EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/5/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Sionista 8-3 
 2. Regatas C. 7-3 
 3. Quimsa 6-4 
 4. Atenas 5-5 
 5. Libertad S. 5-5 
 6. Olimpico LB 4-6 
 7. San Mart.C. 3-7 
 8. La Union 3-8 
South
 1. Wuber-Est.Bahia 8-2 
 2. Obras 6-3 
 3. Boca Jrs 6-4 
 4. Penarol 6-5 
 5. GECR Indalo 6-5 
 6. Lanus 5-5 
 7. Club 9 2-8 
 8. Quilmes MP 2-9 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Perth Wildcats sign Everard Bartlett - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats have signed New Zealand-native Everard Bartlett (198-G-86) as an injury-waiver replacement for point guard Damian Martin (188-PG-84, college: Loyola Marymount) as he recovers from toe surgery.

Martin had surgery last Thursday to repair the ligament and tendon damage in the little toe of his right foot, and that has opened the door for the Wildcats to sign Bartlett as a replacement.

The 25-year-old guard spent the 2010/11 season training with the Wildcats after relocating from New Zealand, where he did spend time with the Breakers but didnt hit the floor in an NBL game.

He had a strong New Zealand NBL season again with the Auckland Pirates after that and has continued to live in Perth with his partner and son, and train hard with the Wildcats so he was ready for the opportunity that has now presented that could see him debut as early as this Saturday night against Wollongong.

Bartlett knows that this situation is exactly why training players are around in case they need to be called upon. He's excited at the chance that has now presented.

'Obviously it is unfortunate that someone has to get injured for an opportunity to open for me, but that's part of the game. That's why we are here as training players just in case that happens and it's unpredictable,' Bartlett said.

'This is my second year with the team and I am enjoying everything it's about, especially the whole organisation and how they support each other. I'm loving being part of the team, I fit in well and it's a style of game that I love to play.'

Having been part of the Breakers, playing locally in New Zealand, spending time playing in Iceland and being quite a journeyman, Bartlett has long wanted to get the chance to make his NBL debut, and he's now glad all that hard work has paid off.

He also feels it is a plus for both himself and the team that someone is coming in as a short-term replacement for Martin who has been with the team for two years, and knows what is going on and what is expected.

'Playing in the NBL has been my aim for quite some time. I was with the Breakers development and then I went over to Europe to play, but Australia is just a great league,' Bartlett said.

'The standard is great and I really want to be part of it. I know that I have developed my basketball a lot since being here and also professionally off the court as well.

'I am feeling much more comfortable here in this second year. In the first year you are trying to fit in and take everything on board, but this year I do feel much more comfortable. I know the guys, the systems and it's just about coming in to play basketball. I feel good, I feel healthy and I feel ready.'

Without Martin in the line-up, Bartlett's main role will be to help out as a ball carrier and that's something he is comfortable with.

'Bevo has had me as a combo one and two guard. Obviously Damo is a big asset to this team and he is big shoes to fill there, but I'm not looking at filling his shoes,' Bartlett said.

'I'm just looking to support the guys and bringing what I can to the table. Hopefully I can just do everything I can to make this club successful.'

Looking ahead to potentially making his debut this Saturday night inside Challenge Stadium against Wollongong, Bartlett is certainly excited by the prospect after quickly realising just how passionate and loyal the 'Cats fans are in The Jungle.

'I am excited, anxious and I have a lot of emotions. When I was with the Breakers development they would talk about hating coming to Perth because of the crowd. I wasnt expecting it to be how it was,' Bartlett said.

'When I came here last season and saw the atmosphere, it was crazy and I was just like wow. Then the new stadium next year will be even better. It's definitely exciting thinking about getting the chance to play.

'The fans here are so passionate and support the team 100 per cent. When we win, it feels good and the crowd loves it. Even when we lose the crowd still feels that. They support the team so much. It's going to be very exciting.'

It was actually quite a good turn of fate that ended up seeing Bartlett come down to train with the Wildcats last season.

He was already moving to Perth to join his partner and son, but when his long-time Bay Hawkes coach in New Zealand Shawn Dennis joined the Wildcats, Bartlett was invited down and hasnt looked back since. The benefits he has seen in his game have been enormous as well.

'Actually my partner and my son moved over here about a year before I did. I was always planning on coming over and just at that same time SD got announced assistant coach. I came over, SD was here and he told me to come down to a couple of trainings,' he said.

'So I did and Bevo asked me to stay. I havent left since I turned up for a couple of those pre-season trainings where I was here for numbers. I have enjoyed it, it has been a very good experience and it has been great for me to go back to play in the New Zealand as well.

'This past year back in New Zealand I realised I had developed a lot and received a lot of good feedback. That led me to getting a Tall Blacks trial this year. I made the reserve squad and just missed the Europe trip and Australian series, but hopefully next year.'

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kevin LISCH
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lisch, Wildcats22.0 
 2. Mills, Tigers21.2 
 3. Wilkinson, Breakers19.5 
 4. Redhage, Wildcats19.3 
 5. Warren, 36ers17.6 
 6. Khazzouh, Kings17.5 
 7. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 8. Bruce, Kings15.5 
 9. Tragardh, Tigers15.4 
 10. Catron, Hawks14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (210-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles10.3 
 3. Worthington, Blaze8.0 
 4. Grant, Kings7.8 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 6. Bose, Kings7.3 
 7. Mims, Crocodiles7.0 
 8. Hill, Taipans6.8 
 9. Wilkinson, Breakers6.7 
 10. Simpsons, 36ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Adam GIBSON
  Blaze
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gibson, Blaze6.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 3. Jackson, Breakers5.8 
 4. Martin, Hawks5.5 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.7 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.5 
 7. Crosswell, 36ers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Tigers3.6 
 9. Wilson, Taipans3.5 
 10. Mills, Tigers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Breakers3.0 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Mims, Crocodiles2.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze2.0 
 5. Robbins, Wildcats1.8 
 6. Harvey, Blaze1.5 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Dorsey, Tigers1.2 
 9. Vukona, Breakers1.2 
 10. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Grant, Kings1.8 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings1.5 
 3. Johnson, 36ers1.4 
 4. Nevill, Wildcats1.3 
 5. Pledger, Breakers1.2 
 6. Forman, Hawks1.2 
 7. Weigh, 36ers1.0 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 9. Simpsons, 36ers1.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats1.0 


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  AUSTRIA   


Frstenfeld reached Final4 - by Stefan Heinrich
The Frstenfeld Panthers is the first team who reached the Cup Final4 of the season. In the quarterfinals they manged to beat the Traiskirchen Lions with 83:63. The game was close during the first half but in the second half the Panthers increased their intensity on defense and they managed to celebrate an easy victory at the end.

Panhers (83): Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri St.) 24, Matthews 21, Ware 14, O'Neal 11, Robinson 5, Radakovics 3, Richter 3, Weber 2
Lions (63): Tiras Wade (200-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) 17, Drenovac 17, Skurdauskas 10, Danek 6, Spasojevic 6, Moschny 3, Blazevic 2, Wilk 2


BC Vienna adds Mirza Ahmetbasic - by Stefan Prager
BC Vienna again strenghtened their roster and added guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-G-87, college: Abil.Christian) to its lineup. The 23 year old combo guard last played in Croatia for KK Zadar. The native of Bosnia & Herzegovia started his career playing for his hometown club Brcko before transferring to Bosna Sarajevo. Following two seasons in the USA playing at a junior College and in the NCAA 2 Ahmetbasic went back to Bosnia. Lateron he also played in Kosovo. Last season Ahmetbasic appeared in 11 games for Zadar averaging 3.9ppg along with 2.0rpg. He is expected to have his debut today when BC Vienna will face UBSC Graz in the Cup quarterfinals.

Gussing Knights switch try-out players, add Duro Bjegovic - by Stefan Prager
The Gussing Knights switched their try- out players. After just a few days the try- out of forward Edward Johnson has been terminated. In stead the Knights added forward Duro Bjegovic. Bjegovic spent the last two seasons playing for Sacramento State in the NCAA 1. The 23 year old Croatian started his career in Split before going overseas. In 2005 he was a member of the Croatian U18 national team. Bjegovic is expected to have his debut today when the Knights will face WBC Wels in the Cup quarterfinals.

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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. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 8. Barinov, Naglis P.17.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla16.7 
 10. Laksa, Barsy Aty.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.0 
 2. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 4. Willard, Ventspils8.3 
 5. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla7.3 
 9. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 10. Keedus, TT.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gediminas MACEINA
  Juventus
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Maceina, Juventus7.8 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai6.8 
 4. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 9. Girdziunas, Neptu.4.0 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.5 
 3. Elksnis, Valmiera2.5 
 4. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 6. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 8. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 9. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 10. Babkauskas, Tech.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 3. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Meiers, Ventspils1.3 
 7. Butkevicius, Sakal.1.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph1.0 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Mednis, Turiba1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 4-0 
 2. Rudupis 3-1 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 3-1 
 4. Ventspils 3-1 
 5. Juventus 2-2 
 6. Tartu Ulikool 2-4 
 7. Triumph 1-1 
 8. Kedainiai 1-2 
 9. Pieno Zvaigzdes 1-2 
 10. Baltai Kaunas 1-3 
 11. Liepaja 1-5 
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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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar22.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege18.7 
 3. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven17.3 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi16.6 
 6. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 7. Jackson, Aalstar15.4 
 8. Green, Charleroi15.2 
 9. Freeman, Leuven14.8 
 10. Love, Verviers-Pe.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Mejri, Antwerp7.6 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.3 
 3. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 4. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 5. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 6. Brown, Gent6.4 
 7. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 8. Shengelia, Charler.6.2 
 9. Merriex, Verviers.6.0 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 2. Bosco, Gent4.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.8 
 4. Hamilton, Charleroi3.4 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.4 
 6. Davis, Leuven3.3 
 7. Jackson, Aalstar3.2 
 8. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.0 
 9. Welsch, Charleroi3.0 
 10. Hill, Charleroi3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jean SALUMU
  Leuven
  (193-F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.7 
 3. Black, Antwerp2.6 
 4. Downey, Verviers.2.5 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.2.4 
 6. Haynes, Gent2.3 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 8. Rahier, Verviers.2.0 
 9. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 10. Sakota, Oostende1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.0 
 2. Jennings, Liege1.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Riddick, Charleroi1.2 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 6. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 7. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 8. Bostic, Liege0.7 
 9. Mwema, Antwerp0.6 
 10. Green, Charleroi0.6 


Ethias League Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Telenet Oostende has reached an agreement with American forward Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) for 6 weeks to replace the injured Matt Lojeski.
Winston comes to Oostende with plenty of experience in Europe. After his senior year at Alabama where he was the SEC's leading scorer with 17.9 ppg he came to Europe.
His first team here was Gran Canaria (05-06). He then moved to Greece where he played 2 seasons for Panionios Athens. In 08-09 he played for Turk Telekom Ankara and later during that season he joined Real Madrid for the remainder of the season. The past 2 years he played in the Italian Serie A, first for Lottomatica Rome and this past season for Canadian Solar Bologna. In 28 games this past season he averaged 13.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg.

First player swap of the season took place these past days. VOO Verviers-Pepinster released rookie Kyle Austin and signed Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena).
Faison played part of the past season for Oostende but had not signed with anyone this season. He played for Belgium at the past European Championship.
Faison already played for Pepinster from 2000 till 2002.



Partizan outplays Charleroi in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Charleroi 91-81

First Euroleague win for Partizan this season. The Serbian champion was better than the Belgian champ Charleroi 91-81 and joined them with 1-2 record in Group C. Armani Jeans Milano also has the same numbers in this pool. Partizan got 26 points and 7 assists from the NBAer Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M). Another NBA player Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 21 pts in this meeting. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) helped the Serbian powerhouse with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. In Charleroi, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) delivered 19 pts. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) scored 16, and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points, plus 9 boards. Partizan made 22-17 in the first quarter and later Charleroi came to 45-44. Partizan speeded up in the finish of the first half again taking 52-44 lead. Charleroi made 6-16 run after the breather and Partizan grabbed back 73-70 with ten minutes to go. Uros Lucic stepped up with two big triples, including one in the finish of Q3, and together with Nikola Pekovic and Acie Law brought 86-78 lead for the hosts. With 1:19 to go it was 91-81 for Partizan and Charleroi had no chance. In the next game, Partizan will host Real Madrid. Charleroi waits Armani Jeans Milano.

Partizan: Acie Law 26+7 as, Nikola Pekovic 21, Milan Macvan 15+6 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Demond Mallet 19, Tornike Shengelia 16, Christopher Hill 15+9 boards


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  BRAZIL   


Tijuca sign Gege and Lima - by Paulo Freire
The newest team in the NBB, Tijuca Tenis Clube Rio de Janeiro have sign two new players to their roster.
The coach Miguel Palmier now will count with the point guard George Yeye Torres (183-PG) and the small forward Ulisses Lima (192-F-85)
Gege come from Flamengo but he is a well knowing player in the club since he was part of the young basics teams of Tijuca before living the country to play in Spain. Gege is looking to have more playing time since he just did a good job playing for Flamengo U-21 squad on the NBB-U21.
Lima is a swingman who is able to play the 3 and 4 position, Tijuca was looking at him since the last Brazil Cup where Tijuca played against him a couple of times.



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  BULGARIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ilia STANKOV
  Spartak .
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Stankov, Spartak23.7 
 2. Durchev, Tundja Y.21.0 
 3. Dunovic, Chernomo.19.7 
 4. Yanev, Cherno More19.0 
 5. Heath, Lukoil A.18.3 
 6. Harper, Levski S.17.5 
 7. Koev, Chernomorets17.3 
 8. Marinov, Balkan16.3 
 9. Lilov, Balkan16.0 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandr YANEV
  Cherno More
  (203-F/C-90)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Yanev, Cherno More11.8 
 2. Evtimov, Levski So.10.3 
 3. Slaveykov, Sparta.9.3 
 4. Todorov, Spartak8.0 
 5. Crawford, Balkan7.7 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.7.7 
 7. Martin, Balkan7.5 
 8. Pavlovski, Chernom.7.3 
 9. Stankov, Spartak7.0 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.7 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.5 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.0 
 4. Filipov, Balkan4.3 
 5. Todorov, Spartak4.3 
 6. Roshmanov, Cherno.4.3 
 7. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.3 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets4.0 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.4.0 
 10. Aleksiev, Cherno4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.3.3 
 2. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.3 
 3. Kirov, Rilski S.3.0 
 4. Velikov, Rilski S.2.7 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.7 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.5 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.3 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja2.0 
 10. Slaveykov, Sparta.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Crawford, Balkan2.0 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.3 
 3. Gocevski, Tundja Y.1.3 
 4. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 5. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 7. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 8. Davidov, Cherno M.0.7 
 9. Georgiev, Sparta.0.7 
 10. Todorov, Spartak0.7 


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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 30
 1. Baker, Alberta30.0 
 2. Walton, Manitoba28.0 
 3. Zimmerman, Winnipeg27.0 
 4. Oliver, Manitoba24.0 
 5. Taylor, Alberta19.0 
 6. Ferguson, Alberta16.0 
 7. Brown, Winnipeg15.0 
 8. Speer, Manitoba12.0 
 9. Reiter, Lethbridge12.0 
 10. Coward, Lethbridge12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. Baker, Alberta24.0 
 2. Waldner, Lethb.12.0 
 3. Speer, Manitoba12.0 
 4. Oliver, Manitoba11.0 
 5. Sharpe, Winnipeg7.0 
 6. Coward, Lethbridge6.0 
 7. Omoerah, Manitoba6.0 
 8. Iko, Winnipeg6.0 
 9. Draward, Manitoba6.0 
 10. Bergen-H., Alberta4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stephan WALTON
  Manitoba
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Walton, Manitoba6.0 
 2. Ferguson, Alberta5.0 
 3. Baker, Alberta5.0 
 4. Cardoza, Alberta4.0 
 5. Brown, Winnipeg4.0 
 6. Cooper, Lethbridge4.0 
 7. Reiter, Lethbridge3.0 
 8. Taylor, Alberta3.0 
 9. Omoerah, Manitoba3.0 
 10. Sharpe, Winnipeg3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Braedon SPEER
  Manitoba
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Speer, Manitoba5.0 
 2. Cooper, Lethbridge4.0 
 3. Walton, Manitoba3.0 
 4. Baker, Alberta3.0 
 5. Cardoza, Alberta3.0 
 6. Omoerah, Manitoba3.0 
 7. Ferguson, Alberta3.0 
 8. Krahn, Winnipeg2.0 
 9. Sharpe, Winnipeg2.0 
 10. Reiter, Lethbridge2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominyc COWARD
  Lethbridge
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Coward, Lethbridge4.0 
 2. Waldner, Lethb.2.0 
 3. Iko, Winnipeg2.0 
 4. Draward, Manitoba1.0 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba1.0 
 6. Omoerah, Manitoba1.0 
 7. Baker, Alberta1.0 
 8. Dewar, Alberta1.0 
 9. Huertas, Manitoba1.0 
 10. Ferguson, Alberta0.0 


Canada West men's basketball preview: T'Birds shoot for repeat - by Eurobasket News
EDMONTON The 2011-12 Canada West basketball campaign begins on Friday night, and here is an overview of the 14 Canada West teams that will compete in the two-division conference East and West.

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS
2010-11 conference record: 16-8 (4th)
2011 playoffs: 2-3
Last CW title: 2005
Last CIS title: 2002

CIS ranking: #6
CW ranking: #3

Key additions: Sahr Saffa (G), Adam Weir (F), Andrew Bates (F)

Key returnees: Daniel Ferguson (191-G/F, college: Valdosta St.) (G), Jordan Baker (G), Todd Bergen-Henengouwen (F), Robert Dewar (211-F/C-91) (F), Matthew Cardoza (G)

Key departures: C.G. Morrison (G), Graeme Mitchell (G)

EDMONTON The Alberta Golden Bears ares poised to take big leap forward in the 2011-12 season.

The Bears have full intentions of competing for the Canada West title, while also picking up a berth to the CIS Final 8 tournament. Key returning players include fifth-year shooting guard Daniel Ferguson, as well as third-year guard Jordan Baker, third-year forward Todd Bergen-Henengouwen, and third-year forward Robert Dewar.

Ferguson spent the majority of the 2010-11 season leading Canada West in scoring, and if preseason numbers are any indication, the Malton, ON native should find himself once again leading the conference in scoring, and perhaps winning the scoring race. Baker has had a busy off-season, one that will benefit him and Alberta in a number of ways. The Edmonton product helped Canada to a silver medal finish at the Summer World University Games, held in China, and recently competed for the national program again at the Pan-Am games in Mexico. The former conference Rookie of the Year was a 1st team all-star last season, and is now poised to lead Alberta with his all around game. Bergen-Henengouwen brings excellent shooting and an unmatched work ethic, while the 611 Dewar continues to develop his game as an elite CIS big man.

http://www.bears.ualberta.ca/

BRANDON BOBCATS
2010-11 conference record: 4-20 (12th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: 2002
Last CIS title: 1996

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #13

Key additions: Ali-Mounir Benadbelhak, Ilarion Bonhomme, Alex Klocek, Pacome Matulu, Emerick Ravier

Key returnees: Kyle Vince (193-F), Donovan Gayle, Jordan Reaves, James Elias

Key departures: Isaiah James (F), OBrian Wallace, Kyrie Coleman, Jimi Falana

BRANDON After jumping to a strong start in the first half of last year, Bobcats head coach Gil Cheung will look to continue that trend and sustain the success as this season rolls along.

Nine new players are on the roster this year, including two international imports, and new players from both sides of Canada. Add that to a core of CIS veterans in Kyle Vince, Donovan Gayle, Jordan Reaves and James Elias, and Cheung is confident in this years team.

After spending last season as a red-shirt, Washington, D.C. native Ilarion Bonhomme will be on the active roster while fellow American Eric Schippers, a 68 forward has transferred from Montana Tech.

Recent graduates of Gleneagle Secondary in Port Coquitlam, BC Alex Klocek and Turell Scott will be making the jump to CIS as they join the Bobcats for their rookie seasons. Also in their freshman year are Chris Oppong and Ali-Mounir Benadbelhak.

Pacome Matulu, a transfer from College-Edouard Montpetit, joins the team and rounding out this years recruiting class are Michael Smith, transferring from the University of Regina, and Emerick Ravier from La Cite College in Ottawa.

http://www.gobobcats.ca/

UBC THUNDERBIRDS
2010-11 conference record: 22-2 (1st)
2011 playoffs: 4-0 (CW champs)
2011 CIS: 2-1 (bronze)
Last CW title: 2011
Last CIS title: 1972

CIS ranking: #5
CW ranking: #2

Key additions: Malcolm Williams, Nakai Luyken, Jermaine Cherry

Key returnees: Graham Bath, Nathan Yu, Kamar Burke, Doug Plumb, Balraj Bains, Tommy Nixon

Key departures: Joshua Whyte (191-G-87), Alex Murphy, Brent Malish

VANCOUVER Reigning Canada West Coach of the Year Kevin Hanson enters the 2011-12 campaign with a team that is very different from the one that finished third in the CIS last season, despite having five fifth-year players returning.

First Team All-Canadian and former CIS player of the year Joshua Whyte and second team Canada West All-Star Alex Murphy, along with Brent Malish, have all graduated. They were the top three scorers on the UBC team last season.

A core group of seniors - Graham Bath, Nathan Yu, Kamar Burke, Doug Plumb, Balraj Bains - is expected to lead the way on offence and defence, in addition to providing leadership to a squad that has many newcomers who include high school stars David Wagner, a 69 star, and athletic guards, Malcolm Williams and Nakai Luyken. Mike Lewandowski and Geoff Pippus will both play this season after redshirting last year.

New transfers include Jermaine Cherry, who will see time at point guard this season, along with Mamadou Sakho and Glenn Gravengard. Tommy Nixon is expected to provide more for UBC after a solid rookie season coming off the bench.

http://www.gothunderbirds.ca/

UBC OKANAGAN HEAT (inaugural CIS season)
2010-11 conference record: N/A
2011 playoffs: N/A
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #14

Key additions: Yassine Ghomari, Bret Macdonald, Julian Asselstine, Ben Hindson, Brad Quevillon

Key returnees: Steve Morrison, Mack Roth, Simon Pelland, Ed Dane Medi, Iain Con

Key departures: Alex Roth, Micah Cockrill, Dan Briscoe

KELOWNA, BC Coach Darren Semeniuk has realistic expectations for his squad this year and will look to put the foundation in place to be a consistent contender. One way to do this is recruiting quality players.

Semeniuk has brought in a talented point guard in Bret Macdonald to quarterback his program for the next five years, along with college transfer Yassine Ghomari, a former player at UBC Okanagan and is just going into his third year. Iain Con has come back to play in the back court. Brad Quevillon, a former high school teammate of Ghomari, has also transferred in from Langara College to add depth in the back court.

Six-foot-nine Ben Hindson is a classic post player and former rugby. Six-foot-eight Julian Asselstine is an athletic forward with a nice skill set and a knack for knocking down open jumpers. To mentor the young posts the Heat have fourth-year Steve Morrison, at 65 he is an undersize post who is used to defending and rebounding against larger opponents, while 67 Simon Pelland is back for his fifth year with the Heat.

Mack Roth is a 66 wing player heavy enough to score in the post and has enough range to knock down the three-point shot. Also returning is 65 Ed Dane Medi, an athletic utility player that has the ability to get his hands on any ball, and this makes him a great rebounder and a tenacious defender.

http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/athletics/welcome.html

CALGARY DINOS
2010-11 conference record: 7-16 (9th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: 2009
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #7

Key additions: Boris Bakovic, Josh Owen-Thomas

Key returnees: Tyler Fidler (206-G-89), Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson, Matt Letkeman

Key departures: none

CALGARY - The year after missing the playoffs for the first time in a decade, optimism surrounds the Calgary Dinos mens basketball program.

With point guard Jarred Ogungbemi-Jackson back from his ankle injury that sidelined him for virtually all of last season, a solid core of returning veterans, and some intriguing newcomers, the Dinos look to make some noise this season and get back to the Canada West playoffs.

One major wild card will be in the form of Boris Bakovic, the transfer from Ryerson who led the nation in scoring each of his last three seasons. Hes out indefinitely with an injury sustained at the training camp for Team Canada before the Pan American Games, and his fortunes could very well determine those of the entire team.

Tyler Fidler returns to close out his impressive five-year career, while last years conference rookie of the year, Matt Letkeman, will continue to muck it up in the paint for the Dinos. Andrew McGuinness has the ability to shoot the lights out, while Keenan Milburn presents a steady presence on the floor. Milburn and Fidler are two of the four fifth-year seniors on this Dinos team, joined by Bakovic and Dustin Reding.

A couple of international newcomers provide a different look for the Dinos in 2011-12. Daan Wiersum comes to Calgary from the Netherlands through a connection with former Dino Henry Bekkering, while Josh Owen-Thomas could crack the starting lineup. Owen-Thomas comes to the Dinos from Adelaide, Australia via the British U20 national team program.

http://www.godinos.com/

FRASER VALLEY CASCADES
2010-11 conference record: 10-14 (7th)
2011 playoffs: 1-2
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: #7
CW ranking: #4

Key additions: James York, Mike James Jordan Blackman

Key returnees: Sam Freeman, Joel Friesen, Kyle Grewal

Key departures: Zeon Gray, James Elliott

ABBOTSFORD, BC Head coach Barnaby Craddock enters his fifth season at the helm of the UFV Cascades with an excellent opportunity to challenge for a Canada West post-season berth.

Players returning after injury are Kyle Grewal and Jasper Moedt, both excellent performers in 2009-10, recovered and stronger than ever. Add Canada West Second Team All-Star Joel Friesen and Sam Freeman to the lineup and the Cascades look very confident to make a run at the CW post-season tournament.

The Cascades will introduce James York and Mike James as new players in the lineup.

http://www.ufv.ca/athletics

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS
2010-11 conference record: 7-17 (10th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: 1986
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #8

Key additions: Dom Coward (P), Daryl Cooper (G), Alex Fletcher (G), Logan Reiter (G), Morgan Duce (G)

Key returnees: Derek Waldner (P), Niko Kovacs (P), Julian Spear Chief-Morris

Key departures: Danhue Lawrence (191-G) (G), Randy Davis (G), Abner Kamps (P)

LETHBRIDGE, AB Of the 10 new faces the Horns added this season, seven of them are coming off seasons where their respective teams finished among the tops in their leagues. Four of those recruits travel across the Old Man River from the Lethbridge College, where the Kodiaks lost in the both the ACAC and the CCAC final.

Highlighting the Kodiaks transfer to the University is CCAC All-Canadian Post Dominyc Coward. Coward, who is entering his third-year of eligibility also played one season with the Calgary Dinos and will be looked to for a big presence in the post along with the Horns senior statesman Derek Waldner and second-year Pronghorn Niko Kovacs. True freshman Tyson McIntyre, coming off a Provincial Championship with the highly success Raymond Comets will also be in the mix among Horns forwards.

The back court for the Horns has been entirely revamped; gone are the Horns two leading scorers from last season in Danhue Lawrence and Randy Davis, but a quartet of newcomers are expected to fill the void.

Along with Cowards teammates from last season, Logan Reiter and Morgan Duce, two junior College transfers from California join the fold. A true point guard, Daryl Cooper comes off a California State Championship with the City College of San Francisco and Alex Fletcher from Fresno City College will give the Horns a threat from the outside.

http://www.gohorns.ca/

MANITOBA BISONS
2010-11 conference record: 9-15 (8th)
2011 playoffs: 0-2
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: 1976

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #10

Key additions: Stephan Walton, Kurtis Sansregret, Xavier Smith, Yigit Ozsayiner

Key returnees: Kevin Oliver, Richard Reimer, Jonar Huertas, Keith Omoerah

Key departures: Eric Garcia (173-G-88), Josh Ogden, Sean Maxwell

WINNIPEG After snapping a seven-year drought of not playing in the playoffs by qualifying last season, the Manitoba Bisons look to build on that success and prove that the leap to the post-season was not a one-year burst with a young team under third-year head coach Kirby Schepp.

There are six newcomers out of the 15-player roster, with no fifth-year players and only four players in their fourth.

Manitoba lost its top three scorers from last season to graduation and now must rely on new co-captain fourth-year forward Kevin Oliver (10.6 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game last season), fourth-year forward Richard Reimer (9.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg), fourth-year guard Jonar Huertas (8.9 ppg) and second-year guard Keith Omoerah (6.1 ppg) to continue their growth from last season. The team is poised to utilize its strength with speed and athletic ability by playing a fast, up-tempo game. A major difference for this seasons edition is the depth at numerous positions that will assist in running a deeper rotation throughout the season.

The Bisons have also added firepower in new recruits starting with co-captain guard Stephan Walton coming from Valdosta State and has been directing the offence during the 2011 pre-season along with guard Kurtis Sansregret from Red River College, guard Xavier Smith from Brandon University and power forward Yigit Ozsayiner travelling over from Turkey.

http://www.gobisons.ca/

REGINA COUGARS
2010-11 conference record: 14-10 (6th)
2011 playoffs: 0-2
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #11

Key additions: F Gradyn Childerhose, G Ryan Schmidt

Key returnees: F Paul Gareau (201-F), G Sterling Nostedt

Key departures: F Marek Downarowicz, P Kris Heshka, G Jeff Lukomski

REGINA Regina loses three starting players from its 2010-11 squad that finished sixth place in the Canada West standings and look for several returning players to step into new roles to fill those minutes and help solidify their standing in newly formed East Division.

Leading the group of returning players is fourth-year forward Paul Gareau, who returned last year following a two-season absence and finished sixth in the conference with an average of 18.7 points per game. Guard Sterling Nostedt started eight games last year and averaged just under 20 minutes played per game, but will be counted upon to be a big part of the teams perimeter offence as a full-time starter this season.

Three other returning players will all be seeing major increases in floor time this season including third-year post Connor Burns, who recorded double-doubles in four of the teams five non-conference games this season. Fourth-year guard Addison Docherty and second-year guard Brendan Hebert are expected to join Burns in transitioning to starting roles.

Second-year players Matt Campbell and Jared Janotta who is also a slotback for the U of Rs football team should both get significant minutes off the bench. Rookie guard Ryan Schmidt (Centennial Collegiate) led all newcomers in playing time through the non-conference schedule, with transfer forward Gradyn Childerhose (Briercrest College) not far behind. Rookie forward Jeremy Zver (Balfour Collegiate) and transfer guard Kenroy Jones (Chattahoochee Technical College) have also been used off the bench by head coach James Hillis.

http://www.reginacougars.com/

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES
2010-11 conference record: 20-4 (3rd)
2011 playoffs: 4-3 (CW silver)
Last CW title: 2010
Last CIS title: 2010

CIS ranking: #3
CW ranking: #1

Key additions: Peter Lomuro (191-G), Matt Forbes, Nick Foth

Key returnees: Nolan Brudehl, Michael Lieffers, Jamelle Barrett

Key departures: Rejean Chabot, Trevor Nerdahl

SASKATOON After a second place finish in the Canada West and a fourth place finish in the CIS, the Saskatchewan Huskies look to get back on top this season.

