EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/7/2011

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  ABA   


LA Slam adding a Filipino player to roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Kevin Louie Alas, the star point guard of the Letran Knights in the Philippinean NCAA and a PBA-D League starter with the Cebuana Lhuillier Gems is the first official player from the Philippines chosen by the American Basketball Association (ABA Global) committee to train with top ranked team Los Angeles Slam under full-sponsorship. The Slam, one of the top 10 teams in the ABA, counts a roster of ex-NBA players led by former Tony Farmer (6'10''-F/C-70, college: Nebraska), Mike Penberthy (6'3''-G-74, college: Master's), Sean Rooks (6'11''-C-69, college: Arizona), Lamond Murray (6'7''-F-73, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: California) and Keith Closs (7'4''-C-76, college: Cent.Conn.St.). Standouts Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC) and Juaquin Hawkins (6'7''-F-73, college: Long Beach St.) will also be part of the training staff to bring a global experience to the Filipino point guard, having played for clubs in Europe and the CBA in China.
Due to the NBA lock-out, there will also be 2 current NBA players which will be playing side by side Alas as he practices with the Slam team. It is an honour to train a future star in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) league and to bring international talent to US pro-basketball said Donald Sanchies, Owner and coach of the LA Slam and Head of the ABA Southern California Division. The LA Slam team was also one of the 3 teams which played against the Philippines Smart-Gilas National Team last year in the ABA California games.
This is in line with our advocacy to enable the Filipino player to compete on the world stage, thru the Spirit program. We look forward to Kevin completing his training and bringing back his skills to the Philippines said Jean-Henri Lhuillier, a key patron of the Spirit program. Danny Francisco, Executive Asst. to the CEO of Cebuana Lhuillier left with Alas for Los Angeles on Nov 4.
Kevin will experience training and playing side-by-side big players and will have his shooting and defence skills improved by Mike and Jauquin. Mike specializes in training point guards and is a shooting coach while Jauquin was a defensive specialist with CalState. Strategy, performance training and mental direction will also be a huge part of the training said Paul Monozca, Chairman of ABA Global. Monozca was instrumental in sending star guards Jayson Castro (5'8''-G-86) and Vergara Al (5'8''-G-79) to the Australian pro-league with the Singapore Slingers before they turned professional with the PBA.
The ABA has been in the news lately with its global expansion and its upcoming ABA World Basketball Cup, which will be held in Las Vegas, USA in 2013. Its qualifying round is being bidded for by Singapore and the Philippines and if Manila wins the bid, the host nation has a wildcard slot in the professional league, participated in by 8 international teams. 2 filipino tycoons are also bidding for franchises in the California area as China and Japan have already completed acquisitions of ABA Clubs in California forming an elite-circle in the current ABA. Website : www.abagloballeague.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Round 6: Union Olimpija keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Union Olimpija defeated 12th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. in Ljubljana 85-70. The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Radnicki K. managed to win third quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Danny Green (198-87, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Union Olimpija (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Radnicki K. lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Krka. Radnicki K. will play next round against strong Cedevita trying to get back on the winning streak. Union Olimpija will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Krka in Novo Mesto.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Helios (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-62 loss to third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-1) in Domzale. It was a good game for American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Levour Warren contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for Helios. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-1 record behind leader Union Olimpija, which they share with Partizan. Helios at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Cedevita will play against Radnicki K. (#12) in Kragujevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play at home against Zvezda in Beograd and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-53 loss to eighth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (3-3) in Lasko on Sunday evening. Fran Pilepic scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Vladimir Panic with 21 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Bosnian champion maintains eighth position with 3-3 record. Loser Zlatorog still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Helios. HKK Siroki WWin will meet at home higher ranked Partizan (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will play against KK Zagreb CO (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Beograd supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Croatian Cibona (4-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Serbian Partizan (5-1). Partizan smashed Cibona 91-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cibona. Miroslav Raduljica notched 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cedevita. Cibona at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be HKK Siroki WWin (#8) in Siroki Brijeg where they are favorite. Cibona will play at home against Hemofarm in Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 6 Crvena Zvezda was defeated by KK Zagreb CO in a road game 102-85. Buducnost beat Krka at home 84-80.
The best stats of 6th round was 21 points and 20 rebounds by Nikola Vucevic of Buducnost.


Union Olimpija - Radnicki K. 85-70

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Union Olimpija defeated 12th ranked Serbian Radnicki K. in Ljubljana 85-70. The game was mostly controlled by Union Olimpija. Radnicki K. managed to win third quarter 21-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Radnicki K. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Danny Green (198-87, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent St.) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds and center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Olimpija (6-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Radnicki K. lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh place with five games lost. They share the position with Krka. Radnicki K. will play next round against strong Cedevita trying to get back on the winning streak. Union Olimpija will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked Krka in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: D.Thompson 17+9reb+1ast, D.Green 15+9reb+2ast, A.Capin 14+2reb+4ast, R.Varda 9+2reb, J.Blazic 7+2reb, B.Woodside 6+2reb+4ast
Radnicki K.: M.Scott 20+5reb, D.Simon 10+7reb, A.Gaddefors 9+1reb, S.Bircevic 8+2reb, S.Markovic 7+2reb+7ast, M.Pavkovic 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 132962


Helios - Cedevita 62-87

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Helios (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-62 loss to third ranked Croatian Cedevita (5-1) in Domzale. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Helios was better in third quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 32 and made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Cedevita had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. Helios were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) who led his team to a victory with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Panamanian forward Levour Warren (196-81, college: S.Carolina, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Croatian power forward Drago Pasalic (208-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86) added 9 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Helios. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Cedevita have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 5-1 record behind leader Union Olimpija, which they share with Partizan. Helios at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Cedevita will play against Radnicki K. (#12) in Kragujevac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play at home against Zvezda in Beograd and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: L.Warren 15+3reb+4ast, D.Draper 15+5reb+4ast, M.Smodis 11+2reb+1ast, I.Opacak 9+2reb+2ast, M.Bilan 8+4reb, H.Owens 8+8reb
Helios: D.Gay 13+4ast, D.Pasalic 12+10reb+1ast, S.Cebular 11+1reb+3ast, D.Bubnic 9+9reb, K.Prepelic 7+2ast, A.Person 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132963


KK Zagreb CO - Crvena Zvezda 102-85

There was a minor upset when 8th ranked Serbian Zvezda (2-4) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Croatian KK Zagreb CO (2-4) 102-85. The game was mostly controlled by KK Zagreb CO. Zvezda was better in third quarter 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. KK Zagreb CO shot 63.0 percent from the field and made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 70.0 percentage. KK Zagreb CO players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. American power forward Sean May (203-84, college: N.Carolina) notched 24 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and center Mario Kasun (213-80) supported him with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Five KK Zagreb CO players scored in double figures. Even 27 points by American forward Adam Morrison (203-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) did not help to save the game for Zvezda. Guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Zvezda's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Crvena Zvezda. KK Zagreb CO's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: S.May 24+8reb+3ast, D.Mulaomerovic 23+3ast, M.Kasun 20+6reb+2ast, K.Simon 13+5reb+10ast, A.Masic 10+1reb+1ast, S.Ozbolt 8+2reb+2ast
Crvena Zvezda: A.Morrison 27+4reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 15+5reb+1ast, B.Subotic 10+7reb+2ast, S.Lesic 9+3reb, F.Covic 7+3reb+7ast, U.Nikolic 5+1reb
gschID: 132964


Zlatorog - Siroki WWin 53-78

Bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-53 loss to eighth ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (3-3) in Lasko on Sunday evening. The game was mostly controlled by HKK Siroki WWin. Zlatorog managed to win third quarter 14-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) scored 19 points to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Coleman Collins (206-86, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Serbian forward Vladimir Panic (194-82, agency: 011 Sports) with 21 points and guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) scored 6 points and 4 assists. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending Bosnian champion maintains eighth position with 3-3 record. Loser Zlatorog still closes the standings with six games lost. They share the position with Helios. HKK Siroki WWin will meet at home higher ranked Partizan (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zlatorog will play against KK Zagreb CO (#9) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 19+4reb+2ast, D.Butorac 12+1reb+3ast, C.Collins 12+7reb, D.Planinic 10+2reb, B.Barac 6+4reb, Z.Sakic 6+7reb+2ast
Zlatorog: V.Panic 21+3reb, D.Vujasinovic 6+3reb+4ast, M.Smrdelj 5+4reb, L.Lapornik 5+5reb, D.Cohadarevic 4+4reb, J.Skific 4+2reb
gschID: 132959


Partizan - Cibona 91-67

The game in Beograd supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Croatian Cibona (4-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Serbian Partizan (5-1). Partizan smashed Cibona 91-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Cibona. The game without a history. Partizan led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. 28 personal fouls committed by Cibona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) notched 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Danilo Andjusic (197-91, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 14 points. Even 11 points and 4 assists by American-Lebanese swingman Antwain Barbour (196-82, college: Kentucky, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Cibona. American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) added 16 points. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending Serbian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Cedevita. Cibona at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Partizan's next round opponent will be HKK Siroki WWin (#8) in Siroki Brijeg where they are favorite. Cibona will play at home against Hemofarm in Vrsac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: D.Andjusic 14+4reb+1ast, M.Raduljica 12+6reb+1ast, R.Katic 11+4reb, D.Milosavljevic 9+6reb, V.Lucic 8+1reb+2ast, N.Pekovic 8+3reb
Cibona: B.Chase 16, A.Barbour 11+3reb+4ast, J.Lalic 10+3reb, A.Zizic 10+4reb, H.Kovacevic 9+3reb+4ast, G.Suton 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 132960


Buducnost - Krka 84-80

No shocking result in a game in Podgorica where sixth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (4-2) defeated 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (1-5) 84-80. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 20-11 Krka's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-80 at the end of the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Krka helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Nikola Vucevic (208-90, college: USC) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 20 rebounds to lead the effort and Canadian guard Jermaine Anderson (188-83, college: Fordham) supported him with 12 points. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 8 rebounds by Jamaican center Jerome Jordan (213-86, college: Tulsa) did not help to save the game for Krka. Swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) added 14 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Buducnost have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Cibona. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the eleventh position with five games lost. Buducnost's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be quite challenging game. Krka will play at home against the league's leader Union Olimpija (#1) in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: N.Vucevic 21+20reb+1ast, J.Anderson 12+1reb+2ast, C.Vitkovac 12+1reb+1ast, M.Popovic 11, N.Ivanovic 7+1reb+2ast, B.Dubljevic 6+3reb
Krka: J.Jordan 17+8reb, Z.Dragic 14+4reb+1ast, J.Baxter 11+2reb+2ast, S.Pavic 9+6reb, E.Muric 9+3reb+1ast, B.Krivec 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 132961




Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Union Olimpija 6-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 5-0 
 3. Cedevita 5-1 
 4. Partizan 5-1 
 5. Buducnost 4-2 
 6. Cibona 4-2 
 7. Hemofarm 3-2 
 8. Siroki WWin 3-3 
 9. KK Zagreb CO 2-4 
 10. Crvena Zvezda 2-4 
 11. Krka 1-5 
 12. Radnicki K. 1-5 
 13. Helios 0-6 
 14. Zlatorog 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. Vucevic, Buducnost16.0 
 5. Simon, KK.15.8 
 6. Warren, Cedevita15.8 
 7. Chase, Cibona15.7 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan15.2 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog15.2 
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. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda6.0 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan6.0 
 7. Collins, Siroki W.5.8 
 8. Green, Union Olimp.5.8 
 9. Sakic, Siroki WWin5.7 
 10. Schortsaniti., Ma.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. Green, Union Olimp.2.2 
 4. Milutinovic, Crven.2.0 
 5. Papaloukas, Macca.2.0 
 6. Chase, Cibona1.8 
 7. Baxter, Krka1.8 
 8. Markovic, Radnicki1.8 
 9. Savovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 10. Draper, 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. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 5. Collins, Siroki W.1.0 
 6. Owens, Cedevita1.0 
 7. Vucevic, Buducnost1.0 
 8. Jeremic, Hemofarm0.8 
 9. Thompson, Union O.0.8 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Obera TC 6-1 
 2. Alvear 5-2 
 3. Union Progr. 5-2 
 4. Union Sunch 4-3 
 5. Estudian.Con. 4-3 
 6. San Isidro 3-3 
 7. Tomas Rocam. 3-4 
 8. A.Italiana 2-5 
 9. Atl.Echague 2-6 
 10. A.Espanola 1-6 
South
 1. Argentino 6-2 
 2. Banda Norte 5-2 
 3. Bragado 5-2 
 4. Huracan 4-3 
 5. Alianza Viedma 4-3 
 6. Ciclista 4-3 
 7. MH Basket 3-4 
 8. Rosario Cent. 3-4 
 9. Firmat SF 2-5 
 10. Sport Club 2-5 
 11. San Mart.MJ 1-6 


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 5: Melbourne Tigers keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in NBL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Melbourne Tigers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Melbourne Tigers defeated 5th ranked Cairns Taipans at home 80-63. The game was mostly controlled by Melbourne Tigers. Cairns Taipans managed to win fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Tommy Greer (201-83, college: Nova SE) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Melbourne Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Breakers. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Cairns Taipans will play next round against strong Perth Wildcats trying to get back on the winning streak. Melbourne Tigers will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the fifth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-4) 99-90 in Auckland. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Cedric Jackson contributed with 16 points and 11 assists for the winners. Forward Diamon Simpsons (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Adelaide 36ers. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 5-1 record, which they share with Tigers. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Wollongong Hawks (#7) in Gwynneville in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Kings in Sydney to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Sydney was also quite interesting. Third ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kings (2-4). Melbourne Tigers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Friday. Patrick Mills stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 assists for the winners. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Julian Khazzouh responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Melbourne Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Breakers. Loser Kings keep the sixth place with four games lost. Melbourne Tigers will meet at home Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in the next round. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 5 Hawks were defeated by Wildcats in Perth 87-71.



Kings - Tigers 76-94

The game in Sydney was also quite interesting. Third ranked Melbourne Tigers (5-1) played at the court of 6th ranked Kings (2-4). Melbourne Tigers did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 94-76 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Melbourne Tigers. Kings managed to win fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Melbourne Tigers forced 19 Kings turnovers. Strangely Kings outrebounded Melbourne Tigers 44-27 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The former international point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up and scored 20 points and 8 assists for the winners and international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) chipped in 15 points. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Julian Khazzouh (210-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and the former international guard Aaron Bruce (191-84) scored 25 points. Four Kings players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Breakers. Loser Kings keep the sixth place with four games lost. Melbourne Tigers will meet at home Townsville Crocodiles (#4) in the next round. Kings will play against Adelaide 36ers in Findon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: P.Mills 20+3reb+8ast, C.Tragardh 15+4reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 12+1reb+6ast, L.Rush 9+4reb, D.Dillon 9+5reb+3ast, R.Dorsey 9+2reb+3ast
Kings: A.Bruce 25+3reb, K.Ratzsch 14+8reb+1ast, J.Khazzouh 13+16reb+2ast, B.Madgen 10+3reb+1ast, A.Gynes 5+2reb+1ast, J.Grant 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 138843


Wildcats - Hawks 87-71

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Wollongong Hawks (2-5) were defeated on the road by third ranked Perth Wildcats (4-1) 87-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 87-71. Perth Wildcats dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Wollongong Hawks' 28. Perth Wildcats forced 22 Wollongong Hawks turnovers and outrebounded them 43-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Perth Wildcats looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Wollongong Hawks' players. American point guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) stepped up and scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and point guard Brad Robbins (186-85) chipped in 16 points, 6 assists and 6 steals (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Perth Wildcats players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Glen Saville (197-76) responded with 5 points and 9 rebounds and guard Rhys Martin (193-86, college: Nova SE) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending champion maintains third place with 4-1 record behind leader Tigers. Loser Wollongong Hawks keep the seventh position with five games lost. Perth Wildcats will meet Cairns Taipans (#5) on the road in the next round. Wollongong Hawks will play against the league's second-placed New Zealand Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wildcats: K.Lisch 17+5reb+6ast, B.Robbins 16+2reb+6ast, L.Nevill 13+5reb, S.Redhage 12+7reb+3ast, J.Wagstaff 9+5reb+2ast, M.Knight 6+10reb+2ast
Hawks: M.Campbell 13+1ast, R.Martin 13+2reb+1ast, S.Glover 13+2ast, T.Demos 7, J.Catron 7+3reb+1ast, T.Coenraad 6+5reb
gschID: 138844


Tigers - Taipans 80-63

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Melbourne Tigers as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Melbourne Tigers defeated 5th ranked Cairns Taipans at home 80-63. The game was mostly controlled by Melbourne Tigers. Cairns Taipans managed to win fourth quarter 24-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was international power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Tommy Greer (201-83, college: Nova SE) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. Melbourne Tigers' coach Trevor Gleeson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Melbourne Tigers have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Breakers. Cairns Taipans at the other side keep the fifth place with three games lost. Cairns Taipans will play next round against strong Perth Wildcats trying to get back on the winning streak. Melbourne Tigers will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Townsville Crocodiles in Wulguru.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 17+9reb+2ast, L.Walker 13+4reb+2ast, T.Greer 13+9reb, D.Dillon 11+4reb+2ast, R.Dorsey 9+3reb, M.Burston 8+5reb
Taipans: J.Wilson 19+6reb+2ast, A.Loughton 12+5reb+1ast, I.Crosswhite 10+8reb, B.Hill 7+6reb+2ast, A.Warren 5+5reb, J.Dowdell 5+3reb
gschID: 138845


Breakers - 36ers 99-90

Leader New Zealand Breakers delivered the fifth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Adelaide 36ers (1-4) 99-90 in Auckland. The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 28-21 Adelaide 36ers' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 99-90 at the end of the game. New Zealand Breakers players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Adelaide 36ers were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 assists for the winners. Forward Diamon Simpsons (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) answered with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and guard Chris Warren (176-88, college: Mississippi) added 17 points in the effort for Adelaide 36ers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. New Zealand Breakers maintains first place with 5-1 record, which they share with Tigers. Adelaide 36ers at the other side dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against Wollongong Hawks (#7) in Gwynneville in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Adelaide 36ers will play at home against Kings in Sydney to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Breakers: G.Wilkinson 29+9reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 17+5reb+3ast, C.Jackson 16+2reb+11ast, D.Corletto 14+1reb, A.Pledger 10+4reb, M.Vukona 6+6reb+2ast
36ers: D.Simpsons 20+8reb, C.Warren 17+2reb+1ast, S.Weigh 12+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 10+4reb+3ast, N.Herbert 8+2reb, A.Ballinger 8+5reb
gschID: 138842




Who was hot and who was not from Week 5 - by Duncan Matheson

All-Star Five from Week 5

Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) 29 points, 9 rebounds, 13-18 FG 3-5 3pt FG in 99-90 win

Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) 16.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 14-26 FG in two wins

Diamon Simpsons (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) 20 points, 8 rebounds, 9-11 FG 2-3 FT in 20 minutes in 90-99 loss

Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) 16 points, 11 assists, 2 steals, 6-12 FG 4-6 FT in 99-90 win

Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) 16 points, 6 assists, 6 steals, 7-8 FG 2-2 3pt FG in 87-71 win

Couldnt get it going this week...

Joevan Catron (198-F-88, college: Oregon) 7 points, 3 turnovers, 2-7 FG fouled out in 14 minutes in 71-87 loss

Oscar Forman (205-F-82) 3 points, 0 rebounds, 1-5 FG 1-4 3pt FG in 20 minutes in 71-87 loss

Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) 7 points, 3-13 FG, 0-6 3pt FG, 1-4 FT in 63-80 loss

Andrew Warren (195-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Bradley) 5 points, 2-13 FG 0-7 3pt FG in 63-80 loss

CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) 0 points, 0-5 FG 0-4 3pt FG in 27 minutes in 99-90 win



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Tigers 5-1 
 2. Breakers 5-1 
 3. Wildcats 4-1 
 4. Crocodiles 2-2 
 5. Taipans 2-3 
 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. Wilkinson, Breakers19.5 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats19.3 
 4. Mills, Tigers18.8 
 5. Warren, 36ers17.6 
 6. Khazzouh, Kings17.5 
 7. Tragardh, Tigers15.7 
 8. Bruce, Kings15.5 
 9. Worthington, Blaze15.5 
 10. Wilson, Taipans15.2 
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. Wilkinson, Breakers6.7 
 9. Hill, Taipans6.6 
 10. Simpsons, 36ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Wildcats
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Martin, Wildcats6.0 
 2. Gibson, Blaze6.0 
 3. Jackson, Breakers5.8 
 4. Martin, Hawks5.5 
 5. Bruce, Kings4.7 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats4.5 
 7. Mills, Tigers4.3 
 8. Crosswell, 36ers4.3 
 9. Ubaka, Tigers3.5 
 10. Wilson, Taipans3.2 
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. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 9. Vukona, Breakers1.2 
 10. Crawford, Croco.1.0 
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. Petrie, Blaze1.0 
 8. Ballinger, 36ers1.0 
 9. Weigh, 36ers1.0 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.1.0 


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  AUSTRIA   


Hermann Opoku signed with BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Hermann Opoku (208-F-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: George Washington) signed with BK Pardubice until the end of the season. The Austrian player just moved from Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five). In 5 games there he averaged 4.4 points per game.
Hermann Opoku started his career in 2001-2002 for UBBC Wien junior team and in 2002-2003 played for Suba St.Poelten. After that he played for UKJ SUBA St.Polten (B Bundesliga) and went to George Washington college (NCAA). In 2009-2010 for George Washington (NCAA) his stats read 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg. In 2010-2011 appeared for UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) and after 22 games showed 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 70.2%. In Feb.'11 moved to A.D. Tarragona (Spain-LEB Silver) and after 15 games had 2.9ppg, 2.7rpg.
Last night Hermann Opoku debuted with2 points at the Regular Season Round 12 as his BK Pardubice (9-3) smashed on the road 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-7) 109-71. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 38. BK Pardubice had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds.



Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 6-0 
 2. Oberwart 5-2 
 3. Gmunden 4-1 
 4. Gussing 4-2 
 5. Wels 3-2 
 6. UBSC Graz 3-3 
 7. Kapfenberg 2-2 
 8. BC Vienna 2-3 
 9. Furstenfeld 2-5 
 10. Arkadia 1-6 
 11. St.Polten 0-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.0 
 2. Reed, Oberwart24.3 
 3. Wade, Arkadia24.2 
 4. Djuric, Gussing23.0 
 5. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 6. Booker, St.Polten20.0 
 7. Francois, BC Vienna19.4 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart18.9 
 9. Brown, Wels18.0 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.3 
 2. Skurdauskas, Arkad.9.0 
 3. Oppland, Gmunden8.8 
 4. Reed, Oberwart8.6 
 5. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten7.3 
 7. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.0 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart6.9 
 9. Gordon, Kapfenberg6.7 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna5.6 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.5.5 
 3. Lanegger, Klostern.5.5 
 4. Danek, Arkadia5.2 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg5.0 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.5.0 
 7. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.3 
 8. Miletic, BC Vienna4.3 
 9. Pryor, Wels4.2 
 10. Klepeisz, Gussing3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.8 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.8 
 3. Brown, Wels2.4 
 4. Murati, Gmunden1.8 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna1.8 
 6. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.7 
 7. Fears, Kapfenberg1.7 
 8. Oppland, Gmunden1.6 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.6 
 10. Koch, Gussing1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.2.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.6 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.2 
 4. Moric, UBSC G.0.8 
 5. Greimeister, Klost.0.8 
 6. Francois, BC Vienna0.8 
 7. Brown, Wels0.8 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart0.7 
 9. Kohlmaier, Wels0.6 
 10. Arnold, Gmunden0.6 


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  BELIZE   


National U-12 Basketball Team Travel to Merida To Participate in Mini Basket Festival !!! - by David Magana
Over the past four weeks, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) has been holding tryouts to select Under 12 male players to represent Belize at a Mini Basket Festival to be held in Merida, Mexico from November 4-6, 2011. From the over 50 players from across the country that attended workout sessions, eleven players were selected to represent Belize.
The Mini Basket Festival is a gathering of countries from the Americas for young men and women under the age of twelve. These young players participate in games designed to expose and enrich them about the game of basketball. Victor Ojeda, the Director of the Basketball Academy for FIBA Americas said We want this to be a festival in every sense of the word, with Mini Basketball being played but also for it to serve as a cultural exchange between our children to contribute to their growth in and outside of the court. The BBF recognizes that Mini basketball is the foundation for the development of all the children participating in basketball. Participation in this Festival was made possible through the sponsorship of the Ministry of Sport. Creative Graphic Impression of Orange Walk provided the National team uniforms.


