EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/1/2011

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Atlantic South
 1. Atlanta E. 2-0 
 2. Heartland H. 2-0 
 3. Athens R. 1-0 
 4. Atlanta Aliens 0-0 
 5. Florida T. 0-0 
 6. Georgia G. 0-0 
 7. Jacksonville 0-0 
 8. Orlando Kings 0-0 
 9. Savannah Storm 0-0 
 10. Seminole A. 0-0 
 11. Tampa 0-0 
 12. Columbus R. 0-1 
 13. E.Point Jaguars 0-3 
California NW
 1. Central Valley T. 2-0 
 2. S.Francisco R. 2-0 
 3. Bay Area M. 2-1 
 4. Richmond R. 2-2 
 5. Seattle M. 1-0 
 6. Anchorage 0-0 
 7. California SK 0-0 
 8. Chico Rage 0-0 
 9. E.Bay Pitbulls 0-0 
 10. Mid-Valley 0-0 
 11. Modesto H. 0-0 
 12. Port City P. 0-0 
 13. Washington R. 0-0 
 14. Sacramento H. 0-3 
California South
 1. Arizona S. 7-1 
 2. San Diego Sol 3-1 
 3. LA Slam 0-0 
 4. Riverside R. 0-0 
 5. SoCal Swish 0-0 
 6. Las Vegas A. 0-2 
 7. Shizuoka G. 0-2 
 8. San Diego S. 0-4 
Colonial
 1. NoVa Wonders 2-1 
 2. Richmond E. 2-2 
 3. E.Kentucky En. 0-0 
 4. Norfolk Sh. 0-0 
 5. Seven Cities 0-0 
 6. W.Virginia B. 0-0 
 7. Lynchburg L. 0-1 
 8. Portsmouth C. 0-1 
Great Lake
 1. Chicago Steam 2-0 
 2. Milwaukee B. 1-0 
 3. Chi-Town B. 0-0 
 4. Indy S. 0-0 
 5. Midwest Flames 0-0 
 6. Oshkosh 0-0 
 7. Porter County P. 0-0 
 8. Chicago F. 0-1 
Mid Atlantic
 1. Carolina C. 5-0 
 2. Nashville S. 2-0 
 3. East Carolina T. 2-1 
 4. South Calif. W. 1-0 
 5. Tennessee MH 0-0 
 6. Carolina Ch. 0-2 
 7. Clarksville C. 0-2 
 8. Fayetteville F. 0-2 
 9. Carolina J. 0-3 
Mid Central
 1. Dayton G. 0-0 
 2. Detroit Hoops 0-0 
 3. Flint Fire 0-0 
 4. Greencastle GK 0-0 
 5. Indiana D. 0-0 
 6. Indianapolis 0-0 
 7. Lansing L. 0-0 
 8. Lima Explosion 0-0 
 9. Michiana M. 0-2 
Northeast
 1. Jersey Expr. 2-1 
 2. Connecticut T. 1-0 
 3. Conn. Chill 0-0 
 4. Hampton C. 0-0 
 5. NY Red Riders 0-0 
 6. NYC Thunder 0-0 
 7. Rochester 0-0 
 8. Syracuse SW 0-0 
 9. Island Vipers 0-1 
Panhandle
 1. Gulf Coast F. 1-0 
 2. Louisiana U.P. 0-0 
 3. Mobile Bay H. 0-0 
 4. Panama City D. 0-0 
Rocky Mountain
 1. Colorado K. 6-0 
 2. Colorado C. 4-2 
 3. Crusaders 2-4 
 4. Wyoming R. 0-4 
South Central
 1. Conway C. 7-0 
 2. Bluff City R. 4-0 
 3. St.Louis P. 0-0 
 4. Missouri R. 0-2 
 5. Delta S. 0-4 
 6. N.E. Arkansas 0-4 
South West
 1. North Dallas 3-0 
 2. Texas Fuel 3-1 
 3. Dallas Impact 1-0 
 4. Oklahoma 1-3 
 5. Houston R.S. 0-0 
 6. N.Texas F. 0-0 
 7. Team Havok 0-0 
 8. West Texas W. 0-1 


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zlatorog part ways with coach Trifunovic, hire Sunara - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog announced a mutual agreement with head coach Rado Trifunovic to terminate his contract, the club announced toinigt. Trifunovic arrived to Lasko this summer. Zlatorog won just one game in Adriatic League and is tied for third place in the Slovenian Telemach League with a 5-3 record. Trifunovic is immediatelly replaced by Ivan Sunara for the remainder of the season. Sunara is already familiar face in Slovenia. He played for Miklavz and then coached Maribor Ovni, Krka, Geoplin Slovan and Helios. Sunara won 2000 Slovenian Championship with Krka and helped Slovenia to win the 2004 U-20 European Championship. He also won silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

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  AUSTRIA   


First coaching change of the ABL season - by Stefan Prager
BC Vienna announced that they have parted ways with head coach Ivan Rudez. Vienna started the season with rather high expectations but after nine games the capital city club is just 3 and 6. The 31 year old Rudez is the first head coach who lost his job in Austria this season. Unconfirmed rumours say that Charles Payton will get promoted to be Head Coach of the BC Vienna in the upcomig games. Vienna will host Austrian runner up Gmunden Swans in the weeky Sky TV game next Monday.

BC Vienna and Head Coach Ivan Rudez part ways - by Stefan Prager
BC Vienna announced that they have parted ways with head coach Ivan Rudez . Vienna started the season with rather high expectations but after nine games the capital city club is just 3 and 6. The 31 year old Rudez is the first head coach who lost his job in Austria this season. Unconfirmed rumours say that Charles Payton will get promoted to be Head Coach of the BC Vienna in the upcomig games. Vienna will host Austrian runner up Gmunden Swans in the weeky Sky TV game next Monday.

Gmunden Swans sign Mike Oppland in order to have proverbial twin towers - by Stefan Prager
Austrian runner up Gmunden Swans ink with forward Mike Oppland (204-F-84, college: Valparaiso). The 6'9'' Oppland ist the twin brother of Swans center Dan Oppland. The Swans reacted on injuries to forwards Peter Htter and Jozo Rados to bolster their roster for the upcoming games. Gmunden leads the Austrian ABL with eight wins in nine games and is unbeaten since October 2nd when they fell to the UBSC Graz at home in their first game of the season. Oppland last played in 2008/2009 when he was hoopin' at Erdgas Ehingen in the German ProB. In 2007 Oppland was a Danish All Star while playing for Horsholm Basket.

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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 3-0 
 2. Rilski Sportist 2-1 
 3. Mornar Bar 2-2 
 4. Torus Skopje 1-1 
 5. Timisoara 1-2 
 6. OKK Beograd 0-3 
Group B
 1. Levski Sofia 3-0 
 2. Hapoel T-A 3-1 
 3. Feni Indistrija 3-1 
 4. Napredak 1-2 
 5. Ulcinj 1-3 
 6. Zrinjski HT 0-4 


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  BELARUS   


EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets tied all records in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Minsk-2006 93:81

Telekom Baskets tied all records in Group G after the home victory over Minsk-2006. Visitors were defeated by German team 93:81.
Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots during the game. Telekom Baskets forced 22 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Even 23 points by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side.
Telekom Baskets will meet Turk Telekom in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play against Karsiyaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Telekom Baskets: Jared Jordan 20, Zvonko Buljan 18, Fabian Thuelig (196-F-89) 14, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) 13
Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 23, Lashkevich 17, Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) 11



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  BELGIUM   


EuroChallenge: Sergey Karasev buries winning trey as Triumph upset Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Okapi Aalstar - Triumph 83:84

Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a winning three-pointer late in regulation to propel Triumph past Okapi Aalstar in EuroChallenge regular season Group F. The visitors thus improved at 4-0 record on top of the standings. Aalstar fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Aalstar and Triumph stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts led by just a single point 22:21 at the first break. The Belgian team managed to deepen the margin in the second frame. The home team cleared off to a 49:41 halftime lead. But Triumph took over in the third quarter. The Russian team used a 15:2 run to surge ahead. Triumph entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout intense fourth quarter. Kruger gave Aalstar a 4-point lead with 42 seconds to go. But Sergey Karasev first converted a layup and then followed a free throw from Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) with a three-pointer to win the game for the visitors. Tywain McKee provided 16 points, while Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) added 14 points and 11 boards in the win. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) answered with 23 points for Aalstar. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) netted 20 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Okapi Aalstar: Jorn Steinbach 23, Christopher Copeland 20
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 24, Tywain McKee 16, Kyle Landry 14+11 boards


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse
Earlier today, Telenet Oostende announced the release of head-coach Jean-Marc Jaumin who took over the head-coaching job in March of 2010 from Becirovic.
It did not take the team too long to find a replacent for Jaumin since they just now sent out a press rlelease announing former Liege coach Dario Gjergja as their new head-coach.
He is scheduled to lead his first practise on Thursday. Dario has coached in Belgium from Feb 2008 till the end of the 2010-2011 season. At first he started as assistant coach for Charleroi and later left to become head-coach at Belgacom Liege between 2009 and 2011.
The fact he knows the Belgian league was one major reason he was approached, according to GM Philip Debaere. An official presentation to the press takes place on Thursday at 16.00 and he will lead his team for the first time in the coming weekends game vs Gent.


Okapi Aalstar News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar will have to do wthout Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia) for the rest of the season. He suffered a knee injury in this past weekends game at Mons. He tore a ligament in his knee and is scheduled for an operation on Thursday. He is out for the season. The team management should decide in the near future how to move ahead for the rest of the season. After 9 games in the Ethias league he is averaging 9.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul held on to lead the entire game in Charleroi - by Bert Larsimont
'Basketball is for everyone!' was the last sentence of Spirou center Andre Riddick's message read during the little ceremony for the Special Olympics held on the court a few minutes before the start of the Euroleague game between Belgacom Spirou and Anadolu Efes Istanbul on November 30th. Players of both teams wore a nice T-shirt with the Special Olympics' logo during the warm-up session.

The Spiroudome was not full despite the fact that Efes was the only team that Spirou had defeated in this campaign so far (79-80 in Istanbul on October 26th). Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina),who had scored 14 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and gave 2 assists in the game against Spirou in Turkey, was missing due to injury on Wednesday night.

The visitors of Coach Ufuk Sarica started strongly in the first quarter: after 0-6, Efes continued to play well and led 8-17 with a great presence of Stanko Barac (217-C-86) in the paint. Demond Mallet (186-G-78, college: McNeese St.) was the only Spirou trying to challenge the Turks. Thanks to a nice reaction (especially in defense) by Belgacom Spirou, the first quarter ended after a last unsuccessful Efes action played with 1 second left on the clock following referees'decision (video). Score after the initial quarter: 14-18.

The second quarter was a real Efes story! The Turkish side very quickly took a larger lead: 18-32. Serbian forward Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83) had been very efficient from all ranges. He scored 10 points in the first half. Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) also ran well in fastbreak and even hit rainbow shots: 22-37 at half-time. Belgacom Spirou scored only 8 points in the second quarter. Only Demond Mallet in offense and Andre Riddick underneath the basket had really been able to challenge their guests supported by many Turkish fans.

After 24-41 in the third quarter, Demond Mallet became the multitask man whom Coach Giovanni Bozzi needed. The US playmaker scored 12 points only in the third quarter to help his team come back in the race: 32-42, 37-46 and 43-52 on a last three-pointer by Mallet.

Spirou could have come closer but missed too many easy shots to be in front: 45-52. Christophe Beghin (2/8 at shooting tonight) and Tornike Shengelia (0/2 in field goals) did not play as expected. After 45-57, Belgacom Spirou played better but remained behind: 53-63 and 58-65 with 1'01' on the clock. A turnover by Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) when the scoreboard showed 60-65 put an end to the Belgacom Spirou fans' hope. It was too late for the home team. After a few last free-throws, the final score was 62-66. What an amazing game by Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) who gave 6 assists and scored two crucial three-pointers (2/4) at the right moment for the visiting squad. By hitting only 6 of the 24 attempts from 3-point range, Belgacom Belgacom Spirou could never really hope for a better result. A close loss again for the Belgian side!

Best scorers:

Belgacom Spirou Charleroi: Demond Mallet 21, Andre Riddick 9 and Justin Hamilton 8.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul: Dusko Savanovic 16, Sasha Vujacic 10, Stanko Barac 12.


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  BOSNIA   


Feni Industrija celebrates in Mostar - by Eurobasket News
BIBL, Round 4 (Group B): Zrinjski HT - Feni Industrija 68-76

Zrinjski stays winless after four rounds in Balkan league. This time the Bosnian squad failed at home against the reining FYROM champion Feni Industri 68-76. Feni jumped to 3-1 after this meeting. Zrinjski HT was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 44-31 second half run of Feni Indistrija. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85, college: Sacred Heart) fired 17 points for the winners. Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) chipped in 14 points. American forward Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: Oregon St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Luka Klarica (192-SG-89) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Zrinjski HT at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Feni Indistrija's next round opponent will be league's leader Levski Sofia on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Zrinjski HT: L.Klarica 17+5ast, M.Jones 15+16reb, D.Kapelan 14+5reb+3ast, A.Radulovic 12+9reb, M.Han 5+2reb+1ast, A.Avdibegovic 3+1reb+5ast
Feni Industrija: J.Frye 17+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 14+3reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 9+1reb+2ast, V.Brckov 8+2reb, S.Ocokoljic 8+2reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 6+7reb+1ast


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  BRAZIL   


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Itabom/Bauru 3-0 
 2. Flamengo 3-1 
 3. Paulistano 3-1 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 3-1 
 5. Unitri/Universo 3-1 
 6. S.Jose/Unimed 2-1 
 7. Uniceub/BRB 2-1 
 8. Liga Sorocaba 2-1 
 9. Winner/Limeira 1-1 
 10. Vivo/Franca 1-2 
 11. Tijuca TC 1-3 
 12. Vila Velha 1-3 
 13. Araraquara 0-3 
 14. Cia do Terno 0-3 
 15. Minas 0-3 


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  CANADA   


Oshawa Power lose to Quebec Kebs 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power fall for the second time at home to the Quebec Kebs 93-83 at the General Motors Centre in downtown Oshawa. The Power got off to a strong start for the second time in as many games as they jumped out to an early lead but couldn't sustain the effort as they finished the first quarter down 27-21.

'Tonight was energy,' said Mark Strickland after the game. 'It's tough to play shorthanded; we had a tough time rebounding especially with Boo Jackson down low.'

The Power seized momentum after a Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) technical foul, going on a run that saw them tie things up, but that was as close as they would get to a victory on Tuesday night as the Kebs buried huge shots down the stretch to seal the victory.

Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) upped his scoring in the absence of first overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH), leading the Power in scoring with 17 points while adding 5 rebounds.

Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) rebounded well for the Power, notching a team high 16 boards to go along with his 13 points, however The Power gave up 21 offensive rebounds to the Kebs which led to 24 second chance points.

'It tough to get boards like that when you're under-manned. We just have to keep working, we have to mature.'

Ralphy Holmes bounced back from the technical that he received in the third quarter and scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Kebs.

The Power will now head on the road to Saint John for the first time this season as they have a date with the Mill Rats on December 1 tip is set for 7:00 p.m. ast The Kebs will continue their five game road trip as they head to Summerside to take on the Storm.

Power Glance

Record: 4-6

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Miracles new coach has eye on shooting - by Eurobasket News
When Mike Evans took over as the Moncton Miracles head coach and general manager this past weekend, the first thing he did was study the team's statistics.

'We don't shoot the ball very well,' he said. 'We have guys shooting at 32 per cent and 38 per cent. We have to change that. It's not that they can't shoot the ball. Our shot selection has to be better. We'll work on that.

'We might be second in the league in three-point shooting percentage, but we cannot win if we're shooting low percentages on two-point attempts and free throws and if we're having a high number of turnovers. These are the glaring things that I see.'

Moncton, 0-7, is last in the National Basketball League of Canada. It will resume the 36-game regular season by facing the Quebec Kebs on Friday and the London Lightning on Saturday in a pair of 7 p.m. games at the Moncton Coliseum.

The Miracles will donate $2 to the United Way for every ticket that's sold in rows J through N of the lower bowl for these two games.

Evans played nine seasons in the National Basketball League for the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. He was also Denver's head coach and assistant coach and an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

He held a Moncton team meeting and practice on Sunday. What message did he have for the players?

'It's a fresh start for everybody,' he said. '0-7 is something of the past. This is a second season that starts right now. Every player is getting another opportunity to make a first impression. I have no memory of anything they've done before.'

Evans is trying to learn about his players by watching game video and seeing how they perform in practice. But he knows there's nothing like watching live game action to get a sense of their energy level, emotion and body language.

Moncton has lost three games by five points or less. Evans points out it's about learning how to execute better under pressure and how to make better decisions when the game is on the line.

'It will be a culture change for them,' he said in reference to the head coaching change. 'We have to change this team's losing culture. We have to change the way the guys think and in some cases the way they play. This break in the schedule gives us a chance to make some adjustments.

'We've had two days of practice and the (assistant) coaches tell me there's a different energy level and a different focus. We're teaching them and they're accepting that knowledge. That's the key to change. These guys want to win. They're excited about Friday's game.'

Former Moncton head coach and general manager Norris Bell played 13 seasons in the professional ranks in Europe. He had tremendous success coaching youth basketball in the United States, but this was his first time coaching in the pros.

Bell resigned last Friday. He cited personal reasons, saying he needed to return to Atlanta to be with his wife and young kids.

Miracles point guard Jazzmar Ferguson believes the coaching change has injected new life into the club.

'There's definitely a new enthusiasm,' he said. 'Coach Evans brings a new energy and a different type of knowledge of the game. He's obviously more experienced in terms of coaching and he's played in the best league in the world. We're ready to take whatever he has to offer.

'He knows exactly what he wants. He's a very enthusiastic coach. He's definitely going to have us ready to play every game.'

Ferguson points out that all the players are getting a fresh start.

'The new coach is giving everyone a fair chance to prove themselves,' he said. 'He explained that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What the other coach might have liked he might see as average. We have to prove that we can play in his system the way that he wants.'

There's now a feeling out process as the new head coach and players get to know each other.

'It's like training camp all over again,' said Miracles small forward Andrew Francis. 'It's good in the sense that we're pressing the reset button. In our mind, we're 0-0. The new head coach said everybody is starting with a clean slate.

'One thing we notice is that we're doing a lot more shooting in practice. He talked about our shooting percentages and turnovers. He said those are things we need to work on. We're doing a lot of running to get in shape and shooting way more free throws. It's high intensity in practice. There's a positive energy.'

Courtesy of http://timestranscipt.canadaeast.com


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  CHINA   


Round 5 - by Robert Wang
CBA Round 5 just finished tonight and here is the score: Fu Jian 79:111 Beijing, Fo Shan 99:103 Ji Lin, Shan Xi 99:102 Zhe Jiang, Qing Dao 104:94 Guang Dong, Shan Hai 91:75 Guang Sha, Dong Guan 97:79 Tian Jin, Xin Jiang 96:84 Jiang Su. From the game results tonight, we knew Qin Dao team beat champion team Guang Dong, And Shang Hai beat Chandler's team. Peter Ramos still did not play tonight because team is waiting for his clearance letter.



Beijing Wins Fifth Straight - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing moved to a 5-0 record with a 111-79 win over Fujian. It outscored Fujian 30-9 in the fourth quarter. Randolph Morris led Beijing with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 21. Stephon Marbury had 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Ji Zhe had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Young Zhai Xiaochuan had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Young Zhu Yanxi had 13 points and 3 rebounds. Point guard Lee Hsueh-Lin was scoreless but had 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Zaid Abbas had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Fujian. Will McDonald had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Gong Songlin was the top native scorer with 7.

Defending champion Guangdong slipped to 3-2 with a 104-94 loss to Qingdao. Former Guandong star Lester Hudson led Qingdao with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Young Palestinian import Sani Sakakini had his first big game with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Li Gen had 16 points and 4 assists. Ivan Johnson had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cai Liang had 9 points and 3 rebounds. James Singleton had 26 points and 8 rebounds for Guangdong. Zhu Fangyu had 20 points and 4 rebounds. Aaron Brooks scored 18. Dong Hanlin scored 11 and Chen Jianghua had 8. Zhou Peng had only 3 points to go with 7 rebounds. Wang Shipeng had 4 points on 2 of 10 shooting.

Shanghai beat Zhejiang Guangsha 91-75, also knocking the Lions to 3-2. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 30 points and 6 rebounds. Michael Harris had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Liu Wei had 8 points and 7 assists. Peng Fei had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Wen-Ting Tseng had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Ligang had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 25 points and 11 rebounds for Zhejiang. The departing Dwayne Jones was scoreless in 17 minutes. Zhang Yongpeng had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh scored 12 and Jin Lipeng had 9.

Xinjiang moved to a 2-1 record, including a bye round and a postponement, with a 96-84 win over Jiangsu. Patrick Mills scored 20. Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 21 rebounds. Tang Zhengdong had 17 points and 10 rebounds. Meng Duo had 19 points and 4 rebounds. Xirelijiang had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Bateer did not play. Dan Gadzuric had 27 points and 16 rebounds for Jiangsu. Wu Nan had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Meng Da scored 11. Liu Yahui had 9 points and 7 rebounds. Wei Song had 8 points and 5 steals. Yang Li had 8 points and 4 assists. Song Kangming had 8 points and 13 rebounds. Mardy Collins did not play.

Junior National team member Zhong Cheng had 26 points and 9 rebounds as Jilin defeated Foshan 103-99. Unlike his usual lackluster shooting performances, Zhong hit 7 of 9 three-pointers. Unfortunately, this will encourage Zhong to keep taking three-pointers rather than moving his 6-9 bulk inside. Cartier Martin scored 25. Jameel Watkins had 20 points and 3 rebounds. Lu Yao scored 11. Osama Daghlas had 10 points and 14 assists. National team point guard Yu Shulong played 7 minutes and was scoreless with 1 assist.

Marcus Douthit had 19 points and 9 rebounds for Foshan. Michel Madaanly had 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Gerald Green had 18 points and 7 rebounds. Jin Jiming scored 17. Zheng Zhun had 9 points and 5 rebounds and is beginning to look like the second coming of Xue Yuyang. Maiwulan had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Smith J.R. (198-G-85) had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists as Zhejiang edged Shanxi 102-99 moving to a 3-1 record. Josh Boone had 26 points and 6 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 11 points and 3 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Ju Peng had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Cao Fei had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Marcus Williams scored 29 for Shanxi. Duan Jiangpeng scored 22. Charles Gaines had 16 points and 13 rebounds. Young big man Bao Zhaobao had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Xuewen scored 9 and Shang Ping had 8.

Shavlik Randolph had 29 points and 7 rebounds as Dongguan blew out Tianjin 97-79. Qiu Biao had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Josh Akognon had 16 points and 3 rebounds. He Zhongmian scored 11. Gu Quan had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

David Harrison had 23 points and 8 rebounds for Tianjin. Donnell Harvey had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists.



China could block NBA players return - by Eurobasket News
The Chinese Basketball Association is showing no inclination to let unhappy NBA players out of their contracts for the 2011-12 season, and will likely mandate they not receive clearance letters to return to the NBA until the Chinese season ends in March, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul), Martin Kenyon (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati), Smith J.R. (198-G-85) and Brooks Aaron (183-PG-85, college: Oregon) are the four top NBA players under contract in China, and several sources involved in those contract entanglements said escape clauses wont be allowed with the impending end of the NBA lockout.

The Chinese Basketball Association passed a rule that its teams could sign only NBA free agents during the lockout, and it was made clear to those players they would have to play the full season to be given FIBA clearance letters to sign contracts with NBA teams.

Smith has had multiple clashes with his team, and some Chinese officials fear players becoming obstinate and purposely missing practices and games once they realize theyll be held to their contracts.

Team officials have prepared for the possibility some players could try to force their way out of deals, but their contracts give teams the latitude to fine and suspend players without pay. Chinese teams invested heavily when they signed NBA players, also providing hotel suites, personal drivers and chefs to make the players more comfortable.

They can play, get paid [in China] and return to the NBA in March, one Chinese team official said. Or they can not get paid, and return to the NBA in March.

As a member of FIBA, the NBA needs a letter of clearance from Chinese teams to allow players to sign NBA deals. Chinese teams could face forfeiture of any games that NBA players participated in, if the players somehow end up back in the NBA before the Chinese season ends.

If they think that theyre going to make things difficult, not play, create problems, whats going to happen is that the teams will not release their letters of clearance theyll need to sign in the NBA, a Chinese Basketball Association official told Yahoo! Sports. Theres no way out.

Smith, Chandler and Martin, who signed a $3 million contract with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, played for the Denver Nuggets a season ago, but the team has interest in re-signing only Chandler, league sources said. Chandler was a key player for the Nuggets after the Carmelo Anthony (notes) trade with the Knicks.

So far, Chandler averaging 33 points for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions has been the most dominant player in the Chinese Basketball Association. On and off the floor, Chandler has required far less maintenance than his two former Nuggets teammates. Smith has constantly clashed with Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls officials since arriving in China, and the complaints about him include missed practices, allegedly faking injuries and relentless demands on living conditions and transportation.

Yi Jianlian (notes) can return to the NBA immediately because he has a Chinese passport that allowed him to sign with the Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers regardless of the leagues NBA free-agent rule. Hes expected to be sidelined two to three weeks after spraining his right knee in a recent game, but plans to sign with an NBA team after free agency starts on Dec. 9.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Jones out; Peter John Ramos to return to Guangsha - by Edward Bothfeld
It has been no secret that the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions management has been looking to replace big-man Dwayne Jones (211-C-83, college: St.Joseph's). Besides his season opening two point, six rebound stinker, Jones' defense and rebounding have been satisfactory. However, if Guangsha has any hopes of seriously contending this season, they need more of an offensive presence on the block.

Last week, ESPN was reporting that Guangsha had offered a contract to Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, who mulled it over for a few days before declining the offer. With the NBA lockout ending, the talent pool from which Guangsha (and all CBA teams) to choose from has become dramatically shallower.

Thus, Guangsha has returned to its comfort zone. As NiuBBall.com initially reported, they have made the decision to replace Jones with Peter John Ramos (222-C-85), who should be available for tonight's match-up against Shanghai. Ramos is no stranger to Hangzhou having played with Guangsha for the last two seasons. Last year he averaged nearly 25 points and 14 rebounds, and will be an immediate offensive upgrade over Jones.

Currently averaging 34 points and 13 rebounds, Guangsha star Wilson Chandler isn't exactly struggling. Now, with a legitimate offensive threat like Ramos roaming the paint and keeping defenses honest, Chandler should have more space to work with and get more open looks. Already a top CBA team, the addition of Ramos has made the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions even more dangerous.



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

The game between third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (3-2) and sixteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (1-3) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 75-91. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' 38. They outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 61-31 including a 41-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#3) in Changchun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guandong Tigers (3-2) against fifteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Guandong Tigers were defeated by Qingdao Double Star in Qingdao 104-94. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) stepped up and scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Sani Sakakini chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and TianJin R. Guandong Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Qingdao Double Star will play against DongGuan Leopards (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guandong Tigers will play against Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Shandong Bulls (3-2) against eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (3-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Shandong Bulls were defeated by Liaoning Hunters in a tough game in Yingkou 87-91. Rodney Carney nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Othello Hunter came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for Shandong Bulls in the defeat. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Shandong Bulls. Liaoning Hunters will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against Guandong Tigers (#5) in Dongguan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
DongGuan Leopards' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-3) 97-79. The best player for the winners was Shavlik Randolph who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixteenth place, which they share with Fujian XX. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. DongGuan Leopards' next round opponent will be higher ranked Qingdao Double Star (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (1-4) in Jinjiang 111-79. Stephon Marbury orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Fujian SBS XunXin lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round. Fujian SBS XunXin will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#12) in Tianjin.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 5: Jiangsu D. was beaten by Xinjiang F.T. on the road 96-84. Shanxi Zh. lost to Zhejiang C. on its own court 99-102. Jilin NE T. managed to outperform Foshan in Changchun 103-99.