The Huskies have only lost one starter in guard Rejean Chabot. Returning to the starting line up are fifth-year forward Michael Lieffers, fourth-year forward Nolan Brudehl and fourth-year guard Jamelle Barrett, reigning Canada West MVP and CIS First Team All-Canadian, and fifth-year shooting guard Duncan Jones. Lieffers was a member of the Canadian Universiade basketball team that travelled to Shenzhen, China this summer and brought home a silver medal. Lieffers was ranked first in the Canada West last season in field goal percentage at .657. Brudehl started all games in 2010-11 and was ranked in the top 10 in the conference in both field goal percentage (.545) and rebounding (8.4). Barrett was ranked first in steals (73), scoring (25.5 points per game) and assists (231) in the Canada West.

Also coming back to the Huskies are fifth-year forward Chris Unsworth, fourth-year Patrick Burns and second-year guards Ben Baker and Andrew Henry.

New recruits include Nick Foth, touted as the best guard in the province, Matt Forbes, a 66 forward, and Canada West veteran Peter Lomuro who last played with the Winnipeg Wesmen in 2009.

Barry Rawlyk was named the official head coach of the Huskies for the 2011-12 season. Last year, he spent as the interim head coach of the program filling in for former coach Greg Jockims.

http://huskies.usask.ca/

THOMPSON RIVERS WOLFPACK
2010-11 conference record: 4-20 (13th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #12

Key additions: Justin King (forward), Akeem Pierre (guard), Will Ondrik (forward)

Key returnees: Chas Kok (forward), Kevin Pribilsky (guard), Brett Rouault (guard), Brett Parker (guard)

Key departure: Greg Stewart (post)

KAMLOOPS, BC Scott Clark enters his second year at the helm of the Thompson Rivers WolfPack with only four returnees who helped set school records for the most wins in a season since the Pack entered Canada West play six years ago.

Chas Kok and Kevin Pribilsky, Brett Parker and Brett Rouault are the key members returning. All were major contributors last season. In fact, Pribilsky and Kok led the Canada West in minutes played last season.

Justin King was the MVP of the NAACC last year with Skagit Valley Community College. Clark has also recruited heavily from the BC high school ranks with an eye to establishing a long term program which has the cornerstones of hard work, good grades and developing the best student/athletes they can.

High school recruits coming in to help turn the WolfPack program around include Mike Zayas, Zac Usherwood, Will Ondrik, Derek Wolf and Richard Bos.

Another player expected to be a leader is Akeem Pierre, who sat out last year after playing two seasons at UBC. He is a grad of the highly touted R.C.Palmer high school program.

http://www.tru.ca/athletics.html

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS
2010-11 conference record: 21-3 (2nd)
2011 playoffs: 3-2 (CW bronze)
2011 CIS: 2-1 (silver)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: #8
CW ranking: #6

Key additions: wing Sean Peter (191-G), guard Justin Bakuteka, forward Taylor Heinrichs

Key returnees: guard Calvin Westbrook, forward Kyle Coston, guard Tristan Smith

Key departures: Jacob Doerksen, Tyrell Mara

LANGLEY, BC The Trinity Western Spartans enter the season after having the most successful year in the programs history, a CIS silver medal, but has seen the departure of seven players from last years squad, including Jacob Doerksen and Tyrell Mara.

The new-look Spartans have 10 players returning from last years squad, but only four players of which saw significant minutes at last years national championship, and will look to five new faces to blend quickly in order to have success in the wide-open season.

Returning to lead the way for the Spartans will be 6-8 fifth-year forward and 2011 CIS tournament all-star Kyle Coston (11 points, 5.3 rebounds per game), 6-5 fifth-year shooting guard Calvin Westbrook (13.8 ppg), 5-11 point fourth-year point guard Tristan Smith (10.3 ppg) and 6-5 second-year guard Eli Mara (3.4 ppg).

The new additions to the squad, who will hope to have an immediate impact, are 6-6 fifth-year wing and University of Ottawa transfer Sean Peter, 6-0 second-year guard and Lakeland College transfer Justin Bakuteka, 6-7 first-year wing Taylor Heinrichs and returning from injury 6-6 third-year forward Niko Monachini.

http://www.twu.ca/athletics/

VICTORIA VIKES
2010-11 conference record: 16-8 (5th)
2011 playoffs: 1-2
Last CW title: 2006
Last CIS title: 1997

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #5

Key additions: G Michael Acheampong, G Vijay Dhillon, G Reiner Theil, G John Woldu

Key returnees: G Ryan MacKinnon, G Zac Andrus, F Mike Berg

Key departures: G Jeff Cullen, G Jeff Spoor, G/F Marco Dolcetti, F Wendall Thomas

VICTORIA, BC The UVic Vikes hope a strong contingent of returning players and a great group of transfers and recruits will translate into a trip to Halifax for the CIS Final 8 National Championships in March.

Key returnees to the Vikes are guards Ryan MacKinnon, Zac Andrus and Reese Pribilsky, and forwards Mike Berg and Pierce Anderson. MacKinnon averaged 16.6 points per game in 2010-11and led the team with 60 steals and 64 assists and has the ingredients to be a conference all-star and CIS All-Canadian with a strong two-way game.

Recruits Vijay Dhillon and Reiner Theil add great depth, with both players leading their respective high school squads to the B.C. Provincial championship final last spring and impressing in preseason. Dominic Ohl and Sean Patrick will also compete for playing time in their rookie season.

Humber College transfer guard Michael Acheampong was the OCAA tournament MVP guiding his Hawks to the Ontario provincial college championship and he adds great outside shooting and speed, while former Windsor Lancers guard John Woldu adds depth at both ends of the floor along with valuable CIS experience.

Forward-guard combo Terrell Evans could be the X-Factor and is expected to start for UVic. Ameet (Andy) Kaila and Ryan Erikson are transfers who provide excellent additional forward options for coach Craig Beaucamp. Returning forward Chris McLaughlin will also see more playing time this season at the No. 5 spot.

http://www.govikesgo.com/

WINNIPEG WESMEN
2010-11 conference record: 6-18 (11th, missed playoffs)
Last CW title: N/A
Last CIS title: N/A

CIS ranking: N/A
CW ranking: #9

Key additions: Eric Zimmerman, James Horaska, Mark McNee, Dominique Brown, Andrew Cunningham

Key returnees: Kelvin Smith, Benny Iko, Craig Sharpe, Brayden Duff, Pawel Gacon

Key departures: Nick Lother (178-G), Lynden Drayton-Barrow

WINNIPEG Entering his second season at the helm of the Wesmen, head coach Mike Raimbault is looking to improve on last season.

The team will feature six players from the 2010-2011 season. After a successful rookie season forward Kelvin Smith will look for better things in his second season. Smith finished third in team scoring with 12.0 ppg. Benny Iko (4th year) was a force last season leading the Wesmen in rebounds with 6.6 rpg while scoring 10 points per game. Third year forward Brayden Duff, one of the hardest workers on the team was second in rebounds on the team (5.5 rpg) and he will be looked upon to provide leadership on and off the court this season. Pawel Gacon (3rd year) has two years under his belt and he will be expected to provide scoring and rebounding with increased playing time. The team features a pair of fifth year players in guard Craig Sharpe and forward Joshua Stolar. Both players will look to make an impact in their final seasons. Guard Nolan Gooding another player expected to have a big year suffered an injury last season and will miss the entire season. The team did lose point guard Nick Lother but did pick up a pair of players with previous CIS experience. After a year off, Eric Zimmerman (4th year) and James Horaska (5th year) return to the Wesmen with high expectations heading into the season.

Coach Raimbault was successful in recruiting four players, all of which have previous playing experience at Junior Colleges/Universities. Mark McNee and Dominique Brown (3rd Years) join the Wesmen after playing at Lakelands College. Point guard Andrew Cunningham (3rd Year) last played at Redlands College (Oklahoma, USA). Sharp shooting guard Travis Krahn from Winkler, Man. joins the team after playing one season with Briercrest College.

http://www.wesmen.ca/



2011 OUA men's basketball preview - by Eurobasket News
HAMILTON, Ont. - OUA basketball season is just around the corner, and were giving fans a small taste of whats to come in 2011-12.

Brock Badgers

Since winning the CIS championship in 2008, the Brock Badgers have failed to make the playoffs in the OUA West. Now that Coach Brad Rootes has had the interim label removed from his position, he intends to get Brock back on the national stage. Its nice Brock has confidence in me to do the job, says Rootes. We didnt change much last year, but now I feel we can put our imprint on the program.

Among the key returning players is Didi Mukendi (St. Catharines, Ont.), who missed all of last season due to a strange combination of injury and illness. A former CIS rookie-of-the-year, Mukendi looks to be fully recovered and a return to his previous form will provide a big boost to the Badgers. Didi has already surpassed where we thought hed be, comments Rootes. Its great to have him back, because it wasnt just his talent but his leadership that we missed.

Fifth-year point guard Andrew Kraus (Markham, Ont.) will finish his CIS career as a Badger. Arriving as a transfer for grad school, Kraus (14.4-PPG) stepped right into the Badger line-up and made a major impact.

Among the forwards, 6-5 Mark Gibson (Toronto) enters his senior year as a team leader. Limited by injuries last year, Gibson was a force when on the court and badly missed when out of the line-up. Rootes says keeping Gibson on the floor will be vital to Brocks success. Mark was having a breakout season when he got hurt, and hes one of the most gifted scorers in the league.

Post Brian Nahimana (London, Ont.) has made strides over his first two years, and at 6-9 is a legit big man in the CIS ranks. Rootes would like Nahimana to be a more consistent scorer and rebounder than he has shown so far. Andrew Ferguson (St. Catharines, Ont.) and Anto Raic (Welland, Ont.) are other forwards with experience.

There is some excitement at Brock over the new talent joining the team this year. A trio of players with NCAA experience will be suiting up and immediately spike the expectations of the Badger faithful. Swingman Tshing Kasamba (St. Catharines, Ont.) was a redshirt at Brock last year and should be familiar with the system. Tshing has freakish athleticism, says Rootes, talking about the local product, who has been fighting some nagging injuries. When he gets going he can fill up the stat sheet.

Also new is 6-7 Jameson Tipping (196-G, college: W.Kentucky) (Orangeville, Ont.), who also sat out last season before deciding to enrol at Brock, while well travelled 6-10 post Theo Davis (Brampton, Ont.) was a late summer commitment for Coach Rootes. We have added some length to our team, says Rootes. And that definitely adds a new dimension. So far the new additions have been very positive.

Tipping, Davis, and Kasamba are all terrific athletes, and make Brock deeper and stronger than it has been since winning the national title.

While enthused about the new talent on campus, Rootes says building a contender takes time. Its going well, but our success will depend on how quickly the players gel on the court. You have to walk before you can run.

Very aware of the three-year Badger playoff drought, the second-year coach says a return to the post-season is foremost in his mind. We have some talent, but our league is just so tough. Im sure every coach says the goal is to win the CIS championship, but if you dont make the playoffs, you cant reach that goal. I know well be competitive.

Carleton Ravens

The Carleton Ravens returned to the top of the CIS mens basketball world last season with an 82-59 victory over the Trinity Western Spartans in the championship game of the Final 8 Tournament.

It marked the seventh W.P. McGee Trophy in nine years for the Ravens, who had won the last five editions of the tournament in Halifax from 2003 to 2007, before adding another banner in 2009 in Ottawa.

The Ravens are now only one championship away from tying the historic record held by the Victoria Vikes, who won eight national titles, including seven straight (1979-1985, 1996). And their chances look good.

While the Ravens will be without the help of guard Mike Kenny, who played his fifth season at Carleton last year, the core of the championship team will be back in 2011-12.

Ravens forward and 2010-11 CIS Male Athlete of the Year, Tyson Hinz (Ottawa, Ont.), will be back for his third season at Carleton. Hinz finished eighth in the OUA with 17.1 points per game last season, thanks to his conference-leading 57.2 field-goal percentage, good for ninth best in the nation.

Also returning is last seasons CIS Rookie of the Year, Philip Scrubb (194-G-92) (Richmond, B.C.). The Ravens guard was a dominating force on the court last year, averaging 13.1 points per game and leading his team in assists with 61.

Two-time OUA East Defensive Player of the Year, Cole Hobin (Ashton, Ont.), will be back for his fifth and final season. The guard grabbed a total of 85 rebounds last year, with 58 on the defensive end. He led the Ravens in blocks and steals with 17 and 26 respectively.

Guards Willy Manigat (Ottawa, Ont.) and Elliot Thompson (Fredericton, N.B.) are also returning for a fifth year.

If that wasnt enough, the Ravens have added to their impressive lineup of talent with three new guards.

Justin Shaver (Ottawa, Ont.), a highly touted high school recruit, will don the Raven this season. He represented Canada over the summer at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships in Latvia, along with Scrubb.

Guillaume Boucard (Montreal, Que.), last seasons MVP in the RSEQ mens collegiate AAA basketball league, has also committed to Carleton along with Ryan Augustine (Toronto, Ont.) of Next Level Prep.

Four-time CIS Coach of the Year and six-time OUA East Coach of the Year, Dave Smart, will lead the Ravens in their drive for eight titles. He brings with him his combined regular and postseason record of 315 wins and only 30 losses.

The CIS Final 8 Tournament will be in Halifax yet again this season, the spot that has proven to be good to the Ravens program. With last years performance, the Ravens made their ninth consecutive national championship appearance and 10th under Smart. They extended their winning streak at the Metro Centre to 20 straight games dating back to a 78-77 quarter-final loss to McMaster in 2001.

With the core of the team returning and Smart coming back for his 13th season as head coach of the program, the stage is set for another impressive run in 2011-12.

Guelph Gryphons

The Guelph Gryphons returned to the playoffs last year after missing the postseason the season before, and will be looking to move up in the standings in 2012. Coach Chris ORourke says this years edition of the Gryphons should be better than last years. Were heading in the right direction, says the Gryphon coach. Were young and a little thin in the post, but Id like to get a home playoff game and I think thats achievable.

Guelph suffered through some injury woes last year, and ORourke is counting on a healthier roster being a key factor in team improvement.

All-star guard Dan McCarthy (17.8-PPG) had a tremendous season and will likely be Guelphs top shooter again this year. The loss of senior guards Jon Moscatelli and Mike Petrella will leave McCarthy (Guelph, Ont.) a marked man for opposing defensive schemes unless some other players step up. Dan earned that all-star award, beams ORourke. He really stepped up last year and has done everything weve asked him to. Hes really a remarkable kid, in all areas.

Leading the charge for a bigger role is likely guard Kareem Malcolm (Brampton, Ont.), who was playing well last year before suffering a broken arm that interrupted his season. Second-year guards Michel Clark (Burlington, Ont.) and George Mason (Orillia, Ont.) got some playing time as freshmen and will look to increase their contributions, while transfer Zack Angus (Burlington, Ont.) becomes eligible after spending his first year at Western and will push to start at the point. Kareem has been outstanding since coming back from that injury, and Zack is just a very smart player, said ORourke.

As the coach states, the Gryphons are a little thin in the post, as 6-6 second-year man Andrew Beney (201-F) (Waterloo, Ont.) is slated to start, with 6-7 veteran Adam Bering (Windsor, Ont.) returning to the team after a year off. After them, 6-4 Sheriff Wiredu (Toronto) is an experienced forward and 6-8 Seneca College transfer Mohammed Osman (Toronto) has joined as a late recruit. Coach ORourke says McCarthy will also see some time at the four-spot, which should create some match-up problems for other teams. Expect the Gryphons to play with four-guards fairly often to offset the teams lack of frontcourt size.

There are also some promising recruits joining the Gryphon program, including guards Jack Beatty (Woodstock, Ont.), Aron Campbell (Burlington, Ont.), and Eric McDonald (Sarnia, Ont.). Jack is going to be a very good CIS player, said the coach. We look at him as the second-coming of Dan McCarthy, and hell play some at the four also. I think Eric and Aron are future all-stars in our league, as they just need to get some experience.

The Gryphons look good enough to challenge for a postseason berth, and capable of posing a threat in the playoffs.

We need Dan and Kareem to play at an all-star level for us to be successful, ORourke explained. It may be frontcourt by committee this year but we have players who will get in there and wont be outworked. Im not worried about that.

Lakehead Thunderwolves

As the defending OUA champions, the Lakehead Thunderwolves have become a target for every team in the league. Head Coach Scott Morrison wouldnt have it any other way. 'Id rather be where we are now than where we were a few years ago, says Morrison. But it does make it hard to enjoy what youve accomplished, when you have to stay so hungry to stay where you are.

The Wolves suffered one significant player loss as all-star guard Jamie Searle has finished his eligibility and has joined the coaching staff. A leader on and off the court, Searles graduation will leave a hole in the Lakehead line-up. Searle will be the toughest guy to replace, says Morrison. We might replace his numbers, but his leadership on the court, his ability to put guys in the right spot in close gamesthat will be a big challenge.

Team depth has certainly become one of the strengths of the Thunderwolves, and several players will need to step up in Searles absence.

The backcourt still has a solid rotation that includes OUA all-star Venzal Russell (13.8-PPG), the defensive player-of-the-year Greg Carter, Ben Johnson, and Joseph Jones. All four are seniors and made solid contributions to last seasons success. Searle always seemed to make the right decisions, but now we will expect those guys to do the same if we are going to be as successful, said Morrison. We may try to play transition basketball more, because our guards can get out and run. Searle was our decision-maker in the half-court, so well see how that evolves in our half-court game.

Up front Lakehead enjoys similar depth and talent. Yoosrie Salhia is a former league all-star and one of the top rebounders in Canada. He joins with fellow seniors Brendan King and Matthew Schmidt , and former all-rookie team member Ryan Thomson to provide good post play. Thomson and Schmidt have shown the ability to step out and knock down shots from the perimeter, while Salhia and King usually operate closer to the basket. Joining the team this year among the forwards are Baltimore native Adam Johnson, and a pair of touted recruits from Winnipeg, Joey Nitychoruk and Michael Thorne-Finch.

Having seven players in their senior year and with trips to the last two CIS tournaments behind them, the Thunderwolves do not lack experience. The OUA schedule is also tilted in Lakeheads favour this year, as the Wolves will enjoy an extra weekend at home and one fewer road trip.

We have seven seniors, but we also have six freshmen so we are half-veteran and half-green, adds Morrison. I hope to find roles for some of the freshmen, and I expect Adam Johnson to contribute sooner, rather than later. The key for us will be finding that hunger every game. I really like the guys we have, but I find myself constantly reminding the seniors to use the experience they have. If they can do that I think we can continue to be successful.

With most of the key pieces back from last years OUA championship team, Lakehead should remain a top contender.

Laurentian Voyageurs

Laurentian enters the 2011-12 campaign with a sense of optimism after a strong preseason. The Voyageurs look to improve on last years 7-15 performance as the Voyageurs return the majority of last years team, including the dynamic trio of Mike Hull, Isiah Pasquale and Manny Pasquale, who all hail from Victoria, B.C. With a strong nucleus in place and the addition of some key players, including Nelson Yengue (Yaounde, Cameroon) and Alex Ratte (Ottawa), the Voyageurs are anticipating making some noise in the OUA East this year.

The Voyageurs started their preseason in France where they took on four professional teams during the trip. Throughout the week long endeavour, the men went 2-2 and left Europe feeling positive about coming back across the Atlantic. The men also competed in a couple of preseason tournaments on Canadian soil, going 1-1 at Concordia. The Voyageurs lost a close four-point battle to Concordia 79-75, before upending UQAM, 85-74.

Most recently, the Voyageurs went unbeaten at their home tournament, downing Bishops 100-88 before edging Cape Breton 88-84 and Western 95-87. The men were able to use their bench quite heavily in the third game, exhibiting the depth of this years squad, which only bodes well as the season approaches.

The Pasquale brothers, Isiah and Manny, will play a big part of the teams success this year, as well as forward Mike Hull, as they averaged 16.2, 15.8 and 13.5 PPG respectively. As key as those three players will be, the supporting cast is much deeper and more experienced than last year.

As the regular season approaches, head coach Shawn Swords will look to return the Voyageurs to hosting a playoff game in the Ben Avery Gym. The feat is unfamiliar territory for this years squad as the feat hasnt been accomplished by the men in nine years.

McMaster Marauders

At McMaster, coach Amos Connolly starts his second year on the bench and expects his Marauders have put last years coaching change behind them. As a rookie coach, Connolly guided McMaster to a fourth-place league finish and home playoff game, where they were upset by Western.

I still feel a little organizationally challenged, said Connolly, looking forward to his second-year on the bench. But I feel much more comfortable in terms of being myself and doing things my way.

McMaster already has taken some hits from the injury bug as top post Scott Brittain (Oakville, Ont.) has had to stop playing due to multiple concussions and senior swingman Scott Laws (Gormley, Ont.) is down until January after off-season foot surgery. In addition, guard Kenan Etale (Dundas, Ont.) will not play until January at the earliest, in order to get his academics in good standing.

Losing Scott Brittain has forced us to do some re-evaluating, says Connolly. We may be more focussed on some long-term goals rather than short-term. But my expectation is that we will improve as a team.

Coach Connolly will lean on OUA all-star forward Cam Michaud (Grimsby, Ont.) (14.3-PPG) to take on a bigger role this year. Now a senior, the 6-6 Michaud has been made a team captain and looks poised to take his game to another level. Some good news for the frontcourt is that 6-8 Taylor Black (Stoney Creek, Ont.) is back and ready to play. Despite missing the final six weeks of last season due to injury, Black was still selected to the conference all-rookie team. Having him back and healthy is huge for the Marauders. Other forwards that saw playing time include 6-6 Satar Wahidi (Ancaster, Ont.) and 6-4 Nathan Pelech (Mississauga, Ont.), who both have the ability to contribute.

We dont have dominating size so we will need to be mobile, extend defences, and execute well in the half-court, adds the Marauder mentor. What wont change is the aggressive, physical defense that Mac is known for.

The backcourt features some experience as incumbent starter Victor Raso (Hamilton, Ont.) enters his third year, along with spot starter Jordan Tew (Greensville, Ont.). Sophomore Kyle Giedraitis (Dundas, Ont.) is ready to do more after seeing decent PT as a freshman. The addition of Laws and Etale later in the season could make this unit very deep.

The biggest buzz at McMaster surrounds the impressive group of recruits donning Maroon this year. Coach Connolly reeled in five top prospects all ranked among the top-100 high school players in Canada. Forwards Nate McCarthy (Burlington, Ont.) standing at 6-7 and Brett Sanders (Stoney Creek, Ont.) at 6-6 will bring some much-needed size to the floor, while guards Adam Presutti (Oakville, Ont.), Aaron Redpath (Ajax, Ont.) and Joe Rocca (Sarnia, Ont.) all have the potential to contribute as first-year athletes.

The injuries mean they will be thrown into the fire early, says Connolly. We know we will have to live with some growing pains, but I didnt recruit them to sit on the bench so they should all get the chance to play and Im very excited by this group.

McMaster was only 5 and 7 in games decided by five points or less and that is where coach Connolly believes the Marauders can make up some ground. I put some of that on myself and the coaching staff, said Connolly. We need to raise our level of execution in those close games to come out on top. If we can do that we should be okay.

Depending on how quickly the freshmen adapt to the CIS level of play, McMaster is probably a season away from challenging for the OUA West, although they could be a team that nobody looks forward to playing by playoff time.

Ottawa Gee-Gees

With fresh energy and motivation, talented returning veterans, brilliant young rookies, strong coaching, and having a taste of near victory, the Gee-Gees are ready to win the 2011-12 season.

Anyone who followed the Gee-Gees last season would find it nearly impossible to forget the painful few seconds that came between the Gee-Gees and the CIS Championships in their heartbreaking 71-69 loss to Lakehead in the OUA Final Four.

It was a comeback season for the rookie Gee-Gees who began the season with a 2-6 record before Christmas, and finished third in the OUA East with an 11-11 record. This season featured OUA First-Team All Star Warren Ward (London, Ont.) and OUA All-Rookie team member Johnny Berhanemeskel (Ottawa) leading the charge in the teams victories.

The Gee-Gees are looking to return even stronger this season with both Ward and Berhanemeskel in the line-up and the addition of several key rookies. Forward Nemanja Baletic (Ottawa) and starting centre Louis Gauthier (Ottawa) will be missed on the court by the Gee-Gees, but head coach James Derouin is counting on rookies to fill those holes.

Heading up the class of new recruits is star point guard Mike LAfricain (Oakville, Ont.). Hes a pretty special kid, said Derouin, He has brought a change of culture here with him because he is a kid that had opportunity to go to the United States with scholarships [but chose to come to uOttawa] and he is more than happy to be here. Its really been contagious.

Mikes a natural point guard with great vision, said Derouin, Hes really good at finding people and getting them the ball at the right time and right place. With what great scorers Ward and Berhandmeskel are, to have a guy to find them and pass them the ball is key.

Other rookies making their way into the Gee-Gees starting line-up are forward Vikas Gill (Stittsville, Ont.) and Shamus Ferguson (Toronto), a 6-10 centre who brings a whole lot of athleticism and energy to the team and fills the one big spot that we lost in our line-up last year [with Gauthiers departure], said Derouin on Fergusons addition.

Three leaders taking on the title of captain for the Gee-Gees this year are Ward, an on-the-court leader, Dimitrios Seymour (Ottawa), a leader by example off the court, and Jacob Gibson-Bascombe (Toronto), a social leader with strong influence.

The Gee-Gees have the same returning coaching staff, with Derouin leading for his second-season as head coach with the Gee-Gees. The only new addition is Curtis Holden as an assistant coach.

Our goal is to make nationals this year, stated Derouin. Being so close last year, I feel that weve upgraded and gotten better as a team. With a year under their belt understanding what I expect from them, I feel that national appearance is our goal this year.

One thing that is certain, the Gee-Gees will certainly be one team to keep your eye on this year in the OUA.

Queen's Gaels

The Queens Gaels basketball program will enter a new era this season as Stephan Barrie will enter his first season at the helm for the team. Barrie joins the Gaels after a five year tenure as the head coach of Westerns womens basketball program. During his time at Western the Mustangs became a nationally ranked program as the team posted an 87-23 record under coach Barries guidance.

This is a tremendous opportunity and I am appreciative of being given the responsibility to help lead the Gaels to new heights, Barrie said. It's clear that Queen's is committed to becoming one of the top men's basketball programs in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The vision is exciting and I'm ready to help transform this program into a contender which breeds both athletic and academic success.

The Gaels will have a young core to build around after the graduations of veterans Dan Bannister Chris Barrett, and Tim Boyle from the program in 2010-11. The Gaels struggled in 2010-11 after a series of changes in the offseason. Gaels legend Mitch Leger graduated from the program to pursue professional basketball and Duncan Cowan took over as the interim head coach. With a high influx of first year players, the team struggled and finished 6-18, just outside of a playoff berth. There were flashes, however, as the Gaels improved after the Christmas break. The Gaels scored 100 points in consecutive games for the first time in their history with a 102-64 win over the York Lions and a 101-92 overtime win over the Laurentian Voyageurs.

The 2011-12 season will require new players to step up and assume leadership roles on the team. Forward Bernard Burgesson of Port Hawkesbury, N.S. is the most veteran member of the team as he enters his fourth season of eligibility with the Gaels. Guard Ryan Golden of Barrie, Ont. and forward Nikola Misljencevic of Ottawa will also be counted on more heavily this season after making waves as rookies. Misljencevic emerged as a force for the Gaels down the stretch, posting a career high 29 points during the overtime win over Laurentian, and will be a go-to player for Queens in the post this season.

Mackenzie Simpson, an Ottawa native, will be a high profile addition to the Gaels after joining the team as a recruit out of St. Lawrence College in Kingston. Simpson averaged 14.8 points per game for the Vikings and will look for a seamless transition from the OCAA to the CIS level. Simpson asserted himself well in the Gaels trip to the Naismith Classic, leading the team in scoring in their game against UBC.

With their young nucleus and an energized coaching staff at the helm, the Gaels appear poised to head in to the season with great optimism for the future.

I'm looking forward to bringing my work ethic to Queen's and contributing to one of the finest universities worldwide, said Barrie. We have considerable work in front of us, but with the commitment made by the University, I believe we can attain significant milestones in the near future.

RMC Paladins

The Royal Military College of Canada, with an undergraduate population of approximately 1,000 students, faces a daunting task in their attempt at being competitive in the OUA East Division. The Paladins coaching staff has been working tirelessly to bring in both talent and depth to this years squad, geared to mark the start of a positive shift in the direction of the program.

Head Coach Scott James enters his fourth season at the helm of the Paladins. I am very excited about the upcoming season. This year, we have added nine new faces to the roster, and in doing so we expect to be much more competitive than we have been during the past couple of seasons.

With no significant statistical leaders returning from last years squad, RMC will be forging ahead this season with a revamped lineup. Forward Idris Said-Madjid (Montreal, Que.) provides the Paladins with a true scoring threat that they have sorely lacked in recent years. Terry Nam (Kingston, Ont.) takes over at point guard, and will bring both offensive flair and defensive intensity to the Paladins backcourt.

A pair of rookies from Calgary will also be prominently featured in 2011-12; guard Nick Fowler will provide the Paladins with secondary scoring, especially from the outside, while forward Timothy Boettcher will be counted on to provide a physical presence at both ends of the court.

With the graduation of Nick Cooke, the task of leading this young team will fall on a trio of veterans: team captain Liam Wright (Fenwick, Ont.), Connor Duke (Dartmouth, N.S.) and James Byun (Toronto). Duke is expected to build on his offensive accomplishments from his rookie season in order to provide additional scoring, while Wright will be counted on for his physical play and rebounding abilities.

The teams success this season and in the future will depend greatly on how well the new players perform in their first season at RMC. The Paladins are fully committed to altering the course of the program in view of becoming a competitive team in the ever-challenging OUA East Division.

Ryerson Rams

After reaching the OUA semi-finals for the first time since 2003, the Ryerson Rams have their sights set on bigger and better things in 2011-12.

The Rams turned things up following a slow start last year, winning nine of their last 12 regular season contests to earn fourth-place in the OUA East division with an 11-11 record. After winning their OUA quarterfinal game against York, the Rams fell to the eventual CIS champion Carleton Ravens in the semis.

Mississauga native Jahmal Jones (183-PG-91) had a breakthrough rookie campaign in the OUA last season. The six-foot point guard finished sixth in conference scoring, with 17.2 points per game while averaging nearly 33 minutes as a starter for the Rams. He was recognized as an OUA East First-Team All-Star and a CIS All-Rookie.

(Being the point guard), Jahmal was asked to make the majority of the decisions with the ball, said Head Coach Roy Rana. His impact was enormous, and he arguably could have been rookie of the year.