Assaulting a referee is a serious offence!!!! - by David Magana
The Disciplinary Committee of the Belmopan Basketball Association (BBA) met on Monday, October 17th, 2011 to review and discuss the incidents in which players from the Travelers Bad Boys team were involved. Mark Wagner was charged with referee assault, Ty Bradley (183-G-85) with use of offensive language and putting referees in fear of impeding violence and Stephen Williams (188-G-83) with offensive language and unsportsmanlike conduct under the Disciplinary Tribunal Procedure bylaws Part 4, per Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) Policy 16.3. The BBA tournament is sanctioned by the BBF and therefore follows the BBF rules. Assaulting a referee is a serious offence, as stipulated by the bylaws, and the penalty for such an offence has a maximum penalty of life ban from any further participation in any official basketball tournament sanctioned by the BBF. These were the final rulings of the committee:

1. The three players were found guilty of the charged offences.
2. Mark Wagner was penalized 5 years suspension with community service as of October 17th, 2011. If he fulfills his community service by officiating at least 10 senior games per year for 4 years, the penalty will be lowered to 4 years suspension. If he declines to become involved in any service, then the penalty will be a 6-year suspension.
3. Ty Bradley (183-G-85) was sanctioned with 6 months suspension as of October 17th, 2011.
4. Stephen Williams (188-G-83) was sanctioned with 5 months suspension as of October 17th, 2011.
5. The three players need to send formal letters of apology to the referees.

The BBF takes matters of misconduct by players, coaches and officials very seriously. In an effort to make basketball a family oriented sport, the BBF will enforce the regulations against misconduct and violence.


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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
Group A
 1. Itabom/Bauru 13-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 12-2 
 3. Vivo/Franca 9-5 
 4. Araraquara 6-8 
 5. Rio Claro 6-8 
 6. Sao Caetano 4-10 
 7. Inter Santos 3-11 
 8. America 3-11 
Group B
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 11-3 
 3. Paulistano 10-4 
 4. Gremio Mogi 7-7 
 5. XV/Cosan 5-9 
 6. Americana 4-10 
 7. Jacarei 4-10 
 8. L.S.B. 4-10 


Paulista Round 2 of Finals - by Eurobasket News
Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Vinac 93-86

Pinheiros/Sky are step away from the Paulista League title after they overcame Sao Jose/Vinac for the second time in a row. Sao Jose/Vinac was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Pinheiros/Sky dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sao Jose/Vinac's 30. Naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Four Pinheiros/Sky players scored in double figures. The former international guard Fulvio de Assis (187-81) responded with 36 points (!!!) and 7 assists (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and international power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: S.Stallworth 25+6reb+3ast, O.Rodriguez 18+10reb+1ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 15+3reb+2ast, L.Morro 11+2reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 8+6reb+2ast, M.Vieira 6+3reb+3ast
S.Jose/Vinac: F.de Assis 36+2reb+7ast, M.Becker 17+10reb+1ast, M.Costa 15+2reb, R.Fischer 7+1reb, A.Laws 6+1reb+2ast, P.Castro 3+3reb
gschID: 156770




Sorocaba sign Rafel Malfi - by Paulo Freire
The Liga Sorocabana de Basquete team sign one of the youngest highlights of the Paulista State Championship, Rafael Malfi (188-G-91) will have now a chance to play his first NBB season.
The player in the last two seasons has been doing good as he played for Barueri and Sao Caetano in the Paulista State.
Liga Sorocabana de Basquete looks like a perfect fit for him, as the team is also playing their first NBB, after qualifying by the Brazil Cup. Therefore this will be an opportunity for booth team and player to develop together.



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  CANADA   


Manitoba with major upset over #6 Alberta in men's basketball - by Eurobasket News
WINNIPEG There was a major upset in the Investors Group Athletic Centre Saturday, November 5, 2011 as the unranked Manitoba Bisons mens basketball team defeated the No. 6 ranked Alberta Golden Bears 85-83 in the first weekend of conference action. This was the second straight night the two teams met on the court, and it produced a far more satisfactory final result for the Bisons. Alberta won 91-81 the previous night.

Lead scorer for the game was Bison guard Jonar Huertas (183-G). He played a total of 31 minutes and scored 25 points. Huertas was closely followed by Golden Bear Jordan Baker (192-G-91, college: Utah Valley St.), who earned 21 points for his team in his 29 minutes of play before fouling out with just over three minutes remaining in the game.

Manitoba scored first and maintained the lead for the entirety of the game. After the first half the Bisons were 23 points in the lead, and they peaked at 28 points ahead in the third quarter.

We were up 22 at the half; we gave up a huge lead, Huertas said. End of the third we were up 19.

In the fourth quarter, the game got tense for the Bisons. Alberta fought hard and brought the score to 82-81 with under 30 seconds remaining in the game.

We werent all there mentally, Huertas said, and weve gotta work on that in practice.

Both teams exhausted their timeouts and there were fouls taken on both sides. Manitoba won the game with free throws down the stretch and held on for the two point victory.

Bison head coach Kirby Schepp said he was relieved following the close game. We played so well in the first half, he said.

Following yesterdays loss, he said the team didnt change much in the way they faced the Golden Bears.

I thought we did enough to win last game; it just wasnt in the cards, Schepp said. We didnt make a ton of adjustments, but there were a few key defensive ones.

Next week Manitoba plays at Fraser Valley November 11 and 12, while Alberta will host Saskatchewan on the same dates.
Written by Jenna Friesen
Courtesy of: http://www.gobisons.ca


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Laroche is back with CD Universidad de Concepcion - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad de Concepcion signed its second foreign player for the upcoming Dimayor. After they agreed to terms with Jason Keep (208-C-78, college: San Diego), they look to another familiar face. They agreed to terms with the american player Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida).

Laroche played for CD Universidad de Concepcion in the 07-08 Dimayor season, where the team reached the finals. Laroche played 32 games with averages of 20.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals.

Laroche will be part of the roster on the beginning of Dimayor, this tuesday, against Antofagasta Sokol.



Boston College was eliminated from Liga Sudamericana - by Daniel Valencia
After the historical night, where they defeated to Atenas de Cordoba, CD Boston College wasn't able to keep their strong performance from day 1 and were defeated by Flamengo on friday night and UTE on saturday night.

Against Flamengo, Boston had no answers and was overwhelmed by the scoring potential of the brazilians, with David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) (26) and Marcelinho Machado (20)scoring over twenty points both. For Boston, the only player who scored in double figures was Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon), who ended the night with 10 points.

Day 2

Flamengo 97 - Boston College 44
Fla
: David Jackson 26 pts. Marcelo Machado 20 pts.
Bos: Gene Shipley 10 pts. Erik Carrasco (181-G-83) 8 pts.

1 26-10 / 2 22-9 / 3 22-13 / 4 27-12


Boxscore

The game against UTE was closer in the first period, with Boston only trailing by two (26-24), but in the second quarter (20-13) UTE took a 9 point lead and never looked back. Anthony Danridge (196-G/F-86, college: N.Mexico) was unstoppable for Boston's defense, ending the night with 31 points. The 28 points by Erik Carrasco and the 25 points by Brandon Smith (198-G/F-86, college: Minnesota) were not enough for Boston.

Day 3

UTE 101 - Boston College 92
UTE
: Tony Danridge 31 pts. Marcus Fleming (204-F-78, college: Alcorn St.) 19 pts.
Bos: Erik Carrasco 28 pts. Brandon Smith 25 pts.

1 26-24 / 2 20-13 / 3 23-21 / 4 34-32



Boxscore

Erik Carrasco was the most important player for Boston during the tournament, with averages of 18.7 points and 5 rebounds per game.









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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. Krizevci 4-1 
 2. KK Split 4-1 
 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 1-3 
 10. Darda 1-3 
 11. Dubrovnik 0-5 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


A1 Round 5: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
A1 round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Jolly (3-2) against tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (1-3) 79-70 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-15. But Jolly won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-F-73) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with 29 points for Jolly. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vrijednosnice OS left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Jolly at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Kvarner 2010. They were replaced at the leadership position by Krizevci. Jolly will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Vrijednosnice OS will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KK Split on the road.
The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Krizevci as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Jolly) loss. Krizevci defeated 5th ranked Kvarner 2010 at home 95-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and Josip Glavinic chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. Naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 27 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Krizevci have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KK Split. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Jolly. Kvarner 2010 will play next round against Svjetlost trying to get back on the winning streak. Krizevci will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Borik Puntamika at Zadar.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zabok (2-2) against ninth ranked Borik Puntamika (2-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Zabok was defeated by Borik Puntamika in Zadar 76-66. Marijan Cakarun nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. Filip Kruslin came up with 14 points for Zabok in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to eighth place. Loser Zabok dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Svjetlost. Borik Puntamika will meet at home league's leader Krizevci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zabok will play against Zadar (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to eighth ranked Svjetlost (2-2) 84-70. The best player for the winners was Ivan Tomeljak who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Svjetlost moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zabok. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Svjetlost's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play at home against Alkar Sinj (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 KK Split beat Alkar Sinj on the road 81-71.


Krizevci - Kvarner 2010 95-81

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Krizevci as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Jolly) loss. Krizevci defeated 5th ranked Kvarner 2010 at home 95-81. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kvarner 2010. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Krizevci. Kvarner 2010 was better in second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krizevci shot 61.7 percent from the field. The former international power forward Ivan Grgat (210-74, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Josip Glavinic (192-82) chipped in 14 points and 9 assists. Five Krizevci players scored in double figures. Naturalized Bosnian guard Matija Ceskovic (192-81, agency: Court Side) responded with 27 points and the former international guard Igor Salamun (186-85) scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Krizevci have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with KK Split. Kvarner 2010 at the other side dropped to the fourth place with two games lost. They share the position with Jolly. Kvarner 2010 will play next round against Svjetlost trying to get back on the winning streak. Krizevci will try to continue on its current victory against eighth ranked Borik Puntamika at Zadar.
Top scorers:
Kvarner 2010: M.Ceskovic 27+2reb+3ast, I.Salamun 13+5reb+4ast, D.Cinac 8+1reb, T.Simovic 7+5reb+1ast, Z.Pehar 7+2reb, H.Sirko 6+2reb
Krizevci: I.Grgat 18+7reb+1ast, L.Zitko 15+5reb+3ast, J.Glavinic 14+2reb+9ast, M.Gligora 12+3reb+2ast, F.Colak 11+2reb, I.Buva 7+5reb
gschID: 149406


Svjetlost - Dubrovnik 84-70

Bottom-ranked Dubrovnik is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to eighth ranked Svjetlost (2-2) 84-70. It looked good early as Dubrovnik took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Svjetlost had a 22-18 second period charge getting the lead and Dubrovnik was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-84. Svjetlost players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 assists. Center Matija Poscic (207-85, college: De Paul) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four Svjetlost players scored in double figures. Guard Nikola Dosen (187-91) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and forward Frano Karac (207-79) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Svjetlost moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Zabok. Dubrovnik at the other side still closes the standings with five games lost. Svjetlost's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kvarner 2010 (#5) in Rijeka and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dubrovnik will play at home against Alkar Sinj (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Dubrovnik: F.Karac 19+6reb, N.Dosen 17+6reb+3ast, M.Lucic 10+3reb+2ast, A.Ostric 9+5reb+1ast, M.Peric 6+2reb+2ast, I.Begic 5+2reb
Svjetlost: M.Karlovic 17+4reb+1ast, L.Samadan 17+3reb, I.Tomeljak 16+4reb+12ast, M.Poscic 16+8reb+1ast, P.Zivkovic 8+3reb+3ast, D.Galic 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149407


Alkar Sinj - KK Split 71-81

No shocking result in a game when second ranked KK Split (4-1) beat on the road 9th ranked Alkar Sinj (1-3) 81-71. The game was mostly controlled by KK Split. Alkar Sinj was better in third quarter 19-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was forward Toni Dijan (205-83) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Ivan Mimica (193-80) chipped in 20 points. Five KK Split players scored in double figures. Forward Stjepan Tesija (205-89) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and forward Zeljko Zupic (205-81, college: Denver) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Alkar Sinj's coach Boris Poljak rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Split keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Krizevci. Alkar Sinj lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with three games lost. KK Split's next round opponent will be Vrijednosnice OS (#10) in Darda and are hoping to win another game. Alkar Sinj will play on the road against Dubrovnik and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Alkar Sinj: S.Tesija 19+8reb+2ast, F.Bubalo 14+1ast, Z.Zupic 10+6reb, R.Rogic 8+4reb, A.Anzulovic 7+2reb, N.Gaurina 5+2reb
KK Split: I.Mimica 20+3reb+3ast, B.Markulin 16+1reb, T.Dijan 16+15reb+4ast, S.Subotic 12+3reb+5ast, J.Sobin 12+8reb+3ast, D.Vukovic 5+1reb
gschID: 149408


Darda - Jolly 79-70

A1 round 5 caused change at the leadership position. Second defeat of league's leader Jolly (3-2) against tenth ranked Vrijednosnice OS (1-3) 79-70 was the most important game of the last round. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 34-15. But Jolly won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 26 personal fouls committed by Jolly helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Zvonimir Ridl (204-73) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Veljko Budimir (199-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Vrijednosnice OS players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech) answered with 29 points and forward Mate Mrva (195-83) added 18 points in the effort for Jolly. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vrijednosnice OS left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Alkar Sinj. Jolly at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. They share it with Kvarner 2010. They were replaced at the leadership position by Krizevci. Jolly will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Vrijednosnice OS will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked KK Split on the road.
Top scorers:
Jolly: R.Ross 29+4reb+1ast, M.Mrva 18+3reb+3ast, L.Katura 9+5reb+2ast, T.Gabric 8+2reb, I.Josipovic 6+6reb+2ast, I.Mihaljevic 0
Darda: D.Meznaric 15+1reb+1ast, M.Peraica 14+3reb, V.Budimir 13+6reb, Z.Ridl 12+7reb+3ast, R.Jugo 12+5reb+2ast, I.Milenkovic 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149409


Borik - Zabok 76-66

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zabok (2-2) against ninth ranked Borik Puntamika (2-3) on Saturday night. Visiting Zabok was defeated by Borik Puntamika in Zadar 76-66. The game was mostly controlled by Borik Puntamika. Zabok managed to win second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Borik Puntamika dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Zabok's 30. They outrebounded Zabok 33-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. Marijan Cakarun (-90) nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) for the winning side and power forward Marino Sarlija (207-89) accounted for 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Filip Kruslin (198-89, agency: Interperformances) came up with 14 points and guard Domagoj Basic (190-86) added 10 points respectively for Zabok in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Borik Puntamika moved-up to eighth place. Loser Zabok dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. They share it with Svjetlost. Borik Puntamika will meet at home league's leader Krizevci in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zabok will play against Zadar (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Zabok: F.Kruslin 14+4reb+1ast, R.Lez 11, D.Basic 10+1reb+1ast, I.Tomas 6+1reb+1ast, S.Jankovic 6+2reb, S.Zadravec 4+2reb
Borik: M.Sarlija 25+6reb+2ast, M.Cakarun 22+13reb, M.Pesut 17+3reb+5ast, T.Ramljak 5+5reb+1ast, M.Jurjevic 4, P.Maric 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 149405




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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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus league - Day 4 - 2nd part - by Chris Mammides
After the fourth win of Keravnos Strovolou, which took place yesterday, the teams of Apollon Limassol and Intercollege Etha Engomis added another victory in their series, as both of them succeeded vital road wins. The two games took palce today were as follows:
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD - Pizza Express Apollon 78 - 82
Quarters: 10-19, 34-45,52-63,78-82
Another great game for the home team of Coach Marios Argirou whi remains winless in all four games played but in all the games the team showed character and good quality. it seems that the team needs something else, an element which is missing in order to start winning some games. In any case the victory of the Limassol team of Coach Miglinieks was 100% fair as the team was more solid and had some key players like Grigoris Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) and Raymond. The game was not a derby at the begginign as the visiting site of APollon took an early lead and closed the 1st period with 9 points difference with Grigoris Pantouris and Gillenwater in the leading roles. The 2nd period was even better for the visitors as ENAD couldn't resist to the offensive scheme of Robinson, Grigoris Pantouris, Gillenwater and Valeskovski and the hlaf time was 34-45. In the 3rd period the difference went up to the sky as the score was at one stage 36-56 with an amazing 10-0 by the visitors. From the poitn and on ENAD's players took it personally and with Reed and Djurasovis as amin figures cut the deficit to 11 in teh end of the 3rd quarter (52-62) and nearly 5 minutes before the end balanced the score to 66-66. From that point and onwards the Limassol team show character and took a small lead which kept it by the end.
Top Scorers:
ENAD: Matic 15, Djurasovic 14, Damjanovic 13, Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) 19.
Pizza Express Apollon: Robinson 11, Raymond 15, Grigoris Pantouris 13 points and 14 rebounds!, Gillenwater 13.


Proteas Danoi AEL - Intercollege Etha Engomis 73-76
Quarters: 28-25, 41-40, 62-52, 73-76.
With an amazing come-back in the fourth quarter the champions team of Head Coach Konstantinidis succeeded a vital road win in the court which used to be unbeaten once upon a time. A great derby took place in Melfrod Arena where the home team showed that even with weaker roster has the winning spirit and for 33 minutes was keeping a great victory which unfortunately for them fianlly lost.
The crucial 4th period was the period where the champions prove to be more mature and more focused in the victory while for another game the Limassol team showed that under pressure the roster is not elligible to win the so called 'big games'. Melford Arena was empty since the home team was punished from the Cyprus Basketball federation so AEL couldn't get the vital assistance of the yellow fans which is an added value to the team, is the 6th player in Limasol.
Top scorers:
AEL: Adam McCoy (195-G-86, college: N.Texas) 17, Adam 12, Palalas 11
Etha: Jackson 12, Dabkus 11, Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) 14, Tatt 11




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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 12: BK Decin loses to BK Prostejov in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Third ranked host BK Prostejov (9-2) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Decin (8-3) 94-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. BK Decin managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. BK Prostejov is looking forward to face B&W Opava (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Decin will play against BK Pardubice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B&W Opava has finally registered their first victory this season after ten consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Inter Bratislava (1-11) 81-61. The winners were led by guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) who scored that evening 11 points and 5 rebounds and Radim Klecka supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Inter Bratislava. B&W Opava (1-10) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place. It was Inter Bratislava's eighth loss in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked BK Prostejov (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Inter Bratislava will play against Levice (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked USK Praha (6-6) 113-74. The best player for the winners was Michal Kremen who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Vojtech Hruban who recorded 15 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will meet at home Levharti Chomutov (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Levice. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Levice (5-6) to twelfth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (4-7) 81-78 on Saturday evening. It was a good game for Lekendric Longmire who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Chomutov. Levice at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be BK Loko Plzen (#12) at home.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: BC Kolin won against Plzen on the opponent's court 87-71. Chomutov was outscored by BK Pardubice in a home game 71-109. NH Ostrava was rolled over Svitavy on the road 90-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Michael Bernard of Levice.



Plzen - BC Kolin 71-87

Very expected game when 10th ranked BK Loko Plzen (4-8) was defeated at home by fourth ranked BC Kolin (9-2) 87-71. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. BK Loko Plzen was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Loko Plzen to just 6 points in first quarter. It was a good game for American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) who led his team to a victory with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Jiri Jelinek (203-87) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four BC Kolin players scored in double figures. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) replied with 22 points and swingman Tomas Kubiznak (193-78) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BC Kolin have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BK Prostejov. BK Loko Plzen at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. BC Kolin's next round opponent will be Basketbal Svitavy (#8) at home where they are favorite. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: D.Machac 15+4reb, J.Jelinek 14+5reb+1ast, M.Hubalek 10+1reb+1ast, S.Zuzak 10+2reb+2ast, C.Barnes 10+7reb+5ast, U.Benacek 9+4reb
Plzen: L.Toth 22+4reb+2ast, T.Kubiznak 10+6reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 8+2reb+3ast, M.Kozlik 6+2reb+2ast, F.Smid 5+2reb, L.Pecka 5+4reb
gschID: 136652


Chomutov - BK Pardubice 71-109

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked BK Pardubice (9-3) smashed on the road 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-7) 109-71. The game without a history. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 38. BK Pardubice had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls committed by Levharti Chomutov helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-81) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) added 18 points in the effort for Levharti Chomutov. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Pardubice moved-up to fourth place. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. BK Pardubice's next round opponent will be BK Decin (#5) at home. Levharti Chomutov will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1).
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: M.Hampton 22+3reb, J.Cernosek 19+5reb+2ast, M.Arnold 19+8reb, C.Muirhead 14+5reb, L.Kotas 11+1reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 10+4reb
Chomutov: P.Stanek 18+2reb+1ast, R.Lowery 14+5reb+3ast, D.Wright 13+2reb+2ast, R.Anderson 6+7reb, J.Krakovic 6+4reb+1ast, M.Jakes 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136648


BK Prostejov - BK Decin 94-77

The game between Top Four teams took place in Prostejov. Third ranked host BK Prostejov (9-2) defeated one of their biggest challengers BK Decin (8-3) 94-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BK Decin. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by BK Prostejov. BK Decin managed to win fourth quarter 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by BK Decin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) with 14 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) scored 17 points. Five BK Prostejov and four BK Decin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Prostejov moved-up to second place, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Decin at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. BK Prostejov is looking forward to face B&W Opava (#13) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Decin will play against BK Pardubice (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 19+9reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 18+5reb+2ast, A.Eitutavicius 14+5ast, M.Venta 12+3reb+1ast, J.Smith 12+4reb+2ast, J.Prasil 8+6reb
BK Decin: L.Sanders 17+2reb+2ast, P.Houska 14+7reb, A.Alic 11+3reb, L.Stria 10+5reb+2ast, J.Houska 8+4reb, T.Pomikalek 7+7reb
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B&W Opava - Inter Bratislava 81-61

B&W Opava has finally registered their first victory this season after ten consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Inter Bratislava (1-11) 81-61. The game without a history. B&W Opava led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. B&W Opava forced 27 Inter Bratislava turnovers. The winners were led by guard Petr Dokoupil (191-88) who scored that evening 11 points and 5 rebounds and guard Radim Klecka (190-90) supported him with 12 points and 4 assists. Five B&W Opava players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by American guard Curtis Allen (193-86, college: ORU) did not help to save the game for Inter Bratislava. Bosnian center Stjepan Gavran (206-78) added 7 points and 7 rebounds. B&W Opava (1-10) left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place. It was Inter Bratislava's eighth loss in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with 11 games lost. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked BK Prostejov (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Inter Bratislava will play against Levice (#7) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 13+4reb, R.Klecka 12+2reb+4ast, P.Dokoupil 11+5reb+2ast, J.Sirina 11+1reb+3ast, P.Strnisko 10+2reb, M.Kolovrat 10+4reb
Inter Bratislava: C.Allen 19+9reb+2ast, A.Kuffa 10+3reb+1ast, K.Bridgewaters 9+4reb+1ast, J.Musil 8+3reb, S.Gavran 7+7reb+1ast, O.Tot 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136650


Levice - Usti n/Labem 78-81

A very interesting game took place in Levice. It ended with only three-point home defeat of higher ranked Levice (5-6) to twelfth ranked BK Usti nad Labem (4-7) 81-78 on Saturday evening. BK Usti nad Labem made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. BK Usti nad Labem had a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Lekendric Longmire (196-87, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) contributed with 27 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 28 points in the effort for Levice. Four Levice players scored in double figures. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Chomutov. Levice at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. BK Usti nad Labem's next round opponent will be BK Loko Plzen (#12) at home.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: L.Longmire 27+12reb+1ast, T.McFadden 27+5reb+2ast, J.Holanda 9+6reb+6ast, T.Hruby 6+7reb, J.Tyrna 5+5reb+2ast, V.Hejl 3+2reb
Levice: K.Grant 28+2reb+1ast, M.Bernard 20+11reb, S.Stemberger 12+4reb+2ast, E.Henderson 12+4reb+1ast, A.Cervenka 4+3reb+3ast, T.Kostomaj 2+4reb+4ast
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Svitavy - NH Ostrava 90-65

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 8th ranked NH Ostrava (5-7) was rolled over on the road by ninth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-6) 90-65. The game without a history. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Polish center Pawel Mroz (215-84) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and his fellow American import center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks (perfect from the field making all six shots) in the effort for NH Ostrava. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Basketbal Svitavy moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Levice. NH Ostrava lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. Basketbal Svitavy's next round opponent will be league's second-placed BC Kolin on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: P.Mroz 20+8reb+1ast, B.Meno 11+10reb+1ast, R.George 11+4reb+4ast, T.Macela 11+4reb+2ast, J.Spacek 10+2reb+1ast, L.Moravec 8+2reb+4ast
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 20+2reb+2ast, J.Hughes 12+8reb, J.Stehlik 9+2reb, S.Manousos 7+3reb, D.D. 6+1reb+5ast, A.Ciz 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136646


CEZ Nymburk - USK Praha 113-74

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (9-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed sixth ranked USK Praha (6-6) 113-74. The game without a history. CEZ Nymburk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to USK Praha's 34. CEZ Nymburk shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Michal Kremen (200-81) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard A.J. Abrams (180-86, college: Texas) chipped in 21 points and 4 steals (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) who recorded 15 points and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 9-1 record. Loser USK Praha keeps the sixth place with six games lost. CEZ Nymburk will meet at home Levharti Chomutov (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. USK Praha will play against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: A.Abrams 21+1reb+3ast, M.Kremen 17+6reb+4ast, L.Palyza 16+3reb+1ast, R.Necas 13+7reb+1ast, L.Wilson 13+5reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 11+2reb+2ast
USK Praha: V.Hruban 15+1reb, V.Cvek 12+3reb, P.Sedmak 9+1reb, S.Votroubek 7+6reb+3ast, M.Sotnar 6+2reb+5ast, J.Slavik 6+3reb
gschID: 136647




Hermann Opoku signed with BK Pardubice - by Eurobasket News
Hermann Opoku (208-F-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: George Washington) signed with BK Pardubice until the end of the season. The Austrian player just moved from Guildford Heat (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five). In 5 games there he averaged 4.4 points per game.
Hermann Opoku started his career in 2001-2002 for UBBC Wien junior team and in 2002-2003 played for Suba St.Poelten. After that he played for UKJ SUBA St.Polten (B Bundesliga) and went to George Washington college (NCAA). In 2009-2010 for George Washington (NCAA) his stats read 4.0ppg, 4.0rpg. In 2010-2011 appeared for UBC St. Polten (A Bundesliga) and after 22 games showed 9.9ppg, 6.6rpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 70.2%. In Feb.'11 moved to A.D. Tarragona (Spain-LEB Silver) and after 15 games had 2.9ppg, 2.7rpg.
Last night Hermann Opoku debuted with2 points at the Regular Season Round 12 as his BK Pardubice (9-3) smashed on the road 9th ranked Levharti Chomutov (4-7) 109-71. BK Pardubice led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 38. BK Pardubice had a 30-16 advantage in offensive rebounds.



