EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/14/2011

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  ABA   


Los Angeles Slam take over #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for the week ending December 11th with the Los Angeles Slam taking over the #1 position from the Jacksonville Giants. 'This was an upset-laden weekend,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'Several of our higher ranked teams lost and we had quite a shuffle in the rankings. We definitely have some very strong teams in the ABA this season and I expect this will be the rule rather than the exception.

1. Los Angeles SLAM
2. Colorado Kings
3. South Carolina Warriors
4. San Diego Sol
5. Texas FUEL
6. Carolina Cougars
7. Memphis Bluff City Reign
8. Chicago Steam
9. Athens Razors
10. Gulf Coast Flash
11. Bay Area Matrix
12. Lima Explosion
13. Arizona Scorpions
14. Carolina Cheetahs
15. Milwaukee Blast
16. Atlanta Experience
17. Jacksonville Giants
18. Lynchburg Legends
19. North Dallas Vandals
20. Seattle Mountaineers
21. Jersey Express
22. Nashville SOUL
23. Conway Cyclones
24. T - Connecticut Topballerz, Little Rock Lightning

For more information, visit www.abalive.com


Alaska Quake roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci
We are finally able to publish here down the full team roster of the Alaska Quake, the ABA team located in Anchorage, coached by Adam Lewis and run by female duo Shana Harris and Carol Taylor. Carl Arts (6'6''-F-85, college: Alaska-Anch.) seems to be the most experienced player of the team, the international flavour is supplied by Phillippinean-USA Julius Cumlat and by Virgin Islanders Joey Lewis and Samuel Timmons

Carl ARTS F 6-6 Alaska-Anchorage
Ronald BAILEY G/F 6-3
Jonathan COON G 6-1 Navy
Julius CUMLAT G 5-7 Holy Names
Makim GIDDINS G 6-0
Joseph HAMLETT G/F 6-0
Jamelle JUNEAU G 6-0
Anthony LEWIS G 5-9
Joey LEWIS G/F 6-1 E.Anchorage HS (AK)
Torey MATHEWS G 6-0
Patrick McGOWAN G 5-10
Jonathon ORZECHOWSKI F/C 6-3 Anchorage Christian HS (AK)
Stanley RATCLIFF F 6-3 Western Oregon
Ben ROBINSON G 6-0
Andrew SMITH C 6-8 Alaska-Fairbanks
J.C.SNEAD F 6-5 N.E.Oklahoma
Samuel TIMMONS F 6-5 Anchorage, AK
Lehman TOLLIVER G 6-0
Travis TURNBULL G/F 6-1
Dennis WILSON G/F 6-1



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  ALGERIA   


Algerian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
National Team for Pan Arab Games in Doha 2011

Starting five
#s#
Abdelhalim Kaouane
Kaouane
Mounir Benzegala
Benzegala
Abdesselem Dekkiche
Dekkiche
Nabil Saidi
Saidi
Mohamed Esseghir
Esseghir
#e#5
4 Belkacemi Nedjeddine F-87 CSMC Algeria
5 Mohamed Touati C-87 GS Petroliers Algeria
6 Abdelhalim Kaouane 180-G-81 CSMC Algeria
7 Mounir Benzegala 178-PG-87 CSMC Algeria
8 Abderrahmane Mostefai G-89 GS Petroliers Algeria
9 Abdesselem Dekkiche 194-G/F-86 GS Petroliers Algeria
10 Nabil Saidi 200-F/C-80 GS Petroliers Algeria
11 Mohamed Amine Belhoul F-86 CSMC Algeria
12 Mohamed Saadallah 203-F-84 CSMC Algeria
13 Mohamed Esseghir 208-C/F-85 S.Florida USA
14 Mohamed Harath 196-F-90 GS Petroliers Algeria
15 Touhami Ghezzoul 209-C-87 An Nasr Oman

Sean Whalen Head Coach
Bilal Faid Assistant Anibal Lebanon


National Team for African Championships 2011

4 Abdelhalim Kaouame 180-G-81 WA Boufarik Algeria
5 Touhami Ghazzoul 209-C-87 GS Petroliers Algeria
6 Djillali Canon 190-G/F-78 GS Petroliers Algeria
7 Mounir Benzegala 178-G-87 Ittihad Libya
8 Abderrahmane Mostefai
9 Abdesselem Dekkiche 194-G/F-86 WA Boufarik Algeria
10 Nabil Saidi 200-F/C-80 ASPTT Algeria
12 Fatehi Oukerimi
13 Azeddine Boulesnane
14 Mohamed Harath 196-F-90 ASPTT Algeria
Muhammed Belhoul
Mohamed Seddik Touati GS Petroliers Algeria
Faycal Belkhodja 192-G-88 ASPTT Algeria
Abdelhak Greidi

Sean Whalen Head Coach
Patrick Fitzpatrick Assistant


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  ANGOLA   


The 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for men - day 1 - by Antonio Santos
The 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for men start yesterday in Sal, Maroc. 12 teams divided on 6 teams groups will competed for the title of the best team in Africa.
Libolo is playing on group A and 1 de Agosto and Petro on group B.

Libolo play on opening match versus Union Bank. It wasnt a esay game for Libolo. They were down most of the game and only on the 4th quarter they were able to change the lead for good after back to back 3pt. On this period Luis Costa and Edson Ndoniema score big baskets. On the other side Yusuf Ibrahima, special on the 1st half where he score 17pt out of the 25pt performance and Gumut Stanley, 8pt on the 1st half finishing with 21pt, hit some big 3pt from the Nigerian team. For Libolo the best scorer was Olimpio Cipriano with 24pt, Edson Ndoniema with 20pt; Luis Costa shot 3/3 and Francisco Sousa, 3/6 from the 3pt line.

On the 2nd game of the day CR Alhiceima beat Malabo Kings 116 x 26.
On the 3rd game AS Sale (home team) beat Urunani 110 x 43.

On the final game 1 de Agosto beat Petro 90 x 69 (16x26; 36x48; 64x73). Playing good defense and closed the way to the basket 1 de Agosto built a wining actitude and when the 3pt shots are made its even more easy. They shot over 40%, Carlos Almeida 4/5 3pt and Mario Correia 3/5 were on fire. Petro only late on the game with Abdel on the court brought a different physical presence and during the time that he was on the court they competed well before he foul out.



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  ARGENTINA   


All star game 2012 - by Facundo Iatzky
As all the years, the all star game will be held during the summer in Argentina. The 2012 edition will come back to Mar del Plata, on January 23 and 24. This year, as the last ones, the team of domestic players will play against the team of import players. People can vote the players they want to play in this game through the internet in www.juegodelasestrellas.com.ar until December 31. There will be also a dunk contest, a 3 point shot contest and the skill challenge. The participants of these events will be announced soon.

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


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
North
 1. Union Progr. 11-6 
 2. Obera TC 10-6 
 3. Alvear 10-6 
 4. San Isidro 10-6 
 5. Estudian.Con. 8-8 
 6. Tomas Rocam. 8-8 
 7. A.Italiana 7-9 
 8. Atl.Echague 7-9 
 9. Union Sunch 7-9 
 10. A.Espanola 3-14 
South
 1. Argentino 12-4 
 2. Huracan 11-7 
 3. Ciclista 10-6 
 4. Alianza Viedma 10-6 
 5. MH Basket 9-7 
 6. Bragado 8-7 
 7. Banda Norte 8-8 
 8. Rosario Cent. 7-9 
 9. Sport Club 5-11 
 10. Firmat SF 5-11 
 11. San Mart.MJ 4-13 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Smith, La Union19.6 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.18.4 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.18.1 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras17.8 
 5. Villegas, Sionista17.2 
 6. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.4 
 7. Roe, Regatas C.15.8 
 8. Mojica, Wuber-Es.15.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.8 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matias SANDES
  Sionista
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Sandes, Sionista9.6 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Lloreda, Olimpico.9.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 5. Battle, Libertad S.8.6 
 6. Truscott, Quilm.8.4 
 7. Mikulas, La Union7.9 
 8. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.6 
 9. McFarlan, San M.7.4 
 10. Graves, Boca Jrs7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.2 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.7.0 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs6.3 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.7 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista5.5 
 6. Sucatzky, Atenas4.4 
 7. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 8. Smith, La Union3.6 
 9. McHopson, Quilm.3.4 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Campazzo, Penarol2.2 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.2.2 
 3. Lescano, Atenas2.0 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.9 
 5. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.6 
 6. Funes, GECR I.1.5 
 7. Battle, Libertad S.1.5 
 8. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 9. Beitzel, San M.1.5 
 10. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Libertad S.
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Battle, Libertad S.1.2 
 2. Ayarza, Club 91.1 
 3. Roe, Regatas C.1.1 
 4. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 5. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 6. Williams, Quimsa0.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 8. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.8 
 9. Aguerre, Wuber-.0.7 
 10. Johnson, Libertad.0.7 


LigaA Round 6 of Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
After 6 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LigaA and who belongs to weaker ones.

The most exciting game of round 6 in the LigaA took place in La Banda. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (2-3) to third ranked Sionista (5-1) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpico de La Banda. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-6. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sionista won last quarter 19-20. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpico de La Banda to just 6 points in first quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) scored 9 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Sionista keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Obras and Penarol. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with Lanus. Sionista is looking forward to face Regatas Corrientes (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Thirteenth ranked GECR Indalo (2-4) crushed at home 15th ranked Quilmes MP (1-5) by 28 points 86-58, which is the biggest margin this round. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Cedric McGowan supported him with 14 points and 4 steals. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) did not help to save the game for Quilmes MP. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Club 9 and Atenas. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with San Mart.C.. GECR Indalo will play against higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Quilmes MP will play against Atenas (#14) in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Club 9 lost to La Union on the opponent's court 68-85. Penarol managed to outperform Quimsa in a home game 95-78. Libertad S. managed to beat Wuber-Est.Bahia on the road 82-76. Atenas defeated San Mart.C. on its own court 93-75.



Olimpico LB - Sionista 65-66

The most exciting game of round 6 in the LigaA took place in La Banda. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 9th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (2-3) to third ranked Sionista (5-1) 66-65 on Sunday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Olimpico de La Banda. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-6. But Olimpico de La Banda won second period 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Sionista won last quarter 19-20. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpico de La Banda to just 6 points in first quarter. 26 personal fouls committed by Olimpico de La Banda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) scored 9 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) chipped in 13 points during the contest. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward John DeGroat (198-85, college: Pittsburgh) with 16 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Italian guard Eduardo Villares (188-79) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Sionista keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Obras and Penarol. Olimpico de La Banda at the other side dropped to the tenth place with three games lost. They share the position with Lanus. Sionista is looking forward to face Regatas Corrientes (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Villegas 13+3reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 10+3reb+1ast, M.Sandes 9+18reb+2ast, A.Zilli 7+9reb, N.Agasse 7+1reb, H.Rollins 6+3reb
Olimpico LB: J.DeGroat 16+5reb, E.Villares 12+2reb+4ast, J.Lloreda 11+5reb, D.Brown 9+7reb, F.Malara 8+8reb+1ast, J.Machuca 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141165


La Union - Club 9 85-68

Everything could happen in Formosa at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked La Union and 12th ranked Club 9 had identical 2-3 record. This time La Union used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Rio Tercero 85-68. The game was mostly controlled by La Union. Club 9 was better in fourth quarter 24-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Club 9 to just 6 points in third quarter. American guard Joe Smith (193-77, college: Al.-Huntsville, agency: Priority Sports) notched 23 points to lead the effort and the other American import forward Gregory Lewis (198-78, college: Winthrop, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Even 15 points by Panamanian forward Josimar Ayarza (205-87, college: S.Mississippi) did not help to save the game for Club 9. The former international guard Diego Gerbaudo (182-89) added 14 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. La Union (3-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Regatas C. and Quimsa. Club 9 at the other side keeps the twelfth position with four games lost. They share it with GECR Indalo and Atenas. La Union will play against bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#6) in Bahia Blanca and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
La Union: J.Smith 23+3reb+1ast, G.Lewis 12+6reb+3ast, G.Mikulas 12+3reb+2ast, A.Marin 10+6reb+1ast, J.Caceres 10+4reb+1ast, R.Wolkowyski 9+6reb+1ast
Club 9: J.Ayarza 15+3reb, D.Gerbaudo 14+1reb+1ast, K.Gamble 10+3reb, E.Martina 10+3reb, M.Melo 8+4reb, J.Cowan 6+6reb
gschID: 141166


Penarol - Quimsa 95-78

Very predictable result in Mar del Plata where second ranked Penarol (5-1) defeated 7th ranked Quimsa (3-3) 95-78. It looked good early as Quimsa took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Penarol had a 23-11 second period charge getting the lead and Quimsa was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-95. Penarol players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Quimsa's players. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Martin Leiva (208-80) supported him with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points and 6 rebounds by the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) did not help to save the game for Quimsa. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Penarol and four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sionista and Obras. Quimsa lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh place with three games lost. They share the position with La Union and Regatas C.. Penarol will play against league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Quimsa will play at home against Boca Juniors (#5) in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Penarol: M.Mata 21+9reb+2ast, M.Leiva 19+10reb+2ast, L.Gutierrez 18+1reb+5ast, F.Campazzo 16+3reb+11ast, P.Barrios 10+2reb, S.Safar 5+1reb+4ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 16+6reb+1ast, H.Salles 14+2ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 13+4reb+1ast, J.Williams 11+8reb, D.Tintorelli 9+4reb+1ast, B.Robinson 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 141167


Wuber-Est.Bahia - Libertad S. 76-82

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Bahia Blanca where one of their biggest challengers Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-2) was defeated by fifth ranked Libertad Sunchales (4-2) 82-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Wuber-Est.Bahia won third quarter 22-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Libertad Sunchales won last quarter 20-16. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) notched 17 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) supported him with 19 points. Four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Even 17 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals by international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) did not help to save the game for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 20 points and 5 rebounds. Libertad Sunchales moved-up to fourth place. Wuber-Est.Bahia at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Boca Jrs. Libertad Sunchales will play against GECR Indalo (#12) in Comodoro R. in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play on the road against Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 19+4reb+1ast, R.Battle 17+8reb+2ast, J.Treise 15+4reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 10+6reb+3ast, A.Alloatti 9+5reb, J.Bucknor 8+6reb+2ast
Wuber-Est.Bahia: R.Sanchez 20+5reb+2ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 17+6reb+7ast, J.Meyinsse 13+6reb, J.Mojica 9+3reb, F.Aguerre 7+3reb, J.Espil 6+2reb
gschID: 141163


GECR Indalo - Quilmes MP 86-58

Thirteenth ranked GECR Indalo (2-4) crushed at home 15th ranked Quilmes MP (1-5) by 28 points 86-58, which is the biggest margin this round. The game was mostly controlled by GECR Indalo. Quilmes MP was better in second period 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. GECR Indalo dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Quilmes MP's 36. GECR Indalo forced 19 Quilmes MP turnovers. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) notched a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) supported him with 14 points and 4 steals. Five GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. GECR Indalo's coach Marcelo Richotti felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) did not help to save the game for Quilmes MP. American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) added 15 points and 11 rebounds. GECR Indalo moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Club 9 and Atenas. Newly promoted Quilmes MP keeps the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with San Mart.C.. GECR Indalo will play against higher ranked Libertad Sunchales (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Quilmes MP will play against Atenas (#14) in Cordoba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Nelson 22+11reb+1ast, C.Warner 14+3reb+1ast, C.McGowan 14+4reb+1ast, F.Funes 12+1reb+1ast, D.Romero 11+6reb, M.Franco 7+5reb+1ast
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 22+6reb, L.Truscott 15+6reb+1ast, J.Maye 15+11reb, N.Ferreyra 3+4ast, G.Sciutto 3+3reb+1ast, G.Gorostiaga 0
gschID: 141164


Atenas - San Mart.C. 93-75

Everything could happen in Cordoba at the game between two tied teams. Both fourteenth ranked Atenas and 16th ranked San Martin Corrientes had identical 1-4 record. This time Atenas used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Corrientes 93-75. The game was mostly controlled by Atenas. San Martin Corrientes was better in third quarter 29-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Atenas shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. The former international guard Bruno Labaque (183-77, agency: Interperformances) notched 18 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) supported him with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Even 17 points and 4 assists by American guard Devon Beitzel (185-88, college: N.Colorado) did not help to save the game for San Martin Corrientes. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) added 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Atenas and four San Martin Corrientes players scored in double figures. Atenas (2-4) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with GECR Indalo and Club 9. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes stay at the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Quilmes MP. Atenas will play against Quilmes MP (#15) in Mar del Plata in the next round. San Martin Corrientes will play at home against La Union in Formosa to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Atenas: B.Labaque 18+3reb+6ast, M.Gerlero 17+2reb+2ast, M.Lescano 16+5reb, M.Melvin 15+5reb, M.Garcia 10+4reb+2ast, D.Holland 6+4reb+1ast
San Mart.C.: D.Beitzel 17+2reb+4ast, W.McFarlan 14+3reb+3ast, C.Matthews 11+10reb+1ast, A.Eslava 10+2reb+1ast, M.Maciel 9+3reb+1ast, A.Carabajal 8+1ast
gschID: 141161




LigaA round 6 (Second Stage) best performance: Facundo Campazzo - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Penarol, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6 (Second Stage).
The 20-year old player got a double-double of 16 points and 11 assists, while his team crushed Quimsa (#7, 3-3) with 17-point margin 95-78. Thanks to this victory Penarol moved-up to the 3rd position in the LigaA. They are still close to the very top. Penarol would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. Campazzo has many years of experience at Penarol, through which he has constantly improved. Facundo Campazzo has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.9apg) and averages impressive 2.1spg,57.4% FGP and 46.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was another Penarol's star - 25-year old former international forward Marcos Mata (202-F-86). Mata had a very good evening with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course together with Campazzo he helped Penarol with another comfortable win 95-78 over the lower-ranked Quimsa (#7, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. Despite this victory Penarol slide down in the standings to 3rd position. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 5 matches. Mata is one of the most experienced players at Penarol and similarly like Facundo Campazzo has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was Italian guard Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances) of Atenas (#14). Labaque scored 18 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Atenas, leading his team to a 93-75 easy win against slightly lower-ranked San Mart.C. (#16, 1-5). The chances of Atenas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Labaque could try to bring Atenas' a little bit higher in the standings. Labaque has a very solid season. In 18 games in Argentina he scored 7.2ppg. Bruno Labaque has also Argentinian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of GECR Indalo - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Martin Leiva (208-F/C-80) of Penarol - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Phillip McHopson (188-G-87) of Quilmes MP - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) of San Mart.C. - 11 points and 10 rebounds
8. Robert Battle (204-C-81) of Libertad S. - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-G-77) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Joe Smith (193-G-77) of La Union - 23 points and 3 rebounds

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


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Sixers Ballinger, Crosswell to miss season - by Eurobasket News
Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) is to have surgery tomorrow on a ruptured tendon in his left ankle that occurred in the game against the Sydney Kings, last Thursday night.

This is not the same injury that he sustained on his left ankle last season.

The injury will rule him out for the rest of the iiNet NBL Championship season.

Ballinger received the news from the surgeon this morning about the extent of his injury.

It is a rupture of the tibialis posterior tendon and the surgeon would like to operate tomorrow,

Until the surgeon gets in there, I dont know how long the recovery and rehabilitation will take.

I am really disappointed about the injury, but I will work hard in rehab to get it right.

Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) will have surgery late this afternoon to reattach his ruptured Achilles tendon.

Crosswell will also be excluded from participating for the rest of the season.

Leeanne Grantham, CEO, Adelaide 36ers says that the club will be monitoring Ballingers and Crosswells progress closely.

Our medical team will be there every step of the way, to ensure that everything is done to help Adam and Nathan get back onto the court in the near future.

Adam and Nathan are an integral part of our team, they are our captain and vice captain and their presence on the court will be missed,

The team will pull together and support both players through their surgery and rehab.

Information about Adam Ballingers and Nathan Crosswell recovery will be released as soon as information comes to hand.

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


Khazzouh aiming for NBA - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Kings centre Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) is one step away from becoming Australia's next NBA star after he was called up yesterday by the Golden State Warriors.
The Kings went agonisingly close to signing Australian NBA superstar Andrew Bogut during the recent lock-out - and are now at risk of losing our newest NBA prospect from within their own ranks.

The 25-year-old centre, who has a clause in his contract that would allow him to move immediately to an NBA team, has been invited by Golden State to take part in the club's pre-season camp. The coaching staff will then decide if he has what it takes to succeed in the top basketball competition in the world.

Khazzouh's manager Daniel Moldovan said his client will fly out to the US on Monday for the two-week camp in Oakland, California. If all goes well for the local western Sydney product, he could be in a Warriors singlet when the NBA season begins on December 25.

Moldovan said Khazzouh's teammate Aaron Bruce will find out on Saturday if he, too, will get an NBA call-up.

In what would be an almighty blow to the Kings and the NBL, Khazzouh will leave in the middle of the NBL season to chase his NBA dreams, but coach Ian Robilliard is adamant Khazzouh will not miss any matches for the Kings.

The Kings do not play a game for 12 days following Sunday's away match against Townsville and Robilliard said his star centre will return to Sydney on December 22, three days before they again take on Townsville.

While being added to the Golden State roster would be a dream come true for Khazzouh, it would be a nightmare for the Kings to lose their best player just over one third into the season.

Khazzouh will definitely return from his US training camp but there is no guarantee he will stay in purple and gold for the rest of the season.

'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it,' Robilliard said. 'My understanding is that he'll be back here well in advance of the Townsville game.

'We're absolutely delighted for him. My management style has always been if we can help players develop and help them achieve their goals we must be doing something right. He goes with our blessing. It's a phenomenal story for the Kings and a credit to Jules.'

The 209cm giant was put through his paces by the Warriors in April when he trialled with them and six other clubs, including the New York Knicks and Utah Jazz, during an eight-week tour of the US. Since April he has bulked up 9kg, become the second highest scorer in the NBL, averaging 18.6 points per game, and also leads the competition for rebounds and shots blocked.

Courtesy of www.dailytelegraph.com.au


NBL round 10 best performance: Julian Khazzouh - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kings, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 21 rebounds, while his team edged out 36ers (#8, 3-8) in overtime 107-103. Kings maintains the 5th position in NBL. Kings 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 6-7 record. It's Khazzouh's second year at Kings and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Julian Khazzouh has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 18.6ppg) and averages impressive 2.1bpg and 50.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Fiji forward Mika Vukona (198-F-82) of league's leader Breakers. Vukona had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Breakers to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Blaze (#7, 4-5) 106-85. Of course Breakers still keep the league's top spot. His team has currently 9-3 record. Vukona is well-known at Breakers and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers (#8). Johnson scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance 36ers lost 103-107in overtime to the higher-ranked Kings (#5, 6-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. 36ers can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Australia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.7rpg (6th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 51.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) of Kings - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Thomas Abercrombie (198-F/G-87) of Breakers - 16 points and 10 rebounds
6. Gary Wilkinson (204-F/C-82) of Breakers - 30 points and 5 rebounds
7. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Anatoly Bose (200-G/F-88) of Kings - 21 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 27 points and 5 rebounds

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


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A Bundesliga Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The game in Wien was quite interesting. 6th ranked Gussing Knights (5-7) played at the court of seventh ranked BC Vienna (5-7). BC Vienna defeated Gussing Knights 91-79 on Sunday. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 40-18 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Vienna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Gussing Knights. BC Vienna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Gussing. Gussing Knights lost fourth consecutive game. BC Vienna is looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round. Gussing Knights will play at home against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Furstenfeld was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Xion Dukes (10-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-8). Xion Dukes defeated Furstenfeld Panthers 80-68. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Ramiz Suljanovic chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xion Dukes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gmunden. Furstenfeld Panthers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with UBSC Graz. Xion Dukes will play against Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans (#1) in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (10-2) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (4-8). Gmunden Swans defeated UBSC Graz 73-61 on Monday. Dan Oppland nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Marko Moric came up with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Gmunden Swans keep a position of league leader, which they share with Klosterneub. UBSC Graz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Furstenfeld. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UBSC Graz will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (8-3) and 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (3-9) in Wels ended with biggest points difference. Raiffeisen Wels outscored guests from Traiskirchen 93-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. Todd Brown fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Raiffeisen Wels' coach Pete Miller felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to third place. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against BC Vienna in Wien.

In the last game of round 13 Kapfenberg beat Oberwart on the road 88-83.



BC Vienna - Gussing 91-79

The game in Wien was quite interesting. 6th ranked Gussing Knights (5-7) played at the court of seventh ranked BC Vienna (5-7). BC Vienna defeated Gussing Knights 91-79 on Sunday. They outrebounded Gussing Knights 40-18 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. BC Vienna looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of Montenegrin forward Zarko Rakocevic (204-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agency: World Sport Agency) contributed with 32 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80) added 23 points in the effort for Gussing Knights. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. BC Vienna moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Gussing. Gussing Knights lost fourth consecutive game. BC Vienna is looking forward to face Arkadia Lions (#10) in Traiskirchen in the next round. Gussing Knights will play at home against UBSC Graz (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 23+1reb+2ast, A.Djuric 19+6reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 12+3reb+2ast, C.Scott 12+4reb+3ast, M.Klepeisz 8+4ast, M.Jandrasits 3+1reb+2ast
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 32+5reb+3ast, J.Francois 23+7reb+4ast, Z.Rakocevic 19+18reb+9ast, M.Ahmetbasic 8+5reb+4ast, T.Gaspar 6+5reb+5ast, M.Tripkovic 3
gschID: 137140


Wels - Arkadia 93-71

The game between fourth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (8-3) and 10th ranked Arkadia Lions (3-9) in Wels ended with biggest points difference. Raiffeisen Wels outscored guests from Traiskirchen 93-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Arkadia Lions. The game was mostly controlled by Raiffeisen Wels. Arkadia Lions was better in fourth quarter 23-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Arkadia Lions 40-22 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Todd Brown (196-87, college: Wright St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import center Joe Werner (201-84, college: Wisc.-La Cros.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Five Raiffeisen Wels players scored in double figures. Raiffeisen Wels' coach Pete Miller felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and Serbian forward Djordje Drenovac (203-92, agency: Interperformances) added 25 points respectively for lost side. Raiffeisen Wels moved-up to third place. Arkadia Lions at the other side keep the tenth position with nine games lost. Raiffeisen Wels' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked St.Polten (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Arkadia Lions will play against BC Vienna in Wien.
Top scorers:
Arkadia: D.Drenovac 25+2ast, R.Spasojevic 16+3reb+1ast, F.Vay 16+7reb+7ast, S.N'Diaye 4+2reb+1ast, P.Skurdauskas 4+3reb+1ast, G.Wilk 4+2reb
Wels: T.Brown 24+5reb+3ast, A.Farokhmanesh 18+1reb+2ast, J.Werner 15+10reb+3ast, Q.Pryor 13+8reb+3ast, D.Lamesic 11+9reb+2ast, M.Kohlmaier 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 137136


Oberwart - Kapfenberg 83-88

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (8-4) beat on the road 4th placed Oberwart Gunners (8-4) 88-83. Oberwart Gunners were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Larry Gordon (196-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Guard Jeremy Fears (196-85, college: Bradley) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. Forward Drake Reed (196-87, college: Austin Peay St.) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) respectively for lost side. Kapfenberg Bulls have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Oberwart. Kapfenberg Bulls will have a break next round. Oberwart Gunners will play on the road against the league's second-placed Xion Dukes (#2) in Klosterneuburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: D.Reed 26+6reb+2ast, J.Dean Shaw 20+7reb+1ast, V.Hollins 10+4reb+4ast, N.Gacesa 9+4reb, H.Ochsenhofer 9+2reb+3ast, H.Artner 5+1ast
Kapfenberg: L.Gordon 21+6reb, J.Fears 15+2reb+5ast, D.Nelson 12+4reb, D.Mayes 12+2ast, C.Gray 10+3reb, S.Knabl 8+3reb
gschID: 137137


Furstenfeld - Klosterneub. 68-80

The game in Furstenfeld was also worth to mention about. Second ranked Xion Dukes (10-2) played at the court of 8th ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (4-8). Xion Dukes defeated Furstenfeld Panthers 80-68. It looked good early as Furstenfeld Panthers took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Xion Dukes had a 27-13 second period charge getting the lead and Furstenfeld Panthers were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 68-80. American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St.) stepped up and scored 23 points for the winners and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 19 points and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Gary Ware (205-83, college: Purdue, agency: TSS Management) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Xion Dukes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gmunden. Furstenfeld Panthers lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with UBSC Graz. Xion Dukes will play against Oberwart Gunners (#4) at home in the next round. Furstenfeld Panthers will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans (#1) in Gmunden and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: A.Shavies 19+3reb+6ast, G.Ware 16+10reb+1ast, B.Matthews 12+8reb, J.Robinson 8+6reb+1ast, M.Graf 5+2reb, T.Burnette 3+1reb+1ast
Klosterneub.: C.Bobb 23+4reb+2ast, R.Suljanovic 13+7reb, J.Chappell 9+4reb+2ast, C.Nagler 9+1reb+2ast, D.Zeleznik 8+1reb+4ast, M.Lanegger 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 137138


UBSC Graz - Gmunden 61-73

The game in Graz was also quite interesting. Second ranked Gmunden Swans (10-2) played at the court of 8th ranked UBSC Graz (4-8). Gmunden Swans defeated UBSC Graz 73-61 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Gmunden Swans. UBSC Graz managed to win second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Gmunden Swans forced 21 UBSC Graz turnovers. American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) nailed a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Richard Poiger (202-87) accounted for 15 points. Croatian forward Marko Moric (207-81) came up with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Tim Ambrose (183-87, college: Albany, agency: I.D.S. Law) added 20 points respectively for UBSC Graz in the defeat. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. Gmunden Swans keep a position of league leader, which they share with Klosterneub. UBSC Graz lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Furstenfeld. Gmunden Swans will meet at home Furstenfeld Panthers (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. UBSC Graz will play against Gussing Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: T.Ambrose 20+3reb, S.Grum 13+1reb+2ast, M.Moric 13+7reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 10+5reb+1ast, S.Schaal 4+3reb+6ast, R.Lanegger 1+2reb+2ast
Gmunden: R.Poiger 15+1reb+2ast, D.Oppland 14+10reb+2ast, R.Arnold 10+3reb+2ast, M.Mayer 9+5reb+1ast, M.Curry 9+2reb+4ast, F.Schoeninger 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137139




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.0 
 6. Drenovac, Arkadia18.9 
 7. Djuric, Gussing18.8 
 8. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.1 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
 10. Brown, Wels17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.2 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.8 
 4. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.7 
 6. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.3 
 7. Ware, Furstenfeld6.8 
 8. Nelson, Kapfenberg6.5 
 9. Shaw, Oberwart6.4 
 10. Bakovic, St.Polten6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Kapfenberg
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Fears, Kapfenberg5.8 
 2. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 3. Danek, Arkadia5.0 
 4. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.4.8 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.8 
 7. Klepeisz, Gussing4.6 
 8. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 9. Curry, Gmunden4.4 
 10. Schaal, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Quentin PRYOR
  Wels
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Pryor, Wels2.5 
 2. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 3. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 4. Brown, Wels1.9 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Scott, Gussing1.8 
 7. Arnold, Gmunden1.6 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.5 
 9. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
 10. Jandl, Oberwart1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.2 
 3. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.8 
 4. Brown, Wels0.8 
 5. Francois, BC Vienna0.7 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 7. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 8. Pryor, Wels0.5 
 9. Werner, Wels0.5 
 10. Sallomon, Kloster.0.5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai20.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 4. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas17.6 
 6. Laksa, Barsy Atyr.17.3 
 7. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.9 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas11.3 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.8 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 7. Arnold, TT.8.3 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai8.0 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai6.1 
 3. Maceina, Juventus5.7 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas5.2 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas4.5 
 8. Kulagin, Triumph4.4 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventsp.4.3 
 10. Benn, Naglis Pala.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Timo OJA
  Tarvas
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Oja, Tarvas2.2 
 2. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 3. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 6. Kriisa, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 8. Elksnis, Valmiera1.8 
 9. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.9 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.2 
 8. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.2 
 9. Cipruss, Tarvas1.0 
 10. Keedus, TT.0.9 


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


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EuroChallenge: Minsk-2006 shocked Turk Telekom in the last game of EuroChallenge for both teams - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom- Minsk-2006 76:78

Minsk-2006 shocked Turk Telekom in the last game of EuroChallenge as both teams farewell to the tournament. The team from Belarus finished it with 78:76 victory due to Lashkevich Aliaksei winning shot.
Neither side had a chance to advance to the Last 16 before the contest. They showed however their best to finish the tournament on a high note. Turk Telekom won the first period 19:18, but lost the second half and the half as well. Uladzimir Charko (200-F/G-74) closed it from the perimeter for 41:35 after 20 minutes played. Later Lashkevich Aliaksei scored for 56:50 and Kojenets brought 60:55. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) meanwhile closed an 8-0 run at 69:69 and Ali Karadeniz (203-F-80, college: Arizona) made it 76:76. Lashkevich Aliaksei however became the hero of the game bringing the victory on the last seconds.
Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) paced all the winners with 17 points and Lashkevich Aliaksei notched 16. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) and Uladzimir Charko delivered 12 points each. Kaspars Kambala replied with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) and Ali Karadeniz added 12 apiece.

