudowitz 16+6reb+2ast, M.Reid 15+2reb+3ast, M.Boadu 13+3ast, F.Stuckemann 7+6reb+5ast, P.Heitzhausen 6+2reb
gschID: 156624


ALBA Berlin II - Rist Wedel 81-78

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (3-5) edged at home 10th ranked SC Rist Wedel (3-6) 81-78 on Thursday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-15. But SC Rist Wedel won third quarter 22-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin II looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Darren Stackhouse (198, college: Shepherd, agency: ProSportsCareers) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Naturalized Turkish forward Cem Dinc (211-85, college: Harvard) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four ALBA Berlin II players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) who recorded 26 points and 5 assists and the other American import center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) added 17 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. ALBA Berlin II moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Wolfenbuettel and Schwelm. SC Rist Wedel at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with six games lost. ALBA Berlin II will face higher ranked SC Rasta Vechta (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SC Rist Wedel will play against BSV Wulfen (#3).
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: S.Fulle 18+1reb+3ast, C.Dinc 17+7reb+2ast, J.Ney 15+3reb+4ast, D.Stackhouse 12+13reb+8ast, N.Schumann 8+1reb+4ast, A.Blessig 6+1ast
Rist Wedel: A.Johnston 26+4reb+5ast, A.Pettaway 17+4reb+3ast, F.Boeke 11+11reb+1ast, F.Luehring 9+6reb, I.Akpinar 8+2reb+4ast, K.Gausa 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 156625


Dorsten - Schwelm 100-95 OT

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Dorsten as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Dorsten defeated 8th ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets at home 100-95 in overtime. SG Schwelmer Baskets were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 10-15s. Dorsten made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Dorsten especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by SG Schwelmer Baskets' players. The best player for the winners was American guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) who scored 28 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) who recorded 22 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Julius Ducker (205-84) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dorsten 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 SU Medien. SG Schwelmer Baskets lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. They share the position with Wolfenbuettel and ALBA Berlin II. SG Schwelmer Baskets will play next round against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel trying to get back on the winning streak. Dorsten will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Hertener Loewen at home.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: T.Bryant 28+4reb+4ast, B.Poole 19+10reb+3ast, T.Lipke 11+2reb+5ast, P.Spettmann 11+4reb+2ast, J.Cadmus 11+1ast, D.McDuffie 9+3reb+2ast
Schwelm: J.Smith 22+2reb+3ast, J.Ducker 17+7reb, D.Bunts 15+1reb, M.Dohmen 11+1reb+1ast, K.Speier 11+6reb+1ast, M.Kramer 9+5reb+1ast
gschID: 156621


Wulfen - Herten 64-80

Top ranked BSV Wulfen (6-3) recorded its third loss at the home court. Hosts were defeated by seventh ranked Hertener Loewen (5-3) 80-64. The guests were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 27-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hertener Loewen outrebounded BSV Wulfen 49-31 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. BSV Wulfen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Five Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) answered with 24 points and forward Rouven Haenig (198-86, college: Missouri Valley, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 7 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BSV Wulfen. BSV Wulfen's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Hertener Loewen moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Vechta and Stahnsdorf. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen dropped to the third position with three games lost. Hertener Loewen will play against league's leader Dorsten on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BSV Wulfen will play against SC Rist Wedel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Herten: V.Kittmann 16+14reb, C.Hackenesch 16+13reb+1ast, R.Daugherty 14+6reb+3ast, J.Taylor 12+9reb+1ast, M.Berger 11+2reb+1ast, R.Wright 6+4reb
Wulfen: S.Briggs 24+3reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 8+3reb, D.Smith 7+4reb, R.Haenig 7+6reb+1ast, T.Reuter 7+5reb+1ast, H.Bellscheidt 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156622


Bayer Giants - Bernau 92-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau's (0-9) road loss to twelfth ranked Bayer Giants (2-6) 77-92 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-77. Bayer Giants made 28-of-35 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists. Swingman Matthias Goddek (195-86) chipped in 23 points. Bayer Giants' coach Achim Kuczmann used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and forward Dominique Klein (198-81, college: Campbell) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Five Bayer Giants and four SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. Bayer Giants maintains twelfth place with 2-6 record. SSV Lok Bernau at the other side still closes the standings with nine games lost. Bayer Giants will face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#6) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayer Giants: M.Goddek 23+1reb+2ast, C.Robinson 16+4reb+1ast, J.Eggleston 13+6reb+4ast, T.Joenke 12+8reb+10ast, L.Welling 10+2reb, K.Behrmann 6+1reb+1ast
Bernau: D.Klein 19+8reb, M.Woody 17+14reb, S.Trzcionka 12+6ast, F.Rathke 10+3reb, F.Schekauski 7+4reb+1ast, M.Dathe 4+2ast
gschID: 156623




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. Wolfenbuettel 3-5 
 9. Schwelm 3-5 
 10. ALBA Berlin II 3-5 
 11. Rist Wedel 3-6 
 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 


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Caja Laboral beats Olympiakos in thriller, jumps to 3-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Olympiakos 81-79

Caja Laboral kept the perfect scorer after three Euroleague games. This time the Vitoria team grabbed 81-79 home victory against Olympiakos keeping the first place in Group A. On the other side, the Reds dropped to 1-2. Olympiakos had 60-66 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) led a 10-2 run that brought 70-68 lead to Caja Laboral with 6 minutes to go. The game went down to the wire and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) buried a big three-pointer to tie the game, 79-79, with 8 seconds to go. Pablo Prigioni had time to get to the other end and bury the game-winning shot, as Olympiacos did not score in its final possession. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin (5 rebs) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) added 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Vassilis Spanoulis shined with 19 points and 7 assists. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (6 rebs) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 points apiece. Quarters: 13-22, 19-18, 28-26, 21-13. In the next game, Caja Laboral will meet Nancy as a guest. Olympiakos goes to Cantu.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 20+5 boards, Kevin Seraphin 15+5 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 15
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19+7 as, Pero Antic 14+6 boards, Kyle Hines 14+5 boards


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Eredivisie Round 7: Nijmegen defeats Leeuwarden in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the Eredivisie and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Eredivisie took place in Nijmegen. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Leeuwarden (2-3) to third ranked Nijmegen (4-2) 91-89 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Maurice Acker (173-87, college: Marquette, agency: Edge Sports) helped adding 21 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American guard Lance Jeter (190, college: Nebraska) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 assists and 4 steals. Nijmegen moved-up to second place. Leeuwarden at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Nijmegen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play at home against the league's leader Groningen (#1) in Groningen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Groningen. First ranked host Groningen (6-1) defeated 4th placed Den Bosch (2-2) 67-53. It was an exceptional evening for American guard David Bell (186-81) who led the winners and scored 15 points. Jason Dourisseau accounted for 13 points and 4 assists. Samoan-Fiji forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Den Bosch in the defeat. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Groningen will play against Leeuwarden (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Den Bosch will have a break next round.
Weert has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Rotterdam (1-5) 81-68 on Tuesday. DeMario Anderson fired 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. Tyrone Sally produced 23 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for lost side. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert (1-4) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Loser Rotterdam dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Weert will meet higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle (#4).



Groningen - Den Bosch 67-53

The game between Top Four teams took place in Groningen. First ranked host Groningen (6-1) defeated 4th placed Den Bosch (2-2) 67-53. The game was mostly controlled by Groningen. Den Bosch was better in third quarter 25-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Den Bosch 41-25 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American guard David Bell (186-81) who led the winners and scored 15 points. His fellow American import guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) accounted for 13 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Groningen players scored in double figures. Samoan-Fiji forward Tai Wesley (200-86, college: Utah St.) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Frank Turner (178-88, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) added 13 points respectively for Den Bosch in the defeat. Groningen have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Den Bosch at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Zwolle. Groningen will play against Leeuwarden (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Den Bosch will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Groningen: D.Bell 15+4reb+3ast, A.Wesby 14+4reb+1ast, J.Dourisseau 13+4reb+4ast, A.Wyatt 10+4reb+2ast, S.de Randamie 4+11reb+3ast, B.Defares 4+5reb+1ast
Den Bosch: T.Wesley 15+8reb+1ast, F.Turner 13+2reb+3ast, R.Jansen 13+1reb, P.Van Paassen 5+5reb, D.Gonzalvez 2+2reb, S.Wessels 2+2reb
gschID: 137951


Weert - Rotterdam 81-68

Weert has finally registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Rotterdam (1-5) 81-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 28-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard DeMario Anderson (193-85, college: Quinnipiac, agency: Court Side) fired 20 points and 7 assists for the winners. The former international forward Sjors Besseling (198-85, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Weert players scored in double figures. American forward Tyrone Sally (201-82, college: W.Virginia, agency: Gamble Sports Management) produced 23 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and naturalized Serbian guard Stefan Mladenovic (190-90, agency: Court Side) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Rotterdam's coach Randy Wiel rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Weert (1-4) left bottom position moving up to seventh place. Loser Rotterdam dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Weert will meet higher ranked Leiden (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rotterdam will play against Zwolle (#4).
Top scorers:
Weert: D.Anderson 20+4reb+7ast, S.Besseling 17+5reb+1ast, Y.Coleman 12+8reb+1ast, D.Minter 10+5reb+1ast, K.van Kempen 8+6reb+1ast, R.Harman 8+1reb+3ast
Rotterdam: T.Sally 23+3reb+2ast, S.Mladenovic 18+3reb+2ast, J.de Baat 10+4reb, R.de Pagter 7+4reb+1ast, D.Jones 6+8reb+1ast, R.Sewrattan 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137952


Nijmegen - Leeuwarden 91-89

The most exciting game of round 7 in the Eredivisie took place in Nijmegen. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Leeuwarden (2-3) to third ranked Nijmegen (4-2) 91-89 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 27-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-88, college: Auburn) who led his team to a victory scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Maurice Acker (173-87, college: Marquette, agency: Edge Sports) helped adding 21 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American guard Lance Jeter (190, college: Nebraska) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 assists and 4 steals and American-Mexican forward Mark Sanchez (201-87, college: Boise St., agency: Court Side) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Five Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. Nijmegen moved-up to second place. Leeuwarden at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Nijmegen will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leeuwarden will play at home against the league's leader Groningen (#1) in Groningen and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Nijmegen: L.Hargrove 30+9reb+3ast, M.Acker 21+2reb+6ast, M.Humphrey 18+4reb+1ast, H.Bekkering 9+6reb+1ast, M.Aarts 7+1reb, C.Osaikhwuwuomwam 6+5reb
Leeuwarden: M.Adako 16+3reb, L.Jeter 16+4reb+10ast, M.Sanchez 15+8reb+2ast, G.Punch 12+5reb+3ast, T.de Paula 11+2reb+3ast, C.Chitwood 8+2reb
gschID: 137953




Hargrove number one in Eredivisie for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Nijmegen, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Leeuwarden (#6, 2-3) 91-89. Nijmegen is placed at 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Nijmegen will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Hargrove had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nijmegen's top player in his first season with the team. Lucas Hargrove averages this season 12.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Lance Jeter (190-G) of Leeuwarden. Jeter had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Bad luck as Leeuwarden was edged by the higher-ranked Nijmegen (#2, 4-2) 91-89. This loss caused Leeuwarden to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Jeter is a newcomer at Leeuwarden, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.0ppg (#1).

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side) of Weert (#7). Anderson scored 20 points and passed seven assists. He was a key player of Weert, leading his team to a 81-68 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Rotterdam (#8, 1-5). Weert can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Anderson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Anderson has individually a great season in Holland. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.4ppg (2nd best) and assists with 5.2apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maurice Acker (173-PG-87) of Nijmegen - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Mark Sanchez (201-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84) of Leeuwarden - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tai Wesley (200-F-86) of Den Bosch - 15 points and 8 rebounds
8. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Nijmegen - 18 points and 4 rebounds
9. Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84) of Groningen - 4 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 13 points, 4 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 - 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: 21.6
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden21.6 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.4 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen16.8 
 4. Wells, Zwolle16.0 
 5. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.7 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.6 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.4 
 8. Kennedy, Leiden15.0 
 9. Humphrey, Nijmegen14.8 
 10. Bell, Groningen14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Coleman, Weert10.6 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle9.0 
 3. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.6 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.8 
 5. de Randamie, Groni.7.4 
 6. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 7. Hilliman, Leiden6.8 
 8. van Kempen, Weert6.6 
 9. Jones, Rotterdam6.3 
 10. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.8 
 2. Anderson, Weert5.2 
 3. Harman, Weert5.0 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.5 
 5. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.0 
 6. Bell, Groningen3.7 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.3.1 
 8. de Paula, Leeuw.3.0 
 9. Defares, Groningen3.0 
 10. Sanchez, Leeuw.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.3 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.8 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.8 
 4. Harman, Weert2.2 
 5. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.1.9 
 7. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 10. Defares, Groningen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.9 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 4. Kennedy, Leiden0.8 
 5. Saaka, Zwolle0.8 
 6. Minter, Weert0.8 
 7. Wells, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch0.8 
 9. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 10. Poels, Leeuwarden0.6 


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  IBA   


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


Opening weekend in the IBA kicked off - by Eurobasket
Opening weekend in the IBA kicked off with two close contest. In a clash of 2 titans the battle Creek Knights visited the Gary Splash at the genesis Convention Center. The 1st Quarter was a sign of Battles to come as the Knights led 22-21, the Splash however took the lead into the half 65-62 as both teams began to find there offense. In the end the Splash superior size and interior advantage proved to be too much for the Knights to hold off as the Splash pulled out the victory 97-89. The Splash were led by Jason Warren (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Missouri Western)'s 16 points in his only contest before heading to China, Knights were led by Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 23 points. Both teams head into the week feeling good as they prepare for next weekends upcoming contest.

In other action the Rockford Riverdawgs opened there IBA campaign with a close victory as they held off the Lake County Stars 118-114. This game proved to be a 3-point barrage as the Riverdawgs drained 20 3-point bombs led by Nick Zackery who had 9 of his own finishing with 36 points in the contest. Lake County held strong however only down by 2 with 26 seconds to go as an open 3-point look by Paul Smith came up short before Rockford sealed the game from the free throw line. Lake County was led by Anthony Spencer (6'5''-G/F, college: Johnson CCC) with 26 points off the bench.

The IBA Winter League is composed of 6 teams in the Midwest the Gary Splash, Battle Creek Knights, Kankakee County Soldiers, Rockford Riverdawgs, Lake County Stars, and the Chicago Redline. The Spring League has those same teams along with the addition of the Springfield Shock, Holland Blast, Lansing Capitals and several other teams to be named in the near future.



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  IRAN   


Kimany Ffriend in Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Jamaican big man Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) joind Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan team.today he arrived in Iran and he will play from next round. After Samaki Walker's contract with Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan cancelling team decided to sign Kimany Ffriend. Kamani has great international experience so he can help Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan's young team to get better result .
Last season Kimany Ffriend averaged 16 ppg in 15 Turkey TBL game where he was playing for Bornova Bld.
Kimany Ffriend rcent Awards/Achievements:
Jamaican National Team -02, 09-10
Turkish League Semifinals -06
CBC Championships in Tortilla (BVI) -09: (Champion): 5 games: 13.2ppg, 5.0rpg, Blocks-2 (1.6bpg), FGP-2 (64.7%), FT: 61.1%
Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 2nd Team -09
Centrobasket in Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep.) -10: 4 games: 13.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 61.3%, FT: 57.1%
Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket 2nd Team -10
Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) -10: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 1.0bpg
Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Honorable Mention -11


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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. Enos, Moycullen21.8 
 4. Murphy, UCC Demons21.0 
 5. Johnson, Belfast19.5 
 6. Cummins, Belfast19.0 
 7. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints16.2 
 9. Jefferson, UL Ea.16.0 
 10. Stith, UCD Marian15.8 
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, Moycullen12.2 
 4. Atupem, UCC Demons10.7 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian10.5 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles10.2 
 7. Provizors, DCU S.10.2 
 8. Johnson, Belfast9.5 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen9.2 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.9.0 
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. Dowd, Moycullen3.4 
 6. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 7. Meany, UCD Marian3.3 
 8. Cunningham, Moycul.3.2 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.0 
 10. Thompson, B.Gais3.0 
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. Cunningham, Moycul.1.8 
 10. Madsen, 11890 K.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. Enos, Moycullen1.0 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.0.8 
 10. White, UL Eagles0.8 


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 


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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Kiryat Tivon 4-0 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 4-0 
 3. Ironi Nahariya 3-0 
 4. Hapoel T-A 2-0 
 5. Ironi K-A 2-1 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 2-2 
 7. Hapoel Afula 2-2 
 8. Ironi Nes-Ziona 1-1 
 9. Ironi Ramat Gan 1-3 
 10. Elitzur Ramla 1-3 
 11. Hod Hasharon 1-3 
 12. Hapoel Y/M 1-3 
 13. Lev Hasharon 1-3 
 14. Hapoel K/S 0-4 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Marcus GINYARD
  Ironi N.
  (196-G/F-87)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Ginyard, Ironi N.28.5 
 2. Hall, Macc.B.Y.25.8 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.22.5 
 4. Clemente, Kiryat T.22.3 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A22.0 
 7. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.0 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel20.3 
 9. LeMelle, Hapoel A.19.5 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel13.3 
 3. Daniel, Ironi K-A12.0 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.10.7 
 6. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.7 
 7. Traimel, Ironi N.10.5 
 8. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.8 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.9.5 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.9.5 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.6.5 
 3. Segev, Kiryat Tivon5.5 
 4. Younger, Ironi K-A5.0 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.3 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.0 
 7. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
 8. Gomes, Kiryat T.3.8 
 9. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.8 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon6.3 
 2. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.8 
 3. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.5 
 4. Eytan, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 5. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.5 
 6. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.5 
 7. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.5 
 8. Dunne, Ironi N.3.5 
 9. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.3 
 10. Golan, Elitzur Ya.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shlomi MOR-YOSEF
  Kiryat T.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mor-Yosef, Kiryat3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.5 
 3. Younger, Ironi K-A2.5 
 4. Thondique, Hapoel2.3 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.2.0 
 6. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 7. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.8 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.5 
 10. Daniel, Ironi K-A1.5 


Dan Grunfeld signs with Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Dan Grunfeld (198-F/G-84, college: Stanford) is a new member of Hapoel Jerusalem. The American G/F, with Romanian passport, penned a deal for rest of the season. Grunfeld spent 2010/11 with Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon. He appeared 30 times in Premier league averaging 14.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists. Grunfield was named Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention -11. Before Bnei Hasharon, he spent one year in Spain. Grunfield played for Valladolid, who competed in LEB Gold that season. He helped them win the title and promotion to ACB. For 17 games in the league Dan Grunfield collected 9.1 ppg and 3.6 rpg. In the past, he played for Gandia and German Oldenburg. Grunfield is a product of Stanford University, where he graduated in 2006.

