EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/6/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.21.2 
 2. Morrison, Crvena Z.19.3 
 3. Pilepic, Siroki W.18.8 
 4. Pekovic, Partizan16.6 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.0 
 6. Warren, Cedevita15.8 
 7. Simon, KK.15.8 
 8. Chase, Cibona15.6 
 9. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 10. Jeremic, Hemofarm14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm13.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost11.2 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.8.0 
 4. Pavic, Krka6.8 
 5. Pekovic, Partizan6.6 
 6. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda6.0 
 7. Green, Union Olimp.5.8 
 8. Collins, Siroki W.5.6 
 9. Schortsaniti., Mac.5.6 
 10. May, KK.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki6.2 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi5.3 
 4. Covic, Crvena Z.5.0 
 5. Simon, KK.4.8 
 6. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.5 
 8. Krivec, Krka3.8 
 9. Draper, Cedevita3.7 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.3 
 3. Chase, Cibona2.2 
 4. Green, Union Olimp.2.2 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.2.0 
 6. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 7. Savovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 8. Baxter, Krka1.8 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 10. Car, Cedevita1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mike SCOTT
  Radnicki K.
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Scott, Radnicki K.2.0 
 2. James, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 3. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost1.0 
 5. Owens, Cedevita1.0 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 7. Jeremic, Hemofarm0.8 
 8. Collins, Siroki W.0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Thompson, Union0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


La Union signs Gregory Lewis - by Eurobasket News
Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) is a new member of La Union. The American forward penned a deal for rest of the season. Lewis finished the last one with Atenas. He had 13.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.2 spg for them in 42 games. They reached LigaA Finals. Before Atenas, Lewis had 6.6 ppg and 5 rpg for 5 games with Sionista. He played at the LigaA All-Star Game. Gregory Lewis spent 2009/10 season with Libertad. He joined them in March averaging 13.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. He played for Mexican Soles before that. Lewis also has experience from Venezuela, Dominican Republic in New Zealand. In 2009, he was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP Forward of the Year -09.

LigaA Round 11: Sionista loses a game and the top position to Regatas Corrientes - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sionista (8-4) in Parana on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Regatas Corrientes (8-3) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 7-3 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sionista won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sionista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) helped adding 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes keeps a position of league leader. Sionista at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Regatas Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Corrientes to the arena San Martin Corrientes.
Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Seventh ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked La Union (3-9) 68-66 in the game for the seventh place. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). William McFarlan accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes' coach Leandro Ramella allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds for La Union in the defeat. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains seventh place with 4-7 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. San Martin Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Corrientes Regatas Corrientes.
A very close game took place in La Banda between Olimpico de La Banda and Quimsa. Fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-6) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Quimsa (6-4). Olimpico de La Banda managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Wednesday evening. Despite that victory Olimpico de La Banda went down to sixth position due to points difference. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with four games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will again meet at home higher ranked Quimsa (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will have a break next round.
LigaA top team - Wuber-Est.Bahia (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Quilmes MP (2-9) in Mar del Plata 76-68. Jerome Meyinsse orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record. Quilmes MP lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia's next round opponent will be Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires which should be theoretically an easy game. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
The game in Comodoro R. was also quite interesting. Second ranked Obras (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked GECR Indalo (6-6). Obras managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79 on Friday. It was a great evening for Tony Washam who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record behind leader Regatas C. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.

In the last two games of round 11 Club 9 lost to Boca Jrs on the opponent's court 63-71. Lanus lost to defending champion Penarol in a home game 72-86.



San Mart.C. - La Union 68-66

Important game to mention about took place in Corrientes. Seventh ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-7) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked La Union (3-9) 68-66 in the game for the seventh place. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But La Union won third quarter 17-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for swingman Fabian Ramirez (197-90) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) accounted for 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. San Martin Corrientes' coach Leandro Ramella allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-73) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for La Union in the defeat. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes maintains seventh place with 4-7 record. La Union lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with nine games lost. San Martin Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Corrientes Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
La Union: G.Mikulas 23+13reb, J.Smith 13+2reb+2ast, R.Wolkowyski 11+8reb, A.Pau 8+1reb, A.Marin 4+5reb, L.Gregory 4+7reb+1ast
San Mart.C.: F.Ramirez 25+5reb, W.McFarlan 9+7reb+2ast, A.Eslava 9+4reb, A.Carabajal 9+1reb+4ast, M.Maciel 7+4reb+1ast, H.Rollins 5+6reb
gschID: 136306


Sionista - Regatas C. 73-80

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Sionista (8-4) in Parana on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by Regatas Corrientes (8-3) 80-73. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 7-3 record before this meeting. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sionista won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Sionista helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for the former international guard Paolo Quinteros (186-79) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) helped adding 15 points and 12 rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 18 rebounds and the former international forward Juan Manuel Locatelli (198-75) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Sionista players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes keeps a position of league leader. Sionista at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. Regatas Corrientes' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Corrientes to the arena San Martin Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Manuel Locatelli 19+7reb+2ast, J.Villegas 16, E.Nelson 14+2reb, M.Sandes 12+18reb, F.Ferrini 4+2reb, N.Agasse 3+1ast
Regatas C.: P.Quinteros 20+6reb+2ast, L.Roe 15+12reb+1ast, N.Romano 11+6reb+1ast, D.Kante 9+9reb, D.Cavaco 7+3reb+1ast, J.Martinez 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136301


Boca Jrs - Club 9 71-63

Very expected game in Buenos Aires where 7th ranked Club 9 (2-9) was defeated by third ranked Boca Juniors (7-4) 71-63 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Club 9 won fourth quarter 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. The former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) helped adding 10 points and 6 assists. Four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Boca Juniors' coach Oscar Sanchez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Martin Melo (197-82) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) scored 13 points and 6 rebounds. Boca Juniors maintains third place with 7-4 record behind leader Regatas C. Club 9 lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with nine games lost. Boca Juniors' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Obras.
Top scorers:
Club 9: M.Melo 13+7reb+3ast, J.Ayarza 13+6reb+1ast, T.Frost 12+6reb+1ast, G.Torre 8+4reb+4ast, E.Martina 7+8reb, G.Luchino 6+2reb+2ast
Boca Jrs: W.Graves 18+10reb+2ast, J.Brussino 10+3ast, A.Diez 10+6reb, M.Stanic 10+4reb+6ast, M.Fierro 9+3reb+3ast, D.Alston 8+5reb
gschID: 136302


Quilmes MP - Wuber-Est.Bahia 68-76

LigaA top team - Wuber-Est.Bahia (8-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat eighth ranked Quilmes MP (2-9) in Mar del Plata 76-68. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). International guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and American forward Britton Johnsen (208-79, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) added 9 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Quilmes MP. Wuber-Est.Bahia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 8-2 record. Quilmes MP lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Wuber-Est.Bahia's next round opponent will be Lanus (#6) in Buenos Aires which should be theoretically an easy game. Quilmes MP's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Mar del Plata Penarol.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 16+5reb+5ast, N.Ferreyra 11+2ast, R.Howell 10+1reb+1ast, B.Johnsen 9+7reb+1ast, A.Weigand 8+4reb, G.Eseverri 7+3reb+2ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 27+7reb+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 15+8reb+10ast, R.Sanchez 12+4reb, J.Mojica 11+10reb+2ast, J.Espil 7+2reb+1ast, M.Gaynor 2
gschID: 136303


GECR Indalo - Obras 79-85

The game in Comodoro R. was also quite interesting. Second ranked Obras (7-3) played at the court of 5th ranked GECR Indalo (6-6). Obras managed to secure a 6-point victory 85-79 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But GECR Indalo won fourth quarter 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Obras made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Obras made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. International power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) helped adding 18 points. Four Obras players scored in double figures. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Obras have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 7-3 record behind leader Regatas C. Loser GECR Indalo keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Boca Juniors.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: F.Funes 16+1reb, T.Shannon 15+6reb, C.McGowan 12+8reb+1ast, S.Scala 9+2reb+2ast, R.Gabini 8+2reb, D.Romero 8+4reb
Obras: T.Washam 20+4reb+1ast, J.Gutierrez 18+4reb+2ast, T.Field 12+7reb+2ast, J.Mazzaro 10+3reb+1ast, A.Konsztatd 6+1ast, T.Smith 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136304


Lanus - Penarol 72-86

Rather predictable result in Buenos Aires where fourth ranked Penarol (7-5) defeated 6th ranked Lanus (5-6) 86-72 on Friday. Penarol had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds. American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) helped adding 20 points. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. International guard Nicolas Laprovittola (189-90) responded with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 7-5 record. Loser Lanus keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Penarol will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round. Lanus will play at home against the league's leader Wuber-Est.Bahia in Bahia Blanca.
Top scorers:
Lanus: N.Laprovittola 13+7reb+7ast, J.Pablo Cantero 10+2reb, D.Guaita 10+6reb, A.Boccia 10+1reb+2ast, T.Taylor 8+3reb, M.Byro 8+2reb
Penarol: K.Lamonte 20+4reb+3ast, L.Gutierrez 19, M.Leiva 11+15reb+2ast, S.Safar 9+1reb, F.Campazzo 9+4reb+5ast, M.Mata 7+8reb
gschID: 136305


Round 12
Olimpico LB - Quimsa 74-71

A very close game took place in La Banda between Olimpico de La Banda and Quimsa. Fifth ranked Olimpico de La Banda (4-6) got a very close home victory over 4th placed Quimsa (6-4). Olimpico de La Banda managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 on Wednesday evening. Despite that victory Olimpico de La Banda went down to sixth position due to points difference. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third place with four games lost. Olimpico de La Banda will again meet at home higher ranked Quimsa (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Quimsa will have a break next round.
gschID: 154953




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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Jerome MEYINSSE
  Wuber-.
  (206-F/C-88)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Meyinsse, Wuber-.20.9 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.18.2 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras18.0 
 4. Villegas, Sionista16.9 
 5. Mikulas, La Union16.6 
 6. Gutierrez, Penarol16.4 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.3 
 8. Roe, Regatas C.16.2 
 9. Garces, Atenas15.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Garces, Atenas10.5 
 2. Battle, Libertad S.9.3 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras8.7 
 4. Truscott, Quilm.8.6 
 5. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.5 
 6. Mikulas, La Union8.4 
 7. Sandes, Sionista8.3 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.8 
 9. McFarlan, San M.7.5 
 10. Leiva, Penarol7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Ignacio SANCHEZ
  Wuber-.
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Sanchez, Wuber-.7.2 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 3. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 4. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 5. Sucatzky, Atenas5.4 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.4 
 7. Smith, La Union4.3 
 8. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.3.7 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.1 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.2.1 
 3. Sanchez, Wuber-.2.0 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa1.9 
 5. Gerbaudo, Club 91.8 
 6. Lescano, Atenas1.8 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.1.7 
 8. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.6 
 9. Pau, La Union1.6 
 10. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron PETTWAY
  Olimpico.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Pettway, Olimpico.1.3 
 2. Wilborn, Club 91.3 
 3. Roe, Regatas C.1.0 
 4. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 5. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 6. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.8 
 7. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 
 8. Battle, Libertad S.0.8 
 9. Rollins, San M.0.7 
 10. Leiva, Penarol0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 5-1 
 2. Wildcats 4-1 
 3. Tigers 4-1 
 4. Crocodiles 2-2 
 5. Taipans 2-2 
 6. Kings 2-4 
 7. Hawks 2-5 
 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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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mindaugas REMINAS
  Naglis P.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reminas, Naglis P.24.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph22.5 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus20.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 5. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 8. 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, Ventspils8.0 
 5. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 6. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Keedus, TT.7.3 
 9. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla7.3 
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. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 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. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 5. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 7. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 8. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 9. Dyatlovsky, Barsy2.0 
 10. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Arnold, TT.1.0 
 7. Butkevicius, Sakal.1.0 
 8. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 9. Mednis, Turiba1.0 
 10. McKee, Triumph1.0 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Siauliai 4-0 
 2. Ventspils 4-1 
 3. Rudupis 3-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 3-2 
 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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Spartak St.Petersburg edged Minsk-2006 for the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
VTB United League
Spartak SP - Minsk-2006 90:64


VTB United League top team - Russian Spartak St.Petersburg had no problems winning another game. The favorites crushed ninth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 90-64.
Spartak St.Petersburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006's 38. Spartak St.Petersburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Minsk-2006's players. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for Minsk-2006. 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 Spartak St.Petersburg have an impressive six-game winning streak.

Spartak SP: Vladimir Dragicevic 21, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 16, Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) 13
Minsk-2006: DeVon Hardin 21+13 rebs, Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) 16, Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) 11



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D1 Round 7: Okapi Aalstar loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the D1 and who belongs to weaker ones.

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Okapi Aalstar (4-2). They were defeated by sixth ranked Antwerp Giants (4-2) 71-60 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 37-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 26. Antwerp Giants forced 22 Okapi Aalstar turnovers and had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Antwerp Giants made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) helped adding 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side American guard Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia) responded with 15 points. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Okapi Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Optima Gent trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Base Oostende on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Spirou Charleroi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Spirou Charleroi defeated 5th ranked Leuven Bears at home 64-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Justin Hamilton accounted for 7 points and 10 rebounds. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) came up with 16 points and 4 steals for Leuven Bears in the defeat. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Leuven Bears at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Leuven Bears will play next round against strong Dexia Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
A very close game took place in Liege between Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Belgacom Liege. Sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (4-2) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (1-4). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 on Friday evening. Sean Singletary fired 15 points for the winners. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guy Muya produced 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for lost side. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Leuven Bears (#6) in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Optima Gent has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-6) 70-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Lionel Bosco who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 1-5 record. It was VOO Verviers-Pepinster's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Optima Gent's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 21 points and 12 rebounds by Jason Love of Verviers-Pep..



Antwerp - Aalstar 71-60

There was a change at the D1 leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Okapi Aalstar (4-2). They were defeated by sixth ranked Antwerp Giants (4-2) 71-60 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 37-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Antwerp Giants dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Okapi Aalstar's 26. Antwerp Giants forced 22 Okapi Aalstar turnovers and had a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Antwerp Giants made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 4 assists. Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-86) helped adding 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. At the losing side American guard Alex Ruoff (198-86, college: W.Virginia) responded with 15 points and the other American import forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) scored 16 points. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Okapi Aalstar. Okapi Aalstar will play next round against Optima Gent trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Antwerp Giants will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Base Oostende on the road.
Top scorers:
Antwerp: M.Roll 18+2reb+4ast, T.Black 17+2reb+4ast, S.Mejri 12+10reb+1ast, M.Rademakers 8+4reb, J.Vaughn 6+6reb, J.Mwema 5
Aalstar: C.Copeland 16+2reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 15+4reb+1ast, K.Kruger 12+3reb+1ast, J.Holiday 7+3reb+2ast, S.Jackson 4+4reb, C.Young 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 132361


Liege - M.Hainaut 64-67

A very close game took place in Liege between Dexia Mons-Hainaut and Belgacom Liege. Sixth ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (4-2) got a very close victory on the road over 7th ranked Belgacom Liege (1-4). Dexia Mons-Hainaut managed to escape with a 3-point win 67-64 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-64. Dexia Mons-Hainaut made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. American point guard Sean Singletary (183-85, college: Virginia) fired 15 points for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Warren Carter (205-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach Arik Shivek used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Guy Muya (190-83, agency: LBM Management) produced 13 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and American point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Dexia Mons-Hainaut moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Belgacom Liege lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with four games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will meet at home Leuven Bears (#6) in the next round. Belgacom Liege will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: S.Singletary 15+3reb+2ast, Q.Taylor 13+2reb+1ast, J.Cage 12+3reb+1ast, S.Bellin 9+5reb, W.Carter 8+10reb, A.Slaughter 5+2reb+1ast
Liege: G.Muya 13+3reb+5ast, J.Bostic 13+3reb, P.Gillet 12+3reb, I.Iarochevitch 8+1reb, D.Waters 8+3reb+5ast, L.Matela 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132358


Charleroi - Leuven 64-59

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Spirou Charleroi as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Spirou Charleroi defeated 5th ranked Leuven Bears at home 64-59. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Leuven Bears. The hosts were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 15-9 run, which allowed them to win the game. Leuven Bears were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Justin Hamilton (191-80, college: Florida) accounted for 7 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Nigerian guard Adeola Dagunduro (196-86, college: Nebraska) came up with 16 points and 4 steals and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Leuven Bears in the defeat. As mentioned above they took over a top position. Leuven Bears at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Leuven Bears will play next round against strong Dexia Mons-Hainaut trying to get back on the winning streak. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: C.Green 15+6reb+2ast, J.Welsch 12+3reb+2ast, C.Beghin 9+6reb+2ast, T.Shengelia 8+5reb+1ast, D.Mallet 8+2reb+1ast, J.Hamilton 7+10reb+1ast
Leuven: A.Dagunduro 16+3reb+3ast, J.Tofi 15+5reb, J.McLean 8+7reb+1ast, M.McGhee 8+8reb+3ast, I.Hanavan 5+4reb+1ast, N.Marnegrave 4+3reb
gschID: 132359


Gent - Verviers-Pep. 70-56

Optima Gent has finally registered their first victory this season after five consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat VOO Verviers-Pepinster (0-6) 70-56. The game was mostly controlled by Optima Gent. VOO Verviers-Pepinster was better in second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 24 personal fouls committed by VOO Verviers-Pepinster helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international point guard Lionel Bosco (176-81, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Jason Love (206-87, college: Xavier) answered with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Maxime De Zeeuw (205-87, agency: LBM Management) added 11 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for VOO Verviers-Pepinster. Optima Gent maintains eighth place with 1-5 record. It was VOO Verviers-Pepinster's sixth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Optima Gent's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Okapi Aalstar on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Gent: L.Bosco 21+5reb+4ast, R.Chaney 15+3reb, M.Jenkins 11+7reb, M.Haynes 7+5reb, G.Brown 6+4reb+1ast, B.Heinle 6+6reb
Verviers-Pep.: J.Love 21+12reb, M.De Zeeuw 11+8reb+3ast, J.Beal 9+1reb+1ast, B.Merriex 6+4reb+1ast, M.FAISON 4+1reb+4ast, T.Reed 3+1reb
gschID: 132360




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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.2 
 2. Bostic, Liege18.7 
 3. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven16.8 
 5. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi15.2 
 7. Green, Charleroi15.2 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.14.3 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende13.5 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 6. Brown, Gent6.4 
 7. Merriex, Verviers.6.0 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp6.0 
 9. Shengelia, Charler.6.0 
 10. Tofi, Leuven5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 2. Bosco, Gent4.6 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut3.0 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.0 
 5. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 6. Marnegrave, Leuven3.0 
 7. Davis, Leuven2.8 
 8. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.8 
 9. Singletary, M.Hain.2.8 
 10. Black, Antwerp2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven3.0 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 3. Downey, Verviers.2.5 
 4. Singletary, M.Hain.2.4 
 5. Haynes, Gent2.3 
 6. Rahier, Verviers.2.0 
 7. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Slaughter, M.Hai.2.0 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 10. Sakota, Oostende1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Jennings, Liege1.3 
 5. Nivins, M.Hainaut1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 7. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 8. Wilson, Antwerp0.7 
 9. Bostic, Liege0.7 
 10. Green, Charleroi0.7 


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Jefferson Campos and Isaac Goncalves sign with a NBB Team - by Paulo Freire
The Vila Velha CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV has agreed to hire two more reinforcements for the 2011-12 season of the NBB. The two players came from the Jacare Team where they just played the Paulista State.

The guard Isaac Goncalves (193-F/G-90), 21 years old and 1.93 m tall, has also played for the Brazilian University NT this season. The poit guard Jefferson Campos (190-G-91) was one of the highlights of the Paulista State Championship on the Jacarei team, he average 14.8 points, 2.05 assists in almost 25 minutes on the court. The point guard was also named MVP of the Paulista State Series A2 in 2010


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NBL Round 4 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of NBL and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

Round 4 most important game was a victory of Rilski Sportist over one of their biggest challengers Balkan 84-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan to just 6 points in second quarter. Rilski Sportist made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Rilski Sportist had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana St.) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds for Balkan. Rilski Sportist (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Tundja Yambol. Balkan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game for Tundja Yambol (2-2) which played in Burgas against 5th ranked Chernomorets (1-3). Eighth ranked Tundja Yambol had an easy win 93-76. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Durchev (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and John Ofoegbu who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tundja Yambol moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Tundja Yambol will play against league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chernomorets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (4-0) which hosted in Sofia their biggest opponent Euroins Cherno More (2-2). Top-ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The winners were led by Brandon Heath who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by Simeon Iliev did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Lukoil Academik will meet Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and hope to secure a win.
The game in Pleven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (1-3). Levski Sofia smashed Spartak Pleven 98-75. Aaron Harper fired 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the bottom place with three games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov.



Lukoil Academik - Cherno More 93-69

An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (4-0) which hosted in Sofia their biggest opponent Euroins Cherno More (2-2). Top-ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 93-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Euroins Cherno More. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Academik. Euroins Cherno More managed to win fourth quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Euroins Cherno More 41-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The winners were led by American guard Brandon Heath (193-84, college: San Diego St.) who scored that evening 14 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman Todor Stoykov (198-77, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Euroins Cherno More. Power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lukoil Academik have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 4-0 record. Loser Euroins Cherno More dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Tundja Yambol and Rilski Sportist. Lukoil Academik will meet Tundja Yambol (#5) on the road in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Iliev 12+7reb+1ast, M.Borisov 11+4reb, A.Yanev 11+6reb, N.Kolev 10+2reb, V.Kyosev 10+3reb+2ast, P.Aleksiev 8+1reb+4ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Heath 14+3reb+4ast, D.Stojanovski 11+1reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 9+5reb+4ast, A.Owens 9+4reb+2ast, B.Avramov 9+3reb+4ast, A.McLain 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139937


Balkan - Rilski Sportist 62-84

Round 4 most important game was a victory of Rilski Sportist over one of their biggest challengers Balkan 84-62 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Rilski Sportist. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Balkan to just 6 points in second quarter. Rilski Sportist made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Rilski Sportist had a 36-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Serbian power forward Filip Vukosavljevic (205-83) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana St.) replied with 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Kiril Raykov (196-87) added 13 points in the effort for Balkan. Rilski Sportist (2-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Tundja Yambol. Balkan at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Chernomorets. Rilski Sportist is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balkan: I.Martin 17+6reb+1ast, K.Raykov 13+3reb+1ast, T.Ivanov 9+5reb+3ast, D.Marintchechki 9+2reb+2ast, D.Filipov 8+2reb+3ast, L.Lilov 4+3reb+1ast
Rilski Sportist: F.Vukosavljevic 21+5reb+1ast, B.Mirkovic 18+6reb+6ast, G.Jovanovic 12+7reb+1ast, B.Boev 9+2reb+2ast, S.Vaklinov 8+5reb, A.Velikov 7+7reb+2ast
gschID: 139938


Chernomorets - Tundja Yambol 76-93

Another interesting game for Tundja Yambol (2-2) which played in Burgas against 5th ranked Chernomorets (1-3). Eighth ranked Tundja Yambol had an easy win 93-76. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Chernomorets was better in fourth quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chernomorets 40-28 including 28 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Tundja Yambol especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.7 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Durchev (200-87) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Atanas Penev (195-85) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and FYR Macedonian center Kiril Pavlovski (210-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tundja Yambol moved-up to third place, which they share with Cherno More and Rilski Sportist. Chernomorets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with Spartak Pleven and Balkan. Tundja Yambol will play against league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Chernomorets will play on the road against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Chernomorets: A.Penev 17+4reb+4ast, K.Pavlovski 15+7reb+1ast, K.Koev 11+6reb+1ast, T.Zahariev 9+2reb+1ast, I.Slavchev 8+2reb, D.Roshmanov 6+3reb+1ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 32+2reb+2ast, J.Ofoegbu 19+10reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 13+4reb+3ast, S.Petkov 8+7reb, J.Radionov 7+2reb+5ast, Z.Gocevski 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 139935


Spartak Pleven - Levski Sofia 75-98

The game in Pleven supposed to be also worth to mention about. Second ranked Levski Sofia (3-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Spartak Pleven (1-3). Levski Sofia smashed Spartak Pleven 98-75. The game was mostly controlled by Levski Sofia. Spartak Pleven was better in third quarter 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levski Sofia dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 32. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 38-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Spartak Pleven helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) fired 32 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Levski Sofia's coach Konstantin Papazov felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Todor Todorov (198-82) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aleksandar Dyakovski (185-82) added 13 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Lukoil Academik. Spartak Pleven at the other side dropped to the bottom place with three games lost. Levski Sofia's next round opponent will be Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas where they are favorite. Spartak Pleven will play on the road against Rilski Sportist in Samokov.
Top scorers:
Spartak Pleven: S.Tsenov 15+4reb, I.Stankov 14+1reb+1ast, A.Dyakovski 13+2reb+7ast, S.Slaveykov 10+6reb+1ast, T.Todorov 10+10reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 9+1reb
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 32+8reb+4ast, M.Hall 15+6reb+5ast, V.Evtimov 10+10reb+1ast, H.Dimitrov 10+6reb+1ast, P.Ivanov 10+3reb, D.Anguelov 10+2reb
gschID: 139936




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


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. Vukosavljevi., Ril.17.3 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets17.3 
 9. Slaveykov, Sparta.15.0 
 10. Ofoegbu, Tundja14.7 
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. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.7.7 
 6. Pavlovski, Chernom.7.3 
 7. Martin, Balkan7.0 
 8. Stankov, Spartak7.0 
 9. Crawford, Balkan6.5 
 10. Vukosavljevi., Ri.6.3 
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.5.3 
 4. Roshmanov, Cherno.4.3 
 5. Todorov, Spartak4.3 
 6. Dyakovski, Sparta.4.3 
 7. Dunovic, Chernomo.4.0 
 8. Koev, Chernomorets4.0 
 9. Filipov, Balkan4.0 
 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. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.7 
 5. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.7 
 6. Velikov, Rilski S.2.5 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.2.3 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.2.3 
 9. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.0 
 10. Slaveykov, Sparta.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.8 
 2. Martin, Balkan1.3 
 3. Gocevski, Tundja Y.1.3 
 4. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.3 
 5. Petkov, Tundja Y.1.0 
 6. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 7. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 9. Georgiev, Sparta.0.7 
 10. Todorov, Spartak0.7 


Levski is waiting Todor Gecevski - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian silver medalist Levski is getting stronger. After less than a month The Blues will welcome one of the biggest names in European basketball and leader of Macedonian National team Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances). According to 'Macedonian sport' daily, 209 cm tall center agreed terms with Bulgarian club and soon will move to Sofia.

