EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/15/2011 1:00:00 AM

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


26th ACCM: Libolo in slim win over Mazembe 64-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
GDR Libolo basketball club of Angola Wednesday had a slim win over ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 64-62 points in a tough group-A game of the 26th Africa Champions Club for Men.

Libolo trailed the DR Congo side by 14-23 points in the first quarter but narrow the gap in the second quarter with a 19-12 points win for a two points deficit going into the break by 33-35 points.

Libolo took a five points lead into the last quarter after winning the third quarter by 17-10 points (50-45) but lost in the last quarter as Mazembe fought back gallantly as Libolo manage to escape with two-point win of 64-62 points.

Libolo Olimpio Cipriano led his side challenge for victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds, Luis Costa and Vladmir Jeronimo contributed 12 and 10 points each.



26th ACCM: Petro pick first win pipe Chabab Al-Hoceima 74-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Former champion of the continent biggest club championship for Men Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola Wednesday ended its losing streak with a 74-59 points victory over Morocco Chabab Rif AlHoceima basketball club in a group-B game.

Spurred on by Angola international guard Carlos Morais the 2006 winner of the Champions Cup won the first three quarters by 27-21, 17-09 and 18-16 to take a 16 points advantage of 62-46 points going into the last quarter which it narrowly lost to the Moroccans by 12-13.

Morais scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Rodrick Nealy poured in 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists with Roberto Fortes completing the match to victory for the Angolan side with 11 points and 5 rebounds.



26th ACCM: Agosto humble Etoile 79-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Primeiro Agosto basketball club of Angola Wednesday night prove to be a worthy champion of the continent top men club championship with a 79-62 points victory over Etoile de Sahel basketball club of Tunisia in a group-B pairing in Rabat Morocco.

The champion won the first three quarters by 23-16, 16-11, 22-15 but lost the final quarter to the FIBA Africa Zone-1 power-house by 18-20 points to lead group-B.

Agosto forward Reggie Moore led the floor with 30 points and 4 rebounds while reigning championship most valuable player (MVP) Joaquim Gomes added 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steal to give victory to their side.



26th ACCM: AS Sale keep clean slate; beat AL Ahly 87-83 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Host of the 26th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Association Sportive de Sale (AS Sale) basketball club of Morocco continue its winning form in the third day of the championship with a clinical 87-83 points finish over Libya Al-Ahly basketball club of Benghazi.

The high tempo game saw the Moroccan taking the first two quarters by 23-19 and 29-23 points for a half-time score of 52-42 points thus opening a 10 points advantage but AL Ahly fought back in second half which the Rabat-based AS Sale lost by 19-23 and 16-18 but manage to escape defeat at the end of the game.

AS Sale guard Zakaria EL-Mashabi led his team challenge for honours with 23 points and 5 rebounds, centre Younes Iddrissi had 19 points and 5 rebounds before he was stressed out in the early minute of the last quarter due to an injury he sustain while trying to defend his team low-post area, while the duo of Abdelhakim Zouita and Christain Bayang contributed 16 and 10 points respectively to ensure victory for their side.



26th ACCM: Enterprising Ikyaator powered Union Bank past Urunani - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria international point guard, Orseer Ikyaator was in superb form Wednesday scoring 23 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds to help Union Bank basketball club secure a 40 points margin victory over Urunani basketball club of Burundi at the final round of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men in Rabat, Morocco.

Ikyaator good court vision and decision proved too much for the Burundian who were overwhelm by the Stallion Boy as the Nigerian are also known as they powered to second victory in a group-A game of the preliminary round of the champions cup.

The game which was the second of game Day-3 saw Union Bank winning in all four quarters by 18-12, 17-10, 24-11 and 25-11 points as they observe Thursday as rest day.

Other Union Bank players who recorded a double figure include Nigeria international combo-guard Mohammed Bukar with 13 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds and William Ndounmbe scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists while centre Godspower Igben grabbed 13 rebounds for the Nigerian side who defeated ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday at the magnificient Salle Athallah Bouzzaoui gymnasium in Rabat by 68-49 points having lost its group-A opening game to Angolan league champion GDR Libolo basketball club 80-85 points on Monday.

Union Bank search for a comfortable finish in the group continue on Friday when it file out against Benghazi, Libya-based Al Ahly basketball club before confronting host club Association Sportive de Sale basketball Club (AS Sale) of Morocco on Saturday.

Union Bank head coach Ayinla Johnson describe the 40 points margin victory over Urunani as good things to come from his wards who could only manage to record three points in the third quarter against Mazembe on Tuesday.

Coach Ayinla promised that the team be at its best in it remaining preliminary games as they hope to finish well in our group and make progress from there.




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  ALGERIA   


Pan Arab Games: Algeria beat Egypt to claim third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Algeria - Egypt 81:73

Algeria continued their winning run at Pan Arab Games in Doha. They defeated Egypt to clinch 3-0 record in Group A. Egypt suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) nailed 23 points to pace the winners.
Egypt got to the better start. They led by five points at the first break 18:13. Egypt maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated an 8-point buffer at halftime 48:40. But Algeria managed to revive the intrigue in the third period. They got within just a single point at the final intermission 54:55. Algeria went on a strong rally early in the final period to surge ahead. They held off all comeback efforts from Egypt and ran to the victory at the end. Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85) nailed 18 points and collected 19 rebounds, while Mohamed Amine Belhoul (F-86) added 12 points in the win. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 16 points for Egypt. Assem Marei (206-C/F-92) produced 10 points in the loss.

Algeria: Mohamed Harath 23, Mohamed Esseghir 18+19 boards, Mohamed Amine Belhoul 12
Egypt: Amr El Gandy 16, Assem Marei 10


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  ANGOLA   


26th ACCM: Agosto humble Etoile 79-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Primeiro Agosto basketball club of Angola Wednesday night prove to be a worthy champion of the continent top men club championship with a 79-62 points victory over Etoile de Sahel basketball club of Tunisia in a group-B pairing in Rabat Morocco.

The champion won the first three quarters by 23-16, 16-11, 22-15 but lost the final quarter to the FIBA Africa Zone-1 power-house by 18-20 points to lead group-B.

Agosto forward Reggie Moore led the floor with 30 points and 4 rebounds while reigning championship most valuable player (MVP) Joaquim Gomes added 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist and 2 steal to give victory to their side.



26th ACCM: Libolo in slim win over Mazembe 64-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
GDR Libolo basketball club of Angola Wednesday had a slim win over ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 64-62 points in a tough group-A game of the 26th Africa Champions Club for Men.

Libolo trailed the DR Congo side by 14-23 points in the first quarter but narrow the gap in the second quarter with a 19-12 points win for a two points deficit going into the break by 33-35 points.

Libolo took a five points lead into the last quarter after winning the third quarter by 17-10 points (50-45) but lost in the last quarter as Mazembe fought back gallantly as Libolo manage to escape with two-point win of 64-62 points.

Libolo Olimpio Cipriano led his side challenge for victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds, Luis Costa and Vladmir Jeronimo contributed 12 and 10 points each.



26th ACCM: Petro pick first win pipe Chabab Al-Hoceima 74-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Former champion of the continent biggest club championship for Men Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola Wednesday ended its losing streak with a 74-59 points victory over Morocco Chabab Rif AlHoceima basketball club in a group-B game.

Spurred on by Angola international guard Carlos Morais the 2006 winner of the Champions Cup won the first three quarters by 27-21, 17-09 and 18-16 to take a 16 points advantage of 62-46 points going into the last quarter which it narrowly lost to the Moroccans by 12-13.

Morais scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, Rodrick Nealy poured in 12 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists with Roberto Fortes completing the match to victory for the Angolan side with 11 points and 5 rebounds.



The 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for men - day 2 - by Antonio Santos
On the 2nd day of the competition 1 de Agosto beat easly Malabo Kings, 101 x 52: It was a easy victory built since the beginning of the game. At the end of the 1st quarter 1 de Agosto were already leading 39 x 6. On the 4th quarter Malabo scores 20pt and that was their best from the afternoon. On balance individual performance Reggie Moore score 19pt, the best from 1 de Agosto. Adene score 22pt and Porter got 9reb+18pt. The others didnt gave much individual contributed.

Petro play next with ESS 86 from Tunisia. This team has several players from Tunisia National team. They play good defense on the ball and Maqua shot 5/9 from the 3pt line. They built the lead from the 3pt line and from offensive rebounds (18 total offensive rebounds). Petro lead by Rod Nealy on the 1st half and Carlos Morais on the 2nd werent able to achived the goal, they need help from the big guys in order to dominated the defensive board. Referees didnt help much, on a certain moment of the game they gave the possession of the ball on baseline to ESS 86 when Cedric Isom still was coming to is defense, the consequence was 2pt easy for the ESS. Not a good decision for shure from the referees.

Libolo play with the home team and a team that everybody wants to see wining the competition. They start very well, 12 x 2 earlier on the 1st quarter, however Libolo tie at 22 x 22 before the end of the quarter. At the half the home team lead 42 x 35. The 2nd half both team were change basket after basket. With 22 seconds remain and Ass lead by 1pt, after a time out Cipriano looks for the winning shot but miss and the crowd was happy with the ends.

The organizations doesnt allowed teams to record games in order to do their jobs scouting the games of their opponents. We really dont understand what is the problem.




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  ARGENTINA   


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 9-7 
 7. Banda Norte 8-9 
 8. Rosario Cent. 7-9 
 9. Sport Club 5-11 
 10. Firmat SF 5-11 
 11. San Mart.MJ 4-13 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Mistelbach 9-0
 2. Dornbirn 8-1
 3. Mattersb.R. 7-2
 4. Schwaz 5-3
 5. BC Vienna jrs 5-4
 6. Falcons 3-5
 7. Danube City 3-6
 8. Klagenfurt 3-6
 9. Salzburg 1-8
Folded
 1. Fighters 0-9


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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 triumphs in Cup Final - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 triumphs in VTB Cup Final of the country. The team rightfully close the year 2011 with the trophy.
In the Semifinal of the Cup Minsk-2006 overcame Osipovichi 120:54. The favorites started with 27-21 and added 38-13 in the second period. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (210-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Justin Knox (205-F-89, college: N.Carolina) netted 20. Sitnik responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
Grodno-93 edged Rubon 71:68 in another Semifinal game to enter the Finals.
In the Final game Minsk-2006 outscored Grodno-93 103:91. The winners erupted with 38-25 and added 32-22 in the third frame. Justin Knox paced all the winners with 25 points and Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) notched 21. Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) followed them with 20 points, while Andrej Mostov (202-F-84) scored the same points in the losing effort.
Courtney Eldridge was named MVP of the tournament.



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  BELGIUM   


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) stole 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.



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  BRAZIL   


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. S.Jose/Unimed 5-2 
 7. Uniceub/BRB 5-3 
 8. Liga Sorocaba 3-4 
 9. Winner/Limeira 3-4 
 10. Cia do Terno 3-4 
 11. Minas 3-5 
 12. Tijuca TC 2-6 
 13. Vivo/Franca 2-6 
 14. Vila Velha 1-7 
 15. Araraquara 0-7 


Nene resigns with Denver Nuggets - by Mel Devonne
After being one of the most highly sought after free angents in the NBA for most of the offseason,
and the lockout, Brasilero Hilario Nene (207-C-82) surprised most of the league by resigning with the Denver Nuggets.
The deal is said to be worth $67 million dollars , not Reals, and the big fellow from Brasil stays with
the Nuggets for the next 5 years. Ne Ne was reported to be the sought after by several teams incuding
New Jersey, Houston, and Indiana.
Ne Ne will make $13.5 million this season and if we could get him to play in the London olympics for
Brasil, it would be a great thing.


Sao Jose/Vinac and Joinville record victories - by Eurobasket News
Sao Jose/Vinac improved at 5-2 record in NBB championship following an 87:78 win over Uniceub/BRB. Jefferson Antonio (207-F/C-83) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Sao Jose/Vinac opened the game aggressively. They outscored their opponents 31:18 in the opening frame. The margin grew at 21-point mark at the interval. Sao Jose/Vinac never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Fulvio de Assis accounted for 17 points, while Murilo Becker (210-C/F-83) and Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84) had 16 points each in the victory. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) responded with 17 points for Uniceub/BRB. Welington Dos Santos (185-PG-81) had 15 points in defeat.
Joinville recorded the third win as they held off Minas 81:70. Shilton Santos (198-F/C-82) erupted for 29 points to lead the effort. Audrei Parisotto (195-G-84) provided 21 points in the winning case. Joinville piled up an 11-point halftime buffer and hung on to celebrate win at the end. Caue Borges dos Santos (180-G-91) nailed 14 points for Minas.


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  CAMEROON   


Bucks match Nuggets offer to forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the Denver Nuggets offer sheet to restricted free agent Luc Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-86, college: UCLA) and re-signed the fourth-year forward to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Well post details of the contract later today on this page.

Under NBA rules, the Bucks had three days to match Denvers offer sheet to Mbah a Moute or he would have become a member of the Nuggets.

Mbah a Moute, 25, appeared in 79 games (52 starts) for the Bucks last season and averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He was second on the team in rebounds (420 total) and recorded a career-high eight point/rebound double-doubles and 25 games with double figure scoring.

Entering his fourth NBA season, Mbah a Moute has appeared in 234 games (166 starts) and averaged 6.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He was the 37th overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA, where he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 and Honorable Mention All-Defensive Team honors as a junior.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  CANADA   


Buzzer-beater lifts Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles continue to suffer heartbreak.

They dropped to 0-11 with a 102-99 loss to the Saint John Mill Rats in National Basketball League of Canada action on Wednesday night in front of 1,136 noisy fans at the Moncton Coliseum.

Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) snapped a tie and drained a three-point buzzer beater shot to lift Saint John to victory in a hard-fought and highly entertaining game that had all kinds of momentum twists. The Mill Rats moved into third place in the seven-team league at 7-6.

Moncton suffered its fifth loss by five points or less. It's 0-2 versus Saint John with both those contests decided by five points or less.

Moncton will meet the Summerside Storm on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Credit Union Place and Saint John on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. The Miracles will then complete the pre-Christmas schedule against the Oshawa Power on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.

Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) led Saint John with 24 points, followed by Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) with 22 and Calvin Cage with 16.

Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) was Moncton's top offensive player with 18 points. Andrew Francis and Darrell Wonge, both with 16 points, were next. Others in double digits were Boubacar Coly with 15, Sylvania Watkins with 13 and Trayvon Lathan with 10.

Saint John held a 20-12 lead with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. Moncton called a timeout at that stage and then went on a 13-5 run down the stretch to create a 25-25 tie at the end of the period.

Wonge was the offensive catalyst for the Miracles in the first quarter. He scored 11 points and drained three three-point shots.

The Miracles scored the first basket and then went on to trail throughout the first quarter. They pulled into a 25-25 tie when Sylvania Watkins, making his debut with the club, scored a spectacular basket just as time was expiring in the period.

The second quarter continued to be evenly played with terrific back and forth action. The lead changed hands several times, neither team mounted any big runs and there was never more than a five-point spread on the scoreboard.

It was tied 47-47 with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Tisby drained a basket in the dying seconds of the first half to allow Saint John to take a 49-47 lead into the intermission.

Moncton went on a 6-0 run to begin the second half and jumped in front 53-49. Saint John bounced back to outscore it opponent 29-11 over the remainder of the third quarter and opened up a 14-point lead at the end of the period.

The Miracles were trailing 67-63 with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter, but the things started to unravel for the hometown squad. The Mill Rats went on an 11-1 run down the stretch to take a 78-64 lead into halftime.

Moncton battled back in thrilling fashion by outscoring its opponent 35-24 in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands a few times with Moncton ahead 85-84 with seven minutes remaining.

The Mill Rats always held the lead over the final seven minutes, but never by more than six points. The Miracles rallied to create a 99-99 tie with 12 seconds remaining, all of which set the stage for the Mill Rats to leave the building in complete silence with a game winning three-point shot at the final buzzer.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


NBL of Canada announces suspension - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada has suspended Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, college: St.John's) of the Quebec Kebs for one game, and fined him $1,000 for throwing a ball at a fan after Saturday nights road game against the Halifax Rainmen.

After reviewing the situation and giving due deliberation to the seriousness of this matter, we have decided to take these necessary actions, said NBL of Canada commissioner John Kennedy. We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner, and send the message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour from any player representing our league.

The 610, 225-pound Kebs centre will sit out the Kebs game against the Oshawa Power on Friday.

Storm back in action

Meanwhile, the Summerside Storm will host the Rainmen on Thursday. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

The Rainmen edged the Storm 97-96 on Dec. 8.

The Storm will also host the Moncton Miracles on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Oshawa Power change things up with trade and pair of signings - by Eurobasket News
With three games in four days against the same opponent, Mark Strickland saw the good, the bad and the indifferent in his Oshawa Power over the weekend.

The good came Saturday in an outstanding effort against the first-place London Lightning, as most everything went right for the Power in a 99-93 victory. However, that win was sandwiched by the bad and indifferent, with the former coming Friday night in a 100-76 blowout loss and the latter Sunday afternoon in another loss to league's front runners, 87-80 in a game where Oshawa held a double-digit lead at halftime.

Strickland said the mixed bag of results came in large part due to a major overhaul of the roster last week that saw the club bring in four new faces.

With the additions of Jerome Brown (6'5''-G) and David Collins (7'0''-C-85, college: Bradley) in a trade with St. John for Kevin Francis, coupled with the signings of big man Paul Campbell (6'10''-C-87, college: Hawaii) and guard Dwain Williams (6'0''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii), the Power are essentially hitting the reset button as they try to climb the standings.

'It will kind of be a reviewing stage for us, you know, it's kind of like starting over when you bring new players in. We'll start back at point A,' Strickland said. 'The guys had never had any time in practice, but the changes we're making are good changes. We just have to get through it.'

In Campbell and Collins the Power have added some much-needed size to the front court, improving the team's ability to rebound the ball consistency and clog up the middle.

Campbell's best game came Sunday, when he had eight points, 11 rebounds and pair of blocks, while Collins was a steady presence starting all three games.

Williams, meanwhile, gives the club some depth at point guard, especially considering the injury status with starter Tut Ruach, who banged up his elbow in a collision with the water table and was unable to get a shot up in Sunday's game.

Williams came in in a pinch to take over, a day after debuting for the Power, and Strickland was pleased with how the former University of Hawaii product reacted in a tough situation, hitting a couple of big threes en route to a 10-point afternoon.

'I like Dwain. He's a Big East point guard ... He can handle the ball well, and as we already know, he can shoot the three ... The guy has been pretty much just sitting here in the hotel waiting to get signed. For him to do that in the game was big for us.'

As for Brown, he brings an aggressive, energy-filled style to the club that has been missing since Jushay Rocket returned home last month, and as he gets more comfortable, Strickland expects bigger things.

As for Rocket, Strickland was optimistic he might be back any day now with his paperwork now in order.

The Power (6-8) have traded wins and losses in their last six, but will look to find a higher level of consistency heading in Christmas with five games in the next nine days. The first three are on the road at Quebec, Halifax and Moncton, while the next two are back at the GM Centre, Dec. 22 against Summerside and Dec. 24 against Halifax.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


Power release PG Larry Diamond - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have released Point Guard Lawrence Diamond (6'2''-G-87, college: Morehouse) from their roster.

'Lawrence Diamond was nothing less than a true professional in the time he was here in Oshawa and we wish him nothing but the best in the future,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations.

Up next for the Oshawa Power (6-8) is a 3-game road trip starting with a game against the Quebec Kebs at Laval University on Friday December 16. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Then they travel to Halifax on Sunday December 18 (2 p.m.) and Moncton on Monday December 19 (7 p.m.) to end the trip.

The Power's next home game is Thursday December 22 against the Summerside Storm at 7:30 p.m. at the GM Centre.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Miracles make first-ever trade - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles aren't standing pat in the midst of tough times.

The struggling club made its first-ever trade yesterday by shipping 6-foot-3 point guard Tristan Martin (6'3''-G-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Houston) to the London Lightning in exchange for 5-foot-10 point guard Nick Lother (5'10''-G) and a first-round pick in the 2012 National Basketball League of Canada draft.

Moncton acquires Lother, who suited up in his hometown for the University of Winnipeg. He's played nine games in his rookie professional season and he's averaging 2.22 points, 0.22 steals, 0.89 rebounds and one assist per game. He has a .286 field goal shooting percentage.

London is adding Martin, a Toronto native who's averaging 9.9 points, 1.10 steals, one rebound and 1.80 assists per game. He has a .469 field goal shooting percentage.

Under league rules, each club must have a minimum of two Canadian players. Moncton and London swapped Canadians so both teams continue to meet their quota.

Moncton also sent 6-foot-9 power forward Aramie Brooks to London as part of the trade and the Lightning then released him. He's averaging six points and 4.75 rebounds per game.

Moncton now owns two picks in the first round of the 2012 NBL Canada draft. That would be the first and seventh overall picks if the standings look the same at the end of this season with London leading the league and Moncton in last place.

Moncton, 0-10, will continue the 36-game regular season against the Saint John Mill Rats on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum. The Miracles have suffered four losses by five points or less.

'We felt that we needed to give Tristan Martin an opportunity to go to a team where he could get more playing time,' said Moncton head coach and general manager Mike Evans. 'We're in the building stage here. We felt it would be best for him in a different scenario.

'Nick Lother is a hard-nosed guy. He makes shots from the perimeter. He's a smart player who makes good decisions with the basketball. He runs the offence for you. He's all business on the court.

'I'm told he's looking for a new start. I'm told that he will be a pleasant surprise for us. He will compete with Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE) and Victor Morris for playing time at the point guard position.'

Lother will practise with Moncton for the first time today.

'I remember watching him last weekend (in our 98-93 loss to London),' said Evans, who's been the Miracles head coach and general manager for three games. 'I liked what I saw in him in that game. He's a poised young man who doesn't make many mistakes.'

Moncton has parted ways with seven players since the start of the regular season. It has just six players remaining from the 12-man roster in the regular season opener - Boubacar Coly, Michael Evans Jr., Jazzmarr Ferguson, Andrew Francis, Matt Robertson and Darrell Wonge.

The Miracles currently have a 10-man roster, but that's expected to increase to 12 with the addition of free agents George Fudge (6'5''-F) and Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Victory).

Fudge and Watkins watched the Miracles last two games and have been practising with them on tryout this week. All signs indicate they will sign a contract with the club, something that could happen today.

Fudge, 25, is a 6-foot-5 small forward from Atlanta. Since finishing his American college basketball career in 2008, he's played in several pro-am tournaments in the United States. The NBL Canada will be his first time playing in a professional league.

Watkins, 26, is a 6-foot-8 Atlanta native who plays small forward and power forward. Since completing his American college basketball career, he's played the past four years in professional leagues in Chile, China and the Dominican Republic.

'I've been evaluating these two guys in practice this week,' said Evans. 'I like their size and physicality. They have heart and desire. They've come in here and made an impression.'
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Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 11-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 9-2 
 3. U.Espanola 9-2 
 4. Dep.Espanol 6-5 
 5. U.Catolica 4-6 
 6. Sokol de Antof. 2-6 
 7. San Luis 0-9 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-11 


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CBA Round 11: Xinjiang Flying Tige is defeated by Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (6-3) and fifteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (3-7) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Xinjiang Flying Tige was defeated by Shanghai Sharks in a tough game in Shanghai 84-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. Xinjiang Flying Tige was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Shanghai Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Zhejiang C. and Shanxi Zh.. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#3) in Taiyuan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (6-3) against sixteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (3-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Zhejiang Cyclones were edged by Qingdao Double Star in a tough game in Qingdao 99-100. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Gen Li accounted for 32 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots). American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) came up with 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds for Zhejiang Cyclones in the defeat. Qingdao Double Star maintains sixteenth place with 3-8 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh. and Xinjiang F.T.. Qingdao Double Star will play against higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Cyclones will play at home against Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Jilin Tigers (4-6) outlasted DongGuan Leopards (6-5) in overtime by four points 104-100 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The best player for the winners was Cartier Martin who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Shavlik Randolph produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for the guests. DongGuan Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers maintains eleventh place with 4-6 record. Loser DongGuan Leopards dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Jilin Tigers will meet at home higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DongGuan Leopards will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Tianjin. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-9) to fourteenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-7) 107-104 on Wednesday evening. Jackson Vroman orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. TianJin Rongcheng's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Shanghai S. and Foshan. TianJin Rongcheng lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road. TianJin Rongcheng will play against the league's leader Beijing Ducks and will have a slim chance for a victory.
An interesting game took place in Jinan where higher ranked Bayi Fubang (5-4) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (4-7) 112-87 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. It was a great evening for Alan Anderson who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Shandong Bulls will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Liaoning H. was destroyed by Guandong ST on the opponent's court 106-87. Fujian XX unfortunately lost to Guangsha L. in a home game 56-70. Shanxi Zh. managed to beat Foshan on the road 108-100.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds by Donnell Harvey of TianJin R..



Jilin NE T. - DongGuan L. 104-100 OT

Jilin Tigers (4-6) outlasted DongGuan Leopards (6-5) in overtime by four points 104-100 on Wednesday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of DongGuan Leopards. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime then DongGuan Leopards managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Jilin Tigers who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-10. They made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Strangely DongGuan Leopards outrebounded Jilin Tigers 50-38 including a 19-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) who scored 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and the former international center Kai Zhang (211-82) added 22 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests. DongGuan Leopards' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Jilin Tigers maintains eleventh place with 4-6 record. Loser DongGuan Leopards dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Jilin Tigers will meet at home higher ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (#10) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. DongGuan Leopards will play against Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 29+1reb+3ast, R.Shavlik 28+13reb+2ast, Z.Kai 22+13reb+3ast, S.TongLin 6+4reb+1ast, G.QuAn 6+5reb+1ast, Q.Biao 5+3reb
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 31+7reb+4ast, D.Osama 19+13reb+8ast, Z.Cheng 16+6reb+1ast, W.Jameel 15+6reb+1ast, L.Yao 9+3reb+1ast, L.Wei 6
gschID: 158083


Guandong ST - Liaoning H. 106-87

Very expected game in Dongguan where 9th ranked Liaoning Hunters (5-5) were crushed by second ranked Guandong Tigers (9-2) 106-87 on Wednesday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guandong Tigers outrebounded Liaoning Hunters 47-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 assists. Forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) helped adding 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds and forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 16 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 9-2 record behind leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the ninth position with five games lost. Guandong Tigers will have a break next round. Liaoning Hunters will play at home against DongGuan Leopards (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liaoning H.: P.Josh 25+8reb+1ast, C.Rodney 16+4reb, L.Shunan 13+2reb+1ast, G.Ailun 8+3reb+4ast, H.Dejun 7+8reb+1ast, Y.Ming 7+2reb+6ast
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 21+3reb+10ast, Z.FangYu 14+9reb+2ast, S.James 14+11reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 13+2reb+3ast, Z.Peng 13+6reb+2ast, H.Dong 11+4reb
gschID: 158084


TianJin R. - Jiangsu D. 104-107

A very interesting game took place in Tianjin. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-9) to fourteenth ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-7) 107-104 on Wednesday evening. The guests were ahead by 10 points but lost the second period ending it with a 12-point deficit before their 36-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by TianJin Rongcheng helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. International swingman Li Yi (203-85) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 23 rebounds and Lebanese guard Rony Fahed (184-81) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for TianJin Rongcheng. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. TianJin Rongcheng's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Jiangsu Dragons moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Shanghai S. and Foshan. TianJin Rongcheng lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Jiangsu Dragons' next round opponent will be Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road. TianJin Rongcheng will play against the league's leader Beijing Ducks and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 34+23reb+1ast, F.Rony 20+5reb+4ast, Z.Zhihan 14+3reb+1ast, Z.Nan 14+3reb+5ast, H.David 10+5reb+1ast, X.GuiJun 5+3reb
Jiangsu D.: V.Jackson 23+15reb+2ast, M.Da 21+3reb+1ast, Y.Li 19+10reb+3ast, W.Marcus 18+1reb+4ast, H.XueFeng 12+4reb+2ast, L.Yahui 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158085


Shanghai S. - Xinjiang F.T. 88-84

The game between third ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (6-3) and fifteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (3-7) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Xinjiang Flying Tige was defeated by Shanghai Sharks in a tough game in Shanghai 84-88. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. Xinjiang Flying Tige was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 24-19 charge of Shanghai Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who led his team to a victory scoring 24 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Kenyon Martin (206-77, college: Cincinnati) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. and Foshan. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Zhejiang C. and Shanxi Zh.. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face higher ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (#3) in Taiyuan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 22+7reb+3ast, M.Kenyon 20+8reb+2ast, X.GuoChong 19+1reb, P.Duo 14+5reb+2ast, C.Tal 5+4reb+4ast, M.Bateer 4+14reb+2ast
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 24+8reb+1ast, F.Ryan 19+6reb+3ast, Z.ZhaoXu 12+9reb+2ast, M.Lingyuan 10+2reb+1ast, W.Yong-Liang 7+3reb+1ast, F.Tian 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158079


Shandong FB - Bayi Fubang 112-87

An interesting game took place in Jinan where higher ranked Bayi Fubang (5-4) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (4-7) 112-87 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bayi Fubang. The game was mostly controlled by Shandong Bulls. Bayi Fubang was better in fourth quarter 27-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shandong Bulls made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Shandong Bulls outrebounded Bayi Fubang 58-29 including a 23-10 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Bayi Fubang was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 29 points and 4 assists (was perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line !!!). Center Ke Wu (209-90) helped adding 19 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Lehei De (208-87) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) scored 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the eighth position with four games lost. Shandong Bulls will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: Y.Cao 20+2reb, D.Lehei 17+11reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 14+5reb+5ast, H.Shuo 10+2reb, W.Lei 9+2reb, W.ZhiZhi 5+2reb+1ast
Shandong FB: A.Alan 29+4reb+4ast, W.Ke 19+8reb, H.Othello 12+11reb+2ast, T.HanLin 9+5reb, L.Li 9+9reb+1ast, Y.Ding 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 158080


Fujian XX - Guangsha L. 56-70

Rather predictable result in Jinjiang where eighth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (6-4) defeated 10th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-6) 70-56 on Wednesday. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian SBS XunXin's 30. It was a great evening for American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) helped adding 14 points and 18 rebounds. Swingman TaiLong Zhao (193-90) responded with 21 points and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) scored 4 points and 20 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to sixth place. Loser Fujian SBS XunXin keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#5) in Urumqi in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play on the road against Jilin Tigers (#11) in Changchun and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: Z.TaiLong 21+4reb+3ast, Y.GengLin 10+9reb, G.Lei 9+5reb+1ast, L.Yi Ting 7+3reb+1ast, A.Zaid 4+20reb+1ast, Z.Qixin 2+2reb
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 22+11reb+3ast, C.Wilson 14+18reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 7+2reb+4ast, Z.Yongpeng 6+4reb, J.Lipeng 5+1reb, W.Zirui 4+3reb
gschID: 158081


Qingdao DS - Zhejiang C. 100-99

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (6-3) against sixteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (3-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting Zhejiang Cyclones were edged by Qingdao Double Star in a tough game in Qingdao 99-100. Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Qingdao Double Star, which allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Gen Li (196-88) accounted for 32 points (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winning side. American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) came up with 39 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and international power forward Jinhui Ding (204-89) added 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Zhejiang Cyclones in the defeat. Five Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. Qingdao Double Star maintains sixteenth place with 3-8 record. Zhejiang Cyclones at the other side keep the third position with three games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh. and Xinjiang F.T.. Qingdao Double Star will play against higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons (#14) in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Zhejiang Cyclones will play at home against Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 39+5reb, Z.ChunJun 17+4reb, C.Fei 14+2reb+3ast, D.Jinhui 13+12reb+5ast, B.Josh 10+10reb, Z.Dayu 6+5reb+1ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 34+6reb+6ast, L.Gen 32+1reb+2ast, C.Kai 9+2reb+1ast, S.Sani 8+8reb+1ast, O.Olumide 8+10reb+2ast, C.Liang 4
gschID: 158082


Foshan - Shanxi Zh. 100-108

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Foshan (3-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (6-3) 108-100 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 25-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanxi Zhongyu dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Foshan's 50. It was a great evening for American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (on 18-of-22 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Shanxi Zhongyu's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Zhun Zheng (214-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Foshan players scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Zhejiang C. and Xinjiang F.T. Loser Foshan dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Shanghai Sharks (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Foshan will play against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Foshan: M.Michel 22+5reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 21+11reb+3ast, D.Marcus 21+9reb+1ast, H.Marcus 18+4reb, Z.Lingxu 7+4reb+5ast, Y.Wenbo 5+2reb+4ast
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 38+11reb+2ast, W.Marcus 27+8reb+6ast, D.JiangPeng 13+1reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 10+4reb+1ast, P.Shang 10+8reb+2ast, L.XiaoMing 4+1ast
gschID: 158078




Qingdao add Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji - by Eurobasket News
Qingdao add Nigerian Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) to their roster. The player debuted with 8 points and 10 rebounds as Qingdao Double Star won over Zhejiang C. 100:99.
Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Qingdao Double Star, which allowed them to win the game. Qingdao Double Star maintains sixteenth place with 3-8 record. Qingdao Double Star will play against higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Oyedeji Olumide is not new in China. In 2009-2010 he played for Liaoning Panpan Hunters (China-CBA) and in 36 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-4 (12.2rpg), 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 66.5%. In May'10 he moved to ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League) and at the Asian Club Championships averaged 13.7ppg, Reb-1 (11.7rpg), 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 62.5%.
The season 2010-2011 Oyedeji Olumide started for Pepsi JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) but in Dec.'10 moved to Foshan (China-CBA) and in 32 games showed 14.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 55.1%, FT: 62.3%. The season 2011-2012 appeared first for Changwon LG Sakers (Korea-KBL, starting five) and in Dec.'11 moved to Qingdao Double Star (China-CBA).



Guangdong Wins -- Xinjiang, Zhejiang, Dongguan Lose -- Beijing Has Bye - by Arthur Volbert
With league-leading Beijing having a bye, Guangdong increased its hold on second place with a 106-87 destruction of Liaoning. Aaron Brooks had 21 points and 10 assists. James Singleton had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Zhou Peng and Wang Shipeng each scored 13. Dong Hanlin scored 11. Chen Jianghua had 8 points and 4 assists. Josh Powell had 25 points and 8 rebounds for Liaoning. Rodney Carney had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Liu Shunan scored 13. Guo Ailun had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Han Dejun had 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The next three teams in the CBA standings -- Xinjiang, Zhejiang and Dongguan -- all lost. Xinjiang was beaten by Shanghai 88-84. Michael Harris had 24 points and 8 rebounds. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Ji Xiang had 5 points and 8 rebounds. Patrick Mills had 22 points and 7 rebounds for Xinjiang. Kenyon Martin had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Xu Guozhong scored 19. Meng Duo had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 4 points and 14 rebounds.

Zhejiang was nipped by Qingdao 100-99. Hudson Lester (191-G-84, college: Tenn-Martin) had 34 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Qingdao. Li Gen scored 32, hitting 12 of 16 shots. New import Olumide Oyedeji had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Sani Sakakini had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Chen Kai scored 9. J. R. Smith, playing the entire game, had 39 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Zhang Chunjun had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Cao Fei had 14 points and 3 assists. These two players also played the entire game. Ding Jinhui had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in 45 minutes. Josh Boone had 10 points and 10 rebounds in 24 minutes. Zhang Dayu had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 24 minutes sharing the center position with Boone.

