EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/10/2011

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  ACPBL   


Cuffy named the first Player of the Week at the end of ACPBL Week 1 - by Gianni Pascucci
Kurt Cuffy (6'7''-F/C) the overseas native of Trinidad has been named Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) player of the week. The 6 foot 7 inch forward led his New York City 524 in a 110-101 win over Toms River Shooters with 22 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocked shots.

Cuffy had a 39-point, 23 rebound game during the pre-season while playing for the New York City 524. He is the early front-runner for Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball Player of the year and should draw some interest from NBA teams if he continues to average numbers that have never been seen before at any level.

Cuffy will next be in action on Saturday December 10th in a New York City 524 home game vs. the Manhattan Pride, tip-off is slated for 8:15pm from Bishop Ford High School in the heart of Brooklyn.
For complete player stats league wide from opening weekend fans may visit www.acpbl.com and view box scores under the stats section of the website.




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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.7 
 2. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 3. Pilepic, Siroki W.17.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.17.0 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Kasun, KK.15.7 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 9. Prepelic, Helios15.2 
 10. Simon, KK.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm12.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.5 
 4. Pasalic, Helios6.7 
 5. Kasun, KK.6.1 
 6. Scott, Radnicki K.6.0 
 7. Collins, Siroki W.5.7 
 8. May, KK.5.6 
 9. Sakic, Siroki WWin5.6 
 10. Pavic, Krka5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.2 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 5. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.4 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.4 
 7. Draper, Cedevita4.3 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.4.3 
 9. Covic, Crvena Z.4.2 
 10. Vladovic, Siroki4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zoran DRAGIC
  Krka
  (196-F/G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Dragic, Krka2.0 
 2. Ohayon, Maccabi1.9 
 3. Gay, Helios1.9 
 4. Zubcic, Cibona1.8 
 5. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.8 
 6. Lucic, Partizan1.8 
 7. Markovic, Radnicki1.7 
 8. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.7 
 9. Draper, Cedevita1.6 
 10. Papaloukas, Macc.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.3 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.3 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.0 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi0.9 
 6. Savovic, Hemofarm0.8 
 7. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 8. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.8 
 9. Owens, Cedevita0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.7 


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  ANGOLA   


Compal Basketball Super Cup Date Changed - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The Compal Basketball Super Cup, in senior males category, will be played on 14-18 February 2012, contrary to the initial schedule (7-12 Feb.)

The change is due to the fact that the initial schedule would coincide with the final of the African Nations Football Cup (CAN2012), set to happen from 21 January to 12 February next year, in Gabon and Equatorial-Guinea.

According to a note received by ANGOP, the Compal Super Cup will be disputed in the provinces of Benguela and Luanda.




One of the novelties in this edition, besides being played in two cities, is that the cup will be disputed by six teams, instead of four as in the previous edition.

The competition will be disputed by the Angolan teams 1 de Agosto (title holders), Petro de Luanda (national champions), Libolo (League Cup winners), as well as Maxaquene (Mozambique's championship title winners), FC Porto (Portugal's championship title winners) and CAB Madeira (Portuguese Cup finalist).

The first edition was disputed in April 2010 in Luanda, Angola, and was won by Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

The second edition was disputed in 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal, and was won by 1 de Agosto.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


Cipriano Qualifies Libolo for Final of MPLA Cup - by Eurobasket News
Luanda The shooting guard Olmpio Cipriano, with 33 points, contributed to the victory of Recreativo do Libolo over Petro de Luanda by 90-74, and qualified his squad for the final of MPLA basketball tournament.

In the first half, Recreativo do Libolo were losing the match by 31-39.

With this result, Recreativo do Libolo are playing on Saturday 1 de Agosto in the final.
Courtesy of: Angola Press


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  AUSTRALIA   


Waverley Champ Men Sign Brad Kelleher - by Eurobasket News
The Waverley Falcons are excited to announce the signing of former Waverley junior Brad Kelleher (182-G-86, agency: Dynamics Global Management) to further bolster their championship-winning roster.

Kelleher has just returned from the US where he played Division One College with Hofstra University averaging 8 points, 2 boards and 4 assists last season.

Prior to that he played NJCAA for Midland who he helped reach to the 2009 NJCAA championship game with averages of 9 points and 3 assists as a sophomore.

The speedy point guard has the ability to set up his teammates as well as shoot the lights out from beyond the arc; traits that make the Falcons even tougher to defend then before his arrival.

Coach Eric Minerve believes Kelleher will be around for a while and can continue to produce for the Falcons into the future.

Hes a Waverley junior thats come back and he will be the cornerstone of the group moving forward as he is fairly young and has years left in him, said Minerve.

Brad is a Point Guard, so with him and Sedale running around, itll make us tougher and it will add to our defense ability as well as to push the ball up the floor.

Waverleys lack of depth at the Point Guard position forced Sedale Threatt to carry the entire load at that position in both season 2010 and 2011.

What was seen as a potential Achilles heal is now deemed a strength as the invincible Falcons seemingly get stronger once again.
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


Boomers announce new import - by Eurobasket News
The Bulleen Boomers State Championship Mens team are proud to announce the signing of new Import Corey Standerfer a 66 graduate from York College Nebraska.

Corey was a standout basketball player for York College. The 66 Power forward played in all 30 games his senior year and averaged 18 points per game. Standerfer was 44.5% from the field and was just under 80% from the free throw line, but the icing on the cake came when he was selected for Honourable Mention All-American by both the NAIA and the NCCAA. He ranked in the top 10 for his conference in PPG, Rebounding, Steals , Blocks and Free Throw Pct .

Boomers Coaches KB and Pete are excited by the acquisition of Corey along with the core group they have assembled over the past 6 weeks. 'The team is looking great' says KB . 'We have a lot of work to do with another piece to the puzzle to be announced shortly but this is a squad that runs 12 deep and with the calibre of these boys we will be a force in 2012.'
Courtesy of: bigv.com.au


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


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Cameron TRAGARDH
  Tigers
  (209-C/F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Tragardh, Tigers18.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings18.8 
 3. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 4. Warren, 36ers16.9 
 5. Deleon, Blaze16.8 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats16.6 
 7. Wilson, Taipans16.5 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers16.5 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.16.2 
 10. Johnson, 36ers15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.6 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.4 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Johnson, 36ers8.0 
 5. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.0 
 6. Grant, Kings7.7 
 7. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 8. Vukona, Breakers7.0 
 9. Worthington, Blaze6.6 
 10. Wilkinson, Breake.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Jackson, Breakers5.7 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Bruce, Kings5.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze5.0 
 5. Crosswell, 36ers4.8 
 6. Martin, Hawks4.4 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles4.1 
 8. Wilson, Taipans3.7 
 9. Warren, 36ers3.6 
 10. Redhage, Wildcats3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Robbins, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Mims, Crocodiles1.9 
 4. Gibson, Blaze1.6 
 5. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 7. Deleon, Blaze1.2 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.2 
 9. Worthington, Blaze1.2 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Khazzouh, Kings1.9 
 2. Grant, Kings1.5 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers1.4 
 4. Johnson, 36ers1.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.4 
 6. Nevill, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 8. Knight, Wildcats0.9 
 9. Forman, Hawks0.8 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.7 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Furstenfeld Panthers (#8) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. It was a good game for Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 assists. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes (#2) in Klosterneuburg.

The most impressive performance of 12th round was 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals by Fabricio Vay of Arkadia.


UBSC Graz - Klosterneub. 83-89

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Xion Dukes (9-2) beat on the road 9th ranked UBSC Graz (4-7) 89-83 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 24-17. But UBSC Graz won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Xion Dukes won last quarter 22-18. It was a good game for the former international guard Christoph Nagler (196-84) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. American power forward Jason Chappell (208-83, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Tim Ambrose (183-87, college: Albany, agency: I.D.S. Law) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian swingman Samo Grum (193-79) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for UBSC Graz. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Xion Dukes have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gmunden. UBSC Graz lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Xion Dukes will face Furstenfeld Panthers (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans in Gmunden.
Top scorers:
Klosterneub.: C.Nagler 24+4reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 17+5reb, C.Bobb 17+1reb+1ast, J.Chappell 13+9reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 7+1reb+1ast, M.Rachar 4+4reb
UBSC Graz: T.Ambrose 23+6reb+1ast, M.Stegnjaic 16+5reb+1ast, S.Grum 13+5reb+7ast, M.Moric 11+7reb+2ast, S.Schaal 9+1reb+8ast, C.Knor 6+1reb
gschID: 137133


Gmunden - BC Vienna 67-55

Very expected game when 7th ranked BC Vienna (4-7) lost on the road to first ranked Gmunden Swans (9-2) 67-55 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. BC Vienna was better in fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gmunden Swans forced 23 BC Vienna turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Morris Curry (178-87, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. International forward Richard Poiger (202-87) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and Bosnian guard Mirza Ahmetbasic (193-87, college: Abil.Christian, agency: World Sport Agency) added 21 points in the effort for BC Vienna. Gmunden Swans maintains first position with 9-2 record, which they share with Klosterneub. BC Vienna at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Gmunden Swans will face UBSC Graz (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Vienna will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: M.Curry 17+6reb+6ast, R.Poiger 16+6reb+1ast, R.Arnold 10+6reb, E.Murati 9+6reb, M.Oppland 4+3reb, D.Oppland 4+7reb+1ast
BC Vienna: M.Ahmetbasic 21+1reb+1ast, Z.Rakocevic 12+18reb+4ast, J.Francois 9+5reb, M.Tripkovic 5+5reb+1ast, M.Djurovic 3, T.Gaspar 3+3reb
gschID: 137134


St.Polten - Oberwart 75-98

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Oberwart Gunners (8-3) rolled over on the road bottom-ranked St.Polten (0-11) 98-75 on Thursday. Defending champion moved-up to third place. St.Polten at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Oberwart Gunners will face Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) at home in the next round.
gschID: 137135


Arkadia - Gussing 90-74

There was an upset when higher ranked Gussing Knights (5-6) lost to tenth ranked Arkadia Lions (3-8) in Traiskirchen 74-90 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Arkadia Lions. Gussing Knights was better in fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Arkadia Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Gussing Knights' 42. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 36-21 including a 25-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Four Arkadia Lions players scored in double figures. American forward Carleton Scott (200-88, college: Notre Dame) replied with 25 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gussing Knights. Gussing Knights' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Arkadia Lions maintains tenth position with 3-8 record. Gussing Knights lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with six games lost. Arkadia Lions will face higher ranked Raiffeisen Wels (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 28+8reb+1ast, F.Vay 16+10reb+8ast, R.Spasojevic 14+4reb+1ast, B.Danek 13+2reb+6ast, J.Blazevic 10+2reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 7+9reb
Gussing: C.Scott 25+5reb+1ast, E.Kadic 14+6reb, M.Klepeisz 14+1reb+2ast, A.Djuric 9+4reb, T.Klepeisz 6+8ast, M.Jandrasits 3+1ast
gschID: 137131


Kapfenberg - Furstenfeld 95-93 OT

Furstenfeld Panthers (#8) forced the game against Kapfenberg Bulls (#5) into an overtime, but lost by two points 93-95 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime then Furstenfeld Panthers managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Kapfenberg Bulls who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-10. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Kapfenberg Bulls looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. It was a good game for the former international guard Thomas Schreiner (195-87, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 assists. American guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) contributed with 19 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) replied with 25 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import swingman Bryant Matthews (201-82, college: Virginia Tech) added 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Furstenfeld Panthers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Kapfenberg Bulls have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 7-4 record. Furstenfeld Panthers at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. Kapfenberg Bulls will face higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes (#2) in Klosterneuburg.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: T.Schreiner 26+3reb+9ast, J.Fears 19+2reb+7ast, D.Mayes 17+4reb+2ast, L.Gordon 12+4reb+3ast, D.Nelson 11+5reb+2ast, M.Linskens 6+3reb+1ast
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 25+3reb+5ast, B.Matthews 19+3reb+2ast, J.Robinson 16+6reb, G.Ware 15+6reb+2ast, L.O'Neal 11+5reb+6ast, K.Payton 4
gschID: 137132




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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.2 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.5 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Djuric, Gussing18.7 
 7. Drenovac, Arkadia18.2 
 8. Bobb, Klosterneub.17.6 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.5 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.4 
 2. Werner, Wels9.1 
 3. Reed, Oberwart8.4 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.8.3 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.5 
 6. Heard, Gussing7.3 
 7. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.3 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart6.8 
 9. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.7 
 10. Bakovic, St.Polten6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg5.9 
 2. Lanegger, Klostern.5.2 
 3. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.1 
 4. Danek, Arkadia5.1 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna5.0 
 6. Klepeisz, Gussing4.8 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.4.6 
 8. Curry, Gmunden4.5 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.2 
 10. Miletic, BC Vienna3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenf.
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.5 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg2.4 
 3. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 4. Brown, Wels2.1 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Hollins, Oberwart1.5 
 7. Jandl, Oberwart1.5 
 8. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 9. Curry, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Koch, Gussing1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.3 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.3 
 3. Brown, Wels0.8 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna0.7 
 6. Shaw, Oberwart0.7 
 7. Greimeister, Klost.0.7 
 8. Scott, Gussing0.5 
 9. Pryor, Wels0.5 
 10. Werner, Wels0.5 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Round 9: Derby game ends with Pieno Zvaigzdes' defeat of Kedainiai - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting Kedainiai (2-6) 73-53. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Kedainiai managed to win fourth quarter 24-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kedainiai to just 6 points in first quarter. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 26. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) contributed with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) answered with 11 points for Kedainiai. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains sixth place in Elite with 4-3 record. Kedainiai at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kedainiai will play at home against Triumph Lyubertsy (#5) in Lubertsy and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Latvian Ventspils (5-3) against fifth ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (4-2) on Saturday night. Host Ventspils were defeated by Triumph Lyubertsy in Ventspils 62-51. Forward Sergey Karasev (200-93) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Dmitry Kulagin chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains fifth place in Elite with 4-2 record. Ventspils at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against bottom-ranked Baltai Kaunas (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ventspils will play against Juventus (#7) in Utena and hope to get back on the winning track.
Baltic League top team - Lithuanian Siauliai (8-0) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-7) 109-94. Cam Long nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Bill Amis came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Undefeated Siauliai have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite with 8-0 record. Tartu Ulikool lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Siauliai will meet Kalev/Cramo (#4) in the next round. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round.
Leading Techasas (6-2) recorded its second loss in Vilnius. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Sakalai (6-2) 85-80. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. The best player for the winners was Evaldas Baniulis who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Sakalai maintains second place in Group B with 6-2 record having just 0 victories less than leader Techasas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Latvian Valmiera (6-3) against sixth ranked Estonian Rapla (2-6) on Thursday night. Visiting Valmiera was defeated by Rapla in a tough game in Rapla 54-62. It was a good game for Janar Soo who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Rapla moved-up to fifth place in Group B. Loser Valmiera keeps the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9:
In Group B Valmiera smashed TTU/Kalev on the road 91-55. Rapla won against Turiba on its own court 70-62.
In Group A Barsy Atyrau managed to outperform Jelgava in a road game 79-69. Naglis Palangos lost to Kazakhstan defending champion Barsy Atyrau at home 64-72.
In Elite Liepaja were defeated by Juventus on the opponent's court 74-81.


Challenge
Sakalai - Techasas 85-80

Leading Techasas (6-2) recorded its second loss in Vilnius. Visitors were defeated by second ranked Sakalai (6-2) 85-80. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in Group B. Techasas were ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Sakalai, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Techasas 44-32 including 34 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) chipped in 15 points and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Sakalai maintains second place in Group B with 6-2 record having just 0 victories less than leader Techasas. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: E.Baniulis 16+8reb+1ast, L.Samenas 15+4reb+3ast, A.Butkevicius 12+6reb+2ast, P.Joneliunas 12+8reb+1ast, R.Matulis 10+7reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 9+3reb+3ast
Techasas: E.Ezerskis 17+1reb+3ast, G.Staniulis 14+10reb, J.Zurna 14+1reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 13+1reb+5ast, O.Matulionis 13+3reb, E.Stanionis 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149704


TTU/Kalev - Valmiera 55-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Latvian Valmiera's (6-3) road victory over 4th placed Estonian TTU/Kalev (2-5) in Tallinn 91-55 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. TTU/Kalev was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTU/Kalev to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Valmiera forced 20 TTU/Kalev turnovers. It was a good game for American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) answered with 18 points and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for TTU/Kalev. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Valmiera maintains third place in Group B with 6-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Techasas. Loser TTU/Kalev keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Valmiera will have a break next round. TTU/Kalev will play at home against Turiba (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Lucas 27+2reb+4ast, E.Kalve 15+3reb+2ast, V.Bikse 12+6reb, J.Rozitis 10+6reb+1ast, E.Elksnis 9+1reb+1ast, O.Virsis 9+3reb
TTU/Kalev: K.Makke 18+3reb, I.Pilk 10+5reb+4ast, A.Arnold 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kaja 8, K.Keres 6+2reb+3ast, S.Raudla 2+4reb
gschID: 149705


Rapla - Turiba 70-62

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Latvian Turiba (2-6) lost on the road to sixth ranked Estonian Rapla (2-6) 70-62 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-62. It was a good game for swingman Janar Soo (199-91) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Andre Parn (200-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Rapla players scored in double figures. Center Roberts Mednis (204-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds and guard Martins Steinbergs (188-90, agency: FCM) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Turiba. Rapla moved-up to fifth place in Group B. Rapla will have a break next round. Turiba will play on the road against TTU/Kalev (#4) in Tallinn and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rapla: J.Soo 20+7reb+2ast, R.Ringmets 13+10reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 13+3reb, A.Parn 11+11reb+6ast, F.Talts 5+1reb+3ast, A.Antson 4+3reb+1ast
Turiba: R.Mednis 23+10reb+1ast, M.Steinbergs 10+5reb+3ast, K.Mediss 10+4reb+2ast, M.Sokolovs 8+2reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 5+8reb, K.Piternieks 4+6reb
gschID: 149706


Jelgava - Barsy Atyrau 69-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau's (3-2) road victory over bottom-ranked Latvian Jelgava (0-6) 79-69 on Tuesday. Jelgava was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Barsy Atyrau, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Ukrainian guard Pavlo Tsiopych (182-86) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-81, college: Providence, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Arturs Duselis (200-89) answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American forward Kyle Nelson (203-89, college: Augustana, IL, agency: N.E.T.) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. Four Jelgava players scored in double figures. Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to third place in Group A. Loser Jelgava still closes the standings with six games lost. Barsy Atyrau will face BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: P.Tsiopych 21+6reb+2ast, M.Laksa 14+8reb+2ast, D.Gavrilov 12+6reb+1ast, S.Kazantcev 10+2reb, S.Sabutskyy 9+7reb+1ast, E.Isakov 7+5reb+1ast
Jelgava: A.Duselis 19+9reb+2ast, K.Nelson 14+9reb+1ast, A.Ausejs 12+3reb+2ast, K.Kanbergs 10+5reb, E.Krumins 5+7reb, K.Krumins 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 149701


Rapla - Valmiera 62-54

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Latvian Valmiera (6-3) against sixth ranked Estonian Rapla (2-6) on Thursday night. Visiting Valmiera was defeated by Rapla in a tough game in Rapla 54-62. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 25-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for swingman Janar Soo (199-91) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) contributed with 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-87) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Artjoms Butjankovs (205-91, agency: FCM) added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera. Rapla moved-up to fifth place in Group B. Loser Valmiera keeps the third position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rapla: J.Soo 16+6reb, S.Kaldre 13+5reb+4ast, I.Kajupank 9+3reb+1ast, F.Talts 9+2reb+1ast, R.Ringmets 8+14reb, A.Antson 3
Valmiera: E.Kalve 23+9reb, V.Bikse 9+4reb+2ast, A.Butjankovs 8+7reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 5+9reb, J.Lucas 4+2reb, E.Elksnis 3+2reb
gschID: 149702


Naglis Palangos - Barsy Atyrau 64-72

There was a minor upset when leader Lithuanian Naglis Palangos (5-1) lost to fourth ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (3-2) in Palanga 64-72 on Friday. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-64. Barsy Atyrau forced 20 Naglis Palangos turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-84) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 13 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Pavlo Tsiopych (182-86) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Barsy Atyrau's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Mindaugas Reminas (190-86) answered with 20 points and Russian forward Nikita Barinov (200-91) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Naglis Palangos. Defending Kazakhstan champion moved-up to third place in Group A. Loser Naglis Palangos still keep top position with one game lost. Barsy Atyrau will face BC Rakvere (#4) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: S.Sabutskyy 17+3reb, D.Dyatlovsky 12+3reb, P.Tsiopych 11+6reb+6ast, M.Evstigneev 9+13reb+2ast, M.Laksa 8+1reb, D.Gavrilov 6+2reb+1ast
Naglis Palangos: M.Reminas 20+2reb+3ast, N.Barinov 15+8reb, T.Rinkevicius 12+3reb+3ast, D.Johnson 8+11reb+2ast, C.Barnes 4+7reb, B.Benn 3+9reb+5ast
gschID: 149703


Elite
Tartu Ulikool - Siauliai 94-109

Baltic League top team - Lithuanian Siauliai (8-0) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eighth ranked Estonian Tartu Ulikool (3-7) 109-94. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Tartu Ulikool managed to win fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Siauliai dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Tartu Ulikool's 50. It was a great shooting night for Siauliai especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason) nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Bill Amis (205-87, college: Hawaii) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kristo Saage (184-85) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Siauliai have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place in Elite with 8-0 record. Tartu Ulikool lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Siauliai will meet Kalev/Cramo (#4) in the next round. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: C.Long 22+3reb+5ast, A.Siksnius 20+3reb+1ast, V.Vasylius 18+7reb, D.Bowles 18+4reb+2ast, R.Broadus 14+8reb+7ast, M.Zukauskas 12+5reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool: B.Amis 23+8reb, R.Veideman 20+3ast, K.Saage 13+5reb+6ast, T.Kurbas 12+3reb, M.Doronin 11+4reb+4ast, V.Allingu 11+4reb
gschID: 149700


Juventus - Liepaja 81-74

Everything went according to plan when seventh ranked Lithuanian Juventus (4-5) defeated 10th ranked Latvian Liepaja (2-8) in Utena 81-74 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 23-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Juventus dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 30. They outrebounded Liepaja 39-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liepaja was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for forward Zydrunas Urbonas (198-76) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Darius Pakamanis (192-81) contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Juventus players scored in double figures. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Kristaps Miglinieks (199-90) added 11 points in the effort for Liepaja. Liepaja's coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Juventus maintains seventh place in Elite with 4-5 record. Loser Liepaja keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Juventus will face higher ranked Ventspils (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Juventus: Z.Urbonas 17+7reb+2ast, K.Petrukonis 12+2reb+2ast, D.Pakamanis 12+7reb+3ast, A.Vasiliauskas 11+4reb, R.Gumeniuk 10+7reb+1ast, V.Volkus 8+9reb+2ast
Liepaja: J.Mayo 14+5reb+5ast, J.Timma 12+4reb, K.Miglinieks 11+4reb+2ast, M.Andriukaitis 9+3reb, A.Bricis 9+1reb+3ast, A.Helmanis 7+1reb
gschID: 149699


Ventspils - Triumph 51-62

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Latvian Ventspils (5-3) against fifth ranked Russian Triumph Lyubertsy (4-2) on Saturday night. Host Ventspils were defeated by Triumph Lyubertsy in Ventspils 62-51. The game was mostly controlled by Triumph Lyubertsy. Ventspils was better in fourth quarter 20-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Triumph Lyubertsy held Ventspils to an opponent 22.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 39.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Strangely Ventspils outrebounded Triumph Lyubertsy 47-34 including a 22-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Forward Sergey Karasev (200-93) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) chipped in 7 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. The best for the losing side was American guard Steven Gray (195-89, college: Gonzaga) with 12 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) scored 6 points and 9 rebounds. Ventspils' coach Gundars Vetra rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Triumph Lyubertsy maintains fifth place in Elite with 4-2 record. Ventspils at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Kalev/Cramo. Triumph Lyubertsy will play against bottom-ranked Baltai Kaunas (#11) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Ventspils will play against Juventus (#7) in Utena and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Triumph: S.Karasev 19+5reb+2ast, E.Valiev 11+5reb+3ast, I.Lazarev 7+3reb+1ast, D.Kulagin 7+5reb+8ast, A.Vikhrov 6+2reb, A.Kurtsevich 5+7reb
Ventspils: S.Gray 12+6reb, A.Berzins 10+6reb, M.Laksa 7+7reb+1ast, A.Strelnieks 6+9reb+2ast, B.Bakic 5+5reb+1ast, T.Abernethy 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149695


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Kedainiai 73-53

The most interesting game of round 9 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where sixth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting Kedainiai (2-6) 73-53. The game was mostly controlled by Pieno Zvaigzdes. Kedainiai managed to win fourth quarter 24-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kedainiai to just 6 points in first quarter. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 26. Pieno Zvaigzdes forced 20 Kedainiai turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American center Sylvester Morgan (208-83, college: Georgia St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) contributed with 16 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) answered with 11 points and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kedainiai. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains sixth place in Elite with 4-3 record. Kedainiai at the other side keeps the ninth position with six games lost. Pieno Zvaigzdes are looking forward to face league's second-placed Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kedainiai will play at home against Triumph Lyubertsy (#5) in Lubertsy and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: S.Morgan 16+10reb, E.Bendzius 16+3reb, L.Nobles 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Kelys 10+3reb+6ast, T.Hughes 5+1reb+4ast, E.Kairys 5+3reb+1ast
Kedainiai: L.Kisielius 11+3reb+1ast, V.Sulskis 7+2reb, M.Valukonis 7+7reb, V.Jasikevicius 7+1reb+3ast, A.Masiulis 4+1reb, T.Cerneckis 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 149697




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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Bowles, Siauliai19.8 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 4. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 5. Laksa, Barsy Atyr.17.2 
 6. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 7. Hallik, Tarvas17.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.9 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 10. Pilk, TT.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Raido RINGMETS
  Rapla
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.9 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.8 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas8.6 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 7. Willard, Ventspils7.7 
 8. Arnold, TT.7.7 
 9. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 10. Barinov, Naglis P.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai6.4 
 3. Maceina, Juventus6.1 
 4. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 5. Dainys, Neptunas4.8 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Kulagin, Triumph4.4 
 8. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.4.2 
 10. Kriisa, Tarvas4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erik KEEDUS
  TT.
  (194-F-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 3. Salenga, Rudupis2.1 
 4. Oja, Tarvas2.0 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 6. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 7. Peciukas, Kedainiai1.8 
 8. Kriisa, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 10. Elksnis, Valmiera1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Roman GUMENIUK
  Juventus
  (220-C-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Gumeniuk, Juventus2.1 
 2. Masiulis, Kedainiai2.0 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 5. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.3 
 7. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.2 
 8. Keedus, TT.0.9 
 9. Bowles, Siauliai0.9 
 10. Butkevicius, Saka.0.9 


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  BELGIUM   


Spirou Charleroi denies Partizan Belgrade Top 16 berth - by Bert Larsimont
Around 350 Partizan supporters coming from France, Germany and Belgium had met at the Spiroudome in Charleroi to make much noise on December 8th, 2011. The Partizan fans were already singing and cheering 45 minutes before the start of the game and they kept doing so until the end of the match-up between Belgacom Spirou of Coach Giovanni Bozzi and BC Partizan MT:S Beograd of Coach Vlada Jovanovic .