34-years old Gecevski is a long time target of Levski. At Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania he was considered for one of the most important figures in his team. Gecevski had an important part for victories over Croatia (78:76) 10 points and 8 rebounds and Greece (72:58) 11 points and 6 rebounds. Despite carrying multiple injuries throughout the tournament, he didnt quit until breaking both hands against Georgia (65:63). Even then, Gecevski didnt give up and wanted to keep on playing with fractures, which was a huge inspiration for the rest of his teammates, who led Macedonia to historic semifinal run.

In Levski Gecevski will fill out the hole in the middle after the serious injuries of the captain of The Blues Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78), who is still recovering after knee surgery and the newcomer former PF of Pepperdine University in NCAA Denis Agre (203-C-88, college: Pepperdine), who broke a hand at the first scrimmage before the season. Under the boards Levski rely on on Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina), but he is looking for a team abroad and is free to leave every moment.



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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. St.Mary's 1-0 
 2. Acadia 0-0 
 3. Cape Breton 0-0 
 4. Dalhousie 0-0 
 5. New Brunsw. 0-0 
 6. St.Francis X. 0-0 
 7. UPEI 0-0 
 8. Memorial 0-1 
CanWest
 1. Alberta 1-0 
 2. UFV 1-0 
 3. Victoria 1-0 
 4. Winnipeg 1-1 
 5. Lethbridge 1-1 
 6. Brandon 0-0 
 7. Calgary 0-0 
 8. Regina 0-0 
 9. Saskatchewan 0-0 
 10. UBC 0-0 
 11. UBC Okanagan 0-0 
 12. Manitoba 0-1 
 13. TRU 0-1 
 14. TWU 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 


Rainmen suspend two players - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen have suspended veterans Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) and DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) and signed former Saint Marys Huskies scoring sensation Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) after an eventful season opener that also cost them the services of Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw.

The flurry of roster moves came Friday, after the squad suffered a 118-110 setback at the hands of the London Lightning on the road Thursday night in London. The two teams meet again tonight at the Metro Centre in a 7 p.m. start.

In a release early Friday evening, the National Basketball League of Canada franchise announced Crookshank had been suspended for tonights game and Thomas was suspended indefinitely 'due to a violation of league and club policies.'

Halifax owner Andre Levingston wouldnt elaborate on what had happened, though he did say that it was the result of an off-court incident at the John Labatt Centre after the conclusion of Thursdays game.

'When you lose a tough game, sometimes emotions are high and guys do different things . . . but there has to be consequences,' Levingston said in an interview Friday night.

'Things happen in sports. It definitely was behaviour detrimental to the organization and the severity of it prompted me to make such a harsh decision.'

Crookshank, a five-year veteran of the Rainmen, scored two points and pulled down eight rebounds in 23 minutes on Thursday night while Thomas, who spent portions of the past two seasons in Halifax, had four points and five fouls in 15 minutes.

Levingston said Thomass behaviour warranted harsher punishment, but he said it wasnt easy to suspend two of the teams top players.

'Its extremely hard to make these decisions, but sometimes you have to make tough decisions,' he said. 'These guys have to understand that they are to be professionals at all times and we want them to be leaders in our community and any time any of those two things are not right, we have to make tough decisions.'

Crookshank will return to the lineup when the Rainmen host the Moncton Miracles on Nov. 10.

Halifax also lost Upshaw to a broken arm in the third quarter of Thursdays contest. The rookie point guard from St. Pats was knocked down as he drove to the hoop and fell hard on the arm. Levingston said he would likely have surgery today in Halifax.

Haywoods sudden availability came at an opportune time following Upshaws injury and the two suspensions. Forward Eddie Robinson is also on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

The Rainmen had their eye on Haywood for some time. The 28-year-old Vancouver native, who averaged 28.8 points last season when he was the Atlantic conference MVP and a first-team all-Canadian, became available after he wasnt selected in Thursdays NBA Development League draft.

'We were paying close attention and when we saw that he wasnt taken in the draft, we reached out to him,' Levingston said.

Haywood, a six-foot-one point guard, not only gives the Rainmen another former AUS star but also fills out the second Canadian slot on the team with Upshaw shelved. Each team in the new NBL must carry at least two Canadian-born players.

In his third year at SMU, Haywood won his third consecutive conference scoring title in 2010-11, a season in which his 575 points surpassed the previous AUS season high of 524 set by Acadias Ted Upshaw in 1980-81.

He scored 30 or more points in seven of 20 regular-season contests, including a pair of 46-point efforts that matched Mickey Foxs school record established in 1973.

Haywood, wholl be in the lineup tonight, had earned an invitation to the D-League draft from a tryout of about 270 players in Kentucky.

'We are extraordinarily excited to have a player of Joeys calibre bringing his talents home to Canada,' Levingston said in a release. 'Joey is one of the best players in the country.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 30
 1. Baker, Alberta30.0 
 2. Walton, Manitoba28.0 
 3. Mackinnon, Victoria28.0 
 4. Oliver, Manitoba24.0 
 5. Helsby, Memorial23.0 
 6. Rouse, St.Mary''s23.0 
 7. Kok, TRU23.0 
 8. Coston, TWU20.0 
 9. King, TRU20.0 
 10. Westbrook, TWU20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan BAKER
  Alberta
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. Baker, Alberta24.0 
 2. King, TRU16.0 
 3. Grewal, UFV12.0 
 4. Speer, Manitoba12.0 
 5. Oliver, Manitoba11.0 
 6. Rouse, St.Mary''s11.0 
 7. Waldner, Lethb.10.0 
 8. Habib, Memorial9.0 
 9. Freeman, UFV9.0 
 10. Theil, Victoria8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brian ROUSE
  St.Mary''s
  (--)
  Avg: 11
 1. Rouse, St.Mary''s11.0 
 2. Smith, St.Mary''s8.0 
 3. Habib, Memorial7.0 
 4. Woodland, Memorial7.0 
 5. Shepherd, Memorial6.0 
 6. Walton, Manitoba6.0 
 7. Baker, Alberta5.0 
 8. Ferguson, Alberta5.0 
 9. Andrus, Victoria4.0 
 10. Pink, St.Mary''s4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Braedon SPEER
  Manitoba
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Speer, Manitoba5.0 
 2. York, UFV5.0 
 3. King, TRU3.0 
 4. Fassett, St.Mary''s3.0 
 5. Mackinnon, Victoria3.0 
 6. Ferguson, Alberta3.0 
 7. Baker, Alberta3.0 
 8. Omoerah, Manitoba3.0 
 9. Cardoza, Alberta3.0 
 10. Walton, Manitoba3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominyc COWARD
  Lethbridge
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Coward, Lethbridge2.0 
 2. Fassett, St.Mary''s2.0 
 3. Waldner, Lethb.1.5 
 4. Huertas, Manitoba1.0 
 5. Oldham, UFV1.0 
 6. Iko, Winnipeg1.0 
 7. Oliver, Manitoba1.0 
 8. Blackman, UFV1.0 
 9. Omoerah, Manitoba1.0 
 10. Dewar, Alberta1.0 


Storm washes out Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm washed out the Saint John Mill Rats 112-98 at the Eastlink Arena in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The Mill Rats held a lead early, and trailed just 44-40 at the half.

In the second half, the Storm bench caught fire led by 6'10 Xavier Hansbro (6'10''-F-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia St.) 's 19 points. Saint John closed to 88-79 in the fourth, before the game got out of hand.

The Mill Rats got contributions from Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) with 20 points and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) with 16. Hansboro's 19 points tied a team high for the Storm with power forward Mike Williams followed by 5 others in double figures.

The Mill Rats open the inaugural NBL Canada season 0-1, while the Storm improve to 2-0.

The Mill Rats will look to bounce back quickly as they host the 1-0 London Lightning Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Harbour Station. The lightning are led by Head Coach and former NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. London features a number of players from his former team the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Pangos, Achonwa named Ontario Ballers of the Year - by Eurobasket News
Ontario Basketball has announced Kevin Pangos (186-PG-93) (Holland Landing) and Natalie Achonwa (Guelph) are the inaugural recipients of the Ontario Baller of the Year Awards.

The Baller of the Year Awards will be presented annually to the male and female athletes who garner the most votes in an online poll as the top basketball player from Ontario. The awards coincide with the Ontario Basketball Awards Gala on Nov. 19 at the Holiday Inn Yorkdale in Toronto.

This year, there were 10 male and 10 female athletes considered for the awards. Candidates included two first-round NBA draft picks (Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph), a Big 10 Player of the Year (Kalisha Keane), Canadian University champions (Tyson Hinz and Jessica Clemencon), as well as many members of Canadas national teams.

As the provincial governing body of basketball in Ontario, it was important for us to not only recognize the achievements of athletes, coaches and volunteers under the OBA structure, but also those great ambassadors who represent Ontario everywhere, said Michael T. Cvitkovic, executive director of Ontario Basketball. Congratulations to Kevin and Natalie for being voted as Baller of the Year by your fans.

After 12 days and nearly 8,000 total votes from all over the world, including hundreds from Europe, South America and the United States, the public determined that Achonwa and Pangos are the first winners of the Baller of the Year Awards.

Achonwa, a former member of the Senior Women's National Team, will be entering into her sophomore season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, looking to follow up on her impressive rookie campaign which saw her chosen unanimously for the Big East All Freshman team. Achonwa won with 23.2 per cent of the votes, while runner-up and former Michigan State Spartan Kelisha Keane received 16.2 per cent. Ontario college star Summer Bly of the Georgian College Grizzlies received 14.8 per cent of the votes.

Pangos, a member of Canada's Junior Men's National Team, is a freshman guard with Gonzaga University who has experienced success at the highest levels of international competition. He received more than 2,700, or 49.5 per cent, of the votes. In second place, Andrew Nicholson from St. Bonaventure University received 24.4 per cent, while Iowa Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim rounded out the top three with 8.2 per cent of the votes.

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


Bisons men's basketball in tight but fall to #6 Alberta by 91-81 at home - by Eurobasket News
Written by: John Gaudes

WINNIPEG - With their top scorers from a season ago gone from the lineup, it was a Friday night to prove their worth for the Manitoba Bisons mens basketball team. In an exciting matchup with the Alberta Golden Bears (1-0) at Investors Group Athletic Centre, they eventually fell 91-81 to fall to 0-1.

Leading the way for Manitoba were the combined efforts of their team captains. Third-year guard Stephan Walton (175-G-87, college: Valdosta St.) had 28 points, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Fourth-year forward Kevin Oliver (198-G) had 24 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double.

Alberta was led by their third-year guard Jordan Baker, who had a remarkable 30 points on 12-for-18 shooting to go along with 24 rebounds.

The first half saw the Bisons mostly being dominated by the athleticism of the Golden Bears. They were able to get open shots because of it, and also second and third opportunities thanks to solid offensive rebounding.

However, the Bisons captains showed signs of life, proving their selections which were made this week. Stephan Walton, a third-year guard, got into foul trouble early but proved speedy enough to dance around the Alberta defense on his way to 15 first half points.

In the second half, the Bisons were able to remain within striking distance thanks to the point guard play of Walton, who set up easy shots for teammates. Some hard-nosed defense kept the Alberta offense at bay as well.

In the final two minutes, the Bisons got as close as five points. But on a jump ball play where Bisons forward Keith Omoerah (193-G) went to the floor, the tide turned for Alberta. They scored, Manitoba missed a 3, and an Alberta three by Daniel Ferguson sealed the win.

Before the game, the 1975-76 CIAU National Champion Manitoba Bisons mens basketball team were honoured with a plaque and a ceremonial tip-off. It has been 35 years since that team memorably won and they were recently inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.

The Manitoba Bisons men's basketball will play the second of a back-to-back at home against Alberta on Saturday night. Game time at 8 p.m. at IGAC.
Courtesy of: http://gobisons.ca


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Krizevci 4-1 
 2. KK Split 3-1 
 3. Zadar 3-1 
 4. Jolly 3-2 
 5. Kvarner 2010 3-2 
 6. Svjetlost 2-2 
 7. Zabok 2-2 
 8. Borik 2-3 
 9. Alkar Sinj 1-2 
 10. Darda 1-3 
 11. Dubrovnik 0-5 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Mimica, KK Split22.3 
 2. Mrva, Jolly21.3 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner20.8 
 4. Peric, Dubrovnik18.3 
 5. Vranes, Borik17.5 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner17.0 
 7. Tomeljak, Svjet.16.3 
 8. Ross, Jolly16.3 
 9. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj16.0 
 10. Sobin, KK Split15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Simovic, Kvarner9.0 
 2. Diminic, Dubrovnik7.8 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.8 
 4. Peraica, Darda7.7 
 5. Cinac, Kvarner 20107.3 
 6. Ridl, Darda7.3 
 7. Radic, Zadar7.3 
 8. Karac, Dubrovnik7.0 
 9. Cakarun, Borik7.0 
 10. Buva, Krizevci6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci9.0 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.5.7 
 3. Ross, Jolly5.0 
 4. Mimica, KK Split4.3 
 5. Dosen, Dubrovnik4.0 
 6. Gulam, Jolly4.0 
 7. Tomas, Zabok4.0 
 8. Ceskovic, Kvarner3.5 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner3.5 
 10. Katic, KK Split3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.8 
 3. Surina, Kvarner2.7 
 4. Sarac, Svjetlost2.0 
 5. Banic, Borik2.0 
 6. Zivkovic, Svjetlost2.0 
 7. Basljan, Svjetlost2.0 
 8. Zadnik, Zadar2.0 
 9. Zadravec, Zabok2.0 
 10. Delas, Zadar1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.7 
 2. Curkovic, Alkar Si.1.5 
 3. Ridl, Darda1.3 
 4. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj1.0 
 5. Kastropil, Zadar1.0 
 6. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 7. Toncinic, Zadar1.0 
 8. Vrsaljko, Jolly1.0 
 9. Dijan, KK Split0.8 
 10. Bubalo, Zabok0.7 


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


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Bighorns send Sloan to Erie for Ahearn - by Eurobasket News
The Reno Bighorns acquired Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, college: Missouri St.) in a Friday trade that sent Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) to the Erie BayHawks.

The four-player deal sent Sloan and Joseph Kennerly III (the 108th pick in the 2011 NBA D-League draft) to Erie in exchange for Ahearn and Taj McCullough (the 28th pick).

'We are excited to have Ahearn with the Bighorns,' Bighorns coach Paul Mokeski said. 'He is a veteran point guard who has played at the highest level. He will be a very important part of our team.'

Ahearn and Sloan played together for the U.S. team during the Pan Am games, where they received a bronze medal.

During the 2010-2011 NBA D-League season, Ahearn averaged 16 points and five assists; Sloan averaged 10 points and four assists for the Bighorns. The Bighorns defeated the BayHawks in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bighorns tip off their season at Bakersfield on Nov. 25. The team's home opener is Dec. 2 at the Reno Events Center.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


Mad Ants make deal - by Eurobasket News
The Mad Ants traded Anthony Kent (6'11''-F/C-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Ball St.) to the Maine Red Claws for 4th round pick, Sadiel Rojas (6'4''-G/F, college: Okla.Wesleyan).

Rojas, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard from Oklahoma Wesleyan, was named the 2011 NAIA Player of the Year. As a senior he averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds a game.

Kent, a Ball State alum, has played in 136 games over the last three seasons for the Mad Ants. Last season he averaged 5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

'We are so grateful for the three years that Anthony Kent has been in a Mad Ants uniform,' said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. 'He has been great to have around, and we wish him the best of luck with the Maine Red Claws.'

Mad Ants training camp begins Nov. 11 and they will open the 2011-12 season on Nov. 25 at the Memorial Coliseum against the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Erskine's Jones to play for Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
After learning he was selected in the NBA Developmental League draft Thursday night, Joshua Jones (6'5''-G/F-88) received even better news Friday afternoon.

The Erskine Academy and Husson University graduate was traded to the Maine Red Claws. It's a long way from the Texas-based Rio Grande Vipers, who drafted him in the sixth round before trading him for third-round pick Charles Okwando of the University of Connecticut.

'I found out (Thursday night),' Jones said of the trade. 'I didn't know who I was getting traded to. It's just mind-blowing. It's wonderful.'

Jones was one of 30 players out of a group of nearly 500 who signed a D-League contract after attending a two-day national tryout in August. He later worked out for three D-League teams, including the Red Claws, who saw him at a one-day camp in Boston.

'We were very impressed with his overall athleticism and ability to get to the basket,' Red Claws president and general manager Jon Jennings said. 'He has some areas he needs to work on. We wanted to bring him into camp and provide him an opportunity to make the team.'

The Red Claws, who are affiliated with the Boston Celtics, have invited 15 players to camp, including two returnees from last year. They must cut that number to 10 by Nov. 23, two days before the season opener.

The 6-foot-4 Jones played small forward at Husson for two years. Last season he averaged 19.2 points and 11.4 rebounds a game to help the Eagles to a 21-7 record and a berth in the Division III national tournament. He was named North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year as well as being named Player of the Year by the Maine Men's Basketball Coaches and Writers Association.

'He's averaged a double-double over two years,' Husson coach Warren Caruso said last spring. 'The greatest thing about Josh is he contributes in so many ways.'

Jones, 24, has been working out twice a day in the Bangor area, paying particular attention to his perimeter shooting and ball-handling skills.

'The perimeter shooting is one area he's got to work on,' Jennings said. 'In order to make the NBA, you've got to be able to put the ball in the basket at his size.'

Jones thinks his presence on the team could lure fans from the Bangor area and northern Maine, where he's worked camps, to Red Claws home games at the Portland Expo.

'I've still got to do it,' he said of making the roster. 'Getting traded for a third round pick is kind of big. I need to prove them correct.'

While Jennings conceded it's nice to have a home-grown player on the roster, that's not why the team traded for him.

'I don't think it had anything to do with being from Maine or from a school in Maine,' he said. 'That would be a disservice to Josh. Seeing him is what got him into the fold.'

Trimming the roster is an ongoing process, Jennings said, beginning after players report Friday. Should Jones get cut, he'll be placed in a player pool and be eligible to be picked up by any team in the league.

Before Husson, Jones played for the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, a Division II school. He also played for Olney Central College of Illinois in 2006 and Maine Central Institute in 2005. A Jefferson native, Jones graduated from Erskine in 2005 and helped the Eagles to a Class B state championship in 2004.

He's planning a draft party at 8:30 tonight at the Sea Dog Restaurant in Bangor and said 'anybody and everybody is invited.'

Courtesy of www.kjonline.com


Harris to return to Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that guard Paul Harris (6'5''-F-86, college: Syracuse) will return to the team for the 2011-12 season.
The team's 2009 first round selection, Harris missed the team's inaugural season due to a serious ankle injury suffered prior to the 2009-10 season. He battled a nagging back injury during 2010-11 season which limited the 6-5, 235 lb. forward out of Syracuse to 10.8 ppg and 6.9 rpg in 22 games. Harris left the team in late January, signing with the Talk-N-Text Tropang Texters of the Philippine Basketball Association and leading the team to the Commissioner's Cup with a double-double (18 pts, 10 rebounds) in the championship game. He averaged 26.6 during the regular season.



Harris will be among 14 players to participate in the Red Claws upcoming training camp, which will open Friday, November 11. The 14 players invited to camp are:

Name Pos. Hgt Wgt College How Acquired

Jamar Abrams G 6-6 205 Eastern Carolina Tryouts

Justin Brownlee F 6-7 219 St. John's Tryouts

Darren Cooper G 6-3 195 Portland 2011, 5th Round, 66th Overall

Jonathan Dupre F 6-8 210 Pepperdine 2011, 8th Round, 125th Overall

Alex Harrington F 6-9 220 St. Francis (NY) Tryouts

Paul Harris F 6-5 235 Syracuse 2009 1st Round, 8th Overall

Kenny Hayes G 6-1 170 Miami (Ohio) 2010 2nd Round, 23rd Overall

Josh Jones F 6-4 205 Husson Trade with Rio Grande Valley

Anthony Kent C 6-10 225 Ball State Trade with Fort Wayne

J.R. Reynolds G 6-2 188 Virginia Tryouts

Durrell Summers G 6-4 205 Michigan State 2011, 2nd Round, 24th Overall

Tyc Snow G 5-7 165 Mississippi Valley Tryouts

Mike Tisdale C 7-1 249 Illinois 2011, 2nd Round, 29th Overall

Chris Wright F 6-8 225 Dayton 2011 1st Round, 3rd Overall

The Red Claws will open training camp on Saturday, November 12 and will begin the season at Springfield on Friday, November 25. The team will return home for its first home appearance of the season on Saturday, December 3 when they host the Armor at 7 PM.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com





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  EUROCUP   


Avery Bradley Leaves Jerusalem Early, Jarvis Varnado Ditches Practice - by David Pick
Hapoel Jerusalem will play Netanya on Tuesday on the road, but as of now, it's locker room is shacking. Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is yet to decide if he'd suit up for the game or not and other locker room brawls between American and Israeli players, and Israeli players amongst themselves have already begun. This, after playing just three league games. Bradley, who's signed on an NBA out deal, averaged 14 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two Israeli league games.