Jones success continued through the summer, where he captured a silver medal at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China as a member of the FISU Games team. He averaged close to six points and two rebounds per game in Shenzhen, and was the only first-year player on the roster.

His strong performance was not overlooked, as Jones donned the Canadian colours once more in Guadalajara, Mexico at the Pan American Games which began on October 21 before returning home to join the Rams in early November just prior to the start of the season.

Fellow guard Jordon Gauthier will look to improve upon his OUA All-Rookie campaign in 2010-11. The Windsor, Ont. native averaged 12.2 points and 4.4 boards per game while leading the Rams in offensive rebounds.

Veterans Ola Adegboruwa and Luke Staniscia will also play critical roles in the 2011-12 season. Adegboruwa (Toronto) transferred from Lake Region College and played his first season with Ryerson last year, setting a single-season team record with 58 steals while dropping 13.2 points per game. Fifth-year veteran Staniscia (Pefferlaw, Ont.) led the Rams with 125 rebounds, and will look to make an even greater impact in his final season wearing the blue and gold.

Key returners also include Bjorn Michaelsen (Otterburn Park, Que.), who was hampered by injuries throughout most of his rookie campaign but has the potential to make a huge impact on the roster while healthy. Fellow forward Jelane Pryce (Innisfil, Ont.) led the teams first-years in free-throw percentage (77 percent) last season, and had the ability to knock down timely shots in big-game situations at points throughout the year.

The 2011-12 recruiting class is highlighted by Eastern Commerce standout Aaron Best. The 6-4 product of Toronto was ranked the No. 2 small forward prospect in Canada by flagrantfouls.com. The basketball recruiting website also had Best ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect in the country. The Scarborough native was a member of both the 2009 and 2010 U17 Ontario provincial teams, and has toured to Europe for international competitions between 2009 and 2011.

He is one of the best players in the province and one of the top athletes in Canada, said Rana. Not only is he a phenomenal young man, but he comes from a great basketball family.

Former Chicago State forward Nem Stankovic will also suit up for the Rams this fall. A former highly-touted recruit out of Vaughan Road Academy, the 6-9 Toronto native will upgrade the front court and bring experience to the Rams lineup.

In Nem, Ryerson basketball has added a great talent who has experience at a very high level, said Rana. He is a very powerful and strong athlete that has the ability to hurt defenses on the perimeter and in the post.

Rounding out the Rams top recruits is Sheridan College transfer Greg Osawe (Mississauga, Ont.). The former OCAA West Rookie of the Year with the Bruins will enter his third year of eligibility at Ryerson after completing his diploma at Sheridan.

Greg is a huge addition to our program, exclaimed Rana. He is versatile, can play a number of different positions, and has the ability to impact games in many different ways.

A legitimate franchise player in Jones surrounded by a wealth of talent may have what it takes for Ryerson to turn some heads and bring a new contender to both the OUA and CIS.

I think if we continue to grow we can be a special group, Jones said at the end of last season. We have high expectations for ourselves as a team, and we know we have to be patient. Theres no reason for us not to be playing in the Final Four in the upcoming years. The future is bright for the Ryerson Rams.

Toronto Varsity Blues

With the loss of only one player to graduation last year, the Varsity Blues mens basketball team are poised and ready to challenge the top teams in the CIS in 2011-12.
'We are looking forward to building on our performance last year after finishing second in our division, said associated head coach Rick Dilena. We return four starters and have several key bench players ready to step in and shoulder a heavier load. We are excited about the young guys we have on our team and are looking forward to having a good start to the season.
Three of those four returning starters are forwards Andrew Wasik (Burnaby, B.C.), Drazen Glisic (Sarajevo, BIH) and Alex Hill (Toronot). Both Wasik and Glisic enter their fifth-and-final year of eligibility and look to go out on top.

A 2010-11 OUA first team All-Star, Wasik led the team in rebounding, while also ranking among the top three Blues in points and assists last season.

Glisic, a 6-foot-6 forward, is a precision player while also bringing a big presence on the floor. An OUA second team All-Star last season, Glisic ranked third in the province with a 55.7 field goal percentage and also tallied a team-high 20 blocks on the year.

Hill enters his second season in the Blue and White after transferring from the Cornell Big Red last season. The 6-foot-5 forward led the team, averaging 15 points per game in 2010-11.

With the loss of starting guard Anthony De Giorgio, fifth-year veteran and three-point specialist Justin Holmes will be relied on to control the flow this season. The Toronto native averaged 11.2 points per game and ranked fifth in the OUA with 52 three-pointers in 2010-11.
The Blues welcome forwards Laszlo Schuetz and Denis Ankrah (Etobicoke, Ont.), as well as guard Ryan Robinet to their 2011-12 line-up.

A native of Munich, Laszlo Schuetz played two years with the Langara College and won the 2009 city championship as a member of Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver.

A member of the under-19 division II OBA championship team, Denis Ankrah was the Silverthorn Collegiate most valuable player in 2010.

A three-year member of the Hillsdale College Chargers in Michigan, Ryan Robinet joins the Blues roster with two years of eligibility remaining. The Windsor, Ont., native excels both on and off the court as he earned academic all-conference honours from 2009-11 at Hillsdale.

The Varsity Blues open their 2011-12 regular season on Friday, November 11 when they host the Waterloo Warriors at the Athletic Centre Sports Gym. Tip off is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Source: OUA Communications


Oshawa Power defeat Moncton Miracles for first win in franchise history - by Eurobasket News
It was a historic night for Canadian basketball as the Oshawa Power outlasted the Moncton Miracles 107-80 in front of 1,126 passionate fans at the General Motors Centre.
The Power showed absolute dominance over their opponents as they controlled the game from start to finish.

The Power won the first three quarters in convincing fashion and was able to relax a bit in the fourth quarter as the Miracles finally caught stride, but much too late, scoring 31 points in the final frame.

Small forward Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) had a break out game, notching a double-double while leading the Power with 27 points and 12 rebounds. A much smaller Power team also out- rebounded the much bigger Miracles team 68-47.

'We took care of the 'three threes' rebounding, turnovers and free-throws,' said Power Head Coach Mark Strickland.

'We were a plus in that and thats what we need to win, especially on the road. At home the crowd is always going to be energetic.'

The enthusiastic Power fans were rocking from the opening tip. Canadians Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) and Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) combined for 16 points and 14 rebounds, in front of their family and friends.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry, wagered with Moncton Mayor George Leblanc about whose team would win, and since the Power were victorious, Mr. Leblanc will have to don a Power jersey at his next city council meeting.

It was a fitting end that the Oshawa Power got their first ever NBL Canada regular season victory on the fifth anniversary of the opening of the General Motors Centre.

Power Glance

Record: 1-1

The Power will play their regular season home opener on Thursday, November 3 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


London Lightning a hit on opening night - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning hope Thursday night is a sign of things to come, both on and off the court.

The club started life in the fledgling National Basketball League with a 118-110 win over the Halifax Rainmen before a raucous crowd of 3,614 at the John Labatt Centre.

'This is unbelievable for our first game, we couldn't be any more excited,' Lightning owner and president Vito Frija said. 'We were expecting 2,500 to 3,000.'

And the fans seemed to know their basketball, cheering at the right time and understanding the intricacies of the game.

By the time the Lightning had taken control in the third quarter, the crowd was in full voice. The enthusiasm of the crowd even surprised the players.

'No, I actually didn't expect this,' said Lightning leading scorer DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton), who finished with 23 points and five assists. 'I thought we had some great fans back in Oklahoma, but tonight was incredible. The crowd was all fired up and that always helps with the win. All I can say is thanks London.'

The Lightning got double-digit scoring performances from six players in total - including 21 from former Duke and Villanova forward Taylor King (6'6''-F-88, college: Concordia Irvine), who led the team with three three-pointers.

Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) scored 29 points for Halifax in a losing effort, while former NBA player Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) added 14.

The NBL was formed when three existing teams - Halifax, the Saint John Mill Rats and the Quebec Kebs - left the Premier Basketball League. Four NBL franchises were then formed in London, Oshawa, Ont., Moncton, N.B., and Summerside P.E.I.

Each team will play a 36-game schedule, with the top four advancing to the playoffs in March.

The Lightning hope to draw on London's long and successful basketball history at the post-secondary as part of their fan base.

'London's a great basketball market there are a lot of youth teams and leagues, the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College always have good teams. They know their basketball,' general manager Taylor Brown said. 'You hope to put on a good show for the community and we know that it's going to take time to build. If we can get the crowd going and get them excited, they'll go home and tell their friends and family.'

The team's break-even point is around 2,000 to 2,500 paid seats per night, Brown added.

'We're just trying to get as many people in the stands as we can and it's a very reasonable price,' he said.

Season tickets range from a low of $324 for lower-bowl adult seats to $1,080 for premium courtside tickets for 18 home games. Individual tickets range from $12 for kids to courtside premium seating at $60.

Alija Malkic attended the game with his wife and two children.

'I wanted to be a part of the start here,' he said. 'I've been watching the (NBA's Toronto) Raptors play here for the past couple of years (in exhibition games).

'I'm excited about having basketball in London. I've played basketball all my life and now my kids are playing too, so it's great for them to come and see the players in London.'

Janet Anderson, a local teacher, came with the daughter of a family friend. She's already planning a return trip this time with more fans in tow.

'I teach physical education and we're planning on bringing a bunch of kids down in the next couple of weeks, so I decided I'm come a little early and check things out,' she said. 'We thought it'd be a great opportunity to see some good basketball. We've heard good things about the (quality of the league).'

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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


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Petrolina AEK Larnaca adds Subotic to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Petrolina AEK Larnaca added to their roster 30-year old ex-international former international guard Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81). Subotic played most recently at KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia). While playing 14 games in Serbian League for Crvena Zvezda last season he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He also played 21 games in Adriatic League and his stats were 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg. He is a very experienced player. Subotic also played pro basketball in Germany, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. He played for Montenegrin senior national team until 2008.



Pizza Express Apollon lands Ford and split ways with Collins - by Eurobasket Center
Pizza Express Apollon strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American power forward Tremaine Ford (206-F/C-103kg-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge). Ford played most recently at Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia). While playing 1 game for Feni Indistrija this season he recorded 4points, 5rebounds and 0blocks. Ford also played profesionally in Czech Rep., France and Germany in his career. Ford graduated Cal State - Northridge in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

In the same time the club decided to part ways with Jordan Collins (208-PF-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.).




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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 9-1 
 2. BC Kolin 8-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 8-2 
 4. BK Decin 8-2 
 5. BK Pardubice 8-3 
 6. USK Praha 6-6 
 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 


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


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Wire's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old forward Adam Wire (195-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vaerlose and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Horsens IC (3-6) 92-88. Vaerlose is placed at 7th position in league. Vaerlose is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Wire as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Adam Wire averages this season 10.8ppg and 7.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mike St.John (203-F/C-84) of Horsens IC. He is American forward in his 2nd season at Horsens IC. In the last game St.John recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Horsens IC was edged by slightly higher-ranked Vaerlose (3-6) 92-88. This loss caused Horsens IC to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. St.John is well-known at Horsens IC and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. Former La Salle University star St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Mikael Nielsen (178-PG-90) of SISU (#6). Nielsen scored 22 points. He was a key player of SISU, leading his team to a 95-77 easy win against the higher-ranked Horsholm (#3, 5-4). The chances of SISU ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Nielsen could help SISU to bring them higher in the standings. Nielsen has a very solid season. In 9 games in Denmark he scored 10.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Horsholm - 24 points and 6 rebounds
5. Julian McFarlane (184-G-86) of Falcon - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Ryan White (177-PG-88) of Aalborg - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matthew Kingsley (206-F-86) of Svendborg - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Sami Eleraky (210-C-93) of Aalborg - 8 points and 7 rebounds
10. Mads Rasmussen (191-F-86) of Vaerlose - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 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 - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 9-0 
 2. Bakken 7-1 
 3. Horsholm 5-4 
 4. Naestved 5-4 
 5. Aabyhoj 4-4 
 6. SISU 4-5 
 7. Vaerlose 3-6 
 8. Horsens IC 3-6 
 9. Falcon 2-7 
 10. Aalborg 2-7 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Will HARRIS
  Horsens IC
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Harris, Horsens IC28.1 
 2. White, Aalborg26.7 
 3. Kingsley, Svendborg24.4 
 4. Rasmussen, Vaerl.22.0 
 5. Rutherford, SISU20.9 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg20.8 
 7. Henry, Naestved20.4 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj19.0 
 9. Dennis, SISU17.6 
 10. Bak, Horsholm17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike ST.JOHN
  Horsens IC
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. St.John, Horsens10.7 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg10.5 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj10.1 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm10.1 
 5. Harris, Horsens IC10.0 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj9.6 
 7. Glynn, Naestved9.4 
 8. Schur, Horsens IC7.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved7.8 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj4.4 
 3. White, Aalborg4.4 
 4. Sakne, Horsens IC4.3 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon4.2 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Colman, Svendborg3.9 
 8. Iversen, Bakken3.8 
 9. Dennis, SISU3.6 
 10. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Henry, Naestved4.9 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.8 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.7 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon2.3 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj2.3 
 7. Iversen, Bakken2.1 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 9. Glynn, Naestved1.9 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harrison, SISU2.7 
 2. Curry, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsho.2.0 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.9 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.5 
 7. Colas, Horsholm1.3 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Kingsley, Svendborg1.0 
 10. Larsen, Vaerlose0.7 


Ligaen Round 9: Horsholm loses to SISU - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The game between third ranked Horsholm (5-4) and sixth ranked SISU (4-5) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Horsholm was defeated by SISU in Copenhagen 77-95. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 steals. Swingman David Harder (196-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds for Horsholm. SISU maintains sixth place with 4-5 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Naestved. SISU are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) at home in the next round. Horsholm will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Svendborg (9-0) which hosted in Svendborg 3rd placed Naestved (5-4). Leader Svendborg managed to get a 9-point victory 70-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naestved. American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Adama Darboe chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Nicolas Christensen (190-90) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Svendborg have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Horsholm. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC (#8) in Horsens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play at home against Falcon (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Falcon 70-69. Ryan White nailed 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Julian McFarlane came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds for Falcon in the defeat. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aalborg (2-7) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Falcon. Falcon lost their seventh game in a row. Aalborg will meet higher ranked SISU (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falcon will play against Naestved and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 9 Horsens IC was beaten by Vaerlose on the road 92-88.
The most impressive performance of 9th round was 18 points and 10 rebounds by Adam Wire of Vaerlose.



Svendborg - Naestved 70-61

An interesting game for Svendborg (9-0) which hosted in Svendborg 3rd placed Naestved (5-4). Leader Svendborg managed to get a 9-point victory 70-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Naestved. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Naestved won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Svendborg forced 19 Naestved turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Svendborg especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Nicolas Christensen (190-90) with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four Naestved players scored in double figures. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Svendborg have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Naestved at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Horsholm. Svendborg will play against Horsens IC (#8) in Horsens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naestved will play at home against Falcon (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Kingsley 18+5reb, C.Colman 13+6reb+3ast, C.Magaard 12+3reb, A.Darboe 9+10reb+3ast, M.Plannthin 8+5reb+2ast, D.Vinson 4+3reb
Naestved: N.Christensen 13+5reb+4ast, N.Brasas 12+3reb, J.Glynn 10+10reb+1ast, C.Henry 10+6reb+3ast, M.Hoirup 6+4reb, P.Johansen 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 136128


Vaerlose - Horsens IC 92-88

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Vaerlose (3-6) beat at home 7th ranked Horsens IC (3-6) 92-88 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-88. Vaerlose forced 19 Horsens IC turnovers. American forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) accounted for 23 points and 5 assists. American power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Horsens IC in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Vaerlose moved-up to seventh place, which they share with defeated Horsens IC. Vaerlose will meet at home higher ranked Aabyhoj (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Horsens IC will play against the league's leader Svendborg where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 23+2reb+5ast, A.Karason 18+5reb+2ast, A.Wire 18+10reb+3ast, R.Larsen 14+3reb+1ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 11+8reb+3ast, P.Simonsen 5+4reb+3ast
Horsens IC: C.Lindberg 18+2reb+2ast, M.St.John 18+15reb+3ast, H.Schur 17+9reb+2ast, W.Harris 12+7reb+3ast, D.Sattler 12+2reb+3ast, M.Sakne 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 156663


SISU - Horsholm 95-77

The game between third ranked Horsholm (5-4) and sixth ranked SISU (4-5) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Horsholm was defeated by SISU in Copenhagen 77-95. The game without a history. SISU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for international point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 4 steals. Swingman David Harder (196-87) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. SISU's coach Almir Zeco used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) answered with 24 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Horsholm. Five SISU and four Horsholm players scored in double figures. SISU maintains sixth place with 4-5 record. Horsholm at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with Naestved. SISU are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Aalborg (#10) at home in the next round. Horsholm will play against the league's second-placed Bakken (#2) in Aarhus and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Nielsen 22+2reb+2ast, D.Harder 18+6reb+1ast, J.Harrison 17+3reb+1ast, M.Dennis 12+2reb+4ast, M.Flowers 12+2reb, H.Sigmer Nielsen 6+2reb+1ast
Horsholm: B.Colas 24+6reb+1ast, A.Haas 13+1reb+3ast, P.Hertz 11+1reb, J.Bro 11+1reb+2ast, J.Benjamin 9+9reb+2ast, A.Bak 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136126


Aalborg - Falcon 70-69

Bottom-ranked Aalborg managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses on Thursday night. This time they edged ninth-ranked Falcon 70-69. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) nailed 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Morten Christensen (198-88) accounted for 17 points. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) came up with 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) added 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Falcon in the defeat. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Aalborg (2-7) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with defeated Falcon. Falcon lost their seventh game in a row. Aalborg will meet higher ranked SISU (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falcon will play against Naestved and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.White 25+6reb+4ast, M.Christensen 17+4reb, S.Eleraky 8+7reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 8+2reb, T.Bishop 7+6reb, S.Sorensen 5+6reb+2ast
Falcon: J.McFarlane 23+7reb+3ast, C.Thomsen 10+2reb, H.Thomsen 9+11reb+4ast, P.Ba 8+8reb, P.Christiansen 6+2reb+2ast, C.Nielsen 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 136127




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NBA veteran joins Red Claws as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws today announced that 15-year NBA veteran Donyell Marshall (6'9''-F-73, college: Connecticut) has been named the teams assistant coach under Head Coach Dave Leitao.

Marshall, the fourth pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, played for eight teams during his tenure in the NBA: Minnesota, Golden State, Utah, Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Seattle and, most recently, Philadelphia.

I am excited to have Donyell Marshall on staff, said Leitao. He knows what it takes to be an NBA player, and he has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share with our players. I am excited at the way this season is shaping up.

Marshall, 38, joins the Red Claws following a stint as the assistant coach for George Washington University. He retired from a 15-year career in the NBA in the summer of 2009.

Courtesy of www.pressherald.com


2011 NBA D-League Draft - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 NBA D-League Draft powered by Cisco WebEx was held on November 3rd.

Pick - Team - Selection - School
1 Los Angeles D-Fenders, Jamaal Tinsley (6'3''-G-78, college: Iowa St.), Iowa State
2 Texas Legends, Alando Tucker, Wisconsin
3 Maine Red Claws, Chris Wright, Dayton
4 Sioux Falls Skyforce, Gabe Pruitt, Southern California
5 Texas Legends, Jamal Sampson, California
6 Bakersfield Jam, Edwin Ubiles, Siena
7 Erie BayHawks, Cory Higgins, Colorado
8 Bakersfield Jam, Nayal 'Mac' Koshwal, DePaul
9 Erie BayHawks, Chris Daniels, Texas A&M-CC
10 Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Cameron Jones, Northern Arizona
11 Tulsa 66ers, Curtis Sumpter, Villanova
12 Dakota Wizards, Osiris Eldridge, Illinois State
13 Bakersfield Jam, Mustapha Farrakhan, Virginia
14 Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Tyren Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette
15 Canton Charge, Tyrell Biggs, Pittsburgh
16 Tulsa 66ers, Gary Johnson, Texas

HERE you can check all rounds of the 2011 NBA D-League Draft.


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Parker's Double-Double Lands Him Player of the Week Award - by EBA Media
Oct 30, 2011 (by Eurobasket News)

Former Harrisburg Horizon (EBA) guard Charles Parker (193-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Keflavik (Iceland) and received the Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.

Parker had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Haukar (#10, 0-4), the league's bottom-ranked team 85-76. Keflavik is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Keflavik will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keflavik's top player in his first season with the team. Millersville University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 2.5spg.

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also includes the game result, importance of the game, whether the player recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We involve many basketball scouts and journalists to assure its accuracy.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (188-G/F-92)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.16.2 
 3. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.0 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas14.3 
 6. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.2 
 7. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
 8. Cunda, Va.14.2 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas14.0 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Ringmets, Rapla12.0 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas10.9 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.9.6 
 4. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 5. Arnold, TT.8.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Hamarsalu, Parnu6.5 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.4 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas4.3 
 2. Cunda, Va.4.2 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas4.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.8 
 5. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 7. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 8. Laane, Rapla3.3 
 9. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cunda, Va.2.8 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 3. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.0 
 5. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.0 
 6. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Cricelli, Va.2.0 
 8. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla1.8 
 10. Leppik, Tartu Uli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.8 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 5. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 6. Saarmets, TT.1.0 
 7. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 8. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 9. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 10. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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 3-0 
 3. Unicaja 2-1 
 4. Brose Baskets 1-2 
 5. Zalgiris 0-3 
 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 


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. Weems, Zalgiris19.3 
 6. Goss, AS.19.0 
 7. Banic, Bizkaia Bil.19.0 
 8. Domercant, Unics18.0 
 9. Simmons, CEZ N.17.7 
 10. Carroll, Real Mad.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. Zoric, Unicaja7.7 
 8. Moerman, Nancy7.7 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja7.7 
 10. Armstrong, AS.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  Nancy
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Batum, Nancy7.3 
 2. Linehan, Nancy7.3 
 3. Huertas, FCB Regal7.0 
 4. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.6.7 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA6.0 
 7. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 8. Shved, CSKA5.0 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 10. Prigioni, Caja L.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  Caja L.
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prigioni, Caja L.3.0 
 2. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy2.5 
 4. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 5. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 6. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 7. Ilyasova, Anadolu2.3 
 8. Diamantidis, Panat.2.3 
 9. Fridzon, Khimky2.0 
 10. Wood, ALBA2.0 
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 


Thursday's games - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Fenerbahce Ulker - Nancy 90-86
Fenerbahce Ulker registered first Euroleague win this season. The Turkish champion celebrated 90-86 home victory against Nancy and joined them with 1-2 record in Group A. Olympiakos and Bilbao have the same numbers. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) led the hosts with 19 points and 5 rebounds. James Gist (205-F-86), Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) top-scored with 24 points. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) shined with 22 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) collected 11 points and 15 rebs. Fener was much better team in the first half making 21-point lead, 55-34. However, Nancy drastically improved after the breather coming to minus 6 at the beginning of the Q4. It was 84-79 later. Great defense by Nancy was allowing them to maintain their options, but Omer Onan pulled up for a providential three with 3:15 to go that made it 87-79 again. After a Fener steal, James Gist slammed for the offensive rebound making it clear that Fener will take this one, 89-79. Quarters: 23-17, 32-17, 15-27, 20-25. In the next game Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Bilbao on the road. Nancy will host Caja Laboral.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Thabo Sefolosha 19+5 boards, James Gist 13, Omer Onan 13, Oguz Savas 13
Nancy: Victor Samnick 24, Nicolas Batum 22+6 boards+6 as, Adrien Moerman 11+15 boards

Bennet Cantu - Bizkaia Bilbao 78-69
Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Bennet Cantu celebrated 78-69 home victory jumping to the second place in Group A. Bilbao shares position No.3 with three other teams (1-2). Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. In Bilbao, Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) led the scorers with 20 points and Marko Banic (205-F-84) had one less. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) stopped to 10 pts in this game. Cantu took control on its rival from the beginning and was constantly in charge during the entire game. Quarters: 18-15, 24-16, 18-19, 18-19. Cantu will host Olympiakos in the next round. Bilbao will play against Fener at home.

Bennet Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 16+6 boards, Maarten Leunen 14, Manuchar Markoishvili 12
Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 20, Marko Banic 19, D'or Fischer 10



GROUP B

Brose Baskets - Unicaja 78-79
Unicaja did a great job in Bamberg last night. The Malaga team grabbed 78-79 thriller win for 2-1 record in Group B. At the same time, Brose Baskets slipped to 1-2. It was a very exciting finish. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drained a triple for 78-77 Brose Baskets lead with 13 seconds to go. Unicaja had the possession and Kristaps Valters tried for 3, but he missed. Fortunately to Unicaja, there was Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) who grabbed an the offensive rebounds and hit a fadeaway jumper that went right in to put Unicaja ahead once again, 78-79 and 4 seconds to go. Jacobsen put the ball in bounds again and Roberts received. He pulled up with a clear shot, but this time the ball didn't go in and Unicaja escaped victorious from Bamberg. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) led Unicaja with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) helped with 11 points for 12 minutes on the court. In Brose Baskets, Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (6 rebs) and Brian Roberts scored 16 points each. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 14 pts apiece. Quarters: 27-22, 11-20, 23-21, 17-16. Unicaja's next rival will be Zagreb. Brose Baskets will take on Zalgiris in Kaunas.

Brose Baskets: Marcus Slaughter 16+6 boards, Brian Roberts 16, Julius Jenkins 14, Anton Gavel 14
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 18+7 boards, Luka Zoric 13+7 boards, Nedzad Sinanovic 11


GROUP C

Maccabi T-A - Real Madrid 88-82
Maccabi handed first Euroleague loss to Real Madrid this season. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 88-82 victory, so both teams have 2-1 record now in Group C. Anadolu Efes has the same score. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) paced the home squad to victory collecting 27 points and 5 assists. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 16 points each, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In Real Madrid, Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored with 18 points. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) had 15 and 13 pts respectively. Maccabi had 80-68 lead with 6 minutes left in the game and Real Madrid came to 85-80 with 46.1 seconds to go. Jordan Farmar had a critical steal and hit free throws that sealed the outcome, allowing an outstanding crowd to celebrate a well-deserved win, important home win. Quarters: 21-21, 25-20, 28-21, 14-20. Maccabi goes to Istanbul in the next round, while Real Madrid will play in Belgrade.

Maccabi: Jordan Farmar 27+5 as, David Blu 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16, Devin Smith 15+6 boards
Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 18, Felipe Reyes 15, Rudy Fernandez 13

Partizan - Charleroi 91-81
First Euroleague win for Partizan this season. The Serbian champion was better than the Belgian champ Charleroi 91-81 and joined them with 1-2 record in Group C. Armani Jeans Milano also has the same numbers in this pool. Partizan got 26 points and 7 assists from the NBAer Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M). Another NBA player Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 21 pts in this meeting. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) helped the Serbian powerhouse with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. In Charleroi, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) delivered 19 pts. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) scored 16, and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points, plus 9 boards. Partizan made 22-17 in the first quarter and later Charleroi came to 45-44. Partizan speeded up in the finish of the first half again taking 52-44 lead. Charleroi made 6-16 run after the breather and Partizan grabbed back 73-70 with ten minutes to go. Uros Lucic stepped up with two big triples, including one in the finish of Q3, and together with Nikola Pekovic and Acie Law brought 86-78 lead for the hosts. With 1:19 to go it was 91-81 for Partizan and Charleroi had no chance. In the next game, Partizan will host Real Madrid. Charleroi waits Armani Jeans Milano.

Partizan: Acie Law 26+7 as, Nikola Pekovic 21, Milan Macvan 15+6 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Demond Mallet 19, Tornike Shengelia 16, Christopher Hill 15+9 boards

Armani MI - Anadolu Efes 54-62
Anadolu Efes did a great job in Milan on Thursday evening. The Turkish squad registered 54-62 victory against Emporio Armani improving to 2-1 record in Group C. Efes joined Maccabi and Real Madrid on top of this pool. At the same time, Milano dropped to 1-2 (same as Partizan and Charleroi). Stanko Barac (217-C-86) dominated under the basket collecting 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 13 points and 8 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 12 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds in this victory. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) had 12 points and 8 rebs for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had double-double of 11 pts and 10 rebounds. Anadolu Efes took control on Milano from the beginning and managed to keep its lead until the end. Quarters: 9-22, 12-11, 15-14, 18-15. Efes will host Maccabi next week. Emporio Armani goes to Charleroi.

Milano: Danilo Gallinari 12+8 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11+10 boards
Anadolu Efes: Stanko Barac 16+7 boards, Tarence Kinsey 13+8 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12+5 boards


GROUP D

Unics - FCB Regal 65-93
Regal Barca demonstrated another great Euroleague performance. The reigning Spanish champ destroyed Unics on the road with huge 65-93 keeping the perfect score after three games in Group D. At the same time, Unics slipped to 1-2. Barca was much better team during the entire game. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) was their leading player with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 19 points and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed with 16 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) delivered 14 points for the hosts. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) netted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-23, 18-21, 16-25, 17-24. Barca will host also perfect Montepaschi next week. Unics will play in Gdynia against Asseco Prokom.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 14, Vladimir Veremeenko 11, Kelly McCarty 10
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 24+5 boads, Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Pete Mickeal 16+6 boards




SLUC Nancy's Linehan sets Euroleague assist mark - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy playmaker John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) set a new Euroleague record with 15 assists on Thursday night in Istanbul. The previous record of 14 assists in a game came twice. Linehan broke the record with a pass to Nicolas Batum for a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining. Despite his performance, host Fenerbahce Ulker won the game 90-86. Linehan, 33, is a Turkish Airlines Euroleague rookie accomplishing this feat in just his third Euroleague game. He totaled 7 assists in his first two appearances.

Tyus Edney first set the record with Benetton Treviso in a February 2004 regular season win at Olympiacos. Former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas, who today plays for Maccabi Electra, matched the record in a December 2009 win at Entente Orleanaise when he played for Olympiacos.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Kouvot defeated Karhu - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 9: Kouvot (Kouvola) won the 4th quarter 22-7 and defeated Karhu (Kauhajoki) 71-65 (30-43) tonight. And KTP (Kotka) lost at home vs Bisons (Loimaa) 89-97 (44-55). Kouvot (5-5) and Karhu (6-4) made a very interesting contest with 13 lead changes and four ties. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena) led the hosts with 17 points and six rebounds. Antto Nikkarinen (185-PG-91) added 14 pts and five assists. Karhu had 25 turnovers. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) leading again his team with 19 pts. KTP (4-5) had to find out Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.), Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) helping the Bisons (7-2) to the victory and to the top of the Top League. Ivey, McDade and Jones played on KTP roster last season.
Kouvot - Karhu 71-65 (/30-43). (Antoine Jordan 17/6, Antto Nikkarinen 14/5a, Josh Gonner 12 - Kelly Beidler 19, Clevin Hannah 14, Eldar Skamo 11. A: 942).
KTP - Bisons 89-97 (44-55). (Tim Blue 18/9, Juho Lehtoranta 17, Jukka Matinen 15 - Jeb Ivey 20/5a, Martin Zeno 19/12, Mikko Koivisto 17. A: 1097).
1.Division:
Huima (Aanekoski) - BC Jyvaskyla 96-64 (55-33). (Treylon Manning 32, John Britton 15/9, Sami Kajander 12 - Lance Storrs 20/10, Jarno Nissinen 20. A: 465).