Turk Telekom: Kaspars Kambala 25, Can Ugur Ogut 12, Ali Karadeniz 12
Minsk-2006: Courtney Eldridge 17, Lashkevich Aliaksei 16, Aliaksei Trastsinetski 12, Uladzimir Charko 12


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D1 round 12 best performance: Stefon Jackson - by Eurobasket News
American guard Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Aalstar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, eight rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Verviers-Pep. (#9, 1-10) with 19-point margin 90-71. Aalstar is placed at 2nd position in Belgian D1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aalstar will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. Jackson turned to be Aalstar's top player in his first season with the team. Former The Univ.of Texas at El Paso star has very solid stats this year. Jackson is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 5.5rpg) and averages impressive 51.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Brandon Freeman (191-G-83) of Leuven. Freeman had a very good evening with 35 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Leuven was edged by slightly lower-ranked Liege (#7, 4-5) 83-81. This loss caused Leuven to drop to 6th position in Round 4. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Freeman is well-known at Leuven and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.7ppg (#3).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Antwerp (#3). Wilson scored 24 points. He was a key player of Antwerp, leading his team to a 80-58 easy win against #1 ranked Spirou in a game of the week. Antwerp needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 6 victories and 4 lost games. Wilson has a very solid season. In 10 games in Belgium he scored 11.8ppg. He also has 4.9rpg, 2.6spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lionel Bosco (176-PG-81) of Gent - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Josh Bostic (196-F-87) of Liege - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Michael Haynes (203-F/C-81) of Gent - 26 points and 6 rebounds
8. Jason Love (206-F/C-87) of Verviers-Pep. - 14 points and 15 rebounds
9. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of Oostende - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) of Aalstar - 16 points, 3 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)


Aalstar Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Generali Okapi Aalstar has announced the signing of Kelvin Torbert (193-G-83, college: Michigan St.) for the rest of the season. He will be replacing the injured Alex Ruoff. Torbert is no stranger to the Belgian league since he already played for Bree (06-07) and Mons-Hainaut during from 2008 till 2010. He started his overseas career in 05-06 when he played in France for ProA team Bourg. From there he went to Bree to return to France for the 07-08 season. That year he played for Levallois. After 2 years at Mons he moved to Greece for the 2010-2011 season. He did not stay there long and finished the season in Russia playing for Ural Ekaterinburg. In 31 games there he averaged 12.5 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Most recently he played in Mexico for the Nuevo Laredo Toros. In 3 games for the Toros he averaged 13.3 ppg.

EuroChallenge: Giants unable to keep advantage over Elan in last seconds - by Bert Larsimont

Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels had an excellent weekend when they crushed Euroleague's participant Belgacom Spirou 80-58 in the Ethias League. This could have been considered as a boost when the EuroChallenge Group E regular season's game of tonight started around 20:00 at the Lotto Arena: Port of Antwerp Giants vs. Elan Chalon.

Despite a strong start by the local team (11-4) led by Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius), the French side was ahead after ten minutes of play (score: 18-20). Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone of Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) and Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-C-79) remained on top by the closest margin at half-time: 37-38.

After 57-53 for the Giants at the end of the third quarter (Salah Mejri impressive at the rebound with 9 boards), the 2800 fans saw a very improbable end of game. Still leading 78-74 with just 12 seconds to go in the game, the Giants could not avoid a lay-up by Elan's US star Malcolm Delaney with 5 seconds left on the clock. On the next play, Giants' player Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) turned the ball over (bad pass) and US forward Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) stealed the ball and hit a three-pointer to fix the score at 78-79! A real thriller which ended well for the French team of Coach Gregor Beugnot. The Giants had missed their last five attempts from three-point range.

Best scorers:

Port of Antwerp Giants: Darnell Wilson 19, Timothy Black 16, Michael Roll 15, Salah Mejri 11.
Elan Chalon: Alade Aminu 10, Malcolm Delaney 12, Steed Tchicamboud 17.



EuroChallenge: Okapi Aalstar gives no chance to ETHA - by Bert Larsimont

A home crowd of 1200 supporters attended a nice game played by their idols of Generali Okapi Aalstar tonight. After a strong start by the Belgian team (14-6 on a series of free-throws by Stefon Jackson), InterCollege ETHA Engomis of Cyprus reacted with better intentions. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) helped the visitors keep a close deficit at the end of the first quarter: 22-17.

The home team kept the same tempo in the second quarter. Coach Brad Dean's Okapis were still ahead at the half: 49-36. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan), Okapi's center, had been well present in the paint.

The Flemish side led by Belgian international playmaker Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) as well as US duo Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) and Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) literally cruised in the third quarter. The scoreboard showed 76-52 after 30 minutes. Brad Dean allowed Belgian players Hans Van Langenhove (200-F-80), Ruben Luyten (195-F-91), Brecht De Meyer (206-C-91) and Rik Van den Berghe (204-C-93) out of the bench to play in the fourth quarter. Okapi Aalstar left no chance to InterCollege ETHA Engomis and finally won this FIBA EuroChallenge Group F game 89-73.

Best scorers:

Okapi Aalstar: Kevin Kruger 20, Christopher Copeland 12, Justin Holiday 10, Stefon Jackson 16, Christopher Young 12.
ETHA: Shawn Ray 15, Ken Tutt 19, Darryl Watkins 19.



EuroChallenge: Aalstar made it to the Sweet 16 - by Eurobasket News
Aalstar -Etha 89:73

Aalstar made it to the Sweet 16 of EuroChallenge after the most important game in the group. The Belgian team needed 89:73 to take the second spot and advanced to the next round.
It was a key game for the second position in Group F. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Etha was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 33-of-40 free shots during the game, while Etha only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Etha was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch.
The best player for the winners was Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively.

Etha: Darryl Watkins19+10rebs, Ken Tutt 19, Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) 15,
Aalstar: Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) 20, Stefon Jackson 16, Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) 12, Christopher Young 12+14rebs



EuroCup: Oostende celebrate first win in the season - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academik - Oostende 77:83

Oostende registered the first win in the EuroCup season. The Belgian team defeated Lukoil Academik to improve at 1-4 record in Group D. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Lukoil fell at 2-3 record after the defeat.
Lukoil led by four points after the opening frame 22:18 but things changed drastically in the second period. Oostende unloaded 27 points to gain a 45:39 halftime advantage. The visitors maintained the pressure in the third quarter. They accumulated a 63:55 lead at the final break. Lukoil scored 22 points in the final quarter but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) finished with 15 points, while Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 13 points for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 14 points for Lukoil. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points in the loss.

Lukoil Academik: Bruno Sundov 14, Bozhidar Avramov 13
Oostende: Christopher Booker 18, Kennedy Winston 15, Veselin Petrovic 13


EuroCup: ALBA hold off Dexia in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Dexia 83:63

ALBA earned the fourth victory in EuroCup Group H. The German team overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Berlin to advance into the next stage of the tournament. Five ALBA players scored in double digits in the win. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) accounted for 16 points apiece for ALBA. Dexia slipped at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the standings.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. ALBA snatched a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Dexia however pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors enjoyed a 38:36 halftime advantage. ALBA took over in the third term. The hosts went on a 23:13 rally to take an 8-point advantage. ALBA outscored their opponents 24:12 in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) had 14 points in the loss.

ALBA: DaShaun Wood 16, Torin Francis 16, Derrick Allen 15
Dexia: Ahmad Nivins 19, Quincy Taylor 14


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NBB Round 8 recap - by Eurobasket News
The league leading Flamengo earned the seventh victory. They stole a narrow road win over Sao Jose/Vinac 101:98. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) scored 27 points to lead the winners. It was a close game from start to finish but Flamengo used all of their experience to stay on the winning track. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) contributed 23 points for Flamengo. Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) answered with 21 points for Sao Jose/Vinac as they fell at 4-2 record.
Paulistano improved at 5-2 record after they overcame Vila Velha 81:78 on the road. Pedro Lima (190-G-87) stepped up with 17 points for the winners. Renato Carbonari (204-F/C-87) had 14 points for Paulistano. MatheusBarba knocked down 21 points in the loss.
Uberlandia climbed at 6-2 record after escaping with an 86:84 win over Itabom/Bauru away from home. Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) provided 21 points, while Robby Collum added 18 points for the winning side. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) answered with game-high 32 points for Itabpm/Bauru.
Uniceub/BRB held off Winner/Limeira 82:76 before the home fans. The visitors led by four points before the final quarter but Uniceub/BRB went on a 23:13 run in the final period to seal the victory. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 22 points, while Cipriano, Alex Ribeiro and Welington Dos Santos added 13 points each in the victory.


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


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Set It Off clinches Summer Jam title with amazing fightback - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Alls well that ends well indeed as Set It Off made their poor start to their game evaporate with a stunning comeback to beat Without a Doubt by a single point, 71-70, in the finals of the Summer Jam Basketball League in Virgin Gorda on Saturday December 10, 2011.

Heading into the all-important game, the defending champions of the A League found themselves trailing by 9 unanswered points against the home side before they were finally able to open their account with a 3-pointer, however, they trailed 22-12 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Without a Doubt looked keen on not only dethroning Set It Off but in doing so in emphatic fashion as their strategy of running basketball seemed to be working for them and they were soon leading 44-25 at half time.

But the championship game would turn out to be one of two halves as even though Without a Doubt were able to muster a 20 point lead- 50-30- in the 3rd quarter, they were soon out of steam as Set It Off, sensing their opportunity to make their move, suddenly transformed into the champions like they are known to be. It should be mention too that Without a Doubt were affected by the injury of one of their key players, which left the centre wide open and opportunities for easy drives to the basket and rebounds.

Virgin Gordians watched in almost a state of shock as suddenly their high energy side was no more as the tables had turned drastically on the court. The latter part of the 3rd quarter was also marred by easy turnovers from the home team as they continued to try to force the game rather than shifting the pace. Suddenly a 50-30 deficit for Set It Off was 54-46 and then a big three pointer at the start of the 4th quarter spelled trouble for Without a Doubt as the lead was chopped to three points.

For the first time in the game, Set It Off would lead and that was with 7 minutes remaining in the game and the score 56-54. The champions never looked back as they continued to dominate and seemed headed for victory when the heavens opened and sent players and spectators alike running for cover.

It was a heavy shower that threatened to ruin the night for the defending champions but even though it was well into the morning hours, not a spectator exited the venue as they all waited patiently after the rain had stopped. A spirited mopping up exercise would get underway and soon it was time to complete the game which had 2 minutes 18 seconds remaining, the score 67-64, and Without a Doubt with still a chance to take victory.

The script would not be in their favour as Set It Off were able to hold on to the narrowest of victories.
Earlier, Highspeed defeated Come2Defend 58- 42 in the C Division championship.

J. Dagou had a game high 29 points while R. Richardson netted 11. The top scorers for Come2Defend were Stephen Caul (24 points) and Y. Winchesre (14).

Trophies were presented to the players by District 6 Representative Alvera Maduro Caines, who was representing Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn.

The Summer Jam Basketball League received major sponsorship from Delta Petroleum Ltd.

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/news/set-it-off-clinches-summer-jam-title-with-amazing-fightback


Set It Off clinches Summer Jam title with amazing fightback - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Alls well that ends well indeed as Set It Off made their poor start to their game evaporate with a stunning comeback to beat Without a Doubt by a single point, 71-70, in the finals of the Summer Jam Basketball League in Virgin Gorda on Saturday December 10, 2011.

Heading into the all-important game, the defending champions of the A League found themselves trailing by 9 unanswered points against the home side before they were finally able to open their account with a 3-pointer, however, they trailed 22-12 at the end of the 1st quarter.

Without a Doubt looked keen on not only dethroning Set It Off but in doing so in emphatic fashion as their strategy of running basketball seemed to be working for them and they were soon leading 44-25 at half time.

But the championship game would turn out to be one of two halves as even though Without a Doubt were able to muster a 20 point lead- 50-30- in the 3rd quarter, they were soon out of steam as Set It Off, sensing their opportunity to make their move, suddenly transformed into the champions like they are known to be. It should be mention too that Without a Doubt were affected by the injury of one of their key players, which left the centre wide open and opportunities for easy drives to the basket and rebounds.

Virgin Gordians watched in almost a state of shock as suddenly their high energy side was no more as the tables had turned drastically on the court. The latter part of the 3rd quarter was also marred by easy turnovers from the home team as they continued to try to force the game rather than shifting the pace. Suddenly a 50-30 deficit for Set It Off was 54-46 and then a big three pointer at the start of the 4th quarter spelled trouble for Without a Doubt as the lead was chopped to three points.

For the first time in the game, Set It Off would lead and that was with 7 minutes remaining in the game and the score 56-54. The champions never looked back as they continued to dominate and seemed headed for victory when the heavens opened and sent players and spectators alike running for cover.

It was a heavy shower that threatened to ruin the night for the defending champions but even though it was well into the morning hours, not a spectator exited the venue as they all waited patiently after the rain had stopped. A spirited mopping up exercise would get underway and soon it was time to complete the game which had 2 minutes 18 seconds remaining, the score 67-64, and Without a Doubt with still a chance to take victory.

The script would not be in their favour as Set It Off were able to hold on to the narrowest of victories.

Earlier, Highspeed defeated Come2Defend 58- 42 in the C Division championship.

J. Dagou had a game high 29 points while R. Richardson netted 11. The top scorers for Come2Defend were Stephen Caul (24 points) and Y. Winchesre (14).

Trophies were presented to the players by District 6 Representative Alvera Maduro Caines, who was representing Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn.

The Summer Jam Basketball League received major sponsorship from Delta Petroleum Ltd.



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Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Beroe 7-0 
 2. Academik BL 5-2 
 3. Overgas 4-2 
 4. Cherno More U18 4-3 
 5. Academik PL 4-3 
 6. Dunav 2007 4-3 
 7. Vidabasket 3-4 
 8. Chavdar 2-5 
 9. Shumen 1-6 
 10. Balkan 2 0-6 


EuroCup: Oostende celebrate first win in the season - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academik - Oostende 77:83

Oostende registered the first win in the EuroCup season. The Belgian team defeated Lukoil Academik to improve at 1-4 record in Group D. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Lukoil fell at 2-3 record after the defeat.
Lukoil led by four points after the opening frame 22:18 but things changed drastically in the second period. Oostende unloaded 27 points to gain a 45:39 halftime advantage. The visitors maintained the pressure in the third quarter. They accumulated a 63:55 lead at the final break. Lukoil scored 22 points in the final quarter but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) finished with 15 points, while Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 13 points for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 14 points for Lukoil. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) had 13 points in the loss.

Lukoil Academik: Bruno Sundov 14, Bozhidar Avramov 13
Oostende: Christopher Booker 18, Kennedy Winston 15, Veselin Petrovic 13


Stanislav Vaklinov claims NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international power forward Stanislav Vaklinov (207-PF-89, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rilski Sportist and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 22-year old power forward had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Rilski Sportist in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Tundja Yambol (#5, 4-5) with 30-point margin 93-63. Rilski Sportist maintains the 3rd position in NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rilski Sportist will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Vaklinov had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Rilski Sportist, through which he has constantly improved. Stanislav Vaklinov averages this season 9.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-F/C-90) of Cherno More. Yanev impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Cherno More to another comfortable win 84-67 over the lower-ranked Chernomorets (#7, 1-8) being unquestionably team leader. Cherno More's 4th position in the standings has not changed. His team's 5-4 record is not bad at all. Yanev is a newcomer at Cherno More 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 18.1ppg (#3). He also registered 10.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Tencho Banev (209-C-80, agency: Interperformances) of top-ranked Lukoil Academik. Banev scored 13 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Lukoil Academik, leading his team to a 85-65 easy win against #2 ranked Levski Sofia in a game of the week. Lukoil Academik have amazing season winning all 9 games without a single defeat. Banev turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Banev has a very solid season. In 9 games in Bulgaria he scored 6.8ppg. He also has 4.2rpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sasa Mijajlovic (211-C-80) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77) of Levski Sofia - 11 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Josh Crawford (211-C-88) of Balkan - 10 points and 10 rebounds
7. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Stoyo Cholakov (190-G-87) of Tundja Yambol - 11 points and 6 rebounds
9. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) of Tundja Yambol - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Chernomorets - 15 points and 11 rebounds

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


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VEnezuela,Turkey To Host Olympic Qualifying tournaments - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca Venezuela and Turkey will host the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying turnaments for men and women. The decision was made by Fibas Central Board at its meetings in Spain. Venezuela will welcome 12 national mens teams vying for thelast three Olympic berths which will take place in the countrys capital and largest city of Carcas from July2-8. The previous week ,June 25-July1,in its capital of ANkara,Turkey is host to 12 national womens teams battling for the five remaining places to compete in the Womens Olympic Basketball Tournament.

Calvin Cage joins Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket Center
Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Calvin Cage (183-G-83kg-84, college: Buffalo). In his first game he scored 5 points. However his new team lost to Quebec K. 89-91. Cage played most recently at Bucaros de Bucaramanga (Colombia). He helped them to win the championship title. Cage is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Cage graduated The University of Buffalo in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Mill Rats come up just short against Kebs - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats went down in yet another home-court heartbreaker, losing to the Quebec Kebs 91-89 in National Basketball League of Canada action at Harbour Station Sunday afternoon in front of 1,853 fans.

With the score 89-86, Mill Rats forward Steve DeLuca's three-point attempt rattled in out of the rim with just seconds left on the clock. With the hometown squad in desperation mode, Kebs guard Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) was fouled and made good on his ensuing free throws. A late three from Saint John's Greg Plummer turned out to be too little too late.

Going into the fourth quarter down 74-63, the Mill Rats stormed back in the dying minutes of the final period to knot the game 81-81, thanks to the hot hand of PJ Young who poured in 10 points in the quarter.

With Saint John down by just one, 87-86, Mill Rats centre Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) had his pass intercepted. Kebs forward Yannick Anzuluni got fouled on the ensuing play and was perfect on the charity stripe. From there the visitors didn't look back.

With the loss the Mill Rats drop to .500 with a record of 6-6, while the Kebs improve to 9-5.

For Young, who had his best game of the year, he was frustrated his efforts didn't translate into a win.

'It's tough to take, we didn't have a great start,' said Young. 'We came out a bit slow. But we have some new players and we're still trying to gel so we just have to learn to be more focused all the time.'

The Mill Rats once again got off to a slow start and had to dig themselves out of a hole. Newcomer Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) shouldered most of the scoring load pouring in 11 points in the first quarter. He ended up with a game-high 19 points, including two put-back slams. Holmes also had 19 points to lead Quebec.

The Port City squad struggled early on to find a rhythm and contain a quick and athletic Quebec squad. The Mill Rats ended the first quarter trailing 30-21.

Sparked by timely threes from Plummer and Anthony Anderson, the Mill Rats erased a double-digit deficit in the second quarter and took a 40-38 lead with four minutes left in the second. From there the score went back and forth with the game knotted 43-43 at the half.

But the visitors took advantage of a flat Saint John squad in the third and went on a 7-0 run to start the period. A three from Holmes gave the visitors an 11-point lead at the midpoint of the quarter, which they maintained, ending the stanza with a 74-63 lead.

Like Young, Mill Rats head coach Jaren Jackson attributed the loss to growing pains. With so much new talent he said the team needs a little time to go on a run. But he was impressed by his squad's secondary scoring.

'It's a tough loss,' said Jackson. 'I wish we would have won it for Modibo (Diarra) and the guys off the bench. They played really hard at both ends of the floor.'

The Mill Rats will play their next game against the Moncton Miracles (0-10) at the Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


Halifax's Justin Johnson is NBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Chalk up another NBL Canada Player of the Week for the Halifax Rainmen. Rainmen guard, Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) has earned this week's Player of the Week after two solid performances last week. The 6'6' guard out of Tyler, Texas helped the Halifax Rainmen put together a few wins including their first road win of the season against the Summerside Storm. Johnson nailed the game-winning basket in the 97-96 win over the Storm. The Rainmen are now 6-4 on the season.

Johnson, known as an impressive three-point shooter, is 6th in the league for 3-pointers made/game. Johnson averages 12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.5 apg this season.

Justin Johnson - Last Week's Performances:
12/8 @ SUMM - 15 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast
12/10 vs QUE - 15 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast

Upcoming for the Rainmen: @ Summerside (12/15), vs Oshawa (12/18)

Courtesy of www.hiphoopjunkies.com


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Standings - DIMAYOR
Liga Nacional Stage Two Standings
Championship Group
 1. Dep.Castro 5-1
 2. Osorno Basq. 5-1
 3. Los Leones 5-1
 4. Dep.Valdivia 2-4
 5. Boston Coll. 2-4
 6. Puente Alto 2-4
 7. Aleman 2-4
 8. Sagrados 1-5
Places 9-18
 1. Temuco Basket 11-3
 2. Dep.Ancud 10-4
 3. San Juan 8-10
 4. Sabuesos 8-10
 5. Sportiva Italiana 7-11
 6. Providencia 7-11
 7. Stadio Italiano 6-12
 8. Las Animas 5-9
 9. Dep.Pucon 1-13
 10. Palestino 0-18
Stage One Standings


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The season thus far... - by Alex Yam
What promised to be one of the most exciting CBA seasons in recent memory, has not disappointed thus far, 10 games into the season, about 1/3rd of the way through the regular season, and perhaps the most unexpected result is the the Beijing Ducks are in 1st place and undefeated. They have beat both perennial CBA top dogs, in Xinjiang and Guangdong, the latter at home, and the combination of Randolph Morris and a rejuvenated Stephon Marbury, who is on his 1st winning team since arriving to the CBA 2 seasons ago, along with a supporting domestic cast, that is playing among the best in the league, Beijing has become the team to beat, at least up until this point. Xinjiang and Guangdong are not far behind and in a 7 game series, can Beijing beat either of those 2 teams, who knows? in China home court, really means HOME COURT, those that have actually seen a CBA game live, will understand that joke.

The NBA influence has certainly made the league more watched in league especially in lieu of the NBA lockout, now that the league has kissed and made up with the Players union, the focus and spotlight is now back on the NBA and this free agency bonanza, while the CBA league is still playing big brother to the numerous NBA stars that signed to play in China, refusing to allow players to use their league an country as a doormat.



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EuroCup: Spartak SP post fifth straight win - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Spartak SP 68:73

Spartak Saint Petersburg stayed on the winning track in EuroCup regular season. They accounted for the fifth consecutive win beating Cedevita in Croatia tonight. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) posted 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the visitors. Cedevita slipped at 1-4 record after the loss.
Spartak dominated from start to finish. Cedevita tried to stay within striking distance throughout the first half. The hosts trailed by 6 points at halftime 31:37. Cedevita restored the intrigue in the third quarter. They outscored Spartak to take a 2-point lead with ten minutes remaining. But the visitors quickly regained the lead and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) provided 13 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis (208-C-84) and Valery Likhodey (205-F-86) added 9 points each in the win. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) answered with 16 points for Cedevita. Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) netted 12 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Miro Bilan 16, Matjaz Smodis 12
Spartak SP: Vladimir Dragicevic 16, Miha Zupan 13, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 9, Valery Likhodey 9


EuroCup: Gravelines deny Cibona, stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Cibona 81:77

Gravelines clinched the fifth straight win in EuroCup regular season. The French team held off visiting Cibona to remain on top of Group A. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Cibona on the other hand suffered their fifth loss in a row at the tournament.
Gravelines earned a 21:15 lead after the strong first frame. Cibona cut the deficit and narrowed the gap to 4 points at the interval 40:44. The Croatian team got even closer in the third term and eventually pulled ahead for a 57:56 lead with ten minutes remaining. But Gravelines managed to recover. The hosts exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame and sealed a tough win at the end. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) finished with 15 points each for Gravelines. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) had 13 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 20, Andrew Albicy 15, Rudy Jomby 20
Cibona: Andrija Zizic 20, Goran Suton 13


Ronald Ross claims A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Ronald Ross (188-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jolly JBS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 28-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and four assists for Jolly in his team's victory, helping them to beat Kvarner 2010 (#6, 5-5) 83-71. Jolly is placed at 3rd position in Croatian A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jolly will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. In the team's last game Ross had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Jolly's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ross is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.8ppg), assists (4th best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 3.3spg,51.7% FGP and 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old forward Antonio Bicvic (199-F-82) of Darda. Bicvic impressed basketball fans with 21 points. Of course he lead Darda to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Svjetlost (5-5) 95-57. This victory allowed Darda to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-5 record is not bad at all. Bicvic is a newcomer at Darda and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Dino Cinac (198-F-88) of Kvarner 2010 (#6). Cinac scored 15 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Cinac's great performance Kvarner 2010 lost 71-83 to the higher-ranked Jolly (#3, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kvarner 2010 needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Cinac has a great season in Croatia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85) of Darda - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Nikola Gaurina (199-G-83) of Alkar Sinj - 22 points and 5 rebounds
6. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Zadar - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Franjo Bubalo (194-G/F-88) of Alkar Sinj - 15 points and 5 assists
9. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mise Diminic (208-C-89) of Dubrovnik - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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EuroChallenge: Keravnos - Szolnoki (PreGame by Fiba Europe) - by Chris Mammides
Everyone in the Szolnoki Olajbanyasz camp understood the significance of their 93-81 home setback to Keravnos in EuroChallenge Group H back on November 22.
'We will keep doing our job and try to win the away leg,' Szolnoki Olajbanyasz power forward/center Marton Bader (212-C-80) had said. 'We still have a chance and we want to win the game in Cyprus,' Szolnoki Olajbanyasz coach Peter Por had said.
That game, the rematch, is on Tuesday. It is do or die for both sides.
If Keravnos (2-3) win at home against Szolnoki Olajbanyasz (3-2), they will advance to the Last 16 thanks to a sweep of their two meetings. Should Szolnoki prevail, however, they will move into the next phase with a better overall record.
Marton Bader certainly could not have done much more in the first meetings to help his team because he poured in 23 points and corralled 11 rebounds. What his team failed to do, however, was get a hand in the face of Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.). The Keravnos sharpshooter buried six of eight shots from long range and finished with 27 points. Keravnos also won that game because of their ability to keep the ball alive on the offensive glass. Of their 39 rebounds, 19 came on the offensive boards and those led to second and third opportunities to score that the Cypriots capitalized on.
Season So Far
Keravnos are flying high in their domestic league with eight wins in as many games. They had the luxury of not playing at the weekend and have been concentrating on the crunch game with the Hungarian outfit.
Szolnoki won for the eighth time in 10 Hungarian league games at the weekend, an 86-82 victory over Kecskemeti.
The Hot Hand
Winsome Frazier is shooting 52.2% (12 of 23) from long range for Keravnos.
Akos Horvath is hitting 56% (14 of 25) from behind the arc in Europe this season for Szolnoki.
The X Factor
Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) began the year with Sokhumi but left the Georgian club for Szolnoki after their Qualifying Round defeat to BC 'Minsk' 2006. He has been a solid member of the Hungarian side, though did have his worst performance in the EuroChallenge against Keravnos when scoring just three points and turning the ball over three times in 19 minutes. He is shooting 42.1% (eight of 19) from three-point land.
Marton Bader is averaging a double-double of 14.4 points and 11 rebounds per game, but has missed the last two games in the EuroChallenge and also domestically. Should he be unable to play, it would certainly affect the inside play of the Hungarian outfit.
Strahinja Dragicevic (203-F-86) didn't make much of an impact in his first couple of EuroChallenge games for Keravnos but in the last three outings, he has averaged 14.3 points and hit eight of 14 shots from behind the arc.
Key Match-Up:


Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) (Keravnos) v Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) (Szolnoki)
Moore wasn't available for Keravnos in last week's home against Orthez but should be in the line-up against Szolnoki. In the first meeting, he had a season-high 13 assists to go with his 10 points.
Trotter is averaging 15.9 points per game and has scored at least 12 points in all of his games in Europe, including both legs of the Qualifying Round triumph over Tampereen Pyrint.
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Eurochallenge: One down one to go.... - by Chris Mammides
Keravnos Strovolou - Szolnoki Olajbanyasz 82-91
The dream died for the Strovolos team as tonight and in a game which just ended they lost the chance to qualify in the next round in the Eurochallenge after losing the third straight game in their home court and with a record of 2-4 and with not the slightest victory in Strovolos waived from their European Duties.
The Hungarian Coach Peter Por did a check-mate to the Cyprus Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras as he didnt use at all one of his main players and top performer of the team Marton Bander so his game was entirely different that the one in Hungary, Szolnoki played mainly from the peripheral something which was a bit of surprise for Coach Yiannaras as he (probably) prepared his team based on the facts that he had from the first game. This change of the Hungarian Coach messed a little bit the Cyprus team, but the unfortunate second halfs performance by Keravnos players, was once more the Achilles heel for Keravnos as in its European duties. The Strovolos team was below the average from the 22-40th minute. 17-24 and 19-25 were the two periods of the second quarter and obviously shows two elements the poor offence and the poor defense.


The first period was great for the Cyprus club and Coach Yiannaras who saw his team-players being totally balanced with the opponents in the 7th minute with 18-18, to perform great in the last 2 minutes and ending the first period with the promising 27-20. Ales Chan (215-C-80, college: Seton Hill) and Moore were the stand outs for Keravnos in this first period.

The 2nd period started with Keravnos keeping its good deficit until the 17th minute when Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) and Gay scored some unanswered points and the first half ended with the poor 46-42 for Keravnos. It was obvious that the Hungarians were speeding up while Keravnos couldnt follow.

The 3rd period was the begging of the end for Keravnos as the Hungarians with good defense and solid performance from the arc, the ended the game with 50% from the three point line, took the lead for the first time in the game at the 27th minute 56-58 and never lost it until the very end. The 3rd period ended with 63-66.

The last period was the worst for Keravnos as its players were psychologically and physically full of stress for the result and their performance was meager , on the other hand the Hungarians with their experience and their unyielding game were able not only to win the game but to reach the difference up to a point to the 15 points before the final 82-91.

Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, college: Mississippi St.) who was the Top man in the previous games he was the fatal player against the Hungarians as he had awful stats and the defense of Coach Pot against him was very good and result oriented. The American player had 0/4 two pointers and 1/5 three pointers and was one of the reasons that Strovolos team stopped its European dreams.
The other reason was the other key player of Coach Yiannaras, Dragicevic who was also in a very bad shape and his stats 1/3 two pointers and 1/4 three pointers couldnt help his team,
On the other hand the good defense against the key player of the Hungarians, Obie Obie Trotter was not good at all as the American guard was much better than the first game in Hungary and was one of the main man in the game, the American killed all the Cyprus dreams for something better as his performance and his productivity says it all, he ended the game with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists while the X Factor as it was characterized by Fiba Europe in an article which was uploaded yesterday in the net, Brandon Gay (203-F-82, college: San Diego) was amazing as he scored 17 points and dashed down 6 rebounds. These two players had only 17 points together in the first in-between match while tonight they had as many as 40 points.


Obie Trotter was teh MVP of the game!
The quarters of the game were: 27-20, 46-42, 63-66 and the final 82-91
Top scorers:
Keravnos Strovolou: Ales Chan 22 points and 5 rebounds, Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, Hatcher 10.
Szolnoki: Obie Trotter 22, Brandon Gay 17, Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) 16 and Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 14


KEravnos will now focus to the Cyprus league as the Euroepan duties are officially over and they need to come back to the Cyprus reality as Pizza Express Apollon is showing on a weekly basis that they are equivalent opponent for the Strovolos team...





Okapi Aalstaar too strong for Intercollege Etha - by Michael Aristidou

After the results of day-6 in FIBA Eurochallenge no Cypriot team proceed to the top-16. InterCollege Etha Engomis lost in Belgium from Generali Okapi Aalstar 89-73 and disqualified.