Belgacom Spirou (without injured center Christophe Beghin) quickly took the lead: 11-4 under the impulse of both US players Demond Mallet (186-G-78, college: McNeese St.) and Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky). The Belgian side could not hold the advantage by the end of the first quarter. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) and Milan Macvan (206-C-89) led their team in a nice come-back: 13-18 after 10 minutes. Demond Mallet and Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) finished the quarter with a bad selection of shots.

Just like last week's game against Efes Istanbul, Spirou had a poor start in the second quarter. Serbian duo Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) and Dusan Kecman (197-F-77) were well present in offense and gave a very large lead to their team: 17-30. Spirou's ex-NBA player Jiri Welsch (201-F-80), excellent through the whole game, gave a wake-up call to his mates by scoring at 19-30. Partizan's center Rasko Katic (208-C-80) and Spirou's US forward Caleb Green were nervous and that made the sparks fly. Spirou was back in the race: 25-32 when Coach Jovanovic took a time-out. Thanks to a better defense, Spirou even came closer. After the Partizan's intimidator Rasko Katic hit and sent Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) back on the bench with a knee injury, Demond Mallet got 'on fire' and brought his team back at 37-38 at half-time.

As soon as the third quarter started, Mallet continued to score for Spirou and Partizan's center Miroslav Raduljica fouled for the fourth time. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91), Demond Mallet and Jiri Welsch boosted the Spirou side and it was suddenly 47-41. But Acie Law (190-G-85, college: Texas A&M) also got 'on fire' for the Serbian team and helped his team make 47-48 later on. Spirou players Demond Mallet, Caleb Green, Tornike Shengelia and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) reacted well and showed power. Despite Rasko Katic's reaction in offense (two easy baskets in the paint) and Dusan Kecman's long-range shooting for Partizan, Spirou were ahead at the end of the third quarter: 69-61.

The fourth quarter began with a brawl between two big players at 72-67: Andre Riddick on the Spirou side and Miroslav Raduljica on the Partizan one. Mates quickly put an end to this situation and referees decided to give a technical foul to each player (fifth foul for both players!). Katic made 72-73. But Katic's physical plays were not enough as Shengelja (from the free-throw line) and Hill (a three-pointer with a bonus) gave a nice lead to Spirou: 78-73 with less than 5 minutes to go in the game. Despite last Partizan efforts by Law, Coach Bozzi's men managed well the last minutes of play. They outscored their opponents 5-2 from the free-throw line to finally win the game 84-79.

Partizan fans stopped singing and everyone got home happy after an excellent game of basketball. Belgacom Spirou's success will nevertheless not be enough to qualify for the next round. Partizan will have to win again to qualify.

Best scorers:

Spirou: Christopher Hill 15, Jiri Welsch 13, Demond Mallet 22 and Tornike Shengelja 17.
Partizan: Acie Law 22, Dusan Kecman 10, Rasko Katic 10, Milan Macvan 10, Miroslav Raduljica 10.


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  BELIZE   


District Associations holding elections!!! - by David Magana
All District Associations of the Belize Basketball Federation will be holding elections for executive officers for District Associations on January 21, 2012. Deadline for submission of nominations is January 7,2012. Nominations can be sent to the president of the BBF at: pthompson@bbfbelize.org or to vice president of the BBF at: charlellis@yahoo.com. The following district associations will be holding elections: Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize, Belmopan, Dangriga, San Ignacio and Santa Elena and Toledo. Teams that participated in the last tournament held by District Associations will be eligible to vote along with representatives from Member Association which are; NSSSA, ATLIB and Referee Associations for the specific district. Teams will have two votes while member associations will have one vote. Each District Associations executive body will have a maximum of 4 votes. Information regarding eligible teams and their representatives will be released shortly.

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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia has stopped the bleeding of talent? Refused the transfer of two youngsters - by Chris Mathieu
In what is hopefully a good sign for the future of Bosnian Basketball, Bosnian officials have refused the transfer of two young prospects from the successful U-16 team from this year in Macedonia. Basketball Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina refused requests by Basketball Federations of Slovenia and Montenegro and are not signing the two young players who have already entered their appearances in the national team of Bosnia and Hercigovina. Bojan Lulic was very successful this summer in Macedonia averaging 10.4 ppg and 7.8rbpg. Dejan Ivkovic averaged 3.4ppg and 1.3 rbpg.

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  BRAZIL   


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


Flamengo keep NBB leading position - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo recorded the sixth win in NBB season. They overcame Joinville 88:65 on the road to stay on top of the ladder. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) fired 28 points to lead the visitors. Flamengo trailed by two points after ten minutes of action but they outscored Joinville 21:9 in the second term to build a comfortable lead. Flamengo maintained the advantage throughout the second half. They exploded with 31 points in the fourth period and sealed the victory at the end. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) netted 21 points, while Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) finished with 19 points for the winners. Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) answered with 22 points as Joinville fell at 1-4 record.
Itabom/Bauru recorded the fifth win as they held off Vivo/France 92:82 at home court. Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) stepped up with 25 points to pace the effort. Vivo/Franca enjoyed a 35:34 halftime lead but Itabom/Bauru went on a 27:17 run in the third term and ran away for the victory afterwards. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) had 19 points for the home team. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) fired 30 points for Vivo/Franca.
Liga Sorocabana improved at 3-3 record after they suprised Unitri/Universo 91:80 at home. Kenny Dawkins (175-G-87, college: Lamar) delivered 23 points to secure the winning outcome for the home team. Fabricio Russo (196-F-85) and Thiago Labbate (208-C-83) added 14 points each in the win. Unitri/Universo answered with 16 points from Lucas Cipolini (206-F/C-86, college: BYU-Hawaii).


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BVI Hoop It Up Foundation Hosting Final Camp Of 2011 - by David Edole
The BVI Hoop It Up Foundation is conducting its first annual Christmas Hoops Basketball Camp at the Multi-purpose complex on Tortola, and The Jeffery Canes basketball Court on Virgin Gorda between December 19-23.

According to the Foundation, the camp will consist of basketball training and games for kids ages 5 to 11 and young men 12 and above.

On Virgin Gorda the camp will be held between 9:30am and 12pm for kids between the ages of 5 and 11 on Monday through Thursday and ages 12 and up will start at 11:30am and end at 2pm on Tortola between Monday and Thursday.

On Tortola the camp will start for ages 5-11 from 9:00am - 11:30am from Monday - Thursday, and ages 12 and up will start from 11:30am - 2pm from Monday - Thursday.

On Friday December 23, there will be a closing fun day with games, food and drinks, where Virgin Gorda campers, and Tortola campers will come together at the Multipurpose complex to play games, win lots of prizes and receive their certificates.

The foundation has also invited guest Coach Mike Nalls from Delaware USA to help facilitate the camp with local coaches such as Steve Parillon, Kennedy Bass, Rene Phipps, Kendoi Thomas, Eustace Freeman, and visiting hoop it up baller from college Killven Samuel.

There will be a registration drive on Friday December 9 at the multipurpose complex from 10am - 12pm and at Dixies Virgin Gorda from 1pm - 3pm. Registration fee for the camp is $20 includes camp tee.

The camp is sponsored by Road Town Wholesale Limited, along with PowerAde and Dasani water.

For more info E: BVIHoopItUp@gmail.com or P: 544-0480/541-7541


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 9-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 7-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 5-3 
 4. Cherno More 4-4 
 5. Tundja Yambol 4-4 
 6. Balkan 2-6 
 7. Chernomorets 1-7 
 8. Spartak Pleven 1-7 


Lukoil won the derby against Levski - by Christomir Rackov
Lukoil Academic Sofia proved once again that they are the best team in Bulgaria. The champions won the derby game of the league against Levski Sofia away from home - 85-65. Lukoil took the lead in the middle of the second quarter and kept it until the end, thus beating easily their main opponent in the NBL. Now the champions have a perfect 9-0 record, while Levski is second with 7-2 (both loses having been sufferred at the hands of the same opponent).

After a close first quarter Vesko Veselinov (201-F-83) and Tencho Banev (209-C-80) provided some energy off the bench for the visitors and they took an 8-point lead. They kept it and were in front 41-34 at the break. In the second half Lukoil's defense was much better than Levski's and the scoreboard reflected that. Lukoil's lead went up to 17 points, though after 30 minutes it was just 11. The high point was in the last quarter when the margin went over 20 points, which was also the final margin of victory for Lukoil.

Veselin Veselinov and Tencho Banev were the top scorers for the winners with 13 points apiece with Banev grabbing 11 rebounds for a double double. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) had 12 points and Andre Owens 11, while playing some good defense on Aaron Harper.

Harper himself was the top scorer for Levski with 14 points, which for him is somewhat below par. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) added 11 plus 14 rebounds for a double double.


Lukoil vs Levski - today is the big derby - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgarian basketball is preparing for the big derby today. At 18:00 o'clock in 'Arena hall'-2 Levski will host Lukoil Academic in the most interesting game of the season. The Students are on a winning track in Bulgarian league since 6th February 2010 and it will be interesting to see what will happen today. Maybe their record will stay untouched, maybe it's time Levski to beat Lukoil and finally to prover the blue ambitions for more than silver this year.

Lukoil is hungry for revenge after comeing back home with a tough loss in Valencia for Eurocup this Tuesday. Levski is hoping that their big star Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) is healthy enough to shoot sharp only he can do it, after facing some knee problems in the last time.





Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (200-G-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.0 
 2. Harper, Levski S.18.8 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.9 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Ril.17.0 
 5. Stankov, Spartak16.4 
 6. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.1 
 7. Hall, Levski Sofia14.8 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.14.6 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.5 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.6 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More10.0 
 3. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.6 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.8.1 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.7.2 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.7.1 
 8. Todorov, Spartak6.4 
 9. Stankov, Spartak6.0 
 10. Crawford, Balkan5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.2 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.3 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.5.2 
 5. Filipov, Balkan3.9 
 6. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.9 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.3 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.1 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.1 
 10. Gruev, Levski Sof.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.0 
 2. Roshmanov, Cherno.3.0 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.8 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Rilski S.2.0 
 6. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.0 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.2.0 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.9 
 10. Boev, Rilski Spor.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.3 
 3. Banev, Lukoil A.1.0 
 4. Martin, Balkan0.9 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 6. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.8 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.6 
 8. Eller, Levski Sofia0.5 
 9. Todorov, Spartak0.5 
 10. Stoykov, Lukoil A.0.4 


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  CANADA   


Storm lose heartbreaker - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm lost a heartbreaker to the Halifax Rainmen in the final seconds of regulation time, but it was their free-throw shooting that let them down Thursday night.

Halifax pulled out a 97-96 victory at EastLink Arena after the Rainmen's Justin Johnson made a layup with five seconds left on the clock.

The late bucket came just moments after the Storm's Julian Allen missed two free throws that would have put his team up by three points with 14 seconds to play.

But Summerside head coach Joe Salerno couldn't put the blame squarely on Allen when the team shot 15-for-35 from the free-throw line for the game.

'That's not on Julian Allen, Salerno said. If we miss free throws the entire game, you can't win.

'We almost got out of here with a win, shooting 42 per cent from the line.'

The loss was the Storm's fourth straight, leaving them at 5-7 (won-lost) in the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season. Halifax improved to 5-4.



Fell behind

Summerside fell behind 17-7 at one point in the first quarter. But, energized by four consecutive three-pointers from Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's), the Storm rallied to lead 22-19 going into the second quarter.

The Storm would push its lead to as much as 10 points in the second quarter, but the Rainmen chipped away to lead 47-46 at halftime.

Halifax's Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had 10 of his 16 points in the first half, while Summerside's Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) had 14 of his 18 points through the first 24 minutes.

The Storm seemed to solve their recent third-quarter difficulties, taking a 72-70 lead into the fourth frame.

In the final minute of the game, Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-PG-87, college: New Hampshire) made two free throws to bring the Storm within 95-94.

Brown pushed the ball back down court, but was called for a charging foul under the hoop, giving possession back to Summerside.

With 24 seconds left on the clock, point guard Al Stewart connected on an alley-oop to Cayole that electrified the crowd. Halifax botched the ensuing inbound play, handing the ball back to the Storm.

Allen went to the line with 14 seconds left, and his team up 96-95, but missed both shots.

Johnson then sped down court and banked a tough shot off the glass, to the shock of the Summerside crowd.

'We played a very tough game against a good team, said Halifax head coach Josep Claros Canals. I think we deserved this win.

You win in the last second, but you fight all game.'


Game-high 20 points

Cayole had a game-high 20 for the Storm. Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) led the Rainmen with 18.

Despite his team's poor free-throw shooting, Salerno was encouraged by the Storm's effort.

'We did almost everything that we wanted to do tonight (Thursday), said Salerno. We had less than 20 turnovers, we held them to (under) 100 points, we won the battle on the glass. . . I can't ask for anything more from them.

'These guys have been shooting free throws the same way since they've been 12. All we have to do is bump up our reps.'

The Storm has a week off before hosting Halifax again at EastLink Arena on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




Lightning strikes Oshawa Power - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning are like a refined race car that occasionally runs roughly.

You merely find another part to smooth it out.

It's one reason the Lightning have been so successful this year. They never seem to run out of parts.

Playing without one of their best players, the Lightning hammered the Oshawa Power 100-76 Thursday in a National Basketball League of Canada game in front of about 250 fans. The Lightning ran their record to 10-2, while the Power fell to 5-7.

It was a night when it didn't seem to matter who the Lightning ran out there, especially in the second half. They all did a job.

You can go down the list - Eddie Smith, Brandon Dean, Gabe Freeman, Shamari Spears, Rodney Buford. They call came up with big plays when they were needed.

In a 100-76 game you would think big plays where never an issue. But after a dreadful first half, when neither team could shoot or find any rhythm, it took a startling third quarter for the Lightning to blow it open.

'We started to shoot well in the third quarter,' Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'We had good shots in the first half but didn't make them and shot 34% in the first half.

'But what happened was we played great defence. You play great defence it's going to keep you in the game.'

That and having the kind of bench the Lightning have.

'That's why you build teams with a great bench,' Richardson said. 'I've got guys on the bench that can start anywhere in this league. When you go to the bench you don't lose anything.'

The guy who came up big was Smith. With DeAnthony Bowden out with an injury, Smith carried the load of running the offence. He had help from Brandon Dean, who was playing his first game in a month. Dean got stronger as the game progressed and started to zero in from long range in the second half.

But Smith really made things click.

'It was very tiresome,' he said with a laugh. 'I was happy with how it went. We got good shots in the first half but they weren't falling. We aren't going to shoot that way through two halves. We're all professionals out here.'

The Lightning went from shooting 34% in the first half to 55% in the second.

Whatever else Richardson said at the half worked because his club turned off the Power permanently. The Lightning outscored them 36-14 in the third quarter.

'We just wanted to suffocate them and stop their breathing,' Smith said. 'That's what they specified at halftime. We are a good defensive team and we wanted to display it (Thursday.)'

With the Lightning lighting it up from the outside it stretched the Power's defence.

'When the ball is moving and everybody is unselfish, good things are going to happen for any team,' Smith said.

Dean's return added more team depth on the court and will also help in the locker room.

'It's great to have him out there,' Smith said. 'We love him out there with his leadership, his IQ, his aggressiveness, just his personality period.'

The Lightning had newcomers Tristan Martin and Ron Washington in the lineup for the first time. Washington saw four minutes of action while Martin didn't see the floor.

This was the third regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Power won the first game in Oshawa and lost the rematch in London in what was a nasty game, physical game.

This game was meek and mild compared to the other two.

These teams meet twice more this weekend, once in London Saturday and back in Oshawa Sunday.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 10-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 8-2 
 3. U.Espanola 8-2 
 4. Dep.Espanol 6-4 
 5. U.Catolica 4-6 
 6. Sokol de Antof. 2-6 
 7. San Luis 0-8 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-10 


Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Nacional Standings
North
 1. Los Leones 18-3
 2. Boston Coll. 16-4
 3. Puente Alto 14-6
 4. Sagrados 13-7
 5. San Juan 8-8
 6. Sportiva Italiana 6-11
 7. Providencia 5-12
 8. Stadio Italiano 5-12
 9. Sabuesos 4-13
 10. Palestino 2-15
South
 1. Osorno Basq. 13-3
 2. Dep.Castro 12-5
 3. Dep.Valdivia 10-7
 4. Aleman 10-7
 5. Dep.Ancud 6-7
 6. Temuco Basket 3-9
 7. Dep.Pucon 3-10
 8. Las Animas 2-11
Second Stage Standings


Dimayor: victories for Union, Espanol and U.Concepcion - by Daniel Valencia
On wednesday night were played three games from round 10. Union Espanola continues the winnins streak with a 84-79 victory against Antofagasta Sokol and now is in the second place of the standings with a 8-2 record. In Talca, Espanol defeated to San Luis 76-47, led by the power forward Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) who ended the night wit 26 points. In Concepcion, CD Universidad de Concepcion continues as the only undefeated team in the league after a 96-83 victory against Liceo Mixto. Alain Laroche (198-F-83, college: N.Florida), Jason Keep (208-C-78, college: San Diego) and Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) combined for 60 points. These are the complete results.

Round 10

Antofagasta Sokol 79 - Union Espanola 84
Sok: Michael Smith 32 pts. Xavier Keeling 26 pts.
Uni: Jeremiah Wilson 36 pts. Decorey Young 22 pts.

Espanol de Talca 76 - San Luis 47
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 26 pts. Francisco Bravo 18 pts.
San: Juan Ignacio Luvizetto 10 pts. Valentin Cabello 9 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 96 - Liceo Mixto 83
Ucon: Alain Laroche 21 pts. Jason Keep 20 pts.
Lic: Howard Wilkerson 30 pts. Patricio Briones 17 pts.


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  CHINA   


Beijing Edges Zhejiang to Win Ninth Straight - by Arthur Volbert
Stephon Marbury and Randolph Morris each scored 30 points, to offset 43 from J. R. Smith as Beijing edged Zhejiang 101-98. Beijing is now 9-0 while Zhejiang drops to 5-2.

Marbury added 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Randolph had 11 rebounds. Young Zhai Xiaochuan, the former U-19 star, added 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ji Zhe had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 3 points and 6 assists. Smith also had 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Zhejiang. Josh Boone had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Young Cao Fei scored 15. National teamer Ding Jinhui had 10 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun, who like Cao Fei played the entire game, had 1 point, 6 rebounds and 6 steals.

Guangdong to second place with a 7-2 record, defeating Zhejiang Guangsha 116-107. Wang Shipeng scored 21. Aaron Brooks had 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhu Fangyu scored 18 and Zhou Peng had 17. James Singleton had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Su Wei had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 36 points and 16 rebounds and Peter John Ramos had 28 points and 16 rebounds for Guangsha. Point guard Wang Zirui, a former U-19 star, had 10 points and 4 assists in 24 minutes. Wang Bo scored 7. Guangdong's balanced attack defeated the production of Guangsha's imports.

Xinjiang defeated Shandong 92-77. Meng Duo scored 21. Kenyon Martin had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Patty Mills had 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Xu Guozhong scored 12. Mengke Bateer had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Xirelijiang had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Young 206 cm Yu Changdong had 8 points and 3 rebounds in 20 minutes. Sun Jie scored 19 points for Shandong. Othello Hunter had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Wang Ruheng scored 14. Allan Anderson had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Sui Ran had 7 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists. Tao Hanlin had 6 points and 7 rebounds.

Shavlik Randolph, who is looking more and more like the second coming of last year's Jackson Vroman, had 32 points and 17 rebounds as Dongguan defeated Shanghai 107-99. Josh Akognon scored 23. He Zhongmian scored 14 and Gu Quan had 11. Zhang Kai ha 12 points and 8 rebounds. Qiu Biao had 9 points and 3 assists. Sun Tonglin had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 20 minutes. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 24 points and 5 rebounds for Shanghai. Zhang Zhaoxu had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Michael Harris had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Meng Lingyuan had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ji Xiang had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Liu Wei did not play.

Michel Maadanly had 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists as Foshan defeated Fujian 98-95. Marcus Douthit had 23 points and 8 rebounds. Marcus Haislip had 13 points and 6 rebounds. He Ben had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Zheng Zhun scored 13. Zheng Lingxu had 6 point, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Will McDonald had 28 points and 9 rebounds for Fujian. Anthony Roberson scored 30. Zhao Tailong had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Luo Yiting had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 6 points and 14 rebounds. Gong Songlin had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Shanxi defeated Qingdao 131-123. Charles Gaines had 32 points and 11 rebounds. Marcus Williams had 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Zhang Xuewen scored 17 and Duan Jiangpeng had 14. Ren Junhui had 19 points and 6 rebounds. Hudson Lester (191-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) had 58 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for Qingdao. Sani Sakakini had 30 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. Ivan Johnson did not play. Cai Liang had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Li Gen and Chen Kai each scored 7.

Delehei had 23 points and 4 rebounds as Bayi edged Tianjin 109-107. Wang Zhizhi had 14 points and 2 rebounds. Tian Yuxiang had 14 points 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Mo Ke had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Han Shuo and Wang Zhongguang each had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Cao Yan had 10 points and 4 assists. Donnell Harvey had 30 points and 18 rebounds for Tianjin. Shen Tujun had 15 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Zhihan had 15 points and 3 rebounds. Xu Lei scored 13. David Harrison had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Liaoning blew out Jilin 106-87. Rodney Carney scored 24. Josh Powell had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 15 points and 5 assists. Guo Ailun, a third member of the U-19 team to excel this round, had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists in 22 minutes. Han Dejun had 11 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes and seems to do better when he plays a backup role. Yang Ming had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 7 points and 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. Osama Daghlas had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Jilin. Cartier Martin had 16 points and 3 rebounds. Zhang Biao scored 14. Li Tao scored 8. Zhong Cheng had 7 points and 6 rebounds, missing the 4 three-pointers he hoisted up.



CBA Round 9: Beijing Ducks beat Zhejiang Cyclones by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 9 in the CBA took place in Hangzhou. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Zhejiang Cyclones (5-2) to leader Beijing Ducks (9-0) 101-98 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Zhejiang Cyclones won second period 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard J.R. Smith (198-85) answered with 43 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals for Zhejiang Cyclones. Undefeated Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game for Guandong Tigers (7-2) which hosted in Dongguan 4th placed Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (5-3). Second ranked Guandong Tigers managed to get a 11-point victory 118-107. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and ShiPeng Wang chipped in 21 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Ningbo between Bayi Fubang and TianJin Rongcheng. Ninth ranked Bayi Fubang (4-3) got a very close home victory over 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-7). Bayi Fubang managed to escape with a 2-point win 109-107 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Lehei De nailed 23 points for the winning side. Donnell Harvey came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds for TianJin Rongcheng in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. TianJin Rongcheng lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Bayi Fubang will meet Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Zhejiang Cyclones in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (4-5) to thirteenth ranked Foshan (3-5) 98-95 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. The best player for the winners was Michel Maadanly who scored 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Foshan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Fujian SBS XunXin at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game between 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-5) and eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-4) in Changchun on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Yingkou outscored Jilin Tigers 106-87. It was a good game for Josh Powell who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. Jilin Tigers lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. Liaoning Hunters will have a break next round. Jilin Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Guandong Tigers (#2) in Dongguan.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: Shandong FB were beaten by Xinjiang F.T. on the road 92-77. Shanxi Zh. won against Qingdao DS on its own court 131-123. Shanghai S. unfortunately lost to DongGuan L. in a road game 99-107.



Guandong ST - Guangsha L. 118-107

An interesting game for Guandong Tigers (7-2) which hosted in Dongguan 4th placed Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (5-3). Second ranked Guandong Tigers managed to get a 11-point victory 118-107. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions was better in third quarter 33-32. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers forced 20 Zhejiang Guangsha Lions turnovers. Strangely Zhejiang Guangsha Lions outrebounded Guandong Tigers 49-34 including a 41-28 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) stepped up and scored 20 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and international swingman ShiPeng Wang (197-83) chipped in 21 points. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 16 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Guandong Tigers. They maintain second place with 7-2 record having just two points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Guandong Tigers will play against Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will play on the road against DongGuan Leopards (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: W.ShiPeng 21+2reb+2ast, B.Aaron 20+6reb+6ast, Z.FangYu 18+2reb+1ast, Z.Peng 17+3reb+2ast, S.James 15+5reb+1ast, H.Dong 11+4reb
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 36+16reb+2ast, R.Peter John 28+16reb, W.Zirui 10+2reb+4ast, W.Bo 7+2reb+1ast, S.Ho man 6+2reb, Z.Yongpeng 6+3reb
gschID: 158064


Jilin NE T. - Liaoning H. 87-106

The game between 11th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-5) and eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-4) in Changchun on Friday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Yingkou outscored Jilin Tigers 106-87. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Jilin Tigers was better in third quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 51-31 including a 24-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 11 blocks. It was a good game for American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) contributed with 24 points and 5 blocks for the winners. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points in the effort for Jilin Tigers. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. Jilin Tigers lost their third game in a row. They keep the eleventh position with five games lost. Liaoning Hunters will have a break next round. Jilin Tigers will play at home against the league's second-placed Guandong Tigers (#2) in Dongguan.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 24+1reb+2ast, P.Josh 18+10reb, Z.QinPeng 15+3reb+5ast, G.Ailun 14+4reb+5ast, H.Dejun 11+9reb, Y.Ming 8+8reb+5ast
Jilin NE T.: D.Osama 21+5reb+7ast, M.Cartier 16+3reb, Z.Biao 14+2reb+1ast, L.Tao 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 7+6reb+2ast, L.Liu 6+6reb
gschID: 158065


Xinjiang F.T. - Shandong FB 92-77

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (5-2) beat 12th ranked Shandong Bulls (3-6) in Urumqi 92-77 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. Shandong Bulls was better in second period 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Xinjiang Flying Tige forced 19 Shandong Bulls turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a good game for American forward Kenyon Martin (206-77, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. International swingman Duo Peng (192-90) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) added 19 points in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Xinjiang Flying Tige. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Shandong Bulls lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with six games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face Foshan (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: P.Duo 21+3reb+2ast, M.Kenyon 19+14reb+2ast, M.Patrick 16+4reb+5ast, X.GuoChong 12+1ast, Y.Changdong 8+3reb+1ast, M.Bateer 7+9reb+7ast
Shandong FB: S.Jie 19+3reb+1ast, W.Ruheng 14+2reb+4ast, H.Othello 13+13reb, A.Alan 7+6reb+5ast, S.Ran 7+2reb+2ast, T.HanLin 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 158066


Shanxi Zh. - Qingdao DS 131-123

Very expected game when 16th ranked Qingdao Double Star (2-7) lost to tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (4-3) in Taiyuan 123-131 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 70-55 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shanxi Zhongyu shot 64.9 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Qingdao Double Star turnovers. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) contributed with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) answered with a double-double by scoring 58 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 6 assists and Palestinian power forward Sani Sakakini (203-88) added 30 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) in the effort for Qingdao Double Star. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang. Qingdao Double Star lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with seven games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Shandong Bulls (#13) in Jinan in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Qingdao Double Star will play at home against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 32+11reb+3ast, W.Marcus 30+9reb+8ast, R.Junwei 19+6reb, Z.XueWen 17+2reb+2ast, D.JiangPeng 14+2reb+1ast, P.Jiang 8+2reb+1ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 58+10reb+6ast, S.Sani 30+13reb+9ast, X.YuYang 9+9reb, C.Liang 8+3reb+1ast, C.Kai 7+3ast, L.Gen 7+2reb
gschID: 158061