Darren Duncan agreed terms with NH Ostrava - by Eurobasket News
Darren Duncan (180-G-88, college: Merrimack) agreed terms with NH Ostrava and debuted with 6 points last night. Svitavy however edged NH Ostrava 90-65 on November 5, 2011. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. NH Ostrava lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. NH Ostrava will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Darren Duncan started his professional career in 2006-2007 for Merrimack (NCAA2) and in the last season there averaged 18.6ppg, 5.0rpg, AssistsNCAA2-5 (6.8apg), StealsNCAA2-7 (2.6spg), FGP: 41.9%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 83.6%. In 2010-2011 he moved to ABC Lions Dornbirn (Austria-2.Bundesliga, starting five) and the season 2011-2012 started for Saint John Mill Rats (Canada-NBL).
In Austria he became Austrian 2.Bundesliga West Group Champion -11, Austrian 2.Bundesliga Champion -11 and Austrian 2.Bundesliga Finals MVP -11.



1Liga Round 9: B&W Opava B beats BK Prostejov B by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Thirteenth-ranked BK Prostejov B (1-8) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked B&W Opava B (8-1) on Sunday. The visitors from Opava managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected much easier game. B&W Opava B have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-1 record behind leader J.Hradec. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mlada Boleslav. B&W Opava B are looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#4) in Praha in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play on the road against Sokol Vysehrad (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Proton Zlin (6-3) against seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (6-3) on Sunday night. Host Proton Zlin was defeated by Sokol Prazsky in Zlin 72-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky will play against league's second-placed B&W Opava B at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proton Zlin will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (9-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (4-5) in J.Hradec 77-51. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for BK Lions Hradec. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Benesov. BK Lions Hradec will meet Mlada Boleslav (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Kara Trutnov (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Kladno is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sparta Praha (7-2) 70-49. Sparta Praha moved-up to third place. Kladno lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sparta Praha's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kladno will play against BC Benesov (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Benesov was beaten by Trutnov on the road 75-62. Litomerice won against Vysehrad on its own court 57-51. Mlada Boleslav was outscored by Sokol H.Kralove in Hradec Kralove 91-70.



Trutnov - Benesov 75-62

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Kara Trutnov (6-3) beat at home 8th ranked BC Benesov (4-5) 75-62. Kara Trutnov moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. BC Benesov lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with five games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be BK Kondori Liberec (#8) on the road. BC Benesov will play against Kladno.
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Kladno - Sparta Praha 49-70

Bottom-ranked Kladno is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their ninth consecutive match to fourth ranked Sparta Praha (7-2) 70-49. The game without a history. Sparta Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sparta Praha moved-up to third place. Kladno lost their ninth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with nine games lost. Sparta Praha's next round opponent will be Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) at home and are hoping to win another game. Kladno will play against BC Benesov (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Litomerice - Vysehrad 57-51

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice and 11th ranked Sokol Vysehrad had identical 2-6 record. This time Slavoj BK Litomerice used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Vysehrad 57-51. Slavoj BK Litomerice maintains tenth place with 3-6 record. Sokol Vysehrad at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Slavoj BK Litomerice's next round opponent will be higher ranked Sparta Praha (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Vysehrad will play against BK Prostejov B (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Prostejov B - Opava B 67-68

Thirteenth-ranked BK Prostejov B (1-8) used its home court advantage to challenge second ranked B&W Opava B (8-1) on Sunday. The visitors from Opava managed to secure only one-point victory 68-67. However their fans expected much easier game. B&W Opava B have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain second place with 8-1 record behind leader J.Hradec. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. They share it with Mlada Boleslav. B&W Opava B are looking forward to face Sokol Prazsky (#4) in Praha in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play on the road against Sokol Vysehrad (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Proton Zlin - Sokol Prazsky 55-72

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Proton Zlin (6-3) against seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (6-3) on Sunday night. Host Proton Zlin was defeated by Sokol Prazsky in Zlin 72-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Proton Zlin. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-4 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Prazsky dominated on the defensive end, holding Proton Zlin to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Sokol Prazsky have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky will play against league's second-placed B&W Opava B at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Proton Zlin will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Sokol H.Kralove - Mlada Boleslav 91-70

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (6-3) rolled over at home 12th ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-8) 91-70. It looked good early as Mlada Boleslav took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sokol Hradec Kralove had a 33-13 second period charge getting the lead and Mlada Boleslav was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-91. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Mlada Boleslav lost their eighth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Sokol Hradec Kralove's next round opponent will be Proton Zlin (#7) on the road. Mlada Boleslav will play against the league's leader BK Lions Hradec (#1) in J.Hradec.
gschID: 143211


J.Hradec - Liberec 77-51

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (9-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (4-5) in J.Hradec 77-51. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for BK Lions Hradec. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. BK Kondori Liberec at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Benesov. BK Lions Hradec will meet Mlada Boleslav (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Kara Trutnov (#5) and hope to secure a win.
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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 9-1 
 2. BC Kolin 9-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 9-2 
 4. BK Pardubice 9-3 
 5. BK Decin 8-3 
 6. USK Praha 6-6 
 7. Levice 5-6 
 8. Svitavy 5-6 
 9. NH Ostrava 5-7 
 10. Chomutov 4-7 
 11. Usti n/Labem 4-7 
 12. Plzen 4-8 
 13. B&W Opava 1-10 
 14. Inter Bratislava 1-11 


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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Pavel HOUSKA
  BK Decin
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Houska, BK Decin19.0 
 2. Lowery, Chomutov18.9 
 3. Grant, Levice18.8 
 4. Sedmak, USK Praha18.8 
 5. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 6. Wright, Chomutov17.5 
 7. Longmire, Usti n.17.3 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.17.3 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.16.8 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Votroubek, USK P.8.8 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.5 
 3. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.5 
 4. Meno, Svitavy8.0 
 5. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 6. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.9 
 7. Gavran, Inter B.6.8 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.6.5 
 9. Hruby, Usti n.6.5 
 10. Field, BC Kolin6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.3 
 2. Wright, Chomutov5.2 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.6 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 5. George, Svitavy3.8 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 7. Boyer, BK Decin3.3 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
 9. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.0 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.1 
 2. Klecka, B&W Opava3.1 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.6 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.1 
 7. Lowery, Chomutov1.9 
 8. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.1.7 
 10. Grant, Levice1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.2.0 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 3. Grant, Levice1.5 
 4. Meno, Svitavy1.2 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.9 
 6. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 7. Kolovrat, B&W O.0.8 
 8. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 9. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.8 
 10. Votroubek, USK P.0.7 


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  DENMARK   


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


*****************************************************
  ESTONIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Pilk, TT.17.3 
 2. Raap, Parnu16.5 
 3. Soo, Rapla16.2 
 4. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool16.0 
 5. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.0 
 6. Cipruss, Tarvas14.3 
 7. Kurg, Tln Kalev14.2 
 8. Cunda, Va.14.2 
 9. Fedortchuk, Tln K.14.2 
 10. Arnold, TT.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.9 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla10.2 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.9.6 
 4. Arnold, TT.9.2 
 5. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 6. Keedus, TT.7.2 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 8. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.7.0 
 9. Hamarsalu, Parnu6.5 
 10. Fall, Kalev/Cramo6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Tarvas
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Kriisa, Tarvas4.3 
 2. Cunda, Va.4.2 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas4.0 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.8 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 7. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.5 
 8. Veideman, Tartu U.3.3 
 9. Pilk, TT.3.2 
 10. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Cunda, Va.2.8 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.5 
 4. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.3 
 5. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 6. Saks, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 7. Cricelli, Va.2.0 
 8. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.0 
 9. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 10. Leppik, Tartu Uli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.8 
 4. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.1.5 
 5. Voolaid, Parnu1.0 
 6. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 7. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 9. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 
 10. Saarmets, TT.0.7 


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.28.7 
 2. Baxley, Lapua25.8 
 3. Nofflet, Oulun N.23.5 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.5 
 5. Storrs, Jyvaskyla22.3 
 6. Manning, Huima22.3 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.21.0 
 9. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.20.8 
 10. Green, Ura Basket20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Baboucarr BOJANG
  FoKoPo
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Bojang, FoKoPo15.3 
 2. Cooper, SayRi14.6 
 3. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.2 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 5. Green, Ura Basket10.4 
 6. Britton, Huima10.4 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.3 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.9.0 
 9. January, BC Nokia9.0 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shawn HENDERSON
  Porvoo.
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Henderson, Porvoo.6.0 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.7 
 3. Manning, Huima4.5 
 4. Phillips, Oulun N.4.3 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 6. Abdullah, SayRi3.3 
 7. Robinson, FoKoPo3.0 
 8. Harjula, Pyrinto II3.0 
 9. Viertola, Huima3.0 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jackson, Lapua4.0 
 2. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.4 
 3. Nieminen, SayRi2.4 
 4. Little, Porvoon2.2 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.2.2 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 7. Jousisto, ToPo A.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Porvoon2.0 
 9. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 10. Williams, Lapua2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.0 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. Molenius, FoKoPo1.2 
 4. Townes, BC Nokia1.2 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.8 
 7. Cooper, SayRi0.6 
 8. Robinson, FoKoPo0.5 
 9. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.5 
 10. Kauro, BC Nokia0.5 


1.DIVISION: Two undefeated teams - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 6: There are two undefeated teams left in Division 1. FoKoPo (Forssa) is rolling on the top with 6-0 record and Honka (Tapiola) follows behind with 5-0 record. Both teams won their home games on Sunday. FoKoPo crushed ToPo Academy 97-58 (49-25) and Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, college: Illinois St.) was game MVP with 24 points and 24 rebounds. HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) added 19 pts for FoKoPo. Honka beat Korikobrat from Lapua 88-67 (45-33). Honka had five players in double digits. Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) scored 20 pts. Ura Basket from Kaarina won in Tampere and YMCA Oulu got 74 pts from team's American players, when winning over Tarmo (Porvoo) 102-85. Lloyd Phillips (178-PG-85, college: Illinois St.) netted 36 pts.
FoKoPo - ToPo Academy 97-58 (49-25). (Baboucarr Bojang 24/24, HL Coleman 19, Tracy Robinson 13/5a - Julius Rajala 11, Joel Heinikoski 9/8, Juuso Kauppinen 9).
Honka, Tapiola - Lapua 88-67 (45-33). (Anselmi Vanjoki 20, Ilkka Sirola 14/11, Tero Laitinen 13 - Eric Williams 26/9, Emmanuel Jackson 18/10, Walter Baxley 11).
Pyrinto II - Ura Basket 58-72 (28-32). (Joni Harjula 26, Osku Heinonen 9, Niko Mattila 8 - Eze Andrews 26/9, Lionel Green 17/7, Jussi-Pekka Saari 12).
YMCA Oulu - Tarmo 102-85 (62-44). (Lloyd Phillips 36/6a, Josh Nofflet 21/13, Brian Moultrie 17/8 - Shawn Henderson 25/5a, LaTrice Little 20/9/6a, Tyrwone Still 13/8).



1st Division Round 6: No surprise as #1 Forssan Koripojat defeats Torpan Pojat - by Eurobasket News
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Torpan Pojat (0-6) 97-58. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while Torpan Pojat only scored two points from the stripe. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 48-27 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Joel Heinikoski (185-92) with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Undefeated Forssan Koripojat have an impressive six-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 6-0 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#9) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Ura Basket in Kaarina and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. 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. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and Darren Townes supported him with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) did not help to save the game for Saynatsalon Riento. BC Nokia maintains third position with 5-1 record behind leader FoKoPo, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Saynatsalon Riento lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. BC Nokia will play against league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game took place in Tampere where 7th ranked Pyrinto II (2-3) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Ura Basket (2-4) 72-58 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. The best player for the winners was Eze Andrews who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Joni Harjula who recorded 26 points. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ura Basket moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Ura Basket will meet bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in the next round. Pyrinto II will play against BC Jyvaskyla (#10) and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Lapua lost to undefeated Tapiolan Honka on the opponent's court 67-88. Oulun NMKY managed to outperform Porvoon Tarmo in a home game 102-85. Jyvaskyla was rolled over Huima on the road 96-64.



Pyrinto II - Ura Basket 58-72

An interesting game took place in Tampere where 7th ranked Pyrinto II (2-3) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Ura Basket (2-4) 72-58 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. Pyrinto II was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 26-9 charge of Ura Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Pyrinto II's 30. Ura Basket forced 19 Pyrinto II turnovers and outrebounded them 49-32 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Trinidad and Tobago power forward Eze Andrews (201-83, college: Savannah St., agency: Court Side) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Jan-Axel Alanko (197-82) chipped in 9 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Joni Harjula (189-83) who recorded 26 points and swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Pyrinto II's coach Tero Hassinen rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ura Basket moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the seventh position with three games lost. Ura Basket will meet bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (#12) in the next round. Pyrinto II will play against BC Jyvaskyla (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: E.Andrews 26+9reb+3ast, L.Green 17+7reb+1ast, J.Saari 12+1reb, J.Alanko 9+16reb, J.Kukkonen 5+2reb+2ast, S.Salminen 3+10reb
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 26+3reb, O.Heinonen 9+6reb+1ast, N.Mattila 8+1reb, M.Marttinen 5+2reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 4+9reb+1ast, T.Savino 2+4reb
gschID: 150168


Tapiolan Honka - Lapua 88-67

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (3-3) was crushed on the road by top-ranked Tapiolan Honka (5-0) 88-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tapiolan Honka led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tapiolan Honka forced 23 Lapuan Korikobrat turnovers and outrebounded Lapuan Korikobrat 44-33 including a 23-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Ilkka Sirola (197-86) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Five Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) who recorded 26 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Emmanuel Jackson (188, college: Seton Hill) added 18 points and 10 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tapiolan Honka have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Loser Lapuan Korikobrat keeps the sixth position with three games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet BC Nokia (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Lapuan Korikobrat will play against Oulun NMKY and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 20+3reb+2ast, I.Sirola 14+11reb+3ast, T.Laitinen 13+6reb+1ast, V.Kopio 11+3reb+1ast, D.Dolenc 10+6reb, A.Odabasi 8+3reb
Lapua: E.Williams 26+9reb, E.Jackson 18+10reb+1ast, W.Baxley 11+2reb+1ast, H.Jokinen 6+2reb, J.Turja 4+3reb, N.Overmark 2
gschID: 150169


Oulun NMKY - Porvoon Tarmo 102-85

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Oulun NMKY (5-1) defeated at home 9th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (1-5) 102-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Oulun NMKY. Porvoon Tarmo managed to win fourth quarter 29-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) who scored 36 points (!!!) and 6 assists. Forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Shawn Henderson (190, college: Idaho) who recorded 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard La Trice Little (186-79, college: Mercy) added 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Oulun NMKY have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia. Loser Porvoon Tarmo dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with Jyvaskyla. Oulun NMKY will meet Lapuan Korikobrat (#6) on the road in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against Aanekosken Huima (#5) in Aanekoski and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 36+2reb+6ast, J.Nofflet 21+13reb+4ast, B.Moultrie 17+8reb, H.Vihavainen 11+6reb+3ast, S.Keinonen 8+3reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 5+1reb
Porvoon Tarmo: S.Henderson 25+7reb+5ast, L.Trice Little 20+9reb+6ast, T.Still 13+8reb+2ast, M.King 11+3reb+1ast, A.Nieminen 6+3reb+2ast, S.Beatovic 6+3reb
gschID: 150170


Huima - Jyvaskyla 96-64

Not a big story in a game in Aanekoski where 9th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-5) was rolled over by seventh ranked Aanekosken Huima (3-2) 96-64 on Thursday. The game without a history. Aanekosken Huima led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 53.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) who scored 32 points. The other American import power forward Trey Britton (203-89, college: Anderson) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Aanekosken Huima players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 20 points respectively. BC Jyvaskyla's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to fifth place. BC Jyvaskyla lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with Porvoon Tarmo. Aanekosken Huima will meet Porvoon Tarmo (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. BC Jyvaskyla will play against Pyrinto II in Tampere.
Top scorers:
Huima: T.Manning 32+3reb+2ast, T.Britton 15+9reb+1ast, S.Kajander 12+4reb+1ast, P.Karvonen 11+2reb+1ast, J.Graham 10+7reb+1ast, A.Jamsen 5+1reb+1ast
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 20+4reb+1ast, L.Storrs 20+10reb+4ast, N.Pantsu 7+6reb+3ast, T.Manninen 5+1reb, M.Markkanen 5+4reb+1ast, M.Kierros 2+1ast
gschID: 150165


SayRi - BC Nokia 79-83

The game in Jyvaskyla was also worth to mention about. 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. 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. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) notched a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) supported him with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by forward Sami Mantymaa (192-88) did not help to save the game for Saynatsalon Riento. American guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. BC Nokia maintains third position with 5-1 record behind leader FoKoPo, which they share with Oulun NMKY. Saynatsalon Riento lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. BC Nokia will play against league's second-placed Tapiolan Honka at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Saynatsalon Riento will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
BC Nokia: D.Townes 23+12reb, G.January 19+15reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 11+2reb, T.Riihela 8+7reb+6ast, J.Kauro 8+3reb, S.Hopkins 7+3reb+3ast
SayRi: S.Mantymaa 20+5reb+1ast, J.Lehto 14+6reb, C.Little 13+8reb+2ast, B.Abdullah 11+6reb+6ast, K.Cooper 11+6reb, K.Naukkarinen 6+3reb
gschID: 150166


FoKoPo - ToPo Akatemia 97-58

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Torpan Pojat (0-6) 97-58. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Forssan Koripojat made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game, while Torpan Pojat only scored two points from the stripe. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 48-27 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Joel Heinikoski (185-92) with 9 points and 8 rebounds and forward Julius Rajala (200-94) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Forssan Koripojat have an impressive six-game winning streak. Forssan Koripojat maintains first position with 6-0 record. Torpan Pojat at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Forssan Koripojat is looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#9) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Ura Basket in Kaarina and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
FoKoPo: B.Bojang 24+24reb+3ast, H.Coleman 19+8reb+1ast, T.Robinson 13+8reb+5ast, S.Ikavalko 13+1reb+5ast, J.Helenius 12+2reb+1ast, M.Suokas 9+4reb
ToPo Akatemia: J.Rajala 11+7reb, J.Heinikoski 9+8reb+1ast, J.Kauppinen 9+1reb, J.Herrala 8+2reb, A.Lavastida 8+5reb+4ast, T.Suortti 6+2reb
gschID: 150167




Emmanuel Holloway claims Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Salon Vilpas and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for Salon Vilpas in his team's victory, helping them to beat Pyrinto (#2, 6-2) in overtime 106-99. Salon Vilpas maintains the 9th position in Finnish Korisliiga. Salon Vilpas is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Holloway had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Salon Vilpas' top player in his first season with the team. Illinois State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holloway is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.4ppg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Salon Vilpas' star - 23-year old American forward John Fields (205-F-88). Fields impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Salon Vilpas cruised to a 106-99 overtime win over the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#2, 6-2). Salon Vilpas' 9th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Fields is a newcomer at Salon Vilpas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Namika Lahti (#11). Brooks scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Brooks' great performance Namika Lahti lost 67-76 to slightly higher-ranked LrNMKY (#10, 3-7). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Namika Lahti can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-9 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Brooks he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Brooks has individually a great season in Finland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Clifton Jones (201-F-78) of Nilan Bisons - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Antoine Jordan (196-G-83) of Kouvot - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tim Blue (205-F-84) of KTP - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90) of Salon Vilpas - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Antwine Williams (192-F-75) of Pyrinto - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Martin Zeno (196-G-85) of Nilan Bisons - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Nancy 5-0 
 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. Poitiers 2-3 
 9. Nanterre 2-3 
 10. Orleans 2-3 
 11. ASVEL 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 


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.19.5 
 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. Morlende, Hyeres-.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Hughes, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.8 
 4. Aminu, Chalon8.2 
 5. Jackson, Roanne8.2 
 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. Barrett, Roanne6.4 
 4. Parker, AS.6.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy6.2 
 6. Pellin, Orleans5.8 
 7. Diabate, Roanne5.0 
 8. Meacham, Paris-.5.0 
 9. Causeur, Cholet4.6 
 10. Dixon, Dijon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 2. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.4 
 3. Batum, Nancy2.4 
 4. Acker, Le Mans2.3 
 5. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 6. Parker, AS.2.3 
 7. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines2.2 
 9. Linehan, Nancy2.2 
 10. Goss, AS.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Akingbala, Nancy1.6 
 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. Souchu, Roanne1.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans1.0 


ProA Round 5: Leader Sluc Nancy gets another victory - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in ProA, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated leader Sluc Nancy delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked ASVEL (2-3) 92-77 in Villeurbanne. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. ASVEL managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely ASVEL outrebounded Sluc Nancy 41-29 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by ASVEL helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Tony Parker (183-82) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists for the hosts. ASVEL's coach Pierre Vincent rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Sluc Nancy (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. ASVEL at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#4) at home in the next round. ASVEL will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-90 loss to fourth ranked Paris-Levallois (4-1) in Levallois. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 assists. Lamont Hamilton contributed with 22 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Hyeres-Toulon. The victory was the third consecutive win for Paris-Levallois. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Paris-Levallois will play against league's leader Sluc Nancy on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Poitiers (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Poitiers was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Poitiers (2-3). Gravelines-Dunkerque defeated Poitiers 72-59 on Saturday. Andrew Albicy stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Pierre-Yves Guillard responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gravelines-Dunkerque. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Cholet (#6) on the road in the next round. Poitiers will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Nanterre. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (2-3) to thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (2-3) 77-75 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. William Daniels nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Entente Orleans 45. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Important game to mention about took place in Le Mans. Third ranked Le Mans (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked JDA Dijon (1-4) 68-65 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The best player for the winners was Marcellus Sommerville who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. JDA Dijon's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. JDA Dijon lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Le Mans will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. JDA Dijon will play against JSF Nanterre (#9).

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Cholet defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez in a road game 100-89. Roanne beat Le Havre at home 86-74. Strasbourg lost to Chalon on the opponent's court 70-80.



Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Cholet 89-100

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (1-4) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Cholet (3-2) 100-89 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Cholet. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international guard Fabien Causeur (193-87) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) produced 11 points and 9 rebounds and Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels tested twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Cholet moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Roanne. Pau-Lacq-Orthez lost their fourth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Cholet will face higher ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#10).
Top scorers:
Cholet: F.Causeur 25+7reb+6ast, W.Gradit 24+3reb, D.Nichols 21+5reb+3ast, T.Battle 11+2reb+4ast, C.Ona-Embo 6+3reb+1ast, L.Vebobe 5+2reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: M.Maravic 11+2reb+4ast, C.Elonu 11+9reb, S.Rimac 11+1ast, T.Gipson 11+1reb+4ast, A.Mendy 11, F.Lesca 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133530


Paris-Levallois - Hyeres-Toulon 93-90

Bottom-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 93-90 loss to fourth ranked Paris-Levallois (4-1) in Levallois. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Hyeres-Toulon was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 28-18 third quarter run of Paris-Levallois. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 42. American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points and 5 assists. His fellow American import power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Senegalese forward Mouhammad Faye (208-85, college: SMU) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and center Louis Labeyrie (209-92) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hyeres-Toulon. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Paris-Levallois. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Hyeres-Toulon lost their fifth game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Paris-Levallois will play against league's leader Sluc Nancy on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Poitiers (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: E.Chatfield 29+5ast, J.Williams 28+5reb+1ast, L.Hamilton 22+12reb, T.Meacham 10+3reb+4ast, D.Noel 4+5reb+2ast, M.Bah 0
Hyeres-Toulon: M.Faye 24+8reb, P.Morlende 20+4reb+3ast, L.Labeyrie 19+10reb+2ast, K.Reid 12+4reb+10ast, D.Krupalija 9+6reb+3ast, S.Cisse 6+1reb
gschID: 133525


Poitiers - Gravelines 59-72

The game in Poitiers was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (4-1) played at the court of 7th ranked Poitiers (2-3). Gravelines-Dunkerque defeated Poitiers 72-59 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 44-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Andrew Albicy (178-90) stepped up and scored 25 points for the winners and the former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-84) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) scored 8 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Gravelines-Dunkerque. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Poitiers dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet Cholet (#6) on the road in the next round. Poitiers will play against Hyeres-Toulon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: A.Albicy 25+1reb, L.Vaty 15+6reb+3ast, R.Jomby 13+5reb, J.Johnson 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 8+7reb+4ast, J.Edwards 1+3reb+1ast
Poitiers: P.Guillard 12+8reb, K.Younger 10+6reb+1ast, P.Badiane 9+7reb+1ast, A.Grant 8+7reb+3ast, E.Fournier 8+3reb+1ast, C.Gomez 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 133526


Roanne - Le Havre 86-74

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Chorale de Roanne (3-2) defeated at home 12th ranked STB Le Havre (1-4) 86-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 14 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 12 points. Chorale de Roanne made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman John Holland (195-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 22 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). His fellow American import point guard Andre Barrett (175-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 15 points, 9 assists and 5 steals. American forward Brian Boddicker (204-81, college: Texas) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and American-Venezuelan guard John Cox (195-81, college: USF) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Cholet. STB Le Havre lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Chorale de Roanne will face Strasbourg IG (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. STB Le Havre will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Roanne: J.Holland 22+4reb+3ast, A.Barrett 15+1reb+9ast, D.Page 14+6reb+1ast, R.Jackson 11+11reb+1ast, K.Souchu 8+1reb+1ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 8+7reb+1ast
Le Havre: B.Boddicker 19+5reb+3ast, N.Pope 15+8reb, J.Cox 15+5reb+4ast, N.Wise 12+6reb+4ast, G.Jenkins 6+4reb+1ast, C.Leonard 3+1reb
gschID: 133527


Nanterre - Orleans 77-75

A very interesting game took place in Nanterre. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Entente Orleans 45 (2-3) to thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (2-3) 77-75 in the game for the eighth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Entente Orleans 45. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 7-point deficit before their 28-19 run, which allowed them to win the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded Entente Orleans 45 33-22 including 22 on the defensive glass. American forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import center Ryvon Covile (206-84, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) accounted for 13 points and 10 rebounds. Four JSF Nanterre players scored in double figures. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) came up with 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 14 points respectively for Entente Orleans 45 in the defeat. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Entente Orleans 45. JSF Nanterre's next round opponent will be JDA Dijon (#13) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Nanterre: W.Daniels 26+7reb+1ast, M.Riley 17+5reb+2ast, X.Corosine 13+2ast, R.Covile 13+10reb+1ast, M.Judith 6+5reb+2ast, S.Brun 2+3reb+1ast
Orleans: A.Sy 20+6reb, C.Banks 14+2reb+3ast, M.Pellin 9+5ast, B.Greene 7+3reb+1ast, M.N'Doye 7+2reb+2ast, G.Joseph 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 133528


ASVEL - Nancy 77-92

Undefeated leader Sluc Nancy delivered the fifth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they beat 8th ranked ASVEL (2-3) 92-77 in Villeurbanne. The game was mostly controlled by Sluc Nancy. ASVEL managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Strangely ASVEL outrebounded Sluc Nancy 41-29 including a 14-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by ASVEL helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international forward Nicolas Batum (201-88) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized Cameroonian forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown) chipped in 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international point guard Tony Parker (183-82) produced 20 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Kim Tillie (210-88, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. ASVEL's coach Pierre Vincent rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sluc Nancy (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. ASVEL at the other side keeps the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Sluc Nancy are looking forward to face Paris-Levallois (#4) at home in the next round. ASVEL will play against STB Le Havre (#14) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Nancy: V.Samnick 25+5reb+1ast, N.Batum 21+6reb+5ast, P.Amagou 20+1reb+4ast, J.Shuler 9+8reb+4ast, K.Grant 6+1ast, J.Linehan 5+1reb+3ast
ASVEL: T.Parker 20+8reb+9ast, K.Tillie 16+6reb, P.Goss 14+2reb+3ast, R.Turiaf 9+8reb+3ast, D.Thompson 7+6reb+2ast, H.Armstrong 6+7reb
gschID: 133529


Chalon - Strasbourg 80-70

Very expected game when 11th ranked Strasbourg IG (2-3) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Chalon/Saor (4-1) 80-70 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Strasbourg IG was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 18 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Blake Schilb (200-83, college: Loyola, IL, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Chalon/Saor's coach Gregor Beugnot allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) produced 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Lavoy Allen (206-89, college: Temple) added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalon/Saor moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Strasbourg IG dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Chalon/Saor will face Le Mans (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Strasbourg IG will play against Chorale de Roanne (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalon: I.Evtimov 19+2reb+1ast, M.Delaney 18+5reb+2ast, B.Schilb 15+8reb+2ast, A.Aminu 11+2reb, S.Tchicamboud 7+5reb+6ast, J.Lauvergne 5+5reb
Strasbourg: J.Harper 14+5reb+1ast, R.Greer 14+7reb+4ast, K.Anderson 13+4reb+3ast, L.Allen 11+10reb+4ast, C.Oliver 9+1reb, A.M'Baye 5+3ast
gschID: 133523


Le Mans - Dijon 68-65

Important game to mention about took place in Le Mans. Third ranked Le Mans (4-1) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 12th ranked JDA Dijon (1-4) 68-65 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 17-14. But JDA Dijon won second period 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Sean Marshall (198-85, college: Boston Coll.) produced 12 points and 4 assists and the other American import forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. JDA Dijon's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Mans moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. JDA Dijon lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Le Mans will face league's second-placed Chalon/Saor on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. JDA Dijon will play against JSF Nanterre (#9).
Top scorers:
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 18+4reb+1ast, J.Paulo Batista 15+5reb+3ast, M.Sommerville 14+11reb+3ast, A.Acker 8+9reb+3ast, M.Kouguere 7+2reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 3+3ast
Dijon: S.Marshall 12+3reb+4ast, B.Dixon 12+1reb+1ast, Z.Moss 12+6reb, D.Melody 10+3reb+4ast, R.Lewin 8+9reb+2ast, J.Leloup 7+1reb+7ast
gschID: 133524




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


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 


Superleague Round 6 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 6 in Superleague was guest Lirija's (2-3) road victory over Vardar (#7) 70-61 on Saturday evening. Vardar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-70 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Vladimir Georgievski (194-82) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds. Vardar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lirija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kumanovo. Vardar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki and Kozuv. Lirija is looking forward to face Kozuv (#6) in Gergelija in the next round. Vardar will play on the road against ABA Strumica and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. Top-ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th ranked Kumanovo 2009. Host Feni Indistrija (6-0) smashed guests from Kumanovo (2-3) 97-75. It was a good game for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Jarrid Frye contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Darko Matic (192-84, agency: 011 Sports) replied with 28 points for Kumanovo 2009. Undefeated Feni Indistrija have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play at home against MZT Skopje (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Gergelija was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Torus Skopje (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Kozuv (1-4). Torus Skopje managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86 on Saturday. Dimitar Karadzovski scored 21 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was Dejan Vegov with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Undefeated Torus Skopje have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-0 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Newly promoted Kozuv dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki and Vardar. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local MZT Skopje (5-1) outscored 6th ranked ABA Strumica (1-5) 87-55. Noah Dahlman notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MZT Skopje maintains third position with 5-1 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. ABA Strumica lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with five games lost. MZT Skopje's next round opponent will be Kumanovo 2009 (#4) on the road. ABA Strumica will play against Vardar (#8) in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



MZT Skopje - ABA Strumica 87-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Skopje. Local MZT Skopje (5-1) outscored 6th ranked ABA Strumica (1-5) 87-55. The game was mostly controlled by MZT Skopje. ABA Strumica was better in second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Noah Dahlman (200-89, college: Wofford) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international guard Riste Stefanov (198-81, agency: Interperformances) supported him with 13 points. Even a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds by American center Clive Weeden (205-87, college: Dartmouth) did not help to save the game for ABA Strumica. His fellow American import guard Jeremiah Boswell (194-82) added 14 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. MZT Skopje maintains third position with 5-1 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. ABA Strumica lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with five games lost. MZT Skopje's next round opponent will be Kumanovo 2009 (#4) on the road. ABA Strumica will play against Vardar (#8) in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MZT Skopje: N.Dahlman 15+11reb+2ast, R.Stefanov 13+1ast, N.Gajdadjiev 11+1reb+1ast, I.Penov 10+1reb, O.Stojanovski 9+1ast, C.Grimm 8+5reb
ABA Strumica: J.Boswell 14+4reb+1ast, C.Weeden 12+10reb+1ast, P.Brooks 9+2reb+2ast, K.Karamanolev 5, J.Kurciev 5+2reb, P.Cvetkov 5
gschID: 151629


Vardar - Lirija 61-70

The biggest surprise of round 6 in Superleague was guest Lirija's (2-3) road victory over Vardar (#7) 70-61 on Saturday evening. Vardar trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 21-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-70 at the end of the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Mitchell is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Lirija players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Vladimir Georgievski (194-82) who recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds and guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Vardar's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lirija moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kumanovo. Vardar lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki and Kozuv. Lirija is looking forward to face Kozuv (#6) in Gergelija in the next round. Vardar will play on the road against ABA Strumica and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Lirija: T.Simic 18+8reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 17+15reb+3ast, C.Morban 14+2reb+3ast, V.Filipovic 10+6reb+4ast, J.Life 9+3reb+1ast, S.Vidinski 2
Vardar: V.Georgievski 13+5reb+3ast, D.Radulovic 12+4reb+4ast, D.Kostevski 12+7reb, A.Shterjov 8+4reb, F.Kralevski 5+7reb+1ast, A.Tasevski 5+3reb+4ast
gschID: 151625


Kozuv - Torus Skopje 86-95

The game in Gergelija was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Torus Skopje (5-0) played at the court of 5th ranked Kozuv (1-4). Torus Skopje managed to secure a 9-point victory 95-86 on Saturday. Kozuv trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 21 after three quarters before a 28-16 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 86-95 at the end of the game. Torus Skopje well out of reach of Kozuv shooting 70.4 percent from the field. International guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 21 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. Torus Skopje's coach Slobodan Petrovski used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was power forward Dejan Vegov (205-83, college: Blinn JC) with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Serbian Milan Bulic scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torus Skopje have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 5-0 record behind leader Feni Indistrija. Newly promoted Kozuv dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Rabotnicki and Vardar. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Skopje Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 22+6reb, D.Karadzovski 21+3reb+6ast, I.Dimcevski 15+2reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 11+2reb, B.Krstevski 6, P.Turner 6+1reb
Kozuv: M.Bulic 18+1reb+3ast, D.Vegov 15+6reb+4ast, A.Dimitrovski 15+3reb+2ast, M.Petkovic 14+3reb, B.Tomasevic 8+2reb+2ast, V.Eftimov 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 151626


Feni Indistrija - Kumanovo 97-75

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Kavadarci. Top-ranked Feni Indistrija faced 4th ranked Kumanovo 2009. Host Feni Indistrija (6-0) smashed guests from Kumanovo (2-3) 97-75. The game without a history. Feni Indistrija led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Feni Indistrija players scored in double figures. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Darko Matic (192-84, agency: 011 Sports) replied with 28 points and Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Kumanovo 2009. Feni Indistrija have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-0 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Lirija. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play at home against MZT Skopje (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: D.Knezevic 23+6reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 20+1reb+4ast, D.Sokolov 16+3reb+5ast, J.Frye 16+7reb+2ast, K.Nikolovski 13+5reb+2ast, V.Brckov 5+3reb
Kumanovo: D.Matic 28+4reb+3ast, D.Mikic 12+8reb, N.Jelesijevic 10+8reb+2ast, D.Stanimirovic 7+3reb, A.Kostoski 7+2reb+4ast, M.Mladenovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151628




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1.Bundesliga Round 7: ALBA destroy EWE Baskets on Sunday night - by Eurobasket News
There were just 7 rounds played in Regular Season of 1.Bundesliga and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most exciting game of round 7 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Wuerzburg. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (5-2) to sixth ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-2) 61-59 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Keaton Nankivil (203-89, college: Wisconsin) answered with 13 points for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to third place, which they share with Ratiopharm and B.Muenchen. s Oliver Baskets is looking forward to face BG Goettingen (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Walter Tigers' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (4-3)on the road game in Bremerhaven 90-83. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Joshua Young helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. At the losing side forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Walter Tigers (1-6) left bottom position moving up to seventeenth place, which they share with Goettingen. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Art.Dragons. Walter Tigers will play against higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#14) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#15) in Frankfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-5) in Bamberg 97-63. It was a quality performance for Julius Jenkins who led the winners and scored 20 points and 4 assists. Jon Leuer came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Brose Baskets have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-0 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers and Bayreuth. Brose Baskets will meet league's second-placed Telekom Baskets in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Braunschweig. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 10th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (3-4) to eighth ranked Artland Dragons (4-3) 72-71 on Saturday evening. David Holston fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. New Yorker Phantoms' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bremerhaven. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. New Yorker Phantoms will play against TBB Trier (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 7 were not that significant. Telekom Baskets smashed Goettingen on the road 84-65. Bayreuth destroyed LTi 46ers on its own court 74-52. EnBW L'burg unfortunately lost to B.Muenchen in a road game 55-61. Phoenix Hagen managed to beat TBB Trier at home 83-78. EWE Baskets was crushed by ALBA on the opponent's court 97-67.
The most impressive performance of 7th round was 21 points and 6 rebounds by Marc Antonio Carter of Phoenix Hagen.


Goettingen - Telekom Baskets 65-84

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Telekom Baskets (6-1) crushed on the road 17th ranked BG Goettingen (1-6) 84-65. The game was mostly controlled by Telekom Baskets. BG Goettingen was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Telekom Baskets made 26-of-33 charity shots (78.8 percent) during the game. American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) fired 18 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets' coach Michael Koch allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Louis Dale (180-88, college: Cornell) produced 17 points and the other American import guard Paris Horne (191-87, college: St.John's) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Telekom Baskets moved-up to second place. BG Goettingen lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with six games lost. Telekom Baskets' next round opponent will be league's leader Brose Baskets in Bamberg and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Goettingen will play on the road against s Oliver Baskets (#3) in Wuerzburg.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 18+5reb+9ast, T.Gaffney 12+2reb+1ast, B.Veikalas 12+6reb+1ast, C.Ensminger 12+5reb+1ast, S.Serapinas 10+5reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 8+6reb+1ast
Goettingen: L.Dale 17+2reb+2ast, P.Horne 16+2reb+2ast, D.Saunders 9+7reb+1ast, R.Mafra 6+3reb, M.Weber 5+3reb+2ast, K.Ahelegbe 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 130870


Bayreuth - LTi 46ers 74-52

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked LTi 46ers (2-5) were smashed on the road by sixteenth ranked BBC Bayreuth (2-5) 74-52. The game was mostly controlled by BBC Bayreuth. LTi 46ers was better in fourth quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 37-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. American guard Danny Gibson (180-84, college: S.Indiana, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 19 points and 8 assists for the winners. Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points. American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-79, college: St.Louis) produced 12 points and the other American import guard Wayne Bernard (190-81, college: Davidson, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BBC Bayreuth moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with LTi 46ers and Fraport SKY. BBC Bayreuth's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Walter Tigers (#18) in Tuebingen.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 20+2reb+1ast, D.Gibson 19+2reb+8ast, T.Smith 13+4reb+2ast, B.Hunter 8+8reb+1ast, B.Wyrick 5+1reb, S.Schmidt 4+2reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: M.Jeffers 12+4reb+1ast, A.Zazai 10+2reb+1ast, W.Bernard 9+2reb+2ast, K.Archibong 7+2reb, B.Stewart 4+4reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 130871


B.Muenchen - EnBW L'burg 61-55

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Bayern Muenchen (5-2) won against at home 9th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (3-4) 61-55. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 13 points ahead at halftime and as many as 22 after three quarters before a 20-4 last quarter charge of EnBW Ludwigsburg cut the lead to 61-55 at the end of the game. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. International forward Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-81, college: Penn St.) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Jerry Green (191-80, college: Cal-Irvine) produced 16 points and 7 assists and Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) added 7 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively for lost side. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to third place, which they share with Ratiopharm and s.Oliver Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost their third game in a row. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Bayern Muenchen's next round opponent will be Artland Dragons (#8) in Quakenbrueck which should be theoretically an easy game. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play at home against ratiopharm Ulm.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 14+11reb+2ast, J.Jagla 9+7reb+1ast, S.Hamann 8+2reb+3ast, A.Nadjfeji 6+4reb+4ast, P.Schwethelm 6+4reb+1ast, R.Benzing 5+3reb
EnBW L'burg: J.Green 16+1reb+7ast, J.Lischka 9+5reb, J.Bowler 8+5reb+1ast, K.Looby 7+8reb+1ast, D.Zavackas 6+7reb+1ast, D.McCray 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 130872


NY Phantoms - Art.Dragons 71-72

A very interesting game took place in Braunschweig. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 10th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (3-4) to eighth ranked Artland Dragons (4-3) 72-71 on Saturday evening. The guests were ahead by 11 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 17-15 run, which allowed them to win the game. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) fired 20 points and 4 assists for the winners. His fellow American import power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Artland Dragons players scored in double figures. American center Kyle Visser (211-85, college: Wake Forest) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points respectively for lost side. New Yorker Phantoms' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bremerhaven. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Artland Dragons' next round opponent will be higher ranked Bayern Muenchen (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. New Yorker Phantoms will play against TBB Trier (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Holston 20+3reb+4ast, A.King 15+8reb+2ast, J.Strasser 14+2reb+1ast, A.Hilliard 11+6reb+2ast, D.Fenn 6+4reb+2ast, A.Hess 5+1reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: K.Visser 21+9reb+2ast, B.Jorovic 13+1reb+2ast, I.McElroy 9+1reb+1ast, L.Greer 9+3ast, S.Dennis 6+4reb+6ast, N.Schneiders 5+4reb
gschID: 130867


Phoenix Hagen - TBB Trier 83-78

There was a minor upset when 12th ranked TBB Trier (3-4) lost on the road to fifteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (3-4) 83-78. TBB Trier was ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 22-12 charge of Phoenix Hagen, which allowed them to win the game. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) fired 25 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and American point guard Dru Joyce (183-85, college: Akron) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Four TBB Trier players scored in double figures. TBB Trier's coach Henrik Roedl let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated TBB Trier. Phoenix Hagen's next round opponent will be EWE Baskets (#12) in Oldenburg.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 25+9reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 21+6reb+3ast, J.Crowe 14+4reb+5ast, B.Brooks 9+4reb+3ast, J.Hasquet 8+2reb+2ast, B.Kruel 6+7reb+1ast
TBB Trier: P.Zwiener 18+5reb+1ast, D.Joyce 15+2reb+2ast, N.Linhart 15+2reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 10+7reb+1ast, E.Gallup 9, J.Bynum 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 130868


s.Oliver Baskets - Ratiopharm 61-59

The most exciting game of round 7 in the 1.Bundesliga took place in Wuerzburg. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked ratiopharm Ulm (5-2) to sixth ranked s Oliver Baskets (5-2) 61-59 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of ratiopharm Ulm. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 29-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ivan Elliott (203-86, college: UCSB, agency: Limelight Hoops) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds. point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Little is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Keaton Nankivil (203-89, college: Wisconsin) answered with 13 points and center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) added 6 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for ratiopharm Ulm. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. s Oliver Baskets moved-up to third place, which they share with Ratiopharm and B.Muenchen. s Oliver Baskets is looking forward to face BG Goettingen (#17) at home in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ratiopharm Ulm will play against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
s.Oliver Baskets: I.Elliott 13+6reb+2ast, R.Harris 12+3reb, J.Little 10+5reb+1ast, J.Boone 7+6reb, B.Jacobson 7+4reb+4ast, G.Brown 6+2reb
Ratiopharm: K.Nankivil 13+4reb, S.Esterkamp 11+4reb, R.Trice 8+5reb, P.Guenther 8+4ast, J.Bryant 6+10reb+1ast, D.Watts 4+4reb
gschID: 130869


Brose Baskets - Fraport SKY 97-63

1.Bundesliga top team - Brose Baskets (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (2-5) in Bamberg 97-63. The game without a history. Brose Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 31-of-38 free shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Deutsche Bank Skyliners only scored seven points from the stripe. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. It was a quality performance for American point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Southern, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 4 assists. Guard Karsten Tadda (189-88, agency: Pro One Sports) accounted for 13 points and 6 assists for the winning side. American forward Jon Leuer (208-89, college: Wisconsin, agency: Priority Sports) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import guard Justin Gray (188-84, college: Wake Forest) added 10 points respectively for Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Brose Baskets have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 6-0 record. Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers and Bayreuth. Brose Baskets will meet league's second-placed Telekom Baskets in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: J.Jenkins 20+2reb+4ast, K.Tadda 13+2reb+6ast, A.Leon Tucker 12+5reb+2ast, M.Slaughter 10+5reb+1ast, A.Gavel 8+2reb+6ast, B.Roberts 8+2reb+2ast
Fraport SKY: J.Leuer 17+14reb+2ast, J.Gray 10+4reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 8+3reb+1ast, J.McKinney 7+1reb+1ast, J.Davidson 6+7reb+3ast, M.Thompson 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 130864


ALBA - EWE Baskets 97-67

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked ALBA Berlin's (4-2) home victory over 9th ranked EWE Baskets (3-4) 97-67. The game without a history. ALBA Berlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 33-of-37 charity shots (89.2 percent) during the game, while EWE Baskets only scored fifteen points from the stripe. ALBA Berlin forced 21 EWE Baskets turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by EWE Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) fired 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agency: Priority Sports) produced 15 points and 4 assists and forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for ALBA Berlin. They moved-up to sixth place. EWE Baskets at the other side keep the ninth position with four games lost. ALBA Berlin's next round opponent will be LTi 46ers (#16) in Giessen and are hoping to win another game. EWE Baskets will play at home against Phoenix Hagen (#13).
Top scorers:
ALBA: K.Weaver 17+4reb+3ast, D.Wood 16+4reb+4ast, T.Francis 15+6reb, H.Schaffartzik 11+6reb+5ast, B.Taylor 10+2reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 9+5reb
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 15+2reb+4ast, R.Paulding 11, K.Hasbrouck 9+1reb+2ast, R.Burrell 9+6reb+1ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 6, R.Smeulders 6+8reb
gschID: 130865


Bremerhaven - Walter Tigers 83-90

Walter Tigers' fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (4-3)on the road game in Bremerhaven 90-83. It looked good early as Eisbaeren Bremerhaven took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Walter Tigers took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 63.6 percentage. Walter Tigers players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American players dominated also this game. It was a great evening for guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 16 points and 4 assists. Five Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Zachery Peacock (203-87, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Pro One Sports) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop) scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Walter Tigers (1-6) left bottom position moving up to seventeenth place, which they share with Goettingen. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Art.Dragons. Walter Tigers will play against higher ranked BBC Bayreuth (#14) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#15) in Frankfurt and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Young 16+4reb+4ast, V.Duggins 15+2reb+3ast, L.Campbell 13+7reb+11ast, N.Simon 13+1reb+1ast, T.Nash 10+5reb+1ast, C.Pavelas 9+2reb+2ast
Bremerhaven: Z.Peacock 25+5reb+3ast, T.Martin 21+7reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 19+6reb, A.Smith 6+4reb+3ast, J.Brewer 5+4reb+9ast, M.Smith 4+2reb
gschID: 130866




ProA Round 8: Webmoebel Baskets lose to USC Heidelberg - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most important game in the last round took place in Heidelberg between third ranked Webmoebel Baskets (5-2) and fifth ranked USC Heidelberg (5-2) on Sunday night. Webmoebel Baskets were crushed by USC Heidelberg on the road 93-113. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when USC Heidelberg's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-13 extending their advantage to 20 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Webmoebel Baskets' 42 and made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 50-25 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when USC Heidelberg made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Webmoebel Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) replied with 20 points for Webmoebel Baskets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Heidelberg have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Webmoebel and Kirchheim. USC Heidelberg is looking forward to face Gloria Giants (#7) in Duesseldorf in the next round. Webmoebel Baskets will play at home against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) in Weissenfels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leitershofen's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat ETB Wohnbau (1-6) 79-77. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and Logan Stutz who added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) responded with 24 points. Leitershofen left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated ETB Wohnbau. It was ETB Wohnbau's fourth loss in a row. Leitershofen will play against higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Science City Jena (#8) to get more than just one victory in their record.
ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-3) in Weissenfels 107-69. The winners were led by Darius Hargrove who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by Quinnel Brown did not help to save the game for Cuxhaven BasCats. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Duesseldorf. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Homburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Science City Jena (4-4) to tenth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (4-4) 82-80 in the fight for the eighth place. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Saar-Pfalz Braves' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Important game to mention about took place in Crailsheim. Third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked NBC (3-5) 71-68 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. Mark Hill orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 assists. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face Saar-Pfalz Braves (#9) in Homburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 Duesseldorf was beaten by Chemnitz on the road 58-54. Ehingen won against Karlsruhe on its own court 82-70.