Another incident in Jerusalem took place in tonight's intense practice revolving around American big man Jarvis Varnado. Apparently, Varnado left practice hitting the showers early after being upset with a number of calls and refusing to practice. As a result, sources tell Eurobasket that Varnado was fined $10,000 on the spot. In addition, Hapoel decided to release Israeli guard Andrew Salop.

See Bradley's decision to leave Jerusalem on Twitter - twitter.com/#/DubiPick/status/131813906787217408

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



Cholet extends Demetris Nichols - by Eurobasket News
Cholet have agreed on terms of Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse)' contract extension. The forward will stay with the team till the end of the season. Demetris Nichols joined Cholet at the start of the season. He appeared in five LNA games. His stats read 16.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per appearance. Last season Demetris Nichols played for Vichy. He tallied 18.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance. Previously Demetris Nichols had stints in France, D-League and the NBA. He graduated from Syracuse back in 2007. The forward was named into Big East All-Tournament Team in 2006 as well as NABC All-NCAA District 2 1st Team in 2007.

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Farmar's 27 points and 5 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old point guard Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Maccabi T-A and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Maccabi T-A in his team's victory, helping them to beat Real Madrid (2-1) 88-82. Farmar had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Maccabi T-A's top player in his first season with the team. Jordan Farmar averages 14.7ppg just after three games.

Second best performed player last round was Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Partizan. He is American guard in his first season at Partizan. In the last game Law recorded impressive 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Partizan cruised to a 91-81 relatively comfortable win over Charleroi (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Law is a newcomer at Partizan and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77) of Montepaschi. Kaukenas scored 24 points. He was a key player of Montepaschi, leading his team to a 103-77 easy win against Galatasaray (#5, 1-2). Montepaschi started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game in group D. Kaukenas has a very solid season so far. In 3 games in Euroleague he scored 16.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of FCB Regal - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) of Nancy - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82) of Olympiakos - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Armani MI - 11 points and 10 rebounds
8. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) of CSKA - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marko Banic (205-F-84) of Bizkaia Bilbao - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) of Unicaja - 18 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Charles Little joined Saynatsalon Riento - by Eurobasket News
Charles Little (198-F-87, college: Dayton) joined Saynatsalon Riento and already played for the team. Tonight the American Player poured in 13 points and made 8 rebounds. The game in Jyvaskyla was quite interesting. Third ranked BC Nokia (5-1) played at the court of 8th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (1-4). BC Nokia managed to secure a 4-point victory 83-79 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saynatsalon Riento won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
In 2005-2006 Charles Little started for Dayton (NCAA) and in 31 games averaged 4.6ppg, 2.6rpg. In his last season there his stats read 8.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 49.8%, FT: 62.1%. The season 2010-2011 started for UBC Hannover Tigers (Germany-ProA, starting five) and in 11 games had 15.3ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 69.4%.In Dec.'10 moved to Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial (Portugal-LPB, starting five) and after 11 games showed 15.1ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 55.2%.



KORISLIIGA: Vilpas upset Pyrinto after 2 OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 10: Two contests tonight. Vilpas (Salo) upset Pyrinto (Tampere) after 2 OT 106-99 (34-38). Quarters: 19-9, 15-29, 23-19, 22-22, 12-12, 15-8. And YMCA Lappeenranta defeated YMCA Lahti 76-67 (33-33). Quarters: 19-18, 14-15, 18-19, 25-15.
Pyrinto had difficulties already last Wednesday, when defeating Kouvot (Kouvola) at home by one. Tonight Pyrinto got a slow start, but had a tough second quarter and was four points ahead during the half time. Then the contest was a real thriller. 14 lead changes and 18 ties is telling everything. Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) saved the hosts into OT 1 and Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) did save Vilpas (4-6) into OT 2. Then Pyrinto was in big foul troubles; five players got fouled out of the game. Holloway was the game hero with 37 pts (1 - 11/15, 2 - 7/14, 3 - 4/6) and six assists. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) led Pyrinto (6-2) with 22pts/11rbs.
YMCA Lappeenranta (3-7) won the last quarter 25-15 and left YMCA Lahti (1-9) on the bottom of the League. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) led the hosts with a double-double 20/11. Henri Valimaa (198-F-92) scored 16 pts and Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) played only 8:40 minutes.

Vilpas - Pyrinto 2OT 106-99 (91) (79) (34-38). (Emmanuel Holloway 37/6a, Roope Ahonen 23, John Fields 14/13 - Antwine Williams 22/11, Damon Williams 20/10/6a, Antero Lehto 19. A: 820).
YMCA LPR - YMCA Lahti 76-67 (33-33). (Lawrence Hamm 20/11, Henri Valimaa 16, Pasi Riihela 12 - Ryan Brooks 27, Ville Makalainen 20, Aleksi Alanen 6. A: 432).

Division 1.:

SayRi - BC Nokia 79-83 (39-44). (Sami Mantymaa 20, Jarmo Lehto 14, Charles Little 13/8 - Darren Townes 23/12, Gerald January 19/15, Tomi Kankaanpaa 11).




Korisliiga Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Salon Vilpas (4-6) survived in overtime against Tampereen Pyrinto (6-2) by seven points 106-99 on Saturday night. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Emmanuel Holloway who scored 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth place with 4-6 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the second position with two games lost. Salon Vilpas will face higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will play on the road against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki.



KTP - Nilan Bisons 89-97

There was no surprise in Kotka where 7th ranked KTP-Basket (4-5) was defeated by first ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (7-2) 97-89 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KTP-Basket won third quarter 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists. American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) produced 18 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and swingman Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-89) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Five Loimaan Korikonkarit and four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. KTP-Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Loimaan Korikonkarit have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-2 record. KTP-Basket at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round. KTP-Basket will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: J.Ivey 20+3reb+5ast, M.Zeno 19+12reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 17+1reb+2ast, R.McDade 15+6reb, C.Jones 12+11reb+5ast, J.Kivinen 11+2reb+2ast
KTP: T.Blue 18+9reb+5ast, J.Lehtoranta 17+2reb, J.Matinen 15+3reb, M.Pounds 12+5reb+2ast, T.Bell 10+4reb, B.Sarcevic 8+2reb+4ast
gschID: 141674


LrNMKY - Namika Lahti 76-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked LrNMKY's (3-7) home victory over bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (1-9) 76-67 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. LrNMKY maintains tenth place with 3-7 record. Namika Lahti lost ninth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. LrNMKY will face higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 20+11reb+1ast, H.Valimaa 16+4reb+1ast, P.Riihela 12+7reb, D.Haynes 11+9reb+3ast, J.Jarvinen 6+4reb+2ast, A.Tapio 5+2ast
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 27+7reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 20+6reb+1ast, A.Alanen 6+1reb, K.Young 5+5reb+1ast, J.Rekola 5+2reb+1ast, S.Pekkola 4+10reb+1ast
gschID: 141675


Salon Vilpas - Pyrinto 106-99 OT

Salon Vilpas (4-6) survived in overtime against Tampereen Pyrinto (6-2) by seven points 106-99 on Saturday night. Tampereen Pyrinto was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 20-27s. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Salon Vilpas made 7 blocks. Tampereen Pyrinto was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) who scored 37 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) added 20 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth place with 4-6 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the second position with two games lost. Salon Vilpas will face higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tampereen Pyrinto will play on the road against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 37+7reb+6ast, R.Ahonen 23+4reb+3ast, J.Fields 14+13reb+3ast, J.Hairston 12+9reb, M.Sandberg 7+2reb, J.Savolainen 5+1reb
Pyrinto: A.Williams 22+11reb+4ast, D.Williams 20+10reb+6ast, A.Lehto 19+2reb+1ast, K.Lowe 12+4reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 8+12reb, J.Niemi 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141676


Kouvot - Kauhajoki 71-65

There was a minor upset in Kouvola where 3rd placed Kauhajoen Karhu (6-4) was defeated by sixth ranked Kouvot (5-5) 71-65 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 22-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Kouvot dominated on the defensive end, holding Kauhajoen Karhu to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Kouvot forced 24 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Kouvot maintains sixth place with 5-5 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. Kouvot will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Salon Vilpas (#9).
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Jordan 17+6reb+3ast, A.Nikkarinen 14+2reb+5ast, J.Gonner 12+5reb+1ast, I.Seppala 11, A.Brown 8+3reb+2ast, T.Rintala 4+4reb
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 19+5reb, C.Hannah 14+5reb+2ast, E.Skamo 11+7reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 8+3reb+2ast, C.Reed 7+3reb, J.Eskola 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141672




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Nilan Bisons 7-2 
 2. Pyrinto 6-2 
 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 4-6 
 10. LrNMKY 3-7 
 11. Namika Lahti 1-9 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.8 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.27.2 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.24.0 
 4. Manning, Huima22.3 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla22.3 
 6. Williams, Lapua21.8 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.21.0 
 9. Green, Ura Basket20.0 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.6 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.2 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo13.6 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Green, Ura Basket10.4 
 6. Britton, Huima10.4 
 7. Andrews, Ura B.9.0 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla9.0 
 9. January, BC Nokia9.0 
 10. Coleman, FoKoPo9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.5 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.8 
 3. Manning, Huima4.5 
 4. Phillips, Oulun N.4.0 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 6. Abdullah, SayRi3.3 
 7. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 9. Viertola, Huima3.0 
 10. Robinson, FoKoPo2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Eetu NIEMINEN
  SayRi
  (192-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nieminen, SayRi2.4 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 4. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 5. Jousisto, ToPo A.2.0 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.2.0 
 7. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.0 
 8. Little, Porvoon2.0 
 9. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.0 
 10. January, BC Nokia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.2 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.3 
 4. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia1.2 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 7. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 
 8. Nuolivirta, ToPo A.0.7 
 9. Phillips, Oulun N.0.6 
 10. Still, Porvoon Ta.0.6 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.6 
 2. Holloway, Salon V.21.4 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.2 
 4. Tiedeman, LrNM.19.6 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.0 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.19.0 
 7. Newson, Kataja18.9 
 8. Blue, KTP18.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto17.6 
 10. Johnson, Korihait17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.13.5 
 2. Blue, KTP10.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 4. Muurinen, ToPo8.4 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki8.4 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.8.3 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.1 
 10. Heard, ToPo7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Williams, Pyrinto5.4 
 2. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 3. Walker, Kataja4.6 
 4. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.4 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.3 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.7 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.6 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.6 
 10. Jalonen, Korihait3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto3.1 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja2.5 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 5. Brooks, Namika L.2.3 
 6. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 7. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 8. Haynes, LrNM.2.0 
 9. Sarcevic, KTP2.0 
 10. Gonner, Kouvot1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.1 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.9 
 5. Bell, KTP0.9 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Heinonen, ToPo0.8 
 8. Vanttaja, Kouvot0.8 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 10. Blue, KTP0.8 


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  FRANCE   


NM1 Round 7: Cognac is defeated by Vendee Challans - by Eurobasket News
After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the NM1 and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Cognac (5-2) and ninth ranked Vendee Challans (4-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Cognac was defeated by Vendee Challans in Challans 98-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Cognac managed to win fourth quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans shot 30 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Cognac only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Cognac 41-27 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 33 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Regis Boissie (180-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Center Nils Gouacide (208-84) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Jonathan Godin (185-82) responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans maintains ninth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Chartres. Newly promoted Cognac dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Vendee Challans is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#11) on the road in the next round. Cognac will play against Roche (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Roche (5-2) against sixth ranked Orchesien BC (5-2) on Friday night. Host Roche was defeated by Orchesien BC in Roche 87-76. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. Emilien Barbry accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) came up with 17 points for Roche in the defeat. Orchesien BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Roche. Orchesien BC will play against CFBB (#17) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Roche will play against Cognac (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Souffel.. First ranked host Souffelweyersheim (6-1) defeated their biggest opponent Charleville-Mezieres (5-2) 79-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Frederic Broliron fired 23 points for the winners. Corey Belser produced 18 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Souffelweyersheim have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Souffelweyersheim will meet Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Blois (5-2) 80-38. Worth to mention a great performance of Ville Kaunisto who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Blois moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams. CFBB lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) at home which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Montbrison (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (3-4) 93-81 on Saturday evening. It was a great evening for Steeve Borval who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Montbrison's coach Yves Peyron tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lievin and Angers BC 49. Montbrison lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against Rueil (#16) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Angers BC 49 won against Rueil on the opponent's court 90-88. Brest unfortunately lost to Sorgues in a home game 75-81. Lievin recorded a loss to Chartres on the road 81-83. Clermont was defeated by St Quentin on its own court 91-96.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 7 rebounds by Tyler Sanborn of Lievin.



Souffel - Charleville 79-72

The game between Top Four teams took place in Souffel.. First ranked host Souffelweyersheim (6-1) defeated their biggest opponent Charleville-Mezieres (5-2) 79-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Charleville-Mezieres was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Guard Frederic Broliron (193-79) fired 23 points for the winners. Naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Corey Belser (200-82, college: San Diego) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Souffelweyersheim have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 6-1 record. Charleville-Mezieres at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Souffelweyersheim will meet Sorgues (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Le Puy ASMB (#13) in Le Puy en Velay and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Souffel: F.Broliron 23+2reb+1ast, J.Alingue 15+6reb+3ast, J.Begarin 14+3reb+3ast, S.Kancel 7+2reb+1ast, J.Bach 7+3reb+2ast, A.N'Diaye 6+6reb+3ast
Charleville: C.Belser 18+7reb, T.Toney 16+4reb, F.Bourdillon 13+2reb+2ast, F.Calvez 12+3reb+3ast, C.Guillarme 8+7reb+2ast, D.Pistre 3+2reb
gschID: 146971


Rueil - Angers BC 49 88-90 OT

Rather expected game when 16th ranked Rueil (1-6) was edged at home by thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (3-4) 90-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime then Rueil managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Angers BC 49 who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 18-16. Angers BC 49 shot 29 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Rueil only scored nine points from the stripe. Rueil was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). point guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) helped adding 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Gilles Duro (190-88) responded with 21 points and 4 assists and Moroccan forward Karim Gourari (195-84) scored 13 points and 9 assists. Five Rueil players scored in double figures. Rueil's coach Julien Hervy tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lievin and Le Puy. Rueil lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the sixteenth position with six games lost. Angers BC 49 will face higher ranked Vendee Challans (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Rueil will play against Montbrison (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 23+11reb+1ast, T.Ramphort 22+5reb+4ast, T.Lonzieme 14+3reb, O.Sulpice 7+6reb+4ast, M.Chupin 6+4reb+2ast, J.Casseus 6+2reb
Rueil: G.Duro 21+1reb+4ast, T.Chevigny 14+3reb+1ast, K.Gourari 13+4reb+9ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+6reb+2ast, G.Mdivani 11+11reb+1ast, M.Diame 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 146972


Brest - Sorgues 75-81

Very predictable result when eighth ranked Sorgues (5-2) defeated on the road 14th ranked Etendard de Brest (2-5) 81-75 on Saturday. Etendard de Brest was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) helped adding 13 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) responded with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) scored 9 points and 10 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Sorgues. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Etendard de Brest keeps the fourteenth position with five games lost. Sorgues will face league's leader Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Etendard de Brest will play against Chartres (#10).
Top scorers:
Sorgues: X.Pasut 20+3reb, Y.Bassine 15+7reb+4ast, S.Ocokoljic 13+10reb+2ast, D.Quincy-Jones 12+3reb+2ast, D.Griffin 8+2reb, C.Dos Santos 6+1reb+6ast
Brest: V.Pridotkas 16+9reb+5ast, J.Lupot 16+1reb+1ast, A.Liorel 14+1ast, B.Vounang 13+9reb+1ast, J.Rathieuville 9+4reb+10ast, Z.Alao 3+5reb+4ast
gschID: 146973


CFBB - Blois 38-80

Bottom-ranked CFBB (0-7) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Blois (5-2) 80-38. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding CFBB to just 6 points in fourth quarter and to 13 points in second half. Blois made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 CFBB turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Gary Staelens (189-84) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Power forward Mouhammadou Jaiteh (201-94) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds and power forward Yannis Morin (206-93) added 4 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for CFBB. CFBB's coach Jacques Commeres gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Blois moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams. CFBB lost their seventh game in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Blois' next round opponent will be Stade Clermont (#15) at home which should be another easy win for them. CFBB will play against Orchesien BC in Orchies and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Blois: V.Kaunisto 21+5reb+1ast, G.Staelens 16+1reb+2ast, J.Horton 13+4reb+1ast, B.Recoura 8+2reb+1ast, J.Tornato 6+7reb+1ast, T.Sani 5+5reb+4ast
CFBB: M.Jaiteh 10+15reb+1ast, A.Racine 9+1reb+1ast, O.Yao-Delon 7+1reb, Y.Morin 4+6reb+1ast, J.Basileu 2+1reb, L.Laporal 2
gschID: 146974


Chartres - Lievin 83-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Chartres and 11th ranked Lievin Basket had identical 3-3 record. This time Chartres used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Lievin 83-81 on Saturday night. Lievin Basket cut a 13-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Chartres made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Lievin Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbian center Ljubomir Avramovic (201-79) helped adding 18 points. Chartres' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American center Tyler Sanborn (209-88, college: Guilford, agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and guard Jerome Dessart (184-84) scored 12 points. Four Chartres and five Lievin Basket players scored in double figures. Chartres (4-3) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Challans. Loser Lievin Basket keeps the eleventh position with four games lost. Chartres will face Etendard de Brest (#14) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lievin Basket will play against Saint-Quentin.
Top scorers:
Chartres: G.Merie 19+5reb+5ast, L.Avramovic 18+4reb+2ast, M.Vasic 12+3reb+2ast, G.Lemon 12+3reb+3ast, A.Barakaou 5+2reb+1ast, H.Jalce 5+1reb
Lievin: T.Sanborn 22+7reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 15+3reb+1ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 14+1reb+2ast, J.Dessart 12+4reb+3ast, V.Lehut 11+4ast, V.Mendy 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 146966


Clermont - St Quentin 91-96

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked Saint-Quentin (5-2) beat on the road 15th ranked Stade Clermont (2-5) 96-91 on Saturday. Stade Clermont was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Saint-Quentin, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) helped adding 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side American forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Bianco Matanga (188-87) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint-Quentin moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Stade Clermont dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Saint-Quentin will face Lievin Basket (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Stade Clermont will play against the league's second-placed Blois and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: K.Bichard 27+4reb+2ast, J.Lesieu 15+6reb+3ast, J.Ball 14+4reb+3ast, D.Williams 14+5reb+1ast, O.Romain 9+3reb+4ast, K.Howell 6+1reb+2ast
Clermont: S.Naydenov 21+1ast, B.Matanga 18+4ast, J.McClark 15+8reb, J.Beugnot 14+7reb, M.Diakite 12+1reb, X.Delarue 8+7reb+4ast
gschID: 146967


Challans - Cognac 98-85

The game between third ranked Cognac (5-2) and ninth ranked Vendee Challans (4-3) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Cognac was defeated by Vendee Challans in Challans 98-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cognac. The game was mostly controlled by Vendee Challans. Cognac managed to win fourth quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans shot 30 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Cognac only scored thirteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Cognac 41-27 including 19 on the offensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. 33 personal fouls committed by Cognac helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for point guard Regis Boissie (180-78) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Center Nils Gouacide (208-84) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side guard Jonathan Godin (185-82) responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Vendee Challans and four Cognac players scored in double figures. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vendee Challans maintains ninth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Chartres. Newly promoted Cognac dropped to the second position with two games lost. They share it with 6 other teams. Vendee Challans is looking forward to face Angers BC 49 (#11) on the road in the next round. Cognac will play against Roche (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Challans: N.Gouacide 18+5reb, R.Boissie 16+8reb+6ast, F.Herard 15+6reb+2ast, S.Cherasse 12+2reb+6ast, J.Almanson 11+7reb+2ast, S.Girma 10+6reb+1ast
Cognac: J.Godin 20+2reb+6ast, N.Kaczmarow 15+3reb+1ast, I.Caskill 15+9reb+2ast, I.Saounera 10+2reb+3ast, C.Bertorelle 9+1reb, M.Bigote 8+2reb
gschID: 146968


Le Puy - Montbrison 93-81

Bottom-ranked Montbrison (0-7) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (3-4) 93-81 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Le Puy ASMB. Montbrison was better in fourth quarter 26-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Montbrison outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 42-30 including a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a great evening for center Steeve Borval (202-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 8 rebounds. Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) helped adding 17 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Five Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. At the losing side Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and forward Regis Aubry (199-82) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Montbrison's coach Yves Peyron tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Lievin and Angers BC 49. Montbrison lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Le Puy ASMB will face higher ranked Charleville-Mezieres (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montbrison will play against Rueil (#16) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: S.Borval 22+8reb+2ast, Y.Smail 20+3reb, M.Gotagni 17+1reb+9ast, R.Koundjia-Sindo 13+6reb+3ast, F.Bornerand 10+3reb+2ast, Y.Jacques 8+4reb+1ast
Montbrison: L.Biela 26+7reb, R.Aubry 17+11reb+1ast, J.St Robert 9+7reb, B.Tillon 8+1reb+2ast, C.Pegon 7+6reb+1ast, F.Giraud 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 146969


Roche - Orchy 76-87

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Roche (5-2) against sixth ranked Orchesien BC (5-2) on Friday night. Host Roche was defeated by Orchesien BC in Roche 87-76. The game was mostly controlled by Orchesien BC. Roche was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Roche was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) who led the winners and scored 25 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Emilien Barbry (188-83) accounted for 9 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. Orchesien BC's coach Philippe Namyst allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) came up with 17 points and forward Erwan Andre (200-89) added 14 points respectively for Roche in the defeat. Orchesien BC have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 6 other teams including defeated Roche. Orchesien BC will play against CFBB (#17) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Roche will play against Cognac (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 25+7reb, D.Petrovic 10+6reb+1ast, A.Belkessa 10+5reb+2ast, D.Cilly 10+2reb, E.Barbry 9+7reb+6ast, J.Verbeke 8
Roche: M.Diallo 17+4reb+1ast, E.Andre 14+3reb+1ast, L.Simmons 12+2reb+3ast, R.Pegon 7+6reb+2ast, S.Hermenier 7+6reb+2ast, B.Thomas 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 146970




Cholet extends Demetris Nichols - by Eurobasket News
Cholet have agreed on terms of Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse)' contract extension. The forward will stay with the team till the end of the season. Demetris Nichols joined Cholet at the start of the season. He appeared in five LNA games. His stats read 16.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per appearance. Last season Demetris Nichols played for Vichy. He tallied 18.2 points, 5.4 boards, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals per appearance. Previously Demetris Nichols had stints in France, D-League and the NBA. He graduated from Syracuse back in 2007. The forward was named into Big East All-Tournament Team in 2006 as well as NABC All-NCAA District 2 1st Team in 2007.

Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Nancy 4-0 
 2. Chalon 4-1 
 3. Le Mans 4-1 
 4. Paris-Levallois 4-1 
 5. Gravelines 4-1 
 6. Cholet 3-2 
 7. Roanne 3-2 
 8. ASVEL 2-2 
 9. Poitiers 2-3 
 10. Nanterre 2-3 
 11. Orleans 2-3 
 12. Strasbourg 2-3 
 13. Dijon 1-4 
 14. Le Havre 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. Boulogne 4-2 
 4. Bordeaux 4-2 
 5. Fos Ouest 4-2 
 6. St Vallier 3-2 
 7. Evreux 3-3 
 8. Nantes 3-3 
 9. Rouen 3-3 
 10. Le Portel 3-3 
 11. Chalons-Reims 3-3 
 12. Bourg 3-3 
 13. Antibes 2-4 
 14. Denain 2-4 
 15. Lille 2-4 
 16. Maurienne 2-4 
 17. Quimper 1-5 
 18. Vichy 1-5 
 19. St Etienne 0-0 


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


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. Holland, Roanne18.0 
 7. Batista, Le Mans17.3 
 8. Cox, Le Havre17.2 
 9. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.17.2 
 10. Nichols, Cholet16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Akingbala, Nancy10.3 
 2. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 3. Hughes, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 4. Jackson, Roanne8.2 
 5. Aminu, Chalon8.2 
 6. Falker, Cholet8.0 
 7. Hamilton, Paris-.7.4 
 8. Armstrong, AS.7.0 
 9. Faye, Hyeres-Toul.6.8 
 10. Covile, Nanterre6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 13
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon13.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans7.0 
 3. Linehan, Nancy7.0 
 4. Barrett, Roanne6.4 
 5. Pellin, Orleans5.8 
 6. Parker, AS.5.3 
 7. Meacham, Paris-.5.0 
 8. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 9. Causeur, Cholet4.6 
 10. Dixon, Dijon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Linehan, Nancy2.8 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 4. Parker, AS.2.3 
 5. Batum, Nancy2.3 
 6. Goss, AS.2.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 8. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 9. Acker, Le Mans2.3 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Akingbala, Nancy1.5 
 2. Nichols, Cholet1.4 
 3. Williams, Paris-.1.4 
 4. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 5. Covile, Nanterre1.2 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 7. Jackson, Roanne1.2 
 8. Sy, Orleans1.0 
 9. Gobert, Cholet1.0 
 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. James, Denain18.3 
 4. Denave, St Vallier17.8 
 5. Smith, Lille17.0 
 6. Milbourne, Limoges16.8 
 7. Taylor, Le Portel16.7 
 8. Paelay, Quimper16.5 
 9. Sonko, Bourg16.3 
 10. Wood, Evreux16.2 
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. Brown, Maurienne10.0 
 5. Allen, Antibes8.7 
 6. Badiane, Antibes8.7 
 7. Monroe, Boulazac8.4 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.2 
 9. Mathis, Boulogne8.0 
 10. Wyatte, Le Portel8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Copeland, Bourg7.2 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel6.2 
 3. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.7 
 4. McCray, Boulogne5.5 
 5. Denave, St Vallier5.2 
 6. Poupet, Rouen5.2 
 7. Njoya, Boulazac5.0 
 8. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.8 
 9. Rowland, Evreux4.8 
 10. Gomis, Limoges4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-PG-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier3.0 
 2. James, Denain2.7 
 3. Flowers, Vichy2.5 
 4. Charles, Nantes2.5 
 5. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.5 
 6. Paelay, Quimper2.3 
 7. Taylor, Le Portel2.2 
 8. Sauret, Lille2.2 
 9. Patiejunas, Rouen2.2 
 10. Gomis, Limoges2.0 
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. Massie, Limoges1.3 
 6. Charles, Nantes1.2 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.2 
 8. Barrett, St Vallier1.0 
 9. Barro, Bourg1.0 
 10. Corre, Chalons-.1.0 


ProB Round 6: Undefeated Limoges CSP Elite loses their first game against Lille Metropole - by Eurobasket News
After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the ProB and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Limoges CSP Elite (5-1) on the court of eighteenth ranked Lille Metropole on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Lille Metropole 87-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. The hosts trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 46-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lille Metropole forced 19 Limoges CSP Elite turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Steve Smith (200-PF-81, college: Iona) scored 30 points and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Benoit Gillet (191-86) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Lille Metropole (2-4) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face league's leader Boulazac Basket at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against SPO Rouen and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bordeaux (4-2) against twelfth ranked JL Bourg (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Bordeaux was defeated by JL Bourg in Bourg 86-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bordeaux. American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) notched 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Moses Sonko supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) did not help to save the game for Bordeaux. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. JL Bourg moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bordeaux keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. JL Bourg will play against higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bordeaux will play against Olympique Antibes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Denain between Denain Voltaire and Fos Ouest. Fifteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (2-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Fos Ouest (4-2). Denain Voltaire managed to escape with a 2-point win 97-95 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Renaud Brocheray who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Philippe Haquet who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds. Denain Voltaire moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Bordeaux and Boulogne. Denain Voltaire will meet higher ranked Saint Vallier (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fos Ouest will play against JL Bourg and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Antibes where higher ranked ALM Evreux (3-3) was upset on the court of seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes (2-4) 82-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It was a good game for Malick Badiane who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bordeaux (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains where higher ranked Chalons-Reims (3-3) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (2-4) 76-62 on Friday. Wilbert Brown had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aix-Maurienne maintains thirteenth position with 2-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Chalons-Reims dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Nantes lost to Rouen on the opponent's court 79-84. Quimper unfortunately lost to Le Portel in a home game 68-78. Vichy recorded a loss to Boulogne on the road 70-74.


Lille - Limoges 87-78

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Limoges CSP Elite (5-1) on the court of eighteenth ranked Lille Metropole on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Lille Metropole 87-78. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. The hosts trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 46-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Lille Metropole forced 19 Limoges CSP Elite turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) scored 30 points and 4 assists (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Benoit Gillet (191-86) chipped in 17 points and 4 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds and the former international guard Joseph Gomis (180-78) scored 8 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Lille Metropole (2-4) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Lille Metropole is looking forward to face league's leader Boulazac Basket at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Limoges CSP Elite will play against SPO Rouen and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lille: S.Smith 30+2reb+4ast, B.Gillet 17+2reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 10+8reb+2ast, S.Bradford 8+3reb+1ast, C.Marshall 8+3reb+4ast, A.Rigaux 7+1ast
Limoges: C.Massie 14+15reb+1ast, A.Curti 13+3ast, L.Milbourne 12+3reb, S.Traore 11+1ast, R.Desroses 9+2reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 9+1ast
gschID: 139512


Rouen - Nantes 84-79

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Nantes (3-3) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked SPO Rouen (3-3) 84-79 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-79. SPO Rouen looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American swingman Jason Siggers (190-85, college: Albany) scored 22 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Charles-Henri Bronchard (199-82, agency: Court Side) chipped in 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 8 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Nantes' coach Guillaume Quintard tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SPO Rouen moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Nantes. SPO Rouen will face league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Rouen: J.Siggers 22+7reb, C.Bronchard 18+3reb+1ast, L.Chelle 14+5reb+2ast, A.Dunn 11+6reb+1ast, P.Poupet 8+2reb+10ast, C.Thioune 6+5reb+2ast
Nantes: D.Fergerson 21+5reb+4ast, O.Bardet 13+4reb, M.Drame 11+2reb, A.Charles 10+4reb+2ast, J.Fields 8+9reb+3ast, D.Ramseyer 6+2reb
gschID: 139513


Quimper - Le Portel 68-78

Very predictable result when eleventh ranked Le Portel (3-3) defeated on the road 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (1-5) 78-68 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Portel. Quimper UJAP was better in third quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) scored 19 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Nigel Wyatte (204-81, college: Wagner, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Le Portel players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) with 20 points and 5 rebounds and Nigerian-British power forward Andrew Lovedale (203-85, college: Davidson) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Quimper UJAP's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Portel moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Quimper UJAP lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with five games lost. Le Portel will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#3) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Quimper UJAP will play against Nantes (#8).
Top scorers:
Le Portel: C.Davis 19+7reb, M.Labeyrie 14+1reb, N.Wyatte 13+9reb+1ast, R.Taylor 10+2reb+9ast, J.Ludon 7+5reb+2ast, B.Mangin 6+2ast
Quimper: P.Paelay 20+5reb, A.Lovedale 14+5reb+1ast, J.Williams 8+2reb+3ast, K.Morlende 7+4ast, A.Salmon 7+3reb+1ast, A.Mendy 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 139514


Denain - Fos Ouest 97-95

A very close game took place in Denain between Denain Voltaire and Fos Ouest. Fifteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (2-4) got a very close home victory over higher ranked Fos Ouest (4-2). Denain Voltaire managed to escape with a 2-point win 97-95 on Friday evening. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-18. But Fos Ouest won second period 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Renaud Brocheray (203-80) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Nate Rohnert (197-87, college: Denver) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Philippe Haquet (199-86) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Dia (202-78) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Fos Ouest dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with Bordeaux and Boulogne. Denain Voltaire will meet higher ranked Saint Vallier (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fos Ouest will play against JL Bourg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Denain: R.Brocheray 19+9reb+3ast, F.Minet 17+2reb, N.Rohnert 17+5reb+3ast, J.James 14+5reb+6ast, R.Rossiter 13+10reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 10+1reb+4ast
Fos Ouest: M.Dia 16+7reb+2ast, P.Haquet 15+9reb+2ast, B.Clark 14+1reb, S.Gay 14+4reb+1ast, K.Atamna 12+2reb+2ast, C.Cavallo 11+1reb+2ast
gschID: 151885


Antibes - Evreux 82-60

An interesting game took place in Antibes where higher ranked ALM Evreux (3-3) was upset on the court of seventeenth ranked Olympique Antibes (2-4) 82-60. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of ALM Evreux. It looked good early as ALM Evreux took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Olympique Antibes had a 12-9 second period charge getting the lead and ALM Evreux was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 60-82. Olympique Antibes forced 19 ALM Evreux turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was a good game for Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Olympique Antibes players scored in double figures. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) replied with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Lahaou Konate (195-91) added 12 points in the effort for ALM Evreux. Olympique Antibes moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. ALM Evreux at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Olympique Antibes' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bordeaux (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Antibes: B.Monclar 17+3reb+1ast, J.Allen 16+5reb+1ast, S.Essart 14+7ast, M.Badiane 11+11reb+3ast, F.Prenom 8+5reb+1ast, L.Bengaber 7+2reb+3ast
Evreux: J.Wood 15+10reb+4ast, L.Konate 12+4reb, S.Ho You Fat 8+1reb+1ast, G.Florimont 8+5reb+1ast, A.Rowland 6+1reb+1ast, K.Dahak 4+1reb
gschID: 139507


Boulogne - Vichy 74-70

Not a big story in a game when 18th ranked JA Vichy (1-5) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (4-2) 74-70 on Saturday. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Naturalized American Tony Stanley (194-77, college: Dayton) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Jonte Flowers (196-85, college: Winona St., agency: Warren Sports International) with 21 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) scored 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. JA Vichy's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Bordeaux. Loser JA Vichy dropped to the seventeenth position with five games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Le Portel (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. JA Vichy will play against Chalons-Reims (#11) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: T.Stanley 20+8reb+4ast, C.McCray 19+5reb+5ast, C.Rouse 13+6reb, J.Mathis 12+10reb+1ast, M.Le Pellec 4+2reb+1ast, Z.Bah 4+1ast
Vichy: J.Flowers 21+6reb+3ast, A.Franklin 15+7reb+4ast, A.Eito 9+2reb+5ast, J.Djimrabaye 8+5reb+1ast, W.Aka 8+3reb+1ast, N.Diakite 5+6reb
gschID: 139509


Bourg - Bordeaux 86-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Bordeaux (4-2) against twelfth ranked JL Bourg (3-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Bordeaux was defeated by JL Bourg in Bourg 86-70. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Bordeaux. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. Bordeaux was better in third quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. JL Bourg players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American-Puerto Rican point guard Donald Copeland (177-84, college: Seton Hall) notched 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and Gambian forward Moses Sonko (198-83, college: Co.Carolina) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) did not help to save the game for Bordeaux. International Boris Diaw (203-82) added 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Bordeaux players scored in double figures. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. JL Bourg moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted Bordeaux keeps the third position with two games lost. They share it with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. JL Bourg will play against higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bordeaux will play against Olympique Antibes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Bourg: D.Copeland 23+5reb+7ast, M.Sonko 16+6reb+2ast, A.Tsagarakis 14+4ast, C.Ferchaud 8+5reb+3ast, I.Koma 8+3reb, J.Delhomme 6+4ast
Bordeaux: G.Darrigand 15+5reb+4ast, M.Doubal 15+1reb+1ast, J.Ford 12+2reb+1ast, B.Diaw 12+5reb+2ast, K.Cunningham 6+5reb+1ast, O.Bassett 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 139510


Maurienne - Chalons-Reims 76-62

An interesting game took place in Aix-les-Bains where higher ranked Chalons-Reims (3-3) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (2-4) 76-62 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Chalons-Reims was better in third quarter 25-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne forced 24 Chalons-Reims turnovers. American Wilbert Brown (199-84, college: Niagara, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American Nate Carter (198-83, college: Oklahoma) with 13 points and 8 rebounds and swingman Rodrigue Mels (188-85, college: Cal.St. Northridge, agency: Court Side) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Aix-Maurienne maintains thirteenth position with 2-4 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Chalons-Reims dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face higher ranked ALM Evreux (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: D.Tucker 18+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 14+2reb+2ast, W.Brown 12+13reb+2ast, B.Osby 7+5reb+2ast, A.Gomis 6+3reb+2ast, M.Traore 6+1reb
Chalons-Reims: R.Mels 16+2reb+3ast, N.Carter 13+8reb+1ast, C.Daniels 12+2reb, B.Mullins 9+3reb+2ast, K.Corre 6+9reb+1ast, K.Joss-Rauze 2+1ast
gschID: 139511




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Benjamin THOMAS
  Roche
  (181-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Thomas, Roche18.8 
 2. Bluntt, Orchy18.2 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.9 
 4. Almanson, Challans17.7 
 5. Horton, Blois17.1 
 6. Bigote, Cognac17.0 
 7. Borval, Le Puy17.0 
 8. Pearson, Angers B.16.2 
 9. Merie, Chartres16.0 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Caskill, Cognac11.2 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 4. Pearson, Angers B.10.0 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.3 
 6. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 7. Sanborn, Lievin8.1 
 8. Simmons, Roche7.8 
 9. St Robert, Montb.7.7 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Rathieuville, Brest5.9 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.6 
 3. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 4. Brochard, Blois5.4 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.9 
 6. Dessart, Lievin4.6 
 7. Geay, Challans4.6 
 8. Sene, Le Puy4.3 
 9. Godin, Cognac4.3 
 10. Thomas, Roche4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche3.5 
 2. Cretaux, Lievin2.6 
 3. Calvez, Charleville2.4 
 4. Bigote, Cognac2.2 
 5. Bassine, Sorgues2.1 
 6. Pistre, Charleville2.1 
 7. Brochard, Blois2.0 
 8. Moupegnou, Cognac2.0 
 9. Dessart, Lievin1.9 
 10. Gotagni, Le Puy1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ian CASKILL
  Cognac
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Caskill, Cognac2.4 
 2. Alingue, Souffel2.0 
 3. N''Diaye, Souffel1.6 
 4. Diame, Rueil1.2 
 5. Mendy, Lievin1.1 
 6. Borval, Le Puy1.1 
 7. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 8. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 9. Lopez, Brest0.9 
 10. Morin, CFBB0.8 


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 27
 1. Brooks, ABA S.27.0 
 2. Life, Lirija24.0 
 3. Radulovic, Vardar22.3 
 4. Janjusevic, Kuman.22.3 
 5. Karadzovski, Torus20.8 
 6. Dahlman, MZT S.20.3 
 7. Tasovski, Rabotnic.20.0 
 8. Boswell, ABA S.19.5 
 9. Nikolovski, Feni I.18.6 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.10.0 
 2. Trajkovski, Torus7.4 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija7.3 
 4. Cekovski, MZT S.7.0 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki6.5 
 6. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 7. Simic, Lirija6.5 
 8. Nikolovski, Feni I.6.4 
 9. Buha, Kozuv6.3 
 10. Frye, Feni Indist.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sasa OCOKOLJIC
  Feni I.
  (183-PG-76)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Ocokoljic, Feni I.4.3 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.4.0 
 3. Morban, Lirija4.0 
 4. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.7 
 5. Tasevski, Vardar3.3 
 6. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.2 
 7. Samardziev, Feni I.3.2 
 8. Radulovic, Vardar3.0 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo3.0 
 10. Stojanovski, MZT3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.3 
 2. Simonovski, Feni I.2.3 
 3. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.3 
 4. Stajic, Lirija2.0 
 5. Radulovic, Vardar1.7 
 6. Turner, Torus S.1.6 
 7. Ocokoljic, Feni I.1.5 
 8. Brooks, ABA S.1.5 
 9. Life, Lirija1.3 
 10. Georgievski, Vard.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sinisa AVRAMOVSKI
  Lirija
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Avramovski, Lirija1.5 
 2. Cole, Rabotnicki1.3 
 3. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.2 
 4. Chappell, ABA S.1.0 
 5. Mitchell, Lirija1.0 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.0.7 
 7. Brckov, Feni I.0.5 
 8. Simic, Lirija0.5 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.0.4 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus0.4 


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Keyon Carter erupted in his debut for Dinamo Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News
Keyon Carter (203-F-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) erupted in his debut for Dinamo Tbilisi. Tonight however Dinamo Tbilisi was still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia 102-99 in overtime. Dinamo Tbilisi was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Samedicino-Academia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Samedicino-Academia shot 30 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Dinamo Tbilisi only scored six points from the stripe. Samedicino-Academia players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 33 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Beqa Chikviladze fired 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Mikheil Chochua chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Samedicino-Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Carter debuted with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds.
Keyon Carter started his career for ODU (NCAA) and just graduated from the college. In his last season for ODU (NCAA, starting five) in 34 gameshis stats read 7.3ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 29.3%, FT: 66.7%.




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhu.
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 29
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.29.0 
 2. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi26.8 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi21.8 
 4. Chikviladze, Samed.21.5 
 5. Gay, Sokhumi18.5 
 6. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.18.0 
 7. Niniashvili, TSU T.18.0 
 8. Mikeladze, Batumi17.5 
 9. Eliashvili, Batumi17.0 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.14.3 
 2. Machaladze, STU T.11.5 
 3. Arabic, Rustavi11.0 
 4. Gay, Sokhumi10.5 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi10.0 
 6. Shermadini, TSU T.10.0 
 7. Patsatsia, Sokhumi10.0 
 8. Antadze, STU T.9.8 
 9. Niniashvili, TSU T.8.7 
 10. Kjellbom, Armia8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.9.3 
 2. Gaines, Armia7.0 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.6.3 
 4. Chitashvili, TSU T.5.3 
 5. Mikeladze, Batumi5.3 
 6. Chikviladze, Samed.5.0 
 7. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.8 
 8. Artsividze, Rustavi4.7 
 9. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi4.5 
 10. Gay, Sokhumi4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shalva KOKHREIDZE
  TSU T.
  (188-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kokhreidze, TSU T.3.3 
 2. Chachanidze, Rust.3.3 
 3. Chitashvili, TSU T.3.0 
 4. Sanadze, Dinamo T.2.5 
 5. Chikviladze, Samed.2.5 
 6. Ramishvili, Batumi2.5 
 7. Gay, Sokhumi2.5 
 8. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.3 
 9. Gaines, Armia2.3 
 10. Machaladze, STU2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ilija MILUTINOVIC
  Olympus
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Milutinovic, Olymp.3.3 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino2.3 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia2.0 
 4. Atuashvili, Sokhumi2.0 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.2.0 
 6. Tsirekidze, Kutaisi2.0 
 7. Toudjani, MIA T.2.0 
 8. Berishvili, Olympus1.7 
 9. Beruashvili, STU T.1.5 
 10. Pashayev, Kutaisi1.5 


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


Superleague Round 4 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated TSU (2-1) on the court of fifth ranked Kutaisi on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Kutaisi 89-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TSU. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. TSU managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 7 points in second quarter. Kutaisi forced 22 TSU turnovers and outrebounded them 47-32 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kutaisi made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds for TSU. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with STU Tbilisi and Sokhumi. TSU at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Olympus. Kutaisi is looking forward to face Olympus (#5) in Tbilisi in the next round. TSU's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and MIA (#6). MIA was smashed at home by 38 points 62-100 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Will Thomas (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and Sundiata Gaines who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. At the losing side American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 24 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. Armia have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (3-0) keeps a position of league leader. MIA at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Samedicino. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olympus (#7) and Sokhumi (#2). Olympus (2-1) won against visiting Sokhumi (3-1) 90-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokhumi. The winners were led by Giorgi Gamqrelidze who scored that evening 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Olympus' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists by Lasha Parghalava did not help to save the game for Sokhumi. Olympus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Loser Sokhumi keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Kutaisi and STU Tbilisi. Olympus will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokhumi will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia (2-2) 102-99. Beqa Chikviladze fired 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Samedicino-Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Samedicino-Academia's next round opponent will be Energy Invest (#9) in Rustavi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked STU (3-1) 80-79 on Friday evening. It was a very good performance for Zviad Antadze who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. STU moved-up to second place, which they share with Kutaisi and Sokhumi. Loser Batumi still closes the standings with four games lost. STU will have a break next round. Batumi will play at home against Sokhumi (#3) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.

The most impressive performance of 4th round was 31 points and 18 rebounds by carter of Dinamo Tbilisi.


