EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/9/2011

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  ABA   


Some interesting additions for the Atlanta Aliens - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Atlanta Aliens announced the signings of four players, one of them with international flavour. The new signed are Junard Hartley (6'3''-G-89, college: Campbell), expected to be a key factor in the Aliens attempt at an ABA title this season, Frank Kelsi Bennett (6'7''-F-82, college: Georgia Southern), who is well known across the ocean thanks to previous pro experiences in England, Switzerland and Germany, high flying slam dunk champion Omar Collington (6'1''-PG-83, college: NC-Asheville) from Decatur, Georgia, and Kurtis Woods (6'3''-G)
The Atlanta Aliens are a member of the Atlantic South Division of the Eastern Conference in the ABA. The team will play their home games at Ben Hill Arena located in Atlanta, GA. For more informations, go to www.AtlantaAliens.com




ABA Power Rankings - Changes in Week One - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings after the first weekend of play. 'We had some movement this week,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer . 'There were five games kicking off the season and with convincing wins by Colorado, Arizona and Colorado Springs, plus a split with Milwaukee and Chicago, we feel that the rankings are beginning to take shape. We also moved Gulf Coast up based on last season's performance.'

1. Jacksonville Giants
2. Los Angeles SLAM
3. Colorado Kings (1-0)
4. Arizona Scorpions (1-0)
5. Gulf Coast Flash
6. Jersey Express
7. Texas FUEL
8. Bay Area Matrix
9. East Bay Pit Bulls
10. Colorado Springs Crusaders (1-0)
11. Chicago Steam (1-1)
12. Milwaukee Blast (1-1)
13. Nashville SOUL
14. San Francisco Rumble
15. San Diego SOL
16. Dallas Impact
17. Atlanta Aliens
18. Seattle Mountaineers
19. Sacramento Heatwave
20. West Texas Whirlwind
21. Connecticut Topballerz
22. South Carolina Warriors
23. Little Rock Lightning
24. North Dallas Vandals

'We have quite a few games set for next week,' added Packer. 'And we expect to see some new teams jumping into the top 24 and some movement upwards by these teams. One thing's for sure, it is going to be an exciting season. For more information, email dpacker@abalive.com or visit www.abalive.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zlatorog releases rookie John Roberson - by Eurobasket News
John Roberson (180-G-88, college: Texas Tech) is no longer a member of Zlatorog Lasko. The Slovenian outfit decided to release the player and already looks for his replacement at PG position. Roberson joined Zlatorog during the pre-season. He appeared 6 times in Adriatic league averaging 5.3 points and 2.2 assists. In Slovenian league, Roberson registered 3.3 ppg and 2.3 apg for 3 games. Zlatorog has poor 0-6 record in Adriatic league and perfect 3-0 in Telemach league. John Roberson is a rookie who graduated at the Texas Tech University this year. He had 14.1 ppg, 2 rpg and 4.4 apg for his school as a senior. Roberson was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -09, 10, 11. He helped Texas Tech to reach NIT Elite Eight in 2010.

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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 12: #1 Wuber-Est.Bahia is defeated by Lanus - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the first stage. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (8-3) in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Lanus (6-6) 75-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Wuber-Est.Bahia cut a 17-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) with 19 points. Lanus moved-up to fifth place. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Obras. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Obras.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: Quimsa won against Atenas on the opponent's court 89-71. Olimpico LB was outscored by Libertad S. in a home game 60-90. Obras rolled over Boca Jrs on the road 95-72. Quilmes MP lost to defending champion Penarol on its own court 72-87. Club 9 beat GECR Indalo in Rio Tercero 62-57. San Mart.C. lost to Regatas C. at home 66-73.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks by Gabriel Mikulas of La Union.


Atenas - Quimsa 71-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 4th ranked Atenas' (5-6) home loss to third ranked Quimsa (7-5) 71-89 on Monday. The game without a history. Quimsa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Quimsa especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who added 19 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Christopher Hayes (206-87, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Five Quimsa and four Atenas players scored in double figures. Quimsa moved-up to second place, which they share with Boca Jrs and Sionista. Loser Atenas dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. Quimsa will face league's second-placed Sionista in Parana in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Atenas will play on the road against the league's leader Regatas Corrientes.
Top scorers:
Atenas: M.Lescano 14+6reb, C.Hayes 12+5reb+1ast, M.Melvin 11+5reb, B.Labaque 10+2reb+2ast, F.Sucatzky 9+1reb+5ast, J.Manuel Rivero 7+1ast
Quimsa: J.Pellot-Rosa 19+2reb+3ast, D.Lo Grippo 14+6reb, J.Williams 14+9reb+3ast, D.Tintorelli 13+4reb, B.Robinson 10+6reb+4ast, N.Aguirre 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136316


Olimpico LB - Libertad S. 60-90

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales' (6-5) road victory over 6th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (5-7) 90-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-60. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international power forward Alejandro Alloatti (203-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and guard Marcos Saglietti (189-86) who added 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) with 16 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Canadian forward Denham Brown (198-83, college: Connecticut, agency: Edge Sports) scored 14 points. Olimpico de La Banda's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fourth place. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the sixth position with seven games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face San Martin Corrientes (#8) at home in the next round. Olimpico de La Banda will play against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: C.Amicucci 16+3reb, D.Brown 14+4reb+1ast, M.Ibarra 6+1reb, J.Lloreda 6+3reb+1ast, F.Malara 5+3reb, A.Sucre 3+8reb+2ast
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 19+1reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 16+6reb+3ast, J.Treise 14+3ast, A.Alloatti 14+14reb+1ast, R.Battle 7+7reb+2ast, S.Ginobili 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 136309


Boca Jrs - Obras 72-95

The game between closely ranked teams ended with one of their biggest challengers Boca Juniors' (7-5) home loss to second ranked Obras (8-3) 72-95 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-72. Obras shot 60.7 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Obras especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Alejandro Konsztatd (190-89) who added 14 points and 8 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) with 23 points and 4 assists and American swingman Will Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Obras have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Wuber-Est.Bahia. Loser Boca Juniors dropped to the second place with five games lost. Obras' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Buenos Aires Lanus.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: M.Stanic 23+3reb+4ast, L.OBannon 12+1reb, J.Brussino 11+1reb+1ast, W.Graves 10+11reb+1ast, D.Alston 6+3reb, F.Martina 5+3reb
Obras: J.Gutierrez 21+5reb, J.Mazzaro 14+2reb+2ast, A.Konsztatd 14+2reb+8ast, T.Washam 13+3reb, P.Espinoza 12+2reb, A.Elsener 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136310


Quilmes MP - Penarol 72-87

Everything went according to plan in Mar del Plata where fourth ranked Penarol (8-5) beat 8th ranked Quilmes MP (2-10) 87-72 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Penarol. Quilmes MP was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Selem Safar (190-87) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and the former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American forward Britton Johnsen (208-79, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) scored 16 points and 5 assists. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Quilmes MP lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Penarol will face GECR Indalo (#6) in Comodoro R. in the next round. Quilmes MP will play on the road against Club 9 in Rio Tercero and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: B.Johnsen 23+12reb+2ast, P.McHopson 16+3reb+5ast, A.Weigand 13+7reb, G.Eseverri 8+4reb+1ast, L.Truscott 6+5reb, R.Howell 6+5reb
Penarol: S.Safar 18+3reb+2ast, K.Lamonte 16+1reb+1ast, L.Gutierrez 11+3reb+1ast, P.Barrios 11+4reb, M.Leiva 10+8reb+1ast, M.Mata 10+8reb+3ast
gschID: 136311


GECR Indalo - Club 9 57-62

There was a minor upset in Comodoro R. where 5th ranked GECR Indalo (6-7) was defeated by seventh ranked Club 9 (3-9) 62-57 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 26-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Emiliano Martina (201-83) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and guard Gaston Torre (185-85) who added 11 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Club 9 players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Fernando Funes (193-83) with 16 points and American forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Club 9 maintains seventh position with 3-9 record. GECR Indalo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with seven games lost. Club 9 will face Quilmes MP (#8) in Mar del Plata in the next round.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: F.Funes 16+4reb, S.Scala 11+3reb, C.McGowan 10+7reb+1ast, R.Gabini 6+5reb+1ast, M.Franco 6+1reb+1ast, T.Shannon 3+2reb+1ast
Club 9: E.Martina 18+3reb, T.Frost 12+6reb+1ast, G.Torre 11+8reb+2ast, G.Luchino 10+5reb, J.Ayarza 7+4reb, J.Cowan 3+4reb
gschID: 136312


Lanus - Wuber-Est.Bahia 75-73

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (8-3) in Buenos Aires on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by sixth ranked Lanus (6-6) 75-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Wuber-Est.Bahia. Wuber-Est.Bahia cut a 17-point halftime deficit to two at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Lanus players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) with 19 points and American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) scored 20 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Lanus moved-up to fifth place. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Obras. Lanus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Buenos Aires to the arena Obras.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Mojica 20+3reb+2ast, R.Sanchez 19+4reb+2ast, J.Espil 10+4reb+1ast, J.Meyinsse 9+9reb, F.Aguerre 7+2reb, M.Gaynor 3
Lanus: J.Levy 14+7reb+1ast, T.Taylor 14+9reb+3ast, N.Laprovittola 11+1ast, M.Byro 10+2reb+1ast, B.Zanotti 8, D.Guaita 7+4reb
gschID: 136313


Sionista - La Union 93-102 OT

OT win for La Union, who got 31 points from Smith. Mikulas followed him with 22 pts and 14 rebounds. La Union 4-8, Sionista 7-5.
Top scorers:
Sionista: M.Sandes 19+14reb+1ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 19+6reb+3ast, R.Iglesias 13+5reb+2ast, F.Ferrini 12+2reb+3ast, E.Nelson 11+1reb, D.Hure 10+2reb
La Union: J.Smith 31+4reb+5ast, G.Mikulas 22+14reb+2ast, A.Pau 21+1reb, R.Wolkowyski 10+10reb+3ast, A.Marin 6+3reb+1ast, G.Lewis 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136314


San Mart.C. - Regatas C. 66-73

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Regatas Corrientes (9-3) won against on the road 7th ranked San Martin Corrientes (4-8) 73-66 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-14. But San Martin Corrientes won second period 15-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. San Martin Corrientes was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 15 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) with 21 points and 9 rebounds and guard Fabian Elias Saad (190-83) scored 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Regatas Corrientes maintains first position with 9-3 record. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes keeps the seventh place with eight games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face Atenas (#5) in Cordoba in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play on the road against Libertad Sunchales.
Top scorers:
San Mart.C.: F.Elias Saad 22+2reb+1ast, W.McFarlan 21+9reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 7+3reb+3ast, H.Rollins 5+3reb, A.Eslava 4+6reb, M.Maciel 4+4reb+1ast
Regatas C.: R.Stanton 15+8reb, L.Roe 14+9reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 13+3reb+3ast, N.Romano 11+4reb+2ast, J.Martinez 10+5reb+2ast, J.Aprea 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 136315




Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Regatas C. 9-3 
 2. Sionista 7-5 
 3. Quimsa 7-5 
 4. Libertad S. 6-5 
 5. Atenas 5-6 
 6. Olimpico LB 5-7 
 7. La Union 4-8 
 8. San Mart.C. 4-8 
South
 1. Wuber-Est.Bahia 8-3 
 2. Obras 8-3 
 3. Penarol 8-5 
 4. Boca Jrs 7-5 
 5. Lanus 6-6 
 6. GECR Indalo 6-7 
 7. Club 9 3-9 
 8. Quilmes MP 2-10 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Smith, La Union21.0 
 2. Meyinsse, Wuber-.19.8 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras18.3 
 4. McHopson, Quilm.18.0 
 5. Mikulas, La Union17.6 
 6. Villegas, Sionista16.2 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol16.0 
 8. OBannon, Boca Jrs15.9 
 9. Roe, Regatas C.15.9 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben GARCES
  Atenas
  (206-C/F-73)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Garces, Atenas9.8 
 2. Sandes, Sionista9.6 
 3. Mikulas, La Union9.3 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.9.1 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras8.4 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.2 
 7. Lloreda, Olimpico.8.0 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.9 
 9. Graves, Boca Jrs7.8 
 10. McFarlan, San M.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.7.1 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista6.1 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.9 
 5. Sucatzky, Atenas5.4 
 6. Stanic, Boca Jrs5.3 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Smith, La Union4.0 
 9. McHopson, Quilm.3.8 
 10. Osimani, Obras3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.0 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.2.0 
 3. Lescano, Atenas1.9 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.8 
 5. Aguirre, Quimsa1.8 
 6. Gerbaudo, Club 91.8 
 7. Ibarra, Olimpico.1.5 
 8. Johnson, Libertad.1.5 
 9. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.5 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Aaron PETTWAY
  Olimpico.
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Pettway, Olimpico.1.3 
 2. Wilborn, Club 91.3 
 3. Garces, Atenas1.0 
 4. Battle, Libertad S.0.9 
 5. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 6. Roe, Regatas C.0.9 
 7. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.7 
 8. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.7 
 9. Gutierrez, Obras0.7 
 10. Rollins, San M.0.7 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Corey Webster's contract terminated - by Eurobasket News
The SKYCITY Breakers have terminated Corey Webster's (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) contract with the club, following Websters second positive test for a banned substance, and resulting 12 month suspension, imposed by the Australian Sports Commission.

Webster was contracted for the 2011-12 and the 2012-13 ANBL seasons, however after meetings with Webster this contract has been terminated by the club, following the result of his ASC hearing being released.

It is an unfortunate situation for Corey, however this is an action we had to take as a club, said General Manager Richard Clarke.

The second positive test breaches the previous agreement between Corey and the club, and he has also breached team protocols and club values. After consultation with Corey we felt the termination of contract was the most appropriate action for all parties.

This doesnt rule out Corey being a Breaker again in the future, however he now needs to use this time away from the sport to re-evaluate his priorities and make some changes in his life.

Corey is someone that has made some bad decisions, and is now faced with the consequences of those decisions. He will need to earn back the trust and belief of the players and the club before he could become a Breaker again in the future.

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


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Carleton Scott agreed with Gussing Knights in Austria - by Eurobasket
The 200 cm tall american forward Carleton Scott (200-F-88, college: Notre Dame) agreed with the management of UBC Carefuel Gussing Knights and will play in the Bundesliga of Austria in the rest of the season. Scott graduated on the University of Notre Dame last summer and had a great senior season averaging 11.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.9 blocks per game. He signed his first professional contract with Caceres 2016 C.B. in Spain and played 7 games in the LEB Gold puting up 1.0 point and 2.7 rebounds. He left the team a week ago and was close to agree with Ass. Academica de Coimbra in Portugal, but finally could not agree with the management and moved to Austria.

Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 6-0 
 2. Gmunden 5-1 
 3. Oberwart 5-2 
 4. Wels 4-2 
 5. Gussing 4-2 
 6. UBSC Graz 3-3 
 7. Kapfenberg 2-3 
 8. BC Vienna 2-4 
 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: 26
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.0 
 2. Wade, Arkadia25.7 
 3. Reed, Oberwart24.3 
 4. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 5. Djuric, Gussing21.8 
 6. Leonard, Arkadia20.0 
 7. Curry, Gmunden19.3 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart18.9 
 9. Francois, BC Vienna18.7 
 10. Brown, Wels18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.10.2 
 2. Oppland, Gmunden9.5 
 3. Reed, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.6 
 5. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 6. Bakovic, St.Polten7.2 
 7. Werner, Wels7.0 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.0 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart6.9 
 10. Matthews, Furste.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg6.4 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.5.5 
 3. Stazic, BC Vienna5.5 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.5.5 
 5. Danek, Arkadia5.3 
 6. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.4 
 7. Klepeisz, Gussing4.0 
 8. Schreiner, Kapfe.4.0 
 9. Farokhmanesh, Wels4.0 
 10. Miletic, BC Vienna3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.8 
 2. Brown, Wels2.8 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.6 
 4. Pryor, Wels2.5 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.8 
 6. Curry, Gmunden1.7 
 7. Wade, Arkadia1.7 
 8. Kuprijanov, St.Po.1.7 
 9. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.7 
 10. Murati, Gmunden1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.8 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.6 
 3. Brown, Wels1.0 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.1.0 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna0.8 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.8 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart0.7 
 8. Moric, UBSC G.0.7 
 9. Pryor, Wels0.7 
 10. Mayer, Gmunden0.5 


A Bundesliga Round 7: Leader Xion Dukes get another victory - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated leader Xion Dukes delivered the sixth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-6) 95-73 in Traiskirchen. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Arkadia Lions managed to win third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. International point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for lost side. Arkadia Lions' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Xion Dukes (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Arkadia Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Oberwart Gunners (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-91 loss to fifth ranked Gussing Knights (4-2) in Gussing. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. Thomas Klepeisz contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St., agency: TSS Management) answered with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for St.Polten. Gussing Knights moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Wels. St.Polten lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Gussing Knights will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against BC Vienna (#8) in Wien and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Wien was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Vienna (2-4). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Monday. It was a great evening for Joe Werner who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. At the losing side Zarko Rakocevic responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gussing. BC Vienna lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home UBSC Graz (#6) in the next round. BC Vienna will play against St.Polten and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Furstenfeld. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (2-5) to third ranked Oberwart Gunners (5-2) 69-67 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Drake Reed who led the winners and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oberwart Gunners. Defending champion maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Klosterneub. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners' next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 7 Kapfenberg were defeated by Gmunden in Gmunden 93-84.



Gmunden - Kapfenberg 93-84

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (2-3) were defeated on the road by third ranked Gmunden Swans (5-1) 93-84. Kapfenberg Bulls were ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 51-39 second half run of Gmunden Swans. They made 32-of-41 charity shots (78.0 percent) during the game, while Kapfenberg Bulls only scored fourteen points from the stripe. They outrebounded Kapfenberg Bulls 32-18 including 20 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Kapfenberg Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) who led the winners and scored 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists. Forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) accounted for 19 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) came up with 16 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 16 points respectively for Kapfenberg Bulls in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Gmunden Swans. They moved-up to second place. Kapfenberg Bulls at the other side keep the seventh position with three games lost. Gmunden Swans' next round opponent will be league's leader Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg and it will be for sure the game of the week. Kapfenberg Bulls will play at home against Gussing Knights (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 16+4reb+1ast, H.Kuegerl 16, J.Fears 16+2reb+5ast, D.Mayes 14+3ast, D.Nelson 11+5reb+1ast, S.Knabl 7+3reb+1ast
Gmunden: M.Curry 35+3reb+4ast, D.Oppland 19+13reb, R.Poiger 12+5reb+1ast, E.Murati 11+1reb+2ast, M.Mayer 11+4reb+1ast, R.Arnold 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137108


Gussing - St.Polten 96-91

Bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 96-91 loss to fifth ranked Gussing Knights (4-2) in Gussing. It looked good early as St.Polten took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Gussing Knights had a 23-17 second period charge getting the lead and St.Polten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 91-96. Gussing Knights made 25-of-33 charity shots (75.8 percent) during the game. St.Polten was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds. International guard Thomas Klepeisz (187-91) contributed with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American swingman Roy Booker (191-84, college: SE Missouri St., agency: TSS Management) answered with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) added 19 points in the effort for St.Polten. Five Gussing Knights and four St.Polten players scored in double figures. Gussing Knights moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Wels. St.Polten lost their sixth game in a row. They still closes the standings with six games lost. Gussing Knights will play against Kapfenberg Bulls (#7) on the road in the next round. St.Polten will play against BC Vienna (#8) in Wien and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
St.Polten: R.Booker 29+7reb+4ast, M.Speiser 19+4reb+3ast, D.Friedrich 15+1reb+4ast, I.Bakovic 14+7reb+1ast, F.Trmal 7+3reb+2ast, A.Worenz 5+1ast
Gussing: E.Kadic 21+8reb, A.Djuric 16+1reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 14+8reb+6ast, D.Bjegovic 14+1reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 10+3reb+2ast, C.Astl 9+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137109


Furstenfeld - Oberwart 67-69

A very interesting game took place in Furstenfeld. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 9th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (2-5) to third ranked Oberwart Gunners (5-2) 69-67 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Furstenfeld Panthers were ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 20-17 charge of Oberwart Gunners, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 Furstenfeld Panthers turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Vernard Hollins (190-80, college: Wright St.) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) came up with 11 points and 8 assists and forward Jeff Robinson (198-88, college: Seton Hall) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Furstenfeld Panthers in the defeat. Four Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Oberwart Gunners. Defending champion maintains third place with 5-2 record behind leader Klosterneub. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side keep the ninth position with five games lost. Oberwart Gunners' next round opponent will be Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: L.O'Neal 15+1reb+1ast, G.Ware 13+4reb, J.Robinson 12+9reb+1ast, A.Shavies 11+4reb+8ast, B.Matthews 8+11reb, M.Graf 3+2ast
Oberwart: D.Reed 24+8reb+1ast, V.Hollins 19+7reb+1ast, J.Dean Shaw 11+4reb, N.Gacesa 7+4reb+1ast, D.Jandl 3+3reb+2ast, L.Linzer 3+1reb
gschID: 137110


BC Vienna - Wels 81-87

The game in Wien was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (4-2) played at the court of 8th ranked BC Vienna (2-4). Raiffeisen Wels managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Monday. BC Vienna trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 81-87 at the end of the game. Raiffeisen Wels dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BC Vienna's 46. It was a great evening for American center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) helped adding 20 points and 4 assists. At the losing side Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks and the former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Gussing. BC Vienna lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with four games lost. Raiffeisen Wels will meet at home UBSC Graz (#6) in the next round. BC Vienna will play against St.Polten and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: Z.Rakocevic 24+10reb+2ast, S.Stazic 21+6reb+5ast, J.Francois 15+4reb+3ast, M.Ahmetbasic 13+4reb+4ast, D.Miletic 4+3reb+2ast, T.Gaspar 4+1reb+1ast
Wels: J.Werner 22+15reb+2ast, T.Brown 20+4reb+4ast, A.Farokhmanesh 12+2reb+6ast, Q.Pryor 11+4reb, D.Lamesic 8+4reb+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+1reb
gschID: 137106


Arkadia - Klosterneub. 73-95

Undefeated leader Xion Dukes delivered the sixth consecutive win on Sunday night. This time they crushed 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (1-6) 95-73 in Traiskirchen. The game was mostly controlled by Xion Dukes. Arkadia Lions managed to win third quarter 24-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xion Dukes made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds. Five Xion Dukes players scored in double figures. International point guard Benedikt Danek (176-86) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Arkadia Lions' coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Xion Dukes (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 6 victories in a row. Arkadia Lions lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Xion Dukes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gmunden Swans in Gmunden in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Arkadia Lions will play on the road against Oberwart Gunners (#3) and are hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 20+3reb, B.Danek 19+6reb+7ast, D.Drenovac 11+4reb+3ast, J.Blazevic 8+2reb, P.Skurdauskas 6+14reb+1ast, F.Duck 5+1ast
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 22+10reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 20+8reb, C.Nagler 16+3reb+4ast, C.Bobb 15+3reb+2ast, M.Lanegger 10+6reb+6ast, M.Rachar 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137107




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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mindaugas REMINAS
  Naglis P.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 24
 1. Reminas, Naglis P.24.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph22.5 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus20.5 
 4. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 5. Matulionis, Techas.17.7 
 6. Krumins, Jelgava17.5 
 7. Kalve, Valmiera17.5 
 8. Barinov, Naglis P.17.0 
 9. Kaldre, Rapla16.7 
 10. Laksa, Barsy Aty.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.0 
 2. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.5 
 4. Reminas, Naglis P.8.0 
 5. Willard, Ventspils8.0 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 7. Keedus, TT.7.3 
 8. Matulis, Sakalai7.3 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai7.3 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Gediminas MACEINA
  Juventus
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Maceina, Juventus7.8 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.0 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai6.8 
 4. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 6. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.0 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 8. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 9. Girdziunas, Neptu.4.0 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars KRUMINS
  Jelgava
  (194-G/F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Krumins, Jelgava3.5 
 2. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.5 
 3. Elksnis, Valmiera2.5 
 4. Kulevicius, Techas.2.3 
 5. Valeika, Neptunas2.3 
 6. Peciukas, Kedainiai2.3 
 7. Salenga, Rudupis2.3 
 8. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 9. Dyatlovsky, Barsy2.0 
 10. Babkauskas, Tech.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Valmiera
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Valmiera2.3 
 2. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.0 
 3. Staniulis, Techasas2.0 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.5 
 5. Kalvelis, Techasas1.3 
 6. Arnold, TT.1.0 
 7. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 8. McKee, Triumph1.0 
 9. Butkevicius, Sakal.1.0 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 


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EuroChallenge: Minsk-2006 shock Telekom Baskets in Belarus - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006- Telekom Baskets 79:71

Minsk-2006 shock Telekom Baskets in Belarus at the start of the Regular Season in EuroChallenge. The team erupted with 24-9 in the last stanza to seal 79:71 victory.
The German squad was the favorite of the game and started with 23-14 in the opening period. Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) scored for 27:23 and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) reduced to 34:30. Moreover Lashkevich sent the teams to the lockers at 39:37. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) later tied it all at 47:47, but Telekom Baskets grabbed 62:55 after thirty minutes. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) made it 64:57, but Minsk-2006 outscored Telekom Baskets 17-5 in the last 07:40. Courtney Eldridge, [MIN] A. Lashkevich - free throw missed and Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) brought the final points for the winning side.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau poured in 24 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski scored 14. Courtney Eldridge and Justin Hawkins followed them with 12 points apiece. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) replied with 17 points for the German team, while Zvonko Buljan posted 14 and Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) added 13.

Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 24, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 14, Courtney Eldridge 12, Justin Hawkins 12
Telekom Baskets: Simonas Serapinas 17, Zvonko Buljan 14, Chris Ensminger 13


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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: Enisey open the regular season with win - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Antwerp Giants 76:72

Enisey claimed the opening win in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Antwerp Giants in Krasnoyarsk. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners to the initial victory in Group E.
Enisey started the game strongly posting a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Enisey used an 8:1 run midway through the second frame to take a 35:21 advantage. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 14 points 43:29. However the Belgian team tipped off the second half with 10 points in a row to narrow the gap. Enisey stopped the rot and ensured a 58:51 lead at the final intermission. Mejri and Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) dragged the Giants within one point 59:60 midway through the final frame. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) eventually tied things up at 63. Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) and Marko Marinovic helped Enisey clear off again. Marko Marinovic and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Enisey. Andrei Komarovskiy scored 16 points for the winners. Sergey Toporov added 11 points for the home team. Michael Roll responded with 27 points for Antwerp. Darnell Wilson had 12 points in defeat.

Enisey: Marko Marinovic 17, Andrei Komarovskiy 16, Sergey Toporov 11
Antwerp: Michael Roll 27, Darnell Wilson 12


EuroChallenge: Triumph Lyubertsy escaped the narrow win at home - by Eurobasket News
Triumph Lyubertsy- Okapi Aalstar 83:78

Triumph Lyubertsy overcame Okapi Aalstar in Group F of EuroChallenge. The Russian team needed a strong first half to secure 83:78 victory.
The guests looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and led in the majority of the quarter. Fox scored for 23:22 and Ruoff opened the second period for 25:22. The second frame however belonged to the Russian squad that needed 24-10 for 46:33 at the halftime. Sergey Solovev (204-C-86) increased to 57:37 and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) brought 61:46. Okapi meanwhile did not give up and after 9-0 run Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) reduced to 61:52. Moreover Steinbach cut to 67:64, but Sergey Solovev delivered two for 74:67. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) made the final result in the game as Triumph escaped the narrow win.
Artem Kuzyakin top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Dmitry Kulagin netted 20. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) posted 16, whilst Sergey Solovev added 10. Christopher Copeland ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Justin Holiday (198-F, college: Washington) and Jackson posted 12 apiece.

Triumph Lyubertsy: Artem Kuzyakin 24, Dmitry Kulagin 20, Tywain McKee 16, Sergey Solovev 10
Okapi Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 17, Justin Holiday 12, Jackson 12


November 2011: Belgian Division II overview - by Bert Larsimont

The 2011-12 Division II season has already revealed some real trends. As foreseen before the beginning of the current season (see previous article here), the newcoming Division II clubs Basics Melsele and BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende have had a tough time so far. Basics Melsele with Hugo Sterk (193-G/F-82), Pieter Van Hoecke (193-G-78) and Broderick Bobb (202-C-75) already played 8 games and recorded only 1 win (away at Sint Jan Basket Antwerpen at the end of September) and already 7 losses while BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende (Telenet Oostende's farm team) has a record of 2 wins and 6 losses. BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele with former international player Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76) is another disappointing squad. Nevertheless their first win of the season against BC Gistel Oostende last weekend (86-83) could be a boost for the rest of the season.

On top of the rankings, CEP Fleurus of Head Coach Tom Poppe had a strong start (crucial wins away against BBC Kangaroes Boom, Essor Charleroi and Royal Excelsior Brussels) and records a score of 6-3. Nevertheless, the club headquartered in Province Hainaut recorded two severe losses: one away against Gembo BBC BBC (86-57) and another one home against Belgacom Lige Basket II (58-68). The good news for CEP Fleurus is that Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) is definitely back in action after having totally recovered from injury. Gembo BBC and Bent Schoenen Waregem have also had a strong start. BBC Gembo with top scorers such as Domien Loubry (186-G-85), Nick Celis (194-G-88) and Pieter Van Rillaer (198-F-81) convinced many Division II observers by reaching an fantastic record of 6 wins and 2 defeats after the first weekend of November. Bent Schoenen Waregem of Division II top scorer Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82) has lost only one game so far and also earns a great rank in Division II. The real surprise so far is the unexpected score of 2 wins and 6 losses which Coach Steve Ibens' Sint-Niklase Condors have achieved. The Condors as well as Essor Charleroi (with forward Randy Oveneke, also involved in the Spirou Charleroi's Euroleague campaign due to granted double license) and Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen of Coach Eric Rogiers stay close to the current top-ranked teams.

Both Belgacom Liege Basket II and Dexia Mons Hainaut II now seem to be put into orbit after having had a slow start in the regular season. The competition remains tough and teams like Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels, Point Chaud Sprimont and BBC Kangaroes Boom could not go over a few hurdles in the beginning of the 2011-12 Division II race. Excelsior lost 4 times already and Sprimont lost 5 games so far. BBC Kangaroes Boom (4 wins and 3 losses) remains a favourite team in this competition. Despite some close defeats against CEP Fleurus, Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen and Sint-Niklase Condors in regular season, the Kangaroes of experienced Coach Paul Vervaeck played in an impressive way so far this fall, even qualifying for the Belgian Cup Quarter-Finals by eliminating Ethias League's VOO Verviers-Pepinster 85-80 in the previous round. BBC Kangaroes Boom will face Eurochallenge's participant Generali Okapi Aalstar at the quarter-final stage.

As far as Division II top scorers and rebounders are concerned, the current leaders are respectively Ahmet Gueye (Bent Schoenen Waregem) and Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77) (Royal Excelsior Brussels, 19 boards in the game against BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele on Sep. 10th).


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Copeland, Aalstar21.2 
 2. Rich, Oostende18.3 
 3. Bostic, Liege17.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven16.8 
 5. Booker, Oostende15.5 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi15.2 
 7. Green, Charleroi15.2 
 8. Love, Verviers-Pep.14.3 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar13.5 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.0 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.3 
 3. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 4. McLean, Leuven7.0 
 5. Young, Aalstar6.5 
 6. Brown, Gent6.4 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp6.0 
 8. Merriex, Verviers.6.0 
 9. Shengelia, Charler.6.0 
 10. Tofi, Leuven5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.5.3 
 2. Bosco, Gent4.6 
 3. Marnegrave, Leuven3.0 
 4. Mallet, Charleroi3.0 
 5. Hamilton, Charleroi3.0 
 6. Davis, Leuven2.8 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.8 
 8. Waters, Liege2.8 
 9. Welsch, Charleroi2.8 
 10. Rich, Oostende2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Adeola DAGUNDURO
  Leuven
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dagunduro, Leuven3.0 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 3. Downey, Verviers.2.5 
 4. Haynes, Gent2.3 
 5. Singletary, M.Hain.2.2 
 6. Muya, Liege2.0 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.0 
 8. Rahier, Verviers.2.0 
 9. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 10. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.7 
 3. Booker, Oostende1.3 
 4. Iarochevitch, Liege1.0 
 5. Love, Verviers-Pep.1.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 7. Jennings, Liege1.0 
 8. Nivins, M.Hainaut0.8 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.7 
 10. Green, Charleroi0.7 


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  BOSNIA   


Round Six: Bosna and Igokea celebrate road wins - by Eurobasket News
Round Six of the Bosnian D1 was played last weekend. Top ranked Bosna ASA BHT and Igokea managed to celebrate road wins against their rivals.
Bosna outplayed Mladost 69-79 for perfect 5-0 record in the league. Experienced Dzenan Rahimic (204-C/F-74) paced Bosna to victory collecting 23 points and 9 rebounds. Eldin Camdzic (195-G-90) was their second scorer with 14 pts. For the hosts (4-2), Ninoslav Milosevic (196-SF-79, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 15 pts.
Igokea handed 67-73 home loss to Varda. Milos Komatina (204-FC-84) and Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) scored 12 points each for the winners. Igokea improved to 5-1 record, while Varda dropped to 3-2.
In other games, Borac Nektar was too strong for Capljina 78-70 and Servitium won against Celik 72-67. Celik sacked their HC Ivica Maric after this meeting. Leotar cruised past Hercegovac 83-66 and Zrinjski handed 85-77 loss to Brotnjo.
Round Seven is scheduled for the next weekend.