Avery Bradley leaves Hapoel Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
According to our correspondent David Pick (via Twitter), Avery Bradley (188-G-90, college: Texas) decided not to extend his short term deal with Hapoel Jerusalem and the player will return to the US next week. Bradley joined Hapoel a month ago. He played two games in Premier league collecting 14 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Avery Bradley played for the Boston Celtics last season. He had 1.9 ppg for them in 27 NBA games. He also spent some time with NBA D-League team Maine Red Claws. With them, Bradley averaged 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists. Avery Bradley was 19th overall pick at the 2010 NBA draft, selected by the Celtics. He came out of the University of Texas. Bradley was named Big 12 All-Rookie Team -10 and left the school after one year.

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Homan hits his coach in the face. - by Edoardo Tamalio
Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) has been put out roster. During training yesterday the american center with a Bulgarian passport, after being taken over by the coach Alex Finelli, had an altercation with the him, punching him and procuring the coach a cut bleeding. The two were separated by teammates.
Patron Claudio Sabatini said of the matter to the 'Resto del Carlino': There are serious acts that can not be tolerated and certain decisions become automatic. We come from a period where we are too nervous, a condition that we can not afford. Therefore Homan was immediately excluded from the first team, and the club is looking for a replacement.
Meanwhile, Daniel Cavicchi has terminated the contract with the Sutor Montegranaro, so he will be the new assistant coach of the Black Vu, replacing the outgoing Marco Sodini.



Italian teams in Euroleague : Week3 Day1 - by Giovanni Bargna

MONTEPASCHI SIENA - GALATASARAY MEDICAL PARK 103 - 77 (30-16, 20-21, 26-17, 27-23)

Another easy win for Montepaschi in Euroleague. Siena is still unbeaten in group D after downing Galatasaray with a big margin, 103 - 77 at the end. A great help came from Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) who play an almost perfect game scoring 24 points and shooting 6/7 from inside, 2/2 from behind the arc and 6/6 from the free-throw line.
Montepaschi had a great start again concluding the first period up 30 - 16. Last week they were up 26 - 4 after ten minutes against Union Olimpija.
In the beginning the italian team had lots of points from big men David Andersen and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), 7 each in the first quarter. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) put a good effort in the second trying to help Galatasary coming back in the game and narrowing the gap. The turkish team was down by 9 when Andric sank a lay up, 34-25. Then Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) put Galatasaray even closer at minute 18, 40-33. Here it started the great night of the lithuanian guard of Montepaschi. With 5 points in a row Rimantas Kaukenas make it a double digit game again. Just before the second buzzer it was a three pointer by Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) marking the score at half time, 50 -37.

In the third quarter, started with Kaukenas and Andric battling hard for they're own team, David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) was the game-killer with a couple of straight buckets from behind the three point line. The game was done and Montepaschi ended third period up by 22 and stayed in control until the end helped by Pietro Aradori (192-G-88), McCalebb and Kaukenas once again.

TOP SCORERS
Montepaschi : Kaukenas 24, McCalebb 19, Andersen 13, Aradori 11
Galatasaray : Andric 12, Arslan 11, Shipp 10, Shumpert 10

Bennet Cantu will play a crucial game in group A tonight facing Bizkaia Bilbao at Desio. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) who suffered an injury last week at Vitoria seems recovered and should be ready to help his team.
Emporio Armani will have a key game too hosting Anadolu Efes. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) is injured and won't be on the court.




Best players of Nazionale A round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Orlandina and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 26-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds for Orlandina in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Trieste (#2, 4-3) 81-79. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Orlandina maintains the 3rd position in Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Orlandina will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Benevelli turned to be Orlandina's top player in his first season with the team. Benevelli has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 17.9ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 58.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old former international forward Giovanni Fattori (202-F-85) of San Severo. Fattori impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Of course San Severo cruised to a 83-74 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Santarcangelo (#6, 2-5). San Severo's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Fattori is a newcomer at San Severo 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 15.6ppg (#9). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) of top-ranked Recanati. Evangelisti scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Recanati, leading his team to a 85-80 win against #3 ranked Casalpusterlengo in a game of the week. Recanati confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Evangelisti has a great season in Italy. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.4ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) of Perugia - 19 points and 14 rebounds
5. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) of Comsum.it SI - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76) of Orlandina - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) of Comsum.it SI - 24 points and 15 rebounds
8. Roberto Feliciangeli (203-F-74) of Chieti - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) of San Severo - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) of Bari - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists

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


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Perugia 4-3 
 2. Trieste 4-3 
 3. Comsum.it SI 3-4 
 4. Trento 3-4 
 5. Firenze 2-5 
 6. Santarcangelo 2-5 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 6-1 
 2. Torino 6-1 
 3. Casalpusterlengo 5-2 
 4. Treviglio 4-3 
 5. Pavia 3-4 
 6. Castelletto 3-4 
Div.South-East
 1. Recanati 5-2 
 2. Bari 4-3 
 3. Chieti 3-4 
 4. San Severo 3-4 
 5. Ruvo 1-6 
 6. Fabriano 0-7 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 7-0 
 2. Ferentino 5-2 
 3. Orlandina 5-2 
 4. Anagni 3-4 
 5. Latina Basket 2-5 
 6. Matera 2-5 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Musso, Napoli19.4 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.4 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.17.9 
 4. Carra, Trieste16.6 
 5. Micevic, Latina B.16.4 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI16.1 
 7. Portannese, Torino16.1 
 8. Cantagalli, Matera15.7 
 9. Fattori, San Severo15.6 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.9 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.10.0 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.0 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.7 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 7. Crow, Orlandina8.1 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Fattori, San Severo8.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Fire.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.0 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano4.7 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Zanelli, Orlandina3.9 
 5. Vico, Matera3.7 
 6. Malamov, Anagni3.6 
 7. Rivali, Santarcang.3.6 
 8. Ferrarese, Castell.3.4 
 9. Conte, Trento3.4 
 10. Venuto, Casalp.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.7 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino4.0 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.4 
 4. Malamov, Anagni3.4 
 5. Feliciangeli, Chie.3.4 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.3 
 7. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.1 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.1 
 9. Vico, Matera3.1 
 10. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.6 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 4. Deguara, Bari1.0 
 5. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 6. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 7. Tardito, Matera1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 10. Gatti, Napoli1.0 


Montepaschi too strong for Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Galatasaray 103-77

Montepaschi had no troubles to beat Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Italian powerhouse celebrated huge 103-77 win for 3-0 record in Group D. Galatasaray faced with the second straight loss and they slipped to 1-2 score in this pool. Experience Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up for the hosts with 24 points. He missed only once for 26 minutes on the court and reached valuation 30. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 19 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) helped with 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In Galata, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 12 points. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had 11, and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Quarters: 30-16, 20-21, 26-17, 27-23. Montepaschi will meet Barca at the Palau Blaugrana next week. Galatasaray's rival will be Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 24, Bo McCalebb 19, David Andersen 13+6 boards
Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 12, Ender Arslan 11, Joshua Shipp 10+8 boards


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi18.1 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.3 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.16.1 
 4. Takeuchi, Hitac.16.0 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.9 
 6. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.3 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota A.13.8 
 8. McFarlin, Tochigi13.7 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.3 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.3 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.10.1 
 3. O''Bannon, Panason.9.7 
 4. McFarlin, Tochigi9.3 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.9.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.4 
 7. Allen, Mitsubis.8.0 
 8. Moss, Toshiba BT7.9 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.5 
 10. Maraker, Hitac.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.1 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.5 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.2 
 4. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.2 
 5. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.1 
 6. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 7. Nishimura, Hitac.3.0 
 8. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.6 
 2. Hirose, Panasoni.1.9 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 4. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 5. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.6 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.6 
 7. Tabuse, Tochigi1.5 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.3 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Kataoka, Tochigi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.1 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.5 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.3 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.1 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.1.0 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 8. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.9 
 9. Allen, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Klette, Hokkaido0.7 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 7-1 
 2. Toyota Alvark 7-1 
 3. Hitachi SR 6-2 
 4. Mitsubishi DD 5-3 
 5. Hokkaido L. 4-5 
 6. Tochigi Brex 3-6 
 7. Panasonic T. 1-7 
 8. Toshiba BT 0-8 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. White, Oita H.23.3 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka22.2 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.22.0 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM22.0 
 5. Flowers, Saitama21.0 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.5 
 7. Roberts, Shins.19.7 
 8. Gardener, Akita NH19.5 
 9. Lyons, Miyazaki SS19.0 
 10. Arnold, Hamamats.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.12.2 
 2. Roberts, Shins.11.8 
 3. Newton, Okinawa GK11.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.0 
 5. Ocitti, Akita NH11.0 
 6. Nunnally, Takamats.10.3 
 7. Gomez Camarg., Shi.10.0 
 8. Searcy, Toyama G.10.0 
 9. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.0 
 10. Mims, Sendai 89ers9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.5 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.7.3 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.7 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.5 
 5. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 6. Murry, Niigata4.2 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.2 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.4.0 
 9. Joho, Toyama G.4.0 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.2 
 2. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.6 
 3. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 4. Simmons, Yokohama.2.1 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 6. Palmer, Fukuoka2.0 
 7. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.0 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai2.0 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW2.0 
 10. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Blackledge, Osaka4.0 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.3 
 3. Hughes, Shinshu BW2.2 
 4. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 5. Marshall, Osaka E.2.0 
 6. Flowers, Saitama1.8 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.8 
 8. Ocitti, Akita NH1.7 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.7 
 10. Ashby, Shiga L.1.7 


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Alfonzo The Present Houston, Explosive 2 Guard at State Fair CC - by Vance Marbury
Alfonzo Houston (6'3''-G) State Fair, Cleveland Ohio Native is ready to have a great sophomore campaign. Alfonzo Houston a 63 185lb two guard from Cleveland Heights, Ohio averaged 19 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds a game as a senior at Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Ohio. As a freshman at State Fair Community College in Missouri Alfonzo The Present Houston averaged 12 points per game.

Scouting Report on Alfonzo is an very explosive leaper, who finishes in traffic, and an extreme competitor who backs down from no one. Alfonzo can score in bunches in a variety of ways,. Mr. Houston is a good three point shooter who, who has a nice pull up shot, but he is at his best when he is driving to the basket. Defensively The Present can guard multiple positions and he will block shots.

Summer 2011 Mr. Houston took part in Jerry Mullens top 100 Sophomore camp and in which Alfonzo performed extremely well. Also Mr. Houston was the MVP of the 2011 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Summer League for featured a variety of collegiate and professional athletes.

State Fair Community College is off to an 1-0 start for the 2011-12 season, and the team will go as far as Mr. Houston Takes them.


Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Signs Two Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro League Participants - by Vance Marbury
Elliot Meredith - Athletic Wing Player - Elliot Meredith is an athletic wing player, that runs the floor well, finishes above the rim, and scores from the three point line and in the post. Elliot is 6'4' smallforward that has extremely long arms. This lengths combine with his athleticism allows Elliot to guard Point Guards to Power Forwards on the Junior College Level. His length also creates oppurtunities to play the passing lanes, getrebounds and finish around the basket extremely well. Being out of High School for 3 years, Mr. Meredith brings maturity to the Tri-C team that boast the Region 12 Coach of The Year: Randy White.

Jermeil Brooks - Crafty Point Guard - Jermeil is a skilled point guardthat, can change speeds, score when needed too, and run a team as good as any Junior College point guard in the country. Jermeil has a knack for making clutch shots in crucial situations. Mr. Brooks ball-handling and play-making ability will be greatly depeneded upon for a Tri-C team that is bringing in several new players for the 2011-12 season

Both participants competed in the 2011 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Basketball League and both had great summers. Much is expected out of both gentleman for the Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Ohio) 2011-12 Mens Basketball Program.


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Bashkimi replaces internationals - by Dren Shporta
Stephan Haynes and Kabine Sissoko didnt show themselves as the right players for Bashkimi, and last week the oranges from Prizren broke the deal with them, said Bashkimis operative manager to Sports daily.

Stepthen Haynes and Kabine Sissoko played only three matches for Bashkimi and have lost two very important matches against Trepca and Peja. Haynes played with 12 ppg in those three matches, while Sissoko with 8 ppg.

The operative manager of Bashkimi, Arlind Kacaniku, said that the club is in talks with two internationals and looking forward to have them on the club during this week, for the game against Kosova. Bashkimi last season escaped the play-out and kept their Superliga status, while this year is following to catch play-off and Cup final. Bashkimi actually have a record of 2 wins and 2 lost matches in BKT Superliga with 6 points and are in the fourth position in the classification.



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


Sigal Prishtina easily passes Futura - by Dren Shporta
On the delayed match of the third round, played yesterday, Sigal Prishtina easily took a win against Futura. Champions had a lead since the beginning of the match and raised the diiference all the time. In the other hand, Futura players were not capable doing more against reigning champions. In the end the final score was 85:69.

With this win Sigal Prishtina gets to the top of the table with 7 points, achieved in 3 wins and 1 game lost. They will host Kolegji Univers in the weekend on the game of fifth round to keep their good run, while Futura will visit Drita in Gjilan in search of their first victory in the BKT Superliga.



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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Liepaja-2 8-0 
 2. BK VEF 5-0 
 3. Barons/Keizar. 5-1 
 4. DSN 4-1 
 5. Saldus 4-2 
 6. VA 4-2 
 7. RSU 3-1 
 8. VEF Kadeti 3-2 
 9. Riga 3-4 
 10. Valmiera U21 1-3 
 11. Cesis 1-4 
 12. Jelgava/LLU 1-4 
 13. Gulbene 1-6 
 14. Livani 0-4 
 15. Ogres 0-4 
 16. Ridzene 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga30.5 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera25.0 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala18.5 
 5. Dukulis, Liepaja17.5 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga17.0 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera17.0 
 8. Young, Ventspils15.6 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja15.3 
 10. Mediss, Turiba15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Sims, VEF Riga10.5 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga8.3 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.0 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera7.8 
 5. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 6. Dargais, LU6.8 
 7. Andriukaitis, Liep.6.7 
 8. Berzins, Ventspils6.4 
 9. Vitas, Liepaja6.3 
 10. Jonats, Jurmala6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja6.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.8 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga4.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.4.0 
 5. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.8 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.8 
 8. Valters, VEF Riga3.6 
 9. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 10. Vitols, LU3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elvijs MICULIS
  U18
  (195-F-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Miculis, U184.0 
 2. Brizgalovs, U183.0 
 3. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.7 
 5. Peiners, LU2.3 
 6. Krastins, U182.0 
 7. Osins, LU1.8 
 8. Cain, VEF Riga1.8 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 10. Vitols, LU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Atis OZOLS
  Jurmala
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ozols, Jurmala1.3 
 2. Berzins, VEF Riga1.3 
 3. Rozitis, Valmiera1.2 
 4. Dukulis, Liepaja1.0 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Gromovs, U181.0 
 7. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Plivda, LU0.8 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.8 
 10. Willard, Ventspils0.6 


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  LEBANON   


Big Win for Byblos in the Derby against Bejjeh - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Byblos started its participation in the League season 2011-2012 with a big moral win in a derby of the Jbeil City, the derby was against Bejjeh in Bejjes court in central stadium, Byblos had abig win in the end on the score of 82-94.

The big experience of Chudney Gray and Desmond Penigar made the difference, they controlled the game and they were helped by Yehia Sabra who had a big night with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Penigar outplayed Jermaine Dearman the import of Bejjeh and he finished the game as the best scorer with 29 points and best rebounder with 16 rebounds. As for Gray he orchestrated the tempo of the game which secured in the end to the first win of the season for Byblos. This win is a very important win for Byblos due that can be described a win in a derby but also due that is a direct confrontation with a same level teams.

The game in the first quarter saw a close tempo but since the start of the 2nd quarter Byblos started to impose its game to have a 23 points lead during the game even though Bejjeh made some big comebacks that reduced the score but this runs didnt help and the victory went to Byblos at the score of 94-82.

Best Scorers:
Bejjeh
: Jermaine Dearman (21pts)
Byblos : Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) (29pts)



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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Milovan RAKOVIC
  Zalgiris
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 3. Pakamanis, Juven.15.8 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 5. Butkevicius, Rudup.15.5 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.14.0 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis13.7 
 10. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.0 
 2. Petrukonis, Juven.8.8 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.8.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 6. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.0 
 7. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.6.8 
 10. Rakovic, Zalgiris6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.5 
 3. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.4 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.3 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 8. Pakamanis, Juven.4.0 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.7 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Long, Siauliai2.5 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas2.5 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 7. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 8. Matulionis, Techas.2.0 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.8 
 10. Zukauskas, Siauli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BARNES
  Kedainiai
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.4 
 4. Volkus, Juventus1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 7. Joneliunas, Sakalai1.2 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 
 9. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Peciukas, Kedaini.1.0 


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


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Round 22: Top-ranked Fuerza Regia wins another game - by Eurobasket News
LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-22) in Monterrey 107-65. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 40. Fuerza Regia had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Regia made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. replied with 16 points and 5 assists for Volcanes. Fuerza Regia maintains first position with 16-4 record. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will play at home against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to get finally their first victory.
Higher ranked Barreteros (13-8) fell to twelfth ranked Lechugueros (8-13) in overtime by two points 90-92. The game took place in Zacatecas. But the guests from Leon were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barreteros. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Deilvez Yearby chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) responded with 32 points. Barreteros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lechugueros moved-up to eleventh place. Barreteros at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Huracanes. Lechugueros will play against higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barreteros will play against Toros (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
The game in Xalapa was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Soles (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (9-4). Soles managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. Darren Fells notched 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by Real Mata did not help to save the game for Halcones UV Xalapa. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Soles maintains sixth position with 13-9 record. Loser Halcones UV Xalapa dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Soles will meet at home Correcaminos (#10) in the next round. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Abejas beat Panteras on the road 85-73. Huracanes won against Corr.Victoria on its own court 91-85. Aguilas Rojas unfortunately lost to Halc.Rojos in Veracruz 87-96. Toros managed to beat Pioneros at home 88-76.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds by Devon Pearson of Toros.