The Cypriot team had to face the sudden absent of American Joshua Jackson (188-SG-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Warner Pacific) due to illness.
In the game the home team was in lead all over the game while the Cypriot team was trying to follow. Form the winners Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) (20p), Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) (16p) where in good night while InterCollege Etha Engomis had Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) and Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) scoring 19 points as first scorers.

Quarters: 22-17, 49-36, 76-52, 89-73

Okapi Aalstar
:Kevin Kruger 20 (4), Copeland 12, Holiday 10 (1), Jackson 16, Young 12, Steinbach 5, Fox 3, Luyten 6, VanLangenhove 5, Vandenderghe,


ETHA: Ray 15, Ken Tutt 19, Darryl Watkins 19. Massamba, 7, Dabkus, Cup 8, Lalovic 3, Anastasiadis 2, Kasinopoulos




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ASK Inter Bratislava Brings in Emanuel Ubilla for Tryouut - by Surujh Roopnarine
Mattoni NBL newcomers BK Inter Bratislava (3-14) have signed veteran guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-G-86, college: Fair Dickinson) to a seven-day contract. The 25-year old Ubilla is a familiar name to fans of the NBL, having spent two of his first three professional seasons with Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin. Last season he appeared in 30 games, averaging 8.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 39.1% from the field and 35.5% from three. He owns career averages (Including Czech Cups) of 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.5 steals in 79 games. The 6-2 guard out of Fairleigh Dickinson should be in uniform this weekend as Inter heads on the road to take on BK Prostejov (13-3) on Saturday evening for Round 18 action.

Patrick Pope Newest Addition to BK Chomutov - by Surujh Roopnarine
30-year old point-guard Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) has been signed by Levharti Chomutov for the remainder of the NBL season. The 6-0 guard spent last season in Germany with Gloria Giants Duesseldorf (Germany-1.Bundesliga), where in 23 games he averaged 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists while shooting 46.2% on two-point field goals, 26.1% from three and 68.4% from the free-throw line. Pope starred at NCAA Division II St. Augustine where he finished in the top-five in the nation in points scored and steals during his senior season (2002-2003). Since turning pro, he has played in Ireland, Holland and Spain in addition to his time in Germany. In 2005 he was named the Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Player of the Year after leading Mardyke UCC Demons Cork to the Championship while averaging 22.0 points per contest. Pope was also a two-time Dutch Eredivisie league All-Star selection in 2008 and 2009. He will be in uniform this weekend as Levharti Chomutov hosts visiting BK B&W Opava.

EuroChallenge: BK Pardubice qualified to the next stage - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - BK Pardubice 76:77

BK Pardubice qualified to the next stage after a thrilling win in Ivano-Frankivsk. The team from Czech Republic overcame Hoverla 77:76 on Tuesday. That BC Goverla lost another close game is fitting because their EuroChallenge campaign was marred by one narrow setback after another.
The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Maurice Hampton, Lemyk and Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) tied the game at 75:75 and the latter made another free throw for 76:75. Muirhead however also made two free throw for the final victory.
BK Pardubice made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded Hoverla 33-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Petr Bohacik (202-F-85) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 17 points and his fellow Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) added 16 points respectively.


Hoverla: Marcus Walker 17, Brian Greene 16, Dante Swanson (178-PG-81, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Tulsa) 11, Kevin Tiggs 10
BK Pardubice: Marcus Arnold 24, Petr Bohacik 14, Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) 13




EuroChallenge: Roanne sent BK Prostejov packing - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - BK Prostejov 87:70

Roanne sent BK Prostejov out of EuroChallenge as the latter finished the group third. The French side needed 87:70 win to grab the top place with 5-1 record.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime as Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) brought 33:32 for the guests. The second half was decisive in the game as the French team needed their 55-37 charge, which allowed them to win the game. With 26-15 they finished the game and celebrated the 5th win in the group.
Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) who recorded 16 points and 6 assists. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively.

BK Prostejov: Arvydas Eitutavicius 16, Travis Peterson 12, Jamar Smith 9
Roanne: John Holland 18, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 15, Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) 12



EuroCup: Nymburk clear off on top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Aris 78:72

Nymburk celebrated a key win in EuroCup Group C. They held off Aris to take 4-1 record on top of the standings. Aris fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Nymburk enjoyed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second term. Aris cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime 31:34. Aris maintained the pressure on the hosts in the third term. The Hellenes got within two points 53:55 with ten minutes remaining. But Nymburk made necessary changes and fired 23 points in the fourth frame to clear off for good at the end. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) had 14 points and 13 boards, while Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) contributed 13 points for the winners. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) topscored for Aris with 28 points. Giorgos Bogris (209-C/F-89) had 10 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 22, Petr Benda 14+13 boards, Pavel Pumprla 13
Aris: Dominic James 28, Giorgos Bogris 10


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Armor make roster move, gear up for big week - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced that Michael Sturns (6'5''-G-86, agency: Court Side, college: Holy Family) has been reacquired. The Armor's active roster now stands at 10.

Sturns, a 6'5 swingman, was selected by the Armor with their seventh round pick, 111th overall, in this year's NBA Development League Draft. He was one of the last two Armor players released prior to the conclusion of training camp on Nov. 23.

Sturns played collegiately at the University of North Texas for three years before finishing his college career at Division II Holy Family. In his senior season at Holy Family, Sturns led the nation in scoring, averaging 26.7 points in 35.2 minutes and was named the Central Collegiate Athletic Conference (CACC) Player of the Year.

The Armor improved their overall record to 4-1 on Friday with an overtime victory on the road over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Armor have raced out to their best start in franchise history and currently sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Springfield returns to action for back-to-back games against the Erie BayHawks on Wed. and Thurs. at the MassMutual Center, with both games scheduled to tip off at 7:00 PM. This week's games are the Armor's last home games until after the New Year, as the team will hit the road for a grueling 16-day road trip after Thursday's game.

Per a recent league announcement, NBA D-League teams will be permitted to carry and dress for games a maximum of 12 players until one week after the commencement of NBA training camps. Following is the Armor's current 10-man roster:



Name Pos HT WT From Status

David Akinyooye* F 6-6 215 Adelphi Local Tryouts

Jamar Brown F/C 6-10 235 CSU-Pueblo Returning (10-11)

Travis Cohn* G 6-2 170 Jacksonville Local Tryouts

Marcus Hill* G 5-9 165 Minnesota State Draft Pick

Lance Hurdle G 6-2 195 Miami Returning (10-11)

Alejo Rodriguez* F 6-8 235 Iona Local Tryouts

Eugene Spates F 6-7 220 Northeastern Returning (10-11)

Michael Sturns G/F 6-5 205 Holy Family Draft Pick

Jonathan Thomas* G/F 6-6 210 Marshall Draft Pick

L.D. Williams G 6-4 215 Wake Forest Returning (10-11)

*Denotes rookie

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Sensley returns to Vipers - by Eurobasket News
Julian Sensley (6'9''-F-82, agency: VVG Sports, college: Hawaii), a member of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers championship team two seasons ago, has returned to the Valley.

Sensley, a 6-9 forward, most recently played professionally in Greece and returned to the Vipers last week. He was waiting on paperwork to clear from the NBA headquarters and was not allowed to play with the Vipers this past weekend when the split a back-to-back home series against Austin. He is expected to play on Friday when the Vipers play at Austin.

'The D-League has always been a good experience for guys trying to get to that next level the NBA, and if not the NBA, then a chance to showcase your talents for team all around the world,' the 29-year-old Sensley said. 'I wanted to come back to the States, and I wanted to play for Coach Nurse. It was a good situation for me to come back.'

Nurse hopes Sensleys experience will help settle down his young team that is off to a 5-4 start.

'Hopefully, hell bring a little calm to the storm here,' Nurse said. 'We make a lot of young, foolish mistakes in big moments. Hopefully, hes a guy we can rely on to get some of those critical, game-winning rebounds.'

Sensley said the pace of play is slower in Greece and he will probably need a couple of games to get re-adjusted. Sensley is happy to be back in the Valley.

'Of all the places Ive played, the Valley has been my favorite place,' Sensley said. 'Coach Nurse is a good coach, and we have good players here. Im excited about playing again.'

Courtesy of www.themonitor.com


Los Angeles' Costner named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) of the Los Angeles D-Fenders was today named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Dec 5-11.

A 6-9, 235-pound forward out of North Carolina State, Costner led Los Angeles to a 2-1 record for the week, averaging 28.3 points and 5.0 rebounds.

Costner, the league's fourth leading scorer on the season (24.6 ppg), scored a season-high 42 points, including 18 in the first quarter, in a 97-90 loss against the Idaho Stampede Dec. 10. In back-to-back victories over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Costner averaged 21.5 points, including a team-high 24 in the D-Fenders' 117-113 home win Dec. 7.

Other top performers considered include the Vipers' Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee), who averaged 21.3 points and 10.5 rebounds, and Marshall Brown (6'7''-F-85, college: Missouri), who averaged 23.5 points and 7.0 rebounds; the Fort Wayne Mad Ants' Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)), who averaged 22.0 points and 4.3 rebounds; the Erie BayHawks' Tirrell Baines, who averaged 25.0 points and 10.5 rebounds; the Dakota Wizards' Maurice Baker, who averaged 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds; the Springfield Armor's Lance Hurdle, who averaged 27.5 points and 5.5 rebounds; the Stampede's Willie Jenkins, who averaged 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds; the D-Fenders' Elijah Millsap, who averaged 24.5 points and 6.5 rebounds; the Sioux Falls Skyforce's Billy McShepard, who averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds; the Tulsa 66ers' Nkem Ojougboh, who averaged 14.5 rebounds and 12.0 rebounds; the Bakersfield Jam's David Palmer, who averaged 16.5 points and 14.5 rebounds; the Reno Bighorns' Terrance Thomas, who averaged 18.0 points and 14.0 rebounds; and the Texas Legends' Booker Woodfox, who averaged 22.0 points.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brandon COSTNER
  Los A.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Costner, Los A.25.0 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 4. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.23.3 
 6. Millsap, Los A.23.2 
 7. Moses Randal., Iow.21.5 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.21.3 
 9. Allmond, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 10. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 7. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 8. Withers, Dakota W.9.4 
 9. Dyer, Texas L.9.3 
 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. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.8.1 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Ewing, Iowa E.7.4 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 7. Snow, Maine RC7.0 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 9. Coleman, Sioux F.6.0 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.2.3 
 4. Baker, Dakota W.2.2 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 10. Bobbitt, Idaho S.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.3.8 
 3. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 4. Major, Bakersfi.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 7. Milligan, Canton C.1.8 
 8. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 9. Coleman, Rio G.1.6 
 10. Thomas, Springfi.1.6 


Polynice posts triple-double In D-Fenders comeback win - by Eurobasket News
Eric Musselman's D-Fenders made late-game defensive adjustments to outscore the Texas Legends 35-15 in the fourth quarter and pull a come-from-behind 104-92 win at the Toyota Sports Center. Los Angeles' (7-3) defense held Texas to 39.8 percent shooting while Eniel Polynice (6'5''-G-88, college: Seton Hall), who recorded his first triple-double of the season (23 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists), fueled the D-Fenders offense.

'I thought he played smart and played harder than he has,' Musselman said of Polynice's Monday night performance. 'He figured out angles tonight and he's a great dribble driver.'

Aside from defensive adjustments, the D-Fenders shot 54.9 percent and were led in scoring by Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) (29 points) for the sixth time this season. Teammate Jordan Brady finished with 16 points (7-12 FG) and five rebounds off the bench, Gerard Anderson tallied 14 points (5-7 FG) and five rebounds, and Otis George registered 13 points (6-7 FG) and six rebounds.

Texas (1-6) was paced by Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Creighton), who totaled 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting and five assists. Derek Williams scored 16 (4-6 3FG) off the bench and Vance Cooksey finished with 14 points and five assists.

With the win, Los Angeles is now 5-1 in its last six games. The D-Fenders next play a home-and-home series, first travelling to Bakersfield for their 7:00 p.m. contest on Dec. 16 before returning home for a game on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  EBA   


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Division
 1. Hudson V.H. 2-0
 2. Brooklyn P. 0-0
 3. N.Y.C. J. 0-0
 4. Philadelphia L. 0-0
 5. New York W. 0-1
Southern Division
 1. Harrisburg H. 0-0
 2. M. All-Stars 0-0
 3. NoVa H. 0-0
 4. Washington M. 0-0
 5. Winchester S. 0-0


The Hudson Valley Hype won first two games of the season - by Eurobasket
The Hudson Valley Hype opened their season at home against division rivals the New York Wizards Saturday afternoon and they did it in fantastic fashion. No NBA is no problem for the Hudson Valley, the Hype put on a show that features their team mascot, the local championship cheer team from Pine Bush High School, music, gift bags for kids and lets not forget the best players in NYC all on one team!
In what could easily be called the game of they year, the Hype jumped out to an early 12 to 2 lead on the Wizards and didnt look back thanks to the player of the game Lloyd Clinton (6'7''-F-83, college: DeSales). Lloyd finished the game with a double double consisting of 36 point and 11 rebounds. College standouts Anderson Labase (5'11''-G, college: Queens, NY) and Dominique Jones (5'9''-G, college: Ft.Hays State) combined for 33 points. The big man Kiwan Smith (6'7''-F-87, college: Redlands CC) had 22 from everywhere on the court and the high flying Steffon Farley (6'8''-F, college: Adelphi) ended the night with 14, but his most important two came in the closing seconds of the 4th quarter.
In a game that saw everything from blocked shots to killer crossovers to stifling defense there was still one play left in the book for the Hype to pull out. The Wizards fought off a 9 point deficit to tie the game at 120 a piece with 3.5 seconds left and an almost certain overtime coming, until a screen play was called for Steffon who received the perfect alley-oop pass for a dunk to put the Hype ahead by two. With only 1.4 seconds left in the game the Wizards were forced to launch a desperation shot from court. The Wizards top scorers were Jermaine Abraham (6'7''-F, agency: Athlete Management Group, college: Elizabeth City) and two time league MVP Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) with 24 and 21 respectively.


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  EGYPT   


Egyptian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
National Team for Pan Arab Games in Doha 2011


Starting five
#s#
Amr El Gandy
El Gandy
Wael Badr
Badr
Moamen AbdouElLanin
AbdouElLanin
Ibrahim ElGamal
ElGamal
Haytham Kamal
Kamal
#e#5
4 Mouhanad ElSabagh 180-PG-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
5 Amr El Gandy 202-F/C-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
6 Ahmed ElSabagh 191-F/G-85 Al Ittihad Egypt
7 Wael Badr 193-G-78 Gezira Egypt
8 Moamen AbdouElLanin 199-F-86 Al Ittihad Egypt
9 Ibrahim ElGamal 188-G-88 Ahly Egypt
10 Mohammed Sallah 204-C-89 Sporting Egypt
11 Ganadi Shrief G
12 Assem Marei 206-C/F-92 Zamalek Egypt
13 Haytham Kamal 207-C/F-87 Al Ittihad Egypt
14 Mohamed Kardani 196-PF-77 Gezira Egypt
15 Ramy Abdalla 185-G-81 Gezira Egypt

Amr AbouelKhir Head Coach Al Ittihad Egypt
Ahmed Esmail Assistant


National Team for African Championships 2011

Starting five
#s#
Amro Sherif
Sherif
Ramy Gunady
Gunady
Ibrahim Ragab
Ragab
Mark Aziz
Aziz
Mohamed Mounir
Mounir
#e#5
4 Mouhanad Essam 180-G-88 Al Ittihad Egypt
5 Amro Sherif 192-G-91 Zamalek Egypt
6 Ramy Gunady 185-G-81 Gezira Egypt
7 Assem Ahmed 206-C-92 Zamalek Egypt
8 Moamen Mohame 199-F-86 Al Ittihad Egypt
9 Ibrahim Ragab 188-G-88 Ahly Egypt
10 Motaz Okasha 186-PG-90 Zamalek Egypt
11 Mohamed Adly 212-C-87 Ahly Egypt
12 Mark Aziz 203-F-86 Al Ittihad Egypt
13 Ahmed Tarek 190-G-85 Al Ittihad Egypt
14 Mohamed Mounir 195-F-77 Gezira Egypt
15 Rami Ibrahim 202-F-88 Al Ittihad Egypt




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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 10-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 9-1 
 3. Tarvas 7-4 
 4. Rapla 6-5 
 5. TTU/Kalev 4-7 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-7 
 7. Parnu 2-9 
 8. Valga/CKE 2-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pilk, TT.18.5 
 2. Soo, Rapla17.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas16.5 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu16.0 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.7 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.4 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas13.9 
 9. Arnold, TT.13.5 
 10. Sokk, Tartu Uliko.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.7 
 3. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.2 
 5. Cricelli, Va.8.0 
 6. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.9 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.7 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.6 
 10. Raadik, Parnu6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Raap, Parnu3.9 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.5 
 6. Pilk, TT.3.5 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.3 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cunda, Va.2.5 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 5. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.1 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.9 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.9 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.9 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.1.8 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.4 
 3. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.4 
 4. Raadik, Parnu1.3 
 5. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Vaino, Tarvas0.6 
 10. Makke, TT.0.5 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket chooses seasoned agent Chris Warren as its next manager of the Eurobasket Summer League - by Eurobasket
Chris Warren, president of Warren Sports International, located in Indianapolis, Indiana was appointed manager of the Eurobasket Summer League by Marek Wojtera of Eurobasket. Chris will assume the duties of overseeing the summer league immediately. Chris Warren is currently in negotiations with several sites where ESL will be located in summer of 2012. Thus far it looks like we will be holding the ESL in these cities: Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New York and Italy. The summer league in Italy is being planned as a replacement for the traditional Treviso Summer League that is no longer running. Chris Warren has stated, 'that we are very excited to be holding the summer league in Forli, Italy and we are working with team officials from Fulgor Libertas Basketball Club of Forli, Italy where the summer league will be run. I have always thought that a location such as this where coaches can come to a central location in Europe during the summer which happens to be a very nice vacation spot, would be great place to hold a camp of summer league. We feel like this will be something that will be very promising for years to come.' Also, there will be a Coaches clinic held at the Forli, Italy location and the Indianapolis, Indiana location at the same time as the summer league. According to Chris Warren, John Spezia will be responsible for the organization of the coaches clinic as well as assisting with other duties with each summer league. Both John and I felt that with the amount of coaches that we plan on having at each event, why not hold a couple of coaches clinic so that coaches can pick up some new strategies from each other as well as top level players.' Lastly, there will be a women's Eurobasket Summer League held during the final four for women in Denver this spring of 2012.
'Were very pleased and excited that we have a dynamic new manager with proven leadership, diverse interests and a strong background. Chris has the passion not only for basketball, but has strong organizational skills as well. Chris is a true basketball man, energetic and engaging, he is ideally suited to marshal the talent to maximize the potential of the Eurobasket Summer League as a world leader in professional basketball players acquiring jobs in playing overseas or stateside, said Marek Wojtera, Sports IT director of Eurobasket. According to Chris Warren, most camps during the summer are held as moneymakers for agents who cannot attract the coaches nor can they get jobs for their players. Therefore, these agents or camp coordinators benefit monetarily on the hopes and dreams of these aspiring players trying to get a contract professionally. The ESL will have high level players, agents, scouts, pro gms and coaches who will all be looking for talented individuals to sign.'



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


The End of the Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Fuenlabrada - Nitra 93-80
Fuenlabrada beat Nitra in the last game of the group round of EuroChallenge. The Spaniards, who had already clinched a place in the Last 16 but had no chance of overtaking EWE Baskets for first place in Group A, won 93:80 over Nitra to improve to 4-2. Vaden Robert and Sergio Sanchez (190-PG-81) brought the first points for their teams and Penney Kirk later made it 20:13. He nailed another trey for 27:16 at the end of the first period and opened the second frame from the arc for 30:18. Mainoldi Leonardo sent the teams to the lockers at 53:44 as Nitra won the quarter 28-26. Fuenlabrada meanwhile replied with 18-15 in the third frame and grabbed 71:59 after three quarters. Another 22-21 in the last period brought them the 4th victory at the tournament and the ticket to the next stage. Sergio Sanchez stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Mainoldi Leonardo as well as Penney Kirk netted 17 each. Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) followed them with 15 points in the winning effort. Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) ended up with 23 points for the guests and Clemente Denis scored 20. Vaden Robert and Majok Ater replied with 17 points apiece as the latter also grabbed 12 rebounds.

EWE Baskets - Norrkoping 106-61
EWE Baskets won Group A undefeated and smashed Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game. The hosts erupted for 106:61 on Tuesday night for 6-0 record. EWE Baskets trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime. In the third quarter the German machine produced a 35-12 surge and grabbed 86:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Another 20-12 in the last stanza allowed them to reach three-digit number. EWE Baskets made 20-of-24 free shots during the game. Norrkoping Dolphins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) who scored 28 points. Dominik Bahiense de Mello chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds and Anton Saks (200-G-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively.

Group B
Leiden - Armia 76-59
Leiden ruined Armia's big dreams of EuroChallenge beating them in the decisive game. The Dutch team needed 76:59 win to take the second spot in the group and advanced to the next stage. Armia fell to the third place and finished their participating in the tournament. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.), Thomas Will, Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.), Kjellbom Joakim and Hawkins Cliff could not help the Georgian side to advance to the next stage. Leiden started with 19-2 record and never looked behind in the game. Kherrazi brought 29:14 early in the second and Hilliman closed the half at 38:24. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter, while another 22-19 in the last period brought the hosts the necessary win. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) nailed 16. Worthy de Jong posted 14 and Jackson Thomas scored 11. Jeremy Richardson finished the game with 17 points and Ben Woodside had 16.

Goettingen - Besiktas 59-96
Besiktas Milangaz wins the group with the perfect record achieving the sixth straight victory. The favorites remained Goettingen winless after 96:59 victory away from home. The German team looked poor in the whole tournament and rightfully was eliminated from it. Besiktas Milangaz erupted with 29-13 in the opening quarter and of course never looked behind after. They added 18-11 in the second period for 47:24 at the halftime. Moreover another 30-17 in the third quarter brought them 77:41 advantage after three quarters. Goettingen looked better in the last stanza but lost it anyway 18-19. Oren closed the game from the perimeter to keep the Turkish team undefeated. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) paced all the winners with 21 points, whilst Dagli Ersin netted 18. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) delivered 17 and Erceg Zoran nailed 15. Sykes Raymond ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Max Weber (201-G/F-85) notched 11.

Group C
Hoverla - BK Pardubice 76-77
BK Pardubice qualified to the next stage after a thrilling win in Ivano-Frankivsk. The team from Czech Republic overcame Hoverla 77:76 on Tuesday. That BC Goverla lost another close game is fitting because their EuroChallenge campaign was marred by one narrow setback after another. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 22-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Hamptom, Lemyk and Tiggs tied the game at 75:75 and the latter made another free throw for 76:75. Muirhead however also made two free throw for the final victory. BK Pardubice made 18-of-21 free shots during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded Hoverla 33-19 including 20 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) who scored 24 points and 8 rebounds. Petr Bohacik chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Marcus Walker (186-PG-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado St.) who recorded 17 points and his fellow Brian Greene (195-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) added 16 points respectively.

Roanne - BK Prostejov 87-70
Roanne sent BK Prostejov out of EuroChallenge as the latter finished the group third. The French side needed 87:70 win to grab the top place with 5-1 record. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime as Smith brought 33:32 for the guests. The second half was decisive in the game as the French team needed their 55-37 charge, which allowed them to win the game. With 26-15 they finished the game and celebrated the 5th win in the group. Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius who recorded 16 points and 6 assists. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively.

Group D
Khimik - Atomeromu 83-58
Khimik edged Atomeromu in the last game of EuroChallenge for both sides in Yuzhniy. The Ukrainian team finished on the third spot after 83:58 victory. The guests dropped to 1-5 record on the last place and allowed Ventspils and Nizhniy Novgorod to continue the battle in the Last 16. Khimik had a 25-10 lead by the end of the first period and stretched the advantage to 22 late in the second quarter. Sergei Popov (194-G-88) and Kaman exchanged the baskets in the first half as the teams went to the lockers at 45:27. Khimik scored 19 points in the third and the last quarters. It was enough to win both quarters and sealed the victory. Sergei Popov was the last to score for the hosts to make the final result in the game. Sergei Popov top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) notched 10. Pustovyi Artem and Alexander Sizov (199-F-88) delivered 9 points each in a win. Cole Donald produced 17 in defeat, while Williams Lorenzo and Akos Kovacs (184-G-88, agency: TSS Management) added 10 points apiece.

N.Novgorod - Ventspils 77-63
Nizhny Novgorod registered the fourth win in EuroChallenge regular season. They held off Ventspils at home court to catch up with their opponents at 4-2 record in Group D. Both teams have already qualified for the next round. Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) stepped up with 15 points and 9 assists to pace Nizhny Novgorod. The Latvian team enjoyed a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Nizhny Novgorod stunned the visitors in the second term. The hosts limited Ventspils to 7 points to take a 41:29 halftime lead. Nizhny Novgorod maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The home team entered the final period up by 14 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Nizhny Novgorod kept their opponents at bay and cruised to the victory at the end. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) had 14 points, while Artem Yakovenko and Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) answered with 14 points for Ventspils. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) provided 11 points in defeat.

Group E
Antwerp - Chalon 78-79
Chalon edged Antwerp Giants, while two teams continue their EuroChallenge campaign. Hosts were edged by French Chalon/Saor 79:78 and finished second. The French team won the group with 5-1 record. It was a key game for the top position in Group E as both teams had the same 4-1 record before this meeting. Elan Chalon took 20-18 after the first 10 minutes, but Wilson gave the home side 34:29 midway through the second frame. Antwerp Giants were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Chalon/Saor, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots during the game. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the

U.Mobitel.CN - Enisey 75-82
Enisey closed EuroChallenge season in Romania beating the home side. The Russian team overcame CSU Mobitelco 82:75 to finish third in the group. The Romanian team finished on the last spot with 1-5 record. Neither side had a chance to advance to the Last 16 before the contest. They showed however their best to finish the tournament on a high note. Enisey took the lead from the very beginning and Gromyko closed the first period at 23:15. No matter how close the hosts came in the second period, the board showed 37:30 at the halftime. The third quarter belonged to CSU Mobitelco that grabbed the lead at 50:47 when David Lawrence (200-F-85, college: Charleston) and Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) made the successful shots. Paul kept them in front at 54:52 at the end of the third period, but Enisey looked better at the end. With 30-21 the Russian team finished the game and took the third place in the group. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Andrei Trushkin (206-C/F-81) and Marinovic Marko added 11 each. Kyndall Dykes erupted with 28 points in the losing effort. Paul Mihail-Octavian scored 17, while David Lawrence delivered 11.

Group F
Aalstar - Etha 89-73
Aalstar made it to the Sweet 16 of EuroChallenge after the most important game in the group. The Belgian team needed 89:73 to take the second spot and advanced to the next round. It was a key game for the second position in Group F. The game was mostly controlled by Okapi Aalstar. Etha was better in fourth quarter 21-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 33-of-40 free shots during the game, while Etha only scored fifteen points from the stripe. Etha was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Michigan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and his fellow American import point guard Ken Tutt (185-PG-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) added 19 points and 4 assists respectively.

Olin Edirne - Triumph 89-82
Olin Edirne won over Triumph in their last game of EuroChallenge campaign. Even with 89:82 victory the Turkish team stopped their participation. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) gave the hosts their first lead and Wilkinson Wesley brought 9:4. The Russian team however woke up later in the quarter and Karasev Sergey and McKee closed the period at 21:20. Being tied at 32:32 midway through the second frame, Olin Edirne grabbed 47:38 at the end of the half. Filip Videnov later scored for 61:54, but Triumph replied with a 10-0 run. The teams stayed close until the last minute of the final period when Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) needed some important baskets to win the game with his side. Wilkinson Wesley paced all the winners with 20 points and Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) netted 17. Chris Wright collected 16 points and 10 boards, while Filip Videnov also scored 16. Karasev Sergey ended up with 20 points in defeat and Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) as well as Landry Kyle notched 10 each.

Group G
Telekom Baskets - Karsiyaka 80-65
Telekom Basket outscore Karsiyaka as both teams advanced from Group G to the Last 16 round. The German side needed 80:65 win to win the group with 4-2 record. Karsiyaka ended up on the second spot with 3-3 record and due to better difference between the games against Minsk advanced to the next stage. Both teams knew beforehand they were headed to the Last 16 before the game. Telekom Basket scored the first 9 points of the game and Gaffney brought 20:8. Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) closed the period at 22:8 and Buljan Zvonko delivered two fro 30:15. Pinar however managed to win the second frame and Ikonic Goran later reduced to 38:30. Kentli and again Ikonic Goran cut it to 51:45, while Bayav closed the third quarter at 55:50 from the arc. Telekom Basket meanwhile dominated the last stanza and due to 25-15 won the game by 15 points. Talor Battle poured in 19 points to lead the charge and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) netted 14. Buljan Zvonko, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Jordan Jared each scored 10, while the latter also had 10 assists. Ikonic Goran finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort, while Stanojevic Jovo posted 13. Chatman Mire and Karaman Ilkan chipped in with 12 points each in defeat.

Turk Telekom - Minsk-2006 76-78
Minsk-2006 shocked Turk Telekom in the last game of EuroChallenge as both teams farewell to the tournament. The team from Belarus finished it with 78:76 victory due to Lashkevich Aliaksei winning shot. Neither side had a chance to advance to the Last 16 before the contest. They showed however their best to finish the tournament on a high note. Turk Telekom won the first period 19:18, but lost the second half and the half as well. Charko Uladzimir closed it from the perimeter for 41:35 after 20 minutes played. Later Lashkevich Aliaksei scored for 56:50 and Kojenets brought 60:55. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) meanwhile closed an 8-0 run at 69:69 and Karadeniz Ali made it 76:76. Lashkevich Aliaksei however became the hero of the game bringing the victory on the last seconds. Eldridge Courtney paced all the winners with 17 points and Lashkevich Aliaksei notched 16. Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-F-86) and Charko Uladzimir delivered 12 points each. Kaspars Kambala replied with 25 points in the losing effort, whilst Ogut Can Ugur and Karadeniz Ali added 12 apiece.

Group H
Keravnos - Szolnok 82-91
Szolnok advanced to Last 16 stage after a road trip to Cyprus. The Hungarian side overcame Keravnos 91:82 in the last but one game of the group. The Hungarian club, which lost the first Group H encounter between the sides, improved to 4-2 and dropped Keravnos to 2-4. The home side started stronger and took 27:20 after the first 10 minutes. Szolnok however replied with 22-19 in the second frame to reduce to 46:42 at Mills Julien closed it at 66:63. The guests never looked behind after that and even increased the lead in the game. Mills Julien scored the last points for the winners and advanced to the next stage with his team. Trotter Obie paced all the winners with 22 points and Gay Brandon netted 17. Mills Julien collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) chipped in with 14. Chan Ales poured in 22 points in defeat, whilst Moore Marcus posted 19.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Art.Dragons 75-76
Artland Dragons triumphed in Group H of EuroChallenge after a road win over Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The German team sent the Hosts packing after 76:75 victory. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fenn and Thomas ensured 38:32 lead at the halftime for the guests. Thomas later made it 73:65 at the end of the third period and his straight five points brought 70:58 early in the last stanza. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) capped the run with a three-point play to knot the contest at 75:75 in the last minute. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 19 points. David Holston chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Allan Ray who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and Chinemelu Elonu added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively.



EuroChallenge: Okapi Aalstar gives no chance to ETHA - by Bert Larsimont

A home crowd of 1200 supporters attended a nice game played by their idols of Generali Okapi Aalstar tonight. After a strong start by the Belgian team (14-6 on a series of free-throws by Stefon Jackson), InterCollege ETHA Engomis of Cyprus reacted with better intentions. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84, college: Syracuse) helped the visitors keep a close deficit at the end of the first quarter: 22-17.

The home team kept the same tempo in the second quarter. Coach Brad Dean's Okapis were still ahead at the half: 49-36. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, college: Michigan), Okapi's center, had been well present in the paint.

The Flemish side led by Belgian international playmaker Jorn Steinbach (181-PG-89) as well as US duo Kevin Kruger (186-G-83, college: UNLV) and Stefon Jackson (196-G-85, college: UTEP) literally cruised in the third quarter. The scoreboard showed 76-52 after 30 minutes. Brad Dean allowed Belgian players Hans Van Langenhove (200-F-80), Ruben Luyten (195-F-91), Brecht De Meyer (206-C-91) and Rik Van den Berghe (204-C-93) out of the bench to play in the fourth quarter. Okapi Aalstar left no chance to InterCollege ETHA Engomis and finally won this FIBA EuroChallenge Group F game 89-73.