DongGuan L. - Shanghai S. 107-99

Very predictable result when sixth ranked DongGuan Leopards (5-4) won against at home 14th ranked Shanghai Sharks (2-6) 107-99 on Friday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 28-19. But Shanghai Sharks won second period 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely Shanghai Sharks outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 51-33 including a 23-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 56.3 percentage. Shanghai Sharks were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 17 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) added 24 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shanghai Sharks. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They maintain sixth place with 5-4 record, which they share with Liaoning H. Shanghai Sharks lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with six games lost. DongGuan Leopards will face higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#5) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin (#10) in Jinjiang.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: R.Shavlik 32+17reb+3ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 23+3ast, H.ZhongMian 14+2ast, Z.Kai 12+8reb+2ast, G.QuAn 11+1reb, Q.Biao 9+2reb+3ast
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 24+5reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 20+7reb+2ast, H.Mike 20+12reb+3ast, M.Lingyuan 12+7reb+1ast, J.Xiang 7+4reb, L.Ziqui 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 158062


Bayi Fubang - TianJin R. 109-107

A very close game took place in Ningbo between Bayi Fubang and TianJin Rongcheng. Ninth ranked Bayi Fubang (4-3) got a very close home victory over 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-7). Bayi Fubang managed to escape with a 2-point win 109-107 on Friday evening. Host team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bayi Fubang forced 19 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. International forward Lehei De (208-87) nailed 23 points for the winning side and international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) accounted for 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import center David Harrison (213-82, college: Colorado) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for TianJin Rongcheng in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Shanxi Zh. TianJin Rongcheng lost their sixth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS. Bayi Fubang will meet Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Zhejiang Cyclones in Hangzhou and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: D.Lehei 23+4reb+1ast, Y.Cao 16+4ast, T.Xiang 14+3reb+3ast, W.ZhiZhi 14+2reb+1ast, M.Ke 11+6reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 10+6reb+4ast
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 30+18reb+3ast, S.Chun 17+3reb+4ast, M.XiangLong 15+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 15+3reb+2ast, X.Lei 13+2ast, H.David 11+7reb+7ast
gschID: 158063


Zhejiang C. - Beijing Ducks 98-101

The most exciting game of round 9 in the CBA took place in Hangzhou. This derby game ended with only three-point home defeat of 3rd placed Zhejiang Cyclones (5-2) to leader Beijing Ducks (9-0) 101-98 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Zhejiang Cyclones. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 32-18. But Zhejiang Cyclones won second period 28-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 30 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard J.R. Smith (198-85) answered with 43 points (!!!), 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) added 19 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Zhejiang Cyclones. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They maintain first place with 9-0 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with Xinjiang F.T.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Zhejiang Cyclones will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and are hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 30+11reb, M.Stephon 30+5reb+3ast, Z.Xiaochuan 19+7reb, J.Zhe 6+6reb, Z.YanXi 4+5reb, X.LiBin 3+1reb
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 43+9reb+5ast, B.Josh 19+13reb+1ast, C.Fei 15+2reb, D.Jinhui 10+13reb+2ast, J.Peng 6+3reb, Z.Dayu 4+1reb
gschID: 158059


Foshan - Fujian XX 98-95

A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (4-5) to thirteenth ranked Foshan (3-5) 98-95 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fujian SBS XunXin. The hosts were ahead by 14 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 27-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Foshan dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian SBS XunXin's 40. The best player for the winners was Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) who scored 29 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. Four Foshan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who recorded 28 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) added 30 points respectively. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Foshan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Fujian SBS XunXin at the other side dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#3) in Urumqi and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Michel 29+8reb+7ast, D.Marcus 23+8reb+2ast, H.Ben 14+6reb+2ast, H.Marcus 13+6reb, Z.Zhun 13+1reb+1ast, Z.Lingxu 6+5reb+5ast
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 30+2reb+1ast, M.Will 28+9reb, Z.TaiLong 10+6reb+1ast, L.Yi Ting 8+3reb+2ast, Y.GengLin 7+4reb, A.Zaid 6+14reb+3ast
gschID: 158060




Round 9 - by Robert Wang
Round 9 just finished tonight. 14 teams played, Fu Jian team and Fo shan team did not play tonight. Here is the results of other 14 teams. The most attracted game should be between Zhe Jiang team and Bei Jing team. Bei jing team won all their last 8 games from the season started and they won again tonight! Zhe Jiang at home lost to Bei Jing at 98: 101. J R Smith scored 43 points and 9 rebounds, made 5 3-pts. . Shan Xi 131:123 Qing Dao, Dong Guan 107: 99 Shang Hai, Ba Yi 109:107 Tian Jin, Guang Dong 118: 107 Guang Sha, Liao Ning 106:84 Ji Lin, Xin Jiang 92: 77 Shan Dong.


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 37.2
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS37.2 
 2. Smith, Zhejiang C.32.6 
 3. Chandler, Guangsha.30.0 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.0 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.26.9 
 6. Mills, Xinjiang.26.8 
 7. Green, Foshan26.5 
 8. McDonald, Fujian X.26.3 
 9. Roberson, Fujian XX24.6 
 10. Martin, Jilin N.24.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Guangsha L.
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Ramos, Guangsha L.15.7 
 2. Hunter, Shandong15.0 
 3. Abbas, Fujian XX14.3 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.9 
 5. Harris, Shanghai S.13.6 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.13.1 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.12.0 
 9. Harrison, TianJ.12.0 
 10. Harvey, TianJin R.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.4 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.7.3 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.4 
 4. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 5. Anderson, Shandon.5.3 
 6. Marbury, Beijing5.2 
 7. Smith, Zhejiang C.4.7 
 8. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.6 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.6 
 10. Lee, Beijing Ducks4.3 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.6 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.0 
 3. Anderson, Shandon.2.9 
 4. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 6. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.7 
 7. Daghles, Jilin N.2.6 
 8. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.5 
 9. Zhang, Zhejiang C.2.4 
 10. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.3 
 2. Randolph, DongGua.2.0 
 3. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 4. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.0 
 5. Carney, Liaoning H.1.6 
 6. Douthit, Foshan1.4 
 7. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.4 
 9. Ramos, Guangsha L.1.3 
 10. Yi, Guandong ST1.3 


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  CROATIA   


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 7-2 
 2. Zadar 7-3 
 3. Kvarner 2010 5-4 
 4. Zabok 5-4 
 5. Svjetlost 5-4 
 6. Jolly 5-4 
 7. Krizevci 5-5 
 8. Darda 4-5 
 9. Borik 4-6 
 10. Alkar Sinj 3-6 
 11. Dubrovnik 1-8 
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: 23.7
 1. Mimica, KK Split23.7 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.0 
 3. Ross, Jolly17.7 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.2 
 5. Mrva, Jolly16.7 
 6. Simovic, Kvarner16.1 
 7. Vrbanc, Zadar15.6 
 8. Sarlija, Borik15.5 
 9. Ciklic, Dubrovnik15.0 
 10. Cakarun, Borik14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matija POSCIC
  Svjetlost
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Poscic, Svjetlost7.7 
 2. Simovic, Kvarner7.7 
 3. Ivanov, Zadar7.3 
 4. Sobin, KK Split7.2 
 5. Ridl, Darda7.1 
 6. Zupic, Alkar Sinj7.0 
 7. Cakarun, Borik7.0 
 8. Kastropil, Zadar7.0 
 9. Peraica, Darda6.9 
 10. Radic, Zadar6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci7.3 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.6 
 3. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 4. Subotic, KK Split3.9 
 5. Ross, Jolly3.9 
 6. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.6 
 7. Mimica, KK Split3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.3 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Tomas, Zabok2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ross, Jolly3.3 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.4 
 3. Panduric, Darda1.8 
 4. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 5. Surina, Kvarner1.8 
 6. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 7. Ridl, Darda1.7 
 8. Zadnik, Zadar1.7 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
 10. Bicvic, Darda1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan BUVA
  Krizevci
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Buva, Krizevci1.3 
 2. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.3 
 3. Sarlija, Borik1.1 
 4. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 5. Sobin, KK Split1.0 
 6. Ridl, Darda1.0 
 7. Kastropil, Zadar0.8 
 8. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.8 
 9. Cakarun, Borik0.8 
 10. Bubalo, Zabok0.7 


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  CYPRUS   


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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Grant, Levice20.4 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.6 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.16.9 
 7. Houska, BK Decin16.7 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha16.7 
 9. Wilson, CEZ N.16.1 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.9.2 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.8 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.1 
 5. Meno, Svitavy7.5 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.4 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.6.9 
 8. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.4 
 10. Field, BC Kolin6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha4.9 
 2. Barnes, BC Kolin4.9 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.8 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.7 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.3.5 
 8. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
 10. Boyer, BK Decin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.7 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.6 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. McFadden, Usti n.2.3 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Grant, Levice2.0 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Hruban, USK Praha1.7 
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.1.3 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.2 
 6. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 7. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 8. Spralja, CEZ N.0.7 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.7 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 15-1 
 2. BC Kolin 13-2 
 3. BK Pardubice 13-3 
 4. BK Prostejov 12-3 
 5. BK Decin 10-6 
 6. USK Praha 9-7 
 7. NH Ostrava 7-9 
 8. Svitavy 6-10 
 9. Usti n/Labem 6-10 
 10. Levice 5-11 
 11. Chomutov 5-11 
 12. Plzen 5-11 
 13. Inter Bratislava 3-13 
 14. B&W Opava 2-14 


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


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 14-1 
 2. Bakken 13-1 
 3. Naestved 10-5 
 4. SISU 6-9 
 5. Horsens IC 6-9 
 6. Horsholm 6-9 
 7. Aabyhoj 6-9 
 8. Aalborg 5-9 
 9. Vaerlose 5-10 
 10. Falcon 3-12 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.1
 1. White, Aalborg25.1 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.3 
 4. Kingsley, Svendborg20.8 
 5. Rutherford, SISU20.5 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj19.9 
 7. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.4 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.1 
 9. Bak, Horsholm17.2 
 10. Colman, Svendborg16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bishop, Aalborg10.9 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.6 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.5 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.5 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.3 
 6. Colas, Horsholm8.9 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 8. Ba, Falcon8.3 
 9. Johansen, Naestved8.2 
 10. Harris, Horsens IC8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Henry, Naestved5.0 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. McFarlane, Falcon4.1 
 5. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 6. Colman, Svendborg3.9 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 8. Sakne, Horsens IC3.5 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Henry, Naestved4.7 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.0 
 3. White, Aalborg2.4 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon2.0 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Glynn, Naestved1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.0 
 3. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.9 
 4. Colas, Horsholm1.8 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj1.8 
 6. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.9 


Finally! - by Joe Benjamin

After seven games we finally won a game. I've seen how our ranking in the CDL go from third place, to seventh. We can see that we have a very young team, and some guys have only really played in our league for one or two years. What makes me feel like an old man when I am actually ten years older than some of my teammates. But I can see that some of these guys will be the future of Danish basketball, if they are willing to be mentor by old veterans, and our Coach Milan.
But I can say that it feels good to win again, but we go a hard match up these next two games. We meet up with Bakken bears for the semi-finals til Danish cup, this team is full of Danish and import talent. Which make our 'young gun' look even younger. But we are looking forward to challenge. Then just before we break for the holidays. We play Svendborg Rabbits, which they have skilled and veteran players, which will make things fun for us.
So until next time world, take care and keep on working hard.

Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83, college: W.Virginia St.)


Ligaen Round 15: Undefeated Svendborg loses their first game against Bakken - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Svendborg (14-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Bakken (13-1) 100-60. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Svendborg. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bakken outrebounded Svendborg 38-19 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: SF Austin) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: SF Austin) with 17 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. Bakken have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-1 record behind leader Svendborg. Svendborg at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Bakken are looking forward to face Horsens IC (#5) in Horsens in the next round. Svendborg will play at home against Horsholm (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Fourth-ranked Aabyhoj (6-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Naestved (10-5). Naestved managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who led the winners and scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Peter Johansen accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks for Aabyhoj in the defeat. Naestved maintains third place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader Svendborg. Aabyhoj lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aabyhoj will have a break next round.
A very close game took place in Copenhagen between Horsens IC and SISU. Eighth ranked Horsens IC (6-9) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked SISU (6-9). Horsens IC managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 in the fight for the fourth place. The best player for the winners was Jonas Larsen who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Donald Rutherford who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Horsens IC. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated SISU. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SISU will play against Falcon and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Vaerlose where 6th ranked Aalborg (5-9) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Vaerlose (5-10) 76-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aalborg. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for Aaron Osgood-Richardson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Vaerlose maintains ninth place with 5-10 record. Aalborg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be higher ranked Naestved (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 15 bottom-ranked Falcon lost to Horsholm on the opponent's court 62-80.


Svendborg - Bakken 60-100

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Svendborg (14-1) at the home court on Thursday night. Hosts were rolled over by second ranked Bakken (13-1) 100-60. It ended at the same time the 14-game winning streak of Svendborg. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Bakken led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bakken outrebounded Svendborg 38-19 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Josh Alexander who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Chris Christoffersen (218-79, college: Oregon) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Five Bakken players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Matthew Kingsley (206-86, college: SF Austin) with 17 points and the former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) scored 6 points and 5 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. Bakken have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 13-1 record behind leader Svendborg. Svendborg at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Bakken are looking forward to face Horsens IC (#5) in Horsens in the next round. Svendborg will play at home against Horsholm (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bakken: J.Alexander 20+8reb+1ast, N.Iversen 17+3reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 16+3reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 15+9reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 11+1reb+4ast, M.Dejworek 9+1reb
Svendborg: M.Kingsley 17+2reb, D.Vinson 8+1reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 8+1reb+1ast, K.Gertz 7+1reb, A.Darboe 6+5reb+3ast, C.Magaard 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136161


SISU - Horsens IC 81-83

A very close game took place in Copenhagen between Horsens IC and SISU. Eighth ranked Horsens IC (6-9) got a very close victory on the road over 5th ranked SISU (6-9). Horsens IC managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 in the fight for the fourth place. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Jonas Larsen (192-86) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. The former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import forward Jenard Harrison (203-84, college: Amer.Internat.) added 20 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Four SISU players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Horsens IC. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated SISU. Horsens IC will meet league's second-placed Bakken in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. SISU will play against Falcon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: J.Larsen 23+14reb+3ast, D.Sattler 18+2reb+5ast, H.Schur 17+11reb+1ast, M.St.John 9+8reb+3ast, W.Harris 7+1reb+1ast, C.Lindberg 6+2reb+2ast
SISU: J.Harrison 20+7reb, M.Dennis 18+4reb+3ast, D.Rutherford 18+10reb+1ast, M.Flowers 11+2reb, M.Nielsen 6+1reb+4ast, D.Harder 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 136157


Horsholm - Falcon 80-62

Rather expected game when 10th ranked Falcon (3-12) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Horsholm (6-9) 80-62. The game was mostly controlled by Horsholm. Falcon was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Falcon to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Falcon 38-27 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Horsholm players scored in double figures. Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Beth.-Cookman) answered with 8 points and 10 rebounds and forward Christian Thomsen (200-84) added 13 points in the effort for Falcon. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Horsholm moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Falcon lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Horsholm's next round opponent will be league's leader Svendborg on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falcon will play against SISU (#4) in Copenhagen.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: J.Benjamin 18+9reb+1ast, P.Hertz 18+1reb, B.Colas 14+6reb+1ast, Z.Jukic 10+4reb+3ast, A.Haas 8+6reb+6ast, V.Aleksic 6+5reb+2ast
Falcon: C.Thomsen 13+3reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 8+1reb, P.Ba 8+10reb+1ast, J.McFarlane 8+5reb+2ast, C.Rasmussen 6+1reb, H.Thomsen 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 136158


Naestved - Aabyhoj 80-79

Fourth-ranked Aabyhoj (6-9) gave a tough game to third ranked Naestved (10-5). Naestved managed to secure only one-point victory 80-79. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 25-14. But Aabyhoj won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who led the winners and scored 35 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Aabyhoj in the defeat. Four Aabyhoj players scored in double figures. Naestved maintains third place with 10-5 record having four points less than leader Svendborg. Aabyhoj lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the fourth position with nine games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Naestved will play against Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aabyhoj will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 35+7reb+3ast, P.Johansen 17+9reb+1ast, N.Brasas 10+1reb+3ast, M.Creppy 8+1reb+3ast, M.Frandsen 8+2reb, J.Glynn 2+8reb+4ast
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 30+11reb+2ast, D.Phillips 13+5reb+1ast, D.Jukic 12+5reb+4ast, O.Sigurdsson 11+3reb, A.Elsner 8+1reb, R.Soby Dalboge 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136159


Vaerlose - Aalborg 76-67

An interesting game took place in Vaerlose where 6th ranked Aalborg (5-9) was upset on the court of ninth ranked Vaerlose (5-10) 76-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Aalborg. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aalborg won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vaerlose brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Aalborg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Aaron Osgood-Richardson (205, college: Cornell) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Forward Adam Wire (195, college: Cornell) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Vaerlose players scored in double figures. Forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) added 20 points in the effort for Aalborg. Vaerlose maintains ninth place with 5-10 record. Aalborg at the other side dropped to the eighth position with nine games lost. Vaerlose's next round opponent will be higher ranked Naestved (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: A.Wire 20+7reb, M.Rasmussen 14+2reb+5ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 13+17reb+2ast, A.Karason 10+7reb+1ast, P.Simonsen 9+1reb+2ast, R.Larsen 6+5reb
Aalborg: R.White 20+4reb+2ast, T.Bishop 20+11reb+2ast, S.Eleraky 8+7reb, M.Christensen 7+2reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 6+6reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 3+3reb
gschID: 136160




Ligaen round 15 best performance: Corin Henry - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Corin Henry (180-PG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Naestved, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Aabyhoj (#7, 6-9) 80-79. Naestved maintains the 3rd position in Danish Ligaen. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Naestved will need more victories to improve their 10-5 record. In the team's last game Henry had a remarkable 68.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Naestved's top player in his first season with the team. Former Tarleton State University star has very solid stats this year. Henry. Henry is in league's top in points (3rd best: 22.3ppg) and averages impressive 4.7spg and 54.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) of Aabyhoj. Curry had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Aabyhoj was edged by the higher-ranked Naestved (#3, 10-5) 80-79. This loss caused Aabyhoj to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-9 record. Curry is a newcomer at Aabyhoj, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 9.3rpg and 3.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Jonas Larsen (192-G/F-86) of Horsens IC (#5). Larsen scored 23 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Horsens IC, leading his team to a 83-81 win against SISU (6-9). The chances of Horsens IC ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Larsen could help Horsens IC to bring them higher in the standings. Larsen has a very solid season. In 14 games in Denmark he scored 6.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Osgood-Richardson (205-F) of Vaerlose - 13 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Hans Schur (203-F/C-83) of Horsens IC - 17 points and 11 rebounds
7. Joe Benjamin (201-F/C-83) of Horsholm - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Chris Christoffersen (218-C-79) of Bakken - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Aalborg - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jenard Harrison (203-F-84) of SISU - 20 points and 7 rebounds

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


Bears sign Joshua Alexander - by Eurobasket News
Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: SF Austin) will continue his career in Denmark. The American guard penned a deal with Bakken Bears for rest of the season. Alexander started it with the Polish team Trefl Sopot, but did not appear in any official game. Most recently Josh Alexander played for Polonia Warszawa. It was in 2009/10 season. He had 12.2 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.1 apg in 24 PLK games. Alexander graduated at the Stephen F. Austin State University in 2009. He had 14.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.2 spg for his school as a senior. Alexander registered even better numbers as junior. That season he was named All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year -08.

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Iowa Energy sign former San Diego State player - by Eurobasket News
The Iowa Energy issued the following press release on Thursday:

The 2011 NBA D-League Champion Iowa Energy have signed 68 forward Billy White (6'8''-F-89, college: San Diego St.) from San Diego State University. White is expected to attend training camp with an NBA team starting Friday, and will join the Energy at a later date.

White averaged 10.3 points and 4.4 rebounds last season at San Diego State. The Aztecs advanced to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament before falling to eventual champion Connecticut.

The signing of White brings the Energys roster to 12, the maximum allowed by the league at the moment.

The Energy host Sioux Falls Friday and Saturday, with both games tipping at 7pm.

Courtesy of The Iowa Energy via www.desmoinesregister.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Springfield A. 3-1 
 2. Iowa E. 3-3 
 3. Canton C. 2-2 
 4. Dakota W. 2-2 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 2-2 
 6. Erie Bay H. 2-3 
 7. Sioux Falls S. 1-3 
 8. Maine RC 1-4 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 6-2 
 2. Bakersfield J. 4-1 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 4-2 
 4. Rio Grande VV 4-3 
 5. Austin T. 3-1 
 6. Texas L. 1-3 
 7. Idaho S. 1-4 
 8. Reno B. 1-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 3. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 4. Dentmon, Austin T.23.3 
 5. Millsap, Los A.23.2 
 6. Costner, Los A.22.4 
 7. Moses Randal., Iow.21.5 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.21.3 
 9. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamal SAMPSON
  Texas L.
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sampson, Texas L.15.0 
 2. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 4. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 6. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 7. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 8. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 9. Reid, Tulsa 66ers9.3 
 10. Andrews, Los A.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.8 
 2. Cooksey, Texas L.8.8 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Ewing, Iowa E.7.2 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 7. Ubiles, Dakota W.5.8 
 8. Hayes, Maine RC5.8 
 9. McLeod, Canton C.5.8 
 10. Bozeman, Reno B.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Snow, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 4. Cooksey, Texas L.2.3 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.2.3 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 8. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.4.0 
 3. Major, Bakersfi.2.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 7. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 8. Rogers, Texas L.1.5 
 9. Wright, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Sampson, Texas L.1.5 


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Idaho S. 100-87
The Idaho Stampede let a 10-point lead slip away before halftime, falling 100-87 at the Bakersfield Jam. Willie Jenkins' (6'6''-F-81, college: Tenn Tech) 3 put Idaho up 51-41, but the Jam used a 25-3 run to take the lead for good early in the third quarter. Jenkins led the Stampede with 23 points, Mildon Ambres (6'6''-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene) added 13 and Reginald Larry (6'7''-F-86, college: Boise St.) scored 12 in the loss. In other Stampede news, the team reacquired three-time NBA All-Star Antoine Walker (6-foot-9, 245 pounds). Walker played 43 games for the Stampede in 2010-11, averaging 16.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Also, the team announced a time change for their home game against the Canton Charge on Dec. 17. The game time has been pushed back to 7:30 p.m. *Courtesy of www.idahopress.com

Springfield A. - Maine RC 97-89
Defense: check. Players diving on the floor: check. Box outs, extra passes and multiple efforts on every possession: check, check, check. Springfield Armor, it's nice to meet the new you. Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) scored 28 points and the Eastern Conference-leading Armor rode a wave of energy to overcome a sluggish start, ousting the Maine Red Claws 97-89 Thursday night at the MassMutual Center to move two games above .500 for the first time in franchise history. Springfield's performance wasn't perfect, but it didn't need to be. Conforming to meet coach Bob MacKinnon's frenetic demands, the Armor now enjoy the slight margin for error that comes when a team commits itself fully at the defensive end. 'We talk all the time that basketball's so different than football,' MacKinnon said. 'It doesn't stop after each play. You have to make the first play, then you have to make the second play, then you have to make the third play, then there might be a fourth play and you have to play through all that. 'Our motto is, we may not win the first or second quarter, but we're going to try to wear you out and win the game.' The Armor put six players in double figures, shooting 49.4 percent from the field to withstand a 30-point effort from Maine's Durrell Summers (6'4''-G-89, college: Michigan St.). Missing four players invited to participate in NBA training camp, Springfield got off to a sluggish start. The combination of an offensive drought and slow defensive rotations allowed Maine to build an early lead. By the time the first official timeout arrived, Springfield trailed 15-8. Without Hurdle, the game might have gotten ugly. He poured in 12 points in the opening quarter, keeping Springfield within six at the end of one, 24-18. The second quarter told a different story. The second unit, led by the pesky play of point guard Marcus Hill, put the clamps on the Claws as Springfield seized a 41-38 lead by limiting Maine to 11 points in the first ten minutes of the stanza. A few lapses late in the half allowed Maine to piece together a quick 7-0 run, but Jamar Brown put back a Hurdle miss at the buzzer to pull Springfield within two, 45-43. Brown's rebound was nothing rare. The Armor center fought his way to 16 boards, adding 12 points as every Springfield player, starter and reserve filled his role. Two of the three Armor players to see action off the bench - David Akinyooye (12 points) and Travis Cohn (12 points) - scored in double figures, and the other, Hill, used strong defense to change the game while adding five assists. 'We're at a level now where we don't feel anybody has to take over, even with guys missing. We just do what Coach expects us to do, keep doing what we're doing and we end up winning,' Brown said. Springfield continued the defensive pressure into the second half, holding Maine to seven points in the first seven minutes of the third. Forward Jonathan Thomas heated up, using his chiseled frame and springy athleticism to score a workmanlike eight points in the quarter, and a buzzer-beating three by Cohn afforded Springfield a 73-67 lead entering the fourth. The Armor led by at least four points the rest of the way, maintaining the cushion despite the hot hand of Maine's Dominic Calegari, who scored 14 points and added 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Austin T. - Tulsa 66ers 94-80
Three 66ers forwards had double-doubles, but Tulsa fell short on the road to the Austin Toros in NBA D-League action by a 94-80 final score Wednesday night inside Cedar Park Center. Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87, college: Connecticut) added a team-high 20 points and four assists. Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) posted his fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a season-high 18 rebounds. Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86, college: Florida St.) added 12 points and 12 rebounds and Curtis Sumpter pitched in 11 points and 10 boards. In Dale Osbourne's first game as head coach for the 66ers, Tulsa forced 17 Austin turnovers and notched eight steals, including four by Lewis. The 66ers carried a 45-44 lead into halftime, but saw the Toros sprint out of the locker room to outscore the 66ers 23-12 in the third quarter to take control. Tulsa fell to 4-2. Austin improved to 3-1. Up next: 7 p.m. Friday at Dakota. Next home game: 7 p.m. Dec. 16. vs. Reno. Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Los Angeles D. - Rio Grande VV 117-113
Brandon Costner's blocked shot with just under six seconds remaining helped the Los Angeles D-Fenders push their win streak to four straight as they defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 117-113 at Toyota Sports Center on Wednesday night. Costner led six D-Fenders (6-2) in double-digits after he totaled a game-high 24 points to go with five rebounds. Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) (13 points) put Los Angeles in position for the win with 46 seconds to go after he flushed home a breakaway dunk off one of his three steals to push the score to 115-111. Just 8 seconds earlier, Andrews (14 points, 8 rebounds) energized his team with an impressive baseline one-handed dunk. Their teammate Courtney Fortson (5'11''-SG-88, college: Arkansas) also fortified the D-Fenders push late with nine fourth quarter points. Fortson tallied 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting (9-11 FT) and 10 assists to record his first double-double of the season. Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) totaled 21 points (7-14 FG) and nine rebounds while Jamaal Tinsley (6'3''-G-78, college: Iowa St.) followed up his record-breaking Monday night with 12 points and five assists. The Vipers (4-3) also had six scorers in double digits, paced by Tyren Johnson with 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Stanley Asumnu followed suit and finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, and Marshall Brown posted 18 points and seven rebounds. Points in the paint were important in the D-Fenders victory as they outscored the Vipers 56-42. With the win, Los Angeles tied the fourth longest win streak in franchise history (4 straight, 2006-07). The D-Fenders are back in action Saturday, December 10 at 8:00 pm as they take on the Idaho Stampede at TSC. Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Canton C. - Ft.Wayne MA 112-104
The Canton Charge came back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter to win their second game in a row, 112-104, at the Canton Memorial Civic Center on Wednesday night. Canton was propelled by six players scoring double-digit points to even their record at 2-2 in their inaugural campaign. After Fort Wayne built a six-point lead at the half, the Mad Ants went on a 12-0 run midway through the third period to build a 14-point advantage. Coach Jensen called a time out in order for his squad to gather themselves, as they were then able to erase the deficit entirely in the final 5:03 to even the score at 87-87 entering the final quarter. TJ Campbell (5'9''-PG-88, college: Portland) provided a boost off of the bench in the fourth, scoring seven points and grabbing four boards, as the home team was able to pull away with a 9-1 scoring run late to go ahead for good. It was a tale of two halves for the Charge, as they buckled down defensively to allow just 43 points on 15-of-41 shooting for 37% after the Mad Ants tallied 61 points on 21-of-42 for 50% in the first half. Dante Milligan and Keith McLeod each had double-doubles for Canton with Milligan dropping in 13 points and grabbing 12 boards. McLeod scored 12 while adding 10 assists and six rebounds. D-League assists leader Walker Russell Jr. paced Fort Wayne with 19 points and 14 dimes at the point guard position. Darnell Lazare led all scorers with 24 to go along with his six rebounds, while Marvin Phillips notched a double-double with 11 points and 14 boards. The Mad Ants had four starters in double figures. Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) led Canton in scoring with 18, and Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) poured in 16 in his first start of the season. TJ Campbell finished with 10 points, seven boards and four assists in less than 22 minutes of play. Jonathan Blake (6'7''-F-87, college: Texas Wesleyan) rounded out the Charges double-digit scorers with 12 on 5-of-5 shooting. Fort Wayne hosts Springfield Friday night at War Memorial Coliseum. Tip is set for 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of www.wane.com




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Tartu Ulikool and TTU/Kalev suffered latest defeats - by Eurobasket News
Tartu Ulikool and TTU/Kalev suffered latest defeats in Baltic league, while Rapla managed to win the last two.
Last night Rapla overcame Valmiera 62:54. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) contributed with 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Artjoms Butjankovs added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera.
Tonight Rapla outscored Turiba 70:62. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-62. Janar Soo (199-G/F-91) led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Andre Parn contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners.
TTU/Kalev meanwhile lost to Valmiera 55:91. It was a good game for American guard Jai Lucas (177-G, college: Texas) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81, college: W.Illinois) answered with 18 points and Illimar Pilk added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for TTU/Kalev.
Siauliai continue their winning streak in Baltic league and reached 8-0 record on top. Tonight the team beat Tartu Ulikool 109:94 away from home. Cam Long nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Rashaun Broadus accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Kristo Saage (184-G-85) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat.