Fuerza Regia - Volcanes 107-65

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (16-4) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-22) in Monterrey 107-65. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 40. Fuerza Regia had a 33-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Fuerza Regia made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) contributed with 8 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Devin Laushan replied with 16 points and 5 assists and naturalized American swingman Eric Martin (196-71) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Volcanes. Fuerza Regia maintains first position with 16-4 record. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will play at home against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 18+6reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 15+1reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 12+1reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 12+7reb+1ast, F.Del Angel 11+3reb+1ast, C.Roberts 11+4reb+1ast
Volcanes: C.DEVIN LASHAUN 16+3reb+5ast, L.Morinia 15+1reb+2ast, P.TORRES JORGE LUIS 10+2reb+1ast, E.Martin 9+7reb+3ast, J.Rivera 7+9reb, L.PERPULY ERICK ALEXIS 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 137786


Panteras - Abejas 73-85

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Abejas (10-11) beat 11th ranked Panteras (7-13) in Aguascalientes 85-73 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Panteras managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) notched 24 points to lead the effort and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Abejas' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by forward Jorge Casillas (196-90) did not help to save the game for Panteras. Panamanian power forward Joel Tesis (204-82, college: John Brown) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. Abejas moved-up to eighth place. Panteras lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with 13 games lost. Abejas will meet at home league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Panteras will play against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Abejas: J.Verdejo 24+4reb+2ast, M.McHugh 17+8reb+2ast, M.Jackson 9+12reb+2ast, B.Heredia 9+3reb+2ast, C.Silva 8+4reb+1ast, L.Wade 7+4reb+5ast
Panteras: J.Casillas 16+9reb+1ast, I.Lopez 12+6reb, S.Bowie 11+2reb+1ast, M.Bryant 11+2reb+1ast, J.Tesis 11+6reb+2ast, K.Malpica 6+3reb+7ast
gschID: 137787


Barreteros - Lechugueros 90-92 OT

Higher ranked Barreteros (13-8) fell to twelfth ranked Lechugueros (8-13) in overtime by two points 90-92. The game took place in Zacatecas. But the guests from Leon were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barreteros. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Barreteros won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Barreteros used huge pressure winning it 21-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 9-11. Lechugueros made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) scored 27 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Lechugueros players scored in double figures. At the losing side naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) responded with 32 points and American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Barreteros' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lechugueros moved-up to eleventh place. Barreteros at the other side keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Huracanes. Lechugueros will play against higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (#9) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barreteros will play against Toros (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 27+9reb+1ast, L.Keeler 15+3reb, D.Yearby 15+12reb, B.St.Preux 12+4reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 9+2reb+1ast, D.Patten 7+1reb
Barreteros: F.Fisher 32+4reb+1ast, J.Reaves 15+5reb+2ast, M.Council 10+5reb+3ast, R.Loera Almanza 8+6reb, C.Twan Briggs 8+8reb+1ast, R.Navarro 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137788


Huracanes - Corr.Victoria 91-85

Very expected game when 10th ranked Correcaminos (8-11) lost to fifth ranked Huracanes (13-8) in Tampico 85-91 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Correcaminos were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Huracanes made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) notched 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) supported him with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. Even 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) did not help to save the game for Correcaminos. Trinidad and Tobago forward DeVaughn Lamont (208-84, college: Cal.St.-Monterey, agency: 011 Sports) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Barreteros. Loser Correcaminos keep the tenth position with 11 games lost. Huracanes will meet Aguilas Rojas (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Correcaminos will play against Soles in Mexicali and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 19+9reb, L.Davis 17+7reb+3ast, R.Hornsby 17+5reb+3ast, O.Quintero 12+1reb, S.Sir 11+2reb+3ast, A.Gomez 6+6reb+5ast
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 26+6reb+7ast, D.Lamont 17+9reb, R.Castillo 8+1reb+1ast, J.Penny 8+4reb+2ast, F.Harris 7+1ast, S.Monreal 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137789


Halc.Xalapa - Soles 82-91

The game in Xalapa was also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Soles (13-9) played at the court of 8th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (9-4). Soles managed to secure a 9-point victory 91-82 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. The guests trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Soles looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) notched 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Venezuelan swingman Jose Vargas (196-82) supported him with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by the former international center Real Mata (205-86) did not help to save the game for Halcones UV Xalapa. The former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Soles maintains sixth position with 13-9 record. Loser Halcones UV Xalapa dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Soles will meet at home Correcaminos (#10) in the next round. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles: D.Fells 24+9reb+1ast, G.Smith 17+7reb, J.Vargas 17+8reb+4ast, D.Cubillan 14+3reb+6ast, C.Edwards 9+2reb+3ast, P.Meza Rogel 8+1reb+7ast
Halc.Xalapa: R.Mata 16+9reb+3ast, V.Mariscal 13+5reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 13+4reb, D.Shaw 12+3reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 10+2reb+1ast, D.White 9+3reb+9ast
gschID: 137783


Halc.Rojos - Aguilas Rojas 96-87

Very predictable result when second ranked Halcones Rojos (15-3) won against 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-19) in Veracruz 96-87 on Wednesday. Aguilas Rojas trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 28-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 87-96 at the end of the game. Halcones Rojos made 28-of-36 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Aguilas Rojas turnovers. International guard Paul Stoll (178-85) notched 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) to lead the effort and Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) supported him with 16 points. Even 29 points and 4 assists by Dorsey did not help to save the game for Aguilas Rojas. The former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Albertson) added 21 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Halcones Rojos maintains second position with 15-3 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Aguilas Rojas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 19 games lost. Halcones Rojos will meet Abejas (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Aguilas Rojas will play against Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: P.Stoll 23+6reb+6ast, C.Rivera 16+2reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 12+1reb, H.Nungaray 11+3reb+2ast, F.Benitez 7+1reb, D.Cortes 6+3reb
Aguilas Rojas: D.DORSEY 29+2reb+4ast, E.Hare 21+10reb+1ast, D.Mercer 16+2reb+1ast, C.Gryne 11+3ast, P.Mcgrath 6+2reb+2ast, I.Silva 2+1reb
gschID: 137784


Toros - Pioneros 88-76

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Pioneros (10-8) lost to third ranked Toros (14-6) in Nuevo Laredo 76-88 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Toros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American players dominated the game. Forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) notched 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) supported him with 16 points and 5 assists. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Even 27 points and 5 assists by guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) did not help to save the game for Pioneros. Forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) added 19 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Toros have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 14-6 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Pioneros keep the seventh place with eight games lost. Toros will meet at home Barreteros (#5) in the next round. Pioneros will play against Volcanes in Toluca and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Toros: D.Pearson 34+9reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 16+4reb+5ast, J.Lopez 12+2reb+2ast, K.Torbert 11+2ast, B.Angley 7+4reb+8ast, E.Manuel Guzman 6+4reb
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 27+3reb+5ast, J.Millsap 19+8reb, H.Llamas 10+6reb, G.Grays 7+2reb, C.Turley 6+2reb, J.Sanchez 3
gschID: 137785




Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 16-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 15-3 
 3. Toros 14-6 
 4. Huracanes 13-8 
 5. Barreteros 13-8 
 6. Soles 13-9 
 7. Pioneros 10-8 
 8. Abejas 10-11 
 9. Halc.Xalapa 9-4 
 10. Corr.Victoria 8-11 
 11. Lechugueros 8-13 
 12. Panteras 7-13 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-19 
 14. Volcanes 0-22 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Anthony Brown: Back to the old days - by Darko Pekic
Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) plays forward for Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga). Probably only a few basketball fans in Montenegro have heard of them because the basketball in northern countries such as Finland doesn't have a lot of supporters in Montenegro, a small country on the south of the Old Continent. But most fans will remember Anthony Brown who played in Mornar starting lineup on forward position and had some excelent performances in both Balkan League and domestic competition. Anthony later moved to Portugal. Now he plays in Finland and let's see what he has to say about his new club and past experience in Montenegro:

Hello Anthony! I can see that you are doing great in Finland this year. You were Eurobasket.com Player of the Week for Round 6 (26 points, 8 rebounds). How do you like Finland ?

Hello, Im having a good time with being with my teammates; we all work hard and put the extra time to get to know each other and getting along pretty well! Yes I did get player of the week for round 6, I give the credit to my teammates for feeding me the ball and scoring at will! Finland is treating me lovely so far; everybody is nice and appreciates hard workers as myself which makes my life easier while I am here!

Was it difficult to get used to weather conditions in Finland knowing the fact that you played before in sunny places, such as Portugal and Montenegro ?

Actually the weather here in Finland is not that bad! I love the cold weather, but dont get along with the snow! Im use to this type of weather because I have experienced it in the states! The weather conditions for me is okay so far here in Finland!

What can you tell us about your current team? After 8 rounds you are positioned in the middle of the table (4-4 record). Is the coach satisfied with your performances?

Even though the record stands (4-4), it is still early and every team here in Finland is good! We lost 2 very close games that we could of won, but fell short at the last seconds of the game! I think the coach is satisfied by how we played so far, like I said before it is still early and we have a lot to work on!

You played college basketball for Oklahoma State (NCAA1). What did you learn there about the game? Was the experience with the Cowboys helpful later when you decided to continue your playing career overseas?

I have learned a lot while I was at Oklahoma State! I was taught to push through adversity, value each possession in the game, or go hard or be sitting next to the coach for the whole season! The experience helped me a lot while I have been playing overseas, just the only thing is that this is a job and you have to produce and make the team better at any cost! Cannot take any days off and continue to get better every day!

Why did you choose to go to Montenegro ? It is a small country and most Americans have never heard of it. Was there any specific reason or you just wanted to play somewhere?

I have chosen to go to Montenegro because of coach Pie ( Mihajlo Pavicevic )! When I was in Las Vegas at a camp, he saw me and liked my game a lot! So he talked to his brother ( Djordje Pavicevic ) and recommended me to play for KK Mornar! Even though it is a small country, I have heard that they produce good basketball players, so I wanted to challenge myself and compete against them around the league!

How did you like the country? You probably had to face the fact that basketball styles and cultures in Europe and United States are very different.

The country is nice, I didnt have a problem with it at all! And yes, in Countries, the cultures in Europe are very different from the United States! That is what makes countries in Europe so unique about how the styles are different, and it is very cool for me to experience it!

Mornar played in Balkan League against teams from Serbia , Macedonia , Bulgaria , Bosnia , Romania and Croatia . Your teammate from Kouvot, Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina), played for a team called Balkan ( Bulgaria ). What can you tell us now about that experience, after two years away from the Balkans?

The experience of playing different teams from other countries was great. Not only playing against them, but also traveling and sightseeing were a big thing for me! I have learned a lot and seen most things that people dont get to see at all! I do miss traveling to other countries in the Balkan and competing against one another!

Do you keep in touch with some of your ex teammates? Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-G-83, college: New Orleans) told me that you danced like Damon off 'Next Friday'?

Yes I do keep in touch with my ex-teammates, from all the teams I have played on, I still talk to most of them if they have Facebook or something! And yes it is true, I love to dance a lot! I can do any type of dance, I mostly do it to make people laugh! Chad can also dance as well, Im not the only one!

Here we remember your dunks and energy on the floor but sometimes you struggled when you had to face the different criteria of our referees. How did your game change and evolute over the years? You must be a more mature player now with a lot more European experience?

Oh yes, the lovely referees! I have learned to not talk back to them, if they make a bad call and I disagree with it, or if it is obviously a foul and they dont blow the whistle, then I have to keep playing and move on! It doesnt do me or my teammates any good if I argue with the refs, there is a great chance that I could get a technical and give the other team free points! Then again, being a referee is not an easy thing to do, which is why I have a clear understanding that when they make a good or bad call, is that they are just doing their jobs and calling what they see on the court, and I have much respect for them!

What would you suggest to a friend of you who, lets imagine, wants to start his professional career in Montenegro ? Is there any way he can avoid to make some 'rookie' mistakes?

I would suggest that you should make a great first impression with the club in Montenegro, by that I mean practicing hard, dont do anything that is detrimental to the club on and off the court! Always lead by example, and play as hard as you can and make yourself and teammates better! This will help your professional career a great start and not commit any rookie mistakes! Whether it is a scrimmage, exhibition, practice, and real games, always go hard and show them why you are on the team and produce!

It was nice talking to Anthony. We hope to see you again here in Montenegro . Have a great season!

Thanks for the interview, and it is pleasure sharing my thoughts and experiences with Eurobasket! God Bless!



Will Luka Pavicevic take command of the National Team? - by Darko Pekic
The storm called Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) is coming to Montenegro! Eurobasket.com sources say that the 43 year old Podgorica native will be the next coach of the Montenegrin National Team. His name was hot even last year when Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) decided to leave the position and dedicate completely to his CSKA rebuilding task. But Pavicevic didn't have any contacts with people from KSCG. That's what he said to the press when everything was over and Dejan Radonjic appointed as the new head coach. But now the time seems right. Dejan Radonjic failed last summer and his team finished last in the group, Dusko Ivanovic can not accept the job because Spanish basketball rules are very strict and he can not lead both Caja Laboral and Montenegro, Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) took the job in Partizan Sport clubs association and the president of KSCG Milo Djukanovic seems convinced that Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) is the natural choice.

Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) would be the 3rd Head Coach of Montenegro in it's brief history. He was a great point guard who won a lot of trophies in ex Yugoslavia, among them a Euroleague with Jugoplastika. He started his coaching career in 2003 when he took OKK Beograd (YUBA League). then he coached Atlas, Hemofarm and Panionios ( Greece). In June of 2007 Pavicevic signed a 3-year contract with ALBA Berlin. He won a Ligue title with them in 2008. Pavicevic spent the last summer with Serbian University National Team.


Cup of Montenegro: Round1. Bulatovic scored 41! - by Darko Pekic
The First Montenegrin Cup Round has been played. In the local derby Rudar lost against young Pljevlja squad in front of 400 spectators. Only 5 seconds before the end of the overtime Boban Gospic (81) scored for Rudar and the crowd was on their feet. They thought it was all over. But the young 16 year old Pljevlja's guard, Filip Gomilanovic, didn't think so. He took the ball and hit the jumper, to make the final score 96:95!

Centar Bijelo Polje got an easy win over University of Mediteran although they didn't have all the players available for this match. But the youngsters got a chance and they crashed the more experienced side. Zeta was better than Gorstak but the Player of the Night was ex Teodo's point guard Goran Bulatovic (184-G-88) who scored 41 point! But the coach Drazen Dulovic will need to get contribution from the rest of the squad as well because only one player can not bring them back to Erste Basketball League

D1 Sutjeska didn't have any problems against Berane.Zarko Krivokapic (189-G-91) scored 29 for the guests. on the other side, ex Lovcen Vladimir Boricic (195-G/F-84) scored the half of his team's points- 26. But it was not enough and Sutjeska deserved the victory.

Pljevlja (D2) - Rudar Pljevlja (D2) 96:95 (OT)

Berane 2010 (D2) - KK Sutjeska Niksic (D1) 52:84

KK Kotor (D2) - KK Ibar Rozaje (D2) 77:32

KK Zeta Golubovci (D2) - Gorstak Kolasin (D2) 95:68

KK Centar Bijelo Polje (D2) - KK University of Mediteran Podgorica (D2) 98:91


KK Studentski Centar (D2)- KK Podgorica (D1) 75:71

In the next Round ( 22. and 23. November) we will see the following duels: Pljevlja - Teodo, Sutjeska - ABS Primorje, Kotor - Mornar, Zeta - Ulcinj, Centar - Jedinstvo , Danilovgrad - Lovcen and Podgorica- Mogren, while Buducnost qualified already for the Elite Eiight.




Young and Kirkpatrick left Ulcinj - by Darko Pekic
KK Ulcinj announced this morning that they had parted ways with Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Paul Kirkpatrick (208-C-89, agency: Promotex, college: Howard) yesterday due to lack of production. Both players were expected to be leaders of the team but their performances were below average and the club management didn't want to wait them any longer.

Young and Kirkpatrick arrived in Montenegro last summer and they signed long term contracts. Coach Nikola Milatovic gave them a chance in the derby game against reigning champions, Feni Industries but they didn't convince the fans and the club management that they could bring something new to the team. After the signing of Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) it was clear that two Americans would not have a bright future in Ulcinj.


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Alexis Ajinca arrives to Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois agreed terms with the French NBA player Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports). The 23-year-old center will join Paris-Levallois for the next seven days, when both sides will make a decision to continue cooperation or not. Paris-Levallois and Ajinca stated that this move could be beneficial for both sides, but they decided to make a test for the next seven days to see how it goes. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He had 4.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for them in 24 games. The played started the season with Dallas Mavs. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for 10 games. From 2008 to 2010, Alexis Ajinca played for the Charlotte Bobcats. During the both seasons he also played in D-League to get more experience. With the Maine Red Claws, Ajinca had 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 20 games in 2009/10 season. In the past, he played for Pau Orthez, Hyeres-Toulon and INSEP.

High-tension NBA talks resume, but theyre between union officials - by Eurobasket News
Another tense meeting to address the N.B.A. lockout will take place Thursday in Manhattan - only this time without owners or league officials and without a prospect for a deal. If a consensus emerges, it will be solely between the leaders of the players association.

The unions executive board is holding its first in-person meeting since labor talks collapsed last Friday, and its first since reports of a rift in leadership began circulating.

If there are political or philosophical gaps between Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR), the union's elected president, and Billy Hunter, it's longtime executive director, they will try to close them, in full view of the unions staff members and the eight other players on the board.

From there, union leaders hope to turn their focus back to their collective bargaining strategy, and toward re-engaging the N.B.A. at the bargaining table. There is hope that talks could resume Friday or Saturday.

But first, the union must address an internecine battle that for five days has overshadowed the lockout itself and threatened to derail the bargaining process. Fisher and Hunter are said to be at odds, and one published report said Fisher was trying to cut a secret deal with the N.B.A.

Fisher and Hunter have spent the week issuing statements and letters affirming their unity, while trying to calm a 430-person constituency that is antsy over the imminent loss of paychecks.

The damage-control efforts have supplanted any attempt to break the 125-day stalemate with the league, which has already canceled a month of games. That is why players, agents and even N.B.A. officials are eager to see what message emerges from the union Thursday.

I think there will be a lot of clarity coming out of the meeting on Thursday, said one person aligned with the players, who has communicated with both league and union officials this week. The first agenda item, the person said, is to hash out the Derek Fisher situation.

Two people with ties to the union said the issue was mostly resolved in a Tuesday conference call involving Fisher, Hunter and the board. But one person said it was important for everyone to speak face to face before the matter is put behind them.

The controversy began Saturday, when FoxSports.com, citing an anonymous source, reported that Fisher was trying to broker a deal with Commissioner David Stern without the unions knowledge. According to the report, Fisher promised the union would agree to the N.B.A.s proposed 50-50 split of revenues. Hunter has vowed not to accept less than 52.5 percent, a stance that contributed to the breakdown in talks last week.

Fisher reaffirmed his loyalty to the union in a letter to players. He also issued a statement decrying the FoxSports.com article which accused him of making deals for personal gain as disgusting, defamatory and a flat-out lie. Hunter restated his support for Fisher in a letter to players.

Although a fractured union might seem advantageous to the N.B.A., league officials privately are alarmed; there is little hope for a labor deal if union leaders have conflicting agendas.

Until now, the relationship between Hunter and Fisher has generally been solid, according to people who have worked with them. But there are some tensions.