MIA Tbilisi - Armia 62-100

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#3) and MIA (#6). MIA was smashed at home by 38 points 62-100 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It looked good early as MIA took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Armia had a 25-9 second period charge getting the lead and MIA was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 62-100. Armia dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to MIA's 42. Armia forced 21 MIA turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by MIA's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Will Thomas (203-86) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import point guard Sundiata Gaines (185-86, college: Georgia, agency: Strategic Sports) who added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists during the contest. Four Armia players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 24 points and power forward Akaki Dvalishvili (206-90) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion (3-0) keeps a position of league leader. MIA at the other side dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. They share the position with Samedicino. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi TSU.
Top scorers:
MIA Tbilisi: R.Kreps 24+2reb+2ast, A.Dvalishvili 11+8reb+2ast, D.Imnadze 6+5reb+1ast, I.Londaridze 5+7reb, T.Toudjani 4+4reb+3ast, N.Tenieshvili 4
Armia: W.Thomas 23+8reb+1ast, J.Richardson 16+2reb+2ast, S.Gaines 14+5reb+12ast, G.Diaz 14+2reb+3ast, Z.Babiashvili 11+6reb, J.Kjellbom 9+10reb+2ast
gschID: 153200


Kutaisi - TSU Tbilisi 89-72

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated TSU (2-1) on the court of fifth ranked Kutaisi on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by Kutaisi 89-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of TSU. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Kutaisi. TSU managed to win third quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSU to just 7 points in second quarter. Kutaisi forced 22 TSU turnovers and outrebounded them 47-32 including a 36-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kutaisi made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Giorgi Barbakadze (203-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points. Forward Rezo Didia (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and forward Soso Shermadini (208-85) added 9 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for TSU. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kutaisi (3-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with STU Tbilisi and Sokhumi. TSU at the other side dropped to the fifth position with one game lost. They share it with Olympus. Kutaisi is looking forward to face Olympus (#5) in Tbilisi in the next round. TSU's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Armia.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 21+7reb, M.Chitashvili 14+1reb+5ast, M.Panchulidze 12+3reb+5ast, S.Shermadini 9+13reb+1ast, D.Khizanishvili 8+1reb, S.Kokhreidze 4+3reb+3ast
Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 31+3reb, R.Didia 16+8reb+3ast, R.Matiashvili 13+8reb+5ast, Z.Pashayev 9+7reb+7ast, L.Tsekvava 7+4reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 153201


Dinamo Tbilisi - Samedicino 99-102 OT

Bottom-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to eighth ranked Samedicino-Academia (2-2) 102-99. Dinamo Tbilisi was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Samedicino-Academia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Samedicino-Academia shot 30 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Dinamo Tbilisi only scored six points from the stripe. Samedicino-Academia players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. 33 personal fouls committed by Dinamo Tbilisi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) fired 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Guard Mikheil Chochua (193-87) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Samedicino-Academia's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Carter debuted with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Duda Sanadze (196-92) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Four Dinamo Tbilisi players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia moved-up to seventh place, which they share with MIA Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Samedicino-Academia's next round opponent will be Energy Invest (#9) in Rustavi. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: Carter 31+18reb+2ast, D.Sanadze 17+4reb+1ast, G.Markhvashvili 15+2reb+2ast, I.Keidia 10+9reb+2ast, I.Alkhanaidze 8+5reb, G.Bakradze 7+2reb+4ast
Samedicino: B.Chikviladze 28+5reb+8ast, M.Chochua 17+5reb, N.Ilic 13+7reb+2ast, G.Pirvelashvili 10+3reb+2ast, K.Tomaradze 10+3reb+1ast, B.Bekauri 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 153202


Batumi - STU Tbilisi 79-80

Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to sixth ranked STU (3-1) 80-79 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 24-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. STU outrebounded Batumi 57-37 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Batumi was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points, 18 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Forward Vasili Beruashvili (198-90) contributed with 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) replied with 25 points and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and forward Avtandil Eliashvili (200-89) added 24 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Batumi. STU moved-up to second place, which they share with Kutaisi and Sokhumi. Loser Batumi still closes the standings with four games lost. STU will have a break next round. Batumi will play at home against Sokhumi (#3) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Batumi: I.Mikeladze 25+4reb+4ast, A.Eliashvili 24+8reb, L.Eliadze 9+1reb+1ast, N.Ramishvili 8+5reb+5ast, L.Keshelava 7+12reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 5+7reb+3ast
STU Tbilisi: V.Beruashvili 22+8reb+2ast, Z.Antadze 21+18reb+5ast, G.Khaniashvili 9+2reb, Z.Machaladze 8+9reb+2ast, I.Kobidze 7+10reb, A.Dzidziguri 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 153198


Olympus - Sokhumi 90-76

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: Olympus (#7) and Sokhumi (#2). Olympus (2-1) won against visiting Sokhumi (3-1) 90-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokhumi. The game was mostly controlled by Olympus. Sokhumi managed to win third quarter 27-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Olympus looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by the former international guard Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-86, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 22 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (213-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Olympus players scored in double figures. Olympus' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 38 points (!!!) and 5 assists by international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin) did not help to save the game for Sokhumi. International guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) added 18 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Olympus moved-up to fifth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Loser Sokhumi keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with Kutaisi and STU Tbilisi. Olympus will meet at home league's second-placed Kutaisi in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sokhumi will play against Batumi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 38+4reb+5ast, L.Patsatsia 18+13reb+3ast, S.Atuashvili 14+7reb+3ast, V.Kadaria 4+4reb, I.Sordia 2+1reb+3ast, I.Chlaidze 0
Olympus: G.Gamqrelidze 22+6reb+7ast, N.Sljuka 18+5reb+1ast, M.Berishvili 14+3reb+5ast, I.Milutinovic 14+11reb+5ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 11+1reb+3ast, I.Hoger 10+4reb+1ast
gschID: 153199




Filip Samojlovic signed with Samedicino - by Eurobasket News
Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) debuted with 8 points and 5 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 4 when Dinamo Tbilisi was beaten by his new team Samedicino 99:102 in overtime. Dinamo Tbilisi was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Samedicino-Academia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Samedicino-Academia shot 30 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Dinamo Tbilisi only scored six points from the stripe. The season 2011-2012 the Montenegrin player started for Viva Basket Beograd (Serbia-B League) and after two games averaged 10.0 points per game.
Filip Samojlovic has all qualities for top level point guard. He is a very quick player with or without the ball. He has excellent ball handling and passing abilities. Filip has a great court vision and he knows to run his team pretty well. Except his great basketball skills, he is also unselfish and he will do everything necessary to help the team win the game. Probably, his biggest weapon is his P&R game where he can easily penetrate or make assist. Thanks to his excellent court vision, he makes big problems to defence when playing P&R and he always finds open man or uses little space for penetrations.



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Official: Illertal/Weissenhorn confirms signing of Kejuan Johnson - by Moritz Korff
BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has confirmed the capture of last years Pro A leading scorer Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Long Beach St.). The Lynwood, California native inked a deal with the Panthers for the remainder of this current season and arrived to Germany on Friday. Johnson will most likely make his debut for his new team today. 'We are convinced, that due to his international experience and his ability to score the basketball he is the right player to help our team', Wolfgang, member of Weissenhorn's management group, Groer stated.
Following a stint at Regionalliga side Itzehoe in 2009-10 and last season's stay at Paderborn Johnson will go into his third season in Germany. He averaged a league-leading 21.0 points per contest in this past Pro A campaign.


Giants Duesseldorf bring in Larry Hall - by Moritz Korff
The Giants Duesseldorf (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have handed a four-week contract to Larry Hall (190-G-83, college: W.Oregon). The 2007 graduate of NCAA Division 2 programme Western Oregon comes off a short stint with SKP Banska Bystrica of Slovakia. He made two appearances for the Slovakian first division team this season, averaging nine points per outing. Hall is a well-traveled guard, who has previously played in Finland, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania and Belarus. Last season he captured the Belarus championship title with BK Minsk, contributing 13 points a game.

Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg Force Teams Into A Lot Of Turnovers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their road game against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg game November 5th.

Congrats on the 92-77 derby win. How was it coming back to Tuebingen? How were you welcomed?

It was good going back to Tubingen and seeing some good friends. I was welcomed to an array of boos and signs calling me a traitor for going to Ulm.

ratiopharm Ulm is on a hot streak to start the season. What has been the main focus in practice this week?

Staying humble and continuing to work towards our goals each day.

The next opponent is the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. What has been your impression of this team? Possibly a second BG Goettingen in the making? lol

They have the coach and core group from Goettingen that made those teams successful, I would say that the philosophy is the same.

An interesting player for Wurzburg is Ivan Elliot. What is your memory of playing against him 2 seasons ago when he played for MBC?

I remember him being long and active on the court, able to knock down the 3 pt shot. Seems to have found a good niche with this team, playing to his strengths more than in MBC.

Is withstanding the Wurzburg pressure key for getting the win?

The s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg force teams into a lot of turnovers, taking care of the ball is a big key for us every game.

Your ex teammate at EnBW Ludwigsburg Frank Robinson joined the Artland Dragons. What is your nicest memory of him from your rookie season?

Frank is a good guy, he came late into our season and tried to help us make a push at the end. My fondest memory is him posterizing big Ken Johnson the opening play against Bonn.

What is easier winning a lottery or guessing when this NBA lockout will finally end? lol

I think that the lockout will be over sooner than later, too much at stake not to get a deal done.

Kobe Bryant has stated that he wants to be the Will Smith of the NBA. Who should be his Jada Pinket? lol

Not sure what Kobe is trying to get at with that statement. I would think his wife?

Thanks Dane for the chat



Marcus Slaughter (Brose Baskets Bamberg)I Would Rate My Left Handed Dunk Over Nedzad Sinanovic As One Of My 5 All Time Best - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) is a 26 year old 203cm forward from Riverside California. He played at San Diego State from 2003-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 16.5ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.2spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 49%, FT: 76.2%. He started his professional basketball career in Turkey for Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir playing 29 games averaging 13.3ppg, Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 1.3apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 67.2%. In 2007-2008, he was with the Miami Heat in preseason and then played in Israel and France for Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem, Israeli League: 8.0ppg, 6.4rpg, ULEB Cup: 5 games: 5.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, waived in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 signed at BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral 15 games: 9.5ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.4apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP-3 (63.2%), FT: 58.9%. in 2008-2009, he started with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8 games: 18.8ppg, 10.0rpg, 1.3apg, 2.6spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 59.8%, 3PT: 60.0%) before moving to France to Le Havre playing 21 games: 16.0ppg, Reb-1 (9.5rpg), 1.6apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 65.4%; Eurocup: 6 games: 12.2ppg, 8.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.8bpg. In 2009-2010, he played for Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (France-ProA): EuroCup: 6 games: 8.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.8spg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, FT: 76.7%; French League: 29 games: 12.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 64.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.1%. Last season, he played for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (Spain-ACB, starting five): 34 games: 9.9ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 67.5%. He is back in the Beko BBL with the Brose Baskets Bamberg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 79-78 loss against Malagain Euroleague play.

A tough 79-78 loss to Malaga in Euroleague play. The Brose Baskets Bamberg poured on 27 points in the first quarter. Were you surprised about the run and gun faster pace instead of more a defense typ of style?


I wasnt surprised about the style in the first quarter. That is how we like to play and we wanted to impose our style and get off to a good start quickly.

In the second quarter, Malaga came back and stifled Bamberg a bit with their zone. Why couldnt Bamberg react?

We werent hitting our shots and they started to hit more which allowed them to come back. We werent paying attention to details with their zone and we also had defensive lapses.

You had a monster left handed dunk over 221cm Nedzad Sinanovic. Where would you rate this dunk in the all time best of Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) dunks?

That is tough since I have had so many dunk. Since he is a seven footer and I was able to dunk over him, I would put this dunk in my top 5. The dunk was big at the time since we needed a push in the game and it got the crowd going.

You told me some weeks ago that you would be very motivated to play Malaga. Was it only because you played against them last season in the ACB?

Yes that and that I have many friends on the team and I know the coaches and they know me well. It is normal for a player to want to do extra well against a team where there are many friends playing.

In the second half, you had a sweet ally-op dunk from Anton Gavel. It seems like you two guys have a blind understanding on the court?

We do, but actually I didnt expect him to throw it up, but was expecting a bounce pass. Everyone knows pretty much anything that is thrown up near the basket, I will get. It was just one of those times where It was time to get it.

Near the end of the fourth quarter, defensive specialist Karsten Tadda nailed two huge three pointers. How big was his play at that juncture?

Karsten is a great shooter and we have so much confidence in him. He made some very tough shots in crunch time, usually shots where you dont expect from a young player, but we never have any doubt with him. He really stepped it up and proved again how important he can be.

Was not securing the last rebound which led to the winning bucket by Rodriguez as the key reason for losing the game?

I believe that you cant blame that one play as the sole reason for losing the game. There were many plays from the start to the end, like defensive mistakes, lost rebounds or missed free throws that have to contribute to us losing this game. That last rebound was a tough one, because it came off the rim so fast that it was a 50/50 chance of getting it. You have to give Rodriguez a lot of credit for making that incredible shot.

Can The Brose Baskets Bamberg quickly forget this loss and focus on the Fraport Skyliners?

I believe that we can. Last weekend we lost by 30 in Moscow and returned to play on the road in Hagen and won by 30. We have shown that we can bounce back and we will feel very comfortable playing at home.

The Fraport Skyliners are going through tough times are riding a three game losing streak. What will be key in getting the win?

We take no team lightly and will concentrate on ourselves. If we play our style and work hard then we always have a good chance to beat anyone.

Thanks Marcus for the chat.



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.






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A2: Week 6 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
In the 6th week of the A2 league the two top seated teams remain unbeaten as AS Apollon Patras beat Amyntas Dafnis with just one point, while AOK Ikaroi Serron succeeded a vital victory over the very good team of Lavrio, so the top two seats in the board remain exactly the same and at the same time the battle for the 3rd spot in the league continues with minus one team as the only team which lost was Lavrio, as OFI succeeded a crucial win over Ermis Lagkada, Panelefsiniakos did the same in its home court against Doxa Lefkadas and the same for Arkadikos as the beat the team of Nea Kifisia. So at this stage and after six weeks we have three groups in the league, the first one which is the two top seated, the second one which is the three teams which are following the first two with the same record (4-2) and the rest of the teams which they start on 3-3 and goes all the way to 0-6. The results and the scorers of this 6th week in more analysis are as follows:

OFI - Ermis Lagkada 82-62
OFI took an early lead in the game and kept it until the very end. The game was a derby in the first three quarters as the home team could not increase the deficit which was steady between 4-8 points, the team of Coach Baxevanis tried to cut the deficit but his key players in the fourth quarter got tired and since he had less options than his opponent Coach Vlahos, he lost totally in the fourth quarter with the deficit going once in the 15 points, the final score is not mirroring 100% the icon of the game as Ermis was competitive but due to lack of experience on behalf of the visitors, and due to the (once more) great game from the American guard Lewis and the Greek duet of Bardas and Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87), the 4th quarter was a real mess for the visitors, the score in the fourth quarter was 25-12
Quarters: 25-21, 40-38, 57-50 and the final 82-62
Top scorers:
OFI: Bardas and Stavros Toutziarakis 22 points per head, the second one dashed down 13 rebounds too, Lewis 18, Katiakos 11
Ermis Lagkada: Iliadis 17, Kekelis 12

AS Apollon Patras - Amyntas Dafnis 64-63
Another game and another victory made by Argiropoulos as the experienced guard scored the last victorious basket for his team 3 seconds before the end of the game and knock down the team of Coach Zavos who lost the game simply due to Argiropouloss performance as other than the last basket and the total of 18 points the Greek point guard dashed down 9 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal and was the MVP of the game. Coach Zavos saw his team to be very close a great road win but at the end not being able to succeed it.
Quarters: 18-25, 38-34, 46-50, 64-63.
Top scorers:
AS Apollon Patras: Nikos Argyropoylos (188-G-78) 18, Krolo 13 points and 7 rebounds, and Thanopoulos 10.
Amyntas: Leonidas Zoupas (182-G-82) 15 points and 9 assists, Sourlis 14, Vardianos 11

AOK Ikaroi Serron - Lavrio 68-65
For another one game (after the one against Apollon PAtras away), the players of Coach Serellis cant keep the difference they are gaining and they are losing a game of their own in the 4th and most crucial quarter. Evaggelis Margaritis (202-F/C-82), Totsios and Simeonidis were amazing and helped the team of Coach Smirniotis in a great extent. Coach Serellis needs to find his way as this is the 3rd negative result for his team (current record 3-3) and all three games were lost in the 4th quarter and at the end.
Quarters: 19-15, 36-36, 53-56, 68-65
Top scorers:
Ikaroi: Evaggelis Margaritis 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, Totsios 18, Simeonidis 12 points and 12 rebounds
Lavrio: Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) 17, Giannakopoulos and Kakiouzis 12 per head, Tirlas 11.

Panelefsiniakos - Doxa Lefkadas 86-72
The newcomer Darko Rallis was not able to help his team to succeed its first road win as he was not ready and finally wasnt able to play. Giannis Kyriakopoulos (185-G-83) was amazing for one more game and with 5 out of 5 three pointers and a total of 23 points in just 17 minutes put a tombstone in the dreams of Coach Vournas from the very beginning. When Giannis Kyriakopoulos is in the zone nobody can beat him and this is obvious in any team he played all these years.
Quarters: 29-16, 45-39, 63-55, 86-72
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: Giannis Kyriakopoulos 23, Magkounis 13, Manavopoulos 12, Nikou 11 and 7 assists, Deligiannis 10
Doxa: Orestis Matenidis (190-G-87) 18, Pettas 13, Libaris 12

Ermis Peramatos - AEK Argous 88-59
In a game of 30 points you dont say a lot. Papantoniou, Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) and Stevovic tried their best and together with Maglos they are four players, they need another 5 players at least to be able to dream of remaining in the division, otherwise is better to start programming their way to B Division earlier as their current record of 0-6 and
Quarters: 19-9, 39-26, 62-44, 88-59
Top scorers:
Ermis: Skoutaris 15, Michalos 10 and 5 assists, Dimitris Tsarouchas (197-G-86) 16, Pashalis and Koronidis 11 per head, and Spiliopoulso 10
AEK Argous: Papantoniou 15, Edi Sinadinovic 22, Stevovic 15

Panerythraikos - AEK Athens 79-80
Another home defeat at the end for coach Houhouls, this time it was AEK Athens to succeed the road win with top performer once more Fotis Vasilopoulos who scored 27 points and 6 assists followed by Sklavos who had double-double figures with 15 points and 10 rebounds. While coach Houhoulis saw Straganiotis and Giannis Rodostoglou (197-G-83) were doing their best but another one time losing the game in details. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) was the MVP of the week!
Quarters: 23-18, 43-41, 62-63, 79-80.
Top scorers:
Panerythraikos: Straganiotis 15 and 5 assists, Giannis Rodostoglou 19, Pritsos and Kontoudis 12 per head.
AEK Athens: Fotis Vasilopoulos 27, Sklavos 15, Kourtis 14

Pagrati - Pierikos Arhelaos 90-71
The victory which will change the psychology of the team was succeeded after 6 weeks for Coach Kalatzis team, over Pierikos Arhelaos. 5 players on double digits and a great second half could be the case to change the overall situation in the team of president Bogonikolos.
Quarters: 20-17, 40-33, 65-48, 90-71
Top scorers:
Pagrati: Giannis Dimakos (194-G-94) and Makris 18 each, Bracey 16, Sigounas 14, Veskoukis 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Pierikos: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 17, Pehlivanis 14, Maltesios and Martzos 10 each.




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Dimitris HARITOPOULOS
  Marousi
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 23
 1. Haritopoulos, Maro.23.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR21.5 
 3. Roby, Peristeri GS20.5 
 4. Taylor, Kavala19.5 
 5. Dikoudis, PAOK15.7 
 6. Tsamis, Kolossos15.0 
 7. Goree, PAOK15.0 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris15.0 
 9. Karapostolou, Kav.14.5 
 10. Charalampidi., KA.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gary FLOWERS
  KAOD
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Flowers, KAOD8.5 
 2. Charissis, Kolossos8.0 
 3. O''Bryant, Kavala8.0 
 4. Giddens, PAOK8.0 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos7.3 
 6. Papanikolaou, Olym.7.3 
 7. Kerusch, Aris7.0 
 8. Kojadinovic, Marou.7.0 
 9. Tsairelis, Aris6.5 
 10. Sato, Panathinai.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi9.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.7 
 3. Charalampidi., KAO.6.5 
 4. Xanthopoulos, Pani.6.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 6. Petroulas, Periste.6.0 
 7. James, Aris4.0 
 8. Keys, Panionios3.5 
 9. Calathes, Panathin.3.5 
 10. Wright, AGOR3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Sergio KERUSCH
  Aris
  (195-F-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kerusch, Aris3.5 
 2. James, Aris3.0 
 3. Roby, Peristeri GS2.5 
 4. Christmas, AGOR2.5 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.2.5 
 6. Taylor, Kavala2.0 
 7. Scott, Peristeri GS2.0 
 8. Batis, Panionios1.5 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.1.5 
 10. Mantzaris, Olympi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala3.5 
 2. Charissis, Kolossos2.5 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 4. Flowers, KAOD1.5 
 5. Sarikopoulos, Pani.1.0 
 6. Tsontzos, Marousi1.0 
 7. Roby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Papadopoulos, Olym.1.0 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 10. Zimic, Perister.1.0 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.23.3 
 2. Vasilopoulos, AEK20.8 
 3. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.8 
 4. Lewis, OFI19.8 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.19.8 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.18.5 
 7. Koronidis, Perama17.5 
 8. Gizogiannis, Arkad.17.2 
 9. Magounis, Panele.16.3 
 10. Michalos, Perama15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Lolas, Amyntas8.3 
 2. Sklavos, AEK7.5 
 3. Macheras, Panery.7.5 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI7.3 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.7.3 
 6. Kakiouzis, Lavrio7.0 
 7. Gamouras, Ermis L.7.0 
 8. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.7.0 
 9. Bracey, Pagrati6.8 
 10. Veskoukis, Pagrati6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.3 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas6.8 
 3. Makris, Pagrati6.5 
 4. Kaberidis, Ikaroi6.0 
 5. Koronidis, Perama4.8 
 6. Panagakis, OFI4.7 
 7. Iliadis, Ermis L.4.0 
 8. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.0 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apol.3.8 
 10. Straganiotis, Pan.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.2.3 
 2. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.0 
 3. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.8 
 4. Totsios, Ikaroi S.1.7 
 5. Dimakos, Pagrati1.7 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.1.7 
 7. Kallianotis, Paner.1.7 
 8. Veskoukis, Pagrati1.6 
 9. Lolas, Amyntas1.5 
 10. Pehlivanis, Ikaro.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikos LIBARIS-PSOMAS
  Doxa L.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.2 
 2. Katoufas, Panery.1.0 
 3. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 4. Psileas, Lavrio0.8 
 5. Bracey, Pagrati0.8 
 6. Michalopoulo., Nea0.8 
 7. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.7 
 8. Katiakos, OFI0.7 
 9. Koukounias, Nea K.0.7 
 10. Koutroulias, Pagr.0.7 


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


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 3-0 
 2. Kolossos 2-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 2-0 
 4. Peristeri GS 2-0 
 5. Kavala 2-1 
 6. AGOR 1-1 
 7. Panionios 1-1 
 8. PAOK 1-2 
 9. Ilysiakos 1-2 
 10. Aris 0-2 
 11. Ikaros 0-2 
 12. KAOD 0-2 
 13. Marousi 0-3 


A1: Week 3 1st Part - by Chris Mammides
In the 3rd week of the A1 league we had no surprises as the favorite teams beat their games whether home wins (PAOK) or road wins (Olympiakos, Kavala) and they proceeded as expected. The three games in more analysis were as follows:

AGOR - Olympiakos Piraeus 84-97
A great game took place in Crete, Rethymnon, where the home team of Coach Koufos proved once more that it will be a great competitor this season having in mind that they played without their major center (Nagys left the team earlier this week) and also the fact that they were playing against the second best team of the country. Coach Koufos received also two technical fouls in crucial moments of the game and in general words the game was beautiful and competitive until the end. IS among the game which brings people back to the courts, and makes them happy too, no matter the score will be. Printezis was very good on behalf of the visitors and is reminding the good old Printezis which we knew before his departure to the ACB league 1.5 years ago. While, Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple)s was the top scorer and top performer of the game as his 25 points is by far the most productive of all. It is worth mentioned that the deficit went to just nine points some seconds before the end of the game with the home team losing the chance to cut the deficit even more. Lastly, Katsiveliss performance was amazing for a second consecutive game.
Quarters: 23-23, 38-54, 59-76, 84-97
AGOR: Dionte Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple) 25, Wright 10, Johnson 10, Petway 13
Olympiakos: Hines 12, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82) 13, Gecevicius 11, Printezis 14, Katsivelis 10

Maroussi - Kavala 59-70
The home team of Coach Linardos which is still mantling and dismantling the roster due to FIBAs arbitration rules, with three players in the starting five who joined the team only 48 hours ago did all the best which was too little to beat Kavala. The team of Coach Priftis saw al three Americans to do great against Marousi and O Bryant performing his best game since he arrived in the Greek team. Furthermore, on a very close distance was the ex player of Marousi, Garrison who punish his ex team. Marousi still missing some players who are expected to join the team very soon, one of them being Savo Djiganovic. The newcomer Makis Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-F-78) was the top scorer for Marousi with just 2 training sessions with his new team.
Quarters: 11-19, 31-36, 41-55, 59-70.
Marousi: Prodromos Nikolaidis 15, Gagaloudis 12, Kommatos 13, Haritopoulos 11.
Kavala: Patrick O'Bryant (213-C-86, college: Bradley) 17 points and 11 rebounds, Garison 13, Pacalic 13

PAOK - Ilysiakos 84-70
Coach Markopoulos team was much better towards the end of the game and won the game quite easy at the end even though the difference of the 14 points not really says the whole truth about the difference of the two teams. PAOK has most definitely more experienced players while on the other hand Coach Flevarakis team with exception of Hatzis lacks experience and that was the key to success for PAOK. Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) was once more great and was followed by the talented Giannakidis who seems to be more solid this season, while Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) was once more the top scorer for his team. Ilysiakos saw its captain in his best game with the yellow jersey as KAselakis was magnificent tonight but he was all alone as Harding, Johnson and Gardener scored all and all 15 points, while Tompson was on a low productivity too with a 0/7 on threes, couldnt help a lot his team.
Quarters: 27-25, 50-44, 65-60, 84-70.
PAOK: Marcus Goree 23, Dimos Dikoudis 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, Giannakidis 16,
Ilysiakos: Hatzis 11, Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) 17