Best scorers:

Okapi Aalstar: Kevin Kruger 20, Christopher Copeland 12, Justin Holiday 10, Stefon Jackson 16, Christopher Young 12.
ETHA: Shawn Ray 15, Ken Tutt 19, Darryl Watkins 19.



EuroChallenge: Giants unable to keep advantage over Elan in last seconds - by Bert Larsimont

Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels had an excellent weekend when they crushed Euroleague's participant Belgacom Spirou 80-58 in the Ethias League. This could have been considered as a boost when the EuroChallenge Group E regular season's game of tonight started around 20:00 at the Lotto Arena: Port of Antwerp Giants vs. Elan Chalon.

Despite a strong start by the local team (11-4) led by Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, college: Canisius), the French side was ahead after ten minutes of play (score: 18-20). Elan Chalon-Sur-Saone of Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) and Adolphe Michel Jean-Baptiste (205-C-79) remained on top by the closest margin at half-time: 37-38.

After 57-53 for the Giants at the end of the third quarter (Salah Mejri impressive at the rebound with 9 boards), the 2800 fans saw a very improbable end of game. Still leading 78-74 with just 12 seconds to go in the game, the Giants could not avoid a lay-up by Elan's US star Malcolm Delaney with 5 seconds left on the clock. On the next play, Giants' player Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) turned the ball over (bad pass) and US forward Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) stealed the ball and hit a three-pointer to fix the score at 78-79! A real thriller which ended well for the French team of Coach Gregor Beugnot. The Giants had missed their last five attempts from three-point range.

Best scorers:

Port of Antwerp Giants: Darnell Wilson 19, Timothy Black 16, Michael Roll 15, Salah Mejri 11.
Elan Chalon: Alade Aminu 10, Malcolm Delaney 12, Steed Tchicamboud 17.



EuroChallenge: both Antwerp and Aalst of Belgium reach good results so far - by Bert Larsimont

Beside Spirou Charleroi in Euroleague, other Belgian clubs are also involved on the European scene. Port of Antwerp Giants as well as Generali Okapi Aalstar have begun their FIBA EuroChallenge campaigns two and a half weeks ago. The EuroChallenge is the third European clubs competition, just behind the Euroleague and the EuroCup (in which Ethias League's teams Dexia Mons Hainaut and BC Telenet Oostende take part).

On the first day of the EuroChallenge competition, both Flemish clubs played tough games. The Okapi Aalstar's players flew to Moscow, Russia where they played Triumph Lyubertsy in Group F action. Lyubersty finished third in the 2008-09 FIBA EuroChallenge. Okapi's US star Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, college: Colorado) scored 17 points but this was not enough to avoid a first loss 83-78 for the Belgian club against Triumph Lyubersty led by Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80, 24 pts) and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92, 20 pts).

On Day One, Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels (also the coach of the Belgian national team which participated in the last FIBA European Championship tournament in Lithuania) also travelled to Russia where they faced Enisey Krasnoyarsk, a team which reached the EuroChallenge's Top 16 twice in the last seasons. Despite an impressive game in offense by former UCLA player Michael Roll (196-G-87, 27 pts) for the Giants, Enisey's Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83), Russian forward Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) and their mates finished on top. 76-72 was the final score for the Russian squad in this initial game of Group E.

One week later, on EuroChallenge's Day Two, Okapi Aalstar and Port of Antwerp Giants respectively played at home. The Okapi team, which had lost in Ethias League against Optima Gent in the meantime, welcomed the Turkish squad of Olin Edirne where Wesley Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska, a former Okapi player in the season of 2006-07 and Spirou afterwards) is currently active. Okapi of Coach Brad Dean rather easily defeated Olin Edirne 95-70. Okapi Aalstar's shooter Alex Ruoff (198-G-86, college: W.Virginia, 24 pts) was the leading scorer in the game while Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) with 17 points and 8 rebounds did not help much in the loss for the Turkish side.

At the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, the local Giants hosted the Romanian club of U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca in Group E on November 15th. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, college: Towson) was back in action for the home team. Giants' guard Michael Roll (24 pts) finished as best scorer in this game again. Antwerp Giants broke open a close game late in the third quarter en route to an 87-63 victory over Mobitelco Cluj. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82) had 21 pts in defeat.

On the third day of the FIBA EuroChallenge, the Giants with Michael Roll and mates went to Chalon-sur-Saone, France. Although Port of Antwerp Giants of Coach Eddy Casteels have the best defense in the Ethias League (only an average of 63 pts conceded per game), they were in danger against the French leader of the Group E. ES Chalon-sur-Saone of Coach Gregor Beugnot is also ranked third in French ProA with a record of 5-2 so far in this domestic league. Again led by US shooter Michael Roll in offense (25 points and 7 assists) and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (216-C-86) at the rebound (7 boards), the Giants blew away Elan Chalon of Blake Schilb (200-F/G-83, college: Loyola, IL, despite his 21 points in the game) in the fourth quarter. The Belgian side claimed a 90-65 victory in France on Tuesday evening and share first rank with Elan Chalon in the EuroChallenge Group E. Michael Roll of Anwerp Giants is the FIBA Europe competition's second-ranked player in points per game with an average of 25.3 so far (only NBA star Deron Williams of Besiktas Milangaz Istanbul is above him in the ranking list).

Elsewhere, Okapi Aalstar with excellent Christopher Copeland (21 pts), Justin Holiday (15 pts) and Jorn Steinbach (12 pts) in offense cruised to a second straight win in the EuroChallenge this week. Okapi defeated InterCollege Etha Engomis of Cyprus 61-80 in front of a very sparse attendance of only 100 spectators in Nicosia. The score evolution in this game: 13-17, 27-32, 43-57 and 61-80. US guard Shawn Ray (194-SF-80, college: N.C.Central) grabbed 8 rebounds for the losing side.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas33.7 
 2. Washington, Turk T.22.0 
 3. Roll, Antwerp20.2 
 4. Stanojevic, Karsi.19.5 
 5. Copeland, Aalstar19.0 
 6. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.0 
 7. Holland, Roanne18.8 
 8. Diane, Nitra18.8 
 9. Delaney, Chalon18.5 
 10. Karadeniz, Turk T.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Armia
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Thomas, Armia11.3 
 2. Bader, Szolnok11.0 
 3. Kjellbom, Armia9.8 
 4. Majok, Nitra9.3 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.9.0 
 6. Ignerski, N.Nov.9.0 
 7. Mejri, Antwerp8.8 
 8. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.6 
 9. Dagli, Besiktas8.3 
 10. Terry, Khimik8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Jordan, Telekom10.0 
 2. Danek, Arkadia7.5 
 3. Eldridge, Minsk-20.6.5 
 4. Tchicamboud, Cha.6.2 
 5. Slagter, Leiden6.2 
 6. Moore, Keravnos6.0 
 7. Barrett, Roanne5.8 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.7 
 9. Gaines, Armia5.5 
 10. Holston, Art.Drag.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Denis CLEMENTE
  Nitra
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Clemente, Nitra2.8 
 2. Frazier, Keravnos2.7 
 3. Moore, Keravnos2.6 
 4. Diane, Nitra2.5 
 5. Morris, U.Mobite.2.4 
 6. Young, Ventspils2.4 
 7. Greene, Hoverla2.3 
 8. Washington, Turk T.2.3 
 9. Pandula, BK Prost.2.3 
 10. Ikonic, Karsiyaka2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Armia
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kjellbom, Armia2.3 
 2. Saunders, Goett.2.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Gaffney, Teleko.1.8 
 5. Hardin, Minsk-20061.7 
 6. Erden, Besiktas1.7 
 7. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.7 
 8. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.1.6 
 9. Young, Aalstar1.5 
 10. Hodge, Minsk-20061.5 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. EWE Baskets 6-0 
 2. Fuenlabrada 4-2 
 3. Nitra 1-5 
 4. Norrkoping 1-5 
Group B
 1. Besiktas 6-0 
 2. Leiden 3-3 
 3. Armia 3-3 
 4. Goettingen 0-6 
Group C
 1. Roanne 5-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 4-2 
 3. BK Prostejov 3-3 
 4. Hoverla 0-6 
Group D
 1. N.Novgorod 4-2 
 2. Ventspils 4-2 
 3. Khimik 3-3 
 4. Atomeromu 1-5 
Group E
 1. Chalon 5-1 
 2. Antwerp 4-2 
 3. Enisey 2-4 
 4. U.Mobitel.CN 1-5 
Group F
 1. Triumph 4-2 
 2. Aalstar 3-3 
 3. Etha 3-3 
 4. Olin Edirne 2-4 
Group G
 1. Telekom Baskets 4-2 
 2. Karsiyaka 3-3 
 3. Minsk-2006 3-3 
 4. Turk Telekom 2-4 
Group H
 1. Art.Dragons 5-1 
 2. Szolnok 4-2 
 3. Keravnos 2-4 
 4. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-5 


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  EUROCUP   


Khimky lands Mickael Gelabale - by Eurobasket News
Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) (201-F-83) will continue his career in Russia. The French forward penned a deal for rest of the season. It will be official after the medical tests. Mickael Gelabale supposed to play for Charleroi this season, but he did not appear in any official game for the club. They parted ways in October. Last season Gelabale played for ASVEL. He had 14.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.1 apg in 36 ProA games. He also added 12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. In 2010, Mickael Gelabale helped Cholet to win the ProA title. In the past, he played for Real Madrid, LA D-Fenders and Seattle Supersonics. With the Seattle team he had about 4.5 ppg and 2 rpg for 109 NBA games in two seasons. Mickael Gelabale helped French NT to win the Silver at the latest EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 7.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 9 games at this event.

Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Gravelines 5-0 
 2. BC Donetsk 4-1 
 3. Hapoel J-M 1-4 
 4. Cibona 0-5 
Group B
 1. Khimky 5-0 
 2. VEF Riga 3-2 
 3. PAOK 1-4 
 4. Cholet 1-4 
Group C
 1. CEZ Nymburk 4-1 
 2. Aris 3-2 
 3. Rudupis 3-2 
 4. Groningen 0-5 
Group D
 1. Valencia 4-1 
 2. ASVEL 3-2 
 3. Lukoil Academik 2-3 
 4. Oostende 1-4 
Group E
 1. Lokomotiv 4-1 
 2. Banvit BK 3-2 
 3. GC 2014 3-2 
 4. Fraport SKY 0-5 
Group F
 1. Lietuvos rytas 5-0 
 2. Krka 3-2 
 3. Le Mans 1-4 
 4. Azovmash 1-4 
Group G
 1. Spartak SP 5-0 
 2. Benetton TV 3-2 
 3. Cedevita 1-4 
 4. B.Muenchen 1-4 
Group H
 1. ALBA 4-1 
 2. Buducnost 3-2 
 3. PGE Turow 2-3 
 4. M.Hainaut 1-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Causeur, Cholet20.8 
 2. Minard, Azovmash18.3 
 3. Caner-Medley, Vale.17.0 
 4. Massey, Lokomotiv17.0 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.8 
 6. Wood, ALBA16.0 
 7. Curry, BC Donetsk15.4 
 8. Zizic, Cibona15.0 
 9. Bell, Groningen15.0 
 10. Gentile, Benetton.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah MASSEY
  Lokomotiv
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Massey, Lokomotiv10.4 
 2. Traore, Lokomotiv8.4 
 3. Adrien, Benetton8.4 
 4. Lee, BC Donetsk8.4 
 5. Booker, Oostende8.3 
 6. Giddens, PAOK8.2 
 7. Roberts, Lietuvos.8.2 
 8. Rancik, Azovmash7.4 
 9. Lishchuk, Valencia7.4 
 10. Jordan, Krka7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 2. Wood, ALBA6.8 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka5.5 
 4. Becirovic, Benetto.5.3 
 5. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 6. Halperin, Spart.4.9 
 7. Rochestie, Le Mans4.9 
 8. Albicy, Gravelines4.8 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.8 
 10. Rice, Lietuvos.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  Etha
  (194-SF-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ray, Etha4.5 
 2. Massey, Lokomotiv3.0 
 3. Wyatt, Groningen2.8 
 4. Minard, Azovmash2.6 
 5. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 6. Dourisseau, Groni.2.2 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.1 
 8. De Nicolao, Benett.2.0 
 9. Ermis, Banvit BK2.0 
 10. Goree, PAOK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Muldrow, Aris2.8 
 2. Fofana, AS.2.7 
 3. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.4 
 4. Wyatt, Groningen2.0 
 5. Randle, Hapoel J-M1.8 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 7. Scalabrine, Benett.1.7 
 8. Naymick, CEZ N.1.6 
 9. Willard, Ventspils1.5 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon1.5 


Eurocup Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Hapoel J-M - BC Donetsk 68-74
BC Donetsk registered the fourth victory in EuroCup Group A. They stunned Hapoel in Jerusalem tonight to seal their Last 16 appearance. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 19 points to lead the visitors. Jerusalem slipped at 1-4 record after the loss and lost chances to advance. Hapoel needed the win and they started the game aggressively. The hosts built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Sasa Obradovic team picked up the tempo in the second frame. They outgunned the hosts 25:14 to establish a 42:36 halftime advantage. Hapoel tried hard and eventually erased the deficit. Hapoel entered the final period up by a single point 58:57. But BC Donetsk proved calm and determined in the final moments. The visitors gained the advantage and hung on to snatch a key win from Hapoel at the end. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points, while Ivan Radenovic posted 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Dan Grunfeld (198-F/G-84, college: Stanford) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Hapoel. D.J. Strawberry nailed 15 points in the loss.

Gravelines - Cibona 81-77
Gravelines clinched the fifth straight win in EuroCup regular season. The French team held off visiting Cibona to remain on top of Group A. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Cibona on the other hand suffered their fifth loss in a row at the tournament. Gravelines earned a 21:15 lead after the strong first frame. Cibona cut the deficit and narrowed the gap to 4 points at the interval 40:44. The Croatian team got even closer in the third term and eventually pulled ahead for a 57:56 lead with ten minutes remaining. But Gravelines managed to recover. The hosts exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame and sealed a tough win at the end. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) finished with 15 points each for Gravelines. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Goran Suton had 13 points in the loss.

Group B
PAOK - VEF Riga 76-81
VEF Riga advanced into Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Latvian powerhouse edged PAOK in Thessaloniki tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group B. PAOK slipped at 1-4 record and lost any chances to advance. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) posted 21 points to lead the winners. PAOK led by a single point 21:20 after ten minutes of action. But VEF RIga made a decisive surge in the second term. The visitors outscored PAOK 26:18 for a 46:39 halftime lead. PAOK controlled the tempo in the third term but VEF Riga did not allow the hosts to get within striking distance. The visitors entered the final period up by six points 63:57. They kept PAOK at distance throughout the final frame and celebrated a key win eventually. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) finished with 14 points, while Janis Berzins added 12 points for the winners. J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) delivered 13 points and 9 boards for PAOK. Marcus Goree had 18 points in the loss.

Khimky - Cholet 76-70
Khimky survived some scares before edging Cholet Basket at home court tonight. The victory propelled the hosts to 5-0 record in Group B of EuroCup regular season. Cholet fell at 1-4 record in the ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) scored 20 points to pace the winners. Cholet entered the game with their backs against the wall. They started aggressively and posted a 21:18 lead at the first break. Khimky gained the confidence in the second term. The hosts pulled ahead and recorded a 40:36 halftime advantage. Cholet struck right back in the third period. The French team eked out a 56:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. But Khimky quickly regained the lead and went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Anton Pushkov (208-C-88) and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) contributed 13 points each for the winners. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) answered with 17 points for Cholet. Robert Hite had 15 points in the loss.

Group C
Rudupis - Groningen 97-70
Rudupis continued their fight for EuroCup Last 16 ticket. They earned the third win in the regular season cruising past Groningen at home court tonight. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) scored 15 points to lead Rudupis. The Lithuanian team is now tied with Aris at 3-2 record in Group C. Rudupis led from start to finish in this one. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. GasTerra Flames increased the tempo in the second frame but it was well-matched by Rudupis. The hosts gained a 45:36 halftime lead. Rudupis stretched the gap in the third quarter. The home team boosted the margin to as many as 16 points at the final intermission. Rudupis unloaded 28 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) had 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis added 13 points in the victory. David Bell (186-G-81) and Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) produced 13 points each in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Aris 78-72
Nymburk celebrated a key win in EuroCup Group C. They held off Aris to take 4-1 record on top of the standings. Aris fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) nailed 22 points to lead the winners. Nymburk enjoyed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second term. Aris cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime 31:34. Aris maintained the pressure on the hosts in the third term. The Hellenes got within two points 53:55 with ten minutes remaining. But Nymburk made necessary changes and fired 23 points in the fourth frame to clear off for good at the end. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) had 14 points and 13 boards, while Pavel Pumprla contributed 13 points for the winners. Dominic James topscored for Aris with 28 points. Giorgos Bogris had 10 points in defeat.

Group D
Valencia - ASVEL 96-88
Valencia advanced into EuroCup Last 16 round after they edged Asvel at home court. Six players scored in double figures for the Spanish team. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) produced 16 points each to pace the winners. Asvel fell at 3-2 record and would need to defeat Lukoil in the last round of regular season to advance. Valencia got to a brisk start to the game. The hosts ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Valencia stretched their lead in the second term. They went on a 10:0 run and gradually cleared off to a 49:34 halftime advantage. Valencia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The home team secured a 67:52 cushion heading into the fourth period. The gap grew to 21-point mark early in the final stanza. Asvel managed to claw their way back within 8 before losing the battle. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 15 points, while Nik Caner-Medley posted 12 in the win. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 14 points for Asvel. Hilton Armstrong provided 13 points in the loss.

Lukoil Academik - Oostende 77-83
Oostende registered the first win in the EuroCup season. The Belgian team defeated Lukoil Academik to improve at 1-4 record in Group D. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) delivered 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Lukoil fell at 2-3 record after the defeat. Lukoil led by four points after the opening frame 22:18 but things changed drastically in the second period. Oostende unloaded 27 points to gain a 45:39 halftime advantage. The visitors maintained the pressure in the third quarter. They accumulated a 63:55 lead at the final break. Lukoil scored 22 points in the final quarter but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender at the end. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) finished with 15 points, while Veselin Petrovic contributed 13 points for the winners. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) answered with 14 points for Lukoil. Bozhidar Avramov had 13 points in the loss.

Group E
Lokomotiv - GC 2014 73-51
Lokomotiv Kuban earned an important win in EuroCup regular season Group E. They held off visiting Gran Canaria to improve at 4-1 record on top of the ladder. Gran Canaria fell at 3-2 record in the second position. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) posted 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners. Lokomotiv and Gran Canaria stayed close throughout the opening frame. The hosts eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Lokomotiv gradually boosted the gap taking a 34:29 halftime advantage. Lokomotiv Kuban stretched the gap in the third period. The home team enjoyed a 50:39 advantage heading into the final frame. Gran Canaria continued to struggle offensively in the fourth quarter. They scored just 12 points allowing Lokomotiv to coast to the victory. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) had 14 points and 11 rebounds, while Maksim Sheleketo added 13 points for the winners. Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) answered with 16 points for Gran Canaria. Juan Palacios finished with 9 points in the loss.

Fraport SKY - Banvit BK 56-62
Banvit remained in the race for EuroCup Last 16 qualification. The Turkish team overcame Skyliners in Frankfurt tonight to catch up with Gran Canaria at 3-2 record in the second position in Group E. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) nailed 15 points to lead Banvit. Skyliners in the meantime suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament. Banvit opened the game aggressively taking a 19:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Skyliners stopped the rot in the second frame. The hosts picked up the slack and trimmed the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 25:32. The German team mounted the pressure in the third quarter. Skyliners got within just two points from Banvit with ten minutes remaining 44:46. But Banvit stiffened their defence in the final quarter. The visitors limited Skyliners to only 12 points in the fourth period and celebrated a vital win at the end. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) delivered 14 points, while Kenan Bajramovic provided 11 points in the victory. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 14 points for Skyliners. Michael Thompson chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Group F
Lietuvos rytas - Krka 82-72
Lietuvos Rytas posted the fifth win in the EuroCup regular season. They overcame Krka in Vilnius to stay undefeated in Group F. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 16 points and distributed 7 assists to pace the hosts. Krka dominated in the first half. The Slovenian powerhouse built an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Krka went into the dressing room up by 5 points 40:35. But Lietuvos Rytas gradually picked up the tempo. The hosts eked out a 60:59 lead with ten minutes remaining. The hosts completed a 24:8 run midway through the final frame and cleared off to a 12-point advantage. Krka failed to deliver the answer and had to surrender at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) posted 14 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas added 10 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Florida) posted 14 points for Krka. Smiljan Pavic had 13 points in the loss.

Le Mans - Azovmash 75-67
Le Mans enjoyed the initial win in EuroCup regular season. They shot down Azovmash at home court to leapfrog their opponents in Group F ladder. Both teams entered the game without any chances for Last 16 ticket. Azovmash struck first as the visitors stunned Le Mans with a 21:10 run in the first quarter. Le Mans quickly bounced back. The hosts triggered a 27:12 rally in the second period to build a 37:33 halftime advantage. Le Mans stayed aggressive in the third period. The home team entered the final period ahead by 5 points 58:53. Le Mans held the Ukrainian team to just 14 points in the final quarter to seal the winning outcome at the end. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Le Mans. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) provided 15 points each for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 17 points for Azovmash. Daniel Ewing had 12 points in the loss.

Group G
Cedevita - Spartak SP 68-73
Spartak Saint Petersburg stayed on the winning track in EuroCup regular season. They accounted for the fifth consecutive win beating Cedevita in Croatia tonight. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) posted 16 points and 6 rebounds to lead the visitors. Cedevita slipped at 1-4 record after the loss. Spartak dominated from start to finish. Cedevita tried to stay within striking distance throughout the first half. The hosts trailed by 6 points at halftime 31:37. Cedevita restored the intrigue in the third quarter. They outscored Spartak to take a 2-point lead with ten minutes remaining. But the visitors quickly regained the lead and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) provided 13 points, while Loukas Mavrokefalidis and Valery Likhodey added 9 points each in the win. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) answered with 16 points for Cedevita. Matjaz Smodis netted 12 points in the loss.

Benetton TV - B.Muenchen 92-66
Benetton Treviso advanced into EuroCup Last 16 stage following a comfortable home win over Bayern Munich. Six Benetton players scored in double figures to pace the winners. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 16 points in the victory. Bayern fell at 1-4 record in Group G after the defeat. Benetton gave no chance for the visitors. The Italian team dominated from the opening minutes. The hosts ensured a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the pressure in the second term. Benetton finished the first half up by 23 points 51:28. The gap grew in the third term. Benetton entered the final frame up by 26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) accounted for 15 points, while Alessandro Gentile drained 13 points for the home team. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) replied with 14 points for Bayern. Jan-Hendrik Jagla netted 13 points in the loss.

Group H
PGE Turow - Buducnost 73-78
Buducnost overcame PGE Turow in Poland today to seal their EuroCup Last 16 birth. The Montenegrin team improved at 3-2 record leaving PGE Turow at 2-3. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 16 points to lead the charge. Buducnost got a perfect start. The visitors registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. PGE Turow stopped the bleeding in the second period. The Polish team narrowed the gap to 3 points at halftime 34:37. The hosts finally pulled ahead in the third term. PGE Turow ensured a 51:50 advantage at the final intermission. Buducnost used an 8:0 run early in the final frame to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage and eventually Popovic and Anderson sealed the win for the visitors. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 16 points, while Bojan Krstovic and Cedomir Vitkovac added 13 points each for the winners. PGE Turow answered with 22 points from Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena). Giedrius Gustas provided 15 points in defeat.

ALBA - M.Hainaut 83-63
ALBA earned the fourth victory in EuroCup Group H. The German team overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Berlin to advance into the next stage of the tournament. Five ALBA players scored in double digits in the win. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) accounted for 16 points apiece for ALBA. Dexia slipped at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the standings. The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. ALBA snatched a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Dexia however pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors enjoyed a 38:36 halftime advantage. ALBA took over in the third term. The hosts went on a 23:13 rally to take an 8-point advantage. ALBA outscored their opponents 24:12 in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Quincy Taylor had 14 points in the loss.




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Eurobasket chooses seasoned agent Chris Warren as its next manager of the Eurobasket Summer League - by Eurobasket
Chris Warren, president of Warren Sports International, located in Indianapolis, Indiana was appointed manager of the Eurobasket Summer League by Marek Wojtera of Eurobasket. Chris will assume the duties of overseeing the summer league immediately. Chris Warren is currently in negotiations with several sites where ESL will be located in summer of 2012. Thus far it looks like we will be holding the ESL in these cities: Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Atlanta, New York and Italy. The summer league in Italy is being planned as a replacement for the traditional Treviso Summer League that is no longer running. Chris Warren has stated, 'that we are very excited to be holding the summer league in Forli, Italy and we are working with team officials from Fulgor Libertas Basketball Club of Forli, Italy where the summer league will be run. I have always thought that a location such as this where coaches can come to a central location in Europe during the summer which happens to be a very nice vacation spot, would be great place to hold a camp of summer league. We feel like this will be something that will be very promising for years to come.' Also, there will be a Coaches clinic held at the Forli, Italy location and the Indianapolis, Indiana location at the same time as the summer league. According to Chris Warren, John Spezia will be responsible for the organization of the coaches clinic as well as assisting with other duties with each summer league. Both John and I felt that with the amount of coaches that we plan on having at each event, why not hold a couple of coaches clinic so that coaches can pick up some new strategies from each other as well as top level players.' Lastly, there will be a women's Eurobasket Summer League held during the final four for women in Denver this spring of 2012.
'Were very pleased and excited that we have a dynamic new manager with proven leadership, diverse interests and a strong background. Chris has the passion not only for basketball, but has strong organizational skills as well. Chris is a true basketball man, energetic and engaging, he is ideally suited to marshal the talent to maximize the potential of the Eurobasket Summer League as a world leader in professional basketball players acquiring jobs in playing overseas or stateside, said Marek Wojtera, Sports IT director of Eurobasket. According to Chris Warren, most camps during the summer are held as moneymakers for agents who cannot attract the coaches nor can they get jobs for their players. Therefore, these agents or camp coordinators benefit monetarily on the hopes and dreams of these aspiring players trying to get a contract professionally. The ESL will have high level players, agents, scouts, pro gms and coaches who will all be looking for talented individuals to sign.'



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EuroChallenge: Chalon edged Antwerp Giants, while two teams continue their campaign - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Chalon 78:79

Chalon edged Antwerp Giants, while two teams continue their EuroChallenge campaign. Hosts were edged by French Chalon/Saor 79:78 and finished second. The French team won the group with 5-1 record.
It was a key game for the top position in Group E as both teams had the same 4-1 record before this meeting. Elan Chalon took 20-18 after the first 10 minutes, but Darnell Wilson gave the home side 34:29 midway through the second frame. Antwerp Giants were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 26-21 charge of Chalon/Saor, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots during the game.
Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89, college: Virginia Tech) scored 21 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) chipped in 17 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) with 19 points and Timothy Black (178-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Barton, NC) scored 16 points.

Antwerp: Darnell Wilson 19, Timothy Black 16, Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) 15, Salah Mejri (216-C-86) 11
Chalon: Malcolm Delaney 21, Steed Tchicamboud 17, Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87, college: Georgia Tech) 10



EuroChallenge: Roanne sent BK Prostejov packing - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - BK Prostejov 87:70

Roanne sent BK Prostejov out of EuroChallenge as the latter finished the group third. The French side needed 87:70 win to grab the top place with 5-1 record.
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime as Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) brought 33:32 for the guests. The second half was decisive in the game as the French team needed their 55-37 charge, which allowed them to win the game. With 26-15 they finished the game and celebrated the 5th win in the group.
Chorale de Roanne looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was John Holland (195-G/F-88, college: Boston U.) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Seton Hall) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) who recorded 16 points and 6 assists. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively.

BK Prostejov: Arvydas Eitutavicius 16, Travis Peterson 12, Jamar Smith 9
Roanne: John Holland 18, Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 15, Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) 12



EuroCup: Le Mans claim first win beating Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Azovmash 75:67

Le Mans enjoyed the initial win in EuroCup regular season. They shot down Azovmash at home court to leapfrog their opponents in Group F ladder. Both teams entered the game without any chances for Last 16 ticket. Azovmash struck first as the visitors stunned Le Mans with a 21:10 run in the first quarter. Le Mans quickly bounced back. The hosts triggered a 27:12 rally in the second period to build a 37:33 halftime advantage. Le Mans stayed aggressive in the third period. The home team entered the final period ahead by 5 points 58:53. Le Mans held the Ukrainian team to just 14 points in the final quarter to seal the winning outcome at the end. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) finished with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for Le Mans. Alex Acker (196-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) provided 15 points each for the winning side. Ricky Minard (196-F/G-82, college: Morehead St.) answered with 17 points for Azovmash. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) had 12 points in the loss.

Le Mans: Taylor Rochestie 18, Alex Acker 15, Joao Paulo Batista 15
Azovmash: Ricky Minard 17, Daniel Ewing 12


EuroCup: Khimky tame Cholet at home court - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Cholet Basket 76:70

Khimky survived some scares before edging Cholet Basket at home court tonight. The victory propelled the hosts to 5-0 record in Group B of EuroCup regular season. Cholet fell at 1-4 record in the ladder. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) scored 20 points to pace the winners.
Cholet entered the game with their backs against the wall. They started aggressively and posted a 21:18 lead at the first break. Khimky gained the confidence in the second term. The hosts pulled ahead and recorded a 40:36 halftime advantage. Cholet struck right back in the third period. The French team eked out a 56:55 lead with ten minutes remaining. But Khimky quickly regained the lead and went deadly from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the victory. Anton Pushkov (208-C-88) and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) contributed 13 points each for the winners. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) answered with 17 points for Cholet. Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) had 15 points in the loss.

Khimky: Kresimir Loncar 20, Anton Pushkov 13, Chris Quinn 13
Cholet: Fabien Causeur 17, Robert Hite 15


EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons triumphed in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Art.Dragons 75:76

Artland Dragons triumphed in Group H of EuroChallenge after a road win over Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The German team sent the Hosts packing after 76:75 victory.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) and Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) ensured 38:32 lead at the halftime for the guests. Brandon Thomas later made it 73:65 at the end of the third period and his straight five points brought 70:58 early in the last stanza. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) capped the run with a three-point play to knot the contest at 75:75 in the last minute. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thomas who scored 19 points. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.)n chipped in 17 points.
At the other side the best for losing team was Allan Ray who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Allan Ray 21, Chinemelu Elonu 14, Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) 14, Marko Maravic (201-F-79) 11
Art.Dragons: Brandon Thomas 19, David Holstonn 17, King 11, Darren Fenn 9



EuroCup: Valencia prevail against Asvel at home court - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Asvel 96:88

Valencia advanced into EuroCup Last 16 round after they edged Asvel at home court. Six players scored in double figures for the Spanish team. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) produced 16 points each to pace the winners. Asvel fell at 3-2 record and would need to defeat Lukoil in the last round of regular season to advance.
Valencia got to a brisk start to the game. The hosts ensured a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Valencia stretched their lead in the second term. They went on a 10:0 run and gradually cleared off to a 49:34 halftime advantage. Valencia maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. The home team secured a 67:52 cushion heading into the fourth period. The gap grew to 21-point mark early in the final stanza. Asvel managed to claw their way back within 8 before losing the battle. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, college: Arizona St.) scored 15 points, while Nik Caner-Medley posted 12 in the win. Paul Lacombe (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) notched 14 points for Asvel. Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) provided 13 points in the loss.