D1 Standings
1. Bosna 5-0
2. Igokea 5-1
3. Mladost 4-2
4. Capljina 4-2
5. Borac Nektar 3-2
6. Varda HE 3-2
7. Leotar 3-3
8. Zrinjski HT 3-3
9. Hercegovac 2-3
10. Servitium 2-3
11. Brotnjo 1-5
12. Celik 1-5
13. Vogosca 0-5


Celik Zenica releases Head Coach Ivica Maric - by Eurobasket News
Celik Zenica made important change after six rounds of the Bosnian D1. They released Head Coach Ivica Maric and immediately started search for his successor. Celik registered only one win in six games, what was not enough for the clubs management. In the latest round Celik failed on the road against Servitium 72-67. Ivica Maric took over the club in November of 2010. Celik finished as the fifth ranked team in D1 last season. Before Celik, Maric worked with Zrinjevac Zagreb. In 2009/10 he coached Siroki second team. They competed in Liga Herceg-Bosne. In 2009, Ivica Maric was Assistant Coach of the Croatian U18 National Team.

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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano sign Guillhermo Araujo from Paraguay - by Paulo Freire
The Paulistano/Unimed Sao Paolo basketball team is adding a new big man to their roster for the dispute of the NBB.
The managers of the team decided to sign Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) for the replacement of Adriano Machado (208-C-83) who got waived.
Araujo will be the first player for Paraguay to play the NBB League. He already played against some brazilian teams on the Fiba international tournaments.
He is expect to lead the team inside the basket and in the defense.




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  BULGARIA   


Beroe, Overgas and Vidabasket stay perfect in Division A - by Eurobasket News
Round Three of the Bulgarian A Division was played last weekend. Beroe, Overgas and Vidabasket managed to beat their rivals and to keep the perfect record (3-0).
Beroe celebrated 59-70 road victory against Academik BL. Overgas won 78-63 against Chavdar at home. Georgi Boyanov (195-F-93) was the leading player in victory with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Vidabasket handed 55-64 home loss to Balkan II. Teodor Kirov (191-G-91) shined for the guests with 20 points and 8 boards. In the other games, Dunav 2007 was better than Academik PL 86-83. Shumen failed at home against Cherno More U20 90-102.
Round Four is scheduled for the next weekend.

Division A Standings
1. Beroe 3-0
2. Overgas 3-0
3. Vidabasket 3-0
4. Academik BL 2-1
5. Dunav 2007 2-1
6. Academik PL 1-2
7. Cherno More U18 1-2
8. Balkan 2 0-3
9. Chavdar 0-3
10. Shumen 0-3


Harper's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Levski Sofia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 32 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Levski Sofia in his team's victory, helping them to crush Spartak Pleven (#8, 1-3) with 23-point margin 98-75. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Levski Sofia will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Harper had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He has many years of experience at Levski Sofia, through which he has constantly improved. The University of Mississippi graduate has very impressive stats this year. Harper is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.3ppg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP and 53.8% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Martin Durchev (200-G-87) of Tundja Yambol. He is former international guard in his 2nd season at Tundja Yambol. In the last game Durchev recorded impressive 32 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Tundja Yambol to another comfortable win 93-76 over slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 1-3) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Tundja Yambol to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Durchev is well-known at Tundja Yambol and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.8ppg (#1).

Third place about best performers goes to another Tundja Yambol's star - center John Ofoegbu (206-C-84). Ofoegbu scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Tundja Yambol, helping his team with a 93-76 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 1-3). Tundja Yambol needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Ofoegbu has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.8ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.3rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of Levski Sofia - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) of Levski Sofia - 10 points and 10 rebounds
7. Filip Vukosavljevic (205-F/C-83) of Rilski Sportist - 21 points and 5 rebounds
8. Isiah Martin (203-F/C-89) of Balkan - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Atanas Penev (195-F-85) of Chernomorets - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 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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  CANADA   


Gabe Freeman named NBL Canada Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) of the London Lightning has been named Player of the Week for the week ending November 6, 2011.

Freeman, a 6'7', 215-pound small forward from Costa Mesa (Calif.) Jr. College, was instrumental in London's first three wins of the season. Freeman started off with a 20-point, 11-rebound night in London's opening game on November 4 against Halifax. He added 21-point and 15-rebound double-double on Saturday, November 6 on a road game against Halifax. Then in November 7's win over Saint John, Freeman scored 11 points and eight team-high rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Storm signs seven-foot-two centre - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada has added a seven-foot-two centre from Georgetown, Ky.

Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87, college: Kentucky), who played his college basketball at the University of Kentucky, was defensive player of the year in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) last year. He was also named to the second All-League team, and made the All-Defensive team.

Carter was signed to fill a roster spot left vacant when six-foot-10 centre Xavier Hansbro of Trezevant, Tenn., left the Storm over the weekend to return home for personal family reasons.

Storm head coach and vice-president of personnel Joe Salerno said he was disappointed to see Hansbro head home, but understood perfectly why he had to leave.

Road games

The Storm, off to a 2-0 (won-lost) start in regular-season play, will play two road games over a four-day stretch this week. The Storm visits the Saint John Mill Rats on Thursday night, and the Halifax Rainmen on Sunday afternoon.

The Storms next home game at EastLink Arena is against the Mill Rats on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The Moncton Miracles then visit Summerside on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can catch Storm road games on the web by visiting the National Basketball League of Canada website at nblcanada.ca

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Dep.Espanol 0-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 0-0 
 3. Munic.Curacavi 0-0 
 4. San Luis 0-0 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 0-0 
 6. U.Catolica 0-0 
 7. U.Concepcion 0-0 
 8. U.Espanola 0-0 


Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Standings
North
 1. Los Leones 13-1 
 2. Boston Coll. 12-0 
 3. Sagrados 9-3 
 4. Puente Alto 8-4 
 5. San Juan 6-7 
 6. Sportiva Italiana 6-8 
 7. Stadio Italiano 4-10 
 8. Sabuesos 3-10 
 9. Providencia 3-11 
 10. Palestino 2-12 
South
 1. Aleman 9-2 
 2. Osorno Basq. 8-2 
 3. Dep.Valdivia 8-4 
 4. Dep.Castro 7-5 
 5. Dep.Ancud 6-6 
 6. Temuco Basket 4-7 
 7. Dep.Pucon 3-9 
 8. Las Animas 1-11 


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  CHINA   


Yao Ming begins college life - by Eurobasket News
The gossip mills of Shanghai Jiao Tong University have been turning since basketball superstar Ming Yao (226-C-80), 31, began his studies at the university's economics school Monday, two months after the start of the academic year.

Taking credits in English, mathematics and history, the former basketball star gave a press conference in the university to mark the first day of his college life.

'I feel good today, but a little bit tired, since I have not been in class for over 10 years. I am rusty. Nevertheless, I will try hard to grasp this learning opportunity,' Yao said at the 25-minute briefing, which attracted around 100 reporters.

According to Yao, who retired on July 20, he has enrolled in the Antai College of Economics & Management, although he will also study finance and journalism. The school has prepared a tailor-made chair for the supersize student.

'I chose Jiao Tong University instead of private tutors, because I want to feel the atmosphere on campus,' Yao told reporters Monday.

However, the giant will spend more time in private one-to-one classes in order to reduce disturbing the lives of other students.

'Yao had thought about joining classes with other classmates. But he worried it might affect normal education within the school,' Yao's agent Zhang Mingji told the Xinhua News Agency in September.

Zhang Chi, a spokesman of the Shanghai Sharks basketball team, which Yao owns, said at Monday's press conference that the media should leave Yao alone to study.

'Studying is to enrich myself, not for others to see. I hope everybody will give me space. I don't want too much extra needless pressure,' Yao said in a televised interview last week.

Yao's enrollment has also boiled excitement among the student body.

'It's an honor to be in school with Yao, but I doubt we will see him often,' Zhu Lei, 20, an accounting sophomore, told the Global Times Monday. 'He will be having one-to-one lectures. What a shame. It would be nice if we got to be in the same class.'

Li Detian, a maths student and basketball player, said it would not be unfair for Yao to receive special treatment.

'He is the pride of China. His good work in the NBA has earned him the special treatment,' Li said. 'I hope Yao can play for our university team, or at least come to teach us some techniques.'

Media reports said that during a lecture Monday, Yao's presence caused chaos as many students tried to get his autograph or to take a picture with him.

Yao, who entered the China Basketball Association in 1997 before making it into the NBA in 2002, has been widely recognized for his influence and legacy in promoting friendly ties across the Pacific Ocean through basketball.

Apart from managing his club, Yao has also been frequently seen in different philanthropic or commercial activities since his retirement.

On October 17, Ming Yao joined with other celebrities aboard the maiden voyage of China's first A380 flight, run by China Southern Airlines. The next day, he visited a primary school for abandoned children in Chongqing.

Successful Chinese athletes often choose to study after they retire.

Former Olympic and world table tennis champion Deng Yaping spent 11 years studying in Tsinghua University, University of Nottingham and Cambridge University after her retirement in 1997. She is now the CEO of jike.com, a People's Daily-run search engine.

However, retirement can spell trouble for former sports heroes.

Zou Chunlan, a female national weightlifting champion, was unable to find a regular job after she retired in 1993, and eventually worked in a public bathhouse in 2003 for 500 yuan ($75) a month.

28-year-old Zhang Shangwu, a former Universiade gymnastics champion, was found performing on the streets to earn a living. He was later employed by philanthropist Chen Guangbiao with a monthly salary of 30,000 yuan after the media caught wind of the story.

Courtesy of http://english.peopledaily.com.cn


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Bayi Fubang 0-0 
 2. Beijing Ducks 0-0 
 3. DongGuan L. 0-0 
 4. Foshan 0-0 
 5. Fujian XX 0-0 
 6. Guandong ST 0-0 
 7. Guangsha L. 0-0 
 8. Jiangsu D. 0-0 
 9. Jilin NE T. 0-0 
 10. Liaoning H. 0-0 
 11. Qingdao DS 0-0 
 12. Shandong FB 0-0 
 13. Shanghai S. 0-0 
 14. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
 15. TianJin R. 0-0 
 16. Xinjiang F.T. 0-0 
 17. Zhejiang C. 0-0 


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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP PLAYOFFS 2011, DAY 2. - by Victor Garcia
indervalle made the effort but the Bukaros experience managed the situation to get the first victory in the playoffs, very important victory to face the upcoming three games at home in Bucaramanga.
Indervalle 83
Bukaros 87
SERIES TIED 1 -1

Orgullo Paisa with fresh legs and cold head defeated the Patriotas in Tunja to put the series 1 -1, again Ortiz and Guillent were to hard to stop for the Orgullo Paisa, Alejandro Flores was ejected and will not play next game.
Patriotas 70
Orgullo Paisa 73.
SERIES TIED 1-1

Caribbean Heat had an othe big game and again took advantage in the seconf half to defeat the Guerreros de Bogota, now with 2 games lead the Caribbean Heat will travel to Bogota to face three key games.
Caribbean Heat 86 - J. Manuel 24 pts.
Guerreros 75 - D. Holland 28 pts.
CARIBBEAN HEAT LEADS 2-0.


PLAYOFFS STARTED IN THE 2011 FEDERATION CUP. - by Victor Garcia
Playoffs started with 6 teams trying to get one of the 4 places in the Semifinals, the top seeded Bukaros will face Indervalle that replaces the Cucuta Norte that withdrew s.
Orgullo Paisa that clinch the second place in the standings will face the Patriotas de Boyac, who already got a new import: Francisco Centeno from Venezuela.
Guerreros de Bogota in the third place is facing the Caribbean Heat of San Andres.
The series are a 5 games series, starting with two games in the house of the low seeded and ending with 3 straight games in the home of the top seeded.



FEDERATION CUP PLAYOFFS 2011, DAY 1. - by Victor Garcia
The first day was for the locals, wich are the low seeded teams.

Indervalle defeated Bukaros with a heartbreaker, with 5 seconds left in clock Bukaros was ahead by 1 point and Indervalle had an inbounds situation and Camontae Griffin got the ball and take the shot that falls short, but John Velez was ready under the basket to make the putback and give to give the first victory to Indervalle.
Indervalle 89 - Gerson Pena 22 pts.
Bukaros 88

Orgullo Paisa arrived late to the city facing some financial problems and with two big men less due the suspension for Bonilla and Hinestroza face a hard game against the Patriotas, the locals took advantage of the situation and got the game by 33 points.
Partriotas 116.
Orgullo Paisa 83

Caribbean Heat had a great second half and a monster game of Joe Manuel to defeat the Guerreros in San Andres, Manuel finished with 22 points, with the back up of Patrick Culvert who added 22 and Miguel Marriaga 18, in Guerreros Kammron Taylor had 17 and Norbey Aragon 16.
Caribbean Heat 91 - J. Manuel 22, M. Marriaga 18.
Guerreros 83 - K. Taylor 17, N. Aragn 16.




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  CROATIA   


Cakarun's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old Marijan Cakarun (90) put on an amazing game in the last round for Borik and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Zabok (#7, 2-2) 76-66. Borik is placed at 8th position in league. Borik is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Cakarun has many years of experience at Borik, through which he has constantly improved. Cakarun has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89). He is former international forward in his 2nd season at Borik. In the last game Sarlija recorded impressive 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Borik cruised to a 76-66 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Zabok (#7, 2-2). This victory allowed Borik to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Sarlija is well-known at Borik and together with Marijan Cakarun he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Ivan Tomeljak (194-G-79) of Svjetlost (#6). Tomeljak scored 16 points and passed twelve assists (!!!). He was a key player of Svjetlost, leading his team to a 84-70 easy win against Dubrovnik (#11, 0-5). Svjetlost needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Tomeljak has a great season in Croatia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (7th best) and assists with 7.3apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stjepan Tesija (205-F-89) of Alkar Sinj - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Toni Dijan (205-F-83) of KK Split - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ronald Ross (188-G-83) of Jolly - 29 points and 4 rebounds
7. Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81) of Kvarner 2010 - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Matija Poscic (207-C-85) of Svjetlost - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74) of Krizevci - 18 points and 7 rebounds
10. Zvonimir Ridl (204-F-73) of Darda - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 3 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)


Celik Zenica releases Head Coach Ivica Maric - by Eurobasket News
Celik Zenica made important change after six rounds of the Bosnian D1. They released Head Coach Ivica Maric and immediately started search for his successor. Celik registered only one win in six games, what was not enough for the clubs management. In the latest round Celik failed on the road against Servitium 72-67. Ivica Maric took over the club in November of 2010. Celik finished as the fifth ranked team in D1 last season. Before Celik, Maric worked with Zrinjevac Zagreb. In 2009/10 he coached Siroki second team. They competed in Liga Herceg-Bosne. In 2009, Ivica Maric was Assistant Coach of the Croatian U18 National Team.

Boris Poljak steps down as Alkar Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Important change happened in Alkar at this beginning of this week. Their Head Coach Boris Poljak stepped down on his position after 71-81 home defeat against Split. Alkar registered just one win in four games, what forced Poljak to leave the post. The team promoted assistant Stipe Blajic (202-F/C-73) to HC position. His assistant will be Roko Caktas (189-G-85). Boris Poljak took over Alkar during the summer of 2010. They finished as No.7 in A1 league last season. Poljak already worked with Alkar in the past. New HC Stipe Blajic played for Alkar many years. He finished basketball career with them a year and a half ago. He will make debut as HC next weekend.

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  CYPRUS   


EuroChallenge - Group H Update - by Nima Siar
Nicosia, Cyprus - With the European Leagues having tipped off, tonight is the start of yet another season for local team Keravnos who take on Bundesliga side Artland Dragons tonight at 7PM. Just last year, Artland fell to ETHA Engomi - another of the teams from Cyprus in the EuroChallenge. Keravnos will be tough opponents, and maybe even favorites on their home floor.

Martin Schiller, one of Koch's assistants, said: 'We know from experience that top Cypriot teams can compete quite well. 'We must not underestimate Keravnos under any circumstances.' There will be a familiar face in the Keravnos line-up. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) played in Germany for Telekom Baskets Bonn.
'Keravnos is a team that plays up-tempo and defends aggressively,' Schiller said.
'For us, it's imperative that we compete hard on defense for all 40 minutes.'
Complicating matters for Artland right now is a thumb injury that has sidelined Bryan Bailey, while an eye injury has also kept Nathan Peavy out of action.
The club however took swift action to reinforce their roster by signing Montenegro international Goran Jeretin on Tuesday.
Szolnoki Olaj and Orthez are meeting in the other Group H game on Tuesday night.

Current Form
Artland Dragons are mid-table in Germany's BEKO BBL after beginning the season with four wins in seven games. Their one-point victory at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig at the weekend was Artland's first on the road this season.
Keravnos have clinched four consecutive triumphs in the Cypriot league.

Key Players
David Holston of Artland was a game-winner at the weekend against New Yorker Phantoms with 20 points, and he's no stranger to the EuroChallenge after averaging 14.1 points and 4.2 assists per game last season with Quarter-Finalists Pinar Karsiyaka.
Keravnos forward Winsome Frazier averaged 11.4 points per game for Telekom Baskets Bonn in the 2009 EuroChallenge.

History Lane
Artland Dragons went 8-4 in the 2009-10 EuroChallenge but last season, they slipped up in the Qualifying Round. ETHA Engomi beat them 135-130 over two legs.
Dating back to 1993, Keravnos have had numerous appearances in Europe. They have competed in the Korac Cup (1993, '94, '96, 97, 99 and 2000), the Saporta Cup (1998, 2001 and '02), the EuroCup Challenge (2003, '04, '05, '06 and '07) and more recently the EuroChallenge. In 2009, the club went 1-5 and the next year, 2-4. Last season, they lost a Qualifying Round tie to one of their Group H rivals, Szolnoki Olaj.

original article by Jeff Taylor - FIBA


EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons tame Kervanos in Strovolos - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos - Artland Dragons 81:93

Artland Dragons celebrated the initial win at the EuroChallenge regular season. They tipped off their campaign with a road win over Keravnos. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Keravnos stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 27:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Cypriot team stretched the margin to 15 points early in the second quarter. However Artland Dragons answered with a 14:0 run midway through the period to take the lead. The visitors all of a sudden were in control taking a 72:60 lead at the final intermission. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80), Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) erased the deficit but Artland Dragons went on another 14:0 run and sealed the victory at the end. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) notched 18 points, while Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Marcus Moore responded with 18 points for Keravnos. Panagiotis Trisokkas and Winsome Frazier had 13 points apiece in the losing effort.

Keravnos: Marcus Moore 18, Panagiotis Trisokkas 13, Winsome Frazier 13
Artland Dragons: Anthony King 21+12 boards, Adam Hess 18, Darren Fenn 16



Eurochallenge 1st day: Keravnos Strovolou Artland Dragons 81-93 - by Chris Mammides
In a game which ended two minutes ago, the home team of Keravnos lost the premier game of its European tour. The team of Keravnos Strovolou was not too bad, but finally lost the game against the German team (with the seven Americans). A catastrophic period between the 16th minute and the 27th minute where the Germans outscore the Cyprus team by 10-30 brought the Germans in the leading role which they simply kept until the end of the game. Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras did all he could with his continuous changes and the time-outs but his defensive mechanism didnt work as planned and these 11 minutes were crucial. Especially from the parameter the American players in the 3rd period were awesome as Holston (3 3s and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, college: Canisius) another 2 3s) killed all the dreams of the Cyprus team. The game lost for Keravnos in the 3rd period as they did their best in the last one but it was too late.

The game was a derby at the beginning as the first period started with the two teams traveling basket by basket up to the 5th minute when the home team took a small lead of four points (13-9) which was increased by the end of the period mainly due to Trisokkas and Haanpa, the Finnish performed his best quarter since he join forces with the Strovolos team having 6 points and 3 rebounds. On behalf of the Germans, the well known (ex captain of Intercollege Etha engomis) Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) was the top scorer and the top performer of the team and the reason that the score was only 27-18 by the end of the 1st quarter.
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The second quarter started aggressively with the Germans mainly with Darren Fenn and King and cut the deficit to 6 points (the difference went up to 12 in the first two minutes of the 2nd period) and 2.47 before the end of the first half the Germans balanced the game to 37-37 mainly due to the mistakes of Haanpa and the missing shots of Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Hatcher. It is worth mentioned that Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras took a time out when the difference was 6 points for the Strovolos team and since then the Germans did an amazing 8-0 and took the leading role (which never lost) for the first time after the 2-0, with 37-39. Keravnos remained pointless for more than seven minutes before a three pointer from Dragicevic brought the score to 40-39 for the home team with 1.08 remaining before the end of the first half. The last 68 seconds were full of three pointers as right after Dragicevic's 3 pointer, Hess and Moore added another pair of 3s to reshape the score to 43-42 to end the first half with two free throws from the top performer of the home team Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) (45-44, the first half) who ended the 1st half with 11 points and 3 rebounds, while Trisokkas and Haanpa remain with the 7 and 6 points of the first quarter. On behalf of the Germans, the American center Darren Fen together with Anthony King dominated in the scoring and in the rebounds as they scored 21 points and they dashed down 8 rebounds while the American small forward Hilliard had double digits too as he scored 10 points and 2 rebounds. So the 3 Americans scored 31 out of 44 points of their team. Finally, it is worth mentioned that Dragons outscored Keravnos in the last 7.41 with a 17-8.
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The 3rd period started with the Head Coach of Artland Dragons playing with twin towers as he realized that his team has an advantage over the duet of Veselovs and Chan, but King lost the ball by Chan and in the fast break Hatcher scored another 3 pointer to increase the deficit to 4 and add in the psychology of the home team but King was there so with a dunk in the Chans face and a steal in the next few seconds over Chan helped his team to get the initiatives and the score went to 50-56 with King being the man of the match with his 14 points, 8 rebounds and the very tough defense over Chan, followed by the very good Hilliard who scored 15 points, and Darren Darren Fenn with 14 points, the 3 Americans scored 43 points of the 56 of their team!! Panagiotis Yiannaras took another time-out as his team started very quiet and Hatchers 3rd foul took the score to the 8 points (50-58) and the home team losing all its psychology. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) scored 2 consecutive 3 pointers and the score went sky-high for the visitors who proved to be a tough nut for the unbeaten team of Keravnos in the Cyprus league. The Germans dominated in all edges as Chan and Trisokkas couldnt play against Darren Fenn and King. The Germans created a double digit deficit and it was more than obvious that the home team needed a miracle to be saved as the key players of the team (Winsome Frazier, Hatcher, Chan) in the most serious test of the season proved to be not so cool. The psychology was with the Germans so they were much better from the parameter while Keravnos was keep losing all the shots, this resulted to a 15 points deficit 57-72 before Haanpa scores for the final 60-72 of the 3rd period. The Strovolos team scored only 33 points in 20 minutes while the German for the same time scored 54!!
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The 4th period was mainly a German case as the players of the visiting site played enough to succeed a professional victory on their way to the next round. Trisokkas and Winsome Frazier scored 5 consecutive points to cut the deficit to 7 and forced the Coach of Germans to ask quite earl his first time-out. The deficit went to 5 points with another pair of free throws from Trisokkas, before Winsome Frazier and Moore did two consecutive mistakes in the most crucial momentum for Keravnos to basically give the game to the visitors as the momentum was gone and Haanpa couldnt score to cut the deficit even more, the Germans who had a dead 4 minutes couldnt score and against all odds and all these mistakes by Keravnos they couldnt score so the Strovolow palyers with Winsome Frazier who woke up cut the deficit up to the basket with 70-72 and then to 72-72 before the Germans scored their first basket 4.56 before the end of the game with Holstons lay-up and a three pointer to gain a new lead after a new offensive rebound by Kind who at that particular point succeeded a double-double figure with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and then and on the game was signed by the ex captain of Etha as he was the one to score 6 consecutive points and parallel to that playing great defense against Winsome Frazier. Keravnos stopped playing basketball and the last 2 minutes was a monologue for the visitors who start scoring from allover and created a false image of the game as the score became plasmatic.
The Cyprus team couldnt come back with the amazing 13-0 by the American players of Artland Dragons, in less than 2 minutes killed all the dreams of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras team. So the debut of Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras in the European courts was unfortunately not successful for Keravnos and Cyprus Basketball.

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MVP of the game was Anthony King with his 21 points, 12 rebounds 2 assists and a total victory against his opponents in both the edges of the court.
Fatal players for Keravnos were the Americans Winsome Frazier and Hatcher who were below the expectations of Keravnos, furthermore, it is obvious that Chan and Veselovs couldnt do a lot against Darren Fenn and King.
Marcus Moore was the top scorer (again) for Keravnos with 18 points followed by Trisokas and Winsome Frazier with 13 per head, while Haanpa scored 11.
From Artlands, five players is all the team!! King 20, Adam Hess 18, Darren Fenn 16, Hilliard 15 and Holston 14, a total of 69 points from the 5 Americans of Artlands




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CEZ Nymburk suffered another pity loss in VTB League - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Nymburk suffered another pity loss in VTB League and dropped to 0-5 record. Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk was still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas 72:78. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 CEZ Nymburk's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists.
Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) produced 26 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.



Ivan Vojtko Named New Head Coach of Inter Bratislava; Stevan Tot, Kwbana Beckles Out - by Surujh Roopnarine
Prior to this past weekends disappointing loss to fellow bottom-feeders BK Opava, the management of ASK Inter Bratislava made some big changes. They relieved Head Coach Stevan Tot of his responsibilities and released import forward Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee) due to injury and lack of performance. Opava, which was winless heading into Saturdays home match-up with Inter, cruised to a comfortable 81-61 victory, knocking Inter into last place with a 1-11 record. Inter played the game already without Tot at the helm as Richard Duris stepped in for that game to lead the visitors from Slovakia.
The new man in charge of Inter is 46-year old Ivan Vojtko (Slovak-German). Vojtko has spent the majority of his career coaching in Germany, most recently with BG Karlrruhe (ProA) during the 2009-10 season. Additionally, he spent the 2007-08 season in the NBL leading BK Synthesia Pardubice to the semifinals and a third-place finish. Vojtka will lead Inter for the remainder of the 2011-12 season.
Kbwana Beckles, 30, appeared in 10 games for Inter, averaging 9.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting 35.8% on two-point field goals and just 6-29 (20.7%) from three.



EuroChallenge: BK Pardubice upset Roanne Basket in Group C - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice- Roanne Basket 82:77

BK Pardubice upset Roanne Basket in Group C of EuroChallenge. The team from Czech Republic celebrated 82:77 win after a massive surge at the end.
Both teams started strong and stayed close to each other. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) brought 12:9, while Braud tied it at 14:14. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) nailed three at the end of the frame for 21:18 and John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) delivered two for 27:27. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) scored a far shot at the end of the half for 31:30 advantage at the halftime. Roanne won the third quarter 19-18 and had 50:48 after thirty minutes of the game. Andre Barrett scored for 55:51 and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) delivered for 62:59. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) tied it all at 73:73 and John Holland made it even at 77:77. BK Pardubice meanwhile scored the last five points in the game for the final result.
Maurice Hampton poured in 25 points for the winners and Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) added 21. Marcus Arnold collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Lukas Kotas notched 11. Andre Barrett delivered 22 points in defeat and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 15. John Holland posted 14, while Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 11.

BK Pardubice: Maurice Hampton 25, Corey Muirhead 21, Marcus Arnold 12+11 rebs, Lukas Kotas 11
Roanne Basket: Andre Barrett 22, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 15, John Holland 14, Dylan Page 11


EuroChallenge: BK Prostejov outscored Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla- BK Prostejov 75:77

BK Prostejov outscored Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk at their start of the EuroChallenge campaign. The team from Czech Republic should thank Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) who nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory.
Hoverla took 20:18 at the end of the first period and Lemyk scored for 30:22 early in the second. BK Prostejov replied with an 8-0 run and Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) tied it all at 36:36 at the end of the half.
The battle continued in the court in the second half as well. At first BK Prostejov grabbed 47:41 but Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado St.) tied it at 57:57. Jamar Smith gave his side 69:62 early in the fourth period and Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80)il made it 74:67. The Ukrainian team erupted with an 8-0 run and Dante Swanson (178-PG-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) made two free throws for 75:74 with 3 seconds to go. Jamar Smith however nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory.
Jamar Smith top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) as well as Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson had 12 each. Jaroslav Prasil nailed 11, while Svrdlik scored 10. Marcus Walker finished the night with 17 points for the home side, whilst Dante Swanson and Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) notched 15 apiece.

Hoverla: Marcus Walker 17, Dante Swanson 15, Brian Greene 15
BK Prostejov: Jamar Smith 14, Travis Peterson 12, Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson 12+11 rebs, Jaroslav Prasil 11




Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 10-1 
 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. Usti n/Labem 4-7 
 11. Plzen 4-8 
 12. Chomutov 4-8 
 13. B&W Opava 1-10 
 14. Inter Bratislava 1-11 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Lowery, Chomutov19.3 
 2. Houska, BK Decin19.0 
 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. Hruby, Usti n.6.5 
 9. Peterson, BK Prost.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. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.0 
 9. Kostomaj, Levice3.0 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.3.3 
 2. Klecka, B&W Opava3.1 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.6 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 5. Ames, BC Kolin2.1 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 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. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 6. Kolovrat, B&W O.0.8 
 7. Slavik, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.8 
 9. Jelinek, BC Kolin0.8 
 10. Votroubek, USK P.0.7 


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Lemvig joins Amager on top of 1st Division - by Eurobasket News
Round Seven of the Danish 1st Division was played last weekend. There was a change at the leadership position after this round. Actually, Lemvig joined Amager on top with almost perfect 5-1 record. Lemvig outplayed Jonstrup on Sunday as a guest 63-73 for the fifth win this season. On Saturday, Amager BK failed against Haderslev on the road. It is the first loss for Amager this season. In the other games, Koge failed at home against Glostrup 73-81, while Aarhus grabbed 64-63 thriller win against Stevnsgade. Virum won against ALBA 59-69 as a guest. Round Eight is scheduled for the next weekend. Actually, it will tip-off tomorrow with Glostrup - ALBA game.

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


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Marcus Landry leaves his Spanish team - by Eurobasket News
Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) is a free agent again. The former Reno BigHorns forward parted ways with his Spanish team Assignia Manresa. Actually, his short term deal expired and will not be extended. The forward joined Manresa at the start of the season to fill in the spot of injured Micah Downs. He appeared six times in Liga Endesa averaging 4 points and 2.5 rebounds. Marcus Landry spent last season with the Reno BigHorns. He had 17.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2 apg for 53 games. After that, Landry signed a deal in Puerto Rico. He played for Maratonisatas de Coamo. For 10 games with them he had 11.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 2.2 apg.

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Wizards Hold Last Pre-Season Scrimmage - by EBA Media
Appear Ready For Season Opener

The Wizards finished up the regular season preparations with their Annual White/Black (color of the Wizards uniforms Home/White and Black/Road) Scrimmage on Saturday 11/5/2011. If the outcome was any indication of what the season holds, fans have a lot to look forward to for the upcoming 2011/2012 season!

We need to be good, very good stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo We open with the Hudson Valley Hype under the leadership of Allen Pickett. Allen has done a tremendous job since taking over the program, and the Hype just might challenge for the Division title.

The Wizards scrimmage took place behind closed doors (after all no secrets should be let out at this late date) at the beautiful FST Fundamental Sports Training Center on Merrick Ave in Westbury, practice facility for the NY Wizards.

Final Score Black Team 128 White Team 85. The black team represents the Wizards guaranteed roster players while the White Team has practice team players and those Wizards players looking to round themselves into shape!

At this point our practice team may just be the best team in the area ready to play us, other then the Hype Stated Cerillo

For the few in attendance they were able to see a real show! In only about a game Wizards Captain and 20/20/2011 League MVP Aubin Scott scored 26 points and dished out 11 assists. Wizards fans and the Coaching Staff come to expect nothing less than this type of outstanding performance for Aubin!

Aubin was the best player in the league last season and he has gotten even better Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Aubin is singularly focused on the championship and nothing but the championship. Our season will begin and end with the ball in Aubins hands, and I am very comfortable with that.

Three rookies dominated the nights performance. Jermaine Abraham 67 out of Farmingdale State scored a dominating 34 points with 11 rebounds and 5 assists. People need to remember this young mans name. His game is pure power and athleticism. Play him to low and he will dunk right on you. Challenge him tight and he will run over you! Leave him open and he will shoot on you! How good is Abraham As a rookie he will start at the power forward position, on a club loaded with big men, on a Southern Division Champion Final Four club.

Tim Zephyr 69 out of Division I Norfolk State! Tim will start at the Center position for the Wizards and Saturdays performance just reinforces the reason why. Tim dropped 30 points in the scrimmage with 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 blocked shots. What is most impressive about Tim though is he may be one of the fastest big men in the league. Tims incredible athleticism and a real soft mid range jump shot are his strong suits and clearly both can allow him to play the 4 or 5 spot for any team in any division in the US or abroad!