According to a person with ties to both men, Fisher believes that a 50-50 deal should at least be considered, if it would salvage more of the season. Hunter is more adamant about holding firm, believing the long-term gain justifies the short-term losses.

In general, Fisher has assumed a far more hands-on role than the typical player-president issuing memos, scheduling meetings and becoming the unions primary face and voice during the lockout. Hunter, who does not relish the role of spokesman, has welcomed and even encouraged Fisher to take the lead at news conferences.

But Hunter has sometimes bristled at Fishers assertiveness in setting the agenda sometimes without Hunters input according to people who have worked with them.

It just created a little sore spot, one person said.

The picture is also muddled at the bargaining table, where Jeffrey Kessler, the unions outside counsel, serves as the lead negotiator. According to people involved in the talks, Kessler does 80 percent of the speaking, while Hunter, who has a reputation for not being detail-oriented, takes a secondary role.

One person involved on the N.B.A.s side said the negotiations had been difficult, in part, because it was unclear who was in charge of the union.

The intensity, stress and protracted nature of the labor talks have inflamed nerves and heightened everyones concern about the outcome. The union has already made huge concessions, and no one wants to be blamed for a bad deal.

The stakes are higher for Hunter, who earns $2.5 million a year as executive director, than for Fisher, whose role is temporary. This is also probably Hunters last labor deal; he turns 69 on Saturday.

While union leaders try to repair the cracks, antsy players are sending out warning flares on Twitter.

Take the 51% man and lets play, Glen Davis, the Boston Celtics forward, wrote Wednesday.

Clevelands Samardo Samuels wrote last Friday that a 50-50 deal would be fine. Its church money away, Samuels wrote.

Impatience is the most prominent theme, however. As Terrence Williams, a Houston Rockets guard, wrote on Wednesday, Hey @TheNBPA Lets play BALL enough with the stare off.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


NBA wastes day in court; NBPA to meet Thursday - by Eurobasket News
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association met on Wednesday in Brooklyn. The only problem: they met in a courtroom rather than in a negotiating conference room.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the NBA and the NBPA were in court to give oral arguments in the NBPA's motion to dismiss the NBA's lawsuit. The NBA originally filed suited because the NBPA allegedly threatened to decertify.

Court spokeswoman confirms U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe did not rule on The NBPA's motion to dismiss NBA's lawsuit Wednesday. Per spokeswoman, Gardephe will ask parties to brief him in writing on additional issues before ruling. Timing of ruling uncertain. Union asking judge to dismiss lawsuit, in which the NBA seeks declaratory judgment on legality of potential decertification by The NBPA.

According to The NBPA, lawsuit has no merit because union hasn't disclaimed interest in representing players and has never done so before. Lawyers for The NBPA characterized lawsuit as 'forum shopping,' an attempt to beat players to venue for possible antitrust action.

Lawyers for NBA contend union officials have frequently threatened to disclaim, which warrants a ruling from judge on legality.

There's little significance to today's court proceedings. Both sides recognize best shot at a deal is to agree to one at bargaining table.
So, if the courtroom drama is all pretty much irrelevant, when will they head back to the negotiating room?

Berger reports that there are still no new negotiating sessions scheduled after talks blew up last Friday, although he writes that NBPA leadership officials 'will convene Thursday for strategy session' but it's 'unclear how many players will attend.'

What's holding up the talks?

Berger writes that the difference of opinion over the revenue split remains the key issue separating the two sides, and that it's now the primary reason no new talks have yet been scheduled.

No point to more bargaining until each side decides how much -- if at all - it intends to move on BRI. Most other issues resolved. NBA negotiators have talked with labor committee members and other owners this week, source says. Players also have to decide next move.
Earlier Wednesday, there were indications that the obvious compromise on the revenue issue might still be possible.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Chauncey Billups: Fair CBA trumps all - by Eurobasket News
Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) is willing to sacrifice his $14 million salary for a fair collective bargaining agreement.

Billups said on Wednesday night that he is prepared to forgo his $14.3 million contract and sit out the entire year if owners and players cannot agree on a deal that is economically fair to the rest of the players.

'For the betterment of the league going forward that's just something that I'm going to have to sacrifice and that's the position I'm going to have to take,' Billups said on ESPN New York 1050's 'The Stephen A. Smith Show.'

Wednesday marked the 125th day of the NBA lockout. Players and owners are divided on many issues, including how to split league revenue and how to structure the salary cap. Late last week, there was optimism that an 82-game season may be salvaged but talks fell apart when the league refused to budge from its proposal of a 50/50 split of basketball related income and the players held at 52.5 percent.

Shortly thereafter, NBA commissioner David Stern cancelled all games through Nov. 30, including Wednesday's New York Knicks' season-opener against the Miami Heat.

Billups said he was 'disappointed' that Madison Square Garden was not open Wednesday.

But he made it clear he's prepared to miss all 82 games if both sides can't agree to a deal that is amenable to the players.

'I'm willing to fight with the union,' Billups, 35, said. 'Do I want to lose $14 million or whatever it might be? I don't want to lose a dime. My career is almost over. I want all of that. But at the same time, I was in that other lockout (in 1998-99) and I know what those older guys were willing to do for me. ... I'm in that position now and that's where I stand.'

Billups, a 14-year veteran in the final year of a $60.5 million contract, said he has spoken to 'a lot of players' who are also willing to sit out the season if it means signing a CBA they feel is fair.

If the season is canceled, Billups will miss out on the $14.3 million option the Knicks picked up in April.

'I could see a lot of players willing to do it,' Billups said.

The veteran point guard also addressed reports of divisions within the NBA players union. Both executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher have publicly denounced a Foxsports.com report stating that Hunter and another unnamed member of the union's executive board have questioned Fisher about his relationship with Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver.

Billups said the unity of the union is 'strong.' He believes it is 'only natural' for players to have disagreements but added that 'no matter how any one of those guys feel, they are going to do what's in the best interest of the union.'

If the players and owners can salvage the season, Billups believes the Knicks can be one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference.

But he thinks the team has to solidify its defense in order to get there. The Knicks ranked 27th in points allowed last season and were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs.

'If these guys are serious about winning we know that the only way to win is to be better on defense. If guys are committed to do that, we've got the talent,' Billups said.

He was then asked if some of his teammates who aren't traditionally thought of as strong defenders -- such as Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire -- are willing to learn and improve on their defense.

'That's going to be something we're going to have to find out. I think so but I could be wrong,' Billups said, adding, 'I think those guys want to win and that's the only way to win.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Lakers' Fisher threatens to sue Fox Sports - by Eurobasket News
After a column by Fox Sports' Jason Whitlock suggested that NBA Players Union President Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) was working with commissioner David Stern during labor negotiations, behind the back of his NBPA colleagues, Fisher has threatened legal action against Fox Sports if he does not receive a retraction.

Whitlock, who cited sources in this report, said that Fisher hopes to work with an NBA team or with the league after his retirement and was looking to work out a deal with Stern that would force the players to settle for a 50-50 split of basketball-related income. The players' association is seeking a 52-48 split and those two percentage points are the main point of contention between the sides. The NBA lockout has lasted more than four months.

Here is Fisher's statement obtained by the Globe:

'The statements made in recent articles on the Fox Sports website are inexcusable. Among the many baseless accusations, to allege that I am working with the league for my personal gain is unequivocally false. The implication that I am doing anything but working in the best interests of the players is disgusting, defamatory and a flat out lie. I have issued a letter through my attorneys demanding a retraction for the libelous and defamatory stories the site and reporter have continued to publish.
'Regardless of media reports, the Players Association, our staff, Executive Director and Executive Committee are unified and working side by side to serve our players. There should be no more distractions. We must continue to negotiate a fair deal for our players.'

The NBA players and the league have not scheduled a meeting to continue negotiations but Celtics free agent forward Glen Davis sent out an interesting tweet this morning that may reflect a fractured players' union.

'Take the 51% man and let's play,' he wrote on Twitter.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Stephen Curry not injured in car accident - by Eurobasket News
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) and the Warriors received a scare last week when the third-year guard was involved in a two-car accident near his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Curry wasn't injured and was able to walk away from the crash after his car ran into another car.

'He's fine,'' Dell Curry told the Observer Tuesday night. 'He ran into the back of someone who stopped short.''

Curry, who starred at Davidson, is currently attending classes there and rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery during the NBA lockout.

Curry averaged 18.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season as Golden State's point guard.

Monta Ellis, Curry's backcourt mate with the Warriors, suffered a much worse offseason accident three years ago when he injured his ankle in a motor scooter crash. Ellis missed all but 25 games of the 2008-09 season because of the injury and a subsequent suspension for misleading the team about the cause of his injury.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


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


Oshawa Power home opener Thursday - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power is excited to be hosting the Moncton Miracles in their inaugural home opener on Thursday November 3 at the General Motors Centre. Canadians Tut Ruach and Kevin Francis are two of the main pieces on the Power roster. The Miracles feature Toronto native Tristan Martin in their back court and small forward and Moncton native Matt Robertson.

The Power is eager to get into the win column after a hard-fought opening game loss to the Quebec Kebs this past weekend. The Miracles also lost to the Kebs this past Saturday.

The Power will be relying on a strong home court advantage when they hit the hardwood to face the Miracles.

'If last week's enthusiasm and support is any indicator, we should have a loud and raucous crowd in Oshawa on Thursday night for our opener,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations. ' 'We want to make sure we protect our home court and utilize the fans as our sixth man.'

Game time is fast approaching and it's going to be a night to remember. There will be special guests and an opening night ceremony that includes Oshawa's Mayor John Henry at centre court. The mayor has also wagered a friendly bet with Moncton Mayor George Leblanc, with the losing team's Mayor having to don the jersey of the winning team's Mayor at his next respective council meeting. To say that Mayor Henry believes in his team is an understatement.

'In true community spirit, let's show Moncton that we have the best NBL Canada team and the best fans! Show your support and feel the excitement at the Nov. 3 game.'

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Butler falls at buzzer in exhibition - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Northern State's
Alex Thomas (6'5''-G) made his only 3-pointer at the buzzer,
beating Butler 53-50 in Wednesday night's exhibition game.

Butler, the national runner-up each of the past two seasons,
shot 32.7 percent from the field and was only 3-of-18 on three-pointers.

Center Andrew Smith led the Bulldogs with 19 points
and eight rebounds. Sophomore forward Khyle Marshall
had 14 points and four rebounds. No other
Butler players scored in double figures.

Roosevelt Jones' layup with 4:35 to go gave Butler
a 50-41 lead, but the Bulldogs didn't score again
and Thomas capped a game-ending 12-0 run with the winning shot.

Collin Pryor had 18 points and seven rebounds to
lead Northern State, a Division II school from South Dakota.

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This material may not be published, broadcast,
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UConn freshman Ryan Boatright's eligibility in question - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut freshman guard Ryan Boatright (6'0''-G-92) is being held out of competition while the school and the NCAA investigate his eligibility.

UConn declined to disclose Wednesday what the issue is, but said it is not related to academics.

'Boatright will continue to practice with the team and may sit on the bench during games, but will not dress or see action while the joint review takes place,'' the school said in a statement. 'The university and athletic department will not be making any further comment during this ongoing process.''

Boatright was one of just 10 scholarship players on the roster at UConn, which lost two scholarships because of poor academic performance and another as a result of NCAA recruiting violations.

The defending national champions opened their exhibition schedule Wednesday night with a 78-35 rout of American International, coach Jim Calhoun's alma mater.

Calhoun didn't offer specifics after the game on why Boatright was out.

'We're not going to comment on that,'' he said. 'It is what it is. There's probably 35 or 40 kids right now in similar situations. We're looking forward to getting him back.''

Boatright, who is generously listed at 6-foot in the team's media guide, won the slam dunk competition during UConn's annual First Night celebration last month. He was expected to see a lot of playing time this year as a backup for sophomore Shabazz Napier.

'My main focus right now is just playing,'' Boatright said after practice last Friday. 'I just want to play.''

Boatright, who is from Aurora, Ill., is perhaps best known for committing to play at Southern California when he was in eighth grade. He later withdrew that commitment, and a year ago verbally committed to West Virginia. He withdrew that commitment a couple of weeks after WVU recruited another point guard, and ultimately settled on Connecticut.

Boatright and Napier are the only point guards on scholarship on the team. Last week, Connecticut added another-walk-on player, guard Brendan Allen of Windsor. Coach Jim Calhoun said Tuesday that Allen was practicing at both guard spots, because of UConn's lack of depth, and could see action on Wednesday night.

'He's looking better every single day in practice,'' Calhoun said Tuesday evening. 'He's strong. He's 6-foot-4 and he can really defend.''

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Playoff Finals: Real Club ties the score to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Second game of the Superior league Finals was played yesterday. Real Club was the host this time and managed to beat Regatas 90-81. Regatas celebrated 88-57 victory in Game One, so the score is tied at 1-1 now. Regatas will be the host in the next meeting, which is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday). The series is best-of-three, so there will be at least two more games in this Finals. Regatas advanced to the Finals after 3-1 win against El Bosque. Regatas celebrated 73-81 victory as a guest in Game Four. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record. Real Club also celebrated with 3-1 in the Semis. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap in Game Four. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record.

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PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. David, Powerade T.22.8 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Santos, Petron B.17.7 
 4. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 5. Dillinger, Talk N.16.8 
 6. Chan, Rain or Shine16.8 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 8. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.4 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.3 
 10. Caguioa, Ginebra16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Santos, Petron B.15.0 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text10.0 
 4. Kramer, Powerade.9.7 
 5. Espinas, Meralco9.6 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.5 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.0 
 8. Ildefonso, Petron8.8 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.3 
 10. Belga, Rain or Sh.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.0 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.6.3 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.7 
 4. Lee, Rain or Shine5.0 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.0 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 9. Lanete, Meralco4.4 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.2.2 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.8 
 4. Cruz, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Jazul, Shopinas.1.3 
 8. Ildefonso, Petron1.3 
 9. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 10. Baguio, Alaska A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.6 
 2. Williams, Talk N.1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.5 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Santos, Petron B.1.2 
 7. Baclao, Petron B.1.2 
 8. Espinas, Meralco1.0 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 10. Reavis, B-Meg L.0.9 


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


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  POLAND   


PLK Round 8: Leader PGE Turow gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated leader PGE Turow delivered the seventh consecutive win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-6) 89-63 in Zgorzelec. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 26 points. PGE Turow shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Patryk Pelka (202-89) produced 12 points and 7 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. Undefeated PGE Turow (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. AZS Politechnika Warszawska lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. PGE Turow are looking forward to face LKS Sphinx (#11) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against AZS Koszalin and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Twelfth ranked LKS Sphinx won an overtime thriller against higher ranked Zastal ZG by one point 104-103. The game took place in Zielona Gora. But the guests from Lodz were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) saved the victory by scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Jermaine Mallett contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for Zastal ZG. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKS Sphinx (2-5) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Slask Wroclaw and Siarka Jezioro. Zastal ZG at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. LKS Sphinx will play against league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anwil (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game in Poznan supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Trefl Sopot (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked PBG Basket (3-5). Trefl Sopot smashed PBG Basket 89-56 on Wednesday. Worth to mention a great performance of John Turek who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. Damian Kulig responded with 21 points. 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. Trefl Sopot have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser PBG Basket dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Kotwica. Trefl Sopot will meet at home Slask Wroclaw (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. PBG Basket will play against Energa Czarni in Slupsk and hope to secure a win.
The game in Kolobrzeg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Energa Czarni (5-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Kotwica (3-5). Energa Czarni defeated Kotwica 70-59. The winners were led by Stanley Burrell who scored that evening 17 points and 5 assists. Kotwica's coach Tomasz Mrozek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Energa Czarni have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-1 record having just three points less than leader PGE Turow. Kotwica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Energa Czarni's next round opponent will be PBG Basket (#8) in Poznan where they are favorite. Kotwica will play on the road against Polpharma in Starogard.
Important game to mention about took place in Koszalin. Sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-5) 92-90 on Wednesday evening. The best player for the winners was Stefhon Hannah who scored 23 points and 6 assists. AZS Koszalin's coach Tomasz Herkt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. AZS Koszalin maintains sixth position with 4-3 record. Loser Siarka Jezioro keeps the ninth place with five games lost. AZS Koszalin will face AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#12) in Warszawa in the next round where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 8 Slask Wroclaw was defeated by Anwil in Wloclawek 84-70.