Valencia: Andrew James Ogilvy 16, Rafael Martinez 16, Rihards Kuksiks 15
Asvel: Paul Lacombe 14, Hilton Armstrong 13


EuroCup: Gravelines deny Cibona, stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Gravelines - Cibona 81:77

Gravelines clinched the fifth straight win in EuroCup regular season. The French team held off visiting Cibona to remain on top of Group A. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) nailed 20 points to lead the winners. Cibona on the other hand suffered their fifth loss in a row at the tournament.
Gravelines earned a 21:15 lead after the strong first frame. Cibona cut the deficit and narrowed the gap to 4 points at the interval 40:44. The Croatian team got even closer in the third term and eventually pulled ahead for a 57:56 lead with ten minutes remaining. But Gravelines managed to recover. The hosts exploded with 25 points in the fourth frame and sealed a tough win at the end. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) and Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) finished with 15 points each for Gravelines. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 20 points for Cibona. Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.) had 13 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Ludovic Vaty 20, Andrew Albicy 15, Rudy Jomby 20
Cibona: Andrija Zizic 20, Goran Suton 13


NM1 round 13 best performance: Moise Diame (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Center Moise Diame (206-C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rueil, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 16 rebounds, while his team crushed Souffel (#5, 9-4) with 19-point margin 89-70. Rueil maintains the 16th position in NM1. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 10 games and recorded just three victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Diame as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Moise Diame has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 59.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Damien Griffin (203-C/F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Sorgues. Griffin had a very good evening with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead Sorgues to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked CFBB (#17, 1-12) 91-59. This victory allowed Sorgues to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 9-4 record is not bad at all. Griffin is a newcomer at Sorgues, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) of Blois (#6). Tornato scored 15 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Blois, leading his team to a 73-67 win against the lower-ranked Angers BC 49 (#12, 6-7). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Tornato has a very solid season. In 13 games in France he scored 10.7ppg. He also has 5.7rpg, 1.1bpg and FGP: 57.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Blois - 16 points and 10 rebounds
5. Tyler Sanborn (209-C-88) of Lievin - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) of Orchy - 24 points and 7 rebounds
7. Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-F-79) of Roche - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Ian Caskill (207-C-81) of Cognac - 20 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Damien Pistre (190-G-83) of Charleville - 22 points and 5 rebounds
10. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83) of Le Puy - 27 points

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)


Monroe's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
25-year old Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Boulazac and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Evreux (#9, 6-6) 81-79. It allowed Boulazac to consolidate first place in the ProB. Boulazac have a solid 10-2 record. Monroe turned to be Boulazac's top player in his first season with the team. George Mason University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Monroe is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 58.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jeremiah Wood (200-C/F-85, agency: Court Side) of Evreux. He is American in his first season at Evreux. In the last game Wood recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Evreux was edged by the higher-ranked Boulazac (#1, 10-2) 81-79. Despite lost game Evreux moved up to 9th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wood is a newcomer at Evreux and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.1ppg (#6). He also registered 12.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Chris McCray (196-G/F-84, agency: VVG Sports) of Boulogne (#3). McCray got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. Despite McCray's great performance Boulogne lost 92-101 to the lower-ranked Maurienne (#8, 7-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Boulogne needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 4 lost games. McCray has a great season in France. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.9ppg (best scorer). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edouard Choquet (187-PG-88) of Fos Ouest - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83) of St Vallier - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Bryan Mullins (185-PG-87) of Chalons-Reims - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 12 assists
8. Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83) of Antibes - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84) of Maurienne - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Corey Rouse (204-PF-84) of Boulogne - 21 points and 10 rebounds

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


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Best players of Superleague round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international power forward Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best MZT Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 32-year old power forward had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds and four assists for MZT Skopje in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Vardar (#7, 3-9) with 28-point margin 93-65. MZT Skopje is placed at 2nd position in Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MZT Skopje will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Cekovski had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be MZT Skopje's top player in his first season with the team. Cekovski has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 7.2rpg) and averages solid 61.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another MZT Skopje's star - 34-year old international center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances). Gecevski impressed basketball fans with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course together with Cekovski he helped MZT Skopje with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Vardar (#7, 3-9) 93-65. This victory allowed MZT Skopje to move up to second position in the standings. His team's 10-3 record is not bad at all. Gecevski is a newcomer at MZT Skopje 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 16.8ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 9.5rpg and 3.2apg.

The third best performed player last round was Serbian Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79, agency: World Sport Agency) of Kumanovo (#6). Jelesijevic scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Jelesijevic's great performance Kumanovo lost 89-91 to slightly higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#5, 6-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kumanovo ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jelesijevic could help Kumanovo to bring them higher in the standings. Jelesijevic has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 6.8rpg (8th best). He also has 1.5bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) of Torus Skopje - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) of Feni Indistrija - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Brandon Cole (203-F/C-84) of Rabotnicki - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84) of Torus Skopje - 24 points and 8 rebounds
8. Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Lirija - 25 points and 2 rebounds
9. Aleksandar Shterjov (206-C-86) of Vardar - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88) of Kumanovo - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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EuroChallenge: Leiden ruined Armias big dreams - by Eurobasket News
Leiden-Armia 76:59

Leiden ruined Armias big dreams of EuroChallenge beating them in the decisive game. The Dutch team needed 76:59 win to take the second spot in the group and advanced to the next stage. Armia fell to the third place and finished their participating in the tournament.
Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.), Will Thomas (203-F-86), Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.), Kjellbom Joakim and Hawkins Cliff could not help the Georgian side to advance to the next stage. Leiden started with 19-2 record and never looked behind in the game. Kherrazi brought 29:14 early in the second and Hilliman closed the half at 38:24. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter, while another 22-19 in the last period brought the hosts the necessary win.
Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) nailed 16. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) posted 14 and Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, college: Butler) scored 11. Jeremy Richardson finished the game with 17 points and Ben Woodside had 16.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 17+10 rebs, Patrick Hilliman 16, Worthy de Jong 14, Thomas Jackson 11
Armia: Jeremy Richardson 17, Ben Woodside 16, Will Thomas 11+12 rebs


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Kejuan Johnson (I Was Acting Like A Determined Basketball Player) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85, agency: TSS Management, college: Long Beach St.) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Long Beach, California. He played together with Jibril Hodges at Long Beach State. The two guys are reunited now in Hungry playing for Jaszberenyi. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 for Hapoel Galil Elyon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): released in Dec.'07: ULEB Cup: 2 games: 4.0ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg. In 2009-2010, he played for CRE Eagles Itzehoe (Germany-Regionalliga): 19 games: 29.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 4.9apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 56.5%, 3Pts: 36.3%, FT: 79.8%. Last season, he tore up the German PRO A for Paderborn Baskets (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: Score-1 (21.0ppg), 6.0rpg, Assists-5 (5.1apg), Steals-1 (3.0spg), FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 81.3%. He started this season with BG Illertal Weissenhorn averaging 9,0ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,5apg. He recently left the team and he and the club had their differences and the American wanted to tell his side of the story to Eurobasket.

Kejuan, thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. You had a very short stay at BG Illertal Weiseenhorn for 10 days. Are you disappointed that this team didnt work out for you?

No, I am not disappointed. I believe everything happens for a reason, and those10 days served my purpose there.

What was your goal with BG Illertal Weissenhorn? It seemed like you were going to be the big scoring help, but you only got 24 minutes per game. Why do you think did the team not give you more of a scoring role?

My goal with BG Illertal was to turn their losing streak into a winning streak. My objective was to come on to this team and do what I do best, which is play my position as point guard and help utilize my fellow teammates strengths. I think the team had a difficult task in giving players equal playing time. As a result of only averaging 24 minutes per game I was unable to get into a rhythm on the court and play my best basketball.

The team said in their press release that you acted like a diva. How much does an accusation like that hurt your feelings?

It's unfortunate and disappointing that I was labeled as that, to my knowledge I was acting as a basketball player. A determined one at that. And because I know that is who I am, no feelings are hurt here.

In the press release it also stated that you were more of a problem in one week then other players are during a whole season. Could you please defend yourself and explain why the team would say that?

This is not my first time in Germany, nor is it my first year playing overseas, and I have a solid understanding for how teams are supposed to be ran. I am not going to bad mouth the team. But I had to do what was best for me and look out for myself and my future in basketball.

You were promised an apartment, but had to live in a hotel where you couldnt wash clothes or cook own meals. Did this arrangement effect your play?

Nothing outside of myself can effect my play. Not being able to wash my clothes, cook my own meals and be in the comfort of my own apartment were factors that didn't abide by the contract.

How disappointed are you by the way the team treated you? What have learned from this experience?

I'm not disappointed by anything, I am healthy and still able to do what I love. I've learned that if you are unhappy in a situation, then you need to take the necessary steps to get yourself in a better one.

You played together with American Harley Fuller. How much potential does he have as a player and to make the next step?

Harley is a great player who has a lot of potential, I believe he will do what it takes to make the next step happen for him. I hope this year ends on a strong note for him and that he may lead his team to victory.

What is your next step? Will you stay in Germany or go back to the States?

I am currently in Hungary playing in the 1st division for Jaszberenyi. I believe this team is a great fit and I am happy where I am.

After going through this unfortunate experience, would you be willing to give Germany another chance if a team wanted your services?

I never look at any experience as an unfortunate one. This was just a minor bump in the road. I have no ill-will towards Germany. I am always open to any and all opportunities.

Thanks Kejuan for the chat.




EuroCup: Benetton rout Bayern to book Last 16 place - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Bayern Munich 92:66

Benetton Treviso advanced into EuroCup Last 16 stage following a comfortable home win over Bayern Munich. Six Benetton players scored in double figures to pace the winners. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 16 points in the victory. Bayern fell at 1-4 record in Group G after the defeat.
Benetton gave no chance for the visitors. The Italian team dominated from the opening minutes. The hosts ensured a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the pressure in the second term. Benetton finished the first half up by 23 points 51:28. The gap grew in the third term. Benetton entered the final frame up by 26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) accounted for 15 points, while Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) drained 13 points for the home team. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) replied with 14 points for Bayern. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) netted 13 points in the loss.

Benetton: Jeff Adrien 16, Andrea De Nicolao 15, Alessandro Gentile 13
Bayern: Jared Homan 14, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 13


EuroChallenge: Telekom Basket outscore Karsiyaka, both advance from Group G - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Basket- Karsiyaka 80:65

Telekom Basket outscore Karsiyaka as both teams advanced from Group G to the Last 16 round. The German side needed 80:65 win to win the group with 4-2 record. Karsiyaka ended up on the second spot with 3-3 record and due to better difference between the games against Minsk advanced to the next stage.
Both teams knew beforehand they were headed to the Last 16 before the game. Telekom Basket scored the first 9 points of the game and Gaffney brought 20:8. Talor Battle (183-PG-88, college: Penn St.) closed the period at 22:8 and Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) delivered two fro 30:15. Pinar however managed to win the second frame and Goran Ikonic (196-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) later reduced to 38:30. Kentli and again Goran Ikonic cut it to 51:45, while Bayav closed the third quarter at 55:50 from the arc. Telekom Basket meanwhile dominated the last stanza and due to 25-15 won the game by 15 points.
Talor Battle poured in 19 points to lead the charge and Simonas Serapinas (197-F-82) netted 14. Zvonko Buljan, Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) and Jared Jordan (188-PG-84, college: Marist) each scored 10, while the latter also had 10 assists. Goran Ikonic finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort, while Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in with 12 points each in defeat.

Telekom Basket: Talor Battle 19, Simonas Serapinas 14, Zvonko Buljan 10, Chris Ensminger 10, Jared Jordan 10+10 ast
Karsiyaka: Goran Ikonic 16, Jovo Stanojevic 13, Mire Chatman 12, Ilkan Karaman 12


EuroCup: Banvit earn crucial win in Frankfurt - by Eurobasket News
Skyliners - Banvit 56:62

Banvit remained in the race for EuroCup Last 16 qualification. The Turkish team overcame Skyliners in Frankfurt tonight to catch up with Gran Canaria at 3-2 record in the second position in Group E. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) nailed 15 points to lead Banvit. Skyliners in the meantime suffered the fifth straight defeat at the tournament.
Banvit opened the game aggressively taking a 19:8 lead ten minutes into the game. But Skyliners stopped the rot in the second frame. The hosts picked up the slack and trimmed the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval 25:32. The German team mounted the pressure in the third quarter. Skyliners got within just two points from Banvit with ten minutes remaining 44:46. But Banvit stiffened their defence in the final quarter. The visitors limited Skyliners to only 12 points in the fourth period and celebrated a vital win at the end. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) delivered 14 points, while Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) provided 11 points in the victory. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) replied with 14 points for Skyliners. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) chipped in 9 points in the loss.

Skyliners: Jimmy McKinney 14, Michael Thompson 9
Banvit: Clifford Hammonds 15, Charles Davis 14, Kenan Bajramovic 11


EuroCup: ALBA hold off Dexia in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Dexia 83:63

ALBA earned the fourth victory in EuroCup Group H. The German team overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Berlin to advance into the next stage of the tournament. Five ALBA players scored in double digits in the win. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) accounted for 16 points apiece for ALBA. Dexia slipped at 1-4 record and remained at the bottom of the standings.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the opening frame. ALBA snatched a 19:18 lead after ten minutes. Dexia however pulled ahead in the second frame. The visitors enjoyed a 38:36 halftime advantage. ALBA took over in the third term. The hosts went on a 23:13 rally to take an 8-point advantage. ALBA outscored their opponents 24:12 in the final period to seal a confident win at the end. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, college: St.Joseph's) replied with 19 points and 9 rebounds for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) had 14 points in the loss.

ALBA: DaShaun Wood 16, Torin Francis 16, Derrick Allen 15
Dexia: Ahmad Nivins 19, Quincy Taylor 14


EuroChallenge: Besiktas Milangaz wins the group with the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Besiktas 59:96

Besiktas Milangaz wins the group with the perfect record achieving the sixth straight victory. The favorites remained Goettingen winless after 96:59 victory away from home. The German team looked poor in the whole tournament and rightfully was eliminated from it.
Besiktas Milangaz erupted with 29-13 in the opening quarter and of course never looked behind after. They added 18-11 in the second period for 47:24 at the halftime. Moreover another 30-17 in the third quarter brought them 77:41 advantage after three quarters. Goettingen looked better in the last stanza but lost it anyway 18-19. Oren closed the game from the perimeter to keep the Turkish team undefeated.
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) paced all the winners with 21 points, whilst Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) netted 18. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) delivered 17 and Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) nailed 15. Raymond Sykes (206-F/C-86, college: Clemson) ended up with 12 points in the losing case and Max Weber (201-G/F-85) notched 11.

Goettingen: Raymond Sykes 12, Max Weber 11 Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Boise St.) 10
Besiktas: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 21, Ersin Dagli 18, David Hawkins 17, Zoran Erceg 15


Michael Umeh Joins The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It is no secret that The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig have been searching for a point guard and found one with Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV). Umeh is a 27 year old 188cm combo guard from Houston, Texas that has Nigerian roots. He last played in the ACB for Blancos de Rueda Valladolid where he was avergaing 4,3ppg in 11 minutes per game. 'We are looking forward to having chosen a player that wont need much time to get used to the situation. I think that he will help us realize our season goal of the playoffs. We have found a guy that doesnt only know how to play offense, but can defend as well', commented Braunschweig head coach Sebastian Machowski.Umeh started his professional basketball career in 2003 for UNLV (NCAA) where he played until 2007 and in his senior year played 35 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 37.2%, FT: 75.9%. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 for the LTi Giessen 46ers where he played until 2009. In 2009-2010, he made the jump to Spain playing for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) 48 games: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.7%. Last season, he played for C.B. Murcia (Spain-ACB) playing 32 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%.Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been MWC Tournament Semifinals -05, 06, Global Games in Dallas -06, Nigerian National Team -06-07, 09, 11, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, MWC Tournament Winner -07, NCAA Sweet 16 -07, African Championships in Libya -09: 9 games: 4.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, Spanish LEB Gold Champion -10, 11, Spanish LEB Gold Cup (Cope Principe de Asturias) Finalist -10, Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention -11, and African Championships in Madagascar -11 (Bronze): 7 games: 11.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 84.6%

Source: New York Phantoms Braunschweig



EuroChallenge: EWE Baskets won Group A undefeated - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Norrkoping 106:61

EWE Baskets won Group A undefeated and smashed Swedish Norrkoping Dolphins in the last game. The hosts erupted for 106:61 on Tuesday night for 6-0 record.
EWE Baskets trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime. In the third quarter the German machine produced a 35-12 surge and grabbed 86:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Another 20-12 in the last stanza allowed them to reach three-digit number.
EWE Baskets made 20-of-24 free shots during the game. Norrkoping Dolphins were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Kenny Hasbrouck (191-G-86, college: Siena) who scored 28 points. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Petras Balocka (205-C-86, college: Hawaii) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds and Anton Saks (200-G-89) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively.

EWE Baskets: Kenny Hasbrouck 28, Dominik Bahiense de Mello 23, Brown 12, Milan Majstorovic (207-C-83) 12
Norrkoping: Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) 12, Petras Balocka 11, Mikael Lindquist (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) 10, Anton Saks 10



EuroChallenge: Artland Dragons triumphed in Group H - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Art.Dragons 75:76

Artland Dragons triumphed in Group H of EuroChallenge after a road win over Pau-Lacq-Orthez. The German team sent the Hosts packing after 76:75 victory.
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Pau-Lacq-Orthez won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) and Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) ensured 38:32 lead at the halftime for the guests. Brandon Thomas later made it 73:65 at the end of the third period and his straight five points brought 70:58 early in the last stanza. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) capped the run with a three-point play to knot the contest at 75:75 in the last minute. The best player for the winners was Brandon Thomas who scored 19 points. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.)n chipped in 17 points.
At the other side the best for losing team was Allan Ray who recorded 21 points and 5 rebounds and Chinemelu Elonu (206-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively.

Pau-Lacq-Orthez: Allan Ray 21, Chinemelu Elonu 14, Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) 14, Marko Maravic (201-F-79) 11
Art.Dragons: Brandon Thomas 19, David Holstonn 17, King 11, Darren Fenn 9



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Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 22
2 Godopoulos, Koroivos 20
3 Goggidis, Diagora 17.6
4 Mitsakis, Anagen. 17
5 Nikolopoulos, MENT 15.5
6 Pallis, MENT 15.4
7 Gkeros, Koroivos 15.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Charismid. Aiolos 9
2 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 7
3 Simeopoulos, Egaleo 7
4 Gkeros, Koroivos 7
5 Zarogiannis, Niki 7


EuroCup: Nymburk clear off on top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Aris 78:72

Nymburk celebrated a key win in EuroCup Group C. They held off Aris to take 4-1 record on top of the standings. Aris fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) nailed 22 points to lead the winners.
Nymburk enjoyed a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. The teams went neck and neck throughout the second term. Aris cut the deficit to 3 points at halftime 31:34. Aris maintained the pressure on the hosts in the third term. The Hellenes got within two points 53:55 with ten minutes remaining. But Nymburk made necessary changes and fired 23 points in the fourth frame to clear off for good at the end. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) had 14 points and 13 boards, while Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) contributed 13 points for the winners. Dominic James (180-PG-86, college: Marquette) topscored for Aris with 28 points. Giorgos Bogris (209-C/F-89) had 10 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 22, Petr Benda 14+13 boards, Pavel Pumprla 13
Aris: Dominic James 28, Giorgos Bogris 10


EuroCup: VEF Riga seal Last 16 appearance with win in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - VEF Riga 76:81

VEF Riga advanced into Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Latvian powerhouse edged PAOK in Thessaloniki tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group B. PAOK slipped at 1-4 record and lost any chances to advance. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
PAOK led by a single point 21:20 after ten minutes of action. But VEF RIga made a decisive surge in the second term. The visitors outscored PAOK 26:18 for a 46:39 halftime lead. PAOK controlled the tempo in the third term but VEF Riga did not allow the hosts to get within striking distance. The visitors entered the final period up by six points 63:57. They kept PAOK at distance throughout the final frame and celebrated a key win eventually. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) finished with 14 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the winners. J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) delivered 13 points and 9boards for PAOK. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) had 18 points in the loss.

PAOK: Marcus Goree 18, J.R. Giddens 13
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 21, Curtis Millage 14, Janis Berzins 12


Olympiakos fails to sign Jaric - by Eurobasket
There was reported that former Yugoslavian international guard Marko Jaric (198-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) (198-G-78) was negotiating with Olympiakos. However the deal was not sealed and Jaric will not join the team from Pireus. Jaric spent 8 years in the NBA and after coming back to Europe, played in Real Madrid and last year with another Euroleague team - Montepaschi Siena. In 12 Euroleague games he recorded 5.1ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.3apg and similar numbers in Italian Serie A (5.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg). He helped Montepaschi make it all the way to Euroleague Semifinals and win Italian championship.

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Another loss for overwhelmed GasTerra Flames - by Fred Roggen
BC Rupudis beat GasTerra Flames, 97-70, today. Regardless of how the Flames does this season, thats a big win for the Lithuanian team. But I wanted to pass along a few thoughts after this rough loss, dropped the Flames to 0-5 in the EuroCup.

Since the offseason, coach Hakim Salem (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) has been steadfast in his belief that this experience team cant be judged by wins and losses. Part of that is an understanding because with a complete new roster he needs time to add pieces to the puzzle, wins will be hard to come by. Salem doesnt accept losing, but hes had a big picture view in mind.

That outlook is a heck of a lot easier to maintain before the season, however. Losses at home have the ability to shake that confidence. Salem admitted his players are dealing with that right now. As you can see they end up hanging their heads at times and getting defeatist attitudes and you feel it.
But if they try as hard as they can and theyre doing everything Salem ask and theyre getting better with the poise aspect of the game, which I think is important, the competitive attitude. Right now theres a couple of guys that are just short confidence-wise.
Now, theres one thing you can control: How hard you work. Youve got to love that part of it. Well find out with all these guys in time.

The biggest challenge for Hakim Salem (agency: R.H.Consultancy ) beyond figuring out how to be competitive with ZZ Leiden and EiffelTowers Den Bosch is to keep his players from checking out.
Every one of them knew they were signing up with a Dutch powerhouse, but if things completely bottom out, it can get ugly.

The early struggles have not surprised Salem or deterred him. He knows theres a long road ahead, but hes open to the challenge.




EuroChallenge: Leiden ruined Armias big dreams - by Eurobasket News
Leiden-Armia 76:59

Leiden ruined Armias big dreams of EuroChallenge beating them in the decisive game. The Dutch team needed 76:59 win to take the second spot in the group and advanced to the next stage. Armia fell to the third place and finished their participating in the tournament.
Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84, college: Delta St.), Will Thomas (203-F-86), Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.), Kjellbom Joakim and Hawkins Cliff could not help the Georgian side to advance to the next stage. Leiden started with 19-2 record and never looked behind in the game. Kherrazi brought 29:14 early in the second and Hilliman closed the half at 38:24. Both teams nailed 16 points each in the third quarter, while another 22-19 in the last period brought the hosts the necessary win.
Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) nailed 16. Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) posted 14 and Thomas Jackson (175-PG-80, college: Butler) scored 11. Jeremy Richardson finished the game with 17 points and Ben Woodside had 16.

Leiden: Seamus Boxley 17+10 rebs, Patrick Hilliman 16, Worthy de Jong 14, Thomas Jackson 11
Armia: Jeremy Richardson 17, Ben Woodside 16, Will Thomas 11+12 rebs


EuroCup: Rudupis record second win in a row, beat Groningen - by Eurobasket News
Rudupis - Groningen 97:70

Rudupis continued their fight for EuroCup Last 16 ticket. They earned the third win in the regular season cruising past Groningen at home court tonight. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) scored 15 points to lead Rudupis. The Lithuanian team is now tied with Aris at 3-2 record in Group C.
Rudupis led from start to finish in this one. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. GasTerra Flames increased the tempo in the second frame but it was well-matched by Rudupis. The hosts gained a 45:36 halftime lead. Rudupis stretched the gap in the third quarter. The home team boosted the margin to as many as 16 points at the final intermission. Rudupis unloaded 28 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) had 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) added 13 points in the victory. David Bell (186-G-81) and Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) produced 13 points each in the loss.

Rudupis: Dainius Salenga 15, Edgaras Zelionis 14, Arminas Urbutis 13
Groningen: David Bell 13, Avis Wyatt 13


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.8 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam18.6 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.9 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen17.1 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen15.9 
 6. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.7 
 7. Wesby, Groningen15.3 
 8. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.8 
 9. Boxley, Leiden14.5 
 10. Adako, Leeuwarden13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Coleman, Weert9.5 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.9.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle8.1 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Van Paassen, Den6.8 
 6. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.5 
 7. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 8. Wyatt, Groningen6.3 
 9. van Kempen, Weert6.3 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Harman, Weert4.9 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.7 
 3. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.3 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.9 
 6. Bell, Groningen3.6 
 7. Huffman, Zwolle3.3 
 8. Wells, Zwolle3.2 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.3.1 
 10. Slagter, Leiden2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harman, Weert2.7 
 2. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.4 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.3 
 4. Wells, Zwolle2.1 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 6. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 7. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 8. Anderson, Weert1.8 
 9. Dourisseau, Groni.1.7 
 10. Jones, Rotterdam1.7 
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. Maddox, Zwolle1.1 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 6. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 7. Zondervan, Zwolle0.8 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Wessels, Den Bos.0.6 


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


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 8-3 
 2. Den Bosch 8-3 
 3. Leiden 7-4 
 4. Leeuwarden 7-5 
 5. Zwolle 7-5 
 6. Nijmegen 6-5 
 7. Rotterdam 2-11 
 8. Weert 1-10 


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EuroChallenge: Szolnok advanced to Last 16 stage - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos- Szolnok 82:91

Szolnok advanced to Last 16 stage after a road trip to Cyprus. The Hungarian side overcame Keravnos 91:82 in the last but one game of the group. The Hungarian club, which lost the first Group H encounter between the sides, improved to 4-2 and dropped Keravnos to 2-4.
The home side started stronger and took 27:20 after the first 10 minutes. Szolnok however replied with 22-19 in the second frame to reduce to 46:42 at Julien Mills (193-G/F-85, college: Ball St.) closed it at 66:63. The guests never looked behind after that and even increased the lead in the game. Julien Mills scored the last points for the winners and advanced to the next stage with his team.
Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) paced all the winners with 22 points and Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) netted 17. Julien Mills collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) chipped in with 14. Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill) poured in 22 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Moore (198-G-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group, college: Washington St.) posted 19.

Keravnos: Ales Chan 22, Marcus Moore 19, Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) 10
Szolnok: Obie Trotter 22, Brandon Gay 17, Julien Mills 16+10 rebs, Akos Horvath 14




EuroChallenge: Khimik beat Atomeromu, both farewell to the tournament - by Eurobasket News
Khimik-Atomeromu 83:58

Khimik edged Atomeromu in the last game of EuroChallenge for both sides in Yuzhniy. The Ukrainian team finished on the third spot after 83:58 victory. The guests dropped to 1-5 record on the last place and allowed Ventspils and Nizhniy Novgorod to continue the battle in the Last 16.
Khimik had a 25-10 lead by the end of the first period and stretched the advantage to 22 late in the second quarter. Sergei Popov (194-G-88) and Kaman exchanged the baskets in the first half as the teams went to the lockers at 45:27. Khimik scored 19 points in the third and the last quarters. It was enough to win both quarters and sealed the victory. Sergei Popov was the last to score for the hosts to make the final result in the game.
Sergei Popov top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) notched 10. Artem Pustovyi (216-C-92, agency: Beo Basket) and Alexander Sizov (199-F-88) delivered 9 points each in a win. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) produced 17 in defeat, while Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) and Akos Kovacs (184-G-88, agency: TSS Management) added 10 points apiece.

Khimik: Sergei Popov 15, Darrel Mitchell 10, Artem Pustovyi 9, Alexander Sizov 9
Atomeromu: Donald Cole 17, Lorenzo Williams 10, Akos Kovacs 10


Best players of A Division round 10 - by Eurobasket News
American Rashad Bell (201-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Kormend and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 29-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and five assists for Kormend in his team's victory, helping them to crush Falco-Szova (#3, 8-2) with 19-point margin 105-86. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kormend is placed at 2nd position in Hungarian A Division. Kormend has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 9-1. In the team's last game Bell had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Kormend and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bell is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.8ppg) and averages solid 57.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American point guard Justin Ingram (185-PG-85) of FS Debrecen. Ingram impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Of course he lead FS Debrecen to another comfortable win 94-76 over Marso NYKK (3-7) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But FS Debrecen managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-7 record. Ingram is a newcomer at FS Debrecen 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 26.0ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 4.9apg.

The third best performed player last round was American Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of Jaszberenyi (#13). Hodges got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds and eight assists. Despite Hodges' great performance Jaszberenyi lost 83-90 to the higher-ranked Soproni (#9, 4-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jaszberenyi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hodges he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hodges has a very solid season. In 10 games in Hungary he scored 14.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomislav Ivosev) of Szedeak - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nik Raivio (192-G-86) of Kaposvari - 20 points and 8 rebounds
6. Benson Egemonye (207-C-83) of Soproni - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Falco-Szova - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Brandon Gay (203-F-82) of Szolnok - 17 points and 10 rebounds
9. Damian Saunders (200-F-88) of FS Debrecen - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Atomeromu - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Rockford RD 9-5 
 2. Kankakee S. 8-1 
 3. Gary Splash 6-5 
 4. Chicago R. 3-3 
 5. Battle Creek K. 3-5 
 6. Lake County S. 0-10 
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-0 
 3. Springfield S. 0-0 


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Triple over time in Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
08 Stockholm needed triple overtime to beat Sundsvall Dragons 96-90 Home team leading most of the game but Jakob Sigurdarson tight the game up in regular time with 3 pointer 10 seconds for the end and did the same in first overtime when 3 second was left. Hlynur Baeringson tight the game up from freethrow line in second overtime but 11-0 run in third overtime was too much for Sundsvall.Helgi Magnusson scored 7 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assist for 08.Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) 28, 13 boards & 4 assist fro Sundsvall. Jakob Sigurdarson 23 3 rebounds and 4 assist. Hlynur Baeringsson with 19 points 3 assist and huge rebounding evening with 21.
Solna 102. Jamtland 84. Logi Gunnarsson 11 pts, 4 rebs, 3 assist for Solna. Brynjar Bjornsson 14, 4 rebs and 2 assist for Jamtland.
Germany.
MBC 102 Braves 65. Hordur Vilhjalmsson 25 points, 1 reb & 1 assist for MBC
Spain.
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 88 CAI Zaragoza 95. Jon Stefansson 13 points, 3 boards & 2 assist for CAI.
Assignia Manresa 62. Lucentum 76. Haukur Palsson 2 pts, 1 rebs , 1 assist


Iceland Express league results - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from last round in Iceland Express league.
IR 82 Stjarnan 83 Hard loss for IR at home. Robert Jarvis 25 points, James Bartelotta 21 for IR Fannar Helgason 22. Keith Cothran & Justin Shouse 18 for Stjarnan.
Valur 73 Haukar 76. Valur still without a win in the league. Garrison Johnson 30 pts. Igor Tratnik 12 & 21 rebounds for Valur. Chris Smith 21 Helgi Einarsson 18 for Haukar.
Tindastoll 99 KR 94. Tindastoll needed overtime to win last years Champions KR. Maurice Miller with a huge game for Tindastoll triple double 27 pts, 11 boards & 14 assist should safe him there. Finnur Magnusson only KR player with good numbers 22 & 13.
Grindavik 76 Thor 80. Grindavik first loss of the season and that came at home against the rookie team in the league. J'Nathan Bullock 21 for Grindavik. Michael Ringgold 22 Darren Govens 21 for Thor
Fjolnir 103 Snaefell 95, very important win for Fjolnir. Snaefell defense is giving up too many points. Nathan Walkup (200-F-88, college: Texas A&M) 33 & 11 rebs Arni Ragnarsson 28 for Fjolnir. Quincy Hawkins-Cole 29 & 13 boards. Marquis Hall 26 & 12 for Snaefell


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Iraqi National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Qutaiba Al-Doori
Al-Doori
Hasan Al-Saymarlee
Al-Saymarlee
Ali Al-Juboori
Al-Juboori
Ali Hameed
Hameed
Malik Nahi
Nahi
#e#5
4 Qutaiba Al-Doori 198-G/F-80 Duhok Iraq
5 Hasan Al-Saymarlee F-85 Al Kahraba Iraq
6 Ali Al-Juboori 170-PG-87 Duhok Iraq
7 Mustafa Hamzah 188-G/F-85 Al Hilla Iraq
8 Omar Al-Nidawi G-88 Duhok Iraq
9 Ahmed Al-Nasrawi F/G-89 Al Shurtah Iraq
10 Ali Hamad 194-F/G-86 Duhok Iraq
11 Ali Ismael 201-PF-94 Al Karkh Iraq
12 Hussein Talib F/C-90
13 Ali Hameed 208-C-84 Al Hilla Iraq
14 Malik Nahi 210-C-88 Al Kahraba Iraq
15 Mohammed Mahdi 203-F/C-91 Al Kahraba Iraq

Fikrat Toma Head Coach Duhok Iraq
Hilal Al-Obaidi Assistant


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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 10-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 8-3 
 3. UCD Marian 4-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-10 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 6-3 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 6-4 
 3. UL Eagles 6-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-9 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.3 
 2. Enos, Moycullen24.3 
 3. Atupem, UCC Demons23.9 
 4. Johnson, Belfast21.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.20.8 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian18.7 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 8. Cummins, Belfast17.0 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints16.6 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.0 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.6 
 4. Enos, Moycullen11.5 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.5 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons10.4 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian10.0 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.9 
 9. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.0 
 2. Madsen, 11890 K.4.4 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.4 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.1 
 6. Coughlan, UCC D.4.0 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.9 
 8. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.8 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 10. Dowd, Moycullen3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.8 
 3. Stith, UCD Marian2.5 
 4. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.1 
 6. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. McLoughlin, B.Gais2.0 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.1.9 
 10. Clarke, 11890 K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.7 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.4 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.0 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.4 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.3 
 7. Casey, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.2 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.0 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 


Robert Taylor joins UL Eagles - by Eurobasket News
UL Eagles strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider). The guard was last seen participating in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2010. Robert Taylor is not new to Ireland. The guard used to play for Limerick and Ballina in 2005/07 seasons. Eurobasket.com named Robert Taylor All-Irish Superleague Guard of the Year in 2006 and 2007. The guard also had stints in Uruguay and Germany. Robert Taylor has already debuted for UL Eagles. He helped his new team celebrate a 76:71 road win over Neptune. Robert Taylor tallied 21 points, 4 assists and 4 steals to lead the winners.