Brian Fustin 69 at of Division II Goldey Beacom. A former star player on Long Island Brian is playing very, very competitive basketball and getting quickly into pro shape! Brian put up 12 points 8 rebounds in Saturdays contest with an array of post up moves in the paint!

Greg Lott 65 out of Division II Lane College. Lott was a big time scorer at Lane (over 1,000 career points in just 3 years), and Saturday was no different. Lott put in 30 points with a variety of jump shots and power moves that left the team dressed in white scratching their heads. Just as impressive was Lotts ball handling! Lott dished out 6 assists during the game and should provide the Wizards multiple options at the 2 and 3 spots!

Greg Cerillo Jr., 511 Suffolk Community College. After a few injury filled seasons the Wizards look to round this pure shooter back into shape! In just under a game on Saturday this player put up 18 points and added in 5 assists. Cerillo can eliminate double teams on the post with 1 stroke of the right arm! Shot 2 of 3 from the 3-pt line on Saturday. Pretty much the standard for a player who holds the season 3-pt shooting mark in the EBA at 55%!

Among the stars already mentioned one player continued to shine throughout Saturdays scrimmage. 68 Levy Mwanza off the Zimbabwe National Team scored 28 points and added 7 rebounds for the White uniformed dressed squad.

Levys game is pure hard work and hustle Continued Cerillo With all the great players we have on our club, Levys hard work just stands out. I was not sure if he would be on the opening day roster, but Saturday he may just have secured a position among the top 12.



The Eastern Basketball Alliance Prepares for the 2011-2012 Season - by Calvin Brown
As the E.B.A., Eastern Basketball Alliance, prepares for the 2011-2012 season, several teams have key players currently playing elsewhere.

The Harrisburg Horizons Charles Parker (6'4''-G-85, college: Millersville), a 6'4 shooting guard is playing in Keflavik, Iceland for the Iceland Express team. Parker was named player of the week for October 30th. Parker was a key player the Horizon this past season as they made a playoff run.

The New York Wizards Darren Townes: Averaged 17 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 4.2 APG for the Wizards in 2010/2011. One of the major reasons the Wizards were able to make a Final Four run in 2011. Extremely high percentage shooter with an excellent mid-range shot and knock down shooter at the free throw line. Established Wizards record by shooting 63% from the filed for 2010/2011. Opposing players just cannot stop this players post up game! Capable of playing any position on the floor from 2-5! Athletic and strong and a team first player!

Darren has signed with the Finnish Professional Basketball League and will play for BC Nokia in Finlands 1st Division.

Darrell Wonge: Averaged 20.1 PPG 3.9 RPG, and 1.8 APG for the Northern Division Champion New York Wizards in 2010/2011. Considered one of the best shooters, in the EBA last season, according to his coach Greg Cerillo, Sr.. Established a Wizard record for 3-pt shots hit in a game last season with 7 at Hudson Valley eclipsing the previous record of 5 held by Greg Cerillo Jr. against the Nova Hawks in 2009. A natural 2-guard Darrell is long enough and strong enough to match up against larger players if needed. At 67 with a high release point on his jump shot Darrells outside shot is almost impossible to block or change! His length might be his biggest advantage for the position he plays!

Darrell has signed to play professionally in Canada. In the National Basketball League of Canadas inaugural Draft on August 22nd 2011 Darrell was the 4th overall pick in the 1st round going to Moncton.

Wizards Power Forward Nigel Byam signed a contract to play overseas in Bahrain for the Bahrain Premier Basketball League and a team called Issa Town!
The defending 2011 E.B.A. Champions, the Metropolitan All-Stars, have several players currently playing or soon to be playing in Mexico and Peru. We are very proud of our guys having put themselves in a position to play professionally, says owner and 2011 E.B.A co-MVP, Calvin Brown, Jr., our goals are to win Championships and to give our guys positive exposure. This past season we accomplished both. Darnell Evans, aka Tex, will be joining Calvin in Peru on November 6, 2011 to play in the national tournaments there that runs from mid November through mid December. Antwone Hawkins, Elyon Bush and Curtis Crews will be heading to Mexico City, Mexico to play for the Durazneros Decasas Grandes team there in December. They will be playing in the Pinotepa Nacional Oaxaca tournament. This makes the upcoming season more difficult if some or all of guys sign contracts for the upcoming season, says E.B.A. Coach of the Year, and Metropolitan All-Stars Head Coach, Al Brown, but this is what it is all about. Our goal is still the same, to win the Championship. This gives some of our other players the opportunity to step up and be recognized. We will be having try-outs to fill some of the gaps. Having posted a 17 1 record last season we know that every team will give us their best shot every game and we will be prepared.
The Metropolitan All-Stars will be holding try-outs every Thursday at 9:00pm at the Washington Sports Center (WSC) 3100 14th Street, N.W. Washington DC 3rd floor.
The E.B.A will be holding its annual owners meeting this weekend and should have a schedule in place shortly after that

By Calvin Brown, Sr.

Input from The E.B.A. and Greg Cerillo.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malcolm DELANEY
  Chalon
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 33
 1. Delaney, Chalon33.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra29.0 
 3. Roll, Antwerp27.0 
 4. Hampton, BK Pardu.25.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.25.0 
 6. Gaines, Armia24.0 
 7. Dykes, U.Mobite.23.0 
 8. Chubb, EWE Baskets23.0 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets22.0 
 10. Barrett, Roanne22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Kjellbom, Armia15.0 
 2. Thomas, Armia13.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp13.0 
 4. Balocka, Norrkoping12.0 
 5. Sene, Fuenlabrada12.0 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 7. King, Art.Dragons12.0 
 8. Stanojevic, Karsi.12.0 
 9. Gadri-N., BK Prost.11.0 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler MORRIS
  U.Mobite.
  (187-G-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Morris, U.Mobite.9.0 
 2. Vasiljevic, Khimik8.0 
 3. Diaz, Armia8.0 
 4. Sanchez, Fuenlabr.8.0 
 5. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 6. Paul, U.Mobitel.CN7.0 
 7. Jordan, Telekom6.0 
 8. Pierce, Sokhumi5.5 
 9. Ahelegbe, Goett.5.0 
 10. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sylvester SEAY
  Norrkoping
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Seay, Norrkoping6.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra6.0 
 3. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 4. Dykes, U.Mobite.4.0 
 5. Holiday, Aalstar4.0 
 6. Frazier, Keravnos4.0 
 7. Lawrence, U.Mobite.4.0 
 8. Mwema, Antwerp4.0 
 9. Moors, Antwerp3.0 
 10. Sene, Fuenlabrada3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kjellbom, Armia6.0 
 2. Sene, Fuenlabrada3.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp3.0 
 4. Saunders, Goett.3.0 
 5. Gadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 6. Knox, Minsk-20062.3 
 7. Cole, Atomeromu2.0 
 8. Karaman, Karsiyaka2.0 
 9. Tiggs, Hoverla2.0 
 10. Frazier, Keravnos2.0 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. EWE Baskets 1-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 1-0 
 3. Nitra 0-1 
 4. Norrkoping 0-1 
Group B
 1. Armia 1-0 
 2. Leiden 0-0 
 3. Besiktas 0-0 
 4. Goettingen 0-1 
Group C
 1. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 2. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 3. Hoverla 0-1 
 4. Roanne 0-1 
Group D
 1. Atomeromu 1-0 
 2. Khimik 1-0 
 3. N.Novgorod 0-1 
 4. Ventspils 0-1 
Group E
 1. Chalon 1-0 
 2. Enisey 1-0 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 0-1 
 4. Antwerp 0-1 
Group F
 1. Triumph 1-0 
 2. Olin Edirne 0-0 
 3. Etha 0-0 
 4. Aalstar 0-1 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 1-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 1-0 
 3. Turk Telekom 0-1 
 4. Telekom Baskets 0-1 
Group H
 1. Szolnok 1-0 
 2. Art.Dragons 1-0 
 3. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-1 
 4. Keravnos 0-1 


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Le Mans tab Travon Bryant - by Eurobasket News
Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) will continue his career in France. He has agreed on terms of contract with Le Mans. The forward has recently parted ways with Ukrainian Budivelnyk.Travon Bryant joined the Ukrainian team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per Superleague appearance. In his only VTB League game Travon Bryant delivered 2 points and 5 boards. Travon Bryant is not new to France. Last season the forward spent in Pau-Orthez. His stats read 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ProB. Previously he had stints in Greece and Germany.

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Zagreb and Diante Garrett part ways - by Eurobasket News
Diante Garrett (193-G-88, college: Iowa St.) is no longer a member of Zagreb. Two sides agreed to terminate a deal. The American guard is set to sign with French Nanterre now. Garrett joined Zagreb during the summer. He appeared 3 times in Euroleague averaging 3.7 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2 assists. He also added 4.3 ppg in Adriatic league (3 games). Diante Garrett plays his rookie season in Europe. He graduated this year at the Iowa State University. The guard had 17.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 6.1 apg for 32 games as a senior. He was named All-Big 12 2nd Team -11. Garrett spent all four years with Iowa State.

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KORISLIIGA: YMCA Lahti in troubles - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 11: One contest tonight. YMCA Lahti (1-10) has now lost 10 games in a row. Vilpas (Salo) visiting in Lahti and winning 78-82 (46-39). Quarters: 26-14, 20-25, 16-19, 16-24. YMCA Lahti won the first quarter and Vilpas (5-6) the next three. YMCA Lahti roster is moving all the time. Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Kentucky) (15,8 ppg - 4,5 rpg) left the team and will be replaced by Malik Moore (192-G-77, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Amer.Internat.). Keena Young (198-F-85, college: BYU) (13,0 - 7,0) has also left Lahti and is replaced by Brant Bailey (202-F-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point), who played last season at Lappeenranta and this fall two games on Pyrinto (Tampere) roster. Bailey started today scoring 10 points in 31 minutes. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) scored 21 pts for the hosts. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) led again Vilpas. Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) and John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) were also team key players.
YMCA Lahti - Vilpas 78-82 (46-39). (Ryan Brooks 21/8, Ville Makalainen 20, Sami Pekkola 11 - Emmanuel Holloway 22, Roope Ahonen 21/6a, John Fields 13/13, Mikael Sandberg 12/11. A: 855).


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  FRANCE   


Alexis Ajinca leaves Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) will not play for Paris-Levallois. According to French media, the NBA player will return to the US soon. He spent last week on try-out with the club, but at the end decided not to sign a deal. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He had 4.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for them in 24 games. The played started the season with Dallas Mavs. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for 10 games. From 2008 to 2010, Alexis Ajinca played for the Charlotte Bobcats. During the both seasons he also played in D-League to get more experience. With the Maine Red Claws, Ajinca had 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 20 games in 2009/10 season. In the past, he played for Pau Orthez, Hyeres-Toulon and INSEP.

JA Vichy signs Josiah James - by Eurobasket News
JA Vichy announced signing of Josiah James (203-F/C-81, college: Birmingham Souther) to a deal. The experienced PF/C will replace injured Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi). James is now a new face in Vichy as he already played there in 2009/10 season. He joined them in November of 2009 averaging 6.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in 24 games. Last season, Josiah James started with Bourg. He had 11 ppg and 6.8 rpg for them in five games, after what they split. James joined Nantes soon after that. He had 8.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg in 24 ProB games. In the past, James played for Boulazac and Saint-Etienne. He also has experience from Belgian Pepinster and German Leverkusen.

EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj showed no mercy for visiting Pau Lacq Orthez - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj- Pau Lacq Orthez 85:70

Szolnoki Olaj showed no mercy for visiting Pau Lacq Orthez in the opener of EuroChallenge. Then hosts won 85:70 to prove the ambitions for the Regular Season.
The Hungarian team started strong and reached 9-0 from the start. Morency and Maravic brought 9:4 and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) closed the first period at 26:12. Bader and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) improved to 37:19, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed three for 40:24. Gay and Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 45:26 at the halftime.
It seemed that the French side would come back in the second half, but the lead continued to grow. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) scored for 51:31 and he later made two free throws for 52:36. Lesca closed the third period at 66:51, while Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) made it 70:55. Szolnoki Olaj did not allow the opponents to take control of the game and won the opener.
Julien Mills led the way with 17 points and Hristo Nikolov scored 15. Obie Trotter posted 14, while Akos Horvath chipped in 12. Teddy Gipson and Slaven Rimac produced 21 points each in the losing effort.

Szolnoki Olaj: Julien Mills 17, Hristo Nikolov 15, Obie Trotter 14, Akos Horvath 12
Pau Lacq Orthez: Teddy Gipson 21, Slaven Rimac 21


Le Mans tab Travon Bryant - by Eurobasket News
Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) will continue his career in France. He has agreed on terms of contract with Le Mans. The forward has recently parted ways with Ukrainian Budivelnyk.Travon Bryant joined the Ukrainian team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists per Superleague appearance. In his only VTB League game Travon Bryant delivered 2 points and 5 boards. Travon Bryant is not new to France. Last season the forward spent in Pau-Orthez. His stats read 9.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in ProB. Previously he had stints in Greece and Germany.

EuroChallenge: BK Pardubice upset Roanne Basket in Group C - by Eurobasket News
BK Pardubice- Roanne Basket 82:77

BK Pardubice upset Roanne Basket in Group C of EuroChallenge. The team from Czech Republic celebrated 82:77 win after a massive surge at the end.
Both teams started strong and stayed close to each other. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) brought 12:9, while Braud tied it at 14:14. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) nailed three at the end of the frame for 21:18 and John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) delivered two for 27:27. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) scored a far shot at the end of the half for 31:30 advantage at the halftime. Roanne won the third quarter 19-18 and had 50:48 after thirty minutes of the game. Andre Barrett scored for 55:51 and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) delivered for 62:59. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) tied it all at 73:73 and John Holland made it even at 77:77. BK Pardubice meanwhile scored the last five points in the game for the final result.
Maurice Hampton poured in 25 points for the winners and Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) added 21. Marcus Arnold collected 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Lukas Kotas notched 11. Andre Barrett delivered 22 points in defeat and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi scored 15. John Holland posted 14, while Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 11.

BK Pardubice: Maurice Hampton 25, Corey Muirhead 21, Marcus Arnold 12+11 rebs, Lukas Kotas 11
Roanne Basket: Andre Barrett 22, Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 15, John Holland 14, Dylan Page 11


EuroChallenge: Chalon beat CSU Mobitelco in Romania - by Eurobasket News
CSU Mobitelco - Chalon 81:85

Chalon registered the first victory in the EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Mobitelco on the road in Group C. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) erupted for 33 points to lead the winners.
The teams looked evenly matched in the opening frame. They were tied at 17 after ten minutes of action. CSU Mobitelco managed to pull in front in the second frame. They earned a narrow 42:37 halftime advantage. Chalon however bounced back in the third period. The French team narrowed the deficit and entered the fourth frame down by just two points 59:61. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) put Chalon in front early in the fourth quarter. Malcolm Delaney and Lang gave the visitors a 76:69 advantage with under four minutes to go. Mihai Silvasan (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) dragged the hosts within two points 83:81 but Malcolm Delaney went deadly from the stripe and sealed the victory for Chalon. Blake Schilb delivered 17 points, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kyndall Dykes responded with 23 points for CSU Mobitelco. Mihai Silvasan had 19 points in the loss.

CSU Mobitelco: Kyndall Dykes 23, Mihai Silvasan 19
Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 33, Blake Schilb 17, Alade Aminu 13


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Best players of Superleague round 6 - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonian-Bulgarian guard Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Torus Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 21 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Torus Skopje in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kozuv (#6, 1-4) 95-86. Torus Skopje maintains the 2nd position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Torus Skopje already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. Karadzovski turned to be Torus Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Karadzovski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.8ppg) and averages solid 54.3% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American power forward Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C) of Lirija. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Of course Lirija cruised to a 70-61 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Vardar (#8, 1-4). This victory allowed Lirija to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Mitchell is a newcomer at Lirija and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. University of Wisconsin at Whitewater alumni Mitchell played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Darko Matic (192-G-84, agency: 011 Sports) of Kumanovo (#4). Matic scored 28 points. Despite Matic's great performance Kumanovo lost 75-97 to #1 ranked Feni Indistrija. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Kumanovo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Matic could help Kumanovo to bring them higher in the standings. Matic has a very solid season. In 5 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Noah Dahlman (200-F-89) of MZT Skopje - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85) of Feni Indistrija - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Clive Weeden (205-C-87) of ABA Strumica - 12 points and 10 rebounds
7. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80) of Feni Indistrija - 23 points and 6 rebounds
8. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dejan Vegov (205-F/C-83) of Kozuv - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Milos Petkovic (201-F/C-91) of Kozuv - 14 points and 3 rebounds

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


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EuroChallenge: Star-packed Armia edged German BG Gottingen - by Eurobasket News
Armia-BG Gottingen 82:76

Star-packed Armia edged German BG Gottingen in the opener of the 2011/2012 EuroChallenge season. The Georgian team grabbed 82:76 win in front of 8000 fans in Tbilisi.
BG Gottingen scored the first 4 points in the game, while Will Thomas (203-F-86) tied it all at 7:7. Armia finished the first period with a 9-0 run and grabbed 23:14 lead. Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) reduced to 28:26, while Roberto Mafra (206-F/C-85, college: San Diego) kept the difference at the halftime as both teams nailed 20 points each in the second frame. Paris Horne nailed three for 46:43, but Will Thomas increased back to 10. Kjellbom notched two for 52:42 and Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) delivered for 71:61. He also made the final result in the game.
Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) stepped up with 24 points and Will Thomas nailed 18. Jeremy Richardson posted 17, while Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) scored 10. Paris Horne ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Roberto Mafra notched 18.

Armia: Sundiata Gaines 24, Will Thomas 18, Jeremy Richardson 17, Guillermo Diaz 10
BG Gottingen: Paris Horne 22, Roberto Mafra 18, Damian Saunders (200-F-88, college: Duquesne) 13



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Doerksen's 41-point game gives him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Hannover and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 41 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for Hannover in his team's victory, helping them to crush SU Medien (#3, 6-3) with 16-point margin 111-95. It allowed Hannover to take over top position in the ProB. Hannover have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Doerksen had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Hannover's top player in his first season with the team. Doerksen has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 22.5ppg) and averages solid 70.2% FGP and 44.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Theis (207-C-92) of SU Medien. He is international center in his first season at SU Medien. In the last game Theis recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as SU Medien lost that game 95-111 to slightly higher-ranked Hannover (#1, 6-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in North. SU Medien still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Theis is a newcomer at SU Medien and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#6). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Demetrius Jemison (203-F) of Fraport SKY II (#11). Jemison got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for sixteen rebounds . Despite Jemison's great performance Fraport SKY II lost 65-81 to the higher-ranked Langen (#7, 4-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Fraport SKY II can only dream about fighting for top spots in South. They have rather bad season and 1-7 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jemison he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jemison has individually a great season in Germany. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.6rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Jamerson (188-G-86) of Noerdlingen - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marcus Monk (198-G/F-86) of Gotha - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Luke Fitzgerald (202-C/F-87) of Langen - 16 points and 16 rebounds
7. Dirk Madrich (211-C-83) of Vechta - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Fabian Boeke (211-F-86) of Rist Wedel - 19 points and 15 rebounds
9. David Watson (185-G-88) of Gotha - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) of TSV Troester - 16 points and 11 rebounds

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


Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) . Offensively, Cukinas Gives Us Another Presence Inside, And Defensively, He Will Definitely Help Us With Our Rebounding. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
JJoshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Saginaw, Michigan. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the Walter Tigers Tuebingen 90-83 victory in Bremerhaven.

A big 90-83 win in Bremerhaven. How nice was it getting that monkey off your back breaking the 6 game losing streak with the win?

Its nice to finally get the first win under our belt. Our guys stayed together and everyone stepped up in crucial moments, which helped us pick up a big win.

The Eisbaeren had the 44-43 lead at halftime. Why was neither team able to have a bigger lead at halftime?

Both teams played really well offensively in the first half. It made it tough for either team to break open a significant lead.


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen poured it on in the fourth quarter with 28 points. What adjustments did the Tigers make to get the win?

In the fourth quarter, we were able to score in transition. We did a good job executing our set plays and guys knocked down big shots that were key in our success.


What is your early impression of Paveles Cukinas who had 9 points. Will he be able to fill that rebound void?

Paveles played well for us. He will be a nice addition to the team. Offensively, Cukinas gives us another presence inside, and defensively, he will definitely help us with our rebounding.
What was it like playing against ex NBA and big point guard Jamison Brewer. What did you like about his game?

Jamison is a great PG. He understands the game well and knows how to set his teammates up for easy baskets. His ability to create is something I could use in my arsenal.


You were the top scorer for the Tigers with 16 points. You seem to be getting more comfortable with the style of play. What is still tough getting used to in the league?

With each game, I become more comfortable with the league's style of play. There's also a great mental side to this league too. I'll look to improve that part as we continue the season.

What will be your fondest memory of Velimir Radinovic who left the team?

Vel was a great guy and a better teammate. He brought a sense of humor to the team that will be missed.


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Last movie I saw was Fast Five. It was really good. I'd absolutely recommend it.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




The Artland Dragons Have To Part Ways With Frank Robinson and Bring In Goran Jeretin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons announced today that they had to replace American Frank Robinson with Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket). Robinson had been brought in last week to help out at the guard position, because American Bryan Bailey is out with a thumb injury. Robinson had not been cleared from his old team Sokhumi Tiflis and the German team couldnt wait any longer and decided to terminate the contract. 'We had calculated that we might have problems with the clearance and didnt know how or when FIBA would decide when Robinson could play. So we decided to terminate the contract. We feel very sorry for Frank, but we need a player now who can play and help us', stressed Dragons CEO Alexander Meilwes.

The Artland Dragons reacted quickly finding a suitable replacement with Goran Jeretin. Jeretin is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Montenegro
who plays a physical game; defends hard, looks for the contact when he's at the offensive side; knows a lot of ways to score; the fans love him, the opponents not so much. Jeretin is no unknown player to the Beko BBL having been part of the 2007-2008 Alba Berlin roster, but never played a single game due to a ACL injury.'Importnat for us was that Jeretin had already played this season for Montenegro at the European championships and showed good results. he has a lot of experience in the European basketball and I hope that he can help us make the right decisions and do the little things that you dont always see in the stats', stressed Dragons head coach Stefan Koch. Last season, he played for Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL): EuroChallenge: 15 games: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg; Russian League: 35 games: 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.1%. This season, he started the season with top team Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 25.0%.

He started his basketball career in 1997 for
Ibon Niksic (1B). Since 2002, he ha splayed for top European clubs. From 2002-2006, he played for KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In the 2006-2007 season he played for Dynamo St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague): the team went bankrupt in Oct.'06, then signed at BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A, starting five): Adriatic League: 18.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg., in Jan.'07 moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 17 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 80%. In 2008-2009, he played for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian League: 19 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.3%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg; Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, left in Feb.09, then moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A), EuroChallenge: 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg; played only in EuroChallenge, not in Cypriot League. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (1A): Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 84.3%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.1%, in Mar.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Adriatic League Semifinals -03, 06, Yugoslavian Cup Semifinals -03, Serbia and Montenegro Cup Winner -04, 06 (MVP), Adriatic League Semifinals -04, 05, Serbia and Montenegro League Semifinals -04, 05, Serbia and Montenegro League Regular Season Runner-Up -04, 06, Eurobasket.com Serbia and Montenegro League All-Domestic Players Team -04, 06
Eurobasket.com Serbia and Montenegro League All-Defensive Team -04, ULEB Cup Quarterfinals -06, Serbia and Montenegro League Finalist -06, Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League 1st Team -06, Adriatic League All-Star Game -07, Euroleague Quarterfinals -07, Israeli Cup Semifinals -07, Israeli Premier League Regular Season Champion -07, Israeli Premier League Champion -07, Montenegrin National Team -08-11, Ukrainian Cup Finalist -09, EuroChallenge Semifinals -09, European Championships Division B -09: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 69.2%, Montenegrin Cup Winner -10, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 7 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 52.4%, FT: 80.0%, Russian Cup Semifinals -11, EuroChallenge Finalist -11
Russian PBL Semifinals -11, and European Championships in Lithuania -11: 5 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%


Source: Artland Dragons





BG Illertal Weissenhorn Bring In John Staudt To Douse The Fire - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BG Illertal have fallen upon hard times as they have started the PRO B season at 0-8. A few weeks ago, head coach Rainer Bauer stepped down and the team was led by interim coach Tobias Waitzinger. Now the team has reacted by bringing in a totally unknown coach to German basketball fans with 29 year old John Staudt . However Staudt made a name of himself quickly in Denmark by saving the season of Aalborg Vikings who seemed to be on the verge of going down, but he came in and doused the fire. The question is can he save BG Illertal as well? 'John did great work with Aalborg and made a name for himself. He showed last season that he can master difficult situations and that he gets 100% from each player. The team has to develop further under John Staudt. There is still a lot of work to do on defense', stressed BG Illertal Weissenhorn CEO Jochen Seif.Staudt was a high school coach at Kappa III from 2005-2009. Before going to Denmark last season, he got further experience with Marshall Milton Keynes Lions (BBL). 'I see a lot of potential in the team and am sure that we can still achieve a lot this season. We have to put pressure on the opponent on offense and defense. I like good team defense and a quick offense, ', added John Staudt.

Source: BG Illertal Weissenhorn


EuroChallenge: Star-packed Armia edged German BG Gottingen - by Eurobasket News
Armia-BG Gottingen 82:76

Star-packed Armia edged German BG Gottingen in the opener of the 2011/2012 EuroChallenge season. The Georgian team grabbed 82:76 win in front of 8000 fans in Tbilisi.
BG Gottingen scored the first 4 points in the game, while Will Thomas (203-F-86) tied it all at 7:7. Armia finished the first period with a 9-0 run and grabbed 23:14 lead. Paris Horne (191-G-87, college: St.John's) reduced to 28:26, while Roberto Mafra (206-F/C-85, college: San Diego) kept the difference at the halftime as both teams nailed 20 points each in the second frame. Paris Horne nailed three for 46:43, but Will Thomas increased back to 10. Kjellbom notched two for 52:42 and Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) delivered for 71:61. He also made the final result in the game.
Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) stepped up with 24 points and Will Thomas nailed 18. Jeremy Richardson posted 17, while Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami, FL) scored 10. Paris Horne ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Roberto Mafra notched 18.

Armia: Sundiata Gaines 24, Will Thomas 18, Jeremy Richardson 17, Guillermo Diaz 10
BG Gottingen: Paris Horne 22, Roberto Mafra 18, Damian Saunders (200-F-88, college: Duquesne) 13



EuroChallenge: Oldenburg surprise Nitra away from home - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - EWE Baskets 72:77

EWE Baskets Oldenburg knocked down Nitra on the road to open their EuroChallenge regular season campaign. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) posted 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
The German team surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 16:10 lead midway through the starting period. The visitors entered the second frame up by 7 points 26:19. Oldenburg stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the second term. However Nitra closed the first half on a 12:3 rally to narrow the deficit to just three points 38:41. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the third term. They managed to post a 61:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nitra never got closer than four points throughout the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 22 points for EWE Baskets. Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) netted 9 points in the win. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Nitra. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) had 19 points in the losing effort.

Nitra: Denis Clemente 29, Robert Vaden 19
EWE Baskets: Adam Chubb 23, Bobby Brown 22, Robin Smeulders 9


EuroChallenge: Minsk-2006 shock Telekom Baskets in Belarus - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006- Telekom Baskets 79:71

Minsk-2006 shock Telekom Baskets in Belarus at the start of the Regular Season in EuroChallenge. The team erupted with 24-9 in the last stanza to seal 79:71 victory.
The German squad was the favorite of the game and started with 23-14 in the opening period. Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) scored for 27:23 and Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) reduced to 34:30. Moreover Lashkevich sent the teams to the lockers at 39:37. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: N.Mexico St.) later tied it all at 47:47, but Telekom Baskets grabbed 62:55 after thirty minutes. Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) made it 64:57, but Minsk-2006 outscored Telekom Baskets 17-5 in the last 07:40. Courtney Eldridge, [MIN] A. Lashkevich - free throw missed and Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) brought the final points for the winning side.
Aliaksandr Kudrautsau poured in 24 points and Aliaksei Trastsinetski scored 14. Courtney Eldridge and Justin Hawkins followed them with 12 points apiece. Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) replied with 17 points for the German team, while Zvonko Buljan posted 14 and Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) added 13.

Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 24, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 14, Courtney Eldridge 12, Justin Hawkins 12
Telekom Baskets: Simonas Serapinas 17, Zvonko Buljan 14, Chris Ensminger 13


EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons tame Kervanos in Strovolos - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos - Artland Dragons 81:93

Artland Dragons celebrated the initial win at the EuroChallenge regular season. They tipped off their campaign with a road win over Keravnos. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the winners.
Keravnos stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They posted a 27:18 lead after ten minutes of action. The Cypriot team stretched the margin to 15 points early in the second quarter. However Artland Dragons answered with a 14:0 run midway through the period to take the lead. The visitors all of a sudden were in control taking a 72:60 lead at the final intermission. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80), Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) erased the deficit but Artland Dragons went on another 14:0 run and sealed the victory at the end. Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) notched 18 points, while Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the victory. Marcus Moore responded with 18 points for Keravnos. Panagiotis Trisokkas and Winsome Frazier had 13 points apiece in the losing effort.

Keravnos: Marcus Moore 18, Panagiotis Trisokkas 13, Winsome Frazier 13
Artland Dragons: Anthony King 21+12 boards, Adam Hess 18, Darren Fenn 16



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Ilysiakos adds Papanikolopoulos - by Chris Mammides
Ilysiakos Athens and Coach Kostas Flevarakis decided to add some experience in the point guard position so they decided and they agreed fianncial terms with the experienced point guard Nikos Papanikolopoulos (192-G-79) who was a free agent since the end of the last season. Nikos Papanikolopoulos is a solid point guard with a lot of expereince in the A1 league as he is a part of it the last thirteen years and he had played basketball with the following 10 teams (in the A1) until today: Near East, AEK Athens, Ionikos Neas Filadelfias, Olympiakos Piraeus, GS Larissas, AEL Larissas, Kolossos Rodou, Peristeri, Iraklis Thessaloniki last season and now in Ilysiakos

Melvin Goins is a newcomer at KAO Dramas - by Eurobasket Center
KAO Dramas strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Melvin Goins (180-G-87, college: Tennessee). Goins just graduated from University of Tennessee where the stats his senior year were 7.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.9%. It will be his first season in pro basketball.



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Mark Sanchez, "Winning is the ultimate satisfaction" - by Fred Roggen
Forward Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) attended and played college basketball at Boise State University before crossing the Ocean to play professional basketball in Israel, and now he has been one of the most consistent and respected players in the Dutch Basketball league. He came to Leeuwarden as a pure 'employee', but now Mark Sanchez has become 'one of us'.
Sanchez has become Lasaulec Aris go-to guy, the man able to change the spirit of the team. And the fans are in love with him. He crossed a road that had been crossed before him by other players. In this interview Mark talked about his career thus far.

You grew up in Tucson, Arizona what was your childhood like?
I grew up in a rough neighborhood on the south side of Tucson. While a lot of my friends were getting into trouble, I was lucky enough to have had great parents to lead me in the right direction. Being involved in sports also played a role in staying busy and not following in the footsteps of the negative people around me.

When did you first realize you had a talent for basketball?
I didn't really get serious about playing basketball until my junior year of high school. I grew up playing baseball all of my life. I hit a growth spurt in high school which led me to excel at a higher level in basketball.

Mark, what will you remember about your time at BSU the most?
Playing for a Division 1 school as a whole was an amazing experience, especially with a great program like Boise State. If I had to pick just one memorable moment, it would have to be winning our conference championship and advancing into the NCAA tournament.

You have played more of a complete game last season for DeFriesland Aris. How have you raised your efficiency?
I worked out all summer to make sure I was ready for this season. I wanted to expand my game to be a more versatile player with better decision making.

What drives you to be successful on the basketball court?
To be the best player I can be, and to play at the highest level possible. I never want to settle with just being 'ok'.

What gives you the most satisfaction on the basketball court?
Winning is the ultimate satisfaction. I want to be able to play for a championship.

Following your career, one word that comes to mind is consistency. How do you maintain consistency in a sport full of ups and downs, good games and bad games?
Continuing to work hard and approaching every game the same way. It doesn't matter if we are playing the first place team, or the the last place team I bring energy to my game and hopefully to my team.

What's your mentality when the game is on the line in a pressure situation?
To make sure we execute our sets and not try to force anything.

What were the reasons Mark, extending your contract with Lasaulec Aris?
Knowing there were a lot of players returning and some key new additions, I knew we had a chance to compete at the top of this league. Leeuwarden is a great city to live in and the fans/supporters make me feel at home.

How does Coach Braal compare to previous coaches youve had?
Coach Braal brings a high level of intensity to our team. He stresses that regardless of outcome, we always have room to improve. He is great at individual development, which makes us stronger as a team.