Anwil - Slask Wroclaw 84-70

There was no surprise in Wloclawek where 9th ranked Slask Wroclaw (2-5) was defeated by second ranked Anwil (6-1) 84-70 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Anwil. Slask Wroclaw was better in fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Slask Wroclaw 44-31 including 29 on the defensive glass. Slask Wroclaw was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Nick Lewis (207-83, college: San Diego) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Anwil players scored in double figures. Serbian power forward Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-84, agency: BeoExcell) produced 18 points and 5 blocks (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and American-Puerto Rican guard Paul Graham (196-85, college: Florida Atlantic, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Anwil have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 6-1 record behind leader PGE Turow. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw keeps the ninth place with five games lost. Anwil will face Zastal ZG (#5) in Zielona Gora in the next round. Slask Wroclaw will play on the road against Trefl Sopot (#4).
Top scorers:
Anwil: N.Lewis 20+10reb, C.Edwards 16+9reb+1ast, D.Berisha 13+4reb+1ast, J.Allen 13+8reb+4ast, L.Majewski 9+5reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 7+2ast
Slask Wroclaw: A.Mladenovic 18+3reb, P.Graham 14+4reb+2ast, S.Bogavac 13+5reb+1ast, Q.Calhoun 7+7reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 6+2reb+3ast, J.Zyskowski 4+1reb
gschID: 149178


PBG Basket - Trefl Sopot 56-89

The game in Poznan supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Trefl Sopot (5-2) played at the court of 8th ranked PBG Basket (3-5). Trefl Sopot smashed PBG Basket 89-56 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Trefl Sopot led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Trefl Sopot outrebounded PBG Basket 52-27 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Trefl Sopot especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) who added 8 points and 14 rebounds during the contest. Four Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Damian Kulig (205-87) responded with 21 points and Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) scored 11 points. 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. Trefl Sopot have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place. Loser PBG Basket dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Kotwica. Trefl Sopot will meet at home Slask Wroclaw (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. PBG Basket will play against Energa Czarni in Slupsk and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: J.Turek 26+12reb, L.Koszarek 14+3reb+5ast, J.Horne 12+7reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 11+3reb+1ast, C.Burgess 8+14reb+3ast, A.Waczynski 7+1reb+2ast
PBG Basket: D.Kulig 21+4reb+2ast, D.Micic 11+2reb+2ast, J.Sulowski 7+6reb, J.Parzenski 6+3reb, Z.Comagic 5+3reb, T.Smorawinski 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149179


Kotwica - Energa Czarni 59-70

The game in Kolobrzeg was also worth to mention about. Third ranked Energa Czarni (5-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Kotwica (3-5). Energa Czarni defeated Kotwica 70-59. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Energa Czarni made 27-of-30 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game, while Kotwica only scored eleven points from the stripe. 24 personal fouls committed by Kotwica helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) who scored that evening 17 points and 5 assists and the former international forward Pawel Leonczyk (202-86, agency: Promotex) supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Even a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocks by American power forward Darrell Harris (208-84, college: Rhode Island) did not help to save the game for Kotwica. Forward Lukasz Wichniarz (197-82) added 16 points for the hosts. Kotwica's coach Tomasz Mrozek tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Energa Czarni have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-1 record having just three points less than leader PGE Turow. Kotwica lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with five games lost. Energa Czarni's next round opponent will be PBG Basket (#8) in Poznan where they are favorite. Kotwica will play on the road against Polpharma in Starogard.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 17+2reb+5ast, D.Hinson 16+2reb, P.Leonczyk 13+7reb+1ast, K.Roszyk 8+6reb+1ast, M.Cesnauskis 8+1reb+3ast, P.Kikowski 3+2reb
Kotwica: L.Wichniarz 16+4reb, D.Harris 14+14reb, O.Brandwein 10+2reb+5ast, J.Sapp 9+4reb+3ast, M.Djuric 3+1reb+1ast, M.Kwiatkowski 3+3ast
gschID: 149180


AZS Koszalin - Siarka Jezioro 92-90

Important game to mention about took place in Koszalin. Sixth ranked AZS Koszalin (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Siarka Jezioro (2-5) 92-90 on Wednesday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 30-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. AZS Koszalin made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Siarka Jezioro was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Stefhon Hannah (185-85, college: Missouri) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. The other American import guard J.J. Montgomery (196-82, college: Arkansas St.) chipped in 18 points. AZS Koszalin's coach Tomasz Herkt used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Center Przemyslaw Karnowski (214-93) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Four AZS Koszalin and five Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. AZS Koszalin maintains sixth position with 4-3 record. Loser Siarka Jezioro keeps the ninth place with five games lost. AZS Koszalin will face AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#12) in Warszawa in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: S.Hannah 23+2reb+6ast, J.Montgomery 18+4reb, G.Reese 13+4reb+1ast, M.Lekic 12+5reb, I.Milicic 8+4reb+5ast, M.Dutkiewicz 8+1reb
Siarka Jezioro: L.Corbett 18+4reb+1ast, P.Karnowski 16+5reb+3ast, M.Piechowicz 14+5reb+2ast, W.Barycz 12+4reb+1ast, J.Miller 11+2reb+4ast, J.Tiller 8+3reb+4ast
gschID: 149175


PGE Turow - AZS PW 89-63

Undefeated leader PGE Turow delivered the seventh consecutive win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-6) 89-63 in Zgorzelec. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 26 points. PGE Turow shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American guard Ronald Moore (183-88, college: Siena) who scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The other American import guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) chipped in 9 points and 5 rebounds. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. Forward Patryk Pelka (202-89) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PGE Turow (7-0) have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of 7 victories in a row. AZS Politechnika Warszawska lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. PGE Turow are looking forward to face LKS Sphinx (#11) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against AZS Koszalin and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: R.Moore 14+5reb+6ast, A.Cel 13+2reb, M.Jankowski 11+3reb+1ast, G.Gustas 11+2reb+2ast, D.Kickert 10+4reb, D.Jackson 9+5reb+2ast
AZS PW: P.Pelka 12+7reb+1ast, L.Wilczek 10+4reb+4ast, M.Kolowca 9+8reb, M.Ponitka 8+2reb+2ast, P.Pamula 8+2ast, M.Nowakowski 6+1reb
gschID: 149176


Zastal ZG - LKS Lodz 103-104 OT

Twelfth ranked LKS Sphinx won an overtime thriller against higher ranked Zastal ZG by one point 104-103. The game took place in Zielona Gora. But the guests from Lodz were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zastal ZG. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 11-point deficit before their 30-19 run, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-14. LKS Sphinx made 20-of-24 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Zastal ZG outrebounded LKS Sphinx 45-33 including 16 on the offensive glass. American center Kirk Archibeque (205-84, college: Fort Lewis, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) saved the victory by scoring 28 points and 9 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Jermaine Mallett (190-88, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) contributed with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) and Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) added 18 points and 7 assists in the effort for Zastal ZG. Four LKS Sphinx and five Zastal ZG players scored in double figures. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKS Sphinx (2-5) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Slask Wroclaw and Siarka Jezioro. Zastal ZG at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. LKS Sphinx will play against league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Zastal ZG will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anwil (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: K.Archibeque 28+9reb, B.Holmes 20+2reb+6ast, J.Mallett 19+7reb+5ast, F.Kenig 13+3reb+1ast, J.Dluski 7+7reb+3ast, K.Sulima 7
Zastal ZG: G.Lawal 27+18reb+3ast, W.Hodge 18+2reb+7ast, J.Dloniak 12+4reb, K.Chanas 11+3reb+2ast, U.Mirkovic 11+7reb+3ast, M.Sroka 7+2reb
gschID: 149177




Union Olimpija keeps Asseco Prokom winless - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Asseco Prokom 70-62

Both teams had 0-2 record before this meeting. Union Olimpija managed to beat Polish champion 70-62 for the first Euroleague win this season. At the same time, Asseco Prokom dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) was a key player for the hosts with 23 points. He made 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Dino Muric (200-F-90) helped his team with 8 points and 6 rebs. In Prokom, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) was better than the others with 13 points and 7 rebs. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) scored 12 and Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) stopped to 9 pts. Union Olimpija had wonderful beginning and later managed to keep its lead until the end. Quarters: 25-16, 15-17, 18-14, 12-15. Union Olimpija will host Galatasaray next week. Asseco Prokom will meet Uncis in Gdynia.

Union Olimpija: Danny Green 23, Robert Rothbart 9+8 boards, Dino Muric 8+6 boards
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 13+7 boards, Oliver Lafayette 12, Lukasz Seweryn 9


Bartosz Diduszko ( WKK Obiekty ) above 2 liga level - by Maciej Paszyn
MVP of all 2 liga day 6: Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87) ( WWK Obiekty ) 33 pts. 8/12 2PM-A, 2/5 3PM-A, 11/13 FT, 7 rb. (1 off., 6 def.), 5 as., 5 stl., 2 bl., 5 to., 32 min., 38 rank.

Best 5 of all 2 liga day 6:
Bartosz Diduszko ( WWK Obiekty )
Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) ( Open Florentyna ) 22 pts. 10/15 2PM-A, 2/3 FT, 17 rb. (6 off., 11 def.), 1 as., 1 stl., 2 bl., 3 to., 40 min., 34 rank.
Piotr Renkiel (190-G-87) ( Korsarz Gdansk ) 26 pts. 10/16 2PM-A, 0/1 3PM-A, 6/8 FT, 8 rb. (3off., 5 def.), 5 as., 3 stl., 4 bl., 3 to., 30 min., 34 rank.
Kacper Kromer (204-F-87) ( Ksiezak Lowicz ) 22 pts. 9/13 2PM-A, 1/2 3PM-A, 1/1 FT, 11 rb. (4 off., 7 def.), 5 as., 2 stl., 2 bl., 2 to., 32 min., 34 rank.
Artur Busz (194-G-88) ( UMKS Kielce ) 24 pts. 4/4 2PM-A, 3/9 3PM-A, 7/7 FT, 7 rb. (1 off., 6 def.), 2 as., 3 stl., 2 bl., 4 to., 30 min., 27 rank.

Best 5 of group A

MVP: Wojciech Zurawski ( Open Florentyna )
Kacper Kromer ( Ksiezak Lowicz )
Piotr Renkiel ( Korsarz Gdansk )
Filip Malgorzaciak (188-F-93) ( Trefl II Sopot ) 27 pts. 5/7 2PM-A, 5/9 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 2 rb. (1 off., 1 def.), 2 as., 2 stl., 1 bl., 0 to., 31 min., 28 rank.
Radoslaw Bojko (196-F-91) ( Wilki Morskie ) 21 pts. 7/7 2PM-A, 0/1 3PM-A, 7/10 FT., 11 rb. (2 off., 9 def.), 3 as., 2 stl., 3 bl., 4 to., 25 min., 31 rank.

Best 5 of Group B

MVP: Bartosz Diduszko ( WWK Obiekty )
Lukasz Makolski (193-F-81) ( MKS Skierniewice ) 18 pts. 4/8 2PM-A, 3/6 3PM-A, 1/1 FT, 10 rb. (3off., 7 def.), 4 as., 3 stl., 4 to., 37 min., 24 rank
Lukasz Olejnik (203-F/C-79) ( BM Wegiel Stal ) 19 pts. 5/8 2PM-A, 3/6 3PM-A, 12 rb. (2 off., 10 def.), 1 stl., 1 bl., 3 to., 30 min., 24 rank.
Piotr Magdziarz (187-PG-90) ( Alba Chorzow ) 19 pts. 1/2 2PM-A, 3/3 3PM-A, 8/12 FT, 4 rb. (1 off., 3 def.), 1 as., 5 stl., 1 bl., 3 to., 23 min. 22 rank.
Slawomir Klocek (191-G-84) ( MCKIS Jaworzno ) 21 pts. 8/10 2PM-A, 1/3 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 6 rb. (3 off., 3 def), 4 as. 2 bl., 1 to., 34 min., 28 rank.

Best 5 of Group C

MVP: Artur Busz ( UMKS Kielce )
Konrad Pilch (189-G-90) ( Wisla AWF Krakow ) 22 pts. 1/1 2PM-A, 6/15 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 6 rb. (2 off., 4 def.), 2 as., 4 stl., 3 bl., 2 to., 36 min. 26 rank.
Jakub Karolak (192-F/G-93) ( Novum Lublin ) 31 pts. 6/18 2PM-A, 4/7 3PM-A, 7/8 FT, 11 rb. (4 off., 7 def.), 1 as., 1 bl., 2 to., 39 min., 26 rank.
Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-F-84) ( TUR Bielsk ) 15 pts. 4/10 2PM-A, 0/2 3PM-A, 7/10 FT, 13 rb. (3 off., 10 def.), 6 as., 2 stl., 2 bl., 4 to., 33 min., 23 rank.
Rafal Sobilo (188-G-89) ( Pulaski Warka ) 31 pts., 7/12 2PM-A, 4/10 3PM-A, 5/8 FT, 3 rb. (1 off., 2 def.), 3 as., 3 stl., 2 bl., 1 to., 35 min., 27 rank.

Double - doubles:

Marcin Kowalewski ( AZS UWM Olsztyn ) 23 pts., 10 rb.
Daniel Grujic ( Zuraw ) 26 pts., 11 rb.
Dorian Szyttenholm ( Astoria Bydgoszcz ) 15 pts., 13 rb.
Wojciech Zurawski ( Open Forentyna ) 22 pts., 17 rb.
Kacper Kromer ( Ksiezak Lowicz ) 22 pts., 11 rb.,
Radoslaw Bojko ( Wilki Morskie Szczecin ) 21 pts. 11 rb.
Marcin Kowalski ( Wilki Morskie Szecin ) 12 pts., 11 rb.
Lukasz Makolski ( MKS Skierniewice ) 18 pts. 10 rb.
Piotr Czaplicki ( MKS Skierniewice ) 12 pts., 10 rb.
Miroslaw Lopatka ( Slask II ) 21 pts., 11 rb.
Lukasz Nawrot ( GTK Gliwice ) 15 pts., 13 rb.
Lukasz Olejnik ( BM Wegiel Stal ) 19 pts. 12 rb.
Jakub Karolak ( Novum Lublin ) 31 pts., 11 rb.
Lukasz Sobuta ( Rosa II ) 17 pts., 10 rb.
Michal Batorski ( Pulaski Warka ) 11 pts., 11 rb.
Arkadiusz Zabielski ( TUR Bielsk ) 15 pts., 13 rb.
Jakub Dziura ( STACO ) 10 pts., 10 rb.,
Grzegorz Radwan ( Wisla AWF Krakow ) 15 pts., 10 rb.
Piotr Mis ( Handlopex AZS Politechnika Rzeszow ) 14 pts., 15 rb.
Marek Osiniak (200-C/F-80) ( Handlopex AZS Politechnika Rzeszow ) 18 pts., 10 rb.


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. PGE Turow 7-0 
 2. Anwil 6-1 
 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 2-5 
 10. Siarka Jezioro 2-5 
 11. LKS Lodz 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: 19.9
 1. Edwards, Anwil19.9 
 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, Anwil8.0 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.7.6 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 8. Bigus, AZS Koszalin6.6 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.6.3 
 10. Dluski, LKS Lodz6.1 
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. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.7 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask5.7 
 6. Moore, PGE Turow5.4 
 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, Anwil2.1 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Hinson, Energa C.1.7 
 5. Bogavac, Slask W.1.7 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow1.6 
 8. Roszyk, Energa C.1.5 
 9. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.5 
 10. Wilczek, AZS P.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.9 
 2. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Mladenovic, Slask1.4 
 4. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 5. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 6. Morrison, Energa C.1.2 
 7. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.0 
 9. Lichodzijews., PBG0.9 
 10. Parzenski, PBG B.0.9 


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LPB Round 3: Top-ranked Benfica wins another game - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of LPB and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

LPB top team - Benfica (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Ginasio (0-3) 87-30. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ginasio to just 5 points in third and fourth quarters and to 13 points in second half. Benfica held Ginasio to an opponent 16.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.2 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Ginasio 49-30 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Pedro Silva (202-78) answered with 6 points and 9 rebounds for Ginasio. Benfica have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Academica and Barcelos. Benfica are looking forward to face Sampaense (#7) in Coimbra in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ginasio will play on the road against Vitoria SC (#9) in Guimaraes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Coimbra was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked CAB Madeira (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Academica (0-3). CAB Madeira managed to secure a 8-point victory 98-90. It was a great evening for American guard Austin Kenon (180, college: VMI) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Shawn Jackson helped adding 24 points. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American guard Richard Oruche (191-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management) with 41 points (!!!). CAB Madeira maintains sixth place with 2-1 record. Academica at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Ginasio and Barcelos. CAB Madeira will play against Barcelos (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Academica will play against Barreirense CEPSA in Barreiro and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 3 bottom-ranked Sampaense beat Vitoria SC on the road 99-87. Winless Barcelos lost to Barreirense CEPSA on its own court 70-79.



Benfica - Ginasio 87-30

LPB top team - Benfica (3-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Ginasio (0-3) 87-30. The game without a history. Benfica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ginasio to just 5 points in third and fourth quarters and to 13 points in second half. Benfica held Ginasio to an opponent 16.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.2 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Ginasio 49-30 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 5 rebounds. International forward Heshimu Evans (198-75, college: Kentucky) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Benfica's coach Carlos Lisboa felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Pedro Silva (202-78) answered with 6 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Angolan swingman Francisco Destino (190-89) added 8 points in the effort for Ginasio. Benfica have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Academica and Barcelos. Benfica are looking forward to face Sampaense (#7) in Coimbra in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ginasio will play on the road against Vitoria SC (#9) in Guimaraes and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ginasio: P.Rocha 8+2reb+1ast, F.Destino 8+4reb+1ast, P.Silva 6+9reb, G.Ehiagwina 4+7reb, M.Rosa 2+2reb, D.Caluico 2+2reb
Benfica: T.Scott 24+5reb, J.Gomes 16+4reb+1ast, H.Evans 13+6reb+2ast, C.Ferreirinho 10, E.Evora 7+8reb+2ast, F.Gentry 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132682


Vitoria SC - Sampaense 87-99

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Sampaense (1-2) beat higher ranked Vitoria SC (1-2) in Guimaraes 99-87. Vitoria SC was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 56-42 second half run of Sampaense. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Vitoria SC's 42. It was a great evening for the former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 assists. American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) helped adding 28 points. McNeal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) with 23 points and American guard Julian Blanks (188-80, college: La Salle) scored 13 points and 7 assists. Four Sampaense and five Vitoria SC players scored in double figures. Sampaense left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Barreirense CEPSA and Vitoria SC. Sampaense will play against league's leader Benfica on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vitoria SC will play against Ginasio (#12) in Figueira da Foz to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: M.Gulbis 23+3reb+2ast, J.Blanks 13+2reb+7ast, C.Fonseca 13+6reb, J.Waller 10+4reb+3ast, P.Tavares 10+3reb+3ast, P.Diamantino 8+5reb+1ast
Sampaense: T.McNeal 28+3reb+1ast, J.Reveles 23+3reb+10ast, B.Addison 18+10reb+2ast, J.Sing 11+1reb+2ast, E.Viana 8+8reb+3ast, J.Balseiro 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 132683


Barcelos - Barreirense CEPSA 70-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Barreirense CEPSA and bottom-ranked Barcelos had identical 0-2 record. But Barcelos were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Barreiro 79-70. Barcelos were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 30-16 third quarter run of Barreirense CEPSA. They made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward David Jackson (201-88, college: Penn St.) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 9 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) helped adding 15 points and 16 rebounds. Four Barreirense CEPSA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Nuno Oliveira (186-89) with 16 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Barreirense CEPSA maintains seventh place with 1-2 record, which they share with Sampaense and Vitoria SC. Newly promoted Barcelos still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Ginasio and Academica. Barreirense CEPSA will play against Academica (#10) in Coimbra in the next round. Barcelos will play at home against CAB Madeira in Funchal and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Barcelos: J.Moreira 17+4reb, N.Oliveira 16+7reb+3ast, P.Silva 12+9reb+1ast, A.Matos 8+12reb, S.Coll 7+2reb, C.Fechas 6+2reb+4ast
Barreirense CEPSA: D.Jackson 24+9reb, A.Tavares 15+1reb+6ast, A.Hill 15+16reb+1ast, J.Silva 12+1reb+2ast, J.Guerreiro 6+4reb, T.Raimundo 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 132684


Academica - CAB Madeira 90-98

The game in Coimbra was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked CAB Madeira (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Academica (0-3). CAB Madeira managed to secure a 8-point victory 98-90. Academica was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 58-47 second half run of CAB Madeira. They made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Austin Kenon (180, college: VMI) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). His fellow American import power forward Shawn Jackson (203-71, college: Johnson C. Smith) helped adding 24 points. Five CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Nigerian-American guard Richard Oruche (191-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management) with 41 points (!!!) and guard Carlos Barroca (182-84) scored 16 points and 5 assists. CAB Madeira maintains sixth place with 2-1 record. Academica at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Ginasio and Barcelos. CAB Madeira will play against Barcelos (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Academica will play against Barreirense CEPSA in Barreiro and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academica: R.Oruche 41+3reb+1ast, C.Barroca 16+3reb+5ast, F.Sousa 12+4reb+3ast, A.Hallman 9+4reb+2ast, D.Sneed 8+5reb+2ast, D.Simoes 2+1reb+2ast
CAB Madeira: S.Jackson 24+3reb+3ast, B.Shetzer 20+5reb+1ast, A.Kenon 19+6reb+9ast, J.Gunter 14+7reb+4ast, J.Coelho 13+7reb+3ast, M.Fernandes 8+5ast
gschID: 132681