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Jason Rich and Oostende Part Ways - by Philip Mulryne
According to sportando.net, Jason Rich wanted to leave the Belgian club which is mathematically out of Eurocup after the heavy defeat against Asvel at Astroballe and did not have a successful domestic season so far as the last one was. He will no longer stay at the club as the club accepted the request. Ex Hapoel Jerusalem player was the lead scorer of the team with 13.3 average pts at Eurocup. The club recently has changed coach, part ways with Jean Marc Jaumin and hired Dario Gjergja.

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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.23.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.5 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.9 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris17.6 
 5. Carroll, Real Madr.16.9 
 6. Mallet, Spirou16.9 
 7. Domercant, Unics16.4 
 8. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 9. Banic, Gescrap BB16.1 
 10. Batum, Nancy15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco8.5 
 3. Macvan, Partizan8.4 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.1 
 5. May, KK.7.1 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy7.1 
 7. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 8. Krstic, CSKA6.6 
 9. Slaughter, Brose B.6.6 
 10. Kasun, KK.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.5.8 
 2. Huertas, FCB Regal5.4 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 4. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.1 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA4.9 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.4.6 
 9. Prigioni, Caja L.4.6 
 10. Cook, Armani MI4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.5 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 4. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 5. Slaughter, Brose B.2.0 
 6. Gordon, Galatasaray1.9 
 7. Eidson, FCB Regal1.9 
 8. Lafayette, Asseco1.8 
 9. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 4. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 5. Begic, Real Madrid1.4 
 6. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.4 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.3 
 8. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.3 
 9. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 
 10. Slaughter, Brose1.1 


Nikola Mirotic claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Montenegrin-Spanish power forward Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Real Madrid and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 20-year old power forward had the game-high 26 points adding eight rebounds for Real Madrid in his team's victory, helping them to crush Maccabi T-A (5-3) with 24-point margin 88-64. It allowed Real Madrid stay on top of Group C with 6-2 record. It's Mirotic's second year at Real Madrid and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nikola Mirotic averages this season 11.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina forward Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) of Caja Laboral. Teletovic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Caja Laboral was edged by Olympiakos 84-82 and both teams have 4-4 record now. Teletovic is one of the most experienced players at Caja Laboral and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.3ppg (#1). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) of Asseco Prokom. Motiejunas scored 11 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Asseco Prokom, leading his team to a 67-52 easy win against Union Olimpija (1-7). Asseco Prokom can only dream about fighting for top spots in group D. They have rather bad season and 1-7 record places them to the bottom of the standings. Motiejunas has individually a great season in Euroleague. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Acie Law (190-G-85) of Partizan - 22 points and 3 rebounds
5. Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) of Union Olimpija - 16 points and 11 rebounds
6. Nick Calathes (198-G-89) of Panathinaikos - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of Brose Baskets - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 21 points and 5 assists
9. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) of Zalgiris - 16 points and 12 rebounds
10. Jiri Welsch (201-F-80) of Spirou - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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KORISLIIGA: KTP defeated Korihait - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 18: KTP Basket (Kotka) defeated UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) tonight 96-86 (48-43). Quarters: 29-16, 19-27, 26-26, 22-17. KTP (5-13) had won last time on October 26. New Head Coach Sami Toiviainen started with a victory, but he should be a little bit worried about the following: KTP starters scored tonight 92 points and bench four pts! Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) was again KTP and game MVP: 32pts/12rbs in 36:15 minutes. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) added 23 pts and gave five assists. Mikko Jalonen (186-PG-82) led Korihait (8-10) with 20 pts. Cedric Latimer (198-F-87, college: St.Francis, PA) added 16 pts.
KTP - Korihait 96-86 (48-43). (Tim Blue 32/12, Tony Crocker 23/5a, Amal McCaskill 17, Jukka Matinen 16 - Mikko Jalonen 20, Cedric Latimer 16, Shawn Vanzant 16, Petri Heinonen 12. A: 950).
Finnish Cup:
Kataja (Joensuu) - Honka (Tapiola) 108-42 (56-23). (Jeremy Price 21, Sami Lehtoranta 20, Antti Kanervo 16 - Anton Odabasi 19, Visa Tarjanne 11. A: 519).




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Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Corey BELSER
  Charleville
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Belser, Charleville18.9 
 2. Bluntt, Orchy18.7 
 3. Thomas, Roche18.4 
 4. Almanson, Challans18.2 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest18.1 
 6. Kaunisto, Blois17.2 
 7. Bigote, Cognac17.1 
 8. St Robert, Montb.16.8 
 9. Merie, Chartres16.3 
 10. Pearson, Angers B.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.4 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 3. Caskill, Cognac9.9 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.6 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest9.3 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.8.5 
 7. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 9. St Robert, Montb.7.2 
 10. Belser, Charlevil.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.9 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.8 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.6 
 4. Barbry, Orchy5.2 
 5. Daube, Le Puy5.1 
 6. Berquier, Chartres4.5 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.3 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.2 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.2 
 10. Cortey, Clermont3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.3 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.1 
 3. Calvez, Charleville1.9 
 4. Bigote, Cognac1.9 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois1.9 
 6. Cretaux, Lievin1.8 
 7. Bassine, Sorgues1.8 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.8 
 9. Moupegnou, Cognac1.8 
 10. Ball, St Quentin1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel2.0 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.3 
 5. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 6. Ipouck, Chartres1.1 
 7. Traore, Angers B.0.9 
 8. Borval, Le Puy0.9 
 9. Casseus, Angers B.0.9 
 10. Jaiteh, CFBB0.9 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.22.2 
 2. Parker, AS.20.3 
 3. Morlende, Hyeres-T.19.0 
 4. Rochestie, Le Mans18.8 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.18.6 
 6. Cox, Le Havre18.4 
 7. Holland, Roanne17.6 
 8. Batum, Nancy17.1 
 9. Schilb, Chalon16.7 
 10. Williams, Paris-.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Mahinmi, Le Havre8.8 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.0 
 4. Jackson, Roanne7.6 
 5. Hamilton, Paris-.7.5 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.3 
 7. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 8. Sommerville, Le Ma.7.1 
 9. Sy, Orleans6.8 
 10. Krupalija, Hyeres.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon11.6 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans7.4 
 3. Wise, Le Havre6.6 
 4. Parker, AS.6.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy6.1 
 6. Barrett, Roanne5.3 
 7. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.2 
 9. Morlende, Hyeres-T.4.4 
 10. Schilb, Chalon4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Riley, Nanterre2.2 
 2. Linehan, Nancy2.2 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.2 
 4. Acker, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Sangare, Orleans2.1 
 6. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 7. Wise, Le Havre2.1 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines1.9 
 9. Goss, AS.1.9 
 10. Albicy, Gravelines1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronny TURIAF
  AS.
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Turiaf, AS.1.8 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.5 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 4. Jackson, Roanne1.3 
 5. Williams, Paris-.1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.3 
 7. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. Falker, Cholet0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. McCray, Boulogne20.9 
 2. Denave, St Vallier19.3 
 3. Davis, Le Portel19.3 
 4. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.2 
 6. Wood, Evreux17.1 
 7. Paelay, Quimper16.8 
 8. Rowland, Evreux15.8 
 9. Allen, Antibes15.6 
 10. Siggers, Rouen15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Wood, Evreux12.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges11.8 
 3. Monroe, Boulazac9.5 
 4. Rossiter, Denain9.4 
 5. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 6. Allen, Antibes9.0 
 7. Osby, Maurienne9.0 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.7 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.5 
 10. Wyatte, Le Portel7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.7 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.7 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.7 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.6 
 5. Sauret, Lille5.1 
 6. Denave, St Vallier5.1 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.4.9 
 8. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.9 
 9. Patiejunas, Rouen4.6 
 10. Darrigand, Bordea.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Charles, Nantes3.1 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.6 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 4. Paelay, Quimper2.5 
 5. James, Denain2.5 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.1 
 7. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
 8. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 9. Marshall, Lille1.9 
 10. Allen, Antibes1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.9 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.1.3 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.1 
 5. Osby, Maurienne1.1 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.0 
 7. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier1.0 
 9. Badiane, Nantes1.0 
 10. James, Denain1.0 


BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral sign J.R. Reynolds - by Eurobasket Center
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral signed 27-year old American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-G-90kg-84, college: Virginia, agency: SportsTalent). Reynolds played most recently at Maine Red Claws (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 3 games for Maine RC this season he averaged 12.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.7spg. Reynolds graduated The University of Virginia in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.


Claude Marquis joins Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez - by Eurobasket Center
Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez agreed terms with 31-year old power forward Claude Marquis (204-F/C-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management). Marquis played most recently at Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour (Iran), but he left the team after less than month. The 31-year started last season at Cholet Basket (ProA), then moved to Iranian Rah Tarabari Qom. He had very good season there averaging impressive 17.3ppg, 14.8rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4bpg.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 2. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 3. Radulovic, Vardar18.8 
 4. Zivcevic, Lirija18.2 
 5. Tasovski, Rabotnic.18.1 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.17.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.2 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus16.9 
 9. Dahlman, MZT S.16.5 
 10. Mikic, Kumanovo16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.9.6 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.8 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.5 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.8.2 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.9 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.4 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 9. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 10. Mikic, Kumanovo6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jane PETROVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.8 
 2. Morban, Lirija3.5 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 4. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.3 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.3.2 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.1 
 8. Radulovic, Vardar3.1 
 9. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.0 
 10. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.4 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.6 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Simonovski, Feni I.1.5 
 6. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.3 
 7. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 9. Zivcevic, Lirija1.2 
 10. Turner, Torus S.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (209-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.3 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.2 
 4. Simic, Lirija0.9 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.8 
 6. Kralevski, Vardar0.7 
 7. Avramovski, Lirija0.7 
 8. Reynolds, Torus S.0.7 
 9. Tasovski, Rabotnic.0.6 
 10. Buha, Kozuv0.6 


Phill Brooks' first blog! - by Phillip Brooks
Hello World. My name is Phillip Brooks (188-G-84, college: Langston) this is my first Blog from Macedonia. I was playing with Aba strumica at the begging of season. Now im playing with Kumanovo. The season looks like it will go well. Right now I have only played 2 games with the team. And we have 5 imports. So we have to rotate games because only 4 can play in a game. Right now my minutes are real low with the team but i'm new so im trin to adjust ASAP so i can get on the floor and help my team in each Match. Its almost time for the Christmas break so i will be relaxing when i get home and get ready for the 2nd half of season. I will try to keep everyone updated more with the season.Were back to Grinding.I want to give a Shoutout to my home Garland, Texas (DALLAS).

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Larry Blair blog from Georgia! - by Larry Blair
What up world? My name is Larry Blair, and I am a professional basketball player playing in the country of Georgia for MIA Tbilisi. I have been blessed to have the opportunity to play in Europe over the last 4 years of my life. It has been both an honor and privilege to earn a living playing the game I love. It has given me an opportunity to glorify God every time I step foot on a court, and I do it all for Him. Growing up like many others, I always dreamed of playing professional basketball and these last 4 years have certainly been a great and humbling experience.
After being in Georgia, for the last 3 weeks I am finally getting acclimated to the weather, and the culture. I have not adjusted quite yet with the 9-hour time difference, it gets a little difficult being so far ahead of my family. So, hopefully it gets a little easier as the season goes along.
I have only played in 2 games since I have been here, my first game against Kutaisi we played very well as a team and were able to get the win. The game was very intense and exciting and it felt good to be able to go out and compete again. My teammates did a great job of putting themselves in scoring positions; which allowed me to do a good job of distributing the ball to them. Hopefully we can continue to play well as a team and put ourselves in a good situation come May.
We have had a great week of practice thus far, and I feel our team is prepared for our game Saturday against Samedicino. Hoping to get our record back to 500. I will follow up with another blog after our game this weekend.
A special thanks to Eurobasket for this opportunity, also want to tell my fam back in Charlotte, I miss and love you!

- LB
1 Chronicles 16:27



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Nenad Josipovic sacked as Braves head coach - by Moritz Korff
The Saar-Pfalz Braves have sacked head coach Nenad Josipovic following the mediocre first half of the 2011-12 campaign, the Pro A team has played so far. The Braves are currently sitting in 12th place in the Pro A standings and have only won four out of 12 games. In pre-season pundits had named the team one of the top contenders for a championship. Sport director Stephan Seile will serve as a caretaker coach before a permanent successor to Josipovic is found. Josipovic, a 2006 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Coach of the Year, first joined the Braves in 2009. Earlier this year he had extended his contract with the club for three more seasons.
'Now the team has to deliver. We have set a clear goal: to win two of the next three', Seile stated. The Braves will take on league leader Mitteldeutscher BC in an away game on Saturday.


A Short Kevin Durant Dream And Now Back To Building A Winning Season For BBC Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Not too long ago, if one had mentioned the possibility of a Kobe Bryant Or Lebron James suiting up in a BBC Bayreuth jersey, it would have been as ridiculous as if Lionel Messi would give up his FC Barcelona contract and play in Denmark, Beavis and Butthead sitting on their couch for an episode and philosophing about Shakespeare or Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez taking a vacation together since rumors say they loathe each other, but a few weeks ago another NBA superstar Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) who is a step below a Lebron or Kobe actually was rumored to be headed to BBC Bayreuth. Since then there probably hadnt been as much excitement in the 72,000 Bavarian city since the yearly fest spiele or when Richard Wagner fans visit his museum. At any rate for a little while, Bayreuth fans were able to dream and go through all the different scenarios of what a few games with Durant would look like and the publicity put the club on the world basketball map and also helped put the Beko BBL in the spot light to. BBC Bayreuth was on the world basketball map for a short while as were put in the same sentence as possible teams where the American was headed like Macabbi Tel Aviv and Valencia. Realistic German basketball fans never really believed the hype while BBC Bayreuth fans were living their own little dream world with Danny Gibson feeding Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) with quarterly ally-ops in the Beko BBL. I viewed the whole affair as speculation. When you are dealing with a player of that caliber, you can never be positive about the hear say. I was just waiting to see what came of it. I think that Durant would have brought great exposure to the league. People not so familiar with the BBL would have taken notice. I also think that it would have solidified the BBL as one of the top leagues in Europe, stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Josh Young. Then all of a sudden, the NBA announced that the lockout was ending and the possible arrival of Durant in the pretty Bavarian city was about as impossible as it snowing on the Bahamas, Tom Brady admitting that Wes Welker isnt his all time favorite target or Kobe Bryant and Shaq ever playing a professional basketball game together again. With basketball normalcy back in Bayreuth, fans now could get excited again about seeing a Brandon Hunter crashing dunk, the continued development of German Stefan Schmidt or the possible point guard duo of Kevin Hamilton and Danny Gibson doing terror on the court. Even if Josh Young plays in the Schwaben land and not in Bavaria, there is always enough time in the day to dream about an encounter with Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas). There is not too much that you can do to stop Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas). You have to deny him the ball and if he dont get the ball, he cant score. I also would just pressure up and play aggressive, warned Josh Young.

The last time BBC Bayreuth won the BEKO BBL title was in 1989 a few months before German tennis legends Boris Becker and Steffi Graf won Wimbeldon together, Sebastian Vettel was only two years old and late Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis was slowly making a name for himself in the NBA. Back then the team was called Steiner Bayreuth and had German basketball legends like Michael Koch, Hansi Gnad and Calvin Oldham and success was as common in 88 and 89 for the club as winning was fr Rhein Energie Colonge was from 2004-2006. After being regulated in 1999 due to financial reasons, the team had to start at scratch in the Regionaliga and fought its way back up to the PRO A and finally landed back in the BEKO BBL in 2010

Last season, BBC Bayreuth were saved at the end as MBC lost on the last game day and the Bavarian team finished with a record of 9-25 and a 16th place finish. The team started off with two losses against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and the Giessen 46ers before winning a big game at home against 2010 Eurochallenge champion BG Goettingen. However instead of continuing the winning streak, the club suffered a five game losing streak before recovering and going on a two game winning streak beating Phoenix Hagen and TBB Trier on the road.The team then finished the season with a record of 6-18. I think their guards were a big part of their success. But they have had injuries as well this season. Gibson is a solid point, and Ginyard was a great player as well. Harris came in and was a solid back up. I think the guards but then you had Reiner in the middle as well and he gave them a guy on the block that can score', added John Bynum. It didnt help the team either that they lost five games by five or less points. If they had won at least three of those games, they would have had their ticket to the beko BBL sooner for next season. They havd all the pieces, but couldnt seem to put it together better. Their strength was that they have high quality players at each position. Our biggest problem when we played them was not being able to keep Danny Gibson in front of us on the press', warned Quentin Pryor. It also has been surprising that the club wasnt able to have more success even with strong experienced players like Jared Reiner and Koko Archibong on the roster. I just think it has just been one of those seasons for them. It is there first year in the league but still on paper if you were to look at that team, they are a good team. I dont know what it is but they beat us twice so I cant really say nothing negative about them. I think their weakness is just playing consistent for 40 minutes, they played well at times and have let ups and at this level you cant have too many let ups but like I said, they didnt have a let up against us either time', warned John Bynum. 'I think chemistry had been their weakness', said Quentin Pryor. If the team hadnt had a big 86-79 win against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners at home at the end of the season and finished winning four of the last five games near the end of the season, the yprobably would be back to traveling to less exciting cities like Kirchheim and Cuxhaven

Despite their poor record last season, the organization was in high spirits for the upcoming season and maintained head coach Andreas Wagner for a second season. However Andreas Wagner has had a steady rise as head coach and is coaching for the second time in the BEKO BBL. Wagner also has had a secret formula of how to help basketball clubs reach the next level as he brought FC Bayern Munich from the Regionaliga to the second Bundesliga in 2004, led the Nordlingen Giants from the PRO to the BEKO BBL in 2008 and had another trick up his sleeve bringing BBC Bayreuth from the PRO A into the BEKO BBL in 2010. Of course, the question was can he keep BBC Bayreuth in the BEKO BBL in 2011? The club madea pretty big house cleaning as seven players left. The team held forward and shot block ace Ibekwe Ekene and young Germans Simon Schmitz and Stefan Schmidt. The club brought in experienced point guard Kevin Hamilton who had led the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig into the playoffs twice in a row and is one of best defenders in the Beko BBL. Mr everything on the court Beckham Wyrick was added who won titles with Bamberg. The team brought also brought in ex NBA player Brandon Hunter for the dirty work under the boards, banger Maksym Shtein to give stability from the bench, versatile forward Tyler Smith, sharp shooter Osvaldo Jenaty who can give shooting clinics in any Beko BBL arena, Beko BBL rookie Corey Stokes who is Mr efficient and German Tom Spoler. Wagners motto was that he rather wanted a strong starting five then solid 12 man rotation. But if you look at the roster and record, one can see that the team has stability from top to bottom.

After a slow start this season where the club lost the first four games of the season, the team surprisingly let go of Andreas Wagner and bringing in experienced Dutch coach Marco van Den Berg who coached in Holland form 1996-2011 winning two titles there. The team also brought back point guard Danny Gibson and since then the team has gone on a 5-2 record with big wins against EnBW Ludwigsburg and the Telekom Baskets Bonn. Van Den Berg has changed the team philosophy and brought success to the team quickly. Despite the Kevin Durant (206-G/F-88, college: Texas) rumors and injury to Kevin Hamilton, BBC Bayreuth have brought a refreshing game to the Beko BBL in the first two months. Bayreuth is a good team. I believe that people have underestimated them. Defensively they do their home work on their opponents and the have detailed game plans, warned Josh Young who saw BBC Bayreuth let up only 53 points in Tuebingen. In the first games BBC Bayreuth let up an average 83 points, but since Van Den Berg took over, the team has only let up an average 68 points per game in those six games. The team can score if needed and scored over 80 points twice and even if they are keeping teams to under 70 points, defense is still an area where the team can improve. Their outside shooting is their biggest strength. Gibson really gets their offense going. He provides instant offense and is great in transition. He is the floor general that has been important for their success. If they had a weakness then their pick and roll defense and transition. The few points that we got, we got on transition. But it is hard to pinpoint it in one game since we looked so bad and made them look so good, added Josh Young. Last season, The Frankfurt Skyliners split the game series winning in Frankfurt 83-75 as Dashaun Wood had 26 points, four rebounds and seven assists and in the return game had problems with the noise level in Bayreuth losing 86-79 despite 29 points from Dashaun Wood.

The Fraport Skyliners finally won a game again in the Beko BBL in Hagen and want to continue their winning streak with their second win in a row in the German league against BBC Bayreuth. BBC Bayreuth come into the road game fresh off a convincing 79-65 win against BG Goettingen. BBC Bayreuth were down 40-33 at halftime, but showed their explosiveness in the secord quarter jumping all over the BG Goettingen defense and scoring 46 points for the come from behind win. Frankfurt definitely will have to be aware of their scoring qualities and rebound work. However The Fraport Skyliners won convincingly in Hagen showing team basketball for the most part of 40 minutes and holding a team to 65 points who usually average 83 points per game. A big key for a win for Frankfurt will be there defense. Our defense has been steady and getting stronger in the last weeks, stressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen allowed only 53 points to BBC Bayreuth at home and know what it takes to win? Frankfurt has to defend the three point line well, keep their bigs off the glass and run in transition. Danny Gibson is their key guy to keep in check, but if Osvaldo Jeanty gets going then it could be a long night, stressed Josh Young. We have to continue to play hard defense and limit the other team from getting easy baskets, warned Jon Leuer. Unfortunately, Leuer wont be able to back up his words anymore, since he has made the huge jump to the NBA to play for the Milwaukee Bucks. The departure leaves a huge void in the scoring and work under the basket. Now that Leuer is gone, other guys have to step up. We have four big men who are skilled and can step up, stressed Skyliner head coach Muli Katurin. Frankfurt need a win badly against BBC Bayreuth to keep their move out of the bottom. BBC Bayreuth have improved their game. They can shoot and have good inside players and are athletic as well. We will do our best to win, warned Muli Katzurin.

BBC Bayreuth is led by Danny Gibson who is a 27 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana who is playing his fourth season in Germany and second in the BEKO BBL. In 2007-2008, he slowly made a name for himself in the German basketball world as he played for the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played his first season in the top German league for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. In 2009-2010 he made the jump for the cheese in Holland and promptly led the league in scoring for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He was named MVP in the Dutch league and was an allstar. Last season for BBC Bayreuth he played 34 games: 12.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 79.4%. Osvaldo Jeanty is a 28 year old 183cm guard from Gloucester, Canada. He is a combo guard who is a shooter run the offence guy as a point and a scorer shooter at the two. A good shooter with unlimited range and incredibly consistent. He defends bigger guards extremely well because of his strength. He is as tough a competitor as you will find. Extremely hard worker, determined and focused. Great attitude. If deference to team goals and sacrificing personal gain are what coaches are looking for, then Osvaldo Jeanty is your man. His focus is on the execution of game plans, belief in his coach, and faith in his teammates to deliver a common goal. A most refreshing perspective in an age where so many young athletes are preoccupied with what they're getting. He played at : Carleton (CIS) from 2002-2007. He played for Nordlingen helping team advance to the Beko BBL in 2008. In 2009-2010, he also played for CS Gaz Metan Medias (Romania-Div.A): Romanian League: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg; Balkan League: 3 games: 7.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, in Jan.'10 signed at LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 13.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 86.7%. Last season for BBC Bayreuth he played 12 games: 9.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.8%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 88.0%.

Kevin Hamilton from New York is a 27 year old 193cm guard. He played at Holy Cross with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons from 2002-2006. He played in Poland the last few years and in the summers in Puerto Rico. He played under coach Sebastian Machowski in Poland and was made into a point guard even though he has been a shooting guard most of his career. He scored 17,9ppg in his last season at Holy Cross and last season he led the Polish league in assists. What makes him so dangerous is his scoring and his potential and ability to score are limitless. In college, I averaged almost 18 points per game. I have been a shooting guard for most of my career. Two seasons ago, I had to play point guard in Poland. I always thought that I was a good passer. I think passing has come naturally to me. I have enjoyed playing point guard, stressed Kevin Hamilton. The best thing that teams can do is to keep the ball out of Hamiltons hands, but that is about as impossible as doing the same to Lebron James. We tried to keep the ball out of his hands. We didnt want him to make plays. He is a true point guard. He is a great passer and makes things happen for them. When he gets going, it is hard to stop the team, warned ex Braunschweig guard Steven Wright. In 2009-2010 Hamilton played 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He is one of those rare players that has triple double potential. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 39 games: 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-1 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.0%. Last summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico-BSN): 11 games: 8.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 7.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 18.4%, FT: 66.7%. Ekene Ibekwe is a 26 year old 296cm forward with American/Nigerian roots. He is a long, lean dynamic player with unlimited athletic potential that can score in the post and brings energy to the team on defense with his shot blocking ability. He played at Maryland from 2004-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played in Israel and in France for Bensancon where he was France PRO B champion. In 2008-2009, he played for Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 28 games: 18.6ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, Blocks-5 (1.8bpg), FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 57.0%. In 2009-2010, he played for Bld Antalya (Turkey-TBL) in Jan.'10 signed at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey-TB2L, starting five): 10 games: 21.2ppg, 10.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2.2spg, 2.1bpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 59.2%. Last season, he started with The Artland Dragons averaging 11,8ppg, 5,8rpg, 1,1apg and 1,3bpg. He then had a very short stay in Israel for Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League) averaging 6,0ppg and 4,7rpg. He neded the season with BBC Bayreuth playing 15 games: 11.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 57.4%, FT: 54.7%.