Shanghai S. - Guangsha L. 91-75

The game between third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (3-2) and sixteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (1-3) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 75-91. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' 38. They outrebounded Zhejiang Guangsha Lions 61-31 including a 41-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) contributed with 30 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and forward Yongpeng Zhang (208-90) added 13 points in the effort for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with Foshan. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face higher ranked Jilin Tigers (#3) in Changchun in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 25+11reb, Z.Yongpeng 13+4reb, L.Chih-Chieh 12+2reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 9, W.Zirui 4+1reb+2ast, Z.Dapeng 4+1reb+2ast
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 30+6reb, H.Mike 18+16reb+3ast, P.Fei 8+11reb, L.Wei 8+3reb+7ast, T.Wen-Ting 7+4reb+2ast, W.Ligang 6+6reb
gschID: 158028


DongGuan L. - TianJin R. 97-79

DongGuan Leopards' fans can celebrate the first win of their team after four consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-3) 97-79. The game was mostly controlled by DongGuan Leopards. TianJin Rongcheng was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. DongGuan Leopards forced 19 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Biao Qiu (200-83) chipped in 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. Lebanese guard Rony Fahed (184-81) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all ten shots !!!) and American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 13 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards (1-4) left bottom position moving up to sixteenth place, which they share with Fujian XX. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. DongGuan Leopards' next round opponent will be higher ranked Qingdao Double Star (#11) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: F.Rony 23+8reb, H.Donnell 13+10reb+4ast, L.Hao 10+6reb+7ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 7+1reb, M.XiangLong 6+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 6+2reb
DongGuan L.: R.Shavlik 29+7reb+2ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 16+3reb+2ast, Q.Biao 16+8reb+4ast, H.ZhongMian 11+1reb+2ast, G.QuAn 10+5reb, Z.Kai 8+4reb+4ast
gschID: 158029


Xinjiang F.T. - Jiangsu D. 96-84

There was a small surprise when twelfth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (2-1) beat 9th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (2-3) in Urumqi 96-84 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 58-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 36. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 25 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers. American forward Kenyon Martin (206-77, college: Cincinnati) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 21 rebounds. The former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 16 rebounds and swingman Nan Wu (196-89) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang. Loser Jiangsu Dragons dropped to the tenth position with three games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Bayi Fubang (#9) in Ningbo in the next round. Jiangsu Dragons will play on the road against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: G.Dan 27+16reb+2ast, W.Nan 13+4reb+4ast, M.Da 11+2reb+1ast, L.Yahui 9+7reb+2ast, Y.Li 8+3reb+4ast, W.Song 8
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 20+2reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 19+21reb, P.Duo 19+4reb+2ast, T.ZhengDong 17+10reb+2ast, C.Tal 14+4reb+2ast, Y.Changdong 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 158030


Shanxi Zh. - Zhejiang C. 99-102

Very expected game when 11th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (1-2) was edged by seventh ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (3-1) in Taiyuan 102-99 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 31-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. Guard J.R. Smith (198-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 32 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Cyclones' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) answered with 29 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) added 16 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Shanxi Zhongyu. They have a solid series of three victories in a row. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to second place. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the thirteenth position with two games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will face Bayi Fubang (#9) in Ningbo in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#10) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 29+2reb+3ast, D.JiangPeng 22+3reb, G.Charles 16+13reb+2ast, Z.XueWen 9+2reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 8+9reb+2ast, P.Shang 8+2reb+2ast
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 32+6reb+8ast, B.Josh 26+6reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 11+3reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 10+10reb+4ast, J.Peng 8+3reb+2ast, C.Fei 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 158026


Qingdao DS - Guandong ST 104-94

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Guandong Tigers (3-2) against fifteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (2-3) on Wednesday night. Visiting Guandong Tigers were defeated by Qingdao Double Star in Qingdao 104-94. Guandong Tigers were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 31-19 charge of Qingdao Double Star, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Guandong Tigers 36-25 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Qingdao Double Star shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) stepped up and scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Palestinian power forward Sani Sakakini (203-88) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) responded with 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and international forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and TianJin R. Guandong Tigers at the other side dropped to the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Qingdao Double Star will play against DongGuan Leopards (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Guandong Tigers will play against Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: S.James 26+8reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 20+4reb, B.Aaron 18+1reb+3ast, H.Dong 11+1reb+3ast, C.Jianghua 8+2reb+1ast, W.ShiPeng 4+1ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 31+7reb+7ast, S.Sani 21+7reb+2ast, L.Gen 16+1reb+4ast, J.Ivan 15+13reb, C.Liang 9+3reb+1ast, L.Yan 7+1reb
gschID: 158027


Liaoning H. - Shandong FB 91-87

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Shandong Bulls (3-2) against eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (3-2) on Tuesday night. Visiting Shandong Bulls were defeated by Liaoning Hunters in a tough game in Yingkou 87-91. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shandong Bulls won fourth quarter 26-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hunters forced 26 Shandong Bulls turnovers. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) nailed 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and international point guard QinPeng Zhang (188-81) accounted for 19 points and 6 assists. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) came up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds and American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) added 18 points respectively for Shandong Bulls in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Shandong Bulls. Liaoning Hunters will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against Guandong Tigers (#5) in Dongguan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: Y.Ding 18+1reb+2ast, A.Alan 18+3reb+3ast, H.Othello 17+15reb+1ast, W.Ke 16+4reb+2ast, S.Ran 6+5reb+1ast, C.ZhenHua 5+2reb
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 23+5reb+1ast, Z.QinPeng 19+2reb+6ast, Y.Ming 15+2reb, H.Dejun 11+8reb+1ast, P.Josh 9+4reb, L.Shunan 5+7reb
gschID: 158023


Fujian XX - Beijing Ducks 79-111

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (5-0) had no problems winning another game on Wednesday. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (1-4) in Jinjiang 111-79. The game without a history. Beijing Ducks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Beijing Ducks had a 34-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. His fellow American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) contributed with 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fujian SBS XunXin. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 5-0 record. Fujian SBS XunXin lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with four games lost. Beijing Ducks will have a break next round. Fujian SBS XunXin will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#12) in Tianjin.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: A.Zaid 19+13reb+2ast, M.Will 19+6reb, R.Anthony 14+5reb+1ast, G.SongLin 7+3reb, Y.Qin 5+1reb+2ast, G.Lei 5+3reb+1ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 23+9reb, C.Lei 21+3reb+2ast, M.Stephon 18+9reb+8ast, J.Zhe 14+5reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 13+5reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 13+3reb
gschID: 158024


Foshan - Jilin NE T. 99-103

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Jilin Tigers (3-2) won against on the road 13th ranked Foshan (1-3) 103-99 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 36-30 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Jilin Tigers shot 63.3 percent from the field. Strangely Foshan outrebounded Jilin Tigers 37-23 including a 29-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 9 rebounds. American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) contributed with 25 points for the winners. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) added 19 points and 4 assists in the effort for Foshan. Five Jilin Tigers and four Foshan players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for Jilin Tigers. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Foshan dropped to the fourteenth position with three games lost. Jilin Tigers will face Shanghai Sharks (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Foshan will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou.
Top scorers:
Foshan: D.Marcus 19+9reb+3ast, M.Michel 19+4reb+4ast, G.Gerald 18+7reb+1ast, J.Jiming 17+1reb, Z.Zhun 9+5reb, M.WuLan 8+4reb
Jilin NE T.: Z.Cheng 26+9reb+1ast, M.Cartier 25+3reb+2ast, W.Jameel 20+3reb, L.Yao 11+2reb, D.Osama 10+14ast, L.Wei 6+2reb
gschID: 158025




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 35.4
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS35.4 
 2. Chandler, Guangsha.32.0 
 3. Martin, Jilin N.28.4 
 4. Williams, Shanxi Z.27.0 
 5. Green, Foshan26.5 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.25.3 
 7. Harvey, TianJin R.24.8 
 8. Mills, Xinjiang.24.0 
 9. Roberson, Fujian XX23.8 
 10. Marbury, Beijing23.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Othello HUNTER
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 16.2
 1. Hunter, Shandong16.2 
 2. Harris, Shanghai S.15.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.3 
 4. Fahed, TianJin R.14.8 
 5. Martin, Xinjiang.14.0 
 6. Abbas, Fujian XX13.3 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.12.8 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.12.6 
 9. Gadzuric, Jiang.12.4 
 10. McDonald, Fujian12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.9.0 
 2. Marbury, Beijing5.6 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.4 
 4. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 5. Smith, Zhejiang C.5.0 
 6. Maadanly, Foshan4.5 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.4.5 
 8. Brooks, Guandong4.0 
 9. Liu, TianJin R.4.0 
 10. Liu, Shanghai S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.6 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.2 
 3. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 4. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.8 
 5. Harvey, TianJin R.2.5 
 6. Liu, TianJin R.2.5 
 7. Wei, Jiangsu D.2.5 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan.2.5 
 9. Wang, Guandong ST2.4 
 10. Anderson, Shando.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.8 
 2. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.0 
 3. Li, Liaoning H.1.8 
 4. Gadzuric, Jiang.1.8 
 5. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.5 
 6. Abbas, Fujian XX1.5 
 7. Douthit, Foshan1.5 
 8. Morris, Beijing Du.1.4 
 9. Wang, Bayi Fubang1.3 
 10. Martin, Xinjiang.1.3 


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  CROATIA   


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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 23
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.0 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.6 
 4. Simovic, Kvarner16.8 
 5. Mrva, Jolly16.6 
 6. Sarlija, Borik15.9 
 7. Tomeljak, Svjet.15.4 
 8. Vrbanc, Zadar15.1 
 9. Karlovic, Svjetlost14.7 
 10. Cakarun, Borik14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marijan CAKARUN
  Borik
  (--90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Cakarun, Borik8.0 
 2. Ivanov, Zadar7.7 
 3. Simovic, Kvarner7.7 
 4. Peraica, Darda7.1 
 5. Ridl, Darda7.0 
 6. Radic, Zadar7.0 
 7. Poscic, Svjetlost7.0 
 8. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.6 
 9. Cinac, Kvarner 20106.3 
 10. Kastropil, Zadar6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci7.9 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.3 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.3 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 5. Mimica, KK Split3.9 
 6. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.7 
 7. Subotic, KK Split3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.3 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Ciklic, Dubrovnik3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ross, Jolly3.1 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.4 
 3. Zivkovic, Svjetlost1.9 
 4. Zadnik, Zadar1.9 
 5. Surina, Kvarner1.8 
 6. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 7. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 8. Ridl, Darda1.7 
 9. Basljan, Svjetlost1.7 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.4 
 2. Ridl, Darda1.2 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Cakarun, Borik0.9 
 6. Kastropil, Zadar0.8 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.7 
 8. Curkovic, Alkar Si.0.7 
 9. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.7 
 10. Toncinic, Zadar0.7 


Cibona close to hire Jasmin Repesa - by Eurobasket News
According to Croatian media, Cibona verbally agreed terms with Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ). Reportedly, the Croatian specialist should sign four and a half year deal. Repesa worked with Cibona from 1995 to 1997 and later in 2001/2002 season. For the last two years he was coaching Benetton Treviso. Last summer, Repesa was close to Real Madrid, but the Spanish team picked Pablo Laso at the end. From 2006 to 2009, Jasmin Repesa (agency: World Sport Agency ) coached Lottomatica Roma. Before that, he worked with Climamio Bologna, Split, Slask and Tofas Bursa. He also coached Croatian NT from 2005 to 2009. There are some rumors that he will take over NT once again.
Cibona heavily lost last night in Donetsk and will meet Cedevita on Saturday.


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Grant, Levice19.5 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.0 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 6. Houska, BK Decin17.8 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.17.5 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha16.2 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.16.1 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.9.2 
 2. Votroubek, USK P.9.0 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.6 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.3 
 5. Houska, BK Decin7.8 
 6. Meno, Svitavy7.5 
 7. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.7 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.6.7 
 9. Hruby, Usti n.6.6 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chadwick-Farrell BARNES
  BC Kolin
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Barnes, BC Kolin5.2 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha5.0 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.9 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.6 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 8. Boyer, BK Decin3.3 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.3.1 
 10. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.8 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.7 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 5. McFadden, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Grant, Levice1.9 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.7 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.4 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 6. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 7. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 8. Spralja, CEZ N.0.8 
 9. Mroz, Svitavy0.6 
 10. Brlit, B&W Opava0.6 


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


NBL Round 15: No surprise as #1 CEZ Nymburk defeats Levharti Chomutov - by Eurobasket News
The round 15 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (5-10) 111-66. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. Levharti Chomutov managed to win third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Michal Kremen (200-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) with 11 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game took place in Opava where higher ranked Levice (5-10) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked B&W Opava (2-13) 71-65. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Radim Klecka accounted for 16 points. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Levice in the defeat. Levice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains thirteenth place with 2-13 record, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Levice lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked NH Ostrava (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against USK Praha and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava was destroyed by BC Kolin on the opponent's court 89-64. Plzen was outscored by BK Prostejov in a home game 64-100. BK Pardubice managed to beat Levice on the road 88-75. B&W Opava was crushed by USK Praha on its own court 53-75. NH Ostrava was beaten by BK Decin in a road game 82-74. Usti n/Labem won against Svitavy at home 80-76.



Chomutov - CEZ Nymburk 66-111

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (13-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levharti Chomutov (5-10) 111-66. The game was mostly controlled by CEZ Nymburk. Levharti Chomutov managed to win third quarter 28-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Michal Kremen (200-81) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) with 11 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican forward Richard Anderson (199-77) scored 11 points and 5 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. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive series of twelve victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-1 record. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. CEZ Nymburk are looking forward to face BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round. Levharti Chomutov will play against Basketbal Svitavy (#12) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: M.Kremen 19+5reb+4ast, L.Palyza 16+3reb+1ast, A.Naymick 13+8reb+1ast, M.Lenzly 12, R.Necas 10+4reb+5ast, M.Kriz 10+2reb
Chomutov: P.Stanek 11+6reb+1ast, R.Anderson 11+5reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 10+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 10+1reb, J.Stepanek 8+1ast, V.Sucharda 8+7reb
gschID: 136673


BC Kolin - Inter Bratislava 89-64

Very expected game when 14th ranked Inter Bratislava (2-13) was crushed on the road by second ranked BC Kolin (12-2) 89-64. The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. Inter Bratislava was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) who led the winners and scored 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Richard Field (196-85, college: Mercyhurst) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Serbian guard Mitar Trivunovic (196-77) came up with 20 points and Irish-Serbian power forward Mihajlo Pesic (206-81, agency: Court Side) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Inter Bratislava in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for BC Kolin. They maintain second place with 12-2 record behind leader CEZ Nymburk, which they share with BK Prostejov. Inter Bratislava lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. They share it with B&W Opava. BC Kolin will play against BK Prostejov (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Inter Bratislava will play against BK Usti nad Labem (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BC Kolin: R.Field 14+4reb+2ast, M.Hubalek 11+3reb, R.Marko 11+4reb+3ast, C.Barnes 10+7reb+5ast, R.Ames 9+1reb+4ast, S.Zuzak 9+4reb+1ast
Inter Bratislava: M.Trivunovic 20+4reb+3ast, M.Pesic 15+8reb, O.Tot 8+2reb, S.Gavran 8+3reb, A.Kuffa 8+4reb+2ast, M.Williams 2+4reb
gschID: 136668


Plzen - BK Prostejov 64-100

Very predictable result when third ranked BK Prostejov (12-2) smashed on the road 11th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-10) 100-64. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to BK Loko Plzen's 36. BK Prostejov had a 30-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: American) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 5 assists. Slovenian guard Matej Venta (187-84) accounted for 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. Center Pavel Frana (212-77) came up with 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Vaclav Honomichl (190-92) added 13 points respectively for BK Loko Plzen in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BK Prostejov. They moved-up to second place, which they share with BC Kolin. BK Loko Plzen at the other side dropped to the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BK Prostejov will play against league's second-placed BC Kolin at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Pardubice (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: A.Eitutavicius 19+3reb+5ast, M.Venta 17+6reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 13+5reb, P.Slezak 11+2reb+3ast, T.Peterson 9+4reb, D.Pandula 7+4reb+1ast
Plzen: P.Frana 17+5reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 13+2reb, T.Kubiznak 10+3reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 7+1reb+5ast, M.Kozlik 5+2reb+1ast, L.Pecka 3+3reb
gschID: 136669


Levice - BK Pardubice 75-88

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked Levice (5-10) was defeated at home by fourth ranked BK Pardubice (12-3) 88-75. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 40. They outrebounded Levice 46-21 including a 26-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Pardubice players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) accounted for 9 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) came up with 16 points and 7 rebounds and international guard David Marek (188-85, college: S.Utah) added 16 points respectively for Levice in the defeat. Four Levice players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for BK Pardubice. They maintain fourth place with 12-3 record. Levice lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BK Pardubice will play against BK Loko Plzen (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Levice will play against USK Praha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: C.Muirhead 15+8reb+3ast, J.Cernosek 13+4reb+1ast, M.Hampton 12+2reb+1ast, P.Bohacik 11+5reb, M.Arnold 9+9reb, L.Kotas 9+4reb+2ast
Levice: K.Grant 16+7reb+3ast, D.Lowhorn 16+2reb, D.Marek 16+4reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 13+1reb+4ast, M.Bernard 6+3reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 4+2reb
gschID: 136670


B&W Opava - USK Praha 53-75

Everything went according to plan when sixth ranked USK Praha (8-7) outscored on the road 13th ranked B&W Opava (2-13) 75-53. B&W Opava was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 52-25 second half run of USK Praha. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Four USK Praha players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) came up with 15 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for B&W Opava in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. USK Praha maintains sixth place with 8-7 record. B&W Opava at the other side keeps the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Inter Bratislava. USK Praha will play against Levice (#9) at home in the next round. B&W Opava will play against NH Ostrava (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: S.Votroubek 23+10reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 16+4reb+2ast, V.Hruban 12+6reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 12+5reb+3ast, M.Soukup 4+5reb, M.Mares 3+3reb+3ast
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 15+9reb, J.Sirina 10+5reb+5ast, M.Miklosik 7+4reb, P.Strnisko 6+4reb, R.Klecka 6+2reb+1ast, P.Dokoupil 3+1ast
gschID: 136671


BK Decin - NH Ostrava 82-74

There was no surprise when 7th ranked NH Ostrava (6-9) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked BK Decin (10-5) 82-74. The hosts were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) who led the winners and scored 21 points. American guard John Boyer (185-88, college: Buffalo) accounted for 12 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Worth to mention Boyer played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. Greek power forward Savvas Manousos (208-85) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 15 points respectively for NH Ostrava in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BK Decin maintains fifth place with 10-5 record. NH Ostrava at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. BK Decin will play against league's leader CEZ Nymburk on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. NH Ostrava will play against B&W Opava (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: A.Alic 21+4reb+3ast, L.Stria 15+2reb+1ast, J.Boyer 12+1reb+8ast, P.Houska 11+7reb+2ast, L.Sanders 8+2reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 6+6reb+1ast
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 15+4reb+1ast, S.Manousos 13+12reb+1ast, J.Hughes 10+4reb, F.Zbranek 9+1reb+1ast, D.Duncan 9+5reb+6ast, M.Stuchly 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136672


Usti n/Labem - Svitavy 80-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked BK Usti nad Labem's (6-8) home victory over 9th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (5-10) 80-76. Basketbal Svitavy was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of BK Usti nad Labem, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 38. It was an exceptional evening for center Tomas Hruby (206-78) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. American guard Ravone George (193-83, college: Alabama) came up with 15 points and 6 assists and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Basketbal Svitavy in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. BK Usti nad Labem moved-up to seventh place. Basketbal Svitavy lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. BK Usti nad Labem will play against bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against Levharti Chomutov (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 24+1reb+1ast, T.Hruby 18+13reb+4ast, J.Dollard 14+3reb+1ast, J.Tyrna 9+7reb+1ast, J.Holanda 8+2reb+4ast, L.Longmire 4+4reb+2ast
Svitavy: B.Meno 16+5reb+1ast, R.George 15+4reb+6ast, P.Milos 11+6reb, J.Spacek 9+3reb+1ast, P.Mroz 9+7reb+1ast, L.Horak 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136667


Round 8
B&W Opava - Levice 71-65

An interesting game took place in Opava where higher ranked Levice (5-10) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked B&W Opava (2-13) 71-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Levice won third quarter 17-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Levice was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Radim Klecka (190-90) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Levice in the defeat. Levice's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. B&W Opava maintains thirteenth place with 2-13 record, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Levice lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the ninth position with ten games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked NH Ostrava (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Levice will play against USK Praha and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 24+14reb+1ast, R.Klecka 16+2reb+2ast, J.Sirina 9+2reb+6ast, M.Kolovrat 7+6reb+1ast, M.Miklosik 6+4reb, B.Celebija 5+8reb+1ast
Levice: K.Grant 18+7reb+2ast, M.Bernard 13+6reb, D.Marek 13+2reb+2ast, M.Stec 8+6reb+3ast, J.Vojtek 7+1reb, A.Cervenka 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 154910




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Amager jumps to 8-1 in First Division - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 of the First Division is completed last night. Amager BK grabbed 69-66 home win against Virum keeping the first place in the league with almost perfect 8-1 record. At the same time, Virum dropped to 4-5. A derby game between Koge and Lemvig was played in this round. Lemvig did a great job beating its rival on the road 54-64. Both teams have 7-3 record now and they share the second place. Also in this round, Glostrup lost at home to Stevnsgade 88-96, while Koge cruised past ALBA as a guest 51-59. Another road win registered Aaarhus, who was better than Jonstrup 79-82. Randers won as a guest against Lemvig 77-86. Round 11 is scheduled for the next weekend.

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


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


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Antonio Anderson returns to Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that guard Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) has rejoined the team for a second season.

A 6-6, 220 lb. shooting guard out of Memphis, Anderson is known as versatile performer and a top defensive player. After participating in the Charlotte Bobcats 2009 training camp, Anderson entered the NBA Development League Draft where he was selected in the first round by Rio Grande Valley, leading the Vipers to the league championship in 2009 and earning a spot on the Western Conference All-Star Team. He also earned two NBA GATORADE call-ups during his rookie season by Oklahoma City, appearing in one game for the Thunder. After a successful rookie season, in which he averaged 16.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 1.3 spg in 48 games, the Lynn, MA native was invited to the Houston Rockets 2010 training camp before rejoining the Vipers last season. He was acquired from the Vipers on January 20, 2011 for Matt Janning.

Anderson appeared in 24 games with the Red Claws during the 2010-11 season, averaging 9.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg. In 41 total games in the NBA Development League last season, Anderson averaged 8.6 ppg and 3.3 rpg. Following the conclusion of the 2010-11 season, Anderson signed with Ratiopharm Ulm (Germany-1.Bundesliga) before moving to BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (Germany-ProB).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Roll, Antwerp23.3 
 3. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 4. Holland, Roanne21.3 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.21.0 
 6. Clemente, Nitra19.5 
 7. Delaney, Chalon19.5 
 8. Richardson, Armia18.8 
 9. Peavy, Art.Dragons18.7 
 10. Chatman, Karsiya.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pranas SKURDAUSKAS
  Arkad.
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skurdauskas, Arkad.12.0 
 2. Thomas, Armia12.0 
 3. Willard, Ventspils11.0 
 4. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.10.5 
 6. Kjellbom, Armia10.5 
 7. Ignerski, N.Nov.9.3 
 8. Mejri, Antwerp9.0 
 9. Erden, Besiktas8.3 
 10. Majok, Nitra8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Jordan, Telekom9.8 
 2. Tchicamboud, Cha.7.8 
 3. Eldridge, Minsk-20.7.8 
 4. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 5. Moore, Keravnos6.3 
 6. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 7. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 8. Pierce, Sokhumi5.5 
 9. Brown, EWE Baskets5.5 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Clemente, Nitra3.5 
 2. Danek, Arkadia3.0 
 3. Pandula, BK Prost.3.0 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.8 
 6. Moore, Keravnos2.8 
 7. Frazier, Keravnos2.8 
 8. Muirhead, BK Pardu.2.3 
 9. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 10. Gadri-N., BK Pros.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia3.0 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.2.3 
 3. Saunders, Goett.2.0 
 4. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 5. Hardin, Minsk-20062.0 
 6. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar1.5 
 9. Knox, Minsk-20061.5 
 10. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 


EuroChallenge Round: 4 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
EWE Baskets - Nitra 88-79
EWE Baskets outscored Bemaco SPU Nitra 88:79 in the last game of the Round 4. The German team improved to 4-0 record to set the pace in Group A of EuroChallenge. Nitra trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 22-20 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-88 at the end of the game. EWE Baskets have a solid four-game winning streak. Burrell and Chubb stepped up with 17 points each, while Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) and Brown added 12 apiece. Bahiense de Mello followed them with 11 points each in a win. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, whilst Vaden and Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) poured in 18 apiece. EWE Baskets will face league's second-placed Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in Madrid in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Nitra will play at home against Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping and hopes to get finally their first victory.

Norrkoping - Fuenlabrada 79-119
Fuenlabrada moved smoothly through to 3-1 record in Group A of EuroChallenge with a comfortable 119:79 win in Sweden. The Spanish side overcame the hosts Norrkoping to send them to 1-3 record. The match was won in the first quarter when the guest took the lead and never looked behind after. Sanchez and Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) and closed the first period at 28:20 and Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) brought 35:24. He nailed another 8 straight points for the winners in the second frame for 48:33 lead. Munoz and Andrew Mitchell were the last players to score in the half for 57:40. The lead continued to grow in the third quarter as the guests added 27-22 in the third quarter. Moreover they erupted with 35-17 for the final easy win. Javier Vega (205-C-88) brought the last 9 points for the visiting side to put119 points on the board. Javier Vega, Mouhamed Sene and Kirk Penney combined for 72 points to lead all the winners. Andrew Mitchell netted 17, while Fred Drains and Oladapo Ayuba posted 15 each.

Group B
Besiktas - Leiden 76-69
Williams-less Besiktas continue their perfect run in EuroChallenge. The Turkish team picked up their fourth win of the season with convincing 76:69 victory over ZZ Leiden. Kennedy and Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) scored the first points for both sides and Ersin Dagli later scored for 10:5. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and Cetin brought 25:22, while Ersin Dagli increased to 40:34. The third quarter however belonged to the guests that took the lead after Jacksons shot for 44:42. Fikret Can Akin (190-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) later tied the game at 53:53, while De Jong gave the Dutch team 2-point lead after three quarters. Besiktas Milangaz meanwhile needed an 11-0 run to seal the victory. Fikret Can Akin delivered for 66:55 and Marcelus Kemp scored for 71:64. David Hawkins made the last four points from the free throw line for the final success. Ersin Dagli collected 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead all the winners. Fikret Can Akin netted 15, while David Hawkins scored 14 and Marcelus Kemp posted 11. Thomas Jackson replied with 17 points in defeat and Terry Sas added 11.

Goettingen - Armia 61-69
Armia surprise Goettingen in Germany to take 3-1 record in Group B EuroChallenge campaign. The Georgian team that added two more foreigners won 69:61 for 3-1 record. BG Goettingen trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 20-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-69 at the end of the game. Armia had a 32-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. BG Goettingen was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 5 rebounds. Will Thomas (203-F-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Sean Evans replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) added 7 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for BG Goettingen. Armia will face league's leader Besiktas in Istanbul in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BG Goettingen will play on the road against Leiden and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Group C
Roanne - BK Pardubice 88-73
Chorale de Roanne improved to 3-1 record in Group C of EuroChallenge. Chorale de Roanne defeated their biggest opponent Czech BK Pardubice at home 88:73. The game was mostly controlled by Chorale de Roanne. BK Pardubice was better in third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BK Pardubice 41-15 including a 14-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. Chorale de Roanne players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Uche Nsonwu-Amadi who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 4 assists and John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who added 17 points during the contest. Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) responded with 17 points and Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 15 points and 4 steals. Just two games before the end of Regular Season and it may be the most important game of the season next round when BK Pardubice faces strong BK Prostejov trying to get back on the winning streak. Chorale de Roanne will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Hoverla at Frankivsk.

BK Prostejov - Hoverla 78-64
BK Prostejov keep Hoverla winless in EuroChallenge after four rounds. The Czech Republic team improved to 3-1 record after 78:64 win, while Ukrainian side dropped at 0-4. It was a tough start for both teams that stayed close to each other in the first period. Svrdlik gave the hosts 20:18, while Slezak opened the second frame for 23:18. In the second frame BK Prostejov kept the opponents to just 9 points and enjoyed 37:27 halftime advantage. Pandula brought 48:29, while Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) reduced to 51:41. Matej Venta (187-G-84) nailed three to close the third period at 58:46 and BK Prostejov had no problems to win the game. Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson stepped up with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Travis Peterson added 12. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) notched 11 and Matej Venta scored 9. Yaroslav Lemyk (203-C-85) and Eric Coleman replied with 15 points each in the losing effort.

Group D
N.Novgorod - Atomeromu 96-51
Nizhny Novgorod record the second win in EuroChallenge Group D. They stormed past Atomeromu at home court. Michal Ignerski stepped up with 22 points and 10 rebounds to pace the effort. Atomeromu fell at 1-3 record after the defeat. The hosts opened the game with five points in a row and soon opened a 12:2 lead. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a comfortable 23:10 advantage at the first break. The margin grew at 20-point mark midway through the second quarter. Nizhny Novgorod registered a 44:20 lead at the interval. The hosts easily cleared off to a 30-point distance in the third term. Atomeromu had no answers for the onslaught as the Russian team coasted to the victory at the end. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) nailed 20 points, while Ernest Bremer provided 17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the win. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the visitors. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) chipped in 12 points and collected 9 rebounds in the loss.

Ventspils - Khimik 81-55
BK Ventspils edged Khimik for Group D top place in EuroChallenge. The Latvian side needed 81:55 for 3-1 record, while the Ukrainian team fell at 2-2. Both teams entered the clash with 2-1 records on top of the group and desired to become the only leader of it. The hosts started with 18-13 in the first period and increased to 14 points at the halftime. Bakic made the score 40:26, while Martins Meiers (206-C-91) opened the second half for another three points. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) nailed three for 53:34 and Laksa brought 57:43. Khimik however won the third quarter 22-20 as Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) closed the period at 60:48. Moreover the latter reduced to 10 points early in the fourth, while Bakic closed the his team run at 75:50. Martins Meiers top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Arturs Berzins posted 15. Jahmar Young delivered 14, while Steven Gray (195-G-89, college: Gonzaga) notched 11. Reyshawn Terry chipped in with 15 points in defeat, Darrel Mitchell had 14 and Aaron McGhee netted 13.

Group E
Chalon - U.Mobitel.CN 83-74
Chalon registered their third win in EuroChallenge Group E. The French team held off visiting CSU Mobitelco for 3-1 record on top of the standings. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) and Blake Schilb delivered 18 points each to lead the winners. Chalon got to a quick start. The hosts unloaded 24 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Chalon kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The home team accumulated a 39:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter with Chalon keeping the distance. CSU Mobitelco fired 27 points in the final quarter but it was not enough as Chalon cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points, while Ilian Evtimov added 12 rebounds to his 18 points. Kyndall Dykes and Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) answered with 20 points each for CSU Mobitelco. Lawrence finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Antwerp - Enisey 73-69
Russian Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost on the road to Belgian Antwerp Giants 69:73 on Tuesday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-14. But Enisey Krasnoyarsk won second period 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Enisey Krasnoyarsk was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for Michael Roll who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists. The other American import guard Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Afik Nissim (180-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 18 points and 5 steals and American center Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) added 15 points in the effort for Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Antwerp Giants have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group E with 3-1 record, which they share with Chalon. Enisey Krasnoyarsk lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with three games lost.