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


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden21.5 
 2. Anderson, Weert20.0 
 3. Acker, Nijmegen16.8 
 4. Wells, Zwolle16.0 
 5. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.7 
 6. Wesby, Groningen15.3 
 7. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.2 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen14.8 
 9. Sally, Rotterdam14.4 
 10. Turner, Den Bosch14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Robinson, Zwolle9.0 
 3. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.3 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.8 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.8 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 8. Jones, Rotterdam6.3 
 9. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.2 
 10. Hilliman, Leiden6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Den Bosch
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Turner, Den Bosch5.8 
 2. Anderson, Weert5.3 
 3. Harman, Weert4.8 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.5 
 5. Bell, Groningen4.3 
 6. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.2 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.3.4 
 8. Sanchez, Leeuw.2.8 
 9. de Paula, Leeuw.2.7 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.6 
Steals Per Game
 David GONZALVEZ
  Den B.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gonzalvez, Den B.3.3 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.8 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 6. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Jeter, Leeuwarden1.8 
 9. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
 10. de Randamie, Gron.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.6 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.3 
 4. Kennedy, Leiden1.0 
 5. Minter, Weert1.0 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 7. Wells, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Saaka, Zwolle0.8 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch0.8 
 10. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 


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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  Atomeromu
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Williams, Atomeromu25.5 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak22.8 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.22.5 
 4. Jones, Jaszberenyi21.5 
 5. Bell, Kormend21.3 
 6. Miskovic, Marso N.21.2 
 7. Timberlake, Falco-.20.8 
 8. El Amin, Albacomp20.5 
 9. Townes, Kormend19.3 
 10. Raivio, Kaposvari19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan MISKOVIC
  Marso N.
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Miskovic, Marso N.12.8 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.8 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen11.3 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak11.0 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.8 
 6. Szabo, Falco-Szova7.8 
 7. Bader, Szolnok7.6 
 8. Chism, Albacomp7.3 
 9. Raivio, Kaposvari7.3 
 10. Dawson, Jaszbere.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas KELLEY
  Kecskemeti
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kelley, Kecskemeti6.5 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.6.4 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.3 
 4. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.8 
 5. El Amin, Albacomp5.5 
 6. Wilson, Kaposvari5.3 
 7. Simon, Albacomp5.3 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok5.2 
 9. Ingram, FS Debre.4.8 
 10. Vasojevic, PVSK P.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.4.8 
 2. Szoegi, Szolnok4.0 
 3. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.3 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak2.8 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari2.5 
 6. Baki, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 8. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.5 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 10. Rubin, Soproni2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Townes, Kormend2.5 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.8 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.1.6 
 4. Morgen, Atomeromu1.5 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.5 
 6. Juhos, Albacomp1.0 
 7. Nailon, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Bader, Szolnok1.0 
 9. Ivosev, Szedeak1.0 
 10. Levy, Szedeak1.0 


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  ICELAND   


Express L. round 5 best performance: Quincy Hankins-Cole - by Eurobasket News
American forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Snaefell, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The -year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Njardvik (#9, 2-3) with 22-point margin 89-67. Snaefell is placed at 7th position in Icelandic Express L.. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Snaefell will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. It's Hankins-Cole's second year at Snaefell and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Quincy Hankins-Cole has solid league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 14.2rpg. Hankins-Cole is in league's top in and averages impressive 54.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was -year old American Mike Ringgold (200-F) of Thor Thorl. Ringgold had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Thor Thorl lost that game 86-97 to slightly higher-ranked Stjarnan (#3, 4-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Thor Thorl still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Ringgold is a newcomer at Thor Thorl, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American swingman Jovonni Shuler (193-G/F-87) of Haukar (#10). Shuler scored 12 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Haukar, leading his team to a 78-73 win against slightly higher-ranked Fjolnir (#8, 2-3). Haukar can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Shuler he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Shuler has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.0rpg (4th best). Shuler attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Christopher Smith (198-F-82) of Haukar - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) of Valur - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Trey Hampton (201-F-87) of Tindastoll - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. James Bartolotta (193-G-86) of IR - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77) of IR - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. David Tairu (191-G-86) of KR - 21 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Maccabi Haifa tab Qyntel Woods - by Eurobasket News
Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) is heading to Israel. The forward has agreed on terms of contract with Maccabi Haifa. Qyntel Woods started the previous season in Russia. He played for Krasnie Krilya Samara. His stats read 5.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal per EuroCup game. In December the forward moved to Poland. Qyntel Woods signed contract with Asseco Prokom Gdynia. He averaged 5.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 steal per PLK appearance. Previously Qyntel Woods had stints in the NBA, Greece, Italy and Poland. Eurobasket.com named Qyntel Woods All-Polish League Forward of the Year both in 2009 and 2010.

J.J. Hickson's Officially Released From Bnei, Will Trevor Booker Return? - by David Pick
An intense emergency meeting this afternoon between Bnei Hasharon's management and J.J. Hickson resulted in a mutual agreement where Hickson would return to the US, leaving Tel-Aviv early tomorrow (Sunday) morning.

Hickson's Israeli adventure probably won't be remembered for the best. A delayed flight caused him to land without any suitcases, sending him on a quick trip to the shopping mall for some clothes and a pair of game shoes. After trying to fit in, Hickson decided Israel wasn't for him and turned to the management, asking for his release. The shocking request was eventually answered with a yes and Hikcson is expected to land in Atlanata on Monday. Hickson's only Israeli league experience includes a 119:80 blowout to Hapoel Holon, recording 20 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 turnovers in a 32-minutes losing effort.

Trevor Booker Returns?

On a positive note, Bnei Hasharon's first NBAer Trevor Booker, who left Israel (injury) without playing an official game, is successfully rehabbing with specialists in Dallas. Booker, who's been closely following his Israeli team from a distance, expressed great interest in returning to holy-land indicating that if all goes well, his comeback might be within the next two weeks. 'I'm in the process of rehabbing daily and getting back to my full strength.' Booker told Eurobasket adding, 'my focus is to get better and I'm really looking forward to reuniting with my Bnei family.' In response to Booker's possible return a team source said to Eurobasket, 'Booker's return depends only on the NBA lockout. We didn't terminate his contract, but simply put it on hold while he rehabs. If Booker wants to come back, we'll welcome him with open arms. He's an exceptional talented player, a great guy and a locker room favorite.'

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick


Avery Bradley Leaves Jerusalem Early, Jarvis Varnado Ditches Practice - by David Pick
Hapoel Jerusalem will play Netanya on Tuesday on the road, but as of now, it's locker room is shacking. Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley is yet to decide if he'd suit up for the game or not and other locker room brawls between American and Israeli players, and Israeli players amongst themselves have already begun. This, after playing just three league games. Bradley, who's signed on an NBA out deal, averaged 14 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two Israeli league games.

With forty minutes into the team's practice this evening, Israeli forward Dan Grunfeld accidentally hit Bradley in the mouth. The Celtics guard's lip was split instantly and Bradley sat out for a breather. When asked to return to practice, Bradley was still shaken up and preferred to stay on the sidelines. At this point, the team's GM urged Bradley to take the court. Team affiliated members told Bradley that if he doesn't take the court, they'd cancel his flight. According to his teammates, Bradley's been 'killing' in practice, playing at a high level on a daily bases and wasn't deserved to be treated the way he was. Bradley, who's signed on an NBA out deal,
averaged 14 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two Israeli league games.

Another incident in Jerusalem took place in tonight's intense practice revolving around American big man Jarvis Varnado. Apparently, Varnado left practice hitting the showers early after being upset with a number of calls and refusing to practice. As a result, sources tell Eurobasket that Varnado was fined $10,000 on the spot. In addition, Hapoel decided to release Israeli guard Andrew Salop.

See Bradley's decision to leave Jerusalem on Twitter - twitter.com/#/DubiPick/status/131813906787217408

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi18.2 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH16.7 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.16.2 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.16.1 
 5. Kanamaru, Panasoni.15.6 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.3 
 7. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.14.6 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.1 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.4 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.7 
 3. McFarlin, Tochigi9.5 
 4. O''Bannon, Panason.9.1 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.9 
 6. Moss, Toshiba BT8.6 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 8. Allen, Mitsubis.7.7 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.4 
 10. Maraker, Hitac.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.3 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.4 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.0 
 7. Kawamura, Tochigi2.9 
 8. Ito, Toyota Alvark2.9 
 9. Nishimura, Hitac.2.9 
 10. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.4 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.6 
 5. Tabuse, Tochigi1.6 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 7. Sato, Hitachi SR1.4 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.3 
 9. Kataoka, Tochigi1.3 
 10. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.1 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.8 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.1 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.1.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. McFarlin, Tochigi1.0 
 8. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota0.8 
 10. Allen, Mitsubis.0.7 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 8-1 
 2. Toyota Alvark 8-1 
 3. Hitachi SR 6-3 
 4. Mitsubishi DD 5-4 
 5. Hokkaido L. 5-5 
 6. Tochigi Brex 3-7 
 7. Panasonic T. 2-7 
 8. Toshiba BT 0-9 


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


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


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. Pakamanis, Juven.15.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.8 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.4 
 8. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.13.4 
 10. Lowe, Kedainiai13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.10.0 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.8.0 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.7 
 5. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 6. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.0 
 7. Matulionis, Techas.6.8 
 8. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.8 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.6.7 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris6.5 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai5.4 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas4.4 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.0 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 8. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.0 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai4.0 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas2.5 
 3. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai2.3 
 5. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 6. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 7. Zukauskas, Siauliai2.0 
 8. Long, Siauliai2.0 
 9. Broadus, Siauliai1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BARNES
  Kedainiai
  (204-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.4 
 4. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 5. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 6. Staniulis, Techasas1.0 
 7. Volkus, Juventus1.0 
 8. Johnson, Naglis P.1.0 
 9. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Joneliunas, Sakal.1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.8 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.1 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta21.6 
 4. Lengvinas, Nafta20.0 
 5. Rakauskas, Radvili.18.1 
 6. Sragauskis, LKKA-.18.0 
 7. Pancerevas, Silute17.9 
 8. Mineikis, Radvilis.17.9 
 9. Brown, Mazeikiai17.3 
 10. Jucikas, AB.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Audrius MINEIKIS
  Radviliskis
  (201-F-77)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Mineikis, Radvilis.10.7 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.6 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.10.1 
 4. Tamasevicius, Silu.8.6 
 5. Vaitiekunas, Triob.8.3 
 6. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.9 
 7. Jogela, Zalgir.7.9 
 8. Jucikas, AB.7.9 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.7 
 10. Kazakauskas, Naf.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.6 
 2. Varanauskas, Stat.5.6 
 3. Razutis, Silute5.4 
 4. Kvedaraviciu., Del.5.1 
 5. Rakauskas, Radvili.5.0 
 6. Artamonov, Meresta4.9 
 7. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 8. Venskus, Nafta U.4.5 
 9. Kurauskas, AB.4.4 
 10. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.3.1 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.6 
 3. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.6 
 4. Vileita, Perla.2.2 
 5. Kazakauskas, Naft.2.0 
 6. Venskus, Nafta U.2.0 
 7. Brown, Mazeikiai2.0 
 8. Malasauskas, LKKA.1.9 
 9. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.8 
 2. Jucikas, AB.1.9 
 3. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.4 
 5. Stakenas, Statyba1.4 
 6. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.2 
 7. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.1 
 8. Kymantas, Zalgir.1.0 
 9. Anglickis, Statyba1.0 
 10. Giedraitis, ABRO-.1.0 


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


NKL Round 10 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 10 in NKL was guest Radviliskis' (#2) road victory over Statyba (#3) 100-87 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Statyba managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis shot 62.1 percent from the field. Radviliskis outrebounded Statyba 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) fired 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!) for the winners. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Forward Lukas Kazlauskas (188-92) produced 18 points for lost side. Radviliskis maintains second position with 7-3 record behind leader Delikatesas. Statyba at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Radviliskis are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#16) in Siauliai in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Statyba will play on the road against Meresta (#12) in Pakruojis and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked S.Marciulionio in Siauliai 73-67. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Julius Jucikas contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for S.Marciulionio. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ABRO-Universitetas maintains sixteenth position with 2-8 record. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Silute and Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. S.Marciulionio will play against Matinga-Juod. (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Delikatesas delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Silute (4-6) 86-68 in Joniskis. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis scored 25 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Evaldas Jurkus responded with 24 points. Delikatesas maintains first position with 8-2 record. Silute lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Meresta and S.Marciulionio. Delikatesas will meet Perlas-MRU (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Silute will play against Triobet (#10) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (6-4) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Meresta (4-6) 63-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. Liudas Radavicius notched 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Meresta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Silute and S.Marciulionio. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. dropped to the third position with four games lost. Meresta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Statyba (#5) in Vilnius and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Matinga-Juod. will play against S.Marciulionio.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Moletai. Local Ezerunas-Karys (5-5) outscored 9th ranked Triobet (5-5) 90-60 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triobet. B. Steponenas fired 29 points for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Triobet and LKKA-Atletas. Ezerunas-Karys will face higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 10 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Perlas-MRU defeated Gargzdai in Vilnius 90-84. Nafta Universitetas beat LKKA-Atletas at home 86-76. Zalgiris-Sabonio won against Mazeikiai on the opponent's court 98-90.


Gargzdai - Perlas-MRU 84-90

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (3-7) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Perlas-MRU (6-4) 90-84 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-18. But Gargzdai-Bremena won second period 25-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Four Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Renatas Jonelis (201-84) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and center Arturas Gudaitis (208-93) added 17 points and 13 rebounds respectively for lost side. Perlas-MRU moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Gargzdai-Bremena dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Perlas-MRU will face league's leader Delikatesas in Joniskis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Gargzdai-Bremena will play on the road against LKKA-Atletas (#9) in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: R.Jonelis 25+8reb+2ast, A.Gudaitis 17+13reb, K.Timofejevas 13+4ast, M.Grigaitis 8+3reb+4ast, D.Matutis 7+1reb+3ast, L.Lucinskas 6+1reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 20+8reb+2ast, K.Brusokas 19+11reb+1ast, P.Semaska 12+6reb+5ast, M.Virbalas 10+1reb, G.Vileita 8+3reb+4ast, E.Molosciakas 7+3ast
gschID: 148340


Ezerunas-Karys - Triobet 90-60

The game with biggest result difference took place in Moletai. Local Ezerunas-Karys (5-5) outscored 9th ranked Triobet (5-5) 90-60 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Triobet. The game was mostly controlled by Ezerunas-Karys. Triobet was better in fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Triobet to just 5 points in first quarter. Benas Steponenas fired 29 points for the winners. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) chipped in 7 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) produced 16 points and forward Vytautas Kruzikas (199-89) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Triobet and LKKA-Atletas. Ezerunas-Karys will face higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (#3) in Kaunas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Triobet: T.Sebeziovas 16+3reb+1ast, A.Urbonas 10+2reb, V.Kruzikas 9+5reb, I.Dauksys 6+1reb, E.Zukas 5+5reb, P.Vaitiekunas 4+5reb
Ezerunas-Karys: B.Steponenas 29+3reb+1ast, M.Kugauda 16+3reb+2ast, G.Andrijauskas 14+11ast, E.Narusis 9+9reb, J.Narusis 8+3reb, K.Sestokas 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148341


ABRO-Univ. - S.Marciulionio 73-67

Bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak. This time they won against tenth-ranked S.Marciulionio in Siauliai 73-67. S.Marciulionio was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. ABRO-Universitetas brought some defensive toughness making 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Tomas Lekunas (195-93) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) added 16 points in the effort for S.Marciulionio. Five S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ABRO-Universitetas maintains sixteenth position with 2-8 record. S.Marciulionio at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Silute and Meresta. ABRO-Universitetas will play against league's second-placed Radviliskis on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. S.Marciulionio will play against Matinga-Juod. (#4) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: J.Elvikis 16+2reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 13+3reb, T.Lekunas 12+9reb+2ast, M.Niparavicius 10+5reb+1ast, V.Trepocka 10+6reb, G.Kulbis 3+1reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: R.Giedraitis 23+5reb+3ast, J.Jucikas 19+8reb+1ast, N.Mika 16+3reb+6ast, E.Vaupsas 4+1reb+3ast, T.Stankunas 3+2reb, E.Grikstas 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 148342


Delikatesas - Silute 86-68

Leader Delikatesas delivered the eighth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 11th ranked Silute (4-6) 86-68 in Joniskis. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Delikatesas looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) scored 25 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) chipped in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Delikatesas players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) responded with 24 points and guard Vitalis Pancerevas (183-87, college: Weatherford JC) scored 19 points. Delikatesas maintains first position with 8-2 record. Silute lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Meresta and S.Marciulionio. Delikatesas will meet Perlas-MRU (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Silute will play against Triobet (#10) in Jonava and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Jurkus 24+4reb+2ast, V.Pancerevas 19+4reb+2ast, I.Razutis 11+2reb+2ast, A.Kaubrys 8+6reb+1ast, M.Tamasevicius 4+9reb+1ast, A.Cizikas 2
Delikatesas: V.Uzkuraitis 25+3reb+6ast, V.Jatulevicius 20+6reb+4ast, A.Kvedaravicius 13+7reb+8ast, M.Keras 11+10reb, V.Pikalavicius 6+5reb+2ast, I.Lianzbergas 6+2reb
gschID: 148343


Matinga-Juod. - Meresta 63-79

We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Matinga-Juod. (6-4) lost at home to fifteenth ranked Meresta (4-6) 63-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Matinga-Juod.. The game was mostly controlled by Meresta. Matinga-Juod. was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) notched 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) supported him with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Meresta players scored in double figures. Even 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Arunas Krivonis (196-82) did not help to save the game for Matinga-Juod.. Center Paulius Gvazdaitis (208-89) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Matinga-Juod.'s coach Mindaugas Sagaitis tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Meresta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Silute and S.Marciulionio. Newly promoted Matinga-Juod. dropped to the third position with four games lost. Meresta's next round opponent will be higher ranked Statyba (#5) in Vilnius and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Matinga-Juod. will play against S.Marciulionio.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: P.Gvazdaitis 14+5reb, A.Krivonis 12+5reb+4ast, K.Pupinis 10+7reb+2ast, A.Zibuda 8+6reb, M.Uzupis 6+2reb, Z.Kuklierius 5+5reb+5ast
Meresta: L.Radavicius 25+7reb+1ast, A.Galkauskas 18+8reb, A.Maneikis 12+12reb+3ast, S.Slivka 12+8reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 6+3reb+2ast, D.Marcinkevicius 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 148336


Nafta Universitetas - LKKA-Atletas 86-76

Everything could happen in Klaipeda at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas and 8th ranked LKKA-Atletas had identical 5-4 record. This time Nafta Universitetas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Kaunas 86-76 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 38-21 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Nafta Universitetas outrebounded LKKA-Atletas 45-23 including a 20-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. LKKA-Atletas was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) fired 24 points for the winners. Guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) produced 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Arunas Sakalauskas (188-91) added 12 points respectively for lost side. LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nafta Universitetas (6-4) moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser LKKA-Atletas keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Nafta Universitetas will face Mazeikiai (#15) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. LKKA-Atletas will play against Gargzdai-Bremena (#14).
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 20+5reb+4ast, A.Sakalauskas 12+3reb, V.Sragauskis 11+4reb, T.Urbonas 9+5reb, D.Gricius 8+3reb+3ast, M.Staniukaitis 5+2ast
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 24+4reb+2ast, V.Chodosovskis 14+10reb+2ast, M.Kumpys 14+12reb+2ast, H.Venskus 11+1reb+2ast, J.Kazakauskas 5+5reb+1ast, V.Tarolis 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 148337


Mazeikiai - Zalgiris-Sabonio 90-98

Very expected game when 14th ranked Mazeikiai (3-7) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (6-4) 98-90 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 35-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zalgiris-Sabonio forced 19 Mazeikiai turnovers. Forward Rolandas Jakstas (200-92) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Latvian guard Kaspars Vecvagars (191-93) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Zalgiris-Sabonio's coach Saulius Stombergas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Janas Jurgo (200-83) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Five Zalgiris-Sabonio and four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Zalgiris-Sabonio moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Mazeikiai keeps the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio will face Ezerunas-Karys (#8) in Moletai in the next round where they are favorite. Mazeikiai will play on the road against Nafta Universitetas (#7) in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: J.Jurgo 24+7reb+1ast, M.Norkus 16+6reb+5ast, P.Brown 12+2reb+2ast, R.Trakimas 10+8reb+1ast, D.Vaitelis 9+3reb, M.Sidlauskas 8+2reb+2ast
Zalgiris-Sabonio: R.Jakstas 19+8reb+2ast, J.Tamulis 17+3reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 13+1reb+4ast, K.Vecvagars 13+5reb+4ast, R.Simanavicius 11+3reb+2ast, N.Barauskas 9+3reb+1ast
gschID: 148338


Statyba - Radviliskis 87-100

The biggest surprise of round 10 in NKL was guest Radviliskis' (#2) road victory over Statyba (#3) 100-87 on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Radviliskis. Statyba managed to win second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radviliskis shot 62.1 percent from the field. Radviliskis outrebounded Statyba 33-20 including 20 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 30 assists. Forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) fired 34 points (!!!), 7 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all thirteen shots !!!) for the winners. Guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) chipped in 25 points and 4 assists. Forward Lukas Kazlauskas (188-92) produced 18 points and guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radviliskis maintains second position with 7-3 record behind leader Delikatesas. Statyba at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with 4 other teams. Radviliskis are looking forward to face bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (#16) in Siauliai in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Statyba will play on the road against Meresta (#12) in Pakruojis and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Statyba: L.Kazlauskas 18+4reb+3ast, V.Luksa 16+1reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 13+2reb, M.Budzinauskas 12+1reb, O.Varanauskas 9+5reb+10ast, R.Sugintas 9+2reb
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 34+7reb+5ast, T.Rakauskas 25+2reb+4ast, R.Grinius 11+6reb+1ast, J.Ramanauskas 10+8reb+6ast, M.Pukinskas 9+1reb+6ast, Z.Petraitis 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 148339




NKL round 9 best performance: Osvaldas Olisevicius - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-F-93) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for S.Marciulionio, receiving a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 18-year old player was the main contributor (24 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Delikatesas (#1, 7-2) 89-78. S.Marciulionio is placed at 10th position in NKL. S.Marciulionio is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. In the team's last game Olisevicius had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be S.Marciulionio's top player in his first season with the team. Osvaldas Olisevicius averages this season 13.2ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys. Ambrulaitis had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ezerunas-Karys lost that game 85-95 to the higher-ranked Perlas-MRU (#6, 5-4). This loss caused Ezerunas-Karys to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Ambrulaitis is one of the most experienced players at Ezerunas-Karys and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Meresta (#15). Maneikis got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of Meresta, leading his team to a 100-80 easy win against the higher-ranked Nafta Universitetas (#7, 5-4). The chances of Meresta not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Maneikis could try to bring Meresta's a little bit higher in the standings. Maneikis has individually a great season in Lithuania. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.0ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 33 points and 4 rebounds
6. Gintautas Vileita (194-G-75) of Perlas-MRU - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-G-85) of Delikatesas - 29 points and 9 rebounds
9. Tadas Sebeziovas (183-G-85) of Triobet - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-C-87) of Triobet - 19 points, 9 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)


Best players of LKL round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Rudupis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Techasas (#11, 0-4) with 25-point margin 81-56. Rudupis maintains the 2nd position in LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Rudupis already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. It's Butkevicius' second year at Rudupis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Butkevicius has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 70.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old former international power forward Aurimas Adomaitis (206-PF-87) of Kedainiai. Adomaitis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Kedainiai to another comfortable win 76-61 over Naglis Palangos (#12, 0-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Kedainiai to move up to 8th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Kedainiai managed to get this year. Adomaitis is a newcomer at Kedainiai and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

The third best performed player last round was American Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Siauliai (#3). Broadus showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Siauliai, leading his team to a 97-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Juventus (#7, 2-3). Siauliai started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Broadus turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Broadus has a great season in Lithuania. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.4apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) of Lietuvos rytas - 18 points and 8 rebounds
5. Gediminas Orelikas (199-G/F-90) of Rudupis - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) of Siauliai - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) of Juventus - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86) of Naglis Palangos - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Mindaugas Zukauskas (201-F-75) of Siauliai - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) of Lietuvos rytas - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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LNBP Round 23: Halcones Rojos beat Abejas by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Abejas (10-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Halcones Rojos (16-3) in Guanajuato on Friday. The visitors from Veracruz managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Halcones Rojos made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) answered with 34 points (!!!) for Abejas. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Halcones Rojos maintains second place with 16-3 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Abejas at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Halcones Rojos are looking forward to face Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play at home against Halcones UV Xalapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (17-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Panteras (7-14) in Monterrey 103-73. It was a great evening for international guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. Mike Mitchell helped adding 14 points. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Fuerza Regia maintains first place with 17-4 record. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Barreteros (#6) in Zacatecas in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Panteras will play on the road against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to seventh ranked Pioneros (11-8) 122-71 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Stephen Soriano who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Eric Martin came up with 29 points for Volcanes in the defeat. Pioneros maintains seventh place with 11-8 record. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Pioneros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Volcanes will play again against Pioneros (#7) in Cancun and hope to get finally their first victory.
Tenth-ranked Correcaminos (8-12) were very close to win a game against sixth ranked Soles (14-9) in Mexicali. Soles managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Greg Smith who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Soles have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Correcaminos at the other side keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Soles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Correcaminos will play on the road against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan.