Dongguan lost in overtime to Jilin 104-100. Cartier Martin had 31 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Jilin. Osama Daghlas had 19 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Zhong Cheng had 16 points and 6 rebounds but missed all 5 of his three-point shots. Jameel Watkins had 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks. Lu Yao scored 9. Josh Akognon scored 29 for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Gu Quan had 6 points and 5 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 6 points and 4 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 4 points and 7 rebounds.

Shanxi defeated Foshan 108-100. Charles Gaines had 38 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals. Marcus Williams had 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Duan Jiangpeng scored 13. Shang Ping had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Bao Zhaobao had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 22 points and 5 rebounds for Foshan. Marcus Douthit had 21 points and 9 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Marcus Haislip had 18 points and 4 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu had 7 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

Allan Anderson had 29 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists as Shandong crushed Bayi 112-87. Wu Ke had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Othello Hunter had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tao Hanlin had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Wang Ruheng had 6 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. Li Lin had 9 points and 9 rebounds. Cao Yan had 20 points for Bayi. Delehei had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Han Shuo scored 10 and Wang Lei had 9.

Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Fujian 70-56. Peter John Ramos had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 7 points and 4 assists. Zhang Yongpeng had 6 points and 4 rebounds. Zhao Tailong had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Fujian. Yang Genglin had 10 points and 9 rebounds though he hit only 4 of 17 shots. Guo Lei had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 4 points and 20 rebounds. Imports Anthony Roberson and Will McDonald did not play.

Jiangsu defeated Tianjin 107-104. Jackson Vroman had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Meng Da had 21 points. Yi Li had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists. Marcus Williams scored 18. Hu Xuefeng had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Liu Yahui scored 8 and Wang Junjie had 6 points and 4 rebounds. Donnell Harvey had 34 points and 23 rebounds for Tianjin. Rony Fahed had 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Nan had 14 points and 5 assists. Zhang Zhihan scored 14. David Harrison had 10 points and 5 rebounds.




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 36.5
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS36.5 
 2. Smith, Zhejiang C.33.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.7 
 4. Chandler, Guangsha.28.1 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.27.6 
 6. Green, Foshan26.5 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. McDonald, Fujian X.26.1 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.25.7 
 10. Akognon, DongGua.24.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX14.6 
 2. Hunter, Shandong14.3 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.6 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.3 
 5. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 6. Harvey, TianJin R.13.0 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.12.9 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.12.9 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.6 
 10. Harrison, TianJ.11.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.9 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.6.0 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.7 
 5. Brooks, Guandong5.4 
 6. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 7. Anderson, Shandon.5.1 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning H.5.0 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.7 
 10. Lee, Beijing Ducks4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.5 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.3 
 3. Smith, Zhejiang C.3.0 
 4. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 6. Daghles, Jilin N.2.7 
 7. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.5 
 8. Anderson, Shandon.2.5 
 9. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 10. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.0 
 3. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.0 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 5. Randolph, DongGua.1.7 
 6. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 7. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 8. Yi, Guandong ST1.3 
 9. Li, Liaoning H.1.3 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.2 


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  CYPRUS   


Good job Yiannaras! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Firstly, we need to congratulate Panagiotis Yiannaras for what he has achieved so far. Even though a bitter taste remains for not been able to move into the last 16 of the Eurochallnege, bottom line is that Keravnos had a decent appearance in Group H, while being 8-0 at the local league.

The game

The Cypriot club played well for 3 quarters. Keravnos managed to open the lead to 9 pts a couple of times but was not able to hold it enough to win the game and lost to a hungry Szolnoki 82-91.

In the 4th and when the score was 67-71 with 5 minutes remaining, Trisokkas made a serious and decisive mistake, taking the ball and dribbling from backcourt to frontcourt. He committed travelling and got a technical for saying something to the ref.


Horvath then sank two free-throws before Trotter drilled a three-pointer to make it 67-76.

It was then that the game ended as Keravnos had no strength left to make a comeback with only 5 minutes remaining.

Eurobasket.com wishes to congratulate both Cypriot teams, Etha and Keravnos for representing their country in Eurochallenge.

Statistics

The Hungarians were 11 of 22 from long range.
Trotter ended up with 22 points. Brandon Gay added 17 points, Julien Mills 16 and Horvath 14.


For Keravnos, Ales Chan had 22 points and Marcus Moore another 19.




Best coach and MVP Awards - 1st round..... - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
The 1st half of the league is over and all teams have gone through 8 games. Eurobasket.com provides the best 2 players in each category.


1)Top scorers= Gillenwater - Apollon and Nicolas Papadopoulos - Aek
2)Top rebounders= Garcia-Aek and Boykin - Omonoia
3)Top assist men= Palalas - Ael and Massamba - Etha
4)Top stealers= Panteli - Aek and Tutt - Etha
5)Top blockers= Watkins - Etha and Chan - Keravnos
6)Most turnovers= Reed - Enad and Massamba -Etha

Awards

Awards are given to the best coach, the MVP American or Bosman player and the MVP Cypriot player of the 1st half of the season (total of 8 games).

The 1st round award for most valuable American or Bosman player goes to William Hatcher of Keravnos (ability to set the team and run the drills, among the best 4 in assists, best 10 in steals and leading attitude).

The 1st round award for most valuable Cypriot player goes to Nicolas Papadopoulos of Omonoia (among the best 5 in FT, best 10 in 2PFG, best 5 in 3PFG, 2nd best scorer, best 4 in assists, best 4 in steals and leading attitude).

Best coach award goes to Panagiotis Giannaras for his excellent record in the 1st round (8-0).

Note:

Statistics of all above categories are provided by the Statistical Service of the Cyprus Basketball Federation.





Coming Soon - Interview with APOEL's Lewis Sims - by Nima Siar
Nicosia, Cyprus - Last month, Cyprus League veteran Lewis Sims college: New Orleans resigned with one of his past teams Cytavision Apoel Nicosia whom he helped lead to the 2010 Eurochallenge Elite 8. During that tournament Sims was named the Forward of the Year while averaging 16.8 ppg and 4 rpg. This last weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Sims to talk about his thoughts of playing in Cyprus for the 4th season, his current team and new coach as well as development of Europe basketball in general. I hope to have the interview edited and posted by weeks end.

Thank you.


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  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 15-1 
 2. Bakken 13-1 
 3. Naestved 10-6 
 4. SISU 7-9 
 5. Horsens IC 6-9 
 6. Aalborg 6-9 
 7. Horsholm 6-10 
 8. Aabyhoj 6-10 
 9. Vaerlose 6-10 
 10. Falcon 3-13 


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. White, Aalborg25.7 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC24.2 
 3. Henry, Naestved22.2 
 4. Rutherford, SISU20.7 
 5. Kingsley, Svendborg20.2 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.7 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj19.5 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 9. Bak, Horsholm16.6 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jordan GLYNN
  Naestved
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Glynn, Naestved10.8 
 2. Bishop, Aalborg10.7 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.5 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.6 
 5. Curry, Aabyhoj9.3 
 6. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.5 
 7. Colas, Horsholm8.5 
 8. Osgood-R., Vaerlose8.4 
 9. Johansen, Naestved8.2 
 10. Harris, Horsens IC8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. White, Aalborg4.6 
 3. Sattler, Horsens IC4.1 
 4. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 5. McFarlane, Falcon3.9 
 6. Colman, Svendborg3.8 
 7. Sakne, Horsens IC3.5 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.5 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Nielsen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Henry, Naestved4.8 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose2.9 
 3. White, Aalborg2.7 
 4. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.3 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon1.9 
 7. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.1.8 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalbo.1.7 
 10. Nielsen, SISU1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, SISU2.3 
 2. Phillips, Aabyhoj2.1 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.2.0 
 4. Colas, Horsholm1.9 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.1 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose1.0 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Skyforce routs Charge in first-ever meeting - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Canton Charge 93-74 Tuesday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. Sioux Falls took its first lead of the game with a layup by Dominique Coleman midway through the first quarter to go ahead 10-9 and never trailed the rest of the game.

Sioux Falls (2-5) took advantage of Cantons poor shooting all night and led by as many as 25 points early in the fourth quarter. Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) scored 12 of his 20 points in the second quarter as Sioux Falls outscored Canton (3-4) 32-22 in that quarter to take a 48-33 lead at halftime.

Both teams got off to sluggish starts as Canton took the early lead with a 7-0 run to start the game. Sioux Falls responded with a 16-4 run taking advantage of Cantons 16.7 percent shooting in the first quarter. Sioux Falls used a balanced scoring effort to build their lead the rest of the game as five players finished in double figures.

Anderson had his best game in a Skyforce uniform with a team-high 20 points to go along with nine rebounds. Billy McShepard (6'10''-F, college: Valdosta St.) posted a double-double with 12 points and a season-high 14 rebounds.

Dante Milligan (6'9''-F-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Massachusetts) led Canton in scoring with 18 points and also grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds. Travis Franklin (6'7''-F-88, college: Colorado St.) added 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

Sioux Falls hosts rival Dakota in back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. CT. Canton continues their road trip Friday against Idaho at 9 p.m. ET.

Courtesy of www.keloland.com


Erie BayHawks waive Graves, add Stokes - by Eurobasket News
Point guard B.J. Jenkins (6'0''-G-88, college: Murray St.) has a surefire way for the Erie BayHawks to get back on the winning track.

Play like Kyle Spain.

'Kyle right now is playing like a man,' Jenkins said. 'Filling up the stat sheet all across. We need to all get on his level. If we all can get up to his level, we'll be hard to stop because he's bringing it every night, especially these past two games.'

Averaging 21 points and seven rebounds in his past two games, Spain has seized the moment while Donald Sloan, 7-footer Chris Daniels, Cory Higgins, Mychel Thompson and Kyle Goldcamp are in NBA training camps.

'I wished them the best of luck, but as soon as I heard they were leaving I was like, 'Oh yeah, this is my opportunity now,' ' Spain said. 'Soon as I heard about it, I had that mentality.'

However, Erie (2-5) is 0-2 minus Sloan, Daniels, Higgins, Thompson and Goldcamp.

The losing isn't setting too well with Spain and the BayHawks. They'll look to turn things around starting in today's 7 p.m. game at Springfield (4-1), the first in a four-game road trip.

The NBA opened training camp Friday, the same night Erie played Canton without Sloan (Atlanta), Daniels (Los Angeles Lakers), Higgins (Denver), Thompson (Cleveland) and Goldcamp (Cleveland).

Goldcamp, a Gannon graduate, was invited to Cavaliers camp six hours before Erie played the expansion Charge.

While some saw it as Erie losing half its roster, Spain had a different outlook.

'Eighty percent of our scoring has gone,' Spain said Friday. 'So that's opened up some more minutes for myself. Obviously that's an opportunity. An opportunity I need to capitalize on.'

Spain went into Friday's game averaging 9.2 points, but put up 18 in Erie's 101-98 loss.

The Charge ended the game on a 10-2 run after Spain fouled out with 3 minutes, 39 seconds left.

On Saturday, Spain had a game-high 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and no turnovers in 39 minutes, 45 seconds of play, but Erie lost 94-87 to Fort Wayne.

BayHawks coach Jay Larranaga likes how Spain is approaching the situation.

'Complaining is not changing anything,' he said. 'So we've got to look at it as an opportunity.'

With Daniels and Goldcamp in NBA camps, and injured power forward Jeff Graves (6'9''-C/F-81, college: Kansas) waived Tuesday, Spain is playing power forward. Playing against bigger bodies, Spain led Erie in rebounding Saturday.

'I've been in those kind of situations plenty of times before,' said Spain, who played in college at San Diego State. 'I feel like I'm strong enough to bang with the big men. It hasn't been a problem with me playing the four, a big man position. I have to do what I have to do to help my team win.'

The BayHawks say they're going to adapt to their lack of height. Tirrell Baines, who has averaged 25 points in the past two games, is 6 feet 6 inches tall.

Erie added 6-foot 10-inch Greg Washington to the roster in the past week. The former Hofstra standout is listed at 215 pounds but looks thinner.

'We have to play to our strengths,' Larranaga said. 'If they're going to take advantage of our lack of size on our defensive end, then on the offensive end we're going to have to take advantage of our shooting ability and our athletic ability to find ways to score.'
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This time, it will be different.

Loren Stokes (6'3''-G-83, college: Hofstra) surely hopes so.

When joining the Erie BayHawks last season, Stokes didn't smoothly blend in with a team that was 26 games into the campaign.

'I got there late and they were already going in a groove,' Stokes said.

Stokes, 27, has returned and is looking to maximize his second chance with Erie. The 6-foot 3-inch, 175-pound point guard from Buffalo practiced Monday with the BayHawks (2-5), who will begin a four-game road trip Wednesday at Springfield (4-1).

'My agent talked to (coach Jay Larranaga), and (the BayHawks) needed some guys,' Stokes said. 'I talked to my agent, and he basically said he thinks it will be a good fit this time.'

Last season, Stokes averaged 4.8 points and 2.1 assists in 22 regular-season games.

Stokes started five games and shot 53.8 percent from the field but was just 51.2 percent from the free-throw line.

'I think Loren is a great player,' Erie forward Kyle Spain said. 'I just feel like maybe he wasn't real comfortable or unable to get into his groove, but I know what kind of player he is. I know he's going to help us.'

Stokes played in all three playoff games for the BayHawks, who were eliminated by Reno in the first round, 2-1. After a couple of opportunities to play overseas fell through, Stokes is returning to Erie.

'I've been playing and working out the whole year around,' Stokes said.

Larranaga said Erie's offense suits Stokes' game well, as the BayHawks now run the same system as their hybrid partners -- the New York Knicks.

'Our style of play last year was probably less conducive to his game because we were very low-post oriented and pounded the ball inside,' Larranaga said. 'We would always try to get him some pick-and-roll opportunities because that's what he's best at.'

'This year, we're pick-and-roll. I think the style of play will definitely help him,' Larranaga said.

Stokes is also a beneficiary of the BayHawks' having five players -- Donald Sloan (Atlanta), 7-footer Chris Daniels (Los Angeles Lakers), Cory Higgins (Denver), Mychel Thompson (Cleveland) and Kyle Goldcamp (Cleveland) -- in NBA camps.

The D-League has allowed its teams to increase their rosters to 12 from 10 to combat losing players to NBA training camps that began Friday. They must return to 10-man rosters by Friday.

If Erie has any players return from the NBA camps, it will have to cut players. It has 10 on the roster right now.

Stokes realizes the situation.

'I've just got to wait and see,' Stokes said. 'Sometimes you've got to take chances, and sometimes they pan and out and sometimes they don't.'

The BayHawks also might get first-team all-D-League pick Ivan Johnson back. The 6-foot 8-inch, 255-pound power forward is in training camp with Atlanta.

If the Hawks waive him and he returns to the D-League, the BayHawks have his rights. Johnson, who was playing overseas in China, averaged 22.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in 2010-11 for the BayHawks, who won a franchise-best 33 games.

'Talking to him before the draft, he felt like he wants to play in the NBA or he wants to play overseas and make money,' Larranaga said. 'Maybe after this experience in training camp, he'll think, 'I'm very close, let me go back to Erie and I can get called up.' This is a great year to get called up. I think it could very well happen, but again it's going to be his decision.'

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Stampede forward Jason Ellis suffers season-ending injury - by Eurobasket News
The Idaho Stampede won one game and lost one on their first road trip of the season. But the biggest impact from the two-game swing might be the loss of forward Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82, college: Boise St.).

The former Boise State standout tore an ACL during Idahos 100-87 loss at Bakersfield on Thursday night. Ellis, who has been waived, will have surgery Dec. 28 and is done for the season.

The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward averaged 6.8 rebounds and 3.2 points in five games (all starts) for Idaho this season.

Its a tough blow. He was the heart and soul of the team. He was our best defensive player and was starting to play better. Well miss him, coach Randy Livingston said.

Idaho will activate forward Kendall Dartez off the injury list to take Ellis roster spot. Dartez has played in one game with Idaho this season.

Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com


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  EGYPT   


Pan Arab Games: Algeria beat Egypt to claim third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Algeria - Egypt 81:73

Algeria continued their winning run at Pan Arab Games in Doha. They defeated Egypt to clinch 3-0 record in Group A. Egypt suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) nailed 23 points to pace the winners.
Egypt got to the better start. They led by five points at the first break 18:13. Egypt maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated an 8-point buffer at halftime 48:40. But Algeria managed to revive the intrigue in the third period. They got within just a single point at the final intermission 54:55. Algeria went on a strong rally early in the final period to surge ahead. They held off all comeback efforts from Egypt and ran to the victory at the end. Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85) nailed 18 points and collected 19 rebounds, while Mohamed Amine Belhoul (F-86) added 12 points in the win. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 16 points for Egypt. Assem Marei (206-C/F-92) produced 10 points in the loss.

Algeria: Mohamed Harath 23, Mohamed Esseghir 18+19 boards, Mohamed Amine Belhoul 12
Egypt: Amr El Gandy 16, Assem Marei 10


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 11-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 9-1 
 3. Tarvas 7-4 
 4. Rapla 6-5 
 5. TTU/Kalev 5-7 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-8 
 7. Parnu 2-10 
 8. Valga/CKE 2-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Pilk, TT.18.0 
 2. Soo, Rapla17.1 
 3. Cipruss, Tarvas16.5 
 4. Raap, Parnu16.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu15.8 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.5 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.15.3 
 8. Arnold, TT.14.7 
 9. Hallik, Tarvas13.9 
 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.9.6 
 3. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.2 
 5. Cricelli, Va.8.0 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.8 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.6 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 9. Keedus, TT.6.8 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.3.8 
 3. Raap, Parnu3.7 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas3.6 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas3.6 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.5 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.2 
 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. Dorbek, Tarvas2.2 
 3. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 4. Laane, Rapla2.1 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.0 
 6. Kaldre, Rapla1.9 
 7. Saage, Tartu Uliko.1.9 
 8. Raley-Ross, Tln K.1.8 
 9. Roos, Tln Kalev1.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.3 
 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. Kurbas, Tartu Uli.0.5 


KML Round 13 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest TTU/Kalev's (#5) road victory over Tln Kalev (#6) 90-81 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tln Kalev won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Andrew Arnold (208-C-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. TTU/Kalev maintains fifth place with 5-7 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TTU/Kalev are looking forward to face higher ranked Rapla (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tln Kalev will play against BC Rakvere and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-10) 111-68. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Rain Veideman contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Rain Karner (186-91) answered with 17 points for KK Parnu. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-1 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Valga/CKE. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Parnu will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 13 Parnu was crushed by Rapla in a road game 93-74.
The best stats of 13th round was 31 points and 9 rebounds by Janar Soo of Rapla.


Rapla - Parnu 93-74

There was no surprise when 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-10) was crushed on the road by fourth ranked Rapla (6-5) 93-74. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. KK Parnu was better in second period 26-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rapla forced 20 KK Parnu turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Janar Soo (199-91) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 9 rebounds. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Swingman Rannar Raap (188-92) answered with 18 points and 8 assists and point guard Rain Karner (186-91) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for KK Parnu. Four KK Parnu players scored in double figures. Rapla maintains fourth place with 6-5 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Valga/CKE. Rapla will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round. KK Parnu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rapla: J.Soo 31+9reb+2ast, S.Kaldre 16+1reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 12+6reb+2ast, A.Parn 10+3reb+4ast, R.Laane 8+6reb+3ast, R.Ringmets 7+8reb+8ast
Parnu: R.Raap 18+4reb+8ast, T.Raadik 17+4reb, R.Karner 15+6reb+1ast, E.Tamsalu 10+5reb+2ast, T.Hamarsalu 9+5reb+1ast, S.Joosep 3+1reb
gschID: 150126


Tartu Ulikool - Parnu 111-68

Leader Tartu Ulikool delivered the eleventh victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked KK Parnu (2-10) 111-68. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Tartu Ulikool outrebounded KK Parnu 49-25 including a 34-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by KK Parnu's players. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Tanel Kurbas (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Tartu Ulikool's coach Indrek Visnapuu felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Rain Karner (186-91) answered with 17 points and center Toomas Raadik (202-90) added 13 points in the effort for KK Parnu. Tartu Ulikool have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 11-1 record. KK Parnu lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with ten games lost. They share it with Valga/CKE. Tartu Ulikool will play against bottom-ranked Valga/CKE (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KK Parnu will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: T.Kurbas 24+7reb+4ast, K.Evart 20+3reb+1ast, R.Veideman 14+7reb+3ast, B.Amis 14+8reb+2ast, S.Leppik 13+5reb+3ast, A.Paade 11+4reb+3ast
Parnu: R.Karner 17+4reb+3ast, R.Raap 16+1reb+1ast, T.Raadik 13+4reb+1ast, S.Joosep 6+6reb, E.Tamsalu 6+4reb, S.Olmre 4+3reb
gschID: 150127


Tln Kalev - TTU/Kalev 81-90

The biggest surprise of round 13 was guest TTU/Kalev's (#5) road victory over Tln Kalev (#6) 90-81 on Wednesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tln Kalev won fourth quarter 25-24. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American center Andrew Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) fired 27 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Four TTU/Kalev players scored in double figures. American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) produced 25 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. TTU/Kalev maintains fifth place with 5-7 record. Tln Kalev at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. TTU/Kalev are looking forward to face higher ranked Rapla (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Tln Kalev will play against BC Rakvere and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: A.Arnold 27+8reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 20+2reb+2ast, K.Makke 16+1reb+2ast, I.Pilk 13+8reb+7ast, E.Keedus 9+9reb+2ast, M.Kaja 4+3reb
Tln Kalev: M.Shaw 25+7reb, R.Roos 15+4reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 14+7reb, M.Paiste 8+1reb, M.Kurg 8+2reb+2ast, A.Fedortchuk 7+4reb
gschID: 150128




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  EUROCHALLENGE   


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) stole 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.



Chris Wright claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Chris Wright (185-G-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Olin Edirne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 22-year old guard got a double-double of 16 points and ten assists, while his team beat Triumph (#1, 4-2) 89-82. Olin Edirne maintains the 4th position in EuroChallenge group F. Olin Edirne is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-4 record. Wright turned to be Olin Edirne's top player in his first season with the team. Chris Wright averages this season 13.2ppg and 5.3apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Kyndall Dykes (190-G/F-87, agency: Edge Sports) of U.Mobitel.CN. Dykes impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 2 rebounds. Bad luck as U.Mobitel.CN lost that game 75-82 to slightly higher-ranked Enisey (#3, 2-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group E. U.Mobitel.CN still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory U.Mobitel.CN managed to get this year. Dykes is well-known by U.Mobitel.CN fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#6). University of New Orleans alumni Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent) of top-ranked Besiktas. Mensah-Bonsu scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Besiktas, leading his team to a 96-59 easy win against #4 ranked Goettingen. Besiktas started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game in group B. Mensah-Bonsu 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. The season just started for Mensah-Bonsu as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84) of BK Pardubice - 24 points and 8 rebounds
5. Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Chalon - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78) of Turk Telekom - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. John Holland (195-G/F-88) of Roanne - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Christopher Young (206-F/C-79) of Aalstar - 12 points and 14 rebounds
9. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ales Chan (215-C-80) of Keravnos - 22 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)


Standings
EuroChallenge Stage Two Standings
Group I
 1. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 2. Leiden 0-0 
 3. Roanne 0-0 
 4. Ventspils 0-0 
Group J
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. Chalon 0-0 
 3. Szolnok 0-0 
 4. Telekom Baskets 0-0 
Group K
 1. Besiktas 0-0 
 2. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 3. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 4. N.Novgorod 0-0 
Group L
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 3. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 4. Triumph 0-0 
Stage One Standings


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  EUROCUP   


Massey number one for Round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American-FYR Macedonian forward Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-rankedLokomotiv, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed GC 2014 (#3, 3-2) with 22-point margin 73-51. It allowed Lokomotiv to take over top position in the Eurocup group E. Lokomotiv have a solid 4-1 record. It's Massey's second year at Lokomotiv and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Kansas State University star has very solid stats this year. Massey. Massey is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.0ppg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg,3.0spg and 54.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of league's leader Gravelines. Vaty had a very good evening with 20 points and 7 rebounds. It was enough for Gravelines to edge Cibona (#4, 0-5) 81-77. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group A. Gravelines consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Vaty is a newcomer at Gravelines and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Dominic James (180-PG-86) of league's second-best Aris. James scored 28 points and passed four assists. Despite James' great performance Aris lost 72-78 to #1 ranked CEZ Nymburk. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aris needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in group C. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. James has a very solid season. In 5 games in Eurocup he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87) of M.Hainaut - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Torin Francis (210-F-83) of ALBA - 16 points and 6 rebounds
6. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82) of CEZ Nymburk - 14 points and 13 rebounds
7. Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) of Spartak SP - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Miro Bilan (212-F-89) of Cedevita - 16 points and 8 rebounds
9. Andrea De Nicolao (185-PG-91) of Benetton TV - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) of Khimky - 20 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)


Eurocup Regular Season Review: Group A - by Philip Mulryne
The 5th match week of Eurocup 2011-12 season have just passed and in four groups the teams that advanced to the Last 16 are determined with one match to spare for each. I would like to take a look to the groups and make comparisons with the last season.
Group A:
The biggest positive surprise was the success of Gravelines. They did something similar two what since a couple of years,- though not this season- Cholet did and now they are undefeated. After the rejuvaneration and comeback of the French basketball with the Eurobasket silver medal last summer, their chance to see even the final is not small. There used to be French teams in the quarter final stage at Eurocup- the last time was 2006-2007 season with Strasbourg Afik Nissim and Chuck Eidson in the frame. The last years' European campaign finished with last 8 at Eurochallange however the players of Christian Monschau, led by Andrew Albicy and a rough team effort both at defence and at the other side of the court, they did quite well, as well as in the French League with 8-2 win/loss count.
If we look back at past seasons, the prominent powerhouse of Ukranian basketball was Azovmash Mariupul at Euro stage. However, after the financial difficulties they have faced one or two seasons away changed the power relations and now, BC Donetsk reached Last 16 in its first Eurocup season in a similar fashion with rivals Budivelnik last year. Not bad for a team, which was officially founded at 2006 upon the roots of a rich basketball culture in the town with Shakhtar. Last year, they've reached the Ukranian league finals and now they have famous ex-Yugoslavian guard Sasa Obradovic and a lot of ambition. The team does not lack experience and that is shown in the results, just one away loss against the leaders Gravelines. Micheal Lee played with CEZ Nymburk in Eurocup for several years, Vule Avdalovic is a member of ex-Yugoslavian Eurobasket and Olympic squad. In the front court, they have talented Ivan Radevonic who is looking for a climb in his at first bright but then some tranquille career. Domestically, they have tied with Budivelnik and Azovmash, with 12-4. They have plugged Hapoel Jerusalem team with a win at the holy city at Israel and made the hosts mourn again. This is the second year of Oded Katash with the red-blacks and second year with no top 16. In fact, in last five years, they have only once reached at that stage, the season 2009-2010 where they have lost to ALBA Berlin at quarterfinal playoffs. Guy Goodes was the head coach, now an assistant coach at Maccabi. The defence was their problem and the ambitious crowd did not help against Donetsk. They are not the only team with pure disappointment though. Cibona Zagreb, once make the big teams of Europe tremble, did not even win one match before Week 6. Their financial and administrative problems are obvious, however the famous name and supporters does not deserve such a W/L count. The results with Josip Vrankovic was not satisfactory so Daniel Lutz was appointed as a replacement in the head coach department. Veteran Cibona player Davor Kus joined his beloved team recently but it was too late to make the train get on the rail. So after last years' Euroleague disaster where they have not recorded even a single win, the same fate found them at Eurocup. They need to get back for the sake of European basketball.


Valencia locks Serhiy Lishchuk until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Valencia Basket announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket). It means that the Ukrainian big guy will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Lishchuk currently plays his third year with the club. So far this season Serhiy Lishchuk appeared 5 times in EuroCup averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. He added 9.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 11 games in Liga Endesa. Serhiy Lishchuk joined Valencia in 2009 from Azovmash. He helped the Spanish club to win the EuroCup title in 2010. They also reached Euroleague Quarterfinals last season. Serhiy Lishchuk is active member of the Ukrainian National Team. He had 7.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Fener.Ulker 5-3 
 2. Bennet Cantu 5-3 
 3. Caja Laboral 5-4 
 4. Olympiakos 4-4 
 5. Gescrap BB 3-5 
 6. Nancy 3-6 
Group B
 1. CSKA 9-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 6-3 
 3. Unicaja 4-5 
 4. Brose Baskets 3-5 
 5. Zalgiris 2-6 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 2-7 
Group C
 1. Real Madrid 7-2 
 2. Maccabi T-A 5-3 
 3. Anadolu Efes 5-3 
 4. Partizan 4-5 
 5. Armani MI 3-6 
 6. Spirou 2-7 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 8-0 
 2. Montepaschi 6-2 
 3. Unics 5-3 
 4. Galatasaray 4-5 
 5. Asseco Prokom 1-7 
 6. Union Olimpija 1-8 


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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 15-3 
 2. Nilan Bisons 11-4 
 3. Pyrinto 11-5 
 4. Kauhajoki 11-6 
 5. ToPo 10-7 
 6. Kouvot 8-8 
 7. Korihait 8-10 
 8. LrNMKY 7-10 
 9. Salon Vilpas 6-11 
 10. KTP 5-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-16 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.4 
 2. Blue, KTP21.4 
 3. Crocker, KTP21.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.20.5 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.7 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.6 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.2 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto17.9 
 9. Ivey, Nilan Bisons17.9 
 10. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.4 
 2. Blue, KTP11.6 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.5 
 4. Newson, Kataja9.2 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.8.7 
 7. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.4 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.3 
 10. Davis, KTP7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.7 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.6 
 3. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 4. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 5. Walker, Kataja4.0 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 8. Moore, Namika L.3.6 
 9. Ahonen, Salon Vilp.3.3 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nigel MOORE
  Korihait
  (195-F/G-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moore, Korihait2.5 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 6. Crocker, KTP2.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.9 
 8. Moore, Namika L.1.9 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 10. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.5 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 7. Blue, KTP0.8 
 8. Bell, KTP0.7 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 10. Price, Kataja0.7 


Korisliiga Round 19: Joensuun Kataja beats Tampereen Pyrinto in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Joensuu. First ranked Joensuun Kataja faced 3rd placed Tampereen Pyrinto. Host Joensuun Kataja (15-3) defeated guests from Tampere (11-5) 89-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Joensuun Kataja's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-13 extending their advantage to 16 points. Joensuun Kataja made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Tampereen Pyrinto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) fired 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 15-3 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the third position with five games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked LrNMKY (7-10). Torpan Pojat managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Corey McIntosh contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds for LrNMKY. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth place with 10-7 record. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round. LrNMKY will play on the road against Tampereen Pyrinto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Salon between Salon Vilpas and KTP-Basket. Ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (6-11) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked KTP-Basket (5-14). Salon Vilpas managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 in the fight for the ninth place. It was a great evening for Roope Ahonen who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Tim Blue responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth place with 6-11 record. KTP-Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait (#7) in Uusikaupunki and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 19 Kauhajoki defeated Namika Lahti in a road game 76-65.



Salon Vilpas - KTP 74-71

A very close game took place in Salon between Salon Vilpas and KTP-Basket. Ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (6-11) got a very close home victory over 10th ranked KTP-Basket (5-14). Salon Vilpas managed to escape with a 3-point win 74-71 in the fight for the ninth place. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 48-41 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 6 assists. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) helped adding 6 points and 22 rebounds. Salon Vilpas' coach Mikko Tupamaki used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four KTP-Basket players scored in double figures. Salon Vilpas maintains ninth place with 6-11 record. KTP-Basket lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Salon Vilpas will meet league's second-placed Loimaan Korikonkarit on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KTP-Basket will play against UU-Korihait (#7) in Uusikaupunki and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 20+12reb, A.McCaskill 17+8reb, J.Lehtoranta 10+1reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 10+6reb+4ast, J.Lehtoranta 7+4reb, T.Crocker 4+6reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 26+2reb+6ast, E.Holloway 22+2reb, M.Sandberg 13+3reb+1ast, J.Fields 6+22reb+1ast, S.Kaaresvirta 5+1reb, A.Vaenerberg 2+2reb
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Namika Lahti - Kauhajoki 65-76

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Namika Lahti (2-16) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (11-6) 76-65 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Kauhajoen Karhu. Namika Lahti managed to win third quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kauhajoen Karhu forced 22 Namika Lahti turnovers. It was a great evening for American forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. International forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) helped adding 22 points. Four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Kauhajoen Karhu maintains fourth place with 11-6 record. Namika Lahti lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 16 games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home league's leader Joensuun Kataja in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: V.Makalainen 17+9reb+1ast, B.Bailey 16+7reb+2ast, M.Moore 15+8reb+3ast, R.Brooks 8+3reb+1ast, S.Pekkola 8+2reb, V.Makalainen 1
Kauhajoki: V.Makalainen 22+4reb+3ast, K.Beidler 18+11reb+3ast, C.Hannah 12+5reb+2ast, T.Hendley 10+6reb, E.Skamo 5+2reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 4+1reb
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Kataja - Pyrinto 89-73

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Joensuu. First ranked Joensuun Kataja faced 3rd placed Tampereen Pyrinto. Host Joensuun Kataja (15-3) defeated guests from Tampere (11-5) 89-73. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Tampereen Pyrinto. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Joensuun Kataja's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-13 extending their advantage to 16 points. Joensuun Kataja made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Tampereen Pyrinto helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) fired 23 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) produced 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international power forward Antti Nikkila (210-78, college: Valparaiso) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 15-3 record. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the third position with five games lost. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Kauhajoen Karhu (#4) in Kauhajoki in the next round. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: D.Williams 17+8reb+5ast, A.Nikkila 15+8reb, K.Lowe 13+3reb+4ast, A.Lehto 11+3reb+2ast, A.Williams 6+3reb+2ast, J.Niemi 3+1reb
Kataja: P.Virtanen 23+4reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 18+7reb, J.Newson 12+9reb+4ast, A.Kanervo 12+6reb+3ast, J.Price 9+8reb+1ast, B.Walker 8+5reb+3ast
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LrNMKY - ToPo 71-76

The game in Lappeenranta was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (10-7) played at the court of 8th ranked LrNMKY (7-10). Torpan Pojat managed to secure a 5-point victory 76-71. LrNMKY was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 41-35 second half run of Torpan Pojat. They also forced 20 LrNMKY turnovers. Strangely LrNMKY outrebounded Torpan Pojat 45-32 including 33 on the defensive glass. LrNMKY was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth place with 10-7 record. LrNMKY at the other side keeps the eighth position with ten games lost. Torpan Pojat will play against Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round. LrNMKY will play on the road against Tampereen Pyrinto and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 19+6reb+1ast, L.Hamm 16+13reb, D.Haynes 11+7reb+1ast, P.Riihela 9+5reb+1ast, J.Jarvinen 4+4reb+2ast, M.Ojala 4+3reb
ToPo: C.Griffin 23+11reb+2ast, H.Mottola 18+1ast, C.McIntosh 11+8reb+1ast, K.Muurinen 8+4reb, E.Lehtinen 7+2reb, T.Heinonen 4+1reb
gschID: 141715




KORISLIIGA: Kataja winning now 11 in a row - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 18: Four contests tonight. Kataja (Joensuu) rolling and winning game # 11 in a row. This time last season finalists meeting in Joensuu and Finnish Champion 2010 and 2011 Pyrinto (Tampere) falling by 16 points 89-73 (45-44). There were 13 lead changes and 10 ties, but Kataja was too strong during the last quarter. Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) had an On evening, when leading the hosts with 23 points (treys 7/9). Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) added 18 pts and Jared Newson 12 pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) and Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) were Pyrinto's key players. Kataja's record now 15-3 and 9-0 at home court.
Vilpas (Salo) scored only five (5) points during the second quarter, but was still defeating at home KTP (Kotka) 74-71 (26-30). Roope Ahonen (187-PG-90, agency: FCM) netted his season best 26 pts and giving six assists. Emmanuel Holloway (188-G-86, college: Illinois St.) added 22 pts. John Fields (205-F-88, college: Tennessee) grabbed 22 rebounds! Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) once again leading KTP with a double-double 20pts/12rbs. YMCA Lappeenranta lost at home vs Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) 71-76 (36-35) even winning the rebounds 49-35, but at the same time having 22 turnovers. And YMCA Lahti has it difficult this season - even at home. The loss # 16 of the season vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) and difference 11 points: 65-76 (29-49).