SuperLeague Round 11: #1 B.Gais Neptune is defeated by UL Eagles - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and derby games.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked B.Gais Neptune (6-4) in Cork on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked UL Eagles (6-6) 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. Strangely B.Gais Neptune outrebounded UL Eagles 51-29 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-G-87) helped adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. B.Gais Neptune's coach Mark Scannell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UL Eagles maintains third place with 6-6 record having four points less than leader UCC Demons. B.Gais Neptune at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. UL Eagles are looking forward to face league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. B.Gais Neptune will play on the road against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#1) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 84-96 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. It was an exceptional evening for Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Patrick Glover accounted for 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for UCD Marian in the defeat. DCU Saints have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record. UCD Marian lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. DCU Saints will play against league's leader UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play at home against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Dublin: 11890 Killester (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 52-67 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The best player for the winners was Jermaine Turner who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. Donnie Stith produced 20 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet UL Eagles (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCD Marian will play against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Moycullen. 4th placed host Moycullen (3-9) lost to second ranked UCC Demons (6-3) 67-59. Shawn Atupem orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. UCC Demons keep a position of league leader. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. UCC Demons' next round opponent will be league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. Second ranked host 11890 Killester (8-3) defeated 4th placed Belfast Star (1-10). It was a great evening for Jermaine Turner who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. 11890 Killester's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader UCC Demons. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. 11890 Killester will face UL Eagles (#3) in Limerick in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play at home against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Moycullen - UCC Demons 59-67

The game between Top Four teams took place in Moycullen. 4th placed host Moycullen (3-9) lost to second ranked UCC Demons (6-3) 67-59. UCC Demons outrebounded Moycullen 51-33 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Niall O'Reilly (196-80) contributed with 9 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. American forward Luke Enos (201, college: Black Hills St.) answered with 32 points and 9 rebounds and guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) added 4 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Moycullen. UCC Demons keep a position of league leader. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with nine games lost. UCC Demons' next round opponent will be league's leader DCU Saints in Dublin and it will be for sure the game of the week. Moycullen will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 19+14reb+2ast, C.O'Sullivan 15+4reb, C.Cuffe 14+7reb, S.Coughlan 10+7reb, N.O'Reilly 9+13reb+3ast, D.O'Mahony 0+2reb+1ast
Moycullen: L.Enos 32+9reb+1ast, J.Loughnane 8+2ast, C.Nihill 7+2reb+1ast, S.Camps 6+3reb+7ast, D.Cunningham 4+10reb+4ast, M.Dowd 2+3reb
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UCD Marian - DCU Saints 84-96

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#1) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 84-96 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. DCU Saints shot 61.3 percent from the field. DCU Saints outrebounded UCD Marian 50-29 including a 21-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) accounted for 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Conor Meany (185-86) added 17 points respectively for UCD Marian in the defeat. Five DCU Saints and four UCD Marian players scored in double figures. DCU Saints have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-2 record. UCD Marian lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. DCU Saints will play against league's leader UCC Demons in Cork in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play at home against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 25+12reb+1ast, P.Glover 24+9reb+4ast, J.Donnelly 14+4reb, K.Anderson 13+5reb+4ast, M.Trimmer 10+10reb+1ast, M.Chubb 6+2ast
UCD Marian: D.Stith 27+10reb+5ast, C.Meany 17+2reb+3ast, M.Kelly 15+4reb+1ast, M.Higgins 10+3reb+1ast, C.James 8, K.Foley 8+3reb+2ast
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UCD Marian - 11890 Killester 52-67

Another exciting game was again a derby between two local teams from Dublin: 11890 Killester (#2) and UCD Marian (#3). UCD Marian was defeated at home 52-67 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. 11890 Killester dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to UCD Marian's 36. They outrebounded UCD Marian 46-21 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by UCD Marian's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 11 blocks. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 blocks. The former international guard Peder Madsen (186-78, college: Post) chipped in 6 points and 9 assists. American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and guard Conor Meany (185-86) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader UCC Demons. UCD Marian lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the third position with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet UL Eagles (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. UCD Marian will play against Moycullen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 15+21reb+5ast, M.Westbrooks 11+2reb+2ast, M.Gomes 11+4reb+2ast, R.Clarke 8+4reb+3ast, K.O'Brien 7+4reb+2ast, E.Chubb 6+2reb+1ast
UCD Marian: D.Stith 20+8reb+3ast, C.Meany 9+2reb+1ast, M.Kelly 8+2reb, F.Kevin 6+2ast, K.Foley 4+4reb, C.James 3+1reb+1ast
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11890 Killester - Belfast Star 88-81

The game between Top Four teams took place in Dublin. Second ranked host 11890 Killester (8-3) defeated 4th placed Belfast Star (1-10). They outrebounded Belfast Star 44-26 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. 11890 Killester looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Belfast Star's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 9 blocks. It was a great evening for naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 24 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. The former international guard Peder Madsen (186-78, college: Post) helped adding 13 points, 10 assists and 5 steals. 11890 Killester's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) responded with 23 points and 9 rebounds and naturalized British guard Stephen Dawson (190-80) scored 17 points and 5 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 8-3 record having just three points less than leader UCC Demons. Loser Belfast Star keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. 11890 Killester will face UL Eagles (#3) in Limerick in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Belfast Star will play at home against the league's second-placed B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 29+24reb+4ast, K.O'Brien 14+8reb+1ast, M.Gomes 13+2ast, P.Madsen 13+2reb+10ast, R.Clarke 10+1reb+5ast, M.Westbrooks 6+5reb+1ast
Belfast Star: J.Johnson 23+9reb+2ast, S.Dawson 17+1reb+5ast, P.Cummins 13+2reb+1ast, M.McKillop 12+6reb+1ast, S.Summersgill 10+1reb+1ast, F.Toner 6+1reb
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B.Gais Neptune - UL Eagles 71-76

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked B.Gais Neptune (6-4) in Cork on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked UL Eagles (6-6) 76-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of B.Gais Neptune. Strangely B.Gais Neptune outrebounded UL Eagles 51-29 including a 37-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points and 4 assists. The former international guard Scott Kinevane (175-87) helped adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Taylor is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals and forward Ian McLoughlin (185-85) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points, 14 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals. Four B.Gais Neptune players scored in double figures. B.Gais Neptune's coach Mark Scannell rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. UL Eagles maintains third place with 6-6 record having four points less than leader UCC Demons. B.Gais Neptune at the other side dropped to the second position with four games lost. UL Eagles are looking forward to face league's second-placed 11890 Killester in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. B.Gais Neptune will play on the road against Belfast Star and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UL Eagles: R.Taylor 21+2reb+4ast, M.Hall 16+3reb+3ast, S.Kinevane 12+5reb+8ast, J.Killeen 8+7reb+2ast, E.Quigley 8+6reb+1ast, N.Campbell 5+1reb+1ast
B.Gais Neptune: R.Thompson 16+14reb+9ast, G.Walsh 16+3reb+2ast, G.Noonan 15+4reb+6ast, I.McLoughlin 10+14reb+9ast, R.Downey 8+3reb+1ast, P.Taylor 6+7reb+1ast
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Asbury's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Brian Asbury (200-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Elitzur Netanya and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Elitzur Netanya in his team's victory, helping them to beat Bnei Hasharon (2-6) 102-93. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Elitzur Netanya maintains the 10th position in league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 6 games and recorded just two victories. Asbury turned to be Elitzur Netanya's top player in his first season with the team. Brian Asbury averages this season 16.6ppg and 6.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon. He is American forward in his first season at Hapoel Holon. In the last game Dunston recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Hapoel Holon to edge slightly higher-ranked Hapoel J-M (#3, 5-3) by 5 points 70-65. This victory allowed Hapoel Holon to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dunston is a newcomer at Hapoel Holon and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Rashaun Freeman (206-C/F-84) of B.C. Habikaa (#7). Freeman scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Freeman's great performance B.C. Habikaa lost 74-88 to the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#11, 2-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing B.C. Habikaa needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Freeman has a great season in Israel. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Romeo Travis (200-PF-84) of Galil Gilboa - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Delroy James (203-F-87) of Bnei Hasharon - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tweety Carter (180-PG-86) of Bnei Hasharon - 21 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88) of Maccabi Ashdod - 28 points and 4 rebounds
8. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Ironi Ashkelon - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) of Maccabi Ashdod - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


EuroCup: BC Donetsk upset Hapoel in Jerusalem, advance into Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem - BC Donetsk 68:74

BC Donetsk registered the fourth victory in EuroCup Group A. They stunned Hapoel in Jerusalem tonight to seal their Last 16 appearance. Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) stepped up with 19 points to lead the visitors. Jerusalem slipped at 1-4 record after the loss and lost chances to advance.
Hapoel needed the win and they started the game aggressively. The hosts built a 22:17 lead after ten minutes of action. But Sasa Obradovic team picked up the tempo in the second frame. They outgunned the hosts 25:14 to establish a 42:36 halftime advantage. Hapoel tried hard and eventually erased the deficit. Hapoel entered the final period up by a single point 58:57. But BC Donetsk proved calm and determined in the final moments. The visitors gained the advantage and hung on to snatch a key win from Hapoel at the end. Vule Avdalovic (189-PG-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 12 points, while Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) posted 11 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Dan Grunfeld (198-F/G-84, college: Stanford) finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Hapoel. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85, college: Maryland) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Hapoel Jerusalem: Dan Grunfeld 17, D.J. Strawberry 15
BC Donetsk: Ramel Curry 19, Vule Avdalovic 12, Ivan Radenovic 11+10 boards


National League Round 10: Beer Yaakov defeats Kiryat Tivon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the National League took place in Kiryat Tivon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-4) to first ranked Beer Yaakov (9-1) 75-74 on Tuesday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Beer Yaakov forced 22 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Beer Yaakov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Ironi K-A and Elitzur Yavne. Beer Yaakov are looking forward to face Ironi Nahariya (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hapoel Afula and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Elitzur Yavne (#4) was upset in Ramla by eighth ranked Elitzur Ramla 95-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. Forward Michael Badalov (201-87) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and Ilan Berkowitz supported him with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Elitzur Ramla's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. Elitzur Ramla (5-5) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel Afula and Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Ironi K-A and Kiryat Tivon. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hod Hasharon (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Kfar Saba between Hapoel Afula and Hapoel Kfar Saba. Seventh ranked Hapoel Afula (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (2-8). Hapoel Afula managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. Gregg Thondique fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Errick McCollum produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for lost side. Hapoel Afula maintains seventh position with 5-5 record, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the thirteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Y/M. Hapoel Afula will meet at home higher ranked Kiryat Tivon (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Lev Hasharon (#10) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Nahariya where higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-4) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked Hod Hasharon (5-5) 100-95. Worth to mention a great performance of Gary Gandel who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Hod Hasharon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel Afula and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#8) at home.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: bottom-ranked Hapoel Y/M was destroyed by Ironi Nes-Ziona on the opponent's court 92-69. Ironi K-A outscored Ironi Ramat Gan in a home game 88-68. Lev Hasharon recorded a loss to Hapoel T-A on the road 86-69.



Hapoel K/S - Hapoel Afula 73-74

A very close game took place in Kfar Saba between Hapoel Afula and Hapoel Kfar Saba. Seventh ranked Hapoel Afula (5-5) got a very close victory on the road over 13th ranked Hapoel Kfar Saba (2-8). Hapoel Afula managed to escape with a 1-point win 74-73 on Tuesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hapoel Kfar Saba won fourth quarter 25-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Elad Eliyah (193-85) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. American guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 12 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula maintains seventh position with 5-5 record, which they share with Hod Hasharon and Elitzur Ramla. Loser Hapoel Kfar Saba keeps the thirteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Hapoel Y/M. Hapoel Afula will meet at home higher ranked Kiryat Tivon (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play against Lev Hasharon (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Afula: E.Eliyah 18+4reb+4ast, R.LeMelle 18+3reb+1ast, G.Thondique 14+12reb+5ast, H.Shifman 11+1reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 7+6reb+1ast, Y.Deri 4+5reb+1ast
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 21+7reb+6ast, A.Harush 15+3reb, M.Moses 12+16reb+4ast, E.Rotemberg 10+2reb+1ast, O.Cohen 6+2reb, H.Karni 5+1reb
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Kiryat Tivon - Macc.B.Yaakov 74-75

The most exciting game of round 10 in the National League took place in Kiryat Tivon. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 3rd ranked Kiryat Tivon (6-4) to first ranked Beer Yaakov (9-1) 75-74 on Tuesday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Beer Yaakov forced 22 Kiryat Tivon turnovers. American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) scored 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side power forward Kobi Izik (204-83, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St.) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 9-1 record. Kiryat Tivon lost third consecutive game. They keep the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Ironi K-A and Elitzur Yavne. Beer Yaakov are looking forward to face Ironi Nahariya (#6) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Kiryat Tivon will play against Hapoel Afula and is hoping to prove to their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Macc.B.Yaakov: Y.Bet-Yosef 19+2reb+3ast, N.Miller 19+8reb+4ast, J.Hall 14+8reb, I.Simin 12+4reb+3ast, C.Watson 7+1ast, I.Buchman 4+2reb+2ast
Kiryat Tivon: K.Izik 23+9reb+4ast, R.Clemente 15+10reb, J.Gomes 14+3reb+1ast, L.Segev 13+5reb+7ast, N.Yanay 4+5reb, B.Hagbi 4+1reb+4ast
gschID: 145256


Ironi Nahariya - Hod Hasharon 95-100

An interesting game took place in Nahariya where higher ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-4) was upset on its own court by ninth ranked Hod Hasharon (5-5) 100-95. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ironi Nahariya won fourth quarter 29-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon shot 62.3 percent from the field. It was a great shooting night for Hod Hasharon especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Avi Sukar (187-76) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) replied with 28 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) added 28 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Five Hod Hasharon and four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel Afula and Elitzur Ramla. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. Hod Hasharon's next round opponent will be Elitzur Ramla (#8) at home.
Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 21+13reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 19+3reb+1ast, A.Sukar 15+5reb+10ast, A.Johnson 14+4reb+2ast, C.Dewhurst 12+4reb, A.Skverer 9+2reb+1ast
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 28+7reb+2ast, E.Traimel 28+5reb+2ast, J.Roberts 17+7reb, O.Ben Hemo 17+2reb+9ast, A.Eliyahu 3+2reb+8ast, M.Snir 2+1reb
gschID: 145257


Elitzur Ramla - Elitzur Yavne 95-67

Elitzur Yavne (#4) was upset in Ramla by eighth ranked Elitzur Ramla 95-67. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Elitzur Yavne. It looked good early as Elitzur Yavne took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Elitzur Ramla had a 24-17 second period charge getting the lead and Elitzur Yavne was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-95. Elitzur Ramla players were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Elitzur Yavne's players. Forward Michael Badalov (201-87) notched a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and guard Ilan Berkowitz (186-75) supported him with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Elitzur Ramla's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 20 points and 7 rebounds by American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) did not help to save the game for Elitzur Yavne. Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85) added 12 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Five Elitzur Ramla and four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Elitzur Ramla (5-5) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Hapoel Afula and Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Yavne at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. They share it with Ironi K-A and Kiryat Tivon. Elitzur Ramla will play against Hod Hasharon (#7) on the road in the next round. Elitzur Yavne will play against Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: M.Badalov 24+10reb+4ast, S.Moragne 23+4reb, O.Zinderman 15+1reb+4ast, R.Bacon 12+15reb+1ast, I.Berkowitz 10+11reb+11ast, O.Cohen 6+2reb+2ast
Elitzur Yavne: B.Laing 20+7reb+1ast, Z.Volfer 13+5reb+2ast, E.Hofman 12+10reb+1ast, K.Wilson 10+10reb+2ast, E.Engel 6+2reb+1ast, N.Golan 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 145251


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Hapoel Y/M 92-69

Rather expected game in Nes Ziyona where 14th ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (2-8) was crushed by twelfth ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (3-6) 92-69. The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nes-Ziona. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido was better in third quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nes-Ziona players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. It was a very good performance for forward Raz Zehavian (197-82) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks for the winners. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. American Almaad Jackson (210-85, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) added 25 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ironi Nes-Ziona moved-up to eleventh place. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with eight games lost. Ironi Nes-Ziona's next round opponent will be higher ranked Elitzur Yavne (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido will play against Ironi Kiryat Ata (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: R.Zehavian 19+7reb+3ast, T.Karpeles 19+1ast, T.Michael Dunne 14+2reb+4ast, D.Assaf 14+4reb+2ast, G.Blair 10+11reb+4ast, D.Bank 6+2reb+3ast
Hapoel Y/M: T.Sanders 25+7reb+2ast, A.Jackson 16+14reb+4ast, J.Sztarkman 8+1ast, M.Moscovitz 6+4reb, O.Ida 6+1reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 145252


Ironi K-A - Ironi Ramat Gan 88-68

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-4) smashed at home 11th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (3-7) 88-68. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Ironi Kiryat Ata's pressure prevailed and they won that period 30-13 extending their advantage to 20 points. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Ironi Kiryat Ata forced 22 Ironi Ramat Gan turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ramat Gan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for forward Raz Menashe (201-82) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Damon Peterson (201-68, college: Oklahoma, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Four Ironi Kiryat Ata players scored in double figures. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard T.J Bannister (180-84, college: Liberty, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 11 points in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Ironi Ramat Gan's coach Amir Uzi rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ironi Kiryat Ata moved-up to third place, which they share with Elitzur Yavne and Kiryat Tivon. Ironi Ramat Gan at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Ironi Kiryat Ata's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#14) on the road which should be another easy win for them. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv and be promoted back to the Premier League just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: R.Menashe 20+5reb+2ast, R.Elbaz 16+4reb+3ast, T.Younger 16+6reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 12+1ast, D.Peterson 11+13reb+1ast, I.Nanikashvili 9+3reb+5ast
Ironi Ramat Gan: R.Webb 19+6reb+1ast, I.Mayor 11+4reb+2ast, T.Bannister 11+4reb+3ast, Y.Yatzkan 6+6reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 5+6reb+1ast, L.Rubinstein 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 145253


Hapoel T-A - Lev Hasharon 86-69

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Lev Hasharon (4-6) was defeated on the road by second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (8-2) 86-69. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Tel-Aviv. Lev Hasharon was better in fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Lev Hasharon 43-28 including 33 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for naturalized Swedish power forward Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Matan Naor (195-80) contributed with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) added 18 points in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Hapoel Tel-Aviv maintains second position with 8-2 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Lev Hasharon at the other side keeps the tenth place with six games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv's next round opponent will be Ironi Ramat Gan (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Lev Hasharon will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: J.Skjoldebrand 19+11reb+2ast, M.Naor 17+6reb+4ast, C.Carr 16+4reb+4ast, C.Kelly 13+12reb, D.Stitt 11+7reb+3ast, G.Eytan 8+2reb+3ast
Lev Hasharon: I.Rosefelt 21+13reb+1ast, L.Clinch 18+2reb+3ast, J.Cornley 10+4reb+1ast, O.Rub 8+3reb+5ast, O.Shmidt 8+2reb+1ast, A.Sela 2
gschID: 145254




Gabe Blair joins Ironi Nes-Ziona - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Nes-Ziona strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Gabe Blair (203-F-87, college: Wichita St.). The forward signed his first pro deal. Gabe Blair graduated from Wichita State University in 2011. He tallied 6.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 block per game in his senior season. Gabe Blair became NIT champion with Wichita State. Gabe Blair has already debuted for Ironi Nes-Ziona. The forward scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a narrow loss to Ironi Ramat-Gan in Round 9. In Round 10 Gabe Blair improved his performance. Ironi Nes-Ziona outscored Hapoel Yokneam/Megido 92:69 and the US player came up with 10 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners.

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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Hapoel Y.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Sanders, Hapoel Y.23.6 
 2. Moragne, Elitzur22.8 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.8 
 4. Ginyard, Ironi N.22.4 
 5. Thondique, Hapoel21.7 
 6. Laing, Elitzur Yav.21.4 
 7. Hall, Macc.B.Y.21.4 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.20.9 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.4 
 10. Segev, Kiryat Tiv.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.3 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.8 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.3 
 6. Webb, Ironi R.9.8 
 7. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.7 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.6 
 9. Miller, Macc.B.Y.9.4 
 10. Johnson, Hapoel9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.8.1 
 2. Nanikashvili, Iron.8.0 
 3. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.5 
 4. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.9 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.5.6 
 6. Bannister, Ironi R.5.6 
 7. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.7 
 8. Ben Hemo, Ironi N.3.7 
 9. Assaf, Ironi N.3.6 
 10. Barzilai, Elitzur3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon4.2 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.5 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.3 
 4. Eliyahu, Ironi N.3.1 
 5. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.9 
 6. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 7. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. Zigdon, Ironi R.2.2 
 10. Sanders, Hapoel Y.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A3.0 
 2. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.1 
 3. Clemente, Kiryat T.2.0 
 4. Johnson, Hod H.1.9 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel1.8 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.1.7 
 8. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 
 9. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.2 
 10. Bacon, Elitzur Ra.1.0 


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EuroCup: Benetton rout Bayern to book Last 16 place - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Bayern Munich 92:66

Benetton Treviso advanced into EuroCup Last 16 stage following a comfortable home win over Bayern Munich. Six Benetton players scored in double figures to pace the winners. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 16 points in the victory. Bayern fell at 1-4 record in Group G after the defeat.
Benetton gave no chance for the visitors. The Italian team dominated from the opening minutes. The hosts ensured a 27:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the pressure in the second term. Benetton finished the first half up by 23 points 51:28. The gap grew in the third term. Benetton entered the final frame up by 26 points and never looked back en route to the win. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) accounted for 15 points, while Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) drained 13 points for the home team. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) replied with 14 points for Bayern. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (213-F-81, college: Penn St.) netted 13 points in the loss.

Benetton: Jeff Adrien 16, Andrea De Nicolao 15, Alessandro Gentile 13
Bayern: Jared Homan 14, Jan-Hendrik Jagla 13


Virtus Roma sidelines Vladimir Dasic - by Andrea Centenari
Lottomatica Virtus Roma decided to sideline Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) due to his poor performances (11 points and 5,7 boards per game) during the season. The club is trying to reach an agreement with the player to part ways. Lottomatica Virtus Roma is on the market looking for a power forward. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) was not sidelined by Virtus because Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) got injured for the next two weeks and the youngster will take Datome's minutes on the court.

Best players of Lega2 round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American James Thomas (203-F/C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Scafati Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 31-year old power forward had a double-double of 21 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Biancoblu BO (#8, 4-6) 97-87. Givova Scafati is placed at 4th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Givova Scafati will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. Thomas turned to be Givova Scafati's top player in his first season with the team. The University of Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas leads league in rebounds with 10.7rpg. Thomas is in league's top in and averages solid 70.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Tre Kelley (182-G-85) of Biancoblu BO. Kelley impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Biancoblu BO lost that game 87-97 to the higher-ranked Givova Scafati (#4, 7-4). Despite lost game Biancoblu BO moved up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Kelley is a newcomer at Biancoblu BO and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Scafati Basket's star - American Paul Marigney (192-G-82). Marigney got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was another key player of Givova Scafati, helping his team with a 97-87 win against the lower-ranked Biancoblu BO (#8, 4-6). Givova Scafati needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Marigney has a great season in Italy. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.8spg and FGP: 52.9%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mario West (196-G-84) of Tezenis Verona - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) of Givova Scafati - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) of Enel Brindisi - 19 points and 14 rebounds
8. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) of MarcoPoloShop - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86) of Morpho Basket - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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BJ League round 20 best performance: Lee Roberts - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Shinshu BW, receiving a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 35 points and 19 rebounds, while his team edged out Saitama Bron. (#9, 6-10) 87-84. Shinshu BW is placed at 5th position in Japanese BJ League. Shinshu BW 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 9-9 record. In the team's last game Roberts had a remarkable 61.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Shinshu BW's top player in his first season with the team. Former Findlay (OH) star has very solid stats this year. Roberts is in league's top in points (8th best: 20.3ppg) and rebounds (6th best: 10.7rpg).

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of league's leader Kyoto Hannar.. Rickert had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannar. to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Chiba Jets (#4, 9-9) 95-70. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Kyoto Hannar. consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team has currently 13-5 record. Rickert is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannar., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Shimane SM (#6). Davis scored 17 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Shimane SM, leading his team to a 76-62 easy win against Takamatsu FA (#9, 0-18). Shimane SM needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 8 lost games. Davis has a very solid season. In 18 games in Japan he scored 9.1ppg. He also has 6.9rpg, 4.0bpg and FGP: 60.0%. Davis attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. LaShawn Malloy (209-C/F-84) of Iwate Big Bulls - 16 points and 17 rebounds
5. Tyler Hughes (213-F-84) of Shinshu BW - 8 points and 20 rebounds
6. Kenny Satterfield (188-PG-81) of Saitama Bron. - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 13 assists
7. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of Fukuoka Rizing - 30 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87) of Hamamatsu P. - 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Stanley Ocitti (203-F/C-80) of Akita NH - 18 points and 12 rebounds
10. Josh Peppers (201-F-85) of Shiga L-Stars - 33 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Half of season will end this weekend - by Dren Shporta
Regarding the BKT Superliga clubs request, Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK) has decided to take back a gameweek. So the Round 13 matches will be played in midweek, with 14 and 15 December and Round 14 will be played in coming weekend.

This request was initiated since the basketball gyms are getting colder in winter and it is very hard to make an ideal temperature before the matches. After the Round 14 matches the half of a season in BKT Superliga will end. The season will begin in February with matches of Round 15 in schedule. Trepca is actual leader in kosovan championship while runners up with same points are Arben Krasniqi's boys of Sigal Prishtina, which are the reigning champions of Kosovo.



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  LATVIA   


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


EuroCup: VEF Riga seal Last 16 appearance with win in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - VEF Riga 76:81

VEF Riga advanced into Last 16 stage of EuroCup. The Latvian powerhouse edged PAOK in Thessaloniki tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group B. PAOK slipped at 1-4 record and lost any chances to advance. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
PAOK led by a single point 21:20 after ten minutes of action. But VEF RIga made a decisive surge in the second term. The visitors outscored PAOK 26:18 for a 46:39 halftime lead. PAOK controlled the tempo in the third term but VEF Riga did not allow the hosts to get within striking distance. The visitors entered the final period up by six points 63:57. They kept PAOK at distance throughout the final frame and celebrated a key win eventually. Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) finished with 14 points, while Janis Berzins (200-F/G-93, agency: Players Group) added 12 points for the winners. J.R. Giddens (196-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) delivered 13 points and 9boards for PAOK. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) had 18 points in the loss.

PAOK: Marcus Goree 18, J.R. Giddens 13
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 21, Curtis Millage 14, Janis Berzins 12


EuroChallenge: Nizhny Novgorod defeat Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod - Ventspils 77:63

Nizhnu Novgorod registered the fourth win in EuroChallenge regular season. They held off Ventspils at home court to catch up with their opponents at 4-2 record in Group D. Both teams have already qualified for the next round. Ernest Bremer (194-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) stepped up with 15 points and 9 assists to pace Nizhny Novgorod.
The Latvian team enjoyed a 22:20 lead after ten minutes of action. Nizhny Novgorod stunned the visitors in the second term. The hosts limited Ventspils to 7 points to take a 41:29 halftime lead. Nizhny Novgorod maintained the advantage throughout the third term. The home team entered the final period up by 14 points. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Nizhny Novgorod kept their opponents at bay and cruised to the victory at the end. Semen Antonov (202-F-89) had 14 points, while Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) and Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) provided 11 points apiece for the winners. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) answered with 14 points for Ventspils. Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) provided 11 points in defeat.

Nizhny Novgorod: Ernest Bremer 15, Semen Antonov 14, Artem Yakovenko 11, Fedor Klyuchnikov 11
Ventspils: Sam Willard 14, Bojan Bakic 11


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  LITHUANIA   


Kostic leaves Baltai for Zalgiris - by Adomas Kraunevicius
KK Baltai Kaunas head coach Oliver Kostic has left the team and will be joining B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas as an assistant coach. He coached KK Baltai Kaunas from the beginning of the season and under his management the team achieved 5 victories and is now fifth in the BEKO-Lithuanian Basketball League standings. Kostic will replace B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas' assistant coach Algirdas Milonas who left the team for Techasas Panevezys to temporarily substitute Techasas' head coach Gintaras Leonavicius.

Former assistant coach Priit Vene will replace Kostic as KK Baltai Kaunas head coach. He will have his first match as a head coach this Friday versus BC Siauliai.



EuroCup: Rudupis record second win in a row, beat Groningen - by Eurobasket News
Rudupis - Groningen 97:70

Rudupis continued their fight for EuroCup Last 16 ticket. They earned the third win in the regular season cruising past Groningen at home court tonight. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) scored 15 points to lead Rudupis. The Lithuanian team is now tied with Aris at 3-2 record in Group C.
Rudupis led from start to finish in this one. The hosts built a 21:14 lead after ten minutes. GasTerra Flames increased the tempo in the second frame but it was well-matched by Rudupis. The hosts gained a 45:36 halftime lead. Rudupis stretched the gap in the third quarter. The home team boosted the margin to as many as 16 points at the final intermission. Rudupis unloaded 28 points in the fourth frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) had 14 points, while Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86, college: Hofstra) added 13 points in the victory. David Bell (186-G-81) and Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, college: Virginia St.) produced 13 points each in the loss.

Rudupis: Dainius Salenga 15, Edgaras Zelionis 14, Arminas Urbutis 13
Groningen: David Bell 13, Avis Wyatt 13


Pieno Zvaigzdes advanced to the third round of the LKF Cup - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys advanced to the third round of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF) DNB Cup. They have defeated the second division (NKL) team Mazeikiai 86:65 (21:13, 27:13, 19:19, 19:20) in the second leg of round II in Mazeikiai. Pasvalys won the first match 61:52.

Darius Griskenas (194-F-84) scored 22 points for the winning team. Meanwhile, Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) (9 rebounds) and Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 12 and Leroy Nobles (195-G/F-87, college: IUPUI) netted 10. Remigijus Trakimas (205-C-87) led Mazeikiai with 18 points while Parrish Brown (185-G-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Maryland) contributed 11 points.

Pasvalys will face Rudupis Prienu in the III round of the Cup and will fight for a ticket to the final four.


EuroCup: Lietuvos Rytas stay strong, edge Krka - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas - Krka 82:72

Lietuvos Rytas posted the fifth win in the EuroCup regular season. They overcame Krka in Vilnius to stay undefeated in Group F. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) scored 16 points and distributed 7 assists to pace the hosts.
Krka dominated in the first half. The Slovenian powerhouse built an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Krka went into the dressing room up by 5 points 40:35. But Lietuvos Rytas gradually picked up the tempo. The hosts eked out a 60:59 lead with ten minutes remaining. The hosts completed a 24:8 run midway through the final frame and cleared off to a 12-point advantage. Krka failed to deliver the answer and had to surrender at the end. Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) posted 14 points, while Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 10 points for the winners. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Florida) posted 14 points for Krka. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) had 13 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Tyrese Rice 16, Renaldas Seibutis 14, Mindaugas Katelynas 10
Krka: Jimmy Baxter 14, Smiljan Pavic 13


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 26-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 24-5 
 3. Toros 24-9 
 4. Huracanes 22-12 
 5. Soles 22-13 
 6. Pioneros 22-13 
 7. Halc.Xalapa 21-9 
 8. Barreteros 16-17 
 9. Corr.Victoria 14-19 
 10. Abejas 13-20 
 11. Lechugueros 10-22 
 12. Panteras 9-24 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-28 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


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Celtics re-sign Sasha Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics continue to add depth to their roster by signing swingman Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83), who spent a brief time with the club last season. Pavlovic averaged 1.8 points in 17 games with the Celtics but did not play as aggressively as the club would have preferred.

Pavlovic adds to the Celtics' small forward depth but he likely won't compete for major minutes if he makes the team.

Meanwhile, agent Mark Bartelstein told the Globe that rookie E'Twaun Moore is expected to practice today for the first time after being held out the first three days. Moore was apparently involved in a potential deal for David West, who signed yesterday with the Indiana Pacers.

Bartelstein also said he will gauge the Celtics' interest in former Celtic James Posey, who was released by the Pacers through their amnesty clause. Posey was a member of the 2008 Celtics' title team but has not produced at the same level since signing with the New Orleans Hornets after that season.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


EuroCup: Buducnost shock PGE Turow to reach Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Buducnost 73:78

Buducnost overcame PGE Turow in Poland today to seal their EuroCup Last 16 birth. The Montenegrin team improved at 3-2 record leaving PGE Turow at 2-3. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Buducnost got a perfect start. The visitors registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. PGE Turow stopped the bleeding in the second period. The Polish team narrowed the gap to 3 points at halftime 34:37. The hosts finally pulled ahead in the third term. PGE Turow ensured a 51:50 advantage at the final intermission. Buducnost used an 8:0 run early in the final frame to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage and eventually Popovic and Anderson sealed the win for the visitors. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 16 points, while Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points each for the winners. PGE Turow answered with 22 points from Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena). Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) provided 15 points in defeat.

PGE Turow: Ronald Moore 22, Giedrius Gustas 15
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 16, Jermaine Anderson 16, Bojan Krstovic 13, Cedomir Vitkovac 13


Valencia signs Zarko Rakocevic to a one-month deal - by Eurobasket News
Valencia reinforced its roster under the basket for the next 30 days. The Spanish squad penned a one-month deal with PF/C Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84). The player arrives from Austria, where he started this season. Rakocevic appeared 11 times for BC Vienna averaging 17.6 points, 13.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists. In 2010/11 season, Rakocevic was a member of the Bosnian team Igokea Aleksandrovac. He had 5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 23 games in Adriatic league for them. He also added 6.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 9 games in Bosnia, where Igokea reached Finals. Earlier, Zarko Rakoceivc played for Partizan Belgrade and Buducnost Podgorica. He won the Serbian league title, Serbian Cup and Adriatic league title with Partizan in 2009. A year after that, Rakocevic won the Bosnian Cup with Bosna ASA BHT. That same year he played for the Montenegrin National Team at the European Championships Division B.

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Chris Paul to Clippers deal dead - by Eurobasket News
The second trade in five days involving Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) has been rejected by the NBA. The most current offer was Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers for three quality players and draft picks. Apparently, the price was too high for the NBA owned Hornets.

NBA Sources say, New Orleans was insisting upon the inclusion of both shooting guard Eric Gordon and Minnesotas unprotected 2012 first-round draft choice in addition to former All-Star center Chris Kaman and prospects Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe.

That is a ton of young talent, unlike the Lakers proposal. However, the Clippers offer may have cost the Hornets more in the long run due to the youth involved in the deal as opposed to the older, veteran laden players involved in the Lakers/Rockets deals.

One way or another a deal is going to get done involving Chris Paul. The Hornets most recent offer was horrendous for NBA purposes. The Clippers would have been ripped limb from limb if that deal went through. Basically, Los Angeles was giving away their entire starting line-up minus Blake Griffin. Great, so after the NBA owned Hornets inherit the Clippers young nucleus, Chris Paul goes to a worse situation where Blake and CP3 sell tickets while continuing the losing tradition of that franchise. How does that help the NBA and its downward spiraling of a reputation? It wont.

The best move for the Los Angeles Clippers is to stay put. They have a great young core that I see making the leap this year. I have successfully predicted the last two teams in the NBA Western Conference to explode onto the scene and become an annual playoff contestant. Two years ago I selected Oklahoma City to become the next big thing amidst a lot of criticism. Last year, I said the Memphis Grizzlies would shock the world as they stepped into the playoff picture. Now, I am saying the Clippers, without Chris Paul, are the next best team in the west. This season they will make the playoffs, while creating a winning attitude in Los Angeles. This will be the season the Clippers say, Boy, are we glad we didnt trade for Chris Paul.

Stay tuned, more to come in the next few hours. Chris Paul will inevitably be dealt soon, the only question remains for what price and will the NBA approve?

Courtesy of www.rantsports.com


Pacers amnesty James Posey, according to report - by Eurobasket News
It was inevitable, after the Indiana Pacers told James Posey (6'8''-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) to stay home and not report to training camp, that they'd get rid of him in some form or fashion. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports on Twitter that the team has decided to amnesty Posey:

The Pacers have decided to amnesty James Posey and his $6.9 million contract, league sources tell Y! Sports.

That effectively eliminated the contract in the most team-friendly way. The Pacers initially acquired Posey along with Darren Collison, while sending off Troy Murphy. Posey played well and became a leader in the locker room, but slowly lost favor after Jim O'Brien was fired. He eventually made his way out of the lineup entirely, while Collison emerged and was a big difference for the team.

It wouldn't have made any sense for Indiana to carry him on the roster, having already stated publicly that he doesn't factor into their future plans on the court.

Courtesy of http://indiana.sbnation.com


Bulls officially re-sign Brian Scalabrine after losing Kurt Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Entering training camp, the Bulls only had four big men on the roster and an imminent need to add depth in the post.

The team addressed it Monday with the re-signing of forward Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-C-78, college: USC). The Bulls roster now stands at 12.

Last season, his first with the Bulls, the 6-9 forward averaged 1.1 points and .4 rebounds in 18 games. Over the course of his 10-year career, which includes four- and five-year stints in New Jersey and Boston, Scalabrine has averaged 3.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.

He was not a regular member of the Bulls rotation last season, but Scalabrine is the player whos most familiar with coach Tom Thibodeaus defensive system, having run it his last three years in Boston when Thibodeau was an associate head coach.

Scalabrine was considered an asset in training camp last year and was praised by Thibodeau for helping the rest of the team with the adjustment to his schemes.

He also was a favorite with fans, often drawing cheers from the United Center crowd during the Bulls blowout victories.

Scalabrine is well-liked for his humor and presence in the locker room.

With the departure of forward Kurt Thomas (6'9''-F-72, college: TCU), who signed with the Trail Blazers, Scalabrine could fit into an emergency role with the Bulls.

Injuries to Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer last season forced Thomas into a significant role. Those minutes could fall to Scalabrine if injuries again hit the Bulls front line.

Scalabrine has played on four teams that have advanced to the NBA Finals and won the 2008 title with Boston. He did not appear in any of the Bulls 16 playoff games last season.

During the lockout, Scalabrine played seven games with Benetton Treviso in Italy and averaged 11.6 points and five rebounds.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Center Marc Gasol, Grizzlies agree to four-year deal - by Eurobasket News
It was gigantic news delivered on Twitter directly from the big fella at about 7:30 p.m. Monday: Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances), the Grizzlies center floating in restricted free agency, announced that he had reached an agreement to rejoin the team.

Just like during last seasons playoff run, Memphis could believe.

Gasol, 26, accepted a four-year deal worth $57.7 million the maximum the Grizzlies could offer. Hell be paid a starting salary of $12.9 million with a 7.5 percent raise in each year of the deal. The contract is conventional, meaning there are no player or team options.

Im proud to say that we have reached a tentative agreement with my team @memgrizz, Gasol wrote on Twitter. Cant wait to get on the court with all my teammates!

The 7-footer missed the Grizzlies first four days of training camp but is expected in town today for a physical and news conference. He should be available to participate in practice by Wednesday.

Memphis initially offered Gasol a five-year pact; Gasol preferred to sign for four seasons.

Were happy with four years, Griz owner Michael Heisley said. He got a better deal than he could anywhere else. I was never worried. It was just negotiations. It was an amicable discussion. We never battled.

Griz officials were always confident about Gasols return. Other teams could pay Gasol only a maximum of $55 million over four years with 4.5 percent pay increases.

Heisley said, even before the start of free agency, that the Griz would match any offer sheet Gasol received.

There was speculation that the Houston Rockets would make Gasol an offer. But Gasol never signed an offer sheet with any other team. There is no indication that the Rockets even presented one despite reports they would.

I dont think there was ever any Houston deal, Heisley said.

Gasols options were limited.

If he didnt want to return to Memphis, he had to accept a $4.5 million qualifying offer and play this season with the Grizzlies. Gasol couldnt be traded in that scenario, but he would have become an unrestricted free agent next summer, with the Griz unable to match offers.

Gasol would have risked injury and financial security, but he could have left without the Griz receiving compensation. That was always an unlikely proposition.

Gasol is coming off an impressive playoff run in which he averaged 15 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. He has long been identified as an integral member of the teams core.

We are pleased to have reached a tentative agreement with Marc Gasol, one of the cornerstones of the Grizzlies franchise, Griz general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement. Marc has been a Memphis basketball player ever since his high school days at Lausanne and were excited for him to continue to his blossoming career with the Grizzlies.

Meanwhile, Heisley attended practice Monday morning for the first time since training camp began last week and was faced with questions about O.J. Mayos career.

The Griz are mulling a trade offer from the Indiana Pacers, who want to acquire Mayo in a sign-and-trade deal for power forward/center Josh McRoberts. Indiana also wants to send Brandon Rush and his $3 million salary in the deal.

Memphis has no interest in Rush.

O.J. is on the team, Heisley said. Right now, we do not have any active effort going to trade O.J. Mayo.

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Vince Carter signs with Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks are still waiting for their new players to get on the court.

Free agent Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) was a spectator at the Mavericks' practice for the second day in a row Monday before the eight-time NBA All-Star finally signed his expected contract. Lamar Odom, the 6-foot-10 forward acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers, wasn't there yet.

Less than two weeks before the NBA champion Mavericks play their season opener with a Christmas Day rematch against the Miami Heat, coach Rick Carlisle still hasn't had a full team for practice.

'It's important, but logistics are logistics. We've got to submit ourselves to what the rules are. If you trade for a guy, you can't just Star Trek beam him here for practice,' Carlisle said. 'We will engage these guys as quickly and as effectively as we can. Before you know it, we'll be another week into this and they'll be right in the middle of it.'

Carlisle expects Carter and Odom to both take part in the team's media day activities Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Carter had to clear waivers after playing for Phoenix last season. The Mavericks announced Monday night that Carter had signed a contract that reunites him with Jason Kidd, his teammate for three seasons in New Jersey.

Dallas didn't provide details of Carter's deal, but it is expected to be a mid-level exception of $3 million for this season.

Carter has 20,250 career points, eighth among active players and 35th on the NBA career loss. He was originally the fifth overall selection in the 1998 draft by Toronto, and has played 925 career games for the Raptors, New Jersey, Orlando and Phoenix.

Carter also attended practice in Dallas on Sunday, when the team confirmed they had acquired Odom, last season's Sixth Man of the Year, without losing a player in return.

'We love the deal. It's a very positive deal for us because we're talking about a player as diversified skill-wise as anybody in the league right now, particularly given his size,' Carlisle said. 'He's always been a really difficult matchup for us, was a key part of their team and we really feel like he'll fit in well here.'

The Lakers get an $8.9 million trade exception for the 32-year-old Odom, who is going into the third year of a four-year deal. He has averaged 14.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in 829 games over 12 NBA seasons, four with the Clippers, one in Miami and the last seven with the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant certainly wasn't happy, especially Odom being sent so cheaply to the Mavericks, who swept the Lakers in last season's playoffs.

Mavericks center Brendan Haywood shrugged off Bryant's reaction.

'My reaction is we're very happy to get Lamar,' Carlisle said.

Veteran forward Brian Cardinal joined the team for practice Monday after re-signing with Dallas. He will get the veteran minimum of just over $1.3 million. Cardinal joined the Mavericks last year as a free agent, when the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 10.8 minutes in 56 games.

He has played 412 games over 11 seasons with Detroit, Washington, Golden State, Memphis, Minnesota and Dallas.

'I'm excited to be back, I'm exciting to be with these guys and this group,' Cardinal said. 'I missed a few days, but it's excited to be back with these guys and be out there on the court.'

Odom helps Dallas recover from the departure of center Tyson Chandler, who went to the New York Knicks in a sign-and-trade deal that opened an exception to get Odom.

But the Mavericks expect him to be more than just a replacement for Chandler.

'He's a guy that's 6-10 that can do everything on the floor, extremely athletic and skilled,' Haywood said. 'He can play the 3, 4, 5, 2, he can even play the point and initiate the offense. So I think Lamar definitely helps this team out a lot.'

Odom joins what could be one of the NBA's best frontcourts when he's paired with NBA Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion.

'He can play every position on the floor in my opinion, so look he's going to have a lot of things to learn our perimeter positions and our big positions,' Carlisle said. 'But he'll do it and he won't have a problem with it, because he's just got that good a feel for the game.

'We believe that there are a lot of possibilities with Lamar,' he said. 'He can score, pass, make plays, defend, rebound, all those things are really healthy for diversity of your team. Without him being here and having a chance to do things on the floor, I can't give you exact answers, but I'm excited about the possibilities.'

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


Celtics re-sign Sasha Pavlovic - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics continue to add depth to their roster by signing swingman Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83), who spent a brief time with the club last season. Pavlovic averaged 1.8 points in 17 games with the Celtics but did not play as aggressively as the club would have preferred.

Pavlovic adds to the Celtics' small forward depth but he likely won't compete for major minutes if he makes the team.

Meanwhile, agent Mark Bartelstein told the Globe that rookie E'Twaun Moore is expected to practice today for the first time after being held out the first three days. Moore was apparently involved in a potential deal for David West, who signed yesterday with the Indiana Pacers.

Bartelstein also said he will gauge the Celtics' interest in former Celtic James Posey, who was released by the Pacers through their amnesty clause. Posey was a member of the 2008 Celtics' title team but has not produced at the same level since signing with the New Orleans Hornets after that season.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Raptors sign Anthony Carter - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent guard Anthony Carter (6'2''-PG-75, college: Hawaii).

Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Carter split last season between Denver and New York, averaging 3.3 points with 2.1 assists in a combined 33 games. He has averaged 4.9 points and 3.9 assists in 599 career NBA games, 181 of which have been starts.

The 36-year-old veteran has also played for Miami, San Antonio and Minnesota in addition to his stops in Denver and New York. His best season came with the Nuggets in 2007-08 when he started 67 games and averaged 7.8 points with 5.5 assists.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Celtics acquire Brandon Bass from Magic for Glen Davis and Von Wafer - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics acquired forward Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) from the Orlando Magic on Monday in exchange for forward Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) and guard Von Wafer (6'5''-G-85, agency: VVG Sports, college: Florida St.).

The 6-foot-8 Bass averaged career-highs of 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds in 76 games last season for the Magic.

Davis posted similar numbers (11.7 points, 5.5 rebounds) in 78 games for Boston in 2010-11, while Wafer averaged 3.2 points.

The Celtics also signed swingman Sasha Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) and inked 2011 draft picks JaJuan Johnson (6'10''-F/C-89, college: Purdue) and E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue)..

Pavlovic appeared in 17 games for Boston last season after playing a combined 14 games with Dallas and New Orleans earlier in the year.

In 483 career games, he has averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 rebounds.

Johnson, a forward, and Moore, a guard, both starred at Purdue.

The 6-foot-10 Johnson was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after averaging 20.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game in 2010-11.

The 27th overall pick, Johnson was acquired in a draft night trade from New Jersey in exchange for the draft rights to Marshon Brooks.

Selected by Boston in the second round (55th overall), Moore averaged 18 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game last season.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Defending NBA champs Dallas Mavericks re-sign free agent forward Brian Cardinal - by Eurobasket News
The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed veteran forward Brian Cardinal (6'8''-F-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue).

The defending NBA champions announced the move Monday. Terms of the deal werent released, but Cardinal will likely get the veteran minimum of just over $1.3 million.

Cardinal joined the Mavericks last as a free agent, when the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 10.8 minutes in 56 games.

He has played 412 games over 11 seasons with Detroit, Washington, Golden State, Memphis, Minnesota and Dallas.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Los Angeles Clippers claim Chauncey Billups off waivers - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers did manage to acquire a point guard even after the collapse of their trade for Chris Paul by unexpectedly claiming Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado) off waivers.

The league's 30 teams were notified shortly after 6 p.m. ET on Monday that the Clippers had lodged the winning waiver bid for Billups, who was released Friday by the New York Knicks through the amnesty clause in the NBA's new labor agreement.

One source with knowledge of the deal told ESPN.com that the Clippers' winning bid to land Billups in the waiver auction was just over $2 million, meaning that the Knicks will still have to pay out the remaining balance of nearly $12 million from Billups' $14.2 million salary this season.

Had no team claimed him, Billups would have become an unrestricted free agent, sure to attract the interest of contenders such as the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN.com reported earlier Monday that Dwight Howard also planned to lobby Billups to come to Orlando if he decided to stay with the Magic.

But the Clippers ignored the recent threats by Billups and agent Andy Miller that the 35-year-old would retire if he was claimed by a team he didn't want to join, giving their roster a veteran boost along with the recent signing of Caron Butler to a three-year deal worth $24 million.

'Chauncey is a warrior. He's a player. This is a similar situation -- we had this in the best year we had here -- with Sam Cassell. He got traded away from a place he was really comfortable in,' Clippers general manager Neil Olshey said. 'All we said was, 'Come in with an open mind. Give us a chance. Look at our culture, look at who we were.' The next year Sam becomes the Messiah, got us to the second round of the playoffs, signed a two-year deal for $14 million dollars and finished his career. It's not unlike that.

'There's going to be some work to do. I think Chauncey would've liked to control the process, but unfortunately we have to do what's best for our team. I think once he gets here and sees the resources we have, meets the guys and sees what kind of team we have, hopefully we can do the same thing with him as we were able to do with Sam and Marcus Camby.'

Olshey, in a sitdown with local reporters shortly before the Billups news became public, explained that L.A. intended to use its remaining salary-cap space before matching the Golden State Warriors' four-year, $43 million offer sheet to restricted free agent DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers then went out and did exactly what Olshey hinted at, claiming Billups and then matching the offer to Jordan. NBA rules dictate that the Clippers can't trade Billups this season after claiming him, so he can only play for L.A. if he plays in the NBA season unless he is released.

'There are some sequential transactions that have to happen first,' Olshey said when asked whether the team would match Jordan's offer sheet. 'We've still got $3.5 million in cap room and before we give up that flexibility we have to exhaust every opportunity that we have to use the remaining cap room we have.

'But I would expect DeAndre to be here smiling and being goofy and doing skits with Blake at some point at media day (Tuesday).'

The Charlotte Bobcats and New Jersey Nets were among the teams that flirted with making bids, along with the Clippers, despite Billups' threats of retirement if he was not allowed to pass through waivers and become an unrestricted free agent.

'If I get claimed by a team I don't want to play for, I would absolutely consider retirement,' Billups said Saturday to ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor. 'The game's been really good to me and I don't want anyone to feel bad for me. I've made a lot of money and I've saved most of it. I don't need the money now. I want to be able to play for something, a championship, and I want to be able to have my own destiny in my hands. If I don't, then retiring might have to be a decision I make.'

The Knicks released Billups on Friday through the amnesty clause, needing to shed his $14.2 million expiring salary from the books to have sufficient salary-cap space to complete the sign-and-trade acquisition of Tyson Chandler. The reality is that a failure to join his new team, once claimed, would have jeopardized Billups' ability to collect the $14.2 million, which he remains entitled to from the Knicks even after they let him go.

'This is a different vehicle to acquire a player,' Olshey said. 'We're the first ones to do it (winning an amnesty auction) and I think there's a little uncertainty with everybody on how the process is going to work. All I know is this is another great addition to our roster. He's a perfect complement to how we play, he's a classy guy who's a veteran and a leader. He shoots the ball, he's won championships. He's going to be a great fit with our guys.'

Miller said his client raised the possibility of retirement after news broke that the Knicks were close to an agreement with Chandler. Billups also didn't want to leave Denver last February when he was shipped to New York in the Carmelo Anthony trade.

'Chauncey's pissed off, but he's not pissed at the Knicks,' Miller said. 'He understands it's a business and they have to do what they have to do.

'But he's in a very frustrated state of mind because this has happened to him twice now. The way the league is structured, if you're a hot name and teams have interest in you, you have the ability to manufacture mass hysteria, and guys like Chauncey who put in years of high-level leadership, production, and service get lost.'

Miller said numerous teams have expressed interest in Billups but that the five-time All-Star, as of the weekend, had not yet begun to sift through the options.

'It would be a complete waste of time right now,' Miller said, 'because it's been a very trying time for Chauncey.

'He enjoyed the city life in New York and had no gripes about his time there. But if he's picked up in a situation he doesn't want, maybe he retires, or he retires for one year, I don't know. If he can't choose his destiny and he's only there for 66 games, I think he'd much rather stay at home until the season is over.'

Said Heat forward Chris Bosh about how much Miami wanted the 2004 NBA Finals MVP: 'Yes, I would like to see Chauncey. Any player with his talent, leadership, his capability on the court. He's Mr. Big Shot. He has that name for a reason.

'I remember watching him with the Pistons back when they won it all. I think he fits here. With that said, we can't get too ahead of ourselves. We have to move on with what we have, and if that happens, that would be great. If it doesn't, we still expect to be a good team.'

Courtesy of ESPN


Clippers match Warriors offer and re-sign DeAndre Jordan - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers today re-signed restricted free agent center DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88, college: Texas A&M). The Clippers matched an offer sheet presented to Jordan by the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Dec. 11. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced. It had been reported to be a four-year deal worth $43 million.

Under current NBA rules, the Clippers had three days to match the Warriors offer sheet to the Texas native, or Jordan would have become a member of the Warriors.

Originally drafted by the Clippers with the 35th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, Jordan, 23, is entering his third NBA season after enjoying a breakout 2010-11 with Los Angeles. The 6-foot-11 center appeared in a career-high 80 games last season, making 66 starts and averaging 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.78 blocks in 25.6 minutes.

Jordan finished third in the NBA with 158 dunks and shot a team-high 68.6 percent (234-of-341 FG) from the field, the highest field goal percentage of any player in the NBA with over 300 field goal attempts.

In his career, the Texas A&M product has appeared in 203 games and averaged 5.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Mavs, Delonte West agree to 1-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have filled out their 15-man roster by agreeing to a one-year deal with guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's), a source said.

West, 28, has started 225 games for four teams during his seven-year NBA career and can play either guard position. He was limited to 24 games for the Boston Celtics last season because of a wrist injury.

West, a full-time starter for a 66-win Cleveland team a few seasons ago, will play for the veterans minimum. He joins eight-time All-Star swingman Vince Carter and 2007 eighth overall pick forward/center Brandan Wright as players to sign with Dallas since the NBA lockout was lifted. Dallas also traded for reigning Sixth Man of the Year forward Lamar Odom from the Lakers and made a draft-day deal with the Trail Blazers for swingman Rudy Fernandez.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound West, who could become Jason Kidds primary backup, has career averages of 9.7 points and 3.6 assists per game. He also has a reputation as a tenacious defender.

Courtesy of ESPN


Kobe unhappy over Odom departure - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) is scratching his head after news that the club was shipping Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) to Western Conference rivals - and NBA champions - Dallas.

'To be honest with you, I don't like it,' Bryant said at the team's training camp on Sunday. 'It's tough to lose Lamar.

'Pau (Gasol) is still here, and we're all thankful for that. It's hard when you've been through so many battles with players to just see them go somewhere else. It's tough.'

Odom and Gasol had been named as players headed out of Los Angeles in a proposed trade that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers.

That deal, however, was quashed by the NBA.

The Lakers and Mavericks announced the deal late on Sunday, after Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and star Dirk Nowitzki said they were excited to welcome Odom.

He averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists in winning the sixth-man award as the league's top reserve last season - all while starring in a reality television series with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, that some feared would be a distraction to his team.

'He played lights-out,' Bryant said. 'He had his best season last year, clearly wasn't a distraction, played his butt off. I don't get where that comes from.'

Odom didn't attend training on Sunday but Spain's Gasol did.

'I understand this is a business, and it's become more of a business than a sport nowadays,' Gasol said.

'It hasn't been extremely easy to be calm and quiet and not think about the different possibilities. But I'm still here, and I'm thankful for that.'

Courtesy of www.theage.com.au


Pacers get O.J. Mayo in sign-and-trade with Grizzlies; McRoberts, Rush to Memphis - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Pacers have acquired O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) in a trade with the Grizzlies, sending Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) and Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) to Memphis in a sign-and-trade, Hoopsworld reports.

The Pacers tried to get Mayo at the trade deadline last February, but New Orleans made an 11th-hour decision to back out of the three-team deal, the site notes.

Indiana, operating with plenty of cap space, also signed David West this weekend, as it looks to move up the Eastern Conference hierarchy.

Meanwhile, Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) has told the Orlando Magic - twice since Monday - that he wants to be traded, GM Otis Smith said Saturday, adding that the team still intends on doing what it takes to retain him.

We wouldnt be who we are if we dont take a look around all 29 teams and try to make the best deal for the Orlando Magic, Smith told the Orlando Sentinel.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Dwight Howard's double talk doesn't lift spirits of NJ Nets - by Eurobasket News
The Nets training camp has played out like a trip to the DMV: still waiting.

The game of limbo continued Monday as Avery Johnson marched out his group of indefinites, minus a power forward, a small forward and any real semblance of a final NBA roster. Unfortunately for the Nets, the vibe out of Orlando on Monday suggested there wont be a quick ending to the Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) saga.

Its like Melo-Drama the sequel: Dwightmare.

I love this city, there is no place Id rather be but Orlando. I just want to make sure we have the right things here so we can win a championship, Howard said in Orlando, flip-flopping his position two days after making public trade demands.

Its unclear if Howards turnaround is genuine or a contrived public relations move, but it coincided with a meeting Monday in which Orlando CEO Alex Martins tried to convince the three-time Defensive Player of the Year to stay. According to Howard, the root of his discontent in Orlando is GM Otis Smith not listening to his recommendations regarding player acquisitions.

The Magic have inked Glen Davis and re-signed Jason Richardson in an attempt to appease Howard, but their desire to land Chauncey Billups was stymied when the point guard was claimed off amnesty waivers by the Clippers.

Im an optimist, Martins said. I am confident that we can work with Dwight and convince him to stay here long-term.

Meanwhile, the Nets havent brought any free agents into camp other than those called up from the D-League. According to a source, they reached an agreement with forward Shelden Williams for the league minimum but have yet to make an official announcement.

Their top free agent target, Nene Hilario, is reportedly waiting out the Howard/Chris Paul circus like many players and teams throughout the league. According to a league source, the Nets raised their offer for Nene last week after losing out on Tyson Chandler and are confident they will land the Brazilian center.

The Nuggets havent given up on re-signing Nene and can offer him more money and years than the Nets. Its unclear if signing Nene would mean the Nets are out of the Howard sweepstakes, but it would kill their cap space maneuverability an asset the Nets could use in a trade.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Pistons officially waive Hamilton - by Eurobasket News
Its official -- Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) is no longer a Detroit Piston and will join the Chicago Bulls shortly.

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars announced today that the team waived Hamilton as part of a buyout of the last two years of his contract. The move should save the team $4 million in salary-cap space this season and $4 million more next season. Hamilton was due to make $19 million over the next two years.

We thank Richard Hamilton for his time here with the Pistons organization, Dumars said in a released statement. Rip was a champion with us and a big part of our success over the last nine years. We wish him all the best in the future.

That future lies with the Bulls, who are expected to sign him to a two-year, $10-million deal.

Hamilton is one of six players in franchise history to reach the 11,000-point mark. In 631 games as a Piston, he averaged 18.4 points.

He helped the Pistons win the 2004 NBA championship but had fallen out of favor with many fans in recent years. The amnesty process would have allowed them to clear the salary completely off the salary cap (although Hamilton still would have received his money).

Courtesy of www.freep.com


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Halifax's Justin Johnson is NBL Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Chalk up another NBL Canada Player of the Week for the Halifax Rainmen. Rainmen guard, Justin Johnson (6'6''-G-86, college: Iowa) has earned this week's Player of the Week after two solid performances last week. The 6'6' guard out of Tyler, Texas helped the Halifax Rainmen put together a few wins including their first road win of the season against the Summerside Storm. Johnson nailed the game-winning basket in the 97-96 win over the Storm. The Rainmen are now 6-4 on the season.

Johnson, known as an impressive three-point shooter, is 6th in the league for 3-pointers made/game. Johnson averages 12.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 2.5 apg this season.

Justin Johnson - Last Week's Performances:
12/8 @ SUMM - 15 pts, 9 reb, 2 ast
12/10 vs QUE - 15 pts, 4 reb, 3 ast

Upcoming for the Rainmen: @ Summerside (12/15), vs Oshawa (12/18)

Courtesy of www.hiphoopjunkies.com


Mill Rats come up just short against Kebs - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats went down in yet another home-court heartbreaker, losing to the Quebec Kebs 91-89 in National Basketball League of Canada action at Harbour Station Sunday afternoon in front of 1,853 fans.

With the score 89-86, Mill Rats forward Steve DeLuca's three-point attempt rattled in out of the rim with just seconds left on the clock. With the hometown squad in desperation mode, Kebs guard Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) was fouled and made good on his ensuing free throws. A late three from Saint John's Greg Plummer turned out to be too little too late.

Going into the fourth quarter down 74-63, the Mill Rats stormed back in the dying minutes of the final period to knot the game 81-81, thanks to the hot hand of PJ Young who poured in 10 points in the quarter.

With Saint John down by just one, 87-86, Mill Rats centre Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) had his pass intercepted. Kebs forward Yannick Anzuluni got fouled on the ensuing play and was perfect on the charity stripe. From there the visitors didn't look back.

With the loss the Mill Rats drop to .500 with a record of 6-6, while the Kebs improve to 9-5.

For Young, who had his best game of the year, he was frustrated his efforts didn't translate into a win.

'It's tough to take, we didn't have a great start,' said Young. 'We came out a bit slow. But we have some new players and we're still trying to gel so we just have to learn to be more focused all the time.'

The Mill Rats once again got off to a slow start and had to dig themselves out of a hole. Newcomer Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) shouldered most of the scoring load pouring in 11 points in the first quarter. He ended up with a game-high 19 points, including two put-back slams. Holmes also had 19 points to lead Quebec.

The Port City squad struggled early on to find a rhythm and contain a quick and athletic Quebec squad. The Mill Rats ended the first quarter trailing 30-21.

Sparked by timely threes from Plummer and Anthony Anderson, the Mill Rats erased a double-digit deficit in the second quarter and took a 40-38 lead with four minutes left in the second. From there the score went back and forth with the game knotted 43-43 at the half.

But the visitors took advantage of a flat Saint John squad in the third and went on a 7-0 run to start the period. A three from Holmes gave the visitors an 11-point lead at the midpoint of the quarter, which they maintained, ending the stanza with a 74-63 lead.

Like Young, Mill Rats head coach Jaren Jackson attributed the loss to growing pains. With so much new talent he said the team needs a little time to go on a run. But he was impressed by his squad's secondary scoring.

'It's a tough loss,' said Jackson. 'I wish we would have won it for Modibo (Diarra) and the guys off the bench. They played really hard at both ends of the floor.'

The Mill Rats will play their next game against the Moncton Miracles (0-10) at the Moncton Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


Calvin Cage joins Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket Center
Saint John Mill Rats (NBL Canada) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Calvin Cage (183-G-83kg-84, college: Buffalo). In his first game he scored 5 points. However his new team lost to Quebec K. 89-91. Cage played most recently at Bucaros de Bucaramanga (Colombia). He helped them to win the championship title. Cage is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, Cyprus, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Philippines and Saudi Arabia. Cage graduated The University of Buffalo in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 11-3 
 2. Quebec K. 9-5 
 3. Halifax R. 6-4 
 4. St.John M.R. 6-6 
 5. Oshawa P. 6-8 
 6. Summerside S. 5-7 
 7. Moncton M. 0-10 


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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 


Top 25 - Men
PL Standings
 1. Lehigh 0-0 (9-3) 
 2. American 0-0 (8-3) 
 3. Bucknell 0-0 (6-4) 
 4. Colgate 0-0 (4-5) 
 5. Holy Cross 0-0 (4-6) 
 6. Lafayette 0-0 (4-6) 
 7. Army 0-0 (3-7) 
 8. Navy 0-0 (3-8) 


Mbakwe pleads guilty to violating court order - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota star forward Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89) has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating a harassment restraining order.