In the last two games of round 23 Huracanes smashed Aguilas Rojas on the road 115-78. Toros won against Barreteros on its own court 89-74.



Volcanes - Pioneros 71-122

Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 23th consecutive match to seventh ranked Pioneros (11-8) 122-71 on Friday evening. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 36. They outrebounded Volcanes 40-17 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Mesa St.) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 7 rebounds. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) accounted for 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized American swingman Eric Martin (196-71) came up with 29 points and American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) added 12 points and 8 assists respectively for Volcanes in the defeat. Pioneros maintains seventh place with 11-8 record. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings. Pioneros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Volcanes will play again against Pioneros (#7) in Cancun and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: S.Soriano 28+7reb+1ast, L.Hickerson 26+5reb+3ast, H.Llamas 18+5reb+4ast, A.Esparza 16+3reb, J.Millsap 12+7reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 10+1ast
Volcanes: E.Martin 29+4reb+2ast, J.Perez 13+1ast, L.Morinia 12+8ast, D.Chambers 6+3reb+3ast, A.Garundo 6+2reb, G.Gutierrez 2+3reb
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Fuerza Regia - Panteras 103-73

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (17-4) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Panteras (7-14) in Monterrey 103-73. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fuerza Regia forced 28 Panteras turnovers. It was a great evening for international guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) helped adding 14 points. Fuerza Regia's coach Reginald Jordan felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds and the former international guard Karim Malpica (190-78, agency: SportsList Inc.) scored 15 points. Five Fuerza Regia and four Panteras players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia maintains first place with 17-4 record. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 14 games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Barreteros (#6) in Zacatecas in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Panteras will play on the road against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: A.Joseph Tyronzic 20+3reb, D.Smith 14+3reb+2ast, M.Mitchell 14+3reb+3ast, C.Roberts 14+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 11+6reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 10+1reb+4ast
Panteras: K.Malpica 15+4reb+1ast, I.Lopez 15+9reb+1ast, R.Melendez 12+1reb+1ast, M.Bryant 12+3reb+1ast, J.Tesis 9+10reb, S.Bowie 9+4reb
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Abejas - Halc.Rojos 82-85

Eighth-ranked Abejas (10-12) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked Halcones Rojos (16-3) in Guanajuato on Friday. The visitors from Veracruz managed to secure only three-point victory 85-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Halcones Rojos made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) contributed with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) answered with 34 points (!!!) and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) added 18 points and 18 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Five Halcones Rojos and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Halcones Rojos maintains second place with 16-3 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Abejas at the other side keep the eighth position with 12 games lost. Halcones Rojos are looking forward to face Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play at home against Halcones UV Xalapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 18+9reb, C.Rivera 15+5reb+1ast, P.Stoll 15+1reb+3ast, G.Vargas 12+5reb+4ast, D.Cortes 10+2reb, A.Solares 5+2reb
Abejas: L.Wade 34+1reb+3ast, M.McHugh 18+18reb, J.Verdejo 15+1reb+5ast, M.Jackson 10+13reb, V.Buelna 3+1reb+1ast, C.Castillo 2+1reb
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Soles - Corr.Victoria 87-86

Tenth-ranked Correcaminos (8-12) were very close to win a game against sixth ranked Soles (14-9) in Mexicali. Soles managed to secure only one-point victory 87-86. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-18 Correcaminos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-86 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St.) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) produced 26 points and 8 assists and naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) added 21 points respectively for the guests. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Soles have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place. Correcaminos at the other side keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Soles' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Correcaminos will play on the road against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan.
Top scorers:
Soles: G.Smith 25+11reb+1ast, D.Fells 14+8reb+1ast, J.Griffin 11+2reb+3ast, C.Edwards 9+3reb, J.Luis Bucio 9+2reb, R.Lopez 5+2reb+1ast
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 26+3reb+8ast, F.Harris 21+4reb, J.Penny 12+8reb, G.Burris 10+1reb+2ast, D.Brannon 9+10reb+1ast, S.Monreal 4+3reb+4ast
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Aguilas Rojas - Huracanes 78-115

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Huracanes (14-8) crushed 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (3-20) in San Juan 115-78. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 42 and made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Huracanes players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. U.S. Virgin Isl. Swingman Jason Edwin (197-81, college: Kent St.) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) produced 20 points, 9 assists and 6 steals and power forward Felipe Sanchez (202-74) added 12 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Huracanes maintains fourth place with 14-8 record. Aguilas Rojas lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 20 games lost. Huracanes' next round opponent will be Soles (#5) in Mexicali. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: O.Quintero 22+3reb+7ast, L.Davis 16+4reb, R.Hornsby 16+6reb+4ast, J.Edwin 14+8reb+4ast, E.Albor 11+2reb, A.Gomez 10+2reb+2ast
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 20+2reb+9ast, D.Mercer 12+2reb+5ast, F.Sanchez 12+13reb+2ast, L.Enrique Rangel 9+1ast, E.Hare 8+3reb, A.Velarde 5+2reb+2ast
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Toros - Barreteros 89-74

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Barreteros (13-9) lost to third ranked Toros (15-6) in Nuevo Laredo 74-89. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Barreteros was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Ofoegbu chipped in 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Toros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) produced 29 points and American guard Melvin Council (191-82, college: Robert Morris) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Toros have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 15-6 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Barreteros at the other side dropped to the sixth position with nine games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to win another game. Barreteros will play on the road against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.OFOEGBU 24+3reb, D.Pearson 22+5reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 13+5reb+6ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 10+1reb, E.Manuel Guzman 8+5reb, J.Lopez 7+4reb+2ast
Barreteros: F.Fisher 29+4reb+1ast, M.Council 15+4reb+2ast, S.Cuevas 10+2ast, J.Reaves 9+5reb+4ast, R.Loera Almanza 7+3ast, C.Twan Briggs 4+6reb
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Smith's double-double lands him LNBP Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
20-year old center Greg Smith (208-C-91) put on an amazing game in the last round for Soles and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 23.
He had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Corr.Victoria (#10, 8-12) 87-86. Soles is placed at 5th position in LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Soles will need more victories to improve their 14-9 record. Smith turned to be Soles' top player in his first season with the team. Fresno State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Smith is in league's top in points (7th best: 13.2ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 67.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Pioneros. He is American guard in his first season at Pioneros. In the last game Hickerson recorded impressive 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Pioneros to another comfortable win outscoring Volcanes (#14, 0-23) 122-71. Pioneros' 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hickerson is a newcomer at Pioneros and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Pioneros' star - forward Stephen Soriano (201-F-84). Soriano scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Pioneros, helping his team with a 122-71 easy win against Volcanes (#14, 0-23). Pioneros needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Soriano has a very solid season. In 13 games in Mexico he scored 6.2ppg. Stephen Soriano has also Mexican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Abejas - 34 points and 3 assists
5. Omar Quintero (183-G-81) of Huracanes - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Daryl Dorsey (185-PG-81) of Aguilas Rojas - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Myron Allen (180-PG-79) of Corr.Victoria - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Mattis McHugh (198-F-84) of Abejas - 18 points and 18 rebounds
9. Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) of Barreteros - 29 points and 4 rebounds

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


Toros return Ike Ofoegbu - by Eurobasket News
Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) signed a deal in Mexico. He returned to Toros for rest of the LNBP season. Ofoegbu started it in Argentina as a member of Gimnasia Comodoro. He had 11.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 11 games in Liga A. Ofoegbu already played for Toros in 2009/10 and 2010/11. He was one of their best players in both seasons. In the latest one Ofoegbu averaged 17.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for 38 games. He led Toros to LNBP title. In the past, Ofoegbu played for the Belgian team Gent. Ike Ofoegbu was a member of the Nigerian NT at the AfroBasket 2011 in Madagascar. He had 5.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 6 games at this event.

Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 17-4 
 2. Halc.Rojos 16-3 
 3. Toros 15-6 
 4. Huracanes 14-8 
 5. Soles 14-9 
 6. Barreteros 13-9 
 7. Pioneros 11-8 
 8. Abejas 10-12 
 9. Halc.Xalapa 9-4 
 10. Corr.Victoria 8-12 
 11. Lechugueros 8-13 
 12. Panteras 7-14 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 3-20 
 14. Volcanes 0-23 


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Buducnost continues it's winning streak - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost had no problems tonight to beat Krka in Moraca hall although the final result doesn't say so- 84:80. The guest from Slovenia got the first win of the season in the last round against Hemofarm and they came to Podgorica without any pression but Buducnost was well prepared for the game. Buducnost opened the game well, had a huge lead during the most of the game, but in the forth quarter Krka players were able to cut the lead and the final result is not a realistic picture of the events on the floor.

Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) shined again with 21 point and 20 rebounds! The fans now can only keep their fingers crossed and pray that the NBA lock-out lasts as long as possible because Vucevic is the key member of Buducnost and one of best best talents ever see in blu and white jersey. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 12 points each. On the other side, Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) had 17 points and 8 rebounds and Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) 14 points.


Teodo Humanitarian Action. Help Slaven Tripovic to beat the Evil Disease - by Darko Pekic
KK Teodo has been for years the most successful sport society in Tivat. Besides the good results on basketball court, they are also very active in the Community. The new iniciative organized by this club has a humanitarian character. The objective is to help the young 13 year old Slaven Tripovic to beat a disease which can influence his life and future. Slaven is a member of KK Teodo junior team and for that reason also all fans are invited to attend today the Round 4 Erste Basketball Leaue game against Danilovgrad in Zupa hall (18h). The income from this game will be forwarded to the bank account 'Help Slaven Tripovic'. The bank account number is 550- 12117-10 ( Podgoricka Banka) and everybody is invited to give a small contribution for Slaven's health.

Eurobasket.com Team


Erste Basketball League: Round 4. Podgorica did it again! - by Darko Pekic
KK Podgorica made another surprise. After a surprising away win against Ulcinj last week, they got another win against glorious Lovcen side and they are definitely the biggest surprise of the season. Tonight they won again in a tied game after a steal made by Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) who scored an easy basket. The guests had 12 seconds to get an overtime or win with a three point shot but the good Podgorica defense prevented that scenario.

Sutjeska, the other newcomer, won also. They had an easy task against ABS Primorje thanks to Filip Zarubica (94) (21 points) and Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91) (18 points). Bogoljub Devrnja (203-F/C-79, agency: 011 Sports) scored 16 points for the guests while Petar Brajovic added 14.

Teodo crashed Danilovgrad at home. The young Dusan Milosevic (198-G-91, agency: BeoExcell) ran the show with 16 points, he was assisted by another talented youngster, Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) (12 points) and other 4 players with double digits! For the guests, ex Buducnost player Bojan Ratkovic (181-G-92) scored 26 points. The game had a special humanitary character because all the income from 200 paid tickets will go to the 13 year old Slaven Tripovic who fights against an evil desease. Good luck Slaven!

Jedinstvo is still the only side without a victory in the new season. Although they played a great game in Budva and had a lead during the most of the match, they lost it and they will have a slepless night after another loss. However, if they continue to play like tonight they will have no problem to stay in the League. Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) (12 points) and Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) (11) were better than others in the home team while Jedinstvo had the excelent Arso Lekovic (198-F-90) who scored 17 points.

The derby match Ulcinj- Mornar is postponed due to the illness of some first team members.

SUTJESKA - ABS PRIMORJE 74:65 (21:11, 13:20, 19:17, 21:17)

Nikic - Sports center. Spectators: 400. Referees: Kicovic (Bar), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Popovic (Podgorica).

Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica 21, Pavlovic, Jovanovic, Grabovica, Popovic 10, Dragicevic 7, Kuveljic 18, Krivokapic 2, Milosev, Vukotic 3, Pejovic 13.

ABS Primorje: S. Arapovic 4, Papovic 1, Misinezovic, D. Arapovic, R. Krivokapic 7, Devrnja 16, Bulatovic 6, Kovacevic, Radak 9, Bacovic 8, Brajovic 14, Savic.

TEODO - DANILOVGRAD 99:59 (29:15, 27:12, 25:12, 18:20)

Tivat - Zupa Hall. Spectators: 200. Referees: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Kaludjerovic (Niksic), Kostic (Ulcinj).

Teodo: Mijovic 10, Radonjic, Danilovic 2, Bulajic 4, Pekic 14, Calic 5, Bokovic 4, Subotic 15, Rondovic 12, Ljujic 10, Milosevic 16, Lucic 3.

Danilovgrad: Ratkovic 26, Kunjic, Radonjic, Skendic 2, Djergovic 3, Stojanovic 2, Koljevic 8, Krivacevic, Novakovic, Cebalovic 3, Mrdak 5, Patkovic 10.

PODGORICA - LOVCEN 65:63 (17:15, 16:15, 15:21, 17:12)

Podgorica - T-Mobile Hall. Gledalaca: 300. Sudije: R. Vojinovic (Niksic), Jokic (Podgorica), G. Vojinovic (Niksic).

Podgorica: Jovovic, Femic, Pajovic, Sutulovic 14, Perovic 8, Mugosa 21, Gavranic, Ljubenkovic 8, Nicaj 16, Zizic, Draskovic.

Lovcen: Stojanovic 2, Djokovic 7, S. Latkovic, Milosevic, Pavlicevic 10, Vrbica 6, Borilovic, Koprivica 2, Lopicic 23, Zejak 8, Milic, M. Latkovic 5.

MOGREN - JEDINSTVO 72:71 (16:28, 17:19, 20:15, 19:9)

Budva - Mediteranian sports center. Spectators: 150. Referees: Koljesnic, Savovic (Podgorica), Janjusevic (Niksic).

Mogren: Fatic, Seferovic 15, Reljic 5, Manojlovic 11, Djokovic, Vucurovic 12, Sestovic 8, Osmajic 4, Maricic 9, Susa 6, Mazalica, Dovadzija 2.

Jedinstvo: Radovic 5, Musovic 3, Ljujic 11, Omerovic 8, Babaca 9, N. Knezevic 9, S. Knezevic 10, Kovacevic, Ticevic, Rajovic, Lekovic 17.


Filip Samojlovic signed with Samedicino - by Eurobasket News
Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) debuted with 8 points and 5 rebounds at the Regular Season Round 4 when Dinamo Tbilisi was beaten by his new team Samedicino 99:102 in overtime. Dinamo Tbilisi was ahead by 11 points after three quarters before a 27-16 charge of Samedicino-Academia, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. Samedicino-Academia shot 30 for 46 from the free-throw line, while Dinamo Tbilisi only scored six points from the stripe. The season 2011-2012 the Montenegrin player started for Viva Basket Beograd (Serbia-B League) and after two games averaged 10.0 points per game.
Filip Samojlovic has all qualities for top level point guard. He is a very quick player with or without the ball. He has excellent ball handling and passing abilities. Filip has a great court vision and he knows to run his team pretty well. Except his great basketball skills, he is also unselfish and he will do everything necessary to help the team win the game. Probably, his biggest weapon is his P&R game where he can easily penetrate or make assist. Thanks to his excellent court vision, he makes big problems to defence when playing P&R and he always finds open man or uses little space for penetrations.



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Atlanta Hawks won't be sold to Meruelo as NBA team is taken off market - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks will not be sold to California developer and pizza chain owner Alex Meruelo.

In fact, the NBA team is no longer on the market.

The Hawks ownership group, headed by Bruce Levenson and Michael Gearon Jr., said Friday that the agreement for Meruelo to buy the team had been mutually terminated by both sides. Just last week, there were reports the NBA was delaying approval of sale because of concerns about Meruelos finances, though he insisted he had enough money to purchase the team and run it in a first-class manner.

Meruelo, the son of Cuban immigrants, was poised to become the NBAs first Hispanic team owner and acquire operating rights to Philips Arena, with Levenson and Gearon remaining in a minority role.

Instead, the group known as Atlanta Spirit will remain in charge of the team it has owned since 2004, when it acquired the Hawks and the NHL Thrashers from Time Warner. The group stepped in after a proposed deal with Dallas businessman David McDavid fell through.

The Atlanta Hawks are no longer for sale, Levenson said in a statement issued by the Hawks. Were excited to remain as owners of the Hawks and are committed to building on our string of four straight playoff appearances.

The owners came under heavy criticism in Atlanta after they quickly worked out a deal to sell the Thrashers to a group in Winnipeg for a reported $170 million. The team moved to the Canadian city and is now known as the Jets.

The Hawks said there would be no additional comment on why the purchase agreement announced in August had been terminated, citing a confidentiality clause. Neither Levenson nor Gearon immediately responded to e-mails.

Meruelo issued a statement indicating that the ongoing labor dispute between the owners and the players, which delayed this weeks scheduled start of the regular season, helped scuttle the deal.

I want to thank the Atlanta community who welcomed me with open arms. I am humbled and blessed by their warmth and hospitality, Meruelo said. Basketball is my passion, but professional basketball is a business. Although all parties negotiated in good faith, we were not able to reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on some key issues given the current uncertainty surrounding the labor issue. As a result, we mutually decided to terminate the deal effective immediately.

Meruelo hasnt given up on becoming the NBAs first Hispanic owner. But it wont be with the Hawks.

I have great respect for the owners of the Hawks and the league and remain committed to fulfilling my dream of owning an NBA team, he said in the statement. I look forward to that opportunity in the future.

At a news conference in early August, shortly after the deal was announced, an emotional Meruelo put on a red Hawks cap and fought back tears as he talked about the significance of becoming the NBAs first Hispanic team owner.

It means a lot, the 48-year-old said. Me being Hispanic, being first is really touching. I hope to do the right thing. I just want to make sure I make them proud.

Growing up, he wanted to be a player.

I wasnt quite fast enough, tall enough or quick enough, so those dreams didnt quite get me that far, Meruelo said. But those dreams brought me the burning desire to be involved in the NBA. Its something Ive always wanted my entire life to somehow be a part of the NBA.

Meruelo never considered buying the Thrashers before they moved to Winnipeg, and he acknowledged that purchasing an NBA team during the lockout was a concern.

Youre always hesitant, right? Meruelo said. Its the unknown that makes you uncomfortable, but at the same time I just see a tremendous amount of opportunity and growth in this sport.

He heads the Meruelo Group, a Downey, Calif.-based investment firm. The firm recently acquired the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev., for a reported $42.45 million.

Meruelo also founded La Pizza Loca, which has over 50 franchised and company-owned restaurants in Southern California, catering to the Latino community, according to the company website.

Its really a dual thing, the opportunity and the love of the sport that brought me so close to this, he said. I would say Im a very hands-on individual. Im very tied in to every business Im involved with. I will do no different here.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Report: Jordan leading owners against players - by Eurobasket News
Michael Jordan's (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) leadership qualities helped the Bulls capture six NBA championships in the 1990's, now he's putting his foot down again.

According to the New York Times, Jordan is leading a group of 10 to 14 owners in a strong stand against making collective bargaining agreement (CBA) concessions for Saturday's scheduled meeting with the players' union.

The report suggests that Jordan's group is upset by the league's offer of a 50/50 basketball-related income split last month and will oppose any deal that would give the players a larger split.

A group of 50 NBA players are prepared to push for decertification next week, according to multiple reports, if Saturday's negotiations doesn't net the NBAPA a 52.5 percent share of basketball-related income (BRI).

The other owners are believed to be supportive of the even split, but 'there's no one who's interested in going above 50 percent,' the New York Times report states from a source who has spoken with the owners.

With the Charlotte Bobcats struggling to make money, Jordan took on a large debt when he bought the team for $275 million in 2010. He and the other owners he appears to be leading are seeking to recoup past losses and ensure long-term profitability for their franchises.

Courtesy of www.csnchicago.com


NBA sides to resume talks, sources say - by Eurobasket News
The NBA ownership group's labor committee will reopen talks with the players' side Saturday afternoon, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard, a meeting one general manager, who has spoken with a few owners, described as 'headed straight for disaster.'

The talks will follow a meeting between the NBA's 30 owners Saturday morning in which they will discuss revenue sharing and the state of negotiations, sources told Broussard.
But optimism is not running high.

The players' growing interest in decertification almost ensures that the union will not retreat from its demand for a 52 percent revenue split, and league sources have told Broussard a significant number of owners are growing resistant to offering the players a 50/50 split.

Sources told ESPN.com's Henry Abbott that in a Thursday evening conference call among owners, Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats was among a vocal group of owners upset at NBA commissioner David Stern for not driving a harder bargain to this point.

The New York Times reported that Jordan's group wants the players' share to be no higher than 47 percent.

Should Stern and the labor committee agree to a deal with the union, it would become official with ratification by simple majorities of owners and players. Both are in doubt. Sources with knowledge of owners' thinking say that if the NBA agrees to a 50/50 split, arm-twisting would be required to get the minimum 16 votes. The league has long sought far more than 16 votes as protection against lingering dissension.

Federal mediator George Cohen will also attend Saturday afternoon's meeting, according to league spokesman Tim Frank.

At least 50 frustrated players convened on a conference call Thursday with an antitrust lawyer to discuss the ins and outs of the decertification process, sources told ESPN.com. It was the second such call this week, ESPN.com sources said, after a similar call Tuesday.

Although it was not immediately clear who arranged the calls, one source close to the process described them as 'player-driven' and 'player-centric.'

The two conference calls, sources said, represent the first formal step toward a decertification vote if this weekend's negotiations with NBA owners don't bring the sides any closer to a deal.

The New York Times reported on its website that the group of dissatisfied players, frustrated with both the pace of talks and the many concessions made by the union to this point, intend to push for the dissolution of their union if a new round of labor negotiations fails this weekend -- or if the talks generate what is deemed to be an undesirable deal.

The owners also show signs of not being on the same page. Miami Heat owner Mickey Arison was fined last week for hinting on Twitter that he was ready to get a deal done while several smaller-market owners are said to be holding out for more concessions from the players. The owners are scheduled to meet Saturday before resuming negotiations to affirm their bargaining position, a person with knowledge of the meeting told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the meeting.

At issue from the beginning has been the division of about $4 billion in basketball-related income, along with a system makeover that Stern insists must happen to fix what he considers a broken economic model.

Owners are determined to reshape the league by creating a system like the NFL or NHL, where spending is capped and small-market teams truly can compete with the big boys. But reforming the NHL's financial structure required a lengthy lockout, wiping out the entire 2004-05 season. And the NFL is making money, not losing it.

The players have offered to reduce their share of revenue from 57 percent to 52.5 percent, a concession they feel is more than enough to cover their end of the league's stated $300 million in annual losses. Owners have offered a 50-50 split, along with significant changes to the system that include a more punitive luxury tax on teams that exceed the salary cap, shorter contracts and a lower mid-level exception.