Tyler Smith is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Pulaski, Tennessee. He played at Iowa (NCAA) from 2006-2007 and at Tennessee (NCAA) from 2007-2010, but had to leave early because of disciplinary reasons going to play for Bornova Bld (Turkey-TBL): 12 games: 16.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 72.5%. he remained with the team last year playing 19 games: 15.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 70.6%. he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008 with Tennessee and last season was a Turk Allstar and won the slam dunk contest. Corey Stokes is a 23 year old 195cm guard from Bayonne, New Jersey that is a Beko BBL rookie. He played at Villanova from 2007-2011 including sometime with Dwayne Anderson. When I was a freshman, Anderson was a junior and he took me under his wing. I looked up to him like a big brother. He was one of the hardest working players that I have ever seen. I remember our coach telling him that he would never play for Villanova, but Dwayne worked harder and proved them all wrong and became one of the best players in the NCAA. Redding was one of the best defensive players that I ever played with. He is having a great career in Europe and I look forward to playing against him, stressed Corey Stokes. Stokes played a total of 134 games at Villanova reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. Last season, he played 29 games: 14.9ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 89.4%. Brandon Hunter is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Cincinnati, Ohio. He played at Ohio Univ. (NCAA) from 1999-2003 with Beko BBL players Steven Esterkamp and Patrick Flomo. He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 2003 in the second round at #56.He played at total of 67 NBA games for Boston and Orlando from 2003-2005. Since then he has had a very fruitful career in Europe playing in countries like Greece, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Lativa and Puerto Rico. He played three complete seasons in Italy and belonged to the top big men never averaging less than 8,6 rpg. Last season, he played for Aliaga Petkim (Turkey-TBL): 19 games: 10.9ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 52.1%, FT: 60.4%; in Mar.'11 moved to BK Ventspils (Latvia-LBL): Latvian League: 18 games: 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.1%, FT: 48.8%; EuroChallenge: 3 games: 11.7ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.3apg; Baltic League: 4 games: 12.0ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg.

Maksym Shtein is a 31 year old 206cm center from the Ukraine who is the typical solid role player from the bench that just does his job. He is a big guy who runs the floor extremely well, is able to play both inside positions defensively because of his mobility and speed, likes to play physical and with contact, has nice post-up moves underneath the basket and good hands cutting through the zone, good shooting skills enable him to play also minutes offensively on Position four and is a confident and fearless player who will produce at any level. He has played in Germany since 1996 for teams like MTV Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, ratiopharm Ulm (2002-2007 with 155 games), Deutsche Bank Skyliners, TBB Trier and last season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven where he played 35 games: 3.5ppg, 2.1rpg. Beckham Wyrick is a 27 year old 198cm forward from Cincinnati, Ohio that ha splayed in Germany since he was a rookie in 2006. He played for NC-Wilmington (NCAA) from 2002-2006 together with Bamberg floor general John Goldsberry. Wyrick played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen from 2006-2008. He then had a successful stay with the Brose Baskets Bamberg from 2008-2010 winning a Beko BBL title and cup. Last season, he played for FC Bayern Muenchen (Germany-ProA): 25 games: 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.4%. Simon Schmitz is a 21 year old 188cm point guard that began his basketball career in 2005 with SG Bad Duerkheim/Speyer junior team. In 2008-2009, he played for BIS Baskets Speyer (ProB, starting five) where he played together with German national player Elias harris. He played German League: 20 games: 14.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 79.1%; also TV Bad Bergzabern (2.Regionalliga): 8 games: 14.5ppg. Last season, he played for Science City Jena (ProA): 29 games: 10.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 80.2%, in Mar.'10 also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga). Last season, he played at the European Championships U20 in Croatia -10: 9 games: 10.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 56.5%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, the German played 31 games: 3.3ppg. 22 year old 206cm center Stefan Schmidt who was born in Schwandorf. He started his basketball career with Franken Hexer (2.Regionalliga) in 2006. In 2007-2008, he played for SELLBYTEL Baskets Nuernberg (ProA, starting five): 20 games: 3.2ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for Franken Hexer (ProB, starting five): 29 games: 9.4ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 25.3%, FT: 75.0%. Last season, he played only three games for BBC Bayreuth. He has played for the German U-18 and U-20 German national teams. Last season, he played 21 games: 0.7ppg, 1.6rpg.





Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) The Record Of BG Goettingen Isnt Indictative Of How Good They Really Are - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against BG Goettingen December 10th

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are riding atwo game winning streak. What has been the biggest strength of the Tigers in the last weeks?

Our transition game has been great for us these past few games. It allows us to speed up the game a bit but also score some easy buckets.

How well have the rookies developed in the first two months? Do Nash, Duggins and Hodzic feel even more comfortable on the court?

With each practice and game, those guys get more comfortable. They are playing with a lot of confidence , which is good for our team, because they are all important players for us.

It seems like if you see the face of Igor Perovic after a game and you didnt see the game you wouldnt know who won because his demeanor is always the same. Does he show more emotion after a win or loss?

Coach Igor is a very passionate coach. He has a very subtle demeanor but when it comes game time, hes as fired up as any coach Ive ever played for.

The next game is against BG Goettingen. What has been your impression of the team this season? Are they more talented then their 18th place?

Ive seen some of the games they have played this year. There is no doubt that they have talent and great players. I dont think their record is indicative of how good they really are.

How excited are you playing against ex NCAA player Paris Horne? What do you know about his game?

Paris is a tough player. He can get to the basket but also pull up and shoot the jumper or 3. It will be exciting playing against him.

What will be key in getting the third win in a row in Goettingen?

We just need to remain consistent. I think we have found a bit of a rhythm here lately so we must continue to carry that momentum into this game.

You played against Jon Leuer. How will he do in the NBA with the Bucks?

He can do well. He has a great skill set and his athleticism may be underrated. With the training and instruction he will be getting, Im sure he will elevate his game even more.

What has been your take on the Lakers wanting the whole NBA? Well actually Dwight Howard and Chris Paul? Would Howard and Odom harmonize?

Anybody who comes to the Lakers is coming to win a championship, and I think they will be willing harmonize with whoever they have to in order to make that happen.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




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Bogris allowed to play for Aris in the A1 games too - by George Fragkos
From now and on Giorgos Bogris (209-C/F-89) will be a regular player of Aris Thessaloniki. The Greek center won his case and he got the permission to play again in the A1 Basket League by the Secondary Athletic Court. Bogris had signed with Peristeri in the beginning of the season, but after a brief period and a participation in a Greek Cup game, he left the team. The regulations in Greece do not allow a player to move to another club during the same season and for this reason when the 22-year-old center and Aris agreed to sign a contract, it concerned only the games in Eurocup.

Though Bogris had already appealed against the decision of the Athletic Court which forbid him to play again in the A1 with another team and he won the case. As a result, he will also participate in the teams games in the national league, starting from Saturdays away game against Kavala.



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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 8-3 
 2. Den Bosch 8-3 
 3. Leiden 6-4 
 4. Nijmegen 6-4 
 5. Leeuwarden 6-5 
 6. Zwolle 6-5 
 7. Rotterdam 2-10 
 8. Weert 1-9 


Team Israeli academy shows up in tournament Netherlands - by Fred Roggen
The team of the Israeli Basketball Academy in Netanya completes the field of participants in the Under18-competition of the Rinus de Jong Invitational, the international tournament for mens youth teams in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. This team replaces Khimki Moscow. The Russians announced their participation timely but resigned next without mentioning a valid reason.

The brigade of talents of the Israeli basketball association will meet in the Invitational the teams of Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania), VEF Riga (Latvia) and Canarias Basketball Academy. EiffelTowers Den Bosch, the hometeam, Canarias Basketball Academy and Wilbraham & Monson (USA) will play in the Under21-competition. The organisers hope to come to an agreement with a fourth team for this competition in a couple of days. The Rinus de Jong Invitational will be played in Den Bosch, The Netherlands from December 27. till 30.

Two years ago the Israelian association started at the Wingate Sports Institute in Netanya a very professional academy, that must guarantee the highest standard of the young talents in the country in the next decade. Former Israeli international player Nadav Henfeld gives guidance to this academy. Of all ages, older than fiteen years, 25 of the best Israeli talents receive an intensive basketball education at the Wingate Institute, the well equiped sports centre in Netanya. Ariel Beit Halachmi, coach of the Academic team as well as the Israeli national U18-team, expects at least six of his players will represent their country in the European championchips.



What A Game, What A Game - by Tyrone Sally
Well the game went exactly as we predicted. It was down to the wire but we came up on the winning end this time. Man, talk about a dog fight. It was a competitive game by two teams that didnt want to walk off the floor on the losing side which made the game exciting and fun to watch. Just for a min Lets take out the fact that it was two teams at the bottom of the league, take away the fact-- going into the game both teams together combine for only two wins total and put aside it wasnt a packed house, what you get... Is a great basketball game. The game was decided on a last second shot in overtime. Im proud of my guys. This being only our second win, every win is a big for us. We need to build off the positives and learn from our mistakes. With that being said, that game is over and like a lost we need to put it behind us and prepare for this tough road game Saturday. Were slowly getting better with the little things which make a big difference in the way we play but still have a long ways to go. As long as we keep working hard and strive to get better each day, we will see our team grow and become better.

Rough Waves In The Ocean - by Tyrone Sally
What's going on world? Welcome to my first ever blog. The name is Tyrone Sally and I'm currently in my 5th professional season overseas and 7th overall. The box above gave you a little information on my playing career so I am just going to jump into it and let you know what is going with me and my currently team. This season I am back in Holland playing for one of my former clubs, the Rotterdam Challengers and sorry to say I have had better times. With the first half of the season coming to an end, it is safe to say this has by far been one of the toughest seasons I have ever been through on any level of basketball. It has been an adjustment for me personally after making the finals two years in a row. Last year my team, the Oberwart Gunners in Austria, won the championship. The year before I played with the Bergen Op Zoom Giants here in Holland and we were the runner-ups. Now I am sitting in last place with my current teamwith only one win.
Overall, we have a good group of guys who compete and work hard day in and day out. Our youth and lack of size set us apart from the better teams in our league. We play better and better with each game but still need to work on the little things. In our last few games we played good enough to keep it close for three quarters but when the fourth quarter comes we are not able to finish. A good way to look at this situation is we cannot get any lower than last place so everything is on the up from here, plus it is only the first half of the season. You have to stay positive in situations like these because if you do not, it will take a toll on you mentally and physically.
Tomorrow we are at home playing so hopefully we can get back on track. If we stick to the game plan we should be fine. Ill keep you updated on how it goes. Till next time my fellow bloggers. Ty Sal signing out.



Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.8 
 2. Anderson, Weert18.8 
 3. Sally, Rotterdam18.5 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen16.9 
 5. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.8 
 6. Hargrove, Nijmegen16.1 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.3 
 8. Adako, Leeuwarden15.2 
 9. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.2 
 10. Wells, Zwolle14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Coleman, Weert9.5 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.7 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle8.4 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Van Paassen, Den6.8 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 7. Wyatt, Groningen6.3 
 8. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.3 
 9. Wesley, Den Bosch6.2 
 10. van Kempen, Weert6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Harman, Weert5.2 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.7 
 3. Anderson, Weert4.5 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.2 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen4.0 
 6. Bell, Groningen3.6 
 7. Wells, Zwolle3.3 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.3.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Rotte.2.8 
 10. Slagter, Leiden2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Harman, Weert3.0 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.7 
 3. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.4 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 5. Anderson, Weert1.9 
 6. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 7. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Wells, Zwolle1.8 
 9. Jones, Rotterdam1.8 
 10. Dourisseau, Groni.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ross BEKKERING
  Nijme.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.5 
 3. Minter, Weert1.1 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Maddox, Zwolle0.9 
 6. Poels, Leeuwarden0.9 
 7. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 8. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 9. Aarts, Nijmegen0.7 
 10. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 


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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 26
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.26.0 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.9 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.23.2 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari23.1 
 5. Doyne, PVSK P.20.5 
 6. Ciric, PVSK P.20.3 
 7. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 8. Miskovic, Marso N.19.4 
 9. Townes, Kormend18.8 
 10. El Amin, Albacomp18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.10.5 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.1 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak9.3 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.1 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.8 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 8. Chism, Albacomp8.1 
 9. Hines, ZTE K.8.0 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari6.1 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Fekete, Marso N.5.6 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu5.1 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.4.9 
 8. Drahos, Szedeak4.7 
 9. Doyne, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Fekete, Marso N.3.6 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak3.0 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Doyne, PVSK P.2.5 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.3 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 8. Chism, Albacomp2.3 
 9. Baki, ZTE K.2.2 
 10. Ingram, FS Debre.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.2.2 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Fey, Kaposvari1.2 
 5. Chism, Albacomp1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak1.1 
 8. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.1.0 
 10. Egemonye, Soproni1.0 


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  IBL   


Former Bellingham, IBL star Parker shines in Japan - by Kip Leonetti
Michael Parker (6'8''-F-81, college: Evergreen St.), a former leading scorer for the Bellingham Slam and an International Basketball League all-star, has parlayed his experiences in Americas minor league circuit into a successful career overseas.
After a stellar career as an all-conference forward at Evergreen State College, Parker helped lead Bellingham in their first two seasons in the American Basketball Association, averaging 30.2 points per game on 54 percent field goal shooting during the 2006-07 campaign. Parker still holds Bellinghams team record for most point scored in a game with 51 and is the only Slam player in team history to finish a season with a scoring average over 30 points.
After finishing the 2006-07 ABA season with the Slam, Parker joined the Portland Chinooks for the 2007 IBL season and helped lead them to a 21-6 record and a berth in the league championship game with a 21.1 points per game scoring average.
Parker was selected to both the ABA and IBL all-star squads in 2007.
After originally earning a roster spot on the Slam through an outstanding performance at an open tryout prior to the teams inaugural season in 2005, his success in the ABA and later the IBL helped earn him a contract in Japans BJ League, where he has been a star ever since. Parker played four seasons with the Fukuoka Rizing, leading the league in scoring the last three years by averaging no less than 26 per game. Defensively, Parker has averaged over ten rebounds per game and has led the league in steals every season.
Parker was also selected to play in the 2010 BJ League All-Star Game, where he came away with Most Valuable Player honors.
This season, Parker continues to dominate the BJ League, but now as a member of the Shimane Magic, where he has been tasked with helping turn around a team that finished 24-26 last season and was swept in the first round of the playoffs by Parkers own Fukuoka squad. Through the first 16 games, Parker is again among the leagues scoring leaders with a 23.1 points per game average. He has also managed to keep alive an impressive points streak that has seen him score in double figures in every game since 2008 a streak that has now reached 173 games.


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  ICELAND   


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


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  ITALY   


Benetton inks Jobey Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte) is a new member of Benetton Treviso. The American guard signed a deal for rest of the season. Thomas spent last two years with Cimberio Varese. He had 13.3 pppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 apg in the latest one. Actually, he played only in the first half of the season due to injury. In 2009/10, Thomas averaged 12.1 points and 3 rebounds for 29 SerieA games. Before Varese, he spent one year with Armani Jeans Milano. Thomas shined in Euroleague with 12.1 ppg and 1.5 rpg for 15 games, In the past, he also was a member of Montegranaro, Ferrara and Imola. He is a product of the NC-Charlotte University.

Best players of Nazionale A round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Former international forward Mirko Trapella (206-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fabriano and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding four rebounds for Fabriano in his team's victory, helping them to beat San Severo (#3, 6-7) 82-75. Fabriano maintains the 5th position in Nazionale A. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Fabriano have already lost 10 games and recorded just three victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Trapella as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Mirko Trapella averages this season 9.5ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international guard Marco Portannese (192-G-89, agency: Players Group) of Torino. Portannese impressed basketball fans with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Torino lost that game 73-78 to slightly higher-ranked Perugia (#3, 8-5). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Torino still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Portannese is a newcomer at Torino 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 15.8ppg (#5). He also registered 5.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Matteo Raminelli (203-C-83) of Castelletto (#5). Raminelli scored 24 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Castelletto, leading his team to a 86-85 win against slightly lower-ranked Firenze (#6, 3-10). The chances of Castelletto not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Raminelli could try to bring Castelletto's a little bit higher in the standings. Raminelli has a very solid season. In 13 games in Italy he scored 13.4ppg. He also has 7.3rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Amedeo Tessitori (203-C-94) of Comsum.it SI - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Andrea Raschi (200-G/F-79) of Chieti - 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Marco Tagliabue (206-PF-86) of Ruvo - 15 points and 11 rebounds
7. Bernardo Musso (192-G-86) of Napoli - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Orlandina - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Simone Gatti (202-F-82) of Napoli - 15 points and 12 rebounds
10. Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) of Orlandina - 15 points, 10 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)


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Musso, Napoli18.7 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.6 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.8 
 4. Portannese, Torino16.3 
 5. Carra, Trieste16.0 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.7 
 7. Zanelli, Orlandina15.5 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.5 
 9. Fattori, San Severo15.2 
 10. Prelazzi, Omegna14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.2 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.5 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.2 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.8 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.5 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.4 
 7. Borra, Treviglio8.2 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Pazzi, Trento7.9 
 10. Musso, Napoli7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.2 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.9 
 3. Zanelli, Orlandina3.8 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Castell.3.3 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari3.0 
 8. Vico, Matera3.0 
 9. Malamov, Anagni3.0 
 10. Rivali, Santarcan.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.8 
 2. Portannese, Torino3.5 
 3. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.4 
 4. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 5. Vico, Matera3.2 
 6. Musso, Napoli3.2 
 7. Malamov, Anagni3.0 
 8. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.0 
 9. Feliciangeli, Chie.2.9 
 10. Scodavolpe, Firen.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 2. Candido, San Seve.1.3 
 3. Borra, Treviglio1.3 
 4. Ancellotti, Santar.1.2 
 5. Biligha, Casalp.1.1 
 6. Corral, Anagni1.0 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 8. Feliciangeli, Chie.0.9 
 9. Trapella, Fabriano0.9 
 10. Tessitori, Comsum.0.9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 9-4 
 2. Trento 8-5 
 3. Perugia 8-5 
 4. Comsum.it SI 5-8 
 5. Santarcangelo 4-9 
 6. Firenze 3-10 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 12-1 
 2. Treviglio 9-4 
 3. Torino 9-4 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 8-5 
 5. Castelletto 5-8 
 6. Pavia 4-9 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 7-6 
 2. Recanati 6-7 
 3. San Severo 6-7 
 4. Chieti 6-7 
 5. Fabriano 3-10 
 6. Ruvo 2-11 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 10-3 
 2. Ferentino 9-4 
 3. Orlandina 8-5 
 4. Latina Basket 6-7 
 5. Anagni 6-7 
 6. Matera 4-9 


Milano finds the agreement with Treviso for Alessandro Gentile? - by Andrea Centenari
According to La Prealpina, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano almost reached an agreement with Benetton Treviso for Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) who will be the replacement of Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) in the roster of the Italian team.
EA7 Emporio Armani Milano would buyout Gentile's contract plus the loan of Jeffrey Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) but has still to find an agreement with the young shooting guard for his new contract.
Gentile in this season with Benetton Treviso had 12,3 points and 4,3 rebounds per game.


Pepsi Caserta and Marko Tusek part ways - by Andrea Centenari
Pepsi JuveCaserta and Marko Tusek (203-F-75, agency: Alti Sport) reached an agreement to part ways after only one month from his landing in Campania. The slovenian big man has only played four games with Caserta averaging 10 points and 3,8 boards per game. Last season Tusek played 18 games with Fileni BPA Jesi in Lega 2 where he had 11,3 points and 6,9 boards per game.
Now Caserta will probably return on the market to find a substitute.


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


Barsy Atyrau tasted another two victories in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau tasted another two victories in BBL for 3-2 record. The team from Kazakhstan overcame Jelgava and Naglis Palangos to better their positions.
On December 6th Barsy Atyrau beat Jelgava 79:69.Jelgava was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Barsy Atyrau, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. It was a good game for Pavlo Tsiopych (182-G-86) who led his team to a victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Latvian forward Maris Laksa (207-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Providence) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners.
Tonight Lithuanian Naglis Palangos lost their initial game to Barsy Atyrau 64-72. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-64. Barsy Atyrau forced 20 Naglis Palangos turnovers. It was a good game for power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) who led his team to a victory with 9 points and 13 rebounds. Ukrainian guard Pavlo Tsiopych contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners.



BC Astana add two more wins to their record - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana maintained their perfect record in D1 championship. They added two more victories over the last two days to improve at 10-0. BC Astana overcame BK Almaty twice.
BC Astana celebrated an 85:76 win in the first game between the teams. The hosts led by four points at the interval 40:36. BK Almaty stretched the lead to as many as 12 points with ten minutes remaining. However BC Astana exploded with 34 points in the final frame and earned a tough win at the end. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 19 points for the winners. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) added 16 points for BC Astana. Aleksandr Kuznetsov (193-G-84) answered with 21 points for BK Almaty. Maksim Otbozin (211-C-80) finished with 20 points in defeat.
BC Astana did not repeat the mistakes of the first game today. The favorites led from the start building a 36:32 halftime lead. The visitors limited BK Almaty to just 6 points in the third term to clear off to a 14-point distance and never looked back en route to the win. Goran Cakic (208-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points and 8 rebounds for BC Astana. Branko Cvetkovic and Maxim Voyeykov (197-F-88) chipped in 9 points each in the win. Vladimir Rybakov (203-F-89) replied with 15 points for BK Almaty.


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  KOSOVO   


Futura is getting serious, they sign Darrin Williams - by Dren Shporta
In the beginning they were newcomers in BKT Superliga. After that they were the easiest team to play against. Ten matches played no victory! It is enough! Futura is getting totally different from this weekend.

Just days before they registered in Basketball Federation of Kosovo a 30 year old American guard Brandon Ward. And yesterday they registered another American, Darrin Williams. Williams is playing in the position of center and seems to be a great addition to the Futura squad only three gameweeks before half of a regular season ends.

Coach Jeton Nixha is happy about new comings in his team and he feels that they should register their first victories during this month. Before they took international players, Futura have signed four national players like Valentin Spaqi, Kreshnik Juniku, Enver Dili and Zgjim Gergjaliu.




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  LATVIA   


Valmiera brings the initial victory in BBL - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera brings the initial victory in BBL for the Latvian side in the latest games of the tournament. Tonight the team edged Estonian TTU/Kalev 91:55. The game was mostly controlled by Valmiera. TTU/Kalev was better in second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TTU/Kalev to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Jai Lucas (177-G, college: Texas) led his team to a victory with 27 points and 4 assists. Forward Ernests Kalve (200-F-87) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81, college: W.Illinois) answered with 18 points and forward Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for TTU/Kalev.
Turiba and Valmiera were beaten by Rapla. Last night Rapla overcame Valmiera 62:54. Raido Ringmets contributed with 8 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Ernests Kalve answered with 23 points and 9 rebounds and Artjoms Butjankovs added 8 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Valmiera.
Tonight Rapla outscored Turiba 70:62. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-62. Janar Soo led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Andre Parn (200-F-77) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners.
Juventus meanwhile overcame Liepaja 81:74 for 4-5 record. It was a good game for Zydrunas Urbonas who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Darius Pakamanis contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Kristaps Miglinieks (199-G-90) added 11 points in the effort for Liepaja.


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


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  LEBANON   


Who's going to stop the Lebanese Ladies? - by Ahmad Kerdi
Lebanese Women National Team improved to a 2-0 situation after a second one sided game, this time against Kuwait in the Arab Championships taking place in Qatar.
This time the win came over Kuwait with a 108-28 final result quarters ( 23-14, 46-18, 82-24, 108-28).

Fay Marie Prince and Nathalie Mamo (172-G-86) led all scorers with 17 points each.
The Lebanese Cedars will face next the Egyptian Pharaohs on Monday morning in what is expected to be the best game in terms of level and competition.


The Game!! - by Aaron Mitchell
Hello basketball fans , there are a few subject i would like to discuss. First of all the NBA is back and a lot of people have mix emotions. Some are excited , some are not. As far a i am concern its important to maintain goals , dreams , hopes, and fantasys. This is what the NBA brings to young players all over the world. To the young players out there who want to achieve those basketball dreams , the show must go on. Here in Lebanon we have break in our season has stopped so that the national teams may compete for Asian championships! The break was well needed and deserve for my club. Here at Antranik i have tried to instill a new attitude and perspective of basketball in Lebanon. Unfortunately we do have the funds to acquire the top level lebanese players in the league. But one thing we do have is a hard working attitude to the game, We are the hardest working team in the league. The history of Antranik goes back many years. My goal is simple to bring back the glory of those years. The game, this is something more players should think of when it comes to contracts , money or fame. Before all of those things there is the game , the aches , emotions, soreness , etc... Young and old players out there need to get back to the love of game! My Coaching quote of basketball is simple 'LIFE IS NOT A GAME , BUT BASKETBALL IS A LIFE'!! Think about it!! COACH 'A'

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  LITHUANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.1 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.1 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta19.8 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.6 
 5. Lengvinas, Nafta18.3 
 6. Jucikas, AB.17.3 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Brown, Mazeikiai16.8 
 9. Mineikis, Radvilis.16.5 
 10. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.6 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.7 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.6 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.8.0 
 6. Vaitiekunas, Triob.8.0 
 7. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.8 
 8. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.8 
 9. Jucikas, AB.7.6 
 10. Pikalavicius, Del.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.8 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.2 
 3. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 4. Varanauskas, Stat.4.6 
 5. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.6 
 6. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.5 
 7. Artamonov, Meresta4.4 
 8. Vileita, Perla.4.3 
 9. Stasys, Mazeikiai4.3 
 10. Kurauskas, AB.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.7 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.6 
 3. Razutis, Silute2.5 
 4. Brown, Mazeikiai2.2 
 5. Vileita, Perla.2.2 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 7. Rauktys, Radvilisk.1.9 
 8. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 9. Krivonis, Matinga-.1.9 
 10. Kazakauskas, Naf.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.5 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 3. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.4 
 4. Jucikas, AB.1.4 
 5. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.3 
 6. Gvazdaitis, Mating.1.1 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 8. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.0 
 9. Stakenas, Statyba0.9 
 10. Kaubrys, Silute0.9 


Lithuania one step away from organizing the Olympic qualifying tournament - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Two countries - Lithuania and Venezuela - are left in the competition for organizing the 2012 London Olympic Games qualifying tournament. Macedonia, Lithuania's main rival for this spot, has been eliminated from the competition.

Mindaugas Balciunas, a secretary general of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, stated that one cannot celebrate too early, before the final decision is made. He expressed that the biggest advantage Venezuela has is their finances but the main drawback is their political situation which is not perfect for organizing tournaments of this level. Either way, Venezuela is a serious competitor, Balciunas concluded.

The final decision will be made this Saturday in a FIBA conference in Madrid. Other important discussions on the agenda include the alteration of international games schedule so as the players have enough time to recover after their club seasons.