Group F
Aalstar - Triumph 83-84
Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a winning three-pointer late in regulation to propel Triumph past Okapi Aalstar in EuroChallenge regular season Group F. The visitors thus improved at 4-0 record on top of the standings. Aalstar fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Davon Jefferson finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners. Aalstar and Triumph stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts led by just a single point 22:21 at the first break. The Belgian team managed to deepen the margin in the second frame. The home team cleared off to a 49:41 halftime lead. But Triumph took over in the third quarter. The Russian team used a 15:2 run to surge ahead. Triumph entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout intense fourth quarter. Kruger gave Aalstar a 4-point lead with 42 seconds to go. But Sergey Karasev first converted a layup and then followed a free throw from Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) with a three-pointer to win the game for the visitors. Tywain McKee provided 16 points, while Kyle Landry added 14 points and 11 boards in the win. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) answered with 23 points for Aalstar. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) netted 20 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Etha - Olin Edirne 70-67
ETHA improved to 2-2 record to keep the chances alive for the next stage of EuroChallenge. The team grabbed necessary 70:67 victory over Olin Edirne to keep them winless. ETHA gave themselves plenty to be proud of on Tuesday night as all of their hard work paid off as they picked up their second victory of the season defeating the Turkish team. Both sides started the contest tentatively and traded baskets for the majority of the first quarter. ETHA took 17:16 at the end of it, but trailed 2 points at the halftime. Kocaoglu brought 35:33 for his side and Abi scored for 41:33 early in the third. ETHA did their best to recover and Dejan Cup put them in front at 48:47 after three quarters. Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) later tied it all at 61:61 and Dabkus and again Joshua Jackson scored the last points for the winners. Shawn Ray poured in 19 points for the winners and Dejan Cup netted 15. Darryl Watkins delivered 14, while Joshua Jackson scored 10. Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) added 17.

Group G
Telekom Baskets - Minsk-2006 93-81
Telekom Baskets tied all records in Group G after the home victory over Minsk-2006. Visitors were defeated by German team 93:81. Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots during the game. Telekom Baskets forced 22 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Even 23 points by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side. Telekom Baskets will meet Turk Telekom in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play against Karsiyaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Karsiyaka - Turk Telekom 81-83
Turk Telekom wins the Turkish battle in Karsiyaka. Turk Telekom got a very close victory on the road over Karsiyaka to tie both records at 2-2. Turk Telekom managed to escape with a 2-point win 83:81 in the fight for the second place. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 22-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by guard Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) who scored that evening 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) supported him with 19 points and 5 assists. Even 16 points and 4 assists by American guard Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) did not help to save the game for Karsiyaka. Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Turk Telekom will meet at home bottom-ranked Telekom Baskets in the next round. Karsiyaka will play against the league's leader Minsk-2006 and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Group H
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Szolnok 67-75
Szolnok registered the second EuroChallenge victory this season. They defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez in France for 2-2 record in Group H. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) scored 16 points to pace the Hungarian team. Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the meantime remained winless. The hosts enjoyed a 22:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But the second term turned things around. Szolnok stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 39:30 halftime lead. Szolnok stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They secured an 11-point buffer heading into the final quarter. Pau-Lacq-Orthez stopped the rot and stiffened their defence in the final period but it was too late. The visitors cruised to the victory at the end. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 13 points, while Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) had 12 points in the victory. Teddy Gipson answered with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Tanguy Ramassamy accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Art.Dragons - Keravnos 93-75
Artland Dragons continue to set the pace in Group H as they remain top with a 4-0 record after a 93:75 destruction of Keravnos on Tuesday night. The German side grabbed the comfortable victory and tied the Cyprus team record at 2-2. The damage was done from the very outset as the hosts won the first period 30:20. The team from Cyprus however replied with 22-15 in the second frame but had no match in the second half. The Dragons won the third quarter 27-19 and added 21-14 in the lasts stanza. Grunheid closed the game with a dunk for the final result. Anthony Hilliard (193-G/F-86, college: Elizabeth City) and Anthony King poured in 17 points each, while Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) netted 14. Darren Fenn delivered 13 and David Holston added 12. Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort and Strahinja Dragicevic chipped in with 12. Mandache and Strahinja Dragicevic tried with the far shopts to cut the deficit but missed their chances.




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


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Eurocup Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Hapoel J-M - Gravelines 75-91
Gravelines stormed past Jerusalem in the fourth quarter to seal the road win in Group A of EuroCup regular season. Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) nailed 19 points to pace the visitors as they climbed at 3-0 record in the ladder. Hapoel Jerusalem suffered the second defeat in three games played. Gravelines looked solid in the opening frame. The French team was not about to lose their first game in the season as they posted a 22:17 lead. Gravelines exploded with 31 points in the second quarter to stretch the margin. They built a 12-point halftime lead. Jerusalem stopped the rot in the third quarter. The hosts finally adjusted their offence and narrowed the gap to 5 points with ten minutes remaining. But Gravelines stunned the home team with a 20:8 rally in the final frame to celebrate a well-deserved win. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) accounted for 18 points, while Juby Johnson added 12 in the victory. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) had 20 points for Jerusalem. Brian Randle chipped in 15 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk - Cibona 98-81
BC Donetsk put on an impressive offensive performance to edge visiting Cibona in EuroCup Group A. The victory propelled the hosts to 2-1 record, while Cibona fell at 0-3 in the group. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 23 points to lead the effort. BC Donetsk led from the first minutes and secured a 21:17 lead at the first break. The margin just kept on growing in the second quarter. The Ukrainian team established a 51:35 halftime buffer. BC Donetsk did not slow down after the big break. Moreover they posted a 23-point lead with ten minutes to go. Cibona could not recover suffering yet another loss at the tournament. Viacheslav Kravtsov (211-C-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 16 points, while Ivan Radenovic had 15 points in the win. Davor Kus (191-G-78, agency: Interperformances) answered with 14 points for Cibona. Antwain Barbour and Andrija Zizic had 12 points each in the loss.

Group B
VEF Riga - Cholet 69-53
VEF Riga overcame Cholet in Latvian capital tonight to record the second EuroCup win in the season. Courtney Sims (211-C-83, college: Michigan) stepped up with 14 points and 9 rebounds to lead well-balanced effort from the hosts. Cholet on the other hand suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. VEF Riga surged ahead early in the game posting a 24:18 lead after ten minutes. Cholet however struck right back in the second term. The French team held their opponents to 8 points in the period erasing the deficit. Cholet established a 36:32 halftime advantage. VEF Riga reacted with a stifling defence and agressive offence in the third term. The Latvian side went on a 22:10 run to ensure a comfortable 8-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Cholet scored just 7 points in the fourth term losing the battle. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) provided 13 points, while Tyler Cain added 12 in the win. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) responded with 15 points for Cholet. Randal Falker had 12 points and 13 rebounds in the losing case.

PAOK - Khimky 62-71
Khimky registered the third EuroCup victory in a row. They silenced PAOK in Thessaloniki tonight to stay perfect on top of Group B ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds to lead the winners. PAOK slipped at 1-2 record. PAOK kept Khimky silent in the opening frame. The Hellenes stayed in charge posting a 13:11 lead after ten minutes. Khimky finally adjusted their offense after the break. The Russian powerhouse unloaded 31 points in the next period to ensure a 42:30 halftime lead. PAOK tried desperately to catch up in the third quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to 9 points with one period remaining. However Khimky played safely in the final term giving little chance for PAOK to save the encounter. Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) delivered 19 points, while Sergey Monya had 10 points in the win. Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78, agency: FCM) provided 18 points for PAOK. Marcus Goree had 11 points in the loss.

Group C
Rudupis - CEZ Nymburk 79-91
Nymburk are marching on in EuroCup season. The Czech champions registered the third straight win in Group C. They defeated Rudupis in Lithuania today to stay undefeated on top of the ladder. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) nailed 22 points to pace the winners. Rudupis fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Nymburk set the tone early in the encounter. They accumulated a 24:15 lead after ten minutes. Rudupis exploded with 29 points in the second term but the visitors matched the effort nearly and led by 8 points at halftime 44:52. Rudupis persisted trimming the margin to 5 points with one quarter remaining 63:68. But Nymburk dropped 23 points in the final stanza and escaped with the road win at the end. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) finished with 18 points, while Lamayne Wilson had 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) answered with 18 points for Rudupis. Adas Juskevicius had 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds in the loss.

Groningen - Aris 51-58
Aris escaped with a narrow win in EuroCup C tonight. The Hellenes prevailed against GasTerra Flames in Netherlands today. The win allowed Aris to climb at 2-1 record in the standings. GasTerra Flames suffered the third defeat in a row. Sam Muldrow (205-F, college: S.Carolina) finished the game with 14 points and 13 rebounds to lead the visitors. GasTerra Flames and Aris stayed close in a low-scoring first frame. The teams were knotted at 9 after ten minutes. Aris pulled their noses in front in the second quarter. The Hellenes posted a 22:20 halftime advantage. The third quarter became decisive. Aris pulled ahead taking a comfortable 41:29 lead with one quarter remaining. The Flames went on a desperate rescue rally in the final quarter but came up short of victory at the end. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) had 11 points, while Dan Mavraides added 8 for the visitors. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) reacted with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Sergio de Randamie finished with 10 points in the losing case.

Group D
Oostende - ASVEL 53-70
Asvel registered the second EuroCup win. They upset Oostende in Belgium even without their star duo of Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf. The French outfit improved at 2-1 record, while dropping Oostende at 0-3 in Group D. Kim Tillie (210-F-88, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) stepped up with 14 points to lead the visitors. Oostende got to a dreamy start. The hosts held their opponents to 11 points in the opening ten minutes to build a 6-point lead. Asvel stopped the rot in the second quarter. The French team adjusted their offence and pulled ahead for a 30:28 halftime lead. Asvel maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. The visitors secured a 7-point buffer heading into the final period. Asvel outgunned the home team 21:11 in the final stanza to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Hilton Armstrong and Edwin Jackson accounted for 12 points each for the winners. Oostende replied with 11 points from Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue). Dragisa Drobnjak had 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Lukoil Academik - Valencia 64-72
Valencia registered the second victory in EuroCup season. They outscored Lukoil Academik in Bulgaria tonight. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) notched 27 points to lead the visitors. Valencia Basket got to a strong start. They recorded an 18:15 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors maintained the pressure on the hosts in the second quarter. Valencia registered a 38:28 halftime advantage. Lukoil could not pick up the tempo after the big break. The Spaniards continued to stay in charge boosting their advantage to 13 points with one quarter remaining. Lukoil finally adjusted their game and managed to cut the deficit in the final quarter. But Valencia stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 9 points and 12 rebounds, while Nando de Colo and Rafael Martinez had 8 points apiece in the win. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points for Lukoil. Bozhidar Avramov netted 13 points in the loss.

Group E
Lokomotiv - Fraport SKY 83-60
Lokomotiv Kuban delivered the second win in EuroCup regular season. They denied Skyliners in Krasnodar to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. The German team in the meantime fell at 0-3 record. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Lokomotiv and Skyliners stayed neck and neck throughout the opening ten minutes. The teams were tied at 16 at the first break. But Lokomotiv shifted the gear in the second quarter. The hosts cleared off to take a 42:35 halftime advantage. The third term turned into a one-way traffic. Lokomotiv dominated in every facet of the game posting a 19-point cushion with ten minutes remaining 62:43. Skyliners never recovered in the final minutes as Lokomotiv breezed to the victory. Lionel Chalmers and Ali Traore accounted for 17 points each for the winners. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) reacted with 15 points for the visitors. Johannes Herber and Jermareo Davidson nailed 11 points apiece for Skyliners.

GC 2014 - Banvit BK 85-61
Gran Canaria kept their EuroCup record spotless. They breezed past Banvit at home court to jump at 3-0 record on top of Group E. Javier Beiran (200-F-87) knocked down 14 points to lead the hosts. Banvit slipped at 1-2 record following the loss. Gran Canaria controlled the tempo from the start. The hosts secured a 21:14 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the pressure in the second quarter. Gran Canaria made it 39:28 at the interval. The teams traded baskets throughout the third term as Gran Canaria kept the visitors at bay. The hosts entered the final quarter up by 11 points and unloaded 30 points in the final ten minutes to seal the victory. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) scored 12 points, while Roman Martinez added 11 in the win. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) had 12 points for Banvit. Baris Ermis accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Group F
Le Mans - Lietuvos rytas 62-79
Lietuvos Rytas piling up victories in EuroCup regular season. They fired past Le Mans in France to improve at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) knocked down 15 points to pace the visitors. Le Mans suffered the third loss in a row meanwhile. Le Mans got to a perfect start. The hosts shut down their opponents to take a 20:12 lead ten minutes into the game. But Lietuvos Rytas came up with a decent answer. The Lithuanian team went on a 26:12 run in the second quarter to establish a 38:32 halftime lead. The third term was completely dominated by the visitors. Lietuvos Rytas overwhelmed the hosts 24:7 to secure a 23-point lead with one quarter remaining. Lietuvos Rytas never looked back afterwards cruising to the win at the end. Tyrese Rice and Renaldas Seibutis finished with 12 points each in the victory. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) had 17 points for Le Mans. Marcellus Sommerville delivered 11 points in the loss.

Azovmash - Krka 66-71
Krka recorded their second win in the EuroCup regular season. They stunned Azovmash on the road to gain 2-1 record in Group F. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 3 assists to pace the visitors. Krka used the strong first half to clear off. The Slovenian team fired 26 points in the starting quarter to take a 9-point lead. Krka held their opponents to 10 points in the second quarter posting a 42:27 halftime advantage. Azovmash tried to turn things around in the third term. The hosts increased the tempo cutting the deficit to 6 points. Azovmash entered the final period down by 6 51:57. But Krka held off all the comeback efforts from the home team in the fourth quarter to escape with a narrow win at the end. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) nailed 13 points, while Smiljan Pavic added 11 points in the win. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) responded with game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds for Azovmash. Daniel Ewing had 11 points in the losing effort.

Group G
Cedevita - Benetton TV 86-87 OT
Benetton Treviso celebrated an overtime win over Cedevita in EuroCup Group G tonight. The victory became the first one for the Italian team in the tournament. Vlad Moldoveanu (207-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances, college: American) stepped up with 19 points to lead the effort. Cedevita surged ahead in the opening frame. The hosts piled up a 25:16 lead after ten minutes. But Benetton gradually leveled things up. The visitors narrowed the deficit at 3-point mark at halftime 41:44. Benetton got within 2 points at the third break 58:60. The Italian team finally denied the deficit late in regulation and forced overtime. The lead changed hands for several times in the extra period but deadly free throw shooting sealed the win for the visitors. Jeff Adrien and E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) had 13 points each and combined for 16 rebounds. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) answered with 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cedevita. Matjaz Smodis delivered 17 points in defeat.

Spartak SP - B.Muenchen 75-62
Spartak Saint Petersburg record ed the third straight EuroCup victory. They held off visiting Bayern to stay on top of Group G. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 17 points and 6 rebounds to pace the winners. Bayern fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Spartak managed to take a narrow 20:19 lead after ten minutes of action. They turned on aggressive defence in the second quarter. The hosts held the German team to 6 points in the period to build a 10-point advantage at the interval. Bayern Muenchen tried to change the complexion of the encounter in the third quarter. The visitors cut the deficit at 8-point mark at the final break. But Patrick Beverley stepped up for Spartak in the final stanza and helped the hosts cruise to the win at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) netted 13 points, while Vladimir Dragicevic and Victor Keyru had 11 points each in the victory. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) answered with 16 points for Bayern. Chevon Troutman had 15 points in the loss.

Group H
ALBA - PGE Turow 79-68
DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) paced Alba Berlin over PGE Turow in Round 3 of EuroCup. The American player notched 21 points as his team beat the Polish representative 79:68. Trailing 4:6 from the start Alba produced a strong finish and had 17:10 after the first period. Kyle Weaver (198-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington St.) brought 27:15, while David Jackson closed the half at 34:27. DaShaun Wood later increased to 43:32, while Marko Simonovic showed 52:39 on the board. Schultze closed the period at 56:45 and DaShaun Wood gave his side plus 13 early in the last. After 23-23 in the last stanza Alba saved 11-point deficit. Kyle Weaver and Bryce Taylor posted 14 each, while Marko Simonovic scored 13. Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) ended up with 16 points in defeat and David Jackson as well as John Edwards netted 12 each. Ronald Moore followed them with 11 points in the losing effort.

M.Hainaut - Buducnost 66-53
Dexia Mons opened up some early daylight in the race for the EuroCup Group H advance after a hard fought success at home. The Belgian team overcame Buducnost Voli 66:53 for 1-2 record. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, college: St.Joseph's) made it 8:8 on the board and Slaughter delivered two fro 16:13 at the end of the first frame. Things quickly unraveled at the start of the second period when Mons went into overdrive and after 17-10 took 33:23 halftime advantage. Cage scored for 42:30 and Alexandre Libert increased to 16 points later in the third. The latter was the last to score in the third period for 48:34 as the host won the frame 15-11. Ahmad Nivins delivered two for 59:42 and Anderson cut it to 61:53. Carter meanwhile brought the final result in the game. Warren Carter (205-F/C-85, college: Illinois) delivered 15 points, while Ahmad Nivins added 12 points for the winners. Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) had 18 points in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Causeur, Cholet22.7 
 2. Young, Ventspils21.0 
 3. Kemp, Besiktas21.0 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv20.7 
 5. Minard, Azovmash19.2 
 6. Caner-Medley, Vale.18.7 
 7. Ray, Krka18.5 
 8. Wood, ALBA17.3 
 9. Sims, VEF Riga17.0 
 10. Giddens, PAOK16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv10.7 
 2. Adrien, Benetton10.3 
 3. Willard, Ventspils10.0 
 4. Giddens, PAOK9.7 
 5. Roberts, Lietuvos.9.3 
 6. Lee, BC Donetsk9.3 
 7. Booker, Oostende8.8 
 8. Falker, Cholet8.3 
 9. Dagli, Besiktas8.0 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 2. Becirovic, Benetto.8.0 
 3. Planinic, Khimky5.7 
 4. Rochestie, Le Mans5.6 
 5. Markovic, Valencia5.5 
 6. Chatman, Karsiyaka5.5 
 7. Wood, ALBA5.3 
 8. Draper, Cedevita5.3 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow5.0 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  Etha
  (194-SF-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ray, Etha4.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv4.0 
 3. de Randamie, Groni.3.0 
 4. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.7 
 5. Beverley, Spart.2.6 
 6. De Nicolao, Benett.2.5 
 7. Draper, Cedevita2.3 
 8. Quinn, Khimky2.3 
 9. Wyatt, Groningen2.3 
 10. Minard, Azovmash2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Muldrow, Aris3.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.2.7 
 4. Fofana, AS.2.0 
 5. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 6. Boukichou, Oosten.2.0 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv1.7 
 8. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 9. Edwards, PGE Turow1.7 
 10. Troutman, B.Mue.1.7 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Spanoulis, Olympia.21.3 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.21.2 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.18.2 
 4. Carroll, Real Madr.18.2 
 5. Domercant, Unics18.2 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris17.8 
 7. Gallinari, Armani17.0 
 8. Mallet, Spirou16.4 
 9. Motiejunas, Asseco16.3 
 10. Banic, Gescrap BB16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. May, KK.7.8 
 3. Macvan, Partizan7.8 
 4. Motiejunas, Asseco7.2 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.8 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy6.8 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.6.7 
 8. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 9. Heytvelt, KK Za.6.6 
 10. Moerman, Nancy6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.6.2 
 2. Huertas, FCB Regal6.2 
 3. Blassingame, Assec.5.3 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 6. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 7. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 8. Cook, Armani MI5.0 
 9. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.0 
 10. Linehan, Nancy4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.5 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.3 
 4. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Lafayette, Asseco2.0 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal2.0 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.9 
 9. McCalebb, Montepa.1.8 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymbu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 4. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.7 
 5. Perovic, FCB Regal1.6 
 6. Marconato, Bennet1.4 
 7. Zoric, Unicaja1.3 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 
 10. Valanciunas, Liet.1.3 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Caja Laboral 4-2 
 2. Olympiakos 3-3 
 3. Bennet Cantu 3-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 3-3 
 5. Gescrap BB 3-4 
 6. Nancy 3-4 
Group B
 1. CSKA 7-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 5-2 
 3. Unicaja 3-4 
 4. Zalgiris 2-5 
 5. Brose Baskets 2-5 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 2-5 
Group C
 1. Maccabi T-A 5-1 
 2. Real Madrid 4-2 
 3. Anadolu Efes 4-3 
 4. Partizan 3-3 
 5. Armani MI 2-4 
 6. Spirou 1-6 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 6-0 
 2. Montepaschi 4-2 
 3. Unics 4-2 
 4. Galatasaray 3-3 
 5. Union Olimpija 1-5 
 6. Asseco Prokom 0-6 


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Korisliiga Round 16: Kauhajoen Karhu loses to Torpan Pojat - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Helsinki between second ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-5) and fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (8-6) on Wednesday night. Kauhajoen Karhu was crushed by Torpan Pojat on the road 83-105. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. Torpan Pojat forced 19 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds for Kauhajoen Karhu. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Torpan Pojat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked KTP-Basket (4-10) in Kotka 89-83. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Sami Lehtoranta who added 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 12-3 record. KTP-Basket lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant. LrNMKY beat Korihait on the road 87-72. Salon Vilpas lost to Kouvot on its own court 73-78. Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti unfortunately lost to Nilan Bisons in Loimaa 77-85.



ToPo - Kauhajoki 105-83

The most important game in the last round took place in Helsinki between second ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (10-5) and fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (8-6) on Wednesday night. Kauhajoen Karhu was crushed by Torpan Pojat on the road 83-105. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Kauhajoen Karhu. Torpan Pojat forced 19 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Carl Lindbom (204-91) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) replied with 23 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 17 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth position with 8-6 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. Torpan Pojat are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 22+2reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 15+7reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 13+4reb+2ast, S.Niskanen 12+3reb, T.Heinonen 11+8reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 10+1reb+1ast
Kauhajoki: C.Hannah 23+5reb+2ast, K.Beidler 17+6reb, C.Reed 12+7reb+1ast, A.Huuskonen 11+2reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 8+3reb+1ast, V.Makalainen 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 141702


KTP - Kataja 83-89

Korisliiga top team - Joensuun Kataja (12-3) added another victory to their record. This time they beat tenth ranked KTP-Basket (4-10) in Kotka 89-83. KTP-Basket was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 23-13 third quarter run of Joensuun Kataja. Worth to mention a quality performance of American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and the former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) who added 21 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Joensuun Kataja players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 12-3 record. KTP-Basket lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Joensuun Kataja will play against league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. KTP-Basket will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kataja: J.Newson 26+11reb+4ast, S.Lehtoranta 21+12reb+3ast, A.Kanervo 15+2reb+4ast, B.Walker 10+5reb+3ast, P.Virtanen 8+3reb+4ast, J.Price 6+6reb
KTP: T.Crocker 28+10reb, T.Blue 26+12reb+1ast, M.Dobras 14+6reb+1ast, M.Pounds 8+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 3+1reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 2+1reb
gschID: 141698


Korihait - LrNMKY 72-87

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked LrNMKY (6-8) beat 7th ranked UU-Korihait (6-9) in Uusikaupunki 87-72. The game was mostly controlled by LrNMKY. UU-Korihait was better in second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard DeAndre Haynes (187-84, college: Kent St., agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists and the other American import forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side international power forward Petri Heinonen (207-88) responded with 14 points and forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. LrNMKY have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place. UU-Korihait at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. LrNMKY will play against KTP-Basket (#10) in Kotka in the next round. UU-Korihait will play on the road against Kouvot in Kouvola and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: D.Haynes 20+5reb+8ast, T.Tiedeman 19+8reb+4ast, L.Hamm 17+7reb+1ast, M.Ojala 12+1reb, P.Riihela 8+3reb, J.Jarvinen 6+3reb+1ast
Korihait: P.Heinonen 14+2reb+3ast, N.Moore 13+4reb, M.Jalonen 13+2ast, P.Rainamaa 10+2reb, C.Latimer 9+8reb+1ast, S.Vanzant 9+2reb
gschID: 141699


Salon Vilpas - Kouvot 73-78

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (5-10) lost at home to sixth ranked Kouvot (7-7) 78-73. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-15. But Salon Vilpas won second period 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kouvot won last quarter 23-19. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Salon Vilpas turnovers and outrebounded them 42-30 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) who added 11 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) scored 22 points. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot maintains sixth position with 7-7 record. Salon Vilpas lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Kouvot will play against UU-Korihait (#8) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. Salon Vilpas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Brown 22+11reb+1ast, J.Gonner 14+5reb+1ast, A.Jordan 11+5reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 11+11reb+1ast, I.Seppala 10+4reb, A.Nikkarinen 8+4reb+4ast
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 23+7reb+7ast, R.Ahonen 22+1reb+2ast, S.Kaaresvirta 9+6reb+2ast, J.Fields 9+7reb, M.Sandberg 8+3reb, A.Vaenerberg 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141700


Nilan Bisons - Namika Lahti 85-77

Very predictable result when third ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (10-3) won against at home bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (2-13) 85-77. Namika Lahti was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 32-18 charge of Loimaan Korikonkarit, which allowed them to win the game. They made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Namika Lahti was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) who added 18 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) responded with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Loimaan Korikonkarit moved-up to second place. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play against league's leader Joensuun Kataja on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Namika Lahti will play against Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 20+7reb+6ast, J.Ivey 18+4reb+7ast, M.Nuutinen 17+10reb, R.McDade 15+8reb, J.Kivinen 8+2reb, M.Koivisto 4+4reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 22+11reb, M.Moore 20+9reb+5ast, S.Pekkola 13+3reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 11+7reb+3ast, J.Rekola 6+2reb, J.Vanttaja 3+4reb
gschID: 141701




KORISLIIGA: ToPo scored 105 points - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 15: Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) scored tonight 105 points and that was 22 pts more than Karhu from Kauhajoki was able to score. ToPo won 105-83 (56-44). ToPo (8-6) had seven players in double digits. Shooting Guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) led the hosts with 22pts. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) added 15pts. Newcomer Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) played 19 minutes and had 10pts-three rbs-two assists on stats. Karhu (10-5) had 20 turnovers in the game. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) netted 23pts, Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) added 17pts.
KTP Basket (Kotka) played better than during the last weeks, but Kataja (Joensuu) caused KTP the loss # 7 in a row: 83-89 (41-38). KTP (4-10) was led by Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma), who scored this time 28 points. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had a double-double again (26pts/12rbs). Milos Dobras (197-F-87) netted his season high 14pts. Kataja's (12-3) Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tennessee-Martin) 26/11 and Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) (21/12) are familiar names, when telling about team's key players.

The Bisons (10-3) from Loimaa defeated YMCA Lahti (2-13) without bigger difficulties 85-77 (33-36). Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) (20pts) and Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (18) again the leading scorers. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) had a double-double 17pts/10rbs. Ryan Brooks led YMCA Lahti with a double-double 22pts/11rbs. Vilpas (Salo) lost again at home in front of 1000 spectators. Kouvot (Kouvola) was the winning part with 73-78 (42-43) figures. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) (23pts) and Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) (22pts) were the only Vikings in double digits. Anthony Brown (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Oklahoma St.) (Kouvot) was back on his own level: 22pts/11rbs. UU-Korihait (6-9) had a terrible game at home vs YMCA Lappeenranta (6-8). The visitors winning the second game on the road with clear 72-87 (40-45) figures. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) had game high 20pts and eight assists. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) added 19pts.
ToPo - Karhu 105-83 (56-44). (Chase Griffin 22, Carl Lindbom 15, Tuomas Iisalo 13 - Clevin Hannah 23, Kelly Beidler 17, Casey Reed 12. A: 1093).
KTP - Kataja 83-89 (41-38). (Tony Crocker 28, Tim Blue 26/12, Milos Dobras 14 - Jared Newson 26/11, Sami Lehtoranta 21/12, Antti Kanervo 15. A: 972).
Bisons - YMCA Lahti 85-77 (33-36). (Martin Zeno 20, Jeb Ivey 18, Matti Nuutinen 17/10 - Ryan Brooks 22/11, Malik Moore 20, Sami Pekkola 13. A: 686).
Vilpas - Kouvot 73-78 (42-43). (Emmanuel Holloway 23, Roope Ahonen 22, John Fields 9/7 - Anthony Brown 22/11, Josh Gonner 14, Samuli Vanttaja 11/11. A: 1010).
UU-Korihait - YMCA LPR 72-87 (40-45). (Petri Heinonen 14, Nigel Moore 13, Mikko Jalonen 13 - DeAndre Haynes 20/8a, Tyler Tiedeman 19/8, Lawrence Hamm 17. A: 420).





Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 12-3 
 2. Nilan Bisons 10-3 
 3. Kauhajoki 10-5 
 4. Pyrinto 8-4 
 5. ToPo 8-6 
 6. Kouvot 7-7 
 7. LrNMKY 6-8 
 8. Korihait 6-9 
 9. Salon Vilpas 5-10 
 10. KTP 4-10 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-13 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.0 
 2. Blue, KTP20.7 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.6 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto19.3 
 6. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.8 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.8 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.7 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.6 
 10. Griffin, ToPo17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.1 
 2. Blue, KTP10.9 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 4. McDade, Nilan B.8.8 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. Newson, Kataja8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.2 
 10. Davis, KTP7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Virtanen, Kataja5.3 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.1 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.1 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.9 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 9. Vuori, Kauhajoki3.2 
 10. Zeno, Nilan Bisons3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.8 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.4 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP2.1 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.9 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.7 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.1 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Price, Kataja0.9 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.8 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


KORISLIIGA: ToPo signed with PG Corey McIntosh - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) has made a couple of changes with team roster. 'NT assistant Coach Pekka Salminen will be our team assistant coach for the rest of this season. And American G-F Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) is released and will be replaced by American PG Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.), says ToPo GM Sampsa Rekonen. McIntosh has played earlier in Bulgaria and two seasons in France (ProB). Last season McIntosh averaged 10,4 ppg - 2,9 rpg - 4,2 apg on Boulazac Basket roster in Dordogne. Heard played 12 games averaging 13,0 ppg - 7,7 rpg - 2,5 apg in 29:34 mpg. Heard was team leader in rebounds and assists. Last season Heard was Top League leading scorer on Tarmo (Porvoo) roster with 21,9 ppg in 43 games and 37:39 mpg.

CHICKEN TODAY FEATHERS TOMORROW!!! - by Eurobasket
The NBA lockout is a done deal. Im sure everyone involved is very happy, but the ripple effect is still being felt by international superstars like me and many others who were bumped to lower leagues and even back to the states as the market was in frenzy. I made a personal decision during the lockout that instead of being bumped to a lower paying opportunity, I opted to return to the states and plug back in with my skills trainer to sharpen my sword and put myself in position to fulfill my dream. I am exploring NBDL and NBA free agency opportunities. As the leading scorer and rebounder in the Las Vegas Courtside Basketball Camp, as well as leading my overseas team in scoring averaging 21 points per game before I got bumped. I am confident that wherever I focus my efforts I will succeed. My focus for the next 2 months is to get on here in the states. If its a no go, I will seek to continue to stack Euros!! I will be blogging my progress weekly.