What kind of intangibles do you think you bring to this team besides points and rebounds?
I'm big on bringing energy onto the floor and being a vocal leader.

Talk a little bit about how the season has gone so far. What have been some of the high and low points?
We've been a little inconsistant thus far, but continue to learn that day in and day out, any team can beat anybody in this league. We have to come to compete at the highest level each game and not take any nights off.

What does the team need to do to improve?
I think we need to be more of a defensive minded team and set an aggressive intensity early in the game.

Finally, how far can Lasaulec Aris go this season? Which are the goals for you, personally, and for your team?
I believe that our team has the ability to play for a championship this year. As long as we stay consistant, we have the talent and skill set to make a late push in the playoffs.

Mark, thanks for the time and wish you and the team a successful season.




Mitchel Kouwijzer Is Out for Weeks With Kidney problems - by Fred Roggen
Stepco BS Weert announced today that their talented point guard Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side), is suffering from kidney problems and will possibly miss a part of the season.
The reason why Mitchel Kouwijzer last Saturday stayed at home is now medically clear. Kidney problems are determined by the point guard of Stepco BSW. It is still unclear when he will return to the court.
Kouwijzer played 5 games this season in the Dutch Basketball League and averaged 5.4ppg and 0.8apg in 14 minutes playing time.


Best players of Eredivisie round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Leiden and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 17 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Leiden in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Weert (#7, 1-5) 71-69. Leiden is placed at 2nd position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Leiden will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. Boxley has many years of experience at Leiden, through which he has constantly improved. Seamus Boxley averages this season 13.3ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American guard Lance Jeter (190-G) of Leeuwarden. Jeter impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Leeuwarden to another comfortable win 86-72 over the higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 6-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Leeuwarden to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Jeter is a newcomer at Leeuwarden and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.5ppg (#1). He also recorded 4.2 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Leeuwarden's star - American Mark Sanchez (201-F-87, agency: Court Side). Sanchez scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Leeuwarden, helping his team with a 86-72 easy win against the higher-ranked Groningen (#1, 6-2). Leeuwarden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Sanchez has a great season in Holland. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.2ppg (6th best), rebounds with 8.3rpg (2nd best) and assists with 2.8apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80) of Leiden - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Stefan Mladenovic (190-G-90) of Rotterdam - 23 points and 4 rebounds
6. Gerald Robinson (204-F-84) of Zwolle - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Robbie Harman (185-G-88) of Weert - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Manny Adako (203-F-87) of Leeuwarden - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. DeMario Anderson (193-G-85) of Weert - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84) of Leeuwarden - 14 points and 4 rebounds

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


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EuroChallenge: Szolnoki Olaj showed no mercy for visiting Pau Lacq Orthez - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj- Pau Lacq Orthez 85:70

Szolnoki Olaj showed no mercy for visiting Pau Lacq Orthez in the opener of EuroChallenge. Then hosts won 85:70 to prove the ambitions for the Regular Season.
The Hungarian team started strong and reached 9-0 from the start. Morency and Maravic brought 9:4 and Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) closed the first period at 26:12. Bader and Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) improved to 37:19, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed three for 40:24. Gay and Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) exchanged the late baskets in the first half for 45:26 at the halftime.
It seemed that the French side would come back in the second half, but the lead continued to grow. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) scored for 51:31 and he later made two free throws for 52:36. Lesca closed the third period at 66:51, while Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) made it 70:55. Szolnoki Olaj did not allow the opponents to take control of the game and won the opener.
Julien Mills led the way with 17 points and Hristo Nikolov scored 15. Obie Trotter posted 14, while Akos Horvath chipped in 12. Teddy Gipson and Slaven Rimac produced 21 points each in the losing effort.

Szolnoki Olaj: Julien Mills 17, Hristo Nikolov 15, Obie Trotter 14, Akos Horvath 12
Pau Lacq Orthez: Teddy Gipson 21, Slaven Rimac 21


Pantelic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Falco-Szova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds, while his team outclassed FS Debrecen (#10, 1-4) with 31-point margin 108-77. Falco-Szova is placed at 4th position in league. They are still close to the very top. Falco-Szova would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Pantelic turned to be Falco-Szova's top player in his first season with the team. Pantelic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.6rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 68.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jonathan Jones (211-C-79, agency: TSS Management) of Jaszberenyi. He is American center in his first season at Jaszberenyi. In the last game Jones recorded impressive 30 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Jaszberenyi to edge ZTE KK (#14, 0-5) by 4 points 81-77. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Jaszberenyi managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Jones is a newcomer at Jaszberenyi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.2ppg (#1). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nik Raivio (192-G-86, agency: Priority Sports) of Kaposvari (#11). Raivio scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Kaposvari, leading his team to a 86-84 win against PVSK Pannon (1-4). Kaposvari can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Raivio he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Raivio has individually a great season in Hungary. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72) of Falco-Szova - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists
5. Tomislav Ivosev) of Szedeak - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) of Kormend - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Falco-Szova - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gabor Drahos (185-G-79) of Szedeak - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Kaposvari - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Balazs Simon (188-PG-80) of Albacomp - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 7 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)


Whitworth moved to ZTE KK, Bam Doyne agreed with Pecs - by Tamas Deri
American forward Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Drexel) agreed with the management of ZTE KK and might play his first official game the coming weekend against Kaposvar. The 30 years old, 198 cm tall american player has a lot experince in Europe already. After graduating on the University of Drexel in 2004 he started his professional carreer with UBC Mattersburg in Austria and averaged 24.0 points and 4.1 rebounds in 22 games of the regular season. After his rookie season in Austria he moved to Holland and spent several years in countries like Luxemburg, Finland and Sweden. He spent the last season with Uppsala Basket in Sweden and averaged 15.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 37.1% in 41 games.

American scoring guard Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) just arrived two hours ago to Hungary as he will spend the rest of the season with Pecs. The 193 cm tall guard is a well known player in Hungary as he started his professional carreer with Falco KC Szombathely and helped the team with 20.8ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.4apg, 3.0 spg in 26 games to win the Hungarian Championship the first time in the club's history in 2008. After his great debut in Hungary he moved to Albacomp where put up 12.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5spg. During the season 2009-10 he played for NYKK and was one of the leading scorers of the league adding 21.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. Last summer he agreed with Etoile Charleville-Mezieres in France and played 11 games in the Pro B averaging 11.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.0apg, 2.6spg. In December 2010 he moved back to Hungary and finished the season with his first pro team Falco KC Szombathely helping his team with 21.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg.


EuroChallenge: Atomeromu edge Nizhny Novgorod at home court - by Eurobasket News
Atomeromu - Nizhny Novgorod 83:72

Atomeromu opened their EuroChallenge regular season campaign with victory.They knocked down Nizhny Novgorod at home court. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. So the Hungarian team improved at 1-0 record in Group D.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes of action. However Donald Cole ignited an 8:0 start of the second period. Soon Atomeromu grabbed a double-digit lead. They rallied to a 44:31 halftime advantage. The Hungarian team shielded their lead well enough throughout the third frame. They arrived at the last break leading by 12 points 63:51. Nizhny Novgorod managed to narrow the deficit at just 8 points midway through the fourth frame 61:69. However Atomeromu never allowed the visitors closer and rolled to the victory at the end. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) and David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) knocked down 16 points each in the win. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Nizhny Novgorod. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in the loss.

Atomeromu: Donald Cole 19, Lorenzo Williams 16, David Vojvoda 16
Nizhny Novgorod: Semen Antonov 21+10 boards, Michal Ignerski 15


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


News and Scores - by Simas
In spirited home opener the Chicago Redline rolled to 122-119 victory over the Lake County Stars. The Redline led by 1 at the half and went up by as many as 10 early in the 4th. The Stars fought back into the game late in the 4th down by 2 with 1:00 minute left. Redline pushed the game just beyond reach for the Stars with 8 late points in the 4th. The Redline were led by Eric Smith (6'1''-G-83, college: Campbell) with 24 pts and David Johnson (6'4''-F-85, college: SE Missouri St.) 20 pts 7 rebs along with some highlight reel slam dunks. The Stars were led by Rob Broughton (6'5''-F, college: St.Xavier) 26 pts 9 rebs and Tim Baines (6'6''-F/C, college: Wisc.-Parkside) 22 pts 16 rebs. The Stars prepare for there home opener against the Kankakee County Soldiers on Sunday, while the Redline travel next weekend to take on the Gary Splash. For more info on IBA news log on to Ibaball.net

News and Updates - by Simas
In a sizzling home opener in front of a standing room only crowd, the Rockford Riverdawgs were able to capture a big win 118-114 over the Battle Creek Knights. After a back and forth first half the Knights took an 11 point lead into the 4th. The Riverdawgs however relentlessly scraped there way back into the game taking the lead back late in the 4th. Battle Creek was led by Joe Young (6'0''-G) 32 pts, Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 23 pts and a big lift from the addition of Roc Dillard (6'6''-F, college: Grand Rapids CC) with 17 pts. The Riverdawgs has 6 players in double figures led by Matthew Zachery (6'4''-G/F-81, college: N.Central Coll.) and Eric Palm (6'2''-G-87, college: McKendree) with 17 pts respectively and supported by double doubles from Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 16 pts 12 ast and Rob Malone (5'9''-G) 15 pts 12 rebs. The Riverdawgs have a quick turnout around as they head out to take on the Gary Splash at the Genesis Center 5pm on Sunday with the goal of staying undefeated early in the season. For more information on the IBA log onto ibaball.net

News and Updates - by Simas
This weekend in the IBA featured some high scoring competitive contest. The Rockford Riverdawgs traveled to Gary to take on the Splash. The Riverdawgs were able to turn the game into a fast paced frantic contest, limiting Gary's ability to take advantage of the size disparity in the paint. The Riverdawgs pulled out the victory 128-122. The Riverdawgs had 4 players with 20 plus performances, led by Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 29, Eric Palm (6'2''-G-87, college: McKendree) 28, LC Robinson 28, and Robert Malone 20. The Splash were led by Jerrell Thompson (5'10''-G, college: Sacred Heart) with 24 points 8 assist and Ray Howard with 18 points 7 assist. The Riverdawgs are now 3-0 and head into Kankakee County on Thursday. The Splash take on the Chicago Redline Sunday at home.

In other action the Lake County Stars hosted the Kankakee County Soldiers for their home opener. After a slow start the Soldiers found their gear pulling out to a 37-20 1st quarter lead. The Soldiers would hold pace for the rest of the evening winning 139-119 despite an incredible performance from Lake County Stars Brandon Morris (6'1''-G-82, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) with 38 points 6 assist and former Soldiers Guard Carl Fine 20 points 7 assists. The Soldiers were led by Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) 35 points 11 assists 9 rebounds and Anthony Kyle 23 points 11 assists 7 rebounds. The Soldiers host the Rockford Riverdawgs on Thursday while the Stars host the Riverdawgs on Sunday. For more information on IBA news and scores log onto ibaball.net



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  IRAN   


Ex-NBA player, Georgian National Nikoloz TskitishviIi joined Mahram - by Aydin Dianat
Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) , Georgian National and ex- NBA player joined Mahram Tehran Nikoloz was the 5th pick on the first round of 2002 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, after 3 years playing for the Nuggets on 2005 he was traded to the Golden State Warriors where he finished his season. Durring the 2005 Minnesota summer league where he averaged 13.5ppg 5.5rpg 0.5apg he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 2005-2006 season. On January 2006 he was traded to the Phoenix Suns and the year after he was signed by the New York Knicks and then headed to Europe in Spain and joined Caja San Fernando Sevilla in the ACB league. After playing a season in Italy with Siviglia Wear Teramo in 2007-08 season he headed back to Spain to play with Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid for the 08-09 season. After playing a half season on 09-10 in Greece for Panionios ON Telecoms Athens, Nikoloz parted ways with that club and joined Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada in Spain. For the 10-11 season he joined Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC in Spain ACB and finished his season there until March.
Nikoloz was the member of Georgian national team on Eurobasket 2011 and joined Mahram Tehran officially this week to join forces with 3 other Iranian nationals and a group of young and talented players on this team to defend their title. Nikoloz will have his debut this Thursday against A.S Shiraz in Shiraz.

Here are some of his acheivements durring his career:

Georgian U17 National Team -99
European Championships U17 -99
Georgian U18 National Team -00
Georgian National Team -00-01, 04-06, 08-11
Slovenian League Semifinals -01
Georgian U20 National Team -01
Euroleague Semifinals -02
Italian SerieA Champion -02
All-Rebook Rocky Mountain Revenue 1st Team -04
All-Rebook Vegas Summer League 1st Team -04
NBA Pacific Division Champion -06
NBA Western Conference Finalist -06
European Championships Division B -09: 7 games: 7.4ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 60.0%
Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 8 games: 6.5ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 87.5%
European Championships in Lithuania -11: 8 games: 4.8ppg, 2.5rpg



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


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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 4-0 
 2. Ironi Ashkelon 3-1 
 3. Maccabi Rishon 2-1 
 4. B.C. Habikaa 2-1 
 5. Galil Gilboa 2-2 
 6. Hapoel J-M 2-2 
 7. Hapoel Holon 2-2 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 1-2 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 1-3 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 1-3 
 11. Elitzur Netanya 0-3 


Premier League round 4 best performance: Lior Eliyahu - by Eurobasket News
Former international power forward Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Maccabi T-A, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds and eight assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Maccabi Ashdod (#8, 1-2) with 29-point margin 103-74. It allowed Maccabi T-A to consolidate first place in the Premier League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Maccabi T-A already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. It's Eliyahu's second year at Maccabi T-A and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Lior Eliyahu averages this season 14.8ppg and 5.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was young American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90) of Maccabi Haifa. Landesberg had a very good evening with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Maccabi Haifa was edged by the higher-ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#2, 3-1) 80-77. This loss caused Maccabi Haifa to drop to 10th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Maccabi Haifa managed to get this year. Landesberg is well-known at Maccabi Haifa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.3ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 3.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marco Killingsworth (202-F/C-82) of league's second-best Ironi Ashkelon. Killingsworth scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Ironi Ashkelon, leading his team to a 80-77 win against the lower-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10, 1-3). Ironi Ashkelon needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Killingsworth has a very solid season. In 4 games in Israel he scored 16.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 19 points and 7 rebounds
5. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon - 10 points and 10 rebounds
6. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Elishay Kadir (202-F-87) of Hapoel J-M - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Shawn James (208-C/F-83) of Maccabi T-A - 10 points and 7 rebounds
9. Jerome Randle (178-G-87) of Elitzur Netanya - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Brian Randle (203-F-85) of Hapoel J-M - 21 points and 5 rebounds

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


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Cardillo's double-double lands him Nazionale A Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Marco Cardillo (196-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Bari and receives a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Pavia (#5, 3-5) 82-74. It allowed Bari to take over top position in the Nazionale A. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Bari has a very solid 5-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Cardillo turned to be Bari's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Cardillo averages this season 13.1ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) of league's second-best Ferentino. He is former international guard in his first season at Ferentino. In the last game Bonfiglio recorded impressive 27 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Ferentino lost that game 67-86 to slightly lower-ranked Trento (#3, 4-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Ferentino still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Bonfiglio is a newcomer at Ferentino and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nicola Mei (186-G-85) of Comsum.it SI (#4). Mei scored 27 points and passed four assists. Despite Mei's great performance Comsum.it SI lost 75-80 to #1 ranked Napoli. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of Comsum.it SI not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Mei could try to bring Comsum.it SI's a little bit higher in the standings. Mei has individually a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (3rd best). He also has 3.1spg and FGP: 56.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrea Vitale (199-G/F-82) of Treviglio - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Filippo Alessandri (190-G-89) of Orlandina - 17 points and 8 rebounds
6. Matteo Raminelli (203-C-83) of Castelletto - 17 points and 8 rebounds
7. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Casalpusterlengo - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) of Comsum.it SI - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-PF-82) of Trieste - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79) of Omegna - 15 points and 10 rebounds

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


Trey Johnson leaves Teramo - by Giovanni Bargna
Banca Tercas Teramo and Trey Johnson (196-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) officially part ways. The guard was signed by the italian team last summer. Johnson spent last three seasons between europe and the USA. Lots of games in the D-League with the Bakersfield Jam, some appearences in the NBA with the Cavaliers, the Raptors and with Los Angeles Lakers.
He had a season in France playing for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral and a quick appearence in the italian league at Angelico Biella in 2010.
Unfortunately the player suffered an injury before the season started and that was why Teramo inked Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) with a 2-month deal (then extended).
Now Teramo and Johnson decided together to part ways because he's not recovered yet from that injury.
This decision will give him the chance to fly back to the USA and try to get well soon with his medical staff support.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Recanati
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Evangelisti, Recan.19.0 
 2. Musso, Napoli18.9 
 3. Mei, Comsum.it SI17.5 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.17.0 
 5. Portannese, Torino16.1 
 6. Micevic, Latina B.15.9 
 7. Zanelli, Orlandina15.8 
 8. Carra, Trieste15.5 
 9. Malamov, Anagni15.3 
 10. Prandin, Casalp.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.1 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli10.5 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.9.1 
 4. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.9 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.5 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..8.1 
 7. Ferraro, Trieste7.9 
 8. Pazzi, Trento7.9 
 9. Crow, Orlandina7.9 
 10. Fattori, San Seve.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.9 
 2. Stanic, Fabriano4.3 
 3. Venuto, Casalp.4.0 
 4. Musso, Napoli3.6 
 5. Zanelli, Orlandina3.5 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.4 
 7. Vico, Matera3.4 
 8. Ruggiero, Bari3.4 
 9. Rivali, Santarcang.3.4 
 10. Santolamazza, An.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.8 
 2. Guarino, Ferentino3.5 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.4 
 4. Malamov, Anagni3.3 
 5. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.1 
 6. Stanic, Fabriano3.1 
 7. Vico, Matera3.1 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI3.1 
 9. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.1 
 10. Amici, Firenze3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ANCELLOTTI
  Santar.
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ancellotti, Santar.1.4 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Biligha, Casalp.1.3 
 4. Raminelli, Castell.1.1 
 5. Candido, San Seve.1.0 
 6. Cotani, Castelletto1.0 
 7. Gatti, Napoli1.0 
 8. Chiarello, Recanati0.9 
 9. Tessitori, Comsum..0.9 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Perugia 5-3 
 2. Trieste 5-3 
 3. Trento 4-4 
 4. Comsum.it SI 3-5 
 5. Firenze 3-5 
 6. Santarcangelo 3-5 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 7-1 
 2. Torino 7-1 
 3. Casalpusterlengo 6-2 
 4. Treviglio 5-3 
 5. Pavia 3-5 
 6. Castelletto 3-5 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 5-3 
 2. Recanati 5-3 
 3. Chieti 3-5 
 4. San Severo 3-5 
 5. Ruvo 1-7 
 6. Fabriano 0-8 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 8-0 
 2. Ferentino 5-3 
 3. Orlandina 5-3 
 4. Anagni 3-5 
 5. Latina Basket 3-5 
 6. Matera 2-6 


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


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Wendell WHITE
  Oita H.
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. White, Oita H.23.3 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka22.3 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM21.9 
 4. Flowers, Saitama21.4 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.6 
 6. Washington, Osaka20.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama19.8 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai19.0 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH18.6 
 10. Roberts, Shins.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.11.2 
 2. Dora, Miyazaki SS11.1 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 4. Ocitti, Akita NH10.6 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.6 
 6. Searcy, Toyama G.10.5 
 7. McFarland, Yokoham.10.5 
 8. Newton, Okinawa GK10.4 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.1 
 10. Nunnally, Takamat.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Edward YAMAMOTO
  Shima.
  (173-PG-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Yamamoto, Shima.7.0 
 2. Satterfield, Saita.6.6 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.5 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.9 
 6. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.8 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.2 
 8. Saito, Shinshu BW4.1 
 9. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.1 
 10. Takeno, Fukuoka4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 2. Arnold, Hamamats.2.5 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets2.5 
 4. Okosa, Okinawa GK2.3 
 5. Parker, Shimane SM2.1 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Saito, Shinshu BW1.8 
 9. Ohguchi, Hamamats.1.8 
 10. Kabaya, Yokohama.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Lawrence BLACKLEDGE
  Osaka E.
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Blackledge, Osaka3.6 
 2. Davis, Shimane SM3.0 
 3. McHenry, Okina.2.0 
 4. Williams, Takamats.1.9 
 5. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.9 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.1.8 
 7. Ocitti, Akita NH1.6 
 8. Singleton, Sendai1.6 
 9. Flowers, Saitama1.6 
 10. Ashby, Shiga L.1.5 


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Brendan Cooper Lakeland CC (Mentor OH) Tournament MVP at the Erie CC Invitational!! - by Vance Marbury
Brendan Cooper (Parma, Ohio / Parma) and Chaz Rollins (Cleveland / John Hay) each recorded a double-double, Daishon Robinson (Woodbridge, N.J. / John F. Kennedy Memorial) scored 23 points, and the Lakeland Community College mens basketball team defeated No. 3 Erie Community College 98-95 in the Coles/Brennans Tip-Off Tournament championship game on Sunday afternoon. The win over the nationally-ranked Kats keeps the Lakers perfect (3-0) through the first week of the 2011 season.

Cooper erupted for a career-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor including a pair from beyond the arc. Lakelands lone sophomore, who was selected to the all-tournament team, also pulled down 12 rebounds for his third straight double-double to open the season. Rollins added 18 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks en route to tournament MVP honors.

The two sides played even through the first 20 minutes and entered the locker rooms deadlocked at 53. Cooper drilled a three-pointer to knot the game at 75 with 11:06 remaining in the second half. but Erie scored six of the next eight points to take a four point lead. Rollins responded with a conventional three-point play to put the visitors on top 82-81 with just over seven minutes to play.

Clinging to a one point lead with three seconds to play in regulation, freshman Gurjeet Gill (Strongsville, Ohio / Strongsville) hit a pair of crucial free throws to give the Lakers the final three point cushion. Lakeland shot 89% from the charity stripe (25 for 28) on the day and was led by Robinson, who tied a school record by going 12 for 12 from the line.

Freshman forward Richard Smith (Cleveland / Lutheran East) chipped in with six blocks and three steals while Gary Little (Cleveland / Collinwood) added eight points off the bench.

One day earlier, Rollins scored 30 points, pulled down 15 rebounds, and blocked four shots in an 84-78 win over Delta (Mich.) College in the tournament semifinals. He went to the free throw line 21 times and converted 18 tries. Through the first three games, he is averaging 22.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.

Cooper added 17 points, 13 boards, and six assists in the victory. Lakeland will host Genesee CC on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 in the 2011 home opener.




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Round 5: Peja vs. Trepca match suspended! - by Dren Shporta
The fifth round of BKT Superliga had to give to the spectators one of the best matches in BKT Superliga. Peja was looking to give Trepca their first defeat of the season, while Trepca to continue their unbeaten run.

The game started with great rivalry and it was Trepca with Jaleel Nelson making the difference. Unfortunately when result was 54:58 in favor of Trepca, the center of Peja, Valdet Grapci (204-C-74), made a fifth foul which irritated him and then he started yelling and pushing the referee. In those hot moments someone from the public attacked the referee and the game was stopped to be suspended until the next decision from the Basketball Federation of Kosovo.

In the other matches there were no surprises. Champions, Sigal Prishtina, passed easily Kolegji Univers 82:65 with Edmond Azemi and Granit Rugova showing some great tricks. The oranges from Prizren, Bashkimi, obtained a second away win 73:80 with in form Samir Shaptahovic. The new Bashkimi transfer, C. J. Webster, played in dying moments of the game and showed his qualities by scoring some attractive points. Drita, strengthened a week before with Macedonian Bojan Zlatkovski, for the first time this season scored more than 100 points in their first home win, against Futura 106:84. After Trepca, Sigal Prishtina and Peja, Drita becomes the fourth team this season that passes hundred scoring.



Peja registers Balev - by Dren Shporta
After five first rounds Peja has decided to add more power to the team. They registered a Bulgarian player, Nikolai Balev (209-C/F-77). Balev plays in the position of center and is known like a player with high rate of points per game.

He has played in his homeland for Chavdar with a 27.9 ppg. average. and in France for Cahors. The Bulgarian 35 year old center is second international player added to the team from the west of Kosovo, after Eric Salley. He will be great addition to Peja in combination with Eric Salley and Blerim Mazreku.

Peja has registered 3 wins and one lost game in first four rounds and is in challenge for first two places of the championship table. Yellows will visit Kolegji Univers in midweek and host Kosova in weekend before a big match against Sigal Prishtina.



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VEF Riga achieved an exciting victory in the capital - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga achieved an exciting victory in the capital last night of VTB campaign. The Latvian side overcame Lithuanian Zalgiris 88:79.
The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. VEF Riga made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Zalgiris were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American point guard Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) replied with 17 points and Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) added 14 points. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) aslo scored 10.
VEF Riga will face BC Nizhny Novgorod on the road in the next round.


Kalve's 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Valmiera and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 36 points adding six rebounds and four assists for Valmiera in his team's victory, helping them to crush Jelgava (#7, 1-4) with 21-point margin 94-73. Valmiera is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Valmiera will need more victories to improve their 4-2 record. In the team's last game Kalve had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Valmiera's top player in his first season with the team. Kalve has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 68.1% FGP and 52.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of top-ranked VEF Riga. He is Latvian forward in his 2nd season at VEF Riga. In the last game Berzins recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead VEF Riga to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Jurmala (#5, 2-3) 109-60. Of course VEF Riga still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 6 games without any defeat. Berzins is well-known at VEF Riga and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Atis Ozols (198-F-81) of Jurmala (#5). Ozols scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Ozols' great performance Jurmala lost 60-109 to the league's current leader VEF Riga (#1, 6-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jurmala ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ozols could help Jurmala to bring them higher in the standings. Ozols has a great season in Latvia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marque Perry (185-G-81) of VEF Riga - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of VEF Riga - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85) of VEF Riga - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Courtney Sims (211-C-83) of VEF Riga - 18 points and 7 rebounds
8. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of VEF Riga - 16 points and 2 rebounds
9. Edmunds Dukulis (204-C-92) of Liepaja - 19 points and 4 rebounds
10. Andris Justovics (198-F-89) of Jelgava - 22 points and 4 rebounds

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


EuroChallenge: Terry leads Khimik over BK Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Khimik- BK Ventspils 81:67

Khimik edged BK Ventspils in Yuzhniy at their start of EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Ukrainian squad enjoyed the second and the third quarters to win 81:67 in the opener.
The Latvian side started strong and had 22:19 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) however brought the hosts 27:26 lead and Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) increased to 33:28. Predrag Miletic (193-G-84) later brought 40:32 and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) closed the half at 42:34. In the third quarter the Ukrainian side added 23-13 and led 65:47 entering the last stanza. Ikovlev scored for 67:47 in the start of the last period and Aaron McGhee brought 70:50. BK Ventspils however managed to reduce to 14 points as they won the final period 20-16. Ventspils missed last 5 consecutive three pointers, while Khimik missed last 6 consecutive three pointers.
Reyshawn Terry paced all the winners with 18 points and Aaron McGhee netted 16. Predrag Miletic chipped in with 13, while Prokopenko added 11. Janis Strelnieks ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 12. Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM) delivered 11 and Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) brought 10.

Khimik: Reyshawn Terry 18, Aaron McGhee 16, Predrag Miletic 13, Prokopenko 11
BK Ventspils: Janis Strelnieks 15, Steven Gray 12, Martins Laksa 11, Jahmar Young 10


LBL2 Round 8: Livani wins their first game - by Eurobasket News
Livani can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked DSN (4-3) 81-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Livani maintains twelfth position with 1-5 record, which they share with Cesis. It was DSN's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Livani will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
Important game to mention about took place in . Tenth ranked Valmiera U21 (3-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Gulbene (1-7) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. Valmiera U21 have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Valmiera U21 maintains tenth position with 3-3 record. Gulbene lost third consecutive game. Gulbene at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth place with seven games lost. Valmiera U21 will play against higher ranked Saldus (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gulbene will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Riga, where 6th ranked DSN (4-3) lost to ninth ranked Riga (4-4) in a road game 71-81 on Monday. Riga moved-up to eighth place. DSN lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils Augstskola (5-2) beat 12th ranked Livani (1-5) 78-63. Ventspils Augstskola moved-up to fourth place. Livani at the other side keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Ventspils Augstskola's next round opponent will be league's second-placed VEF Riga junior at home and it may be the game of the week.

In the last game of round 8 RSU defeated Cesis in Riga 78-63.



Livani - DSN 81-79

Livani can celebrate finally their first win this season after five consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they edged much higher ranked DSN (4-3) 81-79 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-20 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Livani maintains twelfth position with 1-5 record, which they share with Cesis. It was DSN's third loss in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh place with three games lost. Livani will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
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VA - Livani 78-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Ventspils. Local Ventspils Augstskola (5-2) beat 12th ranked Livani (1-5) 78-63. The game was mostly controlled by Ventspils Augstskola. Livani was better in fourth quarter 20-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Livani to just 7 points in second quarter. Ventspils Augstskola moved-up to fourth place. Livani at the other side keeps the twelfth position with five games lost. Ventspils Augstskola's next round opponent will be league's second-placed VEF Riga junior at home and it may be the game of the week.
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Riga - DSN 81-71

We should mention about the upset which took place in Riga, where 6th ranked DSN (4-3) lost to ninth ranked Riga (4-4) in a road game 71-81 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Riga. DSN managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Riga moved-up to eighth place. DSN lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. Riga will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena Ridzene.
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Gulbene - Valmiera U21 77-80

Important game to mention about took place in . Tenth ranked Valmiera U21 (3-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 14th ranked Gulbene (1-7) 80-77 on Tuesday evening. It looked good early as Gulbene took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Valmiera U21 had a 22-6 second period charge getting the lead and Gulbene was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 77-80. Valmiera U21 dominated on the defensive end, holding Gulbene to just 6 points in second quarter. Valmiera U21 have a solid three-game winning streak. Newly promoted Valmiera U21 maintains tenth position with 3-3 record. Gulbene lost third consecutive game. Gulbene at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the fourteenth place with seven games lost. Valmiera U21 will play against higher ranked Saldus (#6) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Gulbene will have a break next round.
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Cesis - RSU 63-78

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Cesis (1-5) were defeated at home by seventh ranked RSU (4-1) 78-63. Cesis were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 50-34 second half run of RSU. RSU have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place. Cesis lost fourth consecutive game. Cesis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with five games lost. RSU's next round opponent will be Zemgale/Juniors (#11) in Jelgava where they are favorite. Cesis will play on the road against the league's leader Liepaja-2.
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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. Saldus 4-2 
 7. DSN 4-3 
 8. Riga 4-4 
 9. VEF Kadeti 3-2 
 10. Valmiera U21 3-3 
 11. Jelgava/LLU 1-4 
 12. Cesis 1-5 
 13. Livani 1-5 
 14. Gulbene 1-7 
 15. Ogres 0-5 
 16. Ridzene 0-5 


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Lebanese League , Round 4 : Big wins for Riyadi and Antranik - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
In Round 4 of the Lebanese League , Riyadi continued its winning streak and this time it was against Byblos the team who had great results before coming to this game perfect record with 2 wins against Bejjeh and especially against Sagesse. This game was a different story Riyadi were focused to secure the game from the start and not to give Byblos the chance to try to have another success in the Lebanese League. This big focus from Riyadi made them score a big win in the end at the score of 120-96. Jean Abed El Nour and Dewarick Spencer combined for 55 points on the other side Desmond Penigar continued its big performances this time he scored 44 points.

In the other game of day Moutahed welcomed Champville in Tripoli, the home team whos missing lot of players due to injury had to bring back Porter Troupe to replace the injured Austin Johnson, Moutahed gave Champville hard times and led all the game , leading at the half 39-34 and at the end of the Third quarter 62-56 but couldnt continue this tempo due to the fouling out of Porter Troupe. Kibwe Trim had a big performance with 28 points and 10 rebounds but the most important he had 10 from 10 on the field goals, he was helped by Porter Troupe who had 18 points for his debut in the Lebanese League. On the other Side Fadi Khatib led his team with 28 points and Sam Hoskin with 26 points.

In the last game of the day Antranik welcomed Hoops at Center Demirdjian , the two teams met many times for the past 2 years and the games were always full of excitement and intensity , Hoops had a 6-0 record for the past games. This time the things were completely different , Hoops who have a good start this season couldnt match the pressure applied by the Antranik young players , after leading Quarter 1 22-21 they cracked in the 2nd Quarter , Antranik outscored them 37 to 11 , this quarter gave Antranik players the big boost and they continued to impose their rhythm throughout the remaining of the game. Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80, college: Missouri St.) had a huge performance with 34 points , 17 rebounds and 5 block shots , on the other side Ricky Clemons led Hoops with 23 points.

In the 4th game of the round, Chabab Zahle welcomed Sagesse in Zahle , Chabab whos on a bad start with no wins and Sagesse who came out from a unexpected loss against Byblos , the two teams med in the cold weather in Zahle , but the cold didnt deny Sagesse to focus on the game and to secure a win on the score of 78-49.Aaron Haynes and Quinton Day finished the game as top scorers with 20 points for each.