NKL Round 19: Delikatesas lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 19 in NKL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Vilnius where host Statyba (10-9) edged league's leader Delikatesas (13-6) 86-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Delikatesas won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Delikatesas 39-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Statyba shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-G-91) fired 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) produced 25 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for lost side. Statyba moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Mazeikiai and Perlas-MRU. Delikatesas at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Radviliskis who have the same record. Delikatesas will play next round against Mazeikiai trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Statyba will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai.
Another exciting game was played in Kaunas between second ranked Radviliskis and 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio where Radviliskis (13-6) beat Zalgiris-Sabonio (12-7) on the road 84-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Juozas Ramanauskas contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) answered with 28 points and 7 assists for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Radviliskis keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Delikatesas. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Radviliskis will play against Matinga-Juod. (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kaunas between LKKA-Atletas and Perlas-MRU. Sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (11-8) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Perlas-MRU (10-9). LKKA-Atletas managed to escape with a 2-point win 92-90 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perlas-MRU. It was a great evening for Vidmantas Sragauskis who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. At the losing side Gintautas Vileita responded with 16 points. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Triobet. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai and Statyba. LKKA-Atletas will meet Triobet (#6) in the next round. Perlas-MRU will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena 78-73. It was an exceptional evening for Julius Jucikas who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). ABRO-Universitetas (5-14) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Gargzdai. ABRO-Universitetas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Statyba (#9) in Vilnius and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play on the road against Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai.
The game in Pakruojis was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Triobet (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Meresta (9-10). Triobet managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Friday. Martynas Linkevicius fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Triobet moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Meresta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Triobet will face LKKA-Atletas (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Meresta will play against S.Marciulionio (#14).

Other games of round 19 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Silute was defeated by Mazeikiai in a road game 66-58. Nafta Universitetas beat S.Marciulionio at home 102-89. Ezerunas-Karys won against Matinga-Juod. on the opponent's court 73-69.


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Radviliskis 72-84

Another exciting game was played in Kaunas between second ranked Radviliskis and 3rd placed Zalgiris-Sabonio where Radviliskis (13-6) beat Zalgiris-Sabonio (12-7) on the road 84-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Zalgiris-Sabonio. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Audrius Mineikis (201-77) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 15 rebounds. Center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) contributed with 17 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) answered with 28 points and 7 assists and forward Marius Grigonis (194-94) added 22 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Zalgiris-Sabonio. Radviliskis keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Delikatesas. Zalgiris-Sabonio at the other side keeps the third place with seven games lost. They share the position with Nafta Universitetas. Radviliskis will play against Matinga-Juod. (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play against Perlas-MRU (#8) in Vilnius and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: V.Kariniauskas 28+4reb+7ast, M.Grigonis 22+5reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 8+10reb+1ast, T.Jogela 5+6reb+1ast, R.Simanavicius 3+4ast, J.Tamulis 2+3reb
Radviliskis: A.Mineikis 21+15reb+2ast, T.Rakauskas 18+3reb+4ast, J.Ramanauskas 17+9reb, M.Pukinskas 8+1reb+1ast, R.Grinius 8+6reb+3ast, R.Rauktys 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 148414


Statyba - Delikatesas 86-84

Round 19 in NKL means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Vilnius where host Statyba (10-9) edged league's leader Delikatesas (13-6) 86-84 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Delikatesas. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 25-20. But Delikatesas won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Delikatesas 39-25 including 17 on the offensive glass. Statyba shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. Guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) fired 22 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds. Four Statyba players scored in double figures. Swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) produced 25 points (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and guard Vidmantas Uzkuraitis (189-85) added 19 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Statyba moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Mazeikiai and Perlas-MRU. Delikatesas at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Radviliskis who have the same record. Delikatesas will play next round against Mazeikiai trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Statyba will try to continue on its current victory against fifteenth ranked ABRO-Universitetas in Siauliai.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Jatulevicius 25+3reb+2ast, V.Uzkuraitis 19+5ast, A.Kvedaravicius 13+3reb+4ast, V.Pikalavicius 9+8reb+1ast, P.Klemas 7+4reb+2ast, V.Volodko 4+1reb
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 22+4reb+5ast, V.Luksa 18+7reb+2ast, T.Rinkunas 16+4reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 11+7reb+1ast, L.Kazlauskas 9+4reb+4ast, A.Stakenas 6+8reb
gschID: 148415


Mazeikiai - Silute 66-58

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Silute (8-11) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Mazeikiai (10-9) 66-58 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Silute won third quarter 10-9. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) fired 14 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) chipped in 16 points. Forward Egidijus Ramanauskas (202-88) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and forward Rimvydas Brencius (200-92) added 4 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Mazeikiai have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Perlas-MRU and Statyba. Loser Silute keeps the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Mazeikiai will face league's second-placed Delikatesas in Joniskis in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Silute will play at home against Nafta Universitetas (#4) in Klaipeda.
Top scorers:
Silute: E.Ramanauskas 12+9reb+1ast, A.Kaubrys 10+4reb, M.Tamasevicius 9+2reb+1ast, E.Jurkus 7+1reb+1ast, I.Razutis 6+3reb+4ast, E.Saulys 5+6reb+2ast
Mazeikiai: D.Vaitelis 16+4reb, M.Stasys 14+6reb+7ast, R.Trakimas 13+6reb+1ast, P.Brown 7+2reb+3ast, M.Sidlauskas 7+8reb+1ast, M.Simonavicius 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 148410


Nafta Universitetas - S.Marciulionio 102-89

No shocking result in a game in Klaipeda where fourth ranked Nafta Universitetas (12-7) defeated 14th ranked S.Marciulionio (6-13) 102-89 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Nafta Universitetas. S.Marciulionio was better in second period 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nafta Universitetas shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) fired 26 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) chipped in 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Guard Marius Pociukonis (189-82) produced 22 points and 5 assists and point guard Martynas Paliukenas (178-93) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Nafta Universitetas and five S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. S.Marciulionio's coach Gintaras Pocius tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Nafta Universitetas moved-up to third place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio. S.Marciulionio lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with 13 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will face Silute (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. S.Marciulionio will play against Meresta in Pakruojis.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: M.Pociukonis 22+2reb+5ast, M.Paliukenas 16+5reb+2ast, V.Trepocka 13+4reb+1ast, J.Elvikis 10+3reb+1ast, O.Olisevicius 10+4reb+1ast, T.Lekunas 6+3reb+1ast
Nafta Universitetas: E.Lengvinas 26+4reb+4ast, J.Kazakauskas 22+8reb+3ast, V.Chodosovskis 18+6reb+5ast, H.Venskus 13+5reb+5ast, M.Kumpys 9+1reb+5ast, D.Anuzis 8+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148411


Meresta - Triobet 66-74

The game in Pakruojis was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked Triobet (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Meresta (9-10). Triobet managed to secure a 8-point victory 74-66 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-66. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) fired 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Paulius Vaitiekunas (208-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Ukrainian point guard Klym Artamonov (176-93) added 22 points respectively for lost side. Triobet moved-up to fifth place, which they share with LKKA-Atletas. Meresta lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with ten games lost. Triobet will face LKKA-Atletas (#5) in Kaunas in the next round. Meresta will play against S.Marciulionio (#14).
Top scorers:
Meresta: K.Artamonov 22+3reb+2ast, A.Maneikis 15+12reb+3ast, L.Radavicius 9+7reb, S.Slivka 5+1reb+4ast, B.Bagdonavicius 4+4reb, S.Raziulis 4+1ast
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 26+7reb+3ast, H.Vorotnikovas 16+2reb, P.Vaitiekunas 15+10reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 6+4reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 4+4reb+5ast, A.Urbonas 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 148412


LKKA-Atletas - Perlas-MRU 92-90

A very close game took place in Kaunas between LKKA-Atletas and Perlas-MRU. Sixth ranked LKKA-Atletas (11-8) got a very close home victory over 5th ranked Perlas-MRU (10-9). LKKA-Atletas managed to escape with a 2-point win 92-90 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Perlas-MRU. Perlas-MRU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. It was a great evening for forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) helped adding 23 points. At the losing side guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) responded with 16 points and Eivydas Molosciakas (-93) scored 16 points. Five Perlas-MRU players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU's coach Mindaugas Sakalauskas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Triobet. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Mazeikiai and Statyba. LKKA-Atletas will meet Triobet (#6) in the next round. Perlas-MRU will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 16+2reb+1ast, E.Molosciakas 16+2reb+3ast, G.Vileita 16+3reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 14+3reb, K.Brusokas 14+5reb, A.Udras 7+4reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 26+2reb+3ast, S.Vingelis 23+3reb+2ast, M.Sapiega 9+3reb+9ast, T.Urbonas 9+11reb+1ast, D.Gricius 9+5reb+1ast, P.Malasauskas 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148413


Matinga-Juod. - Ezerunas-Karys 69-73

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Matinga-Juod. (9-10) was defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Ezerunas-Karys (8-11) 73-69 on Friday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-69. The former international forward Kestutis Sestokas (204-76) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marius Kugauda (192-79) chipped in 19 points. Center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) added 16 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Ezerunas-Karys moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Silute. Matinga-Juod. at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. Ezerunas-Karys will face bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#16) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Matinga-Juod.: M.Kalvelis 20+8reb, Z.Kuklierius 16+1reb+3ast, A.Birgelis 11+2ast, A.Krivonis 6+8reb+3ast, K.Pupinis 5+3reb+3ast, P.Gvazdaitis 4+1reb
Ezerunas-Karys: M.Kugauda 19+2reb+2ast, K.Sestokas 19+6reb+2ast, R.Ambrulaitis 10+2reb+1ast, A.Slezas 8+5reb+5ast, P.Lescinskas 8+5reb+2ast, E.Zinevicius 4+4reb
gschID: 148408


Gargzdai - ABRO-Univ. 73-78

Bottom-ranked ABRO-Universitetas managed to get a fifth victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against fifteenth-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena 78-73. Gargzdai-Bremena was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was an exceptional evening for center Julius Jucikas (205-89) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Rokas Giedraitis (195-92) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) came up with 18 points and 4 assists and forward Renatas Jonelis (201-84) added 6 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Gargzdai-Bremena in the defeat. ABRO-Universitetas (5-14) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Gargzdai. ABRO-Universitetas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Statyba (#9) in Vilnius and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gargzdai-Bremena will play on the road against Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai.
Top scorers:
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 18+3reb+4ast, L.Jonuska 14+6reb, M.Grigaitis 10+2reb+7ast, L.Lucinskas 9+2reb, T.Mazelis 8+5reb, R.Jonelis 6+12reb+4ast
ABRO-Univ.: J.Jucikas 22+8reb+1ast, R.Giedraitis 17+7reb+1ast, A.Kurauskas 10+7reb+2ast, E.Vaupsas 9+4reb+3ast, N.Mika 8+3reb+1ast, P.Rasamavicius 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 148409




Siauliai continue their winning streak - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai continue their winning streak in Baltic league and reached 8-0 record on top. Tonight the team beat Tartu Ulikool 109:94 away from home. Cam Long (193-G-88, college: George Mason) nailed 22 points and 5 assists for the winning side and Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84, college: BYU) accounted for 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bill Amis came up with 23 points and 8 rebounds and Kristo Saage added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for Tartu Ulikool in the defeat.
Juventus meanwhile overcame Liepaja 81:74 for 4-5 record. It was a good game for Zydrunas Urbonas who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Darius Pakamanis contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Kristaps Miglinieks (199-G-90) added 11 points in the effort for Liepaja.
Pieno Zvaigzdes rolled over Kedainiai 73:53. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Kedainiai's 26. Sylvester Morgan led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) contributed with 16 points, while Laimonas Kisielius answered with 11 points and Marius Valukonis (198-F-88) added 7 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Kedainiai.



Collins returns to Zalgiris - by Adomas Kraunevicius
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas guard DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) who was temporarily suspended came back and started training with the team again. He participated in Thursday's B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas' training session and is preparing for tomorrow's match against Kedainiai Triobet. However, according to the team officials it is not 100% certain that Collins will play in this match. The coaches and team management are slightly worried about Collins' form as it may take time for Collins to get back in the rhythm.

Collins was suspended for his unsportsmanlike behavior after the VTB League match against Unics Kazan Kazan on the 20th of November. As his teammates stayed in Russia and were preparing for their next match against CSKA Moscow in Moscow, Collins flew back to Kaunas and was unable to comment on the situation.


S.Marciulionio bring in Marius Pociukonis and Nerijus Varnelis - by Eurobasket News
S.Marciulionio are looking for the ways to improve their performance. They recently added two players to the roster. The team agreed on terms of contract with Marius Pociukonis (189-G-82) and Nerijus Varnelis (200-F-78).
Marius Pociukonis started the season with Juventus Utenos. The guard posted 2.2 points, 1.4 assists and 1.2 boards per game in Baltic League. In LKL his stats read 2.2 points, 1.2 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance. Previously Marius Pociukonis had stints with Alita, Sumikhimprom, Panevezys, Arges Pitesti and Tirgu Mures.
Nerijus Varnelis moved to S.Marciulionio from Pieno Zvaigzdes. An experienced forward posted 12.8 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in NKL last season. Previously the forward used to play for Alita, Novy Jicin, Suduva, MBC Odessa, Hidruva-Atletas Kaunas, Panevezys, Khimik and Lokomotiv Novosibirsk. Eurobasket.com named Nerijus Varnelis into All-Lithuanian LKL 1st Team in 2009.


This week's LKL transactions: Kadzevicius to Baltai, Kalvelis leaves Techasas - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Mantas Kadzevicius (194-G-91) is leaving Sakalai Vilnius and moving to Kaunas where he will wear the KK Baltai Kaunas uniform. Kadzevicius joined Sakalai last season however was seeing little playing time this year. He only participated in two BEKO-LKL matches and spent an average 8 minutes on the court scoring 2 points and grabbing 1 rebound. In the Baltic League Challenge Cup tournament he contributed 3 points, 1.5 rebound and 1.3 assist in 11 minutes.

Kadzevicius has a long-term contract with B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

Meanwhile, center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) left Panevezys Techasas and signed a contract with Marijampole Suduva-Arvi which is playing in the the second division (NKL). Mindaugas Kalvelis averaged 7.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1 assist for Panevezys Techasas in BEKO-LKL this season.


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Cup quarterfinals results - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes, T71 Dudelange, Etzella and Sparta paved their way into the Cup Final Four. They all celebrated victories in their respective quarterfinals clashes.
Musel Pikes outgunned Residence 66:54 behind 22 points and 13 rebounds from Brandon Gary (202-F/C-83, college: Hutchinson CC). Philip Perre (198-F-79, college: N.Alabama) added 15 points and 13 boards for the winners. Musel Pikes led by just a single point at the interval 31:30 but they limited Residence to only 24 points in the second half to celebrate victory. Thierry Abdiu (192-F-87) had 12 points and 6 boards for Residence in the loss.
T71 Dudelange overcame Basket Esch 74:58 on the road. T71 used a 16:6 run in the final quarter to clear off for the win. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88, college: Cuesta JC) exploded with 29 points to lead the winners. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87, college: Cal.Baptist) and Jairo Delgado (190-G/F-85) finished with 15 points each for the visitors. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 20 points for Basket Esch.
Sparta narrowly defeated Amicale 89:85 to advance. Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82, college: Dickinson St.) accounted for a triple-double tallying 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Larrie Smith (198-F-75, college: Tenn Tech) added 21 points and 9 boards for Sparta. Demetrius Brown (201-F-83, college: San Jose St.) responded with 23 points for Amicale. Ivan Djerman (203-F-83) netted 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
Finally Etzella shot down Hedgehogs Bascharage 76:61 to reach the semis.


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 24-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 23-5 
 3. Toros 23-9 
 4. Halc.Xalapa 21-8 
 5. Pioneros 21-12 
 6. Huracanes 20-12 
 7. Soles 20-13 
 8. Barreteros 16-15 
 9. Abejas 13-18 
 10. Corr.Victoria 13-18 
 11. Lechugueros 10-20 
 12. Panteras 8-23 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-27 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


LNBP Round 33: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

LNBP round 33 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Halcones Rojos (23-5) against fifth ranked Pioneros (21-12) 102-92 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Halcones Rojos managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Halcones Rojos 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) answered with 17 points and 4 assists for Halcones Rojos. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros maintains fifth place with 21-12 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Fuerza Regia. Halcones Rojos will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Pioneros will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Halcones Rojos in Veracruz.
The game in Zacatecas was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (16-15). Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Barreteros 98-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barreteros. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Kris Richard chipped in 19 points. The best for the losing side was American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Halcones UV Xalapa moved-up to fourth place. Barreteros at the other side keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barreteros will play at home against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Xalapa was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Pioneros (21-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8). Halcones UV Xalapa managed to secure a 4-point victory 90-86 on Thursday. Adam Parada nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Andy Stoglin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. LeRoy Hickerson came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Pioneros in the defeat. Halcones UV Xalapa moved-up to fourth place. Loser Pioneros keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet at home bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pioneros will play against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) in Veracruz and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8) and Panteras (8-23), which took place in Aguascalientes. Higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa lost to twelfth ranked Panteras in a road game 84-90. The best player for the winners was Samuel Bowie who scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras maintains twelfth place with 8-23 record. Halcones UV Xalapa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Volcanes (#14) in Toluca.
The game between tenth ranked Correcaminos (13-18) and 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-27) in Ciudad Victoria on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Correcaminos outscored guests from San Juan 109-82. It was a good game for Robert Brown Jr. who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Correcaminos' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Correcaminos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Abejas. Aguilas Rojas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 27 games lost. Correcaminos will face higher ranked Soles (#7) in Mexicali in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Huracanes (#6) in Tampico.

In the last two games of round 33 Abejas were beaten by Toros on the road 88-70. Huracanes lost to Soles on its own court 85-93.
The most impressive performance of 33th round was 31 points and 13 rebounds by Carl Edwards of Soles.


Corr.Victoria - Aguilas Rojas 109-82

The game between tenth ranked Correcaminos (13-18) and 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-27) in Ciudad Victoria on Thursday ended with biggest points difference. Correcaminos outscored guests from San Juan 109-82. The game without a history. Correcaminos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 48. Correcaminos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. It was a good game for Robert Brown Jr. who led his team to a victory with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 assists for the winners. Five Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Correcaminos' coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. American David Mercer answered with 21 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) added 25 points in the effort for Aguilas Rojas. Correcaminos moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Abejas. Aguilas Rojas lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with 27 games lost. Correcaminos will face higher ranked Soles (#7) in Mexicali in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Huracanes (#6) in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 25+4reb+3ast, D.Mercer 21+9reb+2ast, T.Gamble 16+11reb, J.Portillo 8+2reb, E.Hare 5+6reb, L.Enrique Rangel 5+1ast
Corr.Victoria: R.BROWN JR 25+6reb+4ast, F.Harris 16+4reb, M.Allen 13+4reb+10ast, S.Monreal 11+2reb+1ast, M.English 10+8reb, A.Ferguson 10+9reb
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Barreteros - Halc.Xalapa 83-98

The game in Zacatecas was also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (16-15). Halcones UV Xalapa defeated Barreteros 98-83. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Barreteros. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones UV Xalapa. Barreteros was better in fourth quarter 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones UV Xalapa made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St., agency: Duran International) stepped up and scored 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Kris Richard (195-89, college: Tulane) chipped in 19 points. Richard is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Four Barreteros players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Halcones UV Xalapa moved-up to fourth place. Barreteros at the other side keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Barreteros will play at home against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: S.Cuevas 16+2reb+3ast, D.Shaw 16+6reb+1ast, J.Reaves 14+11reb+1ast, F.Fisher 12+2reb+1ast, G.Stokes 9+2reb+1ast, J.Richards 5+5reb
Halc.Xalapa: K.Richard 19+2reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 18+7reb+1ast, G.Brown 12, O.Mendez-Valdez 12+1reb, A.Parada 10+5reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 8+3reb+4ast
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Pioneros - Halc.Rojos 102-92

LNBP round 33 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Halcones Rojos (23-5) against fifth ranked Pioneros (21-12) 102-92 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Halcones Rojos managed to win third quarter 26-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Halcones Rojos 35-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 25 points for the winners. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) answered with 17 points and 4 assists and Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Halcones Rojos. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pioneros maintains fifth place with 21-12 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Fuerza Regia. Halcones Rojos will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Pioneros will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Halcones Rojos in Veracruz.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: C.Rivera 18+2reb+4ast, G.Vargas 17+4reb+4ast, J.Aubry 10+2reb+1ast, N.Alonzo 10+1reb, P.Stoll 10+1reb+8ast, D.Cortes 9+2reb
Pioneros: J.Millsap 28+8reb+1ast, G.Grays 25+4reb+1ast, L.Hickerson 16+6reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 13, C.Hernandez 12+3reb+2ast, H.Llamas 2+7reb+9ast
gschID: 165222


Panteras - Halc.Xalapa 90-84

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8) and Panteras (8-23), which took place in Aguascalientes. Higher ranked Halcones UV Xalapa lost to twelfth ranked Panteras in a road game 84-90. Halcones UV Xalapa was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 54-44 second half run of Panteras. 24 personal fouls committed by Halcones UV Xalapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) who scored 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was international guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) who recorded 15 points and 9 assists and American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) added 13 points and 5 assists respectively. Four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Panteras maintains twelfth place with 8-23 record. Halcones UV Xalapa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Panteras' next round opponent will be higher ranked Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Volcanes (#14) in Toluca.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: V.Mariscal 17, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+3reb+9ast, G.Brown 13+3reb+5ast, H.Hernandez 13+5reb, R.Mata 9+5reb, D.White 7+4reb+1ast
Panteras: S.Bowie 29+7reb+4ast, M.Bryant 24+4reb+2ast, J.Alvarez 12+8reb+7ast, G.Giron 8+3reb+2ast, L.Rangel 6+3reb+2ast, M.Johnson 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 165223


Halc.Xalapa - Pioneros 90-86

The game in Xalapa was also quite interesting. 5th ranked Pioneros (21-12) played at the court of seventh ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (21-8). Halcones UV Xalapa managed to secure a 4-point victory 90-86 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Halcones UV Xalapa made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The former international center Adam Parada (213-81, college: Cal-Irvine) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Gerald Brown (193-75, college: Pepperdine) accounted for 17 points. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach Andy Stoglin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) came up with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) added 21 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Pioneros in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Halcones UV Xalapa moved-up to fourth place. Loser Pioneros keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet at home bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pioneros will play against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) in Veracruz and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 24+6reb+6ast, J.Millsap 21+6reb, S.Soriano 16+2reb, H.Llamas 12+3reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 8+2reb+4ast, G.Grays 3+2reb+2ast
Halc.Xalapa: A.Parada 18+12reb+1ast, G.Brown 17+3reb+2ast, D.White 13+2reb+5ast, V.Mariscal 12+1reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 8+5reb+1ast, A.Joseph 7+1ast
gschID: 137860


Toros - Abejas 88-70

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Toros (23-9) beat 9th ranked Abejas (13-18) in Nuevo Laredo 88-70 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Abejas was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros forced 20 Abejas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American guard Thomas Gardner (195-85, college: Missouri) contributed with 23 points for the winners. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Abejas. Five Toros and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Toros maintains third place with 23-9 record behind leader Fuerza Regia. Loser Abejas keep the ninth position with 18 games lost. Toros will face Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play on the road against the league's leader Fuerza Regia in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Abejas: M.Jackson 18+9reb+1ast, J.Verdejo 14+3reb+2ast, A.Stockman 13+6reb, L.Wade 10+7reb+3ast, V.Buelna 7+6reb+1ast, B.Heredia 3+1reb+2ast
Toros: T.Gardner 23+2reb+2ast, W.Pagan 20+4reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 15+4reb+5ast, I.Ofoegbu 12+5reb+3ast, J.Lopez 11+5reb+2ast, J.Manuel Esteva 3+2reb
gschID: 137862


Huracanes - Soles 85-93

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Huracanes (20-12) lost to sixth ranked Soles (20-13) in Tampico 85-93 on Thursday. Soles made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Huracanes turnovers. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) added 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Huracanes. Four Soles and five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Soles have a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite that victory Soles went down to seventh position due to points difference. Loser Huracanes dropped to the sixth place with 12 games lost. Soles will face Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 22+14reb, L.Davis 17+9reb+6ast, R.Hornsby 12+10reb+1ast, O.Quintero 12+4reb, J.Edwin 10+4reb+5ast, N.Colmenares 4+2reb
Soles: C.Edwards 31+13reb, D.Cubillan 17+5reb+2ast, D.Fells 16+12reb+2ast, J.Vargas 15+10reb+4ast, J.Griffin 5+3reb, P.Meza Rogel 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137864




Correcaminos UAT Victoria signs Robert Brown - by Eurobasket News
Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) is back to LNBP after almost 6 years. The American forward signed a deal with Correcaminos UAT Victoria for rest of the season. He is not a new face in LNBP as he played for Lobos Grises in 2005. He appeared 16 times for the club at that time averaging 22.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Robert Brown started last season with Israeli CB Habikaa. He had 20.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 2.6 apg for 9 games in National League. They parted ways in November of 2010. Robert Brown was the top scorer of Israeli National League in 2009/10. He had 28.8 ppg for Hapoel Haifa that season. In the past, Brown played in Argentina, Australia and France.

Abejas falls on the road in Bryant's debut as HC - by Alejandro Martinez
Nuevo Laredo - Abejas de Guanajuato came to town against the Toros Thursday night with new Head Coach Joe Bryant (agency: SportsList Inc. ) leading the team. Bryant has been quoted as saying that he would like to get better defensively and get out in the open court and create some easy chances. Neither quite came to pass for Abejas as they fall to Toros 88-70. The move at the coaching position had been delayed for more than a month after the club had lost Jackson Dunbar to illness. Initially the club reported that Dunbar would be the assistant on Bryant's staff and then corrected the report later on Tuesday and stated that Dunbar would actually be the 2nd assistant. Bryant, the father to the Lakers Kobe Bryant, met with reporters and his new team and has been put in charge of leading a turnaround for Abejas but did the team wait too long? The regular season's final game is scheduled for December 27th, some 18 days away, and the team falls further back behind the 8 seed with this loss. Abejas is now 0-1 under Bryant and 13-19 overall, needing to make up quite a bit of ground in a little over 2 weeks to catch current 8 seed Barreteros who currently stand at 16-15. Thomas Gardner had 23 and Wilfredo Pagan 20 in the Toros win while Marcus Jackson had 18 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

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Keyon Dooling to the Celtics - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics are going to announce the acquisition of veteran point guard Keyon Dooling (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri) from the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, the first day of training camp and trades can become official, according to a league source.

The deal is expected to include a second-round draft pick headed to Milwaukee and it gives the Celtics a veteran backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo, who remains a Celtic after Chris Paul was dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Dooling, who will earn $2.1 million this season, averaged 7.1 points and 3 assists in 80 games with the Bucks last season. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft out of Missouri and played four years with the Clippers, 1 with Miami, 3 with the Magic, 2 with the Nets before signing with Milwaukee in 2010.

Dooling has been in the spotlight this summer because he was on the NBA Players Association executive committee. Dooling got into an infamous fight with current Celtic Ray Allen during a Jan 2006 game between Allen's Seattle SuperSonics and Dooling's Magic.

The two wrestled into the stands at KeyArena in Seattle and both were ejected. Each received suspensions for the altercation.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


NBA kills trade of Chris Paul to Lakers - by Eurobasket News
The blockbuster Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) trade is off, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Other media outlets have confirmed that the deal is dead.

NBA owners have pushed David Stern to kill a proposed trade that would send Paul to the Lakers from the NBA-owned Hornets.

Owners were irate with Stern during Thursday's Board of Governors meeting.

Hornets' GM Dell Demps received pressure from the NBA to back out of the agreed-upon trade and keep Paul, say sources.

The Rockets were also involved in the trade that was agreed upon in principle. Pau Gasol would have gone to Houston, while Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom and Goran Dragic were set to be deal to the Hornets.

'WoW,' wrote Chris Paul on Twitter as a response.

Paul will report for Hornets training camp on Friday.

The early consensus from most experts was that the Demps had received good value in return for Paul, while the Lakers were taking a big gamble by giving up so much. Several GMs believed the Hornets received a good return considering their lack of leverage.