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


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. McCray, Boulogne21.2 
 2. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 3. Davis, Le Portel18.4 
 4. Denave, St Vallier18.3 
 5. Paelay, Quimper16.8 
 6. Gay, Fos Ouest16.8 
 7. Wood, Evreux16.7 
 8. James, Denain16.2 
 9. Rowland, Evreux16.2 
 10. Milbourne, Limoges16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Massie, Limoges12.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.3 
 3. Allen, Antibes9.4 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Rossiter, Denain9.0 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac8.9 
 7. Osby, Maurienne8.8 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.6 
 10. Raposo Laure., Bo.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.8 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.8 
 3. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.6 
 4. Denave, St Vallier5.3 
 5. Rowland, Evreux5.3 
 6. Sauret, Lille4.9 
 7. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.8 
 8. Patiejunas, Rouen4.7 
 9. Poupet, Rouen4.6 
 10. Darrigand, Bordea.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Charles, Nantes3.4 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.7 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 4. James, Denain2.6 
 5. Paelay, Quimper2.4 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.1 
 7. Denave, St Vallier2.1 
 8. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.1 
 9. Taylor, Le Portel2.0 
 10. Sauret, Lille2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.1 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.1.6 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.3 
 5. Prowell, St Vallier1.0 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.0 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 8. James, Denain1.0 
 9. Osby, Maurienne1.0 
 10. MBida, Lille0.9 


EuroChallenge: Szolnok keep Pau-Orthez winless - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Szolnok 67:75

Szolnok registered the second EuroChallenge victory this season. They defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez in France for 2-2 record in Group H. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) scored 16 points to pace the Hungarian team. Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the meantime remained winless.
The hosts enjoyed a 22:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But the second term turned things around. Szolnok stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 39:30 halftime lead. Szolnok stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They secured an 11-point buffer heading into the final quarter. Pau-Lacq-Orthez stopped the rot and stiffened their defence in the final period but it was too late. The visitors cruised to the victory at the end. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 13 points, while Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) had 12 points in the victory. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) answered with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Tanguy Ramassamy (204-C-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Teddy Gipson 20, Tanguy Ramassamy 8+11 boards
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 16, Brandon Gay 13, Peter Grebenar 12


ProB Round 10: Bordeaux defeats Limoges CSP Elite in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the ProB took place in Bordeaux. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-2) to fourth ranked Bordeaux (7-3) 72-71 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. Limoges CSP Elite was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Bordeaux, which allowed them to win the game. International Boris Diaw (203-82) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks. Bordeaux moved-up to third place, which they share with Boulogne. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Bordeaux is looking forward to face Fos Ouest (#6) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Le Portel (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (1-9) 79-60. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and Frederic Adjiwanou supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Even 23 points and 6 assists by guard Mathieu Guichard (188-88) did not help to save the game for JA Vichy. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boulazac Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. JA Vichy lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with nine games lost. Boulazac Basket will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JA Vichy will play against Nantes to get more than just one victory in their record.
A very close game took place in Antibes between Saint Vallier and Olympique Antibes. Eighth ranked Saint Vallier (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Olympique Antibes (4-6). Saint Vallier managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympique Antibes. Kyle Shiloh fired 18 points for the winners. Jeff Allen produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds for lost side. Saint Vallier maintains eighth position with 5-5 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Saint Vallier will meet at home higher ranked ALM Evreux (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against SPO Rouen (#17) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Nantes where higher ranked Fos Ouest (6-4) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Nantes (5-5) 88-81. Worth to mention a great performance of David Fergerson who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. Nantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be JA Vichy (#18) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against Bordeaux (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (5-5) crushed at home 12th ranked Le Portel (4-6) by 19 points 112-93, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. Dar Tucker scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with six games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face Lille Metropole (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Le Portel will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite having rather not much hope for a victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Lille lost to Boulogne on the opponent's court 82-92. Evreux managed to outperform Quimper in a home game 73-61. Rouen recorded a loss to Chalons-Reims on the road 80-67. Bourg crushed Denain on its own court 94-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 7 rebounds by Juwann James of Denain.



Boulogne - Lille 92-82

Very expected game when 14th ranked Lille Metropole (3-7) was defeated on the road by third ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (7-3) 92-82 on Tuesday. Lille Metropole trailed 42-41 at halftime, rallying from a 28-14 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. SO Maritime Boulogne shot 64.7 percent from the field and made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. SO Maritime Boulogne had a 22-11 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for SO Maritime Boulogne especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) scored 31 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized American Tony Stanley (194-77, college: Dayton) chipped in 24 points during the contest. At the losing side Brazilian center Michel Nascimento (208-78) responded with 16 points and point guard Aurelien Rigaux (178-88) scored 10 points and 5 assists. Lille Metropole's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SO Maritime Boulogne have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 7-3 record having just two points less than leader Boulazac, which they share with Bordeaux. Lille Metropole lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with seven games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face JL Bourg (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lille Metropole will play against Aix-Maurienne (#11) in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: C.McCray 31+3reb+4ast, T.Stanley 24+2reb+2ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 12+8reb+1ast, J.Mathis 9+9reb+2ast, J.Rousselle 7+3reb+10ast, C.Rouse 7+3reb
Lille: M.Nascimento 16+4reb, B.Gillet 13+2reb, C.Marshall 10+2reb+2ast, A.Rigaux 10+1reb+5ast, M.Tensorer 9+2reb, S.Smith 8+7reb
gschID: 139717


Evreux - Quimper 73-61

Very predictable result when sixth ranked ALM Evreux (6-4) defeated at home 16th ranked Quimper UJAP (3-7) 73-61 on Tuesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. ALM Evreux looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Austen Rowland (186-81, college: Lehigh, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 11 assists during the contest. Four ALM Evreux players scored in double figures. At the losing side Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian-British power forward Andrew Lovedale (203-85, college: Davidson) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. ALM Evreux have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. Loser Quimper UJAP dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. ALM Evreux will face Chalons-Reims (#7) at home in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against the league's leader Boulazac Basket (#1).
Top scorers:
Evreux: J.Wood 23+12reb+2ast, G.Costentin 13+4reb+6ast, A.Rowland 13+2reb+11ast, R.Wilmont 10+1reb+1ast, G.Florimont 6+4reb+1ast, M.Correa 6+1reb
Quimper: P.Paelay 18+7reb, A.Lovedale 14+10reb, W.Herve 6+1ast, G.Lessort 6+8reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 6+5reb+5ast, M.Diarra 4+4reb
gschID: 139718


Maurienne - Le Portel 112-93

Thirteenth ranked Aix-Maurienne (5-5) crushed at home 12th ranked Le Portel (4-6) by 19 points 112-93, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Aix-Maurienne. Le Portel was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aix-Maurienne dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Le Portel's 42. They outrebounded Le Portel 35-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. Aix-Maurienne looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists. American Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) scored 28 points to lead the charge for the winners and American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) chipped in 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Aix-Maurienne's coach Antoine Michon allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists and his fellow American import swingman Chris Davis (195-80, college: N.Texas, agency: Court Side) scored 21 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Le Portel lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with six games lost. Aix-Maurienne will face Lille Metropole (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Le Portel will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: D.Tucker 28+4reb+2ast, W.Brown 24+3reb+1ast, B.Osby 17+11reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 11+3reb+5ast, S.Darnauzan 9+5reb+13ast, M.Houmounou 7+1reb+4ast
Le Portel: R.Taylor 24+5reb+12ast, C.Davis 21+1reb+3ast, N.Wyatte 19+4reb+1ast, M.Labeyrie 17+2reb+2ast, I.Sy 6+4reb+1ast, G.Leburgue 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139719


Nantes - Fos Ouest 88-81

An interesting game took place in Nantes where higher ranked Fos Ouest (6-4) was upset on the court of tenth ranked Nantes (5-5) 88-81. It looked good early as Fos Ouest took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Nantes took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 7 points. They made 25-of-27 charity shots (92.6 percent) during the game. Nantes outrebounded Fos Ouest 38-21 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls committed by Fos Ouest helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 5 assists. Naturalized Swiss power forward David Ramseyer (200-87) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Nantes players scored in double figures. Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) replied with 25 points (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and American guard Blake Hoffarber (193-88, college: Minnesota) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Fos Ouest. Nantes moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Fos Ouest at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Nantes' next round opponent will be JA Vichy (#18) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Fos Ouest will play against Bordeaux (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nantes: D.Fergerson 25+2reb+5ast, D.Ramseyer 17+7reb+2ast, N.Gayon 15+4reb+2ast, M.Drame 11+1reb+1ast, K.Idomenee 6+1reb+1ast, A.Charles 6+3reb+3ast
Fos Ouest: S.Gay 25+4reb, B.Hoffarber 12+5reb+1ast, B.Clark 11+5reb, E.Choquet 9+2reb+5ast, K.Atamna 9+2reb+1ast, M.Dia 6+2ast
gschID: 139720


Chalons-Reims - Rouen 80-67

Not a big story in a game when 17th ranked SPO Rouen (3-7) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Chalons-Reims (6-4) 80-67 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. SPO Rouen was better in second period 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Etienne Plateau (192-86) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Jason Siggers (190-85, college: Albany) responded with 16 points and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Chalons-Reims moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Evreux and Fos Ouest. SPO Rouen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. Chalons-Reims will face ALM Evreux (#5) on the road in the next round. SPO Rouen will play against Olympique Antibes (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: B.King 17+1reb+3ast, E.Plateau 17+7reb, K.Corre 15+7reb+1ast, G.Chathuant 12+4reb+3ast, C.Daniels 7+6reb, P.Beye 6+4reb+1ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 16+3reb+2ast, C.Thioune 10+7reb, K.Patiejunas 10+1reb+3ast, C.Bronchard 10+3reb, P.Poupet 9+5reb+3ast, L.Chelle 9+4reb
gschID: 139721


Bourg - Denain 94-75

Everything went according to plan when eleventh ranked JL Bourg (5-5) outscored at home 15th ranked Denain Voltaire (3-7) 94-75 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by JL Bourg. Denain Voltaire was better in second period 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. JL Bourg forced 20 Denain Voltaire turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Gambian forward Moses Sonko (198-83, college: Co.Carolina) scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (208-84, college: Marquette) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Four JL Bourg players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import power forward Ryan Rossiter (204-89, college: Siena) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. JL Bourg moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Denain Voltaire lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. JL Bourg will face higher ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Bourg: M.Sonko 24+7reb+4ast, I.Koma 15+6reb, O.Barro 14+5reb+2ast, O.Da Silveira 10+1reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 10+5reb+4ast, J.Delhomme 8+3reb+5ast
Denain: J.James 20+7reb+3ast, R.Rossiter 18+7reb+1ast, N.Rohnert 14+3reb+2ast, X.Gaillou 6+2reb+2ast, L.Kante 5+5reb, F.Minet 4+2reb+7ast
gschID: 151890


Antibes - St Vallier 68-70

A very close game took place in Antibes between Saint Vallier and Olympique Antibes. Eighth ranked Saint Vallier (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Olympique Antibes (4-6). Saint Vallier managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olympique Antibes. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Olympique Antibes won fourth quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Saint Vallier forced 25 Olympique Antibes turnovers. Strangely Olympique Antibes outrebounded Saint Vallier 40-25 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Saint Vallier especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. American point guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) fired 18 points for the winners. The other American import LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. American power forward Jeff Allen (201-87, college: Virginia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds and Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (205-83, agency: LBM Management) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Saint Vallier maintains eighth position with 5-5 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Olympique Antibes dropped to the twelfth place with six games lost. They share the position with Le Portel. Saint Vallier will meet at home higher ranked ALM Evreux (#5) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olympique Antibes will play against SPO Rouen (#17) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Vallier: K.Shiloh 18+3reb+2ast, F.Tortosa 15+2reb+1ast, D.Denave 13+4reb+4ast, L.Prowell 12+8reb+2ast, S.Barrett 6+4reb+4ast, D.Diarra 4+2reb
Antibes: J.Allen 20+13reb+2ast, S.Essart 14+1reb+2ast, S.Massot 13+11reb+2ast, C.Brown 11+2reb+3ast, M.Courby 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Siegwarth 4
gschID: 139714


Bordeaux - Limoges 72-71

The most exciting game of round 10 in the ProB took place in Bordeaux. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Limoges CSP Elite (8-2) to fourth ranked Bordeaux (7-3) 72-71 on Tuesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Limoges CSP Elite. Limoges CSP Elite was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 18-14 charge of Bordeaux, which allowed them to win the game. International Boris Diaw (203-82) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and point guard Gauthier Darrigand (184-82) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. Bordeaux's coach Claude Bergeaud used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and his fellow American import guard Kyle McAlarney (185-87, college: Notre Dame) scored 13 points. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. Bordeaux moved-up to third place, which they share with Boulogne. Limoges CSP Elite at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Bordeaux is looking forward to face Fos Ouest (#6) on the road in the next round. Limoges CSP Elite will play against Le Portel (#13) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: B.Diaw 22+9reb+3ast, G.Darrigand 21+4reb+4ast, O.Bassett 12+4reb+1ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 6+3reb, S.Driss 5+6reb+2ast, K.Cunningham 4+4reb+1ast
Limoges: C.Massie 18+16reb+1ast, R.Desroses 13+1reb+2ast, K.McAlarney 13+3reb+1ast, S.Traore 11+3reb+2ast, A.Curti 6+2ast, L.Milbourne 4+3reb
gschID: 139715


Boulazac - Vichy 79-60

ProB top team - Boulazac Basket (9-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked JA Vichy (1-9) 79-60. The game was mostly controlled by Boulazac Basket. JA Vichy was better in fourth quarter 25-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Boulazac Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to JA Vichy's 26. They outrebounded JA Vichy 46-31 including 32 on the defensive glass. JA Vichy was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) notched a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and center Frederic Adjiwanou (204-80, college: St.Mary's, CA) supported him with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Boulazac Basket players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 6 assists by guard Mathieu Guichard (188-88) did not help to save the game for JA Vichy. Naturalized Central African forward Stephane Dondon (203-77, college: Virginia) added 17 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Boulazac Basket have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. JA Vichy lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth place with nine games lost. Boulazac Basket will play against Quimper UJAP (#16) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. JA Vichy will play against Nantes to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: T.Dubiez 17+3reb+1ast, F.Adjiwanou 15+9reb+1ast, S.Njoya 12+7reb, A.McKenzie 10+12reb+3ast, D.Monroe 6+12reb+1ast, L.Tarris 5
Vichy: M.Guichard 23+1reb+6ast, S.Dondon 17+9reb+3ast, J.Bernage 8+2reb+1ast, J.Flowers 4+3reb, N.Diakite 4+6reb, J.Djimrabaye 2+4reb
gschID: 139716




ProB round 10 best performance: Jeremiah Wood (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Evreux, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Quimper (#16, 3-7) 73-61. Evreux is placed at 5th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Evreux will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Wood turned to be Evreux's top player in his first season with the team. Jeremiah Wood has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 11.2rpg) and averages impressive 55.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81, agency: Court Side) of Le Portel. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Le Portel lost that game 93-112 to slightly higher-ranked Maurienne (#11, 5-5). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Le Portel dropped in the standings to 13th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Taylor is a newcomer at Le Portel, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Juwann James (198-F/C-87) of Denain (#15). James scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite James' great performance Denain lost 75-94 to the higher-ranked Bourg (#10, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Denain not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, James could try to bring Denain's a little bit higher in the standings. James has a very solid season. In 9 games in France he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 7.0rpg, 3.7apg, 2.8spg and FGP: 59.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris McCray (196-G/F-84) of Boulogne - 31 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jeff Allen (201-F/C-87) of Antibes - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. David Fergerson (185-G-78) of Nantes - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 24 points and 3 rebounds
9. Sherman Gay (201-PF-82) of Fos Ouest - 25 points and 4 rebounds
10. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) of Bordeaux - 22 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)


EuroChallenge: Chalon topple CSU Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - CSU Mobteilco 83:74

Chalon registered their third win in EuroChallenge Group E. The French team held off visiting CSU Mobitelco for 3-1 record on top of the standings. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) and Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) delivered 18 points each to lead the winners. Chalon got to a quick start. The hosts unloaded 24 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Chalon kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The home team accumulated a 39:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter with Chalon keeping the distance. CSU Mobitelco fired 27 points in the final quarter but it was not enough as Chalon cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points, while Ilian Evtimov added 12 rebounds to his 18 points. Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) and Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) answered with 20 points each for CSU Mobitelco. Lawrence finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Chalon: Ilian Evtimov 18+12 boards, Blake Schilb 18, Alade Aminu 15
CSU Mobitelco: Kyndall Dykes 20, Zoran Krstanovic 20


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Feni Industrija celebrates in Mostar - by Eurobasket News
BIBL, Round 4 (Group B): Zrinjski HT - Feni Industrija 68-76

Zrinjski stays winless after four rounds in Balkan league. This time the Bosnian squad failed at home against the reining FYROM champion Feni Industri 68-76. Feni jumped to 3-1 after this meeting. Zrinjski HT was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 44-31 second half run of Feni Indistrija. American swingman Jarrid Frye (194-G/F-85, college: Sacred Heart) fired 17 points for the winners. Bulgarian swingman Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) chipped in 14 points. American forward Marcel Jones (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: Oregon St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 16 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Luka Klarica (192-SG-89) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four Zrinjski HT players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending FYR Macedonian champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Hapoel T-A. Zrinjski HT at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Feni Indistrija's next round opponent will be league's leader Levski Sofia on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week. Zrinjski HT will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv (#2) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

Zrinjski HT: L.Klarica 17+5ast, M.Jones 15+16reb, D.Kapelan 14+5reb+3ast, A.Radulovic 12+9reb, M.Han 5+2reb+1ast, A.Avdibegovic 3+1reb+5ast
Feni Industrija: J.Frye 17+3reb+1ast, I.Lilov 14+3reb+1ast, G.Samardziev 9+1reb+2ast, V.Brckov 8+2reb, S.Ocokoljic 8+2reb+1ast, K.Nikolovski 6+7reb+1ast


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Allen and Bauscher working out with BG Goettingen - by Moritz Korff
Jerel Allen (193-G/F-85, college: Florida St.) and Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.) have joined BBL team BG Goettingen for try outs, local newspaper Goettinger Tageblatt tells on its website today. According to the newspaper, starting five GmbH, the license holder of the Goettingen BBL team, is 350 000 Euro in debt and would probably have to cut a player to make room for new signings.
Allen already attended Goettingen's loss to Armia Tiflis yesterday as a spectator, while Bauscher arrived today. The Violets lost Louis Dale (180-G-88, college: Cornell) with a season-ending knee injury last week and are currently sitting in last place in the Bundesliga.
Allen is a 2007 graduate of NCAA D1 school Florida State and has had stints in Lithuania, Ukraine and Australia as a pro. During the 2011 season he saw action in 21 games for SBL club Rockingham Flames, averaging 21.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per contest. Bauscher completed his college career at Boise State (NCAA D1) in 2008 and has three years of Dutch basketball under his belt. In 2010-11 he scored 11.3 points a game (51 encounters) in the Eredivisie and dished out 4.7 assists per contest. The year before he captured the Dutch championship title with Groningen, while being named Eurobasket.com All-Eredivisie Player of the Year.


Chris Oakes Back With The Mitteldeutscher BC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Mitteldeutscher BC have announced that Chris Oakes (208-C-87, college: San Jose St.) will return back to the team after having been in the States for two weeks. Oakes is a 24 year old 208cm center from Oakland, California that had come to MBC in October. He had played four games for the Wolves averaging 3,3ppg,and 4,8rpg in 12 minutes per game. He left the team two weeks ago on account of a sickness that his mother had suffered. His mom is doing better again, so the American that played at San Jose State is ready to play again. 'I am looking forward to be with the team again and am coming back with a good feeling. I know my mom is in good hands. Now I want to continue to have success with the team', stressed Chris Oakes (208-C-87, college: San Jose St.).



Marcus Smallwood left MBC - by Moritz Korff
Mitteldeutscher BC and Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) have parted company, the 2. Bundesliga Pro A side announced. Smallwood left Weissenfels today and thus ended a five month stint at MBC. 'We gave Marcus several opportunities to prove, that he belongs to our team and to find his role on the team. Eventually Marcus Smallwood was not the right fit for MBC and MBC was not the right fit for him. The role he had on our team, did not match what he and the club had anticipated', MBC head coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM) stated in a press release. Smallwood appeared in ten Pro A games for the Wolves, averaging 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

EuroChallenge: Telekom Baskets tied all records in Group G - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets - Minsk-2006 93:81

Telekom Baskets tied all records in Group G after the home victory over Minsk-2006. Visitors were defeated by German team 93:81.
Telekom Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-22 free shots during the game. Telekom Baskets forced 22 Minsk-2006 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The winners were led by Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) who scored that evening 20 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) supported him with 18 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Even 23 points by Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) did not help to save the game for Minsk-2006. Aliaksei Lashkevich added 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for lost side.
Telekom Baskets will meet Turk Telekom in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Minsk-2006 will play against Karsiyaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Telekom Baskets: Jared Jordan 20, Zvonko Buljan 18, Fabian Thuelig (196-F-89) 14, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) 13
Minsk-2006: Aliaksandr Kudrautsau 23, Lashkevich 17, Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) 11



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) It Only Makes Our Team That More Balanced To Have A Guy Like Rocky Trice Back To His Old Self - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket after the 86-72 win against Phoenix Hagen.

Congrats on the 86-72 win against Phoenix Hagen. It was the last game in the beloved Kuhberg halle. How emotional was it in the gym and how was the atmosphere one last time?

It was a great atmosphere during the game, after the game there was a ceremony to close the halle, lots of history there.

You never lost a game in the Kuhberg halle as a member of ratiopharm Ulm. It might only have been three games, but still will it be a stat you will remember in say 10 years when you look back on this gym?

I was part of the team that closed the Rundsporthalle in Ludwigsburg and I will remember being a part of the closing of the Kuhberg and opening of the Ratiopharm arena now.

ratiopharm Ulm had the slim 37-34 lead at halftime. Why could Ulm not break away more in the first 20minutes.

Hagen was making solid plays and getting some easy buckets out of the pick n roll.

In the second half, ratiopharm Ulm pulled away. What was working better for the team and what adjustments were made?

We made some adjustments on the picks and were able to get our transition going in the 2nd half.

ratiopharm Ulm held a high scoring Hagen team to 72 points. How happy were you with the overall 40 minute team defense performance?

We gave them some easy looks early but were able to make adjustments and make them take contested shots in the 2nd, it was our goal to keep them under 75 pts.

Rocky Trice was injured for some time and is back now. How important is it having him back performing well?

It only makes our team that more balanced to have a guy like Rocky Trice back to his old self. He gives us another athlete on the wing and an aggressive defender, good to see him doing the things we know he can do.

The NBA lockout is finally over now. What did you miss most from the NBA?

I miss checking up on the box scores and highlights on NBA.com in the morning.

Who can eat the most turkey on the team would you think?lol

That is tough, we have some guys that can put it away. Keaton Nankivil, he doesn't always get a hot meal so he probably ate the most. Coach Dickleman is my sleeper pick, he was still eating when I left so I can't be sure how much he ate.

Thanks Dane for the chat.



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  GREECE   


Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
KAO Dramas of Coach Giorgos Kalafatakis agreed financial terms with the American guard/forward Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) who will replace the American Jamarr Sanders (193-G-88, college: UAB) who let down the Head Coach and the coaching team with his performance in the Greek league these first 6 weeks of the A1. Hunt knows quite well the European courts as he played tree seasons in the German courts, one season in the Portuguese courts and another one in the Polish courts. His best season was the season 2007-2008 where he was playing with the Kaiserslautern Braves, jersey in the German courts and he had 15.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.2spg

There are rumors that a second American player is coming in order to repalce the American guard Goins who even though is only been with the team less than a month the coaching team is seriously thinking of replacing the American not because of his skills but because of the tactics that Coach Giorgos Kalafatakis wants to perform with the team of KAO Dramas this season.

Marousi BC and Coach Nikos Linardos agreed financial terms with the well known Monte Negro center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75) who will be present in the naxt game of Marousi BC against AGOR in Rethymnon.




Early December Free Agent's list - by Chris Mammides
Six weeks after the official start of the Greek A1 league (and 4 weeks after the initial list launched in the site), the list of the free agents is longer than ever, eurobasket continue its research in regards to the free agents which can help immediately any team might need them with some of them being quite hot names in the market. After these first six weeks and the weakness that some teams face in particular positions, this list could assist them in deciding whether they want to add some value and experience in their rosters:

Here is the 'fresh' outcome of our little research

In the Guard position:
Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80)
Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77)
Fotis Lioutas (193-G-80, college: S.New Hampshire)
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85)
Nikos Pappas (194-G-90) (he has a frozen contract with Bizkaia Bilbao)
Christos Papanikolaou (195-G-85)
Lazaros Seferidis (192-G-82)*

In the forward position:
Luke Hristou (195-F-88)
Nikos Theodorakos (202-F-89)
Antonis Kesisoglou (206-F-91)
Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79)
Giorgos Pavlidis (206-F-78)
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77)
Milos Sakota (203-F-84)
Haris Plioukas (200-F-89)

In the center position:
Jacob Blankenship (207-C-90)
Georgos Tsiakos (205-F/C-82)
Miroslav Raicevic (208-C-81)
Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87)
Giorgos Loupos (208-C-78)*

* For these three players there is some doubts whether are still active players as there are no news for possible retirement




Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.19.7 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.8 
 3. Roby, Peristeri GS18.0 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris17.8 
 5. James, Aris15.2 
 6. Taylor, Kavala15.0 
 7. Printezis, Olympia.14.8 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi14.6 
 9. Kommatos, Marousi14.5 
 10. Baynes, Ikaros14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.2 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.8.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.8.6 
 4. Giddens, PAOK7.2 
 5. Tapoutos, Aris6.8 
 6. Charissis, Kolossos6.8 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.8 
 8. O''Bryant, Kavala6.7 
 9. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 10. Scott, Peristeri6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alekos PETROULAS
  Perister.
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Petroulas, Periste.6.5 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.6.2 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.5 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi5.4 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.5.2 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.5.2 
 7. Charalampidi., KAO.4.7 
 8. James, Aris4.6 
 9. Tsaldaris, Aris4.0 
 10. Wright, AGOR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panath.
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Diamantidis, Panat.2.0 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.2.0 
 3. Hatten, Kolossos1.8 
 4. Tsamis, Kolossos1.8 
 5. Wright, AGOR1.6 
 6. James, Aris1.6 
 7. Christmas, AGOR1.6 
 8. Roby, Peristeri GS1.5 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.1.5 
 10. Mavraides, Aris1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Muldrow, Aris1.8 
 2. O''Bryant, Kavala1.8 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos1.7 
 4. Scott, Peristeri GS1.5 
 5. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 6. Giddens, PAOK1.3 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.2 
 8. Petway, AGOR1.0 
 9. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 10. Zimic, Perister.1.0 


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


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EuroChallenge: Szolnok keep Pau-Orthez winless - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Szolnok 67:75

Szolnok registered the second EuroChallenge victory this season. They defeated Pau-Lacq-Orthez in France for 2-2 record in Group H. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) scored 16 points to pace the Hungarian team. Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the meantime remained winless.
The hosts enjoyed a 22:21 lead after ten minutes of action. But the second term turned things around. Szolnok stepped on the gas and cleared off to a 39:30 halftime lead. Szolnok stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They secured an 11-point buffer heading into the final quarter. Pau-Lacq-Orthez stopped the rot and stiffened their defence in the final period but it was too late. The visitors cruised to the victory at the end. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) posted 13 points, while Peter Grebenar (211-C-81, agency: TSS Management) had 12 points in the victory. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Arkansas) answered with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for Pau-Lacq-Orthez. Tanguy Ramassamy (204-C-90) accounted for 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Teddy Gipson 20, Tanguy Ramassamy 8+11 boards
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 16, Brandon Gay 13, Peter Grebenar 12


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  ICELAND   


Whats up World! - by Giordan Watson
Eurobasket readers, what's up?! I'm Giordan Watson, son of Willie and Gina, brother of William and Gessica, and uncle to Grier and Justin (in my Gladiator voice). Currently playing in Grindavik, Iceland and I am really enjoying myself. The team is off to a hot start, but more than wins, I'm proud of our growth and the way we've been coming together. Guys sacrificing themselves for the good of the team is contagious, and it's spreading throughout our club. It's honestly, truly a blessing to be on a team where guys don't mind who scores or takes the shots. We've been focusing on getting defensive stops, and playing together on offense, and we're putting ourselves in position to win games that way. We have a great coach here in Helgi Jonas. You can tell he is a former player, a former point guard at that, and I love that about him. He does a great job of keeping our guys motivated and preparing us for games. We have a pretty deep team, and coach has done a great job of utilizing all of our players. I think a lot of coaches/teams want that deep roster, but to manage that is not always easy, so respect to coach Helgi on that.

The weather here is getting to that cold point! That point where you look at your gas tank, need to fill it up, (or in my case, put just enough in there to get where you need to go) but it's too cold too even step outside, yeah, it's getting to that point. Nothing that I am not used to coming from Michigan, but I don't think i'll ever really like it.

Overall, I'm enjoying myself this season. Have to stay level headed throughout it all though. No matter the outcome of any game, all you can do is prepare as well as possible, leave it on the floor, and the outcome will take care of itself.

Check out my college, they have a lot of potential this season! CMUChippewas.com! I know Coach Z and young Trey are going to get it done this year!

Also, check out my guy David Merritt's personal blog, GoodnessDetermined.com. Very inspirational site, from a guy who fouls more than anyone I have ever played against.

Lastly, but not least, every time I update this, i'll try and leave you guys with something I been reading from the Bible. **Daniel 4** Talks about humility, and if you don't humble yourself, God will; only to make you a better person in the end.