'When people hear 50-50, they think, 'Oh, it's going to be a partnership. That's half,'' Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade told the AP in a recent interview. 'No. It's not. That's not how it works.'

NBA players need 30 percent of their membership to sign a petition saying they no longer wish to be represented by a union, which would be submitted for approval to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB then would conduct a vote, which would require 226 players to approve the decertification.

Even if players do go forward with decertification, their chances of success in the courtroom could be harmed by the NFLPA's experience there this summer. A federal judge in St. Paul, Minn., initially ruled that the NFL union's antitrust case had merit and issued an injunction that forced the league to lift the lockout.

But that ruling was overturned on appeal to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court in St. Louis, and the two sides came to agreement on a new deal in July after losing only one preseason game.

The NBA already has filed a lawsuit seeking to retain their antitrust exemption even if the players dissolve the union. Federal Judge Paul Gardephe did not immediately issue a ruling when the two sides met in court this week.

While both players and owners have expressed a desire to play this season, both sides also are determined to get a 'fair' deal -- at any cost.

'This particular collective bargaining agreement will forever impact the circumstances of NBA basketball players,' NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said earlier this week. 'We can't rush into a deal we feel is a bad deal just to save this season.'

Courtesy of ESPN


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


Storm washes out Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm washed out the Saint John Mill Rats 112-98 at the Eastlink Arena in Summerside, Prince Edward Island.

The Mill Rats held a lead early, and trailed just 44-40 at the half.

In the second half, the Storm bench caught fire led by 6'10 Xavier Hansbro (6'10''-F-87, agency: TSS Management, college: Georgia St.) 's 19 points. Saint John closed to 88-79 in the fourth, before the game got out of hand.

The Mill Rats got contributions from Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) with 20 points and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) with 16. Hansboro's 19 points tied a team high for the Storm with power forward Mike Williams followed by 5 others in double figures.

The Mill Rats open the inaugural NBL Canada season 0-1, while the Storm improve to 2-0.

The Mill Rats will look to bounce back quickly as they host the 1-0 London Lightning Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Harbour Station. The lightning are led by Head Coach and former NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. London features a number of players from his former team the Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Rainmen suspend two players - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen have suspended veterans Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) and DeAndre Thomas (6'8''-C-86, college: Robert Morris) and signed former Saint Marys Huskies scoring sensation Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) after an eventful season opener that also cost them the services of Christian (T-Bear) Upshaw.

The flurry of roster moves came Friday, after the squad suffered a 118-110 setback at the hands of the London Lightning on the road Thursday night in London. The two teams meet again tonight at the Metro Centre in a 7 p.m. start.

In a release early Friday evening, the National Basketball League of Canada franchise announced Crookshank had been suspended for tonights game and Thomas was suspended indefinitely 'due to a violation of league and club policies.'

Halifax owner Andre Levingston wouldnt elaborate on what had happened, though he did say that it was the result of an off-court incident at the John Labatt Centre after the conclusion of Thursdays game.

'When you lose a tough game, sometimes emotions are high and guys do different things . . . but there has to be consequences,' Levingston said in an interview Friday night.

'Things happen in sports. It definitely was behaviour detrimental to the organization and the severity of it prompted me to make such a harsh decision.'

Crookshank, a five-year veteran of the Rainmen, scored two points and pulled down eight rebounds in 23 minutes on Thursday night while Thomas, who spent portions of the past two seasons in Halifax, had four points and five fouls in 15 minutes.

Levingston said Thomass behaviour warranted harsher punishment, but he said it wasnt easy to suspend two of the teams top players.

'Its extremely hard to make these decisions, but sometimes you have to make tough decisions,' he said. 'These guys have to understand that they are to be professionals at all times and we want them to be leaders in our community and any time any of those two things are not right, we have to make tough decisions.'

Crookshank will return to the lineup when the Rainmen host the Moncton Miracles on Nov. 10.

Halifax also lost Upshaw to a broken arm in the third quarter of Thursdays contest. The rookie point guard from St. Pats was knocked down as he drove to the hoop and fell hard on the arm. Levingston said he would likely have surgery today in Halifax.

Haywoods sudden availability came at an opportune time following Upshaws injury and the two suspensions. Forward Eddie Robinson is also on injured reserve with a hamstring injury.

The Rainmen had their eye on Haywood for some time. The 28-year-old Vancouver native, who averaged 28.8 points last season when he was the Atlantic conference MVP and a first-team all-Canadian, became available after he wasnt selected in Thursdays NBA Development League draft.

'We were paying close attention and when we saw that he wasnt taken in the draft, we reached out to him,' Levingston said.

Haywood, a six-foot-one point guard, not only gives the Rainmen another former AUS star but also fills out the second Canadian slot on the team with Upshaw shelved. Each team in the new NBL must carry at least two Canadian-born players.

In his third year at SMU, Haywood won his third consecutive conference scoring title in 2010-11, a season in which his 575 points surpassed the previous AUS season high of 524 set by Acadias Ted Upshaw in 1980-81.

He scored 30 or more points in seven of 20 regular-season contests, including a pair of 46-point efforts that matched Mickey Foxs school record established in 1973.

Haywood, wholl be in the lineup tonight, had earned an invitation to the D-League draft from a tryout of about 270 players in Kentucky.

'We are extraordinarily excited to have a player of Joeys calibre bringing his talents home to Canada,' Levingston said in a release. 'Joey is one of the best players in the country.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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CS-Fullerton's Underwood ruled eligible by NCAA - by Eurobasket News
John Underwood (6'9''-F), a 6-foot-9 transfer from Missouri, has won a hardship appeal to the NCAA and will be eligible to play at Cal State Fullerton this season.

The school said Friday that Underwood has two years of eligibility remaining.

Underwood played in four games for the Tigers last season before leaving school to return to his home in Phoenix for family matters. As a freshman in 2009-10 he played minimal minutes in 14 games.

Transfers Omondi Amoke and D. J. Seeley from California and Kwame Vaughn from San Francisco are eligible this season. Amoke (shoulder) and Seeley (leg) are expected to be sidelined for possibly another two weeks due to injuries.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


D-II N. Kentucky beats W. Virginia 77-74 in exhibition - by Eurobasket News
Eshaunte Jones' (6'4''-G-88) 3-pointer with 1 second left lifted Division II Northern Kentucky to a 77-74 exhibition win over West Virginia on Friday night.

The Mountaineers rallied from a 42-29 halftime deficit with Truck Bryant hitting a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left that tied it at 74.

Tony Rack led Northern Kentucky with 21 points and Jones scored 15.

Bryant finished with 24 points and Kevin Jones (6'8''-F) added 22 for the Mountaineers, who lost an exhibition game for the first time under fifth-year coach Bob Huggins.

West Virginia got significant contributions from two of the seven freshmen on its roster. Gary Browne (92) had 11 points and Jabarie Hinds scored 10.

Northern Kentucky shot 27 of 50 (54 percent) from the field.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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D-II N. Kentucky beats W. Virginia 77-74 in exhibition - by Eurobasket News
Eshaunte Jones' (6'4''-G-88) 3-pointer with 1 second left lifted Division II Northern Kentucky to a 77-74 exhibition win over West Virginia on Friday night.

The Mountaineers rallied from a 42-29 halftime deficit with Truck Bryant hitting a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left that tied it at 74.

Tony Rack led Northern Kentucky with 21 points and Jones scored 15.

Bryant finished with 24 points and Kevin Jones (6'8''-F) added 22 for the Mountaineers, who lost an exhibition game for the first time under fifth-year coach Bob Huggins.

West Virginia got significant contributions from two of the seven freshmen on its roster. Gary Browne (92) had 11 points and Jabarie Hinds scored 10.

Northern Kentucky shot 27 of 50 (54 percent) from the field.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Toros return Ike Ofoegbu - by Eurobasket News
Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: SMU) signed a deal in Mexico. He returned to Toros for rest of the LNBP season. Ofoegbu started it in Argentina as a member of Gimnasia Comodoro. He had 11.6 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 11 games in Liga A. Ofoegbu already played for Toros in 2009/10 and 2010/11. He was one of their best players in both seasons. In the latest one Ofoegbu averaged 17.8 points and 6.5 rebounds for 38 games. He led Toros to LNBP title. In the past, Ofoegbu played for the Belgian team Gent. Ike Ofoegbu was a member of the Nigerian NT at the AfroBasket 2011 in Madagascar. He had 5.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 6 games at this event.

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Westerlund number one for round 7 - by Eurobasket News
Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ammerud Bskt, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to as his team Ammerud Bskt maintains the 7th position in Norwegian BLNO. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 6 games and recorded just one victory. Westerlund turned to be Ammerud Bskt's top player in his first season with the team. Elias Westerlund has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.0ppg) and averages impressive 57.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was another Ammerud Bskt's star - -year old Simon Wroldsen. Wroldsen had a very good evening with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ammerud Bskt lost that game 70-111 to the higher-ranked Baerum Basket (#1, 5-1). Ammerud Bskt managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Ammerud Bskt managed to get this year. Wroldsen is a newcomer at Ammerud Bskt and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Ammerud Bskt's star - guard Ziko Mahojlovic (G-92). Mahojlovic scored 4 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Mahojlovic's great performance Ammerud Bskt lost 70-111 to the higher-ranked Baerum Basket (#1, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. Ammerud Bskt can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Mahojlovic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Mahojlovic has a very solid season. In 6 games in Norway he scored 4.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F) of Asker Aliens - 28 points and 11 rebounds
5. Martin Bryn (193-F-89) of Ammerud Bskt - 5 points and 6 rebounds
6. Tomasz Lachowicz (G-83) of Ammerud Bskt -
7. Rob Knight (195-F-84) of Ammerud Bskt - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum - 32 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Farook Sikander (F) of Ammerud Bskt - 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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


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 


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 5-0 
 2. Miners 5-0 
 3. Persbraaten 4-0 
 4. STIF Whalers 3-2 
 5. OSI 2-3 
 6. Fyllingen BBK 1-4 
 7. Hop 1-4 
 8. Varden 0-3 
 9. NTNUI 0-5 


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  PERU   


Regatas is 2-1 up against Real Club - by Eurobasket News
Regatas managed to save its home court in Game Three of the Superior League Finals. Regatas outplayed Real Club 88-83 taking 2-1 lead in the series. Fourth game is scheduled for Monday and Real Club will be the host. Real Club celebrated at home in Game Two 90-81. Regatas took the game one 88-57. Regatas advanced to the Finals after 3-1 win against El Bosque. Regatas celebrated 73-81 victory as a guest in Game Four. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record. Real Club also celebrated with 3-1 in the Semis. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap in Game Four. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record. If necessary, Game Five of the Superior League Finals will be played at Regatas home court next Wednesday.

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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. David, Powerade T.22.8 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Chan, Rain or Shine18.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.7 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 6. Dillinger, Talk N.16.8 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 8. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.4 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.3 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Santos, Petron B.15.0 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text12.3 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text10.0 
 4. Espinas, Meralco9.8 
 5. Kramer, Powerade.9.7 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.5 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.0 
 8. Ildefonso, Petron8.8 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.6 
 10. Taulava, Meralco8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.0 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.6.3 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.7 
 4. Lee, Rain or Shine5.4 
 5. Mercado, Meralco4.8 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 9. Lanete, Meralco4.4 
 10. Cruz, Powerade T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.2.2 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.8 
 4. Cruz, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 7. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 10. Ildefonso, Petron1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.6 
 2. Williams, Talk N.1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.4 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text1.4 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Santos, Petron B.1.2 
 7. Baclao, Petron B.1.2 
 8. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Rain o.0.9 


PBA Round 8: Ginebra Kings are defeated by Meralco Bolts in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Manila: Meralco Bolts (#4) and Ginebra Kings (#5). Ginebra Kings were defeated at home 87-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ginebra Kings. Ginebra Kings were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Meralco Bolts made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Mark Cardona (180-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and naturalized Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) who added 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Center Enrico Villanueva (197-80) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meralco Bolts (5-3) moved-up to second place. Ginebra Kings at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Powerade T. and Petron Blaze. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ginebra Kings will play on the road against Talk N Text (#3) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Barako Bull (4-2) against ninth ranked Alaska Aces (1-5) on Wednesday night. Host Barako Bull was crushed by Alaska Aces in Quezon 93-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Barako Bull. The winners were led by naturalized German center Joachim Thoss (203-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and LA Tenorio supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Dylan Ababou (183-86) did not help to save the game for Barako Bull. Barako Bull's coach Junel Baculi gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Alaska Aces maintains ninth position with 1-5 record. Barako Bull at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Alaska Aces will play against higher ranked Petron Blaze (#7) in Manila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barako Bull will play on the road against Powerade T. in Pasig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
PBA top team - Rain or Shine (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-7) in Manila 96-75. The best player for the winners was Jeffrei Chan who scored 28 points. James Sena produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rain or Shine have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Loser Shopinas.com C. still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to eighth ranked B-Meg Llam. (3-4) 76-65. Mark Barroca orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B-Meg Llam. maintains eighth position with 3-4 record. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.



Shopinas.com C. - B-Meg Llam. 65-76

Bottom-ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to eighth ranked B-Meg Llam. (3-4) 76-65. It looked good early as Shopinas.com C. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then B-Meg Llam. had a 20-13 second period charge getting the lead and Shopinas.com C. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-76. 25 personal fouls committed by Shopinas.com C. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Mark Barroca orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American center Joe Devance (201-82, college: UTEP) contributed with 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Elmer Espiritu (192-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and center James Sena (196) added 9 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Shopinas.com C.Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. B-Meg Llam. maintains eighth position with 3-4 record. Shopinas.com C. at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shopinas.com C.: E.Espiritu 13+10reb, R.Jazul 9+4reb+1ast, J.Sena 9+8reb+2ast, P.Hubalde 8+3reb+3ast, J.Duncil 6+7reb+1ast, M.Angelo Canlas 5+1reb
B-Meg Llam.: P.Simon 18, M.Barroca 13+5reb+1ast, J.Yap 12+6reb, J.Devance 9+5reb+4ast, K.Raymundo 7+5reb+1ast, M.Pingris 5+9reb
gschID: 151445


Rain or Shine - Shopinas.com C. 96-75

PBA top team - Rain or Shine (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Shopinas.com C. (0-7) in Manila 96-75. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-75. The best player for the winners was forward Jeffrei Chan (191-83) who scored 28 points. Power forward Jervy Cruz (193-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Center James Sena (196) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Rogemar Menor (190-86) added 14 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rain or Shine have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Loser Shopinas.com C. still closes the standings with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Shopinas.com C.: J.Sena 15+10reb+2ast, R.Menor 14+5reb+3ast, E.Espiritu 8+10reb+1ast, M.Angelo Canlas 8+1reb, M.King Sison 6+3reb, R.Jazul 4+4reb+5ast
Rain or Shine: J.Chan 28+2reb, R.Buenafe 12+4reb+1ast, J.Cruz 11+10reb+1ast, J.Quinahan 9+5reb+1ast, P.Lee 7+2reb+8ast, B.Belga 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 151446


Ginebra Kings - Meralco Bolts 87-93

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Manila: Meralco Bolts (#4) and Ginebra Kings (#5). Ginebra Kings were defeated at home 87-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ginebra Kings. Ginebra Kings were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Meralco Bolts made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Mark Cardona (180-81) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 4 assists and naturalized Tonga center Asi Taulava (206-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) who added 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Meralco Bolts players scored in double figures. Center Enrico Villanueva (197-80) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American guard Mike Cortez (183-80, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) scored 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Meralco Bolts (5-3) moved-up to second place. Ginebra Kings at the other side keep the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Powerade T. and Petron Blaze. Meralco Bolts will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ginebra Kings will play on the road against Talk N Text (#3) in Makati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ginebra Kings: N.Canaleta 16+2reb, J.Helterbrand 14+4ast, E.Villanueva 14+8reb+3ast, M.Caguioa 10+1reb, J.Intal 9+8reb, M.Cortez 8+6reb+8ast
Meralco Bolts: M.Cardona 25+4reb+4ast, S.Mercado 14+2reb+4ast, M.Isip 13+5reb, A.Taulava 11+11reb+1ast, G.Espinas 11+11reb, M.Macapagal 8
gschID: 151447


Barako Bull - Alaska Aces 72-93

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Barako Bull (4-2) against ninth ranked Alaska Aces (1-5) on Wednesday night. Host Barako Bull was crushed by Alaska Aces in Quezon 93-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Barako Bull. Barako Bull was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 57-32 second half run of Alaska Aces. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Barako Bull's 44. Alaska Aces players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The winners were led by naturalized German center Joachim Thoss (203-81) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and guard LA Tenorio (178-84) supported him with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four Alaska Aces players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 6 rebounds by swingman Dylan Ababou (183-86) did not help to save the game for Barako Bull. Forward Don Allado (198-77) added 11 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Barako Bull's coach Junel Baculi gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Alaska Aces maintains ninth position with 1-5 record. Barako Bull at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. Alaska Aces will play against higher ranked Petron Blaze (#7) in Manila in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barako Bull will play on the road against Powerade T. in Pasig and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barako Bull: D.Ababou 19+6reb, D.Allado 11+6reb+2ast, S.Salvacion 10+2reb, D.Seigle 9+3reb+1ast, P.Artadi 6+2reb+1ast, W.Miller 5+4reb+5ast
Alaska Aces: J.Thoss 27+13reb+3ast, M.Baracael 16+1ast, L.Tenorio 15+7reb+9ast, C.Baguio 10+5reb+4ast, A.Dela Cruz 9+2reb+3ast, B.Cablay 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 151444




Thoss number one for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized German center Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Alaska Aces, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while his team crushed Barako Bull (#4, 4-2) with 21-point margin 93-72. Alaska Aces maintains the 9th position in German PBA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. Thoss has many years of experience at Alaska Aces, through which he has constantly improved. Joachim Thoss has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 16.3ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 9.0rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was another Alaska Aces' star - 27-year old former international guard LA Tenorio (178-G-84). Tenorio had a very good evening with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course together with Thoss he helped Alaska Aces with another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Barako Bull (#4, 4-2) 93-72. Alaska Aces' 9th position in the standings has not changed. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Alaska Aces managed to get this year. Tenorio is one of the most experienced players at Alaska Aces and similarly like Joachim Thoss has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center James Sena (196-C) of Shopinas.com C. (#10). Sena scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Sena's great performance Shopinas.com C. lost 75-96 to the higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#1, 6-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Shopinas.com C. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Sena he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sena has individually a great season in Philippines. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.6rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83) of Rain or Shine - 28 points and 2 rebounds
5. Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) of Meralco Bolts - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Enrico Villanueva (197-C-80) of Ginebra Kings - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) of Meralco Bolts - 11 points and 11 rebounds
8. Jervy Cruz (193-F/C-86) of Rain or Shine - 11 points and 10 rebounds
9. Mike Cortez (183-G-80) of Ginebra Kings - 8 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Paul Lee (191-G) of Rain or Shine - 7 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists

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


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  POLAND   


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Edwards, Anwil19.9 
 2. Mallett, LKS Lodz18.1 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.17.5 
 4. Lawal, Zastal ZG17.2 
 5. Kulig, PBG Basket16.9 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.16.7 
 7. Koszarek, Trefl S.16.4 
 8. Montgomery, AZS K.16.3 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.3 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.3 
 2. Harris, Kotwica9.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.9.5 
 4. Edwards, Anwil8.0 
 5. Burgess, Trefl S.7.6 
 6. Doaks, Siarka J.7.1 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.9 
 8. Bigus, AZS Koszalin6.6 
 9. Comagic, PBG B.6.2 
 10. Leonczyk, Energa5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lukasz WILCZEK
  AZS P.
  (189-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Wilczek, AZS P.6.5 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.6.3 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.8 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.7 
 5. Skibniewski, Slask5.7 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow5.3 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket5.0 
 10. Hannah, AZS K.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mantas CESNAUSKIS
  Energa C.
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cesnauskis, Energa2.4 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 3. Koljevic, Polpharma2.0 
 4. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.7 
 5. Hinson, Energa C.1.7 
 6. Bogavac, Slask W.1.7 
 7. Sapp, Kotwica1.6 
 8. Wilczek, AZS P.1.4 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow1.4 
 10. Edwards, Anwil1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.9 
 2. Mladenovic, Slask1.4 
 3. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.1 
 7. Morrison, Energa C.1.1 
 8. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.0 
 9. Kesicki, Kotwica1.0 
 10. Simmons, Polpharma0.9 


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  PORTUGAL   


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


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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.24.3 
 2. Tomic, Craiova23.5 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.21.8 
 4. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu21.7 
 5. Khartchenkov, CSU20.8 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.2 
 7. Brown, Dinamo B.20.0 
 8. Mitchell, Gaz Metan20.0 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti19.8 
 10. Forte, Targu Mures19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.15.5 
 2. Seals, Giurgiu11.0 
 3. Riley, CSU Sibiu9.8 
 4. Stanescu, Targu M.9.6 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.3 
 6. Dies, Perla Harghi.9.0 
 7. Nicoara, Gaz Metan8.7 
 8. McKenzie, CSM B.8.7 
 9. Ross, Craiova8.6 
 10. Kazarnovski, Pite.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu7.8 
 2. Hardy, Giurgiu7.0 
 3. Maric, Oradea6.2 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 5. Nikolic, Rovinari5.6 
 6. Cooley, Targu M.5.2 
 7. Stojakovic, Giurgiu5.0 
 8. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.0 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.4.7 
 10. Jovanovic, Timiso.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.7 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.3.4 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti2.3 
 4. Sipos, Dinamo B.2.3 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan2.3 
 6. VanderMeer, Gaz M.2.2 
 7. Popovici, Politehn.2.2 
 8. Khartchenkov, CSU2.2 
 9. Kearse, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 10. Seals, Craiova2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.3.2 
 2. VanderMeer, Gaz M.2.0 
 3. Oluic, Rovinari1.8 
 4. Tibirna, Otopeni1.3 
 5. Archie, Timisoara1.3 
 6. Isleam, Pitesti1.3 
 7. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.3 
 8. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.2 
 9. Albijanic, Ploiesti1.0 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Met.1.0 


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


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Spartak St.Petersburg edged Minsk-2006 for the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
VTB United League
Spartak SP - Minsk-2006 90:64


VTB United League top team - Russian Spartak St.Petersburg had no problems winning another game. The favorites crushed ninth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 90-64.
Spartak St.Petersburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006's 38. Spartak St.Petersburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Minsk-2006's players. Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American center DeVon Hardin (211-C-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds for Minsk-2006. 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 Spartak St.Petersburg have an impressive six-game winning streak.

Spartak SP: Vladimir Dragicevic 21, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 16, Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) 13
Minsk-2006: DeVon Hardin 21+13 rebs, Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) 16, Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) 11



CSKA destroy Azovmash in Moscow, Budivelnyk beat Krasnie Krilya in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
CSKA destroy Azovmash in Moscow, Budivelnyk beat Krasnie Krilya in Kiev in VTB tonight.
CSKA Moscow improved to 4-1 record smashing Azovmash. CSKA Moscow had an easy win 72:45 and it ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Azovmash. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) netted 7. Khasan Rizvich ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.
Ukrainian Budivelnyk meanwhile overcame Krasnie Krilya 80:72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. Defending Ukrainian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Krasnie Krilya. Jack McClinton (185-PG-85, college: Miami, FL) erupted with 26 points and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) notched 16. Lonniel Rush and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) posted 18 points apiece in the losing effort.



Nikola Lepojevic gets MVP of the Week award for Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-F-82, agency: BeoExcell) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Ural Ekaterinb. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superleague Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding four rebounds for Ural Ekaterinb. in his team's victory, helping them to beat TEMP-SUMZ (#5, 3-3) 84-71. It allowed Ural Ekaterinb. to consolidate first place in the Russian Superleague. They would have been even bet