MBC - Cuxhaven 107-69

ProA top team - Mitteldeutscher BC (6-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed seventh ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (4-3) in Weissenfels 107-69. The game without a history. Mitteldeutscher BC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Cuxhaven BasCats' 36. Mitteldeutscher BC looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The winners were led by American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agency: Strategic Sports) who scored that evening 20 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Steve Wachalski (203-83) supported him with 24 points and 4 steals. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. Mitteldeutscher BC's coach Silvano Poropat felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 18 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Quinnel Brown (198-83, college: Auburn) did not help to save the game for Cuxhaven BasCats. His fellow American import power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 14 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Mitteldeutscher BC have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record. Cuxhaven BasCats at the other side dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Duesseldorf. Mitteldeutscher BC will meet Webmoebel Baskets (#5) in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
MBC: S.Wachalski 24+3reb, D.Hargrove 20+5reb+3ast, P.Heyden 14+6reb, H.Vilhjalmsson 13+3reb+6ast, M.Schwarz 12+2reb, S.Leutloff 10+2reb
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 18+2reb, Q.Brown 18+7reb+1ast, E.Harris 14+8reb+1ast, D.McDaniel 6+4reb, M.Bogdanov 5+1reb+1ast, J.El Domiaty 3+1reb+2ast
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Crailsheim - NBC 71-68

Important game to mention about took place in Crailsheim. Third ranked Crailsheim Merlins (6-2) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 9th ranked NBC (3-5) 71-68 on Saturday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of NBC. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 28-22. But NBC won second period 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Mark Hill (180, college: Cal.St. Northridge) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 8 assists. Forward Christoph Tetzner (200-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Crailsheim Merlins' coach Ingo Enskat used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for NBC. Crailsheim Merlins have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eleventh position with five games lost. Crailsheim Merlins will face Saar-Pfalz Braves (#9) in Homburg in the next round and are hoping to win another game. NBC will play at home against Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: M.Hill 21+1reb+8ast, C.Tetzner 17+7reb, B.Baptist 11+3reb, D.Webb 7+9reb+1ast, J.Stohl 6+1ast, J.Buck 5+7reb+2ast
NBC: J.Harris 23+8reb+3ast, R.De Michael 15+7reb+2ast, C.Abercrombie 15+5reb+1ast, J.Reile 6+4reb+3ast, M.Ides 4+2reb+1ast, W.Chavis 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141422


Leitershofen - ETB Wohnbau 79-77

Leitershofen's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat ETB Wohnbau (1-6) 79-77. ETB Wohnbau was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 29-21 charge of Leitershofen, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Corey Hassan (193-87, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and the other American import forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who added 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Leitershofen players scored in double figures. Naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agency: Court Side) responded with 24 points and American forward Joseph Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) scored 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Leitershofen left bottom position moving up to thirteenth place, which they share with defeated ETB Wohnbau. It was ETB Wohnbau's fourth loss in a row. Leitershofen will play against higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Science City Jena (#8) to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Leitershofen: C.Hassan 25+1reb+2ast, L.Stutz 20+4reb+2ast, S.Bowlin 17+3reb+2ast, A.Kronhardt 10+6reb+4ast, D.Veney 3+3reb, J.Genck 3+2ast
ETB Wohnbau: M.Buljevic 24+4reb, J.Henley 18+5reb, C.Alexander 14+5reb+1ast, S.Schroter 9+1reb+2ast, K.Chones 7+6reb+1ast, P.Carney 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 141423


Heidelberg - Webmoebel 113-93

The most important game in the last round took place in Heidelberg between third ranked Webmoebel Baskets (5-2) and fifth ranked USC Heidelberg (5-2) on Sunday night. Webmoebel Baskets were crushed by USC Heidelberg on the road 93-113. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Webmoebel Baskets. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when USC Heidelberg's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-13 extending their advantage to 20 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Webmoebel Baskets' 42 and made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Webmoebel Baskets 50-25 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when USC Heidelberg made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Webmoebel Baskets helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agency: Limelight Hoops) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds. Swingman Janis Heindel (199-83) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Michael Fleischmann (205-86) replied with 20 points and American guard Jefferson Mason (198-88, college: Minn.St.-Mankato, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for Webmoebel Baskets. Five USC Heidelberg and four Webmoebel Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USC Heidelberg have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Webmoebel and Kirchheim. USC Heidelberg is looking forward to face Gloria Giants (#7) in Duesseldorf in the next round. Webmoebel Baskets will play at home against the league's leader Mitteldeutscher BC (#1) in Weissenfels and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: S.Watts 25+13reb+1ast, C.Burgess 20+3reb+6ast, J.Heindel 20+8reb+1ast, K.Barth 14+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 11+8reb+1ast, P.Zipser 8+6reb+1ast
Webmoebel: M.Fleischmann 20+4reb+2ast, J.Mason 17+4reb+4ast, N.Freer 13+2reb+1ast, J.Stommes 11+4reb+2ast, J.Diggs 9+2reb+3ast, M.Jost 8+3reb
gschID: 141424


Braves - Jena 82-80

A very interesting game took place in Homburg. It ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 8th ranked Science City Jena (4-4) to tenth ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (4-4) 82-80 in the fight for the eighth place. Saar-Pfalz Braves moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Saar-Pfalz Braves' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Crailsheim Merlins at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
gschID: 141425


Chemnitz - Duesseldorf 58-54

There was a surprise result when tenth ranked BV Chemnitz 99 (4-4) beat at home higher ranked Gloria Giants (4-3) 58-54 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 58-54. American point guard Gary Johnson (188-82, college: Cent.Florida) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) replied with 8 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized Croatian guard Marin Petric (190-80) added 6 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gloria Giants. Gloria Giants' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. BV Chemnitz 99 moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Jena and Braves. Loser Gloria Giants keep the sixth position with three games lost. BV Chemnitz 99 will face higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: G.Johnson 15+8reb+5ast, T.Ishizaki 11+3reb, T.Shaw 8+7reb+4ast, J.Schaffrath 8+4reb+1ast, P.Stachula 6+3reb+3ast, J.Schmidt 3+1reb
Duesseldorf: R.Keerles 9+1reb, A.Reese 8+9reb+3ast, M.Brauer 8+3reb, P.Flomo 8+3reb, P.Friedel 7+2ast, D.Mims 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141419


Ehingen - Karlsruhe 82-70

Rather expected game when 14th ranked BG Karlsruhe (1-7) lost to twelfth ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (3-5) in Allmendingen 70-82 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 48-34 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Ehingen/Urspringschule made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 BG Karlsruhe turnovers. American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). The other American import center Will Creekmore (205-89, college: Missouri St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) replied with 19 points and American center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) added 11 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for BG Karlsruhe. Four BG Karlsruhe players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with NBC. BG Karlsruhe lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Ehingen/Urspringschule will face NBC (#12) in Nurnberg in the next round.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: W.Creekmore 17+3reb, G.Williamson 15+3reb+6ast, A.Vargas 12+2reb+2ast, A.Calvin 9+8reb, K.Bright 9+3reb+2ast, A.Buechert 8+1reb+1ast
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 19+4reb+2ast, M.Samarco 14+5reb+3ast, J.Howard 11+12reb, M.Stockton 11+2ast, M.Boggan 4+2reb, M.Hurst 4+3reb
gschID: 141420




Wayne Bernard (LTi Giessen 46ers) Our Turnaround The Last Weeks Can Be Attributed To Paying More Attention To Detail In Our Offensive And Defensive Strategies - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) is a 30 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his first season with the Giessen 46ers. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. In 2009-2010, his first in the BEKO BBL with MBC, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8%. Last season with MBC, he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%. Eurobasket spoke to the American before the game against BBC Bayreuth November 6th.


The LTi Giessen 46ers had a huge win against BG Goettingen last weekend.How much is that game still in your head almost a week after the horrible tragedy that hit BG Goettingen?

We played a decent game against Goettingen, and of course we are happy about the outcome. However, it is a long season and we must focus on the next game. I also think the tragedy that happened to the Goettingen (and BBL) family is horribly unfortunate. I would especially like to give the Grimaldi family my deepest condolences.

The LTi Giessen 46ers have won 2 of their last three games. What have been the main reasons for this turnaround in the last weeks?

I think the turnaround in our last weeks can be attributed to the fact that we pay more attention to detail when it comes to our offensive and defensive strategies. I think it took a while for everyone to get one the same page and understand how our system is supposed to work, both offensively and defensively.

The team let up the lowest point total so far this season with 64. What adjustments did the team make in the BG Goettingen game?

We knew that the Goettingen team really liked to penetrate, so we tried to limit their possibilities for dribble-penetration as much as possible. They have athletic post players so we also knew we had to have effective 'helpside' defense as well.

The next game is against BBC Bayreuth. They have been struggling and already fired their coach. What has been your impression of this team?

Although their record may have some to think otherwise, I think Bayreuth is a good team. Their crowd is very energetic so whenever they play at home, anything at home. I think we need to be prepared for a battle against this team, especially since they have a new coach.

It is never easy to play in Bayreuth, but they have already lost 2 of 3 games at home this season. What will be key in getting the win?

The key in getting the win against Bayreuth will have to be securing rebounds, and limit our turnovers. I think if we can accomplish both of these tasks, we will have a great chance of playing a good game.

Allen Iverson has stated that he still wants to play in the NBA and would play for anyone. What team should he play for?

Allen Ivrson I'm sure wants to play for anyone. But I think a lot of coaches and GM's believe he is more of a liability than an asset. I can't really say which team he should play for. Maybe the more appropriate question is, 'will there be ANY team for him to play for?', since this whole lockout debacle has been a mess.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD I saw was a computer-animated film called Tangled.

Thanks for the chat Wayne



Jason Boone (s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) With A Talented Team Like Ulm Its Kind Of Pick Your Poison - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against ratiopharm Ulm November 5th.

The s.Oliver Baskets are 3-0 at home. Where did you get used to the home court quicker in Goettingen in the Lokhalle when you started to play there years ago or in Wurzburg?

It was very similar...the common denominators are basically a tight space, an energetic crowd that goes non-stop for 40+ minutes and teammates with some pride.

Every game is a test in the Beko BBL, but with ratiopharm Ulm, a very strong opponent comes to Wurzburg. What has been your impression of this team this season. For me they are a playoff team.

I definitely think they are a top team in this league. With talent at each position and a laundry list of players that could lead the scoring attack, teams must be on their A-Game to have a chance.

Ratiopharm Ulm play more organized basketball, but still can put up points on the board like there is no tomorrow. Where is Ulm most dangerous?

With a talented team like Ulm it's kind of like 'pick your poison.' They have arguably the best center in the BBL as well as two of the best guards. Their 4 men can play inside and out. It's all about who makes who play their game.

What are your memories of battling John Bryant from last season? He has started strong into this season and should be a great duel with you.

We both protected our home court. He is a load, but I pride myself on either being stronger or faster than every center in the BBL...we'll see who plays more to their advantage.

Oliver Clay had a solid game against Bonn. How has his development progressed since preseason?

I think that's key in a solid team. Players being able to pick up the slack. Oli is one of the hardest workers we have. Never misses an optional workout and is a beast in the weightroom. He had his chance and produced. I'm excited to have him on the team.

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

Probably his wife Vanessa...although as long as it's not that infamous girl Katelyn Faber from the Colorado incident he could probably have any Jada Pinkett he wants

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

My mother sent me $26 worth of lottery tickets for my 26th birthday as a joke and I actually won $40. That answer your question?

What is a new movie that you really want to see?

War Horse...although I saw the Tony Award winning play this summer and doubt it can compete. We shall see.

Thanks Jason for chat.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Robert MCKIVER
  Braves
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. McKiver, Braves24.1 
 2. Stommes, Webmoebel23.1 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf22.2 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe20.1 
 5. Watts, Heidelberg19.3 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg19.0 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven18.4 
 8. Johnson, Chemnitz18.4 
 9. Reid, MBC18.3 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe11.2 
 2. Lawson, Chemnitz8.0 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim7.6 
 4. Black, Jena7.6 
 5. Harris, Cuxhaven7.3 
 6. Reid, MBC7.2 
 7. Abercrombie, NBC7.1 
 8. Watts, Heidelberg7.0 
 9. Henley, ETB W.6.9 
 10. Webb, Crailsheim6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jamar DIGGS
  Webmoebel
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Diggs, Webmoebel5.6 
 2. Jeka, Braves5.4 
 3. Smith, Kirchheim5.3 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC5.3 
 5. Hill, Crailsheim5.1 
 6. Rice, Cuxhaven5.0 
 7. Burgess, Heidelberg4.7 
 8. Williamson, Ehingen4.5 
 9. Barker, Jena4.1 
 10. Johnson, Chemnitz4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.6 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.4 
 3. Stommes, Webmoebel2.4 
 4. Rice, Cuxhaven2.3 
 5. Johnson, Chemnitz2.0 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen2.0 
 7. Capel, Cuxhaven1.6 
 8. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.6 
 9. Harris, NBC1.5 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.7 
 2. Zipser, Heidelberg1.6 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg1.0 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen0.8 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe0.8 
 6. Flomo, Duesseldorf0.8 
 7. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel0.7 
 9. Oakes, MBC0.7 
 10. Heyden, MBC0.7 


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 6-0 
 2. Telekom Baskets 6-1 
 3. s.Oliver Baskets 5-2 
 4. B.Muenchen 5-2 
 5. Ratiopharm 5-2 
 6. ALBA 4-2 
 7. Bremerhaven 4-3 
 8. Art.Dragons 4-3 
 9. NY Phantoms 3-4 
 10. EnBW L'burg 3-4 
 11. TBB Trier 3-4 
 12. EWE Baskets 3-4 
 13. Phoenix Hagen 3-4 
 14. Bayreuth 2-5 
 15. Fraport SKY 2-5 
 16. LTi 46ers 2-5 
 17. Goettingen 1-6 
 18. Walter Tigers 1-6 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 6-1 
 2. Crailsheim 6-2 
 3. Heidelberg 5-2 
 4. Kirchheim 5-2 
 5. Webmoebel 5-2 
 6. Cuxhaven 4-3 
 7. Duesseldorf 4-3 
 8. Jena 4-4 
 9. Braves 4-4 
 10. Chemnitz 4-4 
 11. Ehingen 3-5 
 12. NBC 3-5 
 13. Leitershofen 1-6 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 1-6 
 15. Karlsruhe 1-7 


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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets20.4 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.19.5 
 3. Duggins, Walter T.16.7 
 4. Jonusas, Phoenix16.5 
 5. Gray, Fraport SKY16.3 
 6. Swann, Ratiopharm16.3 
 7. Carter, Phoenix16.2 
 8. Jeffers, LTi 46ers15.4 
 9. Ovcina, LTi 46ers15.1 
 10. Wood, ALBA14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm10.6 
 2. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.4 
 3. Leuer, Fraport SKY8.3 
 4. Ensminger, Teleko.8.0 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.8.0 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.6 
 7. Seward, Phoenix7.2 
 8. Chubb, EWE Baskets7.1 
 9. Smith, Bayreuth6.6 
 10. Hilliard, Art.Dra.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jordan, Telekom8.4 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier6.8 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.6.8 
 4. Brewer, Bremerha.5.3 
 5. Wood, ALBA5.3 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.9 
 7. Gibson, Bayreuth4.7 
 8. Brown, EWE Baskets4.6 
 9. Gavel, Brose B.4.0 
 10. Gray, Fraport SKY3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.2.3 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.2.0 
 3. Crowe, Phoenix1.8 
 4. Wood, ALBA1.7 
 5. Gavel, Brose B.1.5 
 6. Hasbrouck, EWE B.1.3 
 7. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.3 
 8. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
 9. McElroy, NY Phant.1.3 
 10. Smith, Bayreuth1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.6 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.3 
 3. Looby, EnBW L.1.9 
 4. Ibekwe, Bayreuth1.9 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 6. King, Art.Dragons1.5 
 7. Boone, s.Oliver.1.3 
 8. Carter, Phoenix1.2 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.1 
 10. Chubb, EWE Baske.0.9 


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  GREECE   


B Division: Week 6 - Total Round up of the week - by Chris Mammides
The unbeaten record of the team from Trikala, AO Aiolos Trikallon (6-0) of Coach Giannis Tzimas and the first victory of the refreshed team of Iraklis Thessaloniki are the two main elements of the sixth week of the Second division league.
The games in more analysis were as follows:

Filathlitikos - Stratoni 82-64
The home team of Coach Zivas had no problem against the team of Coach Mythou and from the very beginning ended the game as the deficit in the first period went up to 16 points! From then and one the youngsters of Coach Zivas change a gear and Stratoni couldnt follow them at all. The younger brother of the Adedokubo family made his debut and he seems that he is even better than Thanassis as the young Adedokubo, Yiannis in some minutes he played he had as many as 8 points
Quarters: 30-14, 48-30, 72-47, 82-64
Top Scorers:
Filathlitikos: Christos Gikas (190-G-91) 11, Baziotis 11, Tsmatos 10, Andreopoulos 10
Stratoni: Pipiliaris 11, Simos Kountouratzoglou (197-F-87) 17, Daskalopoulos 13.

Agia Paraskevi- Diagoras Rodou 98-71
KAP of coach Hatzipanigiris face no problem at all over Coach Tsakiriss Diagoras Rodou and the 27 points is prove it. Vangelis Tsiakas (194-G-81) and Matos scored 40 points for the home team who took the lead from the first minute and was increasing it period by period with the maximum deficit being 33 points!
Quarters: 29-15, 52-34, 78-49, 98-71
Top Scorers:
Agia Paraskevi: Softonas 13, Vangelis Tsiakas 21, Matos 19, Mougios 17
Diagoras Rodou: Pardakas 18, Christos Gogidis (196-G/F-77) 25.

Niki Volou - Doukas 63-59
In a derby which decided at the very end the home team of Coach Zafiroudis took the victory and is still enjoying the top seats of the league. Naoum Thimnios (194-F-84), Frousklias, Zarogiannis and Politis were a solid quartet which was responsible for this win. On the other hand, Coach Giannopoulos saw his team to be very close to another win but finally Christos Papakonstantinou (199-G-89) and Zakinthinos being all alone couldnt fight back at the end.
Top Scorers:
Niki Volou: Naoum Thimnios 15, Frousklias 12, Zarogiannis 10, Politis 11
Doukas: Christos Papakonstantinou 13, Zakinthinos 10

Koroivos Amaliadas - Near East 79-59
No problem for the team of Coach Eleftheriadis who saw Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) being the man of the week with his 32 points and his overall performance followed from a very close distance by Vangelis Gkeros (206-C-81) who scored 24 points and dashed down 13 rebounds. The game was a derby until the 23rd minutes from then and on the home team speed up and the visiting site of coach simply couldnt follow.
Quarters: 18-8, 34-28, 55-39, 79-59
Top Scorers:
Koroivos: Antonis Godopoulos 32, Vangelis Gkeros 24, Sakellarakis 10
Near East: Kostas Pappas 19, Koupidis 14, Karabas 11

AO Aiolos Trikallon - AIAS Evosmou 82-64
The home team is keep going and after six weeks is still at the top position remaining unbeaten with a record of 6-0, and is officially among the top favorite teams to be promoted in the A2. Coach Giannis Tzimas has the joy to have players in its roster that can play easily on a higher level, tonight it was the time of Gioulekas, Stathis Harismidis (202-F-69) and Papachristos to prove so and they did so as they scored exactly the same as their opponents (all the team-members together)
Quarters: 18-17, 33-34, 59-50, 82-64
Top Scorers:
Aiolos: Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) 22, Papachristos 16, Gioulekas 14
Aias: Giorgos Melidis (200-F-87) 21, Mavridis 13, Tzinopoulos 10

Iraklis - Egaleo 72-68
The first victory for Iraklis is a fact! After five straight negative results the Thessaloniki team with four new players in its roster succeeded their very first victory. Moulakis after a break of more than a year from the Basketball courts return back with the same scoring abilities while Neofitidis and Trainos did the same, especially the second one is proving to be a great scorer as tonight his 27 points were more than important for the victory of the team. Now, if the team adds the other two players which is currently in talks to (Papaioakeim and Kouvelas) then very soon the 5 negative results will be forgotten.
Quarters:
Top Scorers:
Iraklis: Tassos Traianos (195-F/G-87) 27, Moulakis 16, Petallotis 11, Neofitidis 10,
Egaleo: Christodoulos Karavolas (197-F-83) 16, Atzamoglou 14, Tolias, Benos and Rois 10 per head.

Irakleio - Halkidona 87-79
A derby for 35 minutes was the game between the team of Irakleio and Halkidona, after that and in the last 5 minutes the experience of the Cretans talk in the court and Harissis with Petraksi gave the victory to their team.
Quarters: 21-16, 36-33, 56-50, 87-79
Top Scorers:
Irakleio: Harissis 14, Alexandros Petrakis (200-F-87) 16, Stefanakis 15, Agapitos 11
Halkidona: Christos Papakonstantinou 24, Sfeikos 11, moisiadis 13

Anagennisi Flogas MENT 89-91
Great roads win for MENT after an amazing game between two equal teams. A run and gun game took place in Thessaloniki with a full court offensive games from both teams, finally the team who had the amazing Dino Nikolopoulos took the victory.
Quarters: 17-13, 38-38, 63-60, 89-91
Top Scorers:
Anagennisi: Nikoloudis 20, Giannis Mitsakis (181-PG-81) 25, Zotos 11, Moumoglou 11, Mouratidis 11
MENT: Pallis 14, Dino Nikolopoulos 31, Chrysopoulos 16, Dalpas 19
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Dikoudis is the MVP of the 3rd week in A1 - by Chris Mammides
The Greek veteran power forward / center Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) is the MVP of the 3rd week of the A1 league. The player of PAOK this season is rejuvanated as in these first three weeks is the top performer of his team and among the top players of the competition until now.
PAOK's player was the top performer this weekend in teh first victory of Coach Markopoulos team after three weeks. Dikoudis is a solid player who's repertoire has many elements from the rebounding area to the parameter shoting.


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. Charalampidi., KAO.17.3 
 6. Tsamis, Kolossos16.3 
 7. Dikoudis, PAOK15.7 
 8. Goree, PAOK15.0 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris15.0 
 10. Karapostolou, Kav.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gary FLOWERS
  KAOD
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Flowers, KAOD8.0 
 2. Giddens, PAOK8.0 
 3. O''Bryant, Kavala8.0 
 4. Papanikolaou, Olym.7.3 
 5. Hines, Olympiakos7.3 
 6. Kojadinovic, Marou.7.0 
 7. Kerusch, Aris7.0 
 8. Charissis, Kolossos7.0 
 9. Sato, Panathinaik.6.5 
 10. Tsairelis, Aris6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Marousi
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gagaloudis, Marousi9.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.7 
 3. Xanthopoulos, Pani.6.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.6.0 
 5. Petroulas, Periste.6.0 
 6. Charalampidi., KAO.5.3 
 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. Charalampidi., KAO.1.7 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos1.7 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala3.5 
 2. Hines, Olympiakos2.0 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.7 
 4. Charissis, Kolossos1.7 
 5. Sarikopoulos, Pani.1.0 
 6. Papadopoulos, Olym.1.0 
 7. Roby, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Tsontzos, Marousi1.0 
 9. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 10. Zimic, Perister.1.0 


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


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


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  HOLLAND   


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


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 7-0 
 2. Amsterdam 6-1 
 3. Leiden 2 6-1 
 4. De Hoppers 4-3 
 5. Hoofddorp 4-3 
 6. Cangeroes 4-3 
 7. Red Giants 3-3 
 8. Punch 3-4 
 9. Almonte 3-4 
 10. Rotterdam 2 3-4 
 11. Goba 3-4 
 12. Akrides 1-5 
 13. De Groene 1-6 
 14. Jugglers 0-7 


Results Dutch Basketball League: - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, Lauselac Aris bounced back from a two-game skid to win over northern Dutch rival and current lead leader Gas Terra Flames, while defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden wins a close thriller over Stepco BS Weert, in a comeback win. On Sunday afternoon Landstede Basketball got back on the winning track with a road win over Rotterdam Basketball College.