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.25.4 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons24.6 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.4 
 4. Johnson, Belfast23.0 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.20.5 
 6. Cummins, Belfast17.8 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.5 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.9 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.1 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.1 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.7 
 4. Enos, Moycullen12.1 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.8 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian10.3 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.9 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Johnson, Belfast8.7 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Shane COUGHLAN
  UCC D.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.3 
 3. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.1 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.1 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen3.8 
 7. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 8. Meany, UCD Marian3.5 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 10. Hall, UL Eagles3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.7 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.8 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.3 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. Clarke, 11890 K.2.0 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.2.0 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.9 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 6. Enos, Moycullen1.3 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.1 
 9. Casey, 11890 K.0.9 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.0.8 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 9-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 6-3 
 3. UCD Marian 4-5 
 4. Belfast Star 1-9 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 6-3 
 2. UCC Demons 5-3 
 3. UL Eagles 5-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-8 


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  ISRAEL   


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jermaine HALL
  Macc.B.Y.
  (196-F-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Hall, Macc.B.Y.24.4 
 2. Miller, Macc.B.Y.24.1 
 3. Laing, Elitzur Yav.23.3 
 4. Sanders, Hapoel Y.22.8 
 5. Thondique, Hapoel22.4 
 6. Clemente, Kiryat T.22.0 
 7. Ginyard, Ironi N.20.7 
 8. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.7 
 9. Moragne, Elitzur20.7 
 10. Segev, Kiryat Tiv.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.15.3 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.4 
 3. Moses, Hapoel K/S12.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.9 
 5. Webb, Ironi R.10.8 
 6. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.1 
 7. Traimel, Ironi N.10.0 
 8. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.9 
 9. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.8 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.8.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.8.1 
 3. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.6 
 4. Bannister, Ironi R.6.7 
 5. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.7 
 6. Sukar, Hod Hashar.4.9 
 7. Younger, Ironi K-A3.9 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.6 
 10. Dunne, Ironi N.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon4.8 
 2. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.6 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.5 
 4. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.5 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.0 
 7. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 8. Sztarkman, Hapoel2.7 
 9. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.5 
 10. Davidi, Ironi R.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A2.7 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.3 
 3. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.9 
 4. Clemente, Kiryat T.1.9 
 5. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.1.8 
 7. Thondique, Hapoel1.6 
 8. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.3 
 9. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.3 
 10. Dunne, Ironi N.1.1 


Best players of National League round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American Gregg Thondique (201-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for Hapoel Afula and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team edged out Ironi K-A (4-4) 87-83. Hapoel Afula is placed at 6th position in Israeli National League. Hapoel Afula is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Thondique turned to be Hapoel Afula's top player in his first season with the team. Virginia Union University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thondique is in league's top in points (5th best: 22.4ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 14.4rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 58.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-G/F-87) of Ironi Nahariya. Ginyard impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 32 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Ironi Nahariya was edged by slightly higher-ranked Elitzur Yavne (#4, 5-3) 78-75. This loss caused Ironi Nahariya to drop 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. Ginyard is a newcomer at Ironi Nahariya 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 20.7ppg (#7). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Lenny Daniel (201-F-87) of Ironi K-A (#8). Daniel scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Daniel's great performance Ironi K-A lost 83-87 to Hapoel Afula (4-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ironi K-A needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Daniel has a great season in Israel. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 10.1rpg (6th best). He also has 2.7bpg and FGP: 67.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nate Miller (193-F-87) of Macc.B.Yaakov - 25 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) of Hod Hasharon - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Rodney Webb (200-F-83) of Ironi Ramat Gan - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Ilan Berkowitz (186-G-75) of Elitzur Ramla - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) of Hod Hasharon - 23 points and 9 rebounds
9. Thomas Sanders (194-G-85) of Hapoel Y/M - 26 points and 9 rebounds
10. Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya - 18 points and 9 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)


Interview with Sylven Landesberg, Maccabi Haifa - by Amir Fleischman
Sylven Landesberg (198-F/G-90, college: Virginia) is currently the leading player of the Israeli basketball league with 24.7 points per game after 7 rounds.





Hello Sylven, you have had a great season so far, what is the main reason for that in your opinion?
I worked very hard during the summer, and I have to give a lot of credit to my trainers back in the US, who have helped me to improve my skills and shape. I practiced all day long every day and came well prepared for the league.

You are just 21 years old, and this is already your second year in Israel. Was it difficult for you - at such a young age to leave the US and adjust to a club in a foreign country?
At the beginning it was quite difficult. I have never played so far from the US, yet everyone here is very supportive and I love it. Otherwise I wouldnt have come back for a second year. Once the summer holidays were finished it felt like coming back home, not to mention the fact that I can understand a bit of Hebrew now.

Maccabi Haifa is not a known club outside of Israel. What has brought you to this club?
I was looking for a club in which I would be able to grow as a player, and they were ready to give me that chance and express my game style. I'm grateful for that. They're very supportive.

How's the chemistry between the players?
The chemistry is great. We have the right combination of local and foreign players, we get along really well on and off the court, and the coaching staff is doing a wonderful job. I really love and appreciate Micky (Gorke, Maccabi Haifa head coach), who is always providing professional guidance in a positive manner. He understands me well. As said, the club is very supportive, and I had the same feeling about it last year too.

What is, so far, the main difference between this year and last year?
I feel that this year it took us less time to find our rhythm. Naturally it takes time to form and play as a team. This year, everything is apparently going smoother, and our game flows better.

Why do you think is that?
It's all about the players. Our team is comprised of talented, experienced players that have been playing almost everywhere. They know how to handle situations and have good understanding of the game. As one of the youngest players in the team I learn from them a lot.

Where do you think you will be playing in 4-5 years from now?
My ultimate dream is to play in the NBA.

In a particular club?
No, any club. I dont have a favorite club; I am simply a big fan of the league. I do wish I could play one day with or against Kobe (Bryant), who is my favorite player.

Speaking of the NBA, who do you think will be this year's champion?
I think Dallas will do it again.


Sylven Landesberg


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  ITALY   


Siena : Rimantas Kaukenas to go under surgery - by Giovanni Bargna
When Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) left the game against Vanoli-Braga Cremona last Sunday it was clear that the lithuanian was victim of a bad injury.
Unfortunately the official diagnosis confirmed that feeling yesterday. As announced by the official web site of the team the medical investigations revealed a lesion to the knee ligament already implanted by surgeons back in 2009.
The guard faced the same problem two years ago and then got back on the court recovering in few months.
The team will announce when the player will go under surgery in the next days.


Bennet Cantu : Scekic out five months - by Giovanni Bargna
Bennet Cantu loses Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket). The serbian suffered from an injury a week and a half ago in the game against Pepsi JuveCaserta at Cantu.
The medical diagnosis reports about a lesion to the right knee ligaments and the player will go under surgery early next week. The recovering period is estimated in five months.
Bennet Cantu is now looking for an european player in spot '4' to replace Scekic until the serbian is back.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Standings -D1
D1 Standings
 1. BC Astana 8-0 
 2. Barsy Atyrau 7-3 
 3. BK Almaty 5-3 
 4. Kaspiy Aktau 5-5 
 5. Tobol 3-7 
 6. BK Atyrau 0-10 


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  KOSOVO   


Round 10: Easy gameweek for top teams - by Dren Shporta
Today and tomorrow will be played matches of the tenth round in BKT Superliga of Kosovo, announces Basketball Federation (FBK). There are three games in the program today, while tomorrow will be played only one.

Leader, Trepca, will host the Kosova team in Minatori court of Mitrovica, starting at 18:00hrs. Trepca is in great form and Ilir Selmanis boys are playing really a good and organized basketball. Its mission impossible for Kosova to win this game it will be a huge surprise if they could. Drilon Hajrizi and Jaleel Nelson are one of the greatest tandems of the league, and when you add other Trepca fighters in the team it will be really hard against them.

The most interesting game of the Round 10 will be played at Sezair Surroi hall in Prizren, where Bashkimi will host Kolegji Univers, at 19:00hrs. Oranges from Prizren have won last game agasint Peja and they are truly motivated for this game. In the other side, college boys are looking to find some area where they could puncture oranges so they could achieve a surprise win. The first game between these two ended in Bashkimis favor, 68:73.

Champions, Sigal Prishtina, will have an easy match against Futura, where they could try their rich bench. For sure, this will not be Futuras day to achieve first victory in BKT Superliga. The game starts at 20:00. Tomorrow at 19:00hrs, Drita of Gjilan hosts Peja.




Trepca brings Vrsaljko - by Dren Shporta
Trepca officials have registered in Federation a Croatian player, Denis Vrsaljko (212-C-82). Announcement was made in Basketball Federations official web page. Vrsaljko will have a right to play for Trepca, from the eleventh round of BKT Superliga.

Denis Vrsaljko has played for Sibenik team in Croatian A1 league. This season he has played in all seven matches of Jolly Jadranska Banka Sibenik team with an average of 14.1 minutes per game. 29 year old player has also registered 4.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. Vrsaljko plays in a center position. Before that, he played for Polzela in Slovenian elite league.

Registering the huge Croatian with his 212cm. means that Trepca now will have to remove from the team Hajji Martin, a player who came two weeks ago in their squad. FBK regulations say that a team should have only 2 internationals in a game. Trepca tonight plays against Kosova while their next game is against champions, Sigal Prishtina, which will be the real test for Vrsaljko.



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


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Zalgiris adds big man Butkevicius - by Adomas Kraunevicius
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas is preparing for the departure of Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) who is set to return to NBA's Denver Nuggets once the lockout is officially over. They have decided to bring the big man Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) from Rudupis Prienu where he was playing on loan. Povilas Butkevicius was averaging 18.7 points per game and 9.1 rebounds over 7 games in the BEKO-Lithuanian Basketball League, 15 points and 6 rebounds over 8 games in the Baltic League and 7 points and 6 boards in 3 Eurocup games. Povilas Butkevicius is expected to be available in tonight's Zalgiris' do-or-die battle against Unicaja Malaga from Spain. Zalgiris needs a victory in order to keep their hopes of making the Euroleague Top16 alive.

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Lorrenzo Wade's triple-double lands him LNBP Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Abejas and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 30.
The 26-year old forward recorded a triple-double of 21 points and addedeleven rebounds and ten assists, while his team edged out Lechugueros (#11, 10-18) in overtime 97-94. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Abejas is placed at 9th position in Mexican LNBP. Abejas is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 12-16 record. Wade turned to be Abejas' top player in his first season with the team. Lorrenzo Wade averages this season 18.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard William Funn (188-G-82) of Lechugueros. Funn impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 17 assists. Bad luck as Lechugueros was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Abejas (#9, 12-16) 97-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Lechugueros keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 10-18 record. Funn is a newcomer at Lechugueros 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. Portland State University alumni Funn 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 American Albert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Huracanes (#5). Fuqua scored 17 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Huracanes, leading his team to a 110-45 easy win against Volcanes (#14, 0-29). Huracanes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 18 victories and 11 lost games. Fuqua has a very solid season. In 24 games in Mexico he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 64.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luis Bethelmy (200-F/C-86) of Halc.Rojos - 26 points and 8 rebounds
5. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Fuerza Regia - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mattis McHugh (198-F-84) of Abejas - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) of Lechugueros - 20 points and 12 rebounds
8. Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) of Huracanes - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of Pioneros - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C-82) of Huracanes - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 11 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)


LNBP Round 30: Fuerza Regia edges Soles by two points - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

Sixth-ranked Soles (17-13) made lots of trouble for first ranked Fuerza Regia (22-6) in Monterrey on Sunday. Fuerza Regia managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fuerza Regia made 31-of-37 free shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while Soles only scored twelve points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record. Soles at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play at home against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes (0-29) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 110-45 loss to fifth ranked Huracanes (18-11) in Tampico. It was a good game for American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Nestor Colmenares contributed with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Huracanes' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) replied with 26 points for Volcanes. Huracanes maintains fifth position with 18-11 record. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings. Huracanes will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round. Volcanes will play at home against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey and hope to get finally their first victory.
Ninth-ranked Correcaminos (11-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Pioneros (19-9) in Ciudad Victoria on Saturday. The visitors from Cancun managed to secure only nine-point victory 90-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Correcaminos. The game was also dominated by American players. LeRoy Hickerson scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Myron Allen with 22 points and 4 assists. Pioneros have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-9 record. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the tenth place with 17 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Correcaminos will play against Lechugueros (#11) in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Lechugueros (#11) forced the game against Abejas (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 94-97. The game took place in Leon. But the guests from Guanajuato were better at the end. Lorrenzo Wade notched a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Abejas (12-16) moved-up to ninth place. Lechugueros at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Abejas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in Tampico and it may be quite challenging game. Lechugueros will play at home against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Zacatecas was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (14-14). Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Barreteros 85-75 on Saturday. The best player for the winners was Davin White who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Barreteros' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Barreteros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will face league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barreteros will play on the road against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan.

Rest of the games of round 30 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Pioneros crushed Corr.Victoria in Cancun 94-68. Panteras was beaten by Halc.Rojos at home 78-87. Aguilas Rojas were destroyed by Toros on the opponent's court 106-71.
The best stats of 30th round was 26 points and 8 rebounds by Luis Bethelmy of Halc.Rojos.


Corr.Victoria - Pioneros 68-94

There was no surprise in Ciudad Victoria where 9th ranked Correcaminos (11-17) were crushed by fourth ranked Pioneros (19-9) 94-68 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Pioneros's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-8 extending their advantage to 26 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Correcaminos' 32. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Worth to mention Millsap played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who recorded 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and point guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pioneros have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-9 record. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the tenth place with 17 games lost. Pioneros will face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Correcaminos will play on the road against Lechugueros (#11) in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Millsap 20+8reb, L.Hickerson 18+7reb+2ast, S.Soriano 15+5reb+2ast, H.Llamas 14+8reb+4ast, G.Grays 14+4reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 11+2reb+1ast
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 19+5reb+5ast, S.Monreal 15+5reb, F.Harris 11+7reb+1ast, A.Ferguson 9+5reb, B.Mason 6+4reb, D.Brannon 4+8reb
gschID: 137842


Panteras - Halc.Rojos 78-87

No shocking result in a game in Aguascalientes where second ranked Halcones Rojos (21-4) defeated 12th ranked Panteras (7-21) 87-78 on Saturday. Panteras trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 78-87 at the end of the game. Halcones Rojos looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Noe Alonzo (200-83, college: Grand Canyon) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) who recorded 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Halcones Rojos have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-4 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost eleventh consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 21 games lost. Halcones Rojos will face Halcones UV Xalapa (#6) on the road in the next round. Panteras will play against Soles (#7) in Mexicali.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 26+8reb+1ast, N.Alonzo 18+6reb+1ast, I.Gutierrez 10+2reb, P.Stoll 10+2reb+4ast, G.Vargas 9+2reb+11ast, C.Rivera 5+2reb+5ast
Panteras: M.Bryant 22+5reb+5ast, S.Bowie 20+1reb+1ast, I.Lopez 13+9reb+2ast, M.Johnson 7+1reb+5ast, J.Tesis 5+3reb, J.Moron 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137843


Barreteros - Halc.Xalapa 75-85

The game in Zacatecas was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (17-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (14-14). Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Barreteros 85-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 25-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Davin White (186-81, college: Cal.St.Northridge) who scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who recorded 20 points and 7 assists and his fellow American import forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barreteros' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Barreteros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will face league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Barreteros will play on the road against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: D.White 21+5reb+1ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 17+3reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 15+4reb, B.BROWN 12+1reb, A.Parada 8+3reb, H.Hernandez 6+3reb
Barreteros: G.Stokes 20+2reb+7ast, G.Logins 19+6reb, J.Reaves 17+8reb+4ast, F.Fisher 12+4reb+3ast, A.Aguirre 6+3reb+1ast, K.Capers 1+7reb+1ast
gschID: 137844


Lechugueros - Abejas 94-97 OT

Lechugueros (#11) forced the game against Abejas (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 94-97. The game took place in Leon. But the guests from Guanajuato were better at the end. Lechugueros were ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 18-16 third quarter run of Abejas. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 13-10. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) notched a triple-double by scoring 21 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) supported him with 27 points and 7 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 18 points and 17 assists by American guard William Funn (188-82, college: Portland St.) did not help to save the game for Lechugueros. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 20 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Abejas (12-16) moved-up to ninth place. Lechugueros at the other side keep the eleventh position with 18 games lost. Abejas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#5) in Tampico and it may be quite challenging game. Lechugueros will play at home against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Abejas: M.McHugh 27+7reb+2ast, A.Stockman 23+3reb+2ast, L.Wade 21+11reb+10ast, J.Verdejo 12+8reb+5ast, V.Buelna 8+3reb, C.Castillo 2
Lechugueros: R.Moss 20+12reb, L.Keeler 18+2reb+1ast, W.Funn 18+3reb+17ast, D.Yearby 13+9reb+1ast, B.St.Preux 9+4reb+3ast, C.Montas 7+11reb+1ast
gschID: 137845


Corr.Victoria - Pioneros 81-90 OT

Ninth-ranked Correcaminos (11-17) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Pioneros (19-9) in Ciudad Victoria on Saturday. The visitors from Cancun managed to secure only nine-point victory 90-81. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Correcaminos. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 16-7. They outrebounded Correcaminos 46-34 including 32 on the defensive glass. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) scored 26 points and 7 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) chipped in 23 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) with 22 points and 4 assists and point guard Steve Monreal (180, college: Cal.St.-Monterey) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pioneros have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 19-9 record. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the tenth place with 17 games lost. Pioneros will meet at home higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Correcaminos will play against Lechugueros (#11) in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 26+7reb+2ast, J.Millsap 23+10reb+1ast, G.Grays 16+1reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 12+3reb+3ast, H.Llamas 7+14reb+5ast, C.Turley 4+3reb
Corr.Victoria: F.Harris 22+4reb+1ast, M.Allen 22+3reb+4ast, S.Monreal 17+8reb+3ast, B.Mason 11+2reb, G.Burris 5+5reb, D.Brannon 2+3reb
gschID: 163554


Toros - Aguilas Rojas 106-71

Very expected game in Nuevo Laredo where 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-24) were rolled over by third ranked Toros (21-8) 106-71 on Sunday. The game without a history. Toros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 32. Toros looked well-organized offensively handing out 37 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) who scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) chipped in 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Five Toros players scored in double figures. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) who recorded 28 points and 4 assists and international guard Terrance Gambley added 10 points and 16 rebounds respectively. Toros maintains third position with 21-8 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Aguilas Rojas lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 24 games lost. Toros will face Pioneros (#4) in Cancun in the next round. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas.
Top scorers:
Toros: D.Pearson 17+4reb+2ast, J.Lopez 16+5reb+6ast, E.Manuel Guzman 16+9reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 14+5reb+4ast, I.Ofoegbu 11+12reb+3ast, B.Angley 10+1reb+3ast
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 28+1reb+4ast, T.GAMBLE 10+16reb, J.Portillo 10+3reb, L.Enrique Rangel 7+2reb+3ast, D.Mercer 6+1reb, F.Sanchez 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 137839


Fuerza Regia - Soles 87-85

Sixth-ranked Soles (17-13) made lots of trouble for first ranked Fuerza Regia (22-6) in Monterrey on Sunday. Fuerza Regia managed to secure only two-point victory 87-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 27-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Fuerza Regia made 31-of-37 free shots (83.8 percent) during the game, while Soles only scored twelve points from the stripe. 29 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) chipped in 19 points. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) who recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) added 17 points respectively. Five Fuerza Regia and four Soles players scored in double figures. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fuerza Regia have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 22-6 record. Soles at the other side dropped to the seventh place with 13 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Soles will play at home against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 22+8reb+2ast, C.Roberts 19+3reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 16+4reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 14+3reb+3ast, D.Smith 14+5reb, A.Joseph Tyronzic 2+4reb+1ast
Soles: C.Edwards 17+1reb+1ast, D.Fells 13+7reb+1ast, J.Vargas 13+3reb+2ast, J.Griffin 12+1reb, D.Cubillan 9+2reb+1ast, G.Smith 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 137840


Huracanes - Volcanes 110-45

Bottom-ranked Volcanes (0-29) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 110-45 loss to fifth ranked Huracanes (18-11) in Tampico. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Volcanes to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Huracanes held Volcanes to an opponent 22.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 55.8 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded Volcanes 56-22 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Huracanes players were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by Volcanes' players. It was a good game for American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) replied with 26 points and Michaels Antony added 5 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Volcanes. Huracanes maintains fifth position with 18-11 record. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings. Huracanes will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round. Volcanes will play at home against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: N.Colmenares 22+10reb+2ast, A.Fuqua 17+17reb+1ast, A.Gomez 16+6reb+5ast, L.Davis 16+5reb, R.Hornsby 13+6reb+11ast, J.Farrera 8+5reb
Volcanes: L.Morinia 26+3reb+1ast, D.Chambers 11+2reb, M.Antony 5+9reb+2ast, S.Monroy 2+4reb, J.Rivera 1+2reb, H.SEVERIANO 0
gschID: 137841




Terrance Gamble joins Aguilas Rojas - by Eurobasket News
Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, college: Tarleton St.) will continue his career in Mexico. The American big guy penned a deal with Aguilas Rojas for rest of the LNBP season. Gamble already made debut with his new club. Terrance Gamble most recently played in Dominican Republic. He was a member of LNB team Reales de La Vega. Last season he spent in Uruguay with team Cader. Gamble appeared 24 times in LUB averaging 13.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. He finished as top rebounder of the competition. Gamble supposed to play for Cader in 2009/10 as well, but they parted ways in September of 2009. Terrance Gamble already played in LNBP in the past. He was a member of Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi in 2008/09.

Halcones Xalapa returns Gerald Brown - by Eurobasket News
Gerald Brown (193-G-75, college: Pepperdine) is back to Halcones Xalapa after almost year and a half. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the LNBP season. He started 2010/11 with ABA team Arizona Scorpions. Gerald Brown spent last season in Argentina. He averaged 10.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 41 LigaA games with Gimnasia Esgrima Comodoro Rivadavia. He joined them in March of 2010 and finished 2009/10 season there. Before Gimnasia, Gerald Brown played for Halcones Xalapa. He arrived in January of 2010 averaging 15.1 points, 3 rebounds and 3.2 assists for 25 LNBP games. Brown helped Halcones Xalapa to win the LNBP title that season. It is also important to mention that last season he played at the Argentinian LigaA All-Star Game. Gerald Brown has huge European experience and he also played in Australia in the past.

CIBACOPA: New Teams? Free Agents? - by Alejandro Martinez
Obregon, Sonora, Mexico - The CIBACOPA board of regents, league representatives, and team owners all met on Friday to discuss the upcoming season. Of the topics discussed, the decision was made to return to a FIBA rules 'Libre' defense where teams are free to employ any type of defense they choose in the game. Last season an NBA 3 seconds call was the rule and prevented alot of forms of zone that would place a defender in the paint. Also discussed was the possibility of adding teams via expansion. 4 potential ownership groups put in their requests to join the league and are now a part of review process. The potential cities for joining the league are: Novalato, Obregon, Mazatlan, and Agua Prieta. Obregon may partner with Potros to play this year and Navalato appears to be the other club that is among the most likely to get in. As it currently stands; Nogales, Cananea, Hermosillo, Guaymas are the teams representing Sonora. Tijuana and Mexicali are the two clubs in the State of Baja California, and Los Mochis, Guasave, and Culiacan in Sinaloa. Tepic is readying its return in Nayarit. With 10 teams last season, and the possibility of adding upto 4 more, it is a common theory that the league could allow expansion in pairs, meaning that the league could play with 12 clubs or 14. A review process will begin and a final decision and release of schedule will happen next month. The league has agreed a return of the structure of up to 3 imports per club. Clubs will open training camps on or about February 12th and the regular season will open March 9th.

The City of Nogales, which borders with Arizona, will be hosting a preseason tournament on February 10th - 12th. Fuerza Guinda de Nogales will be the host club and their Head Coach Chris Terrell will be the Director of Basketball Operations for the event. 60 Free Agents will be transported from Tucson, Arizona to Mexico and be given weekend hotel and accomodations . There will be a combine and draft on the first day, followed by a double elimination tournament. All 10 clubs are to be represented, and each of the teams in the tournament will select up to 6 imports per team. This will give the free agents an opportunity to play with the national and local players and teams will then have the opportunity to contract with those players for the coming season. Depending on the player and team needs, players usually sign FIBA contracts that can range anywhere from rookie contracts $2000/mo up to $8000 per month. All league games have an official fiba scoring system and all stats are updated on the league site as well as the eurobasket network. The event will be invitation only. Interested players (import, national, or dual nationality) and/or their representatives are encouraged to contact the tournament director by email and submit their profiles and videos for reveiw: chrisbterrell@hotmail.com


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 22-4 
 2. Fuerza Regia 22-6 
 3. Toros 21-8 
 4. Pioneros 19-9 
 5. Huracanes 18-11 
 6. Halc.Xalapa 17-5 
 7. Soles 17-13 
 8. Barreteros 14-14 
 9. Abejas 12-16 
 10. Corr.Victoria 11-17 
 11. Lechugueros 10-18 
 12. Panteras 7-21 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-24 
 14. Volcanes 0-29 


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Minnesota judge calls timeout: NBA court proceedings on hold to allow agreement to be reached - by Eurobasket News
A Minnesota federal judge has put the legal fight between the NBAs players and owners on hold to give the two sides time to finish their collective bargaining agreement.

U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz granted a request by the players and issued a stay of all court proceedings on Tuesday. The stay is valid until Dec. 9, by which time a formal collective bargaining agreement is expected to be approved.

The two sides reached a tentative agreement Saturday and are now in the process of completing the negotiations. Before the proposal can be approved, the players must re-form their union and some secondary issues must be resolved.

If the deal is ratified, training camps are tentatively scheduled to open Dec. 9.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


China could block NBA players return - by Eurobasket News
The Chinese Basketball Association is showing no inclination to let unhappy NBA players out of their contracts for the 2011-12 season, and will likely mandate they not receive clearance letters to return to the NBA until the Chinese season ends in March, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Chandler Wilson (203-F-87, college: De Paul), Martin Kenyon (206-F-77, college: Cincinnati), Smith J.R. (198-G-85) and Brooks Aaron (183-PG-85, college: Oregon) are the four top NBA players under contract in China, and several sources involved in those contract entanglements said escape clauses wont be allowed with the impending end of the NBA lockout.

The Chinese Basketball Association passed a rule that its teams could sign only NBA free agents during the lockout, and it was made clear to those players they would have to play the full season to be given FIBA clearance letters to sign contracts with NBA teams.

Smith has had multiple clashes with his team, and some Chinese officials fear players becoming obstinate and purposely missing practices and games once they realize theyll be held to their contracts.

Team officials have prepared for the possibility some players could try to force their way out of deals, but their contracts give teams the latitude to fine and suspend players without pay. Chinese teams invested heavily when they signed NBA players, also providing hotel suites, personal drivers and chefs to make the players more comfortable.

They can play, get paid [in China] and return to the NBA in March, one Chinese team official said. Or they can not get paid, and return to the NBA in March.

As a member of FIBA, the NBA needs a letter of clearance from Chinese teams to allow players to sign NBA deals. Chinese teams could face forfeiture of any games that NBA players participated in, if the players somehow end up back in the NBA before the Chinese season ends.

If they think that theyre going to make things difficult, not play, create problems, whats going to happen is that the teams will not release their letters of clearance theyll need to sign in the NBA, a Chinese Basketball Association official told Yahoo! Sports. Theres no way out.

Smith, Chandler and Martin, who signed a $3 million contract with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers, played for the Denver Nuggets a season ago, but the team has interest in re-signing only Chandler, league sources said. Chandler was a key player for the Nuggets after the Carmelo Anthony (notes) trade with the Knicks.

So far, Chandler averaging 33 points for the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions has been the most dominant player in the Chinese Basketball Association. On and off the floor, Chandler has required far less maintenance than his two former Nuggets teammates. Smith has constantly clashed with Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls officials since arriving in China, and the complaints about him include missed practices, allegedly faking injuries and relentless demands on living conditions and transportation.

Yi Jianlian (notes) can return to the NBA immediately because he has a Chinese passport that allowed him to sign with the Guangdong Hongyuan Southern Tigers regardless of the leagues NBA free-agent rule. Hes expected to be sidelined two to three weeks after spraining his right knee in a recent game, but plans to sign with an NBA team after free agency starts on Dec. 9.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Sources: Age limit solutions weighed - by Eurobasket News
While NBA owners and representatives for the players have a handshake agreement on the broad points of a new labor deal, there are a host of other elements that still need to be worked out before the league hopes to re-open.

One element that has repercussions beyond the league is its age requirement for eligibility, which currently requires a player to be 19 years old and, in the U.S., one year removed from high school.

While it has been widely held that the NBA would like to push the age limit to 20, sources familiar with the dialogue between the two sides now say it is expected to remain at 19 for at least the first two years of the new deal and possibly beyond that.

Several alternatives have been discussed, sources said. One option would be to allow players to enter the draft directly out of high school but have the option to withdraw and go to college, similar to the draft rule used by Major League Baseball. Under this concept, a player would next be required to attend at least two years of college before entering the draft again.

Another option would be to revise the rookie salary scale by adding incentives to stay in college longer, a source familiar with the labor talks said. Potential incentives would include increasing the salary range for each year a player stays in school or allow him to qualify for free agency sooner.

There are several ancillary reasons why keeping the age limit at 19 for the time being is desirable. The first is the limited time the owners and players have to complete a collective bargaining agreement by Dec. 9 -- the date commissioner David Stern has targeted for the start of training camp and free agency. All significant rules pertaining to league operations have to be in place by then.

'I'm not sure there's going to be a lot of time to thrash out B-list issues,' said one source.

While time is clearly a factor, the possibility of re-stocking the league with young talent is also appealing.

The 2012 draft class is expected to be with a host of lottery-level collegiate players -- North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger among them -- who passed on the 2011 draft because of the labor uncertainty combined with a trove of NBA-caliber collegiate freshman such as Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Connecticut's Andre Drummond.

One league official opined that a star-studded draft and the hope that it offers the league's struggling teams could erase whatever lingering disenchantment fans might feel from the labor turmoil.