'The owners half-pushed this through, and Stern took it the rest of the way,' a league source said. 'In the end, David didnt like that the players were dictating where they wanted to go. He wasn't going to let Chris Paul dictate where he wanted to go.'

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com


Clippers sign Caron Butler for 3 years, $24M - by Eurobasket News
Two days ago the Clippers were considered a potential front-runner in the race for Chris Paul. Thursday, they completed the most Clipper-esque move they could make. David Aldridge of NBA.com reports that the Clippers have signed the 31-year-old, coming-off-knee-surgery Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) to a three-year, $24 million deal.

Yup, still the Clippers.

Butler has toned down some of his worst temperments in recent years. He's a little easier on the trigger finger, works hard in a defensive scheme, has veteran experience and was a difference maker on the Mavs last season before he went down with knee surgery. Unfortunately, he's 31, and he went down with knee surgery.

The offers on the table for Butler as of Wednesday included the $5 million Mid-Level Exception from either the Spurs or Bulls, to be a competent role player on a championship contender, or $7 million to go to either the Nets or Clippers.

The Clippers went one million dollars above that to make sure they got Butler. Alongside Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin, Butler will be one of the veteran linchpins for a team that needed to improve on both ends of the floor.

In unrelated news, the NBA Board of Governors was expected to vote to approve the new CBA deal which they agreed to with the NBPA (also voting Thursday) after a five-month lockout in an effort by owners to control wasteful spending.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Players, owners approve agreement - by Eurobasket News
NBA basketball is back, and commissioner David Stern insists it's better than before.

Maybe it won't be noticed right away, but Stern said the 'tortured journey' of the 161-day lockout will prove to be worth it.

Stern announced that owners and players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday, the final step to ending the five-month lockout and paving the way for training camps and free agency to open Friday.

Together with an expanded revenue sharing program, Stern said teams and fans will see an improved league in coming years.

'It's a new beginning in a way,' he said. 'It's going to take a couple of years to work its way out, but we're very excited about its prospects.'

The 10-year deal promises owners savings of perhaps a quarter billion dollars a year but largely leaves intact the soft salary cap system that the players fought hard to maintain.

Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver announced the deal during a news conference, putting an end to nearly two years of difficult negotiations that resulted in the second shortened season in NBA history. A 66-game schedule will begin on Christmas and run through April 26, forcing every team to play on three straight nights at least once.

Owners approved the deal, which allows either side to opt out after six years, by a 25-5 vote. The players' association said 86 percent of the more than 200 players who voted electronically approved the deal.

Owners also agreed to an expanded revenue sharing plan, and Stern called both agreements 'a watershed moment' for the league. The plan, which will begin in 2013-14, more than quadruples the revenue currently shared by teams, with Stern saying they could now receive in excess of $20 million and at least six teams could pay $50 million into the plan.

Saying they lost hundreds of millions a year under the old collective bargaining agreement, ratified in 2005, and believing that it favored large-market teams, owners sought significant changes in these negotiations. They refused an option to let the CBA run another year and opened the process in January 2010 with a proposal that called for a hard cap, the elimination of guaranteed contracts, rollbacks of current salaries and a massive reduction in the players' share of basketball-related income.

Owners locked out the players on July 1 when the old deal expired, and they reached a tentative deal on the main issues around 3 a.m. ET Nov. 26, heading off the potential of a canceled season and avoiding a possibly costly and lengthy court battle if the players had proceeded with an antitrust lawsuit.

The remaining issues finally were agreed to late Thursday morning, after players already had begun voting electronically.

Though owners insisted they wanted competitive balance just as much as a chance for profit, there's no proof yet they achieved it. Trade rumors involving All-Stars Chris Paul of New Orleans and Dwight Howard of Orlando had them landing in major markets, whose teams cleaned up during most of the old deal, when the Lakers, Celtics and Mavericks claimed the last four campionships.

Stern knows the owners, particularly in the small markets, didn't get everything they wanted, but he said 'this is going to be a more competitive league over time.'

'While it's not perfect, the deal addresses significant issues on both sides in a very productive way, we believe,' he added.

Player salaries were reduced by 12 percent, and Stern emphasized new provisions that will allow teams to more easily escape difficult contracts and become competitive more quickly.

'We think it's a very good deal, and it's going to withstand the test of time,' he said.

But with the revenue split and system issues taking so much time, there was little opportunity to change the non-economic issues. The draft age limit will remain 19 years at least through the 2012 draft -- the league would have liked to go to 20, the players would like to abolish it entirely -- and blood testing for human growth hormone won't be implemented this season.

Stern and the owners have been criticized for taking so long to come to an agreement, with no noticeable proof that the small-market teams who so badly needed relief are getting it. And the lockout comes with damage to the legacy of the 69-year-old Stern in his last CBA negotiations.

But he dismissed fears of that, believing he did what's best for his owners and league.

'I think most importantly we're back to basketball,' Silver said. 'I think legacies aside, it would have been terrible for the players, for the teams, our fans, concessionaires, everyone involved if we had lost more games than we had, so I think that's what's most important.'

Training camps will open at 2 p.m. ET Friday, with the salary cap staying at $58 million. Having free agency the same day will be a challenge, but Stern said everyone was ready to go.

'We considered it, but on balance, our teams, our players and our fans were just saying let's get it on,' he said. 'So even though you could make a logical argument that we could have gained a day one place or the other, it was the overwhelming sentiment that we should just get going and we decided to do that.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Could Baron Davis Be a New York Knick - by Daniel Gibson
'To be honest with you, you know who the best mentor for Kyrie is? You're looking at him,' said Byron Scott head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. 'You're looking at him. I've had this situation with Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) (in New Orleans) as well. I don't want to sound cocky, but you're looking at him. I'm the best.'

That was Scott's response to being asked if Baron Davis (6'3''-PG-79, college: UCLA) would serve as a mentor for the number one pick, Kyrie Irving, as reported by Newsday.com. That is definitely not a ringing endorsement for Davis' future with the club. The Cavs are still debating whether to use the amnesty clause to get Davis' contract off the books and give the keys to the franchise to young Irving or keep him.

It is believed that in order for Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) to sign with the New York Knicks the team would have to use the amnesty clause on Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado). If this occurs they will be without a starting point guard. Davis has the personality to play in New York and not shrink under the bright lights and media scrutiny. He has slimmed down and is healthy for the first time in a long time. If Davis is released look for the Knicks to show serious interest in him.


Tayshaun Prince and Jonas Jerebko will re-sign with Detroit Pistons - by Eurobasket News
Back in February, Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said he wanted to re-sign Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky). On Thursday, Dumars got his wish, agreeing to a four-year contract with the veteran small forward.

The Pistons do not release the financial details of their contracts, but multiple reports indicate Prince will earn $27 million over the course of the four-year deal.

Prince was an unrestricted free agent after finishing up his five-year, $47 million contract extension last season. He earned more than $11 million in 2010-11.

Prince has spent his entire nine-year career with the Pistons after being drafted by the organization in the first round of the NBA Draft out of Kentucky in 2002. For his career, he's averaged 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

A Pistons team source also confirmed forward Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) has agreed to re-sign with Detroit for four years. His deal is valued at $18 million.

'I'm very happy to be back in The Palace and to play for the Detroit Pistons,' Jerebko wrote in a statement on his official website. 'Cant wait to step on the floor again and show all the Detroit fans that I'm back. Its been a long summer and Im ready to play. Very happy to be a Piston for the next four years and more to come

Jerebko, a restricted free agent, missed the entire 2010-11 season with an Achilles tendon tear sustained in the Pistons preseason opener. As a rookie the season before, he started 73 games, averaging 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.

With Prince and Jerebko back in the fold that leaves point guard Rodney Stuckey as the Pistons last remaining question mark. The four-year veteran is considered one of the top guards on the free agent market, and is likely command an annual salary in the $7-9 million range. As a restricted free agent, the Pistons will have the right to match any offer Stuckey receives.

The big concern among Pistons fans, especially if Detroit re-signs Stuckey as well, is that the roster will look remarkably similar to the one that has won just 57 games over the past two seasons.

The Pistons will still have the mid-level exception at their disposal, a four-year contract starting at $5 million per season, but that's unlikely to net a difference-maker.

Detroit could also make a trade or two before the season starts. Much was made of Dumars being hand-cuffed from making moves while the sale of the franchise was pending last season, but with new owner Tom Gores in place, that's no longer the case.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com


Knicks nearing deal to land Chandler - by Eurobasket News
The New York Knicks are nearing a four-year, $58 million contract with Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) after the Golden State Warriors conceded theyre no longer in the running to sign the free-agent center, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

To add Chandler, the Knicks will use their amnesty clause to waive Chauncey Billups and his $14.2 million salary, sources said.

Once the Knicks amnesty Billups, teams under the salary cap can bid on him and claim him off waivers. Billups agent, Andy Miller, said his client is upset about that prospect.

Hes irate under the circumstances, Miller said. He felt this would be his final destination, and he was promised that he would be playing for a team that was going to be competing for the playoffs. He has no intention of being open-minded about any possible situation where a team would claim him off waivers unless its a team he chooses himself. Buyer beware.

The Knicks pursuit of Chandler intensified after efforts to trade for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul stalled, sources said.

Chandler was an important contributor during the Mavericks run to last seasons NBA championship, averaging 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 74 games. The Mavericks have been reluctant to offer Chandler a competitive, long-term extension, preferring to save their money to spend on the 2012 free-agent class, which could include Dwight Howard and Deron Williams.

Comcast Bay Area first reported the Knicks interest in Chandler. CBSSports.com reported the Knicks potential amnesty of Billups.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Bucks set to sign Dunleavy - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks are hoping for more than a wing and a prayer when it comes to their offense this season.

And they are doing something about it by adding a veteran wing player to the roster. A league source indicated Thursday the Bucks will sign veteran free-agent guard Mike Jr. Dunleavy (6'9''-G/F-80, college: Duke) when the signing period opens Friday afternoon.

According to the source, Dunleavy will sign a two-year deal in the $7.5 million range.

Dunleavy is expected to arrive Friday morning and have his physical in time to participate in the opening day of the Bucks' training camp.

The 31-year-old Dunleavy averaged 11.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 61 games with the Indiana Pacers last season.

The 6-foot-9 Dunleavy played the last 4 1/2 seasons with the Pacers after beginning his NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.

The former Duke star was the third overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Warriors. He has averaged 12.1 points and 4.7 rebounds during his nine-year pro career and has appeared in 627 regular-season games.

Dunleavy is the son of former Bucks player and coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.

Dunleavy adds depth to the shooting guard and small forward positions and has the ability to stretch opposing defenses with his perimeter game.

The Bucks also have veterans Stephen Jackson and Carlos Delfino at small forward and shooting guard, and newly acquired Beno Udrih can play both guard positions.

Dunleavy is a career 36% shooter from three-point range but shot 40% from beyond the arc last season (hitting 102 of 254 attempts).

His best season with the Pacers came in 2007-'08 when he averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists while starting in all 82 games.

The Bucks are seeking to improve an offense that ranked last in the league in scoring and field goal percentage last season.

Milwaukee also made a trade Thursday, sending veteran guard Keyon Dooling and a protected second-round pick to the Boston Celtics, according to a league source.

Dooling wanted to be traded after the Bucks acquired Jackson and Shaun Livingston in a three-team draft-day deal in June. The Bucks now will be able to use the $2.1 million owed on the final year of Dooling's contract to fill other needs.

The Bucks are preparing to open training camp Friday with a single practice session at the Cousins Center.

Among the players returning to the team's training facility Thursday were power forward Drew Gooden and small forward Carlos Delfino, who arrived from his home in Argentina.

'I think it's going to be different; I don't know what to expect really,' Delfino said. 'We're going to have new faces and new guys. We don't know yet how it's going to be.

'I see everyone is positive and happy to be here; everyone is super-charged to start.'

Gooden said there will be challenges to face with a two-week training camp and compressed 66-game schedule, beginning for the Bucks on Dec. 26 at Charlotte.

I think all the schedules, on paper, look the same to us, Gooden said. I think it will really take a toll on guys bodies physically but this is going to be mentally challenging for guys, especially rookies.

'I cant imagine being a rookie and being tossed into the whirlwind of playing all these games this fast. Its going to be interesting to see where we are physically and mentally during the season.

Gooden missed much of last season due to left foot plantar fasciitis but said he has tried to recover during the extended off-season. And he pointed out he will be starting a second season under the same coach for only the second time in his 10-year NBA career.

Im in a comfort zone like no other right now, Gooden said. I dont have to see what this guy (Bucks coach Scott Skiles) is about or worry about learning all new plays. Its an advantage for me.

The only other time Gooden returned under the same coach was with Mike Brown in Cleveland during the 2006-07 season.

In addition to Dunleavy, the Bucks are adding veterans Jackson, Udrih and Livingston in the backcourt and rookies Tobias Harris and Jon Leuer in the frontcourt.

We were in this position last year so we know how to deal with new faces, Gooden said of. We know now how to collectively come together and get that chemistry.

It starts in camp. Its going to be a fast, fast season with a lot of games. Its not going to be a snails pace trying to get to know each other. Its going to have to happen right away.

Courtesy of www.jonline.com


Free agent Shane Battier to sign with Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News
The Heat will begin training camp Friday with at least one new player. NBA free agent Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) is joining the team.

Battier, a small forward, announced his plans on Twitter on Thursday morning. Then, in a moment of inspiration, he cited Jimmy Buffett:

This was an exciting process and after much deliberation, I would like to quote the great poet Jimmy Buffett and take my chances, Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season.

Pretty sure we know whose jersey Buffett will be wearing to games this season.

And Battier is right, of course. Year 2 of the Big 3 will be just as wild as the first, if not more so. The Heat will be in the eye of the storm, and the attention will be unrelenting. It all begins on Friday.

Training camps around the NBA can officially begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, and opening day coincides with the beginning of a shortened free agency period. Teams will be allowed to add, subtract and trade players throughout training camp, which could make for a hectic environment as teams and their players try to knock off the rust from the prolonged lockout.

Battier, a Duke grad, helped the Memphis Grizzlies upset the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season. He played a prominent role, filling in for an injured Rudy Gay, Memphis best player. Battiers combination of defense, three-point shooting and work ethic made him a highly sought-after free agent.

Shane is a proven winner and hes all about the right things, Heat co-captain Udonis Haslem said on Thursday. He gives us another piece to reach our ultimate goal.

In the end, Battier decided on Miami because he believes the Heat gives him the best chance to win an NBA championship. If the 33-year-old signs for the mid-level minimum as expected three years, $9 million then he could be in a fun ride.

The lockout gave me a lot of time to consider what was important to me at this stage of my life and career, Battier said. Over the last week, Ive played out every scenario in my head over and over. It always came back to one thing for me: a winning role.

The Heat is now loaded with talent on the wing. With Battier, LeBron James and Mike Miller at small forward, Miami native James Jones could be the odd man out. Like Battier, Jones is a free agent.

Of course, its not yet certain that Miller will return with the Heat this season. Long considered an amnesty candidate, Miller recently underwent his fourth surgery in a year. But signs on Wednesday and Thursday pointed to Miller remaining in Miami. He began rehabbing at the Heat practice facility earlier this week and said he felt secure that he would remain with the Heat.

If Battier signs for the midlevel minimum, it could mean the Heat is out of the running for center Samuel Dalembert. The Heat had hoped to sign Dalembert for the full midlevel $5 million per season but the native of Haiti is expected to command more on the open market.

The Heat is expected to take a flyer on center Eddy Curry to add depth to its roster. Curry, who has not played in three seasons, could report to the Heats training camp as early as Friday. Haslem seemed receptive to the idea of adding Curry.

I remember him giving Shaq some problems, Haslem said of Curry. Him being able to score in the paint I think to have a guy like that would improve our chances of getting to next level.

Mario Chalmers, a restricted free agent, was at the Heats practice facility on Thursday and indicated that he hopes to re-sign with the Heat but added that hes keeping his options open.

Its in their hands, Chalmers said of the Heats front office. Lets see what they do.

Chalmers has a qualifying offer from the Heat but said he also has a few options on the table from other teams. Hes expected to make a decision before training camp begins.

Haslem spoke with Chalmers on Thursday and, as a friend, told him to do whats best for his future. As a teammate, Haslem hopes Chalmers re-signs.

Hes still young and has a lot of basketball left in him, but to win a championship is the ultimate thing, Haslem said.

Said Chalmers: Getting back to The Finals, thats my main thing. I want to go through it and actually get a ring this time.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Greg Oden accepts Blazers qualifying offer - by Eurobasket News
Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) will be staying with the Portland Trail Blazers for at least one more season, his agent told the Oregonian.

Oden will be signing a one-year, $8.9 million qualifying offer with the Blazers that would then make him an unrestricted free agent in 2012. The Blazers made that offer already before the lockout was installed.

There was some thinking that Oden might prefer a fresh start as he's had so many problems in Portland. Some buzz popped up recently about him looking at the Pacers, which are near his hometown.

But he probably wouldn't get anything near the $8.9 million he's getting with the qualifying offer. And he also has the opportunity to play for a bigger deal next season.

Oden has appeared in just 82 games since being taken No. 1 overall by Portland in the 2007 draft. He missed last season after having microfracture surgery in November. And that was after he had a kneecap injury in Dec. of 2009 that forced him to miss the rest of that season. So it's been a while since Oden has been on the basketball court.

Before that injury, Oden was playing pretty well in what was his second season averaging 11.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Right now, the expectation is that Oden will return to the floor in January.

Waiting until 2012 is probably the wise thing for Oden to do. The $8.9 million is more than he'd likely get in free agency -- especially from the Heat -- and he could use 55 or so games to prove his health this season. If Oden can finally get back to full strength and play as the enforcer he did for that small part of 2009, he could be a player that would require a decent payday.

But as it's been since he was drafted with the top pick in 2007, Oden has to be healthy. Unless that happens, the $8.9 million this season might be the biggest check he'll see for the rest of his career.

Courtesy of http://eye-on-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com


Miami Heat thinking big, plan to sign Eddy Curry - by Eurobasket News
If nothing else, the Miami Heat are thinking big when it comes to addressing their void in the middle.

Eddy Curry (6'11''-C/F-82), the widebody center who has battled weight problems throughout his career, has received an invitation to training camp, an NBA source confirmed Thursday to the Sun Sentinel.

The only centers currently under contract to the Heat are Joel Anthony and Dexter Pittman, the 2010 second-round pick who does not have a guarantee for the coming season.

Of the three other centers who finished last season on the Heat roster, Jamaal Magloire will sign with the Toronto Raptors, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has retired and Erick Dampier remains a free agent.

Curry is represented by the same agent as Heat forward LeBron James. He worked out multiple times for the Heat last season in hopes of securing a spot for a playoff drive that ultimately took the Heat within two victories of an NBA championship.

Instead, the plans for the No. 4 overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft were put on hold by the lockout.

Friday is the first day teams can sign free agents. It also is the first day of Heat training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Heat power forward Udonis Haslem said Curry is nothing if not intriguing.

'I haven't worked with him, but I just remember back to the days when he was with Chicago,' Haslem said. 'He gave Shaq problems, when Shaq was with us and Eddy was with Chicago. I remember specifically him giving Shaq some problems, offensively, being able to score down in the paint with his back to the basket and with his size and his strength.

'So if we have an opportunity to add a guy like that to our roster, I think it only improves our chances of getting to the next level.'

Curry, listed at 7 feet and a charitable 295 pounds, has played only 10 games over the last three seasons, with injuries an issue in addition to the weight concerns.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Raptors agree to terms with Magloire on one-year contract - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with veteran centre Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky).

The Toronto-born Magloire averaged 1.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18 games with the Miami Heat last season.

Once an NBA all-star (with the New Orleans Hornets in 2003-04), the 33-year-old has seen his minutes dwindle as his age and past injuries caught up with him.

Originally taken 19th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 2000 NBA Draft, Magloire has also had stints in Milwaukee, Portland, New Jersey, and Dallas.

In 646 career NBA games, Magloire has a career field-goal percentage of 48.1 per cent, averaging 7.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


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NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 10-2 
 2. Quebec K. 8-4 
 3. St.John M.R. 6-5 
 4. Halifax R. 5-4 
 5. Summerside S. 5-7 
 6. Oshawa P. 5-7 
 7. Moncton M. 0-10 


Storm lose heartbreaker - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm lost a heartbreaker to the Halifax Rainmen in the final seconds of regulation time, but it was their free-throw shooting that let them down Thursday night.

Halifax pulled out a 97-96 victory at EastLink Arena after the Rainmen's Justin Johnson made a layup with five seconds left on the clock.

The late bucket came just moments after the Storm's Julian Allen missed two free throws that would have put his team up by three points with 14 seconds to play.

But Summerside head coach Joe Salerno couldn't put the blame squarely on Allen when the team shot 15-for-35 from the free-throw line for the game.

'That's not on Julian Allen, Salerno said. If we miss free throws the entire game, you can't win.

'We almost got out of here with a win, shooting 42 per cent from the line.'

The loss was the Storm's fourth straight, leaving them at 5-7 (won-lost) in the inaugural National Basketball League of Canada season. Halifax improved to 5-4.



Fell behind

Summerside fell behind 17-7 at one point in the first quarter. But, energized by four consecutive three-pointers from Chris Cayole (6'7''-F-85, college: St.Michael's), the Storm rallied to lead 22-19 going into the second quarter.

The Storm would push its lead to as much as 10 points in the second quarter, but the Rainmen chipped away to lead 47-46 at halftime.

Halifax's Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut) had 10 of his 16 points in the first half, while Summerside's Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) had 14 of his 18 points through the first 24 minutes.

The Storm seemed to solve their recent third-quarter difficulties, taking a 72-70 lead into the fourth frame.

In the final minute of the game, Eric Gilchrese (6'0''-PG-87, college: New Hampshire) made two free throws to bring the Storm within 95-94.

Brown pushed the ball back down court, but was called for a charging foul under the hoop, giving possession back to Summerside.

With 24 seconds left on the clock, point guard Al Stewart connected on an alley-oop to Cayole that electrified the crowd. Halifax botched the ensuing inbound play, handing the ball back to the Storm.

Allen went to the line with 14 seconds left, and his team up 96-95, but missed both shots.

Johnson then sped down court and banked a tough shot off the glass, to the shock of the Summerside crowd.

'We played a very tough game against a good team, said Halifax head coach Josep Claros Canals. I think we deserved this win.

You win in the last second, but you fight all game.'


Game-high 20 points

Cayole had a game-high 20 for the Storm. Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) led the Rainmen with 18.

Despite his team's poor free-throw shooting, Salerno was encouraged by the Storm's effort.

'We did almost everything that we wanted to do tonight (Thursday), said Salerno. We had less than 20 turnovers, we held them to (under) 100 points, we won the battle on the glass. . . I can't ask for anything more from them.

'These guys have been shooting free throws the same way since they've been 12. All we have to do is bump up our reps.'

The Storm has a week off before hosting Halifax again at EastLink Arena on Thursday, Dec. 15.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




Lightning strikes Oshawa Power - by Eurobasket News
The London Lightning are like a refined race car that occasionally runs roughly.

You merely find another part to smooth it out.

It's one reason the Lightning have been so successful this year. They never seem to run out of parts.

Playing without one of their best players, the Lightning hammered the Oshawa Power 100-76 Thursday in a National Basketball League of Canada game in front of about 250 fans. The Lightning ran their record to 10-2, while the Power fell to 5-7.

It was a night when it didn't seem to matter who the Lightning ran out there, especially in the second half. They all did a job.

You can go down the list - Eddie Smith, Brandon Dean, Gabe Freeman, Shamari Spears, Rodney Buford. They call came up with big plays when they were needed.

In a 100-76 game you would think big plays where never an issue. But after a dreadful first half, when neither team could shoot or find any rhythm, it took a startling third quarter for the Lightning to blow it open.

'We started to shoot well in the third quarter,' Lightning coach Michael Ray Richardson said. 'We had good shots in the first half but didn't make them and shot 34% in the first half.

'But what happened was we played great defence. You play great defence it's going to keep you in the game.'

That and having the kind of bench the Lightning have.

'That's why you build teams with a great bench,' Richardson said. 'I've got guys on the bench that can start anywhere in this league. When you go to the bench you don't lose anything.'

The guy who came up big was Smith. With DeAnthony Bowden out with an injury, Smith carried the load of running the offence. He had help from Brandon Dean, who was playing his first game in a month. Dean got stronger as the game progressed and started to zero in from long range in the second half.

But Smith really made things click.

'It was very tiresome,' he said with a laugh. 'I was happy with how it went. We got good shots in the first half but they weren't falling. We aren't going to shoot that way through two halves. We're all professionals out here.'

The Lightning went from shooting 34% in the first half to 55% in the second.

Whatever else Richardson said at the half worked because his club turned off the Power permanently. The Lightning outscored them 36-14 in the third quarter.

'We just wanted to suffocate them and stop their breathing,' Smith said. 'That's what they specified at halftime. We are a good defensive team and we wanted to display it (Thursday.)'

With the Lightning lighting it up from the outside it stretched the Power's defence.

'When the ball is moving and everybody is unselfish, good things are going to happen for any team,' Smith said.

Dean's return added more team depth on the court and will also help in the locker room.

'It's great to have him out there,' Smith said. 'We love him out there with his leadership, his IQ, his aggressiveness, just his personality period.'

The Lightning had newcomers Tristan Martin and Ron Washington in the lineup for the first time. Washington saw four minutes of action while Martin didn't see the floor.

This was the third regular-season meeting between the two teams. The Power won the first game in Oshawa and lost the rematch in London in what was a nasty game, physical game.

This game was meek and mild compared to the other two.

These teams meet twice more this weekend, once in London Saturday and back in Oshawa Sunday.

Courtesy of www.lfpress.com


Oshawa Power lands Collins - by Eurobasket Center
Oshawa Power (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old Canadian ex-international center David Collins (213-C-85, college: Bradley). In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. However his new team lost to London L. 76-100. Collins played most recently at Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada). While playing 2 games for St.John M.R. this season he averaged 1.0ppg. Collins is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Serbia and Slovenia. Collins graduated Bradley University in 2009 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball. Collins was a member of Canadian international program for some years. He played for Canadian senior national until 2009 and previously for university national team in 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Bryan McCullough is a newcomer at Halifax Rainmen - by Eurobasket Center
Halifax Rainmen (NBL Canada) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old American swingman Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, college: NC-Asheville). In his first game he scored 9 points and added 3 assists helping his new team beat Summerside S. 97-96. McCullough played most recently at CS Politehnica Unirea Iasi (Romania). While playing 32 games for Politehnica last season he averaged 15.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 4.0apg and 1.8spg. He is a very experienced player. McCullough played also pro basketball in Germany, Hungary and Romania. He graduated University of North Carolina - Asheville in 2005 and actually missed last season. It will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Jerome Brown is a newcomer at Oshawa Power - by Eurobasket Center
Oshawa Power (NBL Canada) added to their roster American guard Jerome Brown (196-G-93kg). In his first game he scored 7 points. However his new team lost to London L. 76-100. Brown played most recently at Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada).

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Chaminade coach Mathey resigns over text containing slur - by Eurobasket News
Chaminade assistant men's basketball coach Michael Mathey has resigned after sending a text message to a player containing a racial slur.

The tiny Catholic university in Hawaii that hosts the high-profile Maui Invitational every year on Thursday said it has accepted Mathey's resignation and denounced his actions. Mathey, of Prospect, Ohio, was in his first season at Chaminade.

'Mike decided it was in his best interest and the interest of the team that he should resign immediately, and we have accepted his resignation,' Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird said in a statement. 'Inappropriate text messaging and the use of racial biased language is not something that will be tolerated neither by me nor by Chaminade University.'