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


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 2. Tiedeman, LrNM.21.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.2 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.19.1 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.0 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.9 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.1 
 8. Blue, KTP18.0 
 9. Johnson, Korihait17.4 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.6 
 2. Blue, KTP10.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.4 
 5. Muurinen, ToPo8.4 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.1 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.9 
 10. Nikkila, Pyrinto7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto5.3 
 3. Walker, Kataja4.6 
 4. Haynes, LrNM.4.4 
 5. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.7 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.6 
 10. Jalonen, Korihait3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.3 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.5 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.2.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP2.0 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.0 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 5. Bell, KTP0.9 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 8. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 9. Heinonen, ToPo0.8 
 10. Blue, KTP0.8 


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  FRANCE   


Ronny Turiaf to play for ASVEL tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Good news for ASVEL fans. NBAer Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) will make debut for the Villeurbanne team tomorrow. Insurance problems are resolved and Turiaf is officially registered to play for the club. ASVEL will host the reigning French champion Nancy tomorrow and hopes to win this game. Turiaf arrived to Villeurbanne more than a week ago. Ronny Turiaf had 4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.4 apg for the New York Knicks last season. He appeared 68 times with them. Turiaf played for the Golden State Warriors from 2008 to 2010. Before that he spent three years with the Los Angeles Lakers. In their last season together he had 6.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 78 games. In France, Ronny Turiaf played for INSEP. He graduated at the Gonzaga University in 2005.

Fenerbahce Ulker beats Nancy in Istanbul, 90-86 - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Nancy 90-86

Fenerbahce Ulker registered first Euroleague win this season. The Turkish champion celebrated 90-86 home victory against Nancy and joined them with 1-2 record in Group A. Olympiakos and Bilbao have the same numbers. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) led the hosts with 19 points and 5 rebounds. James Gist (205-F-86), Omer Onan (194-G-78) and Oguz Savas (212-C-87) helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) top-scored with 24 points. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) shined with 22 pts, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) collected 11 points and 15 rebs. Fener was much better team in the first half making 21-point lead, 55-34. However, Nancy drastically improved after the breather coming to minus 6 at the beginning of the Q4. It was 84-79 later. Great defense by Nancy was allowing them to maintain their options, but Omer Onan pulled up for a providential three with 3:15 to go that made it 87-79 again. After a Fener steal, James Gist slammed for the offensive rebound making it clear that Fener will take this one, 89-79. Quarters: 23-17, 32-17, 15-27, 20-25. In the next game Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Bilbao on the road. Nancy will host Caja Laboral.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Thabo Sefolosha 19+5 boards, James Gist 13, Omer Onan 13, Oguz Savas 13
Nancy: Victor Samnick 24, Nicolas Batum 22+6 boards+6 as, Adrien Moerman 11+15 boards


SLUC Nancy's Linehan sets Euroleague assist mark - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy playmaker John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) set a new Euroleague record with 15 assists on Thursday night in Istanbul. The previous record of 14 assists in a game came twice. Linehan broke the record with a pass to Nicolas Batum for a three-pointer with 11 seconds remaining. Despite his performance, host Fenerbahce Ulker won the game 90-86. Linehan, 33, is a Turkish Airlines Euroleague rookie accomplishing this feat in just his third Euroleague game. He totaled 7 assists in his first two appearances.

Tyus Edney first set the record with Benetton Treviso in a February 2004 regular season win at Olympiacos. Former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas, who today plays for Maccabi Electra, matched the record in a December 2009 win at Entente Orleanaise when he played for Olympiacos.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Nancy 4-0 
 2. Le Mans 4-1 
 3. Paris-Levallois 4-1 
 4. Chalon 3-1 
 5. Gravelines 3-1 
 6. Cholet 3-2 
 7. Poitiers 2-2 
 8. Orleans 2-2 
 9. Roanne 2-2 
 10. ASVEL 2-2 
 11. Strasbourg 2-2 
 12. Le Havre 1-3 
 13. Nanterre 1-3 
 14. Dijon 1-4 
 15. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-4 
 16. Hyeres-Toulon 0-5 


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-T.
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.28.5 
 2. Chatfield, Paris-.24.8 
 3. Williams, Paris-.19.8 
 4. Parker, AS.19.3 
 5. Rochestie, Le Mans19.0 
 6. Cox, Le Havre17.8 
 7. Batista, Le Mans17.3 
 8. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.17.2 
 9. Morlende, Hyeres-T.16.8 
 10. Nichols, Cholet16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Akingbala, Nancy10.3 
 2. Aminu, Chalon9.8 
 3. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 4. Hughes, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 5. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 6. Jackson, Roanne7.5 
 7. Hamilton, Paris-.7.4 
 8. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 9. Issa, Gravelines7.0 
 10. Faye, Hyeres-Tou.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 13
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon13.0 
 2. Linehan, Nancy7.0 
 3. Rochestie, Le Mans7.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans6.0 
 5. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 6. Parker, AS.5.3 
 7. Albicy, Gravelines5.3 
 8. Meacham, Paris-.5.0 
 9. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 10. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Linehan, Nancy2.8 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 3. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 4. Parker, AS.2.3 
 5. Acker, Le Mans2.3 
 6. Goss, AS.2.3 
 7. Batum, Nancy2.3 
 8. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 9. Fournier, Poitiers2.0 
 10. Dixon, Dijon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryvon COVILE
  Nanterre
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Covile, Nanterre1.5 
 2. Issa, Gravelines1.5 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.5 
 4. Nichols, Cholet1.4 
 5. Williams, Paris-.1.4 
 6. Sy, Orleans1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 8. Gobert, Cholet1.0 
 9. Jeanneau, Stras.1.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Amadi MCKENZIE
  Boulazac
  (201-PF-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. McKenzie, Boulazac19.0 
 2. Davis, Le Portel18.8 
 3. Barro, Bourg18.4 
 4. James, Denain18.3 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel18.0 
 6. Denave, St Vallier17.8 
 7. Ramseyer, Nantes17.2 
 8. Smith, Lille17.0 
 9. Milbourne, Limoges16.8 
 10. Sonko, Bourg16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Massie, Limoges12.8 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.0 
 3. Rossiter, Denain10.0 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier10.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne10.0 
 6. Badiane, Antibes8.7 
 7. Allen, Antibes8.7 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 9. Monroe, Boulazac8.4 
 10. Wyatte, Le Portel7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Copeland, Bourg7.2 
 2. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.7 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel5.6 
 4. Denave, St Vallier5.2 
 5. Njoya, Boulazac5.0 
 6. Rowland, Evreux4.8 
 7. Gomis, Limoges4.8 
 8. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.8 
 9. Sauret, Lille4.7 
 10. Fergerson, Nantes4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier3.0 
 2. James, Denain2.7 
 3. Patiejunas, Rouen2.6 
 4. Charles, Nantes2.6 
 5. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.5 
 6. Paelay, Quimper2.4 
 7. Sauret, Lille2.2 
 8. Flowers, Vichy2.2 
 9. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
 10. Fields, Nantes2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.7 
 2. Daniels, Chalons-.1.7 
 3. Badiane, Antibes1.7 
 4. Prowell, St Vallier1.5 
 5. Ford, Bordeaux1.3 
 6. Massie, Limoges1.3 
 7. Barro, Bourg1.2 
 8. Charles, Nantes1.0 
 9. Corre, Chalons-.1.0 
 10. Barrett, St Valli.1.0 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Benjamin THOMAS
  Roche
  (181-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Thomas, Roche18.8 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.2 
 3. Bluntt, Orchy18.2 
 4. Thinon, Sorgues18.0 
 5. Horton, Blois17.8 
 6. Almanson, Challans17.7 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.0 
 8. St Robert, Montb.17.0 
 9. Borval, Le Puy16.2 
 10. Staelens, Blois15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.5 
 2. Caskill, Cognac11.2 
 3. Pearson, Angers B.9.8 
 4. Jaiteh, CFBB9.7 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.3 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.3 
 7. Pridotkas, Brest8.2 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison7.8 
 9. St Robert, Montb.7.8 
 10. Simmons, Roche7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CALVEZ
  Charleville
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Calvez, Charleville6.0 
 2. Brochard, Blois5.8 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 4. Rathieuville, Brest5.2 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.0 
 6. Dessart, Lievin4.8 
 7. Geay, Challans4.6 
 8. Berquier, Chartres4.3 
 9. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 10. Godin, Cognac4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche3.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.7 
 3. Brochard, Blois2.2 
 4. Bigote, Cognac2.2 
 5. Gourari, Rueil2.0 
 6. Bassine, Sorgues2.0 
 7. Moupegnou, Cognac2.0 
 8. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.8 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Caskill, Cognac2.4 
 2. Alingue, Souffel2.3 
 3. Diame, Rueil1.4 
 4. Mendy, Lievin1.3 
 5. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 6. N''Diaye, Souffel1.0 
 7. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 8. Lopez, Brest1.0 
 9. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois0.8 


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  GEORGIA   


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


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. Mikeladze, Batumi17.5 
 9. Eliashvili, Batumi17.0 
 10. Niniashvili, TSU16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.16.0 
 2. Machaladze, STU T.11.5 
 3. Arabic, Rustavi11.0 
 4. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi10.0 
 6. Antadze, STU T.9.8 
 7. Niniashvili, TSU T.9.5 
 8. Patsatsia, Sokhumi9.0 
 9. Shermadini, TSU T.8.5 
 10. Berishvili, Olymp.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.10.5 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.6.7 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.5 
 4. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi5.3 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.3 
 6. Artsividze, Rustavi4.7 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.7 
 8. Gaines, Armia4.5 
 9. Gay, Sokhumi4.5 
 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. Thomas, Armia2.5 
 4. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 6. Chikviladze, Samed.2.3 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.2.3 
 8. Gaines, Armia2.0 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.0 
 10. Gamqrelidze, Olym.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.4.0 
 2. Toudjani, MIA T.2.7 
 3. Atuashvili, Sokhumi2.3 
 4. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 5. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi2.0 
 6. Hoger, Olympus2.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Armia2.0 
 8. Beruashvili, STU T.1.5 
 9. Gugava, Rustavi1.3 
 10. Kadaria, Sokhumi1.0 


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  GERMANY   


Can The Fraport Skyliners Remove The Engraved Win from The Foreheads of The Brose Baskets Bamberg? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Brose Baskets Bamberg have started off this season where they left off last season winning, winning, and winning and no team has been able to rip off the win from their foreheads as the club has been tearing apart teams as if a holy win slogan was plastered to their foreheads. Winning for Chris Fleming and his gang has become as common in Freak city the last two seasons as it is for actresses in general spreading for Playboy once their money runs out or their fame as Lindsay Lohan is going to do, kids going through neighborhoods getting some Halloween fun smashing pumpkins of NBA stars or a famous word by professional athletes, I never threatened to kill my wife as former Los Angeles Dodger Milton Bradley recently claimed being uttered time in and time out. So far this season, The Brose Baskets Bamberg have a perfect 5-0 record and have taken care of business in Beko BBL arenas as easily as the Green Bay Packers have in the NFL as the Bavarian team has outscored their opponents 464-323. It really seems like Beko BBL teams are as helpless against Bamberg as Paris Hilton is shopping at K-Mart. It seems like the only way to have a possible chance of beating Bamberg in the Stechert arena is if the opponent came with Dirk Nowitzki and Derrick rose in their baggage, Tom Brady allowing wife and model Gieselle Bundchen to do a sexy dance on the sidelines preoccupying the team or some tycoon let 1000 euro bills fall from the ceiling to cause a commotion and put a temporary dent in the rhythm of Bamberg. After the humiliating 83-57 loss to 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin, The Fraport Skyliners will have nothing to lose, but even if a Bamberg dares to underestimate an opponent, they still have the audacity to win. Any team can beat Bamberg on a good day. The Skyliners have to go into the game remembering that Duesseldorf beat Bamberg last season and that anything is possible, warned Alba Berlin assistant coach Mauricio Parra. There is a lot of fields and grass next to the home of Bamberg, so maybe Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) and his team might be looking for some added green luck to take into the game. Well Bamberg is a class of it's own but they still have to show up and play each night. With all the success they have they have a target on their back but teams have to play very well to beat them and maybe each Skyliner should carry a four leave clover in their pocket, smiled TBB Trier guard John Bynum. The Fraport Skyliners do have a minor minor detail worth keeping in their mind as the last team to have won in Bamberg were the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the 2010 playoffs. Players like Jimmy Mckinney, Quantez Robertson and Marius Nolte should use that as an added motivation.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are looking to win the triple this season with a third Beko BBL championship and third Cup win as well as meeting their goal of reaching the Top 16 in Euroleague play. Last season, the team swept through the regular season with a record of 32-2 and outscored their opponents by a huge margin of 2786-2213 points. They swept the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven 3-0 in the quarterfinals, but looked more human in the semi finals needing five games to dispose of the Artland Dragons where they showed their stamp winning game 5 83-55. In the finals, they also needed 5 games to dispose of pesky Alba Berlin , who still had a shot with two minutes remaining, but succumbed to little mistakes and gigantic John Goldsberry shots to win the title again. Bamberg seemed to get better with every game that they played and the Euroleague competition also helped them, stressed TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

One thing that Brose Baskets Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has learned twice the last two off seasons is that one should not change a winning team and if dollars get in the way then try to keep as much as possible to keep that winning chemistry in tact. The team kept 11 players, losing Americans Kyle Hines that reached the big time with Top Euroleague team Olympiakos Piraeus and Reyshawn Terry. The team added sufficient strength for these two positions with ex Bremerhaven brat wurst eater Marcus Slaughter who left the Beko BBL in 2008 averaging 18ppg and 10rpg after 8 games and athletic forward Pj Tucker. The team got added offensive firepower with ex Alba Berlin guard Julius Jenkins that has won titles and may be still be one of the most dangerous crunch time players in the Beko BBL where teams would rather see him on the bench fouled out then on the floor when the going gets tough. . I think they are deeper than last season and the pieces they lost they replaced them in a great way, warned John Bynum. So far this season, The Brose Baskets Bamberg have blown out BG Goettingen, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen and Phoenix Hagen. The only team that held some kind of resistance over 40 minutes were ratiopharm Ulm who lost 64-59 in the Stechert arena. Bamberg is averaging 92 points per game and are limiting their opponents to only 64 points per game. The season is just one month in and the club already seems to have both offense and defense on the same page and double quality at each position. They are just stacked in each position and they dont have let downs at any point during a game. You can't make too many mistakes and if you do they make you pay for it. On offense they have so many guys they can go to and anyone can put the ball in the basket. As far as defense they take you out of sets and make you play further then you are used to playing by ball pressure and by playing physical, warned John Bynum.

One can discuss all day long or ask ex Bamberg guard Michael Hakim Jordan how many quick smiles he can produce that equal the number of strenghthes that the team have, but relentless aggressive defense, immaculate speedy ball movement or maybe the most important of all total unselfishness and that has to do with having the right characters players mesh together in the right system. So often finding the right players for a certain system isnt easy, but Bamberg head coach Chris Fleming has the right New Jersey twist to haul in the right players. Chris is a great coach and has a great system and each player he has brought in fits the system to perfection. He has taken Bamberg to a very high level with their talent and his coaching ability. Bamberg has gotten stronger each season and if that continues, one shouldnt have to shy away from soon making dynasty comparisons to the Alba Berlin teams from 1997-2003. Bamberg is going in the right direction for it to be called a dynasty but a lot has to fall into their favor. If they are able to sustain their level of play and not have any key injuries then they can continue their high level of play, warned John Bynum. An important question also remains if the team can stay hungry to keep winning and have nonstop motivaton? I dont think that coach will have a hard time motivating anyone. We play to win. We have been practicing hard and the new players bring a lot of excitement and we know what is in front of us. The old players want to create history and the new players want to become part of history. Everyone is highly motivated to win, warned Bamberg forward Marcus Slaughter.

The Skyliners have a massive negative record on the road in Bamberg going six years without a win until the Beko BBL playoffs 2010 where the club of Gordon Herbert won in game one 65-63. In the Ballsporthalle, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a 2-7 record since the 2005-2006 season. Who could forget the embarrassing 81-48 loss in 2007 which was the last game for Skyliner coach Charles Barton. Last season, the club won twice winning in the regular season 84-80 as the team was led by American point guard Aubrey Reese with 18 points. They won a second time last season in game four with a 69-56 win sending the 2010 BEKO BBL finals back to Bamberg as Alba Berlin American Derrick Allen led the charge with 19 points and seven rebounds. In the first meeting last season season, The Brose Baskets Bamberg were able to pull out a hard fought 71-62 win as they rallied from being down 60-55 and ended the game with a 16-2 run. Anton Gavel led all scorers with 19 points and Reyshawn Terry added 15 points. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 15 points, but he steered only two assists. Brad Buckman and Jimmy Mckinney chipped in with 10 points a piece. Bamberg was able to shoot over 40% from the field and outside while Frankfurt didnt have the touch from the three point line at only 29%. In the second game at home, Bamberg won easily 81-63. Since the 2005-2006 season, the Skyliners have a miserable 3-15 record against the three time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. Last season, they lost four times in Bamberg, in the Champions Cup, against Bamberg and twice in Cup play against Braunschweig and the Artland Dragons.

After the debacle against 8 time Beko BBl champion Alba Berlin, The Fraport Sklyiners want to snap their three game losing streak, but may need a miracle to get a win in Bamberg. With the luck that the Skyliners have had over the years in Bamberg and with their slow start this season, it might be more likely that George Clooney gets married before the Frankfurt team can get a win in Freak City. The Fraport Skyliners will travel to Bamberg with the second worst Beko BBL offense and ready to improve on many basketball details. Against Alba Berlin, they had an unsatisfactory 18 turnovers, lost the points in the paint and fast break duels badly. The team continues to have problems rebounding and have many players looking to regain their form from the preseason. On top of that, the coaching chair of Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) seemed to have a first rattle as some fans have questioned his coaching. It is not so much about Bamberg, but more that we have to find our identity. We practice hard, but it just hasnt transformed over on to the court. Bamberg plays great basketball. This is one of the biggest games of the season and we will fight until the end, warned Skyliner guard Justin Gray. The statistical differences between Frankfurt and Bamberg are like day and night. Bamberg averages an amazing 92 points per game and Frankfurt only 67 points. We have to find stability on defense against Bamberg. We have to limit easy baskets and not give them clear looks. We have to play with more intensity and be aggressive and take them out of what they do best, warned Skyliner forward Jon Leuer. Bamberg rebounds better and dishes out 20 assists while Frankfurt only 12,7apg. Bamberg also shoots better from all places on the court. One stat that surprisingly has gone unnoticed this season is the extremely low steals per game at 2,8 for the Frankfurt club. Justin Gray and Michael Thompson will be challenged as Bamberg averages 9,6spg. Bryce Taylor has played many times against Bamberg and has advice for the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt has to defend the three point line very well. Frankfurt has to rebound and make Bamberg work in their motion offense and on offense hit their shots, warned Bryce Taylor. Alba Berlin sport director found a very minor deficit in the game of Bamberg which quickly was erased by the all around strong team play. Bamberg has a minor physical disadvantage at point guard as they dont have that classic point guard, but that whole team understands the game and can compensate any difficulty at the point guard position, stated Mithat Demirel. Keeping up with the tempo of Bamberg for 40 minutes could feel as long a cat experiencing 9 lives, but if any team has a chance to beat Bamberg then that is the only way. Frankfurt has to play solid for forty minutes and they must limit their mistakes at both ends, warned John Bynum. The Brose Baskets Bamberg host The Fraport Skyliners November 5th.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by The Brose Baskets Bamberg are led by ex NBA player Casey Jacobsen. The 30 year old 198cm shooting guard/small forward is playing his fourth season with Bamberg after winning the BEKO BBL title with the team in 2007 and 2010 and Cup in 2010. The American from Glendora California is an outstanding player, a great competitor, both a scorer and a shooter. He can defend, take the charge, and he'll get a rebound in a crowd because he's tough. A complete player who plays hard, and plays smart. He played 287 NBA games for The Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played at Stanford from 1998-2002 and in his senior year averaged 21.9ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.5apg, FGP: 44.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 77.6%; Finished career ranked 3rd in all time points (1723), 6th in points per game (18.1), 2nd in three point field goals (22) and 4th in three point percentage (.427). Left Stanford as the sole or co-owner of 49 school records. He was drafted by the Phoenix Suns (from Boston) (NBA,1rd (22). He played In France for in 2005-2006 for Ceramica Vitoria (Spain-ACB): Euroleague: 25 games: 9.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 44.5%, FT: 76.7%; Spanish League: 44 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2FGP: 57.0%, FT: 77.0%. In 2008-2009 he played for Alba Berlin winning the BEKO BBL cup playing Euroleague: 16 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 38.7%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 68.4%; German League: 43 games: 9.3ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 44.6%, FT: 76.8%. Last season for Bamberg, he played Euroleague: 10 games: 9.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 68.2%; German Bundesliga: 48 games: 11.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 84.9%. Currently he is averaging 12,6ppg, 3,2rpg and 2,4apg and is shooting 50% from the field and 42,9% from outside.

The team brought in 26 year old 198cm forward PJ Tucker who played at Texas (NCAA) from 2002-2006 reaching the NCAA last 8 and Sweet 16. He knows how to play in the low post (and how to score. Plus, he is an unbelievable rebounder, who can jump two or three consecutive times to grab the ball. It didnt take him long to reach the NBA as he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors (NBA,2rd (35) in 2006. In 2006-2007, he got a taste of the NBA playing for the Toronto Raptors (NBA), Regular Season: 17 games: 1.8ppg, 1.4rpg; in Jan.'07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), in Feb.'07 recalled to Toronto Raptors (NBA), in March '07 assigned to Colorado 14ers (D-League), shortly left: 19 games: 10.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 84.6%. In the last four years, he has gained much experience in Europe having played in Isreal, Ukraine, Greece and Italy. Last season, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): Greek League: 19 games: 11.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 59.6%; EuroCup: 14 games: Score-3 (15.9ppg), Reb-2 (8.0rpg), 1.7apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 68.1%, in May'11 moved to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 3 games: 12.3ppg, 7.3rpg, 3.3apg, 2.7spg and in the summer of 2011 signed at Quebradillas Pirates (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 17 games: 14.9ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.1%, 3PT: 19.2%, FT: 75.9%. Currently he is averaging 12,4ppg and 4,4rpg and is shooting 50% from the field and 42,9%from the parking lot. German national player Tibor Pleiss is playing his third season for The Brose Baskets Bamberg. He is a 22 year old 214cm center that was born in Bergisch Gladbach. He started his basketball career for Rhein Energie Cologne in 2006-2007. In Cologne he played 39 BEKO BBL games and two ULEB cup games. He won the BEKO BBL cup in 2007 with Cologne. He started his German national team career at the European championships in 2009 in Poland. Last summer, he played at the World Championships in Turkey playing 5 games: 8.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 44.1%, FT: 91.7%. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played 14 Eurocup games: 8.1ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 45 games: 8.0ppg, 5.9rpg, Blocks-2 (1.3bpg), FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.8%. Last summer he was drafted at #31 in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets and then traded to the Oklahoma Thunder. Last season, he played German League: 47 games: 8.9ppg, 6.5rpg, Blocks-1 (1.6bpg), FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 76.4%; Euroleague: 10 games: 6.7ppg, Reb-5 (6.3rpg), Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 78.9%. He didnt see much action at the 2011 European Championships playing six games and averaging 1,8ppg and 1,8rpg due to Chris Kaman getting the brunt of the playing time. Currently, he is averaging 11,6ppg and 4,8rpg.

Marcus Slaughter is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California that is back in the Beko BBL playing his first season with Bamberg. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3 (63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. Currently, he is averaging 10,4ppg and 5,2rpg. Brian Roberts is a 26year old 188cm combo guard from Toldeo, Ohio who is playing his third season in Bamberg. Due to the unexpected injury to John Goldsberry, Bamberg had to react quickly and got the American shortly before the season. He played at Dayton from 2004-2008 and reached the NIT Elite 8 in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Saham Galil Gilboa (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 28 games: 15.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 88.5%. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played 14 Eurocup games: 10.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 43 games: 11.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT-2 (88.4%).Last season, he played : Euroleague: 10 games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%.Currently he is averaging 9,6ppg, 3,2rpg and 4,2apg. He is shooting hot 60,6% from the field and 53,9% from the three point line.

Anton Gavel is a 27 year old 189cm combo guard from Slovakia that has experience and can score quickly and in bunches when needed. He is playing his third season with Bamberg and started his basketball career for BG Karlsruhe and then played for Giessen from 2004-2006. In 2004-2005, he was a big factor in almost kicking out Bamberg out of the playoffs. That season he played 39 games: 12.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, Blocks-3 (1.5bpg), 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 35.7%. The next season, he was even better as he played 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 52.4%. he then got valuable experience playing in Spain in the ACB for PolarWorld Murcia from 2006-2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1). Last season he played for Svit (Extraliga, starting five), Slovakian League: 2 games: 22.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; in Nov.'09 moved to Brose Baskets Bamberg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): German League: 36 games: 10.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 44.1%, FT: 71.7%; EuroCup: 12 games: 6.8ppg, 1.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season, he played 10 Euroleague games: 12.8ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 92.7%; German League: 45 games: 10.7ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 84.5%. Currently, he is averaging 9,4ppg, 2,0rpgand 3,6apg. He also is hot shooting 57;1% from the field and 50% from outside. Predrag Suput is a 32 year old 200cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing for The Brose Baskets Bamberg since 2007. He is a strong player (could play 3-2-4 position) good defender, excellent shot from outside. Strong penetration under the basket. Before coming to Bamberg, he played for top European teams like Partizan Belgrad and Hemofarm Vrsac. In 2009-2010, he played Eurocup playing 13 games: 13.1ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 88.5%; German League: 45 games: Score-4 (14.9ppg), 4.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 84.6%. Suput belongs to the top power forwards in the BEKO BBL and can score in so many ways that even when he kills a team with a seemingly impossible shot in traffic, you just have to smile and sigh in astonishment. Last season, he played Euroleague: 9 games: 10.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 75.0%; German League: 44 games: 12.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 78.6%. Currently he is averaging 9,4ppg, 3,6rpg and 2,2apg.

30 year old 187 cm guard American Julius Jenkins is playing his first season in Freak City and has developed into one of the top players in the BBL after first being recognized in the 2004-2005 season as he averaged 27,1ppg in the second Bundesliga for Nurnberg. He played a season in Bree, Belgium getting ULEB Cup experience before coming to Berlin in 2006 where he since has become a household name. His best scoring season was 2007-2008 where he played 45 games: Score-3 (18.2ppg), 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 57.8%, 3FGP: 42.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2009-2010, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 14.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 74.3%; German League: 35 games: Score-5 (14.8ppg), 1.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 44.3%, FT: 80.2%. He is an explosive scorer from the point guard or the shooting guard position; possesses the ability to score and create his own shot at anytime; Has very long arms and great leaping ability; unlimited range on the jump shot, which allows him to stretch the defense. You have to pray that he misses. You have to be physical with him and make sure the bigs hedge hard on ball screens, warned Omari Westley. With Berlin, Jenkins has won a number of awards such as Bundesliga All-Star Game -08 (MVP), Bundesliga Champion -08 (Finals MVP), Eurocup finalist 2010 and German Bundesliga Cup Winner -09 (FinalFour MVP). Last season, he played German League: 44 games: 14.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 79.9%; EuroCup: 11 games: 12.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 82.6%. Currently, he is only 8th in scoring, but averaging 8,8ppg which would have him in the top three scoring for lower class teams in the Beko BBL.

The team is also filled with talented young Germans led by Kartsen Tadda who is a 23 year old 189cm guard. He has been with Bamberg since 2007. He started his basketball career at Troester Breitenguessbach in 2005. In 2009-2010 for Bamberg he played Eurocup 14 games: 4.1ppg, 1.4rpg; German League: 45 games: 3.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.0apg. Last season, he played German League: 47 games: 3.1ppg, 1.3rpg; Euroleague: 10 games: 0.8ppg; played also at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB, starting five): 2 games: 16.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. He is known as an aggressive and relentless defender. Currently, he is averaging 5,0ppg,1,4rpg and 2,0apg. Maurice Stuckey is a 21 year old 187cm guard that was born in Augsburg. He started his basketball career in 2005 for BG Leitershofen. He then moved to Ehingen/Urspringschule (ProB), where he played from 2007-2009. In2009-2010, he played for Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 17.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 62.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 85.3%, played also at Brose Baskets Bamberg (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 1.3ppg. At the 2010 European Championships U20 in Croatia he played 9 games: 8.0ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 29.2%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played German League: 35 games: 2.2ppg; Euroleague: 3 games: 2.3ppg; also played at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 18 games: 14.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 29.6%, FT: 77.5%. Phillip Neumann is a 19 year old 210cm center that was born in Cologne Germany. He started his basketball career for SSKC Aschaffenburg / TV Langen U16 team in 2007. In 2008 he played for Franken Hexer (ProB): 21 games: 4.5ppg, 4.1rpg, Blocks-5 (1.0bpg). In 2009-2010, he played for Baskets Bamberg junior team: 21.0ppg, 12.8rpg, had also license to play at TSV Troester Breitenguessbach (ProB): 20 games: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 61.0%. In 2010, he played at the European Championships U18 in Vilnius (Lithuania) -10: 9 games: 12.1ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 26.3%, FT: 62.9%. Last season, he played German League: 18 games: 1.2ppg; German League: Euroleague: 1 game: 0pts. Currently, he is averaging 4,5ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,0apg.






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

After the strong home win against BBC Bayreuth, what has been the main focus in practice this week. TBB Trier is known for priding their defense, but what other things have been important this week?

For us the main focus on how we can get better but obviously when we look at Hagen we have to look at their transition game and how to slow them down and pick our spots to attack and control the boards is a key thing for this game as well.

TBB Trier is 1-2 on the road this season. You did win in Goettingen where the fans are always loud. Does that last road win give the team added confidence for the game in Hagen?

Any win on the road gives you confidence and I think it shows that we are capable of winning in a loud environment. This is a game that we are capable of winning and we like our chances.

What is your impression of Phoenix Hagen this season? They beat Alba Berlin again the second time in a row at home?

Hagen is a dangerous team for sure and can play with anyone in the BBL with their style especially if their shots are falling. They have had three different players who can score over 30 so we can't just focus on one for sure.

What is your memory of playing in Hagen last season in their old/new arena?

My memory of last season was winning on their court but it is a new season and last year doesn't matter anymore.

Phoenix Hagen showed last season that they can put up pointson the board and this season have showed it also. is this a game that will be won under the boards or limiting the wing players and their open looks?