Zahle hosted another game , this time was Anibal against Bejjeh , Anibal is showing a big level this year and is considered a big contender to play major roles , Bejjeh is having a bad start with no win till now , Anibal as expected imposed its rhythm and controlled the game from the start and secured the win on the score of 86-62. Jasmon Youngblood led all scorers with 23 points , Jad Kabbar and Patrick Bou Abboud had 17 points for Bejjeh.

Riyadi- Byblos: 120-94
Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour (30)
Byblos: Desmond Penigar (44)

Moutahed -Champville : 74-77
Moutahed: Kibwe Trim (28)
Champville : Fadi Khatib (28)

Antranik -Hoops : 95-80
Antranik: Shelton Colwell ( 34)
Hoops : Ricky Clemons (23)

Chabab Zahle -Sagesse : 49-78
Chabab Zahle : Quinton Day ( 20)
Sagesse : Aaron Haynes (20)

Anibal - Bejjeh : 86-62
Anibal : Jasmon Youngblood (23)
Bejjeh : Jad Kabbar (17) Patrick Bou Abboud (17)



Wiggins replaces Aaron Haynes in Sagesse - by Rabih Khoury
After receiving a huge offer from LG Sakers in South Korean KBL, Aaron Haynes left Sagesse after playing 4 games with the team. The management found the replacement directly and it is Wiggins Alan (206-F-85, college: USF).Wiggins played in France , NBDL, Romania , before heading to Ukraine last year. The USF graduate had good numbers in Ukraine where he average in 49 games: 15.1ppg, Reb-2 (9.3rpg), 1.3apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 27.4%, FT: 69.9%.
This summer he played in the chinese NBL summer league where he averaged in 25 games: Score-1 (28.0ppg), Reb-2 (14.5rpg), 2.1apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-5 (1.4bpg), FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.3%.


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Lietuvos rytas won in Vilnius, Zalgiris lost in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos rytas won in Vilnius, Zalgiris lost in Riga at VTB United League.
Lietuvos rytas edged Czech CEZ Nymburk 78:72. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 CEZ Nymburk's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) produced 26 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Lamayne Wilson added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Zalgiris was beaten by VEF Riga 79:88 and fell at 2-3 record. VEF Riga made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Zalgiris were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Ty Lawson replied with 17 points and Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris.



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Dorsey number one in LNBP for round 24 - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-PG-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aguilas Rojas, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 24.
The 30-year old player got a double-double of 36 points and 13 assists, while his team beat Corr.Victoria (#11, 8-13) 95-88. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Aguilas Rojas maintains the 13th position in Mexican LNBP. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 20 games and recorded just four victories. In the team's last game Dorsey had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Aguilas Rojas' top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern Indiana star has very solid stats this year. Dorsey is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.9ppg and is league's best passer with 9.7apg. Dorsey is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.1spg and 51.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old American Samuel Bowie (198-F/G-75) of Panteras. Bowie had a very good evening with 39 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Panteras lost that game 75-83 to the higher-ranked Toros (#3, 16-6). Panteras is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-15 record. Bowie is a newcomer at Panteras, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Toros (#3). Ofoegbu scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Toros, leading his team to a 83-75 win against the lower-ranked Panteras (#12, 7-15). Toros needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 16 victories and 6 lost games. Ofoegbu has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 24.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Fuerza Regia - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. William Funn (188-G-82) of Lechugueros - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
6. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Pioneros - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Lechugueros - 22 points and 12 rebounds
8. Kleon Penn (211-C-86) of Fuerza Regia - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Deilvez Yearby (198-F-87) of Lechugueros - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) of Barreteros - 37 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Alexis Ajinca leaves Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) will not play for Paris-Levallois. According to French media, the NBA player will return to the US soon. He spent last week on try-out with the club, but at the end decided not to sign a deal. Alexis Ajinca finished last season with Toronto Raptors. He had 4.8 ppg and 2.5 rpg for them in 24 games. The played started the season with Dallas Mavs. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds for 10 games. From 2008 to 2010, Alexis Ajinca played for the Charlotte Bobcats. During the both seasons he also played in D-League to get more experience. With the Maine Red Claws, Ajinca had 14.8 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 20 games in 2009/10 season. In the past, he played for Pau Orthez, Hyeres-Toulon and INSEP.

NBA owners, players could talk before deadline - by Eurobasket News
As David Stern tries to hold off his most rabid hardline owners, the NBAs commissioner has expressed a willingness to meet with the Players Association with the possibility of relenting on some system issues that are important to the union in reaching an agreement, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Nevertheless, union executive director Billy Hunter was still deciding late Monday whether he wanted to take the meeting, two sources involved in the talks told Yahoo! Sports. The reason for Hunters hesitation was unclear.

As one ownership source told Yahoo! Sports on Monday night, If there were a couple of tweaks needed around the edges not fundamental deal points I believe there could be a deal if everything else is agreed upon. But there needs to be a meeting with David and Billy for anything to happen.

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) also has urged owners to resume talks with the players union and complete the labor agreement.

We need for the two sides to get together again before Wednesday, because were too close to getting a deal done, Bryant told Yahoo! Sports. We need to iron out the last system items and save this from spiraling into a nuclear winter.

The owners are threatening to pull their current offer at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday and return to proposing a 53-47 revenue split in favor of the league, as well as a hard salary cap and contract rollbacks. This act would almost certainly move the players to decertify the union, and could cost the NBA the entire 2011-12 season.

The Players Association offered to drop its revenue split to 51 percent on Saturday, but wanted several system items including sign-and-trade deals and full midlevel exceptions for luxury-tax paying teams as part of a new CBA. It remains to be seen how far the owners would go to remedy the players concerns and move closer to an agreement. Hunter surprised some in Saturdays mediation session when he suggested the players might be willing to drop to a 50-50 split, even when they had just stated their position as 51, sources in the room told Y! Sports.

[Related: NBA owners give players drop-dead offer to end lockout]

One of the unions lawyers quickly corrected Hunter, saying he meant to say a 51-49 split, but officials on both sides believed Hunter meant what he said: 50-50. All along, the belief has been the players would eventually accept the 50-50 split if they could get satisfactory resolutions on the system issues that would protect middle-class salaries and not stifle player movement, especially to the big-spending, big-market teams who are typically over the salary cap.

Some hardline owners didnt want to even give the players until Wednesday to make a decision on accepting or rejecting Saturdays offer, sources said. They wanted to force a decision within 24 hours, but were talked out of it.

Theres an intense feeling among the teams who are not on the labor committee as to how a 50-50 deal doesnt fix the economic model, the ownership source said. Theyre adamant that 50-50 is too high and that the labor committee shouldve never gone that high. Stern wouldnt be able to overcome such strong and wide resistance however much he tries to lead here.

Player representatives of the 30 teams are meeting at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday in New York to discuss the unions next steps.

Lakers guard Steve Blake (notes) has been canvassing peers throughout the league over the past 48 hours, pushing them to contact team player representatives to push the Players Association to let its 450-plus membership vote on the owners ultimatum offer, sources said.

Blake hasnt been pushing players to vote yes or no on the deal but has gained a groundswell of support with players throughout the league. Nevertheless, Blake is a proponent of accepting the leagues current offer, sources said.

The agents and players pushing for decertification of the Players Association believe theyre on the way to getting 50 percent of the leagues players to sign a petition this week, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

We want a show of force with the percentage who sign the petition, one agent told Yahoo! Sports.

Sources within seven of the most prominent agencies including the agents and players themselves said they have overwhelming support to march toward dissolving the union. The agents are selling decertification to the players as a leverage tool to get a deal done to salvage the season, as much as a long-term threat to take the owners to federal court with an antitrust lawsuit.

Agents working on the decertification include Mark Bartelstein, Arn Tellem, Jeff Schwartz, Bill Duffy, Leon Rose, Henry Thomas and Dan Fegan.

Another agent outside of those said his firm, which includes a dozen clients, is 100 percent on board with voting for decertification.

After at least 30 percent of the leagues players approximately 130 sign the petition, the players must wait 45 days before the 450-plus members vote for decertification. A simple majority is needed to decertify.

Everything thrown our way is a threat and an ultimatum, Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo said.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


In letter to union, Stern details his ultimatum - by Eurobasket News
The ultimatum issued by the N.B.A. to its players over the weekend not only threatens them with a worse labor deal, but also a massive pay cut if they do not make a deal by Wednesday afternoon.

A letter sent by David Stern, the commissioner of the N.B.A., to the players union Sunday contrasts the proposal on the table highlighted by a 50-50 split of revenues with a reset proposal that would cut the players share to 47 percent, roll back current contracts, impose a hard salary cap and reduce contract lengths.

The salary rollback, which was part of the N.B.A.s first controversial proposal in 2010, had not been included in any league proposal since the weekend of Oct. 1, and it was not publicly mentioned by Stern when he announced the ultimatum early Sunday morning.

But the rollback was included in the letter Stern sent to Billy Hunter, the unions executive director. A copy of the letter was obtained by The New York Times.

The union has until 5 p.m. Wednesday to accept the N.B.A.s last proposal or have it replaced by the reset proposal, Stern wrote.

Rather than simply proceeding, as we could have, to offer a less favorable proposal at this time, the N.B.A. is providing an additional period of time for the players association to consider our 50/50 proposal, Stern wrote. We are hopeful that the prospect of a less favorable outcome for the players will prompt the players association to realize that the best deal that can be reached is the one the N.B.A. is prepared to make right now.

Stern closes, Billy, I sincerely hope that we can reach an agreement over the next few days.

The N.B.A.s current proposal to the players includes a soft salary cap, a 50 percent share of revenues for players and these features:

Salary-cap and luxury-tax levels in Years 1 and 2 of the new agreement will be no less than they were in 2010-11. By Year 3, they will be adjusted downward to conform to the new system.

Sign-and-trade deals and the biannual exception will be available only to nontaxpaying teams.

Extend-and-trade deals, such as the one signed by Carmelo Anthony last season, will be prohibited.

The midlevel exception will be set at $5 million for nontaxpaying teams, with a maximum length between three and four years (alternating annually). The value of the exception will grow by 3 percent annually, starting in Year 3.

The midlevel exception will be set at $2.5 million for taxpaying teams, with a maximum length of two years, and cannot be used in consecutive years. Its value will also grow at 3 percent annually.

A 10 percent escrow tax will be withheld from player salaries, to ensure that player earnings do not exceed 50 percent of league revenues. An additional withholding will be applied in Year 1 to account for business uncertainty stemming from the lockout.

Maximum contract lengths will be five years for Bird free agents and four years for others.

Annual contract increases will be 5.5 percent for Bird players and 3.5 percent for others.

Players will be paid a prorated share of their 2011-12 salaries, based on the number of games played once the season starts.

Team and player contract options will be prohibited in new contracts, other than rookie deals. But a player can opt out of the final year of a contract if he agrees to zero salary protection (i.e., if it is nonguaranteed).

The reset proposal features a flex-cap system that contains an absolute salary ceiling to be set $5 million above the average team salary. In addition, the N.B.A. would roll back existing contracts in proportion to system changes in order to ensure sufficient market for free agents.

The other major differences in the reset proposal are:

The midlevel exception would be set at $3 million in Year 1, with a maximum length of three years, and would grow at 3 percent annually.

Maximum salaries would be reduced.

Sign-and-trade rules would remain consistent with the 2005 labor deal.

Contracts would be limited to four years for Bird free agents and three years for others, but each team could give a five-year deal to one designated player.

Raises would be limited to 4.5 percent for Bird players and 3.5 percent for others.

Changes requested by the union on restricted free agency rules and salary-cap holds would not be included.

Both proposals include an amnesty provision that will allow every team to waive one player and have 100 percent of his salary removed from the cap.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Source: Union unlikely to agree on offer - by Eurobasket News
While the NBA Players Association's executive committee is staunchly against accepting the league's recent 'ultimatum' offer, it is not a certainty that the player reps who will meet with them Tuesday will feel the same way, a source close to the situation told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard on Monday.

The source said some of the reps may favor decertification while others may want to accept the deal.

'I don't think there's going to be a consensus,' the source said. 'And that would be a problem.'

Anthony Parker, the representative for the Cleveland Cavaliers, said he is for rejecting the league's offer, while one player rep who did not want to be identified told ESPN.com that he is leaning toward voting to accept the deal.

'Most of the people I'm talking with don't like the deal,' Parker said. 'We don't think it's a good deal for the players.'

Parker said he realizes that if the players reject the deal, decertification may be their only option.

'Being for decertification does not mean you want the season to be cancelled,' said Parker. 'Even if we decertify there will still be plenty of time to get a deal done and that's our hope.'

With a Wednesday deadline looming to accept the league's latest labor proposal, player representatives from all 30 teams have been summoned by the union to New York for the mandatory meeting to update them on negotiations, sources have told ESPN.com.

Union sources have said the executive board remains unwilling to present that offer to the union's estimated 450 members for a vote and plans to make that stance clear to team player reps at the meeting.

Sources told ESPN.com that union leaders have not budged from the view that the NBA's offer is 'unacceptable,' just as NBPA president Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) described it in the wee hours of Sunday morning once Saturday's marathon bargaining session finally ended.

On Monday, meanwhile, sources say that the players and agents backing the decertification of the union have scheduled another conference call to follow the two conference calls -- each with at least 50 players dialed in -- that took place last week.

The Players Association's executive board was also set to conduct a conference call Monday to discuss its options before Tuesday's meeting, Spurs forward Matt Bonner, a committee member, told the San Antonio Express-News.

No new negotiations are scheduled after the parties spent nearly nine hours negotiating under the auspices of federal mediator George Cohen. NBA commissioner David Stern emerged from those talks saying that the union had until the end of business Wednesday to take a deal that the league says will pay players up to 51 percent of annual basketball related income or prepare to brace itself to receive an offer that tops out at 47 percent of BRI and features the more restrictive flex cap that the players emphatically shot down in June.

'We hope that this juxtaposition will cause the union to assess its position and accept the deal,' Stern said at a news conference early Sunday morning.

There is no evidence in circulation yet to suggest that more than a handful of rank-and-file players are lobbying the union to put Saturday's offer from the owners to a vote.

In an interview with ESPN on Monday, Stern downplayed the threat of decertification of the union, an option that could be more strongly considered if the backup proposal gets put on the table. A lengthy court fight would almost certainly wipe out the entire 2011-12 season.

'The reality is that that decertification route, or something like it, was tried by the NFL players and the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit soundly rejected the attempt,' Stern said on 'SportsCenter,' referring to the NFL Players Association's decertification process during that league's summer labor dispute. 'I just don't know what they're thinking.'

A month of games has already been canceled.

'We're all really concerned. This is our livelihood. This is our job,' Charlotte point guard D.J. Augustin said Monday after playing a pickup game with other NBA players in Houston. 'For ourselves, we want to get back playing. But we're also not going to take just any deal. We're going to stay united, stay strong and just be ready whenever they call us back.'

Though frustrations are high and nasty rhetoric remains -- the league and union briefly argued about their proposals through Twitter feeds Monday -- the reality is they've grown closer on paper. Players offered Saturday to reduce their BRI take to 51 percent, with 1 percent going to a fund for retired players' benefits, after previously saying they wouldn't go below 52.5.

The question is whether they can erase the remaining issues before Wednesday's deadline -- and what happens if they don't.

'We just want a fair deal, and I believe the players' union is just trying to get the fairest deal possible,' Washington forward Rashard Lewis said. 'They gave us a deadline on Wednesday, but our side is meeting today or tomorrow. So let's just see what happens.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Shaq book places blame on Mitch Kupchak - by Eurobasket News
Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) speaks of Mitch Kupchak in only six pages of the 281-page Shaq Uncut: My Story, co-written by Jackie MacMullan, slated for a Nov. 15 release. But thats enough prose to label Mitch Kupchak as the main culprit behind Shaqs hasty departure from the Lakers.

According to the book, Mitch Kupchak promised to grant Shaq a contract extension following the 2003-04 season and not to discuss their contract negotiations publicly. Once the 2003-04 season ended, however, ONeal was disturbed by an apparent interview in which Mitch Kupchak revealed the Lakers plan to hold onto Bryant while keeping their options open with ONeal.

That was it. That was the end of me in a Lakers uniform. Mitch broke our agreement. How could I trust him again? Shaq writes in the book. For months, I kept waiting for Mitch to come to me and say, Shaq, youre getting older, we need some new players. Mr. Buss doesnt want to pay you and Kobe doesnt want you here. But that conversation never happened. So that was when I demanded a trade. I couldnt trust Mitch anymore and it was clear Kobe was now the one with all the power.

Courtesy of the Los Angeles Times Blog (via www.insidehoops.com)


NBA owners threaten canceled season, give deadline - by Milord Nikolic
NBA owners have set a hard four-day deadline for players to accept their final offer for a new labor deal. The players have until Wednesday afternoon to agree to the proposed deal or more if not all of the NBA season will be canceled. The four-month lockout has already erased the first two weeks of the schedule. Sources close to the players union believe the offer will be rejected and players will take steps towards dissolving the union. That would take the NBA labor dispute to the courts, but would almost certainly erase any chance of a 2011-12 season. The proposed deal is a 50-50 split of revenue and stricter spending and free-agent limits. NBA Commissioner David Stern says if the players dont agree to the current offer, the owners will replace it with a 53-47 split of profits and a flex-cap that would place a hard cap on payrolls. This weekends talks, the 21st time both sides have met, lasted over eight hours and ended around 1:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

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Storm signs seven-foot-two centre - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm of the National Basketball League of Canada has added a seven-foot-two centre from Georgetown, Ky.

Jared Carter (7'1''-C-87, college: Kentucky), who played his college basketball at the University of Kentucky, was defensive player of the year in the Premier Basketball League (PBL) last year. He was also named to the second All-League team, and made the All-Defensive team.

Carter was signed to fill a roster spot left vacant when six-foot-10 centre Xavier Hansbro of Trezevant, Tenn., left the Storm over the weekend to return home for personal family reasons.

Storm head coach and vice-president of personnel Joe Salerno said he was disappointed to see Hansbro head home, but understood perfectly why he had to leave.

Road games

The Storm, off to a 2-0 (won-lost) start in regular-season play, will play two road games over a four-day stretch this week. The Storm visits the Saint John Mill Rats on Thursday night, and the Halifax Rainmen on Sunday afternoon.

The Storms next home game at EastLink Arena is against the Mill Rats on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. The Moncton Miracles then visit Summerside on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can catch Storm road games on the web by visiting the National Basketball League of Canada website at nblcanada.ca

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Gabe Freeman named NBL Canada Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce that Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) of the London Lightning has been named Player of the Week for the week ending November 6, 2011.

Freeman, a 6'7', 215-pound small forward from Costa Mesa (Calif.) Jr. College, was instrumental in London's first three wins of the season. Freeman started off with a 20-point, 11-rebound night in London's opening game on November 4 against Halifax. He added 21-point and 15-rebound double-double on Saturday, November 6 on a road game against Halifax. Then in November 7's win over Saint John, Freeman scored 11 points and eight team-high rebounds.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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St. John's 74, William & Mary 59 - by Eurobasket News
Nurideen Lindsey (6'3''-G) scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and collected five steals and four assists, leading St. John's to a 74-59 win over William & Mary in the opening game of the 2K Sports Classic from Carnesecca Arena.

Moe Harkless (6'8''-G/F) and Godsgift Achiuwa (6'8''-F) both netted 17 points and Dangelo Harrison (6'3''-G) dropped 14 points for the Red Storm (1-0).

Quinn McDowell (6'6''-G/F) scored 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds to pace William & Mary (0-1), while Julian Boatner finished with 12 points.

After a close first half, which saw the Tribe lead by as many as nine and by seven, 33-26, at the break, St. John's came out and played an inspired second half.

With head coach Steve Lavin watching from home while recovering from prostate cancer surgery, the Red Storm ratcheted up their defensive pressure in the second half, outscoring William & Mary 48-26.

McDowell sank a jumper to open the second half, giving the Tribe a 35-26 lead, but St. John's responded with a 22-5 run to pull away for good.

St. John's forced William and Mary into 21 turnovers and got 28 points off those takeaways. They also dominated inside, scoring 44 points in the paint to only 10 for the Tribe.

The Red Storm shot 67.9 percent in the second half, and 49.2 percent for the game.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Interview with Saint Joseph's Signee, Kyle Molock of Dublin Coffman H.S.! - by Lucius Jones
Kyle Molock is a player who signed with Purdue of the Big 10 Conference in October of 2009, which would have been before his Soph season at Dublin Coffman H.S. During that Sophomore year, Kyle led his team to a D1 District Title, gained All-OCC 1st Team Central Division honors, and averaged 14ppg on a quality team. Kyle was consistently placed in Top 100 or Top 200 lists responsible for ranking the best players in the entire Nation. After re-evaluating his recruitment status, Molock then chose Atlantic 10 member Saint Joseph's, a school that has placed multiple guards in the NBA as of late and holds a proud High-Major level of respect in the basketball world. Yet due to a freakish, one-time injury, Kyle Molock still has many doubters. Hidden Gems Basketball's Lucius Jones sat down with this amazing young person and player to tell his side:

Q: During your initial recruitment period ending with a Purdue verbal, what was it like to be recruited and ranked at such a high level and at such a young age?


KM: I thought it was pretty cool to be recruited at a high level being so young. It was one thing playing varsity young, but having all these coaches that wanted me and showed me so much attention was crazy to me at the same time

Q: What effect did your injury have on A.) your recruitment and B.) your development?



KM: The injury had a big effect on my recruitment. It made coaches wonder about my stability for the future, and hesitant with their recruitment with me. Everybody wanted to take their time and make sure my knee held up.

Q: How was the second recruitment period similar and/or different from the first one?



KM: The second recruitment was pretty much the exact same as the first with the exception of me being older and more mature. Same type of things happened: phone calls, coming to games, coming to school to see me play, I just think the second time around I was better able to take my time and make the perfect decision.



Q: What sold you on Saint Joseph's?

KM: What sold me on Saint Joe's was Coach Phil Martelli. He was the realest coach I've ever been around and I knew he not only wanted Kyle Molock the basketball player, but Kyle Molock the person. I felt comfortable with him.

Q: What individual and team expectations do you have for your Senior season with Dublin Coffman?



KM: Individual accomplishment for me is winning Mr. Basketball. The goal is always to be the best player where ever, and to me that would be a great accomplishment. Team-wise I wouldn't settle for anything less than appearing in the Regionals and I think a State run isn't anything too crazy to look forward to for us.





Q: Where do you see yourself 3 years from now?

KM: In 3 years I see myself starting for Saint Joe's and leading my team into the NCAA tourney. I think the team that we will have will be good enough to make a deep run. I mean an Elite 8 type of run that Jameer Nelson and Delonte West and his group made. I think it is reachable.


Q: What is the one thing or story you have always wanted to say/tell in an interview but have never had the chance (if any)?

KM: One piece of final information is that I want everybody to know that I'm back, better than ever, and ready to make up for lost time.



Look for Kyle Molock and the Dublin Coffman Lineup of: Eric Weisenbach, Kevin Marsh, Jason Hall, Brad Schulze, Austen Rankin, and others to make some noise in the Central District and State D1 races. Coached by Jaime Collins and Jaime Pearson, the group is poised for a run.






Stats Leaders - NCAA1

Points Per Game
 Jimmer FREDETTE
  BYU
  (187-PG-89)
  Avg: 28
 1. Jimmer Frede., BYU28.0 
 2. Marshon Broo., Pro.24.0 
 3. Kevi Luper ORU23.7 
 4. Courtney Hurt VCU23.2 
 5. Dawn Evans JMU23.1 
 6. Brittney Gri., Bay.23.0 
 7. Kemba Walker Conne.23.0 
 8. Andrew Goude., Cha.23.0 
 9. Kourtney Bro., Buf.22.1 
 10. Andrew Gonza., Ho.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth FARIED
  Morehe.
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kenneth Fari., Mor.14.0 
 2. Courtney Hurt VCU12.4 
 3. Ashar Harris Moreh.12.3 
 4. Kamilah Jack., Haw.11.9 
 5. Chelsea McMi., USC11.6 
 6. Kourtney Bro., Buf.11.6 
 7. Lena Gipson Santa11.2 
 8. Kirsten Olow., Mia.11.1 
 9. Kylie Kuhns Sacram.11.1 
 10. Kaihla Szunko Cen.11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron JOHNSON
  UAB
  (172-G-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Aaron Johnson UAB7.7 
 2. Jericka Jenk., Ham.7.2 
 3. Scott Machado Iona7.0 
 4. D.J. Cooper Ohio7.0 
 5. Hank Thorns TCU7.0 
 6. Samantha Pra., Ohi.6.9 
 7. Amy McNear W.Ken.6.8 
 8. Zach Swansey Tenn.6.4 
 9. Erin Lewis UT.6.3 
 10. Kevin Gallow., Te.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nurideen LINDSEY
  St.John''s
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Lindsey, St.John''s5.0 
 2. Chol, Arizona4.0 
 3. Kevi Luper ORU3.7 
 4. Katie Sheahin Loyo.3.5 
 5. Jaquayla Ber., N.C.3.4 
 6. Jenna Plumley Lam.3.4 
 7. Morgan Strom., Mia.3.3 
 8. Jasmine Park., ODU3.2 
 9. Shey Peddy Temple3.2 
 10. Selina Mann Mt.St.3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Louella TOMLINSON
  St.Ma.
  (193-F-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Louella Toml., St..4.7 
 2. Brittney Gri., Bay.4.6 
 3. William Mosl., Nor.4.0 
 4. Keith Benson Oakla.3.6 
 5. Ashley Gayle Texas3.5 
 6. C.J. Aiken St.Jo.3.5 
 7. Jodie Boss S.Dako.3.3 
 8. David Foster Utah3.2 
 9. Kourtney Bro., Buf.3.2 
 10. Tia Mays Missouri.3.1 


Mississippi St. 76, Eastern Kentucky 66 - by Milord Nikolic
Senior Dee Bost scored 23 points and handed out six assists as host Mississippi State defeated Eastern Kentucky 76-66 in the 2K Sports Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. Bost, a preseason All-SEC First Team selection, nailed 4 of 8 3-pointers and moved 59 assists shy of Derrick Zimmermans school record of 514 set from 2000-03. Junior Arnett Moultrie, a 6-11 transfer from UTEP, added 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Mississippi State. The bigger Bulldogs outrebounded the Colonels 40-27. The Bulldogs improved to 11-3 in openers under coach Rick Stansbury. They led 33-27 at the break. The Colonels, who returned two starters from last years 15-16 team, hung close thanks to 13 points from Joshua Jones and 12 from Timmy Knipp. The duo combined to hit 7 of 13 from beyond the arc.

George Mason's Cornelius suspended for 10 games - by Eurobasket News
George Mason senior guard Andre Cornelius (5'10''-G-89) has been suspended for the first 10 games of the season after pleading guilty to misdemeanor credit card fraud.

Cornelius had been suspended indefinitely while the legal process played out. A related felony charge was dropped.

Cornelius has started 66 games for the Patriots and is the team's second-leading returning scorer. He averaged 9.5 points last season.

In a statement released by the school, Cornelius says he made a mistake, accepts the punishment, supports his team and will 'get ready to make an impact' when he returns.

He will be eligible to play Dec. 21 against Duquesne.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


No. 16 Arizona beats Valparaiso 73-64 in opener - by Eurobasket News
Arizona struggled early, missing shots while giving up too many open ones. The Wildcats had trouble finishing, too, allowing more points in the final 4 minutes than the previous 16.

Good thing they played so well in between.

Coming off two disappointing exhibition games, No. 16 Arizona lived up to coach Sean Millers work-in-progress billing by playing just well enough to open the season with a 73-64 win over Valparaiso on Monday night.

Were not the 16th-ranked team in the country, Miller said. Maybe at some point we can get to that spot, but we still have a ways to go.

Arizona lost star Derrick Williams to the NBA and has a roster full of young players, including the four heralded freshmen Miller recruited a summer ago.

The mix didnt work too well in a pair of exhibition games; the Wildcats lost to Seattle-Pacific and didnt exactly light it up in a win over Humboldt State.

Under the spotlight that comes with playing games that count, Arizona took another step in its progression.

Overcoming some early jitters, the Wildcats turned a close game into what appeared to be a rout by holding Valparaiso without a field goal during a 16-3 run to open the second half.

Kyle Kyle Fogg (6'3''-G) shook off a shaky preseason to score 16 points and fellow senior Jesse Perry (6'7''-F) picked up where he left off late last season with 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Two of Arizona's freshmen chipped in some quality minutes, too. Nick Johnson (6'2''-G) had 14 points and six assists, while Angelo Chol added six points, six rebounds, four steals and plenty of hustle.

OK, so maybe the Wildcats let off the gas in the closing minutes, but it was a win, their 20th straight at McKale Center.

I dont think were a No. 16-level team yet, but well reach our ranking, Kyle Fogg said. We have shown improvement and we can only get better from here.

Valparaiso got off to a solid start in coach Bryce Drews debut, struggled against Arizonas pressure at the start of the second half, then nearly made a game of it in the closing minutes.

Trailing by as much as 20, the Crusaders put together a string of baskets in the final 3 1/2 minutes to trim the lead under double digits. They didnt make it all the way back, but it was at least an encouraging sign.

Kevin Van Wijk and Ryan Broekhoff had 18 points each for the Crusaders, who have lost 34 straight games against Top 25 teams since Drew beat Mississippi with a buzzer beater in the 1998 NCAA tournament.

Overall, we can learn a lot from the game and improve on that, Van Wijk said. We fought very well, we kept fighting and fighting. We didnt put our heads down.

Arizona completed a quick turnaround last season, coming within a few seconds of reaching the Final Four after missing the NCAA tournament for the first time in a quarter century the year before.

The start of this season will be about filling holes and gaining experience.

Williams, the Pac-10 player of the year, is gone and point guard Lamont Jones transferred to be closer to his family, leaving Arizona without nearly 40 percent of its scoring from last season.

Swingman Kevin Parrom also is out, likely until early December, after being shot in the hand and knee while visiting family in the offseason.

The Wildcats still have plenty of experience because Miller used a deep rotation last season, but they will have to rely heavily on young and inexperienced players.

Arizona got off to a rough start against Valparaiso, turning it over three times while missing its first three shotsall by freshman Josiah Turner on difficult drives to the basket.

Leading by just two at halftime after playing so-so at both ends, the Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure and quickly went up 15 by forcing Valparaiso into turnovers and difficult shots. Valparaiso had 12 of its 18 turnovers in the second half and shot 5 of 20 from 3-point range overall.

We were using our quickness and we have to because were not a very big team, Miller said. The guys did a great job chasing cutters off staggered screens and really using our quickness to our advantage.

Whatever growing pains Arizona might be going through, it was still going to be a tough start for Valparaiso in its first season under Drew.

The former Crusaders star continued a family tradition by taking over for his father Homer, who re-retired after replacing his other son, Scott, in 2003.

The new Drew gets a team that will have to rely a lot on newcomers and inexperienced players after losing 60 percent of its scoring and 40 percent of its rebounding. The Crusaders have just nine scholarship players and Drew also is dealing with bigger issueshis father and mother, Janet, were both diagnosed with cancer recently.

Valparaiso didnt seem intimidated at all playing at the McKale Center with all those NCAA tournament banners hanging from the rafters.

The Crusaders patiently ran their offense and forced the Wildcats into some difficult shots to hang close in the first half, trailing just 32-30 behind Van Wijks nine points and five rebounds.

Valparaiso had no answer when Arizona turned up the defensive pressure to open the second half, though, missing its first eight shots while turning it over nine times. The Crusaders had just three free throws in the half until Matt Kenney scored on a drive with 11 1/2 minutes left to cut Arizonas lead to 48-35.

Credit that to Arizonas defense, Drew said. Obviously, Sean does a great job with his team defensively and to go along with that a lot of our guys are learning a new system, learning new plays. Itll just take time before they get a rhythm playing with each other.

Miller could say the same thing about his team.

Courtesy of Yahoo


No. 10 Pitt beats Kentucky Wesleyan in exhibit - by Eurobasket News
Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F) scored 22 points and Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) added 20 to lead No. 10 Pittsburgh over Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College 76-67 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Kentucky Wesleyan led for most of the first half and by as many as seven, but Pitt took the lead for good after back-to-back layups by Patterson made it 32-29 with 3:30 to go in the first. Gibbs hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to give the Panthers a nine-point lead at halftime.

Pittsburgh led by as many as 19 in the second half.

Senior forward Nasir Robinson (6'5''-F-89) returned to the Pitt lineup following surgery Oct. 14 on his torn right meniscus. A starter the last two seasons, Robinson had six points and four rebounds.

Cardell McFarland (6'0''-G-87) scored 16 to lead Kentucky Wesleyan.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


Top 25 - Men
Pac10 Standings
 1. Arizona 1-0 
 2. Arizona St. 0-0 
 3. California 0-0 
 4. Oregon 0-0 
 5. Oregon St. 0-0 
 6. Stanford 0-0 
 7. UCLA 0-0 
 8. USC 0-0 
 9. Washington 0-0 
 10. Washington St. 0-0 


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No. 10 Pitt beats Kentucky Wesleyan in exhibit - by Eurobasket News
Lamar Patterson (6'5''-G/F) scored 22 points and Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G-90) added 20 to lead No. 10 Pittsburgh over Division II Kentucky Wesleyan College 76-67 in an exhibition game Monday night.