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  RUSSIA   


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Thomas, Spartak-.18.0 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.16.7 
 3. Domercant, Unics16.0 
 4. Bremer, N.Novgorod15.8 
 5. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.15.5 
 6. Kikanovic, Enisey15.0 
 7. Quinn, Khimky15.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph15.0 
 9. Shved, CSKA15.0 
 10. Loncar, Khimky14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Victor, Spartak-.9.7 
 2. Sheleketo, Lokom.8.0 
 3. Landry, Triumph8.0 
 4. Kirilenko, CSKA7.0 
 5. Karasev, Triumph7.0 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.7.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA7.0 
 8. Monya, Khimky7.0 
 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. Nissim, Enisey6.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.5.7 
 5. McKee, Triumph5.0 
 6. Shved, CSKA4.5 
 7. Bremer, N.Novgorod4.5 
 8. Daye, Khimky4.0 
 9. Jefferson, Triumph4.0 
 10. Samoylenko, Unics3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jefferson, Triumph5.0 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.3.3 
 3. Blair, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 4. Thomas, Spartak-.2.7 
 5. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.0 
 6. Marinovic, Enisey2.0 
 7. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.0 
 8. Rivers, Lokomotiv2.0 
 9. Ponkrashov, CSKA2.0 
 10. Toporov, Enisey2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Zoran PLANINIC
  Khimky
  (199-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Planinic, Khimky3.0 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA3.0 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph3.0 
 4. Landry, Triumph2.0 
 5. Mozgov, Khimky2.0 
 6. Savrasenko, Unics1.5 
 7. Shved, CSKA1.5 
 8. Sokolov, CSKA1.0 
 9. Wilkinson, Unics1.0 
 10. Traore, Lokomotiv1.0 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.24.6 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.17.8 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.17.1 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.3 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz13.0 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.2 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.12.0 
 8. Zibirov, Ataman11.8 
 9. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan11.8 
 10. Vorotnikov, Atam.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey PETUKHOV
  Spart.
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Petukhov, Spart.8.9 
 2. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.8.0 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan7.8 
 4. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.7.5 
 5. Nikolaev, Ural E.7.1 
 6. Trushkin, Spart.6.8 
 7. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.6.3 
 8. Gresev, Ataman6.2 
 9. Polyakov, Severstal6.0 
 10. Sleta, Sojuz Z.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kirill SLEPUKHA
  Sojuz Z.
  (181-PG-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.5.5 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.3 
 4. Glazunov, Ural E.3.8 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan3.8 
 6. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.3.7 
 7. Isakov, Ural E.3.3 
 8. Grebelnyy, Sever.3.1 
 9. Korchagin, Rjazan3.0 
 10. Ageev, Ruskon-M.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zibirov, Ataman3.0 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.5 
 3. Aleksandrov, Sojuz2.5 
 4. Vasilev, Sojuz Z.2.0 
 5. Korchagin, Rjazan2.0 
 6. Ivlev, Rjazan2.0 
 7. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.8 
 8. Smygin, Ataman1.5 
 9. Babitchev, Spart.1.5 
 10. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikita GRESEV
  Ataman
  (204-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gresev, Ataman2.0 
 2. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.6 
 3. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.1.5 
 4. Sleta, Sojuz Z.1.5 
 5. Varlamov, Ural E.1.5 
 6. Petukhov, Spart.1.1 
 7. Trushkin, Spart.1.0 
 8. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 9. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.0 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.1.0 


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


CSKA destroys Zagreb, extends winning streak to three - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb CO - CSKA 47-89

Another victory for CSKA Moscow and at the same time another fiasco for Zagreb. The Russian powerhouse celebrated huge 47-89 road victory for perfect 3-0 record in Group B. On the other side, the Croatian champion stays winless with 0-3. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) led CSKA in scoring with 15 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) had 14 points and 7 rebs, while Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) added 12 points, plus 6 boards. For the hosts, Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) collected 15 points and 5 rebs. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) scored 9 pts. CSKA took control on its rival from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 13-22, 11-23, 11-21, 12-23. In the next round, CSKA will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. Zagreb will play in Malaga.

Zagreb: Krunoslav Simon 15+5 boards, Mario Kasun 14+9 boards, Ante Masic 9
CSKA: Nenad Krstic 15+5 boards, Andrei Kirilenko 14+7 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 12+6 boards


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Dimic number one in A League for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
International guard Milos Dimic (195-G-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Radnicki Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Napredak (#14, 0-5), the league's bottom-ranked team 73-64. Radnicki Basket is placed at 3rd position in A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Radnicki Basket will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Dimic had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Radnicki Basket's top player in his first season with the team. Milos Dimic has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.0ppg. Dimic is in league's top in and averages impressive 51.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) of Borac. Zigeranovic had a very good evening with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Borac to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#13, 1-4) 80-55. Despite this victory Borac slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zigeranovic is a newcomer at Borac, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.2ppg (#3). He also registered 8.2 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of OKK Beograd (#8). Misanovic scored 17 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of OKK Beograd, leading his team to a 83-69 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Tamis (#9, 2-3). OKK Beograd has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Misanovic also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Misanovic has a great season in Serbia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bosko Balaban) of Smederevo - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of BKK Radnicki - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Luka Drca (195-PG-87) of OKK Beograd - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Zoran Majkic (207-C-78) of Proleter Naftagas - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90) of Mega Vizura - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94) of Mega Vizura - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Mirko Kovac (199-F-83) of OKK Beograd - 20 points and 3 rebounds

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


Standings - 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: 25.5
 1. Dimic, Radnicki.25.5 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac22.2 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.8 
 5. Popovic, Sloga20.4 
 6. Kovac, OKK Beograd20.0 
 7. Marojevic, Metalac18.2 
 8. Smiljanic, Radnic.17.3 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga17.2 
 10. Mijajlovic, Sloga16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bosko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (--)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.6 
 2. Misanovic, OKK B.8.5 
 3. Kuburovic, Slobod.8.2 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac8.2 
 5. Smiljanic, Radnic.8.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.7.8 
 7. Igrutinovic, Prole.7.3 
 8. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.5 
 9. Jovic, Sloga6.2 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd6.0 
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. Boltic, BKK R.5.8 
 5. Sepa, OKK Beograd5.5 
 6. Popovic, Sloga5.4 
 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: 3.8
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.8 
 2. Vulin, Prolet.3.4 
 3. Vasilic, Radnic.2.8 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.8 
 5. Balmazovic, Metalac2.8 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.2.6 
 7. Jovic, Sloga2.4 
 8. Zigeranovic, Borac2.2 
 9. Majstorovic, Tamis2.2 
 10. Knezevic, OKK B.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. Petronic, BKK R.1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.0 
 5. Cantekin, Mega V.1.0 
 6. Marojevic, Metalac1.0 
 7. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 8. Matovic, Mega V.0.8 
 9. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.8 
 10. Vasilic, Radnic.0.8 


OKK Beograd signs Jovan Koprivica - by Eurobasket News
Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) is back to Serbia after two years. The G/SF signed a deal with OKK Beograd for rest of the season. Koprivica spent the last one in Ukraine. He appeared 29 times with Kryvbasbasket-Lux Kryvyi Rih averaging 8.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Season 2009/10, Koprivica also played in Ukraine. He was a member of Lvovskaya Politekhnika Lvov at that time. In 47 league games he had 8.2 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.8 apg. He helped them reach UBL Semifinals. In the past, Nikola Koprivica played for Ergonom, Igokea and Panellinios Athens. He also has experience from Serbian teams Crvena Zvezda and Beopetrol.

Proleter gets Miladin Pekovic - by Eurobasket News
Proleter reinforced its roster with Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell). The shooting guard/small forward already made debut with his new team. He had 10 points and 4 rebounds against BKK Radnicki. Proleter lost that game at home 87-93. Miladin Pekovic spent last season on Cyprus. He had 7.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 15 games with Keravnos Nicosia. They reached Playoff Semifinals. In 2009/10, Pekovic played for German Trier. He had 6.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 32 games. From 2007 to 2009, Miladin Pekovic played for Oldenburg. He helped them win the German league title in 2009. Pekovic had 4.7 ppg and 1.4 rpg that season. In the past, he played for Mega Ishrana, Ergonom and Lavovi.

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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Tomaz JEREB
  Konjice
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 20
 1. Jereb, Konjice20.0 
 2. Horvat, Radenska19.3 
 3. Djurkovic, Splosn.18.8 
 4. Spesic, Radenska17.0 
 5. Tusek, Hrastnik16.8 
 6. Mlakar, Jance Prit16.8 
 7. Sivka, Konjice16.2 
 8. Abramovic, Terme O.16.0 
 9. Primc, Postojna16.0 
 10. Erzen, Sencur CP15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tadej TUSEK
  Hrastnik
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Tusek, Hrastnik11.0 
 2. Kavgic, Splosna9.2 
 3. Klepo, Postojna8.0 
 4. Spesic, Radenska8.0 
 5. Skornik, Konjice7.7 
 6. Sivka, Konjice7.0 
 7. Globovnik, Terme O.7.0 
 8. Pavlin, Trigla.7.0 
 9. Trampus, Grosuplje6.8 
 10. Erzen, Sencur CP6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Perko, Splosna5.8 
 2. Ovnik, Hrastnik5.0 
 3. Jersin, Trigla.4.8 
 4. Horvat, Nova Gorica4.0 
 5. Suran, Radenska4.0 
 6. Mlakar, Jance Prit4.0 
 7. Macek, Terme Olimia4.0 
 8. Blazevic, Sencur CP3.8 
 9. Brolih, Branik3.8 
 10. Jereb, Konjice3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tadej HORVAT
  Radenska
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Horvat, Radenska2.2 
 2. Horvat, Nova Gorica2.0 
 3. Jerman, Grosuplje2.0 
 4. Kavgic, Splosna2.0 
 5. Jersin, Trigla.2.0 
 6. Pusic, Sencur CP1.8 
 7. Abramovic, Terme O.1.8 
 8. Panic, Litija1.7 
 9. Kristo, Sencur CP1.7 
 10. Babic, Hrastnik1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Matija TRAMPUS
  Grosuplje
  (203-C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Trampus, Grosuplje1.3 
 2. Klepo, Postojna1.2 
 3. Dolinar, Medvode1.2 
 4. Barovic, Branik1.0 
 5. Lobe, Grosuplje0.7 
 6. Jereb, Konjice0.7 
 7. Percel, Hrastnik0.6 
 8. Muha, Postojna0.6 
 9. Gregorcic, Medvode0.6 
 10. Kunc, Grosuplje0.6 


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 5-1 
 2. Sencur CP 5-1 
 3. Triglav Strazisce 5-1 
 4. Postojna 4-1 
 5. Splosna plovba 4-2 
 6. Branik 4-2 
 7. Medvode 3-2 
 8. Radenska 3-3 
 9. Terme Olimia 2-3 
 10. Hrastnik 1-4 
 11. Jance Prit 1-5 
 12. Konjice 1-5 
 13. Litija 0-6 


Union Olimpija keeps Asseco Prokom winless - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Asseco Prokom 70-62

Both teams had 0-2 record before this meeting. Union Olimpija managed to beat Polish champion 70-62 for the first Euroleague win this season. At the same time, Asseco Prokom dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) was a key player for the hosts with 23 points. He made 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) had 9 points and 8 rebounds, while Dino Muric (200-F-90) helped his team with 8 points and 6 rebs. In Prokom, Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) was better than the others with 13 points and 7 rebs. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) scored 12 and Lukasz Seweryn (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) stopped to 9 pts. Union Olimpija had wonderful beginning and later managed to keep its lead until the end. Quarters: 25-16, 15-17, 18-14, 12-15. Union Olimpija will host Galatasaray next week. Asseco Prokom will meet Uncis in Gdynia.

Union Olimpija: Danny Green 23, Robert Rothbart 9+8 boards, Dino Muric 8+6 boards
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 13+7 boards, Oliver Lafayette 12, Lukasz Seweryn 9


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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 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 or Jeonju's DeShawn Sims and so was giving up fast breaks.

Ovedeji has been averaging 11 points and 16 rebounds, the least points of any foreign player. That said, Ovedeji only averages 8.75 field goal attempts per game. The foreigners leading the league in scoring average nearly double that number of attempts, and the Sakers have naturalized Korean Greg Stevenson who is responsible for a major portion of the team's offense. The team has also been trying to implement the triangle offense according to head coach Kim Jin but so far the only result has been more turnovers than assists (115 to 95). Expecting a big man who plays in the low post to stop fast breaks on a team with more turnovers than assists is a bit unreasonable.

As for the claim about his defense he is the only player with any noteworthy rebounding figures, and the next best player on the team averages only 5 rebouinds a game. Over the summer the Sakers acquired aging big man Seo Jang-Hoon with hopes of putting together a 'twin towers' frontcourt. Seo has averaged less than 5 rebounds a game and the days when the league only boasted two big Korean players (Seo and Kim Joo-Sung), are long gone. Playing against this new generation of big Korean forwards Seo has struggled at times forcing Ovedeji to cover for him, and hence limiting his abilities to run the floor with his own man.

While Haynes may be quicker, Ovedeji 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 Seo. This tradeoff doesn't seem to make a ton of sense as the Sakers do not have a lot of skilled big men and will now have to rely on Seo more. The road to the KBL championship goes through Jeonju and with only Seo to try and defend Ha Sung-Jin and Sims the Sakers may be in some trouble. Furthermore, Haynes' game is very similar to that of Stevenson so it will be interesting to see how their skillsets mesh.

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 tonight's 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.



** The jumpball article has been updated and suggests that Haynes will arrive in Korea next week. Also it appears as though the club has not actually told Ovedeji about any of this. This report comes directly from the article cited below.




With information and quotes from (http://news.jumpball.co.kr/news/view/cd/01/seq/16132)





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


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Caja Laboral beats Olympiakos in thriller, jumps to 3-0 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Olympiakos 81-79

Caja Laboral kept the perfect scorer after three Euroleague games. This time the Vitoria team grabbed 81-79 home victory against Olympiakos keeping the first place in Group A. On the other side, the Reds dropped to 1-2. Olympiakos had 60-66 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) led a 10-2 run that brought 70-68 lead to Caja Laboral with 6 minutes to go. The game went down to the wire and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) buried a big three-pointer to tie the game, 79-79, with 8 seconds to go. Pablo Prigioni had time to get to the other end and bury the game-winning shot, as Olympiacos did not score in its final possession. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin (5 rebs) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) added 15 points each. In the loosing squad, Vassilis Spanoulis shined with 19 points and 7 assists. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) (6 rebs) and Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) (5 rebs) followed him with 14 points apiece. Quarters: 13-22, 19-18, 28-26, 21-13. In the next game, Caja Laboral will meet Nancy as a guest. Olympiakos goes to Cantu.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 20+5 boards, Kevin Seraphin 15+5 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 15
Olympiakos: Vassilis Spanoulis 19+7 as, Pero Antic 14+6 boards, Kyle Hines 14+5 boards


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 6-2 
 2. Boras 6-2 
 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 2-6 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-7 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. McDowell, Solna24.3 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras19.7 
 4. McKnight, Boras19.4 
 5. Palm, Boras18.9 
 6. Jeansson, Uppsala17.9 
 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: 10.6
 1. Palm, Boras10.6 
 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. McKnight, Boras8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.7 
 2. Carter, Uppsala6.0 
 3. Krayem, Boras5.9 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland5.9 
 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. Mbemba, LF Basket2.1 
 7. Ermolinskij, Sunds.2.0 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland2.0 
 9. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 10. Johnson, Sundsva.1.9 
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, Solna1.0 


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Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 4-0 
 2. Geneve Lions 3-1 
 3. Lugano Tigers 3-1 
 4. SAV Vacallo 3-1 
 5. Monthey 3-2 
 6. Starwings 2-3 
 7. Boncourt 1-3 
 8. BBC Nyon 1-4 
 9. SAM Massagno 0-5 


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


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Ronald YATES
  Fribourg
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 21
 1. Yates, Fribourg21.0 
 2. Efevberha, Lugano19.3 
 3. Burrows, Starwings19.2 
 4. Schneiderman, SAV19.0 
 5. Abukar, Lugano T.18.8 
 6. Uzas, SAV Vacallo18.8 
 7. Calasan, Boncourt18.7 
 8. Barnette, Geneve17.3 
 9. Toure, Geneve Lio.16.0 
 10. Jenkins, Starwings16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kareem JOHNSON
  Starwings
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Johnson, Starwings13.0 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt12.0 
 3. Allen, Boncourt12.0 
 4. Gugino, SAM M.12.0 
 5. Toure, Geneve Lio.11.8 
 6. Richards, Lugano T.10.3 
 7. Bing, Geneve Lions9.8 
 8. Burrows, Starwings9.6 
 9. Knutson, BBC Nyon8.0 
 10. Thomas, BBC Nyon7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miroslav PETKOVIC
  Starw.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Petkovic, Starw.6.0 
 2. Jenkins, Starwings5.4 
 3. Gugino, SAM M.5.0 
 4. Petkovic, Fribourg5.0 
 5. Allen, Boncourt4.5 
 6. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.4 
 7. Gibson, SAV Vacallo4.3 
 8. Brown, Geneve L.3.8 
 9. Draughan, Lugano3.8 
 10. Esterkamp, Fribo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan CONNOLLY
  SAV V.
  (196-G/F-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Connolly, SAV V.5.0 
 2. Smith, Monthey3.6 
 3. Sloan, SAV Vacallo3.3 
 4. Gugino, SAM M.3.0 
 5. Thomas, BBC Nyon3.0 
 6. Gibson, SAV Vacallo2.8 
 7. Jenkins, Starwings2.6 
 8. Molteni, SAM M.2.6 
 9. Petkovic, Starw.2.6 
 10. Meylan, BBC Nyon2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kareem JOHNSON
  Starwings
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Johnson, Starwings5.0 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lio.3.5 
 3. Matter, Starwings2.0 
 4. Salaam, Monthey2.0 
 5. Yates, Fribourg1.7 
 6. Molteni, SAM M.1.2 
 7. Dubas, Monthey1.2 
 8. Knutson, BBC Nyon1.0 
 9. Barnette, Geneve1.0 
 10. Gugino, SAM M.1.0 


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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. ES Sahel 5-0 
 2. Stade Nabeulien 4-1 
 3. C Africain 4-1 
 4. ESG 4-1 
 5. CA Bizerte 4-1 
 6. ES Rades 4-2 
 7. Ezzahra 4-2 
 8. JS Kairouan 3-2 
 9. US Monastir 2-3 
 10. ASC Bizerte 1-4 
 11. Tunisair 1-4 
 12. AS Hammamet 0-5 
 13. C Cheminots 0-5 
 14. JS Manazeh 0-5 


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Mikhail Torrance is a newcomer at Ormanspor Genc Ankara - by Eurobasket Center
Ormanspor Genc Ankara (TB2L) added to their roster 23-year old American guard Mikhail Torrance (196-G-95kg-88, college: Alabama). Torrance was most recently at Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel), but he injured in August and was out for the whole season. He graduated The University of Alabama in 2010. As a senior he was averaging 15.6ppg, 3.7rpg and 5.1apg, and he was selected to All-SEC 2nd Team.