Yes for sure their offensive abilities are spoken for themselves but we just have to understand that they will have runs during the game because of their explosiveness but we have to stay together and just understand that basketball is a game of runs and just play our game and stay focused.

Jason Crowe has been around the block and is very experienced. How much are you looking forward to getting in his passing lanes and closing him down?

I'm really just looking forward to playing. I'm sure at one point I will be guarding him but our focus is to shut down there strengths and slow them down anyway we can.

Kobe Bryant has said that he wants to be the Will Smith of the NBA. Who would be his Jada Pinket as a player? lol

Not really sure what he meant by that but if he was will smith I'm sure there are a couple of his teammates that would fall under that Jada Pinkett category.

What was your whole take on the 72 day wedding of Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries?

Honestly I don't know what to say but I would get married to Kim for 72 days and let me put it this way I would be a rich man after the divorce and I don't think I would be playing basketball anymore and I think I would have a son on the way too...lol.

Thanks John for the chat.




Pavelas Cukinas Joins The Walter Tigers Tuebingen While Velimir Radinovic Departs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After a slow 0-6 start in the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have not been content with the play under the boards and swapped big men by replacing Velimir Radionovic with Povilas Cukinas. Cukinas is no unknown player to the Beko BBL as he was a big part of the success of EnBW Ludwigsburg in the 2006-2007 season as they surprised the whole league by dominating play and reaching the playoffs. In that season, Cukinas played 40 games: 9.8ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 53.0%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 56.2%.Tuebingen had been the second stop in the Beko BBl for Radinovic, but he was unable to convince the team as he averaged just three points and one rebound per game. 'We want to thank Velimir Radinovic for his effort and wish him all the best for the future', stressed Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel.

Cukinas is a 28 year old 210cm center from Lithuania and last season played for
Aisciai Kaunas (LKL, starting five): Baltic League: 14 games: 10.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 45.9%; Lithuanian League: 23 games: 9.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 48.4%. 'We got a very good rebounder with Cukinas who can make things happen on offense and defense', added Robert Wintermantel. Head coach Igor Perovic who seems to keep the same mood on his face during wining and losing streaks is happy about getting the big man. 'We hope that he will help us. He has shown that he can play in this league. He has a good understanding of the game and moves well for his size. He will help us with points and rebounds', stressed Igor Perovic.

Cukinas started his basketball career with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius in 2002 and was already playing FIBA Champions Cup at age 19 playing 16 games: 4.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 6ast; LKL: 41games: 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg. He continued playing with them until 2006 and in the 2005-2006 season played Lithuanian League: 16 games: 10.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP-1 (76%), FT: 55%; Euroleague: 12 games: 1.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2FGP: 57.8%, FT: 25%; Baltic League: 27 games: 10.9ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP-1 (66.1%). In 2007-2008, he played for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA): 38 games: 4.8ppg, 3.6rpg. In 2008-2009, he played for Barons/LMT Riga (Latvia-LBL): Latvian League: 4 games: 9.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0bpg; Baltic League (Elite Group): 4 games: 5.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0bpg, left in Oct.'08. In 2009-2010, he played for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL): released in Dec.'09: VTB League: 3 games: 1.7ppg, 2.7rpg; Euroleague: 6 games: 0.5ppg, 1.3rpg; Baltic League: 9 games: 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 61.8%, FT: 42.1%; Lithuanian League: 7 games: 6.4ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 69.2%. Awards and achievements in his career have been Awards/Achievements, Lithuanian U18 National Team -00, Albert Schweitzer Junior Championships in Mannheim (Germany) -2000: All-Star 3rd Team, European Championships U18 -00, Lithuanian U21 National team -01, Global Games U21 in Dallas -01
Lithuanian LKAL Finalist -01, Lithuanian Student National Team -01, Lithuanian League Semifinals -02, Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Newcomers Team -02
Lithuanian U20 National Team -02, European Championships U20 in Lithuania -02, Lithuanian LKL All-Star Game -03, Lithuanian League Regular Season Champion -03
Lithuanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 05, 06, Lithuanian League Finalist -03, 04, 05, Baltic League (D1) Finalist -05, ULEB Cup Winner -05
Baltic League Regular Season Champion -06, Baltic League Champion -06, Lithuanian League Champion -06, Lithuanian National Team -06, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -07, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -07, German Bundesliga Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga Semifinals -07, Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Bosmans Team -07, VTB United League Semifinals -10, Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Honorable Mention -11, and Baltic League (Challenge Cup) Finalist -11.

Source: Walter Tigers Tuebingen


Berni Rodriguez's fadeaway jumper lifts Unicaja to victory in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Unicaja 78-79

Unicaja did a great job in Bamberg last night. The Malaga team grabbed 78-79 thriller win for 2-1 record in Group B. At the same time, Brose Baskets slipped to 1-2. It was a very exciting finish. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drained a triple for 78-77 Brose Baskets lead with 13 seconds to go. Unicaja had the possession and Kristaps Valters tried for 3, but he missed. Fortunately to Unicaja, there was Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) who grabbed an the offensive rebounds and hit a fadeaway jumper that went right in to put Unicaja ahead once again, 78-79 and 4 seconds to go. Jacobsen put the ball in bounds again and Roberts received. He pulled up with a clear shot, but this time the ball didn't go in and Unicaja escaped victorious from Bamberg. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) led Unicaja with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) helped with 11 points for 12 minutes on the court. In Brose Baskets, Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (6 rebs) and Brian Roberts scored 16 points each. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 14 pts apiece. Quarters: 27-22, 11-20, 23-21, 17-16. Unicaja's next rival will be Zagreb. Brose Baskets will take on Zalgiris in Kaunas.

Brose Baskets: Marcus Slaughter 16+6 boards, Brian Roberts 16, Julius Jenkins 14, Anton Gavel 14
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 18+7 boards, Luka Zoric 13+7 boards, Nedzad Sinanovic 11


Dennis Schroeder claims ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented international guard Dennis Schroeder (186-G-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best SU Medien and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 18-year old guard got a double-double of 23 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Vechta (#5, 5-3) 107-94. SU Medien is placed at 2nd position in ProB. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. SU Medien will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Schroeder turned to be SU Medien's top player in his first season with the team. Schroeder has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Darren Stackhouse (198-F, agency: ProSportsCareers) of ALBA Berlin II. Stackhouse impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for ALBA Berlin II to edge slightly lower-ranked Rist Wedel (#11, 3-6) by 3 points 81-78. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But ALBA Berlin II managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Stackhouse is a newcomer at ALBA Berlin II and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was Christoph Hackenesch (204-F/C-86) of Herten (#7). Hackenesch scored 16 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Herten, leading his team to a 80-64 easy win against the higher-ranked Wulfen (#3, 6-3). Herten needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Hackenesch has a very solid season. In 8 games in Germany he scored 14.3ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 74.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Blake Poole (195-C-88) of Dorsten - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Martinis Woody (201-F/C-82) of Bernau - 17 points and 14 rebounds
6. Augie Johnston (185-G-86) of Rist Wedel - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) of Vechta - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Till-Joscha Joenke (189-G-92) of Bayer Giants - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Terry Bryant (186-G-85) of Dorsten - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Frank Theis (200-C-82) of SU Medien - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


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Latest Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
A1
Maroussi added officially four players in its roster. These players are: Nestoras Kommatos, Prodromos Nikolaidis, Frank Ellegar and Savo Djiganovic. Now the team of Coach Linardos is developing an identity and very soon the team will be back in the road of successes.
B' Division
Iraklis Thessalonikis added another two players, as the veteran point guard Vassilis Moulakis and Tsakiltzis are officially players of the team of Head Coach Albanis


Panathinaikos keeps the perfect score in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos remained undefeated in Group B with a strong second half to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 92-75 at OAKA on Friday night in the last game of Week 3. Reigning Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) scored 16 points to pace the winners. The visitors, who played their first game under new head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic, played well early and led 38-42 at halftime. But Diamantidis opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers and later Kostas Kaimakoglou nailed a triple to make it 64-55 at the end of the third quarter. Steven Smith starred in a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that wrapped up the game. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 14 points, Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) scored 13 apiece all off the bench and Nick Calathes delivered 7 points and 7 assists for the champs. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) paced Zalgiris with 21 points, Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 14 and Milovan Rakovic 12 for the Lithuanian champs, who dropped to 0-3. *Courtesy of Euroleague

Latest Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
A1
Marousi BC added officially four players in its roster. These players are: Nestoras Kommatos (203-F-77), Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78), Frank Elegar (206-C-86, college: Drexel) and Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75). Now the team of Coach Linardos is developing an identity and very soon the team will be back in the road of successes.



B' Division
GS Iraklis Thessaloniki added another two players, as the veteran point guard Vassilis Moulakis (180-G-77) and the talented guard Thomas Tsalkitzis (191-G-92) are officially players of the team of Head Coach Theodoros Albanis . At the same time the Greek coach is trying to persuade another two players to return to the basketball activity as Pantelis Papaioakim (206-C/F-75)
and Nikos Kouvelas (203-F-73) could become Iraklis players by the end of this week. If these transactions takes place then Iraklis all of a sudden will develop a solid team ready to fight in order to survive in the Second division.




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Express L. Round 5 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 5 was a home defeat of 4th placed Thor Thorl (3-2) to third ranked Stjarnan (4-1) 97-86. It ended the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. Thor Thorl was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 20 points and 9 assists. American forward Mike Ringgold (200, college: Rider) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with KR. Newly promoted Thor Thorl keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Stjarnan is looking forward to face Snaefell (#7) in Stykkisholmur in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thor Thorl will play on the road against Keflavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Reykjavik. Second ranked KR (4-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Keflavik (3-2) 74-73 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Keflavik. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and Finnur Magnusson accounted for 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) came up with 20 points and 4 assists for Keflavik in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KR have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Grindavik, which they share with Stjarnan. Keflavik at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. KR will play against Fjolnir (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Keflavik will play against Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Haukar has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fjolnir (2-3) 78-73 on Friday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Jovonni Shuler who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds. Calvin O'Neil produced 20 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. Haukar maintains tenth place with 1-4 record. Loser Fjolnir keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Njardvik. Haukar will meet league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against the league's second-placed KR (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Express L. top team - Grindavik (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Valur (0-5) in Reykjavik 83-73. Giordan Watson orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Grindavik's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Grindavik have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings with five games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to seventh ranked IR (3-2) 81-70 on Friday evening. James Bartolotta stepped up and scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Tindastoll lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. IR will face Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tindastoll will play at home against Valur in Reykjavik and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Njardvik was destroyed by Snaefell on the opponent's court 89-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 19 points and 16 rebounds by Quincy Hankins-Cole of Snaefell.



Snaefell - Njardvik 89-67

Everything could happen in Stykkisholmur at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Snaefell and 7th ranked Njardvik had identical 2-2 record. This time Snaefell used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Njardvik 89-67 on Thursday night. The game was mostly controlled by Snaefell. Njardvik was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Njardvik 48-26 including a 34-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Snaefell looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Njardvik's players. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners and guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. Guard Travis Holmes (193, college: VMI, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 16 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Snaefell (3-2) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Njardvik lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Snaefell will face higher ranked Stjarnan (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Njardvik will play against IR (#6) in Reykjavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Njardvik: T.Holmes 16+5reb+2ast, C.Echols 12+4reb, R.Erlingsson 9+2reb+1ast, M.Baginski 8+4reb+1ast, H.Einarsson 7+1reb, E.Fridriksson 5+1reb+2ast
Snaefell: Q.Hankins-Cole 19+16reb+3ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 15+6reb+1ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 14+4reb+4ast, S.Davidsson 12+2ast, M.Hall 12+6reb+7ast, O.Torfason 8+8reb+3ast
gschID: 140079


Haukar - Fjolnir 78-73

Haukar has registered their first victory this season after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fjolnir (2-3) 78-73 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 5 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Haukar made 11 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was swingman Jovonni Shuler (193-87, college: Savannah St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds. Forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) chipped in 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 blocks. Shuler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Haukar players scored in double figures. Guard Calvin O'Neil (193-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) added 22 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Haukar maintains tenth place with 1-4 record. Loser Fjolnir keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Njardvik. Haukar will meet league's leader Grindavik on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fjolnir will play against the league's second-placed KR (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: N.Walkup 22+5reb+1ast, C.O'Neil 20+7reb+2ast, A.Ragnarsson 15+5reb+4ast, J.Sverrisson 6+11reb+2ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 3+1reb+2ast
Haukar: C.Smith 24+5reb+2ast, E.Barja 14+5reb+2ast, J.Shuler 12+18reb+2ast, S.Haraldsson 10+4reb+5ast, D.Hermannsson 6+2reb+3ast, O.Sigurdarson 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 140080


Thor Thorl - Stjarnan 86-97

The most interesting game of round 5 was a home defeat of 4th placed Thor Thorl (3-2) to third ranked Stjarnan (4-1) 97-86. It ended the three-game winning streak of Thor Thorl. Thor Thorl was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Stjarnan looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) stepped up and scored 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) chipped in 20 points and 9 assists. American forward Mike Ringgold (200, college: Rider) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 16 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) scored 24 points and 5 assists. Five Stjarnan and four Thor Thorl players scored in double figures. Stjarnan moved-up to second place, which they share with KR. Newly promoted Thor Thorl keeps the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Stjarnan is looking forward to face Snaefell (#7) in Stykkisholmur in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Thor Thorl will play on the road against Keflavik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: D.Govens 24+1reb+5ast, M.Ringgold 22+16reb+2ast, D.Hilmarsson 15+7reb+3ast, M.Latinovic 12+8reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 9+6ast, B.Ragnarsson 2+1reb+2ast
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 25+5reb+4ast, K.Cothran 20+3reb+2ast, J.Shouse 20+4reb+9ast, G.Larusson 14+10reb+2ast, F.Helgason 10+4reb+4ast, D.Jonsson 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 140081


Tindastoll - IR 70-81

Bottom-ranked Tindastoll (0-5) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fifth consecutive match to seventh ranked IR (3-2) 81-70 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 49-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American-Italian guard James Bartolotta (193-86, college: MIT) stepped up and scored 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) chipped in 27 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Trey Hampton (201-87, college: Georgia St.) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. IR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Tindastoll lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. IR will face Njardvik (#9) in Njardvik in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tindastoll will play at home against Valur in Reykjavik and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: T.Hampton 18+9reb+4ast, H.Viggosson 16+6reb, M.Miller 10+13reb+2ast, S.Birgisson 9+7reb, T.Johannsson 8+4reb+3ast, F.Hreinsson 8+4reb+4ast
IR: N.Sovic 27+7reb+2ast, J.Bartolotta 27+7reb+5ast, H.Fridriksson 16+7reb+2ast, W.Johnson 8+6reb+1ast, K.Jonasson 2+2reb+1ast, N.Dungal 1+7reb+3ast
gschID: 140082


Valur - Grindavik 73-83

Express L. top team - Grindavik (5-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat twelfth ranked Valur (0-5) in Reykjavik 83-73. Valur was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 41-26 second half run of Grindavik. American guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Grindavik's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Slovenian power forward Igor Tratnik (206-89) answered with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Valur. Grindavik have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Newly promoted Valur still closes the standings with five games lost. Grindavik's next round opponent will be Haukar (#10) in Hafnarfjordur and are hoping to win another game. Valur will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Valur: I.Tratnik 22+5reb+4ast, D.Hugee 16+9reb+2ast, A.Bracey 11+4reb, S.Thorvaldsson 7+3reb+3ast, H.Dicko 7+2reb+2ast, R.Gylfason 5+3reb+5ast
Grindavik: G.Watson 23+2reb+6ast, J.Bullock 19+7reb+1ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 14+7reb+2ast, T.Olafsson 7+3reb, O.Saevarsson 6+3reb+1ast, S.Thorsteinsson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140077


KR - Keflavik 74-73

Important game to mention about took place in Reykjavik. Second ranked KR (4-1) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 3rd placed Keflavik (3-2) 74-73 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Keflavik. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Keflavik was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 21-11 charge of KR, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Keflavik 46-33 including a 35-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard David Tairu (191-86, college: Texas Tech, agency: TM Sports) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import center Finnur Magnusson (206, college: Catawba) accounted for 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Tairu is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The former international guard Magnus Gunnarsson (186-81) came up with 20 points and 4 assists and American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) added 15 points respectively for Keflavik in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. KR have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 4-1 record behind leader Grindavik, which they share with Stjarnan. Keflavik at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. KR will play against Fjolnir (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Keflavik will play against Thor Thorl (#4) in Thorlakshofn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Gunnarsson 20+3reb+4ast, C.Parker 15+4reb+2ast, J.Cole 13+8reb, S.Dagostino 9+5reb+3ast, S.Gunnarsson 7+1reb+1ast, A.Gudbrandsson 6+7reb
KR: D.Tairu 21+7reb+1ast, H.Magnusson 12+9reb+2ast, F.Magnusson 11+10reb+5ast, E.Johannsson 8+6reb+2ast, E.Horton 8+3reb+7ast, J.Kristjansson 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 140078




Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Grindavik 5-0 
 2. KR 4-1 
 3. Stjarnan 4-1 
 4. Thor Thorl 3-2 
 5. Keflavik 3-2 
 6. IR 3-2 
 7. Snaefell 3-2 
 8. Fjolnir 2-3 
 9. Njardvik 2-3 
 10. Haukar 1-4 
 11. Tindastoll 0-5 
 12. Valur 0-5 


Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 4-0 
 2. Breidablik 3-1 
 3. IG 3-1 
 4. Skallagrimur 3-2 
 5. IA 2-1 
 6. Hottur 1-1 
 7. FSU 1-2 
 8. Armann 1-3 
 9. Hamar 1-3 
 10. Thor AK 0-5 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl29.6 
 3. Sovic, IR24.8 
 4. Tairu, KR22.8 
 5. Shuler, Haukar22.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan21.2 
 7. Walkup, Fjolnir20.8 
 8. Echols, Njardvik20.6 
 9. Bartolotta, IR20.5 
 10. Hampton, Tindasto.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.14.2 
 2. Ringgold, Thor Tho.13.4 
 3. Cole, Keflavik11.2 
 4. Shuler, Haukar11.0 
 5. Walkup, Fjolnir11.0 
 6. Echols, Njardvik10.8 
 7. Hampton, Tindastoll10.0 
 8. Miller, Tindastoll9.4 
 9. Thorsteinsso., Gri.9.0 
 10. Jonsson, Snaefell8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Snaefell
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Hall, Snaefell8.0 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.2 
 4. Claessen, IR5.7 
 5. O''Neil, Fjolnir5.5 
 6. Horton, KR5.3 
 7. Govens, Thor Thorl5.2 
 8. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.5.0 
 9. Steinarsson, Fjoln.4.8 
 10. Miller, Tindastoll4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Keith COTHRAN
  Stjarnan
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Cothran, Stjarnan3.4 
 2. Holmes, Njardvik3.4 
 3. Shuler, Haukar3.3 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan3.2 
 5. Dagostino, Keflavik2.3 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll2.0 
 7. Govens, Thor Thorl2.0 
 8. Hall, Snaefell2.0 
 9. Parker, Keflavik2.0 
 10. Gunnarsson, Kefla.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Haukar
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Haukar4.0 
 2. Hugee, Valur3.0 
 3. Jonsson, Snaefell1.6 
 4. Tratnik, Valur1.4 
 5. Magnusson, KR1.4 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.0 
 7. Cole, Keflavik1.0 
 8. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 9. Ringgold, Thor Tho.1.0 
 10. Thorsteinsso., Gr.0.8 


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 3-0 
 2. Petrochimi 3-0 
 3. Zob Ahan 3-0 
 4. Azad 2-0 
 5. Foolad Mahan 2-1 
 6. M.H.Ahvaz 1-2 
 7. Saman Bank 1-2 
 8. Sanaye Petrochimi 1-2 
 9. Gorgan 1-2 
 10. Jahesh 0-2 
 11. Shiraz a.s Pipe 0-3 
 12. Zanjan 0-3 


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi hands first loss to Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Real Madrid 88-82

Maccabi handed first Euroleague loss to Real Madrid this season. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 88-82 victory, so both teams have 2-1 record now in Group C. Anadolu Efes has the same score. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) paced the home squad to victory collecting 27 points and 5 assists. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 16 points each, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In Real Madrid, Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored with 18 points. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) had 15 and 13 pts respectively. Maccabi had 80-68 lead with 6 minutes left in the game and Real Madrid came to 85-80 with 46.1 seconds to go. Jordan Farmar had a critical steal and hit free throws that sealed the outcome, allowing an outstanding crowd to celebrate a well-deserved win, important home win. Quarters: 21-21, 25-20, 28-21, 14-20. Maccabi goes to Istanbul in the next round, while Real Madrid will play in Belgrade.

Maccabi: Jordan Farmar 27+5 as, David Blu 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16, Devin Smith 15+6 boards
Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 18, Felipe Reyes 15, Rudy Fernandez 13


Best players of National League round 4 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Jermaine Hall (196-F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Macc.B.Yaakov and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 31-year old forward had the game-high 29 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Macc.B.Yaakov in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hod Hasharon (#11, 1-3) 88-79. Macc.B.Yaakov is placed at 2nd position in Israeli National League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Macc.B.Yaakov already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Hall's second year at Macc.B.Yaakov and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Wagner College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hall is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.8ppg. Hall is in league's top in and averages solid 69.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Macc.B.Yaakov's star - 24-year old American forward Nate Miller (193-F-87). Miller impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Macc.B.Yaakov cruised to a 88-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Hod Hasharon (#11, 1-3). This victory allowed Macc.B.Yaakov to move up to second position in the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Miller is a newcomer at Macc.B.Yaakov 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 22.3ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 9.8rpg and 3.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Avi Sukar (187-G-76) of Hod Hasharon (#11). Sukar showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Sukar's great performance Hod Hasharon lost 79-88 to the league's current leader Macc.B.Yaakov (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hod Hasharon 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 Sukar he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sukar has individually a great season in Israel. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lior Segev (190-PG-83) of Kiryat Tivon - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) of Hapoel Afula - 28 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lenny Daniel (201-F-87) of Ironi K-A - 25 points and 10 rebounds
7. Rashad Bishop (198-F-88) of Elitzur Ramla - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Joshua Gomes (190-G-83) of Kiryat Tivon - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Matan Naor (195-SF-80) of Hapoel T-A - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Kiryat Tivon 4-0 
 2. Macc.B.Yaakov 4-0 
 3. Hapoel T-A 3-0 
 4. Ironi Nahariya 3-0 
 5. Elitzur Yavne 2-2 
 6. Ironi K-A 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
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.25.8 
 2. Ginyard, Ironi N.24.0 
 3. Daniel, Ironi K-A23.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Hod H.22.5 
 5. Clemente, Kiryat T.22.3 
 6. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 7. Segev, Kiryat Tivon21.0 
 8. Thondique, Hapoel20.3 
 9. Sanders, Hapoel Y.19.5 
 10. LeMelle, Hapoel A.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. Sanders, Hapoel Y.11.5 
 4. Daniel, Ironi K-A11.3 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.10.8 
 6. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.10.7 
 7. Kelly, Hapoel T-A10.3 
 8. Traimel, Ironi N.10.0 
 9. Younger, Ironi K-A10.0 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.6.0 
 2. Segev, Kiryat Tivon5.5 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.5.0 
 4. Younger, Ironi K-A4.7 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.3 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.4.0 
 7. Gomes, Kiryat T.3.8 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
 9. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.8 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon6.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.5.3 
 3. Gonzalez, Hod H.4.8 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.4.5 
 5. Nanikashvili, Iron.3.7 
 6. Dunne, Ironi N.3.5 
 7. Sztarkman, Hapoel3.3 
 8. Golan, Elitzur Yav.3.3 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.3 
 10. Hofman, Elitzur3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shlomi MOR-YOSEF
  Kiryat T.
  (202-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mor-Yosef, Kiryat3.0 
 2. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.3 
 3. Thondique, Hapoel2.3 
 4. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 5. Johnson, Hod H.2.0 
 6. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 7. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.8 
 8. Webb, Ironi R.1.8 
 9. Younger, Ironi K-A1.7 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.1.5 


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  ITALY   


Bennet Cantu celebrates second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Bizkaia Bilbao 78-69

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Bennet Cantu celebrated 78-69 home victory jumping to the second place in Group A. Bilbao shares position No.3 with three other teams (1-2). Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. In Bilbao, Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) led the scorers with 20 points and Marko Banic (205-F-84) had one less. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) stopped to 10 pts in this game. Cantu took control on its rival from the beginning and was constantly in charge during the entire game. Quarters: 18-15, 24-16, 18-19, 18-19. Cantu will host Olympiakos in the next round. Bilbao will play against Fener at home.

Bennet Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 16+6 boards, Maarten Leunen 14, Manuchar Markoishvili 12
Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 20, Marko Banic 19, D'or Fischer 10


Anadolu Efes victorious in Milan - by Eurobasket News
Armani MI - Anadolu Efes 54-62

Anadolu Efes did a great job in Milan on Thursday evening. The Turkish squad registered 54-62 victory against Emporio Armani improving to 2-1 record in Group C. Efes joined Maccabi and Real Madrid on top of this pool. At the same time, Milano dropped to 1-2 (same as Partizan and Charleroi). Stanko Barac (217-C-86) dominated under the basket collecting 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) had 13 points and 8 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 12 pts and grabbed 5 rebounds in this victory. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) had 12 points and 8 rebs for the hosts. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had double-double of 11 pts and 10 rebounds. Anadolu Efes took control on Milano from the beginning and managed to keep its lead until the end. Quarters: 9-22, 12-11, 15-14, 18-15. Efes will host Maccabi next week. Emporio Armani goes to Charleroi.

Milano: Danilo Gallinari 12+8 boards, Ioannis Bourousis 11+10 boards
Anadolu Efes: Stanko Barac 16+7 boards, Tarence Kinsey 13+8 boards, Sasha Vujacic 12+5 boards


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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. Parker, Shimane SM22.0 
 4. Hargrow, Chiba J.22.0 
 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
 Lee ROBERTS
  Shins.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Roberts, Shins.11.8 
 2. Holm, Niigata Albi.11.2 
 3. Ocitti, Akita NH11.0 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.11.0 
 5. Newton, Okinawa GK11.0 
 6. Nunnally, Takamats.10.3 
 7. Searcy, Toyama G.10.0 
 8. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.0 
 9. Gomez Camarg., Shi.10.0 
 10. McFarland, Yokoha.9.9 
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. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.2 
 7. Joho, Toyama G.4.0 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.4.0 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.3.8 
 10. Murry, Niigata3.8 
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. Palmer, Fukuoka2.0 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 7. Ohguchi, Hamamats.2.0 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Saito, Shinshu BW2.0 
 10. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
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. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.8 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.8 
 8. Ocitti, Akita NH1.7 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.7 
 10. Ashby, Shiga L.1.7 


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  JUCO   


Mikhail Gibson Cleveland, Oh Sophomore Guard Vermillion Community College - by Vance Marbury
Mikhail Gibson a sophomore 6'1' Guard from Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio is looking to put in work for Divsion III Vermillion Community College Ironmen (Minnesota).
Last Season Mikhail Averaged 2.3 points per game, while combining to make 22 total field goals on the season. Mikhail has extremely good quickness and lateral speed. Mr. Gibson is a defensive specialist, that excels in an uptempo style of play. Mikhail also has to the ability to make shots, and is going to be called upon, to give the Vermillion Ironmen more depth in the backcourt this season. Mikhail just needs to get more reps in practice and game experience and I believe Mikhail could be a diamond in the rough!!

Mikhail was a participant in the 2011 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Basketball League, Mikhail had a great summer and much is expected of Mikhail for teh 2011-12 season.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kaspiy Aktau record third win in D1 - by Eurobasket News
Kaspiy Aktau registered the third win at the D1 championship. They narrowly overcame BK Almaty 69:66 at home court. Kyle William Pape (183-G, college: Colorado Mines) scored 22 points to lead the hosts. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the first half. Kaspiy built a 25:17 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. Moreover the hosts established a 45:30 halftime advantage. But BK Almaty slowed the home team down in the third quarter. The visitors managed to narrow the gap to 13 points with ten minutes remaining. BK Almaty limited the home team to only 8 points in the final frame but came up just short of victory at the end. Konstantin Dvirniy (192-G-88) and Dmitri Dogadin (204-F-81) posted 10 points each in the win. Aleksandr Kuznetsov (193-G-84) answered with 20 points for BK Almaty. Maksim Smirnov (200-F-86) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. Barsy Atyrau 4-0 
 2. BC Astana 4-0 
 3. BK Almaty 3-1 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 3-3 
 5. Tobol 0-4 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-6 


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  KOSOVO   


Sigal Prishtina registers Yll Kacaniku - by Dren Shporta
Last weekend after losing the game against Trepca, Sigal Prishtina has decided to strengthen its squad. Champions have brought back Yll Kacaniku. Kacaniku has helped Prishtina in recent years when they needed him. He mostly played in Turkey and has also the Turkish nationality and name Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85).

Kosovo born Kacaniku will be available for his team from the sixth round of BKT Superliga, announces Basketball Federation of Kosovo in its website. Sigal Prishtina since today has registered Kacaniku and he will be good addition to the team before the big match against Bashkimi in the seventh round.

Sigal Prishtina this weekend hosts Kolegji Univers, and has a record of 3 wins and 1 lost game. They are in the first place of the classification table.



Bashkimi lands Webster and Stewart - by Dren Shporta
The oranges from Prizren after losing two important games, against Trepca and Peja, have decided to break the deal with Stephan Haynes and Kabine Sissoko. This week they announced that they are in talks with two American players, C.J. Webster (206-F-86, college: San Jose St.) and Rodrick Stewart (193-G-84, college: Kansas). Bashkimi and both players have agreed the terms and players are now registered to Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK).

Both of them have a right to play in this weekend game, round five, against Kosovo in Vushtrri after completing documentations on FBK when they arrive. C.J. Webster has made a career in Australia while Rodrick Stewart played successfully in Finland.

The team from southern city of Kosovo, aspires the top of the table this season and wants to assure the play-off, while in the other competition, Kosovo Cup, wants to be in Final Four. The team is actually coached by Arben Nixha and his assistant Naser Oskacek.



Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 3-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 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 


Bashkimi replaces internationals - by Dren Shporta
Stephan Haynes and Kabine Sissoko didnt show themselves at 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.



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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 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. VEF Riga 6-0 
 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 1-5 
 9. U18 0-1 


LBL Round 6: VEF Riga defeats Jurmala in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for VEF Riga (6-0) which played road game in Jurmala against 3rd ranked Jurmala (2-2). Top-ranked VEF Riga had an easy win 109-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Jurmala's 40 and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. VEF Riga had a 41-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Jurmala. 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 VEF Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play on the road against Valmiera (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Liepaja's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Turiba (1-5) 85-64. Center Edmunds Dukulis (204-92) scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Josh Mayo chipped in 12 points and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Matiss Rudmiezis (193-91) with 14 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. Liepaja (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with LU. It was Turiba's fifth loss in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play on the road against Jelgava (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LBL top team - VEF Riga (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Turiba (1-5) 94-63. Kaspars Berzins notched 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by Roberts Mednis did not help to save the game for Turiba. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated VEF Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Turiba lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play against Jelgava (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 6 Jelgava was smashed by Valmiera on the road 94-73.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Ernests Kalve of Valmiera.