In the northern derby between Gas Terra Flames and Lauselac Aris in the Kalverdijk, Aris took control of the tempo early, were able to keep control of it in the 1st half, and despite the strong second half runs by the guests, both at the start of the 3rd quarter and in crunch time, were able to hold the fort and close out the game in style, winning convincingly by the score of 86-72. Aris led at the half 44-31, with the Flames beginning the 3rd quarter with seven straight points by DBL reigning MVP
Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) and baskets by Koenis, Wyatt and Dourisseau helped close the gap to 48-46 midway through the quarter. Aris would answer the Flames' run with scores from the backcourt of Lance Jeter (190-G, college: Nebraska) and Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side), pushing Aris' lead back to double digits at 56-46. The Flames would close it to 62-55 at the end of the 3rd quarter.


In the 4th quarter the guests would close the gap to 64-62 after a Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston) basket, but Manny Adako (203-F-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) would help save the day for Aris, with his three-pointers daggers ending the Flames' comeback win hopes. Jeter would lead five Aris players in double figures with a game-high 21 points., with Adako adding 15 on 3 of 3 three-point shooting. Dourisseau and Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) led the Flames with 14 pts. each. Lauselac Aris improves to 3-3 while Gas Terra Flames fall to 6-2.


In the Vijfmeihal, a three-point dagger in the closing seconds by Arvin Slagter (190-G-85, agency: Court Side) helped prevent the defending Dutch champions from an upset loss to Stepco BS Weert, winning 71-69. The team of head coach Toon van Helfteren had to endure hot three-point shooting from Stepco, by virtue from the trio of

Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan), DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Quinnipiac) and Sjors Besseling (198-F-85, agency: Court Side), whose hot three-point shooting helped stake the guests to a 51-42 halftime lead. Stepco did this despite being without the services of Anderson a good part of the first three quarters due to being saddled with foul trouble. With seven minutes remaining, Stepco's momentum was affected due to the ankle injury of Harman, with ZZ retaking the lead at 63-62. But Stepco would not easily fold, with three-pointers by Anderson and Harman helping the Limburgers retake the lead at 68-63. But from then on ZZ ace Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) would step up for the defending champions. In the closing minute Boxley would make two free throws and a basket, then would come up with a steal that led to Slagter's game winning dagger. The Limburgers had one more chance to win or send the game into overtime, but blew it on a Minter turnover. Boxley led ZZ with 17 pts. Anderson led the guests with a game-high 18 pts., with Harman adding 16. ZZ improves to 4-2.


In the Topsportcentrum, a strong defensive effort once again helped Landstede Basketball win in a 58-50 slugfest. The Rotterdammers led 33-29 at halftime thanks to the strong recent play of PG Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90, agency: Court Side) (game-high 24 pts.), but in the second half Landstede forced a Rotterdam meltdown, holding the Rotterdammers to only 27.8% FG. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) led the way for Landstede with 18 pts. Landstede improves to 3-2.



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. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.7 
 5. Wesby, Groningen15.3 
 6. Sanchez, Leeuw.15.2 
 7. Wells, Zwolle14.8 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen14.8 
 9. Turner, Den Bosch14.3 
 10. Kennedy, Leiden13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Coleman, Weert10.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.3 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle8.2 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch7.8 
 5. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.8 
 7. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.2 
 9. Hilliman, Leiden6.2 
 10. Van Paassen, Den5.7 
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, Zwolle3.0 
 3. Anderson, Weert2.5 
 4. Harman, Weert2.3 
 5. Hulzebos, Zwolle2.0 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch1.8 
 7. Jeter, Leeuwarden1.8 
 8. Acker, Nijmegen1.8 
 9. de Jong, Leiden1.7 
 10. Jones, Rotterdam1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.6 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.4 
 4. Minter, Weert1.0 
 5. Kennedy, Leiden1.0 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 7. Wesley, Den Bosch0.8 
 8. Aarts, Nijmegen0.8 
 9. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 10. Sanchez, Leeuw.0.7 


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  HUNGARY   


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


A Division Round 5: Kormend keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
There were just five rounds played in Regular Season of A Division and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Kormend as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kormend smashed 4th placed Atomeromu at home 91-68. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 23 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kormend made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Atomeromu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian guard Dejan Mladenovic (186-85, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 19 points for the winners. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 20 points for Atomeromu. 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 Kormend (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Szolnok. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Atomeromu will play next round against Jaszberenyi trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Undefeated Kecskemeti (4-1) recorded its first loss in Szekesfehervar. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked Albacomp (4-1) 83-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kecskemeti. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: George Washington) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Balazs Simon chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Serbian-French forward Gorjan Radonjic (199-81) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Albacomp moved-up to third place, which they share with Falco-Szova and Kecskemeti. Albacomp will play against league's leader Kormend at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kecskemeti will play against FS Debrecen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Szedeak's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Soproni (2-3) 86-74 on Saturday. Tomislav Ivosev nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Andras Molnar came up with 18 points and 4 steals for Soproni in the defeat. Szedeak (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Soproni keeps the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Marso NYKK and Jaszberenyi. Szedeak will meet higher ranked Falco-Szova (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play against the league's second-placed Szolnok and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Kaposvari's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat PVSK Pannon (1-4) 86-84. The best player for the winners was Nik Raivio who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Kaposvari left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated PVSK Pannon. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg.
Bottom-ranked ZTE KK is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Jaszberenyi (2-3) 81-77 on Saturday evening. American players dominated the game. Jonathan Jones orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. Jaszberenyi's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jaszberenyi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Soproni and Marso NYKK. ZTE KK lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion still closes the standings with five games lost. Jaszberenyi will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play at home against Kaposvari (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 5 Marso NYKK lost to undefeated Szolnok on the road 62-87. FS Debrecen was destroyed by Falco-Szova on its own court 77-108.
The most impressive performance of 5th round was 22 points and 13 rebounds by Djordje Pantelic of Falco-Szova.



Kormend - Atomeromu 91-68

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Kormend as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Kormend smashed 4th placed Atomeromu at home 91-68. The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 23 points. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Kormend made 7 blocks. 24 personal fouls committed by Atomeromu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Serbian guard Dejan Mladenovic (186-85, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. International swingman David Vojvoda (191-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) answered with 20 points and American guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 5 points and 5 assists in the effort for Atomeromu. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Kormend (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Szolnok. Atomeromu at the other side dropped to the sixth place with two games lost. Atomeromu will play next round against Jaszberenyi trying to get back on the winning streak. Kormend will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Kormend: D.Townes 22+9reb+3ast, D.Mladenovic 19+2reb+2ast, R.Bell 17+3reb, K.Powell 10+1reb, G.Cseh 6+2reb+1ast, C.Ferencz 5+5reb+2ast
Atomeromu: D.Vojvoda 20+2reb+1ast, K.D. 11+3reb, A.Toth 8+1reb, T.Kaman 7+4reb, D.Wilson 6+1reb+3ast, G.Koertelyesi 6+3reb
gschID: 146645


Szedeak - Soproni 86-74

Szedeak's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked Soproni (2-3) 86-74 on Saturday. Szedeak made 27-of-29 free shots (93.1 percent) during the game, while Soproni only scored seven points from the stripe. Serbian Tomislav Ivosev nailed a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and guard Gabor Drahos (185-79) accounted for 16 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Four Szedeak players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Andras Molnar (195-83, agency: TSS Management) came up with 18 points and 4 steals and American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Soproni in the defeat. Szedeak (1-4) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Soproni keeps the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Marso NYKK and Jaszberenyi. Szedeak will meet higher ranked Falco-Szova (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soproni will play against the league's second-placed Szolnok and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Szedeak: T.Ivosev 22+10reb+6ast, J.Levy 17+4reb+6ast, G.Drahos 16+10reb+3ast, N.Dukic 11+4reb, Z.Kiss 9+3ast, A.Tanacs 8+6reb+1ast
Soproni: A.Molnar 18+2reb+3ast, J.Rubin 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Vesztergom 9+1reb+3ast, D.Thomas 9+4reb+3ast, R.Keresztes 9+5reb, G.Gombas 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 146646


Szolnok - Marso NYKK 87-62

No shocking result in a game when leader Szolnok (5-0) crushed at home 7th ranked Marso NYKK (2-3) 87-62 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 25 points. The former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American swingman Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St.) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Szolnok players scored in double figures. Szolnok's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and Serbian power forward Ivan Miskovic (203-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Marso NYKK. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Kormend. Loser Marso NYKK keeps the seventh place with three games lost. Szolnok will face Soproni (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Marso NYKK will play against PVSK Pannon in Pecs.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 16+9reb, J.Mills 14+8reb+2ast, B.Gay 13+3reb+4ast, G.Soos 11+2reb+1ast, O.Trotter 11+5reb+2ast, A.Horvath 10+4reb+1ast
Marso NYKK: S.Fekete 20+6reb+6ast, I.Miskovic 17+8reb+1ast, L.Polyak 11+4reb+1ast, M.Mohacsi 5+4reb+2ast, D.Djogo 4+6reb, K.Nagy 3
gschID: 146640


FS Debrecen - Falco-Szova 77-108

Very expected game when 10th ranked FS Debrecen (1-4) was smashed at home by sixth ranked Falco-Szova (4-1) 108-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Falco-Szova. FS Debrecen was better in second period 28-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 30-of-32 free shots (93.8 percent) during the game, while FS Debrecen only scored nine points from the stripe. They outrebounded FS Debrecen 44-31 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. FS Debrecen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Serbian forward Djordje Pantelic (204-84) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international guard Laszlo Kalman (186-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists for the winners. Four Falco-Szova players scored in double figures. Power forward Miklos Szabo (206-86, college: Hofstra) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American point guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for FS Debrecen. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Falco-Szova moved-up to third place, which they share with Albacomp and Kecskemeti. FS Debrecen lost their third game in a row. They keep the tenth position with four games lost. Falco-Szova will face Szedeak (#13) in Szeged in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FS Debrecen will play on the road against Kecskemeti.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: C.Timberlake 24+6reb+2ast, D.Pantelic 22+13reb+3ast, L.Kalman 15+7reb+12ast, Z.Szabo 13+5reb, B.Jancikin 8+3reb, T.Will 8
FS Debrecen: M.Szabo 20+10reb+3ast, C.Kaluha 19+3reb+1ast, J.Ingram 19+2reb+4ast, K.Izzo 9+10reb+2ast, I.Kovacs 7+2reb, G.Boros 3+2reb+4ast
gschID: 146641


Kaposvari - PVSK Pannon 86-84

Kaposvari's fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat PVSK Pannon (1-4) 86-84. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-12. But PVSK Pannon won second period 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to PVSK Pannon's 32. The best player for the winners was American guard Nik Raivio (192-86, college: Portland, agency: Priority Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Power forward Janos Eilingsfeld (198-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and Serbian guard Andrija Ciric (199-80, agency: BeoExcell) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Four Kaposvari and five PVSK Pannon players scored in double figures. Kaposvari left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated PVSK Pannon. Kaposvari's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked ZTE KK (#14) in Zalaegerszeg.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: N.Raivio 28+11reb+2ast, M.Fey 19+8reb+4ast, J.Lekli 17+4reb, J.Wilson 13+2reb+8ast, G.Kutasi 5+1ast, K.Kiss 2
PVSK Pannon: A.Ciric 20+2reb+1ast, J.Eilingsfeld 18+7reb+1ast, N.Vasojevic 13+1reb+1ast, N.Toth 12+5reb+3ast, P.Kovacs 10+4reb+1ast, N.Vladovic 6+4reb
gschID: 146642


Jaszberenyi - ZTE KK 81-77

Bottom-ranked ZTE KK is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to eleventh ranked Jaszberenyi (2-3) 81-77 on Saturday evening. ZTE KK was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Jaszberenyi, which allowed them to win the game. ZTE KK was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Center Jonathan Jones (211-79, agency: TSS Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 30 points and 9 rebounds. Guard LeRoy Dawson (188-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Jaszberenyi's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Bryquis Perine (190, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and forward Chris Hines (203, college: Alabama, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for ZTE KK. Five ZTE KK players scored in double figures. Jaszberenyi moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Soproni and Marso NYKK. ZTE KK lost their fifth game in a row. Defending champion still closes the standings with five games lost. Jaszberenyi will face higher ranked Atomeromu (#6) in Paks in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ZTE KK will play at home against Kaposvari (#11) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Jaszberenyi: J.Jones 30+9reb+1ast, L.Dawson 17+5reb+5ast, B.Horti 10+3reb, J.Hodges 9+4reb+3ast, G.Fulop 6+1reb, M.Medve 4+3reb
ZTE KK: B.Perine 23+4reb+4ast, A.Vertetics 12+3reb+1ast, D.Gaspar 12+3reb+5ast, C.Hines 12+15reb+1ast, G.Toth 11+3reb+3ast, G.Kinter 6+3reb
gschID: 146643


Albacomp - Kecskemeti 83-64

Undefeated Kecskemeti (4-1) recorded its first loss in Szekesfehervar. Visitors were rolled over by fifth ranked Albacomp (4-1) 83-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kecskemeti. The game was mostly controlled by Albacomp. Kecskemeti was better in fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Albacomp dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kecskemeti's 30. American forward Damian Hollis (203-88, college: George Washington) stepped up and scored 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Balazs Simon (188-80, agency: Court Side) chipped in 17 points and 7 assists. Five Albacomp players scored in double figures. Serbian-French forward Gorjan Radonjic (199-81) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian guard Ivan Vukadinov (193-81) scored 14 points. Albacomp moved-up to third place, which they share with Falco-Szova and Kecskemeti. Albacomp will play against league's leader Kormend at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kecskemeti will play against FS Debrecen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: D.Hollis 19+9reb+1ast, B.Simon 17+3reb+7ast, A.Keller 15+6reb+2ast, M.El Amin 11+5reb+4ast, R.Hendlein 10+6reb+3ast, Z.Supola 6+2reb
Kecskemeti: I.Vukadinov 14+3reb+1ast, G.Radonjic 13+6reb, K.Wittmann 10+3reb+3ast, T.Kelley 10+1reb, M.Csorvasi 9+8reb, Z.Bencze 7+8reb
gschID: 146644




A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi23.2 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak22.6 
 3. Ingram, FS Debre.21.8 
 4. Timberlake, Falco-.21.4 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu21.4 
 6. Miskovic, Marso N.21.2 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari20.8 
 8. Bell, Kormend20.4 
 9. Townes, Kormend19.8 
 10. Levy, Szedeak19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan MISKOVIC
  Marso N.
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Miskovic, Marso N.12.8 
 2. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.0 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen11.0 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak10.8 
 5. Hines, ZTE K.10.5 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.6 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari8.0 
 8. Bader, Szolnok7.6 
 9. Townes, Kormend7.4 
 10. Izzo, FS Debrecen7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.0 
 2. Fekete, Marso N.6.4 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu6.0 
 4. Wilson, Kaposvari5.8 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.6 
 6. Kelley, Kecskemeti5.2 
 7. El Amin, Albacomp5.2 
 8. Trotter, Szolnok5.2 
 9. Ingram, FS Debre.4.6 
 10. Levy, Szedeak4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Fekete, Marso N.4.8 
 2. Levy, Szedeak3.0 
 3. Kelley, Kecskemeti3.0 
 4. Wilson, Kaposvari2.6 
 5. Ivosev, Szedeak2.6 
 6. Baki, ZTE K.2.5 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
 8. Raivio, Kaposvari2.4 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 10. Eilingsfeld, PVSK2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Townes, Kormend2.6 
 2. Levy, Szedeak2.0 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.8 
 4. Morgen, Atomeromu1.6 
 5. Miskovic, Marso N.1.6 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.1.4 
 7. Nailon, Atomeromu1.0 
 8. Hines, ZTE K.1.0 
 9. Bader, Szolnok1.0 
 10. Gaal, Szolnok1.0 


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  IBA   


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


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  IRAN   


Four teams share the perfect record on top - by Eurobasket News
Four teams share the perfect record on top as they won all three games from the start of 2011/2012 League.
Azad overcame Jahesh 71:64 trailing however in the first half. The teams were tied at 30:30 at the halftime, while Azad took 55:51 at the end of thirty minutes. Mousa Nabipour (213-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Pouya Tajik (202-F-80) netted 12. Noorozi replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Shahbaznejad added 13.
Mahram beat Zanjan 83:60 for the perfect record. Petrochimi edged Gorgan 78:56 as they took 19-13 after the first 10 minutes. Saeid Davarpanah (191-G/F-87) paced all the winners with 20 points, while Claude collected 15 points and 21 rebounds. Mehdi Asgarnejad (201-F-70) responded with 17 points and 12 boards in the losing effort.
Zob Ahan rolled over Hafari 77:61. Aren Davoudichegani (185-PG-86) stepped up with 23 points and Sahakiah added 15. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) answered with 25 points and 18 rebounds in defeat.



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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 6-1 
 2. 11890 Killester 5-1 
 3. UCD Marian 3-3 
 4. Belfast Star 0-6 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 3-3 
 2. UL Eagles 3-3 
 3. UCC Demons 2-2 
 4. Moycullen 2-5 


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  ITALY   


Lega2 Round 6: Tuscany Pistoia keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia defeated second-best Centrale Latte at home 95-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-79. Tuscany Pistoia dominated on the defensive end, holding Centrale Latte to just 4 points in second quarter. Tuscany Pistoia forced 31 Centrale Latte turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (213-87, college: Idaho St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for Centrale Latte. Centrale Latte's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Centrale Latte at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Centrale Latte will play next round against Biancoblu BO trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Undefeated Trenkwalder RE (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Sigma Barcellona. Visitors were defeated by Sigma Barcellona in overtime 83-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Mike Green chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) with 25 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Trenkwalder RE's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sigma Barcellona (3-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Assi Ostuni. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis Verona (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Givova Scafati (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

In the last two games of round 6 Assi Ostuni beat Biancoblu BO on the road 82-71. Tezenis Verona destroyed S.Antimo on its own court 85-66. Fileni BPA unfortunately lost to Enel Brindisi in a road game 70-85. Prima Veroli managed to beat MarcoPoloShop at home 94-76. Aget Imola was crushed by Givova Scafati on the opponent's court 81-62.



Biancoblu BO - Assi Ostuni 71-82

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Assi Ostuni (3-3) beat 9th ranked Biancoblu BO (2-3) in Bologna 82-71 on Sunday. Biancoblu BO was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-12 charge of Assi Ostuni, which allowed them to win the game. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for Slovenian guard Jaka Klobucar (198-87) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Aaron Johnson (172-88, college: UAB) contributed with 15 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Assi Ostuni players scored in double figures. Assi Ostuni's coach Franco Marcelletti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) replied with 15 points and 5 assists and forward Patrick Baldassarre (200-86, agency: Players Group) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Assi Ostuni moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sigma Barcel. Biancoblu BO lost third consecutive game. Biancoblu BO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the ninth position with three games lost. Assi Ostuni will face Prima Veroli (#13) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Biancoblu BO will play against Centrale Latte (#3) in Brescia.
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: J.Klobucar 20+5reb+1ast, A.Johnson 15+4reb+6ast, D.Diliegro 13+10reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 12+3reb+1ast, G.Carenza 11+2reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 9+3reb+1ast
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 15+2reb+5ast, P.Baldassarre 13+6reb, E.Dimsa 11+5reb+2ast, A.Pecile 10+2ast, M.Canavesi 9+6reb, Z.Vrkic 7+10reb+1ast
gschID: 135484


Tezenis Verona - S.Antimo 85-66

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked S.Antimo's (0-5) road loss to fourteenth ranked Tezenis Verona (2-4) 66-85 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Tezenis Verona. S.Antimo was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for American forward Shane Edwards (201-87, college: UALR) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Five Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. British forward Nicholas George (198-82, college: VCU) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and American guard David Teague (196-83, college: Purdue) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for S.Antimo. Tezenis Verona moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Aget Imola and Prima Veroli. Newly promoted S.Antimo still closes the standings with five games lost. Tezenis Verona will face higher ranked Sigma Barcellona (#8) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. S.Antimo will play against Enel Brindisi (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Tezenis Verona: S.Edwards 24+9reb+1ast, A.Porta 15+7reb+2ast, A.Renzi 14+2reb, M.West 14+7reb+3ast, G.Boscagin 11+2reb+2ast, D.Vukcevic 3+5reb+5ast
S.Antimo: N.George 19+7reb, D.Teague 16+8reb, F.Campbell 12+5reb+3ast, R.Moraschini 9+4reb+2ast, A.Cittadini 5+5reb, G.Eliantonio 5+2reb
gschID: 135485


Enel Brindisi - Fileni BPA 85-70

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Enel Brindisi (4-2) won against at home 8th ranked Fileni BPA (2-3) 85-70 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Enel Brindisi. Fileni BPA was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enel Brindisi forced 21 Fileni BPA turnovers. It was a good game for naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 4 steals. Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Five Enel Brindisi players scored in double figures. American forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) replied with 24 points and 5 steals and American-Belgian guard Ryan Hoover (188-74, college: Notre Dame, agency: SportsTalent) added 15 points in the effort for Fileni BPA. Enel Brindisi have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Centrale Latte and Givova Scafati. Fileni BPA lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Enel Brindisi will face bottom-ranked S.Antimo (#15) in Sant'Antimo in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fileni BPA will play at home against the league's leader Tuscany Pistoia (#1).
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: K.Ndoja 20+4reb+1ast, M.Formenti 16+3reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 13+12reb, J.Hunter 13+1reb+4ast, C.Callahan 11+4reb, M.Poletti 7
Fileni BPA: J.Brooks 24+3reb, R.Hoover 15+3reb+3ast, M.Maggioli 11+7reb+1ast, R.McConnell 9+1reb+1ast, F.Migliori 8+6reb, M.Santiangeli 3+5reb
gschID: 135478


Sigma Barcel. - Trenkwalder 83-77 OT

Undefeated Trenkwalder RE (4-1) recorded its first loss on the court of tenth ranked Sigma Barcellona. Visitors were defeated by Sigma Barcellona in overtime 83-77. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. It looked good early as Trenkwalder RE took an 15-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sigma Barcellona took control and eventually winning the game that evening in overtime by 6 points. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Sigma Barcellona forced 22 Trenkwalder RE turnovers. Trenkwalder RE was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Lithuanian guard Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-79) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Five Sigma Barcellona players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) with 25 points and 5 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Rodolfo Valenti (198-80) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sigma Barcellona (3-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Assi Ostuni. Trenkwalder RE at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. Sigma Barcellona will play against Tezenis Verona (#12) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Trenkwalder RE will play against Givova Scafati (#5) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sigma Barcel.: M.Lukauskis 22+5reb+3ast, M.Green 15+5reb+6ast, R.Bucci 12+3reb, L.Dordei 11+6reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 11+6reb, M.Da Ros 9+2reb
Trenkwalder: D.Taylor 25+5reb+1ast, R.Valenti 14+5reb, D.Robinson 11+1reb+2ast, M.Frassineti 8+3reb, D.Slanina 8+5reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 7+12reb
gschID: 135480


Prima Veroli - MarcoPoloShop 94-76

There was an upset when higher ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (2-3) lost on the road to thirteenth ranked Prima Veroli (2-4) 94-76 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 34-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American guard Jason Rowe (178-78, college: Loyola, MD) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 7 assists. Guard Roberto Rullo (192-90) contributed with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and Finnish swingman Shawn Huff (198-84, college: Valparaiso) added 19 points in the effort for MarcoPoloShop.it. Prima Veroli moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Tezenis Verona and Aget Imola. Loser MarcoPoloShop.it dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Prima Veroli will face higher ranked Assi Ostuni (#7) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Rowe 18+1reb+7ast, R.Rullo 18+1reb+1ast, J.Jackson 16+3ast, G.Lee 13+4reb, M.Colussi 8+3reb+1ast, I.Gatto 7+5reb+2ast
MarcoPoloShop: A.Freeman 23+7reb+3ast, S.Huff 19+3reb+1ast, R.Casoli 11+5reb+2ast, S.Borsato 7+4reb+3ast, T.Easley 6+7reb+1ast, N.Natali 6+3reb
gschID: 135481