Courtesy of ESPN


Nets set to offer Lopez in package for Dwight Howard - by Eurobasket News
The Nets see the Knicks holding Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) and Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) and hope to raise the stakes with Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) and Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85).

As they prepare for their long-awaited move to Brooklyn next year, the Nets are set to offer a trade package which included center Brook Lopez and two future first-round picks to Orlando for Howard, the superstar center, before he becomes a free agent in 2012, according to an ESPN.com report.

Howards presence would be another lifeline for a franchise that has won 36 games over two years. The Nets believe Howard would lead to Williams, who can opt out after this season, into signing up long term, but right now, the best chip the Nets have is money. Williams ultimately can get five years and $100 million for the Nets. Other teams could pay $70 million over four. Howard and Williams together could give the Nets the needed big splash for their Brooklyn move.

The report said the Nets, to make the deal work, would slap their amnesty clause on Travis Outlaw and would take back Hedo Turkoglu with three years and $35 million remaining. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, if the Nets were able to acquire Howard before his opt-out decision, they only could extend his deal one year. Like Williams, Howard can become a free agent after this season and it has been widely believed Howards preferred destinations are the Lakers and Knicks.

The Magic would have to be amenable to dealing Howard and convinced they cannot re-sign him. All of this presents a two-fold danger, though, for the Nets. Howard still can opt out like Williams. Similar to the case of Devin Harris, the Nets run the risk of alienating Lopez if his name is continually mentioned in trade talks. But those are risks the Nets apparently feel are worth it for a talent such as Howard.

If plans for Howard fizzle, the Nets have alternate blueprints to upgrade the front court. The situation at forward is horrible. Theres Outlaw, whose name is more readily associated with amnesty than bounce-back. Next is Damion James, whom coach Avery Johnson really likes when hes healthy. As a rookie, James played just 25 games. Finally, there is rookie Jordan Williams, scheduled to return today from Poland, where he went to earn a lockout living but basically landed, ate kielbasa and turned around.

So, yeah, the Nets need to make a free-agent splash, and can start talking to agents today. They have interest in Denvers Nene. With their salary-cap room and waiving Outlaw, the Nets could offer Nene the 4-year, $70-million max.

Nene wants out of Denver, where he played center, though he feels his best position is power forward. He is expected to have many suitors and reportedly prefers Dallas and Miami, two teams well north of the cap.

The Nets also will attempt to upgrade at small forward. Several free agents have been mentioned: Detroits Tayshaun Prince, Washingtons Josh Howard and Utahs Andrei Kirilenko, currently in Russia. Kirilenkos agent, Marc Fleisher, said yesterday the versatile forward has not yet committed to returning to the NBA.

His decision on whether to return all depends on the NBA offers, Fleisher said. No teams, including the Nets, have been ruled out.

As the third-worst scoring team in the league last season, the Nets will look for offensive help at all positions. Atlanta guard and former Knick Jamal Crawford appeals because of his ability to create his own shot.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


NBA facilities to open Thursday; agents can talk - by Eurobasket News
NBA arenas are about to be unlocked.

For the first time since the lockout began on July 1, NBA players are going to be welcomed back to their team facilities, said league spokesman Tim Frank. The league sent a memo to clubs Tuesday announcing the move, plus giving teams permission to begin speaking with agents at 9 a.m. Wednesday -- though deals cannot yet be offered, and no contracts can be signed before Dec. 9.

Teams may host 'voluntary player workouts' and physicals. Training camps will not open until Dec. 9, and the regular season is expected to begin Christmas Day with marquee matchups, including a Miami-Dallas rematch of last season's NBA Finals.

A person familiar with the league's Christmas schedule told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the NBA will feature five games this year on Dec. 25 instead of the originally planned three. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA does not plan to announce the Christmas lineup until later this week. The decision for the league to schedule five Christmas games was first reported by The New York Times.

It's not quite business-as-usual yet, but getting facilities open again is a huge boost for both teams and players.

Players will be allowed to use team facilities on Thursday for the first time since the owners locked them out on July 1. Since a new labor deal will not be in place, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that players will have to sign insurance waivers so that teams will not be liable if they are injured.

Teams will be allowed to provide a strength and conditioning coach as well as an athletic trainer and his staff, according to sources, but no coaches or general managers will be allowed to observe workouts and team staff are not permitted to conduct drills.

Though trainers and strength coaches are allowed to be present and assist players, they are not permitted on the floor to supervise or participate in on-court drills, a source told ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

'The strength and conditioning coach is only allowed to work with them in the weight room,' one GM told Bucher.

Players under contract, unsigned rookies and free agents are eligible to use the facilities, sources said. All players are free to use all facilities.

The league also said owners, general managers, and coaches are now free to comment publicly about things such as contracts, plans for future free agent signings, the team's prospects for the upcoming season, and other comments on typical topics. Teams have not been allowed to do that during the lockout and clubs were allowed to make contact with players only with league preapproval.

And they still can't talk about the league's collective bargaining agreement. At least, not yet.

Since the NBA and its players reached a tentative agreement on how to end the lockout early Saturday morning, neither side has known if workouts would be permitted before camps begin. Such informal workouts are customary, typically beginning 2-3 weeks before camp as players begin getting themselves into the best possible condition.

When NFL camps opened after that league's lockout earlier this year, a number of players -- it seemed more than usual, anyway -- were either injured in the preseason or rehabilitated from offseason surgeries at a slower pace than first anticipated.

One of the byproducts of the lockout is that it kept players from meeting with team physicians and trainers, as many had been used to for years, and teams tried to find the right balance between conditioning and protecting players from risking injury by doing too much too soon.

By opening at least a week before training camps formally begin, the NBA may be able to minimize those problems somewhat.

While most of the league's players have been working out on their own or in small groups for weeks anyway, many have said that little can replicate the experience of being at a true NBA facility, replete with training rooms, whirlpools, ice tubs and things of that nature.

Some players, including LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, spent time earlier this month at a makeshift training camp in Oregon in an effort to replicate the NBA workout environment.

'Anything you can do to get your body ready before training camp will help,' Wade said at the time, before the tentative settlement was reached.

Allowing teams and agents to resume dialogue is also significant, since there are dozens of players who had contracts expire when last season ended and will try to either re-sign with their most recent teams or find new clubs.

Most NBA teams need to make several roster moves just to have enough players under contract for training camp, so having agents and club executives speaking now will clearly speed up that process.

Among the notable free agents available: Nene, Tyson Chandler, Jamal Crawford, David West, Shane Battier, Caron Butler, Grant Hill, Josh Howard and Samuel Dalembert.

The players and owners eventually came to agreement on the framework of a new 10-year collective bargaining deal, which either side may opt out of after six years. It leaves the NBA with its second shortened season (the first was the 50-game 1998-99 season), with the hope of getting in 66 games instead of a full 82-game schedule.

Courtesy of ESPN


Celtics looking to deal point guard Rondo for Hornets star Paul - by Eurobasket News
When ESPN.com reported on Tuesday that the Celtics would be willing to trade point guard Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) for the right player, it surprised anyone who had seen the sixth-year player's mastery of the team's system in recent years.

But according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, Boston general manager Danny Ainge is highly motivated to land an even better point guard than the one who led the Celtics to a championship in 2008 and an average of 58.5 wins in the last four seasons: New Orleans' Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest).

Ainge, the sources say, has recently discussed trading Rondo in a deal that nets Paul, but the Hornets don't appear interested in a two-team deal in which Rondo -- who has four years worth approximately $46 million left on his contract -- and Paul would switch places. So Ainge has been on the prowl for a third team that could provide the sort of young pieces Hornets general manager Dell Demps would covet as part of his possible rebuilding plan. The more pressing question, of course, is whether Paul, who can become a free agent after this season, would consider signing an extension with Boston.

While ESPN reports that New York tops Paul's wish list because of the chance to form a Big Three with Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, Paul would have a chance to take the Big Four -- joining Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen -- to a new level in Beantown. Without Paul agreeing to an extension, however, the sources say Ainge will not do the deal.

Intriguing as the Celtics possibility might be, the challenge for Ainge would be selling the 26-year-old Paul on the idea of joining a group of future Hall of Famers with an average age of 35. While Pierce is under contract through 2014, Garnett's and Allen's deals end after this season. What's more, Boston is merely one of the many teams who will be making a serious attempt to land Paul this season.

Paul, who will make $16.4 million this season and has a $17.8 million player option in 2012-13, is widely expected to turn down a forthcoming extension offer from New Orleans. If and when that occurs, it is believed that the Hornets -- who have just five players under contract currently and hardly look like the sort of championship contender Paul wants to be a part of -- will trade him at some point in order to avoid losing him for nothing in return next summer.

The Hornets add a unique element on their own as well: They are owned by the NBA, which has led to the question of whether it would prefer Paul stays put. The league bought the team for $310 million last December and the franchise value would almost certainly take a hit if the popular Paul departs. He has long been hailed as a local hero, a classy member of the community and more than capable athlete who arrived at the toughest of times in New Orleans. Paul was drafted fourth overall by the Hornets out of Wake Forest in 2005, just two months before Hurricane Katrina hit and the team played its next two seasons in Oklahoma City before returning.

This isn't the first time Ainge has attempted to make a bold move to improve his already formidable core. In February of 2010, he tried to acquire then Kings shooting guard Kevin Martin in a deal that was expected to include Allen. Four months later, the Celtics were falling to the Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals for the ages.

While front-office executives have not been able to talk to agents or players during the lockout, they could talk to each other about possible deals. No deals can actually be done until the collective bargaining agreement has been officially ratified, which is expected to take place in time to start training camp and free agency on Dec. 9. The regular season is expected to start on Christmas Day.

Paul addressed questions about his future at the Boys & Girls Club event in, of all places, New York on Tuesday.

'I try not to pay attention to all that different type of stuff,' Paul told reporters. 'My heart is in New Orleans and right now the reason I'm here in New York is for [Anthony].

'I know I'm just happy to be here and be a part of it, to give these boxes out to the needy families and then going over to the [Five-Star Basketball] Clinic and seeing the smiles on the kids' faces when we show up.'

He would certainly put a smile on Ainge's face if he saw Boston as a worthy destination.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Kyle Singler passing on NBA to stay in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke), the 33rd overall pick in the June NBA draft, has reached agreement with Real Madrid and wont play for the Detroit Pistons this season, agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group told Yahoo! Sports.

Singler, a forward out of Duke, will sign a contract for the remainder of the season in the Spanish ACB League, replacing the Dallas Mavericks Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) on the Real Madrid roster.

After an outstanding showing with Alicante in the same league where he averaged a team-leading 15 points on 47 percent shooting Singler decided to take the Real Madrid offer on Tuesday. A combination of his comfort level in Spain and a salary higher than that of most second-round draft picks convinced him to finish the season there.

Real Madrid presented a really attractive package that Kyle couldnt pass up, Lawrence said. While playing in Alicante, Kyle fell in love with Spain, but hes also looking forward to career in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons have been high on Singler, even sending front-office staff to scout him in Spain this season. Nevertheless, NBA rules prohibited general manager Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank from talking to Singler or his agents. They cant counter any offer until the NBA lifts restrictions on Dec. 9. Detroit has been willing to commit to playing younger players in its rebuilding drive, and Singler might have had a chance to crack the rotation. Detroit retains Singlers rights for the 2012-13 season when he is expected to come to the NBA.

Tubasket.com first reported the talks between Singler and Real Madrid.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


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Oshawa Power lose to Quebec Kebs 93-83 - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power fall for the second time at home to the Quebec Kebs 93-83 at the General Motors Centre in downtown Oshawa. The Power got off to a strong start for the second time in as many games as they jumped out to an early lead but couldn't sustain the effort as they finished the first quarter down 27-21.

'Tonight was energy,' said Mark Strickland after the game. 'It's tough to play shorthanded; we had a tough time rebounding especially with Boo Jackson down low.'

The Power seized momentum after a Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: Cal.St.Fullerton) technical foul, going on a run that saw them tie things up, but that was as close as they would get to a victory on Tuesday night as the Kebs buried huge shots down the stretch to seal the victory.

Brandon Robinson (6'6''-F-89, college: Clayton St.) upped his scoring in the absence of first overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH), leading the Power in scoring with 17 points while adding 5 rebounds.

Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) rebounded well for the Power, notching a team high 16 boards to go along with his 13 points, however The Power gave up 21 offensive rebounds to the Kebs which led to 24 second chance points.

'It tough to get boards like that when you're under-manned. We just have to keep working, we have to mature.'

Ralphy Holmes bounced back from the technical that he received in the third quarter and scored 14 of his game high 21 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Kebs.

The Power will now head on the road to Saint John for the first time this season as they have a date with the Mill Rats on December 1 tip is set for 7:00 p.m. ast The Kebs will continue their five game road trip as they head to Summerside to take on the Storm.

Power Glance

Record: 4-6

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Miracles new coach has eye on shooting - by Eurobasket News
When Mike Evans took over as the Moncton Miracles head coach and general manager this past weekend, the first thing he did was study the team's statistics.

'We don't shoot the ball very well,' he said. 'We have guys shooting at 32 per cent and 38 per cent. We have to change that. It's not that they can't shoot the ball. Our shot selection has to be better. We'll work on that.

'We might be second in the league in three-point shooting percentage, but we cannot win if we're shooting low percentages on two-point attempts and free throws and if we're having a high number of turnovers. These are the glaring things that I see.'

Moncton, 0-7, is last in the National Basketball League of Canada. It will resume the 36-game regular season by facing the Quebec Kebs on Friday and the London Lightning on Saturday in a pair of 7 p.m. games at the Moncton Coliseum.

The Miracles will donate $2 to the United Way for every ticket that's sold in rows J through N of the lower bowl for these two games.

Evans played nine seasons in the National Basketball League for the Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs, Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks. He was also Denver's head coach and assistant coach and an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

He held a Moncton team meeting and practice on Sunday. What message did he have for the players?

'It's a fresh start for everybody,' he said. '0-7 is something of the past. This is a second season that starts right now. Every player is getting another opportunity to make a first impression. I have no memory of anything they've done before.'

Evans is trying to learn about his players by watching game video and seeing how they perform in practice. But he knows there's nothing like watching live game action to get a sense of their energy level, emotion and body language.

Moncton has lost three games by five points or less. Evans points out it's about learning how to execute better under pressure and how to make better decisions when the game is on the line.

'It will be a culture change for them,' he said in reference to the head coaching change. 'We have to change this team's losing culture. We have to change the way the guys think and in some cases the way they play. This break in the schedule gives us a chance to make some adjustments.

'We've had two days of practice and the (assistant) coaches tell me there's a different energy level and a different focus. We're teaching them and they're accepting that knowledge. That's the key to change. These guys want to win. They're excited about Friday's game.'

Former Moncton head coach and general manager Norris Bell played 13 seasons in the professional ranks in Europe. He had tremendous success coaching youth basketball in the United States, but this was his first time coaching in the pros.

Bell resigned last Friday. He cited personal reasons, saying he needed to return to Atlanta to be with his wife and young kids.

Miracles point guard Jazzmar Ferguson believes the coaching change has injected new life into the club.

'There's definitely a new enthusiasm,' he said. 'Coach Evans brings a new energy and a different type of knowledge of the game. He's obviously more experienced in terms of coaching and he's played in the best league in the world. We're ready to take whatever he has to offer.

'He knows exactly what he wants. He's a very enthusiastic coach. He's definitely going to have us ready to play every game.'

Ferguson points out that all the players are getting a fresh start.

'The new coach is giving everyone a fair chance to prove themselves,' he said. 'He explained that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What the other coach might have liked he might see as average. We have to prove that we can play in his system the way that he wants.'

There's now a feeling out process as the new head coach and players get to know each other.

'It's like training camp all over again,' said Miracles small forward Andrew Francis. 'It's good in the sense that we're pressing the reset button. In our mind, we're 0-0. The new head coach said everybody is starting with a clean slate.

'One thing we notice is that we're doing a lot more shooting in practice. He talked about our shooting percentages and turnovers. He said those are things we need to work on. We're doing a lot of running to get in shape and shooting way more free throws. It's high intensity in practice. There's a positive energy.'

Courtesy of http://timestranscipt.canadaeast.com


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Top 25 - Men
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Kentucky 6-0
 2. Ohio St. 7-0
 3. Duke 7-0
 4. Syracuse 6-0
 5. N.Carolina 5-1
 6. Louisville 5-0
 7. Baylor 5-0
 8. Connecticut 6-1
 9. Wisconsin 6-0
 10. Florida 4-1
 11. Xavier 4-0
 12. Alabama 7-0
 13. Missouri 6-0
 14. Michigan 5-1
 15. Kansas 3-2
 16. Marquette 5-0
 17. Pittsburgh 5-1
 18. UNLV 7-0
 19. Gonzaga 4-0
 20. Vanderbilt 5-1
 21. California 6-1
 22. Mississippi St. 7-1
 23. Memphis 2-2
 24. St.Louis 6-0
 25. Texas A&M 4-1


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tennesse.19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tennesse.3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


Perry Jones III debuts with 27 points for No. 7 Baylor, 90-54 over Prairie View - by Eurobasket News
Perry Jones III (6'5''-F) and his Baylor teammates needed a few minutes to get comfortable with each other on the court in his delayed season debut.

Once they did, Jones showed everybody why he was the preseason Big 12 player of the year.

Jones scored 27 points on 10-of-14 shooting with some high-flying plays and the seventh-ranked Bears overcame a sluggish start for a 90-54 victory Tuesday night. They wrapped up a season-opening six-game homestand undefeated.

Prairie View (2-6) jumped out to an 11-2 lead with freshman Montrael Scott making three 3-pointers in the first 4 minutes.

'Like anybody, your first game or your first time out there, I think (Jones) was just trying to fit in and being a little tentative. I thought we all were,' coach Scott Drew said. 'We were all over-passing and not being very aggressive. Prairie View knocked down some shots early and we dug a hole, but the good thing is as the game went on we got much better.'

Jones, the 6-foot-11 sophomore, had to sit out the first five games to complete an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits before he got to Baylor. His six-game penalty included the Bears' finale last season in the Big 12 tournament.

The Panthers scored the game's first eight points before Drew called a timeout. He had a message for Jones, who had been considered a potential NBA draft lottery pick last spring before deciding against being Baylor's first one-and-done player.

'Just be a beast. Just play like I know how to play and don't be nervous out there,' said Jones, relaying what he was told during that first break. 'Just play team ball and everything will click, and that's exactly what happened.'

Jones finally took his first shot after that, making a jumper. Then after Scott's third 3-pointer, Baylor finally scored again on Fred Ellis' alley-oop to Jones, who came along the baseline for the slam.

'It's always good to have the young fella playing with me,' said Quincy Acy, the senior who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. 'He brings a different dimension to the game. He just changes the game in so many different ways.'

The Bears went ahead to stay after Pierre Jackson's bounce pass to Jones for a one-handed slam dunk that made it 17-16 midway through the first half. That was part of 16 consecutive points by Baylor in a 4-minute spurt when Jones scored nine points.

Baylor has won all 42 games it has played against SWAC teams, including 12 against Prairie View (2-6). The Bears opened the season with consecutive wins over Texas Southern and Jackson State, also SWAC teams.

The Bears reached their highest AP ranking ever after winning their first five games without Jones, who as a freshman averaged 13.9 points and 7.2 rebounds while making 55 percent of his shots.

In his first game back, Jones had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting by halftime.

'The guys made me comfortable,' Jones said. 'We came in a little sluggish at first, but we picked up the energy and it seemed to play just like it does in practice every day.'

Jackson finished with 17 points and eight assists. Cory Jefferson had 12 points and Deuce Bello 10.

Quincy Miller, the 6-9 freshman forward who led Baylor in scoring with 15.2 points a game the first five games, sat out as a precaution after rolling his left ankle in practice over the weekend. He is expected to play Sunday at Northwestern, when the Bears play their first non-conference road game in nearly two years.

Scott had 14 points and Demondre Chapman had 13 for Prairie View, which played the sixth of seven straight road games since opening the season with consecutive victories at home.

Prairie View was up 16-13 on a 3-pointer by Ryan Gesiakowski.

Acy then scored with a strong inside move on a pass from Jackson to start the 16-0 run, before rebounds on three consecutive Prairie View misses that led to Baylor points. The first was Jackson's bounce-pass for Jones.

Anthony Jones then had a 3-pointer before Jackson flipped an overhand pass to Perry Jones streaking through the lane for another slam while being fouled before adding the free throw. By time Jones drove hard for a layup between two defenders and made another jumper, the Bears led 29-16.

That was a drastic change from Scott's 3-driven opening spurt.

'I came out in pregame getting loose, getting warmed up. And it was on,' Scott said. 'So I kept shooting.'

Baylor was 1-of-7 shooting at the time, the only make by Jones.

'It was a little emotional. A couple of guys came close to home,' coach Byron Rimm said. 'Our freshman did a good job, stepped out and knocked down the first three 3s. ... It's a 40-minute game. You can't get too excited or too depressed how we played the first 4 to 5 minutes. We came out strong and we've got to keep that momentum.'

Courtesy of www.desertews.com


Boeheim addresses Fine investigation - by Eurobasket News
In the first game since longtime assistant Bernie Fine was fired by the university, Syracuse overwhelmed Eastern Michigan, 84-48, somewhat reinforcing embattled head coach Jim Boeheim's refrain that his team would not let the continuing scandal distract them from basketball.

The Orange may have struggled with their focus early in the game, trailing the Eagles 21-18 in the first half. But a Scoop Jardine three-pointer tied the game at 21-21, and it was off to the races for the Orange. Reserve James Southerland led all scorers with a career-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and three steals. All 15 players for the Orange played at least two minutes, and 13 of them scored. Senior guard Darrell Lampley scored 19 for the Eagles in the losing effort.

The story of the game, of course, was not basketball, but rather Boeheim's first press conference since Fine's firing, which he said he supported in a statement. You can find full video of the press conference here, but here are some of the highlights:

'It's hard to put everything into words, and I've thought a lot today about different things, but I'm saddened in many ways by the events that have unfolded, and I'm looking forward to a time where we can talk and learn from what's happened,' Boeheim said. 'There's an important investigation going on ... and I can't add anything to that by speaking about that now. The investigation and what we can learn from it is what's important.'

When asked about his job status, Boeheim laughed and said, 'Can I tell you something? I've never worried about my job status in 36 years ... When I worry about that, I may have to get a job with you guys. I've been here for 36 years, I've never worried about anything. I don't worry.'

When asked about his concern that the Fine allegations happened on his watch, Boeheim responded: 'I do my job. I do my job. What happened on my watch, we will see. When the investigation is done, we will find out what happened on my watch. We don't know what's happened on my watch. There's an investigation under way right now, there are no charges, there are no indictments, no grand jury, there is no action being taken. When that is done, then we will see what has happened on my watch.'

Boeheim went on to say he hadn't listened to the tape of Laurie Fine speaking with alleged victim Bobby Davis and, considering the questions he was being asked, gave little more indication that he was annoyed than several wry smiles.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


West Liberty edges Fairmont St. in OT - by Eurobasket News
No. 14 West Liberty came from behind to force overtime and then dominated the extra period on Tuesday night to pick up a 103-97 victory against Fairmont State.

The Hilltoppers (5-1, 3-0) never led in the final six minutes of regulation but a Nick Brown (6'7''-F) 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining knotted the score at 83-83 to complete the comeback. Defense ruled the final seconds and neither team scored again, sending the game into overtime.

Tim Hausfeld put West Liberty ahead to stay at 88-85 with a long 3-pointer at 3:39 of the overtime period and the Hilltoppers never looked back.

After Isaac Thornton (6'3''-G-81) answered for the Falcons (0-3, 0-2) with a drive to the rack at 3:16, WLU's Cedric Harris (5'11''-G) squirted down the lane for a conventional 3-point play to put the visitors up 91-87.

Harris then came up with a steal at the other end and found Brown in transition for a layup that made it 93-87 with 2:06 remaining. Fairmont misfired on a jumper and Brown added a pair of free throws after being fouled on the rebound for a 95-87 lead.

The Falcons Steve Custis tried to keep the hosts in the game with a 3-pointer at 1:32 to trim the lead to 95-90, but Hausfeld drained a 28-foot dagger of a 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining to put the game out of reach.

Chris Morrow led six double-figure scorers for West Liberty with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocked shots before fouling out in the first minute of overtime.

Harris and Shawn Dyer (6'0''-G) each finished with 18 points and a game-high 6 assists while Alex Falk (6'3''-G) and Brown chipped in with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Hausfeld also had 12 points -- all coming after intermission -- on 4-of-6 shooting from behind the 3-point arc.

Greg Hunt had a game-high 21 points for Fairmont while Custis added 19. Chris Thompson had 18 points and a dozen rebounds while Thornton also finished with 18 points in a losing cause.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


PG Nate Britt Jr. commits to UNC - by Eurobasket News
When Nate Britt Jr. was younger, his father, Nate Sr., liked to place him in front of a camera. He wanted to familiarize his son with interviews, asking basic questions about his favorite teams, colleges and players. From the age of 11, Britt favored one program in particular.

'I would like to go to North Carolina University because I like Roy Williams,' Britt said at the time.

Six years later, nothing has changed. Britt officially committed to UNC at Gonzaga Prep's pep rally in Washington, D.C on Tuesday night.

'At the end of the day, North Carolina felt like home to me,' Britt said.

One of the top high school point guards in the nation, the 6-1, 165-pound Britt is Rivals' 11th-ranked prospect in the junior class. He averaged 13.5 points and 5.2 assists last season, and joins Isaiah Hicks -- a four-star power forward -- in the Tar Heels' 2013 haul.

Britt also considered Arizona, Virginia, Maryland, Villanova and Georgetown before making his final decision.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


USC basketball: 7-footer Dedmon could miss 4-6 weeks - by Eurobasket News
USC 7-footer Dewayne Dedmon (7'0''-F) could miss 4-6 weeks because of a foot injury, the school announced.

The sophomore power forward was diagnosed with a stress injury of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He underwent an MRI exam Monday, when the injury was detected.

Dedmon will be limited to non-weight-bearing activities for at least a week, at which time the injury will be re-evaluated.

Dedmon averaged 7.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in USCs first seven games.

Another 7-foot junior-college transfer, James Blasczyk, is expected to take Dedmons spot in the starting lineup at UC Riverside on Wednesday. Sophomore Garrett Jackson also should get more minutes.

Dedmon, whom Coach Kevin ONeill hyped as a potential first-round draft pick, has had an up-and-down start to his Trojans career. Dedmon had one of his best games Saturday night against South Carolina with 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals.

Courtesy of http://usc.ocregister.com


Loyola Marmount hands SLU first loss - by Eurobasket News
Laron Armstead (6'5''-F-89) scored a career-high 22 points, Anthony Ireland (5'10''-G) added 17 and Jarred DuBois 16 to help Loyola Marymount beat No. 23 Saint Louis 75-68 Tuesday night, snapping the Billikens' six-game winning streak that returned them to the Top 25 for the first time since 1993-94.

The trio combined to go 19 of 20 from the free throw line for the Lions (4-2), whose previous biggest win this season came in their opener when they beat then-No. 17 UCLA by 11 points on the road. Armstead had been averaging 8.3 points.

Cody Ellis (6'8''-F-90) scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Brian Conklin (6'6''-F) added 13 before fouling out in the final seconds for the road-weary Billikens (6-1). They were coming off a tournament title at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, where they beat Boston College, Villanova and Oklahoma. The loss concluded a stretch of playing five of their first seven games on the road.

Courtesy of www.ksdk.com


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Emporia State upsets Central Oklahoma - by Eurobasket News
Troy Pierce hit two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to give Emporia State a 71-70 win against No. 11 Central Oklahoma at the SBU Thanksgiving Classic.

There were two ties and five lead changes in the first 7:33 before Taylor Euler hit a three pointer to ignite an 8-0 run to give the Hornets a 19-12 lead with 10:42 left in the half. A 10-0 run capped by another three from Euler, gave Emporia State their biggest lead of the night at 31-17 with 4:35 left before heading to the locker room with a 40-31 lead.

Central Oklahoma opened the second half with a 9-2 run to pull within 42-40 with 17:52 left on Josh Davis' jumper. Emporia State responded with a 7-0 run of their own to go back up by nine at 49-40 with 15:47 left on a pair of Antonio DiMaria (6'7''-G/F) free throws. Central Oklahoma would get their first lead of the second half at 53-51 with 12:13 remaining on two free throws by Brent Friday (6'2''-G-90) to cap another 9-0 run. Travis Dykman hit his only shot of the night, a three pointer with 5:43 left, to give Emporia State a 62-57 lead at the end of an 11-4 run.

The final five minutes was back and forth with three ties and six lead changes. Central Oklahoma's Tyler Phillips tied it at 62-62 on a put back with 4:20 left. After a Justin Ikhide free throw, Davis gave the Bronchos a 65-63 lead with a three pointer at the 3:33 mark. Chris Sights (6'0''-G) answered for Emporia State with 2:50 left on a three of his own for a 66-65 Hornet lead. Phillips hit another trey to make it 68-66 Central Oklahoma with 2:32 remaining. Derrell Conner gave Emporia State the lead back with a three pointer with 1:21 left. Johnny Stephene hit a pair of free throws with 12.3 seconds left to give Central Oklahoma their final lead at 70-69. The Bronchos had a foul to give with 8.1 seconds left and Emporia State called a timeout after the foul. Pierce then got the ball in the lane and was fouled by Josh Davis with 5.2 seconds left. He hit both free throws to reach double figures and move Emporia State to 3-1 on the season.

The Hornets shot .511 from the field, including a 10-of-20 performance from the three point line, while holding the Bronchos to just .439 shooting from the field.

Sights led Emporia State with 16 points while DiMaria added 15 points. Pierce had 11 points and a team high six rebounds while Conner rounded out the double figure scorers for ESU with ten points. Euler had eight points with team highs of four assists and three steals. Brent Friday led Central Oklahoma with 18 points

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


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SOL advantages LIBERTAD 2-0 - by Santiago Maciel
After being losing by 20 points at mid 2nd quarter, SOL re took control of the game through a tough defense and a great Jose Fabio playing low post. The argentinian naturalized paraguayan sin 2010 was simply too much for Guillemo Araujo, Cristian Rodas and Diego Bareiro (195-F/C-91) in the red zone.

By the end of 4th quarter reached its second lead in the game to close it 76-73.