VEF Riga - Turiba 94-63

LBL top team - VEF Riga (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Turiba (1-5) 94-63. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 6 points in fourth quarter. VEF Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Turiba's 32 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. VEF Riga forced 25 Turiba turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) notched 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and international swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) supported him with 14 points. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds by center Roberts Mednis (204-89) did not help to save the game for Turiba. Guard Janis Antrops (193-91, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VEF Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Turiba lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with five games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play against Jelgava (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: A.Kavaliauskas 16+2reb, K.Berzins 14+6reb+5ast, D.Bertans 14+4reb+1ast, C.Millage 10+3reb+5ast, M.Perry 10+3reb+3ast, K.Janicenoks 9+4ast
Turiba: J.Antrops 12+2reb+1ast, M.Sokolovs 11+2reb, R.Mednis 10+10reb+3ast, S.Bets 9+3reb+1ast, E.Kikuts 7+2reb+1ast, K.Mediss 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 149855


Liepaja - Turiba 85-64

Liepaja's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Turiba (1-5) 85-64. The game was mostly controlled by Liepaja. Turiba was better in fourth quarter 23-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Turiba to just 7 points in third quarter. Liepaja players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Turiba's players. Center Edmunds Dukulis (204-92) scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) chipped in 12 points and 9 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Matiss Rudmiezis (193-91) with 14 points and center Roberts Mednis (204-89) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Liepaja (1-3) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with LU. It was Turiba's fifth loss in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Turiba will play on the road against Jelgava (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: E.Dukulis 19+4reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 17+4reb, J.Mayo 12+3reb+9ast, M.Kravcenko 8+3reb+2ast, K.Miglinieks 8+4reb+2ast, I.Jakovics 6+2reb+5ast
Turiba: K.Mediss 16, M.Rudmiezis 14+3reb+1ast, R.Mednis 10+5reb+3ast, E.Kikuts 7+2reb, L.Mizis 4+1reb, S.Bets 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 149852


Valmiera - Jelgava 94-73

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Valmiera (3-2) crushed at home 7th ranked Jelgava (1-4) 94-73 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Valmiera led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) notched 36 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Five Valmiera players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) did not help to save the game for Jelgava. Forward Andris Justovics (198-89) added 22 points. Jelgava's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Valmiera moved-up to third place. Jelgava at the other side keeps the seventh position with four games lost. Valmiera will meet at home Jurmala (#4) in the next round. Jelgava will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: E.Kalve 36+6reb+4ast, A.Butjankovs 14+6reb+1ast, O.Virsis 12+4reb+1ast, J.Rozitis 11+9reb, J.Lucas 10+9ast, E.Elksnis 6+4reb+3ast
Jelgava: A.Justovics 22+4reb, E.Krumins 19+7reb+3ast, R.Strupovics 16+2reb+1ast, A.Duselis 9+9reb+1ast, K.Krumins 7+3reb+3ast, J.Lasmanis 0+1reb
gschID: 149853


Jurmala - VEF Riga 60-109

An interesting game for VEF Riga (6-0) which played road game in Jurmala against 3rd ranked Jurmala (2-2). Top-ranked VEF Riga had an easy win 109-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Jurmala. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Jurmala's 40 and made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. VEF Riga had a 41-26 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. 25 personal fouls committed by Jurmala helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American center Courtney Sims (211-83, college: Michigan) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Atis Ozols (198-81) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Davis Coders (182-92) added 11 points in the effort for Jurmala. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. VEF Riga have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Newly promoted Jurmala dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. VEF Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Jurmala will play on the road against Valmiera (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: K.Berzins 19+10reb+1ast, C.Sims 18+7reb, M.Perry 16+5reb+3ast, C.Millage 13+5reb+4ast, G.Jahovics 12+5reb+3ast, S.Valters 10+3ast
Jurmala: A.Ozols 23+6reb, D.Coders 11+3reb+2ast, J.Kosuskins 7+9reb, U.Pinete 5+2reb+2ast, K.Raiskums 4+5reb+2ast, E.Jonats 4+6reb
gschID: 149854




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


MSU's Kristers Zeidaks receives lengthy NCAA suspension - by Eurobasket News
A Mississippi State spokesman says Kristers Zeidaks (6'8''-F-90) has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the entire upcoming season and the first 11 games of the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

MSU's Gregg Ellis made the announcement Thursday.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Zeidaks played with and against professional players in his home country of Latvia. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in the Under-20 European Championships last year.

Zeidaks' lengthy suspension surprised Mississippi State officials, who didn't expect such a harsh ruling. The suspension is two games longer than the one given current MSU forward Renardo Sidney, who sat out the 2009-10 season and the first nine games of the 2010-11 season after the NCAA ruled he received improper benefits.

MSU opens on Nov. 7 at home against Eastern Kentucky.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


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LKL Round 5: Kedainiai wins their first game - by Eurobasket News
Kedainiai can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Palanga, where they defeated Naglis Palangos (0-5) 76-61 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Kedainiai made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 16 points. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds for the hosts. Kedainiai (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. It was Naglis Palangos' fifth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Kedainiai is looking forward to face Sakalai (#10) in Vilnius in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against Baltai Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Undefeated leader Lietuvos rytas delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Neptunas (2-2) 90-65 in Vilnius. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. Steponas Babrauskas contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 15 points for Neptunas. 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 Lietuvos rytas (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row, which they share with Siauliai and Rudupis. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Lietuvos rytas will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#9) in Pasvalys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will play at home against Zalgiris (#4) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Rudupis blasted bottom-ranked Techasas (0-4) in Prienai 81-56 on Friday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Techasas is still unable to win any game. Povilas Butkevicius stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sarunas Kulevicius responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rudupis. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai. Techasas lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Rudupis will meet Siauliai (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Techasas will play against Juventus (#7) in Utena and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Utena supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Siauliai (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Juventus (2-3). Siauliai smashed Juventus 97-73. Rashaun Broadus nailed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Siauliai. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Rudupis. Juventus at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Siauliai's next round opponent will be league's leader Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and it will be for sure the game of the week. Juventus will play on the road against Techasas (#11) in Panevezys.

In the last game of round 5 Baltai Kaunas crushed Sakalai in a road game 81-57.


Juventus - Siauliai 73-97

The game in Utena supposed to be also worth to mention about. Leader Siauliai (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Juventus (2-3). Siauliai smashed Juventus 97-73. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Juventus was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Juventus' players. American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) nailed 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side and the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) accounted for 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Siauliai's coach Antanas Sireika felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international point guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) came up with 19 points and the former international guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Juventus in the defeat. Five Siauliai and four Juventus players scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Siauliai. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Rudupis. Juventus at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Siauliai's next round opponent will be league's leader Lietuvos rytas in Vilnius and it will be for sure the game of the week. Juventus will play on the road against Techasas (#11) in Panevezys.
Top scorers:
Juventus: G.Maceina 19+4reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 12+4reb+1ast, D.Pakamanis 10+8reb+2ast, G.Matulis 10+2reb+1ast, V.Volkus 6+3reb, M.Pociukonis 6+2reb+3ast
Siauliai: R.Broadus 22+6reb+5ast, V.Vasylius 15+7reb+4ast, M.Zukauskas 12+7reb+2ast, D.Bowles 12+1reb+2ast, C.Long 10+2reb+3ast, D.Gvezdauskas 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 146415


Lietuvos rytas - Neptunas 90-65

Undefeated leader Lietuvos rytas delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 5th ranked Neptunas (2-2) 90-65 in Vilnius. The game without a history. Lietuvos rytas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Lietuvos rytas forced 19 Neptunas turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. Neptunas was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. International center Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Steponas Babrauskas (197-84) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Martynas Mazeika (193-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 15 points and American forward Arinze Onuaku (206-87, college: Syracuse) added 6 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Neptunas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lietuvos rytas (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row, which they share with Siauliai and Rudupis. Neptunas at the other side keeps the fifth position with two games lost. Lietuvos rytas will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#9) in Pasvalys in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will play at home against Zalgiris (#4) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 15, E.Dainys 8+1reb+3ast, A.Valeika 8+4reb, A.Onuaku 6+8reb, R.Danys 6+1reb, L.Bonner 5+3reb
Lietuvos rytas: J.Valanciunas 18+8reb, T.Rice 13+1ast, S.Babrauskas 12+5reb+3ast, L.Roberts 10+2reb, A.Rasic 8+4reb+2ast, R.Seibutis 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 151915


Rudupis - Techasas 81-56

Leader Rudupis blasted bottom-ranked Techasas (0-4) in Prienai 81-56 on Friday evening keeping the perfect record after 5 rounds. Techasas is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rudupis outrebounded Techasas 40-29 including a 33-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners and swingman Gediminas Orelikas (199-90) chipped in 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Kulevicius (190-89) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) scored 14 points and 5 assists. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Rudupis. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Lietuvos rytas and Siauliai. Techasas lost their fourth game in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Rudupis will meet Siauliai (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Techasas will play against Juventus (#7) in Utena and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Techasas: E.Ezerskis 14+1reb+5ast, S.Kulevicius 13+7reb+1ast, E.Stanionis 9+3reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 9+5reb, O.Matulionis 5+7reb+2ast, M.Kalvelis 4+2reb
Rudupis: P.Butkevicius 26+14reb+1ast, G.Orelikas 20+9reb+5ast, S.Buterlevicius 13+4reb+3ast, P.Ivanauskas 10+2reb+5ast, D.Salenga 6+6reb+3ast, G.Kadziulis 4+2reb
gschID: 146412


Sakalai - Baltai Kaunas 57-81

There was no surprise in Vilnius where 9th ranked Sakalai (1-5) was crushed by seventh ranked Baltai Kaunas (2-3) 81-57. The game without a history. Baltai Kaunas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Sakalai's 32. Baltai Kaunas had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vasiliauskas (188-89, agency: Alti Sport) nailed 16 points and 6 assists for the winning side and Estonian forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Baltai Kaunas players scored in double figures. Forward Arnas Butkevicius (199-92) came up with 12 points and 4 assists and center Paulius Joneliunas (211-84, college: American) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Sakalai in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Baltai Kaunas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Juventus. Sakalai lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Baltai Kaunas' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Naglis Palangos (#12) in Palanga which should be theoretically another easy game. Sakalai will play on the road against Kedainiai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Butkevicius 12+1reb+4ast, D.Pukis 12+1reb, P.Joneliunas 9+8reb, E.Baniulis 8, R.Matulis 6+5reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 4+1reb+3ast
Baltai Kaunas: S.Vasiliauskas 16+1reb+6ast, S.Vene 16+5reb+1ast, M.Delas 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 11+4reb+1ast, G.Zyle 8+5reb, V.Cizauskas 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 146413


Naglis Palangos - Kedainiai 61-76

Kedainiai can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Palanga, where they defeated Naglis Palangos (0-5) 76-61 on Friday. The guests trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 15 points. Kedainiai made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. American point guard Chris Lowe (182-87, college: Massachusetts) chipped in 16 points. Four Kedainiai players scored in double figures. Kedainiai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Kedainiai (1-3) left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with Pieno Zvaigzdes. It was Naglis Palangos' fifth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Kedainiai is looking forward to face Sakalai (#10) in Vilnius in the next round. Naglis Palangos will play on the road against Baltai Kaunas and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Naglis Palangos: B.Benn 17+8reb+1ast, N.Barinov 15+5reb, D.Johnson 11+15reb+2ast, M.Reminas 8+1reb+1ast, T.Rinkevicius 5+2reb+3ast, P.Kleiza 3+2reb+2ast
Kedainiai: C.Lowe 16+3reb+2ast, D.McClure 15+4reb+1ast, A.Adomaitis 13+14reb+2ast, V.Sulskis 11+4reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 9+2reb+3ast, P.Beliavicius 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146414




NKL Round 9: #1 Delikatesas are defeated by S.Marciulionio - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Delikatesas (7-2) on the court of fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by S.Marciulionio 89-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Delikatesas. The game was mostly controlled by S.Marciulionio. Delikatesas managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. S.Marciulionio looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Delikatesas' players. Forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Denis Krestinin (200-94) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) with 29 points and 9 rebounds. S.Marciulionio (4-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys and Silute. Delikatesas at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. S.Marciulionio is looking forward to face bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#16) in Siauliai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Delikatesas will play at home against Silute (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Statyba's (#4) 80-76 road victory against 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (196-87) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Ovidijus Varanauskas accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds for Zalgiris-Sabonio in the defeat. Statyba (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Radviliskis and Matinga-Juod. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Statyba will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Mazeikiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Pakruojis where higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (5-4) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Meresta (3-6) 100-80 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Audrius Maneikis who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Meresta's coach Dainius Bertulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was Julius Kazakauskas who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Meresta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Gargzdai and Mazeikiai. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Meresta will meet higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nafta Universitetas will play against LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Second ranked Radviliskis (6-3) crushed at home 12th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (3-6) by 21 points 83-62, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Audrius Mineikis who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Radviliskis maintains second place with 6-3 record behind leader Delikatesas, which they share with Matinga-Juod. and Statyba. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Statyba (#3) in Vilnius, which may be the game of the day. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Perlas-MRU (#6) in Vilnius.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Mazeikiai lost to LKKA-Atletas on the opponent's court 91-103. Triobet managed to outperform ABRO-Univ. in a home game 97-82. Ezerunas-Karys recorded a loss to Perlas-MRU on the road 95-85. Silute was defeated by Matinga-Juod. on its own court 74-78.


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Statyba 76-80

Very significant was Statyba's (#4) 80-76 road victory against 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Zalgiris-Sabonio was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 20-6 third quarter run of Statyba. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Zalgiris-Sabonio to just 6 points in third quarter. Statyba forced 21 Zalgiris-Sabonio turnovers. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (196-87) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Tauras Jogela (201-93) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Rolandas Jakstas (200-92) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Zalgiris-Sabonio in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Statyba (6-3) moved-up to second place, which they share with Radviliskis and Matinga-Juod. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Statyba will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Mazeikiai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: T.Jogela 19+11reb+1ast, K.Vecvagars 13+4reb+3ast, R.Simanavicius 12+4reb+4ast, R.Jakstas 11+7reb+3ast, V.Kariniauskas 7+4reb, M.Grigonis 6+1reb
Statyba: T.Rinkunas 18+4ast, R.Sugintas 16+9reb+1ast, A.Stakenas 14+7reb, O.Varanauskas 10+6reb+8ast, M.Budzinauskas 8+4reb+2ast, L.Kazlauskas 7+2reb
gschID: 148332


LKKA-Atletas - Mazeikiai 103-91

Very expected game in Kaunas where 13th ranked Mazeikiai (3-6) was defeated by ninth ranked LKKA-Atletas (5-4) 103-91. Mazeikiai was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 65-48 second half run of LKKA-Atletas. They shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 25-of-29 charity shots (86.2 percent) during the game. LKKA-Atletas outrebounded Mazeikiai 31-18 including a 20-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. LKKA-Atletas players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. It was a good game for guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who led his team to a victory with 33 points (!!!). Forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) contributed with 22 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four LKKA-Atletas players scored in double figures. American guard Parrish Brown (185-84, college: Maryland, agency: Hightower Law Firm) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) added 23 points in the effort for Mazeikiai. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Mazeikiai at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with six games lost. LKKA-Atletas' next round opponent will be Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda. Mazeikiai will play at home against Zalgiris-Sabonio (#5) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: P.Brown 23+1reb+4ast, D.Vaitelis 23+2reb+1ast, M.Simonavicius 12+2reb, J.Jurgo 9+4reb+1ast, M.Norkus 9+2reb+3ast, V.Kazlauskas 7+2reb+4ast
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 33+4reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 22+6reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 15+4reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 14+11reb, E.Tviraga 8+3reb+2ast, M.Staniukaitis 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 148333


Meresta - Nafta Universitetas 100-80

An interesting game took place in Pakruojis where higher ranked Nafta Universitetas (5-4) was upset on the court of fifteenth ranked Meresta (3-6) 100-80 on Friday. The game without a history. Meresta led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Meresta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) who scored 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field). Center Aivaras Galkauskas (203-91) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Meresta's coach Dainius Bertulis allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) added 24 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively. Five Meresta and four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Meresta moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Gargzdai and Mazeikiai. Loser Nafta Universitetas dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Meresta will meet higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Nafta Universitetas will play against LKKA-Atletas in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 24+1reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 22+10reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 10+10reb+3ast, H.Venskus 10+3reb+3ast, V.Tarolis 4+5reb+1ast, V.Chodosovskis 4+2reb
Meresta: A.Maneikis 30+5reb+6ast, L.Radavicius 17+5reb+2ast, A.Galkauskas 16+6reb+2ast, S.Slivka 10+9reb+4ast, K.Artamonov 10+2reb+5ast, A.Andriusaitis 5
gschID: 148334


S.Marciulionio - Delikatesas 89-78

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Delikatesas (7-2) on the court of fourteenth ranked S.Marciulionio on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by S.Marciulionio 89-78. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Delikatesas. The game was mostly controlled by S.Marciulionio. Delikatesas managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. S.Marciulionio looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Delikatesas' players. Forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-93) stepped up and scored 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Denis Krestinin (200-94) chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) with 29 points and 9 rebounds and guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) scored 7 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio (4-5) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys and Silute. Delikatesas at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. S.Marciulionio is looking forward to face bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#16) in Siauliai in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Delikatesas will play at home against Silute (#11) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 29+9reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 14+2reb, V.Pikalavicius 11+9reb, I.Lianzbergas 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kvedaravicius 7+7reb+6ast, P.Klemas 4+1reb+1ast
S.Marciulionio: O.Olisevicius 24+8reb+5ast, G.Kulbis 13+2reb+4ast, M.Paliukenas 13+4ast, D.Krestinin 12+12reb+1ast, E.Seskus 9+5reb, V.Trepocka 8+8reb+2ast
gschID: 148335


Triobet - ABRO-Univ. 97-82

Very predictable result in Jonava where eleventh ranked Triobet (5-4) defeated bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (1-8) 97-82. The game was mostly controlled by Triobet. ABRO-Universitetas was better in fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triobet dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to ABRO-Universitetas' 34. Triobet forced 19 ABRO-Universitetas turnovers. It was a good game for center Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. Four Triobet and five ABRO-Universitetas players scored in double figures. Triobet have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. ABRO-Universitetas lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Triobet's next round opponent will be Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai and are hoping to win another game. ABRO-Universitetas will play against S.Marciulionio (#10).
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: R.Giedraitis 20+1reb+2ast, A.Kurauskas 15+5reb+4ast, J.Jucikas 14+7reb+3ast, T.Stankunas 11+5reb+2ast, N.Mika 10+1reb, P.Rasamavicius 6+2reb+2ast
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 21+4reb+4ast, P.Vaitiekunas 19+9reb+2ast, H.Vorotnikovas 12+1reb, A.Urbonas 12+4reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 10+3reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 148329


Perlas-MRU - Ezerunas-Karys 95-85

Everything could happen in Vilnius at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Perlas-MRU and 8th ranked Ezerunas-Karys had identical 4-4 record. This time Perlas-MRU used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Moletai 95-85. The game was mostly controlled by Perlas-MRU. Ezerunas-Karys was better in fourth quarter 35-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Perlas-MRU forced 19 Ezerunas-Karys turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Perlas-MRU especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and point guard Gytis Andrijauskas (187-86) added 16 points and 7 assists in the effort for Ezerunas-Karys. Four Perlas-MRU and five Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU (5-4) moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Ezerunas-Karys dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Perlas-MRU's next round opponent will be Gargzdai-Bremena (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Triobet in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ezerunas-Karys: P.Lescinskas 21+2reb+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 21+11reb+2ast, G.Andrijauskas 16+2reb+7ast, K.Sestokas 11+6reb+1ast, M.Kugauda 10+1reb+5ast, B.Steponenas 6+5reb+1ast
Perlas-MRU: Z.Stankus 22+3reb+3ast, G.Vileita 17+9reb+3ast, M.Kazonas 16+2reb+3ast, K.Brusokas 10+5reb+1ast, D.Domarkas 9+2reb+1ast, T.Padegimas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148330


Radviliskis - Gargzdai 83-62

Second ranked Radviliskis (6-3) crushed at home 12th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (3-6) by 21 points 83-62, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Gargzdai-Bremena was better in second period 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gargzdai-Bremena to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Gargzdai-Bremena 46-32 including 18 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Forward Marius Grigaitis (196) answered with 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) added 11 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gargzdai-Bremena. Four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. Radviliskis maintains second place with 6-3 record behind leader Delikatesas, which they share with Matinga-Juod. and Statyba. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Radviliskis' next round opponent will be Statyba (#3) in Vilnius, which may be the game of the day. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Perlas-MRU (#6) in Vilnius.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: M.Grigaitis 12+8reb, A.Gudaitis 11+6reb, K.Timofejevas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Biliartas 10+2reb+2ast, R.Jonelis 7+5reb, L.Jonuska 5+2reb+1ast
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 19+4reb+3ast, A.Mineikis 15+9reb+6ast, R.Rauktys 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 10+4reb, R.Grinius 9+9reb+2ast, J.Ramanauskas 9+10reb+5ast
gschID: 148331


Silute - Matinga-Juod. 74-78

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Matinga-Juod. (6-3) beat on the road 10th ranked Silute (4-5) 78-74. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-14. But Silute won second period 18-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Matinga-Juod. won last quarter 22-19. Strangely Silute outrebounded Matinga-Juod. 40-25 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Arunas Krivonis (196-82) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Matinga-Juod. players scored in double figures. Forward Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-88) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) added 8 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Silute. Matinga-Juod. moved-up to second place, which they share with Radviliskis and Statyba. Silute at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. Matinga-Juod.'s next round opponent will be Meresta (#15) in Pakruojis which should be an easy win for them. Silute will play on the road against the league's leader Delikatesas (#1) in Joniskis.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Ramanauskas 18+8reb+2ast, V.Pancerevas 14+1reb+1ast, A.Cizikas 9+4reb, I.Razutis 8+8reb+5ast, M.Tamasevicius 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kaubrys 7+8reb+1ast
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 19+5reb+4ast, A.Krivonis 17+7reb+4ast, P.Gvazdaitis 14+7reb, Z.Kuklierius 12+3ast, K.Pupinis 8+2reb+4ast, L.Chmieliauskas 6
gschID: 148328




Panathinaikos keeps the perfect score in Euroleague - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos remained undefeated in Group B with a strong second half to beat Zalgiris Kaunas 92-75 at OAKA on Friday night in the last game of Week 3. Reigning Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) scored 16 points to pace the winners. The visitors, who played their first game under new head coach Aleksandar Trifunovic, played well early and led 38-42 at halftime. But Diamantidis opened the second half with a pair of three-pointers and later Kostas Kaimakoglou nailed a triple to make it 64-55 at the end of the third quarter. Steven Smith starred in a 10-0 fourth-quarter run that wrapped up the game. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) added 14 points, Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) scored 13 apiece all off the bench and Nick Calathes delivered 7 points and 7 assists for the champs. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) paced Zalgiris with 21 points, Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) scored 14 and Milovan Rakovic 12 for the Lithuanian champs, who dropped to 0-3. *Courtesy of Euroleague

Kedainiai add Vidas Ginevicius - by Eurobasket News
Kedainiai strengthened their roster. They added Vidas Ginevicius (193-G-78, agency: Interperformances) to the squad. The guard spent the previous season in Turkey. Vidas Ginevicius played for Olin Edirne in TBL. His stats read 5.8 points and 1.8 assists per game. Previously the guard had stints with Zalgiris Kaunas, Alytus, Spartak-Primorie and Lietuvos Rytas. Vidas Ginevicius was the member of Lithuanian National Team in 2004-05 seasons. He participated at 2004 Olympic Games and 2005 EuroBasket. Vidas Ginevicius was named Lithuanian LKL Domestic Player of the Year in 2001. The guard has already debuted for Kedainiai helping those claim the first win in LKL season. He scored 9 points, made 3 assists and 2 rebounds as Kedainiai overcame Naglis.

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


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Milovan RAKOVIC
  Zalgiris
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.17.6 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus17.5 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.5 
 5. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 6. Pakamanis, Juven.14.6 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.0 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
 9. Lowe, Kedainiai13.3 
 10. Kleiza, Naglis P.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.10.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.7.8 
 3. Matulionis, Techas.7.8 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.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, Siauliai5.4 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas4.5 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 7. Maceina, Juventus3.8 
 8. Rice, Lietuvos.3.7 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.3.6 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas2.5 
 3. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 6. Zukauskas, Siauliai2.0 
 7. Long, Siauliai2.0 
 8. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 9. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.8 
 10. Broadus, Siauliai1.8 
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. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 5. Volkus, Juventus1.2 
 6. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Joneliunas, Sakalai1.0 
 8. Kupsas, Baltai K.1.0 
 9. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.7 
 2. Maneikis, Meresta23.0 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.3 
 4. Lengvinas, Nafta19.6 
 5. Sragauskis, LKKA-.18.8 
 6. Brown, Mazeikiai17.9 
 7. Pancerevas, Silute17.8 
 8. Rakauskas, Radvili.17.3 
 9. Jucikas, AB.16.8 
 10. Gudaitis, Gargzdai16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Audrius MINEIKIS
  Radviliskis
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Mineikis, Radvilis.11.1 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.3 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.3 
 4. Vaitiekunas, Triob.8.7 
 5. Tamasevicius, Silu.8.6 
 6. Pikalavicius, Deli.8.0 
 7. Jucikas, AB.7.9 
 8. Jogela, Zalgir.7.9 
 9. Kazakauskas, Naft.7.7 
 10. Krestinin, S.Marc.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.6.2 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.8 
 3. Artamonov, Meresta5.2 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.1 
 5. Varanauskas, Stat.5.1 
 6. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 7. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.8 
 8. Venskus, Nafta U.4.8 
 9. Kurauskas, AB.4.7 
 10. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.3.1 
 2. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.9 
 3. Slivka, Meresta2.6 
 4. Vileita, Perla.2.3 
 5. Kazakauskas, Naft.2.2 
 6. Venskus, Nafta U.2.1 
 7. Razutis, Silute2.0 
 8. Malasauskas, LKKA.2.0 
 9. Budzinauskas, Sta.2.0 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.9 
 2. Stakenas, Statyba1.7 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.6 
 5. Jucikas, AB.1.4 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.3 
 7. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.2 
 8. Giedraitis, ABRO-.1.1 
 9. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.1 
 10. Tviraga, LK.1.0 


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Petrolina AEK Larnaca adds Subotic to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Petrolina AEK Larnaca added to their roster 30-year old ex-international former international guard Vujadin Subotic (198-G-81). Subotic played most recently at KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia). While playing 14 games in Serbian League for Crvena Zvezda last season he recorded 10.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He also played 21 games in Adriatic League and his stats were 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.0apg. He is a very experienced player. Subotic also played pro basketball in Germany, Serbia, Slovenia and Montenegro. He played for Montenegrin senior national team until 2008.



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  NBA   


50 NBA players considering dissolution of union - by Eurobasket News
Negotiations to end the N.B.A. lockout will resume Saturday amid a new threat to labor peace: a disillusioned faction of players.

About 50 players, including some All-Stars, are planning a drive to dissolve their union if talks again falter, or if the talks produce a labor deal that they deem unpalatable, according to a person who has spoken with the group.

The threat could throw a wrench into negotiations as league and union officials attempt to broker a deal, knowing that any compromise might trigger a legal battle that could last for months.

Its a potential threat to all, said Gabe Feldman, the director of the sports law program at Tulane University. It could signal the breakdown of collective bargaining talks.

Dissolving the union, also known as decertification, would allow the players to sue the N.B.A. under federal antitrust law, and could force the owners to end the lockout. But there are many potential obstacles, both legal and otherwise, and the decertification process could take two months. By that time, the entire 2011-12 season might be lost.

The most immediate outcome of a decertification drive would be chaos, the mere threat of which could hasten a deal. Feldman said it could be just another ploy to gain leverage for the players and a major weapon in collective bargaining. But it also could make it tougher to reach a deal.

The 50-player faction is essentially demanding that the union make no more concessions. That means holding firm for a 52.5 percent share of league revenue as the union has done so far and rejecting any new restrictions on contracts and free agency.

If the union compromises too far in either area, it could trigger the decertification drive. The mere threat could handcuff union officials at the bargaining table. Or, in theory, it could motivate the owners to compromise to avoid legal purgatory.

If the union decertifies, its leadership would effectively be dismissed, giving the league no one to negotiate with, and no immediate possibility for a new collective bargaining agreement.

In terms of long-term or even short-term stability of the league, its obviously a huge setback if they go through with it, Feldman said. And thats a big if.

Decertifying would require that 30 percent of the union about 130 players sign a petition, which would then trigger an election by the full membership, under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board. It would then take a simple majority to decertify.

The player faction held two conference calls this week with an antitrust lawyer, on Tuesday and on Thursday, according to the person who had spoken with the group. He spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the effort.

It was not clear whether the players had notified the union of the effort. Union officials did not immediately return calls Thursday night.

The movement was said to be entirely player-driven, and borne of a frustration with the pace of negotiations. The players have been locked out since July 1, and a month of games have been canceled. Talks have broken off four times in the last five weeks.

N.B.A. owners want a 50-50 split of revenue and have held firm to that position. The league is also pushing to eliminate certain salary-cap exceptions for teams that exceed the luxury-tax threshold. Those cap exceptions are viewed by players and agents as critical to a vibrant free-agent market. Their elimination would also trigger the decertification drive.

There are other obstacles. The union has filed an unfair labor practice charge with the N.L.R.B., and the board traditionally will not consider a decertification petition while a charge is pending.

Although the owners pre-emptively sued the union to block any attempt at dissolving, it would not apply in this case, Feldman said. That lawsuit covered only disclaimer of interest in which union officials initiate the dissolution. It does not cover decertification, which is initiated by the players.

If there is a true coup of the union, then the nonunionized players have a much stronger argument that they should be entitled to bring an antitrust suit, Feldman said.

The hope for both sides, however, is that it never reaches that stage.

The decertification effort became public just hours after union leaders held a news conference to reaffirm their unity, and to quash rumors of infighting.

Union officials met for more than three hours on Thursday, mostly to formulate their bargaining strategy but in part to address the reports. Then they met with reporters, having literally and figuratively closed ranks.

Derek Fisher, the unions president, and Billy Hunter, its executive director, sat side by side at a conference table, flanked by five players from the executive board. Rifts were denied, reports rebutted and common goals reaffirmed.

Derek and I have an excellent relationship, Hunter said. The board, were all together. So if youre all expecting anything other than that, youre wasting your time.