Montepaschi too strong for Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Galatasaray 103-77

Montepaschi had no troubles to beat Galatasaray on Wednesday night. The Italian powerhouse celebrated huge 103-77 win for 3-0 record in Group D. Galatasaray faced with the second straight loss and they slipped to 1-2 score in this pool. Experience Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up for the hosts with 24 points. He missed only once for 26 minutes on the court and reached valuation 30. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 19 points and David Andersen (212-C-80) helped with 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In Galata, Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 12 points. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) had 11, and Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) added 10 pts and 8 rebounds. Quarters: 30-16, 20-21, 26-17, 27-23. Montepaschi will meet Barca at the Palau Blaugrana next week. Galatasaray's rival will be Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 24, Bo McCalebb 19, David Andersen 13+6 boards
Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 12, Ender Arslan 11, Joshua Shipp 10+8 boards


Olin Erdine inks Luka Drezga - by Eurobasket News
Luka Drezga (196-G-87) is a new member of Olin Edrine. The Croatian guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Drezga spent this pre-season with Fenerbahce Ulker. The player started 2010/11 with Ukrainian Khimik Yuzhny. He had 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1 apg for 7 games in the league. Drezga also added 16 ppg and 5.5 rpg for two EuroChallenge games, after what they split. In 2009/10, Luka Drezga played for Trogir. He shined with 16.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 30 games in Croatia. In the past, he was a member of Sibenik. Drezga played for Croatian U18, U20 and B National Teams earlier.

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Mike Monroe: Debt to Duncan colors NBA impasse - by David Edole
On opening night of the 2007-08 Spurs season, the club formally acknowledged what already had been reported: Two-time Most Valuable Player Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) had agreed to extend his contract for two more seasons.

Part of the deal: Duncan agreed to take a $3.5 million pay cut in the first season of the extension, presumably so the Spurs could be players in the rich free agent summer of 2010.

Back then, club owner Peter Holt gushed about Duncans selfless dedication to the franchise.

This is Tim and the way he does things and the way he always has been, Holt said. He told me a long time ago, after David (Robinson) retired, that he wanted to go out the same way: Go out a winner and stay in San Antonio. Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) is very much in the same mold as David.

But he is no ones carbon copy.

Today, on a day that was to have concluded at the AT&T Center with the first game of the Spurs 2011-12 season, Robinson finds himself alongside Holt in a Spurs ownership group aligned with the other NBA owners. As a group, the owners are intent on ensuring profitability by threatening the players with cancellation of more games as a lockout imposed on July 1 continues into its fifth month.

Duncan remains a loyal member of the National Basketball Players Association, which has dwindling options as its solidarity frays and its leadership fractures.

We can only wonder what the great power forward must be thinking this morning about that $3.5 million pay cut he took that ultimately enabled the Spurs to acquire Richard Jefferson and his bloated contract.

Isnt that deal one of the exhibits the players should present to the world when they assert that the owners are asking the union to protect them from their own folly?

And wasnt it Duncans greatness his 21-point, 20-rebound, 10-assist, eight-block title-clinching Game 6 in 2003 that ranks as one of the greatest in Finals history that sent Robinson off to retirement with a second championship ring and a lasting memory before he bought a piece of the Spurs?

Holt seems to understand the debt he and Robinson and other Spurs owners owe to Duncan. Chairman of the owners labor relations committee, he said as much to reporters after negotiations blew apart on Oct. 20.

In refuting the notion the Spurs proved it possible for a team to thrive financially and win championships in a relatively small market, Holt said the Spurs had lost money in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and would have run in red ink sooner if not for good fortune in the draft.

Fortunately, a fellow named Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) showed up and David Robinson before that, and we won some championships, Holt said. We were able to go deep into the playoffs. It helped cover our losses. If we had not had that situation, we would have been losing money even before these last two years in this last CBA.

Now Duncan will pay dearly about $211,000 per game with each one that isnt played in what could be the final season of his brilliant career.

Duncan was just entering his second season when the owners locked out the players in 1998, not yet of a stature to play an important role in collective bargaining. Then, it was left to Michael Jordan to intercede in collective bargaining talks. His Airness famously told Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin that if he could not afford to run an NBA team, he should sell it.

This is not to suggest Duncan should confront Holt the same way, but wouldnt his presence add a rich texture to the fabric of the unions stance? And perhaps he might be just the right union member to make the same suggestion to Jordan, now owner of the Bobcats, that Jordan offered to Pollin.

After all, its when selling a franchise that the owners truly cash in, with no obligation to split those proceeds with anyone.

mikemonroe@express-news.net


Jazz's Raja Bell says he's looking overseas; discusses state of NBA lockout - by David Edole
Jazz guard Raja Bell said Wednesday he is exploring the option of playing overseas during the NBA lockout.

Bell confirmed a statement by his agent Herb Rudoy, who said that, 'Nothing is imminent, but we are weighing some opportunities.'

Rudoy would not reveal the teams or countries his client might play for, and Bell conceded it is still early in the process. However, he acknowledged that Italy, Spain and Israel would be ideal locations.

The veteran Jazz guard wants to sign with a good, well-run team instead of getting a paid vacation.

'I have two kids, with a third on the way and a family,' Bell said. 'If I go over there, I'm going to work.'

The stalled 2011-12 NBA season, combined with the realization that more games could be canceled as the lockout drags on, has left Bell with the realization that it could be a long time before he wears a Jazz uniform again.

'This is my job,' Bell said. 'This is what I do. It gets to be a little weird when you can't do your job.'

Bell, who serves as Utah's player representative, said he checks in with the NBA Players Association an average of once a week to learn the details of collective bargaining agreement negotiations.

'I'm aware of what's going on,' Bell said. 'But I'm not sitting around looking for bad news.'

He is optimistic and hopeful a compromise will be reached between players and owners that will save the season. However, he's also realistic about where talks stand and what's at stake.

'Both sides are going to have to make a couple more concessions for there to be a deal,' Bell said.

Brian T. Smith


Rakeem Christmas: Meet the Orange - by David Edole
Freshman forward Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F-91) was a McDonald's High School All American last season. He's competing for a starting spot for the Syracuse University basketball team.

First-year assistant Adrian Autry has taken over the forwards group in practice, which puts him with Christmas during the teams drill sessions.

I think hes doing really well, Autry said of Christmas. He has a lot of moments where hell really show his athleticism and his quickness and things like that. I think right now hes just trying to figure some things out, but for the most part, hes doing well. Hes doing as best as a freshman could do.

While he works out with the forwards, Christmas inevitably encounters Syracuse centers Fab Melo and Baye Moussa Keita when the Orange gets into half- and full-court action. Although Melo and Keita are just sophomores, Christmas said theyve still had fun pushing the young freshman around.

The biggest difference would have to be banging around in the paint, Christmas said. In high school, it wasnt that much. Here youve got Fab and Baye. Theyre big guys. Youve got to get used to banging around in the paint. Its the Big East.
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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Hoverla 7-3 
 2. Budivelnyk 6-1 
 3. Azovmash 6-2 
 4. Ferro-ZNTU 6-2 
 5. BC Donetsk 6-3 
 6. Khimik 6-4 
 7. BC Kyiv 5-4 
 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 0-8 


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. King, BC Odessa17.3 
 6. Culpepper, Fe.17.1 
 7. McClinton, Budivel.17.1 
 8. Deane, BC Odessa17.1 
 9. Davis, Kryvbasb.16.9 
 10. McGhee, Khimik16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. King, BC Odessa10.6 
 2. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.5 
 3. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.8 
 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. Coleman, Hoverla7.2 
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, Azovmash4.5 
 8. Rybalko, Fe.4.4 
 9. Swanson, Hoverla4.3 
 10. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Azovmash
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ewing, Azovmash2.4 
 2. Tiggs, Hoverla2.1 
 3. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.8 
 4. Low, Dnipro1.8 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik1.6 
 6. Miletic, Khimik1.6 
 7. Snow, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 8. Terry, Khimik1.5 
 9. Chappell, Fe.1.5 
 10. Avdalovic, BC Do.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. Wallace, Halychyna1.4 
 7. Coleman, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 9. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.3 
 10. Agafonov, Budiv.1.3 


Politekhnika-Halychyna add Vladan Vukosavljevic - by Eurobasket News
Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) joined Politekhnika-Halychyna. The centre spent the last season in Serbia. He played for Radnicki Kragujevac. The centre posted 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in Adriatic League. In Serbian League Vladan Vukosavljevic tallied 9.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with Oostende, Hemofarm, Crvena Zvezda and OKK Beograd. Vladan Vukosavljevic played for Serbian U20 and U21 National Teams. He also participated at 2007 World University Games. The player was the member of Adriatic League All-Star Game back in 2008. Eurobasket.com named the centre into Adriatic League All-Defensive Team in 2006.

BC Donetsk land Darnell Jackson - by Eurobasket News
BC Donetsk bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Darnell Jackson (203-F-85, college: Kansas). It is the first overseas contract for the US player. The forward spent the last season in the NBA. He played for the Sacramento Kings. Darnell Jackson tallied 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds per game for the Kings. Previously the forward had stints with the Cavaliers, Bucks and the Erie Bay Hawks in D-League. Darnell Jackson graduated from the University of Kansas in 2008. The forward posted 11.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in his senior season. Darnell Jackson was named into All-Big 12 3rd Team in 2008.

Superleague Round 8: #1 Hoverla is defeated by Ferro-ZNTU - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Hoverla (7-3) in Zaporozhye on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (6-2) 83-76. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who added 24 points during the contest. point guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Hoverla at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hoverla will play at home against Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. Fifth ranked Budivelnyk (6-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Azovmash (6-2) 80-77 in the fight for the second place. The winners were led by American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) who scored that evening 27 points and 4 steals and Zach Morley supported him with 14 points. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals by American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Azovmash. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Azovmash at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU. Budivelnyk will play against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Azovmash will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked BC Donetsk (6-3) 109-51 on Thursday evening. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was DeMarcus Nelson who scored 17 points. Bryan Davis produced 12 points 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. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kryvbasbasket still closes the standings with eight games lost. BC Donetsk will meet BC Odessa (#8) on the road in the next round. Kryvbasbasket will play against Cherkasy (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Kyiv was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Azovmash (6-2) played at the court of 7th ranked BC Kyiv (5-4). Azovmash managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84. Oleksiy Pecherov orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. Azovmash's coach Aco Petrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Azovmash moved-up to third place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Azovmash will have a break next round. BC Kyiv will play at home against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
An interesting game took place in Cherkasy where higher ranked Khimik (6-4) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Cherkasy (2-5) 93-80 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Khimik. Worth to mention a great performance of Willie Solomon who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 assists. Cherkasy moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Khimik dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Cherkasy will face bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in Krivoy Rog in the next round.

In the last two games of round 8 Khimik won against Dnipro on the opponent's court 80-72. DniproAzot unfortunately lost to BC Odessa in a home game 72-81.



BC Donetsk - Kryvbasbasket 109-51

Bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (0-8) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their eighth consecutive match to sixth ranked BC Donetsk (6-3) 109-51 on Thursday evening. The game without a history. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kryvbasbasket to just 7 points in second quarter. BC Donetsk dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Kryvbasbasket's 20. BC Donetsk forced 20 Kryvbasbasket turnovers and outrebounded them 43-14 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. BC Donetsk looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Kryvbasbasket's players. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) who scored 17 points. Guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. Forward Bryan Davis (206-86, college: Texas A&M, agency: N.E.T.) produced 12 points and guard Alvin Snow (188-81, college: E.Washington) added 12 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. BC Donetsk have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Kryvbasbasket still closes the standings with eight games lost. BC Donetsk will meet BC Odessa (#8) on the road in the next round. Kryvbasbasket will play against Cherkasy (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Nelson 17+3reb+3ast, M.Pustozvonov 14+3reb+1ast, V.Kravtsov 13+4reb, V.Avdalovic 12+2ast, R.Curry 12+6reb+3ast, I.Radenovic 10+6reb+2ast
Kryvbasbasket: B.Davis 12+3reb+1ast, A.Snow 12+2ast, I.Korotkov 8+1reb+1ast, I.Krivtsov 6+5reb+2ast, V.Kondratovets 5+1ast, V.Malchevskiy 3
gschID: 149055


BC Kyiv - Azovmash 84-90

The game in Kyiv was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Azovmash (6-2) played at the court of 7th ranked BC Kyiv (5-4). Azovmash managed to secure a 6-point victory 90-84. BC Kyiv was ahead by 12 points after three quarters before a 34-16 charge of Azovmash, which allowed them to win the game. The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American point guard Joseph Crispin (185-79, college: Penn St.) contributed with 25 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Azovmash's coach Aco Petrovic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) replied with 23 points and 5 assists and the former international swingman Artem Shvets (202-85) added 17 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for BC Kyiv. Four BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Azovmash moved-up to third place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Kyiv at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Azovmash will have a break next round. BC Kyiv will play at home against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: J.Crispin 25+6ast, O.Pecherov 24+10reb+1ast, D.Ewing 17+5reb+3ast, R.Rancik 8+1ast, V.Golubovic 7+2reb+2ast, H.Rizvic 4+3reb+2ast
BC Kyiv: G.Ervin 23+3reb+5ast, A.Shvets 17+5reb+2ast, V.Goodridge 13+9reb, R.Otverchenko 11+7reb+1ast, M.Austin 9+4reb+3ast, V.Podolyan 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 149056


Dnipro - Khimik 72-80

Very expected game in Dnepropetrovsk where 10th ranked Dnipro (2-4) was defeated by fourth ranked Khimik (6-4) 80-72 on Monday. Dnipro trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 16-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: RIZO) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. American forward Charles Thomas (203-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points and 6 assists and international guard Steven Burtt (185-84, college: Iona) scored 18 points. Despite that victory Khimik went down to sixth position due to points difference. Loser Dnipro keeps the tenth place with four games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked BC Donetsk (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Dnipro will play against Halychyna (#13) in Lviv.
Top scorers:
Khimik: D.Mitchell 17+5reb+5ast, A.McGhee 14+1reb+1ast, P.Miletic 13+4reb+1ast, D.Ikovlev 12+7reb+3ast, A.Pustovyi 8+3reb, R.Terry 7+3reb
Dnipro: S.Burtt 18+1reb+3ast, C.Thomas 17+2reb+6ast, D.Low 14+5reb+2ast, M.Korniyenko 8+3reb+1ast, F.House 8+2reb+3ast, O.Shchepkin 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 149051


DniproAzot - BC Odessa 72-81

Rather predictable result in Dniprodzerzhynsk where ninth ranked BC Odessa (4-4) defeated 11th ranked DniproAzot (2-6) 81-72 on Monday. DniproAzot was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-14 charge of BC Odessa, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to DniproAzot's 22. They outrebounded DniproAzot 41-29 including 31 on the defensive glass. BC Odessa looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. DniproAzot was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and Belarusian forward Dzianis Korshuk (202-78) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four BC Odessa players scored in double figures. Filipino-American point guard Stanley Pringle (184-87, college: Penn St.) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Maxim Balashov (190-80) scored 13 points. BC Odessa moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Mykolaiv. Loser DniproAzot dropped to the twelfth position with six games lost. BC Odessa will face higher ranked BC Donetsk (#5) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. DniproAzot will play against the league's second-placed Budivelnyk (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: S.King 19+13reb+4ast, D.Korshuk 18+5reb+2ast, W.Deane 18+2reb+3ast, J.Love 11+10reb+2ast, R.Kryvych 7+4reb+3ast, A.Kalnichenko 6+5reb+2ast
DniproAzot: S.Pringle 17+6reb+3ast, M.Balashov 13+1reb+3ast, V.Gurtovoy 10+4reb, S.Gorbenko 9+3reb+1ast, S.Sokur 7+4reb+1ast, R.Sirsnins 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 149052


Budivelnyk - Azovmash 80-77

Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. Fifth ranked Budivelnyk (6-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Azovmash (6-2) 80-77 in the fight for the second place. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-15 Azovmash's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-77 at the end of the game. Budivelnyk made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Azovmash turnovers. Strangely Azovmash outrebounded Budivelnyk 34-21 including 26 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) who scored that evening 27 points and 4 steals and the other American import forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) supported him with 14 points. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Even 18 points, 6 assists and 4 steals by American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Azovmash. The former international center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-85) added 18 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Azovmash at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Ferro-ZNTU. Budivelnyk will play against DniproAzot (#12) in Dniprodzerzhynsk in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Azovmash will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 27+1reb+3ast, Z.Morley 14+4reb+2ast, O.Onufriyev 12+4reb+1ast, S.Sehovic 9+7reb, R.Alijevas 7+2ast, A.Agafonov 5+2reb+3ast
Azovmash: O.Pecherov 18+8reb, D.Ewing 18+3reb+6ast, R.Minard 17+6reb+3ast, V.Golubovic 9+5reb, A.Slipenchuk 7+1reb+1ast, R.Rancik 4+3reb+3ast
gschID: 149053


Cherkasy - Khimik 93-80

An interesting game took place in Cherkasy where higher ranked Khimik (6-4) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Cherkasy (2-5) 93-80 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Khimik. Cherkasy made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Khimik was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 8 assists and FYR Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski (193-87) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cherkasy moved-up to eleventh place. Loser Khimik dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Cherkasy will face bottom-ranked Kryvbasbasket (#14) in Krivoy Rog in the next round.
Top scorers:
Cherkasy: W.Solomon 26+4reb+8ast, V.Stojanovski 14+5reb+2ast, M.Pupovic 13+7reb, A.Nerush 13+1reb+1ast, I.Timermanis 11+1reb, R.Wright 8+4reb+1ast
Khimik: R.Terry 20+6reb, D.Mitchell 19+2reb+5ast, A.McGhee 17+5reb, D.Ikovlev 14+4reb+2ast, S.Vasiljevic 9+2reb+4ast, P.Miletic 1+3reb+3ast
gschID: 149054


Ferro-ZNTU - Hoverla 83-76

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Hoverla (7-3) in Zaporozhye on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by fourth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (6-2) 83-76. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 7 points. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who added 24 points during the contest. point guard Dante Swanson (178-81, college: Tulsa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 11 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists and center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ferro-ZNTU and five Hoverla players scored in double figures. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to third place, which they share with Azovmash. Hoverla at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hoverla will play at home against Dnipro in Dnepropetrovsk and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 24+2reb, J.Chappell 20+8reb+3ast, R.Guinn 13+9reb+1ast, H.Kandrusevich 11+3reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 9+2reb+8ast, M.Davis 4+7reb+2ast
Hoverla: E.Coleman 15+9reb+1ast, Y.Lemyk 12+2reb, K.Tiggs 12+5reb+3ast, M.Walker 11+4reb+1ast, D.Swanson 11+8reb+7ast, B.Greene 10+7reb+1ast
gschID: 149050




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Copeland Boosts Heat - by Paul Nilsen
American power forward, Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) is joining Guildford Heat to help boost the team's performance.