Kentucky Wesleyan led for most of the first half and by as many as seven, but Pitt took the lead for good after back-to-back layups by Patterson made it 32-29 with 3:30 to go in the first. Gibbs hit two 3-pointers in the final minute to give the Panthers a nine-point lead at halftime.

Pittsburgh led by as many as 19 in the second half.

Senior forward Nasir Robinson (6'5''-F-89) returned to the Pitt lineup following surgery Oct. 14 on his torn right meniscus. A starter the last two seasons, Robinson had six points and four rebounds.

Cardell McFarland (6'0''-G-87) scored 16 to lead Kentucky Wesleyan.

Courtesy of www.newsobserver.com


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


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker22.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.21.8 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum20.3 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Sahlertz, Tromso19.3 
 6. Westerlund, Ammeru.19.0 
 7. Kombat, Froya B.18.3 
 8. Stien, Gimle BBK17.9 
 9. Gabrans, Froya B.15.8 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker11.3 
 2. Ferranti, Baerum B.8.8 
 3. Oatis, Baerum B.8.5 
 4. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 5. Bullock, Froya B.8.2 
 6. Karlsen, Centrum8.0 
 7. Land, Asker Aliens7.7 
 8. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Kombat, Froya B.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.9 
 2. Stien, Asker Aliens4.5 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.4.4 
 4. Randolph, Langhus4.3 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.4.2 
 6. Mahnin, Centrum4.1 
 7. Gabrans, Froya B.3.8 
 8. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK3.1 
 10. Silavs, Froya B.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Issalhi, Tromso2.6 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.2.2 
 3. Bullock, Froya B.2.2 
 4. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 5. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.0 
 6. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 7. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.7 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.1.7 
 9. Sahlertz, Tromso1.6 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.0 
 2. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.3 
 3. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 4. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 5. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 6. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.8 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 8. Bullock, Froya B.0.8 
 9. Byerson, Tromso0.7 
 10. Sikander, Ammerud0.6 


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Real Club forces decisive Game Five against Regatas (2-2) - by Eurobasket News
Real Club celebrated 83-75 home win against Regatas in Game Four of the Superior league Finals. The score is tied at 2-2, what means that Real Club forced decisive Game Five. That meeting is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday) and Regatas will be the host. Home teams were untouchable in this series so far. Regatas outplayed Real Club 88-83 in Game Three. Real Club celebrated at home in Game Two 90-81. Regatas took the Game One 88-57.
Regatas advanced to the Finals after 3-1 win against El Bosque. Regatas celebrated 73-81 victory as a guest in Game Four. El Bosque surprised Regatas in Game Three on the road. They celebrated 70-75 win to extend the series. However, it is over now and Regatas advanced to the Finals. Regatas was No.1 in regular season with 29-2 record.
Real Club also celebrated with 3-1 in the Semis. They grabbed 68-71 victory against Escuela Fap in Game Four. The series was tied at 1-1 earlier and Real Club managed to win two consecutive games. Real Club was No.2 in regular season. They had 26-5 record.


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Kelly Williams gets MVP of the Week award for PBA - by Eurobasket News
International forward Kelly Williams (199-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Talk N Text and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 29-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Ginebra Kings (#7, 3-4) 86-71. Talk N Text is placed at 2nd position in PBA. They are still close to the very top. Talk N Text would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Talk N Text and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Kelly Williams averages this season 10.3ppg and 7.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old guard Joseph Yeo (185-G-83) of Petron Blaze. Yeo impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Petron Blaze to edge the lower-ranked Alaska Aces (#9, 1-6) by 6 points 86-80. This victory allowed Petron Blaze to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Yeo is well-known by Petron Blaze fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Talk N Text's star - American guard Ryan Reyes (188-G-83). Reyes scored 20 points and passed six assists. He was another key player of Talk N Text, helping his team with a 86-71 easy win against the lower-ranked Ginebra Kings (#7, 3-4). Talk N Text is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Reyes has a great season in Philippines. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 5.8rpg (6th best). Ryan Reyes has also Filipino passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of Petron Blaze - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alex Cabagnot (183-G-82) of Petron Blaze - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Joachim Thoss (203-C-81) of Alaska Aces - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Douglas Kramer (193-F-83) of Powerade T. - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jay-R Reyes (202-C-84) of Alaska Aces - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Dennis Miranda (180-G-82) of Petron Blaze - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Willie Miller (180-G-77) of Barako Bull - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. David, Powerade T.22.8 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Chan, Rain or Shine18.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.17.9 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze17.3 
 6. Williams, Talk N.16.7 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.7 
 8. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 9. Yap, B-Meg Llam.16.4 
 10. Dillinger, Talk N.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Santos, Petron B.14.1 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text10.3 
 3. Espinas, Meralco9.8 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 5. Kramer, Powerade.9.7 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.3 
 7. Ildefonso, Petron9.0 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces8.7 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.8.6 
 10. Taulava, Meralco8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.4 
 2. Castro, Talk N Te.5.4 
 3. Lee, Rain or Shine5.4 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 5. Mercado, Meralco4.8 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 7. Alapag, Talk N Te.4.5 
 8. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.5 
 9. Lanete, Meralco4.4 
 10. Cruz, Powerade T.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Lassiter, Powerade.2.2 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.1.6 
 4. Cruz, Powerade T.1.6 
 5. Miller, Barako Bull1.5 
 6. Cardona, Meralco1.5 
 7. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 8. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 9. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.3 
 10. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.1.7 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.4 
 4. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 5. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 7. Baclao, Petron B.1.3 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.0 
 9. Sison, Shopinas.1.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Rain o.0.9 


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Exclusive Interview With John Bynum Jr. - by Nate Bowie
1. First off thanks for doing the interview Nate.... let me start off by asking about your childhood... tell me what was it like growing up in Kansas City and what could we find you doing as a youngster back in the day?

You welcome man no problem, I enjoy and appreciate this interview; with all this ample time on my hands I dont mind doing a few interviews a week. Well back in the day I was all about basketball and nothing else. Basketball was installed in me since I was little kid. My dad use to have me and my brother sit down and watch basketball games all day. I was big fan of Earl The Pearl Monroe. If anybody out there hasnt seen him I suggest you Google his highlights on YouTube, because he was way before his time. During the time when I grew up it was privilege to play basketball as well. I use to help my father with his work as a janitor and return my dad use to let me and my brother play basketball in the gym. So at a young age hard work was a must.

2. Who were some of your role models growing up and did you play any other sports as a youngster?

I think my role model was basically my brother. Since he is a year in half older than me I tried to do the things that he was doing, like playing basketball for AAU, high school etc. Yes actually I did I was a well rounded athlete. I played cross country, track, basketball, I would have liked to play football but our coach wouldnt let us.

3. Who were some of the players that you watched as a youngster?

Well since I am a 80s baby I use to watch guys like Isaiah Thomas, who I was very kin to because he was one of the smaller guards in the league but still had the will do damage among the trees in the league. I always use to watch guys like Tim Hardaway, if people dont know who he is but thats where the killer crossover came from. I also like Michael Ray Robinson, Kevin Johnson, Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson of course. My dad also had me watching a lot of vintage NBA, (If you want to go heads up on NBA history John let me know lol). We use to watch a lot of games from back in his time, so I liked a lot of people but of guards Im a guard so I like that position first. Guys like Nate Tiny Archibald, Walt Clyde Frazier and Oscar Big O Robertson.


4. You played Juco for two years at Colby CC for those who dont know where that is let them know and what made you chose Central Arkansas as your college choice?

Well Colby CC is far far in western Kansas, close to the Colorado border; A foreign land for me as well, even though Im from Kansas City. I choose Central Arkansas because I figured I had 2 years left in my college career to try to make it pro, so I wanted to go D1 but wanted to also play and make a difference. Purdue and Hawaii and Fordham were some of the top 3 schools that recruited me at that time, but I felt UCA was my best choice.

5. What are some of your best memories of being in Conway?

I would say some of my best memories at UCA would have to be when we was ranked in the nation among the top mid majors, also receiving votes as well for the ESPN Poll. I enjoyed my time down in Arkansas, its a totally different world than what Im use to, but the Frat parties and the End of The World was really something everybody should experience at least once in their life.

6. Following your college career you had a stint in the NBA D-League, caught on in Canada in the IBL before catching on with your first gig in Europe playing in Spain... how did the Spain job come about and how did you know you were ready to make a move across water?

Well actually before Spain I signed a contract in the top league in Slovenia. I left around November to go to Spain, as that the team in Slovenia was having financial problems. Spain gig came about when I was in Slovenia and needed to make a quick move to go somewhere in Europe, my connect in Slovenia had a close friend in Spain and the next day I was on my way there. I personally thought I was ready my senior year after I lead the conference in scoring and was All-American Nominee. I knew I could perform at a high level, just had to make the right decision on which agent to represent. From this experience I learned that its not what you know but who know.

7. What was the most difficult transition for you on and off the court in being in Europe and after having that great season in Spain was there a reason why you chose to stay back in the states and play in the IBL?
Well no people have to understand that the IBL is nothing but a summer league to stay in shape and continue to play. Out of college when I signed with the NBA D-League a lot of things didnt work out between me and my agent at that time. Had a lot of deal and what not, but my agent thought it would be best if I played in the D-League. This hurt my career tremendously. Just didnt have the right guy representing me. At the time I got a call from a team in British Colombia and I was there, and enjoyed it. During the season I left and flew to Morocco to play in Cup games and at the time they offered me a 2-Year contract. My better self said not to take it, not knowing what else I might have but god work in mysterious ways and there for that August in 2009 I left to Slovenia for training camp and signed a contract. The rest is history.

I want to think John Bynum Jr. in giving me the opportunity to right this article in his blog site. I also want to think my endorser 2 Da Hole and family and friends.
Check out the full interview at www.basketball-stream.de

Always remember if you do a lot of the little things better than everybody else does, than the result will be profound.


Nate Bowie (183-G-86, college: Cent.Arkansas)


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EuroChallenge: Chalon beat CSU Mobitelco in Romania - by Eurobasket News
CSU Mobitelco - Chalon 81:85

Chalon registered the first victory in the EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Mobitelco on the road in Group C. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) erupted for 33 points to lead the winners.
The teams looked evenly matched in the opening frame. They were tied at 17 after ten minutes of action. CSU Mobitelco managed to pull in front in the second frame. They earned a narrow 42:37 halftime advantage. Chalon however bounced back in the third period. The French team narrowed the deficit and entered the fourth frame down by just two points 59:61. Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) put Chalon in front early in the fourth quarter. Malcolm Delaney and Lang gave the visitors a 76:69 advantage with under four minutes to go. Mihai Silvasan (201-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) dragged the hosts within two points 83:81 but Malcolm Delaney went deadly from the stripe and sealed the victory for Chalon. Blake Schilb delivered 17 points, while Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kyndall Dykes responded with 23 points for CSU Mobitelco. Mihai Silvasan had 19 points in the loss.

CSU Mobitelco: Kyndall Dykes 23, Mihai Silvasan 19
Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 33, Blake Schilb 17, Alade Aminu 13


Mitchell's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old forward Deven Mitchell (197-F-84, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Gaz Metan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat CSU Sibiu (#7, 4-2) 95-86. It allowed Gaz Metan to consolidate first place in the league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Gaz Metan keeps perfect 7 -0 record. In the team's last game Mitchell had a remarkable 73.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Gaz Metan, through which he has constantly improved. Mitchell has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 69.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was JuJuan Cooley (175-PG-82) of Targu Mures. He is American guard in his 6th season at Targu Mures. In the last game Cooley recorded impressive double-double of 31 points and 14 assists. It was enough for Targu Mures to edge the lower-ranked Craiova (#8, 4-3) by 3 points 97-94. This victory allowed Targu Mures to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Cooley is one of the most experienced players at Targu Mures and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) of CSM Bucuresti (#9). Martinic got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and six assists. He was a key player of CSM Bucuresti, leading his team to a 82-70 win against slightly lower-ranked Pitesti (#11, 2-5). CSM Bucuresti needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Martinic has a great season in Romania. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.4ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) of Ploiesti - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Stephen Ross (201-G/F-80) of Craiova - 29 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Allen Durham (198-F-88) of Dinamo B. - 16 points and 17 rebounds
7. Jason Forte (196-F-84) of Targu Mures - 24 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jason Forte (196-F-84) of Targu Mures - 31 points and 7 rebounds
9. Bojan Grubisic (212-C-80) of Giurgiu - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) of U.Mobitel.CN - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 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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  RUSSIA   


EuroChallenge: Enisey open the regular season with win - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Antwerp Giants 76:72

Enisey claimed the opening win in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Antwerp Giants in Krasnoyarsk. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners to the initial victory in Group E.
Enisey started the game strongly posting a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Enisey used an 8:1 run midway through the second frame to take a 35:21 advantage. They arrived at the interval up by as many as 14 points 43:29. However the Belgian team tipped off the second half with 10 points in a row to narrow the gap. Enisey stopped the rot and ensured a 58:51 lead at the final intermission. Mejri and Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) dragged the Giants within one point 59:60 midway through the final frame. Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) eventually tied things up at 63. Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) and Marko Marinovic helped Enisey clear off again. Marko Marinovic and Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Enisey. Andrei Komarovskiy scored 16 points for the winners. Sergey Toporov added 11 points for the home team. Michael Roll responded with 27 points for Antwerp. Darnell Wilson had 12 points in defeat.

Enisey: Marko Marinovic 17, Andrei Komarovskiy 16, Sergey Toporov 11
Antwerp: Michael Roll 27, Darnell Wilson 12


PBL Round 3: Khimky keeps a leadership position after a thriller over Spartak SP - by Eurobasket News
There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of PBL 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 few extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimky defeated bottom-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in Khimki 87-81 in overtime. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 15-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Khimky made 36-of-47 free shots (76.6 percent) during the game, while Spartak St.Petersburg only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Khimky forced 22 Spartak St.Petersburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 38 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Sergey Monya (203-83) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) answered with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for Spartak St.Petersburg. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Khimky have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Enisey and Triumph. Spartak St.Petersburg will play next round against Triumph Lyubertsy trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy.

The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 28 points and 13 rebounds by Cuthbert Victor of Spartak-Prim..


Khimky - Spartak SP 87-81 OT

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimky as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimky defeated bottom-ranked Spartak St.Petersburg in Khimki 87-81 in overtime. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 15-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 6-point victory in overtime. Khimky made 36-of-47 free shots (76.6 percent) during the game, while Spartak St.Petersburg only scored fourteen points from the stripe. Khimky forced 22 Spartak St.Petersburg turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. 38 personal fouls committed by Spartak St.Petersburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international center Timofey Mozgov (216-86, agency: RIZO) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Sergey Monya (203-83) contributed with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Israeli guard Yotam Halperin (196-84) answered with 12 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-84) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak St.Petersburg. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Khimky have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Spartak St.Petersburg at the other side still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with Enisey and Triumph. Spartak St.Petersburg will play next round against Triumph Lyubertsy trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimky will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Triumph Lyubertsy in Lubertsy.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: L.Mavrokefalidis 15+7reb, V.Dragicevic 14+4reb, Y.Halperin 12+4reb+8ast, A.Kotishevskiy 10+2reb+1ast, P.Beverley 8+4reb+5ast, V.Likhodey 6+2reb+2ast
Khimky: T.Mozgov 23+8reb+2ast, S.Monya 17+8reb+5ast, V.Fridzon 12+5reb+2ast, C.Quinn 11+4reb+2ast, Z.Planinic 9+2reb+4ast, E.Vyaltsev 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 151187


Krasnie Krilya - Lokomotiv 68-72

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Lokomotiv (1-2) beat 4th placed Krasnie Krilya (1-2) in Samara 72-68 on Wednesday. Krasnie Krilya trailed by 15 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 25-12 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 68-72 at the end of the game. Krasnie Krilya was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Sergey Bykov (190-83) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Lokomotiv players scored in double figures. American swingman Jarvis Hayes (201-81, college: Georgia, agency: David Lee services) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Despite that victory Lokomotiv went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with defeated Krasnie Krilya. Lokomotiv will face Spartak St.Petersburg (#9) at home in the next round. Krasnie Krilya will play against the league's second-placed CSKA Moscow (#2).
Top scorers:
Krasnie Krilya: B.Rush 17+3reb, J.Hayes 16+6reb, D.Labovic 13+8reb, E.Kolesnikov 8+6reb+1ast, A.Miles 6+3reb+3ast, A.Surovtsev 4+1reb
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 17+5reb+3ast, S.Bykov 15+4reb+4ast, J.Massey 12+6reb+1ast, A.Traore 12+6reb+2ast, M.Grigoryev 5+5reb+3ast, P.Brezec 4+3reb
gschID: 151184


N.Novgorod - Spartak-Prim. 88-89 OT

Spartak Primorye needed overtime to edge Nizhniy Novgorod 89:88. Victor erupted with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while Thomas added 15.
Top scorers:
N.Novgorod: M.Ignerski 24+6reb+1ast, I.Paunic 21+1reb+2ast, N.Protic 15+1ast, E.Bremer 10+1reb+5ast, V.Panin 9+7reb, V.Yurchyk 4+1reb
Spartak-Prim.: C.Victor 28+13reb+2ast, T.Thomas 15+1reb+5ast, A.Golyakhov 12+1reb+3ast, G.Zelenskiy 9+2reb+2ast, E.Baburin 7+2reb+1ast, A.Savenkov 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 151185


Lokomotiv - Unics 48-62

Everything could happen in Kuban at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Unics Kazan and 4th placed Lokomotiv had identical 1-1 record. But Lokomotiv was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Kazan 62-48 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Unics Kazan. Lokomotiv was better in fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lokomotiv to just 7 points in second quarter. They outrebounded Lokomotiv 41-27 including a 35-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international forward Kelly McCarty (201-75, college: S.Mississippi, agency: Avi Zilberman) who led his team to a victory with 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international center Alexey Savrasenko (215-79) contributed with 6 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lionel Chalmers (184-80, college: Xavier) answered with 12 points and 4 steals and American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-82, college: Kansas St.) added 8 points in the effort for Lokomotiv. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Unics Kazan (2-1) moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak-Prim. Loser Lokomotiv dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Unics Kazan will have a break next round. Lokomotiv will play at home against Spartak St.Petersburg (#9).
Top scorers:
Lokomotiv: L.Chalmers 12+4reb, J.Massey 8+3reb+1ast, N.Shabalkin 7+2reb, S.Bykov 6+1reb+2ast, M.Grigoryev 5, G.Shukhovtsov 4+4reb+2ast
Unics: K.McCarty 15+9reb+3ast, H.Domercant 11+2reb+2ast, V.Veremeenko 9+3reb, A.Savrasenko 6+8reb+3ast, P.Samoylenko 6+4reb+6ast, N.Jawai 6+2reb
gschID: 151186




EuroChallenge: Triumph Lyubertsy escaped the narrow win at home - by Eurobasket News
Triumph Lyubertsy- Okapi Aalstar 83:78

Triumph Lyubertsy overcame Okapi Aalstar in Group F of EuroChallenge. The Russian team needed a strong first half to secure 83:78 victory.
The guests looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and led in the majority of the quarter. Fox scored for 23:22 and Ruoff opened the second period for 25:22. The second frame however belonged to the Russian squad that needed 24-10 for 46:33 at the halftime. Sergey Solovev (204-C-86) increased to 57:37 and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) brought 61:46. Okapi meanwhile did not give up and after 9-0 run Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) reduced to 61:52. Moreover Steinbach cut to 67:64, but Sergey Solovev delivered two for 74:67. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) made the final result in the game as Triumph escaped the narrow win.
Artem Kuzyakin top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Dmitry Kulagin netted 20. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) posted 16, whilst Sergey Solovev added 10. Christopher Copeland ended up with 17 points in the losing case, whilst Justin Holiday (198-F, college: Washington) and Jackson posted 12 apiece.

Triumph Lyubertsy: Artem Kuzyakin 24, Dmitry Kulagin 20, Tywain McKee 16, Sergey Solovev 10
Okapi Aalstar: Christopher Copeland 17, Justin Holiday 12, Jackson 12


EuroChallenge: Atomeromu edge Nizhny Novgorod at home court - by Eurobasket News
Atomeromu - Nizhny Novgorod 83:72

Atomeromu opened their EuroChallenge regular season campaign with victory.They knocked down Nizhny Novgorod at home court. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) provided 19 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. So the Hungarian team improved at 1-0 record in Group D.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 22:22 after ten minutes of action. However Donald Cole ignited an 8:0 start of the second period. Soon Atomeromu grabbed a double-digit lead. They rallied to a 44:31 halftime advantage. The Hungarian team shielded their lead well enough throughout the third frame. They arrived at the last break leading by 12 points 63:51. Nizhny Novgorod managed to narrow the deficit at just 8 points midway through the fourth frame 61:69. However Atomeromu never allowed the visitors closer and rolled to the victory at the end. Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) and David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) knocked down 16 points each in the win. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) answered with 21 points and 10 rebounds for Nizhny Novgorod. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) had 15 points in the loss.

Atomeromu: Donald Cole 19, Lorenzo Williams 16, David Vojvoda 16
Nizhny Novgorod: Semen Antonov 21+10 boards, Michal Ignerski 15


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Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 5-0 
 2. St.Mirren 4-0 
 3. C.Eriksson F. 4-1 
 4. Troon Tornadoes 3-1 
 5. Stirling Knights 3-3 
 6. Glasgow Storm 2-3 
 7. Boroughmuir 1-3 
 8. Glasgow Univ. 1-3 
 9. Dunfermline 0-4 
 10. Glasgow R. II 0-5 


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A League Round 6: BKK Radnicki is upset by OKK Beograd - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Beograd between BKK Radnicki (4-2) and OKK Beograd (3-0) on Sunday night. BKK Radnicki was defeated by OKK Beograd in a tough game at home 79-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BKK Radnicki. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. OKK Beograd made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while BKK Radnicki only scored ten points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by BKK Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Mirko Kovac (199-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. BKK Radnicki's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. OKK Beograd have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. OKK Beograd are looking forward to face higher ranked Mega Vizura (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BKK Radnicki will play against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. Top-ranked Vojvodina faced 3rd ranked Radnicki Basket. Guests from Novi Sad (5-0) defeated host Radnicki Basket (3-2) 77-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki Basket. It was a good game for guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Dragan Zekovic contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Milos Dimic (195-89) replied with 19 points for Radnicki Basket. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Vojvodina have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Newly promoted Radnicki Basket dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Vojvodina will play against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Napredak Rubin (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-60 loss to ninth ranked Tamis (3-3) in Pancevo on Saturday evening. Branko Jereminov scored 13 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Slobodan Pejovic with 14 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tamis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Smederevo. Napredak Rubin at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Tamis will meet league's leader Vojvodina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Napredak Rubin will play against the league's second-placed BKK Radnicki (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Smederevo was defeated by Sloga in Kraljevo 84-72. Borac beat Metalac at home 81-67. Proleter Naftagas lost to Mega Vizura on the opponent's court 84-89. Sloboda Uzice unfortunately lost to Zeleznicar in a home game 82-96.
The best stats of 6th round was 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Slobodan Bozovic of Sloga.


Sloga - Smederevo 84-72

Everything could happen in Kraljevo at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Sloga and 5th ranked Smederevo Vizura had identical 3-2 record. This time Sloga used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Smederevo 84-72 on Saturday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Sloga. Smederevo Vizura managed to win fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Smederevo Vizura 38-23 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Sloga looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Power forward Slobodan Bozovic (207-79, agency: Interperformances) scored 29 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Stefan Jovic (190-90) chipped in 13 points, 6 assists and 7 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosko Balaban with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Nenad Stefanovic (193-85, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points and 8 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sloga have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Smederevo Vizura dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. They share it with Tamis. Sloga will meet Proleter Naftagas (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against Borac (#5) in Cacak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: B.Balaban 20+6reb+2ast, N.Stefanovic 11+2reb+8ast, U.Zivanovic 10+2reb+2ast, D.Majstorovic 8+1reb, B.Jovovic 7+3reb+1ast, V.Vranic 6
Sloga: S.Bozovic 29+6reb+5ast, S.Jovic 13+4reb+6ast, S.Mijajlovic 12+7reb+1ast, M.Trivunovic 8+2reb+1ast, M.Popovic 7+4reb+10ast, A.Marelja 5+4reb
gschID: 147871


Borac - Metalac 81-67

No shocking result in a game in Cacak where fourth ranked Borac (4-2) defeated 10th ranked Metalac (2-4) 81-67 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-67. Center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) had a double-double by scoring 21 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Nemanja Prolovic (188-87) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four Borac players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) with 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Milan Trtic (201-86) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Metalac's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Borac moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Metalac lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with four games lost. Borac will meet Smederevo Vizura (#8) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Metalac will play against Sloboda in Uzice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Metalac: D.Kruscic 18+2reb+1ast, R.Marojevic 11+1reb, D.Draskovic 9+2reb, M.Trtic 8+5reb+3ast, S.Atanackovic 8+1reb+2ast, D.Djukanovic 4+2reb+1ast
Borac: I.Zigeranovic 21+15reb+4ast, N.Prolovic 18+5reb+3ast, M.Maksimovic 15+2reb+1ast, R.Dramicanin 10+6reb+3ast, N.Todorovic 8+2reb, I.Cvetkovic 5+1ast
gschID: 147872


Radnicki Basket - Vojvodina 72-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Beograd. Top-ranked Vojvodina faced 3rd ranked Radnicki Basket. Guests from Novi Sad (5-0) defeated host Radnicki Basket (3-2) 77-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Radnicki Basket. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Radnicki Basket won third quarter 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vojvodina made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Radnicki Basket was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) who led his team to a victory with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Dragan Zekovic (210-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Milos Dimic (195-89) replied with 19 points and forward Ivan Smiljanic (198-89) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Radnicki Basket. Four Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Vojvodina have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 5-0 record. Newly promoted Radnicki Basket dropped to the seventh place with two games lost. Vojvodina will play against Tamis (#9) in Pancevo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radnicki Basket will play on the road against Zeleznicar in Indjija and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: M.Dimic 19+3reb+3ast, I.Smiljanic 17+7reb, A.Dzakovic 11+4reb, M.Milovanovic 11+5reb, N.Siladji 7+4reb, D.Tubak 4+3reb
Vojvodina: R.Markovic 16+1reb, D.Zekovic 15+4reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 11+5reb+7ast, D.Bunic 9+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 7+6reb, B.Vujosevic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147867


Tamis - Napredak 83-60

Bottom-ranked Napredak Rubin (0-6) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 83-60 loss to ninth ranked Tamis (3-3) in Pancevo on Saturday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Tamis. Napredak Rubin managed to win fourth quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Napredak Rubin to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Branko Jereminov (187-87) scored 13 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Davor Perak (198-83) chipped in 17 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was Montenegrin point guard Slobodan Pejovic (192-86) with 14 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Ljubisa Vukosavljevic (180-86) scored 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. Tamis moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Smederevo. Napredak Rubin at the other side still closes the standings with six games lost. Tamis will meet league's leader Vojvodina in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Napredak Rubin will play against the league's second-placed BKK Radnicki (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Napredak: S.Pejovic 14+6reb, L.Vukosavljevic 14+3reb+1ast, S.Cupkovic 11+6reb+1ast, A.Lekic 7+1reb+1ast, V.Milincic 7+3reb, S.Mihajlovic 3+2reb+1ast
Tamis: D.Perak 17+4reb, B.Jereminov 13+3reb+9ast, M.Radenkovic 13+3reb, M.Popadic 9+1reb, D.Habus 7+5reb+2ast, D.Buric 7+8reb+2ast
gschID: 147868


BKK Radnicki - OKK Beograd 79-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Beograd between second ranked BKK Radnicki (4-2) and top-ranked OKK Beograd (3-0) on Sunday night. BKK Radnicki was defeated by OKK Beograd in a tough game at home 79-85. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BKK Radnicki. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. OKK Beograd made 30-of-34 free shots (88.2 percent) during the game, while BKK Radnicki only scored ten points from the stripe. 31 personal fouls committed by BKK Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was point guard Luka Drca (195-87, college: Utah, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Mirko Kovac (199-83, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively. BKK Radnicki's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. OKK Beograd have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. OKK Beograd are looking forward to face higher ranked Mega Vizura (#4) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BKK Radnicki will play against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BKK Radnicki: A.Petrovic 21+12reb, D.Petronic 17+7reb+1ast, M.Boltic 10+4reb+7ast, N.Rakonjac 9+1reb, M.Tomic 9+1reb+1ast, N.Gacic 4+2reb+2ast
OKK Beograd: M.Kovac 22+2reb, L.Drca 17+9reb+7ast, S.Stefanovic 13+2reb, N.Misanovic 12+7reb, V.Malidzan 7+1reb+3ast, J.Koprivica 6+3reb
gschID: 147869


Mega Vizura - Proleter Naftagas 89-84

Very expected game when 12th ranked Proleter Naftagas (1-5) were defeated on the road by sixth ranked Mega Vizura (4-2) 89-84 on Monday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Mega Vizura dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Proleter Naftagas' 34. Mega Vizura forced 21 Proleter Naftagas turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 19 on the defensive glass. Guard Branko Milisavljevic (193-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Vasilije Micic (192-94, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists during the contest. Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Miladin Pekovic (196-83, agency: BeoExcell) with 24 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) and center Milan Bjegovic (211-81) scored 18 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Proleter Naftagas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with five games lost. They share it with Sloboda Uzice. Mega Vizura will meet OKK Beograd (#6) on the road in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play against Sloga (#3) in Kraljevo.
Top scorers:
Proleter Naftagas: M.Pekovic 24+4reb+1ast, M.Bjegovic 18+4reb+1ast, L.Igrutinovic 12+1reb+2ast, M.Vulin 9+2reb+3ast, Z.Majkic 7+7reb+1ast, V.Zarkovic 6+2ast
Mega Vizura: B.Milisavljevic 25+1reb+3ast, V.Micic 19+3reb+4ast, A.Bojic 14+8reb+1ast, D.Cantekin 10+5reb+1ast, S.Matovic 7+3reb+2ast, D.Cvetkovic 6+9reb+2ast
gschID: 147870


Sloboda Uzice - Zeleznicar 82-96

Rather predictable result in Uzice where eleventh ranked Zeleznicar (2-3) beat 13th ranked Sloboda (1-5) 96-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 54-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zeleznicar made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. Guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Djordjo Djordjic (198-78) chipped in 16 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. Four Zeleznicar players scored in double figures. Zeleznicar's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Ivan Kuburovic (203-81) with 28 points and 5 rebounds and forward Branko Andjic (201-82) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Zeleznicar moved-up to tenth place. Sloboda lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with five games lost. They share it with Proleter Naftagas. Zeleznicar will meet at home higher ranked Radnicki Basket (#7) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sloboda will play against Metalac (#11) in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: I.Kuburovic 28+5reb+2ast, B.Andjic 21+5reb+2ast, N.Micevic 10+3reb+1ast, N.Popovic 9+2reb, N.Arnautovic 4+2reb+1ast, A.Vasic 4+2ast
Zeleznicar: M.Bojovic 27+6reb+3ast, G.Bajic 18, D.Djordjic 16+4reb, N.Canak 10+4reb+3ast, S.Stanojevic 8+5reb, V.Jojic 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 147866




Tadija Dragicevic shines in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated impressive performance in the latest round of the Italian SerieA. Dragicevic collected 17 points and 7 rebounds leading his Angelico Biella to 58-79 road victory against Vanoli Cremona. He reached valuation 23. Angelico Biella improved its record in the league to 3-2. A week ago, Tadija Dragicevic shined against the reigning Italian champion Montepaschi Siena. The power forward had 16 points and 7 boards. Montepaschi had to work very hard to win this game as a guest 67-70. Tadija Dargicevic joined Angelico Biella during the summer. He played for ALBA Berlin, Lottomatica Virtus Roma and Crvena Zvezda in the past. In 2008, Dragicevic was Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Player of the Year.