Givova Scafati - Aget Imola 81-62

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked Givova Scafati (4-2) outplayed at home 12th ranked Aget Imola (2-4) 81-62 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-62. Givova Scafati outrebounded Aget Imola 32-18 including 19 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American power forward James Thomas (203-80, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Nikola Radulovic (207-73) contributed with 17 points and 5 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Givova Scafati players scored in double figures. Givova Scafati's coach Massimo Bianchi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Slovenian guard Gregor Hafnar (195-77) replied with 18 points and naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) added 18 points in the effort for Aget Imola. Givova Scafati moved-up to third place, which they share with Enel Brindisi and Centrale Latte. Aget Imola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with four games lost. Givova Scafati will face league's second-placed Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Givova Scafati: N.Radulovic 17+4reb+3ast, J.Thomas 14+12reb+2ast, A.Ghiacci 12+2reb+1ast, M.Casini 11+1reb+1ast, O.Gueye 9+4reb, P.Marigney 8+2reb+1ast
Aget Imola: G.Hafnar 18+4reb+2ast, D.Cournooh 18+2reb, T.Kotti 12+2reb, F.Masoni 7+3reb+4ast, D.Bruttini 5+4reb, P.Prato 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 135482


Giorgio Tesi PT - Centrale Latte 95-79

The game had a very big importance for third-ranked Tuscany Pistoia as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Tuscany Pistoia defeated second-best Centrale Latte at home 95-79. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-79. Tuscany Pistoia dominated on the defensive end, holding Centrale Latte to just 4 points in second quarter. Tuscany Pistoia forced 31 Centrale Latte turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 4 assists. The other American import forward Bobby Jones (201-84, college: Washington) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Tuscany Pistoia players scored in double figures. Lithuanian center Deividas Busma (213-87, college: Idaho St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Centrale Latte. Centrale Latte's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Tuscany Pistoia have a solid four-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Centrale Latte at the other side dropped to the third place with two games lost. They share the position with Enel Brindisi and Givova Scafati. Centrale Latte will play next round against Biancoblu BO trying to get back on the winning streak. Tuscany Pistoia will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 23+2reb+4ast, G.Yango 15+7reb, G.Galanda 14+6reb+1ast, B.Jones 13+6reb+3ast, D.Mathis 10+3reb+3ast, F.Toppo 10+4reb+4ast
Centrale Latte: D.Busma 23+12reb, R.Thompson 19+6reb, L.Gergati 9+4reb+1ast, L.Goldwire 7+3reb+3ast, M.Farioli 6+3reb+3ast, F.Bushati 6+3reb
gschID: 135483




Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Armani MI 4-1 
 2. Montepaschi 4-1 
 3. Sidigas AV 4-1 
 4. Cimberio VA 4-1 
 5. Pepsi Caserta 3-1 
 6. Angelico BI 3-2 
 7. Bennet Cantu 3-2 
 8. Umana Venezia 2-2 
 9. Benetton TV 2-2 
 10. Scavolini PS 2-2 
 11. CS Bologna 2-3 
 12. Banco di Sard. 2-3 
 13. Lottomatica 2-3 
 14. Fabi Shoes 1-3 
 15. Banca Tercas 1-4 
 16. Vanoli CR 1-4 
 17. Novipiu CM 0-5 


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR19.4 
 2. Coleman, Angelico.19.0 
 3. Fletcher, Pepsi C.18.0 
 4. Collins, Pepsi C.17.5 
 5. Smith, Pepsi C.16.8 
 6. Hackett, Scavolin.16.8 
 7. Temple, Novipiu CM16.5 
 8. Datome, Lottomat.16.4 
 9. Adrien, Benetton16.3 
 10. Dean, Sidigas AV16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Johnson, Sidigas11.2 
 2. Adrien, Benetton10.8 
 3. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes9.3 
 5. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.5 
 6. Amoroso, Banca T.8.2 
 7. Smith, Pepsi C.8.0 
 8. Jones, Scavolini PS7.8 
 9. Brown, Banca T.7.6 
 10. Miralles, Angelic.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rok STIPCEVIC
  Cimberio.
  (186-PG-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.8 
 2. Green, Sidigas AV5.4 
 3. Collins, Pepsi C.5.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.5.0 
 5. Cook, Armani MI4.6 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.4.0 
 7. Brown, Banca T.4.0 
 8. Rannikko, Cimberio.4.0 
 9. Mekel, Benetton TV3.8 
 10. Cavaliero, Scavol.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Johnson, Sidigas2.8 
 2. Pullen, Angelico BI2.8 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.2.6 
 4. Smith, Pepsi C.2.5 
 5. Di Bella, Fabi S.2.5 
 6. Collins, Pepsi C.2.5 
 7. Tucker, Lottomat.2.4 
 8. Dean, Sidigas AV2.4 
 9. Temple, Novipiu CM2.3 
 10. Hackett, Scavolin.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Steve HUNTER
  Banco d.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hunter, Banco d.2.0 
 2. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.3 
 4. Ress, Montepaschi1.0 
 5. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 6. Mazzola, Fabi S.1.0 
 7. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 8. Andersen, Montepa.0.8 
 9. Plisnic, Banco d.0.8 
 10. Szewczyk, Umana0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.26.2 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio25.2 
 3. Teague, S.Antimo21.8 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.20.6 
 5. Marigney, Givova S.20.5 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.18.0 
 7. George, S.Antimo17.8 
 8. Brooks, Fileni BPA17.8 
 9. Hunter, Enel Brind.16.8 
 10. Anderson, Morpho16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Thomas, Givova S.11.2 
 2. Diliegro, Assi Ost.9.8 
 3. Easley, MarcoPol.9.2 
 4. Anderson, Morpho B.9.2 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.2 
 6. Chiacig, Trenkwald.8.2 
 7. Filloy, Trenkwalder7.6 
 8. Callahan, Enel B.7.3 
 9. Jones, Giorgio7.3 
 10. Baldassarre, Bian.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.6.0 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.2 
 4. Cantone, S.Antimo4.0 
 5. Green, Sigma B.3.8 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.8 
 7. Goldwire, Centra.3.5 
 8. Mathis, Giorgio3.0 
 9. Hoover, Fileni BPA3.0 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mario WEST
  Tezenis .
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. West, Tezenis3.5 
 2. Radulovic, Givova3.3 
 3. Hunter, Enel Brind.3.2 
 4. Boscagin, Tezeni.3.0 
 5. Green, Sigma B.3.0 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.3.0 
 7. Thompson, Centra.3.0 
 8. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.8 
 9. McConnell, Fileni2.8 
 10. Marigney, Givova2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Christian DIGIULIOMARIA
  Tezeni.
  (208-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. DiGiuliomari., Tez.1.0 
 2. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.8 
 3. Renzi, Tezenis0.8 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni B.0.8 
 5. Baldassarre, Bianc.0.8 
 6. Teague, S.Antimo0.8 
 7. Taylor, Trenkwal.0.8 
 8. Edwards, Tezenis0.8 
 9. Thomas, Givova S.0.8 
 10. Martin, Sigma Bar.0.7 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Musso, Napoli19.4 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.19.0 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.17.9 
 4. Carra, Trieste16.6 
 5. Micevic, Latina B.16.4 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI16.1 
 7. Portannese, Torino16.1 
 8. Cantagalli, Matera15.7 
 9. Fattori, San Severo15.6 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.1 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.9 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.10.0 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.0 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.7 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.3 
 7. Crow, Orlandina8.1 
 8. Fattori, San Severo8.0 
 9. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 10. Pazzi, Trento7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.9 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano4.7 
 3. Musso, Napoli4.1 
 4. Zanelli, Orlandina3.9 
 5. Vico, Matera3.7 
 6. Malamov, Anagni3.6 
 7. Conte, Trento3.4 
 8. Rivali, Santarcang.3.4 
 9. Ferrarese, Castell.3.4 
 10. Venuto, Casalp.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.7 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino4.0 
 3. Malamov, Anagni3.4 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.4 
 5. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.3 
 6. Vico, Matera3.1 
 7. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.1 
 8. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 9. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.1 
 10. Cazzolato, Trevig.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 4. Gatti, Napoli1.0 
 5. Tardito, Matera1.0 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 7. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 8. Pascolo, Trento1.0 
 9. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 10. Deguara, Bari1.0 


SerieA Round 5: Leader Pepsi Caserta loses to Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in SerieA, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of previously undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Pepsi Caserta (3-1) on the court of sixth ranked Cimberio Varese on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Cimberio Varese 85-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pepsi Caserta. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. Pepsi Caserta cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Cimberio Varese shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (186-86) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the guests. Cimberio Varese have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Pepsi Caserta at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face CS Bologna (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pepsi Caserta will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Banca Tercas can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked CS Bologna (2-3) 73-72. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Achille Polonara contributed with 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for CS Bologna. Banca Tercas (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. CS Bologna at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Banco di Sard.. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Bologna will play against Cimberio Varese and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-64 loss to third ranked Armani Milano (4-1) in Casale on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Omar-Sharif Cook stepped up and scored 13 points and 4 assists for the winners. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. David Chiotti responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Armani Milano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with five games lost. Armani Milano will meet at home league's second-placed Montepaschi Siena in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Novipiu CM will play against Benetton Treviso (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Treviso, where 4th placed Bennet Cantu (3-2) lost to twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (2-2) in a road game 55-72. Jeff Adrien nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Benetton Treviso moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Umana Venezia. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale and are hoping to win another game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Siena. Local Montepaschi Siena (4-1) outscored 8th ranked Lottomatica Roma (2-3) 85-52 on Sunday night. The best player for the winners was Bo McCalebb who scored 18 points and 5 assists. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lottomatica Roma dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face league's leader Armani Milano on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lottomatica Roma will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Umana Venezia defeated Scavolini PS in a road game 71-58. Vanoli CR was smashed by Angelico BI at home 58-79. Banco di Sard. lost to Sidigas AV on the opponent's court 79-96.
The best stats of 5th round was 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists by Aubrey Coleman of Angelico BI.


Novipiu CM - Armani MI 64-67

Bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 67-64 loss to third ranked Armani Milano (4-1) in Casale on Sunday evening. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 13 points and 4 assists for the winners and American guard Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) chipped in 18 points. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and American swingman Matt Janning (193-88, college: Northeastern, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Armani Milano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Novipiu CM still closes the standings with five games lost. Armani Milano will meet at home league's second-placed Montepaschi Siena in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Novipiu CM will play against Benetton Treviso (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: M.Hairston 18+2reb, J.Giachetti 13+2reb, O.Cook 13+3reb+4ast, D.Gallinari 7+6reb+1ast, M.Rocca 6+2reb+1ast, S.Mancinelli 4+1reb
Novipiu CM: M.Janning 20+8reb, D.Chiotti 18+10reb, S.Gentile 10+2reb+5ast, S.Pierich 8+3reb+1ast, M.Malaventura 6+4reb, O.Nnamaka 2+11reb+1ast
gschID: 150669


Cimberio VA - Pepsi Caserta 85-82

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Pepsi Caserta (3-1) on the court of sixth ranked Cimberio Varese on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by Cimberio Varese 85-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pepsi Caserta. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-1 record before this meeting. Pepsi Caserta cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Cimberio Varese shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (186-86) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. American-FYR Macedonian center Kevin Fletcher (207-80, college: Colorado Springs, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American point guard Andre Collins (183-82, college: Loyola, MD) added 16 points and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Cimberio Varese have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Pepsi Caserta at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. Cimberio Varese is looking forward to face CS Bologna (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pepsi Caserta will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: Y.Diawara 20+5reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 16+2reb+6ast, K.Kangur 13+8reb, J.Hurtt 10+1reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 8+1reb+6ast, L.Garri 6+2reb
Pepsi Caserta: K.Fletcher 27+8reb, A.Collins 16+3reb+9ast, A.Smith 15+5reb+2ast, G.Maresca 10+5reb+1ast, A.Doornekamp 8+1reb, A.Stipanovic 4+3reb
gschID: 150665


Scavolini PS - Umana Venezia 58-71

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Scavolini Pesaro (2-2) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Umana Venezia (2-2) 71-58 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 71-58. Umana Venezia made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Timothy Bowers (188-82, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. American-Bulgarian point guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) chipped in 17 points. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international guard Daniel Hackett (197-87, college: USC) produced 19 points and 6 steals and American forward Jumaine Jones (202-79, college: Georgia) added 11 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Umana Venezia moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Benetton TV and Scavolini PS. Umana Venezia will face Banca Tercas (#15) in Teramo in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Umana Venezia: K.Clark 17+3reb, T.Bowers 15+7reb+1ast, A.Young 13+5reb, S.Bryan 9+7reb, T.Fantoni 8+7reb, S.Szewczyk 4+4reb
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 19+3reb+2ast, J.White 13+4reb+2ast, J.Jones 11+11reb+1ast, T.Lydeka 4+4reb, M.Cusin 4+5reb, R.Hickman 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150666


Vanoli CR - Angelico BI 58-79

No shocking result in a game in Cremona where eighth ranked Angelico Biella (3-2) smashed 15th ranked Vanoli-Braga (1-4) 79-58 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Angelico Biella. Vanoli-Braga was better in fourth quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Angelico Biella forced 21 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) who scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Spanish center Albert Miralles (208-82, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 20 points and 9 rebounds. Angelico Biella's coach Massimo Cancellieri felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) produced 13 points and 5 assists and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Angelico Biella moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Vanoli-Braga lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with four games lost. Angelico Biella will face Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vanoli-Braga will play against Lottomatica Roma and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 22+7reb+7ast, A.Miralles 20+9reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 17+7reb+1ast, J.Pullen 9+1reb+3ast, M.Chessa 5, G.Jurak 4+6reb+2ast
Vanoli CR: B.Tabu-Eboma 13+4reb+5ast, B.Thomas 11+2reb+1ast, D.Cinciarini 10+3reb, V.Wafer 9+2reb+2ast, M.Milic 8+5reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150667


Banca Tercas - CS Bologna 73-72

Banca Tercas can celebrate their first win this season after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked CS Bologna (2-3) 73-72. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-13 CS Bologna's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-72 at the end of the game. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) saved the victory by scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Achille Polonara (203-91) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Banca Tercas players scored in double figures. Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Terrell McIntyre (175-77, college: Clemson) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for CS Bologna. Banca Tercas (1-4) left bottom position moving up to fifteenth place, which they share with Vanoli CR. CS Bologna at the other side dropped to the eleventh position with three games lost. They share it with Lottomatica and Banco di Sard.. Banca Tercas will play against higher ranked Umana Venezia (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CS Bologna will play against Cimberio Varese and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: R.Fultz 15+2reb+1ast, V.Amoroso 14+6reb+2ast, M.Borisov 12+5reb+2ast, A.Polonara 11+11reb, B.Brown 8+4reb+1ast, D.Brown 7+3reb+4ast
CS Bologna: V.Sanikidze 16+9reb, G.Poeta 12+1ast, C.Douglas-Roberts 11+1reb, T.McIntyre 11+5reb+5ast, P.Koponen 8+6reb+5ast, A.Gigli 7+6reb
gschID: 150668


Montepaschi - Lottomatica 85-52

The game with biggest result difference took place in Siena. Local Montepaschi Siena (4-1) outscored 8th ranked Lottomatica Roma (2-3) 85-52 on Sunday night. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Lottomatica Roma only scored two points from the stripe. Montepaschi Siena forced 24 Lottomatica Roma turnovers. Lottomatica Roma was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) who scored 18 points and 5 assists. International guard Pietro Aradori (192-88) chipped in 15 points. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. International swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian power forward Uros Slokar (210-83) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lottomatica Roma dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Montepaschi Siena will face league's leader Armani Milano on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lottomatica Roma will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 18+4reb+5ast, P.Aradori 15+2reb+1ast, I.Rakocevic 12+1reb, D.Moss 12+1reb+1ast, R.Kaukenas 9+1reb, M.Carraretto 9+3reb+3ast
Lottomatica: L.Datome 14+5reb+3ast, U.Slokar 11+4reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 6+8reb+1ast, V.Dasic 6+9reb, A.Maestranzi 6+1ast, C.Tucker 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150662


Benetton TV - Bennet Cantu 72-55

We should mention about the upset which took place in Treviso, where 4th placed Bennet Cantu (3-2) lost to twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (2-2) in a road game 55-72. The game without a history. Benetton Treviso led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bennet Cantu to just 6 points in second quarter. Benetton Treviso dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Bennet Cantu's 22. American power forward Jeff Adrien (202-86, college: Connecticut, agency: Priority Sports) nailed 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized American center Brian Scalabrine (206-78, college: USC) accounted for 6 points and 15 rebounds. American forward Maarten Leunen (206-85, college: Oregon) came up with 7 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Andrea Cinciarini (193-86) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Bennet Cantu in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Benetton Treviso moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Scavolini PS and Umana Venezia. Bennet Cantu at the other side dropped to the sixth position with two games lost. Benetton Treviso's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Novipiu CM (#17) in Casale and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: J.Adrien 18+9reb, S.Becirovic 12+1reb+4ast, E.Moore 10+3reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 10+3reb, G.Mekel 8+4reb+8ast, B.Scalabrine 6+15reb+3ast
Bennet Cantu: G.Basile 11+2reb+1ast, A.Cinciarini 9+6reb, N.Mazzarino 8+5reb+1ast, D.Lighty 7+1reb+2ast, M.Leunen 7+8reb, M.Markoishvili 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 150663


Sidigas AV - Banco di Sard. 96-79

Very expected game when 9th ranked Banco di Sard. (2-3) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Air Avellino (4-1) 96-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Air Avellino. Banco di Sard. was better in third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Air Avellino forced 22 Banco di Sard. turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. The best player for the winners was American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (169-82, college: St.Bonaventure) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. American point guard Travis Diener (184-82, college: Marquette) produced 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Manuel Vanuzzo (203-75) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Air Avellino have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Banco di Sard. dropped to the eleventh place with three games lost. Air Avellino will face Bennet Cantu (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: M.Green 22+2reb+7ast, L.Johnson 16+9reb+2ast, T.Dean 16+2reb+3ast, R.Slay 15+6reb+2ast, J.Golemac 8+4reb, D.Lauwers 7+2reb
Banco di Sard.: M.Vanuzzo 14+7reb, T.Diener 12+6reb+4ast, V.Plisnic 11+2reb+3ast, G.DeVecchi 9+1reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 9+1reb, S.Hunter 8+12reb
gschID: 150664




Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Giorgio Tesi PT 5-1 
 2. Trenkwalder 4-1 
 3. Centrale Latte 4-2 
 4. Enel Brindisi 4-2 
 5. Givova Scafati 4-2 
 6. Morpho Basket 3-2 
 7. Assi Ostuni 3-3 
 8. Sigma Barcel. 3-3 
 9. MarcoPoloShop 2-3 
 10. Fileni BPA 2-3 
 11. Biancoblu BO 2-3 
 12. Tezenis Verona 2-4 
 13. Prima Veroli 2-4 
 14. Aget Imola 2-4 
 15. S.Antimo 0-5 


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi18.2 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.9 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.16.8 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Hitac.15.6 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi15.3 
 7. Klette, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 8. Gibbs, Toyota A.14.3 
 9. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.1 
 10. Nishimura, Hitac.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.6 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi9.5 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.4 
 4. O''Bannon, Panason.9.3 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.9 
 6. Moss, Toshiba BT8.8 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 8. Allen, Mitsubis.7.5 
 9. Takeuchi, Toyota7.1 
 10. Maraker, Hitac.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Hitac.
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Kashiwakura, Hitac.4.4 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.9 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido.3.4 
 4. Nishimura, Hitac.3.0 
 5. Ito, Toyota Alvark3.0 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.3.0 
 7. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.9 
 9. Kawamura, Tochigi2.9 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.3 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.8 
 4. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 5. Tabuse, Tochigi1.6 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 8. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT1.4 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.3 
 10. Kataoka, Tochigi1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Richardson, Aishin2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.7 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.3 
 4. Young, Aishin SH1.2 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 6. McFarlin, Tochigi1.0 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.0.9 
 8. Takeuchi, Toyota0.8 
 9. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.8 
 10. Aono, Panasonic0.7 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. White, Oita H.23.0 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM21.6 
 3. Palmer, Fukuoka21.3 
 4. Flowers, Saitama20.7 
 5. Washington, Osaka20.7 
 6. Gardener, Akita NH20.6 
 7. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.4 
 8. Roberts, Shins.19.1 
 9. Arnold, Hamamats.18.6 
 10. Kennedy, Iwate B.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Shins.
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Roberts, Shins.11.4 
 2. Dora, Miyazaki SS11.3 
 3. Holm, Niigata Albi.11.2 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.7 
 5. Ocitti, Akita NH10.6 
 6. Newton, Okinawa GK10.5 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.3 
 8. Searcy, Toyama G.10.1 
 9. McFarland, Yokoham.10.1 
 10. Nunnally, Takamat.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.7.6 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 3. Takushi, Oita H.5.7 
 4. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 5. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.4 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.2 
 8. Dora, Miyazaki SS4.0 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.0 
 10. Shimizu, Miyazaki.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets2.9 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka2.5 
 3. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.3 
 4. Arnold, Hamamats.2.3 
 5. Humphrey, Saitama2.3 
 6. Parker, Shimane SM2.0 
 7. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 9. Simmons, Yokohama.1.9 
 10. Fitzgerald, Sendai1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Blackledge, Osaka3.9 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.3 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.2 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW2.0 
 5. Marshall, Osaka E.1.7 
 6. Williams, Takamats.1.7 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.6 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 10. Singleton, Sendai1.5 


BJ League Round 8: Osaka Evessa and Akita NH are on top of their groups - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in BJ League, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders.

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BJ League took place in Kyoto. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (3-4) to first ranked Osaka Evessa (6-1) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Akita NH. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagano. Seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (4-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Shinshu BW (4-3) 87-85 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Johnny Dukes contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 23 points and 4 assists for Shinshu BW. Sendai 89ers moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Shinshu BW. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shiga L-Stars (5-2) against fourth ranked Shimane Magic (5-2) on Saturday night. Host Shiga L-Stars were crushed by Shimane Magic in Shiga 103-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Parker who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists. Julius Ashby responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Akita. First ranked Akita Happinets faced second-ranked Chiba Jets. Host Akita Happinets (6-1) defeated guests from Chiba (5-2) 75-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by Michael Gardener who scored that evening 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akita Happinets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the second place with two games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again league's second-placed Chiba Jets at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where seventh ranked Niigata Albirex (3-3) won against one of their biggest challengers Yokohama BC (4-5) on the road by 6 points 74-68 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Dwight Gordon who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Niigata Albirex moved-up to sixth place. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#7) in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Fukuoka Rizing defeated Oita H.Devils in a road game 92-79. Saitama Bron. were smashed by Okinawa GK at home 75-96. Yokohama BC lost to Hamamatsu P. on the opponent's court 67-82. Winless Takamatsu FA was outscored by Miyazaki SS in a home game 66-85. Niigata Albirex recorded a loss to Yokohama BC on the road 74-69. Toyama Grouses defeated Iwate Big Bulls on its own court 88-79.
The best stats of 8th round was 23 points and 13 rebounds by Chas McFarland of Yokohama BC.


Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 79-92

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 6th ranked Oita Heat Devils (3-4) were defeated at home by seventh ranked Fukuoka Rizing (3-4) 92-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-79. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Carlos Dixon (201-81, college: Virginia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Five Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Fukuoka Rizing moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Oita Heat Devils. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: C.Dixon 23+10reb+1ast, K.Palmer 17+4reb+3ast, G.Hamilton 16+11reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 13+2reb+2ast, A.Takeno 13+1reb+8ast, M.Kano 6+1reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: W.White 21+13reb+3ast, T.Cummings 17+8reb+1ast, M.Lottich 16+4reb+4ast, K.Mitomo 9+1ast, N.Takushi 8+3reb+7ast, M.Ohara 6+2reb
gschID: 141912


Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 68-74

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where seventh ranked Niigata Albirex (3-3) won against one of their biggest challengers Yokohama BC (4-5) on the road by 6 points 74-68 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Yokohama BC won third quarter 26-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was point guard Dwight Gordon (188-88, college: Biola, CA) who scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Niigata Albirex moved-up to sixth place. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Niigata Albirex will have a break next round. Yokohama BC will play on the road against Hamamatsu Phoenix (#7) in Mikawa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: D.Gordon 22+5reb+3ast, E.Maxey 13+3reb, N.Murry 11+8reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 8+1reb+2ast, S.Komatsu 6+1reb+2ast, C.Holm 5+11reb+3ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 22+15reb+1ast, M.Simmons 20+5reb+2ast, C.McFarland 12+5reb+2ast, P.Faye 5+2reb, K.Yamada 5+2reb+4ast, O.Kimura 4+4reb
gschID: 155986


Shinshu BW - Sendai 89ers 85-87

Important game to mention about took place in Nagano. Seventh ranked Sendai 89ers (4-3) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging one of their biggest challengers Shinshu BW (4-3) 87-85 in the game for the third place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shinshu BW. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 25-20 run, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 23 points and 4 assists and forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Shinshu BW. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Sendai 89ers moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Shinshu BW. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shinshu BW will play again at home against Sendai 89ers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: O.Mims 23+13reb+2ast, J.Dukes 21+7reb+6ast, D.Fitzgerald 20+3reb+1ast, T.Shimura 12+3reb+3ast, H.Kusaka 4+2reb+3ast, T.Komoda 4+5reb+2ast
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 23+4ast, T.Hughes 16+9reb, L.Roberts 16+9reb, E.Morris 14+9reb, T.Utsunomiya 6+1reb, T.Saito 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 141906


Saitama Bron. - Okinawa GK 75-96

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Okinawa GK (5-2) smashed on the road 6th ranked Saitama Broncos (3-4) 96-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Saitama Broncos was better in second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Okinawa GK made 28-of-31 free shots (90.3 percent) during the game. Okinawa GK outrebounded Saitama Broncos 43-26 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Narito Namizato (175-89) chipped in 14 points and 6 assists. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) produced 27 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Okinawa GK moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play again at home against Okinawa GK (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: R.Okosa 17+13reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 17+2reb+2ast, D.Larkai 14+7reb+1ast, N.Namizato 14+4reb+6ast, A.McHenry 13+7reb+3ast, J.Newton 10+8reb+2ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 27+2reb+1ast, J.Flowers 19+5reb+1ast, G.Hughes 8+9reb, D.Terashita 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 7+1reb+5ast, S.Maki 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141907


Hamamatsu P. - Yokohama BC 82-67

There was an upset in Mikawa where one of their biggest challengers Yokohama BC (4-5) was defeated by eighth ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (3-4) 82-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-67. Yokohama BC was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds and center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) added 13 points and 12 rebounds respectively for the guests. Defending champion moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Yokohama BC (#5) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: W.Arnold 21+5reb+2ast, J.Dixon 14+3reb+5ast, M.Ohguchi 13+2reb, S.Nakanishi 9+2reb+3ast, J.Parmer 6+10reb, A.Ohta 6+10reb+1ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 19+14reb+1ast, C.McFarland 13+12reb+3ast, K.Yamada 9+5reb+4ast, S.Hisayama 8+3reb+1ast, M.Simmons 6+3reb+2ast, P.Faye 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 141908


Shiga L-Stars - Shimane SM 77-103

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shiga L-Stars (5-2) against fourth ranked Shimane Magic (5-2) on Saturday night. Host Shiga L-Stars were crushed by Shimane Magic in Shiga 103-77. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Shiga L-Stars' 48. Shimane Magic had a 31-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Shiga L-Stars' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import forward Benjamin Puckett (205-83, college: Clayton St., agency: I.D.S. Law) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds and American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Shiga L-Stars. Shimane Magic will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shiga L-Stars will play again against the league's second-placed Shimane Magic and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: M.Parker 19+17reb+5ast, J.Nakama 19+2reb+3ast, B.Puckett 18+6reb+3ast, R.Golson 13+6reb+4ast, J.Davis 12+2reb, E.Yamamoto 9+3reb+9ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 25+16reb, Y.Okada 14+2reb+2ast, R.Nixon 11+8reb+3ast, J.Peppers 11+3reb, S.Ogawa 7+1reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 5+3ast
gschID: 141909


Kyoto Hannar. - Osaka Evessa 82-85

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BJ League took place in Kyoto. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 5th ranked Kyoto Hannar. (3-4) to first ranked Osaka Evessa (6-1) 85-82 on Saturday evening. Kyoto Hannar. trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 32-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-85 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) produced 15 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) added 22 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Osaka Evessa have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Akita NH. Kyoto Hannar. at the other side keeps the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kyoto Hannar. will play again at home against the league's leader Osaka Evessa (#1) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: C.Aoki 26+1reb+2ast, L.Washington 22+8reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 13+14reb+6ast, W.Marshall 11+3reb+1ast, S.Takeda 5+7reb+2ast, L.Payne 4+1reb
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 22+3reb+3ast, L.Cummard 15+6reb+8ast, R.Rickert 14+9reb+3ast, K.Setoyama 10+1reb+4ast, N.Nakamura 8, L.Allred 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 141910


Takamatsu FA - Miyazaki SS 66-85

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns and bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA had identical 0-6 record. But Takamatsu FA was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Miyazaki 85-66 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Miyazaki Shining Suns led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. The best player for the winners was American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) chipped in 18 points and 7 assists. Miyazaki Shining Suns' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Michael Nunnally (203-86, college: Pacific) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains eighth position with 1-6 record, which they share with Iwate Big Bulls. It was Takamatsu FA's seventh loss in a row. They still closes the standings with seven games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 18+19reb+6ast, T.Shimizu 18+1reb+7ast, T.Ito 11+1reb, I.Harris 10+3reb+1ast, D.Lyons 7+7reb+5ast, T.Masato 7+1ast
Takamatsu FA: N.Williams 12+5reb, P.Butorac 11+4reb+1ast, M.Suzuki 10+1reb+1ast, M.Nunnally 10+8reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 8+4reb+2ast, K.Tsutsumi 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141911


Yokohama BC - Niigata Albirex 74-69

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Niigata Albirex (3-3) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Yokohama BC (4-5) 74-69 on Thursday. Niigata Albirex trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 30-24 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 69-74 at the end of the game. Yokohama BC shot 32 for 43 from the free-throw line, while Niigata Albirex only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Niigata Albirex was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Four Yokohama BC players scored in double figures. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and power forward James Keefe (203-87, college: UCLA) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Yokohama BC went down to fifth position due to points difference. Loser Niigata Albirex dropped to the sixth place with three games lost. Yokohama BC will face Hamamatsu Phoenix (#7) in Mikawa in the next round.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: C.McFarland 23+13reb+1ast, J.Burrell 19+7reb+1ast, K.Yamada 14+1reb+6ast, M.Simmons 10+5reb+3ast, T.Aoki 4+2reb, O.Kimura 4+8reb+2ast
Niigata Albirex: K.Sato 17+3ast, N.Murry 14+7reb+2ast, J.Keefe 12+8reb, E.Maxey 9+3reb, D.Gordon 8+5reb+2ast, C.Holm 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 141903


Akita NH - Chiba Jets 75-62

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Akita. First ranked Akita Happinets faced second-ranked Chiba Jets. Host Akita Happinets (6-1) defeated guests from Chiba (5-2) 75-62. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Chiba Jets. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Akita Happinets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The winners were led by American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) who scored that evening 27 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) supported him with 13 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds by American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minn.St.-Mankato) did not help to save the game for Chiba Jets. His fellow American import guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 11 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Akita Happinets have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-1 record, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Chiba Jets at the other side keep the second place with two games lost. Akita Happinets' next round opponent will be again league's second-placed Chiba Jets at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: M.Gardener 27+6reb+5ast, S.Ocitti 13+8reb+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 9+3reb+3ast, K.Shoji 9+4reb+1ast, D.Sweetney 7+6reb, B.Wallace 7+7reb
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 23+16reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 11+8reb+5ast, R.Itakura 9, G.Moliva 8+8reb+1ast, G.Leach 8+6reb, T.Ishida 3+2reb
gschID: 141904


Toyama Grouses - Iwate Big Bulls 88-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with ninth ranked Toyama Grouses' (3-4) home victory over 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (1-6) 88-79 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-14. But Iwate Big Bulls won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Masashi Joho (183-82) who scored 33 points (!!!). American power forward Devin Searcy (208-89, college: Dayton, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. Toyama Grouses' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced 33 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and guard Yoshiaki Yamamoto (-82) added 8 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Iwate Big Bulls dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. Toyama Grouses will face again Iwate Big Bulls (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 33+4reb+2ast, D.Searcy 15+11reb+2ast, H.Johnson 11+3reb+2ast, B.Harper 11+8reb, T.Mito 8+4reb+3ast, L.Turner 7+4reb
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 33+8reb, J.Shin 11+3reb+1ast, L.Malloy 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 8+5reb+5ast, M.Sawaguchi 7+1reb+3ast, S.Coleman 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 141905




JBL Round 5: Aishin Sea Horses lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 5 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Osaka where host Hitachi Sunrockers (7-3) edged league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (8-2) 71-68 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-6. The best player for the winners was Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Toyota Alvark. Aishin Sea Horses will play next round against strong Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hitachi Sunrockers will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
winless Toshiba BT were defeated by Panasonic T. in Osaka 84-74. Panasonic T. beat Toshiba BT at home 66-49. Hokkaido L. lost to Tochigi Brex on the opponent's court 80-87. Tochigi Brex unfortunately lost to Hokkaido L. in a home game 80-98. Aishin SH managed to beat Hitachi SR on the road 70-66. Mitsubishi DD was crushed by Toyota Alvark on its own court 71-91. Toyota Alvark beat Mitsubishi DD in Fuchu 91-83.


Panasonic T. - Toshiba BT 84-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders' (0-10) road loss to seventh ranked Panasonic Trians (3-7) 74-84 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Toshiba Thunders was better in fourth quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) who scored 20 points and 6 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Chris Moss (204-80, college: W.Virginia) added 10 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Panasonic Trians and five Toshiba Thunders players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Panasonic Trians will face Tochigi Brex (#7) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: S.Kikuchi 14+8reb+3ast, Y.Uda 14+2reb+3ast, Y.Kuwahara 13+5reb, R.Shinoyama 11+2reb+3ast, C.Moss 10+14reb+1ast, S.Merritt 7+3reb
Panasonic T.: H.Kinoshita 20+2reb+6ast, K.Kanamaru 13+3reb, A.Custis 12+3ast, C.O'Bannon 11+5reb, T.Hamada 9+2reb+1ast, K.Hirose 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 137426


Panasonic T. - Toshiba BT 66-49

The game between closely ranked teams ended with seventh ranked Panasonic Trians' (3-7) home victory over bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (0-10) 66-49 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Panasonic Trians. Toshiba Thunders was better in fourth quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Toshiba Thunders' 24. The best player for the winners was international swingman Kosuke Kanamaru (193-89) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Yasuhiro Yamashita (187-86) produced 12 points and American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) added 4 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Panasonic Trians moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Tochigi Brex. Toshiba Thunders at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Panasonic Trians will face Tochigi Brex (#7) at home in the next round. Toshiba Thunders will play against Hokkaido L. in Saporro and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Toshiba BT: Y.Yamashita 12+4reb+2ast, H.Ono 11+5reb, Y.Uda 9+4reb+1ast, C.Moss 4+11reb, S.Merritt 4+11reb+2ast, Y.Kuwahara 4+2reb
Panasonic T.: K.Kanamaru 21+5reb, C.O'Bannon 13+11reb, T.Onishi 11+8reb+1ast, A.Custis 7+8reb, H.Watanabe 6+1reb+6ast, T.Nakatsuka 5+2reb
gschID: 137427


Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 87-80

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (5-5) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Tochigi Brex (3-7) 87-80 on Thursday. 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 international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who scored 25 points. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Tochigi Brex's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) added 21 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain sixth place with 3-7 record, which they share with Panasonic T. Hokkaido L. at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Panasonic Trians (#6) in Osaka in the next round. Hokkaido L. will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Hokkaido L.: T.Klette 21+2reb, J.Lewis 17+7reb+4ast, M.Diouf 13+9reb, T.Orimo 11+5reb, D.Noguchi 10+3reb, J.Kurino-Dews 5+2reb+1ast
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 25+1reb+3ast, D.Yamada 17+2reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 14+8reb+2ast, M.Kataoka 11+1reb, T.Amino 5+5reb, Y.Tabuse 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 137420


Tochigi Brex - Hokkaido L. 80-98

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Hokkaido L.'s (5-5) road victory over 6th ranked Tochigi Brex (3-7) 98-80 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Hokkaido L.. Tochigi Brex was better in third quarter 32-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hokkaido L. shot 61.3 percent from the field. The best player for the winners was German power forward Tilo Klette (206-77) who scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hokkaido L. players scored in double figures. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hokkaido L. moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Mitsubishi DD. Tochigi Brex at the other side keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Hokkaido L. will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round. Tochigi Brex will play on the road against Panasonic Trians in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: I.McFarlin 20+10reb+3ast, T.Kawamura 19+1reb+4ast, R.Anzai 9+3reb+3ast, T.Amino 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kataoka 7+1reb, D.Yamada 4+4reb+1ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 21+2reb+1ast, T.Klette 19+8reb, M.Diouf 16+7reb+4ast, J.Lewis 10+6reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 10+3reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 137421


Hitachi SR - Aishin SH 66-70

Everything could happen in Osaka at the game between two tied teams. Both first ranked Aishin Sea Horses and 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers had identical 7-2 record. But Hitachi Sunrockers were not able to use a home court advantage and were defeated by the opponent from Kariya 70-66 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 19-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Aishin Sea Horses made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Aishin Sea Horses outrebounded Hitachi Sunrockers 42-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. International power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Aishin Sea Horses went down to second position due to points difference. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#4) in Nagoya in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hitachi SR: J.Takeuchi 18+6reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 15+3reb+2ast, T.Sakai 8+3reb, C.Maraker 7+6reb+1ast, H.Kashiwakura 7+6ast, J.Smith 6+6reb
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 20+13reb+3ast, S.Kashiwagi 15+2reb+3ast, K.Young 14+7reb, T.Furukawa 10+6reb+1ast, A.Richardson 6+9reb+2ast, H.Ryoma 3+3reb
gschID: 137422


Hitachi SR - Aishin SH 71-68 OT

Round 5 in JBL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Osaka where host Hitachi Sunrockers (7-3) edged league's leader Aishin Sea Horses (8-2) 71-68 in overtime on Sunday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aishin Sea Horses. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 24-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 9-6. The best player for the winners was Swedish forward Christian Maraker (206-82, college: Pacific) who scored 26 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Fumio Nishimura (177-86) chipped in 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Hitachi Sunrockers' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hitachi Sunrockers maintains third place with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Toyota Alvark. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses dropped to the second position with two games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Toyota Alvark. Aishin Sea Horses will play next round against strong Mitsubishi Dolphins trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hitachi Sunrockers will try to continue on its current victory against first ranked Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 29+13reb+1ast, S.Asayama 11+3reb, T.Furukawa 9+7reb, K.Young 8+10reb+2ast, S.Kashiwagi 6+3reb+3ast, H.Ryoma 5
Hitachi SR: C.Maraker 26+9reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 17+6reb+4ast, J.Takeuchi 10+7reb+4ast, T.Sato 6+6reb+2ast, J.Smith 6+5reb, T.Sakai 4+2reb
gschID: 137423


Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark 71-91

Everything went according to plan in Nagoya where second ranked Toyota Alvark (9-1) outleveled 4th placed Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-5) 91-71 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Toyota Alvark. Mitsubishi Dolphins was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toyota Alvark dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Mitsubishi Dolphins' 28. They outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 43-23 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Toyota Alvark especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced 16 points and the former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 16+3reb+1ast, K.Igarashi 12+4reb+3ast, K.Nakagawa 11+3reb+4ast, Y.Ueta 7+1reb, W.Brown-Matsushima 6+2reb+1ast, B.Allen 5+5reb+1ast
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 21+8reb+5ast, P.Ricci 18+7reb, K.Takeuchi 15+7reb+4ast, K.Matsui 9, Y.Okada 9+3reb+3ast, T.Ito 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 137424


Mitsubishi DD - Toyota Alvark 83-91

There was no surprise in Nagoya where 4th placed Mitsubishi Dolphins (5-5) were defeated by second ranked Toyota Alvark (9-1) 91-83 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was international guard Taishi Ito (182-86, college: Portland) who scored 17 points and 4 assists. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and guard Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-82) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Mitsubishi Dolphins at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Mitsubishi Dolphins will play at home against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 23+6reb+2ast, K.Nakagawa 17+4reb+2ast, K.Igarashi 12+1reb+8ast, S.Utsumi 7+1reb, B.Allen 6+6reb, Y.Ueta 6+2reb
Toyota Alvark: K.Takeuchi 17+4reb+1ast, T.Ito 17+2reb+4ast, Y.Okada 16+1reb+1ast, J.Gibbs 12+9reb+1ast, P.Ricci 9+5reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137425




Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 9-1 
 2. Aishin SH 8-2 
 3. Hitachi SR 7-3 
 4. Mitsubishi DD 5-5 
 5. Hokkaido L. 5-5 
 6. Panasonic T. 3-7 
 7. Tochigi Brex 3-7 
 8. Toshiba BT 0-10 


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  LATVIA   


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


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


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


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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Siauliai 6-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 5-0 
 3. Rudupis 5-1 
 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 


Best players of NKL round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Audrius Mineikis (201-F-77) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Radviliskis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 34-year old forward had the game-high 34 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Radviliskis in his team's victory, helping them to beat Statyba (#5, 6-4) 100-87. Radviliskis maintains the 2nd position in NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Radviliskis will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Mineikis had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Radviliskis and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Mineikis has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.9ppg) and averages solid 59.2% FGP and 70.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Renatas Jonelis (201-F-84) of Gargzdai. Jonelis impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Gargzdai lost that game 84-90 to the higher-ranked Perlas-MRU (#6, 6-4). This loss caused Gargzdai to drop to 14th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Jonelis is well-known by Gargzdai fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU (#6). Brusokas scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Perlas-MRU, leading his team to a 90-84 win against the lower-ranked Gargzdai (#14, 3-7). Perlas-MRU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Brusokas has a very solid season. In 10 games in Lithuania he scored 12.1ppg. He also has 6.4rpg and FGP: 63.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julius Jucikas (205-C-89) of ABRO-Univ. - 19 points and 8 rebounds
5. Arturas Gudaitis (208-C-93) of Gargzdai - 17 points and 13 rebounds
6. Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys - 7 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Liudas Radavicius (188-G-88) of Meresta - 25 points and 7 rebounds
8. Modestas Kumpys (191-G-91) of Nafta Universitetas - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Lukas Kazlauskas (188-F-92) of Statyba - 18 points, 4 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)


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 19
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.19.0 
 2. Rakovic, Zalgiris18.0 
 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. Lowe, Kedainiai14.0 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris13.7 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.10.2 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai8.5 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.8.0 
 5. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.5 
 6. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 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, Siauliai6.2 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas4.4 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudup.4.3 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.3 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.0 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.0 
 8. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.0 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.0 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis3.8 
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. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.3 
 5. Nobles, Pieno Z.2.0 
 6. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai1.8 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.1.8 
 9. Broadus, Siauliai1.7 
 10. Zukauskas, Siauli.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.0 
 2. Samardziski, Lietu.1.4 
 3. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.3 
 4. Barnes, Kedainiai1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.3 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 7. Javtokas, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Urbutis, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Volkus, Juventus1.0 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.0 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 William ARRE
  BBC Nitia
  (199-F/C-86)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. Arre, BBC Nitia25.1 
 2. Rajniak, Basket E.24.9 
 3. Raji, Etzella24.7 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre24.4 
 5. Schumacher, T7124.4 
 6. Perre, Musel Pikes23.5 
 7. Kennedy, Residence22.9 
 8. Muller, T7120.4 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.20.3 
 10. Brown, Amicale19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denell STEPHENS
  T71
  (193-F/G-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Stephens, T7112.7 
 2. Gary, Musel Pikes12.1 
 3. Carvalho, Heffingen11.0 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre10.6 
 5. Bassirou, Musel Pi.10.0 
 6. Svitek, Basket Es.9.9 
 7. Arre, BBC Nitia9.7 
 8. Walker, Heffingen9.7 
 9. Muller, T719.6 
 10. Djerman, Amicale9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.3 
 2. Schumacher, T713.6 
 3. Birenbaum, Amicale3.4 
 4. Biever, Basket Es.3.1 
 5. Rajniak, Basket E.3.0 
 6. Di Bartolome., BBC2.9 
 7. Ruffato, T712.9 
 8. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
 9. Polfer, Etzella2.7 
 10. Brown, Amicale2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Philip PERRE
  Musel Pikes
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Perre, Musel Pikes2.5 
 2. Jones, Amicale2.5 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia2.4 
 4. Kennedy, Residence2.1 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.2.0 
 6. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.9 
 7. Carvalho, Heffingen1.6 
 8. Polfer, Etzella1.6 
 9. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia1.5 
 10. Thesen, Heffingen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes2.0 
 2. Walker, Heffingen1.5 
 3. Carvalho, Heffingen1.4 
 4. Djerman, Amicale0.9 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 6. Ribeiro, BBC Nitia0.8 
 7. Brown, Amicale0.8 
 8. Bassirou, Musel Pi.0.7 
 9. Svitek, Basket Es.0.7 
 10. Hoffmann, Sparta0.6 


Diekirch League Round 7: Sparta hands first defeat to T71 - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated T71 (6-1) recorded its first loss in Dudelange on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Sparta (5-2) 96-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of T71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. T71 trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-96 at the end of the game. Sparta made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by T71 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82, college: Dickinson St.) fired 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) produced a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for lost side. Sparta have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Etzella and Basket Esch. Defending champion T71 still keeps top position with one game lost. Sparta is looking forward to face league's second-placed Basket Esch at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. T71 will play against Heffingen and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Stadrbredimus. Sixth ranked Musel Pikes (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 8th ranked Soleuvre (2-5) 72-70 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American-British forward Philip Perre (198-79, college: N.Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Brandon Gary contributed with 14 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. American Lamonte Ulmer (198-86, college: Rhode Island) answered with 28 points and 9 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for Soleuvre. The victory was the third consecutive win for Musel Pikes. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Amicale. Soleuvre at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Musel Pikes will play against higher ranked Etzella (#4) in Ettelbruck in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Soleuvre will play at home against BBC Nitia (#9) in Bettembourg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Etzella (5-2) against fourth ranked Basket Esch (5-2) on Sunday night. Visiting Etzella was crushed by Basket Esch in Esch 88-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Etzella. It was a great evening for Martin Rajniak who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Corey Raji responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Basket Esch moved-up to second place, which they share with Sparta and Etzella. Basket Esch will meet Sparta (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Etzella will play against Musel Pikes in Stadrbredimus and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Heffingen (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-52 loss to fifth ranked Amicale (4-3) in Steinsel. It was an exceptional evening for Demetrius Brown who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Amicale maintains fifth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Musel Pikes. Heffingen lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Amicale's next round opponent will be Residence (#7) in Bereldange. Heffingen will play on the road against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 7 Residence crushed BBC Nitia in Bereldange 100-76.
The best stats of 7th round was 29 points and 14 rebounds by Janis Poznaks of BBC Nitia.


Amicale - Heffingen 78-52

Bottom-ranked Heffingen (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-52 loss to fifth ranked Amicale (4-3) in Steinsel. The game was mostly controlled by Amicale. Heffingen was better in fourth quarter 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Amicale dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Heffingen's 34. Amicale forced 20 Heffingen turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Demetrius Brown (201-83, college: San Jose St.) who led the winners and scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Christopher Jones (188-90) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Amicale players scored in double figures. Amicale's coach Kresimir Basic felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agency: Warren Sports International) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and swingman Tim Schmit (192-95) added 20 points respectively for Heffingen in the defeat. Amicale maintains fifth place with 4-3 record, which they share with Musel Pikes. Heffingen lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with seven games lost. Amicale's next round opponent will be Residence (#7) in Bereldange. Heffingen will play on the road against the league's leader T71 in Dudelange and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Heffingen: T.Schmit 20+2reb, W.Walker 18+14reb+3ast, C.Weyrich 5+8reb+4ast, H.Carvalho 4+12reb+2ast, J.Thesen 3+3reb, D.Benseghir 2+2ast
Amicale: D.Brown 19+5reb+4ast, C.Jones 12+7reb+2ast, E.Jeitz 11+4reb, I.Buntic 10+7reb, C.Schartz 8+4reb+7ast, B.Melcher 6+1reb+1ast
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T71 - Sparta 89-96

Undefeated T71 (6-1) recorded its first loss in Dudelange on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Sparta (5-2) 96-89. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of T71. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. T71 trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 30-25 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 89-96 at the end of the game. Sparta made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by T71 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Kasey Ulin (184-82, college: Dickinson St.) fired 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-88, agency: Court Side) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. Five Sparta players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Frank Muller (194-88, college: Cuesta JC) produced a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds and international guard