6ft 7in Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) joins the Heat with an impressive track record in the BBL, having played for Glasgow Rocks for the last two seasons. Last season he was the second highest scorer in the team, with 13.8 points per game. He led the team in rebounding during the previous season, with 6.2 rebounds per game. In both seasons, Copeland shot well over 50% from the field and averaged 25 minutes a game as the Rocks' starting power forward.



Guildford Heat's head coach, Creon Raftopoulos commented, 'I've been courting Mike for a while and am delighted that he is now in a position to be able to join Guildford Heat. I have seen Mike play many times and am confident that he will deliver in terms of scoring and rebounding. Most importantly, he will also be able to balance out Mike Martin's minutes which should mean that we are able to put in strong, consistent performances throughout the entire game.



'Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) is not only an established professional in the BBL league but he also comes from an excellent American college, North Carolina Tar Heels, which has a strong winning tradition. His college was the training ground for talents such as Michael Jordan and Britain's own Steve Bucknall and has provided Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) with excellent grounding and a winning mentality.'



Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) replaces Kandi Mukole, who has now left the club. Hermann Opoku is also leaving Guildford Heat. He has been offered a contract to play for the top league in the Czech Republic.



Coach Creon explains, 'Hermann had a get out clause in his contract in case he got a higher offer. At a time when we were debating whether to keep him, the decision was taken out of my hands. He leaves with immediate effect and we wish him all the best at his new club.


Nilsen Meets : Keith Page - by Paul Nilsen
After a season putting up big numbers for Manchester Magic in the EBL, Keith Page (191-G-87, college: Ursinus) made the summer switch to Cheshire Jets. But, so far at least, its proven to be a tough initiation into the BBL for the player with the Jets struggling to find any kind of early season form.

I think the inconsistency, for both me on a personal level and for us as a team, has been down to a couple of things explains Page.



For me individually I think it's a case of settling in and making the necessary adjustments; building chemistry with my team-mates, getting comfortable with the increased pace, size and physicality as compared with the EBL.



Meanwhile as a team, I think its about creating a collective identity founded on defence, hard work and attention to detail. That's something we've been getting better at, particularly these past two games, in terms of our offensive and defensive execution.


Making the step up from EBL was always going to an adjustment for the guard and while the standard has increased a level, the player is trying to use his fundamentals and impressively simplistic approach to playing the game so he can attain success.

The main differences like I said are the increased pace, size and physicality. Players across all positions are bigger and more skilled. But my approach and mentality remain the same, if you play hard and execute on defence, limit turnovers and help your team by scoring, distributing and executing offensively, then that's a recipe for success wherever you play the game.



He adds, It's all about maintaining focus and discipline to help your team win.

For many years, the BBL has had a reputation for being too American orientated and even though the likes of Mersey Tigers and Newcastle Eagles have won a stack of silverware with many British players in recent times.



According to Page, its essential the BBL embraces more and more of British talent and ensure players in the EBL and lower tiers get the chance to help turn the tide and enjoy a pathway and opportunities to the top flight.


It's crucial in the development of the game and the league across the country. There is no doubt in my mind that the raw physical talent exists in this country for Britain to be one of the elite basketball nations in Europe and for the BBL to be one of the premier leagues.



In order to achieve this it's imperative that the league has avenues to foster and develop young British talent that may have the physical gifts to be hugely successful in this sport, but have not been given sufficient exposure to the sport at the highest level or been given the other necessary tools to develop their basketball IQ and mentality.



Everyone knows the importance of quality grass roots development for the success of the game, but it's also about the success of the entire national infrastructure of the sport. The success of the BBL plays a vital role in the games development as it can provide young British talent with a real and achievable goal to help them maintain motivation and a desire to develop.


Encouragingly, there has been a steady stream of players making the step up from EBL with the likes of David Watts at Worcester Wolves, Joel Madourie at Newcastle Eagles and most of the Durham Wildcats team - something Page is delighted to see,


There's no question that it's terrific to see all of these success stories across the league for young British talent. The success of any national league is always dependant on the quality of young home grown talent that creates it's foundation. So it's great to see these success stories and be a part of it all.



It's proof that the talent is out there across the nation. As a lover of this game I'm passionate about it's development and success in Britain and so playing against these guys is something I really enjoy because it shows the game's going in the right direction.


Developing as a basketball player was made a little easier for Page in that his sister Julie is also a pro-player and a Great Britain national team member. Having recently signed for Energa Torun in the Polish league, his sister is also preparing for next summer when she expects to step out at the London 2012 Olympics.


I am so proud of Julie. I know the intricacies, the pains and the joys, of the hard work she has invested over the years since she began playing this game and I am just so excited that she will be able to live her dream and see her goals realised. I don't harbour any jealousy because were really close.



We talk most days depending on practices and games and so I really just share her excitement. If you're asking would I want to represent my country on sports biggest and oldest stage then absolutely, I think that is probably the dream goal for most athletes in any sport.


'She has been greatly enjoying playing in Poland so far. As I said ,we talk as often as possible depending on schedules and obviously we talk about basketball; staying in the loop as to how each other are doing. When we get a chance to watch each other play we'll always try and offer constructive criticism and offer advice to one another but we have a great relationship beyond basketball. She's more of a mate than a sister to be honest!

Playing basketball wasnt always a natural choice in the Page household. In fact, it took a great family loss to spark a love for basketball.

I was always into football and rugby though when I was younger. I tried my hand at almost everything when I was a kid from badminton and swimming, to karate and trampolining. Getting involved in all those sports really benefited me and I think getting involved with sports at a young age is really crucial for a kids social, mental and physical development.

Playing basketball wasn't a no-brainer actually. My mum and sister only took up the sport after my grandmother passed away because they wanted something fun and active to do together. Julie got scouted by a national league coach in the area and I went along to some of her practices.



I think it's a great parting gift from my nana in that respect because both Julie and I were extremely close to her, and it's amazing that through her passing both Julie and I found a sport that we both loved and changed our lives for the better in so many different ways.


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  URUGUAY   


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. Eddie, Cordon24.0 
 5. Moore, Montevideo24.0 
 6. Nelson, Welcome22.0 
 7. Garcia Moral., Big.21.5 
 8. Roland, Sayago20.9 
 9. Haller, Montevideo20.1 
 10. Clarkson, Larre B.20.0 
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, Aguada6.1 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin5.5 
 5. Martinez, Malvin5.3 
 6. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 7. de Gouveia, Monte.5.0 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 9. Trasante, Olimpia4.4 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.3 
 2. Moore, Montevideo3.0 
 3. Shellman, Sayago3.0 
 4. Jeffries, Malvin2.8 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.8 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.7 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.6 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago2.6 
 9. Giano, Cordon2.4 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.6 
 2. Herring, Bohemios2.0 
 3. Smith, Malvin2.0 
 4. Douglas, Bohemios1.9 
 5. Suarez, Cordon1.9 
 6. Crews, Cader1.9 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.1.8 
 8. Newsome, Malvin1.7 
 9. Shellman, Sayago1.6 
 10. Mitchell, Guruyu1.3 


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelans Abroad - David Cubillan makes it happen for Soles in Mexico's LNBP - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- PG David Cubillan (183-PG-87) was the best player in Matchday 21 among the Venezuelans who play as imported players in Mexico's LNBP, as he stole a ball and scored the winning two-point shot for Soles de Mexicali, in a clash against Halcones Rojos de Veracruz, 69-67.

Cubillan had 15 points and 3 assists in the match, while SG-SF Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) added 2 points in 18 minutes. For Halcones Rojos, Venezuelan PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) netted 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and PG Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) finished up with 11 points.

Meanwhile, Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) completed another double double, his third straight, in a triumph of Huracanes de Tampico over Correcaminos de Victoria, 75-72. Colmenares scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.




Venezuelans Abroad - Jose Vargas helps Soles past Xalapa in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG-SF Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) led the bunch of countrymen in Mexico's LNBP during Matchday 22, as he was able to provide Soles de Mexicali with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, in a victory over Halcones de Xalapa, 91-82.

He got help from PG David Cubillan (183-PG-87), who netted 14 points and added 6 assists.

In another match, Halcones Rojos de Veracruz defeated Aguilas Rojas 96-87 thanks to 12 points from PF Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86), while Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) was not in his finest hour and scored only one point with a couple of assists and 4 turnovers.

PF Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) played only 3:19 minutes in a victory of Huracanes de Tampico against Correcaminos de Victoria, 91-85.


Venezuelans Abroad - Greg Echenique (Creighton) suffers head injury in practice - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF-C Gregory Echenique (205-C-90), of the Creighton Blue Jays in the United States's NCAA Division I, suffered a head injury during a practice session last Tuesday and missed a couple of preseason workout sessions, as he underwent several tests that cleared him to return in a couple of days, according to a report of Omaha World Herald's Steven Pinovar.

'Everything's fine', said Echenique to the newspaper mentioned above. 'They tested my vision, my brain, dit a CAT span. They said I'll be good to go either tomorrow or Friday'.

After his head hit the floor during a drill, Echenique reported that he felt 'groggy' and the coaching staff decided to leave him out of the afternoon workout. Being a head injury, which causes additional concern, coach Greg McDermott said he trusted his medical staff.

Echenique certainly didn't expect to have days off because of such an event. 'It's weird. There are days when your body is so tired that you think you really want a day off. Then you get one, and the only thing you think about is getting back on the court'.

Creighton will play an exhibition match next Sunday afternoon against Rockhurst at CenturyLink Center. Their regular season opener will be against North Carolina on November 11th.


Venezuelans Abroad - Keving Palacios scores 14 and Cordon wins in Uruguay - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84) was a key factor in the victory of Club Atletico Cordon against Aguada, 69-67, in Matchday 9 of Uruguay's 2011-2012 first division basketball, LUB, as he scored 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 35 minutes on court.

Palacios, who belongs to Cocodrilos de Caracas (LPB) in Venezuela, netted 7 of 15 two-point attempts and missed his only free-throw of the match, while one of his eight rebounds was grabbed in the offensive end. He turned the ball over three times and fouled another three times.

Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82) supported him with 26 points and 13 rebounds while Rodrigo Riera (184-G-72) finished up with 16 points and 6 assists. For Aguada, Alejandro Muro (187-G-74) and Pablo Morales (200-F-79) scored 18 points each and Brian Craig (206-C-79) finished up with 15.


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Cent.Apure 23-4 
 2. Tiburones 20-8 
 3. Estudiantes 18-9 
 4. Lanc.Cojedes 16-12 
 5. Graneros 15-13 
 6. Rojos de Sucre 13-15 
 7. Atleticos UCV 4-24 
 8. Cacaoteros 1-27 


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


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




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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Granca wins in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes - Gran Canaria 47-54

Gran Canaria shined in the opening round of the EuroCup regular season. The Spanish outfit handed 47-57 loss to Austrian Flying Foxes. Both teams are placed to Group D, where they will also meet Union Hainaut and Leminkainen. Astou Ndour (196-C-94) led Granca to victory with 15 points and 8 rebounds. D'andra Moss (183-F-88, college: VCU) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, and Aubrey Vandiver (180-G-88, college: Wyoming) added 9 pts. In the loosing squad, Nikol Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) led the scorers with 15 points (8 rebs). Kachine Alexander (175-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) collected 14 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. Quarters: 12-9, 11-5, 13-17, 11-23. Granca waits Leminkainen in the next round. Flying Foxes go to France, where they will take on Union Hainaut.

Flying Foxes: Nikol Soulis 15+8 boards, Kachine Alexander 14+9 boards+5 as
Gran Canaria: Astou Ndour 15+8 boards, D'andra Moss 14+5 boards, Aubrey Vandiver 9


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  BELARUS - Women  


Dynamo Kursk celebrates in Grodno - by Eurobasket News
Olimpia - Dynamo Kursk 53-83

Dynamo Kursk had a joyful Day One of the EuroCup regular season. The Russian squad cruised past Belarusian Olimpia on the road 53-83 for 1-0 record in Group F. Maccabi Ashdod and Kayseri are also participants of this pool. Dynamo had five players with double digits in scoring yesterday. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) was the leading one with 15 points and she also pulled down 13 rebounds beside that. Yuliya Dureika (180-F/G-86, agency: LBM Management) had 14 pts and 5 rebs, while Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) helped her team with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebs. For the hosts, Alina Iordan (192-C-88) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C/F-92) stopped to 12 points in this meeting. Quarters: 15-19, 11-15, 12-24, 15-25. Dynamo will host Maccabi Ashdod in the next round. Olimpia goes to Turkey, Kayseri.

Olimpia: Alina Iordan 16+9 boards, Maryia Filonchyk 12
Dynamo Kursk: Anna Petrakova 15+13 boards, Yuliya Dureika 14+5 boards, Michelle Snow 10+11 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Dexia Namur 5-0 
 2. Kangoeroes-B. 5-0 
 3. Sint Kateline 4-1 
 4. Waregem 4-1 
 5. Blue Cats 3-2 
 6. Point Chaud 2-3 
 7. Spirou Monceau 2-3 
 8. Jeugd Gentson 2-3 
 9. Houthalen 1-4 
 10. Tulikivi Deerlijk 1-4 
 11. Willebroek 1-4 
 12. Castors Braine 0-5 


D1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-G-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.19.0 
 2. Boydens, Tuliki.18.3 
 3. Smolders, Houth.18.0 
 4. Demirer, Spirou M.17.3 
 5. Meesseman, Blue C.17.0 
 6. Delvaux, Jeugd G.16.5 
 7. Boonen, Kangoero.16.0 
 8. VanMalderen, Dexia16.0 
 9. Rosseel, Blue Cats15.7 
 10. Blommaers, Houth.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julia DEMIRER
  Spirou M.
  (187-F-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Demirer, Spirou M.12.3 
 2. Verbeest, Tuliki.9.5 
 3. Winkelmans, Sint K.9.5 
 4. Greene, Point Cha.9.3 
 5. Boonen, Kangoero.9.3 
 6. Vandistel, Houthal.9.0 
 7. Maes, Tulikivi.8.7 
 8. Vasovic, Houthalen8.0 
 9. Michiels, Spirou M.7.7 
 10. Meesseman, Blue7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Audrey SALVI
  Houthalen
  (173-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Salvi, Houthalen5.0 
 2. Ballau, Spirou M.4.3 
 3. Blommaers, Houth.4.0 
 4. Ibekwe, Dexia N.3.0 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Hamaide, Spirou M.3.0 
 7. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.8 
 8. Devliegher, Blue C.2.7 
 9. Deyaert, Waregem2.7 
 10. Meesseman, Blue2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  Blue C.
  (192-C-93)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Meesseman, Blue C.3.7 
 2. Mayombo, Point C.3.7 
 3. Greene, Point Cha.3.7 
 4. Deneil, Dexia Namur3.3 
 5. Rosseel, Blue Cats3.0 
 6. Celus, Sint Kateli.3.0 
 7. Smolders, Houth.3.0 
 8. Mayombo, Point C.2.7 
 9. Schyvens, Willebro.2.5 
 10. Delvaux, Jeugd G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrijana VASOVIC
  Houthalen
  (186-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Vasovic, Houthalen2.0 
 2. Nauwelaers, Sint K.2.0 
 3. Dochez, Willebroek1.8 
 4. Boonen, Kangoero.1.3 
 5. Meesseman, Blue C.1.3 
 6. Gahayeva, Sint K.1.0 
 7. Decroos, Kangoero.1.0 
 8. Blommaers, Houth.1.0 
 9. Hendrickx, Kangoe.0.8 
 10. Schyvens, Willebr.0.8 


Matee Ajavon leads Optimum TED to victory against Dexia Namur - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Namur - Optimum TED 62-68

Another Turkish team celebrated in the first round of the EuroCup 2011/12. It is Optimum TED, who outplayed Dexia Namur as a guest 62-68. Both teams are placed to Group C. Matee Ajavon (173-G-86, college: Rutgers) was the leading player in victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Demya Walker (191-C/F-77, college: Virginia) also was great adding double-double of 18 pts and 10 rebs, and Gulsah Akkaya (182-F-77) helped her team with 16 pts and 5 boards. In Dexia Namur, Chandrea Jones (175-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) top-scored with 19 points (5 rebs). Ify Ibekwe (187-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Arizona) had 13 points and 8 boards. Quarters: 15-14, 16-23, 15-13, 16-18. Optimum TED waits AD Vagos in the next round. Dexia Namur goes to Nantes.

Dexia Namur: Chandrea Jones 19+5 boards, Ify Ibekwe 13+8 boards
Optimum TED: Matee Ajavon 23+6 boards, Demya Walker 18+10 boards, Gulsah Akkaya 16+5 boards


Besiktas celebrates in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Young Cats - Besiktas 58-69

Besiktas did a great job in Belgium last night. The Sandro Orlando's team outplayed Young Cats 58-69 for 1-0 record in EuroCup, Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Dynamo-GUVD and Telge Basket. Jantel Lavender (193-C-88, college: Ohio St.) stepped up for the Turkish squad with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Yasemin Horasan (187-F/C-83) had 17 pts, and Courtney Vandersloot (172-G-89, college: Gonzaga) added 10 pts, plus 11 boards. For the hosts, Emma Meesseman (192-C-93) came up with 11 points and 7 rebs. Jasmina Rosseel (172-G-89, college: Drexel) and Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F-90) netted 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 21-22, 11-9, 17-17, 9-21. Besiktas will host Telge in the next round. Young Cats will meet DYNAMO Guvd as a guest.

Young Cats: Emma Meesseman 11+7 boards, Jasmina Rosseel 10, Anne-Sophie Strubbe 9
Besiktas: Jantel Lavender 21+7 boards, Yasemin Horasan 17, Courtney Vandersloot 10+11 boards


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL Limassol 2-0 
 2. Olympos 2-0 
 3. Keravnos 1-0 
 4. Achilleas 1-1 
 5.