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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos DIMIC
  Radnicki.
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Dimic, Radnicki.24.2 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.7 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac22.0 
 4. Kovac, OKK Beograd20.7 
 5. Balaban, Smederevo20.7 
 6. Bozovic, Sloga19.2 
 7. Kuburovic, Slobod.18.2 
 8. Popovic, Sloga18.2 
 9. Bojovic, Zeleznicar18.0 
 10. Smiljanic, Radnic.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ivan ZIGERANOVIC
  Borac
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Zigeranovic, Borac9.3 
 2. Balaban, Smederevo9.0 
 3. Misanovic, OKK B.8.0 
 4. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.8 
 5. Kuburovic, Slobod.7.7 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.7.3 
 7. Drca, OKK Beograd7.0 
 8. Petrovic, BKK R.6.7 
 9. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.6 
 10. Cvetkovic, Mega6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nenad STEFANOVIC
  Smede.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Stefanovic, Smede.6.5 
 2. Jovic, Sloga6.3 
 3. Popovic, Sloga6.2 
 4. Boltic, BKK R.6.0 
 5. Milisavljevi., Meg.5.5 
 6. Drca, OKK Beograd5.3 
 7. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 8. Jereminov, Tamis4.2 
 9. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.0 
 10. Sepa, OKK Beograd3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.3 
 2. Vulin, Prolet.3.2 
 3. Jovic, Sloga3.2 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.8 
 5. Vasilic, Radnic.2.6 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 7. Balmazovic, Metalac2.3 
 8. Majstorovic, Tamis2.2 
 9. Djukanovic, Metal.1.8 
 10. Kuzeta, Vojvodina1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.3.0 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.8 
 3. Bojic, Mega Vizura1.2 
 4. Petronic, BKK R.1.2 
 5. Jevtovic, Sloboda1.0 
 6. Majkic, Prolet.1.0 
 7. Matovic, Mega V.0.8 
 8. Vasilic, Radnic.0.8 
 9. Cantekin, Mega V.0.8 
 10. Karalic, Tamis0.8 


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EuroChallenge: Oldenburg surprise Nitra away from home - by Eurobasket News
Nitra - EWE Baskets 72:77

EWE Baskets Oldenburg knocked down Nitra on the road to open their EuroChallenge regular season campaign. Adam Chubb (208-F/C-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pennsylvania) posted 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
The German team surged ahead right from the start. They posted a 16:10 lead midway through the starting period. The visitors entered the second frame up by 7 points 26:19. Oldenburg stretched the margin to 9 points midway through the second term. However Nitra closed the first half on a 12:3 rally to narrow the deficit to just three points 38:41. EWE Baskets maintained the lead throughout the third term. They managed to post a 61:55 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Nitra never got closer than four points throughout the fourth term and had to surrender at the end. Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) delivered 22 points for EWE Baskets. Robin Smeulders (208-F-87, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) netted 9 points in the win. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Nitra. Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) had 19 points in the losing effort.

Nitra: Denis Clemente 29, Robert Vaden 19
EWE Baskets: Adam Chubb 23, Bobby Brown 22, Robin Smeulders 9


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Zlatorog beats Slovan, still unbeaten - by Zeljko Zule
After trailing 58-59 early in the final period, Zlatorog scored 9 straight points to go ahead 67-59 and finally defeated Slovan, 79-69, in the opening game of tge Telemach League Round 5. Vladimir Panic scored 24 points, Jure Skific posted 13 od his 17 points in the second half, Luka Lapornik had 12 points and 8 rebounds and Daniel Vujasinovic collected 10 points, 6 assists and 6 steals. Slovan used only six players and was outrebounded 27-37. Marko Pajic posted 17 of his 21 points in the first half and grabbed 9 rebounds and Ante Djugum had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Slovan missed all of its 13 3-pointers in the second half while Zlatorog improved their record to perceft 4-0.

Tomo Mahoric fired by Vanoli Cremona - by Eurobasket News
Italian team Vanoli Cremona fired Tomo Mahoric yesterday. They immediately hired Attilio Caja as a new Head Coach. Vanoli Cremona registered just one win in the first five games of the SerieA. Their latest 58-79 home loss against Angelico Biella was too much for the club's management and they decided to release Mahoric. Tomo Mahoric took over Cremona during the summer of 2010. They managed to survive in SerieA in their first season together. The team finished as No.12. Before Cremona, Tomo Mahoric spent year and a half with BC Kyiv. Before that, he worked shortly with Union Olimija in 2006/07 season. He worked with Olimpija also in the past. Mahoric has experience from Slask Wroclaw, Slovan and Lietuvos Rytas, with whom he won the ULEB Cup title in 2005. Mahoric was named Eurobasket.com All-ULEB Cup Coach of the Year -05.

Zlatorog releases rookie John Roberson - by Eurobasket News
John Roberson (180-G-88, college: Texas Tech) is no longer a member of Zlatorog Lasko. The Slovenian outfit decided to release the player and already looks for his replacement at PG position. Roberson joined Zlatorog during the pre-season. He appeared 6 times in Adriatic league averaging 5.3 points and 2.2 assists. In Slovenian league, Roberson registered 3.3 ppg and 2.3 apg for 3 games. Zlatorog has poor 0-6 record in Adriatic league and perfect 3-0 in Telemach league. John Roberson is a rookie who graduated at the Texas Tech University this year. He had 14.1 ppg, 2 rpg and 4.4 apg for his school as a senior. Roberson was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention -09, 10, 11. He helped Texas Tech to reach NIT Elite Eight in 2010.

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KT Sonic Boom's Big 4th Quarter Enough to Beat LG - by Jeff Liebsch
Cho Sung-Min's (197-F-83) 29 points led the KT Sonic Boom to a 74-70 comeback victory over the Changwon LG Sakers in Changwon Tuesday night.

KT rebounded from their Sunday loss to move their record to 8-4 on the season. Changwon LG Sakers suffered their sixth straight loss and fell to 3-8.

The Sonic Boom jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, before the Changwon LG Sakers turned up the heat to take a 16-15 lead. KT quickly took the lead back on free throws by Cho Sung-Min, and held on for a 24-23 first quarter lead.

The second quarter saw tighter defense and less scoring. KT's Cho Dong-Hyun (188-G-76) hit two key 3 pointers to secure a 38-35 lead for KT at the half. KT was lead by Cho Sung-Min with 11 points, while Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) lead all scorers with 14.

Changwon LG Sakers took over in the third quarter, erasing a six point deficit by going on a 14-0 run. KT went almost eight minutes without scoring until Cho Sung-Min hit a three pointer to narrow the lead to 49-46.

The fourth quarter belonged to KT however, though they had to do it without import Charles Rhodes who fouled out with 8:55 to go. Substitute Kim Hyeonmin (200-F-87) scored two quick baskets to give KT the lead at 56-54, and they didnt relinquish it from there, as they pulled off a 22-6 run. Greg Stevenson made it close, tying the game with a three pointer with 38.3 seconds left, but after Cho Sung-Min hit two free throws, Changwon LG Sakers forward Lee Min-jae missed a chance to tie with under five seconds left, and Cho Dong-Hyun solidified the win with two free throws.

Cho Dong-Hyun added 11 points, and Charles Rhodes and Park Sang-oh added 9 each.

Greg Stevenson scored 27, while Jeong Chang-young added 17 for Changwon LG Sakers.

Game Notes: Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) was active in the line-up for tonight's game. He scored 8 points and added 19 rebounds. After shooting a horrific 3/16 in the third, the Sonic Boom shot 9/12 in the fourth quarter. When Changwon LG Sakers Oh Yong-Jun (193-F-80) scores more than 10 points, the Sakers are 2-0. When he scores under ten, they are 1-7. He scored 12 points tonight. KTs previous 6 game winning streak saw them win by an average of 15.2 points.


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


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  SPAIN   


EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada cruise past Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - Norrkoping 89:75

Spanish Fuenlabrada ensured a perfect start to their EuroChallenge campaign. They defeated Norrkoping at home court in Group A tonight.Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Fuenlabrada triggered a 9:0 run midway through the second frame to clear off. The hosts increased the tempo and posted a 50:38 halftime advantage. Fuenlabrada went on a 14:3 rally at the beginning of the third term to open a 64:41 advantage. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 72:50. The hosts never looked back in the fourth period and coasted to the victory at the end. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) scored 13 points, while Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) added 10 points each in the win. The Dolphins responded with 15 points from Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.). Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) topscored with 19 points in defeat.

Fuenlabrada: Kirk Penney 15, Mouhamed Sene 13, Leonardo Mainoldi 10, Gustavo Ayon 10
Norrkoping: Sylvester Seay 19, Andrew Mitchell 15


Lucentum Alicante bring in Tyrone Ellis - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante strengthened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene). The veteran guard started the season with Estudiantes. Last season Tyore Ellis posted 6.7 points, 1.0 rebound per game in EuroCup. In ACB his stats read 7.4 points, 1.5 rebounds per appearance. Previously Tyrone Ellis had stints in the NBDL, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Italy. The guard was the member of Georgian National Team in 2006-09 seasons. He averaged 14.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game at 2009 European Championship in Division B.
Alicante also released Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86, college: Seton Hall). The guard started his pro career in Spain this season. He averaged 6.8 points per game in ACB.


Plasencia waives Head Coach Rafa Gomariz - by Eurobasket News
Plasencia Extremadura released its Head Coach Rafa Gomariz after bad start of the season in LEB Silver. The team is still winless after four rounds and decided to make a big change. Plasencia named assistant Pedro Calles as interim HC. Rafa Gomariz took over Plasencia in 2009. They finished as No.7 in both LEB Silver seasons. Cleary this one started unexpectedly bad. In the latest round, Placenicia failed at home to Andorra 58-71. Before Plasenica, Rafa Gomariz worked with Cordoba. He led them in 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons. Pedro Calles will make a debut as interim HC next weekend against Oviedo.

LOBE Huesca and Brad Reese parted ways - by Eurobasket News
LOBE Huesca released American forward Brad Reese (198-F-88, agency: TM Sports, college: Texas Tech). According to the club, the player did not meet expectations. Reese joined Huesca during the pre-season. He appeared 8 times in LEB Gold averaging 2.5 points and 1.4 rebounds. It was the first pro deal for Brad Resse. He graduated at the Texas Tech University this year. Reese had 11.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.6 apg for his school as a senior. He helped Texas Tech reach NIT Elite Eight in 2010. Bras Reese played at the Eurobasket Summer League in Houston this year. He shined there with 22.3 ppg, 10.3 rpg and 3 apg. Mostly owing to him Team Dubai won the summer league.

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EuroChallenge: Fuenlabrada cruise past Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada - Norrkoping 89:75

Spanish Fuenlabrada ensured a perfect start to their EuroChallenge campaign. They defeated Norrkoping at home court in Group A tonight.Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Fuenlabrada triggered a 9:0 run midway through the second frame to clear off. The hosts increased the tempo and posted a 50:38 halftime advantage. Fuenlabrada went on a 14:3 rally at the beginning of the third term to open a 64:41 advantage. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points 72:50. The hosts never looked back in the fourth period and coasted to the victory at the end. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) scored 13 points, while Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) and Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.) added 10 points each in the win. The Dolphins responded with 15 points from Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.). Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.) topscored with 19 points in defeat.

Fuenlabrada: Kirk Penney 15, Mouhamed Sene 13, Leonardo Mainoldi 10, Gustavo Ayon 10
Norrkoping: Sylvester Seay 19, Andrew Mitchell 15


McKnight number one for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Christopher McKnight (201-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Boras, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Solna (#9, 2-6) 95-87. Boras maintains the 2nd position in Swedish Basketligan. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Boras will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. It's McKnight's second year at Boras and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former The University of Akron star has very solid stats this year. McKnight is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.4ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.1rpg) and averages impressive 60.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Delvon Johnson (205-F-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Uppsala. Johnson had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Uppsala cruised to a 96-86 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jamtland (#8, 3-5). This victory allowed Uppsala to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Uppsala, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-F-80, agency: Court Side) of Jamtland (#8). Klaric scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Klaric's great performance Jamtland lost 86-96 to the higher-ranked Uppsala (#4, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jamtland not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 5 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Klaric could try to bring Jamtland's a little bit higher in the standings. Klaric has individually a great season in Sweden. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Keith Ramsey (206-F-87) of LF Basket - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77) of Solna - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 25 points and 9 rebounds
8. Urule Igbavboa (206-C-87) of LF Basket - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Johnell Smith (186-PG-80) of Sodertalje - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86) of Norrkoping - 16 points and 10 rebounds

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


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Coach Ferguson leaves BBC Nyon - by Luca Maffioli
Jon Ferguson is no longer the head coach of BBC Nyon. The American coach decided to leave the team due health reasons. He worked at BBC Nyon since 2010. He was head coach at SF Lausanne, Chene BBC, St. Prex BBC, Champel BBC, Pully BBC, Lausanne-Morges BBC, Ensa Union Neuchatel and BBC Nyon. Ferguson will be replaced by his assistant coach: Pierre-Alain Badan .

Esterkamp number one in LNA for round 6 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-F-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Fribourg, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed BBC Nyon (#8, 2-4) with 25-point margin 79-54. It allowed Fribourg to consolidate first place in the Swiss LNA. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Fribourg already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Esterkamp had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fribourg, through which he has constantly improved. Former Bowling Green State University star has very solid stats this year. Esterkamp is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.2apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Rickey Gibson (191-G-84) of SAV Vacallo. Gibson had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Of course SAV Vacallo cruised to a 77-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Starwings (#6, 2-4). SAV Vacallo's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Gibson is one of the most experienced players at SAV Vacallo and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 7.0rpg and 5.2apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Fribourg's star - international center Oliver Vogt (209-C-80). Vogt scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Fribourg, helping his team with a 79-54 easy win against the lower-ranked BBC Nyon (#8, 2-4). Fribourg started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Vogt turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Vogt has a very solid season. In 4 games in Switzerland he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derek Stockalper (198-G/F-84) of Lugano Tigers - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Geneve Lions - 12 points and 13 rebounds
6. Ismael N'Diaye (197-F-82) of Boncourt - 19 points and 2 assists
7. Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91) of Lugano Tigers - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81) of SAV Vacallo - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) of SAV Vacallo - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tony Gugino (207-C-86) of SAM Massagno - 17 points and 7 rebounds

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


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Syrian U18 National Team 2011 - by Tarek Burhan
Okba Baghajati
Mourad Hashim
Moataz Daher
Ali Sadek
Ayoub Al Ghawi
Basel Nwilati
Tarek Al Masri
Bilal Kotbi
Mouhammad Shahin
Basel Shinno
Ali Obesi
Mahmoud Tarrab
Ishaq Oubid
Anthony Baker
George Nazarian

Head Coach : Pance Milevski
Assistan Coach : Fadi Al Rishani, Mouhammad Al Khatib

this roster for Waba champion U18
the NT will play against : Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Yemen


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EuroChallenge: Pinar Karsiyaka surprised Turk Telekom's star roster - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom- Pinar Karsiyaka 74:82

Pinar Karsiyaka surprised Turk Telekom's star roster at the start of the EuroChallenge. The clash of the Turkish teams saw the victory of Karsiyaka that grabbed 82:74 away from home.
Both teams nailed 22 points in the first period but the hosts outscored the opponents in the second frame 21-16. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) scored for 43:36 and Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) reduced to 5 at the halftime. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona)niz and Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) even brought he double digit lead, however the third quarter belonged to Pinar Karsiyaka. At first Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) tied the game at 50:50 and then Ikonic scored for 67:56 as the guests looked awesome in the period. They did not mind 15-16 in the last frame and celebrated the important victory at the start.
Jovo Stanojevic paced all the winners with 25 points for the first victory. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 and Mire Chatman added 14. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) ended up with 21 points in the losing effort, while Ali Karadeniz posted 17. Mehmet Okur netted 12 and Kaspars Kambala scored 10.

Turk Telekom: Darius Washington 21, Ali Karadeniz 17, Mehmet Okur 12, Kaspars Kambala 10
Pinar Karsiyaka: Jovo Stanojevic 25, Ilkan Karaman 15, Mire Chatman 14


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Marcelus KEMP
  Besiktas
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Kemp, Besiktas23.5 
 2. Washington, Turk T.23.0 
 3. Williams, Besiktas19.8 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka19.0 
 5. Henderson, Erdemir18.3 
 6. Stimac, Olin Edirne18.0 
 7. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.0 
 8. Buckman, Tofas17.8 
 9. Sonkol, Aliaga17.0 
 10. Bryan-A., Hacett.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir STIMAC
  Olin Edirne
  (209-C-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Stimac, Olin Edirne11.5 
 2. Sanders, Hacett.10.0 
 3. Sonkol, Aliaga9.3 
 4. Wesson, Erdemir8.5 
 5. Okur, Turk Telekom8.3 
 6. Erden, Besiktas8.3 
 7. Buckman, Tofas7.8 
 8. Barac, Anadolu Ef.7.5 
 9. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.3 
 10. McGhee, Bandirma.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Darius WASHINGTON
  Turk T.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Washington, Turk T.8.3 
 2. Chatman, Karsiyaka8.0 
 3. Williams, Besiktas7.0 
 4. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.5 
 5. Toolson, Aliaga5.3 
 6. Steele, Tofas5.0 
 7. Fisher, Antalya4.8 
 8. Ermis, Banvit BK4.5 
 9. Acik, Galatasaray4.5 
 10. Grundy, Mersin4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ahmet CANTITIZ
  Bandirma.
  (--92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cantitiz, Bandirma.2.5 
 2. Grier, Mersin2.3 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.2.0 
 4. Kulcebas, Hacett.2.0 
 5. Bryan-A., Hacett.2.0 
 6. Kinsey, Anadolu2.0 
 7. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.8 
 8. Jerrells, Fener.Ul.1.8 
 9. Washington, Turk T.1.5 
 10. Simmons, Banvit1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Semih ERDEN
  Besiktas
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Erden, Besiktas1.8 
 2. Qvale, Aliaga1.5 
 3. Koc, Tofas1.5 
 4. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.5 
 5. Robinson, Erdemir1.3 
 6. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.3 
 7. Wilkinson, Olin E.1.0 
 8. Karaman, Karsiyaka1.0 
 9. Dagli, Besiktas0.8 
 10. McGhee, Bandirma.0.8 


Mire Chatman gets MVP of the Week award for TBL - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for Karsiyaka and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 33-year old guard had the game-high 37 points adding three rebounds and nine assists for Karsiyaka as his team lost the game against Turk Telekom (#6, 3-1) 98-110. Karsiyaka moved-up to the 11th position in the Turkish TBL. The season is still in it's early stage, so the team may have a chance to improve their current position in the standings. They lost 3 games and had just one victory. In the team's last game Chatman had a remarkable 78.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Karsiyaka's top player in his first season with the team. University of Texas-Pan American graduate has very impressive stats this year. Chatman is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 8.0apg) and averages solid 63.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old former international forward Umit Sonkol (206-F-82) of Aliaga. Sonkol impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Aliaga cruised to a 77-67 relatively comfortable win over Trabzonspor (#16, 0-4). This victory allowed Aliaga to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sonkol is a newcomer at Aliaga and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#9). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Melvin Sanders (196-F/G-81, agency: FCM) of Hacettepe Univ. (#13). Sanders scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Sanders' great performance Hacettepe Univ. lost 68-86 to the league's current leader Galatasaray (#3, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hacettepe Univ. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sanders he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sanders has individually a great season in Turkey. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) of Olin Edirne - 26 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80) of Turk Telekom - 27 points and 6 rebounds
6. Darius Washington (188-G-85) of Turk Telekom - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) of Anadolu Efes - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Charles Davis (202-F-84) of Banvit BK - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Emir Preldzic (205-F-87) of Fener.Ulker - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79) of Mersin - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists

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


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 4-0 
 2. Besiktas 4-0 
 3. Galatasaray 4-0 
 4. Tofas 3-1 
 5. Fener.Ulker 3-1 
 6. Turk Telekom 3-1 
 7. Mersin 3-1 
 8. Aliaga 2-2 
 9. Erdemir 2-2 
 10. Banvit BK 1-3 
 11. Karsiyaka 1-3 
 12. Olin Edirne 1-3 
 13. Hacettepe Univ. 1-3 
 14. Antalya 0-4 
 15. Bandirma Kir. 0-4 
 16. Trabzonspor 0-4 


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Shawn King gets MVP of the Week award for Superleague - by Eurobasket News
Vincentian Shawn King (208-C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Odessa and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 29-year old center had the game-high 28 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for BC Odessa as his team lost the game against BC Donetsk (#1, 8-3) 78-85. BC Odessa maintains the 8th position in Ukrainian Superleague. BC Odessa is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 5th lost game this season out of 10 games. King turned to be BC Odessa's top player in his first season with the team. Oral Roberts University graduate has very impressive stats this year. King. King is in league's top in points (6th best: 18.5ppg) and averages solid 3.0bpg and 57.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Kryvbasbasket. Davis impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Kryvbasbasket to edge the higher-ranked Cherkasy (#11, 2-6) by 4 points 88-84. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Kryvbasbasket is still at the dead bottom 14th position. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Kryvbasbasket managed to get this year. Davis is a newcomer at Kryvbasbasket and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.3ppg (#7). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Canadian Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of DniproAzot (#12). Fraser scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Fraser's great performance DniproAzot lost 75-89 to the higher-ranked Budivelnyk (#2, 7-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. DniproAzot can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Fraser he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Fraser has individually a great season in Ukraine. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.9rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84) of BC Donetsk - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rodney Green (195-F/G-88) of Mykolaiv - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Steven Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Charles Thomas (203-F-86) of Dnipro - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Willie Deane (188-PG-80) of BC Odessa - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84) of BC Kyiv - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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


EuroChallenge: BK Prostejov outscored Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla- BK Prostejov 75:77

BK Prostejov outscored Hoverla in Ivano-Frankivsk at their start of the EuroChallenge campaign. The team from Czech Republic should thank Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) who nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory.
Hoverla took 20:18 at the end of the first period and Lemyk scored for 30:22 early in the second. BK Prostejov replied with an 8-0 run and Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) tied it all at 36:36 at the end of the half.
The battle continued in the court in the second half as well. At first BK Prostejov grabbed 47:41 but Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado St.) tied it at 57:57. Jamar Smith gave his side 69:62 early in the fourth period and Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80)il made it 74:67. The Ukrainian team erupted with an 8-0 run and Dante Swanson (178-PG-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) made two free throws for 75:74 with 3 seconds to go. Jamar Smith however nailed a three-pointer-buzzer-beater for the victory.
Jamar Smith top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) as well as Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson had 12 each. Jaroslav Prasil nailed 11, while Svrdlik scored 10. Marcus Walker finished the night with 17 points for the home side, whilst Dante Swanson and Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) notched 15 apiece.

Hoverla: Marcus Walker 17, Dante Swanson 15, Brian Greene 15
BK Prostejov: Jamar Smith 14, Travis Peterson 12, Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson 12+11 rebs, Jaroslav Prasil 11




EuroChallenge: Terry leads Khimik over BK Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Khimik- BK Ventspils 81:67

Khimik edged BK Ventspils in Yuzhniy at their start of EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Ukrainian squad enjoyed the second and the third quarters to win 81:67 in the opener.
The Latvian side started strong and had 22:19 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) however brought the hosts 27:26 lead and Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) increased to 33:28. Predrag Miletic (193-G-84) later brought 40:32 and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) closed the half at 42:34. In the third quarter the Ukrainian side added 23-13 and led 65:47 entering the last stanza. Ikovlev scored for 67:47 in the start of the last period and Aaron McGhee brought 70:50. BK Ventspils however managed to reduce to 14 points as they won the final period 20-16. Ventspils missed last 5 consecutive three pointers, while Khimik missed last 6 consecutive three pointers.
Reyshawn Terry paced all the winners with 18 points and Aaron McGhee netted 16. Predrag Miletic chipped in with 13, while Prokopenko added 11. Janis Strelnieks ended up with 15 points in the losing effort and Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) scored 12. Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM) delivered 11 and Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) brought 10.

Khimik: Reyshawn Terry 18, Aaron McGhee 16, Predrag Miletic 13, Prokopenko 11
BK Ventspils: Janis Strelnieks 15, Steven Gray 12, Martins Laksa 11, Jahmar Young 10


Kryvbasbasket hire Ainars Bagatskis - by Eurobasket News
Kryvbasbasket have decided to change head coach. They parted ways with Vladimir Chursin and agreed on terms of contract with Ainars Bagatskis (agency: Alti Sport ). The Latvian specialist lately worked in Georgia. He was in charge in Sokhumi Tbilisi. Previously Ainars Bagatskis (agency: Alti Sport ) had stints with Barons Riga, Zalgiris Kaunas, Valmiera and Enisey. He also guided Latvian University National Team. He is currently in charge of Latvian National Team.

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Up and Down Weekend for The Lions - by Jeffrey King
After running Newcastle Eagles close last Friday night in the BBL at Sport Central before eventually going down 100 88 Milton Keynes Lions Head Coach Mike New was a disappointed man.

Expressing his feelings he summed up his mood straight after the game.

'Not good, not good. My team should have played the first half like we did the second half and I think it could have been a different outcome. Its always tough on the road as you have to play against a lot of different elements.

You've just got to persevere and if we'd finished better around the basket and made our free-throws and come out from the first half like we did in the second we won't let anyone else influence the game.'

Lions stayed in the game throughout the full forty minutes and only in the latter stages did Eagles pull away to record the win. Certainly MK have a lot of talent in their ranks this season and in Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western) have a player thats looking likely to set The BBL alight this season.

Bolds had 22 points and 14 rebounds against The Eagles and was well supported by Howard Crawford (203-F-88, college: UAB) who had a season-high 25 points and Daniel Northern (206-F/C-85, college: Tennessee Tech) who also recorded a double-double of 15 points and 18 rebounds.

Lions did get within one point of The Eagles at one stage in the third quarter but an Eagles time-out and 9 points following the time-out gave them a lead they held on to go 4 0 in the BBL this season. However, New preferred to concentrate on his own side moving forward.

'I feel we're good. We've just got to come out with a better effort in the first half and I've got confidence in all my guys. We've just got to take that one on the chin and come out and do a better job as a team in our next game.'

Prophetic words as led once again by the effervescent Bolds, Milton Keynes bounced back in style on Sunday night defeating Guildford Heat 98 82 to record their first win in the BBL this season with a solid all-round team display.

Bolds netted 37 points to go along with his efforts in Newcastle on the Friday night earning him a starting spot in the BBL Team of the Week and he was well supported in the solid home win by point guard Stefan Gill who had 20 points, Daniel Northern who almost achieved his second double-double of the weekend with 12 pts and 9 boards and Nuno Pedrosa who also hit 12 points.

Judging by their results so far this season, Milton Keynes fans are in for a roller-coaster exciting ride this campaign.



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 6 - by Paul Nilsen

Guards dominated during Week 6 of BBL action and not surprisingly, its reflected in a smaller than usual line-up which includes two debutantes.

Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western) (Prestige Homes MK Lions)
While Lions have endured a roller-coaster season so far, one of the few consistent factors has been the form of all-action guard Demarius Bolds. He makes the starting five for the second time in three weeks after a fantastic 37 point performance against Guildford Heat to lead his team to their first BBL Championship success this season. Bolds made an impressive 10 of 14 including 4 of 8 from downtown to add to 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal. Had he not spoiled his line with 8 turnovers then he would have undoubtedly racked up one of the highest efficiency scores of the season.

Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose, NY) (Durham Wildcats)
Veteran guard Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose, NY) grabs the first spot in our team for the Wildcats and quite aptly it comes due to the history making first ever BBL victory. The playmaker was central to their memorable and landmark success at Newton Aycliffe against Cheshire Jets by racking up a near double-double of 19 points and 9 rebounds to add to 3 assists and 3 steals. The former Teesside Mohawks player who has also played in the Greek top flight during his career showed his leadership and maturity by only turning the ball over once all game.

Cameron Rundles (185-PG-88, college: Wofford) (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders)
Its been an exciting time for the combo guard who is in red-hot form right now and successive appearances reflect that fact. This is actually the third time he has made the line-up and consequently joins Justin Dobbins of the Sharks at the top of the leader board. He was in the shake-up for the Molten Player Of The Month award for October and that is also reflective of the great job he has done since arriving. He helped his team preserve their unbeaten status in the BBL Championship by helping to squeeze past Guildford Heat in a tight one, finishing with 30 points including six scores from the perimeter to add to his 6 assists as he continued to reveal himself as potentially the best combo guard in the BBL or at least on current form.

Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) (Newcastle Eagles)
Its always an achievement for any player to make our line-up but for player-coaches, it takes that little bit extra effort. Fabulous Flournoy makes his first appearance of the season to further add to his Molten Coach Of The Month Award for October. Having shone in a coaching capacity, this time he was proving his value as a player in a hard fought victory over Prestige Homes MK Lions which moved his team to a commanding 4-0 at the summit of the BBL Championship table. Without playmaker Paul Gause, the whole team had to really step up and Flournoy did his bit at both ends of the floor with a superb 14 rebounds and 8 assists.

Matt Schneck (203-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Cloud St.) (Cheshire Jets)
While his team has struggled to establish any kind of consistency as a unit, the individual performances of Matt Schneck have been impressive and even in the disappointment of defeat at Durham last Saturday, the forward was the standout for the visitors with a monstrous double-double of 25 points and 15 rebounds. Having fallen to Wildcats, Jets needed a big response at home to the in-form Glasgow Rocks 24 hours later as they tried to pick themselves up off the floor. Once again Schneck again came up trumps as he harvested his second double-double of the weekend with a superb 26 points and 15 rebounds.


Off The Bench Andrew Bridge (Newcastle Eagles), Jeremy Bell (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders), Nate Reinking (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Tayo Ogedegebe (Guildford Heat), Colin OReilly (Cheshire Jets), Justin Dobbins (One Health Sharks Sheffield)



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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Olimpia
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Johnson, Olimpia25.5 
 2. Herring, Bohemios24.7 
 3. Crews, Cader24.4 
 4. Eddie, Cordon24.0 
 5. Moore, Montevideo24.0 
 6. Humphrey, Bigua23.0 
 7. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 8. Garcia Moral., Big.20.5 
 9. Nelson, Welcome20.3 
 10. Haller, Montevideo20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamaal DOUGLAS
  Bohemios
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Douglas, Bohemios21.6 
 2. Polk, Montevideo11.7 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua11.3 
 4. Johnson, Olimpia11.0 
 5. Kanis, Trouville10.8 
 6. Jackson, Defensor10.6 
 7. Crews, Cader10.0 
 8. Passos, Hebraica9.9 
 9. Haller, Montevideo9.9 
 10. Shellman, Sayago9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Barrera, Hebraica9.1 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.8 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada6.1 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.1 
 5. Jeffries, Malvin5.0 
 6. de Gouveia, Monte.5.0 
 7. Martinez, Malvin4.8 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago4.6 
 9. Muro, Aguada4.6 
 10. Trasante, Olimpia4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.3 
 2. Moore, Montevideo3.0 
 3. Jeffries, Malvin2.8 
 4. Shellman, Sayago2.8 
 5. Calfani, Bigua2.7 
 6. Garcia Moral., Big.2.6 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.4 
 8. Tornaria, Trouville2.4 
 9. Giano, Cordon2.4 
 10. Silvarrey, Sayago2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.6 
 2. Herring, Bohemios2.0 
 3. Smith, Malvin2.0 
 4. Crews, Cader1.9 
 5. Suarez, Cordon1.9 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios1.9 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.1.8 
 8. Newsome, Malvin1.5 
 9. Shellman, Sayago1.4 
 10. Mitchell, Guruyu1.3 


Results fo the Uruguayan League 9th round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the Uruguaya League 9th round:
Bohemios 102 - Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) 39 points 4 rebounds, Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) 15 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks
Union Atletica 96 - Will Caudle (206-C-82, college: Xavier) 35 points 16 rebounds, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 4 points 7 rebounds
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Bigua 89 - Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) 24 points 9 rebounds 2 blocks 3 assists, Jason Blair (201-F/C-79, college: San Diego) 11 points 6 rebounds 1 block 2 assists
Sayago 79 - Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) 33 points 3 rebounds 2 assists, Terrence Shelman 5 points 8 rebounds
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Malvin 83 - Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) 20 points 3 assists, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 18 points 10 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 15 points 6 rebounds, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 14 points 12 rebounds
Guruyu Waston 73 - Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 20 points 3 rebounds 5 assists, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 10 points 12 rebounds 4 assits, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 8 points 6 rebounds
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Larre Borges 86 - Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 26 points 8 rebounds, Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 18 points 13 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 79 - Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 16 points 8 rebounds, Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) 9 points 3 rebounds 2 assists


Hebrica Macabi wants to make history - by Sergio Palay
On Tuesday, Hebraica Macabi has before him the possibility of matching the best start to a team in the history of the LUB.
The record now belongs to Atletico Bigua, who in the 2010-2011 season were undefeated during the first nine games.
Hebraica has been a great start to the season with eight consecutive victories.
The team coaches by Marcello Signorelli, play against Club Trouville tonight. Club Trouvillet has won four and lost four games.


Trouville signs Brandon Brown - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) is a new member of Club Trouville. The American forward signed a deal for rest of the LUB season. Actually, Brown already made his debut with Trouville. He exploded with 25 points and 10 rebounds against Welcome. Trouville lost that game on the road 79-63. Brandon Brown started this season with Mexican Halcones UV Xalapa. He had 7.3 ppg and 3 rpg for them in 3 LNBP games. Brown played for Canaea also this year. They competed in CIBACOPA, where Brown shined with 24.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg. He paced Cananea to the title and was named Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Forward of the Year -11. Brown was the top rebounder of the competition.

Atletico Bigua gets bigger with Jason Blair - by Eurobasket News
Jason Blair (201-F/C-79, college: San Diego) will continue his career in Uruguay. The American power forward/center signed a deal with Atletico Bigua for rest of the LUB season. Blair already made debut with his new team. He had 20 points and 7 rebounds against Hebrairca. Bigua faced with 90-81 road loss in this meeting. Jason Blair spent last few seasons in Spain. In the latest one he played for Navarra. They competed in LEB Gold, where Blair averaged 11.7 points and 7 rebounds. In 2009/10, he played for Burgos. In the past, Jason Blair was a member of Mallorca, Plasencia, Muro and Ourense. He graduated at the University of San Diego in 2003.