With this victory Sol leads 2-0 the Champions Cup , a cup that will finally release 2011 absolut champion.

Libertad: Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) 10, Carlos Vallejos 5, Diego Bareiro 3, Carlos Riveros 14 , Steven Toyloy 16 Coach. Luis Orono, Federico Mellone 5, Alejandro Peralta 6, Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) 14 , Christian Rodas.

Sol de America: Gustavo Torres 18 , Ramon Snchez 6, Richard Ozuna 6, Jose Fabio 21 , Anthony Glover (197-F-79, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.John's) 19 Coach: Juan Pablo Feli, Luis Ljubetic, Jorge Sequera 2 , Edison Ortiz 4.

Final: Libertad 73 (25, 25, 9, 14) - Sol 76 (17, 26, 13, 20).




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Standings
PBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Cent.Illinois D. 0-0 
 2. Chicago M. 0-0 
 3. Indiana D. 0-0 
 4. NW Indiana S. 0-0 
 5. Sauk Valley P. 0-0 
 6. St. Louis P. 0-0 
Eastern Division
 1. Charleston G. 0-0 
 2. Dayton A.S. 0-0 
 3. Lake Michigan 0-0 
 4. Rochester R. 0-0 
 5. Scranton/W-B 0-0 


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PBA Roundup: November 23-29, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over ALASKA ACES, 85-77
Brgy. Ginebra knows it can beat its opponents with lights-out shooting. It can play tough defense too. On this particular night, both facets of the Kings' game aligned, which proved enough to thwart an attempt by the Alaska Aces to turn the game around for a victory that kept the former back on track.

Nino Canaleta provided both X factors by scattering four triples to finish with a game-high 21 points while coming through with enough defense on the other end courtesy of a team-high 8 rebounds and a block to lead the most popular ballclub in the land to its fifth victory in as many losses.

At the end of their second meeting, the Kings torched the Aces with 11 triples including 6 by the exciting guard troika of Mike Cortez, JC Intal and Jayjay Helterbrand, who went on to score 13, 12 and 10 markers, respectively.

Bgy. Ginebra 85 - Canaleta 21, Cortez 13, Intal 12, Helterbrand 10, Mamaril 9, Villanueva 7, Caguioa 7, Wilson J. 2, Wilson W. 2, Tubid 2.
Alaska 77 - Thoss 13, Custodio 12, Reyes 11, Baguio 11, Dela Cruz 11, Tenorio 10, Baracael 5, Eman 2, Bugia 2, Salamat 0.
QS: 21-23, 42-46, 66-65, 85-77

MERALCO BOLTS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 83-75
Ageless Asi Taulava turned back time and came through with a mammoth performance as Meralco downed Barako Bull to leap to solo fourth spot in the PBA Philippine Cup.

Mark Cardona fired 17 points while Gabby Espinas, Solomon Mercado and Mark Isip chipped in 16, 12 and 10, respectively.

Taulava, who turned 38 this year, however, played the biggest as he came through with monster numbers of 10 points and his conference high 17 rebounds as the Bolts nailed their seventh win against four losses to get solo 4th in the standings.

Meralco 83 - Cardona 17, Espinas 16, Mercado 12, Isip 10, Taulava 10, Lanete 5, Borboran 4, Omolon 4, Macapagal 3, Hugnatan 2, Yee 0.
Barako 75 - Miller 14, Pennisi 14, Arboleda 13, Pena 12, Najorda 7, Ababou 5, Aquino 4, Salvador 4, Artadi 2, Salvacion 0, Allado 0.
QS: 21-18, 37-33, 61-50, 83-75

POWERADE TIGERS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 102-84
Rookie Marcio Lassiter and Doug Kramer combined for 15 of Powerades 34 points in the third quarter, and the Tigers broke away from a close first half to win pulling away, whipping Shopinas.com and applying a tremendous amount of life in their playoff hopes.

Kramer had 8 points six coming in a 12-2 run early in the third quarter and Lassiter poured in 7 as the Tigers outscored the Clickers 34-21 in the period on the way to snapping a four-game losing streak. Powerade now has a 4-7 (win-loss) record, a full game ahead over Alaska in the race for the final spot in the quarterfinal round.

Lassiter finished with 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and Kramer collected 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who, according to Perasol, will now have to go through the proverbial eye of the needle to make it to the next round since Powerade still has a tough schedule ahead. Gary David added 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field while top draft pick JV Casio contributed 8 assists.

James Sena, another rookie, paced the Clickers with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Elmer Espiritu, Paul Escobal, and Paolo Hubalde each added 12 points.

Powerade 102 - Lassiter 21, Kramer 17, David 16, Cruz 9, Antonio 9, Adducul 8, Casio 6, Crisano 6, Anthony 5, Vanlandingham 3, Lingganay 2, Martinez 0, Allera 0.
Shopinas.com 84 - Sena 19, Espiritu 12, Escobal 12, Hubalde 12, Sison 7, Menor 5, Duncil 4, Daa 4, Ritualo 4, Jazul 2, Se 2, Canta 1, Bagatsing 0, Aquino 0.
QS: 28-28, 50-43, 84-64,102-84.

B-MEG LLAMADOS over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 102-100
B-Meg squandered an early 21-point lead, but hung tough in a battle at the finish, stretching its streak to five games with a win over Rain or Shine. It boiled down to execution down the stretch and the Llamados prevailed with PJ Simon delivering the winning basket from beyond the arc with 52 ticks left.

Simon himself stood in front of Paul Lee as the prized Rain or Shine rookie made the final attempt for his team to salvage the game. Simon delivered clutch plays for the Llamados, preserving James Yaps personal conference high of 32 points.

The two sweet-shooting wingmen combined for 6-of-10 three-point shooting and a total of 48 points as the Llamados marched on and caught up with the Elasto Painters and the Meralco Bolts at third place at 7-4.

Lee paced the Elasto Painters with 21 points that went with 4 assists, 3 rebounds and one steak.

B-Meg 102 - Yap J. 32, Simon 16, Barroca 14, Urbiztondo 11, Raymundo 11, Pingris 10, De Vance 3, Reavis 3, Yap R. 2, De Ocampo 0.
Rain or Shine 100 - Lee 21, Buenafe 12, Matias 10, Rodriguez 9, Arana 9, Tang 8, Norwood 7, Belga 7, Chan 6, Quinahan 6, Cruz 4, Ibanes 1.
QS: 30-13, 51-49, 79-77, 102-100

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 76-75
Arwind Santos knocked in the go-ahead shot then helped Denok Miranda stop Macmac Cardona in the ensuing play as Petron Blaze squeaked past Meralco in their out-of-town showdown at the Naga City Coliseum.

The Boosters squandered an 11-point lead at the start of the fourth quarter but hung tough in a battle at the finish as they stayed on a roll and closed in on the front-running Talk n Text Tropang Texters (8-1) with eight wins against three losses.

Santos churned out a double-double game with 23 points and 11 rebounds and was right there to put in big plays at endgame as the Boosters notched a fifth straight win in the Phoenix Fuel-sponsored road game.

Petron 76 Santos 23, Cabagnot 13, Tugade 10, Yeo 9, Ildefonso 8, Miranda 6, Reyes 5, Baclao 2, Agustin 0, Sharma 0
Meralco 75 Cardona 18, Lanete 14, Mercado 11, Taulava 7, Espinas 6, Macapagal 5, Borboran 4, Isip 4, Omolon 4, Hugnatan 2, Faundo 0, Timberlake 0, Yee 0
QS: 23-19, 43-38, 64-53, 76-75

POWERADE TIGERS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 131-96
Powerade finally broke Talk N Text's long-time spell and got an additional bonus in the process. Gary David scored 27 points in leading a slew of Tigers who came up big in a win that further stoked their drive for a quarterfinals slot in the PBA Philippine Cup.

The Tropang Texters just had a fresh addition to their growing injury list, but there was still no tempering the Tigers' celebration following their second straight win that was fashioned in the most emphatic fashion. The Tropang Texters' cause readily looked bleak when Jared Dillinger did not suit up due to a left heel injury and joined Jimmy Alapag, Ryan Reyes and Aaron Aban and Ali Peek in the sidelines.

Kelly Williams scored 18 points and four other Talk N Text players wound up with double figures, but they and the rest of the 13-man crew coach Reyes fielded could not keep pace with the Tigers' fiery surges from midway in the opening quarter on. Typifying TNT's bad shooting night was Ranidel de Ocampo going scoreless. In the end, it was the former Mobiline franchise's worst defeat since getting blasted by Purefoods, 73-110, in the 1998 Commissioner's Cup.

Marcio Lassiter added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Sean Anthony, JV Casio and Doug Kramer each had at least 13 points. The biggest surprise of the game was Romel Adducul, 35, who wound up with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 3 feeds.

Powerade 131 - David 27, Lassiter 19, Anthony 17, Casio 14, Kramer 13, Adducul 10, Cruz 9, Crisano 7, Vanlandingham 6, Antonio 4, Martinez 3, Lingganay 2, Allera 0.
Talk N Text 96 - Williams 18, Castro 15, Carey 15, Oreta 14, Fonacier 12, Aguilar 9, Weinstein 7, Gamalinda 6, Raymundo 0, Membrere 0, Alvarez 0, De Ocampo 0, Lao 0.
QS: 27-18, 61-35, 95-70, 131-96

BARAKO BULL ENERGY over RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS, 106-102
Mick Pennisi and Dylan Ababou checked their personal slumps and Barako Bull got back on track, topping Rain or Shine. Pennisi and Ababou combined for 6-of-10 three-point shooting and a total of 43 points as Barako played with a newfound energy and confidence to snap a three-game losing skein.

Pennisi knocked in 4 triples and wound up with a total of 22 points his biggest output in four seasons. Ababou added two treys and a total of 21 points, after making only two in the last two games.

Barako 106 - Pennisi 22, Ababou 21, Miller 16, Seigle 14, Allado 11, Salvacion 6, Arboleda 5, Pena 5, Gatumbato 3, Aquino 2, Artadi 1.
Rain or Shin 102 - Lee 24, Chan 21, Quinahan 14, Rodriguez 12, Matias 10, Belga 6, Arana 6, Tang 4, Norwood 3, Cruz 2, Buenafe 0, Ibanes 0.
QS: 25-24, 49-48, 77-71, 106-102

PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over ALASKA ACES, 90-85
It was not exactly a reprise of their first meeting, but Petron Blaze still came out on top through the skin of its teeth against Alaska. The Boosters repeated over the Aces to come closer to realizing a Top 2 finish in the eliminations of the PBA Philippine Cup.

Arwind Santos scored a game-high 24 points and combined with Danny Ildefonso and Denok Miranda for the biggest plays in the stretch that enabled Petron to unleash a decisive 7-0 windup.

It was the sixth straight victory by the Boosters, giving them a 9-3 win-loss slate overall. All that remains for the Boosters is to triumph over sister team Ginebra on Friday and against Talk N Text on Tuesday to secure at least a No. 2 finish and a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.

Alaska absorbed its 9th loss in 12 outings and now finds itself on the brink of not getting past the elims for only the third time in the last 32 conferences and first time since the 2009 Fiesta Conference.

Petron 90 - Santos 24, Cabagnot 20, Miranda 14, Reyes 8, Yeo 8, Ildefonso 7, Baclao 4, Tugade 3, Guevarra 2, Doruelo 0, Agustin 0, Sharma 0
Alaska 85 - Thoss 19, Baracael 13, Tenorio 13, Custodio 10, Reyes 10, Baguio 10,
Bugia 6, Salamat 4, Eman 0
QS: 21-9, 39-38, 64-60, 90-85

B-MEG LLAMADOS over TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS, 114-104
B-Meg kept in step with Petron Blaze with both stretching their streaks to six games to dislodge Talk n Text as tournament leader. James Yap followed up a 32-point game with a 27-point showing while Kerby Raymundo put in double-double numbers as the Llamados drubbed the Tropang Texters before a crowd of over
10,000 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

With their crippled lineup and all, the Texters gave a good fight before eventually yielding to the Llamados. B-Meg lost a 17-point bulge on Talk n Texts third quarter onslaught, and the Llamados needed to regroup to overcome the Texters.

The returning Jimmy Alapag keyed Talk n Texts third-quarter charge and was badly missed as he cramped out in the last four minutes of play.

B-Meg 114 - Yap J. 27, Raymundo 20, Urbiztondo 15, Simon 11, De Vance 9, Yap R. 9, Pingris 8, Reavis 8, Barroca 7.
Talk N Text 104 - Carey 25, Castro 18, Alapag 15, Aguilar 11, Williams 11, Weinstein 9, Fonacier 8, De Ocampo 7, Gamalinda 0, Oreta 0, Alvarez 0.
QS: 29-21, 53-42, 76-78, 114-104

Source: Game recaps were compressed and compiled from PBA.ph



Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Petron Blaze 9-3 
 2. Talk N Text 8-3 
 3. B-Meg Llam. 8-4 
 4. Rain or Shine 7-5 
 5. Meralco Bolts 7-5 
 6. Barako Bull 6-5 
 7. Ginebra Kings 5-5 
 8. Powerade T. 5-7 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-9 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-12 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21
 1. David, Powerade T.21.0 
 2. Yap, B-Meg Llam.20.0 
 3. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 4. Santos, Petron B.19.2 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces16.3 
 8. Cardona, Meralco16.1 
 9. Castro, Talk N Te.15.8 
 10. Chan, Rain or Shi.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Santos, Petron B.13.2 
 2. Kramer, Powerade.10.8 
 3. Carey, Talk N Text10.7 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 6. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.7 
 7. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.6 
 8. Espinas, Meralco9.5 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.9.1 
 10. Williams, Talk N.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.3 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.5.8 
 3. Castro, Talk N Te.5.4 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.3 
 5. Lee, Rain or Shine5.1 
 6. Miller, Barako Bull4.6 
 7. Mercado, Meralco4.5 
 8. Lanete, Meralco4.2 
 9. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.0 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 3. Arboleda, Barako B.1.6 
 4. Mercado, Meralco1.5 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Cabagnot, Petron1.4 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 9. Cardona, Meralco1.4 
 10. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.4 
 2. Santos, Petron B.1.6 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.5 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 6. Williams, Talk N.1.3 
 7. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 8. Baclao, Petron B.1.2 
 9. Reavis, B-Meg L.0.9 
 10. Sison, Shopinas.0.9 


*****************************************************
  POLAND   


Zastal Zielona Gora tab Kirk Archibeque - by Eurobasket News
Zastal Zielona Gora bolstered their frontcourt. They landed Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Fort Lewis). The centre started the season in another Polish team LKS Lodz. He tallied 16.7 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in PLK. Last season Kirk Archibeque played for Polpharma. The centre delivered 9.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per appearance. He became the Polish Cup winner with Polpharma. Kirk Archibeque spent his first pro season in Slovakia with Levice. The centre graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2009. He was named into All-RMAC West Division 1st Team. The centre also made it into NABC NCAA D2 All-America Central District 2nd Team.

PLK Round 13: Energa Czarni defeats AZS Koszalin in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
PLK is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Sixth-ranked AZS Koszalin (5-6) gave a tough game to second ranked Energa Czarni (9-3) in Slupsk on Saturday. Energa Czarni managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energa Czarni made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Strangely AZS Koszalin outrebounded Energa Czarni 37-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 assists for the winners and Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). At the losing side American guard Stefhon Hannah (185-85, college: Missouri) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Energa Czarni have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader PGE Turow. AZS Koszalin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Energa Czarni are looking forward to face Siarka Jezioro (#6) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against Polpharma in Starogard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Sopot. Seventh ranked Siarka Jezioro (6-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Trefl Sopot (8-4) 66-65 on Saturday evening. The former international power forward Wojciech Barycz (208-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Nicchaeus Doaks accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Trefl Sopot in the defeat. Trefl Sopot's coach Karlis Muiznieks rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siarka Jezioro have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Anwil. Siarka Jezioro will play against league's second-placed Energa Czarni in Slupsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trefl Sopot will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Zielona Gora between Trefl Sopot and Zastal ZG. Fifth ranked Trefl Sopot (8-4) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Zastal ZG (7-4). Trefl Sopot managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Wednesday evening. Lukasz Koszarek fired 29 points for the winners. Walter Hodge produced 26 points and 7 assists for lost side. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Trefl Sopot moved-up to third place, which they share with Anwil. Loser Zastal ZG dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Trefl Sopot will meet at home bottom-ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zastal ZG will play against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan and hope to secure a win.
PLK top team - PGE Turow (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Polpharma (3-9) in Starogard 105-55. Worth to mention a great performance of David Jackson who helped to win the game recording 22 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. PGE Turow maintains first place with 10-2 record. Polpharma at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#8) in Kolobrzeg and are hoping to win another game. Polpharma will play at home against AZS Koszalin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Kotwica (6-6) outlasted Zastal ZG (7-4) in overtime by nine points 92-83 on Saturday night. Oded Brandwein stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kotwica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Slask Wroclaw. Loser Zastal ZG dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Kotwica will face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zastal ZG will play on the road against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: bottom-ranked AZS PW lost to Anwil on the opponent's court 76-91. Kotwica managed to outperform Zastal ZG in a home game 92-83. LKS Lodz was rolled over Energa Czarni on the road 87-61.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds by Slavisa Bogavac of Slask Wroclaw.



Energa Czarni - AZS Koszalin 84-82

Sixth-ranked AZS Koszalin (5-6) gave a tough game to second ranked Energa Czarni (9-3) in Slupsk on Saturday. Energa Czarni managed to secure only two-point victory 84-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 30-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Energa Czarni made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Strangely AZS Koszalin outrebounded Energa Czarni 37-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) stepped up and scored 17 points and 9 assists for the winners and Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). At the losing side American guard Stefhon Hannah (185-85, college: Missouri) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Energa Czarni have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader PGE Turow. AZS Koszalin lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Energa Czarni are looking forward to face Siarka Jezioro (#6) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play on the road against Polpharma in Starogard and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 17+3reb+9ast, K.Roszyk 16+1reb, S.Morrison 14+5reb+2ast, P.Leonczyk 13+6reb, M.Cesnauskis 12+3reb+3ast, D.Hinson 10+5reb
AZS Koszalin: S.Hannah 22+6reb+3ast, J.Montgomery 17+3reb+2ast, G.Reese 13+7reb+3ast, I.Milicic 10+5reb+5ast, M.Lekic 10+2reb, M.Jarmakowicz 7+5reb
gschID: 149208


Trefl Sopot - Siarka Jezioro 65-66

Important game to mention about took place in Sopot. Seventh ranked Siarka Jezioro (6-5) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 5th ranked Trefl Sopot (8-4) 66-65 on Saturday evening. Trefl Sopot was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 35-33 second half run of Siarka Jezioro. The former international power forward Wojciech Barycz (208-84, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Siarka Jezioro players scored in double figures. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) came up with 18 points and 6 rebounds and American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Trefl Sopot in the defeat. Trefl Sopot's coach Karlis Muiznieks rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Siarka Jezioro have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Trefl Sopot at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Anwil. Siarka Jezioro will play against league's second-placed Energa Czarni in Slupsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trefl Sopot will play at home against AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Siarka Jezioro: M.Piechowicz 14+4reb, W.Barycz 13+8reb+1ast, N.Doaks 13+6reb+1ast, J.Tiller 10+3reb+3ast, L.Corbett 8+2reb+3ast, J.Miller 6+8reb+1ast
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 18+6reb+2ast, J.Turek 12+5reb+1ast, L.Wisniewski 9+2reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 8+3reb+3ast, F.Dylewicz 7+1reb+2ast, M.Stefanski 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 149209


Anwil - AZS PW 91-76

Very expected game in Wloclawek where 13th ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (2-9) was defeated by fourth ranked Anwil (8-4) 91-76 on Sunday. The game without a history. Anwil led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. AZS Politechnika Warszawska was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Krzysztof Szubarga (182-84) stepped up and scored 17 points and 7 assists for the winners and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Five Anwil players scored in double figures. At the losing side international guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anwil moved-up to third place, which they share with Trefl Sopot. AZS Politechnika Warszawska lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Anwil will face LKS Sphinx (#12) in Lodz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play on the road against Trefl Sopot.
Top scorers:
Anwil: K.Szubarga 17+2reb+7ast, D.Berisha 14+1reb, L.Majewski 12+2reb+1ast, C.Edwards 12+7reb, N.Lewis 10+5reb+3ast, B.Woloszyn 10+6reb+1ast
AZS PW: M.Ponitka 14+6reb+1ast, M.Michalak 13+2reb+2ast, J.Mokros 12+6reb, L.Wilczek 9+4reb+4ast, P.Pamula 9+1reb+2ast, P.Pelka 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 149210


PBG Basket - Slask Wroclaw 101-106 OT

Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: S.Bogavac 37+8reb+1ast, A.Vairogs 17+1reb+3ast, A.Mladenovic 15+2reb, R.Skibniewski 12+5reb+9ast, P.Graham 10+1reb+2ast, Q.Calhoun 9+4reb+2ast
PBG Basket: D.Micic 25+4reb+8ast, D.Kulig 23+6reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 18+5reb+2ast, N.Nikolic 12+3reb+5ast, T.Smorawinski 7+2reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 7+1reb
gschID: 149205


Kotwica - Zastal ZG 92-83 OT

Kotwica (6-6) outlasted Zastal ZG (7-4) in overtime by nine points 92-83 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 26-23 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 9-point victory in overtime. Kotwica made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. Zastal ZG was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Naturalized Israeli guard Oded Brandwein (188-88) stepped up and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and American guard Jessie Sapp (191-86, college: Georgetown) chipped in 22 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists and Nigerian forward Gani Lawal (206-88, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Kotwica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Slask Wroclaw. Loser Zastal ZG dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Kotwica will face league's leader PGE Turow in Zgorzelec in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zastal ZG will play on the road against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan.
Top scorers:
Kotwica: O.Brandwein 22+5reb+3ast, J.Sapp 22+2reb+6ast, D.Harris 13+14reb+2ast, R.Holmes 12+3reb+1ast, T.Kesicki 11+8reb+1ast, L.Wichniarz 8+4reb
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 23+8reb+10ast, J.Dloniak 14+2reb+1ast, G.Lawal 14+12reb, K.Chanas 12+1reb, P.Stelmach 10+4reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 6+2reb
gschID: 149206


Polpharma - PGE Turow 55-105

PLK top team - PGE Turow (10-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed tenth ranked Polpharma (3-9) in Starogard 105-55. The game without a history. PGE Turow led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 21-of-23 charity shots (91.3 percent) during the game. PGE Turow outrebounded Polpharma 37-20 including a 27-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 16 long-distance shots on high 59.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard David Jackson (193-86, college: W.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Forward Artur Mielczarek (195-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four PGE Turow players scored in double figures. Nigerian forward Patrick Okafor (203-79, college: Houston) answered with 14 points and American guard Tony Weeden (186-83, college: Chicago St.) added 10 points in the effort for Polpharma. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. PGE Turow maintains first place with 10-2 record. Polpharma at the other side keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. PGE Turow's next round opponent will be Kotwica (#8) in Kolobrzeg and are hoping to win another game. Polpharma will play at home against AZS Koszalin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
PGE Turow: D.Jackson 22+1reb+1ast, D.Kickert 18+2reb+2ast, A.Mielczarek 17+4reb+1ast, A.Cel 12+9reb, M.Chylinski 8+3reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 7+2reb
Polpharma: P.Okafor 14+3reb, T.Weeden 10+1reb+3ast, D.Wall 10+3reb, M.Hicks 5, L.Paul 5+5reb, G.Arabas 5+1reb
gschID: 149207


Round 10
Zastal ZG - Trefl Sopot 87-89

A very close game took place in Zielona Gora between Trefl Sopot and Zastal ZG. Fifth ranked Trefl Sopot (8-4) got a very close victory on the road over 4th placed Zastal ZG (7-4). Trefl Sopot managed to escape with a 2-point win 89-87 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 26-21. But Zastal ZG won second period 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Trefl Sopot won last quarter 26-25. The former international guard Lukasz Koszarek (187-84) fired 29 points for the winners. International guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) produced 26 points and 7 assists and American forward Kirk Archibeque added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Zastal ZG players scored in double figures. Zastal ZG's coach Tomasz Jankowski tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Trefl Sopot moved-up to third place, which they share with Anwil. Loser Zastal ZG dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. Trefl Sopot will meet at home bottom-ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zastal ZG will play against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Koszarek 29+3reb+3ast, F.Dylewicz 21+3reb+2ast, L.Wisniewski 17+8reb+3ast, V.Cummings 8+1reb+2ast, A.Waczynski 5+1reb+3ast, M.Stefanski 4+3reb
Zastal ZG: W.Hodge 26+4reb+7ast, P.Stelmach 13+5reb, J.Dloniak 12+4reb+3ast, K.Chanas 12+5reb+1ast, K.Archibeque 9+10reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 7+4reb
gschID: 153040


Round 3
Energa Czarni - LKS Lodz 87-61

Very predictable result in Slupsk where second ranked Energa Czarni (9-3) smashed 10th ranked LKS Sphinx (3-9) 87-61 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Energa Czarni led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to LKS Sphinx's 34. Energa Czarni looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. LKS Sphinx was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) stepped up and scored 16 points and 6 assists for the winners and Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Energa Czarni players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) responded with 19 points and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Energa Czarni have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-3 record behind leader PGE Turow. Newly promoted LKS Sphinx keeps the tenth position with nine games lost. Energa Czarni will face Siarka Jezioro (#6) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. LKS Sphinx will play on the road against Anwil (#3) in Wloclawek.
Top scorers:
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 16+3reb+6ast, D.Hinson 14+2ast, S.Morrison 13+9reb, P.Leonczyk 11+6reb+2ast, D.Weaver 11+2reb+1ast, P.Kikowski 9+3ast
LKS Lodz: K.Sulima 19+4reb+2ast, M.Salamonik 16+5reb+1ast, J.Mallett 6+3reb, B.Szczepaniak 6+2reb+1ast, B.Bartoszewicz 4+1reb, F.Kenig 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 153039




New Point guard in Anwil - by Maciej Paszyn
According to unofficial team web side, Anwil Wloclawek singed-up toady new player on position PG. This reinforcement was necessary after dismissal young polish PG Marcin Nowakowski last week. New guard will be substitute for starter PG Krzysztof Szubarga. It is second contract singed-up by Anwil in the sequence of seven last days, and make team roster closed.

Name of this player will be probably know tomorrow.



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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Edwards, Anwil18.3 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.8 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 4. Montgomery, AZS K.16.6 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.16.4 
 7. Hodge, Zastal ZG16.3 
 8. Kulig, PBG Basket16.0 
 9. Reese, AZS Koszal.15.9 
 10. Hannah, AZS K.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica10.7 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.9.5 
 5. Edwards, Anwil7.8 
 6. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.6 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.7.0 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 9. Leonczyk, Energa6.2 
 10. Morrison, Energa6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.8 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil6.0 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG5.9 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.8 
 5. Miller, Siarka J.5.7 
 6. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.6 
 7. Sapp, Kotwica5.5 
 8. Moore, PGE Turow5.2 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket5.1 
 10. Milicic, AZS K.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.2 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.8 
 3. Skibniewski, Slask1.8 
 4. Cesnauskis, Energa1.8 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow1.5 
 6. Hinson, Energa C.1.4 
 7. Wisniewski, Trefl1.3 
 8. Smorawinski, PBG B.1.3 
 9. Mokros, AZS P.1.3 
 10. Sapp, Kotwica1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.6 
 2. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 3. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 4. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 5. Barycz, Siarka J.1.4 
 6. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.3 
 7. Kesicki, Kotwica1.3 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 9. Edwards, Anwil1.0 
 10. Dylewicz, Trefl S.1.0 


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 7-0 
 2. Porto Ferpinta 6-0 
 3. Ovarense 5-1 
 4. Barreirense CEPSA 5-2 
 5. CAB Madeira 4-3 
 6. Lusitania 3-3 
 7. Terceira Basket 2-4 
 8. Academica 2-5 
 9. Sampaense 2-5 
 10. Barcelos 2-5 
 11. Vitoria SC 2-5 
 12. Ginasio 0-7 


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


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Tony MURPHY
  Terceira.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Murphy, Terceira.22.7 
 2. Bowie, Terceira.21.0 
 3. Addison, Sampaense19.6 
 4. Oruche, Academica18.7 
 5. Stempin, Porto F.18.2 
 6. Nevels, Terceira.18.2 
 7. Powers, Ovarense18.0 
 8. Scott, Benfica18.0 
 9. Kenon, CAB Madeira17.7 
 10. Jackson, CAB M.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claudio FONSECA
  Vitoria SC
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 13
 1. Fonseca, Vitoria SC13.0 
 2. Lee, Ovarense11.5 
 3. Pierre, Terceira.10.8 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.9.5 
 5. Gunter, CAB M.9.1 
 6. Momplasir, Lusitan.9.0 
 7. Thomas, Academica8.8 
 8. Addison, Sampaense8.6 
 9. Viana, Sampaense8.6 
 10. Nevels, Terceira.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Nuno MANARTE
  Ovarense
  (184-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Manarte, Ovarense7.8 
 2. Silva, CAB Madeira6.0 
 3. Fernandes, CAB M.5.7 
 4. Reveles, Sampaense5.4 
 5. Sing, Sampaense5.4 
 6. Kenon, CAB Madeira5.3 
 7. Minhava, Benfica5.3 
 8. Blanks, Vitoria SC4.9 
 9. Fechas, Barcelos4.4 
 10. Bowie, Terceira.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime SILVA
  CAB Madeira
  (187-PG-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Silva, CAB Madeira3.0 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense2.7 
 3. Shetzer, CAB M.2.7 
 4. Matos, Barcelos2.6 
 5. Sneed, Academica2.4 
 6. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.4 
 7. Fernandes, CAB M.2.4 
 8. Silva, Barcelos2.3 
 9. Witter, Barre.2.3 
 10. Pierre, Terceira.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.8 
 2. Pierre, Terceira.2.8 
 3. Johnson, Porto F.1.8 
 4. Silva, Barcelos1.4 
 5. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.3 
 6. Gunter, CAB M.1.3 
 7. Stempin, Porto F.1.2 
 8. Addison, Sampaense1.1 
 9. Thomas, Academica1.0 
 10. Viana, Sampaense1.0 


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EuroChallenge: Chalon topple CSU Mobitelco - by Eurobasket News
Chalon - CSU Mobteilco 83:74

Chalon registered their third win in EuroChallenge Group E. The French team held off visiting CSU Mobitelco for 3-1 record on top of the standings. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) and Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) delivered 18 points each to lead the winners. Chalon got to a quick start. The hosts unloaded 24 points in the first frame to take a 9-point lead. Chalon kept their opponents at distance throughout the second quarter. The home team accumulated a 39:26 halftime lead. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter with Chalon keeping the distance. CSU Mobitelco fired 27 points in the final quarter but it was not enough as Chalon cruised to the victory at the end. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) scored 15 points, while Ilian Evtimov added 12 rebounds to his 18 points. Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) and Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) answered with 20 points each for CSU Mobitelco. Lawrence finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Chalon: Ilian Evtimov 18+12 boards, Blake Schilb 18, Alade Aminu 15
CSU Mobitelco: Kyndall Dykes 20, Zoran Krstanovic 20


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EuroChallenge: Sergey Karasev buries winning trey as Triumph upset Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Okapi Aalstar - Triumph 83:84

Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) drained a winning three-pointer late in regulation to propel Triumph past Okapi Aalstar in EuroChallenge regular season Group F. The visitors thus improved at 4-0 record on top of the standings. Aalstar fell at 2-2 record after the loss. Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) finished with 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the winners.
Aalstar and Triumph stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The hosts led by just a single point 22:21 at the first break. The Belgian team managed to deepen the margin in the second frame. The home team cleared off to a 49:41 halftime lead. But Triumph took over in the third quarter. The Russian team used a 15:2 run to surge ahead. Triumph entered the final quarter up by three points 63:60. The lead changed hands for numerous times throughout intense fourth quarter. Kruger gave Aalstar a 4-point lead with 42 seconds to go. But Sergey Karasev first converted a layup and then followed a free throw from Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) with a three-pointer to win the game for the visitors. Tywain McKee provided 16 points, while Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) added 14 points and 11 boards in the win. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) answered with 23 points for Aalstar. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) netted 20 points and collected 7 rebounds in the loss.