The 2,700-student university, which prides itself as having one of the nation's most diverse campuses, said it took immediate steps to place the coach on administrative leave after the text, sent in error last weekend, was reported to school officials.

'I am very proud of the fact that we have a very diverse team from various countries and different backgrounds. We stand united together and will move forward as a team,' Bovaird said.

Hawaii News Now, which was the first to report the coach being placed on leave, reported that Mathey intended to send the text to a friend, but mistakenly sent it to the player.

The school told The Associated Press that the slur was the N-word. The player was not identified.

'We believe that we handled this unfortunate situation swiftly, fairly and respectively to all parties involved,' Chaminade athletic director Bill Villa said. 'The team and coaches have done an admirable job of supporting and comforting each other, working through this adversity and re-focusing on their goals and mission. I'm very proud of them.'

The Division II Silverswords hosts the Maui Invitational, which regularly draws some of the top teams in the country every year. Last month, Duke defeated Kansas in the title game.

Chaminade's basketball program is best known for beating Ralph Sampson's top-ranked Virginia 77-72 in 1982 in one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history. Chaminade was an 800-student NAIA school at that time and didn't even have its own gymnasium.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Matta unsure if Sullinger will play for No. 2 OSU - by Eurobasket News
Coach Thad Matta says he's still unsure if his second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes will have All-American forward Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) for their game on Saturday at No. 13 Kansas.

The 6-foot-9 sophomore missed the Buckeyes' game against Texas-Pan American on Saturday because of back spasms.

He is averaging 19.1 points and 10.3 rebounds a game for Ohio State (8-0) which will be hitting the road for the first time this season when it goes to Allen Fieldhouse for the first time since 1999.

Sullinger's presence is particularly valuable against Kansas (6-2), a team that features 6-10 Thomas Robinson and 7-0 Jeff Withey in the frontcourt. The Jayhawks outrebound opponents by nine per game.

Courtesy of www.csnphilly.com


Sophomore Nurideen Lindsey to transfer from St. John's - by Eurobasket News
St. John's starting guard Nurideen Lindsey (6'3''-G) has decided to transfer to another school, effective at the end of this semester.

'This was a mutually agreed-upon decision that Nuri's pursuit of other opportunities is in the best interest of all parties,' coach Steve Lavin said in a statement released by the school. 'We appreciate Nuri's contributions to our program. He is a basketball player with a bright future. Our basketball family supports Nuri as he moves in a new direction.'

'I came to St. John's for a couple of reasons. One was to be close to my mom, whose health has been up and down due to some past experiences. The second was to play for Coach Lav,' said Lindsey in the statement. 'In both instances it has not worked out how I envisioned.'

'I think Coach Lav is an amazing coach, and person. He could have taught me so much,' Lindsey continued. 'I love St. John's and appreciate all the love and support from the staff and school. I think this team will be special. I think what I'll miss most about St. John's is miss my teammates. Those guys are like my brothers. So I will continue to support St. John's and my brothers. Thank you for the memories, regardless of how brief.'

Lindsey, a sophomore in his first year with the Red Storm after a year at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma, had started in all nine games so far this season. He was third on the team in scoring (11.9 points per game) and led the team in assists (2.9 per game).

The 6-foot-3 point man made a big splash in his Division I debut, with a team-high 19 points in a win over William & Mary. He scored in double figures in the team's first five games, including a near-triple double against UMBC (15 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists).

But Lindsey had struggled of late, reaching double digits in just one of the past four games. Against Texas A&M at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 18, with St. John's trailing by a point and 2.3 seconds left, Lindsey missed a pair of free throws, leading to a gut-wrenching loss. And he scored just a single point in a blowout loss at No. 1 Kentucky on Dec. 1.

The loss of Lindsey is a crippling blow to St. John's, which was already short-handed this season, with just eight scholarship players (one of whom is a former walk-on). And it is just the latest surprise in what has been a tumultuous first semester, to say the least.

In September, three of Lavin's nine incoming recruits -- JaKarr Sampson, Norvel Pelle and Amir Garrett -- were declared academically ineligible for the fall semester. Sampson and Pelle have since officially decommitted from St. John's and reopened their recruitment. Garrett could still potentially join the Red Storm for the second semester, an addition that would be even more important in the wake of Lindsey's departure.

And Lavin himself has been away from the team for much of the past two months, recuperating from Oct. 6 prostate cancer surgery. Lavin missed the Nov. 7 season opener against William & Mary, returned to coach the team two nights later against Lehigh and coached the next three games as well, but then decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from the sideline, saying he had come back prematurely and needed to build up more physical stamina before returning full-time.

Courtesy of ESPN


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 0-0 (8-0) 
 2. Ohio St. 0-0 (8-0) 
 3. Syracuse 0-0 (8-0) 
 4. N.Carolina 0-0 (7-2) 
 5. Louisville 0-0 (7-0) 
 6. Baylor 0-0 (6-0) 
 7. Duke 0-0 (8-0) 
 8. Xavier 0-0 (6-0) 
 9. Connecticut 0-0 (8-1) 
 10. Missouri 0-0 (8-0) 
 11. Marquette 0-0 (7-0) 
 12. Florida 0-0 (5-2) 
 13. Kansas 0-0 (6-2) 
 14. Wisconsin 0-0 (7-2) 
 15. Pittsburgh 0-0 (8-1) 
 16. Alabama 0-0 (7-2) 
 17. Mississippi St. 0-0 (8-1) 
 18. Georgetown 0-0 (7-1) 
 19. Creighton 0-0 (7-0) 
 20. Michigan 0-0 (6-1) 
 21. Memphis 0-0 (4-2) 
 22. Texas A&M 0-0 (7-1) 
 23. Gonzaga 0-0 (5-1) 
 24. Illinois 0-0 (9-0) 
 25. Harvard 0-0 (7-2) 


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, Tenn Tech19.0 
 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, Tenn Tech3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


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  NIGERIA   


Defenders' Coach Revels On Premier League Berth - by Eurobasket News
Tope Olowosulu, the Head Coach, Defenders Basketball Club, Abuja, has said the men's qualification for the 2012 DSTV Premier League had opened a window of opportunity for their sponsors.

Olowosulu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Abuja that their sponsors, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), were hitherto acknowledged for their exploits in athletics.

'But the team's qualification now gives the NSCDC a good opportunity do exploits in team sports, particularly basketball,' the coach said.

The Defenders last week qualified for next season's Premier League at the end of the National Division One Basketball Championship held in Abuja.

They had topped the Savannah Conference of the championship to earn the ticket to replace Plateau Peaks of Jos who were relegated.

The coach said that NSCDC's sports activities would be further boosted by the foray into basketball, complimenting their strides in athletics.

'The NSCDC have become a big force in Nigerian sports through the promotion and sponsorship of athletes and teams, notably in athletics.

'But we can become bigger with basketball, and the Defenders' qualification for the Premier League will help in this regards,' he said.

Olowosulu, who praised the effort of the NSCDC's Commander-General, Dr Ade Abolurin, said his support and direction had helped the organisation develop the potential of its sportsmen.

The coach said the Defenders would be more focus and step up their game so as to live up to expectations and excel in the 2012 DSTV/NBBF Premier League.


'We just need more focus, and we will be where we should be. Luckily for us, we have in our Commander-General somebody that will always give us the support we need to do well.

'With his support, we have been able to do well to this level' he said.

Olowosulu said that his team would, as part of preparations for its campaign in the league next season, engage some more experienced players to beef up its squad.

'We have young players, but we will still have to inject some experienced players into our squad; those with some Premier League experience. This will help us to come up well in the competition,' the coach said.

He however praised his players' efforts in winning the Premier League ticket, despite their relative inexperience.
Courtesy of Daily Trust


Afrobasket - Hoopers, Union Bank Optimistic of Chances - by Eurobasket News
Royal Hoopers and Union Bank Basketball Clubs - Nigeria's representatives to the men's Africa Champions Cup - have expressed optimism of a good outing when the competition dunks off on Sunday in Morocco.

The two clubs were given automatic qualification for the Africa Championship, having met the FIBA Africa requirement.The championship is scheduled to hold in Rabat, Morocco from Dec. 11 to Dec. 21.

Royal Hoopers of Port Harcourt and Union Bank of Lagos were champions and runners-up respectively in the 2010/11 DSTV/NBBF League.

In an interview with NAN on Tuesday in Lagos, Ogoh Odaudu , the Hoopers coach, said that the club was determined to do well at the championship, unlike in the 2010 edition when they performed poorly.

'The 2010 edition of the championship was our first appearance and we were like observers; but not this time around,' Odaudu said.

He said that the club was participating in the championship this year to make an impact and acquire more experience.

'We would make sure we correct all our last year's mistakes in order to make a lasting impression this year' Odaudu said.

He said the players resumed training in Lagos last Wednesday and would leave for Morocco on Saturday.

The Union Bank handler, Johnson Ayinla, expressed similar sentiments, saying that they hope to improve on the fourth position they reached last year.

He said that they had fine-tuned their strategy with the help of the friendly games.
Courtesy of Daily Trust


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PBA Roundup: December 8, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 88-83
Barangay Ginebra clinched a spot in the best-of-three quarterfinals as it continued to get going, topping Barako Bull in the penultimate play date of the PBA Philippine Cup elimination round. The Kings came out strong and withstood the Energys second-half fightback as they made it four in a row and tied the Rain or Shine Elasto-Painters at fourth place.

Mike Cortez banged away five triples and finished with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block while Mark Caguioa came off the bench to add 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Rob Labagala and KG Canaleta had significant help as the Kings eventually eased the Energy out in the fight for a spot in the Top Six.

Ginebra 88 - Cortez 17, Caguioa 16, Labagala 14, Canaleta 13, Wilson 8, Villanueva 7, Tubid 6, Intal 4, Menk 3, Maliksi 0, Mamaril 0.
Barako 83 - Miller 18, Najorda 14, Ababou 12, Arboleda 11, Allado 9, Seigle 8, Pena 6, Artadi 3, Pennisi 2, Salvador 0, Salvacion 0.
QS: 20-15, 47-32, 67-67, 88-83

B-MEG LLAMADOS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 86-74
After getting the fine start it wanted, B-MEG seemed to be coasting for the rest of the way, but they still proved too much for Shopinas.com, notching a victory that assured them of a top two seeding.

Joe Devance finished with 18 points, but it was Josh Uribiztondo who showed B-MEG the way by scoring all his 11 points in the opening quarter. He gave the team a 17-point lead it generally sustained for the remainder of the game.

James Sena scored a career-high 20 points on top of 13 rebounds and Elmer Espiritu and Paul Escobal also came up with some fine numbers, but Shopinas still wound up winless in its maiden conference, the first team to do so since Air21 went 0-8 in last season's Governors Cup. Great Taste also opened up the the 1982 Reinforced Filipino 0-13, but won two of its last five games.

Espiritu wound up with 16 points while Escobal finished with 12 points, a game-high 8 assists and ably orchestrated their plays after Paolo Hubalde left with still 9:19 left in the game due to a suspected strained left hamstring.

Marc Pingris also had 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds and PJ Simon wound up with 10 points in helping B-MEG overcome a mere-five-point production from James Yap, the first time in the conference he failed to score in double figures.

B-Meg 86 - De Vance 18, Urbiztondo 11, Pingris 11, Simon 10, Acuna 6, Barroca 5, Yap J. 5, Reavis 5, Raymundo 5, Yap R. 4, De Ocampo 4, Ferriols 2.
Shopinas.com 74 - Sena 20, Espiritu 16, Escobal 12, Ritualo 7, Jazul 6, Sison 5, Duncil 4, Aquino 2, Hubalde 2, Canlas 0, Se 0.
QS: 28-11, 53-36, 72-56, 86-74

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



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. David, Powerade T.20.8 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.18.6 
 4. Santos, Petron B.18.2 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Cardona, Meralco16.2 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull15.9 
 9. Cabagnot, Petron15.9 
 10. Chan, Rain or Shi.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.7 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.0 
 3. Kramer, Powerade.10.6 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 5. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.9 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.7 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 10. Williams, Talk N.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.1 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Te.6.0 
 3. Casio, Powerade T.5.5 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.5 
 5. Castro, Talk N Te.5.3 
 6. Mercado, Meralco5.1 
 7. Lee, Rain or Shine4.7 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull4.6 
 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. Arboleda, Barako B.1.7 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull1.6 
 4. Mercado, Meralco1.5 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 8. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
 10. Cardona, Meralco1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.5 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 4. Quinahan, Rain o.1.4 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.2 
 7. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 8. Espinas, Meralco1.1 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.1 
 10. Reyes, Alaska Ac.1.0 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 10-3 
 2. B-Meg Llam. 10-4 
 3. Petron Blaze 9-5 
 4. Rain or Shine 8-5 
 5. Ginebra Kings 8-5 
 6. Meralco Bolts 8-6 
 7. Barako Bull 6-8 
 8. Powerade T. 6-8 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-10 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-14 


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  POLAND   


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


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 18
 1. Edwards, Anwil18.0 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.4 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.4 
 4. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Kulig, PBG Basket16.4 
 7. Montgomery, AZS K.16.3 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.1 
 9. Miller, Siarka J.16.0 
 10. Corbett, Siarka J.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica10.8 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.9.5 
 5. Edwards, Anwil7.9 
 6. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.6 
 7. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.6.5 
 9. Morrison, Energa C.6.3 
 10. Leonczyk, Energa6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.8 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.2 
 3. Wilczek, AZS P.5.8 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.7 
 5. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.6 
 6. Micic, PBG Basket5.3 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.5.3 
 8. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 9. Milicic, AZS K.5.0 
 10. Moore, PGE Turow4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.0 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.8 
 3. Cesnauskis, Energa1.6 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.6 
 5. Salamonik, LKS L.1.6 
 6. Hinson, Energa C.1.5 
 7. Moore, PGE Turow1.4 
 8. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 9. Mokros, AZS P.1.3 
 10. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.7 
 2. Morrison, Energa C.1.5 
 3. Harris, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 5. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.3 
 6. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 7. Kesicki, Kotwica1.3 
 8. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 9. Edwards, Anwil0.9 
 10. Lichodzijews., PB.0.8 


Lorinza Harrington joins to Anwil - by Maciej Paszyn
After short story with Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest) ( player was dismissed after fight in a disco ), Anwil Wloclawek sign-up new point guard in express pace. Lorinza Harrington (193-G-80, college: Wingate) became new player in team roster.It is third polish team in his career. Two last seasons he spent in this league playing for Asseco Prokom Gdynia ( 2009/10 ) and for Trefl Sopot ( 2010/2011 ). The agreement will be in effect until the end of this season. Anwils new playmaker will begin practices on Monday.

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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 4-0 
 2. Khimky 4-1 
 3. Spartak-Prim. 3-1 
 4. Lokomotiv 3-3 
 5. Spartak SP 2-2 
 6. Unics 2-2 
 7. Enisey 1-2 
 8. Triumph 1-3 
 9. Krasnie Krilya 1-4 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-4 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  Spartak-.
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Thomas, Spartak-.20.5 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky16.2 
 3. Likhodey, Spart.16.0 
 4. Ignerski, N.Nov.15.4 
 5. Jefferson, Triumph15.0 
 6. Domercant, Unics14.5 
 7. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.14.4 
 8. Rush, Krasnie Kril.14.4 
 9. Victor, Spartak-.13.8 
 10. Shved, CSKA13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Victor, Spartak-.9.0 
 2. McCarty, Unics7.3 
 3. Savenkov, Spartak.7.0 
 4. Monya, Khimky7.0 
 5. Landry, Triumph7.0 
 6. Beverley, Spart.7.0 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA6.3 
 8. Baxter, Enisey6.3 
 9. Likholitov, Krasni.6.2 
 10. Massey, Lokomotiv5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yotam HALPERIN
  Spart.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Halperin, Spart.7.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.8 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.4.5 
 4. Beverley, Spart.4.5 
 5. Bykov, Lokomotiv4.4 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA4.3 
 7. McKee, Triumph4.0 
 8. Bremer, N.Novgorod4.0 
 9. Planinic, Khimky3.7 
 10. Nissim, Enisey3.7 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan BLAIR
  Krasnie Krilya
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blair, Krasnie Kri.3.0 
 2. Jefferson, Triumph3.0 
 3. Victor, Spartak-.3.0 
 4. Halperin, Spart.2.8 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.2.5 
 6. Blakney, Lokomotiv2.5 
 7. Massey, Lokomotiv2.4 
 8. Beverley, Spart.2.3 
 9. Chalmers, Lokom.2.0 
 10. Kolesnikov, Krasn.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.6 
 2. Kirilenko, CSKA1.5 
 3. Jefferson, Triumph1.3 
 4. Balashov, Krasni.1.3 
 5. Planinic, Khimky1.3 
 6. Traore, Lokomotiv1.2 
 7. Shved, CSKA1.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics1.0 
 9. Nesterov, Spartak-.1.0 
 10. Savrasenko, Unics0.8 


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  SCOTLAND   


Preview. Glasgow Rocks vs Guildford Heat, 11th December 2011, - by Eurobasket News
Two sides looking to bounce back from narrow home losses last weekend meet at Kelvin Hall on Sunday evening as Glasgow Rocks host Guildford Heat in the BBL Championship.

Rocks went down to a 89-85 defeat against old rivals Newcastle Eagles on Sunday afternoon, while on the same day Heat saw a six point lead going into the fourth period against Worcester Wolves disappear as they lost 98-93.

Glasgow player-coach Sterling Davis (pictured right) was a disappointed man after the loss against the league-leading Eagles: 'We had a disastrous second quarter. Offensively we just could not put the ball in the basket while also not playing defence. I do credit my guys for their efforts in getting back in the game but unless you win it, it's all in vain. I thought Joe Chapman really hit some big shots for them when they needed them.'

Rocks were without point guard EJ Harrison for a third straight week, while Davis only played limited minutes on his return from injury. The Rocks play-caller is hopeful that he will have a full roster to choose from this week: 'Both EJ and myself are trying to get back to full strength as soon as possible. EJ is feeling better every day and we are taking as that. With my Achilles injury, you have to tread lightly in recovering. It's not something you can risk playing through so I'm gradually trying to work my way back.'

Rocks go into the game in third position in the BBL Championship, while Heat are still looking for their first win of the season, but Davis isn't taking the Surrey side lightly: 'I haven't seen the Heat team with their new additions. I know they have gotten proven BBL players in Mike Copeland (201-F-85, college: N.Carolina) and Shaun Durant. Put that with all the other experience they have retained and they are a good team.

'I think Tayo Ogedengbe is really becoming a solid player in the league and proving more and more consistent every game.

Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos knows his side face a tough game north of the border: 'Sterling has put together a strong team and I believe they the only team to beat the Eagles this year. The little I have seen of them reminds me about our team: they're fast, athletic and have good shooters in their line-up. We got the better of them last season in all three games so I'm sure Sterling will be happy to get one off us.

'Mychal Green has been huge for them picking up the scoring load in the absence of EJ Harrison and we will look to do the best defensive job we can on him. Gareth Murray is improving season after season and game after game. Once just a three point threat, his game has evolved into being an all round player you can count on. I also rate Sterling as one of the best forwards in this league and on his day can be a threat inside and out.

In a display of honesty that could be noted by some top football mangers, Raftopoulos admitted that he made mistakes in his side's loss against Wolves on Sunday: 'I felt we started the game real well and had control going into the fourth quarter but a culmination of bad decisions by myself cost us the victory,' he said. 'I kept Mike Martin [pictured left], Drew Lasker and Martelle McLemore on the bench for too long and lost our eight point lead and then got a technical foul for asking for a three second call that resulted in a four point swing.

'Drew and Martelle were our scoring leaders but we had six players in total score in double figures and fall short of getting our first win.

'For Worcester, Sherrad Prezzie-Blue (180-G-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: WentworthTe.), Tommy Freeman and Kauzlaukas made 12 three pointers between shooting a high 46 percent from behind the arc and Richie Gordon made his contribution in the paint with 23 points of his own.'

Posted on 09 December, 2011
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Branko MILISAVLJEVIC
  Mega V.
  (193-G-76)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Milisavljevi., Meg.23.5 
 2. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.2 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac21.0 
 4. Balaban, Smederevo20.4 
 5. Popovic, Sloga20.1 
 6. Dimic, Radnicki.19.9 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga17.5 
 8. Pekovic, Prolet.16.2 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.16.1 
 10. Bajic, Zeleznicar16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bosko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (--)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.7 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac8.7 
 3. Cantekin, Mega V.7.6 
 4. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.4 
 5. Misanovic, OKK B.7.1 
 6. Kuburovic, Slobod.7.0 
 7. Bajic, Zeleznicar6.8 
 8. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.8 
 9. Milovanovic, Radni.6.2 
 10. Petrovic, BKK R.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan JOVIC
  Sloga
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jovic, Sloga5.6 
 2. Stefanovic, Smede.5.4 
 3. Popovic, Sloga5.4 
 4. Mitrovic, OKK B.5.3 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.5.2 
 6. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 7. Dundjerski, Vojvo.4.7 
 8. Milisavljevi., Meg.4.7 
 9. Osmokrovic, BKK R.4.4 
 10. Drca, OKK Beograd3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.5 
 2. Vulin, Prolet.3.2 
 3. Jovic, Sloga2.8 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.5 
 5. Boltic, BKK R.2.3 
 6. Vasilic, Radnic.2.3 
 7. Misanovic, OKK B.2.1 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 9. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.0 
 10. Jereminov, Tamis1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.5 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.5 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.2 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.1.1 
 5. Bojic, Mega Vizura1.0 
 6. Cantekin, Mega V.0.9 
 7. Petronic, BKK R.0.9 
 8. Tubak, Radnicki.0.8 
 9. Jevtovic, Sloboda0.8 
 10. Bajic, Zeleznicar0.7 


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Jones' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old swingman Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Handlova and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
He got a double-double of 28 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Prievidza (#3, 10-7) 91-84. Handlova maintains the 6th position in league. Handlova 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 8-9 record. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Handlova's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.1ppg and leads league in rebounds with 5.9rpg. Jones is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.6apg) and averages solid 2.4spg,51.6% FGP and 41.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) of B.Bystrica. He is former international forward in his 2nd season at B.Bystrica. In the last game Dorazil recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 17 rebounds. Of course B.Bystrica cruised to a 91-82 relatively comfortable win over the higher-ranked Nova Ves (#4, 9-8). This victory allowed B.Bystrica to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 8th position in the standings. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories B.Bystrica managed to get this year. Dorazil is well-known at B.Bystrica and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) of Prievidza (#3). Phillips showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. Despite Phillips' great performance Prievidza lost 84-91 to the lower-ranked Handlova (#6, 8-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Prievidza needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Phillips has a great season in Slovakia. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michal Batka (204-C-87) of Nova Ves - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Marcus Kitts (205-F-89) of B.Bystrica - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) of Levice - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Sean Hampton (195-F-75) of Handlova - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Spencer Perrin (195-F) of Vahostav-Zilina - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Richard Grznar (189-PG-91) of B.Bystrica - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Bobby Davis (200-F-87) of Prievidza - 11 points and 12 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)


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 29.1
 1. Jones, Handlova29.1 
 2. Clemente, Nitra19.9 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 4. Soska, Vahostav.18.6 
 5. Losonsky, Nova Ves17.9 
 6. Hampton, Handlova17.5 
 7. Batka, Nova Ves17.4 
 8. Roberson, Svit17.1 
 9. Barisic, Handlova17.1 
 10. Vaden, Nitra16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jones, Nova Ves11.0 
 2. Dorazil, B.Bystrica10.3 
 3. Kitts, B.Bystrica9.8 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.8 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.2 
 6. Majok, Nitra7.9 
 7. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.5 
 8. Mathis, Komarno7.2 
 9. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
 10. Barisic, Handlova7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.6.9 
 2. Jones, Handlova6.6 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Cosic, Svit5.3 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.1 
 6. Phillips, Prievidza4.9 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice4.6 
 8. Clemente, Nitra4.6 
 9. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.1 
 10. Barisic, Handlova3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.4 
 3. Clemente, Nitra2.3 
 4. Jones, Komarno2.2 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.1 
 6. Pelle, Prievidza2.0 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice2.0 
 8. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 9. Nuber, Nitra1.9 
 10. Phillips, Prievid.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Majok, Nitra2.9 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 3. Roberson, Svit0.9 
 4. Johnson, Komarno0.9 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 6. Mathis, Komarno0.8 
 7. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 8. Perrin, Vahostav.0.8 
 9. Golian, Handlova0.7 
 10. Vaden, Nitra0.7 


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Union Olimpija adds Jan Mocnik - by Matej Bergant
After official departure of Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket), Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) and Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) the club decided to sign a contract until end of season with Slovenian point guard Jan Mocnik (174-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency).

Jan Mocnik (174-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency) started his basketball career in Nova Gorica, where he also grew up. He played there until end of 2002/2003 season, when he moved to Kraski Zidar Seana. He stayed there until 2007 when he again decided to return home to Nova Gorica. During next season he signed with Union Olimpija Ljubljana, where he won Slovenian League and also played in Semi-finals of Adriatic League. In 2008/2009 season he played in Poland for PGB Basket Poznan and for Slovenian club Postojna. During 2009/2010 he was in Italian Second Division where he played for Snaidero Udine. Jan Mocnik (174-G-87, agency: World Sport Agency) was part of all Slovenian National Team youth categories, including the U20 NT at the European Championship in his home town Nova Gorica, where he averaged 9 points and 5 assists per game. Before the start of 2011/2012 season he already practiced with Union Olimpija and in December 2011 the club decided to ink a contract with him.


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 9-2 
 2. Postojna 8-2 
 3. Triglav Strazisce 8-3 
 4. Sencur CP 7-4 
 5. Splosna plovba 7-4 
 6. Branik 6-4 
 7. Radenska 6-5 
 8. Hrastnik 4-6 
 9. Terme Olimia 4-6 
 10. Konjice 3-7 
 11. Medvode 3-8 
 12. Jance Prit 2-8 
 13. Litija 2-8 


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Igor SPESIC
  Radenska
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Spesic, Radenska20.1 
 2. Primc, Postojna18.9 
 3. Djurkovic, Splosn.18.2 
 4. Abramovic, Terme O.17.9 
 5. Erzen, Sencur CP17.4 
 6. Mlakar, Jance Prit17.3 
 7. Horvat, Radenska17.3 
 8. Jereb, Konjice17.3 
 9. Moro, Splosna17.1 
 10. Sivka, Konjice17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan KLEPO
  Postojna
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Klepo, Postojna9.3 
 2. Spesic, Radenska9.0 
 3. Kavgic, Splosna8.7 
 4. Tusek, Hrastnik8.4 
 5. Skornik, Konjice7.6 
 6. Erzen, Sencur CP7.6 
 7. Sivka, Konjice7.1 
 8. Korosec, Trigla.6.5 
 9. Globovnik, Terme O.6.3 
 10. Trampus, Grosuplje6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rok PERKO
  Splosna .
  (179-G-87)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Perko, Splosna5.9 
 2. Macek, Terme Olimia4.8 
 3. Jereb, Konjice4.6 
 4. Jersin, Trigla.4.2 
 5. Ovnik, Hrastnik4.1 
 6. Suran, Radenska4.1 
 7. Brolih, Branik3.9 
 8. Mlakar, Jance Prit3.7 
 9. Blazevic, Sencur CP3.6 
 10. Panic, Litija3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Dragan PUSIC
  Sencur CP
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pusic, Sencur CP2.4 
 2. Spesic, Radenska2.1 
 3. Jersin, Trigla.2.1 
 4. Jereb, Konjice2.1 
 5. Ovnik, Hrastnik2.0