Kataja - Pyrinto 89-73 (45-44). (Petri Virtanen 23, Sami Lehtoranta 18, Jared Newson 12/9 - Damon Williams 17/5a, Antti Nikkila 15/8, Kenny Lowe 13. A: 1182).
Vilpas - KTP 74-71 (26-30). (Roope Ahonen 26/6a, Emmanuel Holloway 22, Mikael Sandberg 13 - Tim Blue 20/12, Amal McCaskill 17, Bojan Sarcevic 10. A: 950).
YMCA LPR - ToPo 71-76 (36-35). (Tyler Tiedeman 19/8to, Lawrence Hamm 16/13, DeAndre Haynes 11 - Chase Griffin 23/11, Hanno Mottola 18, Corey McIntosh 11. A: 682).
YMCA Lahti - Karhu 65-76 (29-49). (Ville Makalainen 17, Brant Bailey 16, Malik Moore 15 - Vesa Makalainen 22, Kelly Beidler 18/11, Clevin Hannah 12).


Finnish Cup Final 4 in Tampere on January 21.-22.2012. It will be first Kataja (Joensuu) vs Karhu (Kauhajoki) and Bisons (Loimaa) vs Pyrinto (Tampere). The winners will meet on Jan 22 at 6 pm.




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Rasta Vechta signed Marcus Smallwood for remainder of the season - by Moritz Korff
Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) has signed a contract with Pro B team SC Rasta Vechta and will most likely make his debut for his new club against BSV Wulfen on Saturday. The Vechta team was looking for a new player, because Benjamin Fumey (203-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Valparaiso) is still suffering from an ankle injury and will have to undergo surgery.
Smallwood, the 2010 Eurobasket.com All-Pro A Forward of the Year, started this current season with Pro A power house Mitteldeutscher BC, but parted ways with the club in November. He had ten appearances on the MBC team, averaging 6.5 points as well as 4.8 rebounds per contest. Following his departure from Weissenfels, Smallwood had at short stint at Sigal Prishtina of the Kosovo.


Keith Simmons Has An Extra Portion Of Baklava Leading Banvit Past The Fraport Skyliners 62-56 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With Christmas rolling along as quickly as the Green Bay Packers are mowing down NFL competition towards a perfect regular season as if they are finding four leaf clovers each weekend, the Eurocup competition is also slowly coming to an end for the Fraport Skyliners. In the last Eurocup home game of the Fraport Skyliners, the team welcomed home Keith Simmons who played in the Main city from 2008-2009. The last time the New York native and ex teammate of bBC Bayreuth guard Kevin Hamilton at Holy Cross played in the Fraport arena, Ilian Evtimov was still shousing bombs from the parking lot, Lorenzo Gordon was still melting little girls hearts with his warm smile, and no day went by in the BCM where one didnt hear old coach Murat Didin say the word Bubba at least 40 times. Since then Simmons has found a new home in Turkey with Banvit where he has played since 2009 and entered the Fraport arena with an extra portion of Baklava helping his team slip past the Fraport Skyliners 62-56. Simmons might not have led his team in scoring, but did in rebounds and assists and helped spark the defense in the victory. Simmons is an all around great player. He doesnt always have to score, but when they need anything like rebounds, assists or defending then he is there and does his job, stressed Skyliner guard Michael Thompson. After the game, Mckinney and Simmons were joking around as if they were still teammates. Mckinney noticed that the game of Simmons has grown since his Frankfurt days. Keith has always been a great defender and makes it so tough on offense. He just does his job. He has improved his shooting. He was already a good shooter with Frankfurt, but now he is a great shooter, stressed Jimmy Mckinney. Simmons was glad to see his old friend again. It was cool being back in Frankfurt. It was good seeing the Skybembels and Jimmy of course. The blue light outside in the front of the arena looked nice. Fraport seems to have done a good job. Jimmy played a strong game against us in Banvit, so it was key today to slow him down a bit even though he did get loose a bit. We trashed talked a bit, but it was all in good fun, added Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross)

The Fraport Skyliners were looking for their first win in Eurocup play, but instead suffered their fifth loss and slowly have inherited a sickness of being good enough to come back in games, but not win them. The team was on the heels of Banvit, but once again couldnt close the door in crunch time and rather got the door slammed in their faces. We were so close at the end, but we gave up some costly offensive rebounds. We just dont seem to be able to get over the hump. It is always the stupid things that cost us games at the end, stressed Skyliner guard Jimmy Mckinney. Banvit came into the game with a 2-2 record and needed to win and made a step in the right direction moving to 3-2. Now they need to win against Lok Kuban to advance to the next round. We really needed and wanted to win this game. We have been playing better the last weeks and it wasnt easy playing against a tough team with Frankfurt. We gave up more points in the second half and Frankfurt almost caught us. It was the little mistakes that cost Frankfurt the game, stressed Banvit center Cemal Nalga. The game also marked the Frankfurt debut of American forward Jacob Burtschi who came from ACB team Zaragosa. Burtschi who shot 44% from outside last season in the Beko BBL and won the 2011 three point shooting contest at the Beko BBL Allstar game had a tough game shooting 2/10 and finished with six points, three rebounds and two assists. However Burtschi did show that versatility could be his middle name as he hit big shots, rebounded fierce and even made a behind the back pass. It was a bit nerve wracking the first time out and I would have liked to have played better, but I am still finding my role. The Beko BBL is more up and down while the ACB is more set plays. My body has to get used to the Beko BBL style again, stressed Jacob Burtschi.

Before the jump ball happened to start the game, there were some interesting things to observe as Jermareo Davidson and Charles Davis met again after having been teammates together with NBA player Mo Williams at Alabama (NCAA). Justin Gray son almost scared away Davis with his pint sized basketball. The Fraport Sklyiners seemed relaxed as Michael Thompson stole a ball from Quantez Robertson in warm-ups. When the game finally did start, one had to get used to the jail like Banvit uniforms as they had colorful stripes and it seemed like the players were on their way to a kids birthday party and the only thing missing was Bozo the clown. The Fraport Skyliners got off to a quick start leading 4-1 after one minutes As Tim Ohlbrecht made a dunk and Thompson hit with one of his fancy floaters. However Frabkfurt was unable to hold their intensity long as Banvit quickly found their rhythm going on a 18-2 run to lead 19-6 as Frankfurt had no cure how to slow up the Banvit offense. Banvit was playing an intelligent inside out game that was very effective. Charles Davis scored back to back buckets with a mid distance shot and a pretty finger tip roll in. Top Turkish point guard Baris Ermis who won a silver medal with Turkey at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey also scored on a lay in. Ex Skyliner Simmons scored twice and the Banvit bench stepped up as Clemson graduate Clifford Hammonds hit a three pointer. Robertson closed out the first quarter with a hoop as Banvit led 19-8. Banvit was doing a fine job getting the ball inside fast, rebounded well and there strong defense sparked their offense. Robertson closed out the first quarter with a hard penetration lay in over Nalga. Frankfurt had too many turnovers. Banvit played strong aggressive defense and Frankfurt had problems getting the ball inside due to the big and strong defenders. Banvit also controlled the boards, added Fraport Skyliner PRO B player Jan Novak. Banvit was shooting 50% from the tow point range and three point range while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the two point range and were 0/3 from outside. Banvit controlled the rebounds 9-6. Frankfurt had seven turnovers and Banvit two only.

In the second quarter Turkish team Banvit kept the lead, but Frankfurt continued to fight and claw back something they have done much this season. Simmons and Thompson exchanged jumpers as Banvit led 21-10. Clifford Hammond then unveiled a nifty finger tip roll in and Davidson hit one of his typical mid distance jumpers as Banvit still led 23-12. Frankfurt had some misfortune after Banvit turned over the ball after getting three consecutive offensive rebounds. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run as German national player Tim Ohlbrecht connected with a hook shot and Mckinney made a runner as Frankfurt trailed only 25-16. It continues to be the same old story when Frankfurt is playing catch up, they get caught and give up a run as Banvit scored five consecutive points to lead 30-16 as Hammonds scored on a jumper and Ermis showed his quickness in traffic scoring. Frankfurt continued to play catch up going on a 7-0 run to trail only 30-23. Mckinney made two free throws, nailed a three point bomb and Marius Nolte scored inside. Ermis and Nolte exchanged buckets inside to end the second quarter as Banvit led 32-25. Frankfurt got more points on transition and rebounded better. Good defense helped spark their offense. Frankfurt also did a better job taking care of the ball and having less turnovers, commented Jan Novak. Banvit was shooting 48% from the two point area and 50% from the three point line while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 59% from the two point area, but only 13% from the three point line. Banvit had the rebound edge 16-12 and only six turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

Banvit kept the lead in the third quarter, but could never totally break away from the Fraport Skyliners as they continued to be a pest like a fly that gets caught in your soup. The third quarter started off with a 4-0 Frankfurt bang as Mckinney hit two free throws and Jacob Burtschi made a steal and fed Thompson on the fast break with a behind the back pass as Frankfurt led 32-19. However Frankfurt continued to be unable to get consecutive stops as Banvit went on a 4-0 mini run to lead 36-29 as Hammonds made two free throws and Kenan Bajramovic a fade away jumper. Thompson bit into the run with a nasty three pointer from the wing as Frankfurt trailed only 36-32. Runs in basketball are as common as it never snowing on the Bahamas as Banvit hurt Frankfurt with a new 5-0 run to lead 41-32. Nalga made one of two free throws, Ermis scored inside after getting fed nicely from Nalga and Bajramovic dunked inside. Frankfurt was conserving their energy well and closed out the third quarter with a 125 run to trail only 46-44. Jermareo Davidson who likes to step out and take the mid range shot mostly, but also knows how to flick a quick pass inside when needed as he saw Robertson sprinting under the basket and fed him for a reverse layup. Davidson then hit with a baby hook shot as Frankfurt trailed 43-38. Burtschi then hit his first shot hitting from outside. Bajramovic then hit a huge bomb from outside as Banvit led 46-41. Frankfurt had one chance left and mr money shot Jimmy Mckinney hit a buzzer beater ending the third quarter allowing hope in the fourth quarter. We came back in the third quarter with good defense, stated Jacob Burtschi. Banvit was shooting 50% from the two point range and 33% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 54% from the two point range and 27% from the parking lot. Banvit had the 23-19 rebound advantage and nine turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, the Fraport Skyliners remained so close, but they were never able to regain the lead simply because Banvit continued to shoot at a high rate. Bajramovic scored on a lay up and Burtschi reacted with his second three pointer of the game as Frankfurt trailed only 48-47. Then it was another mini run by Banvit as Daviss cored consecutive hoops as Banvit led 52-47. Davidson then caught a no look Super Tez pass dunking as Frankfurt trailed 52-49. Even with time elapsing, Banvit continued to stay consistent and still displaying much energy as Frankfurt seemed to get a bit tired as Hammonds dropped an open three pointer and Davis dunked all alone taking advantage of the Robertson mismatch as Banvit led 57-49. Mckinney and Davis then traded baskets as Frankfurt trailed 59-51. Danilo Barthel then made one free throw and Robertson scored inside as Banvit led 59-54. With 1.22 to play and a two possession game, Frankfurt still had all cards in their hands for winning, but then let up two consecutive offensive rebounds which was penalized by Bajramovic who beat Barthel at the free thow line and scooted to the basket as if he was out on a Sunday stroll as no Skyliner came to help as Banvit decided the game and led 61-54. Rebounding is a group effort. We should of collapsed down better, but they capitalized on it as Bajramovic scored. Securing the rebound could of changed the game, stressed Jacob Burtschi. Davidson scored on a dunk and Davis made one of two free throws as the game ended 62-56 for Banvit. We got the necessary defensive stops at the end. We gave up many offensive rebounds at the start of the season, but we did a good job getting rebounds tonight, warned Keith Simmons

Banvit was led by Cliff Hammonds with 15 points. Charles Davis added 14 points. Kenan Bajramovic produced 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jimmy Mckinney with 14 points. Michael Thompson contributed nine points and Jermareo Davidson eight points. The Fraport Skyliners shot 50% from the two point range and only 26% from outside while Banvit shot 56% from the two point range and 33% from outside. Banvit dominated the boards 33-22 and had 15 turnovers while Frankfurt had 14 only. The biggest problem for the Fraport Skyliners remains to be the ability to come back and get a lead and win. Finding an answer seems difficult since it seems to be a mystery that desperately need to be cured. If we knew what the problems are why we cant win games at the end then we would change something. It is the little things that hurt us, stated Skyliner forward Danilo Barthel. A quality that is always good to have is not laying down and dying and Frankfurt seem to keep having the battling outlook no matter what. Our best quality was that we never gave up and continue to fight. It is good that we have Burtschi. He is still learning the system, but he played effective, warned Michael Thompson. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig host the Fraport Skyliners December 18th.




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Gabe Kennedy our for at least 4 weeks - by Fred Roggen
ZZ Leiden center Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) sustained a fracture of his left hand (metacarpal) and will only know next week how long the recovery will take. With just plaster it is probably about four weeks with some rehabilitation, if it requires surgery. he should be considered a much longer period, perhaps a week or ten. The American just recovered from an ankle injury'.
Kennedy has played nine games with ZZ Leiden averaging 11.6 points and 5.3 boards per game in the DBL.



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Pan Arab Games: Iraq celebrated the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Iraq-Sudan 89:60

Iraq celebrated the initial victory at Pan Arab Games tonight. The team won over Sudan 89:60 to finish third in the Group A. Sudan meanwhile lost the third straight game and finished on the fourth position.
Sudan enjoyed 9:6 early in the game and won the first period 19:15. They also looked better in the second frame and reached 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to the Asian side. With 32-6 Iraq won the third frame and had 61:41 at the end of thirty minutes. Another productive last stanza gave them 29-point victory.
Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ali Al-Juboori (170-PG-87) scored 20. Ali Ismael (201-PF-94) nailed 13, while Ahmed Al-Nasrawi (F/G-89) delivered 10. Kamal Elfadel (F/C) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Alaa Eldin (G) notched 19.

Iraq: Qutaiba Al-Doori 22, Ali Al-Juboori 20, Ali Ismael 13, Ahmed Al-Nasrawi 10
Sudan: Kamal Elfadel 21, Alaa Eldin 19


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SuperLeague round 11 best performance: Jermaine Turner - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-F-74) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked 11890 Killester, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 24 rebounds, while his team beat Belfast Star (#4, 1-10) 88-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. 11890 Killester maintains the 2nd position in American SuperLeague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. 11890 Killester will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Turner has many years of experience at 11890 Killester, through which he has constantly improved. Former Dowling College star has very solid stats this year. Turner. Turner is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.8ppg), assists (4th best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 3.6bpg,3.9spg and 65.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Latvian Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of league's leader DCU Saints. Provizors had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Of course DCU Saints cruised to a 96-84 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked UCD Marian (#3, 4-7). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. DCU Saints consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 10 matches. Provizors is one of the most experienced players at DCU Saints and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Donnie Stith (201-F-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management) of UCD Marian (#3). Stith showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Stith's great performance UCD Marian lost 84-96 to #1 ranked DCU Saints. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The chances of UCD Marian not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stith could try to bring UCD Marian's a little bit higher in the standings. Stith has individually a great season in Ireland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.7ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (7th best). He also has 2.5spg and 2.0bpg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Patrick Glover (193-F-77) of DCU Saints - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Luke Enos (201-F) of Moycullen - 32 points and 9 rebounds
6. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81) of B.Gais Neptune - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Joshua Johnson (199-F-85) of Belfast Star - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ian McLoughlin (185-F-85) of B.Gais Neptune - 10 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Shawn Atupem (200-F-89) of UCC Demons - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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National League round 10 best performance: Michael Badalov - by Eurobasket News
Forward Michael Badalov (201-F-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Elitzur Ramla, receiving a Eurobasket.com National League Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed Elitzur Yavne (#5, 6-4) with 28-point margin 95-67. Elitzur Ramla maintains the 8th position in National League. Elitzur Ramla 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 5-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Badalov as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Michael Badalov averages this season 11.9ppg and 6.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) of Lev Hasharon. Rosefelt had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Lev Hasharon lost that game 69-86 to the higher-ranked Hapoel T-A (#2, 8-2). Lev Hasharon is still in a red zone at 10th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Rosefelt is a newcomer at Lev Hasharon, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Eric Traimel (201-F-88) of Ironi Nahariya (#6). Traimel scored 28 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Traimel's great performance Ironi Nahariya lost 95-100 to slightly lower-ranked Hod Hasharon (#7, 5-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Ironi Nahariya 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 4 lost games. Traimel has a very solid season. In 9 games in Israel he scored 16.0ppg. He also has 8.8rpg and FGP: 59.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gary Gandel (203-G/F-80) of Hod Hasharon - 21 points and 13 rebounds
5. Avi Sukar (187-G-76) of Hod Hasharon - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists
6. Almaad Jackson (210-PF-85) of Hapoel Y/M - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Ilan Berkowitz (186-G-75) of Elitzur Ramla - 10 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists
8. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (204-F/C-83) of Hapoel T-A - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ramon Clemente (200-PF-85) of Kiryat Tivon - 15 points and 10 rebounds
10. Thomas Sanders (194-G-85) of Hapoel Y/M - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Shooting guard Marco Belinelli signs with Hornets - by Eurobasket News
Restricted free agent Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) has accepted the Hornets' $3.3 million qualifying offer and will return to the team's lineup this season.

The Hornets made the offer for Belinelli in June, restricting his ability to sign with other teams. He decided to sign that offer Tuesday rather than hold out to see if another team would offer more.

The 25-year-old, 6-foot-5 Belinelli started 69 games last season, averaging 10.4 points in 24.5 minutes.

General Manager Dell Demps says Belinelli had the best year of his career last season and the team expects him to 'continue to grow' and 'be a valuable asset of our team this season.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Nazionale A Round 14: Matera defeats leader Napoli - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Napoli (10-4) on the court of sixth ranked Matera on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Matera 76-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Napoli won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Matera made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Napoli turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Napoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Napoli. Matera (5-9) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pavia and Comsum.it SI. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Trieste. Matera is looking forward to face league's second-placed Ferentino on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Napoli will play against Anagni and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Chieti (7-7) which played on the court of Anagni (6-8). Fourth ranked Chieti won 63-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anagni. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Roberto Feliciangeli chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Chieti have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Latina Basket and San Severo. Anagni at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Recanati and Castelletto. Chieti will play against Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Anagni will play on the road against the league's leader Napoli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Ruvo di Puglia between Fabriano and Ruvo. Fifth ranked Fabriano (4-10) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Ruvo (2-12). Fabriano managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 in the game for the fifth place. Cosimo Fontani notched 19 points and 5 steals to lead the effort. Even 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Christian Villani did not help to save the game for Ruvo. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Fabriano maintains fifth position with 4-10 record, which they share with Firenze and Santarcangelo. Ruvo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Fabriano will meet at home league's leader Bari in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ruvo will play against Chieti (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Perugia (8-6) against sixth ranked Firenze (4-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Perugia was defeated by Firenze in a tough game in Firenze 64-71. The best player for the winners was Alessandro Amici who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Firenze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fabriano and Santarcangelo. Perugia at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo. Perugia will play at home against the league's second-placed Treviglio (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (8-6) against fourth ranked Latina Basket (7-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Latina Basket in Latina 81-67. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. Tommaso Milani orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latina Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with Chieti and San Severo. Newly promoted Orlandina still keeps top position with six games lost. Latina Basket will face Recanati (#4) on the road in the next round. Orlandina will play against the league's second-placed Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 14: Ferentino was beaten by San Severo on the road 86-80. Bari won against Recanati on its own court 83-79. Omegna managed to outperform Treviglio in a road game 73-69. Pavia managed to beat Comsum.it SI at home 80-66. Santarcangelo was defeated by Castelletto on the opponent's court 67-52. Torino was beaten by Trento in a home game 71-84. Casalpusterlengo lost to Trieste on the road 73-80.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks by Jacopo Borra of Treviglio.



Anagni - Chieti 55-63

Another interesting game for Chieti (7-7) which played on the court of Anagni (6-8). Fourth ranked Chieti won 63-55. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Anagni. The game without a history. Chieti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Chieti players scored in double figures. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Andrea Malamov (196-83) scored 13 points. Chieti have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Latina Basket and San Severo. Anagni at the other side dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with Recanati and Castelletto. Chieti will play against Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round. Anagni will play on the road against the league's leader Napoli and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chieti: R.Feliciangeli 17+6reb+2ast, F.Gialloreto 11+2reb, E.Rossi 10+17reb+1ast, S.Rajola 10+6reb+1ast, A.Raschi 9, T.Ingrosso 2+1reb
Anagni: R.Santolamazza 19+8reb+2ast, A.Malamov 13+3reb+1ast, L.Ciribeni 6+2reb+3ast, A.Zanelli 4+1reb, D.Corral 4+10reb, M.Baroncelli 3+2reb
gschID: 135721


Ruvo - Fabriano 68-70

A very close game took place in Ruvo di Puglia between Fabriano and Ruvo. Fifth ranked Fabriano (4-10) got a very close victory on the road over 6th ranked Ruvo (2-12). Fabriano managed to escape with a 2-point win 70-68 in the game for the fifth place. The guests trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Fabriano made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Ruvo turnovers. Guard Cosimo Fontani (195-89) notched 19 points and 5 steals to lead the effort and forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) supported him with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Even 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Christian Villani (200-82) did not help to save the game for Ruvo. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Ruvo's coach Giulio Cadeo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Fabriano maintains fifth position with 4-10 record, which they share with Firenze and Santarcangelo. Ruvo lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 12 games lost. Fabriano will meet at home league's leader Bari in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Ruvo will play against Chieti (#3) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fabriano: C.Fontani 19+3reb+2ast, G.Sgobba 17+5reb, A.Iardella 10+3reb+4ast, N.Manuel Stanic 8+3reb+3ast, G.Castelletta 6+4reb, M.Trapella 4+7reb
Ruvo: C.Villani 16+7reb+5ast, M.Tagliabue 15+11reb+1ast, P.de Martino 9+1reb, S.Zanotti 7+4reb, G.Valesin 6+1ast, F.Emejuru 6+10reb
gschID: 135722


San Severo - Ferentino 86-80

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Mazzeo San Severo (7-7) beat at home second-ranked Ferentino (9-5) 86-80 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ferentino won third quarter 21-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Mazzeo San Severo won last quarter 26-21. Forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Ivan Scarponi (196-86) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) replied with 31 points and 6 rebounds and guard Francesco Guarino (182-79) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Ferentino. Mazzeo San Severo moved-up to second place, which they share with Chieti and Latina Basket. Loser Ferentino keeps the second position with five games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face Orlandina (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ferentino will play against Matera.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Fattori 24+7reb+2ast, I.Scarponi 17+3reb+1ast, F.Lovatti 15+3reb+3ast, F.Amoroso 14+5reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 10+1reb+5ast, F.Candido 4+7reb
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 31+6reb, F.Guarino 10+4ast, L.Panzini 9+1reb, A.Iannuzzi 9+1reb, F.Ihedioha 7+3reb+1ast, L.Pongetti 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 135723


Matera - Napoli 76-70

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Napoli (10-4) on the court of sixth ranked Matera on Monday night. Visitors were defeated by Matera 76-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Napoli won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Matera made 22-of-23 free shots (95.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Napoli turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Napoli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. The former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) contributed with 14 points for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) added 13 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) in the effort for Napoli. Four Napoli players scored in double figures. Matera (5-9) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pavia and Comsum.it SI. Newly promoted Napoli still keeps top position with four games lost. They share it with Trieste. Matera is looking forward to face league's second-placed Ferentino on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Napoli will play against Anagni and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Matera: G.Cantagalli 18+4reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 14+1reb, C.Grappasonni 12+2reb, S.Vico 9+2reb+2ast, P.Aprea 8+2reb+1ast, A.LaGioia 7+6reb+1ast
Napoli: B.Musso 17+7reb+1ast, S.Lenardon 14, A.Iannilli 13+7reb+1ast, S.Gatti 10+5reb+1ast, N.Rizzitiello 8+2reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 7+4reb
gschID: 135724


Bari - Recanati 83-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-ranked Recanati's (6-8) road loss to first ranked Bari (8-6) 79-83 on Sunday. Recanati was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 27-19 charge of Bari, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. Bari outrebounded Recanati 41-30 including 28 on the defensive glass. Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Marco Bona (194-89) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and point guard Roberto Fossati (185-78) added 17 points and 6 assists in the effort for Recanati. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bari maintains first position with 8-6 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Recanati lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Bari will face Fabriano (#5) in the next round. Recanati will play against Latina Basket and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 18+5reb+3ast, S.Gigena 15+5reb, M.Bona 15+5reb+6ast, M.Cardillo 12+6reb+2ast, D.Morena 9+6reb+1ast, F.Mian 8+1ast
Recanati: R.Fossati 17+6ast, P.Chiarello 16+6reb, A.Pierini 16+12reb+1ast, M.Evangelisti 11+4reb+3ast, M.Pierangeli 7+3reb, M.Ceron 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 135725


Firenze - Perugia 71-64

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Perugia (8-6) against sixth ranked Firenze (4-10) on Tuesday night. Visiting Perugia was defeated by Firenze in a tough game in Firenze 64-71. Perugia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 39-30 second half run of Firenze. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 26 Perugia turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Andrea Giampaoli (185-90) chipped in 16 points. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) produced 13 points and Riccardo Truccolo (190-89) added 14 points and 5 steals respectively for the guests. Firenze moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fabriano and Santarcangelo. Perugia at the other side still keeps top position with six games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo. Perugia will play at home against the league's second-placed Treviglio (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Firenze: A.Amici 19+7reb+2ast, A.Giampaoli 16+2reb, D.Scodavolpe 15+2ast, D.Monaldi 8+1reb+2ast, M.Sanna 6+3reb, S.Spizzichini 4+4reb+1ast
Perugia: R.Truccolo 14+1reb, D.Poltroneri 13+2reb, L.Bisconti 9+4reb+1ast, C.Cutolo 8+3reb, S.Bonamente 8+5reb, F.Baldi Rossi 5+5reb
gschID: 135715


Treviglio - Omegna 69-73

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Omegna's (13-1) road victory over second-ranked Treviglio (9-5) 73-69 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Omegna forced 21 Treviglio turnovers. Strangely Treviglio outrebounded Omegna 36-23 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Tommaso Raspino (196-89, agency: Players Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points. Guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Center Jacopo Borra (212-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) added 18 points in the effort for Treviglio. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Omegna have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-1 record. Loser Treviglio keeps the second place with five games lost. Omegna will face Torino (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Treviglio will play against Perugia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: P.Picazio 15+2reb+2ast, T.Raspino 14+4reb+2ast, S.Masciadri 11+3reb+1ast, D.Casadei 11+4reb, P.Paci 11+5reb, M.Bertolazzi 8+4reb+6ast
Treviglio: J.Borra 22+16reb+1ast, A.Fabi 18+3reb+2ast, A.Vitale 11+2reb+5ast, G.Zanella 10+4reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 8+6reb+5ast, T.Carnovali 0
gschID: 135716


Pavia - Comsum.it SI 80-66

There was a minor upset when one of their biggest challengers Comsum.it SI (5-9) lost on the road to sixth ranked Pavia (5-9) 80-66 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pavia. Comsum.it SI was better in second period 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pavia forced 27 Comsum.it SI turnovers. Forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points. Naturalized Ivorian swingman Ibrahim Cisse (188-84) contributed with 8 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. Pavia's coach Massimiliano Baldiraghi used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds and center Amedeo Tessitori (203-94) added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Comsum.it SI. Pavia moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Comsum.it SI and Matera. Pavia will face Casalpusterlengo (#4) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against Castelletto and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pavia: R.Pederzini 19+4reb+3ast, R.Maggio 13+3reb+1ast, R.Cazzaniga 12+3reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 11+2reb+2ast, I.Cisse 8+9reb+2ast, L.Furlanetto 8+2reb+2ast
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 17+14reb+2ast, A.Tessitori 15+13reb+1ast, N.Mei 15+1reb+6ast, G.Spizzichini 7+3reb+3ast, M.Cucco 5+1reb, M.Pascolo 4
gschID: 135717


Castelletto - Santarcangelo 67-52

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Castelletto (6-8) defeated at home 5th ranked Santarcangelo (4-10) 67-52 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Castelletto dominated on the defensive end, holding Santarcangelo to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Santarcangelo 44-27 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Andrea Piazza (187-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) contributed with 7 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giorgio Broglia (198-86) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) added 8 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Santarcangelo. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Castelletto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Anagni and Recanati. Newly promoted Santarcangelo keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Castelletto will face Comsum.it SI (#4) in Siena in the next round. Santarcangelo will play at home against Firenze and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Piazza 15+5reb+2ast, F.Dri 11+2reb+2ast, L.Marmugi 10+7reb, M.Raminelli 8+10reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 7+1reb+2ast, S.Cotani 7+13reb
Santarcangelo: G.Broglia 16+5reb, M.Palermo 9+2reb+2ast, A.Ancellotti 8+10reb, L.Bedetti 7+1reb, L.Pesaresi 6+1ast, E.Rivali 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 135718


Torino - Trento 71-84

There was a minor upset when second-ranked Torino (9-5) lost at home to second ranked Trento (9-5) 84-71 on Sunday. The game without a history. Trento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The former international guard Luca Conte (193-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points. The former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Cristiano Masper (208-73) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Torino. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Trento have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 9-5 record behind leader Bari, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Torino. Trento will face league's leader Trieste at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Torino will play against the league's leader Omegna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: L.Conte 26+2reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 17+8reb, M.Pazzi 14+5reb+1ast, M.Negri 8+3reb, M.Spanghero 8+1reb, D.Pascolo 6+3reb
Torino: M.Portannese 17+7reb, C.Masper 16+5reb+1ast, F.Conti 13+4reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 13+2reb+2ast, F.Tassinari 6+5reb+1ast, F.Giusto 3+2ast
gschID: 135719


Latina Basket - Orlandina 81-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Orlandina (8-6) against fourth ranked Latina Basket (7-7) on Sunday night. Visiting Orlandina was defeated by Latina Basket in Latina 81-67. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Latina Basket. Orlandina was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Orlandina to just 7 points in third quarter. Guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) contributed with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Thomas De Min (203-86) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Orlandina. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latina Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with Chieti and San Severo. Newly promoted Orlandina still keeps top position with six games lost. Latina Basket will face Recanati (#4) on the road in the next round. Orlandina will play against the league's second-placed Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 21+5reb+3ast, M.Micevic 16+6reb+2ast, R.Romano 16+6reb+1ast, A.Quarisa 13+4reb, T.Plateo 7+1reb, G.Gazzotti 6+7reb+1ast
Orlandina: T.De Min 14+5reb+1ast, N.Crow 13+5reb, A.Benevelli 12+4reb+1ast, G.Zampolli 10+2reb, F.Zanelli 8+4reb+3ast, N.Damiani 4+2reb
gschID: 135720


Trieste - Casalpusterlengo 80-73

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Trieste (10-4) beat at home one of their biggest challengers Casalpusterlengo (8-6) 80-73 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-73. Trieste forced 20 Casalpusterlengo turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Forward Luca Gandini (205-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) replied with 17 points and forward Giampaolo Ricci (200-91) added 14 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Casalpusterlengo. Five Trieste and four Casalpusterlengo players scored in double figures. Trieste have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-4 record, which they share with Napoli. Casalpusterlengo lost third consecutive game. They still keep top place with six games lost. Trieste will face league's second-placed Trento on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Casalpusterlengo will play against Pavia and be promoted back to the Lega2 just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Trieste: I.Ferraro 13+8reb, M.Carra 13+2reb+2ast, L.Gandini 12+10reb, A.Moruzzi 10+3reb+1ast, D.Mastrangelo 10+3reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 9+4reb
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 17+3reb+2ast, G.Ricci 14+6reb+1ast, A.Chiumenti 10+5reb, R.Castelli 10+1ast, M.Venuto 6+1ast, M.Contento 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 135714




Teramo tests Salim Stoudamire - by Eurobasket News
Banca Tercas Teramo announced arrival of the American point guard Salim Stoudamire (186-G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Arizona) for try-out. The 29-year-old player is a free agent since he finished last season with the NBA D-League team Reno Bighorns. Stoudamire joined the Bighorns in December of 2010 averaging 8.1 points and 1.5 assists for 38 games. He started last season with Idaho Stampede. There, Stoudemire collected 13.2 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 3.6 apg for 9 games. In the past, Salim Stoudamire spent three years with Atlanta Hawks. It was from 2005 to 2008. He shined as a rookie with 9.7 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 61 games. Salim Stoudamire graduated at the University of Arizona in 2005. He is the cousin of former USA All-American (1992-95) and 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire.

Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 10-4 
 2. Trento 9-5 
 3. Perugia 8-6 
 4. Comsum.it SI 5-9 
 5. Firenze 4-10 
 6. Santarcangelo 4-10 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 13-1 
 2. Treviglio 9-5 
 3. Torino 9-5 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 8-6 
 5. Castelletto 6-8 
 6. Pavia 5-9 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 8-6 
 2. San Severo 7-7 
 3. Chieti 7-7 
 4. Recanati 6-8 
 5. Fabriano 4-10 
 6. Ruvo 2-12 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 10-4 
 2. Ferentino 9-5 
 3. Orlandina 8-6 
 4. Latina Basket 7-7 
 5. Anagni 6-8 
 6. Matera 5-9 


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Musso, Napoli18.6 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.1 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.4 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.4 
 5. Carra, Trieste15.8 
 6. Fattori, San Severo15.8 
 7. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.6 
 8. Prandin, Casalp.15.6 
 9. Carrizo, Ferentino15.4 
 10. Zanelli, Orlandina15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.4 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.9 
 4. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.8 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..8.8 
 6. Borra, Treviglio8.7 
 7. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.5 
 8. Ferraro, Trieste8.0 
 9. Gandini, Trieste7.8 
 10. Pazzi, Trento7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.2 
 2. Zanelli, Orlandina3.7 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.7 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.2 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari3.0 
 8. Parente, Torino2.9 
 9. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 10. Malamov, Anagni2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.9 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.5 
 3. Amici, Firenze3.3 
 4. Vico, Matera3.3 
 5. Portannese, Torino3.3 
 6. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 7. Musso, Napoli3.1 
 8. Malamov, Anagni3.0 
 9. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.0 
 10. Cazzaniga, Pavia2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.8 
 2. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.2 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.2 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.1 
 6. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 7. Corral, Anagni1.0 
 8. Tardito, Matera0.9 
 9. Benevelli, Orlandi.0.9 
 10. Pascolo, Trento0.9 


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  JORDAN   


Fadi Sabbah: we are building Awareness for 3x3 in Jordan - by Omar Shafaamri
It's almost inevitable for a basketball lover not to think about Michael Jordan when hearing the name Jordan. In this case the country that holds the same title is the perfect fit or ambassador for this sport and consequently 3x3.

Fadi Sabbah who is the Secretary General of the Al-Riyadi Aramex basketball club, has taken upon himself to make 3x3 a reality in Jordan. Over the past years he has organised events in the capital city of Amman and now looks to branch out in the surrounding Middle Eastern countries.

Organizer's Profile
Name/Surname: Fadi Sabbah
Current Activities: Head of the Basketball Coaching Committee in Jordan, Member of FIBA Asia Youth Committee, Secretary General of Al-Riyadi Aramex Basketball Club of Amman and Oragniser of Umniah 3x3 Challenge.

FIBA: Jordan had a great run at this year's FIBA Asia Championship in China. Can this help develop 3x3 in the country?
Without a doubt this helps the sport. As of now basketball is considered the number two sport here. At the FIBA Asia Championship we lost in the finals but we'll have a chance to participate in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year.

The young generation is very excited about this whole the 3x3 idea. At the moment basketball is experiencing tremendous success in Jordan so we definitely have to take advantage of this.

FIBA: Jordan also participated in Rimini during the 3x3 Youth World Championship. What was the overall feeling towards this competition?
We had two teams that competed in Rimini. Our boys team was ranked 16th so we were very pleased with this result. We got the invitation a little late so both team didn't have a lot of time to prepare.

Same for the girl's team, we were thrilled at the outcome. This was a great learning experience for them.

FIBA: Did the players give any feedback?
The first thing that we discussed together was that we should organise an international 3x3 event in Jordan. All eight players have volunteered to help and we included them in the organising committee.

FIBA: It seems like you have something lined-up for next year in Amman?
I've been working very closely with the Secretary General of the WABA (West Asian Basketball Association) and we want to create some king of 3x3 regional tournament or league. It would primarily be for West Asian countries. Obviously with the political situations we have to anticipate.

Ideally if we could organise tournaments in all of the Middle Eastern countries that would be great. Over the past years Jordan has been very secure so we would start events here.

FIBA: In some respects Jordan has acquired the know-how for 3x3 since participating in Rimini. Do you feel it's your obligation to take the lead in the Middle East?
Yes, I think that one could say that. The President of Jordan Basketball Federation is very excited and he has shown and expressed his full support to the 3x3 initiative.

FIBA: FIBA's long-term goal is the make 3x3 an Olympic discipline. Do you think that this can attract a wider audience?
I fully agree with that because in our local tournaments in Amman we have more spectators for 3x3 than five on five. Usually there are about 65 teams that compete.

One of our next focuses is the grassroots level for smaller kids. If we can get the younger generation to play 3x3 then even Jordan could aspire to make it to the Olympics.

FIBA: As you stated before 3x3 is maybe even bigger than normal Basketball. How big is 3x3's potential in Jordan?
I see it developing not only in Jordan. One of the main reasons for this is because with 3x3 the fans are closer to the players. Sometimes the players are also fans so there is hardly any barrier between both sides.

You can feel that there's a special atmosphere more than in traditional basketball. Another point worth mentioning is that sponsors are more interested in 3x3. When I was in Rimini, I spoke with representatives from NIKE. They showed interest in helping out with our tournaments in Jordan.

FIBA: Since staring to promote 3x3 in your country, have you reached a level of satisfaction?
Over the last few years, the events that we've organised have become a great way to find new players and talent from all kinds of background. I'm satisfied with the current results because we are building awareness for 3x3 in Jordan.

I really see five on five and 3x3 going hand in hand; they both need each other to thrive. We are seeing remarkable results, that's why we have to continue to push this.

I feel that 3x3 is quickly becoming the next big thing in the sports world. I really hope that by 2016 it will make it to the Olympics and Jordan too.

FIBA


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  KOSOVO   


Peja wants a victory against Kolegji Univers - by Dren Shporta
Today will be played three matches of Round 13 in BKT Superliga. League leaders Trepca are going to visit Drita in Gjilan, while champions Sigal Prishtina will host Kosova. But the most interesting game will be played at Karagac court, where Peja hosts Kolegji Univers.

Peja was surprised by Kolegji Univers during their first clash and lost 92:85. Since then Peja has changed the head coach and tried some internationals. Tonight they will try with their good old trio Eric Salley, Rron Grapci (198-SG-90) and Blerim Mazreku. This match will be refereed from Hektor Grezda, Xhavit Beqiri and Edmond Raqa and it will start at 17:00 hrs. College boys will have a hard job today because Peja showed some great game last Round against league leaders, Trepca.

In other matches: Drita Trepca and Sigal Prishtina Kosova, the top clubs of BKT Superliga should have no problems. Green boys from Mitrovica are in their life form with extra duo of Drilon Hajrizi and Jaleel Nelson. In other hand, Sigal Prishtina is getting every day better and better. Drita against Trepca will start tonight at 19:00 hrs and it will be refereed from Mehdi Gashi, Arbnor Rifati and Azem Hoxhaj. Champions start at 20:00 in Pallati i Rinise with refereeing from Xhelal Mumini, Vllaznim Rraci and Atdhe Gocaj trio.




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  KUWAIT   


Pan Arab Games: Kuwait grabbed the second place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Palestine- Kuwait 86:94

Kuwait grabbed the second place in Group C of Pan Arab Games after the victory over Palestine. A final push in the last quarter allowed them to taste 94:86 win for 2-1 record.
Kuwait only took 9-8 after the first 5 minutes of the game but then increased to 20:15 at the end of the first period. The board showed 43:37 at the halftime, while Palestine erupted for 12-2 run early in the fourth to reduce to 78:72. Kuwait however did not allow them to come closer and won the game.
Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Abdullah AlMutairi (190-F/G-87) delivered 15. Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) ended up with 14 points and three other teammates added 10 apiece. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 30 points in the losing effort and Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) nailed 18. Iyad Yousef (205-C-80) notched 11, while Salim Sakakini (F-87) posted 9 for Palestine that lost the third straight game.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 30, Nicola Fadayel 18, Iyad Yousef 11, Salim Sakakini 9
Kuwait: Nayef AlRashidi 22, Abdullah AlMutairi 15, Abdulaziz Mohammad 14


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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Krumins, Jelgava20.0 
 3. Kalve, Valmiera19.5 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja18.6 
 5. Peiners, LU17.9 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera17.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 9. Mediss, Turiba15.7 
 10. Perry, VEF Riga14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.5 
 2. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.3 
 5. Mednis, Turiba8.2 
 6. Dargais, LU8.2 
 7. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.0 
 8. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 9. Nelson, Jelgava6.8 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 5. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 7. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.1 
 4. Osins, LU1.9 
 5. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Ozols, Jurmala1.4 
 10. Virsis, Valmiera1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga1.4 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.2 
 3. Ozols, Jurmala1.2 
 4. Jonats, Jurmala1.1 
 5. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 8. Gromovs, U180.7 
 9. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 10. Rubenis, LU0.6 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 10-3 
 2. VEF Riga 7-1 
 3. Ventspils 6-0 
 4. Jelgava 5-5 
 5. Liepaja 4-6 
 6. LU 4-7 
 7. Jurmala 4-7 
 8. Turiba 3-7 
 9. U18 0-7 


LBL2 Round 15: VEF Riga junior edges RSU by three points - by Eurobasket News
Fifth-ranked RSU (8-4) made lots of trouble for leader VEF Riga junior (13-0) on Thursday. The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. RSU was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of VEF Riga junior, which allowed them to win the game. Undefeated VEF Riga junior have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted RSU keeps the fifth position with four games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSU will play at home against Ventspils Augstskola (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader VEF Riga junior delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 9th ranked DSN (5-7) 66-52. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for VEF Riga junior. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. DSN lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN will play on the road against BS Ogre (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Saldus. Local Saldus (11-3) outscored 13th ranked Ridzene (2-10) 111-78 on Saturday night. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Saldus. They maintain fourth place with 11-3 record. Ridzene at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jelgava/LLU. Saldus will meet at home Riga (#6) in the next round. Ridzene will have a break next round.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Gulbene were crushed by Ogres in a road game 85-58. Ridzene was beaten by Cesis at home 86-91. Barons/Keizar. won against Livani on the opponent's court 79-62. Liepaja-2 outscored Jelgava/LLU in a home game 92-72. Valmiera U21 recorded a loss to VEF Kadeti on the road 73-58. Barons/Keizar. crushed VA on its own court 100-81. Jelgava/LLU beat Cesis in a road game 73-56.



Ogres - Gulbene 85-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 16th ranked Gulbene's (1-11) road loss to fifteenth ranked BS Ogre (2-9) 58-85 on Wednesday. The game without a history. BS Ogre led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BS Ogre moved-up to thirteenth place. Gulbene lost their seventh game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. BS Ogre will meet at home higher ranked DSN (#9) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gulbene will have a break next round.
gschID: 151351


Ridzene - Cesis 86-91

The game between closely ranked teams ended with twelfth ranked Cesis' (3-8) road victory over 13th ranked Ridzene (2-10) 91-86 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ridzene won fourth quarter 29-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cesis moved-up to eleventh place. Ridzene at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jelgava/LLU. Cesis will meet higher ranked Livani (#10) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ridzene will have a break next round.
gschID: 151352


Livani - Barons/Keizar. 62-79

Very expected game when 10th ranked Livani (4-8) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Barons/Keizar. (11-1) 79-62 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Barons/Keizar.. Livani managed to win fourth quarter 21-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Barons/Keizar.. They moved-up to third place. Livani at the other side keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
gschID: 165224


Liepaja-2 - Jelgava/LLU 92-72

Very predictable result when third ranked Liepaja-2 (12-1) outscored at home 13th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (2-10) 92-72 on Monday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 92-72. Liepaja-2 moved-up to second place. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Ridzene. Liepaja-2 will meet at home Valmiera U21 (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Zemgale/Juniors will have a break next round.
gschID: 151348


BK VEF - DSN 66-52

Undefeated leader VEF Riga junior delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory. This time they beat 9th ranked DSN (5-7) 66-52. DSN was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The victory was the thirteenth consecutive win for VEF Riga junior. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. DSN lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. DSN will play on the road against BS Ogre (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
gschID: 151349


VEF Kadeti - Valmiera U21 73-58

Not a big story in a game in Riga where 11th ranked Valmiera U21 (3-9) was defeated by eighth ranked VEF Kadeti (6-5) 73-58 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by VEF Kadeti. Valmiera U21 managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. VEF Kadeti moved-up to seventh place, which they share with VA. Valmiera U21 lost their sixth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with nine games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Valmiera U21 will play against the league's second-placed Liepaja-2 (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 151350


RSU - BK VEF 66-69

Fifth-ranked RSU (8-4) made lots of trouble for leader VEF Riga junior (13-0) on Thursday. The visitors managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected much easier game. RSU was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of VEF Riga junior, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Riga junior have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Newly promoted RSU keeps the fifth position with four games lost. VEF Riga junior will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. RSU will play at home against Ventspils Augstskola (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151345


Saldus - Ridzene 111-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Saldus. Local Saldus (11-3) outscored 13th ranked Ridzene (2-10) 111-78 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Saldus. Ridzene managed to win fourth quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Saldus. They maintain fourth place with 11-3 record. Ridzene at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Jelgava/LLU. Saldus will meet at home Riga (#6) in the next round. Ridzene will have a break next round.
gschID: 151346


Barons/Keizar. - VA 100-81

Everything went according to plan in Riga where fourth ranked Barons/Keizar. (11-1) outleveled 7th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (6-5) 100-81 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Barons/Keizar.. Ventspils Augstskola managed to win fourth quarter 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The victory was the eleventh consecutive win for Barons/Keizar.. They moved-up to third place. Loser Ventspils Augstskola keeps the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with VEF Kadeti. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga RSU.
gschID: 151347


Cesis - Jelgava/LLU 56-73

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 12th ranked Cesis (3-8) were defeated at home by thirteenth ranked Zemgale/Juniors (2-10) 73-56 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-5 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Zemgale/Juniors dominated on the defensive end, holding Cesis to just 5 points in fourth quarter. Despite that victory Zemgale/Juniors went down to fourteenth position due to points difference, which they share with Ridzene. Newly promoted Cesis dropped to the eleventh place with eight games lost. Zemgale/Juniors will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Cesis will play against Livani (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151344




LBL Round 12: Valmiera edges Liepaja by two points - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more rounds left in the Regular Season in LBL.

Fifth-ranked Liepaja (4-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Valmiera (10-3) on Tuesday. Valmiera managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 37-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 30 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Valmiera's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) who recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Valmiera maintains first position with 10-3 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liepaja will play at home against Jelgava (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked U18 (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-32 loss to third ranked VEF Riga (7-1) in Riga. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Janis Berzins contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Roberts Krastins (194-94) replied with 7 points for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with seven games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .
The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Jelgava (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-7). Jelgava defeated Latvijas Universitate 100-90 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Edgars Krumins who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Armands Osins with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Jelgava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-5 record. Loser Latvijas Universitate keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Jelgava will meet Liepaja (#5) on the road in the next round. Latvijas Universitate will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



U18 - VEF Riga 32-89

Bottom-ranked U18 (0-7) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 89-32 loss to third ranked VEF Riga (7-1) in Riga. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game without a history. VEF Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding U18 to just 2 points in third quarter and to 4 points in second half. VEF Riga held U18 to an opponent 19.7 percent shooting from the field compared to 49.3 percent accuracy of the winners. They outrebounded U18 51-23 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for the former international power forward Kaspars Berzins (213-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Swingman Janis Berzins (200-93, agency: Players Group) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five VEF Riga players scored in double figures. Forward Roberts Krastins (194-94) replied with 7 points and guard Toms Leimanis (183-94) added 7 points in the effort for U18. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with seven games lost. VEF Riga's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .
Top scorers:
U18: T.Leimanis 7+2reb+1ast, R.Krastins 7+4reb+1ast, E.Endzels 4+5reb, E.Stelmahers 4+1reb+1ast, A.Pasecniks 3+2reb, D.Brizgalovs 3+2reb+1ast
VEF Riga: J.Berzins 15+7reb+3ast, C.Sims 12+5reb, K.Berzins 12+17reb+1ast, D.Geks 11+1reb+4ast, J.Kaufmanis 11+5reb+4ast, M.Perry 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 149877


LU - Jelgava 90-100

The game in Riga was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Jelgava (5-5) played at the court of 6th ranked Latvijas Universitate (4-7). Jelgava defeated Latvijas Universitate 100-90 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-90. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) who helped to win the game recording 37 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) who added 24 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was point guard Armands Osins (185-91, agency: FCM) with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Harijs Rubenis (199-91) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Jelgava and five Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. Jelgava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 5-5 record. Loser Latvijas Universitate keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Jurmala. Jelgava will meet Liepaja (#5) on the road in the next round. Latvijas Universitate will play against Turiba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 18+4reb+4ast, A.Osins 15+7reb+6ast, K.Dargais 15+7reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 14+9reb+3ast, S.Vitols 12+1reb, Z.Plivda 9+1reb
Jelgava: E.Krumins 37+5reb+2ast, K.Krumins 24+4reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 15+3reb+1ast, K.Nelson 13+9reb+1ast, A.Duselis 5+3reb, A.Justovics 4+2reb+1ast
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Valmiera - Liepaja 81-79

Fifth-ranked Liepaja (4-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Valmiera (10-3) on Tuesday. Valmiera managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 37-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Liepaja's 30 and made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Jai Lucas (177, college: Texas) chipped in 23 points and 4 assists. Valmiera's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) who recorded 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Janis Timma (201-92, agency: FCM) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valmiera maintains first position with 10-3 record. Liepaja at the other side keeps the fifth place with six games lost. Valmiera are looking forward to face bottom-ranked U18 (#9) in Riga in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Liepaja will play at home against Jelgava (#4) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 21+8reb+5ast, J.Timma 17+4reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 12+1reb+5ast, A.Bricis 11+7reb, R.Freimanis 9+8reb+1ast, A.Helmanis 4+1reb
Valmiera: J.Lucas 23+4reb+4ast, J.Rozitis 21+12reb+1ast, E.Kalve 12+3reb+1ast, O.Virsis 11+2reb+1ast, V.Veinbergs 7+1ast, A.Butjankovs 5+6reb
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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 6-5 
 9. DSN 5-7 
 10. Livani 4-8 
 11. Cesis 3-8 
 12. Valmiera U21 3-9 
 13. Ogres 2-9 
 14. Jelgava/LLU 2-10 
 15. Ridzene 2-10 
 16. Gulbene 1-11 


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Lebanon is gaining the momentum , Lebanon - Morocco : 87-66 - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese National Team is gaining the momentum , in its second game against Morocco Lebanon had an easy win on the score 87-66. Despite the score the first half was close one , Lebanon had an early lead to 15-25 but in the second quarter the lack of concentration and the Zone defense applied by the Moroccans changed the game to be a interesting one to finish at the half on the score of 31-36.
The third quarter saw a very determined Lebanese Team who imposed its game through the big presence of Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) and Fadi Khatib who finished both with 22 points . The Lebanese Team continued in the 4th quarter its domination and finished with a comfortable win at the end on the score of 87-66.
Lebanon will play on Friday a very decisive game against Jordan the winner of this game will qualify to the next round and hope to compete for the Medals.



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Athleta and Depiro reach BOV KO semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Athleta reached BOV KO semifinal. They defeated Siggiewi 60:51 to reach the next stage of the tournament. Siggiewi dominated in the first half. They enjoyed a 33:25 halftime lead. But Athleta went on an 18:6 run in the third quarter to pull in front. Athleta then sealed the win with a 17:12 run in the final frame. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) came up with 33 points to pace Athleta. Fakete added 8 points for the winners. Maeir replied with 16 points for Siggiewi. Peter Shoults (168-G-85) provided 11 points in defeat.
Depiro toppled Loyola 64:50 to enter the next stage of the tournament. The teams stayed close throughout the first period but Depiro managed to accumulate a 4-point lead at halftime. Depiro boosted the gap to 11 points at the final break and never looked back en route to the win. Roderick Vella (85) nailed 19 points, while Greg Hamlin (201-F, college: E.Tenn.St.) provided 18 points for the winners. Rashanti Harris (203-F) answered with 26 points for Loyola.
Depiro will now take on Floriana, while Athleta will face Luxol in the semis.


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Basketball news from Mauritius - by Mellino Begue
Big match from the Cobras, representative of the Seychelles against the Mauritian team Real Basketball Club. The League of the Seychelles Republic is already over and the vice-champion of the archipel were ready. Both teams were motivated and ready to go to war. The Cobras and the Real basketball club played a great game.

Supporters of both sides were shouting, encouraging their respective teams in order to show to the opponents that they believe in their teams. Lay-ups,3 points shot, free throw were done by the players in order to make their teams take the lead.
A stunning match delivered today at the Phoenix Gymnasium. 40-42 is the score at half-time. Its was tight. Players of both sides gave everything they had for their team to win.
Finally, the Cobras took the lead by 9 points and won the match. Full time score was 70-61. The Real players believed in it till the end. The supporters,coach and players of the Cobras team, shouted joyfully at the end of the match. They did it.


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 27-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 25-5 
 3. Toros 24-10 
 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 6-29 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


LNBP Round 35: Fuerza Regia defeats Toros in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

An interesting game for Fuerza Regia (27-6) which played road game in Nuevo Laredo against 3rd placed Toros (24-10). First ranked Fuerza Regia managed to get a 8-point victory 90-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toros. Toros trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-90 at the end of the game. Fuerza Regia made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with 14 points and 10 assists for the winners. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds for Toros. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-6 record. Toros at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Fuerza Regia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play again on the road against the league's leader Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Mexicali supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Halcones UV Xalapa (21-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Soles (22-13). Soles smashed Halcones UV Xalapa 84-58. It was a great evening for American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jose Vargas helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 15 points. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Soles have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Soles will again play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round. Halcones UV Xalapa will have a break next round.
Twelfth-ranked Panteras (9-24) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Huracanes (22-12) in Aguascalientes on Monday. The visitors from Tampico managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panteras. It was an exceptional evening for Albert Fuqua who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Huracanes' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Jonathan Smith came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds for Panteras in the defeat. Huracanes moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panteras keep the twelfth position with 24 games lost. Huracanes will meet Barreteros (#8) in the next round. Panteras will play against Correcaminos (#9) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 35: Corr.Victoria smashed Barreteros on the road 96-77. Aguilas Rojas were destroyed by Halc.Rojos on its own court 0-20. Abejas unfortunately lost to Pioneros in Cancun 103-111.



Barreteros - Corr.Victoria 77-96

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Correcaminos (14-19) crushed 8th ranked Barreteros (16-17) in Zacatecas 96-77 on Monday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-77. Correcaminos dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Barreteros' 36. American players dominated the game. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) who led the winners and scored 22 points. Forward Robert Brown (195-80, college: Buffalo, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) accounted for 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) came up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Barreteros in the defeat. Barreteros' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Correcaminos moved-up to ninth place. Barreteros lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 17 games lost. Correcaminos will meet Panteras (#12) in the next round. Barreteros will play against Huracanes (#4) in Tampico and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: G.Stokes 21+5reb+4ast, D.Shaw 19+6reb+6ast, R.Loera Almanza 11+4reb, A.Aguirre 9+4reb+2ast, G.Logins 6+5reb+3ast, J.Reaves 4+5reb+3ast
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 22+4reb+3ast, R.Brown 20+5reb+2ast, F.Harris 14+5reb+5ast, D.Lamont 13+9reb, G.Burris 9+2reb, S.Monreal 8+2reb
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Soles - Halc.Xalapa 84-58

The game in Mexicali supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Halcones UV Xalapa (21-9) played at the court of sixth ranked Soles (22-13). Soles smashed Halcones UV Xalapa 84-58. The game without a history. Soles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones UV Xalapa's 24. It was a great evening for American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Venezuelan swingman Jose Vargas (196-82) helped adding 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Soles players scored in double figures. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) responded with 15 points and American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) scored 10 points. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Soles have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. Soles will again play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round. Halcones UV Xalapa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: O.Mendez-Valdez 15+3reb+3ast, G.Brown 10+2reb, D.White 10+4reb, V.Mariscal 8+2reb+1ast, A.Parada 8+5reb+1ast, K.Richard 4+1ast
Soles: D.Fells 23+10reb, J.Griffin 20+4reb+1ast, J.Vargas 15+10reb+1ast, P.Meza Rogel 12+3reb+3ast, R.Zamora 6+2reb, D.Cubillan 6+4reb+7ast
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Aguilas Rojas - Halc.Rojos 0-20

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Toros - Fuerza Regia 82-90

An interesting game for Fuerza Regia (27-6) which played road game in Nuevo Laredo against 3rd placed Toros (24-10). First ranked Fuerza Regia managed to get a 8-point victory 90-82. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Toros. Toros trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 24-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 82-90 at the end of the game. Fuerza Regia made 17-of-20 free shots (85.0 percent) during the game. American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists for the winners. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 13 rebounds and Dominican power forward Elys Manuel Guzman (206-82, college: Bemidji St.) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Toros. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain first place with 27-6 record. Toros at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Fuerza Regia will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Toros will play again on the road against the league's leader Fuerza Regia in Monterrey and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 28+13reb+2ast, E.Manuel Guzman 18+8reb+2ast, W.Pagan 9+2reb+6ast, B.Angley 8+1reb+3ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 7+2reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 7+2reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: D.Smith 25+5reb+3ast, C.Roberts 17+5reb+4ast, J.Smith 16+9reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 14+3reb+10ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 8+4reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 6
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Pioneros - Abejas 111-103

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Pioneros (22-13) won against 9th ranked Abejas (13-20) in Cancun 111-103 on Monday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-18. But Abejas won third quarter 30-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 51.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Abejas' players. It was an exceptional evening for American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who led the winners and scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) accounted for 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) came up with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) added 33 points (!!!) respectively for Abejas in the defeat. Five Pioneros and four Abejas players scored in double figures. Pioneros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Soles. Abejas lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the tenth position with 20 games lost. Pioneros will again meet at home Abejas (#10) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Abejas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Abejas: J.Verdejo 33+2reb+1ast, L.Wade 27+9reb+4ast, M.Jackson 18+12reb, V.Buelna 12+9reb+4ast, C.Castillo 6+1reb, C.Castillo 4+2reb+1ast
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 27+5reb+8ast, J.Millsap 21+9reb, G.Grays 19+4reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 18+1reb+1ast, H.Llamas 16+4reb+3ast, C.Hernandez 4+3reb+5ast
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Panteras - Huracanes 71-74

Twelfth-ranked Panteras (9-24) used its home court advantage to challenge fifth ranked Huracanes (22-12) in Aguascalientes on Monday. The visitors from Tampico managed to secure only three-point victory 74-71. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panteras. Panteras were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Panteras 42-26 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) accounted for 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Huracanes' coach used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) came up with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agency: Promotex) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Panteras in the defeat. Huracanes moved-up to fourth place. Loser Panteras keep the twelfth position with 24 games lost. Huracanes will meet Barreteros (#8) in the next round. Panteras will play against Correcaminos (#9) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panteras: J.Smith 21+6reb, M.Bryant 16+2reb+3ast, A.Eneas 15+5reb+4ast, S.Bowie 7+4reb+4ast, M.Johnson 5+1reb+1ast, J.Moron 4+2reb
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 19+7reb+1ast, A.Fuqua 16+11reb+3ast, D.Brown 12+8reb+2ast, O.Quintero 9+3reb+1ast, L.Davis 5+3reb+2ast, A.Gomez 5+2reb+3ast
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Hickerson's 27 points and 8 assists give him LNBP Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pioneros and receives a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 35.
He had the game-high 27 points adding five rebounds and eight assists for Pioneros in his team's victory, helping them to beat Abejas (#10, 13-20) 111-103. Pioneros is placed at 6th position in LNBP. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pioneros will need more victories to improve their 22-13 record. In the team's last game Hickerson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Pioneros' top player in his first season with the team. University of the Cumberlands graduate has very impressive stats this year. Hickerson is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.3ppg) and averages solid 67.6% FGP and 46.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, agency: Paris Global Sports) of Toros. He is American-Nigerian forward in his first season at Toros. In the last game Ofoegbu recorded impressive double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Toros lost that game 82-90 to slightly higher-ranked Fuerza Regia (#1, 27-6). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Toros still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 24-10 record is not bad at all. Ofoegbu is a newcomer at Toros and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Abejas (#10). Wade showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Wade's great performance Abejas lost 103-111 to the higher-ranked Pioneros (#6, 22-13). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Abejas not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 20 games, recording just thirteen victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wade could try to bring Abejas' a little bit higher in the standings. Wade has a very solid season. In 28 games in Mexico he scored 18.3ppg. He also has 4.4rpg and FGP: 51.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darren Fells (201-F/C-86) of Soles - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. John Millsap (198-F-82) of Pioneros - 21 points and 9 rebounds
6. Jonathan Smith (206-F-82) of Panteras - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Marcus Jackson (202-F-82) of Abejas - 18 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jesus Verdejo (193-G-85) of Abejas - 33 points and 2 rebounds
9. Albert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Huracanes - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Robert Brown (195-F-80) of Corr.Victoria - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Toluca out of the LNBP - by Kristian Santiago
The Volcanes recorded 31 losses and another default loss before being kicked out of the LNPB for not carrying enough players on their roster as required. Now the leagues aims to finish with 13 teams
In other news, the 0-20 win against the Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio resulted due to three holes in the court of hosts San Juan del Rio, which made it impossible to play and the game was called off by the refs and the technical committe of the LNBP and Veracruz got the walk-over win there.



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Lottomatica Roma and Vladimir Dasic parted ways - by Darko Pekic
According to some italian media, Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) is not a member of Lottomatica Roma any more. Although he is averaging 11 ppg and 5 rpg this season, the italian side is not satisfied with his performances and his behavior off the court so they decided to release him. Roma is currently placed on the bottom of the table with 4-6 records and they are looking to make some changes. Dasic is obviously the first cut.

Vladimir Dasic began his professional career in the Serbia and Montenegro League with Buducnost Podgorica in 2004. On August 26, 2009, he transferred to the Spanish ACB League legendary club Real Madrid but he did not get a chance to prove himself and was loaned to Gran Canaria. In 2010 he moved to Italy and had a good season among 'giallo rossi'. Last summer he was one of the best Montenegrin players in Lithuania (European Championships)


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26th ACCM: AS Sale keep clean slate; beat AL Ahly 87-83 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Host of the 26th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Association Sportive de Sale (AS Sale) basketball club of Morocco continue its winning form in the third day of the championship with a clinical 87-83 points finish over Libya Al-Ahly basketball club of Benghazi.

The high tempo game saw the Moroccan taking the first two quarters by 23-19 and 29-23 points for a half-time score of 52-42 points thus opening a 10 points advantage but AL Ahly fought back in second half which the Rabat-based AS Sale lost by 19-23 and 16-18 but manage to escape defeat at the end of the game.

AS Sale guard Zakaria EL-Mashabi led his team challenge for honours with 23 points and 5 rebounds, centre Younes Iddrissi had 19 points and 5 rebounds before he was stressed out in the early minute of the last quarter due to an injury he sustain while trying to defend his team low-post area, while the duo of Abdelhakim Zouita and Christain Bayang contributed 16 and 10 points respectively to ensure victory for their side.



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Campbellsville knocks off No. 9 Mountain State - by Eurobasket News
Cedric Henderson and Justin Ennis both scored 20 points to lead Campbellsville (Ky.) to an upset victory at No. 9 Mountain State (W.Va.), 73-70, on Dec. 10.

The Tigers led most of the game, taking a 39-35 lead into the half and leading by as many as eight in the second half.

'We knew going in it's an extremely tough place to go in and win. I have the upmost respect for Mountain State and Coach (Bob) Bolen,' said Keith Adkins, CU head coach. 'It's a thrill for our guys to go in there and get the win. Our guys deserve all the credit. Our biggest through going in was to play hard and compete. We were fortunate enough to come out with a win.'

After leading by eight in the second half, the Tigers placed Mountain States on the free throw line several times, but held on for the 3-point win. Those fouls, along with 18 offensive rebounds kept MSU in the game. Campbellsville scored more than half its points beyond the arc, connecting on 13-of-37 3-pointers in the win, while holding the Cougars to five.

Reggie Smith and Jordan Myers followed Henderson and Ennis' lead with 14 and 10 points, respectively.

Isaiah Hill led all scorers with 25 points to pace Mountain State. Mark Williams followed Hill with a triple-double (14 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds. Mantas Drungys and David Nyarsuk had 12 and 11 points, respectively

Campbellsville (8-3) will hit the road again next Saturday at Olivet Nazarene in Bourbonnais, Ill. Mountain State will return to action Dec. 30 at West Virginia Tech.

Courtesy of http://naia.cstv.com


Concordia breaks tie at No. 1 in NAIA Division I men's basketball coaches' top 25 poll - by Eurobasket News
Concordia (Calif.) broke the tie at No. 1 with 309 total points and eight first-place votes in the second regular-season edition of the 2011 12 NAIA Division I Mens Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll, the NAIA announced Monday. Last week, the Eagles shared the top ranking with Robert Morris (Ill.), who owns the second spot in this installment. Standing with a 10-0 record, Robert Morris captured 304 points and the remaining four first-place nods.

Concordia and Robert Morris will tangle at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Saturday. Both offenses will come into the game ranked among the top 10 in scoring.

No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist stays put with 293 total points. The Bison have been ranked in the top 10 for the last 10 polls dating back to last season. Moving up one spot is fourth-ranked Shorter (Ga.) with 282 points. Last week, the Hawks enjoyed their highest ranking since the 2000 01 season. With 265 points, No. 5 Rogers State (Okla.) is in the top five for the first time since a No. 1 position during the 2008 09 season.

No. 13 Southern Poly (Ga.) was one of the biggest movers within the poll, sliding up five slots. The Hornets dropped then-No. 4 Georgetown (Ky.), 82-77, on Dec. 10 for their fourth-straight win. No. 16 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) fell the farthest with a three spot fall.

No. 21 Xavier (La.) and No. 25 Campbellsville (Ky.) are this weeks newcomers. Xavier was listed 21st in the preseason poll. The Tigers are ranked for the first time since the 2010-11 Preseason Top 25 on Oct. 25, 2010, when they were 17th.

Tougaloo (Miss.) (No. 20) and defending national champion Pikeville (Ky.) (No. 22) both fell out of the Top 25.

Eleven of the 12 conference/independent/unaffiliated groups are mentioned in the poll. The Golden State Athletic Conference, Mid-South Conference and Sooner Athletic Conference each place four teams in the ranking for the second time in as many weeks. Five other leagues landed a pair of programs among the Top 25.

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference/independent/unaffiliated groups. The third regular-season Division I Mens Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll will be announced on Jan. 9, 2012.

NOTES: (All information dates back to 2000 01 season) There have been 33 different teams to be ranked at some point this season Seven teams remain undefeated led by the 11-0 mark of No. 4 Shorter (Ga.) No. 19 Montana State-Northern leads all NAIA schools with 12 victories In three polls this year (including Preseason), at least two teams have split the first-place votes No. 11 Mountain State (W.Va.) falls out of the top 10 for the first time since Feb. 18, 2003... The Cougars boast the longest active stretch of consecutive rankings with 136-straight weeks; No. 6 Georgetown (Ky.) is next with 68, followed by No. 7 Texas Wesleyan at 45 and No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist at 40 Mountain State has the most No. 1 rankings since 2000 the Cougars have been No. 1 a total of 48 times since 2000, which marks the highest total of any program in that span; Robert Morris (Ill.) is second with 23 No. 1s and Concordia (Calif.) follows with 10 mentions Robert Morris is the only program to start and end a season ranked No. 1, doing so during the 2006 07 season.



RANK LAST WEEK SCHOOL (1ST PLACE VOTES) 2011-12 RECORD TOTAL POINTS
1 1 Concordia (Calif.) (8) 9-0 309
2 1 Robert Morris (Ill.) (4) 10-0 304
3 3 Oklahoma Baptist 9-0 293
4 5 Shorter (Ga.) 11-0 282
5 6 Rogers State (Okla.) 8-0 265
6 4 Georgetown (Ky.) 11-1 261
7 7 Texas Wesleyan 6-1 258
8 8 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 9-2 236
9 10 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 7-2 233
10 11 Westminster (Utah) 10-2 215
11 9 Mountain State (W.Va.) 9-4 212
12 12 Cumberlands (Ky.) 9-2 198
13 18 Southern Poly (Ga.) 8-2 192
14 14 Evangel (Mo.) 10-3 181
15 15 Biola (Calif.) 7-2 163
16 13 Southern Nazarene (Okla.) 6-2 161
17 19 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 9-3 155
18 16 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 7-3 136
19 17 Montana State-Northern 12-2 130
20 20 John Brown (Ark.) 10-2 116
21 RV Xavier (La.) 6-2 112
22 23 Saint Xavier (Ill.) 8-3 101
23 24 Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 7-3 70
24 25 Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 6-3 62
25 NR Campbellsville (Ky.) 8-3 61


Others receiving votes: Tougaloo (Miss.) 58; SAGU (Texas) 50; Columbia (Mo.) 40; Montana Western 31; Cumberland (Tenn.) 19; Oklahoma Christian 17; Shawnee State (Ohio) 14; MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) 6; Baker (Kan.) 5; Westmont (Calif.) 5; Great Falls (Mont.) 1; Lee (Tenn.) 1; Hope International (Calif.) 1; Oklahoma City 1; Spring Hill (Ala.) 1; Voorhees (S.C.) 1; Pikeville (Ky.) 1.

Courtesy of http://naia.cstv.com


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Magic tell teams theyre not trading Howard - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic have informed teams that theyre ending trade talks for Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) and plan to start the season with the All-Star center on their roster, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Magics decision came Wednesday as the Nets tried to assemble a potential multiteam trade for Howard that could have included the Magic receiving Nets center Brook Lopez, Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace and draft picks.

The Magic informed the Nets and several suitors Wednesday afternoon theyre no longer discussing trade scenarios for Howard, league sources said.

Howard had requested a trade to the Nets, and the Magic had granted Howards representatives permission to explore opportunities with New Jersey and two other teams: the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

Dwights not a happy camper, one league source told Y! Sports.

The biggest hurdle for the Nets to acquire Howard was ultimately the Magics willingness to give up their future with him and concede that re-signing him is a lost cause. Orlando could decide to reopen talks at any time or perhaps keep Howard until the trade deadline in March and re-evaluate the market for him. Theres still a belief among Magic officials that a successful season could help them keep Howard for the long-term.

Nets officials had been working toward a core deal that would send Lopez and another significant player obtained elsewhere to the Magic for Howard and Hedo Turkoglu, sources said. The Nets were offering Portland three future first-round picks to be a part of the complex proposal and send Wallace to the Magic. With the loss of Brandon Roy and Greg Oden and the medical issues of LaMarcus Aldridge, Blazers officials had expressed some unease about moving Wallace who they privately say has become the heart and soul of their team.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Magic also were involved in trade discussions with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Magic listened, but there was still real doubt about their willingness to completely give up hope on convincing Howard to re-sign with them after he opts out of his contract in July. Howard has been willing to sign extensions with the Lakers and Mavericks, but the Nets future in Brooklyn has been most intriguing to him.

Howard has been sold on the idea of pairing with Deron Williams in a new Brooklyn arena beginning in 2012-13, and informed Magic officials he wants a trade to New Jersey.

Aside from Howards request, the Magic have little motivation to complete a deal quickly. The Nets trade with Lopez will always be there, so why rush into it? The Magic still believe with some team success this season, Howard can be swayed.

The Nets had been in the bidding for Nene, who agreed to re-sign with the Denver Nuggets on a five-year, $65 million deal with incentive bonuses.

The Nets think talks are broken off for the foreseeable future, theyll likely try to re-sign free-agent forward Kris Humphries to a one-year contract worth $8 million-$9 million, sources said. The Nets will likely try to limit any players they add in free agency to one-year deals if they dont acquire Howard to preserve salary-cap space for Howards expected free agency this summer.

As the Nets hustle to try and cut a deal for Howard, the Mavericks continue to clear salary-cap space for the summer when they assuredly hope to make a play for Williams and Howard. Williams is a Dallas native, and the worst case for the Nets would be to watch him join Howard in signing with the Mavericks.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


Toronto Raptors have sign restricted free agent forward Gary Forbes - by Eurobasket News
The busy Toronto Raptors have signed restricted free agent Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia).

The six-foot-seven forward averaged 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 12.6 minutes in his rookie campaign last season with the Denver Nuggets.

He had a career-best game with 19 points and nine rebounds at Phoenix on Nov. 15, 2010 and scored 39 points to lead his country Panama over Canada in this summer's FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

He's the fourth player Toronto has signed since the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified.

The Raptors also inked Canadian Jamaal Magloire, Anthony Carter and Rasual Butler.

Courtesy of www.winnipegfreepress.com


Warriors sign rookies Klay Thompson and Jeremy Tyler - by Eurobasket News
The wait for rookies Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) and Jeremy Tyler (6'10''-F-91) ended Tuesday. Both signed and participated in their first NBA practice.

'I came to practice about 15 minutes late,' Thompson said. 'It was kind of like I had butterflies in my stomach because, you know, I'm in the NBA now officially.'

Thompson signed a four-year deal worth $10.4 million, with team options for the last two years. Thompson is expected to get minutes behind guard Monta Ellis and small forward Dorell Wright. But he said he wouldn't rule out playing point guard.

Coach Mark Jackson said Thompson -- who predicted he will win Rookie of the Year -- will get playing time.

'Klay Thompson will play right away,' Jackson told reporters after Tuesday's practice. 'He's that good.'

Tyler gets a three-year deal making just above the league minimum, totaling about $2 million. After his first day of camp, he said he's going to have to pace himself better. He looked exhausted after practice.

'I was all out,' Tyler said through a pant, face covered in sweat. 'I haven't played against anyone big since predraft (workouts). I'll get back.'

Thompson and Tyler were unable to practice at the start of camp because the Warriors delayed signing them, a way to preserve salary-cap space so they could submit an offer to Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, a restricted free agent. The Clippers matched the offer, freeing up the Warriors to sign their rookies.

Thompson and Tyler, along with a few other training camp invitees, had been working out at the team's practice facility at night. They both said they will keep doing the late workouts.

'We're going to do that until we get everything down,' Tyler said.

League rules require teams give the players a day off. The Warriors will take a break Wednesday, according to Jackson. When the Warriors resume Thursday, they'll expect to have their full squad.

Four training camp invites signed Tuesday: big man Julian Khazzouh, guards Tommy Mitchell and Tim Pickett, forward Tommy Smith.

Courtesy of www.mercurynews.com


Andrei Kirilenko 'seriously considering' Sacramento Kings as a destination - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) would be a welcomed addition to the Kings, but Sacramento would need to make a substantial offer to lure him away from Russia. Kirilenko has recently expressed interest in staying in Russia.

According to sacbee.com:
Two different sources told me earlier tonight that former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is currently under contract with CSKA Moscow (but has an out clause effective for 30 days), would seriously consider signing with the Kings if he returns to the NBA. The catch is that the wiry, athletic Kirilenko, a native of St. Petersburg who would be a wonderful complement to a frontline featuring DeMarcus Cousins and John Salmons, is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play in his native Russia. Unlike the other NBA players who returned to the United States shortly after the lockout ended, Kirilenko stayed with CSKA.

Courtesy of www.iamagm.com


Nuggets acquire Rudy Fernandez, Brewer from Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets have acquired versatile swingman Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) and forward Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) from the Dallas Mavericks for a future second-round pick.

The trade was finalized Tuesday and gives the Nuggets depth as the team attempts to work out deals with free agent big man Nene and guard Arron Afflalo, who is a restricted free agent.

After playing the past three seasons in Portland, Fernandez was traded to Dallas in a three-team deal last June that landed Andre Miller in Denver and Raymond Felton with the Blazers.

Miller and Fernandez will now be paired up again in the Mile High City.

Brewer signed with Dallas late last season and appeared in six playoff games for the NBA champs.

Courtesy of www.philstar.com


Shooting guard Marco Belinelli signs with Hornets - by Eurobasket News
Restricted free agent Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) has accepted the Hornets' $3.3 million qualifying offer and will return to the team's lineup this season.

The Hornets made the offer for Belinelli in June, restricting his ability to sign with other teams. He decided to sign that offer Tuesday rather than hold out to see if another team would offer more.

The 25-year-old, 6-foot-5 Belinelli started 69 games last season, averaging 10.4 points in 24.5 minutes.

General Manager Dell Demps says Belinelli had the best year of his career last season and the team expects him to 'continue to grow' and 'be a valuable asset of our team this season.'

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Nuggets sign DeMarre Carroll, Hornets waive forward Patrick Ewing Jr - by Eurobasket News
The Nuggets have signed free agent forward DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri) to bolster their frontcourt depth. Carroll split last season between Memphis and Houston, averaging only 4.2 minutes in 12 games. The Grizzlies selected Carroll 27th overall in the 2009 draft, and he appeared in 71 games during his rookie season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds.

The New Orleans Hornets announced today that they have requested waivers on forward Patrick Ewing Jr. (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown). Ewing Jr. appeared in seven games for the Hornets last season, averaging 0.4 points and 0.3 rebounds in 2.7 minutes of play. The 6-8, 235-pound Georgetown University product was originally signed as a free agent by the team on March 26, 2011.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Phoenix Suns waive PG Dowdell, sign Price and add Landry to roster - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns have waived backup point guard Zabian Dowdell (6'3''-PG-84, college: Virginia Tech), signed guard Ronnie Price (6'2''-G-83, college: Utah Valley) and added forward Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85, college: Wisconsin) to the roster.

Dowdell gave the Suns quality minutes as Steve Nashs backup last season, but he has been bothered by a sore right knee in training camp. Phoenix also signed point guard Sebastian Telfair just before the start of camp, helping lead to Dowdells release on Tuesday.

Price has averaged 3.6 points over six NBA seasons with Sacramento and Utah.

Landry has spent most of his professional career in the NBADL since leaving Wisconsin in 2009, his lone NBA experience a 17-game stretch with the Knicks in 2009-10 before being traded to Boston.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


NBA reportedly calls Clippers about Chris Paul - by Eurobasket News
The hot-and-cold discussions involving All-Star guard Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) coming to the Clippers took a turn toward the tepid, as the NBA reached out Tuesday.

The league, which has taken over the talks from New Orleans Hornets General Manager Dell Demps, initiated phone conversations with the Clippers on Tuesday afternoon, said a person who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, although no proposals were exchanged.

The NBA, which operates the Hornets, refused to move off its position of wanting Eric Gordon and the Clippers' No. 1 unprotected draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves, the person said.

The Clippers, once again, told the NBA that they wouldn't trade Gordon.

The Clippers were more than willing to send New Orleans center Chris Kaman, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu, second-year point guard Eric Bledsoe and the first-round draft pick to the Hornets.

Talks broke down Monday morning when the Clippers pulled out of the deal because they thought the Hornets had asked for too much.

Paul, who will earn $16.3 million this season, has told the Clippers he will pick up his option for next season at $17.7 million.

The Clippers held their media day Tuesday, and the players on hand were unable to get away from discussing Paul, a four-time All-Star.

'We'd love to have him,' Clippers forward Blake Griffin said. 'But if it doesn't work out, everybody on this team knows that we're ready to roll with this team.'

It also made for some uneasy moments Tuesday for those involved in the trade speculation.

The usually talkative Kaman, whose name always has been in the deal, didn't speak to the media.

Neil Olshey, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, didn't speak much about the Paul issue.

'Clearly, a player of Chris Paul's caliber if you pick up the phone, you're going to have to listen to what somebody has to say,' he said. 'We're not actively making phone calls trying to acquire any new players at this point.'

Olshey is upbeat because he likes their current roster. That includes the team's decision to bring back restricted free-agent center DeAndre Jordan by matching the offer Jordan got from Golden State, worth $42.3 million over four years.

The Clippers also won the waiver auction Monday for Chauncey Billups, a veteran point guard who has won big games and is known to have a positive presence in the locker room.

Billups, 35, was waived by the Knicks under the NBA's new amnesty provision. The Clippers won the bidding process by offering a little more than $2 million.

The Clippers said Billups will be at practice Wednesday. The Clippers can't trade him, so he'll be with the team unless he gets waived this season.

With Griffin, Mo Williams, Randy Foye, free-agent acquisition Caron Butler and the rest of the team, Olshey feels good about their prospects.

'We think that we've got a product on the floor right now that's given a lot of people in the Western Conference pause,' he said. 'We've got a lot of depth. We've got quality veterans. We've got really good young players.'

One of them is Gordon. Olshey said they will try to sign him to an extension.

Gordon, who will be 23 Christmas Day, tried to avoid the trade rumors.

'I can't worry about it until it happens,' Gordon said. 'I'm just a basketball player and whether I'm here or there, it doesn't matter.'

Clippers Coach Vinny Del Negro has some decisions to make. Will he start Williams or Billups at point guard?

'Mo is going to get a ton of minutes,' Del Negro said. 'Guys are going to get a ton of minutes.'

Will he start Jordan or Kaman at center?

'Chris has been a starter. DeAndre started a lot last year. We'll work that out,' Del Negro said.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Spurs waive DaSean Butler - by Eurobasket News
The Spurs trimmed their roster to 19 players by waiving former West Virginia standout forward Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-G/F-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: W.Virginia).

After leading West Virginia to the Final Four in 2010, Butler sustained a horrific knee injury in the national semifinals against Duke. After that injury, Butlers draft status plummeted and eventually was picked up in the second round by Miami.

Butler was waived by the Heat during training camp and spent several months in basketball limbo until he was picked up the Spurs last March. He was immediately placed on the inactive list and worked hard to return to the form he had shown with the Mountaineers.

The Spurs roster move indicates they like their depth at small forward. Among the players battling for playing time at the position include Richard Jefferson, rookie Kawhi Leonard and James Anderson among others.

Butler would have had difficulty cracking that rotation. But he will return to West Virginia as one of the most popular players in that schools basketball history.

Courtesy of http://blog.mysanantonio.com


Timberwolves trade 2nd-year F Lazar Hayward to Thunder for 2 second-round picks - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded forward Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86, college: Marquette) to the Oklahoma City Thunder for two conditional second-round draft picks and guard Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85, college: UAB).

The deal was completed on Tuesday and the Wolves immediately waived Vaden to clear a roster spot to bring in free agent point guard J.J. Barea.

Hayward was a first-round pick last year out of Marquette. He averaged 3.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 42 games for the Timberwolves, getting minimal playing time on a very young team.

Thunder GM Sam Presti says he likes Haywards toughness, size and shooting capability and thinks Hayward can provide some depth in Oklahoma City.

Now the Wolves can add Barea, who agreed to leave the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks for a four-year deal with Minnesota on Monday.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Delonte West officially inks 1-year deal - by Eurobasket News
Backup point guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) has officially signed a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum -- about $1.2 million -- with the Dallas Mavericks.

The 6-foot-3 West is a seven-year veteran who owns career averages of 9.7 points, 3.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 388 games (225 starts) for Boston, Seattle and Cleveland. In 2008-09, West played alongside LeBron James in Cleveland and started each of his 64 games and averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the foul line.

Originally the first-round draft pick (24th overall) of the Boston Celtics in 2004, West played in just 39 games his rookie season before becoming the starting shooting guard in his second year. That season, West started each of his 71 contests for the Celtics and averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and 4.1 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game.

West will take over the backup duties for J.J. Barea.

Courtesy of ESPN


Lakers sign Gerald Green, Malcolm Thomas - by Eurobasket News
This doesn't exactly qualify as the 'big moves' Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said he's pursuing.

The Lakers signed four-year NBA veteran Green Gerald (6'8''-G/F-86) and San Diego State product Thomas Malcolm (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.), a move clearly made to at least replace the missing bodies behind Shannon Brown's departure to Phoenix and a trade sending Lamar Odom to Dallas.

Green has averaged 7.5 points in 16 minutes in stints with the Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. He started the 2011-12 season in China where he was averaging 26.5 points on .545 shooting through four games. Thomas finished his two-year campaign with the Aztecs as the school's second-leading shot blocker and in eight place in rebounding average and field-goal percentage.

In a 32-minute interview with reporters at the Lakers' practice facility in El Segundo, Kupchak said he'd likely sign players in hopes that could either bolster the team's lineup or use as trade chips.

Courtesy of http://lakersblog.latimes.com


Denver Nuggets keep Nene with five-year, $67M contract - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets have re-signed Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) to a five-year deal, keeping the unrestricted free agent through 2015-16.

The Denver Post first reported that the Brazilian center had agreed to the contract that could be worth up to $67 million.

Nene had considered leaving Denver for the Nets, Rockets or Pacers as an unrestricted free agent, but decided in the end to stay in the city where he began his career in 2002.

Nene averaged 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds last season and will be counted upon to provide leadership following Kenyon Martin's exodus to China during the NBA lockout. Nene will start in the Nuggets frontcourt alongside Timofey Mozgov.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Lakers sign Josh McRoberts to fill in for Lamar Odom - by Eurobasket News
Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87, college: Duke) has a lot of fans around the league because he is a hard-nosed, smart player - not flashy but he plays within himself and gets the job done.

Which will make him an interesting fit on the Los Angeles Lakers. McRoberts signed for two years with the Lakers for the mini mid-level exception of $2.5 million per year, tweets Marc Spears of Yahoo. McRoberts, a Duke alum, played last season in Indiana.

McRoberts essentially replaces Odom on the court, although in a very different way. McRoberts is a great pickup at that price for the Lakers solid rebounder and defender who is a very efficient scorer around the rim (68 percent shooter within three feet, according to John Schuhmann at NBA.com). Hes going to get open looks in L.A. he did not in Indiana, so his midrange may improve. He will provide quality minutes behind Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum (especially now that Derrick Caracter may be out for the season with a torn meniscus in his knee).

But he will not provide the versatility or skill of Odom, who could come in off the bench and just change a game. He also is not married to a Kardashian. Well, at least not yet.

The other thing McRoberts will not provide is a locker room presence. Darius Soriano of Forum Blue & Gold phrased it well - in the Laker locker room Kobe Bryant is the bad cop, Derek Fisher the good cop, and Odom was the big brother who put his arm around you and talked to you about it. He will be missed.

That is not to diminish what is a nice pickup by the Lakers.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Jamal Crawford reportedly turns down Indiana, considering Kings, Knicks, Blazers - by Eurobasket News
According to a report by SI.com NBA writer Sam Amick, free agent guard Crawford Jamal (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) has trimmed his list to three teams after turning down a two-year offer from the Indiana Pacers. Crawford is now thought to be considering offers from the Portland Trailblazers, New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings.

Both Sacramento and Portland have offered two-year deals thought to be worth around $5 million annually. New York can offer only half of that with its 'room' exception of $2.5 million.

The Knicks are hoping that the bright lights of New York might be enough to convince Crawford to take less money and return to the club he starred for from 2004-2009. Portland offers Crawford the chance to be close to his Seattle home and the opportunity to fill some of the void left by the medical retirement of Brandon Roy.

Sacramento seems to be an odd fit as the Kings just re-signed Marcus Thornton and already have Tyreke Evans and rookie Jimmer Fredette. Sources told Amick that the Kings could offer Crawford the chance to start alongside Evans which is something Crawford hasn't done in either of his two years with Atlanta.

Courtesy of http://atlanta.sbnation.com


Report: Dwight Howard would only sign long-term deal with Magic, Nets, Mavericks or Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) would only be willing to sign a long-term deal with one of four teams, a source has told ESPN.com. Those teams include the Magic, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers.

The three-time NBA Defensive player of the Years unwillingness to sign with any other teams severely limits the Magics ability to trade the superstar center. While Orlando has been open about trading Howard to any team that would provide the right package, few teams are believed to be willing to trade for Howard without a long-term commitment.

Howards relationship with the Magic has been on pins and needles since the NBA lockout officially came to a close last week. There were reports that Howard had demanded a trade to the New Jersey Nets at the onset of training camp, however more recent reports indicate that he may be willing to stay in Orlando if the club can convince him that they can build a championship team.

Last season, Howard averaged 22.9 points, 14.1 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. It is believed he will become a free agent next offseason through an opt-out clause in his contract.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com


Lakers' F Derrick Caracter tears meniscus - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers forward Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88, college: UTEP) tore his lateral meniscus in his left knee during practice Monday, the team announced Tuesday.

Caracter will have surgery Wednesday, after which the team will announce a prognosis and a timetable for his return.

A second-round draft pick in 2010, Caracter saw little action a season ago, but he did see some time early in the season when starting center Andrew Bynum was lost to injury. Caracter averaged just over five minutes a game. He was contributing two points and a rebound per outing.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com


Bucks match Nuggets offer to forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have matched the Denver Nuggets offer sheet to restricted free agent Luc Mbah a Moute (6'7''-G/F-86, college: UCLA) and re-signed the fourth-year forward to a multi-year contract, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Well post details of the contract later today on this page.

Under NBA rules, the Bucks had three days to match Denvers offer sheet to Mbah a Moute or he would have become a member of the Nuggets.

Mbah a Moute, 25, appeared in 79 games (52 starts) for the Bucks last season and averaged 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per contest. He was second on the team in rebounds (420 total) and recorded a career-high eight point/rebound double-doubles and 25 games with double figure scoring.

Entering his fourth NBA season, Mbah a Moute has appeared in 234 games (166 starts) and averaged 6.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He was the 37th overall pick by Milwaukee in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA, where he earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 and Honorable Mention All-Defensive Team honors as a junior.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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


Miracles make first-ever trade - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles aren't standing pat in the midst of tough times.

The struggling club made its first-ever trade yesterday by shipping 6-foot-3 point guard Tristan Martin (6'3''-G-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Houston) to the London Lightning in exchange for 5-foot-10 point guard Nick Lother (5'10''-G) and a first-round pick in the 2012 National Basketball League of Canada draft.

Moncton acquires Lother, who suited up in his hometown for the University of Winnipeg. He's played nine games in his rookie professional season and he's averaging 2.22 points, 0.22 steals, 0.89 rebounds and one assist per game. He has a .286 field goal shooting percentage.

London is adding Martin, a Toronto native who's averaging 9.9 points, 1.10 steals, one rebound and 1.80 assists per game. He has a .469 field goal shooting percentage.

Under league rules, each club must have a minimum of two Canadian players. Moncton and London swapped Canadians so both teams continue to meet their quota.

Moncton also sent 6-foot-9 power forward Aramie Brooks to London as part of the trade and the Lightning then released him. He's averaging six points and 4.75 rebounds per game.

Moncton now owns two picks in the first round of the 2012 NBL Canada draft. That would be the first and seventh overall picks if the standings look the same at the end of this season with London leading the league and Moncton in last place.

Moncton, 0-10, will continue the 36-game regular season against the Saint John Mill Rats on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum. The Miracles have suffered four losses by five points or less.

'We felt that we needed to give Tristan Martin an opportunity to go to a team where he could get more playing time,' said Moncton head coach and general manager Mike Evans. 'We're in the building stage here. We felt it would be best for him in a different scenario.

'Nick Lother is a hard-nosed guy. He makes shots from the perimeter. He's a smart player who makes good decisions with the basketball. He runs the offence for you. He's all business on the court.

'I'm told he's looking for a new start. I'm told that he will be a pleasant surprise for us. He will compete with Jazzmarr Ferguson (6'1''-G, college: Indiana SE) and Victor Morris for playing time at the point guard position.'

Lother will practise with Moncton for the first time today.

'I remember watching him last weekend (in our 98-93 loss to London),' said Evans, who's been the Miracles head coach and general manager for three games. 'I liked what I saw in him in that game. He's a poised young man who doesn't make many mistakes.'

Moncton has parted ways with seven players since the start of the regular season. It has just six players remaining from the 12-man roster in the regular season opener - Boubacar Coly, Michael Evans Jr., Jazzmarr Ferguson, Andrew Francis, Matt Robertson and Darrell Wonge.

The Miracles currently have a 10-man roster, but that's expected to increase to 12 with the addition of free agents George Fudge (6'5''-F) and Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Victory).

Fudge and Watkins watched the Miracles last two games and have been practising with them on tryout this week. All signs indicate they will sign a contract with the club, something that could happen today.

Fudge, 25, is a 6-foot-5 small forward from Atlanta. Since finishing his American college basketball career in 2008, he's played in several pro-am tournaments in the United States. The NBL Canada will be his first time playing in a professional league.

Watkins, 26, is a 6-foot-8 Atlanta native who plays small forward and power forward. Since completing his American college basketball career, he's played the past four years in professional leagues in Chile, China and the Dominican Republic.

'I've been evaluating these two guys in practice this week,' said Evans. 'I like their size and physicality. They have heart and desire. They've come in here and made an impression.'
Courtesy of http://timestranscrpt.canadaeast.com


Oshawa Power change things up with trade and pair of signings - by Eurobasket News
With three games in four days against the same opponent, Mark Strickland saw the good, the bad and the indifferent in his Oshawa Power over the weekend.

The good came Saturday in an outstanding effort against the first-place London Lightning, as most everything went right for the Power in a 99-93 victory. However, that win was sandwiched by the bad and indifferent, with the former coming Friday night in a 100-76 blowout loss and the latter Sunday afternoon in another loss to league's front runners, 87-80 in a game where Oshawa held a double-digit lead at halftime.

Strickland said the mixed bag of results came in large part due to a major overhaul of the roster last week that saw the club bring in four new faces.

With the additions of Jerome Brown (6'5''-G) and David Collins (7'0''-C-85, college: Bradley) in a trade with St. John for Kevin Francis, coupled with the signings of big man Paul Campbell (6'10''-C-87, college: Hawaii) and guard Dwain Williams (6'0''-PG-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Hawaii), the Power are essentially hitting the reset button as they try to climb the standings.

'It will kind of be a reviewing stage for us, you know, it's kind of like starting over when you bring new players in. We'll start back at point A,' Strickland said. 'The guys had never had any time in practice, but the changes we're making are good changes. We just have to get through it.'

In Campbell and Collins the Power have added some much-needed size to the front court, improving the team's ability to rebound the ball consistency and clog up the middle.

Campbell's best game came Sunday, when he had eight points, 11 rebounds and pair of blocks, while Collins was a steady presence starting all three games.

Williams, meanwhile, gives the club some depth at point guard, especially considering the injury status with starter Tut Ruach, who banged up his elbow in a collision with the water table and was unable to get a shot up in Sunday's game.

Williams came in in a pinch to take over, a day after debuting for the Power, and Strickland was pleased with how the former University of Hawaii product reacted in a tough situation, hitting a couple of big threes en route to a 10-point afternoon.

'I like Dwain. He's a Big East point guard ... He can handle the ball well, and as we already know, he can shoot the three ... The guy has been pretty much just sitting here in the hotel waiting to get signed. For him to do that in the game was big for us.'

As for Brown, he brings an aggressive, energy-filled style to the club that has been missing since Jushay Rocket returned home last month, and as he gets more comfortable, Strickland expects bigger things.

As for Rocket, Strickland was optimistic he might be back any day now with his paperwork now in order.

The Power (6-8) have traded wins and losses in their last six, but will look to find a higher level of consistency heading in Christmas with five games in the next nine days. The first three are on the road at Quebec, Halifax and Moncton, while the next two are back at the GM Centre, Dec. 22 against Summerside and Dec. 24 against Halifax.

Courtesy of www.durhamregion.com


Power release PG Larry Diamond - by Eurobasket News
The Oshawa Power have released Point Guard Lawrence Diamond (6'2''-G-87, college: Morehouse) from their roster.

'Lawrence Diamond was nothing less than a true professional in the time he was here in Oshawa and we wish him nothing but the best in the future,' said Gary Durrant, President of Basketball Operations.

Up next for the Oshawa Power (6-8) is a 3-game road trip starting with a game against the Quebec Kebs at Laval University on Friday December 16. Start time is 7:30 p.m.

Then they travel to Halifax on Sunday December 18 (2 p.m.) and Moncton on Monday December 19 (7 p.m.) to end the trip.

The Power's next home game is Thursday December 22 against the Summerside Storm at 7:30 p.m. at the GM Centre.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


NBL of Canada announces suspension - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball League of Canada has suspended Aaron Spears (6'10''-C-84, college: St.John's) of the Quebec Kebs for one game, and fined him $1,000 for throwing a ball at a fan after Saturday nights road game against the Halifax Rainmen.

After reviewing the situation and giving due deliberation to the seriousness of this matter, we have decided to take these necessary actions, said NBL of Canada commissioner John Kennedy. We want to deal with this in a prompt and direct manner, and send the message that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour from any player representing our league.

The 610, 225-pound Kebs centre will sit out the Kebs game against the Oshawa Power on Friday.

Storm back in action

Meanwhile, the Summerside Storm will host the Rainmen on Thursday. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

The Rainmen edged the Storm 97-96 on Dec. 8.

The Storm will also host the Moncton Miracles on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Buzzer-beater lifts Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The Moncton Miracles continue to suffer heartbreak.

They dropped to 0-11 with a 102-99 loss to the Saint John Mill Rats in National Basketball League of Canada action on Wednesday night in front of 1,136 noisy fans at the Moncton Coliseum.

Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis) snapped a tie and drained a three-point buzzer beater shot to lift Saint John to victory in a hard-fought and highly entertaining game that had all kinds of momentum twists. The Mill Rats moved into third place in the seven-team league at 7-6.

Moncton suffered its fifth loss by five points or less. It's 0-2 versus Saint John with both those contests decided by five points or less.

Moncton will meet the Summerside Storm on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Credit Union Place and Saint John on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Harbour Station. The Miracles will then complete the pre-Christmas schedule against the Oshawa Power on Monday at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum.

Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) led Saint John with 24 points, followed by Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) with 22 and Calvin Cage with 16.

Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) was Moncton's top offensive player with 18 points. Andrew Francis and Darrell Wonge, both with 16 points, were next. Others in double digits were Boubacar Coly with 15, Sylvania Watkins with 13 and Trayvon Lathan with 10.

Saint John held a 20-12 lead with 5:33 remaining in the first quarter. Moncton called a timeout at that stage and then went on a 13-5 run down the stretch to create a 25-25 tie at the end of the period.

Wonge was the offensive catalyst for the Miracles in the first quarter. He scored 11 points and drained three three-point shots.

The Miracles scored the first basket and then went on to trail throughout the first quarter. They pulled into a 25-25 tie when Sylvania Watkins, making his debut with the club, scored a spectacular basket just as time was expiring in the period.

The second quarter continued to be evenly played with terrific back and forth action. The lead changed hands several times, neither team mounted any big runs and there was never more than a five-point spread on the scoreboard.

It was tied 47-47 with 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Tisby drained a basket in the dying seconds of the first half to allow Saint John to take a 49-47 lead into the intermission.

Moncton went on a 6-0 run to begin the second half and jumped in front 53-49. Saint John bounced back to outscore it opponent 29-11 over the remainder of the third quarter and opened up a 14-point lead at the end of the period.

The Miracles were trailing 67-63 with 4:28 remaining in the third quarter, but the things started to unravel for the hometown squad. The Mill Rats went on an 11-1 run down the stretch to take a 78-64 lead into halftime.

Moncton battled back in thrilling fashion by outscoring its opponent 35-24 in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands a few times with Moncton ahead 85-84 with seven minutes remaining.

The Mill Rats always held the lead over the final seven minutes, but never by more than six points. The Miracles rallied to create a 99-99 tie with 12 seconds remaining, all of which set the stage for the Mill Rats to leave the building in complete silence with a game winning three-point shot at the final buzzer.

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No. 17 MSU struggles but picks up ninth straight - by Eurobasket News
Dee Bost (6'2''-G-89) could only watch last season as Florida Atlantic shocked Mississippi State on its home court.

This time he was playing. And he wasn't going to let it happen again.

Bost scored 22 points, Rodney Hood (6'8''-G) added 19 and No. 17 Mississippi State survived a late scare from Florida Atlantic for a 75-68 victory Tuesday night.

'Somebody had to step up and we were without our two main guys,' Bost said. 'We just had to find a way to win.'

The Bulldogs had a comfortable 39-29 lead at halftime, but the Owls clawed their way back into the game, taking a 55-54 lead on Pablo Bertone's 3-pointer with 9:22 remaining. Mississippi State fought off the rally, with Bost and Hood scoring a combined 24 second-half points on the way to the team's ninth straight victory.

'Those guys weren't going to let us lose,' Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. 'Dee and Rodney willed us to win tonight.'

Jalen Steele (6'3''-G) scored 12 points for the Bulldogs and Renardo Sidney added 10.

'We had to go and do it - that's what I'm proud of.' Stansbury said. 'There are games on the schedule that you've got to find a way to win and that was one of them.'

Raymond Taylor (5'6''-G) had 20 points for Florida Atlantic (4-6) while Bertone scored 14 and Kore White added 12.

Mississippi State (10-1) was playing without two starters - guard Brian Bryant and forward Arnett Moultrie. Bryant missed a third straight game for a violation of team rules while Moultrie, who averages 17 points and 11 rebounds, missed the game because of knee tendinitis. Moultrie's absence was the most significant and the Bulldogs obviously missed his production.

The weakened lineup made the game strikingly similar to last year, when a banged-up Mississippi State team lost a stunner to Florida Atlantic 61-59. Bost didn't play because he was suspended after failing to pull his name out of the NBA draft by the deadline.

But the Bulldogs seemed in control of this one early. Hood had 10 points in the first half while Steele and Bost added seven each.

Florida Atlantic made its move early in the second half, quickly closing the gap to 41-39 on Greg Gantt's 3-pointer with 17:23 remaining. The Owls took a 60-58 lead on Taylor's 3-pointer with 6:50 remaining. The 5-foot-6 Taylor was tough on the Bulldogs all night, shooting 7 of 13 from the field including 4 of 7 from 3-point range.

That's when Bost and Hood took over. Bost hit shots from all over the court, including 3-pointers, layups on fast breaks and free throws. And when he seemed to tire, it was Hood who was clutch with a few mid-range jumpers that kept the Owls at arm's length.

'I know they're not going to let Dee drive the lane in SEC play so I feel like I've got to go out there and be that missing link,' Hood said.

Hood finished with his first career double-double, adding 10 rebounds. He shot 8 of 14 from the field.

'He didn't just go into the gym when he was a kid and work on 3-pointers and dunks,' Stansbury said. 'He was taught the finer points of the game.'

Mississippi State shot 50 percent (27 of 54) from the field.

Florida Atlantic coach Mike Jarvis was pleased his team found a way to take the lead in the second half, but equally disappointed that an upset chance slipped away. He was particularly upset by a few late turnovers and by making just 7 of 18 free throws.

'You make baskets, you make stops, put two or three of those together and that is what makes any lead,' Jarvis said. 'We just don't do it often enough to come on top in the end.'

Mississippi State ended its six-game homestand undefeated, but now hits a harder part of its schedule. The Bulldogs play a road game against Detroit on Saturday before a neutral-court game against Northwestern State in Jackson, Miss., on Dec. 22. Then there's a showdown with No. 6 Baylor on Dec. 28 in Dallas.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Two Fine accusers suing Syracuse, Boeheim for defamation - by Eurobasket News
Two men who say they were molested by an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University University have sued the school and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim for defamation.

Former Syracuse ball boys Bobby Davis and Mike Lang say they were molested by assistant coach Bernie Fine.

Fine, who has been fired, has denied the allegations. A third man also has accused Fine. The U.S. attorney's office is investigating.

Attorney Gloria Allred said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon in New York City that the two men have filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.

Allred said after repeatedly telling the world that Davis and Lang were liars, it's time for the university and Boeheim to be held accountable.

'It really hurt me to learn coach Boeheim had accused me of lying,' Davis said.

A high-profile lawyer, Allred's recent clients include a woman who accused presidential candidate Herman Cain of making unwelcome sexual advances.

Davis was a ball boy for the team in the 1980s; Lang is his stepbrother.

Lang said that when Boeheim suggested 'my little brother and I were lying' he 'felt sick to my stomach.'

When the news broke Nov. 17, Boeheim staunchly, even defiantly, supported his old friend and said the accusations were lies to capitalize on the Penn State scandal and make money off a lawsuit.

'The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money,' Boeheim told the Post-Standard on Nov. 17. 'If he gets this, he's going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I'd say about $50 million. That's what this is about. Money.'

Victim advocates reacted angrily and called for Boeheim to resign or be fired. He later backtracked and said he was wrong to question the motives of the accusers.

That's not enough, Allred said.

'Those words came too little, too late,' she said during Tuesday' press conference.

Boeheim first softened his stance 10 days after the accusations were made public. After Fine was fired Nov. 27, Boeheim released a statement saying he regretted any statements he made that might have been 'insensitive to victims of abuse.' On Nov. 29, Boeheim apologized but said again he didn't regret defending his old friend based on the information he had at the time and said he had never worried about his job status in 36 years.

By Dec. 2, he was far more contrite.

'I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made,' said Boeheim, who paused frequently during a postgame press conference. 'I shouldn't have questioned what the accusers expressed or their motives. I am really sorry that I did that, and I regret any harm that I caused.'

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick said last week that Davis was credible but he couldn't investigate under state law because the statute of limitations had expired.

The 65-year-old Fine, who had been Jim Boeheim 's top assistant since 1976, has since been fired.

The statute of limitations in New York on bringing a civil suit for child sexual abuse is five years after the victim turns 18, though there have been several legislative attempts recently to open a one-year window for older incidents. Prosecutors can bring criminal charges for felony sex abuse any time during the victim's life under an amendment to New York's criminal procedure law enacted Aug. 5, 2008. Previously the felony limit was five years.

'We're grateful any time a child sex abuse victim finds the courage to take action against a child predator,' David Clohessy, executive director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said in a statement. 'That's an enormous benefit of civil litigation -- it can help uncover evidence of complicity by a predator's colleagues and supervisors, and thus deter others from keeping secret about possible child sex crimes in the future.'

Davis went to the Syracuse Post-Standard newspaper in 2002 and ESPN in 2003; neither media outlet could corroborate his claims. He went to the police, too, in 2002, and a detective told him the statute of limitations had expired. Three years later, he went to the university; Syracuse had its lawyers do an internal investigation and says it, too, couldn't verify Davis' accusations.

Then, on Nov. 17 -- with the country still caught up in the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, where a former assistant football coach is accused of molesting at least 10 boys -- Davis told his story on ESPN. Lang also came forward. Ten days later, Zach Tomaselli, of Lewiston, Maine, spoke out. Also on Nov. 27, ESPN aired a tape in which a woman it identified as Fine's wife tells Davis she knew 'everything' that was going on.

The university fired Fine that day.

Davis, now 39, told ESPN that Fine molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis told ESPN that the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four.

Davis' stepbrother, Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him while he was in fifth or sixth grade.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Sullinger still not cleared to return - by Eurobasket News
Ohio State coach Thad Matta still isn't sure when injured star forward Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) will play next.

'It's the progression we're trying to take in terms of step by step,' he said of the pace at which Sullinger is being brought back from back spasms that have caused him to sit out the last two games. 'As opposed to running the full marathon, we're going to warm up with a 5K and then get to a 10K.'

The 6-foot-9 Sullinger is able to run, jump and shoot. But he still hasn't been cleared to play when the second-ranked Buckeyes (8-1) host South Carolina-Upstate on Wednesday night.

'You know me, I'm a guy that likes to not play guys a lot,' Matta joked. 'I don't know the answer. Hopefully I'll know more (after Tuesday's practice). Probably more of the tell-all (will be) in the morning, how he feels.'

The Buckeyes suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday at No. 13 Kansas, a 78-67 setback on one of the toughest home courts in the country. Maybe because they at least hung with the Jayhawks for most of the game despite Sullinger's absence, poll voters kept the Buckeyes in the No. 2 spot. Meanwhile, top-ranked Kentucky - which lost at Indiana on a 3-pointer at the buzzer - fell two spots to third. Syracuse climbed around Ohio State to the No. 1 position this week.

Point guard Aaron Craft said the Buckeyes learned a lot from their first defeat.

'Watching the tape, we played hard and we played with some good toughness, it being our first road game,' he said. 'But we made mistakes that we don't normally make. If Jared would have played and we made the same mistakes, they still would have won the game because we didn't play Ohio State basketball.'

Swingman William Buford pointed to how the Buckeyes struggles with shooting led to letdowns at the other end.

'We have to learn from mistakes we had in our loss,' he said. 'Just valuing every possession, not taking any plays off and continuing to play defense and let our defense lead to our offense. I feel the last game we weren't hitting shots and it affected our defense. We can't let that happen.'

The Buckeyes, with just one senior (Buford) and one junior (Sullinger's fill-in, Evan Ravenel) on the roster, travel to play at South Carolina on Saturday.

Matta said one thing he has insisted on in the wake of the Kansas loss is that everyone must be responsible for the team's play and cannot rely on tired excuses.

'The message is still being heard loud and clear that we don't believe we played as well as we could possibly play. Not that we were going to win the basketball game, but the mistakes that we made have got to be corrected,' he said. 'There's a standard that we want to operate by. Just like making the excuse that we're a really, really young basketball team, or making the excuse that Jared Sullinger didn't play for us - we can't do that. We have to accept the responsibility of the actions that we had and they weren't all as good as they needed to be in order to have a chance to win that game.'

Standout freshman LaQuinton Ross, who rejoined the team Sunday after clearing up some academic questions, practiced with the Buckeyes for the first time on Monday. Even with Sullinger possibly out or limited, it is unlikely that Ross will be ready to see much or any action until he gets more accustomed to the playbook and what is expected defensively.

'Unfortunately, he just doesn't have the foundation. It was really hard to even tell he was out there from that standpoint; it wasn't like he made all these great plays, or anything like that,' Matta said of Ross' first practice. 'The good thing for us is 'Q' does have a high basketball IQ, and he asks a lot of questions. But we've got something going on here and he has to find his niche, and find his way to the court.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Seton Hall F Brandon Mobley cleared to return to lineup after shoulder injury - by Eurobasket News
Seton Hall freshman forward Brandon Mobley (6'9''-F) has been cleared to resume playing and will be in uniform on Sunday when the Pirates face Mercer.

Mobley dislocated his right shoulder and tore his labrum while playing in the New Jersey Shore League last summer. The 6-foot-9 freshman from Savannah, Ga., had missed Seton Halls first nine games of the season.

Mobley averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and three blocks last season at St. Johns Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin. As a senior he led Grove High School to a 28-2 record.

Seton Hall is 8-1 this season after finishing last season with a 13-18 record.

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UAPB falls to No. 20 Michigan 63-50 - by Eurobasket News
After falling hopelessly behind in the first half against No. 20 Michigan, Arkansas-Pine Bluff caught a second wind.

For the road-weary Golden Lions, this was something they can build on.

Lazabian Jackson (6'3''-G) scored 23 points, and UAPB went on a 12-1 run at the end of its 63-50 loss to the Wolverines on Tuesday night. The Golden Lions never threatened to win, but they forced 19 turnovers and prevented the game from being a total rout.

'Michigan plays good defense, but I didn't expect our team to come out that cold. We couldn't make a shot, except for Lazabian,' UAPB coach George Ivory said. 'I was proud of the way we finished the game our kids didn't give up. We finally started hitting some shots and we were able to get some turnovers.'

Michigan freshman Trey Burke (6'1''-G) scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Evan Smotrycz (6'9''-F) added 16 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92) scored eight.

Jackson made two 3-pointers to give the Golden Lions a 6-5 lead, but Michigan responded with a 19-0 run. A 3-pointer by Stu Douglass put the Wolverines ahead 32-8, and it was 37-17 at halftime.

UAPB made four 3-pointers in the first half but was 1 of 18 from inside the arc.

'Coach started reading the stats to us, and we just looked at each other. We knew it was bad, but those were some ugly numbers. I have no idea what happened we don't play like that,' said UAPB's Savalace Townsend, who finished with 15 points. 'All we wanted to do in the second half was make some kind of run and keep the game from getting completely ridiculous.'

UAPB (1-6) doesn't have a home game scheduled this season until Jan. 14. That's not out of the ordinary for the Southwestern Athletic Conference school. A couple seasons ago at the end of a similar stretch away from home UAPB's athletic director estimated the school had earned about $800,000 by playing all those road games, about one-fourth of the athletic department's total revenue.

'I think it really brings our team together,' Ivory said. 'It's tough to do this, but it prepares us for the conference season.'

The only anxious moment for Michigan (8-2) came late in the first half when Hardaway, the team's leading scorer, came down hard after jumping up on a shot fake. Hardaway stayed down on his stomach for a bit as the crowd became quiet, then he headed toward the sideline. He came back in the second half.

Michigan's Matt Vogrich, who was 1 of 13 from 3-point range entering the game, made three shots from long distance in the second half. He finished with 11 points.

'Coach keeps telling me to shoot my way out of it,' Vogrich said. 'That's what I'm going to do. I believe I can shoot just got to keep shooting.'

UAPB had no balance to speak of on offense. Jackson showed impressive range, going 6 of 11 from 3-point territory, but at one point early in the second half, he had 17 of his team's 20 points.

He got more help after that, but it wasn't enough. Jackson had to be helped off the court with 11.7 seconds left after going down near midcourt with what looked like a leg cramp.

Burke had seven assists and six rebounds for Michigan, and Smotrycz contributed eight rebounds.

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No. 3 S. Indiana tops St. Catharine - by Eurobasket News
Southern Indiana senior guard Brandon Hogg (6'1''-G) and junior guard Keynon Smith combined for 46 points to lead the third-ranked Screaming Eagles to a 65-62 victory against St. Catharine. USI soars to 7-0 overall, while St. Catharine falls to 6-6.

The Screaming Eagles used an 8-0 run to take control and lead 12-8 by the midway points of the opening half. USI would nurse a one-to-two bucket lead for most of the opening stanza before enlarging the margin to eight points, 35-27, by the intermission.

Hogg dominated the first half for the Eagles and scored 19 points by halftime. He hit 7-of-13 from the field, including a pair of three-point field goals, during the first 20 minutes. Smith also had a big opening half for the Eagles, posting nine points and grabbing nine rebounds.

The second half saw the Eagles extend their halftime lead to 11 points, 42-31, when Hogg hit three consecutive free throws after being fouled outside the three-point arc. The Patriots, however, rallied in the final 10 minutes of the game and cut the margin to one point four times with the final time coming with four seconds left.

Hogg, who finished the game with a career-high 31 points, and Smith, who finished with a career-high double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds, sealed the game for USI by hitting two free throws each in the final 15 seconds. USI freshman forward Austin Davis also had seven clutch points in the second half, while sophomore forward Taylor Wischmeier grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds.

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Winona State beats Minnesota-Duluth - by Eurobasket News
CJ Erickson (6'6''-F) scored a career high 29 points and provided an exclamation point to a 20-0 WSU second half run as the No. 17 Winona State posted a 95-82 victory against Minnesota Duluth.

Winona State led by eight at the half and was locked in a physical contest with the visiting Bulldogs. The WSU advantage was three with 17:46 to play in the game when the Warriors began to pull away.

Xavier Humphrey hit a layup to begin the run and scored and was fouled by UMD's Ryan Rasmussen with 15:14 to play to extend the Warrior lead to 58-45. Rasmussen was whistled for a technical foul after the play. Humphrey hit his first two free throws and Erickson nailed a three after the Warriors picked up the offensive board after Humphrey's missed third foul shot.

Erickson was 11-of-13 from the floor and hit a career-best six 3-pointers. He also tied a career high with ten rebounds -- seven of which came on the offensive end -- while also handing out four assists and blocking three shots.

Clayton Vette scored 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting while grabbing seven boards. Humphrey finished the game with 13 points while Grant Johnson and Jon Walburg each added nine. Taylor Cameron handed out a game-high five assists while committing zero turnovers.

Winona State is now 8-1 on the season and 3-0 in the NSIC. The team will hit the road next weekend, traveling to Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State.

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Brandeis upsets No. 2 Amherst - by Eurobasket News
Sophomore forward Ben Bartoldus (6'2''-G) scored 11 of his career-high 23 points in the first seven minutes of the second half and Brandeis never trailed after the break as they knocked off No. 2 Amherst 76-61 margin. The win is Brandeis's third in a row and evens its record at 5-5, while the Lord Jeffs suffer their first loss and fall to 8-1.

A back and forth first half saw four ties and four lead changes. Brandeis jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but six unanswered points by the Jeffs at the midpoint of the stanza put the visitors up 20-14 on a bucket by senior Taylor Barrise.

After the sides traded hoops, Brandeis responded with a jumper by junior Anthony Trapasso that cut the lead back to two, while a Bartoldus 3-pointer at the 7:47 mark put the Judges ahead for good at 23-22. Amherst was able to stay within one possession until a key momentum shift at the end of the period. Trailing by one with the shot clock off, the Lord Jeffs got a turnover and could have held for the last shot.

They missed a 3-pointer with about 15 seconds left, and the Judges sprinted the other way. Senior guard Tyrone Hughes drove the lane and found Vytas Kriskus wide open in the corner, where he drained a trifecta and reestablished the four-point lead 32-28 at the break. The bomb gave Kriskus a game-high nine first-half points to go with six rebounds. Junior Willy Workman led the Lord Jeffs with eight points at the break.

Bartoldus and the Judges opened the second half on fire offensively, connecting on seven of their first eight shots during the first 6:28 to outscore Amherst 17-8 during that span. Bartoldus had 11 of the team's points in that stretch, hitting two 3-pointers and capping the run with a traditional three-point play that made the score 49-36. Amherst was able to close back within six on a couple of occasions, with a Barisse put-back at the 10:51 mark cutting the deficit to 50-44.

A nice move by Bartoldus, followed by two Workman free throws had the lead still at six with 9:44 left before the Judges embarked on a 14-4 run, kicked off by an offensive put-back and free throw by sophomore center Youri Dascy. After two Hughes foul shots with just under five minutes to go made it 66-50, the Judges were able to keep the lead in double figures the rest of the way. Brandeis ended up shooting 60 percent from the field (12-20) in the second half -- including 71 percent from beyond the arc (5-7) -- while holding Amherst to 33 percent (10-30) overall and 18 percent from long range (2-11) to keep the visitors at bay.

Bartoldus established a new career-high for the second game in a row with his 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half. He connected on 9-of-16 overall, 3-of-3 from behind the arc and 2-of-4 from the line. Kriskus just missed his second double-double of the season with 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds. He hit 6-of-8 overall, with all three 3-pointers, and a pair from the line. Dascy was the third Brandeis player in double figures with 13 points, while grabbing seven rebounds. Hughes finished with eight points -- hitting all of his free throws down the stretch -- and a game-high eight assists, one shy of a career-best. The Judges' 52 percent shooting for the game (26-50) was their second-best performance of the season, while holding Amherst to a season-low 37.3% (22-59).

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


No. 5 Wooster falls at No. 25 Wabash - by Eurobasket News
A remarkable streak came to an end on Saturday afternoon in Crawfordsville, Ind., where The College of Wooster dropped a second-straight North Coast Athletic Conference game for the first time in 14 years, as the Fighting Scots suffered a 72-58 setback to Wabash College in a match-up of nationally-ranked teams.

Wooster (5-2, 1-2 NCAC), ranked No. 5 and coming off a heartbreaking loss to archrival Wittenberg University on a buzzer-beater Wednesday, has now lost back-to-back conference games. The last time that happened came Jan. 15-18, 1997. That covers a stretch of 233 NCAC games and 11 NCAC championships for the Scots during that time.

Facing 25th-ranked and undefeated Wabash (8-0, 2-0 NCAC) on Saturday, Wooster used a 10-2 run to start the second half, featuring six points from Josh Claytor, to tie the game at 35. The Little Giants answered right away with seven unanswered tallies, and another key stretch came after the Scots pulled within 48-44. At that point, the hosts accounted for eight points while holding Wooster scoreless for four-plus minutes.

That made it a 12-point margin (56-44), and the Scots never got any closer than nine during the final seven minutes.

The first half was close before another offensive drought proved costly for Wooster. Wabash turned a 15-13 lead at the midway point into a 29-15 cushion with just under 4:00 remaining before the Scots pulled within 33-25 at the break.

Statistically, both teams shot around the same field-goal rate, Wooster at .414 (24-for-58) and Wabash at .407 (22-for-54), but the Scots were done in by their 14 turnovers, the fourth time this season they've had at least 14 in a game. The rebounding battle was dead even at 35-35, while the Little Giants were effective at getting to the free throw line where they were 22-for-25 (.890).

Xavier Brown and Claytor shared team-high scoring honors with 17 points in the loss, while Justin Hallowell collected eight boards.

Wabash's backcourt of Aaron Zinnerman (6'2''-G) and Brian Shelbourne (6'3''-G) caused problems for Wooster, as the duo combined for 43 points, 25 for Zinnerman and 18 for Shelbourne. Those figures marked career highs for both.

The Scots have final exams next week and then will look to snap out of their skid when they travel to Puerto Rico for games against St. Mary's College of Maryland (7-2) and the University of Sacred Heart on Dec. 19-20.

Courtesy of www.woosterathletics.com


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  NIGERIA   


Qingdao add Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji - by Eurobasket News
Qingdao add Nigerian Oyedeji Olumide (208-C/F-81) to their roster. The player debuted with 8 points and 10 rebounds as Qingdao Double Star won over Zhejiang C. 100:99.
Zhejiang Cyclones were ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 27-13 charge of Qingdao Double Star, which allowed them to win the game. Qingdao Double Star maintains sixteenth place with 3-8 record. Qingdao Double Star will play against higher ranked Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Oyedeji Olumide is not new in China. In 2009-2010 he played for Liaoning Panpan Hunters (China-CBA) and in 36 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-4 (12.2rpg), 1.6apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 56.5%, FT: 66.5%. In May'10 he moved to ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League) and at the Asian Club Championships averaged 13.7ppg, Reb-1 (11.7rpg), 2.0apg, 2FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 62.5%.
The season 2010-2011 Oyedeji Olumide started for Pepsi JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) but in Dec.'10 moved to Foshan (China-CBA) and in 32 games showed 14.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 1.5spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 55.1%, FT: 62.3%. The season 2011-2012 appeared first for Changwon LG Sakers (Korea-KBL, starting five) and in Dec.'11 moved to Qingdao Double Star (China-CBA).



26th ACCM: Enterprising Ikyaator powered Union Bank past Urunani - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria international point guard, Orseer Ikyaator was in superb form Wednesday scoring 23 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds to help Union Bank basketball club secure a 40 points margin victory over Urunani basketball club of Burundi at the final round of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men in Rabat, Morocco.

Ikyaator good court vision and decision proved too much for the Burundian who were overwhelm by the Stallion Boy as the Nigerian are also known as they powered to second victory in a group-A game of the preliminary round of the champions cup.

The game which was the second of game Day-3 saw Union Bank winning in all four quarters by 18-12, 17-10, 24-11 and 25-11 points as they observe Thursday as rest day.

Other Union Bank players who recorded a double figure include Nigeria international combo-guard Mohammed Bukar with 13 points, 5 assists and 3 rebounds and William Ndounmbe scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists while centre Godspower Igben grabbed 13 rebounds for the Nigerian side who defeated ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday at the magnificient Salle Athallah Bouzzaoui gymnasium in Rabat by 68-49 points having lost its group-A opening game to Angolan league champion GDR Libolo basketball club 80-85 points on Monday.

Union Bank search for a comfortable finish in the group continue on Friday when it file out against Benghazi, Libya-based Al Ahly basketball club before confronting host club Association Sportive de Sale basketball Club (AS Sale) of Morocco on Saturday.

Union Bank head coach Ayinla Johnson describe the 40 points margin victory over Urunani as good things to come from his wards who could only manage to record three points in the third quarter against Mazembe on Tuesday.

Coach Ayinla promised that the team be at its best in it remaining preliminary games as they hope to finish well in our group and make progress from there.




Michael Umeh signs in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) will continue his career in Germany. The Nigerian point guard left Valladolid and penned a deal with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. Umeh had 4.3 ppg for 9 games with Valladolid this season. He spent the last one with Murcia averaging 11.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In 2009/10, Umeh had 10.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 48 games with Menorca. He helped both teams to win the LEB Gold title. From 2007 to 2009, Michael Umeh played for the German team LTi Giessen 46ers. In their second season together Umeh registered 13.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Michael Umeh played for the Nigerian NT at the AfroBasket in Madagascar. He helped them win the Bronze at this event with 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 7 games. Umeh was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention -11.

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  NORWAY   


Terrence Oglesby is a newcomer at Sundsvall Dragons - by Eurobasket Center
Sundsvall Dragons added to their roster 23-year old Norwegian-American guard Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88, college: Clemson). In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. However his new team lost to 08 90-96. Oglesby played most recently at C.B. Tarragona 2017 (Spain). He is a very experienced player. Oglesby played also pro basketball in Italy, Romania, Spain, Ukraine and Norway. He graduated Clemson University in 2009 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball. Oglesby played for Norwegian U20 national team until 2008.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 10-1 
 2. Asker Aliens 9-3 
 3. Baerum Basket 9-3 
 4. Centrum 6-6 
 5. Gimle BBK 6-6 
 6. Tromso 5-5 
 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. Karlsen, Centrum22.2 
 3. Westerlund, Ammeru.21.9 
 4. Mjos, Baerum B.21.5 
 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, Centrum8.4 
 6. Byerson, Tromso8.1 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud7.7 
 8. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.7 
 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.3.7 
 8. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.5 
 9. Byerson, Tromso3.4 
 10. Stien, Gimle BBK3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Froya B.
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bullock, Froya B.2.4 
 2. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.4 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.2.3 
 4. Silavs, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso2.0 
 6. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 7. Westerlund, Ammeru.1.9 
 8. Ferranti, Baerum B.1.9 
 9. Hagen, Ammerud1.7 
 10. Sahlertz, Tromso1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.3 
 3. Byerson, Tromso1.1 
 4. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.0 
 5. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 6. Karlsen, Centrum0.7 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud0.7 
 8. Mjos, Baerum B.0.7 
 9. Sumskis, Gimle BBK0.6 
 10. Bryn, Ammerud Bs.0.6 


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  PALESTINE   


Pan Arab Games: Kuwait grabbed the second place in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Palestine- Kuwait 86:94

Kuwait grabbed the second place in Group C of Pan Arab Games after the victory over Palestine. A final push in the last quarter allowed them to taste 94:86 win for 2-1 record.
Kuwait only took 9-8 after the first 5 minutes of the game but then increased to 20:15 at the end of the first period. The board showed 43:37 at the halftime, while Palestine erupted for 12-2 run early in the fourth to reduce to 78:72. Kuwait however did not allow them to come closer and won the game.
Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Abdullah AlMutairi (190-F/G-87) delivered 15. Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) ended up with 14 points and three other teammates added 10 apiece. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 30 points in the losing effort and Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) nailed 18. Iyad Yousef (205-C-80) notched 11, while Salim Sakakini (F-87) posted 9 for Palestine that lost the third straight game.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 30, Nicola Fadayel 18, Iyad Yousef 11, Salim Sakakini 9
Kuwait: Nayef AlRashidi 22, Abdullah AlMutairi 15, Abdulaziz Mohammad 14


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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


Day 2 and 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Iraq-Sudan 89:60

Iraq celebrated the initial victory at Pan Arab Games tonight. The team won over Sudan 89:60 to finish third in the Group A. Sudan meanwhile lost the third straight game and finished on the fourth position.
Sudan enjoyed 9:6 early in the game and won the first period 19:15. They also looked better in the second frame and reached 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to the Asian side. With 32-6 Iraq won the third frame and had 61:41 at the end of thirty minutes. Another productive last stanza gave them 29-point victory.

Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ali Al-Juboori (170-PG-87) scored 20. Ali Ismael (201-PF-94) nailed 13, while Ahmed Al-Nasrawi (F/G-89) delivered 10. Kamal Elfadel (F/C) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Alaa Eldin (G) notched 19.

Iraq:
Qutaiba Al-Doori 22, Ali Al-Juboori 20, Ali Ismael 13, Ahmed Al-Nasrawi 10
Sudan:
Kamal Elfadel 21, Alaa Eldin 19

Algeria - Egypt 81:73

Algeria continued their winning run at Pan Arab Games in Doha. They defeated Egypt to clinch 3-0 record in Group A. Egypt suffered the first defeat and slipped at 2-1 record.
Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) (196-F-90) nailed 23 points to pace the winners.
Egypt got to the better start. They led by five points at the first break 18:13. Egypt maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They accumulated an 8-point buffer at halftime 48:40. But Algeria managed to revive the intrigue in the third period. They got within just a single point at the final intermission 54:55. Algeria went on a strong rally early in the final period to surge ahead. They held off all comeback efforts from Egypt and ran to the victory at the end.
Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85) nailed 18 points and collected 19 rebounds, while Mohamed Amine Belhoul (F-86) added 12 points in the win. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 16 points for Egypt. Assem Marei (206-C/F-92) produced 10 points in the loss.

Algeria:
Mohamed Harath 23, Mohamed Esseghir 18+19 boards, Mohamed Amine Belhoul 12
Egypt:
Amr El Gandy 16, Assem Marei 10







GROUP C

Palestine- Kuwait 86:94

Kuwait grabbed the second place in Group C of Pan Arab Games after the victory over Palestine. A final push in the last quarter allowed them to taste 94:86 win for 2-1 record.
Kuwait only took 9-8 after the first 5 minutes of the game but then increased to 20:15 at the end of the first period. The board showed 43:37 at the halftime, while Palestine erupted for 12-2 run early in the fourth to reduce to 78:72. Kuwait however did not allow them to come closer and won the game.

Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Abdullah AlMutairi (190-F/G-87) delivered 15. Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) ended up with 14 points and three other teammates added 10 apiece. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 30 points in the losing effort and Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) nailed 18. Iyad Yousef (205-C-80) notched 11, while Salim Sakakini (F-87) posted 9 for Palestine that lost the third straight game.

Palestine:
Jamal Abu-Shamala 30, Nicola Fadayel 18, Iyad Yousef 11, Salim Sakakini 9
Kuwait:
Nayef AlRashidi 22, Abdullah AlMutairi 15, Abdulaziz Mohammad 14





Qatar-Saudi Arabia 79:57

Qatar wins Group C with 3-0 record as they overcame Saudi Arabia in their last game of the group stage. The favorites grabbed 79:57 victory to remain undefeated.
Qatar took the lead from the very beginning and reached 20-15 at the end of the first period. Moreover they created a 12-4 run early in the second for 32:19 lead. The advantage continued to grow in the entire game as Qatar dominated the court.

Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ousseynou N'Diaye posted 13. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) ended up with 12, whilst Targuy Alban (197-F-84) netted 10. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Ahmed Alhosawi (200-C/F-84) and Mohammed Almutairi (193-F-92) added 12 apiece.
Qatar scored 40 Points in the Paints versus 10 from the opponent. They had also the biggest lead of 30 points.

Qatar:
Yasseen Ismail 15, Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) 13, Erfan Ali 12, Targuy Alban 10
Saudi Arabia:
Fahad Belal 14, Ahmed Alhosawi 12, Mohammed Almutairi 12



Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Algeria3-0
2. Egypt2-1
3. Iraq1-2
4. Sudan0-3
Group B
1. Tunisia2-0
2. Jordan1-1
3. Lebanon1-1
4. Morocco0-2
Group C
1. Qatar3-0
2. Kuwait2-1
3. Saudi Arab.1-2
4. Palestine0-3


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


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Sokol Lancut 10-3 
 2. Start Gdynia 10-3 
 3. P.Cukier SIDEn 9-4 
 4. MKS DG 9-4 
 5. Spojnia 9-4 
 6. Rosa Radom 8-5 
 7. AZS Kutno 7-6 
 8. SKK Siedlce 7-6 
 9. Polonia 7-6 
 10. Znicz Basket 7-6 
 11. AZS Szczecin 5-8 
 12. Start Lublin 5-8 
 13. MOSiR Krosno 2-11 
 14. Sudety 2-12 
 15. Sportino 1-12 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 18
 1. Edwards, Anwil18.0 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.4 
 4. Kulig, PBG Basket16.9 
 5. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 7. Miller, Siarka J.16.0 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.15.9 
 9. Corbett, Siarka J.15.7 
 10. Weeden, Polpharma15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.4 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.9.5 
 5. Edwards, Anwil7.9 
 6. Bigus, AZS Koszalin7.6 
 7. Doaks, Siarka J.6.8 
 8. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.7 
 9. Morrison, Energa C.6.4 
 10. Mladenovic, Slask6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Skibniewski, Slask6.8 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil5.7 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.6 
 5. Wilczek, AZS P.5.5 
 6. Miller, Siarka J.5.3 
 7. Sapp, Kotwica5.2 
 8. Micic, PBG Basket5.0 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow4.9 
 10. Burrell, Energa C.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.0 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.7 
 3. Cesnauskis, Energa1.7 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.6 
 5. Salamonik, LKS L.1.6 
 6. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Hinson, Energa C.1.4 
 8. Edwards, Anwil1.4 
 9. Moore, PGE Turow1.3 
 10. Comagic, PBG B.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Trefl S.
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Burgess, Trefl S.1.7 
 2. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 3. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 4. Harris, Kotwica1.4 
 5. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.3 
 6. Barycz, Siarka J.1.3 
 7. Mladenovic, Slask1.2 
 8. Kesicki, Kotwica1.1 
 9. Edwards, Anwil0.9 
 10. Djuric, Kotwica0.8 


1Liga Round 14 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 14 in 1Liga was guest Start Gdynia's (10-3) road victory over second-ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (9-4) 83-73 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. P.Cukier SIDEn managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Start Gdynia won last quarter 15-6. They dominated on the defensive end, holding P.Cukier SIDEn to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Start Gdynia made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Piotr Smigielski (190-G-89) who scored 25 points. Forward Krzysztof Krajniewski (199-89) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Start Gdynia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Spojnia and MKS DG. Start Gdynia is looking forward to face AZS Szczecin (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Sokol Lancut delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (5-8) 74-54. Forward Bartosz Dubiel (195-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Wojciech Pisarczyk contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) replied with 17 points and 4 steals for AZS Szczecin. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokol Lancut maintains first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Start Gdynia. AZS Szczecin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Start Lublin. Sokol Lancut will play against AZS Kutno (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Szczecin will play against the league's second-placed Start Gdynia (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kutno was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Spojnia (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked AZS Kutno (7-6). Spojnia managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of AZS Kutno. Adam Parzych scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners. Michal Marciniak responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. AZS Kutno's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spojnia moved-up to third place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn and MKS DG. Newly promoted AZS Kutno keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Spojnia will meet at home Polonia (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Kutno will play against the league's leader Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Pruszkow, where higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (7-6) lost at home to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (5-8) 57-70. Michal Aleksandrowicz notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AZS Szczecin. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin's next round opponent will be higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#3) in Torun and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Radom. Local Rosa Radom (8-5) outscored 14th ranked Sudety (2-12) 79-44 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Tomasz Pisarczyk who scored 8 points and 14 rebounds. Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Rosa Radom have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Sudety lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Rosa Radom will face SKK Siedlce (#8) on the road in the next round.

In the last two games of round 14 bottom-ranked Sportino was crushed by Polonia in Przemysl 85-65. MOSiR Krosno was beaten by SKK Siedlce at home 62-69.


AZS Kutno - Spojnia 64-68

The game in Kutno was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Spojnia (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked AZS Kutno (7-6). Spojnia managed to secure a 4-point victory 68-64 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of AZS Kutno. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Spojnia forced 26 AZS Kutno turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Spojnia made 7 blocks. Guard Adam Parzych (190-86, college: Bryant, agency: Promotex) scored 24 points to lead the charge for the winners and guard Tomasz Stepien (193-86) chipped in 16 points during the contest. Guard Michal Marciniak (195-79) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and the former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-72) scored 10 points. AZS Kutno's coach Jaroslaw Krysiewicz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spojnia moved-up to third place, which they share with P.Cukier SIDEn and MKS DG. Newly promoted AZS Kutno keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Spojnia will meet at home Polonia (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Kutno will play against the league's leader Sokol Lancut and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: A.Parzych 24+1ast, T.Stepien 16+4reb+1ast, H.Pabian 10+2reb, L.Bodych 5+6reb+1ast, W.Grudzinski 5+7reb, M.Wojcik 4+2reb
AZS Kutno: M.Marciniak 15+10reb+1ast, D.Brek 10+2ast, M.Bacik 10+2reb+3ast, K.Jakobczyk 8+2ast, A.Perka 7+3reb, T.Deja 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141004


Polonia - Sportino 85-65

There was no surprise in Przemysl where 15th ranked Sportino (1-12) was crushed by ninth ranked Polonia (7-6) 85-65 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Polonia. Sportino was better in second period 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Polonia made 14 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Hubert Mazur (190-84, agency: Promotex) who scored 22 points. Forward Artur Mikolajko (197-79) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Grzegorz Kukielka (192-83) produced 18 points and power forward Maciej Strzelecki (204-87) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Polonia have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Sportino stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Polonia will face higher ranked Spojnia (#5) in Stargard in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sportino will play at home against MOSiR Krosno (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Polonia: H.Mazur 22+4reb+1ast, M.Musijowski 14+4reb+6ast, A.Mikolajko 11+13reb+2ast, B.Bal 11+1ast, M.Miszczuk 9+1reb, P.Pydych 6+2ast
Sportino: G.Kukielka 18+4reb+3ast, M.Strzelecki 14+6reb+1ast, D.Witos 11+2reb+3ast, T.Zablocki 10+8reb+2ast, J.Jankowiak 9+1reb+1ast, P.Mowlik 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 141005


MOSiR Krosno - SKK Siedlce 62-69

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked SKK Siedlce (7-6) defeated on the road 13th ranked MOSiR Krosno (2-11) 69-62 on Wednesday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But MOSiR Krosno won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SKK Siedlce dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to MOSiR Krosno's 26. They outrebounded MOSiR Krosno 39-21 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was swingman Michal Przybylski (194-84) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. point guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) chipped in 7 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Guard Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-81) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rafal Partyka (184-79) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. SKK Siedlce moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted MOSiR Krosno keeps the thirteenth position with 11 games lost. SKK Siedlce will face higher ranked Rosa Radom (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. MOSiR Krosno will play against Sportino (#15) in Inowroclaw and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: M.Przybylski 21+6reb, L.Ratajczak 12+6reb, K.Sulima 7+3reb+3ast, R.Basinski 7+10reb+6ast, P.Kowalczuk 7+4reb+2ast, M.Nedzi 7+5reb
MOSiR Krosno: D.Oczkowicz 18+5reb+2ast, D.Pieloch 12, R.Partyka 10+4reb+3ast, P.Pluta 9+4reb+3ast, M.Piotrkowski 7+2reb+2ast, K.Kamecki 6+4reb
gschID: 141006


Rosa Radom - Sudety 79-44

The game with biggest result difference took place in Radom. Local Rosa Radom (8-5) outscored 14th ranked Sudety (2-12) 79-44 on Wednesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-44. Rosa Radom dominated on the defensive end, holding Sudety to just 5 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Sudety's 22. They outrebounded Sudety 47-26 including a 36-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Rosa Radom made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was forward Tomasz Pisarczyk (205-85) who scored 8 points and 14 rebounds. Center Michal Nikiel (205-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Rosa Radom's coach Piotr Ignatowicz felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. Guard Oskar Bukowiecki (187-91) produced 13 points and 6 steals and guard Lukasz Niesobski (185-85) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Rosa Radom have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Sudety lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 12 games lost. Rosa Radom will face SKK Siedlce (#8) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Rosa Radom: M.Nikiel 16+6reb+1ast, A.Donigiewicz 12+5reb+1ast, I.Kitzinger 11+5reb+3ast, J.Zalewski 9+3reb+2ast, P.Wiekiera 9+6reb+1ast, T.Pisarczyk 8+14reb+2ast
Sudety: O.Bukowiecki 13+4reb+2ast, L.Niesobski 13+3reb+2ast, M.Kozak 5+2reb, J.Wilusz 5+6reb, P.Minciel 5+6reb, T.Maryniewski 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141007


Znicz Basket - Start Lublin 57-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pruszkow, where higher ranked MKS Znicz Basket (7-6) lost at home to twelfth ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (5-8) 57-70. MKS Znicz Basket was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 40-26 second half run of Olimp MKS Start Lublin. They also forced 24 MKS Znicz Basket turnovers. Guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) notched 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Kamil Michalski (183-87) supported him with 14 points and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds by forward Grzegorz Malewski (200-84) did not help to save the game for MKS Znicz Basket. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) added 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks for the hosts. Olimp MKS Start Lublin moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with AZS Szczecin. MKS Znicz Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Olimp MKS Start Lublin's next round opponent will be higher ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (#3) in Torun and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: M.Aleksandrowicz 15+8reb, K.Michalski 14+3reb+4ast, R.Krol 12+8reb, S.Szymanski 8+4reb+5ast, P.Kowalski 7+6reb, P.Pustelnik 5+1reb+1ast
Znicz Basket: G.Malewski 15+10reb+1ast, A.Sulinski 12+1reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 9+6reb+2ast, D.Czubek 7+4reb, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 6+7reb+1ast, M.Matuszewski 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 141001


P.Cukier SIDEn - Start Gdynia 73-83

The biggest surprise of round 14 in 1Liga was guest Start Gdynia's (10-3) road victory over second-ranked P.Cukier SIDEn (9-4) 83-73 on Wednesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Start Gdynia. P.Cukier SIDEn managed to win third quarter 26-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Start Gdynia won last quarter 15-6. They dominated on the defensive end, holding P.Cukier SIDEn to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Start Gdynia made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 P.Cukier SIDEn turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Start Gdynia made 10 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Piotr Smigielski (190-89) who scored 25 points. Forward Krzysztof Krajniewski (199-89) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. Swingman Przemyslaw Lewandowski (204-78, agency: Promotex) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Arkadiusz Kobus (197-86, agency: Promotex) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Five P.Cukier SIDEn players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Start Gdynia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Sokol Lancut. Newly promoted P.Cukier SIDEn dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Spojnia and MKS DG. Start Gdynia is looking forward to face AZS Szczecin (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. P.Cukier SIDEn will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Start Gdynia: P.Smigielski 25+1reb, G.Mordzak 11+3ast, M.Kostrzewski 10+2reb+1ast, K.Krajniewski 9+7reb+2ast, M.Malczyk 8+1reb, T.Wojdyla 6+10reb+1ast
P.Cukier SIDEn: T.Lipinski 14+5reb, P.Lewandowski 14+10reb+5ast, A.Kobus 13+11reb+1ast, A.Gliszczynski 12+3ast, J.Jarecki 11+3reb+4ast, L.Kwiatkowski 7+2reb
gschID: 141002


AZS Szczecin - Sokol Lancut 54-74

Leader Sokol Lancut delivered the tenth victory. This time they crushed 11th ranked AZS Szczecin (5-8) 74-54. The game was mostly controlled by Sokol Lancut. AZS Szczecin was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sokol Lancut forced 27 AZS Szczecin turnovers and outrebounded them 40-29 including 25 on the defensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 15 blocks. Forward Bartosz Dubiel (195-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) replied with 17 points and 4 steals and forward Marcin Zarzeczny (193-87) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for AZS Szczecin. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sokol Lancut maintains first position with 10-3 record, which they share with Start Gdynia. AZS Szczecin lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with eight games lost. They share the position with Start Lublin. Sokol Lancut will play against AZS Kutno (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. AZS Szczecin will play against the league's second-placed Start Gdynia (#2) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sokol Lancut: B.Dubiel 20+9reb+1ast, W.Pisarczyk 17+7reb, M.Klima 11+8reb, I.Chromicz 5+9reb+2ast, J.Szurlej 5+2reb+4ast, P.Halas 4+1ast
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 17+3reb+1ast, M.Zarzeczny 13+5reb, M.Sudowski 8+2reb, M.Raczynski 6+3reb+2ast, L.Bak 4+5reb, M.Majcherek 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141003




Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Niesobski, Sudety19.2 
 2. Pacocha, AZS S.19.2 
 3. Woloszyn, MKS D.17.1 
 4. Mazur, Polonia16.8 
 5. Jarecki, P.Cuk.16.8 
 6. Kostrzewski, Start15.0 
 7. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.14.8 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut14.7 
 9. Kukielka, Sportino14.5 
 10. Zytko, P..14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krzysztof MIELCZAREK
  AZS S.
  (198-G/F-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Mielczarek, AZS S.10.9 
 2. Luszczewski, Start9.5 
 3. Wilczek, Sokol Lan.7.9 
 4. Malewski, Znicz B.7.9 
 5. Mikolajko, Polonia7.8 
 6. Radke, Rosa Radom7.7 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojnia7.6 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut7.2 
 9. Wilusz, Sudety7.1 
 10. Pytys, AZS Szcze.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Michal MUSIJOWSKI
  Polonia
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Musijowski, Polonia5.2 
 2. Zytko, P..5.0 
 3. Basinski, SKK S.4.9 
 4. Przewrocki, Polonia4.3 
 5. Brek, AZS Kutno4.1 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia3.9 
 7. Grochowski, MKS D.3.9 
 8. Michalski, Start L.3.8 
 9. Pustelnik, Start L.3.7 
 10. Baran, MOSiR K.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Adrian SULINSKI
  Znicz B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Sulinski, Znicz B.3.5 
 2. Szumelda-K., Znicz3.4 
 3. Czubek, Znicz B.3.2 
 4. Zytko, P..3.2 
 5. Baran, MOSiR K.3.0 
 6. Niesobski, Sudety2.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.7 
 8. Michalski, Start L.2.7 
 9. Bukowiecki, Sudety2.7 
 10. Kijanowski, Sudety2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Lukasz NIESOBSKI
  Sudety
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Niesobski, Sudety2.4 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.3 
 3. Marciniak, AZS K.2.2 
 4. Szumelda-K., Znicz1.8 
 5. Zytko, P..1.8 
 6. Oczkowicz, MOSiR K.1.8 
 7. Grochowski, MKS D.1.7 
 8. Przewrocki, Polonia1.7 
 9. Halas, Sokol Lanc.1.6 
 10. Brek, AZS Kutno1.6 


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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN Special Draft to have a special draft on Thursday: - by Luis Modestti

BSN will hold a special draft on Thursday at the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee for players that were reserved by Santurce and Coamo.

Those players can be selected by the eight teams that will play next season. Santurce and Coamo announced they wont participate in the 2012 season and can recover them when they return to the league.

The first pick belongs to Indios de Mayagez but there is interest from Capitanes de Arecibo to have that selection. Arecibo proposed a trade where they send Jeffrion Aubry, Omar Alvarado, Donald Copeland and the eighth pick to Mayagez for Alejandro Carmona, Giovanni Jimenez and the first pick. The trade could be approved by the league on draft day.

Below is the draft order and eligible players:

BSN Special Draft:

I Round:


1 - Mayaguez
2 - Guayama
3 - Humacao
4 - San German
5 - Guaynabo
6 - Bayamon
7 - Quebradillas
8 - Arecibo

II Round:

1 - Mayaguez
2 - Guayama
3 - Humacao
4 - San German
5 - Guaynabo
6 - Bayamon
7 - Quebradillas
8 - Arecibo

III Round:

1 - Mayaguez
2 - Guayama
3 - Humacao
4 - San German
5 - Guaynabo
6 - Bayamon

Players:

Angelo Reyes (Santurce)
Eddin Santiago (Santurce)
Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (Santurce)
Roberto Nieves (Santurce)
Wilfredo Pagan (Santurce)
Lus Villafane (Santurce)
Richard Chaney (Santurce)
Jonathan Rodriguez (Santurce)
Eduardo Gonzalez (Santurce)
Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) (Santurce)
Chris Gonzalez (Santurce)
Christopher Vega (Coamo)
Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: FIU) (Coamo)
Gilberto Clavell (Coamo)
Lus Colon (Coamo)
Thomas Manzano (Coamo)
Andres Ortz (Coamo)
Nick Leon (Coamo)
Carlos Figueroa (Coamo)

If a player is not selected in this draft it becomes a free agent.


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  QATAR   


Pan Arab Games: Qatar wins Group C with 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Qatar-Saudi Arabia 79:57

Qatar wins Group C with 3-0 record as they overcame Saudi Arabia in their last game of the group stage. The favorites grabbed 79:57 victory to remain undefeated.
Qatar took the lead from the very beginning and reached 20-15 at the end of the first period. Moreover they created a 12-4 run early in the second for 32:19 lead. The advantage continued to grow in the entire game as Qatar dominated the court.
Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ousseynou N'Diaye posted 13. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) ended up with 12, whilst Targuy Alban (197-F-84) netted 10. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Ahmed Alhosawi (200-C/F-84) and Mohammed Almutairi (193-F-92) added 12 apiece.
Qatar scored 40 Points in the Paints versus 10 from the opponent. They had also the biggest lead of 30 points.

Qatar: Yasseen Ismail 15, Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) 13, Erfan Ali 12, Targuy Alban 10
Saudi Arabia: Fahad Belal 14, Ahmed Alhosawi 12, Mohammed Almutairi 12


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  RUSSIA   


Andrei Kirilenko 'seriously considering' Sacramento Kings as a destination - by Eurobasket News
Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) would be a welcomed addition to the Kings, but Sacramento would need to make a substantial offer to lure him away from Russia. Kirilenko has recently expressed interest in staying in Russia.

According to sacbee.com:
Two different sources told me earlier tonight that former Utah Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, who is currently under contract with CSKA Moscow (but has an out clause effective for 30 days), would seriously consider signing with the Kings if he returns to the NBA. The catch is that the wiry, athletic Kirilenko, a native of St. Petersburg who would be a wonderful complement to a frontline featuring DeMarcus Cousins and John Salmons, is thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to play in his native Russia. Unlike the other NBA players who returned to the United States shortly after the lockout ended, Kirilenko stayed with CSKA.

Courtesy of www.iamagm.com


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Pan Arab Games: Qatar wins Group C with 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Qatar-Saudi Arabia 79:57

Qatar wins Group C with 3-0 record as they overcame Saudi Arabia in their last game of the group stage. The favorites grabbed 79:57 victory to remain undefeated.
Qatar took the lead from the very beginning and reached 20-15 at the end of the first period. Moreover they created a 12-4 run early in the second for 32:19 lead. The advantage continued to grow in the entire game as Qatar dominated the court.
Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ousseynou N'Diaye posted 13. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) ended up with 12, whilst Targuy Alban (197-F-84) netted 10. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Ahmed Alhosawi (200-C/F-84) and Mohammed Almutairi (193-F-92) added 12 apiece.
Qatar scored 40 Points in the Paints versus 10 from the opponent. They had also the biggest lead of 30 points.

Qatar: Yasseen Ismail 15, Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) 13, Erfan Ali 12, Targuy Alban 10
Saudi Arabia: Fahad Belal 14, Ahmed Alhosawi 12, Mohammed Almutairi 12


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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda close to sign Omar Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda is close to sign a deal with American forward Omar Thomas (197-F-82, college: UTEP). According to local media, they already agreed terms and Thomas is expected in Belgrade today. If he signs a deal, Thomas will replace Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga). Omar Thomas spent last season with Air Avelino. He appeared 33 times in SerieA averaging 17.5 points, 6 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Thomas was named Serie A Regular Season MVP -11. In 2009/10, he played for Enel Brindisi collecting 18.3 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 30 games. Thomas also has experience from Rieti, Pau-Orthez and Rimini. In 2010, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year -10. Omar Thomas is currently banned by the Italian Basketball Federation for the next 16 months because of using false Slovenian passport. It allowed him to play as a Bosman last season.

Sasa Vasiljevic leaves Khimik-OPZ Yuzny - by Eurobasket News
Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of the Ukrainian Khimik-OPZ Yuzny. The experienced point guard agreed to part ways with the club. He joined them during the pre-season. For 15 games in the league Vasiljevic averaged 5.1 points and 3.4 assists. He had almost the same numbers for 5 games in EuroChallenge. Sasa Vasiljevic spent last season with Donetsk collecting 10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.6 apg. They were regular season champions and reached Playoff Finals later. From 2008 to 2010, Vasiljevic played for Greek VAP Kolossos. In the past, he was a member of AEK Athens, Menorca, Bosna Sarajevo and Hemofarm. Sasa Vasiljevic is active member of the Bosnian NT. He had 6.4 ppg and 5.4 apg for 5 games in Lithuania last summer. The player also has Serbian citizensip.

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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Milos BOJOVIC
  Zeleznicar
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Bojovic, Zeleznicar23.4 
 2. Milisavljevi., Meg.22.8 
 3. Popovic, Sloga21.1 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac20.9 
 5. Dimic, Radnicki.20.5 
 6. Balaban, Smederevo19.0 
 7. Bozovic, Sloga18.5 
 8. Pekovic, Prolet.16.3 
 9. Micic, Mega Vizura15.9 
 10. Smiljanic, Radnic.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bosko BALABAN
  Smederevo
  (--)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Balaban, Smederevo9.2 
 2. Cantekin, Mega V.8.4 
 3. Zigeranovic, Borac8.3 
 4. Misanovic, OKK B.8.0 
 5. Smiljanic, Radnic.7.4 
 6. Mijajlovic, Sloga6.8 
 7. Kuburovic, Slobod.6.4 
 8. Petrovic, BKK R.6.3 
 9. Jovic, Sloga6.1 
 10. Bajic, Zeleznicar6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Sloga
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Popovic, Sloga6.0 
 2. Jovic, Sloga5.6 
 3. Dundjerski, Vojvo.5.1 
 4. Stefanovic, Smede.5.1 
 5. Micic, Mega Vizura5.0 
 6. Milisavljevi., Meg.5.0 
 7. Boltic, BKK R.4.8 
 8. Mitrovic, OKK B.4.6 
 9. Jereminov, Tamis3.8 
 10. Osmokrovic, BKK R.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Negoslav GACIC
  BKK Radnicki
  (--)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Gacic, BKK Radnicki3.6 
 2. Jovic, Sloga2.8 
 3. Vulin, Prolet.2.8 
 4. Micic, Mega Vizura2.5 
 5. Dundjerski, Vojvo.2.5 
 6. Boltic, BKK R.2.4 
 7. Vasilic, Radnic.2.3 
 8. Kuzeta, Vojvodina2.0 
 9. Kuburovic, Slobod.1.9 
 10. Misanovic, OKK B.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  OKK B.
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, OKK B.1.9 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.4 
 3. Balaban, Smederevo1.3 
 4. Majkic, Prolet.0.9 
 5. Bojic, Mega Vizura0.9 
 6. Bjegovic, Prolet.0.8 
 7. Cantekin, Mega V.0.8 
 8. Petronic, BKK R.0.8 
 9. Zekovic, Vojvodina0.8 
 10. Tubak, Radnicki.0.8 


A League Round 12: Sloboda defeats BKK Radnicki in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 12 in the A League took place in Uzice. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best BKK Radnicki (8-4) to eleventh ranked Sloboda (4-8) 70-68 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 15-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sloboda dominated on the defensive end, holding BKK Radnicki to just 7 points in third quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by BKK Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nemanja Arnautovic (193-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and forward Branko Andjic (201-82) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Marko Boltic (193-87) with 11 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sloboda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Metalac. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Borac and Smederevo. Sloboda is looking forward to face higher ranked OKK Beograd (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BKK Radnicki will play against the league's second-placed Mega Vizura (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
A League top team - Vojvodina (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Metalac (4-8) in Valjevo 72-63. The winners were led by guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Dusko Bunic supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) did not help to save the game for Metalac. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Metalac at the other side keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Sloboda Uzice. Vojvodina will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) at home in the next round. Metalac will play against Zeleznicar (#12) in Indjija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
13th ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-10) were outscored at home by ninth ranked OKK Beograd (5-5) with the biggest margin this round 88-65 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Nenad Misanovic who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. At the other side the best for losing team was Luka Igrutinovic who recorded 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place. Proleter Naftagas lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. OKK Beograd will meet at home Sloboda (#10) in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: bottom-ranked Napredak lost to Smederevo on the opponent's court 104-114. Mega Vizura managed to outperform Tamis in a home game 91-74. Radnicki Basket recorded a loss to Sloga on the road 85-79. Borac defeated Zeleznicar on its own court 80-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 7 assists by Vojin Svilar of Smederevo.


Smederevo - Napredak 114-104

Very expected game when 14th ranked Napredak Rubin (1-11) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Smederevo Vizura (8-4) 114-104 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 114-104. Smederevo Vizura shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 20-of-21 free shots (95.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Napredak Rubin's players. The best player for the winners was guard Vojin Svilar (188-86, college: W.Georgia) who scored 26 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Power forward Bosko Jovovic (205-83, agency: Sport Connect) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). Smederevo Vizura's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Slaven Cupkovic (205-88) who recorded 30 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Aco Mandic (204-84) added 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively. Five Smederevo Vizura and four Napredak Rubin players scored in double figures. Smederevo Vizura have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Borac and BKK Radnicki. Napredak Rubin lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 11 games lost. Smederevo Vizura will meet league's leader Vojvodina in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Napredak Rubin will play against Proleter Naftagas (#13) in Zrenjanin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Smederevo: V.Svilar 26+4reb+7ast, B.Jovovic 24+4reb+4ast, V.Popovic 16+2reb+3ast, B.Balaban 13+4reb, N.Stefanovic 11+2reb+5ast, D.Majstorovic 10+2reb
Napredak: S.Cupkovic 30+6reb, M.Puzic 18+1reb+2ast, A.Mandic 17+4reb+1ast, K.Jones 15+3reb, S.Mihajlovic 10+2ast, S.Pejovic 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 147913


Proleter Naftagas - OKK Beograd 65-88

13th ranked Proleter Naftagas (2-10) were outscored at home by ninth ranked OKK Beograd (5-5) with the biggest margin this round 88-65 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. OKK Beograd led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. OKK Beograd forced 22 Proleter Naftagas turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Nenad Misanovic (217-84) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks. point guard Luka Drca (195-87, college: Utah, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four OKK Beograd players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Luka Igrutinovic (193-92) who recorded 17 points and swingman Miladin Pekovic (196-83, agency: BeoExcell) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. OKK Beograd moved-up to eighth place. Proleter Naftagas lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. OKK Beograd will meet at home Sloboda (#10) in the next round. Proleter Naftagas will play against Napredak Rubin in Krusevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: N.Misanovic 19+10reb, L.Drca 19+6reb+2ast, J.Koprivica 14+7reb+2ast, F.Sepa 12+5reb+2ast, D.Mitrovic 7+4reb+1ast, V.Malidzan 6+2reb+3ast
Proleter Naftagas: L.Igrutinovic 17+3reb+1ast, V.Zarkovic 15+3reb, M.Pekovic 13+2reb+4ast, B.Obrenovic 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bjegovic 5+7reb, M.Vulin 4+3reb
gschID: 147914


Mega Vizura - Tamis 91-74

Rather predictable result when third ranked Mega Vizura (9-3) defeated at home 7th ranked Tamis (7-5) 91-74 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Mega Vizura. Tamis managed to win third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mega Vizura dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Tamis' 42. They outrebounded Tamis 47-31 including a 36-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Turkish center Dusan Cantekin (222-90, agency: Beo Basket) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Stefan Matovic (203-91) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Mega Vizura players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bosnian forward Nemanja Stanimirovic (203-85) who recorded 19 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Bosnian power forward Vuk Ivanovic (208-83, college: BYU, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Mega Vizura have a solid three-game winning streak. Mega Vizura moved-up to second place, which they share with Sloga. Loser Tamis keep the seventh position with five games lost. Mega Vizura will meet BKK Radnicki (#4) in the next round. Tamis will play against Sloga in Kraljevo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: S.Matovic 20+5reb+1ast, A.Bojic 17+6reb, D.Cantekin 17+17reb, B.Milisavljevic 14+1reb+8ast, J.Rivers 9+3reb+3ast, U.Duvnjak 9+7reb+2ast
Tamis: N.Stanimirovic 19+3reb+1ast, D.Majstorovic 13+4reb+1ast, V.Ivanovic 12+8reb+1ast, D.Habus 9+1reb, D.Perak 9+2reb+2ast, M.Radenkovic 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 147909


Sloga - Radnicki Basket 85-79

Not a big story in a game in Kraljevo where 8th ranked Radnicki Basket (5-6) was defeated by fourth ranked Sloga (9-3) 85-79 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Radnicki Basket trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 24-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 79-85 at the end of the game. Sloga made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized Bosnian guard Marko Popovic (193-84) who scored 20 points and 6 assists. Guard Sasa Djordjevic (190-85) chipped in 14 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Milos Dimic (195-89) who recorded 26 points and guard Filip Djuran (196-91) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Five Sloga and four Radnicki Basket players scored in double figures. Radnicki Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Sloga have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Mega Vizura. Radnicki Basket lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Sloga will meet Tamis (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Radnicki Basket will play against Borac in Cacak and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sloga: M.Popovic 20+3reb+6ast, S.Bozovic 16+3reb+1ast, S.Djordjevic 14+4reb+3ast, A.Jevdjic 11+4reb+2ast, A.Marelja 10+5reb, B.Popovic 6+3reb+1ast
Radnicki Basket: M.Dimic 26+2reb+3ast, D.Tubak 10+1reb, P.Stamenkovic 10+2reb+1ast, D.Djokic 10+2reb+1ast, F.Djuran 8+5reb+1ast, N.Siladji 6+3reb
gschID: 147910


Borac - Zeleznicar 80-64

Everything went according to plan in Cacak where fifth ranked Borac (8-4) beat 12th ranked Zeleznicar (2-9) 80-64 on Wednesday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Borac's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-14 extending their advantage to 16 points. The best player for the winners was center Ivan Zigeranovic (212-84, agency: BeoExcell) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Milos Bojovic (198-81, agency: Beo Basket) who recorded 22 points and forward Nenad Canak (204-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Zeleznicar's coach Ivica Mavrenski rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Borac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with BKK Radnicki and Smederevo. Zeleznicar lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the twelfth position with nine games lost. Borac will meet Radnicki Basket (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Zeleznicar will play against Metalac in Valjevo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Borac: I.Zigeranovic 21+7reb+2ast, R.Dramicanin 17+4reb+1ast, M.Maksimovic 12+4reb+5ast, N.Todorovic 9+6reb+2ast, M.Zocevic 6+5reb+4ast, F.Pajevic 5+2reb+1ast
Zeleznicar: M.Bojovic 22+3reb+1ast, N.Canak 13+7reb+3ast, S.Stanojevic 11+5reb, A.Radulovic 7+5reb+5ast, G.Bajic 5+4reb, V.Jojic 4+1reb
gschID: 147911


Metalac - Vojvodina 63-72

A League top team - Vojvodina (10-2) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Metalac (4-8) in Valjevo 72-63. Metalac was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Vojvodina dominated on the defensive end, holding Metalac to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Metalac was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by guard Slobodan Dundjerski (190-88, agency: Alti Sport) who scored that evening 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and center Dusko Bunic (207-89) supported him with 15 points. Even 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) by Montenegrin center Radomir Marojevic (207-81) did not help to save the game for Metalac. Swingman Dragan Kruscic (198-86) added 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Vojvodina have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 10-2 record. Metalac at the other side keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Sloboda Uzice. Vojvodina will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) at home in the next round. Metalac will play against Zeleznicar (#12) in Indjija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: D.Bunic 15+4reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 14+6reb+4ast, R.Markovic 14+2reb, O.Kuzeta 9+5reb+1ast, N.Kalinic 7+4reb+1ast, D.Zekovic 7+2reb+1ast
Metalac: R.Marojevic 16+8reb, D.Kruscic 13+3reb+2ast, D.Djukanovic 8+4reb+2ast, S.Balmazovic 8+1reb, N.Micevic 6+1reb, M.Trtic 5+2reb
gschID: 147912


Sloboda Uzice - BKK Radnicki 70-68

The most exciting game of round 12 in the A League took place in Uzice. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of second-best BKK Radnicki (8-4) to eleventh ranked Sloboda (4-8) 70-68 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 15-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Sloboda dominated on the defensive end, holding BKK Radnicki to just 7 points in third quarter. 27 personal fouls committed by BKK Radnicki helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nemanja Arnautovic (193-90, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and forward Branko Andjic (201-82) who added 9 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Marko Boltic (193-87) with 11 points and guard Nikola Knezevic (190-90, college: California) scored 14 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Sloboda moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Metalac. Newly promoted BKK Radnicki dropped to the fourth position with four games lost. They share it with Borac and Smederevo. Sloboda is looking forward to face higher ranked OKK Beograd (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BKK Radnicki will play against the league's second-placed Mega Vizura (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Sloboda Uzice: N.Arnautovic 24+4reb+1ast, N.Jevtovic 9+7reb, B.Andjic 9+9reb+1ast, Z.Djuric 8+1reb+1ast, I.Kuburovic 7+3reb+3ast, A.Vasic 7+2ast
BKK Radnicki: N.Knezevic 14, D.Kitanovic 11+3reb, M.Boltic 11+3reb+2ast, S.Lalic 8+4reb, A.Petrovic 7+6reb+1ast, N.Gacic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 147908




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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Nitra 14-3 
 2. Komarno 12-6 
 3. Prievidza 12-7 
 4. Svit 9-9 
 5. Nova Ves 9-10 
 6. Handlova 9-10 
 7. Levice 7-11 
 8. B.Bystrica 5-13 
 9. Vahostav-Zilina 5-13 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Jones, Handlova28.6 
 2. Clemente, Nitra19.2 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 4. Soska, Vahostav.18.4 
 5. Roberson, Svit18.2 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves18.1 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.2 
 8. Jones, Nova Ves17.1 
 9. Hampton, Handlova17.1 
 10. Batka, Nova Ves16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Jones, Nova Ves10.9 
 2. Dorazil, B.Bystrica10.1 
 3. Kitts, B.Bystrica10.1 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.5 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.2 
 6. Majok, Nitra8.1 
 7. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.5 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves7.3 
 9. Johnson, Komarno7.1 
 10. Petty, Vahostav.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.7.0 
 2. Jones, Handlova6.6 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.4 
 6. Clemente, Nitra5.1 
 7. Cosic, Svit4.9 
 8. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.3 
 9. Stemberger, Levice3.2 
 10. Godbold, Prievidza3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.7 
 3. Jones, Komarno2.2 
 4. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 5. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 6. Phillips, Prievidza2.1 
 7. Clemente, Nitra2.1 
 8. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 9. Nuber, Nitra1.9 
 10. Kitts, B.Bystrica1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Majok, Nitra2.8 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 3. Johnson, Komarno0.9 
 4. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 5. Roberson, Svit0.9 
 6. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.8 
 7. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 8. Perrin, Vahostav.0.8 
 9. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 10. Vaden, Nitra0.6 


Nova Ves land Darren Duncan - by Eurobasket News
Nova Ves bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Darren Duncan (180-G-88, college: Merrimack). The guard started the season with the Saint John Mill Rats in Canada. He later moved to Ostrava in Czech Republic. Darren Duncan tallied 9.8 points, 4.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game in NBL. Then the guard joined Chomutov but played just one game for the team. Last season Darren Duncan played for ABC Lions Dornbirn in Austrian 2Bundesliga. He was named Austrian 2Bundesliga Finals MVP. Darren Duncan has already debuted for Nova Ves. He appeared on court against Prievidza and tallied 14 points, 2 boards and 1 assist in 15 minutes of action.

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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 2. Rizvic, Parklji16.9 
 3. Maric, Sentjur16.6 
 4. Prepelic, Helios16.2 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur15.8 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.15.4 
 7. Drzic, Sentjur14.6 
 8. Rembert, Sentjur13.7 
 9. Djugum, Geoplin13.7 
 10. Pasalic, Helios13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante DJUGUM
  Geoplin .
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Djugum, Geoplin9.0 
 2. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.9.0 
 3. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.8 
 4. Rizvic, Parklji8.7 
 5. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 6. Nuhanovic, Elektra6.7 
 7. Pasalic, Helios6.6 
 8. Maric, Sentjur6.4 
 9. Mucic, Maribor6.0 
 10. Zolotic, Maribor5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.4 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur5.2 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.2 
 5. Hohler, Polzela3.9 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.8 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.4 
 8. Gay, Helios3.3 
 9. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
 10. Fon, Geoplin Slov.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.1 
 4. Vasl, Polzela1.9 
 5. Lelic, Elektra1.9 
 6. Fon, Geoplin Slovan1.8 
 7. Lorbek, Parklji1.7 
 8. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 9. Maric, Sentjur1.6 
 10. Zagorc, Elektra1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Travis NELSON
  Sentjur
  (211-C-87)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Nelson, Sentjur1.7 
 2. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.7 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.3 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog1.1 
 5. Guna, Elektra1.0 
 6. Sebic, Sentjur1.0 
 7. Djugum, Geoplin1.0 
 8. Hannibal, Polzela0.8 
 9. Primorac, Sentjur0.8 
 10. Dobravec, Geopli.0.7 


Rogaska and coach Baksic part ways - by Zeljko Zule
Newly promoted Rogaska Crystal have announced that it has parted ways with head coach Matej Baksic by mutual consent. Baksic was replaced by assistant coach Tihomir Tabak, who will be an interim head coach. They are 4-5 at the halfway point of the first stage of season. Baksic took over Rogaska as head coach in the summer 2010 and led his them to a B-1 League title with a 24-2 overall record. Baksic became the second coach in Telemach League to lose his job this season.

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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 21-5 
 2. Anyang KGC 18-7 
 3. KCC Egis 17-9 
 4. Sonic Boom KT 16-9 
 5. ET Land 13-12 
 6. SK Knights 11-14 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 11-14 
 8. LG Sakers 10-15 
 9. Daegu Orions 5-20 
 10. Samsung Th. 4-21 


KBL Round 27: Leader Dongbu Promy loses to Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Dongbu Promy (21-5) recorded its fifth loss in Wonju on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Anyang KGC (18-7) 66-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 35-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Anyang KGC made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Dongbu Promy turnovers. Strangely Dongbu Promy outrebounded Anyang KGC 37-24 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) chipped in 18 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds. Anyang KGC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Anyang KGC are looking forward to face Daegu Orions (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu Promy will play against Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jeonju. Local KCC Egis (17-9) outscored 6th ranked SK Knights (11-14) 79-60. It was a good game for American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Jae-Hyun Lim contributed with 18 points for the winners. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds for SK Knights. KCC Egis moved-up to third place. SK Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Mobis Phoebus. KCC Egis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play at home against Sonic Boom KT (#4) in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 27 Mobis Phoebus were defeated by ET Land in Inchon 83-77. LG Sakers beat Daegu Orions at home 81-74.
The best stats of 27th round was 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Aaron Haynes of LG Sakers.



ET Land - Mobis Phoebus 83-77

There was no surprise in Inchon where 7th ranked Mobis Phoebus (11-14) were defeated by fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (13-12) 83-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mobis Phoebus won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when ET Land Elephants won last quarter 29-25. Mobis Phoebus were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) answered with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 17 rebounds and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 16 points and 5 assists in the effort for Mobis Phoebus. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth place with 13-12 record. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus dropped to the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with SK Knights. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Mobis Phoebus will play at home against the league's leader Dongbu Promy (#1) in Wonju and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ET Land: T.Moon 22+4reb+2ast, H.Hill 22+10reb, N.Ham 17+3reb, H.Lee 7+3reb, H.Kang 6+2reb+4ast, K.Shin 4+1reb+5ast
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 34+17reb, D.Kim 19+1reb+1ast, D.Yang 16+2reb+5ast, J.Lee 6+6reb+5ast, J.Park 2+1reb, W.Gyun Lee 0+1ast
gschID: 145736


KCC Egis - SK Knights 79-60

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jeonju. Local KCC Egis (17-9) outscored 6th ranked SK Knights (11-14) 79-60. The game without a history. KCC Egis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding SK Knights to just 6 points in first quarter. KCC Egis made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jae-Hyun Lim (183-77) contributed with 18 points for the winners. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) answered with 16 points and 5 rebounds and American center Jasper Johnson (201-83, college: Delta St.) added 8 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for SK Knights. KCC Egis moved-up to third place. SK Knights lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 14 games lost. They share it with Mobis Phoebus. KCC Egis will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. SK Knights will play at home against Sonic Boom KT (#4) in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 26+9reb+3ast, J.Lim 18+2reb+3ast, M.Jeong 15+3reb, S.Choo 9+5reb+2ast, S.Ha 3+7reb+3ast, B.Yoo 2+1ast
SK Knights: S.Lee 16+5reb+2ast, K.Hoon Byun 14+4reb+1ast, M.Kim 11+5reb, J.Johnson 8+9reb+3ast, H.Kim 6+2reb, H.Joo 3+6reb+2ast
gschID: 145733


LG Sakers - Daegu Orions 81-74

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked LG Sakers' (10-15) home victory over 9th ranked Daegu Orions (5-20) 81-74. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 21-13 run, which allowed them to win the game. LG Sakers made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) answered with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 21 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Daegu Orions. Four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. LG Sakers maintains eighth place with 10-15 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. LG Sakers will play against bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders (#10) in Seoul in the next round. Daegu Orions will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 28+13reb+4ast, G.Stevenson 20+5reb+4ast, Y.Oh 19+3reb+3ast, C.Song 6+7reb, I.Baek 4+2reb, H.Kim 4+2reb+2ast
Daegu Orions: J.Choi 21+5reb+2ast, C.Williams 18+8reb+4ast, D.Kim 17+5reb+2ast, J.Chun 14+4reb+2ast, M.Kim 4+1ast, Y.Park 0+1reb+4ast
gschID: 145734


Dongbu Promy - Anyang KGC 64-66

Top ranked Dongbu Promy (21-5) recorded its fifth loss in Wonju on Wednesday night. Hosts were edged by second ranked Anyang KGC (18-7) 66-64. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. It may be a crucial game in the contest for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 35-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Anyang KGC made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Dongbu Promy turnovers. Strangely Dongbu Promy outrebounded Anyang KGC 37-24 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) chipped in 18 points (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) added 14 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Anyang KGC have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 18-7 record having four points less than leader Dongbu Promy. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Anyang KGC are looking forward to face Daegu Orions (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Dongbu Promy will play against Mobis Phoebus (#7) in Ulsan and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: S.Oh 23+5reb+2ast, T.Kim 18+1reb+2ast, H.Yang 9+7reb+2ast, J.Lee 7+1reb+3ast, A.Wiggins 5+5reb, C.Park 2+2reb+4ast
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 17+13reb+1ast, J.Kim 14+9reb, H.Yoon 13+5reb+2ast, J.Park 8+1reb+5ast, J.Hwang 7+4reb, K.Jin 3+3reb
gschID: 145735




Malcolm Thomas Signs with the LA Lakers - by Jeff Liebsch
Ex-Ulsan Mobis Phoebus center Malcolm Thomas has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers according to the Los Angeles Times.

Thomas, who graduated from San Diego State University, finished his two-year campaign with the Aztecs as the school's second-leading shot blocker and in eighth place in rebounding average and field-goal percentage.

Thomas was released from Mobis Phoebus for what he referred to as no specific reason, after averaging 20.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.8 blocks in 17 games.

Thomas was replaced by Terrance Leather.


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Nuggets acquire Rudy Fernandez, Brewer from Mavericks - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets have acquired versatile swingman Rudy Fernandez (6'6''-G-85) and forward Corey Brewer (6'9''-F-86, college: Florida) from the Dallas Mavericks for a future second-round pick.

The trade was finalized Tuesday and gives the Nuggets depth as the team attempts to work out deals with free agent big man Nene and guard Arron Afflalo, who is a restricted free agent.

After playing the past three seasons in Portland, Fernandez was traded to Dallas in a three-team deal last June that landed Andre Miller in Denver and Raymond Felton with the Blazers.

Miller and Fernandez will now be paired up again in the Mile High City.

Brewer signed with Dallas late last season and appeared in six playoff games for the NBA champs.

Courtesy of www.philstar.com


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Pan Arab Games: Iraq celebrated the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Iraq-Sudan 89:60

Iraq celebrated the initial victory at Pan Arab Games tonight. The team won over Sudan 89:60 to finish third in the Group A. Sudan meanwhile lost the third straight game and finished on the fourth position.
Sudan enjoyed 9:6 early in the game and won the first period 19:15. They also looked better in the second frame and reached 35:29 at the halftime. The third quarter however completely belonged to the Asian side. With 32-6 Iraq won the third frame and had 61:41 at the end of thirty minutes. Another productive last stanza gave them 29-point victory.
Qutaiba Al-Doori (198-G/F-80) paced all the winners with 22 points and Ali Al-Juboori (170-PG-87) scored 20. Ali Ismael (201-PF-94) nailed 13, while Ahmed Al-Nasrawi (F/G-89) delivered 10. Kamal Elfadel (F/C) finished the game with 21 points in defeat and Alaa Eldin (G) notched 19.

Iraq: Qutaiba Al-Doori 22, Ali Al-Juboori 20, Ali Ismael 13, Ahmed Al-Nasrawi 10
Sudan: Kamal Elfadel 21, Alaa Eldin 19


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Basketligan: Round 16 review - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Basketligan leadership position after last games. Round 16 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Norrkoping Dolphins (10-5). They were defeated by fourth ranked 08 Stockholm (10-6) 79-74 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Norrkoping Dolphins won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 08 Stockholm made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 08 Stockholm made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) responded with 16 points and 5 assists. 08 Stockholm have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-6 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with LF Basket. They were replaced at the leadership position by Boras. Norrkoping Dolphins will play next round against Sundsvall Dragons trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 08 Stockholm will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sodertalje Kings at home.

In the last two games of round 16 Boras won against Eco Orebro on the opponent's court 83-77. Solna managed to outperform Jamtland in a home game 102-84. Norrkoping managed to beat Solna on the road 99-86. Uppsala was defeated by 08 on its own court 75-76. Sundsvall was beaten by Sodertalje in a road game 92-74.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists by Pavel Ermolinskij of Sundsvall.


Eco Orebro - Boras 77-83

Very expected game when bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (0-16) was defeated at home by third ranked Boras Basket (11-5) 83-77 on Sunday. Eco Orebro was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Boras Basket, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Eco Orebro was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Michael Palm (208-79, college: W.Washington, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 8 rebounds and Lebanese-American guard Omar Krayem (185-86, college: Cal.Baptist) who added 24 points during the contest. At the losing side American forward Demond Watt (200-89, college: Texas A&M-CC) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and Czech swingman Stefan Licartovsky (196-84) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Four Eco Orebro players scored in double figures. Boras Basket keeps a position of league leader. Eco Orebro at the other side still closes the standings. Boras Basket will face Solna Vikings (#7) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Eco Orebro will play against LF Basket in Lulea and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Boras: O.Krayem 24+3reb, M.Palm 21+8reb+1ast, K.Austin 18+3reb+1ast, H.Carlsson 9+1reb+1ast, R.Zamroz 5+1reb, J.Thomas 2+3reb
Eco Orebro: S.Licartovsky 20+3reb+5ast, D.Watt 19+11reb+2ast, M.Nefatti 11+7reb+1ast, B.Toombs 11+7reb, B.Barton 9+2ast, A.Pleick 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 132250


Solna - Jamtland 102-84

Rather predictable result when seventh ranked Solna Vikings (8-8) defeated at home 9th ranked KFUM Jamtland (6-10) 102-84 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vikings. KFUM Jamtland was better in fourth quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Solna Vikings dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KFUM Jamtland's 42. They outrebounded KFUM Jamtland 48-17 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Solna Vikings looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel, IN, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Bulgarian center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances) who added 19 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Solna Vikings' coach Torbjorn Gehrke used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agency: Court Side) responded with 25 points and Lithuanian point guard Evaldas Zabas (188-88) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Four Solna Vikings and five KFUM Jamtland players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Sodertalje. KFUM Jamtland at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Solna Vikings will face league's leader Boras Basket on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. KFUM Jamtland will play against Uppsala Basket (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Solna: W.Walker 21+7reb+4ast, K.Doychinov 19+11reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 15+7reb, S.Inan 13+4reb+3ast, L.Gunnarsson 11+4reb+3ast, D.Hult 11+2reb+1ast
Jamtland: D.Klaric 25+2reb, E.Zabas 21+1reb+4ast, B.Bjornsson 14+4reb+2ast, B.McKnight 13+2reb+4ast, F.Rasmusson 11+5reb, J.Ronstrom 0+1reb
gschID: 132251


08 - Sundsvall 96-90 3OT

Top scorers:
08: B.Cvilak 23+3reb+4ast, N.Hedstrom 18+6reb+3ast, J.Blom 18+7reb+2ast, J.Akesson 13+3reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 7+4reb, H.Magnusson 7+14reb+4ast
Sundsvall: P.Ermolinskij 28+13reb+4ast, J.Sigurdarson 23+3reb+4ast, H.Baeringsson 19+21reb+3ast, T.Liden 9+2reb+1ast, D.Gregory 7+9reb+1ast, S.Smith 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 132252


Solna - Norrkoping 86-99

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Solna Vikings (8-8) were defeated at home by first ranked Norrkoping Dolphins (10-5) 99-86 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Norrkoping Dolphins. Solna Vikings was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Norrkoping Dolphins shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 5 assists and American-British forward Oladapo Ayuba (198-86, college: UMKC) who added 20 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Tyler Laser (185, college: E.Illinois, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 30 points (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) scored 18 points. Four Solna Vikings players scored in double figures. Solna Vikings' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Despite that victory Norrkoping Dolphins went down to second position due to points difference, which they share with LF Basket. Solna Vikings at the other side dropped to the sixth place with eight games lost. Norrkoping Dolphins will face Sundsvall Dragons (#5) on the road in the next round. Solna Vikings will play against the league's leader Boras Basket.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 29+3reb+5ast, O.Ayuba 20+7reb+3ast, M.Lindquist 12+4reb, P.Sakinis 9+2reb, E.Jeromanovs 8+2reb+5ast, P.Balocka 8+6reb
Solna: T.Laser 30+4reb+1ast, L.Gunnarsson 18+4reb+2ast, S.Inan 12+6reb+2ast, W.Walker 11+8reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 9+4reb+1ast, W.Beck 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 164214


08 - Norrkoping 79-74

There was a change at the Basketligan leadership position after last games. Round 16 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Norrkoping Dolphins (10-5). They were defeated by fourth ranked 08 Stockholm (10-6) 79-74 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Norrkoping Dolphins won fourth quarter 23-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 08 Stockholm made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 08 Stockholm made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and guard Nils Hedstrom (190-83) who added 18 points during the contest. At the losing side American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) responded with 16 points and 5 assists and Lithuanian center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Norrkoping Dolphins players scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-6 record. Defending champion Norrkoping Dolphins dropped to the second place with five games lost. They share the position with LF Basket. They were replaced at the leadership position by Boras. Norrkoping Dolphins will play next round against Sundsvall Dragons trying to make it back to the top of the standings. 08 Stockholm will try to continue on its current victory against sixth ranked Sodertalje Kings at home.
Top scorers:
08: H.Magnusson 24+7reb+3ast, N.Hedstrom 18+2reb+1ast, O.Ilunga 13+3reb+3ast, J.Akesson 9+4reb+1ast, J.Blom 7+5reb+2ast, F.Odada 6+4reb
Norrkoping: A.Mitchell 16+3reb+5ast, P.Balocka 13+7reb+1ast, O.Ayuba 11+6reb+1ast, P.Sakinis 11+6reb, A.Saks 8+4reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 165286


Uppsala - 08 75-76

Everything went according to plan when fourth ranked 08 Stockholm (10-6) edged on the road 6th ranked Uppsala Basket (7-9) 76-75 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Uppsala Basket won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Johan Akesson (210-84, agency: Warren Sports International) who added 12 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and the former international swingman Stefan Grundberg (198-82, college: Geneva) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. 08 Stockholm have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 10-6 record. Uppsala Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth place with nine games lost. 08 Stockholm will face Sodertalje Kings (#6) at home in the next round. Uppsala Basket will play against KFUM Jamtland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
08: J.Blom 17+6reb+2ast, J.Akesson 12+5reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 11+6reb, O.Ilunga 11+5reb+2ast, N.Hedstrom 9+3reb+2ast, J.Jonsson 6+4reb+2ast
Uppsala: R.Eriksson 17+3reb+4ast, R.Carter 17+3reb+3ast, S.Grundberg 16+8reb, D.Johnson 11+8reb+1ast, A.Nordstrom 6+2reb+2ast, M.Nakos 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 132248


Sodertalje - Sundsvall 92-74

There was a minor upset when 5th ranked Sundsvall Dragons (9-7) were defeated on the road by seventh ranked Sodertalje Kings (8-8) 92-74 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 34-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Sodertalje Kings made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Sundsvall Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 38-27 including 16 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Johnell Smith (186-80, college: New Orleans, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Mantas Griskenas (201-85, college: Wichita St.) who added 10 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. Four Sodertalje Kings players scored in double figures. At the losing side Icelandic guard Jakob Sigurdarson (192-82, college: Birm.Southern) responded with 21 points and Ukrainian-Icelandic swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87, agency: TSS Management) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Sodertalje Kings moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Solna. Sundsvall Dragons at the other side keep the fifth position with seven games lost. Sodertalje Kings will face higher ranked 08 Stockholm (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Sundsvall Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Norrkoping Dolphins in Norrkoping.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje: J.Smith 24+7reb+1ast, K.Simms 18+7reb+2ast, D.Pita 17+1reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 10+15reb+3ast, A.Chuk 9+3reb+5ast, J.Andersson 8+3reb+1ast
Sundsvall: J.Sigurdarson 21+4reb+1ast, T.Liden 14+5reb+1ast, P.Ermolinskij 10+5reb+7ast, H.Baeringsson 7+5reb+4ast, A.Nilsson 6+4reb, S.Smith 6+1ast
gschID: 132249




Doychinov number one in Basketligan for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian center Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Solna, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed Jamtland (#9, 6-10) with 18-point margin 102-84. Solna maintains the 7th position in Swedish Basketligan. Solna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 8-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Doychinov as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Krum Doychinov averages this season 9.6ppg and 5.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Ukrainian swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-G/F-87, agency: TSS Management) of Sundsvall. Ermolinskij had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Sundsvall lost that overtime game 90-96 to slightly higher-ranked 08 (#4, 10-6). Sundsvall managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Ermolinskij is a newcomer at Sundsvall, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Sundsvall's star - Icelandic forward Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F/C-82). Baeringsson scored 19 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Baeringsson's great performance Sundsvall lost 90-96in overtime to slightly higher-ranked 08 (#4, 10-6). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing Sundsvall needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 7 lost games. Baeringsson has a great season in Sweden. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79) of Norrkoping - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Mantas Griskenas (201-F-85) of Sodertalje - 10 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Tyler Laser (185-G) of Solna - 30 points and 4 rebounds
7. Johnell Smith (186-PG-80) of Sodertalje - 24 points and 7 rebounds
8. William Walker (201-F-87) of Solna - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Michael Palm (208-C-79) of Boras - 21 points and 8 rebounds
10. Oladapo Ayuba (198-F-86) of Norrkoping - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Boras 11-5 
 2. Norrkoping 10-5 
 3. LF Basket 10-5 
 4. 08 10-6 
 5. Sundsvall 9-7 
 6. Sodertalje 8-8 
 7. Solna 8-8 
 8. Uppsala 7-9 
 9. Jamtland 6-10 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-16 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.6 
 3. Krayem, Boras20.3 
 4. Palm, Boras19.4 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje19.1 
 6. Mbemba, LF Basket18.9 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland18.7 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.7 
 9. McKnight, Boras17.6 
 10. Gunnarsson, Solna17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Palm, Boras11.2 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.6 
 3. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 4. Ramsey, LF Basket9.7 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.5 
 6. Simms, Sodertalje8.6 
 7. Lalugba, Jamtland8.6 
 8. Watt, Eco Orebro8.1 
 9. Safford, LF Basket8.1 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.6 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.1 
 3. Krayem, Boras5.8 
 4. Carter, Uppsala5.4 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 6. Ermolinskij, Sunds.4.8 
 7. Mitchell, Norrkopi.4.1 
 8. Hellgren, Jamtland4.1 
 9. Zabas, Jamtland3.8 
 10. Beck, Solna3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew MITCHELL
  Norrkoping
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mitchell, Norrkopi.2.7 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket2.7 
 3. Carter, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje2.5 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.1 
 6. Krayem, Boras2.0 
 7. Ramsey, LF Basket1.9 
 8. Zabas, Jamtland1.9 
 9. Ermolinskij, Sunds.1.9 
 10. Johnson, Sundsva.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith RAMSEY
  LF Basket
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ramsey, LF Basket2.1 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala1.9 
 3. Lalugba, Jamtland1.6 
 4. Simms, Sodertalje1.6 
 5. Toombs, Eco Orebro1.4 
 6. Watt, Eco Orebro1.3 
 7. Doychinov, Solna1.3 
 8. Gregory, Sundsvall1.1 
 9. Akesson, 080.9 
 10. Blom, 080.8 


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  UKRAINE   


Valencia locks Serhiy Lishchuk until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Valencia Basket announced signing of a two-year contract extension with Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82, agency: Beo Basket). It means that the Ukrainian big guy will stay with the club until the end of the 2013/14 season. Lishchuk currently plays his third year with the club. So far this season Serhiy Lishchuk appeared 5 times in EuroCup averaging 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds. He added 9.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 11 games in Liga Endesa. Serhiy Lishchuk joined Valencia in 2009 from Azovmash. He helped the Spanish club to win the EuroCup title in 2010. They also reached Euroleague Quarterfinals last season. Serhiy Lishchuk is active member of the Ukrainian National Team. He had 7.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 5 games at the EuroBasket in Lithuania.

Morley's 23 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Zach Morley (203-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Budivelnyk and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Budivelnyk in his team's victory, helping them to crush Halychyna (#14, 2-14) with 20-point margin 85-65. Budivelnyk maintains the 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Budivelnyk will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Morley had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Budivelnyk and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Zach Morley averages this season 13.7ppg and 6.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Bryan Davis (206-F-86, agency: N.E.T.) of Kryvbasbasket. He is American forward in his first season at Kryvbasbasket. In the last game Davis recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Kryvbasbasket to another comfortable win 88-73 over slightly lower-ranked DniproAzot (#13, 3-14) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Kryvbasbasket managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Kryvbasbasket managed to get this year. Davis is a newcomer at Kryvbasbasket and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#9). He also registered 9.2 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mike Davis (205-F-88) of Ferro-ZNTU (#8). Davis showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Ferro-ZNTU, leading his team to a 92-75 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Cherkasy (#10, 5-12). Ferro-ZNTU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Davis has a great season in Ukraine. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 10.2ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 8.2rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Trent Plaisted (211-F/C-86) of Cherkasy - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. R.T. Guinn (208-C-81) of Ferro-ZNTU - 23 points and 11 rebounds
6. Charles Thomas (203-F-86) of Dnipro - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Steven Burtt (185-G-84) of Dnipro - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) of Halychyna - 12 points, 15 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Willie Solomon (187-G-78) of Cherkasy - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Derrick Low (188-PG-86) of Dnipro - 20 points 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)


Dnipro Azot igns Preston Knowles - by Eurobasket Center
SK Dnipro Azot Dniprodzerzhynsk signed 22-year old American guard Preston Knowles (185-G-89). Knowles has just graduated from University of Louisville (NCAA) and it will be his first season in pro basketball.. While playing 34 games for Louisville last season his stats were: 14.6ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.1apg and 1.9spg.

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  UNITED KINGDOM   


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vernon TEEL
  Leopards
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Teel, Leopards28.8 
 2. Kakad, Derby T.23.6 
 3. Glavin, Tees V.23.3 
 4. Krubally, Leopards22.7 
 5. Gariba, London Cap.22.5 
 6. Vear, Medway Park21.0 
 7. Silcott, Bradford.21.0 
 8. Rivers, Worthing.20.0 
 9. Treasure, Brist.19.0 
 10. Gayle, Derby T.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousman KRUBALLY
  Leopards
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Krubally, Leopards12.7 
 2. Rivers, Worthing.12.0 
 3. Silcott, Bradford.10.5 
 4. Pettway, Leiceste.9.7 
 5. Teel, Leopards9.6 
 6. Bowne, Bristol AF9.3 
 7. Gariba, London Cap.9.0 
 8. Tullis, Worthing T.8.4 
 9. Whittington, Derby8.4 
 10. Schow, Medway Pa.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve VEAR
  Medway Park
  (180-G-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Vear, Medway Park8.0 
 2. Teel, Leopards6.4 
 3. Edmunds, Bradford.5.5 
 4. Guymon, Reading R.4.8 
 5. Streete, Bristol AF4.5 
 6. Fenyn, Medway Park4.5 
 7. Pearson, Leiceste.4.3 
 8. Lascelles, Derby T.4.1 
 9. Popoola, Westmins.4.0 
 10. Glavin, Tees V.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ibrahim GARIBA
  London Cap.
  (206-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Gariba, London Cap.3.0 
 2. Small, Worthing T.2.7 
 3. Popoola, Westmins.2.6 
 4. Vear, Medway Park2.5 
 5. Sulcs, Bradford D.2.5 
 6. Toluwase, Brixt.2.5 
 7. Treasure, Brist.2.3 
 8. Odumosu, Tees V.2.3 
 9. Edmunds, Bradford.2.3 
 10. Teel, Leopards2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus TULLIS
  Worthing T.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tullis, Worthing T.2.7 
 2. Whittington, Derby2.3 
 3. Matzeder, Readi.1.8 
 4. Garcia, Bristol AF1.6 
 5. Gariba, London Cap.1.5 
 6. Schow, Medway Park1.3 
 7. Bowne, Bristol AF1.3 
 8. Bulambwe, Westmi.1.2 
 9. Amato, Worthing T.1.1 
 10. Attewell, Derby T.1.0 


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  URUGUAY   


Results for the LUB 20th round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the Uruguayan League 20th round:
Malvin 97 - Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 26 points 12 rebounds 5 blocks, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 15 points 9 rebounds 6 assists, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 11 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks
Bigua 94 - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 35 points 6 rebounds 5 assists, Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) 27 points 22 rebounds 2 blocks 4 assists
(Overtime 86-86)
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Larre Borges 92 - Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 33 points 10 rebounds, Kristian Clarkson (202-F-84, agency: TSS Management, college: Widener) 13 points 12 rebounds 2 blocks 3 assists
Trouville 91 - Brandon Brown (201-F-85, college: CS San Bernar.) 42 points, 16 rebounds 6 blocks, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 9 points 2 rebounds
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Hebraica 103 - Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) 24 points 3 rebounds 2 blocks, Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 10 points 13 rebounds
Cader 81 - Willard Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) 28 points 16 rebounds 3 blocks, Terry Evans (196-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 16 points 1 rebound 1 block
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Guruyu Waston 94 - Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 14 points 9 rebounds 7 assists, Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, college: Xavier) 17 points 7 rebounds 7 assists, Craig Craft (191-G-87, college: S.Mississippi) 18 points 8 rebounds
Welcome 88 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 25 points 11 rebounds 3 blocks 2 assists, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 21 points 1 rebound 4 assists
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Aguada 78 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 28 points 14 rebounds 3 blocks, Devin Davis (202-F-74, college: Miami, OH) 11 points 9 rebounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 6 points 7 rebound 1 block
Sayago 62 - Terence Shellman (199-F-78) 25 points 16 rebounds 1 block, Jason McCoy (206-F/C-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 2 points


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 17-2 
 2. Malvin 14-5 
 3. Defensor 14-5 
 4. Aguada 12-7 
 5. Bigua 11-8 
 6. Welcome 11-8 
 7. Larre Borges 10-9 
 8. Trouville 9-10 
 9. Un.Atletica 9-10 
 10. Olimpia 8-11 
 11. Guruyu Waston 8-11 
 12. Cordon 7-12 
 13. Montevideo 6-13 
 14. Bohemios 6-13 
 15. Cader 5-14 
 16. Sayago 5-14 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 4-0 
 2. Remeros 3-1 
 3. Wanderers 2-2 
 4. Universitario S. 1-3 
 5. Juventus Salto 0-4 
South
 1. Lagomar 5-0 
 2. Plaza 3-2 
 3. Lavalleja 2-2 
 4. Maldonado 2-3 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Trouville
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Brown, Trouville24.8 
 2. McCullough, Un.Atl.24.7 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua23.9 
 4. Crews, Cader23.9 
 5. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Keenan, Larre B.22.0 
 8. Eddie, Cordon21.7 
 9. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 10. Garcia Moral., Bi.20.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Polk, Montevideo15.3 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.13.4 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua11.8 
 4. Crews, Cader10.8 
 5. Jackson, Defensor10.5 
 6. Passos, Hebraica10.3 
 7. Keenan, Larre B.10.2 
 8. Douglas, Bohemios9.8 
 9. Shellman, Sayago9.6 
 10. Kanis, Trouville9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Barrera, Hebraica9.1 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada6.0 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.9 
 4. de Gouveia, Monte.5.3 
 5. Cambon, Bigua4.7 
 6. Taboada, Larre B.4.7 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.6 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago4.6 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.5 
 10. Martinez, Malvin4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Tornaria, Trouville2.9 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.7 
 3. Garcia Moral., Big.2.5 
 4. Vazquez, Olimpia2.4 
 5. Shellman, Sayago2.4 
 6. Silvarrey, Sayago2.2 
 7. Jeffries, Malvin2.2 
 8. Clarkson, Larre B.2.1 
 9. Aguilera, Trouville2.1 
 10. Evans, Cader2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Polk, Montevideo2.1 
 2. Crews, Cader1.9 
 3. Humphrey, Bigua1.8 
 4. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.1.8 
 5. Newsome, Malvin1.7 
 6. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 7. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 8. Augustus, Hebraica1.6 
 9. Suarez, Cordon1.6 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios1.4 




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Olga MAZNICHENKO
  Tim-S.
  (187-F-91)
  Avg: 26
 1. Maznichenko, Tim-S.26.0 
 2. Basko, TTT Riga21.0 
 3. Nikolai, KK Talli.18.5 
 4. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf17.7 
 5. Ievtushenko, Halic.17.4 
 6. Krastina, TTT Riga16.4 
 7. Zemantauskai., Sir.15.3 
 8. Matsko, Tim-Scuf15.2 
 9. Vengryte, Kibirk.14.3 
 10. Puu, KK Tallina U.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ashley WALLACE
  KK Talli.
  (183-C-85)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Wallace, KK Talli.11.5 
 2. Alyoshkina, Olimpia11.3 
 3. Liutkute, Sirenos9.5 
 4. Maznichenko, Tim-S.9.5 
 5. Taraseviciut., Sir.9.5 
 6. Alminaite, Sirenos9.3 
 7. Ignatovich, Minsk.8.6 
 8. Epnere, TTT J.8.5 
 9. Niedola, TTT Riga8.3 
 10. Nimane, TTT Riga7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Sahellie DANIELS
  Kibirk.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Daniels, Kibirk.7.8 
 2. Kashlei, Olimpia5.8 
 3. Krastina, TTT Riga4.2 
 4. Gavryliuk, Tim-Scuf3.8 
 5. Faskhudinova, Tim-.3.3 
 6. Zemantauskai., Sir.3.0 
 7. Kersulyte, Sirenos2.8 
 8. Yakovits, Minsk.2.8 
 9. Pantsiukh, Minsk.2.8 
 10. Miil, KK Talli.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (175-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga4.0 
 2. Nialepka, Victoria3.0 
 3. Nikolai, KK Talli.3.0 
 4. Puu, KK Tallina U.2.8 
 5. Murauskaya, Olimpia2.5 
 6. Basalyk, Halichina2.5 
 7. Daniels, Kibirk.2.5 
 8. Basko, TTT Riga2.3 
 9. Kalikh, Berezina2.2 
 10. Matsko, Tim-Scuf2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  Sirenos
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Alminaite, Sirenos3.0 
 2. Kiuliak, Victoria1.5 
 3. Duboiyskaja, Berez.1.3 
 4. Pantsiukh, Minsk.1.2 
 5. Komarnyak, Halichi.1.2 
 6. Jallai, Eclex Tall.1.2 
 7. Surkusa, TTT Riga1.0 
 8. Kalenta, Berezina1.0 
 9. Ievtushenko, Halic.1.0 
 10. Alyoshkina, Olimp.1.0 


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


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Catanduva open new season with two victories - by Eurobasket News
Catanduva opened LBF 2011/12 season with back-to-back victories. They first defeated Blumenau 66:46 on the road. Vanessa Gattei (169-G-80) stepped up with 15 points to lead the winners. Gilmara Justino (185-C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed 14 points and 8 rebounds for Catanduva. Blumenau answered with 9 points from Lais de Souza.
Next Catanduva took on the defending champions Santo Andre. And once again the visitors celebrated victory. Catanduva enjoyed a 55:42 success to stay perfect. Palmira Marcal knocked down 15 points for the visitors. Vanessa Gattei and Gilmara Justino had 14 points each for Catanduva. Ega Garvao (186-C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas) responded with 11 points for Santo Andre.
Americana also opened their campaign on a winning note. They held off visiting Ourinhos 58:49. Karen Gustavo (177-G-84) orchestrated the win with 14 points. Sandora Irvin (191-F-82, college: TCU) added 9 points in the victory. Joice de Souza (168-G-86) chipped in 14 points and collected 6 boards in the loss.


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  CHINA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Camille LITTLE
  Shanghai
  (188-F/G-85)
  Avg: 30
 1. Little, Shanghai30.0 
 2. Ji, Shandong25.2 
 3. Ji, Heilongjiang25.2 
 4. Miao, Shenyang25.2 
 5. Taylor, Yunnan25.2 
 6. Camille, Shanghai24.4 
 7. Mattera, Zhejiang22.5 
 8. Bian, Zhejiang21.7 
 9. Cash, Guangdong20.5 
 10. Junaid, Heilongji.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang14.9 
 2. Junaid, Heilongjia.13.1 
 3. Ruili, Liaoning12.6 
 4. Black, Shandong12.5 
 5. Little, Shanghai11.8 
 6. Cash, Guangdong11.5 
 7. Taylor, Yunnan9.6 
 8. Jaeschke, Jiangsu9.3 
 9. Camille, Shanghai8.5 
 10. Anosike, Beijing8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lan BIAN
  Zhejiang
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Bian, Zhejiang5.4 
 2. Chen, Jiangsu4.9 
 3. Miao, Shenyang4.8 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.5 
 5. Cash, Guangdong4.2 
 6. Wang, Shanghai4.1 
 7. Little, Shanghai3.5 
 8. Wen, Bayi3.3 
 9. Li, Jiangsu3.2 
 10. Shuang, Shenyang3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Shuang, Shenyang3.6 
 2. Wang, Shanghai3.3 
 3. Camille, Shanghai2.9 
 4. Liu, Yunnan2.6 
 5. Anosike, Beijing2.5 
 6. Bian, Zhejiang2.5 
 7. Zhang, Beijing2.4 
 8. Rosigi, Henan2.4 
 9. Zhang, Henan2.3 
 10. Li, Jiangsu2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.9 
 2. Ruili, Liaoning2.3 
 3. Mattera, Zhejiang1.7 
 4. Anosike, Beijing1.6 
 5. Cash, Guangdong1.5 
 6. Black, Shandong1.5 
 7. Wei, Guangdong1.4 
 8. Junaid, Heilongjia.1.2 
 9. Nuo, Jiangsu1.1 
 10. Jaeschke, Jiangsu0.9 


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


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  CROATIA - Women  


Good Angels overwhelm Gospic in Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Good Angels - Gospic 106:66

Good Angels registered the sixth win in Euroleague season. They stunned visiting Gospic to take 6-4 record in Group C. Natalia Vieru (197-C-89) nailed 20 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Good Angels erupted for 29 points in the first quarter building an 11-point advantage. They increased the tempo even more in the second term. The hosts unloaded 32 points in the next period to ensure a comfortable 27-point halftime lead. Good Angels stayed in control in the third period. They poured in 27 points more to lead by as many as 37 points with ten minutes remaining. Gospic had no chance to recover as Good Angels marched to the victory in the final frame. Danielle McCray (180-G/F-87, college: Kansas) posted 19 points, while Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) added 18 points each in the victory. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) replied with 21 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic (182-F/G-84) netted 15 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in the loss.

Good Angels: Natalia Vieru 20, Danielle McCray 19, Kayla Pedersen 18, Lucia Kupcikova 18
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 21, Jelena Ivezic 15


Jelks leaves Pleter, Pula part ways with Jovanovic and Rados - by Zeljko Zule
Simone Jelks (180-F/G-86, college: USC), the first American player in newly promoted Pleter, surprisingly left the club. She averaged 13.0 points in 7 Croatian
A1 League games this season.
Rockwoll Pula parted ways with Tijana Jovanovic (182-G-84) and Bozena Rados (193-C-82). Jovanovic averaged 9.7 points in 6 Croatian A1 League games while Rados averaged 3.7 points in 6 league games this season.


Andja Jelavic signed for Novi Zagreb, Jasenka Mada again in roster - by Vladimir Ivankovic
Novi Zagreb decided to fight for Croatia title against Gospic and Jolly Sibenik, brining one of the best players in Croatia ever, and national team member - Anda Jelavic (172-G-80). The deal is signed till end of the season, with clause that Andja can leave the team if she gets satisfactorily offer from aboard team.

This is an extraordinary day for small team from Zagreb. Andja is one of the few survivors from the roster at EuroBasket Women 2007, the captain and very much the leader of the team on and off the court. A expirienced playmaker with plenty of smarts, Jelavic loves to run the open court in transition and is happy to either finish it herself or find a team-mate. One of the best defenders on the team, she can get the job done at both ends of the court with her quick feet and quick hands. The veteran pulls the strings for the team and is one of the most influential and important players for Croatia. She has a wealth of experience not only in a National Team vest, having first stepped out during the summer of 2003, but also at club level where she has played regularly in European competitions. She made her name playing in Croatia and the Adriatic League where she has won a host of titles and personal awards. Having played briefly at Dynamo Moscow, she returned back to Croatia and produced one of the best seasons of her career with Gospic during 2009/10 when she averaged over 16 points per game in EuroLeague Women before then heading to Poland last summer. Jelavic has a knack for placing herself in the right position to pick up defensive rebounds and her ability to do a great job on the glass could be important for Croatia.
She is a huge reinforcement for Novi Zagreb, but also a big encouragement for NT coach Stipe Bralic. Probably, He won't be very happy, when he finds out that he will have to face Andja in a battle for Croatia cup and championship title, but he will be very happy having her in a roster for Olimpic qualification in Ankara (Turkey) this summer, and hopefully for Olimpic Games in London.

After injury of junior NT member Ivana Blazevic, who will be out for some time, Novi Zagreb decided to bring back to it's roster former NT member Jaskenka Mada (ex. Marohnic). Jaca played for Novi Zagreb last year, helping the team to secure third place in Croatian A1 division, and semi-finals of national cup and play offs, which was the biggest succes for Novi Zagreb in 32-year club's history. She will be in roster on Saturday, when Novi Zagreb will play against Rockwool in Pula.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


USK Praha dismantle visiting VICI Aistes - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - VICI Kaunas 98:60

USK Praha registered the sixth win in Euroleague season. They trounced VICI Kaunas in Czech Republic capital to improve at 6-4 record in Group A. Five players scored in double figures to lead the effort. Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) nailed 19 points to pace the hosts.
USK Praha unloaded 31 points in the opening frame to take a 12-point lead. The hosts continued to get away in the second quarter. They registered a 53:35 halftime advantage. USK Praha stunned their opponents with a 24:7 run in the third period. USK Praha eased into the fourth quarter having a 35-point lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) notched 14 points, while Anna Montanana (186-F-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: G.Washington) added 13 points in the win. Amanda Kemezys (192-C-87, college: St.Louis) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for VICI Kaunas. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points in the loss.

USK Praha: Eva Viteckova 19, Katerina Elhotova 14, Anna Montanana 13
VICI Kaunas: Amanda Kemezys 18, Tatsiana Likhtarovich 11


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  EGYPT - Women  


Egyptian Women National Team 2011 - by Simas
Starting five
#s#
Sara Zakaria
Zakaria
Menatalla Awad
Awad
May Helwa
Helwa
Reem Ossamh
Ossamh
Hala Mostafa
Mostafa
#e#5
4 Sara Zakaria G-85 Helioples Egypt
5 Menatalla Awad G-91 Gezira Egypt
6 May Helwa F-89 Sporting Egypt
7 Mana Hossny
8 Rahma Hassan
9 Reem Ossamh 170-PG-93 Semouha Egypt
10 Dina Amr 172-G-93 Ahly Egypt
11 Hala Mostafa 181-G-93 Ahly Egypt
12 Zainab Atia C-81 Ahly Egypt
13 Engy Adal 191-C-92 Elshams Egypt
14 Hagar Hesham F/C-93 Sporting Egypt
15 Mariam Mostafa G-89 Ahly Egypt

Amr Ashour Head Coach
Haytham Eid Assistant Sporting Egypt


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Ros Casares 8-2 
 2. Galatasaray 8-2 
 3. UMMC 7-3 
 4. USK Praha 6-4 
 5. Bourges