Okapi Aalstar: Jorn Steinbach 23, Christopher Copeland 20
Triumph: Davon Jefferson 24, Tywain McKee 16, Kyle Landry 14+11 boards


Superleague Round 13: Rjazan edges Ruskon-Mordovia by three points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 13 in the Superlaegue took place in Rjazan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-6) to sixth ranked Rjazan (4-5) 72-69 in the game for the sixth place. Ruskon-Mordovia cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Rjazan forced 19 Ruskon-Mordovia turnovers. Forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: RIZO) fired 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Rjazan maintains sixth place with 4-5 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Rjazan are again looking forward to face Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round.
Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Severstal (5-7) 64-56 in Cherepovec. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Nikola Lepojevic contributed with 13 points for the winners. Forward Aleksandr Lunev (201-80, agency: RIZO) answered with 17 points for Severstal. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Severstal will have a break next round.
Leader Ural Ekaterinburg recorded the eleventh victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Severstal (5-7) 76-70 in Cherepovec. Nikola Lepojevic stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners. At the losing side Yaroslav Grebelnyy responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Loser Severstal keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet Spartak V. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Severstal will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 13 bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny was defeated by Ataman in Rostov 74-68.
The best stats of 13th round was 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Dramir Zibirov of Ataman.



Ataman - Sojuz Zaretchny 74-68

There was no surprise in Rostov where 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (1-8) was defeated by third ranked Ataman (7-2) 74-68 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Ataman forced 20 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Point guard Dramir Zibirov (187-86) stepped up and scored 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international guard Sergei Vorotnikov (194-78) chipped in 16 points. Ataman's coach Valentin Kubrakov used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Dmitriy Ponosov (220-84) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds and point guard Kirill Slepukha (181-90) scored 11 points. Ataman moved-up to second place. Sojuz Zaretchny lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Ataman will again meet at home bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sojuz Zaretchny will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: D.Ponosov 16+8reb+2ast, K.Slepukha 11+4reb+3ast, A.Pushkin 9+2reb, D.Novikov 9+3reb+1ast, R.Vasilev 8+2reb+5ast, V.Sleta 7+4reb+2ast
Ataman: D.Zibirov 26+5reb+4ast, S.Vorotnikov 16+2reb+2ast, I.Smygin 13+4reb, N.Krylov 5+3reb+1ast, V.Belov 4+6reb+2ast, V.Kubrakov 3+1ast
gschID: 155380


Rjazan - Ruskon-Mord. 72-69

The most exciting game of round 13 in the Superlaegue took place in Rjazan. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Ruskon-Mordovia (3-6) to sixth ranked Rjazan (4-5) 72-69 in the game for the sixth place. Ruskon-Mordovia cut a 15-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Rjazan forced 19 Ruskon-Mordovia turnovers. Forward Oleg Bartunov (197-85, agency: RIZO) fired 25 points and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Rjazan players scored in double figures. Guard Anton Ageev (192-84) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Roman Semerninov (200-81) added 8 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Rjazan maintains sixth place with 4-5 record. Ruskon-Mordovia at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Rjazan are again looking forward to face Ruskon-Mordovia (#7) in Saransk in the next round. Ruskon-Mordovia will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Ageev 19+5reb+2ast, P.Aghapov 9+2reb, R.Semerninov 8+10reb+3ast, A.Krylov 8+5reb, A.Varnakov 8+5reb+4ast, A.Kuznetsov 6+4reb+1ast
Rjazan: O.Bartunov 25+4reb+4ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 11+6reb+5ast, V.Ivlev 10+8reb+1ast, V.Kazakov 10+7reb, A.Kirdyachkin 7+4reb, F.Klyuchnikov 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 155381


Severstal - Ural Ekaterinb. 56-64

Leader Ural Ekaterinburg delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Severstal (5-7) 64-56 in Cherepovec. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 18-9. But Severstal won fourth quarter 11-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Anton Glazunov (182-86) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 13 points for the winners. Forward Aleksandr Lunev (201-80, agency: RIZO) answered with 17 points and forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Severstal. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Severstal at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will play against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Severstal will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Severstal: A.Lunev 17+4reb, S.Zinchenko 8+7reb, A.Kuzemkin 6+4reb+3ast, A.Goritskov 5+7reb, Y.Grebelnyy 5+3reb+1ast, S.Toropov 4+3reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: A.Glazunov 13+8reb+4ast, N.Lepojevic 13+2reb+2ast, S.Shashkov 10+4reb+1ast, S.Varlamov 7+8reb, V.Ionov 5+5reb+2ast, A.Isakov 5
gschID: 155378


Severstal - Ural Ekaterinb. 70-76

Leader Ural Ekaterinburg recorded the eleventh victory on Tuesday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Severstal (5-7) 76-70 in Cherepovec. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 43-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Serbian forward Nikola Lepojevic (199-82, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and forward Dmitri Nikolaev (200-83) chipped in 18 points and 10 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Yaroslav Grebelnyy (185-86, agency: RIZO) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Anatoliy Goritskov (211-83, agency: RIZO) scored 9 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. Ural Ekaterinburg have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-3 record. Loser Severstal keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Ural Ekaterinburg will meet Spartak V. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Severstal will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Severstal: Y.Grebelnyy 23+5reb+3ast, A.Kuzemkin 10+3reb+2ast, A.Goritskov 9+11reb+1ast, A.Lunev 8+6reb+1ast, S.Zakharov 8+1reb, S.Zinchenko 5+6reb
Ural Ekaterinb.: N.Lepojevic 27+6reb+2ast, D.Nikolaev 18+10reb+1ast, S.Varlamov 10+8reb+1ast, A.Isakov 7+1ast, A.Glazunov 6+6reb+4ast, A.Fedyushin 5+1reb
gschID: 155379




Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 11-3 
 2. Ataman 7-2 
 3. Univ.Surgut 7-3 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 6-4 
 5. Severstal 5-7 
 6. Rjazan 4-5 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 3-6 
 8. Spartak V. 2-8 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 1-8 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.22.0 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.15.4 
 4. Zibirov, Ataman14.1 
 5. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.3 
 6. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.7 
 7. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.12.4 
 8. Sotnikov, TE.11.5 
 9. Hloponin, Univ.Sur.11.4 
 10. Vorotnikov, Atam.11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey PETUKHOV
  Spart.
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Petukhov, Spart.8.6 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.9 
 3. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.7.6 
 4. Trushkin, Spart.6.5 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.4 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.1 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.9 
 8. Zaykin, TE.5.8 
 9. Goritskov, Sever.5.6 
 10. Varlamov, Ural E.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.5 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.4.4 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.4 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan4.2 
 5. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.4.2 
 6. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.1 
 7. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.4 
 8. Hloponin, Univ.Sur.2.9 
 9. Tokarev, TE.2.8 
 10. Korchagin, Rjazan2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Zibirov, Ataman3.1 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.7 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.9 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.8 
 5. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.6 
 6. Smygin, Ataman1.6 
 7. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.6 
 8. Glazunov, Ural E.1.6 
 9. Babitchev, Spart.1.5 
 10. Ivlev, Rjazan1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.7 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.6 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 4. Goritskov, Sever.1.3 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.2 
 6. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 7. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 8. Sleta, Sojuz Z.0.9 
 9. Ekimov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 10. Komarov, TE.0.8 


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Dusan Ivkovic to stay with Serbian National Team - by Eurobasket News
Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket) will continue his work as a Head Coach of the Serbian National Team. This news is confirmed by the local media. Ivkovic took over Team Serbia in 2008 and guided them to EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. Serbia booked a spot for this event through qualifications and managed to win the Silver. A year ago in Turkey, Serbia reached World Championship Semifinals. Last summer in Lithuania, former European and World Champion failed in the Quarterfinals. Later they finished as No.8. Dusan Ivkovic worked with Yugoslavian NT in the past and was very successful. He currently coaches Olympiakos Athens. Before Olympiakos, Ivkovic worked with Dynamo Moscow, CSKA Moscow and AEK Athens.

OKK Beograd drops to 0-3 in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
BIBL, Round 4 (Group A): OKK Beograd - Mornar Bar 82-89

Third straight loss for OKK Beograd in Balkan League. The Serbian squad could not use their home court advantage losing the game to Montenegrin Mornar Bar (2-2) 89-82 on Tuesday evening. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 57-35 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mornar Bar made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The winners were led by Serbian Ivan Jelenic (190-SG-85, agency: BeoExcell) who scored that evening 28 points and Jamaican-American point guard Akeem Scott (186-PG-83, agency: Interperformances, college: High Point) supported him with 19 points. Scott is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by Stanoje Knezevic (202-PF-89) did not help to save the game for OKK Beograd. Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) added 20 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Mornar Bar moved-up to third place. Loser OKK Beograd still closes the standings with three games lost. Mornar Bar will meet at home Timisoara (#5) in the next round. OKK Beograd will play against the league's second-placed Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hopes to get finally their first victory.

OKK Beograd: N.Misanovic 20+5reb, S.Knezevic 19+7reb, D.Mitrovic 11+5reb+6ast, J.Koprivica 10+2reb+2ast, M.Kovac 6+2reb+2ast, A.Djurica 6+1reb
Mornar Bar: I.Jelenic 28+2reb+3ast, A.Scott 19+2reb, F.Barovic 11+7reb+1ast, M.Sarajlija 8+1reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 8+1reb, L.Radosavljevic 7+6reb


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Extraliga Round 17: Prievidza edges Vahostav-Zilina by one point - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Eighth-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (5-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Prievidza (10-5) on Wednesday. Prievidza managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Prievidza made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Prievidza outrebounded Vahostav-Zilina 39-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) produced 23 points for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Prievidza maintains second place with 10-5 record behind leader Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Prievidza are looking forward to face league's leader Nitra in Nitra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vahostav-Zilina will play at home against Komarno (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nova Ves (9-7) against fifth ranked Komarno (9-6) on Wednesday night. Visiting Nova Ves were defeated by Komarno in a tough game in Komarno 82-89. American forward J.C. Mathis (204-82, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Johnathon Jones contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for Nova Ves. Komarno moved-up to third place. Nova Ves at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Komarno will play against Vahostav-Zilina (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nova Ves will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica managed to get a third victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Handlova 84-80. Marcus Kitts stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach Josko Pulja used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Anthony Jones responded with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. SKP Banska Bystrica maintains ninth place with 3-12 record. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Levice. SKP Banska Bystrica will meet higher ranked Levice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Handlova will play against Svit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



B.Bystrica - Handlova 84-80

Bottom-ranked SKP Banska Bystrica managed to get a third victory on Wednesday night. This time they won against sixth-ranked Handlova 84-80. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 31-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. SKP Banska Bystrica dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Handlova's 28. They outrebounded Handlova 43-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and international power forward Peter Dorazil (199-89) chipped in 15 points and 15 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four SKP Banska Bystrica players scored in double figures. SKP Banska Bystrica's coach Josko Pulja used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) responded with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals and the other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) scored 25 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). SKP Banska Bystrica maintains ninth place with 3-12 record. Handlova lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with nine games lost. They share it with Levice. SKP Banska Bystrica will meet higher ranked Levice (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Handlova will play against Svit and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: M.Kitts 19+15reb+3ast, R.Korner 16+7reb+1ast, P.Dorazil 15+15reb+1ast, B.Koczkas 13+3reb, V.Hovanak 9+1reb+3ast, R.Pitak 8+2reb
Handlova: A.Jones 28+6reb+4ast, S.Hampton 25+9reb, M.Madaj 14+5reb, M.Golian 6+1reb+2ast, O.Haviar 5+1reb+3ast, J.Klatik 2+2reb
gschID: 139165


Komarno - Nova Ves 89-82

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Nova Ves (9-7) against fifth ranked Komarno (9-6) on Wednesday night. Visiting Nova Ves were defeated by Komarno in a tough game in Komarno 82-89. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 27-16. But Nova Ves won second period 28-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Komarno won last quarter 22-16. American forward J.C. Mathis (204-82, college: Michigan) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Johnathon Jones (183-88, college: Oakland, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 15 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Pavol Losonsky (203-88, college: Cal-Irvine) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Corey Jefferson (183-85, college: Texas St.) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in the effort for Nova Ves. Five Komarno and four Nova Ves players scored in double figures. Komarno moved-up to third place. Nova Ves at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Komarno will play against Vahostav-Zilina (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Nova Ves will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Komarno: L.Johnson 18+1reb+2ast, M.Bilik 15+2reb+3ast, J.Jones 15+3reb+4ast, J.Mathis 14+10reb+1ast, L.Dubovsky 14+3reb+2ast, P.Szabo 9+1reb+1ast
Nova Ves: P.Losonsky 20+10reb+1ast, C.Jefferson 15+7reb+8ast, A.Jones 14+9reb, M.Batka 13+4reb+3ast, R.Becarik 8+2ast, O.Ulman 6+3reb
gschID: 139166


Prievidza - Vahostav-Zilina 86-85

Eighth-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (5-10) made lots of trouble for second ranked Prievidza (10-5) on Wednesday. Prievidza managed to secure only one-point victory 86-85. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Prievidza made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Prievidza outrebounded Vahostav-Zilina 39-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Bermudas-British swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-79, college: Wash.Adventist, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) produced 23 points and American guard Perry Petty (185, college: UTPA) added 20 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Five Prievidza and four Vahostav-Zilina players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Prievidza maintains second place with 10-5 record behind leader Nitra. Vahostav-Zilina at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Prievidza are looking forward to face league's leader Nitra in Nitra in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vahostav-Zilina will play at home against Komarno (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: S.Phillips 21+6reb+6ast, P.Guede 15+3reb+1ast, B.Davis 15+3reb+1ast, D.Godbold 14+15reb+7ast, C.Pelle 11+5reb+4ast, P.Pipiska 5
Vahostav-Zilina: O.Soska 23+3reb+3ast, P.Petty 20+2reb+5ast, D.Stojanovic 16+7reb+2ast, S.Perrin 14+5reb+2ast, J.Zavodny 4+1reb+2ast, M.Kozar 3+2reb
gschID: 139163




Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 11-3 
 2. Prievidza 10-5 
 3. Komarno 9-6 
 4. Nova Ves 9-7 
 5. Svit 8-6 
 6. Handlova 6-9 
 7. Levice 6-9 
 8. Vahostav-Zilina 5-10 
 9. B.Bystrica 3-12 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Jones, Handlova28.9 
 2. Clemente, Nitra21.3 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 4. Soska, Vahostav.18.6 
 5. Roberson, Svit17.8 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves17.6 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.6 
 8. Hampton, Handlova17.3 
 9. Guede, Prievidza17.3 
 10. Barisic, Handlova17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.0 
 2. Kitts, B.Bystrica10.2 
 3. Dorazil, B.Bystrica9.6 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza9.3 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.6 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves8.0 
 7. Majok, Nitra7.9 
 8. Mathis, Komarno7.2 
 9. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
 10. Barisic, Handlova7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.6.8 
 2. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 3. Jones, Handlova6.1 
 4. Cosic, Svit5.6 
 5. Phillips, Prievidza5.0 
 6. Jones, Komarno5.0 
 7. Clemente, Nitra4.7 
 8. Kostomaj, Levice4.6 
 9. Barisic, Handlova3.9 
 10. Grznar, B.Bystrica3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.6 
 3. Jones, Komarno2.3 
 4. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 5. Clemente, Nitra2.1 
 6. Jefferson, Nova V.2.0 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 8. Phillips, Prievidza1.9 
 9. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 10. Vaden, Nitra1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Majok, Nitra3.0 
 2. Roberson, Svit1.0 
 3. Johnson, Komarno0.9 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves0.9 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.8 
 6. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 7. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 8. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 9. Vojtek, Levice0.6 
 10. Keller, Levice0.6 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Telemach Standings
 1. Helios 7-0 
 2. Elektra 6-1 
 3. Sentjur 5-2 
 4. Zlatorog 5-3 
 5. Maribor Messer 3-4 
 6. Rogaska 3-4 
 7. Geoplin Slovan 3-4 
 8. Polzela 3-5 
 9. Parklji 1-6 
 10. LTHcast Mercator 0-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Krka
 2. Union Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 2. Maric, Sentjur17.1 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.16.4 
 4. Rizvic, Parklji15.6 
 5. Prepelic, Helios15.3 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur15.1 
 7. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.3 
 8. Djugum, Geoplin13.9 
 9. Rupnik, Geoplin13.7 
 10. Pasalic, Helios13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos MILJKOVIC
  Rogaska
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Miljkovic, Rogaska9.6 
 2. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.9.6 
 3. Rizvic, Parklji8.6 
 4. Djugum, Geoplin8.4 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra7.9 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur7.0 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.7 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.7 
 9. Maric, Sentjur6.0 
 10. Soldo, LTHcast5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.7 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.6 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.9 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.4 
 5. Hohler, Polzela3.7 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.6 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.6 
 8. Gay, Helios3.5 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.5 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Lelic, Elektra2.4 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.3 
 5. Fon, Geoplin Slovan2.0 
 6. Maric, Sentjur1.9 
 7. Rembert, Sentjur1.7 
 8. Zagorc, Elektra1.7 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 10. Lorbek, Parklji1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.6 
 2. Sebic, Sentjur1.1 
 3. Djugum, Geoplin1.1 
 4. Sviridov, Polzela1.1 
 5. Primorac, Sentjur1.0 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur1.0 
 7. Guna, Elektra1.0 
 8. Omic, Zlatorog0.9 
 9. Dobravec, Geopli.0.7 
 10. Cresnar, Helios0.7 


Helios need overtime to beat Sentjur - by Zeljko Zule
Helios defeated Sentjur in overtime, 100-97, an they now won 21 straight games against Sentjur who haven't beaten Helios since November 8, 2003.
After trailing 34-45 at the break, Helios opened the second half with a 21-6 run to go ahead 55-51. Ivan Drzic hit a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left to cut the deficit to 83-84. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) made the first free throw to give Helios an 85-83 lead, but missed the second. Travis Nelson nailed a jumper with 6 seconds to play to send the game into overtime. Klemen Prepelic hit a crucial 3-pointer that gave Helios 98-95 lead with 27 seconds remaining. Igor Maric made a pair of free throws for Sentjur and D.J. Gay drew a foul and his free throws secured the win for Helios. D.J. Gay had 23 points and 7 assists, Klemen Prepelic scored 23 points including five 3-pointers, Drago Pasalic posted 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Drazen Bubnic had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Sentjur was led by Ivan Drzic with game-high 25 points, Patrick Rembert collected 22 points and 5 assists, Travis Nelson added 22 points and Igor Maric had 13 points and 9 rebounds.



Zlatorog part ways with coach Trifunovic, hire Sunara - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog announced a mutual agreement with head coach Rado Trifunovic to terminate his contract, the club announced toinigt. Trifunovic arrived to Lasko this summer. Zlatorog won just one game in Adriatic League and is tied for third place in the Slovenian Telemach League with a 5-3 record. Trifunovic is immediatelly replaced by Ivan Sunara for the remainder of the season. Sunara is already familiar face in Slovenia. He played for Miklavz and then coached Maribor Ovni, Krka, Geoplin Slovan and Helios. Sunara won 2000 Slovenian Championship with Krka and helped Slovenia to win the 2004 U-20 European Championship. He also won silver medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.

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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 16-4 
 2. Anyang KGC 14-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 13-8 
 4. KCC Egis 12-7 
 5. SK Knights 10-10 
 6. ET Land 9-10 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 9-11 
 8. LG Sakers 8-12 
 9. Samsung Th. 4-15 
 10. Daegu Orions 3-16 


Huge Second Half Lifts KGC Past KT - by Jeff Liebsch
In the battle of second versus third, it was anything but a contest.

Anyang KGC won their sixth straight game, using a 57 point second half to blow the game open and beat KT Sonic Boom 89-66 at home Wednesday night. KT players once again struggled from the field, and sloppy play left coach Jeon Chang-jin furious on the bench.

The trio of Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87), Rodney White (206-C/F-80, college: Charlotte) and Kim Tae-Sool (180-G-84) combined for 38 second half points, as KCC controlled the half, after both teams struggled in the first half.

Song Young-jin's three early in the second quarter gave KT a 17-16 lead, but KGC regrouped to go on a 12-2 run and cruise into halftime with a 32-28 lead.

The third quarter was all KGC, as KT struggled with turnovers, while KGC scored at will. KCC outscored KT 30-13 in the quarter on 10/19 shooting, while KT only mustered 11 shots.

KT finally came alive in the beginning of the fourth, using a 13-3 run in the first three minutes to cut the lead to 11, but KGC responded with a 13-0 run to blow the game wide open and take the series lead in the season 2 games to 1.

Oh Sek-Eun scored 21 points, and added 12 rebounds, while Rodney White chipped in 20 and Kim Tae-Sool 18.

Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85, college: Mississippi St.) scored a game high 30 points and added 14 rebounds and 3 blocks for KT.

Game Notes: In the three meetings this year, Rhodes has blocked 15 KGC shots. KT shot 20% (4/20) from the three, much below their season 33.9% average. KGC had 18 assists to KTs 12. KGC had 11 steals, forcing 16 KT turnovers.
For the second game in a row, Rhodes was the only KT player in double digit scoring.


KBL Round 21: Leader Dongbu Promy loses to LG Sakers - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Dongbu Promy (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Changwon on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by eighth ranked LG Sakers (8-12) 86-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. LG Sakers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 40. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LG Sakers maintains eighth place with 8-12 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and is hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Seoul. Sixth ranked SK Knights (10-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (9-10) 83-80 in the game for the fifth place. It was a good game for American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. Seung-Jun Lee contributed with 18 points for the winners. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SK Knights moved-up to fifth place. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. SK Knights will play against bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ET Land Elephants will play against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Anyang. Second ranked Anyang KGC faced 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT. Host Anyang KGC (14-5) smashed guests from Busan (13-8) 89-66. Sek-Eun Oh stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. The best for the losing side was Charles Rhodes with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Anyang KGC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Loser Sonic Boom KT keeps the third position with eight games lost. Anyang KGC will meet ET Land Elephants (#6) in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round.
Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mobis Phoebus (9-11). The visitors from Ulsan managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. Terrence Leather nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winning side. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 9-11 record. Daegu Orions lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against SK Knights (#5) in Seoul.



Daegu Orions - Mobis Phoebus 77-79

Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-16) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mobis Phoebus (9-11). The visitors from Ulsan managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected easier game. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Mobis Phoebus made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) nailed a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds for the winning side and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) accounted for 6 points and 11 assists. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 24 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively for Daegu Orions in the defeat. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion maintains seventh place with 9-11 record. Daegu Orions lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against SK Knights (#5) in Seoul.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 27+14reb+3ast, J.Choi 24+9reb+2ast, I.Heo 15+1reb+2ast, S.Cho 5+6ast, Y.Park 4+2reb+4ast, M.Kim 2
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 36+17reb+3ast, G.Park 10+2reb, J.Park 9+2reb, D.Kim 8+4reb+2ast, D.Yang 6+2reb+11ast, J.Lee 5+1reb
gschID: 145708


SK Knights - ET Land 83-80

Important game to mention about took place in Seoul. Sixth ranked SK Knights (10-10) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (9-10) 83-80 in the game for the fifth place. ET Land Elephants were ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 30-14 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four SK Knights players scored in double figures. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) added 14 points and 6 assists in the effort for ET Land Elephants. ET Land Elephants' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. SK Knights moved-up to fifth place. ET Land Elephants at the other side dropped to the sixth position with ten games lost. SK Knights will play against bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. ET Land Elephants will play against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ET Land: J.Vroman 17+14reb+3ast, H.Kang 16+3reb+3ast, T.Moon 14+3reb+6ast, H.Lim 10+1ast, T.Joo 9+4reb+2ast, K.Shin 8+1reb+3ast
SK Knights: H.Kim 19+1reb+4ast, S.Lee 18+4reb+3ast, A.Johnson 13+18reb+5ast, H.Lee 11+3reb+1ast, J.Han 6+2reb, Y.Kwon 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145705


LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 86-83

Top ranked Dongbu Promy (16-4) recorded its fourth loss in Changwon on Tuesday night. Visitors were edged by eighth ranked LG Sakers (8-12) 86-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. LG Sakers dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Dongbu Promy's 40. The best player for the winners was American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Ji-Hyon Park (183-79) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Dongbu Promy's coach Dong Hae Kang rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LG Sakers maintains eighth place with 8-12 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with four games lost. LG Sakers are looking forward to face higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dongbu Promy will play at home against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 19+5reb+1ast, J.Park 19+7ast, J.Kim 16+6reb+4ast, J.Ahn 9+1reb+1ast, J.Hwang 8+4reb+2ast, H.Yoon 6+4reb+1ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 23+10reb+1ast, G.Stevenson 18+6reb+4ast, H.Park 15+4ast, H.Kim 9+2ast, C.Young Jung 7+3reb+2ast, C.Song 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 145706


Anyang KGC - Sonic Boom KT 89-66

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Anyang. Second ranked Anyang KGC faced 3rd placed Sonic Boom KT. Host Anyang KGC (14-5) smashed guests from Busan (13-8) 89-66. The game without a history. Anyang KGC led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. International center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 14 rebounds and guard Dong-Hyun Cho (188-76) scored 3 points and 5 assists. Sonic Boom KT's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Anyang KGC have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 14-5 record having just three points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Loser Sonic Boom KT keeps the third position with eight games lost. Anyang KGC will meet ET Land Elephants (#6) in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 30+14reb+2ast, D.Kim 7+1reb, W.Yaung 5+2reb+2ast, Y.Kwon Yoon 5+1reb, Y.Song 5+1reb+2ast, S.Cho 4
Anyang KGC: S.Oh 21+12reb+1ast, R.White 20+6reb+2ast, T.Kim 18+5reb+4ast, C.Park 10+6reb+6ast, J.Lee 8+3ast, I.Kim 5+1reb
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Kyle Singler passing on NBA to stay in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke), the 33rd overall pick in the June NBA draft, has reached agreement with Real Madrid and wont play for the Detroit Pistons this season, agent Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group told Yahoo! Sports.

Singler, a forward out of Duke, will sign a contract for the remainder of the season in the Spanish ACB League, replacing the Dallas Mavericks Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) on the Real Madrid roster.

After an outstanding showing with Alicante in the same league where he averaged a team-leading 15 points on 47 percent shooting Singler decided to take the Real Madrid offer on Tuesday. A combination of his comfort level in Spain and a salary higher than that of most second-round draft picks convinced him to finish the season there.

Real Madrid presented a really attractive package that Kyle couldnt pass up, Lawrence said. While playing in Alicante, Kyle fell in love with Spain, but hes also looking forward to career in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons have been high on Singler, even sending front-office staff to scout him in Spain this season. Nevertheless, NBA rules prohibited general manager Joe Dumars and coach Lawrence Frank from talking to Singler or his agents. They cant counter any offer until the NBA lifts restrictions on Dec. 9. Detroit has been willing to commit to playing younger players in its rebuilding drive, and Singler might have had a chance to crack the rotation. Detroit retains Singlers rights for the 2012-13 season when he is expected to come to the NBA.

Tubasket.com first reported the talks between Singler and Real Madrid.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Juan Carlos Navarro to miss Euroleague Round 7 game - by Eurobasket News
Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) is forced to miss Euroleague Round 7 game against Asseco Prokom in Gdynia. Barcelona announced that Navaro has toe injury (fascistic plantar) and he will be sidelined for one game. Prokom will host Barca tomorrow. The reining Spanish champion already has 6-0 record in Group D and doesnt want to risk with Navarro. It is expected that Navarro will be able to play next weekend in Liga Endesa. Juan Carlos Navarro averages 12.7 points and 3.2 assists this season in Euroleague. He played all six games so far. In Liga Endesa, Navarro had 14.4 ppg and 3.6 apg for 9 games. He signed a contract extension with Barca recently. The new deal will keep him in the club until the end of the 2014/15 season.

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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 9-3 
 2. Boras 9-4 
 3. LF Basket 8-5 
 4. Sundsvall 8-5 
 5. Uppsala 7-6 
 6. Solna 7-6 
 7. Sodertalje 6-7 
 8. 08 5-6 
 9. Jamtland 5-8