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Day 8: Coincidentally all hosts won their games - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Kyiv between third ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (2-2) and sixth ranked Ukrainian Budivelnyk (2-2) on Saturday night. Krasnie Krilya was defeated by Budivelnyk in a tough game on the road 72-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. Krasnie Krilya trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Budivelnyk made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Krasnie Krilya. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Ukrainian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Krasnie Krilya. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against the league's second-placed Unics Kazan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Russian CSKA Moscow (4-1) which hosted in Moscow second-ranked Ukrainian Azovmash (3-2). Third ranked CSKA Moscow had an easy win 72-45. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Azovmash. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Nenad Krstic (213-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and Andrey Vorontsevich who added 7 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Bosnian-Slovenian center Hasan Rizvic (212-84) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Azovmash at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia in the next round. Azovmash will have a break next round.
VTB United League top team - Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-5) 90-64. The winners were led by Vladimir Dragicevic who scored that evening 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by DeVon Hardin did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Spartak St.Petersburg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (4-1) 78-72. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Lawrence Roberts who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with CSKA. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with five games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (2-2). VEF Riga managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Monday. Curtis Millage orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. VEF Riga will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.



VEF Riga - Zalgiris 88-79

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. 4th ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris (2-3) played at the court of sixth ranked Latvian VEF Riga (2-2). VEF Riga managed to secure a 9-point victory 88-79 on Monday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. VEF Riga made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Zalgiris were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Curtis Millage (185-81, college: Arizona St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Swingman Dairis Bertans (192-89) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American point guard Ty Lawson (180-87, college: N.Carolina) replied with 17 points and center Robertas Javtokas (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Defending Latvian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Defending Lithuanian champion Zalgiris dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. VEF Riga will face BC Nizhny Novgorod (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
VEF Riga: C.Millage 20+6reb+4ast, D.Bertans 18+1reb+2ast, S.Valters 13+2reb+1ast, K.Janicenoks 11+6reb+1ast, A.Kavaliauskas 9+7reb, M.Perry 8+1ast
Zalgiris: T.Lawson 17+2reb+2ast, M.Rakovic 14+2reb, R.Javtokas 10+8reb+2ast, M.Popovic 10+5reb+2ast, S.Weems 8+9reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 6+5reb+3ast
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Budivelnyk - Krasnie Krilya 80-72

The most important game in the last round took place in Kyiv between third ranked Russian Krasnie Krilya (2-2) and sixth ranked Ukrainian Budivelnyk (2-2) on Saturday night. Krasnie Krilya was defeated by Budivelnyk in a tough game on the road 72-80. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Krasnie Krilya. Krasnie Krilya trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 25-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 72-80 at the end of the game. Budivelnyk made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Krasnie Krilya helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American point guard Jack McClinton (185-85, college: Miami, FL) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Serbian power forward Dragan Labovic (207-87, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 18 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Brion Rush (186-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 4 steals in the effort for Krasnie Krilya. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending Ukrainian champion moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Krasnie Krilya. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Krasnie Krilya will play on the road against the league's second-placed Unics Kazan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Budivelnyk: J.McClinton 26+7reb+2ast, Z.Morley 16+8reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 13+4reb+3ast, S.Sehovic 5+4reb+1ast, A.Malysh 5+2reb+1ast, O.Onufriyev 5+1ast
Krasnie Krilya: D.Labovic 18+9reb, B.Rush 18+4reb+2ast, E.Kolesnikov 14+3reb+1ast, A.Miles 8+2reb+1ast, J.Hayes 7+9reb+1ast, A.Urazmanov 2
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CSKA - Azovmash 72-45

An interesting game for Russian CSKA Moscow (4-1) which hosted in Moscow second-ranked Ukrainian Azovmash (3-2). Third ranked CSKA Moscow had an easy win 72-45. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Azovmash. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. CSKA Moscow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Azovmash was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian center Nenad Krstic (213-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and center Andrey Vorontsevich (204-87) who added 7 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Bosnian-Slovenian center Hasan Rizvic (212-84) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) scored 9 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CSKA Moscow have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending Russian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Lietuvos rytas. Azovmash at the other side dropped to the fourth position with two games lost. CSKA Moscow will play against Asseco Prokom (#5) in Gdynia in the next round. Azovmash will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
CSKA: N.Krstic 18+2reb+3ast, A.Vorontsevich 7+9reb+2ast, S.Kaun 6+2reb, A.Shved 6+2reb+2ast, R.Siskauskas 6+3reb+2ast, V.Khryapa 5+7reb+2ast
Azovmash: H.Rizvic 10+8reb, D.Ewing 9+2reb+5ast, J.Crispin 9+2reb+3ast, R.Rancik 5+5reb, V.Golubovic 5+1reb, O.Pecherov 4+7reb
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Lietuvos rytas - CEZ Nymburk 78-72

Bottom-ranked Czech CEZ Nymburk is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their fifth consecutive match to third ranked Lithuanian Lietuvos rytas (4-1) 78-72. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-19 CEZ Nymburk's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Lawrence Roberts (205-82, college: Mississippi St.) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. point guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 8 assists. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Guard Chester Simmons (198-82, college: Washington, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) produced 26 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Lamayne Wilson (204-80, college: Troy) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Lietuvos rytas have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with CSKA. Defending Czech champion CEZ Nymburk still closes the standings with five games lost. Lietuvos rytas will have a break next round. CEZ Nymburk will play on the road against Enisey Krasnoyarsk (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: T.Rice 18+8ast, L.Roberts 13+11reb+3ast, R.Seibutis 10+2reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 10+4reb, P.Samardziski 9+7reb+1ast, A.Rasic 9
CEZ Nymburk: C.Simmons 26+4reb+5ast, L.Wilson 20+7reb+3ast, P.Benda 8+2reb+1ast, P.Pumprla 7+8reb+1ast, S.Spralja 5, E.Lawrence 4+6reb+3ast
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Spartak SP - Minsk-2006 90-64

VTB United League top team - Russian Spartak St.Petersburg (6-0) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Belarusian Minsk-2006 (0-5) 90-64. The game without a history. Spartak St.Petersburg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Minsk-2006's 38. Spartak St.Petersburg looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Minsk-2006's players. The winners were led by Montenegrin power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (205-86) who scored that evening 21 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and Greek center Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-84) supported him with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Spartak St.Petersburg players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds by American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. His fellow American import forward Justin Hawkins (201-85, college: N.Mexico St., agency: I.D.S. Law) added 16 points for the guests. 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. Spartak St.Petersburg have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Defending Belarusian champion Minsk-2006 still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with CEZ Nymburk. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Spartak SP: V.Dragicevic 21+4reb+1ast, L.Mavrokefalidis 16+6reb+1ast, M.Zupan 13+4reb+1ast, A.Kotishevskiy 11+3ast, P.Beverley 6+4reb+7ast, V.Likhodey 6+3reb+1ast
Minsk-2006: D.Hardin 21+13reb, J.Hawkins 16+3reb+2ast, A.Trastsinetski 11+5reb+1ast, A.Lashkevich 9+6reb+1ast, A.Kudrautsau 7+4ast, U.Charko 0
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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Foley's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old guard Jessica Foley (182-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Townsville F. and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Waves (#9, 0-6) with 24-point margin 98-74. Townsville F. maintains the 2nd position in WNBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Townsville F. already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Foley turned to be Townsville F.'s top player in her first season with the team. Jessica Foley averages just after two games 15.5ppg and 5.5rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Krista Phillips (198-C-88) of Dandenong R.. She is Canadian center in her first season at Dandenong R.. In the last game Phillips recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Dandenong R. cruised to a 86-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Canberra C. (#8, 1-6). Dandenong R.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Phillips is a newcomer at Dandenong R. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Dandenong R.'s star - guard Kathleen Macleod (167-G-86). Macleod showcased her all-around game by recording 25 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. She was another key player of Dandenong R., helping her team with a 86-74 win against the lower-ranked Canberra C. (#8, 1-6). Dandenong R. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Macleod has a great season in Australia. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (3rd best) and assists with 7.5apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) of Canberra C. - 21 points and 17 rebounds
5. Rohanee Cox (182-F-80) of Waves - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Cayla Francis (192-C-89) of Logan T. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) of Sydney UF - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Deanna Smith (179-G-80) of Bendigo S. - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Shanavia Dowdell (188-F-87) of Townsville F. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Olivia Thompson (185-F-93) of AIS - 18 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Baltic League Standings
Group W
 1. Serene 0-0 
Regular Season
Group A
 1. Olimpia 1-0 
 2. Sirenos 1-0 
 3. TTT Riga 1-0 
 4. Kibirkstis-Tiche 0-1 
 5. TTT Juniores 0-1 
 6. Victoria 0-1 
Group B
 1. Tim-Scuf 2-0 
 2. KK Tallina U. 2-1 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-0 
 4. Eclex Tallinn 1-2 
 5. Berezina 0-1 
 6. Halichina 0-2 
Semifinals
Group C
 1. Lemminkainen 0-0 
 2. VICI-Aistes 0-0 
Group D
 1. Gorizont 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Zeljeznicar jumps to 3-0 in Bosnian league - by Eurobasket News
Round Three of the Bosnian top division was played last weekend. Zeljeznicar registered its third straight victory and stays No.1 in the league. This time Zeljeznicar cruised past Mladost on the road 56-80. Biljana Savic (191-C-83) had monster double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. Jelena Culafic (175-G-89) also was great adding 23 points and 7 boards in this victory.
Borac grabbed 68-66 home win against Banovici. Natasa Tomasovic (186-F/C-93) shined in Borac with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Azra Becirovic (182-F-80, agency: Data Plus Group) was good in loss with 22 points and 13 rebs.
In the last game of the round, Rudar Sport handed 84-73 defeat to Igokea. Jelena Stosic led the winners with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Round Four is scheduled for the next weekend.

D1 Standings
1. Zeljeznicar 3-0
2. Rudar Sport 2-0
3. Borac ML-IEFK 2-1
4. RMU Banovici 1-1
5. Mladost 1-2
6. Jedinstvo 0-2
7. Igokea 0-3


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dorogobuzova's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (187-F-90, agency: LBM Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Neftochimic and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
She had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed Rilski Sportist (#6, 1-2) with 17-point margin 76-59. Neftochimic is placed at 2nd position in NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Neftochimic will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Dorogobuzova had a remarkable 52.6% from 2-point range. She turned to be Neftochimic's top player in her first season with the team. Dorogobuzova has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 42.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Natalia Topalova-Shopova (186-F-80) of Montana 2003. She is former international forward in her first season at Montana 2003. In the last game Topalova-Shopova recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Montana 2003 lost that game 77-82 to slightly higher-ranked Levski (#4, 2-2). This loss caused Montana 2003 to drop to 5th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Topalova-Shopova is a newcomer at Montana 2003 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to center Anne Farrell (187-C-88) of Rilski Sportist (#6). Farrell scored 21 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Farrell's great performance Rilski Sportist lost 59-76 to the higher-ranked Neftochimic (#2, 3-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Rilski Sportist not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Farrell could try to bring Rilski Sportist's a little bit higher in the standings. Farrell has individually a great season in Bulgaria. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.7rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charel Allen (181-G-86) of Dunav 8806 - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Dimana Makarieva (188-C-88) of Montana 2003 - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89) of Dunav 8806 - 27 points and 9 rebounds
7. Stanislava Stankova (172-G-90) of Slavia - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Diana Voynova (190-F) of Dunav 8806 - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Juanita Ward (180-G-86) of Levski - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Martina Nikolova (178-F-94) of Slavia - 13 points and 3 rebounds

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


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  CHINA - Women  


Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Guangdong 2-0 
 2. Liaoning 2-0 
 3. Shanghai 2-0 
 4. Yunnan 2-0 
 5. Zhejiang 1-1 
 6. Beijing 1-1 
 7. Jiangsu 1-1 
 8. Shenyang 1-1 
 9. Bayi 0-2 
 10. Heilongjiang 0-2 
 11. Henan 0-2 
 12. Shandong 0-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Xiao JI
  Shandong
  (193-F/C-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Ji, Shandong24.5 
 2. Ji, Heilongjiang24.5 
 3. Bian, Zhejiang23.5 
 4. Fu, Heilongjiang23.0 
 5. Mattera, Zhejiang21.0 
 6. Camille, Shanghai20.5 
 7. Miao, Shenyang20.0 
 8. Shuang, Shenyang18.5 
 9. Yu, Shandong18.5 
 10. Shi, Zhejiang18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang17.5 
 2. Fu, Heilongjiang16.5 
 3. Anosike, Beijing13.0 
 4. Black, Shandong12.0 
 5. Amy, Jiangsu10.5 
 6. Ruili, Liaoning9.5 
 7. Camille, Shanghai9.0 
 8. Cash, Guangdong9.0 
 9. Taylor, Yunnan9.0 
 10. Zhang, Beijing8.5 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  Shenyang
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Miao, Shenyang6.5 
 2. Wang, Shanghai5.5 
 3. Shi, Zhejiang5.5 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang5.0 
 5. Chen, Jiangsu5.0 
 6. Yang, Liaoning4.0 
 7. Black, Shandong3.5 
 8. Shen, Zhejiang3.5 
 9. Kim, Beijing3.5 
 10. Huang, Shanghai3.0 
Steals Per Game
 XiaoLei LIU
  Yunnan
  (176-G-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Liu, Yunnan4.5 
 2. Zhang, Henan4.5 
 3. Li, Jiangsu3.5 
 4. Ding, Guangdong3.5 
 5. Huang, Shanghai3.0 
 6. Chen, Jiangsu2.5 
 7. Wang, Shanghai2.5 
 8. Wang, Liaoning2.5 
 9. Bian, Zhejiang2.5 
 10. Yu, Shandong2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Nicky ANOSIKE
  Beijing
  (190-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Anosike, Beijing3.0 
 2. Taylor, Yunnan3.0 
 3. Fu, Heilongjiang2.0 
 4. Nuo, Jiangsu1.5 
 5. Mattera, Zhejiang1.5 
 6. Wei, Guangdong1.5 
 7. Chen, Jiangsu1.0 
 8. Zhang, Bayi1.0 
 9. Zhu, Heilongjiang1.0 
 10. Camille, Shanghai1.0 


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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Gospic 4-0 
 2. Medvescak 3-0 
 3. Novi Zagreb 3-1 
 4. Rockwool Pula 3-1 
 5. Pleter 2-1 
 6. Studenec Omis 2-1 
 7. Jolly 2-2 
 8. Zadar 1-2 
 9. Agram ZG 0-4 
 10. Croatia 2006 0-4 
 11. Dubrava 0-4 


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  CYPRUS - Women  


Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEL Limassol 3-0 
 2. Keravnos 3-0 
 3. Olympos 3-1 
 4. Univ.of Cyprus 2-1 
 5. Achilleas 1-3 
 6. APOP Paphou 1-3 
 7. Akademia 0-3 


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  GREECE - Women  


Chester's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old forward Felicia Chester (190-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Athinaikos and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
She had a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, while her team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Kronos AD (#12, 0-6) with 16-point margin 79-63. It allowed Athinaikos to consolidate first place in the A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Athinaikos already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Chester turned to be Athinaikos' top player in her first season with the team. Felicia Chester averages this season 14.6ppg and 8.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Milena Vukicevic (188-F/C-80) of Kronos AD. She is Serbian forward in her first season at Kronos AD. In the last game Vukicevic recorded impressive 27 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Kronos AD lost that game 63-79 to league's leader Athinaikos (#1, 6-0). Kronos AD are still at the very bottom. 6 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Vukicevic is a newcomer at Kronos AD and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Brittany Johnson (180-G-89) of Panionios (#6). Johnson scored 28 points and grabbed seven rebounds. She was a key player of Panionios, leading her team to a 77-70 win against Apollon Kal. (#11, 0-6). Panionios needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Johnson has a great season in Greece. After only 6 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) of Athinaikos - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nafsika Stavridou (182-G-86) of Aris - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tania Chalivera (178-G-85) of FEA Neas - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lydia Milkova (192-C-70) of Panionios - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) of Asteras - 20 points and 9 rebounds
9. Vera Bustos (172-G-89) of Apollon Kal. - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Diana Delva (188-F/C) of Panathinaikos - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Allie QUIGLEY
  Pecs 2010
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Quigley, Pecs 201018.4 
 2. Montgomery, SEAT-.18.0 
 3. Scekic, Bajai NKK17.0 
 4. Orban, Cegledi EKK16.7 
 5. Hadzovic, DKSK16.0 
 6. Skoric, DKSK15.3 
 7. Rasheed, SE.14.7 
 8. Murphy, Pecs 201014.0 
 9. Vida, Nanette FTC13.4 
 10. Nagy, SE.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sara KRNJIC
  UNIQA E.
  (193-C-91)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Krnjic, UNIQA E.10.6 
 2. Nagy, SE.9.1 
 3. Cvetanovic, Atome.8.1 
 4. Farkasinszki, DKSK7.6 
 5. Pilav, Pecs 20107.6 
 6. Murphy, Pecs 20107.4 
 7. Cymmer, Cegledi7.1 
 8. Horvath, Pecs 20107.1 
 9. Teilane, Vasas6.9 
 10. Horvath, ZTE6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Renee MONTGOMERY
  SEAT-.
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Montgomery, SEAT-.6.5 
 2. Ciglar, SE.5.0 
 3. Torok, Pecs 20104.8 
 4. Englert, Nanette4.3 
 5. Szalay, ZTE3.7 
 6. Cymmer, Cegledi3.6 
 7. Zsovar, ZTE3.5 
 8. Medgyessy, Atome.3.4 
 9. Raksanyi, Pecs 20.3.4 
 10. Nagy, SE.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kata CSICSAI
  EL.
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Csicsai, EL.4.1 
 2. Szabo, Bajai NKK4.0 
 3. Varga, ZTE3.7 
 4. Scekic, Bajai NKK3.7 
 5. Horvath, Pecs 20103.6 
 6. Szabo, UNIQA E.3.3 
 7. Cymmer, Cegledi3.0 
 8. Szepsi, Bajai NKK3.0 
 9. Englert, Nanette2.9 
 10. Quigley, Pecs 20.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Vasas
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Teilane, Vasas3.1 
 2. Sujanova, SE.1.5 
 3. Fejes, Atomeromu1.2 
 4. Zavecz, UNIQA E.1.1 
 5. Bagi, BSE-.1.0 
 6. Cvetanovic, Atome.1.0 
 7. Nagy, SE.0.7 
 8. Horvath, Pecs 20100.7 
 9. Reiner, DKSK0.7 
 10. Czukor, ZTE0.7 


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  ICELAND - Women  


Tuomi's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old forward Hannah Tuomi (185-F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hamar and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had a double-double of 30 points and 19 rebounds, while her team crushed Fjolnir (#5, 2-3) with 18-point margin 87-69. Hamar is placed at 6th position in Express L.. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Tuomi turned to be Hamar's top player in her first season with the team. Vanderbilt University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Tuomi is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 13.8rpg) and averages solid 57.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) of Snaefell. She is American forward in her first season at Snaefell. In the last game Marlow recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Snaefell lost that game 80-90 to slightly higher-ranked Njardvik (3-2). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Snaefell still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Marlow is a newcomer at Snaefell and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#9). Her other stats are also decent: 9.3rpg and 4.8apg.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Lele Hardy (178-G/F-88, agency: Merit Sports) of Njardvik (#3). Hardy scored 26 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Njardvik, leading her team to a 90-80 win against #4 ranked Snaefell. Njardvik needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Hardy has a great season in Iceland. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 28.5ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 14.0rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samantha Murphy (172-G) of Hamar - 30 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Margret Sturludottir (178-F-89) of KR - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-G-81) of Snaefell - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jence Rhoads (180-G-88) of Haukar - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Shanae Baker-Brice (168-G-87) of Njardvik - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Jaleesa Butler (183-F-87) of Keflavik - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Sigrun Amundadottir (183-C/F-88) of KR - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli women's basketball league cancels season - by Eurobasket News
The Israeli women's basketball league canceled its entire season after local players went on strike to protest a new rule giving more playing opportunities to foreigners. The decision leaves several top WNBA players out of work.

This is the first time in the leagues 54-year history that a whole season has been scrapped. Israel has one of Europes top professional leagues, and the WNBA said 13 of its players spent their winter in Israel last season.

Most of the leagues top players are Americans who come over after the WNBA season. Players who were set to take part this season included Jia Perkins of the San Antonio Silver Stars, Tanisha Wright of the Seattle Storm, Karima Christmas of the Tulsa Shock and Plenette Pierson of the New York Liberty.

The strike centered on the leagues decision to reverse a policy requiring teams to have at least two Israeli players on the court at any time - a rule that is common in Europe to help promote local talent. The new regulations would allow teams to play four foreigners at the same time, angering local players who saw their possibilities of earning playing time diminished. A similar rule change took place this offseason in the Israeli mens league as well.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


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  JUCO - Women  


Diminika King, Mykia Cross, & Ginny Sanchez 3 Womens Lakeland CC (Mentor, OH) Sophomores With Big Upside - by Vance Marbury
Lakeland Community College (Mentor, OH)



Lakeland Community College features three potential D1/D2 prospects



Diminika King #00 Sophomore, 6-2, Center
2010:
Played in 26 games, averaging 13.9 ppg and 13.8 rpg as a freshman en route to second team all-OCCAC honors Ranked second regionally and seventh nationally in rebounds per game Pulled down 359 rebounds on the year, one shy of the programs single-season record Tied the College single-game record with 27 rebounds against Cincinnati State on Jan. 8 Shot 46% from the floor while averaging a team-high 2.4 blocks per game.

Single Game Career Highs:
Points 22 two times (last vs. Columbus State 11/12/11)
Rebounds 27 vs. Cincinnati State (1/8/11)
Assists 1 five times (last vs. Edison 2/19/11)
Steals 3 two times (last vs. Cincinnati State 2/5/11)
Blocks 6 three times (last vs. Alfred State 12/4/10)




Diminika is long and runs the floor very well. Diminika continued to improved as the 2011 Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Womens Summer League went on and with a little more gym time and coaching Diminka could be a nice PF/C for the right program.



Mykia Cross #23 Sophomore, 4-11, Guard
2010:
Played in 26 games, averaging 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.4 steals per game Earned honorable mention all-OCCAC in her first year with the Lakers Scored 20 points against Jackson CC on Dec. 21 Tallied a career-high 27 points against Cincinnati State on Feb. 5

Single Game Career Highs:
Points 27 vs. Cincinnati State (2/5/11)
Rebounds 7 vs. Niagara County CC (11/11/10)
Steals 7 vs. Jackson CC (12/21/10)
Assists 8 vs. Niagara County CC (11/11/10)
FTs 10 vs. Cuyahoga CC (2/16/11)

High School:
Named athlete of the year at Marion-Franklin HS A two-time team MVP and all-city selection Garnered honorable mention all-district accolades.

Mykia is a scorer, that has a lot of confidence. During the 2011 Hotcards.com Womens Am Pro League, Mykia matched up with some big time athletes and proved that she is a Division I prospect. Mykia has enough speed and quickness to blow past smaller guards, and enough strength to match up with taller guards. Ms. Cross has a good jump shot, and she will score in bunches.


Ginny Sanchez #10 Sophomore, 5-3, Guard
2010:
Played in the first three games before missing the rest of the season as a medical redshirt.

2009:
Played in 28 games at Barton Community College (Kan.) Scored a career-high 15 points at Pratt on Feb. 27 Had three steals vs. Yavapai on Jan. 4.

Single Game Career Highs:
Points 15 at Pratt (2/27/10)
Steals 3 vs. Yavapai (1/4/10)

High School:
Won three district titles at Spruce Creek HS A three-time team MVP and two-time all-conference selection Named second team all-area two times Garnered first team all-area and freshman of the year recognition.

Lakeland Community College Women's Team is off to an 0-2 start losing to Schoolcraft and Jackson CC, but with these three sophomore playing ability and leadership, Lakeland will turn this slow start around fairly quickly.

All three ladies were participatnts in the 2011 Womens Hotcards.com Cleveland Am Pro Summer League and much is expected from these three sophomores!!




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  KOSOVO - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Penza Peja 5-0 
 2. Kastrioti 4-1 
 3. Bashkimi 3-2 
 4. X Prishtina 3-2 
 5. Trepca 2-2 
 6. Drita Gjilan 2-3 
 7. Vellaznimi 0-4 
 8. Gezimi 0-5 


Kosovan National Team 2011 - by Greg
Vlora Idrizaj Penza Peja Kosovo
Aurora Muhaxheri Penza Peja Kosovo
Valbona Bytyqi Bashkimi Kosovo
Saranda Daci Penza Peja Kosovo
Fiona Beqiri Penza Peja Kosovo
Arbnore Perquku Bashkimi Kosovo
Gentiana Ismajli Drita Gjilan Kosovo
Elinda Musliu Bashkimi Kosovo
Iliriana Berisha Bashkimi Kosovo
Kaltrina Mehmeti Trepca Kosovo
Irma Konjusha Probasket Kosovo
Zerina Shatri
Artina Hasani Bashkimi Kosovo

Resmije Juniku Head Coach
Fabian Xhuka Assistant


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Momir Milatovic fired at Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
Momir Milatovic is no longer a Head Coach of Jolly JBS Sibenik. The Croatian specialist is fired after 65-83 home loss against Novi Zagreb. Jolly has 2-2 record in Croatian league. Assistant Coach Dragan Ognjenovic is promoted to HC position. Momir Milatovic took over Jolly JBS during the summer. He worked last season with Ljubovic Podgorica. From 2005 to 2007, Milatovic was a Head Coach of Buducnost. He led them to Montenegrin league title and Cup in 2007. In the past, he also coached Jedinstvo. Earlier, Milatovic worked with men teams Crvena Zvezda, Zeleznik and Lovcen.

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Tecza Leszno add Djenebou Sissoko - by Eurobasket News
Tecza Leszno strengthened their roster. They landed Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)). The deal is meant until the end of the season. The centre spent the last season in Switzerland. She led Sdent Helios to the Swiss Cup title and LNA Finals. Her stats read 23.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.4 steals and 1.1 assists per game in PLK. Eurobasket.com named Djenebou Sissoko into All-Swiss LNA 1st Team. The centre participated at 2011 African Championship. Djenebou Sissoko earned Bronze with Mali. Africabasket.com named her All-African Championship Best Centre.

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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Liga Feminina Round 5: Lombos Quinta hands first defeat to Alges - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, and even winless team recording their first victory.

Undefeated Alges (4-1) recorded its first loss in Carcavelos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Lombos Quinta (4-1) 68-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Alges. Lombos Quinta moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Alges. Lombos Quinta is looking forward to face Montijobanda (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alges will play against Olivais (#5) in Coimbra and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Barreiro. Sixth ranked GDESSA (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked CAB Madeira (2-3) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CAB Madeira. American guard Angie Ned (175-85, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Gamble Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Rosinha Rosario contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Carla Freitas (170-80) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds for CAB Madeira. GDESSA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olivais. Defending champion CAB Madeira dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. GDESSA will play against Barcelos (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CAB Madeira will play against Boa Viagem in Angra Heroismo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
AFC-Liberty S. can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Barcelos (1-4) 71-42 on Saturday. AFC-Liberty S. (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Barcelos at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with EMA Menres. AFC-Liberty S. will meet EMA Menres (#11) in the next round. Barcelos will play against GDESSA in Barreiro.
Undefeated leader AD Vagos delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked EMA Menres (1-4) 70-37. Lilian Goncalves nailed 21 points and 4 assists for the winning side. AD Vagos' coach Nuno Ferreira felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated AD Vagos (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. EMA Menres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with four games lost. AD Vagos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CDTorres N. (#12) in Torres Novas which should be another easy win for them. EMA Menres will play at home against AFC-Liberty S. in Porto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked CDTorres N. (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-67 loss to eighth ranked Olivais (3-2) in Coimbra on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Ana Fonseca who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Olivais moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GDESSA. CDTorres N. lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Olivais will face higher ranked Alges (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CDTorres N. will play against the league's leader AD Vagos (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 5 Alges defeated CDTorres N. in a road game 55-42. CAB Madeira beat Olivais at home 64-47.



AD Vagos - EMA Menres 70-37

Undefeated leader AD Vagos delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 10th ranked EMA Menres (1-4) 70-37. The game without a history. AD Vagos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding EMA Menres to just 4 points in fourth quarter. AD Vagos dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to EMA Menres' 26. AD Vagos forced 28 EMA Menres turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by EMA Menres' players. Brazilian forward Lilian Goncalves (186-79) nailed 21 points and 4 assists for the winning side and Brazilian center Flavia Santos (187-82) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. AD Vagos' coach Nuno Ferreira felt very confident using entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Brigitta Cismasiu came up with 10 points and 8 rebounds and Natacha Ca added 12 points and 4 steals respectively for EMA Menres in the defeat. AD Vagos (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. EMA Menres lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the tenth position with four games lost. AD Vagos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked CDTorres N. (#12) in Torres Novas which should be another easy win for them. EMA Menres will play at home against AFC-Liberty S. in Porto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
AD Vagos: L.Goncalves 21+3reb+4ast, F.Santos 17+7reb+2ast, J.Lopes 9+5reb+3ast, A.Afonso 7+3reb+1ast, J.Jesus 6+3reb+2ast, D.Domingues 4+3reb+5ast
EMA Menres: N.Ca 12+1reb+1ast, B.Cismasiu 10+8reb, P.Couto 6+7reb+1ast, M.Filipe 4+5reb+2ast, A.Teixeira 3+2reb, J.Pirralho 1
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Lombos Quinta - Alges 68-64

Undefeated Alges (4-1) recorded its first loss in Carcavelos on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by third ranked Lombos Quinta (4-1) 68-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Alges. Lombos Quinta moved-up to second place, which they share with defeated Alges. Lombos Quinta is looking forward to face Montijobanda (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Alges will play against Olivais (#5) in Coimbra and are hoping to win this game.
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Olivais - CDTorres N. 73-67

Bottom-ranked CDTorres N. (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-67 loss to eighth ranked Olivais (3-2) in Coimbra on Saturday evening. CDTorres N. was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-10 charge of Olivais, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 19 CDTorres N. turnovers. Strangely CDTorres N. outrebounded Olivais 42-28 including a 21-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Ana Fonseca (168-78) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Maria Joao Andrade (186-92) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Stephany Neptune (175-87, college: S.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 17 rebounds and the other American import power forward Tonya Young (187, college: Vermont) added 21 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four CDTorres N. players scored in double figures. Olivais moved-up to fourth place, which they share with GDESSA. CDTorres N. lost their third game in a row. They still closes the standings with five games lost. Olivais will face higher ranked Alges (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CDTorres N. will play against the league's leader AD Vagos (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Olivais: A.Fonseca 21+7reb+2ast, M.Joao Andrade 18+8reb+1ast, J.Almeida 13+1reb+4ast, S.Cardoso 8+4reb, C.Silva 7+3reb, J.Filipe 6+4reb
CDTorres N.: T.Young 21+7reb, S.Neptune 15+17reb+1ast, M.Mascoto 11+9reb+1ast, M.Pinheiro 11+4reb, C.Rodrigues 5+4reb, P.Simoes 3+1reb
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AFC-Liberty S. - Barcelos 71-42

AFC-Liberty S. can celebrate their first win this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Barcelos (1-4) 71-42 on Saturday. AFC-Liberty S. (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place. Barcelos at the other side dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. They share it with EMA Menres. AFC-Liberty S. will meet EMA Menres (#11) in the next round. Barcelos will play against GDESSA in Barreiro.
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GDESSA - CAB Madeira 73-71

Important game to mention about took place in Barreiro. Sixth ranked GDESSA (3-2) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked CAB Madeira (2-3) 73-71 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of CAB Madeira. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 22-7 CAB Madeira's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-71 at the end of the game. GDESSA made 21-of-22 charity shots (95.5 percent) during the game. GDESSA outrebounded CAB Madeira 41-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. American guard Angie Ned (175-85, college: Cal-Irvine, agency: Gamble Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Rosinha Rosario (182-89) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four GDESSA players scored in double figures. The former international guard Carla Freitas (170-80) answered with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Jheri Booker (183, college: Tennessee St.) added 23 points and 7 steals in the effort for CAB Madeira. GDESSA moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Olivais. Defending champion CAB Madeira dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. GDESSA will play against Barcelos (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. CAB Madeira will play against Boa Viagem in Angra Heroismo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GDESSA: A.Ned 20+7reb+2ast, R.Rosario 15+9reb+1ast, L.Livulo 14+11reb, J.Bernardeco 12+5reb+6ast, C.Neves 5+3reb+6ast, V.Correia 4+4reb
CAB Madeira: J.Booker 23+3reb, C.Freitas 16+9reb+3ast, D.Neves 14+3ast, T.Milovac 6+8reb, M.Correia 5+1reb+2ast, V.Pacheco 4+6reb
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Round 2
CDTorres N. - Alges 42-55

There was no surprise in Torres Novas where bottom-ranked CDTorres N. (0-5) was defeated by second ranked Alges (4-1) 55-42 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Alges. CDTorres N. was better in four