He was on crutches Monday as he appeared before Ramsey County District Judge Judith Tilsen. Hes out for the season after injuring his right knee last month.

Mbakwe admitted sending a Facebook message to an ex-girlfriend last January. His attorney, Laura Nolen, says he thought the order expired after one year, but it actually was for two years.

He was sentenced to the one day he has served in jail, one year probation and fined $300. His attorney will seek to get the charge dismissed after his probation ends providing he stays law-abiding, has no contact with the woman and takes a domestic abuse course.

Courtesy of http://wjon.com


Ohio prosecutor mulls charges for in-game fight - by Eurobasket News
An Ohio prosecutor said Monday he will consider criminal charges in the aftermath of a players brawl at the end of the Cincinnati-Xavier men's basketball game, as stunned fans and university officials pondered the tarnishing blow delivered to one of the city's most eagerly anticipated annual events.

Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement that his office would determine whether any criminal charges were appropriate. He declined further comment.

Deters, a University of Cincinnati alumnus, didn't specify what charges would be considered, but possible charges could include assault and battery or disorderly conduct. A spokeswoman said he hadn't set a timetable for a decision

'Anything we're asked to do, we will comply with,' UC coach Mick Cronin said Monday. 'Whatever they feel they need to do, we understand.'

A Xavier spokeswoman said it would be premature to comment on Deters' investigation.

Cincinnati's Yancy Gates received the longest suspension, six games. Gates punched Xavier's Kenny Frease, causing a gash that left him bleeding below his left eye, and hit at least one other Xavier player during the fracas.

Frease also was kicked as the two teams converged on each other. X-rays of Frease after the game were normal.

Xavier guard Tu Holloway, who acknowledged making comments directed at UC's team right before the brawl, caused a stir by later describing his team's toughness as 'a whole bunch of gangsters.' Holloway, suspended for one game, said Sunday he regretted using the term 'gangsters.'

Criminal prosecutions from player confrontations during sports events are rare. A handful of National Hockey League players have been charged with assault over the years. Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to assault after he, while playing for Vancouver in 2004, sucker-punched Colorado center Steve Moore on the ice. No one was charged after a 2010 baseball brawl in Cincinnati in which St. Louis Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue suffered a concussion after being kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.

Officials and coaches for both universities have offered apologies and expressed embarrassment. Each team also suspended four players.

Xavier, ranked No. 8, won the game on its home court, 76-53, but the focus after the 'Crosstown Shootout' was on the brawl, which was televised live on ESPN and has been reshown a myriad of times on TV and online.

Gates, a native of Cincinnati, lamented that some people around the country are getting their introduction to the Bearcats through the brawl video.

'That's embarrassing,' Gates said in a Monday news conference in which he apologized and became tearful. 'It's just a bad situation.'

'It's literally and figuratively a black eye,' said Raymond Buse, a veteran publicist here. 'I was in disbelief that this was happening in Cincinnati. Typically, this is great spirited, one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball.

'Now the national public just sees our 15 seconds of infamy.'

UC's basketball program had past image issues with off-court incidents involving players and the 2004 drunken-driving arrest of coach Bob Huggins that culminated in Huggins' ouster. Xavier has largely avoided negative publicity while building its basketball program into a national power.

'We are not the only ones something like this has happened to, but it was definitely a new experience for Xavier,' said Paul Ruppe, a 1992 Xavier graduate who gathered with some 60 other alumni in Chicago to watch the game on TV. 'For the image we try to maintain and uphold, it was disappointing, let's put it that way.'

He is not alone.

'It doesn't make Xavier look very good, and it doesn't make UC look very good. It's kind of ridiculous, honestly,' said Brandon Henson, a Bearcat fan. 'I guess Xavier fans used to say UC recruits these kinds of players; guess what, Xavier does, too.'

UC president Gregory Williams said in a statement: 'We hold our student-athletes to a high standard and this behavior will not be tolerated.'

Xavier said that the 'unsportsmanlike events' Saturday don't reflect the Jesuit Catholic school's value and traditions, and it pledged to work to 'make things right.' The statement said University president Michael Graham has been in touch with Williams to discuss how the schools can work together to promote cooperation and sportsmanship.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


San Diego St. leaving MWC for Big West in '13-14 - by Eurobasket News
San Diego State will join the Big West Conference in 14 sports, including basketball, starting in the 2013-14 academic year.

Monday's announcement came five days after SDSU announced its football team was moving from the Mountain West to the Big East beginning with the 2013 season.

School officials said their teams will gain TV exposure and decrease travel by competing in the Big West, which includes Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara. The Big West has TV contracts with ESPN and Fox Sports.

Men's basketball coach Steve Fisher and baseball coach Tony Gwynn praised the move.

'With the ability to now play home games and have ESPN be at the forefront, that will get people to come in and will get kids to watch,' said Fisher, who last year led the Aztecs to a record-setting season in which they went 34-3 and reached the NCAA tournament regional semifinals. 'That's how you recruit.'

San Diego State last played a home game on ESPN in 2005.

With 14 conference games in the Big West, the Aztecs will have 16 non-conference games to fill. San Diego State will play four games against Big East opponents each season starting in 2013, and the Aztecs have discussed a home-and-home series with Connecticut.

'It will enhance our ability to schedule, and we'll have to make sure we schedule intelligently,' Fisher said.

The move to the Big West could hurt San Diego State in terms of RPI. The Mountain West was fourth in RPI while the Big West was 24th Monday.

Big West Commissioner Dennis Farrell said several schools are building their programs with new coaches and athletic directors, and the league's goal is to have multiple bids to the NCAA tournament.

Gwynn said the move to the Big West will strengthen the Aztecs' schedule and help with recruiting. The Aztecs will regularly face such national baseball powers as Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine.

'In the long run, it makes a lot of sense,' Gwynn said.

San Diego State will bring all of its sports to the Big West except football, women's crew, women's lacrosse, women's swimming and diving, and women's indoor track and field. Most of the sports will begin competing in 2013-14 in the Big West, while water polo will begin competition in spring 2013 and men's soccer will begin competing in fall 2015.

San Diego State also considered the Western Athletic Conference.

'The Big West is a great fit for us geographically, academically and athletically,' athletic director Jim Sterk said. 'Most of our teams and sports already compete against Big West teams in non-conference schedules. There are natural rivalries that will only get more intense.'

Farrell said San Diego State will elevate the conference's national profile.

Other members of the Big West are Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Pacific, UC Davis and UC Riverside. Hawaii will join in 2012.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Eight players suspended after Cincinnati/Xavier brawl - by Eurobasket News
Cincinnati forward Yancy Gates (6'9''-F-89) was suspended six games Sunday for throwing punches at No. 8 Xavier players, and seven others were disciplined for their roles in a brawl that ended the annual rivalry game.

Four Bearcats and four Musketeers were suspended in all. Three Cincinnati players got six-game suspensions, the longest of those handed out.

Gates punched Xavier's Kenny Frease (7'0''-C-89) in the face, causing a gash below his left eye, and hit at least one other Musketeer during the fracas Saturday, which prompted the referees to call Xavier's 76-53 win with 9.4 seconds left.

The Bearcats also gave Cheikh Mbodj and Octavius Ellis six-game suspensions. Ge'Lawn Guyn was suspended for one game. Xavier suspended point guard Tu Holloway (6'0''-G-89) for one game, guard Mark Lyons (6'1''-G-89) for two and Dezmine Wells (6'4''-G/F-92) and Landen Amos (6'3''-G) for four each.

The game unraveled in the closing seconds when Holloway approached the Cincinnati bench. Cincinnati's Sean Kilpatrick had said leading up to the game that Holloway wasn't good enough to start for the Bearcats.

Holloway wanted the last word and started talking to coaches and players on the Cincinnati bench with the clock stopped at 9.4 seconds. Guyn was standing by Holloway and pushed him in the face. Wells responded by pushing down Guyn. Gates was holding the ball and threw it at Holloway's head, prompting both benches to clear.

At a news conference yesterday, Holloway took responsibility for instigating it.

'Coach (Chris) Mack always reminds me, 'You're a leader of this team. The young guys are going to do what you're going to do,' ' Holloway said. 'If I would've never talked to (the Cincinnati) bench or if I wouldn't have said anything to their players, maybe Dezmine Wells wouldn't be suspended four games.'

The suspensions will affect only one Big East game: the Bearcats' league opener Jan. 1 at No. 15 Pitt.

'We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner and send the message that we will not tolerate this from those who have the privilege of representing the University of Cincinnati,' athletic director Whit Babcock said.

Gates is Cincinnati's top frontcourt player. He'll miss games against Wright State, Radford, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Chicago State, Oklahoma and Pitt.

Xavier (8-0) handed out penalties that extend through the Musketeers' appearance at the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii over Christmas. They are off this week for finals and resume Sunday vs. Oral Roberts. The subsequent three games are in Hawaii.

Holloway and Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski said they regret the point guard's use of the word 'gangsters' to describe the Musketeers' toughness in a postgame news conference.

The rivalry has taken on a hard edge over the years, with trash talking, occasional shoving and technical fouls the norm. The first all-out brawl raised questions about whether it should continue.

'Should we not play the game anymore?' Bobinski said. 'I think that's a bad idea ... but I only believe that if we can change the dynamic of the game.'

Courtesy of www.pittsburghlive.com


Syracuse moves to No. 1 in AP Top 25 - by Eurobasket News
Jim Boeheim has been coaching for 35 years and one thing he has learned is that players are able to focus on basketball even when there is a whirlwind around them.

The Syracuse program has been in the headlines since former assistant coach Bernie Fine was alleged to have molested two former ball boys. Quietly, the Orange have found a way to the top of The Associated Press' Top 25.

'Young kids constantly have different things going in their lives, school, relationships, how they are playing, a million things go through their minds,' Boeheim said Monday. 'They have the ability to focus on things they have to do and they get it done. It's a great thing about kids, that older people tend to get caught up or get unfocused, get caught up more in outside influences and can't separate them. Kids aren't like that. They focus on what they control and go forward. It's a good thing about being young.'

The Orange (10-0) jumped from third to No. 1 following losses this weekend by Kentucky and Ohio State. They received 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

It's the fourth time they've topped the poll and the first time since a one-week appearance late in 2009-10. Syracuse was No. 1 in the 1987-88 preseason poll and for six weeks in 1989-90.

It's something that means a lot to a program.

'We're proud to be No. 1 in the country,' Boeheim said. 'It's an honor but obviously in today's world you could only be there until your next game if you're not careful. There's so much balance out there. I think it's still a big honor for our players to get to that spot and we have played well. We have to play better but that's OK because it's a great challenge and we're looking forward it.'

The Orange's big win this season was over then-No. 10 Florida, but they have been impressive in the others, especially on the defensive end behind Boeheim's famous 2-3 zone.

'I think one thing is we have balance offensively and defensively,' Boeheim said. 'We have really good balance. I think that's important to have a great team. We have the balance individually and as a team and that's what's really good about this team and hopefully we'll get better but I'm sure all coaches think that right now.'

Ohio State (8-1), which didn't have star center Jared Sullinger in the loss to Kansas, stayed second, while Kentucky (8-1) dropped from first to third following the buzzer-beating loss to Indiana.

The Hoosiers, one of four newcomers this week, moved in at 18th, their first appearance since 2007-08.

'These players have certainly earned it,' Indiana coach Tom Crean said. 'We have to continue to stay locked in to our own goals and understand we still have an opportunity to get better. We have to continue to prepare with the same mindset and focus that we have shown thus far this season.'

Ohio State, which hasn't had Sullinger for two games because of back spasms, received seven first-place votes, three more than Kentucky.

Louisville, which had two No. 1 votes, and North Carolina, which had one, switched places from last week at fourth and fifth.

Baylor, Duke, Xavier, Connecticut and Missouri rounded out the top 10.

Marquette was 11th followed by Kansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan.

The last of the ranked teams were Michigan State, Texas A&M, Alabama, Murray State and Creighton and Vanderbilt, who were tied for 25th.

Christian Watford's 3 at the buzzer moved Indiana (9-0) into the poll for the first time since Tom Crean took over as coach following Kelvin Sampson's dismissal after the 2007-08 season.

The other newcomers this week were No. 21 Michigan State (8-2), No. 24 Murray State (10-0) and No. 25 Vanderbilt.

Michigan State is in for the first time this season. The Spartans have won eight straight including a win over Gonzaga last week since opening the season with losses to North Carolina and Duke.

Murray State joined the rankings for the first time since the final poll of 1997-98. The Racers beat Memphis on the road last week.

Vanderbilt is back in the rankings after one week out. The Commodores, who were No. 7 in the preseason poll, welcomed back center Festus Ezeli, who missed the first six games of the season after being suspended by the university for accepting meals and a hotel room from a booster and two more because of a right knee injury, in a win over Davidson last week.

Memphis (5-3) was 11th in the preseason poll and reached as high as eighth. But the Tigers, who lost to Michigan and Georgetown in the EA Sports Maui Invitational, dropped out from 21st following the home loss to Murray State.

Gonzaga (5-2) lost to Michigan State this week and fell out from 23rd.

Harvard (9-1) moved into the rankings for the first time in school history last week but the Crimson dropped out after a 67-53 loss at Connecticut.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


Wisconsin 60, Wis.-Milwaukee 54 - by Milord Nikolic
Jordan Taylor scored half of his 14 points during a critical closing surge as No. 15 Wisconsin pulled out a 60-54 road win against in-state rival Milwaukee. After the Panthers used a furious 21-4 run to tie the game at 48, the Badgers (9-2) regained the upper hand for good on a 3-pointer by Jared Berggren with 4:43 remaining. Taylor netted Wisconsin's next seven points, including a back-breaking 3-pointer with 41 seconds on the clock. Berggren, who led the way for the Badgers with 17 points and 10 rebounds, connected on three of four shots from long range. Ryan Evans added 16 points and eight boards. Tony Meier finished with 15 points for Milwaukee (8-3), which turned the ball over just four times but was held to 38 percent shooting. The Panthers missed 17 of their 22 3-point attempts.

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NCAA D2 Top 25 Ranking
Top 25 Ranking
 1. Missouri So.
 2. Metro St.
 3. Lincoln Memorial
 4. S.Indiana
 5. Ky Wesleyan
 6. Bellarmine
 7. Colorado Mines
 8. Findlay, OH
 9. Ft.Hays State
 10. W.Liberty St.
 11. Tarleton St.
 12. Rollins
 13. Cal Poly Pomona
 14. Indiana, PA
 15. Augustana, SD
 16. Winona St.
 17. Al.-Huntsville
 18. Georgia SW
 19. Bowie St.
 20. Benedict
 21. Alaska-Anch.
 22. N.Kentucky
 23. Midwestern St.
 24. Arkansas Tech


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 10-1 
 2. Baerum Basket 9-2 
 3. Asker Aliens 9-3 
 4. Gimle BBK 6-6 
 5. Tromso 5-5 
 6. Centrum 5-6 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-9 
 8. Langhus 0-14 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker23.3 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.22.5 
 3. Westerlund, Ammeru.21.9 
 4. Karlsen, Centrum20.9 
 5. Land, Asker Aliens19.7 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.17.7 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK17.5 
 8. Wallace, Tromso17.4 
 9. Bullock, Froya B.17.3 
 10. Sahlertz, Tromso17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.4 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Bullock, Froya B.8.8 
 4. Land, Asker Aliens8.7 
 5. Karlsen, Centrum8.6 
 6. Byerson, Tromso8.1 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.8.1 
 8. Hagen, Ammerud7.7 
 9. Kombat, Froya B.7.7 
 10. Wallace, Tromso6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Issalhi, Tromso5.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.4.9 
 3. Mahnin, Centrum4.5 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.4 
 5. Randolph, Langhus4.0 
 6. Stien, Asker Aliens3.7 
 7. Mjos, Baerum B.3.5 
 8. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.5 
 9. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 10. Stien, Gimle BBK3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mladen PAVLOVIC
  Gimle B.
  (193-G-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.4 
 2. Bullock, Froya B.2.4 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.2.4 
 4. Silavs, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 6. Issalhi, Tromso2.0 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.0 
 8. Westerlund, Ammeru.1.9 
 9. Sahlertz, Tromso1.7 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 3. Byerson, Tromso1.1 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.0 
 5. Nyborg, Centrum0.9 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud0.7 
 7. Andreassen, Baerum0.6 
 8. Karlsen, Centrum0.6 
 9. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.6 
 10. Sumskis, Gimle BBK0.6 


Centrum beats Ammerud Bskt in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in BLNO.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Centrum (#6) and Ammerud Bskt (#7). Centrum (5-6) smashed visiting Ammerud Bskt (2-9) by 17 points 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Ammerud Bskt managed to win fourth quarter 23-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrum forced 24 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Centrum maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Ammerud Bskt at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against Tromso (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bergen. Third ranked Baerum Basket faced 4th ranked Gimle BBK. Guests from Bekkestua (9-2) defeated host Gimle BBK (6-6) 77-65. It was a good game for American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Stian Mjos contributed with 22 points and 6 steals for the winners. American forward Avery Jukes (203-88, college: Butler) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 22 rebounds for Gimle BBK. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baerum Basket moved-up to second place. Gimle BBK at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Baerum Basket will play against Centrum (#6) in Oslo in the next round. Gimle BBK will play at home against the league's leader Froya Basket in Laksevag and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Froya Basket delivered the tenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Tromso (5-5) 77-67. Worth to mention a quality performance of Peter Bullock who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Gary Wallace with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Froya Basket (10-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Tromso keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Froya Basket will meet Gimle BBK (#4) in the next round. Tromso will play against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-36 loss to third ranked Asker Aliens (9-3) in Oslo. The winners were led by Anthony Lee-Ingram who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Asker Aliens' coach Jamie Andrisevic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-3 record behind leader Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Asker Aliens' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it will be for sure the game of the week. Langhus IL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Centrum.



Tromso - Froya Basket 67-77

Leader Froya Basket delivered the tenth victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Tromso (5-5) 77-67. Froya Basket made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Peter Bullock (198-82, college: Alaska-Anch.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and the former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) who added 19 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Gary Wallace (190-88, college: Robert Morris) with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and Danish forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Froya Basket (10-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain first position. Loser Tromso keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Froya Basket will meet Gimle BBK (#4) in the next round. Tromso will play against Ammerud Bskt in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.Wallace 31+12reb+2ast, M.Sahlertz 12+8reb, H.Issalhi 8+6reb+2ast, G.Mihaylov 7+2reb+1ast, B.Byerson 4+6reb+1ast, A.Smalas 3+3reb
Froya Basket: P.Bullock 24+12reb+2ast, M.Kombat 19+10reb, R.Silavs 9+4reb+1ast, E.Gabrans 8+2reb+4ast, K.Otabor 6+2reb, A.Ouakkaha 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 144955


Gimle BBK - Baerum Basket 65-77

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Bergen. Third ranked Baerum Basket faced 4th ranked Gimle BBK. Guests from Bekkestua (9-2) defeated host Gimle BBK (6-6) 77-65. It looked good early as Gimle BBK took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Baerum Basket had a 27-9 second period charge getting the lead and Gimle BBK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-77. Baerum Basket made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 32 Gimle BBK turnovers. Gimle BBK was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Stian Mjos (182-89) contributed with 22 points and 6 steals for the winners. American forward Avery Jukes (203-88, college: Butler) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 22 rebounds and guard Anders Stien (195-90) added 14 points in the effort for Gimle BBK. Gimle BBK's coach Brent Hackman rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Baerum Basket moved-up to second place. Gimle BBK at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Baerum Basket will play against Centrum (#6) in Oslo in the next round. Gimle BBK will play at home against the league's leader Froya Basket in Laksevag and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: A.Jukes 23+22reb+3ast, A.Stien 14+4reb+3ast, D.Berg 13+5reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 8+1reb, M.Pavlovic 3+3reb+2ast, S.de Lange 2+4reb
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 22+1reb+2ast, R.Ferranti 17+9reb, F.Sjostrom 11+10reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 8+1reb+4ast, O.Fritzen 7+3reb, L.Harto 7+1reb
gschID: 144956


Langhus - Asker Aliens 36-92

Bottom-ranked Langhus IL (0-14) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 92-36 loss to third ranked Asker Aliens (9-3) in Oslo. The game was mostly controlled by Asker Aliens. Langhus IL was better in fourth quarter 9-7. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Langhus IL to just 6 points in second quarter. Asker Aliens dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Langhus IL's 32 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while Langhus IL only scored one point from the stripe. They outrebounded Langhus IL 52-25 including a 42-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 17 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the other American import forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Four Asker Aliens players scored in double figures. Asker Aliens' coach Jamie Andrisevic felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds by center Gisle Klubnes (202-84) did not help to save the game for Langhus IL. Guard Bjornar Andersen (187-89) added 5 points. Defending champion maintains third position with 9-3 record behind leader Froya Basket. Newly promoted Langhus IL still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Asker Aliens' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua and it will be for sure the game of the week. Langhus IL's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Oslo Centrum.
Top scorers:
Langhus: G.Klubnes 19+11reb, B.Andersen 5+3reb+1ast, E.Mamen 4+1reb, O.Egeland 4+5reb, O.Henriksen 2+1reb+2ast, A.Kristiansen 2+3reb
Asker Aliens: C.Land 25+9reb, A.Lee-Ingram 25+17reb+1ast, E.Stien 17+6reb, F.Bohn 10+5reb, M.Midtvedt 6+2reb+2ast, S.Gustavsen 4+1ast
gschID: 144953


Centrum - Ammerud Bskt 78-61

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Oslo: Centrum (#6) and Ammerud Bskt (#7). Centrum (5-6) smashed visiting Ammerud Bskt (2-9) by 17 points 78-61. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Ammerud Bskt managed to win fourth quarter 23-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrum forced 24 Ammerud Bskt turnovers. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. The former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Thor Hagen (196-80) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Newly promoted Centrum maintains sixth position with 5-6 record. Ammerud Bskt at the other side keeps the seventh place with nine games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face league's second-placed Baerum Basket in Bekkestua in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ammerud Bskt will play on the road against Tromso (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 23+7reb+1ast, T.Hagen 16+10reb+3ast, Z.Mahojlovic 10+6reb+3ast, S.Wroldsen 4+2reb, M.Bryn 4+2reb, N.El-Hajji 2+4reb
Centrum: R.Karlsen 25+11reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 13+4reb, M.Mahnin 12+3reb+4ast, J.Kristian Jespersen 7+1reb, M.Lepovic 6+3reb+1ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144954




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Palestinian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Jamal Abu-Shamala
Abu-Shamala
Wael Abu Tayyem
Abu Tayyem
Ibrahim Aburahal
Aburahal
Yahya AlKhatib
AlKhatib
Nicola Fadayel
Fadayel
#e#5
4 Adel Matta 206-C-82 Ironi Nahariya Israel
5 Ahmed Mahdi G-89 Khadamat AM Palestine
6 Jamal Abu-Shamala 196-G/F-87 Hermosillo Mexico
7 Oday Helal 190-SF-90 Beit Sahour Palestine
8 Wael Abu Tayyem F/C-84 Khadamat R. Palestine
9 Ibrahim Aburahal G-87 Khadamat KY. Palestine
10 Yahya AlKhatib 190-G-77 Ibdaa D. Palestine
11 Ibrahim Habash G-93 Beit Sahour Palestine
12 Nicola Fadayel 191-F-87 Arshiziqs Palestine
13 Sakakini Sani 203-C/F-88 Qingdao DS China
14 Iyad Yousef 205-C-80 Ibdaa D. Palestine
15 Salim Sakakini F-87 De La Salle Palestine

Nader Marta Head Coach
Abdal Nasser Reian Assistant


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Algeria2-0
2. Egypt2-0
3. Iraq0-2
4. Sudan0-2
Group B
1. Tunisia2-0
2. Jordan1-1
3. Lebanon0-1
4. Morocco0-1
Group C
1. Qatar2-0
2. Saudi Arab.1-1
3. Kuwait1-1
4. Palestine0-2


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New Chicago team to play at new Wisconsin Dells Fieldhouse - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Muscle is teaming up with JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells for two games in the 2012 regular season. The Muscle is joining JustAGame to provide family fun weekend events and professional basketball games twice during the upcoming season. With so much to do in the Dells, families travel from across the nation to explore this celebrated hot-spot for the weekend. The Chicago Muscle is tipping off their inaugural season in the Premier Basketball League in 2012.

JustAgame opened in 2006 and was originally home to four hardwood courts. On December 29, 2011, JustAgame will open their new addition, the 'Court of Champions,' which is a 1,700 seat arena which features a 94 foot court and a full court mezzanine. Year round, JustAgame hosts basketball and volleyball tournaments, camps and clinics, making it a great spot for the Chicago Muscle to host two of their games for the upcoming season.

'We are excited about the new opportunities the 'Court of Champions' at JustAGame Fieldhouse will allow us to host,' commented David Royston, Owner of JustAgame Fieldhouse. 'We are particularly excited about hosting professional basketball through the help of the Premiere Basketball League and the Chicago Muscle. We look forward to providing family friendly, affordable entertainment and highly competitive games for basketball fans.'

The Muscle will play on the 'Court of Champions' on February 25th and March 10th . This is an opportunity to not only attract Muscle support from Chicago up to the Dells, but to also get the kids in the surrounding markets involved in the sport of basketball. The games are planned around the large weekend youth basketball tournaments that JustAgame is known for. The Muscle organization is excited to spend time with the kids and help feed their dreams and aspirations, as professional basketball does not come to the Dells very often.

'I grew up going to the Wisconsin Dells every weekend during the summer. I love the area and the community has a lot to offer to both residents and avid vacationers. It is an honor to have the Muscle invited to play on the 'Court of Champions' and represent Chicago as the first professional sports team to play in the fieldhouse,' commented Chris Foltz of the Chicago Muscle Ownership Group.

With the Chicago Muscle season getting underway on January 6th, 2012 in Palatine Illinois, team owners and front office are not only planning their game on-court, but our also focusing on the impact they can make off the court. 'Our team is not only about high caliber professional basketball, but also making a major mark in the communities that support us,' continued Foltz.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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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. Lassiter, Powerad.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.7 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.2 
 3. Kramer, Powerade.10.6 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 5. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.7 
 8. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 9. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 10. Williams, Talk N.8.9 
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.5.4 
 5. Castro, Talk N Te.5.2 
 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. Cardona, Meralco1.3 
 9. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 10. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.4 
 2. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 3. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 4. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 5. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 6. Quinahan, Rain o.1.3 
 7. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 8. Espinas, Meralco1.1 
 9. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 10. Williams, Talk N.1.0 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. B-Meg Llam. 10-4 
 2. Talk N Text 10-4 
 3. Petron Blaze 9-5 
 4. Ginebra Kings 9-5 
 5. Rain or Shine 9-5 
 6. Meralco Bolts 8-6 
 7. Barako Bull 6-8 
 8. Powerade T. 6-8 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-11 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-14 


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  POLAND   


Spurs to sign Gani Lawal - by Eurobasket
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed guard Antoine Hood (195-G-83, college: Air Force) and forward Gani Lawal (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech). Per team policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed. At the same time, the Spurs announced that they have waived guard Devin Gibson.

Lawal was added to the training camp roster after being waived by the Phoenix Suns on December 10, 2011. In his rookie campaign with the Suns last year, he saw two minutes of action against Detroit before suffering a torn ACL and a partially torn MCL in practice on January 6. After rehabilitating his knee injury, he played 10 games with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Lawal started the 2011-12 season in Poland playing for Zastal Zielona Gora, averaging 16.5 points and 11.7 rebounds while shooting .627 from the field in 10 games. Lawal graduate from Georgia Tech in 2009-10, he averaged a team-best 13.1 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Yellow Jackets.

Courtesy of NBA.com


EuroCup: Buducnost shock PGE Turow to reach Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow - Buducnost 73:78

Buducnost overcame PGE Turow in Poland today to seal their EuroCup Last 16 birth. The Montenegrin team improved at 3-2 record leaving PGE Turow at 2-3. Five Buducnost players scored in double figures. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 16 points to lead the charge.
Buducnost got a perfect start. The visitors registered a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. PGE Turow stopped the bleeding in the second period. The Polish team narrowed the gap to 3 points at halftime 34:37. The hosts finally pulled ahead in the third term. PGE Turow ensured a 51:50 advantage at the final intermission. Buducnost used an 8:0 run early in the final frame to pull ahead. They maintained the advantage and eventually Popovic and Anderson sealed the win for the visitors. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) had 16 points, while Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points each for the winners. PGE Turow answered with 22 points from Ronald Moore (183-G-88, college: Siena). Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) provided 15 points in defeat.

PGE Turow: Ronald Moore 22, Giedrius Gustas 15
Buducnost: Bojan Dubljevic 16, Jermaine Anderson 16, Bojan Krstovic 13, Cedomir Vitkovac 13


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  QATAR   


Qatari National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
National Team for Pan Arab Games in Doha 2011

Starting five
#s#
Abdulrahman Saad
Saad
Daoud Mousa
Mousa
Ali Turki
Turki
Yasseen Ismail
Ismail
Erfan Ali
Ali
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4 Targuy Alban 197-F-84 Al Rayyan Qatar
5 Mansour Atif 177-PG-90 Al Arabi Qatar
6 Abdulrahman Saad 192-F/G-85 As Sadd Qatar
7 Daoud Mousa 193-G-82 As Sadd Qatar
8 Khalid Suliman 198-G/F-87 As Sadd Qatar
9 Ali Turki 201-F/C-82 Al Jaysh Qatar
10 Yasseen Ismail 204-F/C-80 Al Rayyan Qatar
11 Erfan Ali 198-PF-83 Al Rayyan Qatar
12 Mame Souleye 206-C-87 Al Jaysh Qatar
13 Baker Ahmad 199-F-86 Al Jaysh Qatar
14 Ousseynou N'Diaye 196-G/F-85 Al Gharrafah Qatar
15 Omar Abdelkader 206-C-83 Al Gharrafah Qatar

Qusay Khalaf Head Coach
Atila Abdulaziz Assistant


National Team for Asian Championships in Wuhan (China) 2011

Starting five
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Saad Abdulrahman Ali
Ali
Erfan Ali Saeed
Saeed
Abdullah Shaher
Shaher
Omer Abdelkader Salem
Salem
Targuy Ngombo
Ngombo
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4 Targuy Ngombo 197-F-84 Al Rayyan Qatar
5 Ousseynou N'Diaye 196-G/F-85 Al Rayyan Qatar
6 Mansour El Hadary 177-PG-90 Al Arabi Qatar
7 Saad Abdulrahman Ali 192-F-85 Al Rayyan Qatar
8 Hassan Mohamed 191-G-91
9 Ali Turki 201-F-82 Al Rayyan Qatar
10 Khalid Abdalla Adam 200-F-93
11 Erfan Ali Saeed 198-F-83 Al Rayyan Qatar
12 Mame Souleye Ndour 206-C-87 Al Rayyan Qatar
13 Hammam Ismail 200-C/F-83 Al Wakrah Qatar
14 Abdullah Shaher 198-F-91 Al Rayyan Qatar
15 Omer Abdelkader Salem 206-C-83 Al Rayyan Qatar

Ali Fakhroo Head Coach
Saeed Mubarak Assistant




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EuroChallenge: Enisey finished the season in Romania - by Eurobasket News
CSU Mobitelco- Enisey 75:82

Enisey closed EuroChallenge season in Romania beating the home side. The Russian team overcame CSU Mobitelco 82:75 to finish third in the group. The Romanian team finished on the last spot with 1-5 record.
Neither side had a chance to advance to the Last 16 before the contest. They showed however their best to finish the tournament on a high note. Enisey took the lead from the very beginning and Gromyko closed the first period at 23:15. No matter how close the hosts came in the second period, the board showed 37:30 at the halftime. The third quarter belonged to CSU Mobitelco that grabbed the lead at 50:47 when David Lawrence (200-F-85, college: Charleston) and Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: New Orleans) made the successful shots. Paul kept them in front at 54:52 at the end of the third period, but Enisey looked better at the end. With 30-21 the Russian team finished the game and took the third place in