The character testimonials became necessary after a FoxSports.com report alleging that Fisher had attempted to broker a private deal with Commissioner David Stern, without the unions knowledge. The report, which cited an unnamed source, accused Fisher of making that deal for personal gain: the possibility of a future job in the league.

Fisher called the report libelous and defamatory and demanded a retraction. On Thursday, he was asked directly whether he had, as reported, promised Stern that he could get the union to agree to a 50-50 split of revenue. No, I did not, Fisher said.

Fisher said a secret deal was impossible on its face. The union president is not empowered to make unilateral decisions. The nine-man executive board must sign off on any proposed labor deal, which would then be submitted to the 30 team representatives before going to a vote of the full membership.

Conspiracy theories aside, the brutal negotiating process has strained the relationship between Fisher and Hunter. Fisher, according to people in contact with the union, believes a 50-50 arrangement could be considered, if the union wins on certain other issues. Hunter is said to be adamant about staying at 52 percent or higher.

Ive never attached myself to a particular percentage, Fisher said. Hunter took a more strident stance.

My position, he said, is I dont think there should ever be a circumstance where owners make the same or more than the players.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


NBA talks to resume Saturday - by Eurobasket News
After a week off, labor talks between the NBA and its players union will resume on Saturday, the union said Thursday.

In the first significant movement from either side since talks broke down last Friday, the union held a three-hour meeting with its executive committee on Thursday in Harlem. Afterward, executive director Billy Hunter conveyed a bleak outlook for talks with the league, saying he 'doesn't know if they are going to accomplish much' in negotiations on Saturday.

'I think [people] have spun it as if the only outstanding issue is what the [revenue] split is, and the reality is there are so many major issues in regards to the system that have not been resolved,' Mr. Hunter said Thursday.

The NBA declined to comment.

Thursday's meeting was among only union executives and players such as union president and Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) and executive committee members such as Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs and James Jones of the Miami Heat.

After progress was reported during marathon negotiation sessions last Wednesday and Thursday, talks broke down last Friday after a dispute on revenue split. The players are seeking 52.5% of the league's $4 billion revenue, while the owners' offer has bounced between 47% and 50%.

The previous contract, which expired in July, gave the players 57%.

The union's statement that the two sides are far apart on logistical issues, such as salary cap structure, is a departure from the optimism they displayed last week when Mr. Hunter said a deal on major issues was 'within striking distance.'

NBA Commissioner David Stern has canceled games through Nov. 30. Mr. Stern says that it will take 30 days to start a season.

'We realize the ramifications of agreeing to a bad deal at this moment,' Mr. Fisher said on Thursday. 'But from our perspective as players, this agreement will forever impact the circumstances for NBA basketball players, we can't rush into a deal that we feel is a bad deal just to save this season.'

After the meeting, both Mr. Hunter and Mr. Fisher said there were no fractures in the union and their relationship was good. Still, there was some disharmony among the players this week as a faction of players held conference calls to discuss potential decertification if a deal is not reached soon, according to a person familiar with the situation. Decertification of the union would put the labor dispute in the courts and hurt the chances a deal could be reached quickly. A union representative did not immediately comment and another person familiar with the talks said many hurdles would need to be cleared before decertification.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


Ronny Turiaf to play for ASVEL tomorrow - by Eurobasket News
Good news for ASVEL fans. NBAer Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) will make debut for the Villeurbanne team tomorrow. Insurance problems are resolved and Turiaf is officially registered to play for the club. ASVEL will host the reigning French champion Nancy tomorrow and hopes to win this game. Turiaf arrived to Villeurbanne more than a week ago. Ronny Turiaf had 4.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.4 apg for the New York Knicks last season. He appeared 68 times with them. Turiaf played for the Golden State Warriors from 2008 to 2010. Before that he spent three years with the Los Angeles Lakers. In their last season together he had 6.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 78 games. In France, Ronny Turiaf played for INSEP. He graduated at the Gonzaga University in 2005.

Perot lawsuit against Mark Cuban dismissed - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks aren't playing, but owner Mark Cuban has recorded a victory.

Cuban's win wasn't on the court, however: It was in court.

A lawsuit filed against Cuban last year by minority owner Ross Perot Jr. was dismissed Thursday by Judge Craig Smith of the 192nd Judicial District Court.

Perot claimed in his suit that his Hillwood Investment Properties III, Ltd., through which he has a 5 percent ownership stake in the Mavericks, has lost value because of Cuban's mismanagement.

In the lawsuit, Perot alleged Cuban had mismanaged the team and had made 'careless and reckless' decisions.

Perot, who can appeal the Thursday ruling, was the majority owner of the Mavericks when he sold controlling interest of the team to Cuban in 2000.

In a motion to dismiss the suit, Cuban's lawyer, Thomas Melsheimer, included as evidence a picture of the Mavericks hoisting the Larry O'Brien trophy. 'The Mavericks are winning even during the lockout,' Melsheimer said in a statement to the media.

The Mavericks have experienced unprecedented success under Cuban's ownership, including last season's NBA title and a 2006 berth in the NBA Finals.

Cuban has admitted in the past that he loses money on the Mavericks, but the value of the franchise has significantly increased under his ownership. Cuban's half-ownership of American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks play, also adds to the bottom line.

Courtesy of www.foxsportshouston.com


Memphis Grizzlies, guard O.J. Mayo at a crossroads - by Eurobasket News
There is no doubt O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) will be on the Grizzlies' roster when the NBA settles its labor dispute with the players.

But for how long?

Mayo's career is at a crossroads. And the Grizzlies -- facing high expectations after a playoff run to Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals last season -- are right there in terms of evaluating Mayo's future with the organization. The 6-3 shooting guard brought a household name and bucket loads of points in 2008, going on to average 18 points his first two seasons as a starter.

But those Griz teams weren't playoff qualifiers.

Mayo, as a reserve, turned in career-low numbers when Memphis broke through with a historic postseason run. Veteran Tony Allen and second-year guard Sam Young emerged while Mayo endured a role reduction.

There are people close to Mayo who believe that a new destination would restore his starter status and change his career outlook.

For his part, Mayo said all of the right things as his third season spiraled downward.

'It was awkward because, man, I go to work (wondering), 'Am I wanted, what's the deal?' But I was with the perfect team,' Mayo told SI.com in September. 'I couldn't have been in a better place for that (level of uncertainty) to happen.'

One has to wonder, though, if Mayo could have continued making nice had the NBA been up and running as planned this week. Monday would have been the deadline for Mayo and the Grizzlies to agree to a contract extension.

It's the same situation point guard Mike Conley was in last year before signing a five-year, $40 million deal at the 11th hour. Although the NBA has pushed back extension deadlines indefinitely, it is safe to assume that means nothing for Mayo.

The Grizzlies aren't going to offer an extension.

The Griz are more pressed to sign restricted free-agent center Marc Gasol once the lockout ends. Gasol should command a salary starting at a minimum of $10 million. Gasol plus Conley plus Zach Randolph's $66 million extension plus Rudy Gay's $84 million extension means the Griz will be more than willing to pay Mayo $5.6 million this upcoming season with no guarantees going forward.

Mayo will either be traded or become a restricted free agent.

Remember, the Griz nearly dealt Mayo to Indiana for Josh McRoberts at the trade deadline last season. The three-way deal included New Orleans but wasn't presented to the league in time to be consummated.

Another Mayo deal surfaced during the NBA draft in June. But the Grizzlies rebuffed the Cleveland Cavaliers' offer of players (one being forward J.J. Hickson) and cash for Mayo, according to a league source.

Hickson was later traded to Sacramento for Omri Casspi.

It appears Mayo has been proactive in preparing for a season in which his second NBA contract will be determined. Mayo hired Rob Pelinka to replace LaPoe Smith as his agent. Pelinka represents Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, and is the fourth agent Mayo has used since deciding to leave USC to turn pro.

The biggest challenge Mayo faces is to dispel the concerns some Griz decision-makers have about his skill set. Mayo is undersized at shooting guard without the versatility to be a play-maker at the point. He's generally considered a good shooter but lacks the athleticism, explosiveness and defensive attributes that coaches covet at the position.

One dilemma the Grizzlies coaching staff will certainly deal with is splitting minutes between Mayo and bigger, more physical players in Allen, Young and Xavier Henry. Ideally, Mayo would come off the bench for the Grizzlies and perform as a prolific scorer in the mold of Dallas' Jason Terry and Atlanta's Jamal Crawford.

A team insider suggested that Mayo might be best served carving out a niche as a three-point specialist. Mayo is a career 38-percent three-point shooter, but he shot 41 percent from long range in 13 playoff games.

Meanwhile, Mayo appears to have split time between Las Vegas and Memphis working on his game. He also has likely worked out in Chicago with renowned trainer Tim Glover.

Mayo also was among the Grizzlies who participated in an informal training camp in September. Allen, whom Mayo had a fight with on the team plane last season, used his Twitter account to brag about Mayo's exploits. Other insiders gave mixed reviews, claiming Mayo's good moments were offset by the aforementioned shortcomings.

Henry, the Grizzlies' 2010 lottery pick, was said to have performed better.

Yet the truth about Mayo might be told whenever the NBA decides to have a season. That will present an opportunity for Mayo to prove that his third year -- not the first two -- was an aberration.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


Oshawa Power defeat Moncton Miracles for first win in franchise history - by Eurobasket News
It was a historic night for Canadian basketball as the Oshawa Power outlasted the Moncton Miracles 107-80 in front of 1,126 passionate fans at the General Motors Centre.
The Power showed absolute dominance over their opponents as they controlled the game from start to finish.

The Power won the first three quarters in convincing fashion and was able to relax a bit in the fourth quarter as the Miracles finally caught stride, but much too late, scoring 31 points in the final frame.

Small forward Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) had a break out game, notching a double-double while leading the Power with 27 points and 12 rebounds. A much smaller Power team also out- rebounded the much bigger Miracles team 68-47.

'We took care of the 'three threes' rebounding, turnovers and free-throws,' said Power Head Coach Mark Strickland.

'We were a plus in that and thats what we need to win, especially on the road. At home the crowd is always going to be energetic.'

The enthusiastic Power fans were rocking from the opening tip. Canadians Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) and Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) combined for 16 points and 14 rebounds, in front of their family and friends.

Oshawa Mayor John Henry, wagered with Moncton Mayor George Leblanc about whose team would win, and since the Power were victorious, Mr. Leblanc will have to don a Power jersey at his next city council meeting.

It was a fitting end that the Oshawa Power got their first ever NBL Canada regular season victory on the fifth anniversary of the opening of the General Motors Centre.

Power Glance

Record: 1-1

The Power will play their regular season home opener on Thursday, November 3 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip off against the Moncton Miracles at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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London Lightning a hit on opening night - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning hope Thursday night is a sign of things to come, both on and off the court.

The club started life in the fledgling National Basketball League with a 118-110 win over the Halifax Rainmen before a raucous crowd of 3,614 at the John Labatt Centre.

'This is unbelievable for our first game, we couldn't be any more excited,' Lightning owner and president Vito Frija said. 'We were expecting 2,500 to 3,000.'

And the fans seemed to know their basketball, cheering at the right time and understanding the intricacies of the game.

By the time the Lightning had taken control in the third quarter, the crowd was in full voice. The enthusiasm of the crowd even surprised the players.

'No, I actually didn't expect this,' said Lightning leading scorer DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton), who finished with 23 points and five assists. 'I thought we had some great fans back in Oklahoma, but tonight was incredible. The crowd was all fired up and that always helps with the win. All I can say is thanks London.'

The Lightning got double-digit scoring performances from six players in total - including 21 from former Duke and Villanova forward Taylor King (6'6''-F-88, college: Concordia Irvine), who led the team with three three-pointers.

Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) scored 29 points for Halifax in a losing effort, while former NBA player Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) added 14.

The NBL was formed when three existing teams - Halifax, the Saint John Mill Rats and the Quebec Kebs - left the Premier Basketball League. Four NBL franchises were then formed in London, Oshawa, Ont., Moncton, N.B., and Summerside P.E.I.

Each team will play a 36-game schedule, with the top four advancing to the playoffs in March.

The Lightning hope to draw on London's long and successful basketball history at the post-secondary as part of their fan base.

'London's a great basketball market there are a lot of youth teams and leagues, the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College always have good teams. They know their basketball,' general manager Taylor Brown said. 'You hope to put on a good show for the community and we know that it's going to take time to build. If we can get the crowd going and get them excited, they'll go home and tell their friends and family.'

The team's break-even point is around 2,000 to 2,500 paid seats per night, Brown added.

'We're just trying to get as many people in the stands as we can and it's a very reasonable price,' he said.

Season tickets range from a low of $324 for lower-bowl adult seats to $1,080 for premium courtside tickets for 18 home games. Individual tickets range from $12 for kids to courtside premium seating at $60.

Alija Malkic attended the game with his wife and two children.

'I wanted to be a part of the start here,' he said. 'I've been watching the (NBA's Toronto) Raptors play here for the past couple of years (in exhibition games).

'I'm excited about having basketball in London. I've played basketball all my life and now my kids are playing too, so it's great for them to come and see the players in London.'

Janet Anderson, a local teacher, came with the daughter of a family friend. She's already planning a return trip this time with more fans in tow.

'I teach physical education and we're planning on bringing a bunch of kids down in the next couple of weeks, so I decided I'm come a little early and check things out,' she said. 'We thought it'd be a great opportunity to see some good basketball. We've heard good things about the (quality of the league).'

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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


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MSU's Kristers Zeidaks receives lengthy NCAA suspension - by Eurobasket News
A Mississippi State spokesman says Kristers Zeidaks (6'8''-F-90) has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA for the entire upcoming season and the first 11 games of the 2012-13 men's basketball season.

MSU's Gregg Ellis made the announcement Thursday.

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Zeidaks played with and against professional players in his home country of Latvia. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds in the Under-20 European Championships last year.

Zeidaks' lengthy suspension surprised Mississippi State officials, who didn't expect such a harsh ruling. The suspension is two games longer than the one given current MSU forward Renardo Sidney, who sat out the 2009-10 season and the first nine games of the 2010-11 season after the NCAA ruled he received improper benefits.

MSU opens on Nov. 7 at home against Eastern Kentucky.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


No. 8 Gators make 20-of-40 three-pointers in rout - by Eurobasket News
Billy Donovan's son has seen hundreds of games in the O'Connell Center. Preseason, regular season, postseason.

He's never witnessed anything like this.

No. 8 Florida made 20-of-40 shots from three-point range, beating Catholic University and the younger Donovan 114-57 in an exhibition game Thursday night.

'This is probably the best I've ever seen one of my dad's teams shoot,'' the younger Donovan said.

Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) had 21 points and 10 assists, highly touted freshman Bradley Beal (6'4''-F/G-93) added 20 points and the Gators showed why coach Billy Donovan is so excited about this season.

Mike Rosario (6'3''-G-90), a Rutgers transfer who sat out last season, added 18 points off the bench for the Gators. Erik Murphy (6'9''-F) (17), Erving Walker (5'8''-G) (15) and Patric Young (10) also scored in double figures.

The Gators did most of their damage from 3-point range, showing they're going to be a much better shooting team with Beal and Rosario in the mix. Florida scored 70 points in the first half and made their final six 3-pointers.

'I think we're explosive offensively, and certainly we got it going in the first half there,'' the elder Donovan said.

The younger Donovan led the Division III Cardinals with 13 points. His mother, Christine Donovan, wore a Catholic T-shirt while sitting behind Florida's bench.

'It was a little weird at first, but as soon as Patric Young boxes you out and Casey Prather dunks on you, it definitely opens up your eyes a little bit,'' the younger Donovan said.

The younger Donovan got a warm reception during pregame introductions and a standing ovation when he left the game with 32 seconds remaining.

'That was really special,'' he said. 'I pretty much grew up here. It's all I remember. It's some of the greatest fans I've seen. Hearing that was really special.''

Dad gave him a huge hug after the game.

'Really, really proud of Billy,'' Catholic coach Steve Howes said. 'Lot of pressure on him tonight. Special moment. He earned the start, no doubt about it. He played very well. He's going to be a real key piece for us this year. He was a valuable reserve last year behind our best player. We always told him, next three years you've got a chance to really do something. He showed it tonight.''

The Gators showed something, too.

Boynton was 6-of-11 from behind the arc. Beal and Rosario each finished 4-of-7, Walker was 3-of-4 and Murphy was 3-of-4.

Donovan's last two teams were the worst in his 16-year tenure. This one could be the best. What stood out most to the coach was the ball movement. Florida had 31 assists on 40 baskets.

'Making 20-of-40 standing by yourself is pretty good,'' coach Billy Donovan said.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


UCLA's Travis Wear sprains hand in practice - by Eurobasket News
UCLA forward Travis Wear (6'10''-F-90) sprained his right hand in practice Thursday and is listed as day-to-day for the 17th-ranked Bruins.

A team spokesman says X-rays were negative and Wear will be evaluated on Friday. The Bruins open the season on Nov. 11 at home. Their rival will be Loyola Marymount.

Wear, a 6-foot-10 sophomore, and his twin brother David are eligible after sitting out last season following their transferring from North Carolina.

Courtesy of www.csnbaltimore.com


Butler falls to Division II Northern State 53-50 in exhibition - by Eurobasket News
This wasn't the start Butler coach Brad Stevens had in mind.

Northern State scored the final 12 points including a shot at the buzzer to knock off Butler on their home floor 53-50. This is the same Northern State team that lost at Purdue 78-46 Tuesday night. Andrew Smith (6'11''-C) led Butler with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Khyle Marshall (6'7''-F-92) added 14.

Unfortunately for Butler, it was as if their poor shooting from the 2011 title game against Connecticut carried over. They were just 18-55 from the field (32.7%) and connected on just 3-of-18 three-pointers (16.7%).

Losing at the last second is a buzz kill, especially when the Bulldogs left ten points at the free throw line making just 11 of 21 tries. The field goal woes dont worry Stevens who says his team had been shooting well.

They made us shoot and they made us take shots that to be quite honest in practice weve been hitting. Guys have been shooting it well.

You ask where Northern State is? That would be Aberdeen, South Dakota. Who knew?

These upsets happen. LeMoyne beating Syracuse or Indianapolis over Tennessee come to mind?

This was the first game for Butler post-Matt Howard who graduating and is now playing overseas. Howard was an active and efficient big man that made those around him better. He was an automatic double-figures guy and a double-double seemed usual. Coming into Butler he was tremendously underrated but talking with many that have followed the program for decades agree, Howard is the best ever in Butler history.

Butler was also without Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90) who left early for the NBA draft and was taken 34th overall by the Washington Wizards. It was a different seeing Gordon Hayward and Mack at the game Wednesday but not in uniform.

With the changing of the guard, the Bulldogs are a relatively young team with six freshman and three sophomores on the roster. The young guys struggled in their first appearance in a Butler uniform. Smith and Marshall must take a leadership in addition to a strong performance on the court.

WNDY Butler analyst Ralph Reiff tweeted his quick analysis after the game. 1st half inefficient, never a 5 man effort. Northern State gets confidence, makes shots. Butler passing game poor, too quick to shootall BU play is correctable. Will improve. Defense never had all 5 together on action/talk/help. Left gaps. Northern exploited

We have a lot of work to do, coach Brad Stevens said following the loss. We have a lot of time to do it, but the bottom line is weve got to be a lot better in almost every area.

Butler hosts Franklin on Saturday for their second and final exhibition game.

Courtesy of www.vigilantsports.com


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  NCAA2   


Butler falls to Division II Northern State 53-50 in exhibition - by Eurobasket News
This wasn't the start Butler coach Brad Stevens had in mind.

Northern State scored the final 12 points including a shot at the buzzer to knock off Butler on their home floor 53-50. This is the same Northern State team that lost at Purdue 78-46 Tuesday night. Andrew Smith (6'11''-C) led Butler with 19 points and 8 rebounds while Khyle Marshall (6'7''-F-92) added 14.

Unfortunately for Butler, it was as if their poor shooting from the 2011 title game against Connecticut carried over. They were just 18-55 from the field (32.7%) and connected on just 3-of-18 three-pointers (16.7%).

Losing at the last second is a buzz kill, especially when the Bulldogs left ten points at the free throw line making just 11 of 21 tries. The field goal woes dont worry Stevens who says his team had been shooting well.

They made us shoot and they made us take shots that to be quite honest in practice weve been hitting. Guys have been shooting it well.

You ask where Northern State is? That would be Aberdeen, South Dakota. Who knew?

These upsets happen. LeMoyne beating Syracuse or Indianapolis over Tennessee come to mind?

This was the first game for Butler post-Matt Howard who graduating and is now playing overseas. Howard was an active and efficient big man that made those around him better. He was an automatic double-figures guy and a double-double seemed usual. Coming into Butler he was tremendously underrated but talking with many that have followed the program for decades agree, Howard is the best ever in Butler history.

Butler was also without Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90) who left early for the NBA draft and was taken 34th overall by the Washington Wizards. It was a different seeing Gordon Hayward and Mack at the game Wednesday but not in uniform.

With the changing of the guard, the Bulldogs are a relatively young team with six freshman and three sophomores on the roster. The young guys struggled in their first appearance in a Butler uniform. Smith and Marshall must take a leadership in addition to a strong performance on the court.

WNDY Butler analyst Ralph Reiff tweeted his quick analysis after the game. 1st half inefficient, never a 5 man effort. Northern State gets confidence, makes shots. Butler passing game poor, too quick to shootall BU play is correctable. Will improve. Defense never had all 5 together on action/talk/help. Left gaps. Northern exploited

We have a lot of work to do, coach Brad Stevens said following the loss. We have a lot of time to do it, but the bottom line is weve got to be a lot better in almost every area.

Butler hosts Franklin on Saturday for their second and final exhibition game.

Courtesy of www.vigilantsports.com


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The Basketball New Zealand BARTERCARD NATIONAL BASKETBALL League Board has today confirmed the nine teams which will compete the 2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Waikato Pistons, NBL Champions in 2008 and 2009, will not compete in the 2012 season after the Waikato Basketball Council Board decided take a break from the competition in order to refocus. Christchurch Cougars have made the hard decision to take a further year off after their team, venue and sponsors were badly affected by the February earthquakes. The Harbour Heat registered their interest to re-enter the Bartercard NBL earlier in the year, with their application being accepted for the 2012 season. The confirmed teams for the 2012 season are therefore Harbour Heat, Auckland Pirates, Taranaki MountainAirs, HSB Bank Hawks, Manawatu Jets, Wellington Saints, Fico Finance Nelson Giants, OceanaGold Nuggets (Otago), and Zero Fees Southland Sharks.
Sam Rossiter-Stead, Chairman of the Bartercard NBL, said: We are pleased to confirm the nine participating teams for next year following a review of the 2011 season. Although we are disappointed that the Pistons will not be competing in 2012, there are plenty of examples of teams taking a year away from the competition to refocus and then coming back strongly. That is the situation with North Harbour, who we are delighted to welcome back with a new management team backed by a strong association. The NBL itself is in an extremely healthy state, with a solid platform and an excellent standard of basketball on display each week. Funding continues to be a challenge for many teams, but we have passionate people in each of our franchises who are committed to producing the best possible competition for their supporters to enjoy.
The Bartercard NBL Draw will be released in due course, with the season running from the beginning of March until the end of May in order to accommodate the Tall Blacks programme.
Courtesy of basketball.org.nz


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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.21.8 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum20.3 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.19.2 
 7. Westerlund, Ammeru.19.0 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK17.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
 10. Berg, Gimle BBK15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.3 
 2. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 3. Ferranti, Baerum B.8.2 
 4. Bullock, Froya B.8.0 
 5. Karlsen, Centrum8.0 
 6. Oatis, Baerum B.8.0 
 7. Land, Asker Aliens7.7 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Kombat, Froya B.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.5 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 4. Randolph, Langhus4.3 
 5. Mahnin, Centrum4.1 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 7. Mjos, Baerum B.3.7 
 8. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 9. Silavs, Froya B.3.2 
 10. Stien, Gimle BBK3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.0 
 3. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.1.8 
 6. Bullock, Froya B.1.8 
 7. Silavs, Froya B.1.6 
 8. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 9. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.5 
 10. Andersen, Langhus1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.2.5 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.3 
 3. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 6. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.8 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 8. Sjostrom, Baerum B.0.7 
 9. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 10. Sumskis, Gimle BBK0.6 


BLNO Round 7: Baerum Basket keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Baerum Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Baerum Basket smashed 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt in Bekkestua 111-70. The game without a history. Baerum Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 40. They outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 52-35 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Baerum Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for guard Stian Mjos (182-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) helped adding 15 points and 12 rebounds. Baerum Basket's coach Pal Berg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Baerum Basket (5-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ammerud Bskt lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Ammerud Bskt will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Baerum Basket will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Centrum in Oslo.
Leading Asker Aliens (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Centrum (4-3) 76-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asker Aliens. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led the winners and scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. Frank Nyborg accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders let to play all 12 players in such tough game. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia (KY), agency: Warren Sports International) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for Asker Aliens in the defeat. Centrum moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tromso. Defending champion Asker Aliens dropped to the second position with two games lost. Centrum will play against league's leader Baerum Basket in Bekkestua in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asker Aliens will play on the road against Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Gimle BBK (4-4) 103-91 on Sunday evening. Anders Stien fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Emari O'Garrow produced 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Gimle BBK maintains sixth place with 4-4 record. Langhus IL lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with seven games lost. Gimle BBK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Langhus IL will play against Froya Basket (#3) in Laksevag and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 7 Gimle BBK lost to Centrum on the opponent's court 70-81.



Baerum Basket - Ammerud Bskt 111-70

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Baerum Basket as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Baerum Basket smashed 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt in Bekkestua 111-70. The game without a history. Baerum Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 40. They outrebounded Ammerud Bskt 52-35 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Baerum Basket looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for guard Stian Mjos (182-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 6 assists. American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) helped adding 15 points and 12 rebounds. Four Baerum Basket players scored in double figures. Baerum Basket's coach Pal Berg felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds and Simon Wroldsen scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Baerum Basket (5-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Ammerud Bskt lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with six games lost. Ammerud Bskt will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest in order to get back on the winning path. Baerum Basket will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Centrum in Oslo.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 26+8reb+2ast, S.Wroldsen 16+6reb+3ast, R.Knight 13+4reb+2ast, F.Sikander 6+3reb+2ast, M.Bryn 5+6reb+1ast, Z.Mahojlovic 4+7reb+1ast
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 19+4reb+6ast, D.Oatis 18+7reb+1ast, R.Ferranti 15+12reb+2ast, F.Sjostrom 14+7reb, O.Fritzen 11+2reb+1ast, M.Elgmork 9+5reb+5ast
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Asker Aliens - Centrum 75-76

Leading Asker Aliens (5-2) recorded its second loss at the home court. Hosts were edged by fifth ranked Centrum (4-3) 76-75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Asker Aliens. Asker Aliens were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 39-37 second half run of Centrum. Strangely Asker Aliens outrebounded Centrum 40-24 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who led the winners and scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders let to play all 12 players in such tough game. American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia (KY), agency: Warren Sports International) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Asker Aliens in the defeat. Centrum moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tromso. Defending champion Asker Aliens dropped to the second position with two games lost. Centrum will play against league's leader Baerum Basket in Bekkestua in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asker Aliens will play on the road against Tromso and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: A.Lee-Ingram 28+11reb, C.Land 15+11reb+3ast, M.Midtvedt 12+5reb+3ast, E.Stien 8+6reb+3ast, M.Sztych 6+5reb, F.Bohn 6+1reb+1ast
Centrum: R.Karlsen 32+6reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 20+6reb+1ast, M.Mahnin 14+6reb+3ast, M.Lepovic 5+2reb, B.Aunan 3, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 144934


Centrum - Gimle BBK 81-70

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Gimle BBK's (4-4) road loss to fifth ranked Centrum (4-3) 70-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Gimle BBK managed to win fourth quarter 21-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and guard Espen Fjaerestad (188-94) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Centrum moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Tromso. Gimle BBK at the other side keeps the sixth position with four games lost. Centrum will meet league's leader Baerum Basket in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gimle BBK will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: D.Berg 14+2reb, A.Stien 13+7reb+3ast, E.Fjaerestad 12+4reb+1ast, V.Schonning 9+3reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 9+5reb, M.Pavlovic 6+4reb+5ast
Centrum: R.Karlsen 18+11reb+2ast, M.Mahnin 13+6reb+7ast, F.Nyborg 12+3reb+1ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 9+1reb, M.Lepovic 8+6reb, A.Simkunas 6
gschID: 144935


Langhus - Gimle BBK 91-103

Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to sixth ranked Gimle BBK (4-4) 103-91 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Gimle BBK made 39-of-48 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game, while Langhus IL only scored twenty two points from the stripe. Gimle BBK had a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Frederik Gnatt (193-84) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Emari O'Garrow (190-78) produced 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and American point guard Terrance Randolph (180-71, college: Va Intermont) added 18 points and 9 assists respectively 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. Gimle BBK maintains sixth place with 4-4 record. Langhus IL lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with seven games lost. Gimle BBK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Langhus IL will play against Froya Basket (#3) in Laksevag and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Langhus: E.O'Garrow 24+6reb+7ast, T.Randolph 18+9ast, D.Crouch 11+1reb, G.Klubnes 10+5reb+1ast, J.Stian Olsen 8+3reb+1ast, F.Mamen 8+5reb+1ast
Gimle BBK: A.Stien 28+12reb+3ast, D.Berg 18+2reb+3ast, F.Gnatt 18+6reb+2ast, M.Pavlovic 15+4reb+1ast, E.Fjaerestad 10+1reb+2ast, D.Hammer 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 144936




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  POLAND   


Gani Lawal gets MVP of the Week award for PLK - by Eurobasket News
Nigerian Gani Lawal (206-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Zastal ZG and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 27 points and eighteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by LKS Lodz (#11, 2-5) in overtime 104-103. Zastal ZG moved-up to the 5th position in the Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Zastal ZG will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 4-2 record. Lawal turned to be Zastal ZG's top player in his first season with the team. Georgia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lawal. Lawal is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.2ppg) and averages solid 68.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American power forward John Turek (205-F/C-83) of Trefl Sopot. Turek impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Trefl Sopot to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked PBG Basket (#8, 3-5) 89-56. This victory allowed Trefl Sopot to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Turek is a newcomer at Trefl Sopot and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of LKS Lodz (#11). Archibeque scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of LKS Lodz, leading his team to a 104-103overtime win against the higher-ranked Zastal ZG (#5, 4-2). LKS Lodz can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Archibeque he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Archibeque has individually a great season in Poland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.1ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrell Harris (208-F/C-84) of Kotwica - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Jermaine Mallett (190-G-88) of LKS Lodz - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Chris Burgess (209-C-79) of Trefl Sopot - 8 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. John Allen (194-G/F-82) of Anwil - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Slask Wroclaw - 18 points and 3 rebounds
9. Nick Lewis (207-F/C-83) of Anwil - 20 points and 10 rebounds
10. Stefhon Hannah (185-G-85) of AZS Koszalin - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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Reveles' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old guard Joao Reveles (187-G-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sampaense and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He got a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists, while his team beat Vitoria SC (1-2) 99-87. Sampaense is placed at 7th position in league. Sampaense is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. In the team's last game Reveles had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Reveles has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (5th best: 6.0apg).

Second best performed player last round was Richard Oruche (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) of Academica. He is Nigerian-American guard in his first season at Academica. In the last game Oruche recorded impressive 41 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as Academica lost that game 90-98 to CAB Madeira (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Oruche is a newcomer at Academica and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#2). Former University of Illinois at Springfield star Oruche is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.

Third place about best performers goes to another Sampaense's star - center Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87). McNeal scored 28 points. He was another key player of Sampaense, helping his team with a 99-87 win against Vitoria SC (1-2). The chances of Sampaense not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McNeal could try to bring Sampaense's a little bit higher in the standings. McNeal has a very solid season. In 3 games in Portugal he scored 18.3ppg. McNeal attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jackson (201-F-88) of Barreirense CEPSA - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Joao Gomes (199-F-85) of Benfica - 16 points and 4 rebounds
6. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) of Barcelos - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Brian Addison (205-F-87) of Sampaense - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Hill (204-F-88) of Barreirense CEPSA - 15 points and 16 rebounds
9. Carlos Barroca (182-G-84) of Academica - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jarvis Gunter (208-F-85) of CAB Madeira - 14 points, 7 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)


Manuel Sico leaves basketball - by Bruno Baltazar
Manuel Sico (202-F/C-88) ,one of the most promissing portuguese centers is leaving the practise of basketball for good.
Its a very sad news for everybody and for the portuguese basketball ,product of the Barreirense well known basketball school ,is leaving basketball for personal reasons ,he will take care of a family business in Africa ,where he is originaly from,he previously had malaria and always battled to be back to basketball doing what he expected and the team expected he would but couldnt quite achieve the same level,this came 2 seasons after the team refused a offer from Porto.
He didnt showed at the begining of the season ,only showing September 26th and out of shape but the team already found some new portuguese players to renew the national team but also to help the team in the league.
Their names are the well knows names of Miguel Quiroz and Joao Guerreiro.


Ass. Academica de Coimbra adds Scott to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Ass. Academica de Coimbra agreed terms with 23-year old Portuguese forward Carleton Scott (200-F-88, college: Notre Dame). Scott played most recently at Caceres 2016 C.B. (Spain-LEB Gold). While playing 6 games for Caceres this season he averaged 1.0ppg and 2.7rpg. Scott graduated University of Notre Dame and it is his first season in pro basketball.



Cavel Witter ready to play basketball again - by Bruno Baltazar
Cavel Witter (183-G-87, college: Creighton) a guard that played last season for Terceira Basket is now healthy again and ready for competition.

Last season he came to Portugal as a rookie and with high hopes to conquer and prove himself and his qualities as a professional basketball player in Europe but the dreams got crushed when he suffered a season ending injury ,more devastating when he was the MVP on multiple games for the team.

Now this is where the good news come ,he had the operation and phisionterapy and now hes in shape and 100% ready to be back and have another chance in Europe ,he says that is very motivated and determinated is the best way to describe him and health wise is where it needs to be...

Good news update for all the fans that were fallowing and questioning what happened to him.



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BSN to start on March 1: - by Luis Modestti

During a meeting last night the Board of Directors of BSN announced that the 2012 season will start on March 1 and end in the first week of June. The number of teams for the 2012 season will be determined in a meeting on November 10.

Capitanes de Arecibo, Vaqueros de Bayamon, Cariduros de Fajardo, Atleticos de San German, Indios de Mayagez and Mets de Guaynabo announced their intentions to play next season. Fajardo returns to the league after three years out under new owner Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU).

Cangrejeros de Santurce, Piratas de Quebradillas and Gallitos de Isabela are in the process of selling and could play if they finalize a deal in the next couple of days. If Isabela sells they will move to Guayama.

Caciques de Humacao announced today that their first game in the new coliseum is on March 10. Earlier this week the team sent a letter stating that they wont play next season. This move was done to put more pressure on the league to start on a later date.

Maratonistas de Coamo stated that they wont play next season because they cant put a competitive team by that date.

The owners of Leones de Ponce have been selling the team since last year and haven't found a serious buyer.

Gigantes de Carolina announced last month their intentions of not playing next season.

Next week we will have a clear picture of what the 2012 BSN season will look like.


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Superleague Round 8: Spartak V. edges Rjazan by three points - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Superlaegue, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Superlaegue took place in Rjazan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Rjazan (3-3) to eighth ranked Spartak V. (2-6) 66-63 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rjazan. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak V. made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Rjazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Viktor Zaryazhko (194-92) chipped in 13 points. Forward Vladimir Kazakov (198-82) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. Rjazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak V. moved-up to seventh place. Rjazan at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with TEMP-SUMZ. Spartak V. are looking forward to face higher ranked Severstal (#6) in Cherepovec in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rjazan will play on the road against the league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Ruskon-Mordovia can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sojuz Zaretchny (1-3) 102-56. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Alexei Kuznetsov contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Kirill Slepukha (181-90) replied with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for Sojuz Zaretchny. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ruskon-Mordovia left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Sojuz Zaretchny. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the sixth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (3-3) 84-71. Worth to mention a quality performance of Nikola Lepojevic who helped to win the game recording 27 points. Aleksandr Zaykin responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 6-2 record. Loser TEMP-SUMZ Revda dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Rjazan. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet at home Rjazan (#4) in the next round. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Sojuz Zaretchny and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 8 Severstal was defeated by Ataman in Rostov 60-52.



Rjazan - Spartak V. 63-66

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Superlaegue took place in Rjazan. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Rjazan (3-3) to eighth ranked Spartak V. (2-6) 66-63 on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rjazan. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spartak V. made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Rjazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Viktor Zaryazhko (194-92) chipped in 13 points. Forward Vladimir Kazakov (198-82) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vladimir Ivlev (207-90) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Rjazan's coach Zoran Cvetanovic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spartak V. moved-up to seventh place. Rjazan at the other side keeps the fourth position with three games lost. They share it with TEMP-SUMZ. Spartak V. are looking forward to face higher ranked Severstal (#6) in Cherepovec in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Rjazan will play on the road against the league's leader Ural Ekaterinburg and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 15+11reb+2ast, V.Zaryazhko 13+4reb+1ast, D.Kachanko 10+2reb+1ast, A.Loginov 6+5reb+1ast, A.Babitchev 6+7reb+3ast, A.Vetrov 5+1ast
Rjazan: V.Kazakov 17+5reb, F.Klyuchnikov 11+1reb, V.Ivlev 11+9reb, R.Khamitov 6+4reb, A.Kirdyachkin 5+6reb+1ast, S.Oveshkov 5+2reb
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TEMP-SUMZ - Ural Ekaterinb. 71-84

Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the sixth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (3-3) 84-71. The game was mostly controlled by Ural Ekaterinburg. TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to win fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Stanislav Sotnikov (200-85, agency: RIZO) scored 12 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg maintains first position with 6-2 record. Loser TEMP-SUMZ Revda dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Rjazan. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet at home Rjazan (#4) in the next round. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will play against Sojuz Zaretchny and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 27+4reb+1ast, D.Nikolaev 15+8reb, L.Gordon 12+6reb, S.Shashkov 6+1reb+1ast, A.Isakov 6+1reb+4ast, V.Ionov 5+4reb
TEMP-SUMZ: A.Zaykin 21+11reb+4ast, S.Sotnikov 12+4reb, S.Tokarev 9+3reb+1ast, A.Komarov 7+2reb, A.Kirjanov 6+3reb, A.Vokhmianine 6+1reb+1ast
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Ruskon-Mord. - Sojuz Zaretchny 102-56

Ruskon-Mordovia can celebrate finally their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sojuz Zaretchny (1-3) 102-56. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Sojuz Zaretchny's 26. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 22 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Sojuz Zaretchny was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) contributed with 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. point guard Kirill Slepukha (181-90) replied with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sojuz Zaretchny. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ruskon-Mordovia left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with defeated Sojuz Zaretchny. Ruskon-Mordovia will play against higher ranked Universitet-Yugra (#3) in Surgut in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against TEMP-SUMZ Revda (#5) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Ageev 26+5reb+5ast, A.Kuznetsov 19+9reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 12+2reb+1ast, S.Chernov 10+3reb, A.Krylov 7+1reb+2ast, P.Aghapov 7+9reb+2ast
Sojuz Zaretchny: R.Vasilev 12+4reb, D.Ponosov 10+7reb, A.Burtsev 9+1reb+1ast, P.Aleksandrov 9+4reb+2ast, K.Slepukha 7+5reb+6ast, A.Pushkin 3+3reb
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Ataman - Severstal 60-52

There was no surprise in Rostov where 6th ranked Severstal (3-5) was defeated by second ranked Ataman (5-1) 60-52 on Sunday. Severstal was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) who added 8 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Ataman's coach Valentin Kubrakov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-84) scored 4 points and 13 rebounds. Ataman have an impressive five-game winning streak. Newly promoted Ataman maintains second position with 5-1 record having just -6 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Severstal lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with five games lost. Ataman will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Severstal will play against Spartak V. (#7) in Moscow and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: D.Zibirov 15+2reb+3ast, S.Vorotnikov 9+4reb, N.Gresev 8+6reb+3ast, I.Smygin 8+7reb, N.Krylov 5+1reb, V.Belov 4+1reb
Severstal: S.Zakharov 13+5reb, Y.Grebelnyy 12+1reb+3ast, A.Lunev 8+2reb, S.Zinchenko 5+4reb+1ast, R.Nazmiev 5+3reb+4ast, A.Tsvetkov 4+13reb
gschID: 155360




Universitet-Yugra invite Alexandr Rindin - by Eurobasket News
Universitet-Yugra have invited Aleksandr Rindin (225-C-85, agency: Interperformances) for try-outs. The Azeri centre started the previous season in PGE Turow. He tallied 1.0 point, 1.0 block and 1.0 rebound per game for the Polish team. In January Aleksandr Rindin moved to Genc Telekom in Turkey. The centre posted 3.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game in TB2L. Aleksandr Rindin is the member of Azerbaijan National Team. He averaged 9.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 block and 1.0 steal per game at 2011 European Championship in Division B Qualifying Round. Previously the centre had stints with Gala Baku, Ural Great Perm. He participated at Azeri League All-Star Game back in 2004. Aleksandr Rindin also took part at 2005 Islamic Games as well as 2008 European Championship in Division C with Azerbaijan.

Regal Barca cruises past Unics in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - FCB Regal 65-93

Regal Barca demonstrated another great Euroleague performance. The reigning Spanish champ destroyed Unics on the road with huge 65-93 keeping the perfect score after three games in Group D. At the same time, Unics slipped to 1-2. Barca was much better team during the entire game. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) was their leading player with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 19 points and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed with 16 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) delivered 14 points for the hosts. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) netted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-23, 18-21, 16-25, 17-24. Barca will host also perfect Montepaschi next week. Unics will play in Gdynia against Asseco Prokom.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 14, Vladimir Veremeenko 11, Kelly McCarty 10
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 24+5 boads, Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Pete Mickeal 16+6 boards


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Rocks register impressive away victory against Mersey, 92-62 - by Eurobasket News
Mersey Tigers 62 (12,33,47) (Myles Hesson (195-F-90) 19, Douse 15, Bailey/Aliu 9)

Glasgow Rocks 92 (21,50,70) (Andrew Wedemire (198-G/F) 20, Murray 19, Harrison 17)

The Glasgow Rocks have recorded back-to-back BBL Championship wins after comprehensively beating the Mersey Tigers 62-92 on the road. For the Tigers - defending league champions - it means defeat in the opening game of that defence and that they have lost all three of their home games in all competitions so far this season.

Andrew Wedemire led all scorers with 20 points for the visitors, while Scot Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) impressed once more with 19. Miles Myles Hesson led the Tigers with 19 points.

It was Murray that inspired the Rocks in a dominant first half from which they never looked back, as he shot 5/6 from three-point range and showed the full extent of his game with an impressive dunk - for 17 first half points - to flatten the home crowd. The Rocks led by as many as 14 in the early stages, but were pegged back to 12-21 after ten minutes before pushing ahead to 33-50 by halftime.

The lead only grew in the third quarter and was through the twenty mark at 43-63, growing to 47-70 by the end of the third, from where the visitors were never challenged. The Rocks move on to a BBL Cup game against the Edinburgh Kings on Sunday, while the Tigers have until November 11 to lick their wounds before they are in action again, also in the Cup.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


Ex Glasgow Rock Mike Copeland joins the Guildford Heat - by Eurobasket News
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 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 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 with excellent grounding and a winning mentality.'

Mike Copeland 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.'

Rocks fans will get a chance to see Mike in action at the Kelvin Hall on the 11th December. Tickets are currently available for that game on the Rocks Website...
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


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Partizan outplays Charleroi in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Charleroi 91-81

First Euroleague win for Partizan this season. The Serbian champion was better than the Belgian champ Charleroi 91-81 and joined them with 1-2 record in Group C. Armani Jeans Milano also has the same numbers in this pool. Partizan got 26 points and 7 assists from the NBAer Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M). Another NBA player Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 21 pts in this meeting. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) helped the Serbian powerhouse with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. In Charleroi, Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) delivered 19 pts. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) scored 16, and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) added 15 points, plus 9 boards. Partizan made 22-17 in the first quarter and later Charleroi came to 45-44. Partizan speeded up in the finish of the first half again taking 52-44 lead. Charleroi made 6-16 run after the breather and Partizan grabbed back 73-70 with ten minutes to go. Uros Lucic stepped up with two big triples, including one in the finish of Q3, and together with Nikola Pekovic and Acie Law brought 86-78 lead for the hosts. With 1:19 to go it was 91-81 for Partizan and Charleroi had no chance. In the next game, Partizan will host Real Madrid. Charleroi waits Armani Jeans Milano.

Partizan: Acie Law 26+7 as, Nikola Pekovic 21, Milan Macvan 15+6 boards+5 as
Charleroi: Demond Mallet 19, Tornike Shengelia 16, Christopher Hill 15+9 boards


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Darius Silinskis signs contract with Nitra - by Eurobasket News
Darius Silinskis (216-C-84, agency: Interperformances) agreed on terms of contract with Nitra. The deal is meant till the end of the season. Darius Silinskis was on a try-outs with Nitra but the team decided to ink contract after last round game. The centre averaged 5.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per three appearances with Nitra. Last season Darius Silinskis started in DniproAzot in Ukraine. Later he moved to Panevezys Techasas. He tallied 9.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League his stats read 11.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks. Eurobasket.com gave the centre All-Baltic League Honourable Mention. Previously Darius Silinskis had stints in Lithuania, Italy, Spain and Estonia.

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


KT Win Sixth Straight, Cruise by KCC - by Jeff Liebsch
The Sonic Boom KT led from start to finish, blowing out defending champion KCC Egis 86-59 at the Sajik Indoor Gymnasium Friday night.

KCC Egis was without star center Ha Seung-Jin (221-C-85), who is still nursing a shoulder injury. The center was greatly missed, as KCC failed to control the paint and KT's speed and accuracy was too much for KCC to handle.

The Sonic Boom raced out to a quick 19 point first quarter lead, led by an early 13-2 run to start the game. Four KCC turnovers, and poor shot selection combined with KT's aggressive defense and ability to control the tempo led to KT dominating the opening 10 minutes. The Sonic Boom shot an impressive 64% in the first quarter, compared to KCC's 20%. The Sonic Boom led 25-6 after the opening quarter.

KT increased their lead to 22 early in the second before KCC cut the lead to 13 with three minutes remaining, led by DeShawn Sims (203-F-88, college: Michigan) six points. But KT closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to double the lead to 44-22 by the half. The balanced scoring attack was led by Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) with 10 points, while Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) grabbed 12 boards and blocked 3 shots. KCC shot an uncharacteristic 9 of 35 from the field in the first half

KCC's struggles continued in the third, as KT went on a 8-0 run to increase their lead to 29 before replacing their starters with 2:46 remaining, comfortably holding a 60-31 lead.

From there, KT cruised to victory in the fourth using their second team, securing their sixth straight victory.

'We were trying some new tactics today, it just didn't work out. We got a lot of young fellas on the team, we're trying to groom them and step up, but they need some more time,' said Tony Akins (180-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia Tech) after the game.

KT had four players in double digits, and were led by Cho Sung-Min with 14 points, adding 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Charles Rhodes added 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks.

DeShawn Sims led KCC Egis with 25 points and 7 rebounds.

Game Notes: KT forward Park Sang-Oh (196-F-81) made a surprise early comeback from his elbow injury. He scored 13 points in 27 minutes of action. KCC shot 5/22 (23%) from three point land. KCC only attempted five free throws all game, connecting on four. KT had 22 assists to KCC's 10, and outrebounded them 31-16.


KBL Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just 10 rounds played in Regular Season of KBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 10 most important game was a victory of SK Knights over 6th ranked LG Sakers 75-69 on Thursday night. LG Sakers were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 19-8 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for LG Sakers. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SK Knights (4-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LG Sakers will play at home against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (1-8) were very close to win a game against fourth ranked ET Land Elephants (6-3) in Inchon. ET Land Elephants managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Tae-Jong Moon chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ET Land Elephants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Anyang KGC. Daegu Orions at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against LG Sakers (#8) in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between third ranked Sonic Boom KT (7-3) and 5th ranked KCC Egis (5-5) in Busan on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Sonic Boom KT outscored guests from Jeonju 86-59. Charles Rhodes notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by DeShawn Sims did not help to save the game for KCC Egis. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser KCC Egis keep the fifth position with five games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet Anyang KGC (#4) on the road in the next round. KCC Egis will play against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 10 Mobis Phoebus beat Samsung Th. on the road 90-81.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks by Malcolm Thomas of Mobis Phoebus.



Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 86-59

The game between third ranked Sonic Boom KT (7-3) and 5th ranked KCC Egis (5-5) in Busan on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Sonic Boom KT outscored guests from Jeonju 86-59. The game without a history. Sonic Boom KT led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KCC Egis to just 6 points in first quarter. Sonic Boom KT had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) did not help to save the game for KCC Egis. Forward Min-Soo Jeong (194-88) added 9 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Sonic Boom KT have an impressive six-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser KCC Egis keep the fifth position with five games lost. Sonic Boom KT will meet Anyang KGC (#4) on the road in the next round. KCC Egis will play against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 25+7reb, M.Jeong 9+7reb, S.Jung 8+1reb, T.Akins 5+1reb+1ast, T.Kim 5+7reb+1ast, M.Sin 4+3reb+3ast
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 14+3reb+4ast, S.Park 13+1reb+3ast, C.Rhodes 10+15reb, H.Kim 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 9+2reb+2ast, D.Cho 9+1ast
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ET Land - Daegu Orions 77-76

Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (1-8) were very close to win a game against fourth ranked ET Land Elephants (6-3) in Inchon. ET Land Elephants managed to secure only one-point victory 77-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Daegu Orions were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of ET Land Elephants, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Daegu Orions 36-24 including 21 on the defensive glass. Daegu Orions were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) responded with 28 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Sang-Hyun Cho (189-76) scored 11 points. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ET Land Elephants have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Anyang KGC. Daegu Orions at the other side stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against SK Knights (#6) in Seoul in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against LG Sakers (#8) in Changwon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 28+7reb+1ast, S.Cho 11+3ast, J.Choi 8+2reb, J.Chun 7+1reb+1ast, D.Sandrin 6+3reb, I.Heo 6+4reb+1ast
ET Land: J.Vroman 23+10reb+4ast, T.Moon 17+5reb+3ast, T.Joo 12+2reb, K.Shin 9+5reb+1ast, N.Ham 8+3reb+2ast, H.Kang 5+2reb+5ast
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LG Sakers - SK Knights 69-75

Round 10 most important game was a victory of SK Knights over 6th ranked LG Sakers 75-69 on Thursday night. LG Sakers were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 19-8 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) replied with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and center Jang-Hoon Seo (207-74) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for LG Sakers. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SK Knights (4-5) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. SK Knights is looking forward to face higher ranked ET Land Elephants (#3) in Inchon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LG Sakers will play at home against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 20+8reb+5ast, J.Seo 18+6reb, O.Oyedeji 8+8reb+1ast, H.Kim 6+2reb+6ast, H.Park 5+1reb+3ast, Y.Oh 5+3reb+1ast
SK Knights: A.Johnson 23+13reb+2ast, S.Lee 19+4reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 11+2ast, H.Kim 10+3reb+1ast, M.Kim 8+5reb+1ast, H.Joo 4+5reb+5ast
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Samsung Th. - Mobis Phoebus 81-90

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Mobis Phoebus (4-5) beat 9th ranked Samsung Thunders (2-7) in Seoul 90-81 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-81. Mobis Phoebus made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. American center Malcolm Thomas (206-88, college: San Diego St.) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks to lead the effort and Ji-Woon Lee (190-88) supported him with 20 points and 4 assists. Even 28 points by the former international forward Kyu-Sup Lee (198-77) did not help to save the game for Samsung Thunders. Guard Koahn-Huhi Ngi (190-88) added 17 points and 4 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Samsung Thunders' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with SK Knights. Samsung Thunders lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Mobis Phoebus will meet at home league's leader Dongbu Promy in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Samsung Thunders will play against KCC Egis (#5) in Jeonju and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Samsung Th.: K.Lee 28, K.Ngi 17+3reb+4ast, E.Sandrin 14+5reb+3ast, P.John Ramos 12+10reb+1ast, S.Yoo 8+10reb, W.Lee 2+1reb+7ast
Mobis Phoebus: M.Thomas 30+13reb+4ast, J.Lee 20+3reb+4ast, D.Yang 16+3reb+5ast, J.Park 10, K.Dong Ryang 7+2reb, D.Kim 3+3reb
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Regal Barca cruises past Unics in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - FCB Regal 65-93

Regal Barca demonstrated another great Euroleague performance. The reigning Spanish champ destroyed Unics on the road with huge 65-93 keeping the perfect score after three games in Group D. At the same time, Unics slipped to 1-2. Barca was much better team during the entire game. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) was their leading player with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 19 points and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed with 16 pts, plus 6 rebounds. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) delivered 14 points for the hosts. Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) netted 11 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 14-23, 18-21, 16-25, 17-24. Barca will host also perfect Montepaschi next week. Unics will play in Gdynia against Asseco Prokom.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 14, Vladimir Veremeenko 11, Kelly McCarty 10
Regal Barca: Erazem Lorbek 24+5 boads, Juan Carlos Navarro 19, Pete Mickeal 16+6 boards


Berni Rodriguez's fadeaway jumper lifts Unicaja to victory in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Unicaja 78-79

Unicaja did a great job in Bamberg last night. The Malaga team grabbed 78-79 thriller win for 2-1 record in Group B. At the same time, Brose Baskets slipped to 1-2. It was a very exciting finish. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances) drained a triple for 78-77 Brose Baskets lead with 13 seconds to go. Unicaja had the possession and Kristaps Valters tried for 3, but he missed. Fortunately to Unicaja, there was Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) who grabbed an the offensive rebounds and hit a fadeaway jumper that went right in to put Unicaja ahead once again, 78-79 and 4 seconds to go. Jacobsen put the ball in bounds again and Roberts received. He pulled up with a clear shot, but this time the ball didn't go in and Unicaja escaped victorious from Bamberg. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) led Unicaja with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) had 13 points and 7 boards, while Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) helped with 11 points for 12 minutes on the court. In Brose Baskets, Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) (6 rebs) and Brian Roberts scored 16 points each. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 14 pts apiece. Quarters: 27-22, 11-20, 23-21, 17-16. Unicaja's next rival will be Zagreb. Brose Baskets will take on Zalgiris in Kaunas.

Brose Baskets: Marcus Slaughter 16+6 boards, Brian Roberts 16, Julius Jenkins 14, Anton Gavel 14
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 18+7 boards, Luka Zoric 13+7 boards, Nedzad Sinanovic 11


Bennet Cantu celebrates second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Bizkaia Bilbao 78-69

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Bennet Cantu celebrated 78-69 home victory jumping to the second place in Group A. Bilbao shares position No.3 with three other teams (1-2). Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) and Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86) netted 14 and 12 points respectively. In Bilbao, Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) led the scorers with 20 points and Marko Banic (205-F-84) had one less. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) stopped to 10 pts in this game. Cantu took control on its rival from the beginning and was constantly in charge during the entire game. Quarters: 18-15, 24-16, 18-19, 18-19. Cantu will host Olympiakos in the next round. Bilbao will play against Fener at home.

Bennet Cantu: Giorgi Shermadini 16+6 boards, Maarten Leunen 14, Manuchar Markoishvili 12
Bilbao: Alex Mumbru 20, Marko Banic 19, D'or Fischer 10


Maccabi hands first loss to Real Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Real Madrid 88-82

Maccabi handed first Euroleague loss to Real Madrid this season. The Israeli powerhouse celebrated 88-82 victory, so both teams have 2-1 record now in Group C. Anadolu Efes has the same score. Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) paced the home squad to victory collecting 27 points and 5 assists. David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) scored 16 points each, while Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) added 15 pts and 6 rebs. In Real Madrid, Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored with 18 points. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) had 15 and 13 pts respectively. Maccabi had 80-68 lead with 6 minutes left in the game and Real Madrid came to 85-80 with 46.1 seconds to go. Jordan Farmar had a critical steal and hit free throws that sealed the outcome, allowing an outstanding crowd to celebrate a well-deserved win, important home win. Quarters: 21-21, 25-20, 28-21, 14-20. Maccabi goes to Istanbul in the next round, while Real Madrid will play in Belgrade.

Maccabi: Jordan Farmar 27+5 as, David Blu 16, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 16, Devin Smith 15+6 boards
Real Madrid: Jaycee Carroll 18, Felipe Reyes 15, Rudy Fernandez 13


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Tenerife
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Monroe, Tenerife20.3 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.19.7 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.18.4 
 4. Smith, Coruna17.5 
 5. Balmon, Las Rozas17.4 
 6. Thompson, Aurtene.16.3 
 7. Ausina, Aurtenec.15.5 
 8. Ott, Lan M.15.2 
 9. Guigou, Tenerife14.3 
 10. Koffi, Ourense14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jose BALMON
  Las Rozas
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Balmon, Las Rozas11.0 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.11.0 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.6 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.8.5 
 5. Sanchez, Andorra8.0 
 6. Koffi, Ourense8.0 
 7. Adams, Coruna7.8 
 8. Monroe, Tenerife7.5 
 9. Conde, Avila7.5 
 10. Joseph, Avila7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Bavosi, Andorra4.3 
 2. Llorente, Avila4.3 
 3. Perez, Barca R.3.8 
 4. Marzo, Barca R.3.8 
 5. Ott, Lan M.3.6 
 6. Creus, Barca R.3.6 
 7. Guigou, Tenerife3.5 
 8. Carrera, Aurtenec.3.3 
 9. Alvarado, Gandia B.3.2 
 10. Cardenas, Ourense3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Ott, Lan M.3.8 
 2. Smith, Coruna3.0 
 3. Bavosi, Andorra2.3 
 4. Robertson, Avila2.3 
 5. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.0 
 6. Casas, Avila2.0 
 7. Monroe, Tenerife2.0 
 8. Ros, Plasencia2.0 
 9. Perez, Barca R.1.8 
 10. Cage, Andorra1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert JOSEPH
  Avila
  (204-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Joseph, Avila1.8 
 2. Todorovic, Prat J.1.7 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.4 
 4. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.1.3 
 6. Miller, Gandia B.1.2 
 7. Brigman, Prat J.1.2 
 8. Gonzalez, Avila1.0 
 9. Diedhiou, Andorra1.0 
 10. Johnson, Lan M.1.0 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Burgos 7-1 
 2. Lleida 7-1 
 3. Canarias 6-1 
 4. La Palma 6-1 
 5. Melilla 5-3 
 6. Breogan 5-3 
 7. Palencia 5-3 
 8. Leon 3-4 
 9. Menorca 3-4 
 10. Granada 3-4 
 11. CB Tarragona 3-5 
 12. Girona 3-5 
 13. Knet Clavijo 3-5 
 14. Mallorca 3-5 
 15. Caceres 2-5 
 16. Navarra 2-6 
 17. Huesca 2-6 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 1-7 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Barca Regal II 4-1 
 2. Aurteneche M. 3-1 
 3. Coruna 3-1 
 4. Ourense 3-1 
 5. Prat Juventud 3-2 
 6. Andorra 2-1 
 7. Avila 2-2 
 8. Tenerife 2-2 
 9. Lan Mobel ISB 2-3 
 10. Las Rozas 2-3 
 11. Gandia Basquet 1-4 
 12. Oviedo CB 0-3 
 13. Plasencia 0-3 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 James FELDEINE
  Breogan
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Feldeine, Breogan19.6 
 2. Durley, Leon18.9 
 3. Quezada, Leon18.3 
 4. DeVries, Melilla18.1 
 5. Phillip, Burgos17.1 
 6. Knutson, Mallorca16.9 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca16.8 
 8. Guillen, Canarias16.1 
 9. Arteaga, Menorca15.3 
 10. Witt, Knet Clavijo15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo9.1 
 2. Phillip, Burgos9.0 
 3. Mortellaro, Leon9.0 
 4. Donaldson, Canarias8.9 
 5. Sikma, La Palma8.9 
 6. Williams, Caceres8.6 
 7. Diouf, Palencia8.4 
 8. McNeil, Huesca8.3 
 9. Orfila, Huesca7.8 
 10. Wachsmann, Melilla7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Alvarado, La Palma4.8 
 2. Bernabe, Leon4.3 
 3. Bivia, Mallorca4.0 
 4. Norris, Lleida3.9 
 5. Witt, Knet Clavijo3.9 
 6. Riera, Melilla3.8 
 7. Lopez, Burgos3.8 
 8. Jimenez, Menorca3.7 
 9. Sabat, Canarias3.6 
 10. DeVries, Melilla3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Xavier, Palencia3.1 
 2. Bernabe, Leon3.0 
 3. Toledo, Burgos2.4 
 4. Guerra, Granada2.1 
 5. Alonso, Mallorca2.1 
 6. Lopez, La Palma2.0 
 7. Otegui, Menorca2.0 
 8. Schaftenaar, La P.1.9 
 9. Sikma, La Palma1.9 
 10. Diaz, La Palma1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Palencia
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Diouf, Palencia1.9 
 2. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.8 
 3. Green, Mallorca1.6 
 4. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.5 
 5. Tillman, Burgos1.4 
 6. Coleman, Girona1.4 
 7. Odiakosa, Melilla1.1 
 8. Santana, La Palma1.0 
 9. Freimanis, Girona1.0 
 10. Schreiber, CB Tar.0.9 


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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 4-4 
 8. Jamtland 3-5 
 9. Solna 2-6 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-8 


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. Mbemba, LF Basket17.3 
 10. Safford, LF Bask.16.5 
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 Orebro9.4 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket