EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/18/2011

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  ABA   


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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.6 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.17.9 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 5. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.7 
 6. Simon, KK.16.0 
 7. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Kasun, KK.15.3 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm13.0 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.6.5 
 5. Pasalic, Helios6.5 
 6. Kasun, KK.6.0 
 7. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 8. May, KK.5.6 
 9. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.6 
 10. Pekovic, Partizan5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.9 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.9 
 5. Vladovic, Siroki W.4.7 
 6. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.4 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.4 
 9. Draper, Cedevita4.0 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Helios1.9 
 2. Draper, Cedevita1.8 
 3. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 4. Zubcic, Cibona1.8 
 5. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.7 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi1.6 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 8. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki1.5 
 10. Pavkovic, Radnick.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.2 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.1.1 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.1 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 7. Savovic, Hemofarm0.8 
 8. Kasun, KK.0.7 
 9. Owens, Cedevita0.7 
 10. Ilic, Crvena Zvez.0.7 


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


26th ACCM: Libolo see off Urunani 83-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo basketball club of Angola Friday sees off Urunani basketball club of Burundi by 83-56 points as the preliminary round of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men approaches it climax.

Libolo won the first three quarters by 22-14, 17-12 and 29-15 while drawing levels with the Burundi side in the last quarter by 15 points apiece.

Libolo centre Tommie Eddie led the floor with 22 points and 9 rebound, Bryon Burnett poured 14 points and 5 rebounds past the hapless Burundis while Mutau Fonseca added 11 points and 8 rebounds.



26th ACCM: Al Ahly faces extinction loses to Union Bank 61-83 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Al Ahly basketball club of Libya hope of making the quarter-final cut of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men now hang in the balance as it lost to Union Bank basketball club of Nigeria in game Day-4 by 61-83 points.

The Benghazi, Libya-based side with a 1-3 record faces extinction from the continent biggest men club championship as it lost all four quarters to Union Bank 13-15, 17-19, 12-27 and 19-22 in the all-important pairing against Union Bank.

Union Bank and former Nigeria junior international Godspower Igben led his team search for a comfortable finish in group-A with 21 points, former Nigeria international Tunji Awojobi recorded 13 points, 4 rebound and 3 steal with William Ndounmbe adding 11 points for Union Bank win for a 3-1 record.



26th ACCM: Carlos Morrais 27 points dimmed Malabo Kings - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Malabo Kings basketball club of Equatorial Guinea Friday were crown was dimmed by Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola as Carlos Morrais scored a record 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to help give side victory.

Malabo Kings lost in all four quarters by 09-27, 17-22, 10-25 and 15-33 for a cumulative scores 51-101 points.

Yuri Suingue joined Morrais with 10 points, 5 assists, 5 steal and 3 rebound for the humiliation of Malabo Kings whose only win in the final round was it Wednesday walk-over of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria.



26th ACCM: Etoile secure last-8 ticket beat Chabab 84-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Tunisian giant Etoile de Sahel basketball club Friday evening wallop Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima basketball club of Morocco by 84-62 points in a group-B pairing of the 26th edition of the Africa Champions Cup for Men holding in Sale, Morocco.

Etoile forward Macram Ben Romdhane big score of 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steal and 2 assists was all the Tunisian needed to raid the Chabab side from the blast of the referees whistle opening a six points gap going into the break (19-12, 13-14).

Etoile took the game beyond their opponent in the third quarter with 31-14 points win going into the final quarter with a 23 points advantage of 63-40 points, Cbahab fight back in the last quarter could only yield a point reduction for them as the Tunisian held on for a fourth quarter loss of 21-22 points for a final scores of 84-62 points.

Atef Maoua, Willie Kemp and Radhouane joined Romdhane in ensuring victory for Etoile by contributing 15 points and 7 rebounds; 15 points and 5 assists and 13 points respectively.



26th ACCM: AS Sale decision Mazembe 70-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Hosting club of the final round of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men Association Sportive du Sahel basketball club of Morocco continue its superb form in the preliminary of the championship with a 70-56 points decision of ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo.

AS Sale won the first quarters by 17-14, 15-12 and 25-13 but went down to the Congolese side in the fourth quarter by 13-17 to remain unbeaten in group-A thus ensuring it place in the quarter-finals.

AS Sale Cameroon import Parfait Bitee led his team quest for honours with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists while Zakaria EL-Masbahi added 11 points 6 rebounds and 2 steal.



26th ACCM: Agosto handed Royal Hoopers fourth defeat 95-69 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosoto basketball club of Angola Friday night handed Nigeria Royal Hoopers basketball club it fourth defeat in group-B of the continent biggest men club championship in Sale, Morocco.

Agosto took the first three quarters with 27-20, 18-14 and 30-14 but narrowly lost the fourth quarter to the Nigerian by 20-21 points to join host AS Sale as the two unbeaten teams in the 2011 championship.

Agosto forward Felizardo Ambrosio led the floor with 22 points and 8 rebounds, the Angola international forward was joined by his three other teammates Reggie Moore (18 points), Leonel Paulo (14 points, 3 rebounds) and Carlos Almeida (10 points).

The preliminary games end today (Saturday) with six games on the card as more teams jostle to make the quarter-finals cut.



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  ANGOLA   


26th ACCM: Agosto handed Royal Hoopers fourth defeat 95-69 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosoto basketball club of Angola Friday night handed Nigeria Royal Hoopers basketball club it fourth defeat in group-B of the continent biggest men club championship in Sale, Morocco.

Agosto took the first three quarters with 27-20, 18-14 and 30-14 but narrowly lost the fourth quarter to the Nigerian by 20-21 points to join host AS Sale as the two unbeaten teams in the 2011 championship.

Agosto forward Felizardo Ambrosio led the floor with 22 points and 8 rebounds, the Angola international forward was joined by his three other teammates Reggie Moore (18 points), Leonel Paulo (14 points, 3 rebounds) and Carlos Almeida (10 points).

The preliminary games end today (Saturday) with six games on the card as more teams jostle to make the quarter-finals cut.



26th ACCM: Libolo see off Urunani 83-56 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo basketball club of Angola Friday sees off Urunani basketball club of Burundi by 83-56 points as the preliminary round of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men approaches it climax.

Libolo won the first three quarters by 22-14, 17-12 and 29-15 while drawing levels with the Burundi side in the last quarter by 15 points apiece.

Libolo centre Tommie Eddie led the floor with 22 points and 9 rebound, Bryon Burnett poured 14 points and 5 rebounds past the hapless Burundis while Mutau Fonseca added 11 points and 8 rebounds.



26th ACCM: Carlos Morrais 27 points dimmed Malabo Kings - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Malabo Kings basketball club of Equatorial Guinea Friday were crown was dimmed by Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola as Carlos Morrais scored a record 27 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals to help give side victory.

Malabo Kings lost in all four quarters by 09-27, 17-22, 10-25 and 15-33 for a cumulative scores 51-101 points.

Yuri Suingue joined Morrais with 10 points, 5 assists, 5 steal and 3 rebound for the humiliation of Malabo Kings whose only win in the final round was it Wednesday walk-over of Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria.



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  ARGENTINA   


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


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Joe SMITH
  La Union
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Smith, La Union18.3 
 2. McHopson, Quilm.18.0 
 3. Meyinsse, Wuber-.17.8 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras17.7 
 5. Villegas, Sionista17.3 
 6. Mojica, Wuber-Es.16.4 
 7. OBannon, Boca Jrs16.2 
 8. Lamonte, Penarol15.7 
 9. Pittman, Libertad.15.7 
 10. Mikulas, La Union15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matias SANDES
  Sionista
  (201-F/G-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Sandes, Sionista9.6 
 2. Garces, Atenas9.4 
 3. Lloreda, Olimpico.9.1 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 5. Truscott, Quilm.8.3 
 6. Battle, Libertad S.8.3 
 7. Meyinsse, Wuber-.7.5 
 8. Mikulas, La Union7.5 
 9. Cowan, Club 97.2 
 10. McFarlan, San M.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.9 
 2. Sanchez, Wuber-.6.7 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs6.0 
 4. Martinez, Regat.5.5 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 6. Victoriano, San M.4.2 
 7. Sucatzky, Atenas4.1 
 8. Smith, La Union3.9 
 9. McHopson, Quilm.3.3 
 10. Quinteros, Regat.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  Atenas
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lescano, Atenas2.3 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.1 
 3. McHopson, Quilm.2.0 
 4. Sanchez, Wuber-.1.8 
 5. Beitzel, San M.1.6 
 6. Mojica, Wuber-Es.1.5 
 7. Stanic, Boca Jrs1.5 
 8. Funes, GECR I.1.5 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.1.5 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis ROE
  Regatas C.
  (200-F-72)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Roe, Regatas C.1.2 
 2. Ayarza, Club 91.2 
 3. Battle, Libertad S.1.1 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 5. Rollins, San M.0.9 
 6. Garces, Atenas0.9 
 7. Williams, Quimsa0.7 
 8. Sanchez, Wuber-.0.7 
 9. Meyinsse, Wuber-.0.7 
 10. Aguerre, Wuber-.0.6 


LigaA Round 8: Sionista loses to La Union - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

The most important game in the last round took place in Parana between second ranked Sionista (6-2) and tenth ranked La Union (4-4) on Friday night. Sionista was defeated by La Union at home 76-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Lucas Perez (184-87) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds for Sionista. La Union moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Atenas and Lanus. Sionista at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Penarol and Libertad S.. La Union is looking forward to face Lanus (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Sionista will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#9) in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP won against thirteenth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda in Mar del Plata 90-86. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds and Nicolas Ferreyra who added 25 points and 5 assists during the contest. Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Quilmes MP (2-6) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Quilmes MP will play against higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LigaA top team - Obras (7-1) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-4) in Buenos Aires 88-81. The winners were led by Juan Gutierrez who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even 22 points by Javier Mojica did not help to save the game for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Obras maintains first position with 7-1 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Obras will meet at home Libertad Sunchales (#4) in the next round. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against Sionista (#3) in Parana and hope to secure a win.
The game between fifth ranked Quimsa (5-3) and 15th ranked GECR Indalo (2-6) in Santiado Estero ended with biggest points difference. Quimsa outscored guests from Comodoro R. 108-74. The best player for the winners was Jesse Pellot-Rosa who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Quimsa maintains fifth position with 5-3 record. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with six games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and are hoping to win another game. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: San Martin Corrientes (#14) and Regatas Corrientes (#9). San Martin Corrientes (3-5) won against visiting Regatas Corrientes (3-5) 73-69. Clarence Matthews orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Regatas Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes will face league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 8: Atenas beat Lanus on the road 71-67. Libertad S. won against Boca Jrs on its own court 96-82. Penarol managed to outperform Club 9 in Mar del Plata 80-76.



Lanus - Atenas 67-71

There was a surprise result when eleventh ranked Atenas (4-4) beat higher ranked Lanus (4-4) in Buenos Aires 71-67 on Friday. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 21-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Atenas made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American forward Marcus Melvin (203-82, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points and 8 rebounds. The former international swingman Matias Lescano (196-79) contributed with 17 points and 7 steals for the winners. Atenas' coach Nestor Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Panamanian power forward Jamaal Levy (206-83, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds and the former international center Diego Guaita (204-83) added 12 points in the effort for Lanus. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Atenas have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with La Union and Lanus. Atenas will face Boca Juniors (#10) in Buenos Aires in the next round.
Top scorers:
Lanus: A.Boccia 13+1reb+1ast, T.Taylor 12+2reb, D.Guaita 12+3reb, J.Levy 10+12reb+2ast, N.Laprovittola 8+3reb, M.Byro 6+1ast
Atenas: M.Lescano 17+2reb+3ast, M.Melvin 15+8reb, S.Clancy 13+5reb, M.Gerlero 12+6reb+2ast, D.Holland 6+2reb, F.Sucatzky 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141190


Libertad S. - Boca Jrs 96-82

Very expected game when 8th ranked Boca Juniors (3-5) lost on the road to fourth ranked Libertad Sunchales (6-2) 96-82 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Libertad Sunchales. Boca Juniors was better in second period 28-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Libertad Sunchales shot 61.7 percent from the field. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 59.1 percentage. American forward Joshua Pittman (197-76, college: NC-Asheville, agency: Dream Team Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points. Guard Marcos Saglietti (189-86) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American power forward Derrick Alston (208-72, college: Duquesne, agency: Priority Sports) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Boca Juniors. Five Libertad Sunchales and four Boca Juniors players scored in double figures. Libertad Sunchales have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Penarol and Sionista. Boca Juniors lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Libertad Sunchales will face league's leader Obras in Buenos Aires in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Atenas (#6) in Cordoba.
Top scorers:
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 19+2reb, D.Alston 18+5reb+1ast, W.Graves 16+4reb, M.Stanic 10+6reb+7ast, F.Martina 8+3reb, J.Brussino 3+1reb
Libertad S.: J.Pittman 24+4reb+2ast, R.Battle 20+4reb+1ast, J.Treise 16+2reb+2ast, M.Saglietti 14+7reb+5ast, J.Bucknor 10+7reb+2ast, J.Emiliano Fernandez 7+1reb
gschID: 141191


Quilmes MP - Olimpico LB 90-86

Bottom-ranked Quilmes MP managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Quilmes MP won against thirteenth-ranked Olimpico de La Banda in Mar del Plata 90-86. It looked good early as Olimpico de La Banda took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Quilmes MP had a 21-16 second period charge getting the lead and Olimpico de La Banda was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 86-90. Quilmes MP made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Olimpico de La Banda was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman James Maye (201-81, college: NC-Greensboro) who helped to win the game recording 28 points and 8 rebounds and guard Nicolas Ferreyra (185-85) who added 25 points and 5 assists during the contest. Panamanian power forward Jose Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Cristian Romero (198-82) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Olimpico de La Banda players scored in double figures. Quilmes MP (2-6) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with GECR Indalo. Olimpico de La Banda lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with five games lost. Quilmes MP will play against higher ranked Regatas Corrientes (#11) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Olimpico de La Banda will play against GECR Indalo in Comodoro R. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Olimpico LB: J.Lloreda 27+12reb+5ast, D.Brown 17+3reb+1ast, C.Romero 16+5reb, J.DeGroat 11+5reb, F.Malara 8+2reb+1ast, J.Machuca 7+1ast
Quilmes MP: J.Maye 28+8reb, N.Ferreyra 25+1reb+5ast, P.McHopson 11+3reb+4ast, L.Truscott 8+5reb+1ast, E.Brock 5+2reb, A.Weigand 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 141186


Quimsa - GECR Indalo 108-74

The game between fifth ranked Quimsa (5-3) and 15th ranked GECR Indalo (2-6) in Santiado Estero ended with biggest points difference. Quimsa outscored guests from Comodoro R. 108-74. The game was mostly controlled by Quimsa. GECR Indalo was better in second period 29-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quimsa shot 68.4 percent from the field. Quimsa had a 27-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican guard Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-84, college: VCU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) chipped in 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Quimsa's coach Carlos Romano felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 18 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 16 points respectively for the guests. Five Quimsa and four GECR Indalo players scored in double figures. Quimsa maintains fifth position with 5-3 record. GECR Indalo at the other side keeps the fifteenth place with six games lost. Quimsa's next round opponent will be Club 9 (#13) in Rio Tercero and are hoping to win another game. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Olimpico de La Banda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
GECR Indalo: E.Nelson 18+5reb+1ast, C.McGowan 16+4reb+1ast, R.Gabini 10+5reb+3ast, F.Mansilla 10, M.Franco 7, D.Ciorciari 4+1reb+2ast
Quimsa: B.Robinson 20+1reb+1ast, D.Lo Grippo 20+5reb+1ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 19+5reb+3ast, N.Aguirre 13+4reb+3ast, C.Schattmann 13+4reb+4ast, D.Tintorelli 9+4reb
gschID: 141187


Obras - Wuber-Est.Bahia 88-81

LigaA top team - Obras (7-1) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat seventh ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-4) in Buenos Aires 88-81. The winners were led by international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who scored that evening 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and American forward Tony Washam (200-82, college: St.Vincent) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Even 22 points by American-Puerto Rican guard Javier Mojica (190-84, college: Cent.Conn.St., agency: Alti Sport) did not help to save the game for Wuber-Est.Bahia. Puerto Rican power forward Ricardo Sanchez (212-87) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Five Obras and four Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Obras maintains first position with 7-1 record. Wuber-Est.Bahia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with four games lost. Obras will meet at home Libertad Sunchales (#4) in the next round. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against Sionista (#3) in Parana and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Mojica 22+2reb+3ast, R.Sanchez 19+6reb+1ast, F.Aguerre 11+5reb, L.Faggiano 11+4reb+9ast, J.Meyinsse 9+5reb, J.Espil 5+1reb+1ast
Obras: J.Gutierrez 25+9reb+3ast, T.Smith 13+1reb+2ast, T.Washam 12+9reb, T.Field 12+4reb+1ast, A.Elsener 12+5reb+1ast, J.Mazzaro 5+4ast
gschID: 141188


San Mart.C. - Regatas C. 73-69

Another interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Corrientes: San Martin Corrientes (#14) and Regatas Corrientes (#9). San Martin Corrientes (3-5) won against visiting Regatas Corrientes (3-5) 73-69. Regatas Corrientes was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of San Martin Corrientes, which allowed them to win the game. American-Venezuelan forward Clarence Matthews (201-83, college: Tennessee St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized Italian guard Pablo Albertinazzi (174-78) contributed with 9 points for the winners. Naturalized Paraguayan guard Javier Martinez (189-78, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and international power forward Nicolas Romano (197-87) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Regatas Corrientes. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. San Martin Corrientes moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Regatas Corrientes. San Martin Corrientes will face league's second-placed Penarol in Mar del Plata in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: J.Martinez 21+7reb+4ast, D.Kante 14+5reb, N.Romano 13+7reb+1ast, R.Stanton 10+10reb+1ast, P.Quinteros 7+3reb+2ast, N.De los Santos 2+3reb
San Mart.C.: W.McFarlan 13+3reb, C.Matthews 11+12reb+1ast, D.Beitzel 10+2ast, P.Albertinazzi 9+4reb+3ast, F.Ramirez 9+4reb, M.Maciel 7
gschID: 141189


Club 9 - Penarol 76-80

Very predictable result when third ranked Penarol (6-2) won against 12th ranked Club 9 (3-5) in Rio Tercero 80-76 on Friday. Club 9 was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 18-13 charge of Penarol, which allowed them to win the game. The former international forward Marcos Mata (202-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) contributed with 9 points and 9 assists for the winners. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Martin Melo (197-82) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Club 9. Four Club 9 players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Libertad S. and Sionista. Loser Club 9 dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. Penarol will face San Martin Corrientes (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Club 9 will play against Quimsa in Santiado Estero.
Top scorers:
Club 9: J.Cowan 24+8reb, M.Melo 15+6reb+2ast, J.Ayarza 13+4reb, G.Torre 11+2reb, G.Luchino 5+1reb+1ast, K.Gamble 4+10reb
Penarol: K.Lamonte 19+3reb, M.Mata 17+5reb+4ast, P.Barrios 16+1reb, F.Campazzo 9+4reb+9ast, S.Safar 8+2reb+1ast, M.Leiva 8+4reb
gschID: 141184


Sionista - La Union 76-89

The most important game in the last round took place in Parana between second ranked Sionista (6-2) and tenth ranked La Union (4-4) on Friday night. Sionista was defeated by La Union at home 76-89. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sionista. The game without a history. La Union led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. The former international forward Gabriel Mikulas (201-80, college: E.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Lucas Perez (184-87) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four La Union players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) replied with 11 points and 8 rebounds and international guard Luis Cequeira (180-85) added 15 points in the effort for Sionista. La Union moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Atenas and Lanus. Sionista at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Penarol and Libertad S.. La Union is looking forward to face Lanus (#7) in Buenos Aires in the next round. Sionista will play on the road against Wuber-Est.Bahia (#9) in Bahia Blanca and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sionista: L.Cequeira 15+1reb+2ast, J.Villegas 13+3reb, M.Sandes 11+8reb+1ast, R.Iglesias 9+1reb+3ast, A.Zilli 8+3reb+1ast, N.Agasse 8+1reb
La Union: G.Mikulas 23+7reb+1ast, L.Perez 18+3reb+4ast, G.Lewis 17+4reb, J.Smith 11+3reb+6ast, A.Marin 9+4reb+2ast, A.Pau 7+2reb
gschID: 141185




Lloreda's double-double lands him (Second Stage) Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for Olimpico LB and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8 (Second Stage).
He had a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Quilmes MP (#16, 2-6) 90-86. Each game in Second Stage is important. but the teams lost the distance to the top of the standings. Olimpico LB moved-up to the 14th position in the league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. Lloreda turned to be Olimpico LB's top player in his first season with the team. Louisiana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Lloreda is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.9rpg) and averages solid 51.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of top-ranked Obras. He is naturalized Italian forward in his 2nd season at Obras. In the last game Gutierrez recorded impressive 25 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Obras cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Wuber-Est.Bahia (#9, 3-4). Of course Obras still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this Second Stage, while they won 7 matches. Gutierrez is well-known at Obras and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#4). He also registered 9.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman James Maye (201-G/F-81) of Quilmes MP (#16). Maye scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Quilmes MP, leading his team to a 90-86 win against slightly higher-ranked Olimpico LB (#14, 2-5). Quilmes MP can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-6 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Maye he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Maye has a very solid season. In 7 games in Argentina he scored 16.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85) of Quilmes MP - 25 points and 5 assists
5. Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80) of La Union - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas C. - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) of Atenas - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76) of Libertad S. - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Edward Nelson (203-F-82) of GECR Indalo - 18 points and 5 rebounds
10. Javier Mojica (190-G-84) of Wuber-Est.Bahia - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Cameron TRAGARDH
  Tigers
  (209-C/F-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Tragardh, Tigers19.3 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings18.6 
 3. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 4. Wilkinson, Breakers17.2 
 5. Lisch, Wildcats17.2 
 6. Wilson, Taipans16.9 
 7. Deleon, Blaze16.6 
 8. Warren, 36ers16.4 
 9. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
 10. Simpsons, 36ers16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.7 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.4 
 5. Grant, Kings7.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 7. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 8. Vukona, Breakers6.8 
 9. Greer, Tigers6.8 
 10. Worthington, Blaze6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Jackson, Breakers6.1 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Bruce, Kings5.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.8 
 5. Crosswell, 36ers4.7 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles4.2 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 9. Warren, 36ers3.4 
 10. Ubaka, Tigers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.5 
 2. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Robbins, Wildcats2.0 
 4. Mims, Crocodiles1.8 
 5. Gibson, Blaze1.5 
 6. Gill, Crocodiles1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 9. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 10. Deleon, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Grant, Kings1.5 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 4. Johnson, 36ers1.4 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.3 
 6. Martin, Wildcats1.2 
 7. Knight, Wildcats1.1 
 8. Crosswhite, Taipa.0.9 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 10. Nevill, Wildcats0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 10-3 
 2. Wildcats 8-5 
 3. Tigers 6-6 
 4. Taipans 6-6 
 5. Kings 6-7 
 6. Crocodiles 5-4 
 7. Blaze 5-5 
 8. 36ers 4-8 
 9. Hawks 3-9 


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BC Vienna adds Maksim Kovacevic - by Stefan Prager
After the sudden departure of big men Zarko Rakocevic the BC Vienna reacted and signed forward Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87). The 24 year old Serbian last played in Cyprus and is coming from Apoel Nicosia. Kovacevic was a member of the Serbian U20 national team which won the gold medal at the 2007 U20 European Championships. Kovacevic is expected to have his debut on Sunday when Vienna will play the Traiskirchen Lions on the road. Vienna is also in talks with big man Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, agency: World Sport Agency) who already played one game for the club this season.

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Dmitri Akulich claims Premier League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Dmitri Akulich (192-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rubon and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 21 points adding nine rebounds and eight assists for Rubon in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Sozh Gomel (#7, 0-8) with 68-point margin 105-37. Rubon is placed at 3rd position in Premier League. Rubon is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Akulich as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Akulich has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 41.2% from behind 3-point line. Worth to mention Akulich played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old international guard Aliaksandr Kudrautsau (190-G-80) of league's best team Minsk-2006. Kudrautsau impressed basketball fans with 6 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Of course he lead Minsk-2006 to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked SBK Osipovichi (#4, 4-5) 108-82. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Minsk-2006 consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. He plays for the best team in the league and Minsk-2006 managed to win all 9 games keeping perfect record. Kudrautsau is well-known by Minsk-2006 fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Rubon's star - Dmitri Shilovich (200-F-89). Shilovich scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was another key player of Rubon, helping his team with a 105-37 easy win against Sozh Gomel (#7, 0-8). Rubon needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 4 lost games. Shilovich has a very solid season. In 6 games in Belarus he scored 5.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aliaksei Lashkevich (204-F-78) of Minsk-2006 - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) of Minsk-2006 - 14 points and 12 rebounds
6. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Rubon - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Marsel Ovsepian (202-F-90) of Rubon - 10 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Justin Hawkins (201-F-85) of Minsk-2006 - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Justin Knox (205-F-89) of Minsk-2006 - 18 points and 2 rebounds
10. Genniadiy Zakhar (198-F/G-92) of BGUIR-RTI - 17 points and 15 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 - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 9-0 
 2. Grodno-93 8-1 
 3. Rubon 4-4 
 4. SBK Osipovichi 4-5 
 5. Minsk-2006 II 3-5 
 6. BGUIR-RTI 2-7 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  SBK O.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Sitnik, SBK O.21.9 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.18.4 
 3. Knox, Minsk-200615.7 
 4. Zakhar, BG.14.2 
 5. Hawkins, Minsk.14.0 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.13.4 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.13.1 
 8. Ignatchik, Minsk-.13.1 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.12.7 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.10.5 
 2. Zakhar, BG.9.7 
 3. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.1 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.8.3 
 5. Hlebovich, Grodn.7.0 
 6. Skidan, SBK O.6.7 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.6.6 
 8. Knox, Minsk-20066.6 
 9. Zaitsev, SBK O.6.3 
 10. Drobyshevski., So.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.6 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20065.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon5.3 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.7 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.6 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.3.3 
 7. Volk, SBK O.3.1 
 8. Korzh, Grodno-932.8 
 9. Vergun, Minsk-20062.7 
 10. Shestilovski., So.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Artem MALKOV
  Rubon
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Malkov, Rubon2.6 
 2. Ovsepian, Rubon2.4 
 3. Hodge, Minsk-20062.3 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 5. Akulich, Rubon2.1 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.2.0 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 9. Papruha, BG.1.7 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  BG.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Sugoniako, BG.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Stankevich, Sozh0.0 
 7. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Sofaniuk, Minsk-20.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 


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Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 8-2 
 2. Antwerp 7-4 
 3. Aalstar 7-5 
 4. Oostende 7-5 
 5. M.Hainaut 6-6 
 6. Leuven 5-5 
 7. Liege 4-5 
 8. Gent 4-7 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 1-10 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Copeland, Aalstar18.9 
 2. Bostic, Liege17.5 
 3. Freeman, Leuven16.7 
 4. Mallet, Spirou16.3 
 5. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 6. Booker, Oostende14.4 
 7. Tofi, Leuven14.3 
 8. Green, Spirou13.6 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende13.5 
 10. Winston, Oostende13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp7.8 
 2. Love, Verviers-Pep.7.4 
 3. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.7 
 5. Brown, Gent6.4 
 6. Booker, Oostende6.3 
 7. Chaney, Gent6.1 
 8. Tofi, Leuven5.5 
 9. Jackson, Aalstar5.5 
 10. Carter, M.Hainaut5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lionel BOSCO
  Gent
  (176-PG-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bosco, Gent4.0 
 2. Waters, Liege3.9 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.3.9 
 4. Thompson, Verviers.3.8 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.7 
 6. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 7. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 8. Mallet, Spirou2.8 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 10. Faison, Verviers.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Singletary, M.Hain.2.5 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp2.5 
 4. Black, Antwerp2.4 
 5. Steinbach, Aalstar2.0 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 7. Jenkins, Gent2.0 
 8. Haynes, Gent1.9 
 9. Bosco, Gent1.9 
 10. Mallet, Spirou1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.8 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.7 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.6 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.2 
 5. Booker, Oostende0.9 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.8 
 7. Gillet, Liege0.6 
 8. Heinle, Gent0.6 
 9. Holiday, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Vaughn, Antwerp0.5 


D1 Round 13: Okapi Aalstar is upset by Base Oostende - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Okapi Aalstar (7-5) and fourth ranked Base Oostende (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende in Oostende 81-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The game was mostly controlled by Base Oostende. Okapi Aalstar managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Base Oostende looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) for lost side. Base Oostende moved-up to third place, which they share with Aalstar. Base Oostende is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Okapi Aalstar will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (6-6) 76-72. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Caleb Green contributed with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round.
The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Third ranked Antwerp Giants (7-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-7). Antwerp Giants defeated Optima Gent 59-46 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Optima Gent. Michael Roll stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Richard Chaney responded with 6 points and 13 rebounds. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place. Loser Optima Gent keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Spirou - M.Hainaut 76-72

Leader Spirou Charleroi delivered the eighth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut (6-6) 76-72. Dexia Mons-Hainaut was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Demond Mallet (186-78, college: McNeese St., agency: Higher Vision Sports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 4 assists. Forward Caleb Green (203-85, college: ORU) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Quincy Taylor (196-82, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard A.J. Slaughter (191-87, college: W.Kentucky) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Dexia Mons-Hainaut's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion maintains first place with 8-2 record. Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the other side keeps the fifth position with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will play against Okapi Aalstar (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: A.Slaughter 20+2reb+4ast, Q.Taylor 18+10reb+2ast, S.Foster 16+2reb+1ast, A.Nivins 9+8reb, A.Libert 5+2reb, W.Carter 4+4reb
Spirou: D.Mallet 23+3reb+4ast, C.Green 15+10reb+3ast, J.Welsch 10+2reb+1ast, A.Riddick 8+4reb, J.Hamilton 8+2reb+2ast, C.Hill 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132383


Gent - Antwerp 46-59

The game in Gent was also quite interesting. Third ranked Antwerp Giants (7-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Optima Gent (4-7). Antwerp Giants defeated Optima Gent 59-46 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Optima Gent. The game was mostly controlled by Antwerp Giants. Optima Gent managed to win third quarter 14-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Michael Roll (196-87, college: UCLA) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American-Puerto Rican guard Richard Chaney (196-84, college: Troy) responded with 6 points and 13 rebounds and American power forward Michael Haynes (203-81, college: Fordham) scored 6 points and 8 rebounds. Antwerp Giants moved-up to second place. Loser Optima Gent keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Antwerp Giants will meet Belgacom Liege (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Optima Gent will play against Leuven Bears and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gent: G.Brown 13+1reb, M.Jenkins 10+1reb, R.Chaney 6+13reb+1ast, L.Anderson 6+1reb, M.Haynes 6+8reb+1ast, S.Geukens 3+2ast
Antwerp: M.Roll 16+9reb+1ast, R.Moors 13+3reb, D.Wilson 10+7reb+1ast, T.Black 9+2reb, S.Mejri 6, R.Biggs 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132384


Oostende - Aalstar 81-71

The game between second ranked Okapi Aalstar (7-5) and fourth ranked Base Oostende (7-5) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende in Oostende 81-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar. The game was mostly controlled by Base Oostende. Okapi Aalstar managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Base Oostende looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Okapi Aalstar's players. Slovenian forward Dragisa Drobnjak (200-77, agency: Beo Basket) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. American-Lithuanian power forward Christopher Young (206-79, college: Michigan, agency: Court Side) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) respectively for lost side. Base Oostende moved-up to third place, which they share with Aalstar. Base Oostende is looking forward to face bottom-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Okapi Aalstar will play against the league's leader Spirou Charleroi (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aalstar: C.Copeland 18+5reb+1ast, C.Young 16+8reb+1ast, S.Jackson 9+8reb+1ast, J.Holiday 9+3reb, N.Fox 7+3reb, K.Kruger 6+3reb+3ast
Oostende: D.Drobnjak 20+5reb+2ast, K.Winston 17+5reb+4ast, C.Booker 13+4reb+1ast, D.Sakota 10+3reb, D.Djordjevic 10+6reb+9ast, D.Katnic 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 132385




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Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 10-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 8-2 
 3. Rilski Sportist 6-4 
 4. Tundja Yambol 5-5 
 5. Cherno More 5-5 
 6. Balkan 3-7 
 7. Chernomorets 2-8 
 8. Spartak Pleven 1-9 


NBL Round 10: Lukoil Academik defeats Rilski Sportist in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (10-0) which hosted in Sofia 3rd ranked Rilski Sportist (6-4). Top-ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 91-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 24. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 38-19 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Rilski Sportist. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play at home against Balkan in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
The game in Yambol supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Euroins Cherno More (5-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (5-5). Tundja Yambol smashed Euroins Cherno More 103-76. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Martin Durchev chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Tundja Yambol's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Tundja Yambol moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cherno More. Tundja Yambol will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Balkan (3-7). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan. Vasil Evtimov notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by Isiah Martin did not help to save the game for Balkan. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 10 bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven was beaten by Chernomorets on the road 79-68.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 13 points and 10 rebounds by Stoyan Petkov of Tundja Yambol.



Chernomorets - Spartak Pleven 79-68

Everything could happen in Burgas at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Chernomorets and 8th ranked Spartak Pleven had identical 1-8 record. This time Chernomorets used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Pleven 79-68 on Saturday night. Chernomorets maintains seventh position with 2-8 record. Spartak Pleven lost seventh consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Chernomorets will meet higher ranked Tundja Yambol (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Spartak Pleven will play against the league's second-placed Levski Sofia (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
gschID: 139959


Tundja Yambol - Cherno More 103-76

The game in Yambol supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Euroins Cherno More (5-5) played at the court of fifth ranked Tundja Yambol (5-5). Tundja Yambol smashed Euroins Cherno More 103-76. The game was mostly controlled by Tundja Yambol. Euroins Cherno More was better in second period 25-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tundja Yambol dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Euroins Cherno More's 38. They outrebounded Euroins Cherno More 42-29 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Tundja Yambol players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center John Ofoegbu (206-84, college: Idaho St.) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists during the contest. Tundja Yambol's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side power forward Aleksandr Yanev (203-90) responded with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simeon Iliev (202-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Five Tundja Yambol and four Euroins Cherno More players scored in double figures. Tundja Yambol moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cherno More. Tundja Yambol will play against Chernomorets (#7) in Burgas in the next round. Euroins Cherno More will play at home against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: S.Iliev 20+6reb, A.Yanev 19+7reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 15+2reb+4ast, V.Kyosev 10+1reb+1ast, P.Aleksiev 7+3reb+3ast, G.Davidov 4+4reb+2ast
Tundja Yambol: M.Durchev 21+2reb+5ast, J.Ofoegbu 16+12reb+1ast, M.Jefferson 16+2reb+3ast, S.Govedarov 14+1reb+2ast, S.Petkov 13+10reb+2ast, I.Marchev 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139960


Balkan - Levski Sofia 71-77

The game in Botevgrad was also quite interesting. Second ranked Levski Sofia (8-2) played at the court of 6th ranked Balkan (3-7). Levski Sofia managed to secure a 6-point victory 77-71 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Balkan. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 24-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The former international power forward Vasil Evtimov (207-77, college: N.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the effort and American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agency: Strategic Sports) supported him with 17 points and 6 steals. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana St.) did not help to save the game for Balkan. Guard Dimitar Filipov (185-89) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Levski Sofia maintains second position with 8-2 record having just two points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Balkan keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Levski Sofia will meet at home bottom-ranked Spartak Pleven (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Balkan will play against Rilski Sportist in Samokov and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: I.Martin 17+6reb, S.Marinov 13+3reb+3ast, D.Filipov 13+5reb+5ast, L.Lilov 13+4reb+3ast, D.Marintchechki 7+6reb, D.Morton 4+6reb+1ast
Levski Sofia: A.Harper 17+3reb+2ast, V.Evtimov 16+17reb+3ast, M.Hall 14+1reb+4ast, Z.Georgiev 11+7reb, J.Bozov 7+2reb, P.Ivanov 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 139961


Lukoil Academik - Rilski Sportist 91-67

An interesting game for Lukoil Academik (10-0) which hosted in Sofia 3rd ranked Rilski Sportist (6-4). Top-ranked Lukoil Academik had an easy win 91-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Rilski Sportist. The game without a history. Lukoil Academik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 24. They outrebounded Rilski Sportist 38-19 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lukoil Academik shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Bozhidar Avramov (196-90, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 5 assists. Croatian center Bruno Sundov (221-80, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Serbian guard Branko Mirkovic (190-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) replied with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian Ante Bilobrk (203-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 12 points in the effort for Rilski Sportist. Five Lukoil Academik and four Rilski Sportist 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. Lukoil Academik have an impressive ten-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 10-0 record. Rilski Sportist at the other side keeps the third place with four games lost. Lukoil Academik are looking forward to face Euroins Cherno More (#5) in Varna in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play at home against Balkan in Botevgrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Rilski Sportist: B.Mirkovic 19+5reb+2ast, A.Bilobrk 12+3reb+1ast, F.Vukosavljevic 11+1reb, S.Vaklinov 10+5reb, H.Zahariev 5+1reb+1ast, A.Velikov 3+1reb+2ast
Lukoil Academik: B.Avramov 15+2reb+5ast, A.Owens 14+4reb+3ast, B.Sundov 14+6reb+1ast, V.Veselinov 12+3reb+2ast, L.Mack 12+4reb, B.Heath 6+4reb+5ast
gschID: 139962




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (200-G-87)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.20.6 
 2. Harper, Levski S.18.6 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More18.2 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Ril.16.3 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.0 
 6. Stankov, Spartak14.9 
 7. Hall, Levski Sofia14.7 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak14.3 
 9. Slaveykov, Sparta.14.3 
 10. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.11.2 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More9.8 
 3. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.2 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.6 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.7.3 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.7.2 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.7.1 
 8. Todorov, Spartak6.2 
 9. Crawford, Balkan5.7 
 10. Stankov, Spartak5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.5.7 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.5.2 
 3. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.0 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.4.9 
 5. Filipov, Balkan4.0 
 6. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.8 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.3 
 8. Govedarov, Tundja3.1 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.0 
 10. Hall, Levski Sofia3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.2.7 
 2. Roshmanov, Cherno.2.7 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.7 
 4. Harper, Levski S.2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 6. Mirkovic, Rilski S.1.9 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.1.9 
 8. Zhelev, Cherno M.1.9 
 9. Boev, Rilski Sport.1.8 
 10. Dimitrov, Levski1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.4 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.1 
 3. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.1.0 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Martin, Balkan0.8 
 6. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.7 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.7 
 8. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.5 
 9. Todorov, Spartak0.4 
 10. Stoykov, Lukoil A.0.4 


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  CHINA   


Osama Daghles' triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Jilin NE T. and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old guard recorded a triple-double of 27 points and added eleven rebounds and ten assists, while his team beat Fujian XX (#11, 5-7) 90-82. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Jilin NE T. is placed at 10th position in Chinese CBA. Jilin NE T. 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 5-6 record. In the team's last game Daghles had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Jilin NE T.'s top player in his first season with the team. Midwestern State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Daghles is league's best passer with 8.1apg. Daghles is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0spg and 66.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-F/C-80) of TianJin R.. Harvey impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as TianJin R. lost that game 101-107 to league's leader Beijing Ducks (#1, 11-0). TianJin R. are still at the very bottom. 10 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories TianJin R. managed to get this year. Harvey is a newcomer at TianJin R. and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports) of Foshan (#15). Douthit showcased his all-around game by recording 28 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. Despite Douthit's great performance Foshan lost 96-101 to the higher-ranked Bayi Fubang (#8, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Foshan can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Douthit he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Douthit has a very solid season. In 11 games in China he scored 21.5ppg. He also has 10.2rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 55.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) of Fujian XX - 20 points, 26 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88) of Xinjiang F.T. - 39 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Jiangsu D. - 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
7. J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C. - 41 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 31 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Othello Hunter (203-F-86) of Shandong FB - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Wilson Chandler (203-F-87) of Guangsha L. - 31 points and 13 rebounds

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


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  CYPRUS   


Fine debut for Linos Gavriel - by Michael Aristidou

One of the most talented coaches makes his debut with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia this week in Cyprus league Linos Gavriel with only one week work manages to lead his team in their first victory after three games.

Cypriot coach took over Cytavision Apoel Nicosia as head coach first time in his career while before he was assistant coach for several years. The most important thing is that Linos Gavriel knows the mentality of the team and he is able to lead his team to success.

This is his second try as head coach in men competition. Last year he was in Proteas Danoi AEL, and led his previous team to the cup final. Although he left after the final his team reaches the championship final also.




The Dragon is still here and Apoel beats Omonoia - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Apoel is still huge. Grabbing 40 and scoring 95 points, Gabriel's Apoel bounced back from 3 losses in a row with a big win over Omonoia by 95-85.

Lewis the 'Dragon' Sims had a great game. Lewis Sims grabbed 8 rebounds and finished with 21 points and all these in just 22 minutes.

Adegboye had 16 points, Mandic had 13 and Cuffee had 11. Good appearance also for Eaves who added 8 points, with 2 in 3 shots and 1 in 1 behind the 3-pt line.

We need to mention that Tolis Kaskiris was very positive for whole 17 minutes, grabbing 6 rebounds and adding 4 points.

Kyriacos Adamou seems to be doing a good job in Omonoia. In the loosing squad Bostick had 31 points and Watt another 23.



Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 9-0 
 2. Apollon 8-1 
 3. Etha 6-4 
 4. APOEL 5-4 
 5. Omonia 4-5 
 6. AEK 4-5 
 7. ENAD 2-6 
 8. AEL 1-7 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round 18: CEZ Basketball Nymburk takes 17-1 record on top - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Praha between third ranked BC Kolin (13-4) and sixth ranked USK Praha (11-7) on Saturday night. BC Kolin was defeated by USK Praha on the road 66-76. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. BC Kolin managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for BC Kolin. USK Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-7 record. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. USK Praha are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against NH Ostrava (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked B&W Opava managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Levharti Chomutov 82-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that B&W Opava is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Bruno Celebija chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) with 19 points. Levharti Chomutov's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (3-15) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Levharti Chomutov lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Levice and Plzen. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Levharti Chomutov will play against Levice (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levice (5-13) 97-61. Lukas Palyza notched 18 points to lead the effort. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by Keaton Grant did not help to save the game for Levice. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Levice lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Chomutov and Plzen. CEZ Nymburk will meet BK Loko Plzen (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Levice will play against Levharti Chomutov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Svitavy supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked BK Decin (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-11). BK Decin smashed Basketbal Svitavy 83-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basketbal Svitavy. The best player for the winners was Lubos Stria who scored 19 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Decin maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be B&W Opava (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Prostejov (#3).
The game between fourth ranked BK Prostejov (14-3) and 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (3-15) in Prostejov on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. BK Prostejov outscored guests from Bratislava 99-60. It was a good game for Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. BK Prostejov moved-up to third place. Loser Inter Bratislava dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. BK Prostejov will face Basketbal Svitavy (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Inter Bratislava will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice (#2).

In the last two games of round 18 Plzen was smashed by NH Ostrava on the road 88-56. BK Pardubice destroyed Usti n/Labem on its own court 86-67.


NH Ostrava - Plzen 88-56

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked NH Ostrava (9-9) crushed at home 12th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-13) 88-56 on Saturday. The game without a history. NH Ostrava 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 BK Loko Plzen's 22. They outrebounded BK Loko Plzen 40-22 including a 35-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Loko Plzen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) contributed with 11 points for the winners. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) replied with 24 points and the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) added 14 points in the effort for BK Loko Plzen. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. NH Ostrava have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 9-9 record. BK Loko Plzen lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place with 13 games lost. NH Ostrava will face higher ranked BC Kolin (#4) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BK Loko Plzen will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 19+7reb, D.Wright 11+4reb+3ast, M.Stuchly 11+1reb+1ast, S.Manousos 10+4reb, R.Luettgerodt 9+3reb+1ast, A.Ciz 8+2reb+2ast
Plzen: L.Toth 24+3reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 14+2reb+1ast, T.Kubiznak 8+1reb, O.Lenhart 3+3reb, L.Pecka 2+2reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136691


USK Praha - BC Kolin 76-66

The most important game in the last round took place in Praha between third ranked BC Kolin (13-4) and sixth ranked USK Praha (11-7) on Saturday night. BC Kolin was defeated by USK Praha on the road 66-76. The game was mostly controlled by USK Praha. BC Kolin managed to win fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. International forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and forward David Machac (204-80) added 16 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BC Kolin. USK Praha have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 11-7 record. BC Kolin at the other side dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. USK Praha are looking forward to face BK Usti nad Labem (#9) on the road in the next round. BC Kolin will play against NH Ostrava (#7) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Hruban 21+4reb, S.Votroubek 20+12reb+2ast, P.Sedmak 17+3reb, M.Soukup 8+2reb+4ast, M.Sotnar 6+6ast, V.Cvek 4+2reb
BC Kolin: D.Machac 16+9reb, C.Barnes 13+11reb+3ast, R.Ames 9+8reb+5ast, R.Marko 8+2reb+2ast, J.Jelinek 8+3reb, R.Field 6+5reb
gschID: 136692


BK Pardubice - Usti n/Labem 86-67

Very expected game when 9th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (6-12) was smashed on the road by second ranked BK Pardubice (15-3) 86-67 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by BK Pardubice. BK Usti nad Labem was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Pardubice made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. BK Pardubice outrebounded BK Usti nad Labem 40-28 including 26 on the offensive glass. It was a good game for international forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Ondrej Peterka (204-91) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five BK Pardubice players scored in double figures. BK Pardubice's coach Jan Slowiak used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. American guard Thaddeus McFadden (188-87, college: Fairmont St., agency: Stanley International) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and point guard Jiri Holanda (183-86) added 18 points in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. BK Pardubice have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 15-3 record having just two points less than leader CEZ Nymburk. BK Usti nad Labem lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. BK Pardubice will face bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. BK Usti nad Labem will play against USK Praha (#6).
Top scorers:
BK Pardubice: P.Bohacik 18+10reb+4ast, O.Peterka 13+5reb+2ast, M.Arnold 13+5reb, M.Hampton 12+1reb+3ast, L.Kotas 11+1reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 10+6reb+1ast
Usti n/Labem: T.McFadden 19+6reb+2ast, J.Holanda 18+2reb+2ast, J.Dollard 12+5reb, T.Hruby 7+4reb, L.Bazant 4+3reb+3ast, J.Tyrna 4+4reb
gschID: 136693


BK Prostejov - Inter Bratislava 99-60

The game between fourth ranked BK Prostejov (14-3) and 13th ranked Inter Bratislava (3-15) in Prostejov on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. BK Prostejov outscored guests from Bratislava 99-60. The game without a history. BK Prostejov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 30. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 50-33 including a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Prostejov looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Inter Bratislava's players. It was a good game for American center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. British center Morakinyo Williams (213-88, college: Citadel, agency: Interperformances) replied with 6 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) added 12 points in the effort for Inter Bratislava. BK Prostejov moved-up to third place. Loser Inter Bratislava dropped to the bottom position with 15 games lost. BK Prostejov will face Basketbal Svitavy (#8) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Inter Bratislava will play against the league's second-placed BK Pardubice (#2).
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 18+10reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 16+12reb+3ast, P.Slezak 14+2reb+2ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+4ast, J.Prasil 9+1reb+3ast, A.Eitutavicius 9+5reb+5ast
Inter Bratislava: K.Bridgewaters 12+2reb+1ast, J.Musil 8+1reb+1ast, M.Trivunovic 8+5reb, A.Kuffa 8+2reb, M.Pesic 7+6reb+1ast, M.Williams 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 136694


Svitavy - BK Decin 58-83

The game in Svitavy supposed to be also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked BK Decin (12-6) played at the court of 8th ranked Basketbal Svitavy (7-11). BK Decin smashed Basketbal Svitavy 83-58. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Basketbal Svitavy. The game was mostly controlled by BK Decin. Basketbal Svitavy was better in second period 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BK Decin dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Basketbal Svitavy's 28. The best player for the winners was swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) who scored 19 points. Bosnian forward Admir Alic (198-84) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four BK Decin players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) who recorded 11 points and 5 rebounds and Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) added 4 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. BK Decin maintains fifth position with 12-6 record. Basketbal Svitavy at the other side keeps the eighth place with 11 games lost. BK Decin's next round opponent will be B&W Opava (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Basketbal Svitavy will play against BK Prostejov (#3).
Top scorers:
BK Decin: L.Stria 19+2reb+1ast, J.Houska 14+2reb, T.Pomikalek 13+3reb+2ast, A.Alic 12+6reb+2ast, P.Houska 8+5reb+3ast, J.Boyer 5+4reb+6ast
Svitavy: L.Horak 11+5reb+1ast, J.Spacek 10+2reb+1ast, P.Milos 7+1reb+2ast, L.Moravec 6+2reb+1ast, R.Kramny 6+3reb, P.Harcar 5
gschID: 136688


Chomutov - B&W Opava 67-82

Bottom-ranked B&W Opava managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Levharti Chomutov 82-67. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 15-point difference suggests that B&W Opava is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game was mostly controlled by B&W Opava. Levharti Chomutov was better in third quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Levharti Chomutov to just 6 points in second quarter. B&W Opava dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 34. Levharti Chomutov was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Croatian forward Bruno Celebija (202-86) chipped in 14 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Patrick Pope (183-81, college: St.Augustine) with 19 points and his fellow American import guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) scored 17 points. Levharti Chomutov's coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. B&W Opava (3-15) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Inter Bratislava. Levharti Chomutov lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the tenth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Levice and Plzen. B&W Opava will play against higher ranked BK Decin (#5) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Levharti Chomutov will play against Levice (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 23+8reb, R.Klecka 17+2reb+1ast, B.Celebija 14+4reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 8+6reb, J.Sirina 7+2ast, P.Dokoupil 6+3reb
Chomutov: P.Pope 19+3reb+1ast, R.Lowery 17+2reb+1ast, P.Stanek 10+8reb, V.Sucharda 8+4reb, P.Hemmy 5+1reb+1ast, R.Anderson 4+2reb
gschID: 136689


CEZ Nymburk - Levice 97-61

NBL top team - CEZ Nymburk (17-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed tenth ranked Levice (5-13) 97-61. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-61. CEZ Nymburk dominated on the defensive end, holding Levice to just 4 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 34. CEZ Nymburk forced 19 Levice turnovers. Forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) notched 18 points to lead the effort and American center Andrew Naymick (211-85, agency: Warren Sports International) supported him with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Five CEZ Nymburk players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 7 rebounds by American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) did not help to save the game for Levice. Croatian guard Sinisa Stemberger (195-79) added 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. CEZ Nymburk have an impressive 16-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 17-1 record. Levice lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 13 games lost. They share the position with Chomutov and Plzen. CEZ Nymburk will meet BK Loko Plzen (#12) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Levice will play against Levharti Chomutov and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: L.Palyza 18+3reb+1ast, P.Benda 14+4reb, A.Naymick 12+6reb+1ast, L.Wilson 11+3reb+2ast, L.Sokolovsky 10+4reb+3ast, M.Lenzly 9+4reb+2ast
Levice: K.Grant 25+7reb+3ast, S.Stemberger 14+3reb, S.Modric 6+3reb+1ast, C.Hallett 6+2reb, M.Bernard 4+4reb+2ast, M.Sykora 2+6reb
gschID: 136690




Levharti Chomutov sign Pavel Hemmy - by Eurobasket Center
Levharti Chomutov signed 24-year old Czech Republic guard Pavel Hemmy (191-G-92kg-87). In his first game he scored 5 points. However his new team lost to B&W Opava 67-82. Hemmy played most recently at BC Kolin (NBL). While playing 12 games for BC Kolin this season he averaged 3.4ppg. Hemmy helped them to win the championship title. He played also pro basketball in Poland and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 17-1 
 2. BK Pardubice 15-3 
 3. BK Prostejov 14-3 
 4. BC Kolin 13-4 
 5. BK Decin 12-6 
 6. USK Praha 11-7 
 7. NH Ostrava 9-9 
 8. Svitavy 7-11 
 9. Usti n/Labem 6-12 
 10. Levice 5-13 
 11. Chomutov 5-13 
 12. Plzen 5-13 
 13. B&W Opava 3-15 
 14. Inter Bratislava 3-15 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 15-0 
 2. Sparta Praha 12-3 
 3. Opava B 12-3 
 4. Proton Zlin 10-4 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 9-5 
 6. Trutnov 8-6 
 7. Liberec 8-7 
 8. Sokol Prazsky 7-7 
 9. Benesov 6-9 
 10. Vysehrad 5-10 
 11. Litomerice 4-10 
 12. Prostejov B 4-10 
 13. Kladno 1-14 
 14. Mlada Boleslav 1-14 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Grant, Levice20.7 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.7 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.4 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.2 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha16.5 
 8. Houska, BK Decin16.3 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.8.3 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.2 
 5. Meno, Svitavy8.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.3 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.6.9 
 8. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.8 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava6.3 
 10. Field, BC Kolin6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha4.9 
 2. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.6 
 4. Vrubl, Plzen4.3 
 5. George, Svitavy3.9 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.7 
 7. McFadden, Usti n.3.5 
 8. Boyer, BK Decin3.4 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
 10. Bridgewaters, Int.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.6 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.6 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.2.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin1.9 
 7. Grant, Levice1.9 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.5 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 4. Grant, Levice1.2 
 5. Miklosik, B&W O.1.1 
 6. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 7. Votroubek, USK P.0.8 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Spralja, CEZ N.0.7 
 10. Mroz, Svitavy0.7 


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  D-LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Brandon COSTNER
  Los A.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 26
 1. Costner, Los A.26.0 
 2. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 3. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 4. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.23.3 
 6. Millsap, Los A.23.2 
 7. Moses Randal., Iow.21.5 
 8. Biggs, Canton C.21.3 
 9. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 10. Hayes, Maine RC20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Thomas, Reno B.11.3 
 6. Milligan, Canton C.11.2 
 7. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 8. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 9. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 10. Palmer, Bakersfi.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.8 
 2. Cooksey, Texas L.9.1 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.7.1 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 7. Snow, Maine RC7.0 
 8. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.6.4 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.2.3 
 4. Baker, Dakota W.2.3 
 5. Braimoh, Rio G.2.3 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 8. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 9. Johnson, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Curry, Springfiel.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.9 
 3. Major, Bakersfi.2.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 7. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 8. Wright, Maine RC1.5 
 9. Kent, Maine RC1.5 
 10. Rogers, Texas L.1.5 


Orien Greene joins Los Angeles D-Fenders - by Eurobasket Center
Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 29-year old guard Orien Greene (193-G-94kg-82, college: La-Lafayette). In his first game he scored 20 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Bakersfield J. 112-117. Greene played most recently at Halifax Rainmen (Canada). While playing 6 games for Halifax R. this season he averaged 10.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.8apg and 1.5spg. Greene is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, Canada, China, Holland, Israel and Venezuela. Greene graduated University Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 and actually missed last season. It will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Friday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Idaho S. - Canton C. 98-78
Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) scored 20 points to lead the Idaho Stampede to a 98-78 win over the visiting Canton Charge on Friday night. The Stampede put the game away by outscoring the Charge 29-17 in the fourth quarter. The Charge have dropped three straight, losing by a combined 61 points in those game. One common denominator has been sub-40 percent shooting from the floor and that continued. Canton hit just 35.9 percent of its shots, including going 6-of-22 on 3-pointers. The Charge also hit just 57.1 percent of their free throws. The Stampeded also hammered Canton on the glass, outrebounding the Charge 53-38. Reginald Larry grabbed 16 boards for Idaho and Will Foster had 10. The 35-year-old Walker also grabbed six rebounds and had three assist to lead a balanced Idaho attack. Five of his teammates scored 11 or more points, including former Syracuse star Eric Devendorf (6'4''-G-87, college: Syracuse), who had 16. The Stampede have won three straight and four of their last five. T.J. Campbell scored 16 points to lead Canton, while Marcus Relphorde scored 15 and Antoine Agudio scored 12. The two teams meet again tonight at 9:30. The Charge also made another roster move Friday, signing guard-forward Trent Strickland. Canton waived Tyrone Kent to make room for Strickland, who played at Wake Forest and spent the last two seasons playing for Antwerp in the Belgian League. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Bakersfield J. - Los Angeles D. 117-112
With the shot clock winding down and the Jam down 112-111, Osiris Eldridge (6'3''-G-88, agency: N.E.T., college: Illinois St.) let fly a 3-pointer with a defender all over him, and it went down to give Bakersfield a 114-112 lead with 13.7 seconds left in the game. Eldridge tacked on three more free throws to finish with 52 points on the night, and it ignited the Jam to a 117-112 win over the Los Angeles D-Fenders at a sold out and loud Jam Events Center on a memorable Friday night. The 52 points was an NBA Development League season high, a Jam all-time record, a personal best for Eldridge in all levels of basketball, and came within a single point of matching the D-League record of 53 set last year by Will Conroy. The win (6-2) puts the Jam in first place in the Western Conference, while holding the best record in the league. When asked to talk about his effort and contribution for the game, Eldridge had this to say, 'I think tonight, I did a good job of attacking the basket first, and it just led to the 3-ball going up and a lot of shots going in.' When talking about his personal high scoring game, he offered, 'The most I ever scored in a game was 36 points, like twice, when I was in Europe and then when I was in college.' He pointed out that he felt like he was in a zone, saying, 'I felt I had a step on the person that was guarding me, but I was just feeling it, you know, you get in that zone sometimes and you feel like you can make every shot, and that's how I felt tonight.' He went on to credit his teammates for the game, and specifically in the closing moments, saying, 'There was a lot of players other than me down the stretch that contributed to the win. It was just a great team effort down the stretch.' Indeed, down the stretch and in crunch time several players had a hand in the win, and even though the 52 point outburst tops the list, the Jam still placed five players in double figure scoring for the game. David Palmer (6'9''-F/C-86, college: N.Kentucky) had another productive night with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Juan Patillo chipped in with 14 points and nine rebounds. Mustapha Farrakhan scored all 14 of his points when it mattered most, in the second half, and also tallied six assists. Anthony Harris continued to provide a big spark off the bench with 13 points and five assists. Brandon Costner led Los Angeles in scoring with 36 points, and in his first game with the D-Fenders, Orien Greene finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Eniel Polynice contributed 19 points and nine assists, while Otis George finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Terrence Roberts added 11 points and blocked five shots. The game was hard fought from beginning to end, with neither side holding more than an eight point lead. In all, there were 13 ties and 22 lead changes, and the two squads face each other again in a back to back Saturday evening at the Toyota Sports Center. Is there an encore performance by Mr. Eldridge in order?, tune in and find out. On a side note, please subscribe to this column and stay updated on all future articles by hitting the subscribe link on this page (next to the profile), it's free and holds no obligations. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Tulsa 66ers - Reno B. 88-105
Dressed in green uniforms, the visiting Reno Bighorns certainly played the part of the Grinch on Friday night inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Reno outscored the Tulsa 66ers 30-14 in the fourth quarter, including a 13-2 run to open the period, helping the Bighorns notch a 105-88 decision in an NBA Development League West Conference clash. 'We gave up defensively,' said Tulsa head coach Dale Osbourne. 'I think our inexperience caught up with us and we got a little tired. But you have to give Reno credit as well. They really turned it up and we didn't match that.' With four 66ers in various NBA training camps, Tulsa (5-4) had just nine players in uniform on Friday night. Five of those scored in double figures, with Brady Morningstar pacing Tulsa with 21 points. The former University of Kansas guard, however, was limited to just two points in the final quarter. 'This is a transition league and you never know who you're going to have,' Osbourne said. 'I hope our guys who are in (NBA) training camps stay up there. I've told our players who are still with us that this is an opportunity for them to continue to learn and get better.' Reno (3-4) was led by a season-high 28 points from center Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary), who had 12 of his points in the fourth quarter, including six of Reno's first eight points of the period to stake the Bighorns to an 83-74 lead and force a Tulsa timeout with 9:22 remaining. Tulsa would pull within 90-86 on a pair of free throws from Billy Rush (6'7''-G/F-88, agency: VVG Sports, college: Robert Morris) with 4:38 to play, but the Bighorns would answer with a 9-0 run to take back the momentum. Rush would finish with 16 points while LaDustin Williams would add 14 points off the bench. The 66ers led 49-46 at halftime and stretched that lead to eight points midway through the third quarter before Reno went on a 14-2 run to take the lead for the first time since the opening quarter. Note: Nolan Richardson III, grandson of former University of Tulsa and Tulsa Shock head coach Nolan Richardson, was signed on Friday by the 66ers. The 6-2 guard attended Tulsa local tryouts in October and competed at 66ers training camp in November. He went scoreless in 3:37 of action against Reno. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Sioux Falls S. - Dakota W. 108-96
The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Dakota Wizards 108-96 Friday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. After a back-and-forth first quarter, Sioux Falls went ahead 28-27 and never trailed the rest of the game. Sioux Falls led at the half 59-51, shooting nearly 20 percent better than Dakota in the first half. Casey Mitchell (6'4''-G-88, college: W.Virginia) scored 15 of his 21 points in the first half and finished 9-of-15 from the field in his first game back following a short stint in training camp with the Houston Rockets. Sioux Falls built their lead to as many as 16 late in the third quarter due to a balanced scoring attack. Five players finished in double figures for Sioux Falls. Dakota outrebounded Sioux Falls by six but committed five more turnovers. Dominique Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Colorado) nearly posted a triple-double with 18 points, eight rebounds and a season-high 14 assists. Billy McShepard recorded his third double-double in four games with a season-high 22 points and 12 rebounds. Longtime Skyforce nemesis Maurice Baker nearly had a triple-double of his own with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Curtis Withers led all scorers with 23 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. The two rivals face off at the Sioux Falls Arena tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.ksfy.com

Austin T. - Rio Grande VV 108-119
Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee) scored 28 points and added 10 rebounds to lead the Vipers to a 119-108 win Friday night over the Austin Toros. Guard Lee Humphrey (6'2''-PG-84, college: Florida) added 23 points for the Vipers, who got to 6-4 on the season. The Vipers will play tonight at Texas. Along with Asumnu and Humphrey, the Vipers had three others in double-digits. Suleimon Braimoh had 18, Julian Sensley 13 and Kelvin Lewis chipped in with 12. Austin was led by Tristan Thompson, who had 22. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Iowa E. 88-95
The Iowa Energy saw seven players reach double digits as they beat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 95-88 in the Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum. Iowa built a double-digit lead early in the contest and kept that advantage for most of the game on the strength of better than 50 percent shooting while holding Fort Wayne to only 34 percent. Iowa stormed out of the gate with hot shooting that opened up an 11-2 score in the first three and a half minutes of the contest. Thomas Baudinet (6'3''-G-89, agency: FCM, college: St.Anselm) hit all seven shots he attempted in the first quarter finishing the frame with 12 points for the Energy. Iowa finished the first quarter shooting 70 percent from the field and ended the quarter with a seven point advantage. The Energy continued with their strong shooting and stronger defense by holding the Mad Ants to 33 percent shooting. Gage Daye brought a spark off the bench for the Mad Ants as he contributed much needed energy as well as 11 points. Iowa took a 56-47 lead into the half. Iowa's defensive intensity continued to stifle the Mad Ants as the Energy extended their lead to 12 points by the end of the third quarter. After holding a double-digit lead for most of the game, Iowas lead dropped into single digits midway through the fourth quarter. The teams traded baskets for much of the final frame before the Mad Ants chipped the lead down to six points with under a minute to play, but the Energy held on for the 95-88 victory. Rookie Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) led the Mad Ants with 20 points, and Marvin Phillips recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas Baudinet led all scorers with a game-high 21 points, and Nick Murphy added a double-double with 12 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Energy. *Courtesy of www.wane.com




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THOUGHTS FROM THE SIDELINE - by Eurobasket News
THE CIRCUS IS BACK IN TOWN...this time the attractions want to run the show.
Once again, we are welcoming the start of a new NBA season. But this time, the players feel as if they can demand where they are to play under the terms of their contract. Take a brief look at Kevin Garnett and his demand to leave Minnesota, a few years back. The Timberwolves went from eight playoffs in a row, the last a conference finals, to perennial lottery participation in the wake of Kevin Garnett push to flee. The Celtics became automatic championship contenders, winning one. And most recently Carmelo demanding to move to New York, which we all know how it played out...dismal to say the least.
Now enter the new incarnation of the NBA and Chris Paul tries to demand a trade from New Orleans, a team that the NBA owns, to Los Angeles. In my opinion, that entire mess reminds me of the time that I asked my parents for a raise in my allowance or the time that I tried to demand my mother purchase some sweeter breakfast cereals. That request was met with a look that I remember to this day, some 30 years later. To put things in perspective, since when have we see the lions or the tigers decide what acts to perform at the circus? Or when have we ever seen a horse decide where the rider goes? WHILE RUNNING THE PREAKNESS STAKES?
Kind of caused me to chuckle when I heard that Lamar Odum did not show up to the 1st day of training camp, after hearing his name circling around the rumor mill as trade bait. He was packaged and dealt the very next day.
Often times, we fail to see who is calling the shots, or rather we fail to look closely at the surrounding facts. I do know that if I was playing for a club that was owned by, and operated by THE LEAGUE IN WHICH I PLAY, the last thing I would do is surprise the owner/my boss by going to the media to make my demands. Almost like the bad kid in school asking for the approval of his classmates instead of the teacher of the class that he is disrupting. It is a failed experiment much like the needle that starts at zero and goes the other direction...into the negative territory.
After scouting a VTB United game last night, I was appalled at the sheer ignorance of the crowd amassed to watch the game. the fans cheering like idiots at dunks not waking up to see that it was the home team favorites' 4th foul and he now would be forced to sit for the 4th qtr, spelling the doom of the home team to see things from the upper deck reminds me of the movie GLADIATOR or something the mobb mentality they just scream and yell bc the other guy is screaming and yelling. OH THE JOY OF HAVING NBA BASKETBALL BACK!
On a side note, Brandon Roy citing chronic knee troubles has retired from the NBA. A rising star, leaving us wanting more is almost surreal in that it comes on the tail end of some harsh and difficult news to hit the basketball community of late. Brent Darby of Italian basket fame, Laurence Young who died the day after the biggest win in his clubs history in Brazil and the other unfortunate US player, who in his rookie year, was beaten to death while celebrating his clubs victory over the defending champion of the league in Romania.
All of these events and news only serving as a flashing yellow light to remind us to 'DRIVE SLOW' ...much like the ending to the last thought from the sideline...'LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP'.


Coach Ozell Wells



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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Tartu Ulikool 12-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 9-1 
 3. Tarvas 8-4 
 4. Rapla 7-6 
 5. TTU/Kalev 6-7 
 6. Tln Kalev 4-9 
 7. Parnu 2-10 
 8. Valga/CKE 2-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 18.5
 1. Pilk, TT.18.5 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas16.4 
 3. Soo, Rapla16.2 
 4. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.0 
 5. Raap, Parnu16.0 
 6. Veideman, Tartu U.15.9 
 7. Raadik, Parnu15.8 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas14.3 
 9. Arnold, TT.14.2 
 10. Cunda, Va.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.1 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.3 
 3. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 4. Cricelli, Va.8.4 
 5. Ringmets, Rapla7.8 
 6. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.5 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.5 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 9. Shaw, Tln Kalev6.9 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Kriisa, Tarvas3.8 
 3. Pilk, TT.3.8 
 4. Raap, Parnu3.7 
 5. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas3.5 
 7. Keedus, TT.3.0 
 8. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 9. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.8 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cunda, Va.2.4 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.2 
 3. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.2 
 4. Kaldre, Rapla2.2 
 5. Dorbek, Tarvas2.0 
 6. Laane, Rapla1.8 
 7. Saage, Tartu Uliko.1.8 
 8. Umbrasko, Tarvas1.8 
 9. Saks, Kalev/Cramo1.7 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.5 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.3 
 4. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.2 
 5. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 6. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 8. Makke, TT.0.8 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas0.6 


KML Round 14: Top-ranked Tartu Ulikool wins another game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Valga/CKE (2-12) 89-58. Tartu Ulikool dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 28 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Valga/CKE turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Valga/CKE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Valga/CKE. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-1 record. Valga/CKE at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game in Tallinn supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Rapla (7-6) played at the court of fifth ranked TTU/Kalev (6-7). TTU/Kalev smashed Rapla 76-52. The former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and Illimar Pilk chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TTU/Kalev maintains fifth position with 6-7 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
The game between fourth ranked Rapla (7-6) and 8th ranked Valga/CKE (2-12) in Rapla on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Rapla outscored guests from Valga 96-62. Raido Ringmets notched 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds by Edgars Cunda did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rapla maintains fourth position with 7-6 record. Loser Valga/CKE stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Rapla will meet higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Valga/CKE will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 14 Tln Kalev was beaten by Tarvas on the road 93-89.



TTU/Kalev - Rapla 76-52

The game in Tallinn supposed to be also worth to mention about. One of their biggest challengers Rapla (7-6) played at the court of fifth ranked TTU/Kalev (6-7). TTU/Kalev smashed Rapla 76-52. The game was mostly controlled by TTU/Kalev. Rapla was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. TTU/Kalev outrebounded Rapla 42-27 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international power forward Kristjan Makke (205-81, college: W.Illinois) had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and forward Illimar Pilk (195-88) chipped in 24 points and 4 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) during the contest. The former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) responded with 13 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. Rapla's coach Indrek Ruut gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. TTU/Kalev maintains fifth position with 6-7 record. Rapla at the other side keeps the fourth place with six games lost. TTU/Kalev's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tallinn Kalev/Cramo.
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev: I.Pilk 24+2reb+4ast, K.Makke 19+12reb+1ast, K.Akenparg 14+7reb+2ast, A.Arnold 8+6reb, M.Kaja 6+5reb, S.Tomingas 5+4reb
Rapla: A.Parn 13+7reb, M.Parn 8+1ast, R.Ringmets 8+6reb+1ast, A.Antson 6+1reb, I.Kajupank 5+3reb+1ast, F.Talts 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 150130


Tarvas - Tln Kalev 93-89

No shocking result in a game when third ranked BC Rakvere (8-4) beat at home 6th ranked Tln Kalev (4-9) 93-89 on Saturday. Tln Kalev was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BC Rakvere made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. The former international guard Valmo Kriisa (190-74) notched 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and center Reinar Hallik (208-84) supported him with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four BC Rakvere players scored in double figures. BC Rakvere's coach Andreas Sober used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds by American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) did not help to save the game for Tln Kalev. His fellow American import guard Brandis Raley-Ross (188-87, college: S.Carolina) added 23 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. BC Rakvere maintains third position with 8-4 record having five points less than leader Tartu Ulikool. Tln Kalev lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with nine games lost. BC Rakvere will meet at home Rapla (#4) in the next round. Tln Kalev will play against KK Parnu and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tarvas: V.Kriisa 20+6reb+5ast, R.Hallik 19+8reb+1ast, K.Cipruss 16+10reb, V.Veski 11+5reb, J.Vahter 11+1reb, J.Umbrasko 9+5reb+1ast
Tln Kalev: B.Raley-Ross 23+5reb+3ast, M.Shaw 22+11reb, A.Fedortchuk 14+7reb+1ast, R.Roos 9+3reb+2ast, M.Kurg 8+3reb, I.Tulit 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150131


Rapla - Valga/CKE 96-62

The game between fourth ranked Rapla (7-6) and 8th ranked Valga/CKE (2-12) in Rapla on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Rapla outscored guests from Valga 96-62. The game was mostly controlled by Rapla. Valga/CKE managed to win second period 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Rapla forced 19 Valga/CKE turnovers. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) notched 22 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international forward Andre Parn (200-77) supported him with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Rapla players scored in double figures. Even 25 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (196-84, agency: Court Side) did not help to save the game for Valga/CKE. British forward Samuel Cricelli (200-85, college: Caldwell) added 10 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rapla maintains fourth position with 7-6 record. Loser Valga/CKE stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Rapla will meet higher ranked BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Valga/CKE will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rapla: R.Ringmets 22+6reb+1ast, J.Soo 21+1ast, A.Parn 17+6reb+4ast, R.Laane 13+4reb+8ast, S.Kaldre 12+5reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 5+4reb+1ast
Valga/CKE: E.Cunda 25+5reb+2ast, S.Cricelli 10+14reb, K.Koolman 8+2reb, J.Jarvelainen 8+3reb, V.Vares 6+1reb+2ast, K.Pullisaar 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150132


Tartu Ulikool - Valga/CKE 89-58

KML top team - Tartu Ulikool (12-1) had no problems winning another game on Thursday. This time they crushed eighth ranked Valga/CKE (2-12) 89-58. Tartu Ulikool dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Valga/CKE's 28 and made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Tartu Ulikool forced 20 Valga/CKE turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Valga/CKE helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international center Vallo Allingu (206-78) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Rain Veideman (192-91) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. The former international forward Ando Tagamets (200-79) replied with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Latvian guard Edgars Cunda (196-84, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 7 assists in the effort for Valga/CKE. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-1 record. Valga/CKE at the other side stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tartu Ulikool: R.Veideman 20+5reb+3ast, V.Allingu 19+11reb, T.Kurbas 14+7reb+1ast, K.Saage 10+1reb+6ast, S.Leppik 9+3ast, B.Amis 9+4reb
Valga/CKE: A.Tagamets 16+8reb, E.Cunda 12+3reb+7ast, S.Cricelli 8+8reb, A.Vasar 7+4reb+1ast, V.Vares 6+1reb, K.Koolman 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 150129




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  EUROCUP   


Benetton lost Gentile, got Viggiano - by Philip Mulryne
According to sportando.net, Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92), the son of great Nando Gentile left Benetton and officially signed for EA7 Emporio Armani Milano to stay until the end of 2014-2015. The budget gap seems to get wider between rich and moderate spending clubs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milanoo is the on the verge of elimination before last 16 at Euroleague whereas Benetton has guaranteed to advance for Top 16 at Eurocup. Benetton Treviso, semifinalists at Eurocup last year, now have lost 4 of their starting 5 considering the season opening. Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut), Brian Scalabrine (206-C-78, college: USC) and E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) left for more adventure at the other side of Atlantic and now Gentile have left for more glory perhaps. A very promising player of course, already carried the team last year with various brilliant performances and one of the best of his age group ('92 born)at ability to play at various positions. He had already led Italian U20 team to the silver medal at last summers' championship at Bilbao. Jeffrey Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts), spent last year with Angelico Biella an got very good statistics with 12.2 pts and 4.5 rebs per game. However, he nearly did not find any minutes at Milano and now he will get what he wants probably: playing time at Lega and of course Eurocup.

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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 20 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Fourth-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (11-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Joensuun Kataja (16-3) in Kauhajoki on Saturday. The visitors from Joensuu managed to secure only five-point victory 87-82. However their fans expected easier game. B.A. Walker orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 16-3 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta.

The most impressive performance of 20th round was 26 points and 5 rebounds by Kelly Beidler of Kauhajoki.



Pyrinto - LrNMKY 82-71

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (12-5) beat at home 8th ranked LrNMKY (7-11) 82-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-71. Tampereen Pyrinto made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 LrNMKY turnovers. LrNMKY was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Antero Lehto (184-84) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for LrNMKY. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion maintains third position with 12-5 record having six points less than leader Kataja. LrNMKY lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 11 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face Kouvot (#6) in Kouvola in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu in Kauhajoki.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 21+3reb+1ast, A.Williams 19+7reb+3ast, K.Lowe 19+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 12+3reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 6+6reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 3+1reb
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 19+8reb+6ast, L.Hamm 18+8reb+1ast, P.Riihela 13+3reb, D.Haynes 6+3reb+4ast, T.Kulha 5, H.Valimaa 4+1reb
gschID: 141719


Nilan Bisons - Salon Vilpas 88-66

Very expected game when 9th ranked Salon Vilpas (6-12) was smashed on the road by second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (12-4) 88-66 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 22 points. Loimaan Korikonkarit dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Salon Vilpas' 34. American guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 assists. Forward Matti Nuutinen (200-90) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. American forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Roope Ahonen (187-90, agency: FCM) added 16 points in the effort for Salon Vilpas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Loimaan Korikonkarit maintains second position with 12-4 record having seven points less than leader Kataja. Salon Vilpas at the other side keeps the ninth place with 12 games lost. Loimaan Korikonkarit will face UU-Korihait (#7) in Uusikaupunki in the next round where they are favorite. Salon Vilpas will play at home against Torpan Pojat in Helsinki.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: R.McDade 17+7reb+1ast, M.Nuutinen 16+9reb+1ast, J.Ivey 16+2reb+10ast, M.Zeno 11+3reb+4ast, M.Koivisto 9+3reb+2ast, C.Jones 7+7reb+1ast
Salon Vilpas: E.Holloway 17+1reb+2ast, R.Ahonen 16+2reb+2ast, J.Fields 11+13reb, A.Vaenerberg 7+2reb+3ast, K.Brace 4+3reb, M.Sandberg 4+3reb
gschID: 141721


Kauhajoki - Kataja 82-87 OT

Fourth-ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (11-7) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Joensuun Kataja (16-3) in Kauhajoki on Saturday. The visitors from Joensuu managed to secure only five-point victory 87-82. However their fans expected easier game. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 5-point victory in overtime. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) replied with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and his fellow American import forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 26 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Five Joensuun Kataja and four Kauhajoen Karhu players scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive 12-game winning streak. Joensuun Kataja maintains first position with 16-3 record. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#8) in Lappeenranta.
Top scorers:
Kataja: B.Walker 25+4reb+1ast, J.Price 17+7reb, J.Newson 15+7reb, S.Lehtoranta 11+11reb+4ast, P.Virtanen 10+3reb+2ast, A.Kanervo 7+4reb+2ast
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 26+5reb+1ast, C.Hannah 22+6reb+8ast, T.Hendley 19+1reb+1ast, E.Skamo 10+8reb+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 3+5reb+2ast, J.Eskola 2+1reb
gschID: 141722


ToPo - Kouvot 90-88

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Torpan Pojat's (11-7) home victory over 6th ranked Kouvot (8-9) in Helsinki 90-88 on Saturday. Kouvot was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. The other American import guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. point guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) replied with 23 points and American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Kouvot. Five Kouvot players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Kauhajoki. Loser Kouvot keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Torpan Pojat will face Salon Vilpas (#9) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against Tampereen Pyrinto.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 23+3ast, C.Lindbom 17+2reb, C.McIntosh 15+5reb+6ast, H.Mottola 9+6reb, J.Kyllonen 9+2ast, T.Heinonen 9+10reb+1ast
Kouvot: A.Nikkarinen 23+2reb+3ast, A.Brown 14+6reb+5ast, A.Jordan 13+9reb+1ast, J.Gonner 12+4reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 11+3reb+1ast, A.Akpaso 7
gschID: 141723




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 16-3 
 2. Nilan Bisons 12-4 
 3. Pyrinto 12-5 
 4. ToPo 11-7 
 5. Kauhajoki 11-7 
 6. Kouvot 8-9 
 7. Korihait 8-10 
 8. LrNMKY 7-11 
 9. Salon Vilpas 6-12 
 10. KTP 5-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-16 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 11-2 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 9-3 
 3. Oulun NMKY 9-3 
 4. BC Nokia 9-4 
 5. Lapua 8-4 
 6. Pyrinto II 8-4 
 7. Ura Basket 5-7 
 8. Huima 5-7 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 4-8 
 10. SayRi 3-9 
 11. Jyvaskyla 1-11 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-11 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.8 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.26.3 
 3. Williams, Lapua22.8 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.22.5 
 5. Manning, Huima21.4 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi20.3 
 8. Henderson, Porvoo.19.4 
 9. January, BC Nokia19.3 
 10. Storrs, Jyvaskyla19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.7 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.3 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 5. Britton, Huima10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.5 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo10.4 
 9. Green, Ura Basket9.7 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Lloyd PHILLIPS
  Oulun N.
  (178-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 2. Manning, Huima4.8 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.7 
 4. Viertola, Huima3.8 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Jackson, Lapua3.4 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Baxley, Lapua2.8 
 10. Lehtila, Ura Bask.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.9 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.0 
 4. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.9 
 5. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 6. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 7. King, Porvoon1.7 
 8. Andrews, Ura B.1.6 
 9. Williams, Lapua1.6 
 10. Mattila, Pyrin.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.5 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.2.0 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.2 
 4. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.1 
 5. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.9 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia0.8 
 8. Molenius, FoKoPo0.8 
 9. Britton, Huima0.8 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi0.8 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.7 
 2. Blue, KTP21.4 
 3. Crocker, KTP21.3 
 4. Holloway, Salon V.20.3 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki20.1 
 6. Newson, Kataja18.4 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.18.2 
 8. Tiedeman, LrNM.17.9 
 9. Ivey, Nilan Bisons17.8 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. Blue, KTP11.6 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.3 
 4. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 6. McDade, Nilan B.8.6 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.1 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.1 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto8.0 
 10. Davis, KTP7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.1 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.2 
 4. Sarcevic, KTP4.1 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 6. Walker, Kataja3.8 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.3.8 
 8. Moore, Namika L.3.6 
 9. Ahonen, Salon Vilp.3.2 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Moore, Korihait2.5 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto2.4 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 6. Crocker, KTP2.0 
 7. Moore, Namika L.1.9 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.1.8 
 9. Haynes, LrNM.1.8 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.4 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.0 
 5. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 6. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.8 
 7. Blue, KTP0.8 
 8. Price, Kataja0.8 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.7 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Kataja winning after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 18-19: Two interesting and close games tonight. Karhu (Kauhajoki) made it an OT contest vs Kataja (Joensuu), but could not cut Kataja rolling to victory # 12 in a row. Karhu lost 82-89 (77) (42-35). American G Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87, agency: Court Side, college: Wichita St.) saved the hosts into OT by making both FTs at 39:28 time. During the OT Kataja (16-3) was stronger and won again. Karhu (11-7) had Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) and Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) as starters with three Amereican players. The Americans scored 67 points in the game, but Vuori+Makalainen zero (0) pts. Vuori played only 10 minutes and Makalainen 15 minutes. Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) led Karhu with 26 pts. Kataja had five players in double digits. B.A. Walker (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: VCU) led this time Kataja with 25 pts. Jeremy Price added 17 pts.
In Helsinki Torpan Pojat (11-7) defeated Kouvot (Kouvola) by two 90-88 (51-42). ToPo lost the third quarter 17-31 and Kouvot (8-9)was back in the game. Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) saved then ToPo by his 3-pointer at 39:39, when taking ToPo back in the lead 89-87. Griffin made five 3-pointers out of eight and led ToPo with 23 pts. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) took an important rebound at the end (39:58) and ToPo had won.

Karhu - Kataja OT 82-87 (77) (42-35). Kelly Beidler 26, Clevin Hannah 22/8a, Todd Hendley 19 - B.A.Walker 25, Jeremy Price 17, Jared Newson 15. A: 1210).
ToPo - Kouvot 90-88 (51-42). (Chase Griffin 23, Carl Lindbom 17, Corey McIntosh 15/6a - Antto Nikkarinen 23, Anthony Brown 14/5a, Antoine Jordan 13/9. A: 1083).



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  FRANCE   


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.21.7 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans20.8 
 3. Parker, AS.20.3 
 4. Morlende, Hyeres-T.19.0 
 5. Cox, Le Havre18.4 
 6. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.7 
 7. Batum, Nancy17.1 
 8. Hamilton, Paris-.16.3 
 9. Wise, Le Havre16.2 
 10. Williams, Paris-.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.8.7 
 2. Akingbala, Nancy8.4 
 3. Hamilton, Paris-.8.1 
 4. Sommerville, Le Ma.7.7 
 5. Jackson, Roanne7.6 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.6 
 7. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 8. Sy, Orleans6.7 
 9. Krupalija, Hyeres.6.7 
 10. Nsonwu-Amadi, Ro.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon10.2 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans7.1 
 3. Wise, Le Havre6.4 
 4. Parker, AS.6.3 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 6. Barrett, Roanne5.4 
 7. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 8. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 9. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.4.8 
 10. Dixon, Dijon4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alex ACKER
  Le Mans
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Acker, Le Mans2.2 
 2. Albicy, Gravelines2.2 
 3. Sangare, Orleans2.1 
 4. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.1 
 6. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 7. Wise, Le Havre2.0 
 8. Linehan, Nancy2.0 
 9. Pellin, Orleans1.9 
 10. Chatfield, Paris-.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronny TURIAF
  AS.
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Turiaf, AS.1.8 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.6 
 3. Williams, Paris-.1.3 
 4. Jackson, Roanne1.3 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 6. Issa, Gravelines1.2 
 7. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 9. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 10. Sy, Orleans0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. McCray, Boulogne20.3 
 2. Davis, Le Portel18.8 
 3. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier18.4 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest16.9 
 6. Wood, Evreux16.9 
 7. Paelay, Quimper16.5 
 8. Siggers, Rouen16.3 
 9. Barro, Bourg15.8 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Evreux
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Wood, Evreux12.0 
 2. Massie, Limoges11.0 
 3. Rossiter, Denain9.5 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Monroe, Boulazac9.2 
 6. Osby, Maurienne8.8 
 7. Allen, Antibes8.8 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier8.8 
 9. Barro, Bourg8.7 
 10. Badiane, Nantes8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.5 
 2. Rowland, Evreux5.9 
 3. Copeland, Bourg5.8 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.7 
 5. Mouillard, Quimper5.5 
 6. Sauret, Lille5.2 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.5.2 
 8. Patiejunas, Rouen5.2 
 9. Denave, St Vallier4.9 
 10. Choquet, Fos Oue.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Charles, Nantes2.9 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.8 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 4. Paelay, Quimper2.5 
 5. James, Denain2.4 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.0 
 7. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 8. Denave, St Vallier1.9 
 9. Allen, Antibes1.9 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.9 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Prowell, St Vallier1.2 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.1.2 
 5. Badiane, Nantes1.0 
 6. Osby, Maurienne1.0 
 7. Massie, Limoges1.0 
 8. Barro, Bourg0.9 
 9. Giffa, Fos Ouest0.9 
 10. James, Denain0.9 


ProB Round 13: #1 Boulazac Basket is defeated by Aix-Maurienne - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Boulazac Basket (10-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (8-5) 91-68. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne outrebounded Boulazac Basket 42-17 including a 34-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aix-Maurienne have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Boulazac Basket at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Limoges. Aix-Maurienne are looking forward to face Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Lille Metropole (5-8) outlasted Saint Vallier (7-6) in overtime by nine points 81-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. Swingman Benoit Gillet (191-86) nailed 16 points for the winning side and Steve Smith accounted for 12 points. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for Saint Vallier in the defeat. Lille Metropole moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Bordeaux. Lille Metropole will play against Denain Voltaire (#15) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Olympique Antibes (5-8) escaped against Nantes (6-7) in overtime by four points 84-80 on Friday night. The game took place in Nantes. But the guests from Antibes were better at the end. Lesly Bengaber fired 24 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. David Fergerson produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. Olympique Antibes moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Nantes dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with Evreux and Le Portel. Olympique Antibes will meet at home JL Bourg (#12) in the next round. Nantes will play against ALM Evreux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting game took place in Rouen. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked SPO Rouen (5-8) to fifth ranked Fos Ouest (9-4) 78-75 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. Worth to mention a great performance of Sherman Gay who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Fos Ouest have a solid series of three victories in a row. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulogne. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Chalons-Reims (#4) on the road. SPO Rouen will play against Le Portel (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Bourg. Twelfth ranked Le Portel (6-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked JL Bourg (5-8) 80-77 on Friday evening. Ronnie Taylor stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Le Portel moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Nantes and Evreux. JL Bourg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Le Portel will face SPO Rouen (#14) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Chalons-Reims won against Quimper on the opponent's court 74-61. Vichy was outscored by Denain in a home game 60-92. Bordeaux recorded a loss to Boulogne on the road 83-74. Limoges defeated Evreux on its own court 92-75.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists by Kurt Cunningham of Bordeaux.



Rouen - Fos Ouest 75-78

A very interesting game took place in Rouen. It ended with only three-point home defeat of 12th ranked SPO Rouen (5-8) to fifth ranked Fos Ouest (9-4) 78-75 on Saturday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of SPO Rouen. The guests were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-16 SPO Rouen's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-75 at the end of the game. They outrebounded SPO Rouen 37-24 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Fos Ouest especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of Jamaican-American Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Mary) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international power forward Sacha Giffa (202-77) contributed with 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Fos Ouest players scored in double figures. American swingman Jason Siggers (190-85, college: Albany) answered with 24 points and guard Pierric Poupet (191-84) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for SPO Rouen. Fos Ouest have a solid series of three victories in a row. Fos Ouest moved-up to third place, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Boulogne. SPO Rouen at the other side keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Fos Ouest's next round opponent will be Chalons-Reims (#4) on the road. SPO Rouen will play against Le Portel (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: K.Atamna 18+4reb, S.Gay 14+9reb+4ast, S.Giffa 13+8reb+2ast, B.Clark 10+1reb+1ast, E.Choquet 10+4reb+5ast, P.Haquet 9+2reb+3ast
Rouen: J.Siggers 24+4reb, P.Poupet 18+4ast, A.Dunn 8+5reb, C.Thioune 8+1reb, K.Patiejunas 8+1reb+12ast, C.Bronchard 4+6reb
gschID: 139747


Quimper - Chalons-Reims 61-74

Very expected game when 17th ranked Quimper UJAP (4-9) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Chalons-Reims (9-4) 74-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Chalons-Reims. Quimper UJAP was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalons-Reims made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Power forward Kevin Corre (202-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international Gary Chathuant (195-83) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side Nigerian-British power forward Andrew Lovedale (203-85, college: Davidson) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds and Liberian-American Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina) scored 12 points. Quimper UJAP's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chalons-Reims have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulogne. Loser Quimper UJAP keeps the seventeenth position with nine games lost. Chalons-Reims will face Fos Ouest (#5) at home in the next round. Quimper UJAP will play against Aix-Maurienne (#6) in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: B.King 20+3reb+2ast, G.Chathuant 20+6reb, K.Corre 14+12reb+1ast, P.Beye 9+8reb, E.Plateau 7+2reb, B.Mullins 2+2reb+8ast
Quimper: A.Lovedale 14+12reb, P.Paelay 12+3reb+1ast, F.Thibedore 10+1reb+4ast, G.Lessort 9+4reb+2ast, W.Molas 6+2reb+1ast, V.Mouillard 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 139748


Vichy - Denain 60-92

Rather predictable result when sixteenth ranked Denain Voltaire (5-8) smashed on the road 18th ranked JA Vichy (1-12) 92-60 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Denain Voltaire. JA Vichy was better in third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Denain Voltaire especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. JA Vichy was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) stepped up and scored 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Xavier Gaillou (192-89) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. Five Denain Voltaire players scored in double figures. Denain Voltaire's coach Marc Silvert felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side point guard Antoine Eito (186-88) responded with 18 points and American forward Daniel Coleman (206-85, college: Minnesota) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Denain Voltaire moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. JA Vichy lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the eighteenth position with 12 games lost. Denain Voltaire will face Lille Metropole (#13) at home in the next round. JA Vichy will play against Bordeaux (#7) and be promoted back to the ProA just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Denain: L.Kante 18+3reb, J.James 16+5reb+3ast, R.Brocheray 13+4reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 12+3reb+6ast, N.Rohnert 10+4reb+1ast, M.Mubarak 10+5reb+2ast
Vichy: A.Eito 18+2reb+1ast, D.Coleman 11+7reb, M.Guichard 7+1reb, J.Djimrabaye 6+3reb, N.Diakite 5+7reb+2ast, E.Craven 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 151893


Boulogne - Bordeaux 83-74

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Bordeaux (7-6) was defeated on the road by third ranked SO Maritime Boulogne (9-4) 83-74 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Jonathan Rousselle (190-90) stepped up and scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and American swingman Chris McCray (196-84, college: Maryland, agency: VVG Sports) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four SO Maritime Boulogne players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Kurt Cunningham (205-87, college: Boise St.) responded with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) and forward Boris Elisabeth-Mesnager (200-83, college: California, PA) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. SO Maritime Boulogne maintains third place with 9-4 record behind leader Boulazac, which they share with Chalons-Reims and Fos Ouest. Bordeaux lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. SO Maritime Boulogne will face Saint Vallier (#8) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Bordeaux will play against JA Vichy.
Top scorers:
Boulogne: J.Rousselle 18+5reb+5ast, C.McCray 16+6reb+4ast, C.Rouse 13+8reb+1ast, J.Mathis 11+7reb+1ast, T.Stanley 10+4reb+1ast, F.Raposo Laurencio 8+4reb
Bordeaux: K.Cunningham 30+9reb+5ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 13+7reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 8+2reb+6ast, M.Doubal 7+2reb, J.Ford 6+3reb, S.Driss 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 139742


Bourg - Le Portel 77-80

Important game to mention about took place in Bourg. Twelfth ranked Le Portel (6-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked JL Bourg (5-8) 80-77 on Friday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Le Portel made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. American point guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Ismaila Sy (192-79) chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side power forward Ibrahima Koma (203-87) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Senegalese power forward Ousmane Barro (208-84, college: Marquette) scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Le Portel moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Nantes and Evreux. JL Bourg lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Le Portel will face SPO Rouen (#14) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. JL Bourg will play against Olympique Antibes.
Top scorers:
Le Portel: R.Taylor 22+7reb+5ast, C.Davis 13+3reb, N.Wyatte 11+5reb+2ast, M.Labeyrie 11+3reb+1ast, I.Sy 9+7reb+2ast, J.Ludon 6+2reb+1ast
Bourg: I.Koma 20+7reb+1ast, O.Barro 14+9reb+3ast, J.Delhomme 13+2reb+2ast, C.Ferchaud 11+3reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 8+8reb+3ast, O.Da Silveira 6+1ast
gschID: 139743


Lille - St Vallier 81-72 OT

Lille Metropole (5-8) outlasted Saint Vallier (7-6) in overtime by nine points 81-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Saint Vallier. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Saint Vallier won third quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Saint Vallier used huge pressure winning it 19-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 7-16. Saint Vallier was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Benoit Gillet (191-86) nailed 16 points for the winning side and American Steve Smith (200-81, college: Iona) accounted for 12 points. Lille Metropole's coach Fabien Romeyer allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) came up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Saint Vallier in the defeat. Four Saint Vallier players scored in double figures. Lille Metropole moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Saint Vallier at the other side keeps the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Bordeaux. Lille Metropole will play against Denain Voltaire (#15) on the road in the next round. Saint Vallier will play against SO Maritime Boulogne (#3) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lille: B.Gillet 16+1reb+1ast, M.Camara 15+1ast, C.Marshall 13+1reb, S.Smith 12+4reb+1ast, N.Taccoen 7+6reb, J.Sauret 6+3reb+6ast
St Vallier: L.Prowell 24+12reb+3ast, H.Disy 13+8reb, K.Shiloh 13+2reb+3ast, D.Denave 12+1reb+1ast, F.Tortosa 6+3reb+1ast, M.Toti 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 139744


Limoges - Evreux 92-75

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Limoges CSP Elite (10-3) beat at home 9th ranked ALM Evreux (6-7) 92-75 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Limoges CSP Elite. ALM Evreux was better in second period 18-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American Landon Milbourne (201-87, college: Maryland) stepped up and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Raphael Desroses (199-80) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Limoges CSP Elite players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agency: Court Side) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds and Steeve Ho You Fat (203-88) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds. Limoges CSP Elite used an opportunity after Boulazac lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. ALM Evreux lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with seven games lost. Limoges CSP Elite will face league's leader Boulazac Basket on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. ALM Evreux will play against Nantes (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Limoges: L.Milbourne 19+8reb+3ast, K.McAlarney 18, J.Gomis 18+1reb+7ast, R.Desroses 17+8reb+3ast, C.Massie 7+2reb+1ast, S.Traore 6+5reb
Evreux: S.Ho You Fat 17+8reb+2ast, J.Wood 15+12reb+2ast, R.Wilmont 9+1reb, A.Rowland 9+3reb+9ast, G.Florimont 8+7reb, G.Costentin 8+2reb
gschID: 139745


Nantes - Antibes 80-84 OT

Olympique Antibes (5-8) escaped against Nantes (6-7) in overtime by four points 84-80 on Friday night. The game took place in Nantes. But the guests from Antibes were better at the end. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 18-11 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 4-point victory in overtime. Olympique Antibes made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Nantes turnovers. Swingman Lesly Bengaber (197-79) fired 24 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winners. American Cecil Brown (193-83, college: UCSB) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Naturalized American guard David Fergerson (185-78, college: St.Louis) produced 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Senegalese power forward Malick Badiane (211-84) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Olympique Antibes moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Nantes dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with Evreux and Le Portel. Olympique Antibes will meet at home JL Bourg (#12) in the next round. Nantes will play against ALM Evreux and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: L.Bengaber 24+5reb+3ast, C.Brown 15+5reb+3ast, J.Allen 13+7reb+2ast, S.Massot 10+9reb+3ast, S.Essart 8+3reb+6ast, F.Prenom 6+7reb+1ast
Nantes: D.Fergerson 19+5reb+4ast, A.Charles 17+5reb+1ast, M.Badiane 16+8reb, J.Fields 10+7reb+5ast, N.Gayon 9+3reb+5ast, D.Ramseyer 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 139746


Boulazac - Maurienne 68-91

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Boulazac Basket (10-3) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by seventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (8-5) 91-68. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-22 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Aix-Maurienne made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne outrebounded Boulazac Basket 42-17 including a 34-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. American-DR Congolese power forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and American Dar Tucker (193-88, college: De Paul) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Osby is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. At the losing side American Amadi McKenzie (201-86) responded with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import power forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Aix-Maurienne have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place. Boulazac Basket at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Limoges. Aix-Maurienne are looking forward to face Quimper UJAP (#17) at home in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Boulazac Basket will play against the league's second-placed Limoges CSP Elite (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: B.Osby 25+6reb+1ast, D.Tucker 19+8reb+1ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 14+4reb+2ast, W.Brown 12+9reb+4ast, S.Darnauzan 7+3reb+7ast, M.Houmounou 6+1reb+1ast
Boulazac: A.McKenzie 20+5reb+6ast, D.Monroe 14+5reb+2ast, R.Ayers 8+1reb, S.Njoya 7+2reb+2ast, F.Adjiwanou 7+2reb, A.Kerckhof 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 139741




NM1 Round 14: Charleville-Mezieres beat Saint-Quentin in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Charleville. First ranked Charleville-Mezieres faced second-ranked Saint-Quentin. Host Charleville-Mezieres (12-2) defeated guests from Saint-Quentin (10-4) 97-80. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Saint-Quentin managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Charleville-Mezieres looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Damien Pistre (190-83) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Charleville-Mezieres have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Sorgues. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Blois (#4) on the road in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Lievin, where higher ranked Cognac (9-5) lost to thirteenth ranked Lievin Basket (7-7) in a road game 70-76. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Simon Cretaux contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for Cognac. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lievin Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest and Angers BC 49. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lievin Basket will play against Rueil (#15) in the next round. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Angers, where higher ranked Orchesien BC (8-6) lost to thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (7-7) in a road game 63-77 on Saturday. Tyray Pearson scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. Jahsha Bluntt responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Orchesien BC's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest and Lievin. Loser Orchesien BC dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Challans and Chartres. Angers BC 49 will meet higher ranked Cognac (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Orchesien BC will play against Montbrison and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Souffel., where higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-5) lost at home to tenth ranked Vendee Challans (8-6) 69-75. Josh Almanson notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Vendee Challans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chartres and Orchy. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play on the road against Roche (#7).
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Chartres (8-6) outscored 17th ranked CFBB (1-13) 92-67 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Guillaume Merie who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Chartres moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Challans and Orchy. CFBB lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Chartres will face Stade Clermont (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. CFBB will play against Etendard de Brest.

Rest of the games of round 14 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Clermont was defeated by Sorgues in a road game 96-89. Brest was beaten by Roche at home 65-69. Rueil destroyed Le Puy on the opponent's court 85-62. Bottom-ranked Montbrison unfortunately lost to Blois in a home game 63-81.
The best stats of 14th round was 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists by Johan Rathieuville of Brest.



Sorgues - Clermont 96-89

There was no surprise when 14th ranked Stade Clermont (4-10) was defeated on the road by third ranked Sorgues (10-4) 96-89 on Saturday. Stade Clermont was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 33-25 charge of Sorgues, which allowed them to win the game. They made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game. Stade Clermont was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Arnaud Thinon (178-87) who scored 17 points. Naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Five Sorgues players scored in double figures. Forward Jonathan Beugnot (201-83, college: Clayton St.) produced 20 points and 9 rebounds and Bulgarian swingman Simeon Naydenov (201-81, college: Louisville, agency: Global Sports Plaza) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Sorgues have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with St Quentin. Loser Stade Clermont keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Sorgues will face Saint-Quentin (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Stade Clermont will play against Chartres (#8) and be promoted back to the ProB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Clermont: J.Beugnot 20+9reb+1ast, B.Matanga 18+1reb+2ast, S.Naydenov 16+6reb+1ast, M.Diakite 12+1reb, J.McClark 9+9reb+2ast, K.Ouattara 8+4reb+1ast
Sorgues: A.Thinon 17+3reb, Y.Bassine 13+2reb+4ast, D.Quincy-Jones 12+3reb+2ast, X.Pasut 11+4reb, S.Ocokoljic 10+5reb, D.Griffin 10+5reb
gschID: 147035


Brest - Roche 65-69

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eighth ranked Roche's (9-5) road victory over 9th ranked Etendard de Brest (7-7) 69-65 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Moustafa Diallo (200-86) who scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Aurelien Toto N'Kote (194-79) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Johan Rathieuville (177-85) produced 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) added 17 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts. Roche moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Etendard de Brest dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. Roche will face Souffelweyersheim (#6) in Souffel. in the next round. Etendard de Brest will play on the road against CFBB (#17) in Paris.
Top scorers:
Brest: J.Rathieuville 25+8reb+4ast, V.Pridotkas 17+3reb+1ast, J.Lupot 12+3reb+2ast, R.Lopez 8+2reb, B.Vounang 3+7reb+3ast, A.Liorel 0+4reb+3ast
Roche: M.Diallo 18+6reb+2ast, R.Pegon 12+1ast, L.Simmons 10+7reb+1ast, E.Andre 9+4reb+1ast, A.Toto N'Kote 8+10reb+2ast, B.Thomas 8+2reb+7ast
gschID: 147036


Lievin - Cognac 76-70

We should mention about the upset which took place in Lievin, where higher ranked Cognac (9-5) lost to thirteenth ranked Lievin Basket (7-7) in a road game 70-76. It looked good early as Cognac took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lievin Basket had a 26-15 second period charge getting the lead and Cognac was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 70-76. Cognac was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points. Guard Simon Cretaux (190-89) contributed with 19 points for the winners. American center Ian Caskill (207-81, college: JMU) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Jonathan Godin (185-82) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Cognac. Cognac's coach Philippe Maucourant rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lievin Basket have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest and Angers BC 49. Newly promoted Cognac keeps the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Lievin Basket will play against Rueil (#15) in the next round. Cognac will play against Angers BC 49 (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Cognac: I.Caskill 18+10reb+2ast, J.Godin 16+3reb+6ast, M.Bigote 15+2ast, I.Saounera 7+6reb, C.Bertorelle 6+4reb, A.Lema 4+1reb+1ast
Lievin: S.Cretaux 19+1reb+1ast, V.Lehut 18+4reb+2ast, T.Sanborn 10+7reb, A.Pierre-Joseph 10+2reb+2ast, V.Mendy 7+9reb+1ast, A.Hoard 7+8reb+1ast
gschID: 147037


Angers BC 49 - Orchy 77-63

An interesting game took place in Angers, where higher ranked Orchesien BC (8-6) lost to thirteenth ranked Angers BC 49 (7-7) in a road game 63-77 on Saturday. Orchesien BC was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Orchesien BC 43-26 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Angers BC 49 looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Tyray Pearson (201-80, college: Iowa St.) scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Olivier Sulpice (192-77) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Angers BC 49 players scored in double figures. American guard Jahsha Bluntt (198-84, college: Delaware St., agency: David Lee services) responded with 17 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) scored 16 points and 5 rebounds. Orchesien BC's coach tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Angers BC 49 moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Brest and Lievin. Loser Orchesien BC dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Challans and Chartres. Angers BC 49 will meet higher ranked Cognac (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Orchesien BC will play against Montbrison and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orchy: J.Bluntt 17+6reb+1ast, D.Petrovic 16+5reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 7, E.Barbry 7+2reb+2ast, A.Gacko 4+2reb, D.Cilly 4+4reb+2ast
Angers BC 49: T.Pearson 19+9reb, T.Lonzieme 15+3reb+2ast, P.Drouault 11+6reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 10+4reb+6ast, S.Traore 8+4reb+2ast, T.Ramphort 7+2reb+4ast
gschID: 147032


Le Puy - Rueil 62-85

Everything could happen in Le Puy en Velay at the game between two tied teams. Both sixteenth ranked Rueil and 15th ranked Le Puy ASMB had identical 3-10 record. But Le Puy ASMB was not able to use a home court advantage and was rolled over by the opponent from 85-62 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-62. Rueil outrebounded Le Puy ASMB 39-28 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized Serbian center Streten Cabarkapa (204-84) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Gilles Duro (190-88) chipped in 19 points. Four Rueil players scored in double figures. Central African forward Martial Gotagni (190-79) produced 16 points and 4 steals and center Steeve Borval (202-87) added 16 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rueil (4-10) moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Clermont. Le Puy ASMB lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the sixteenth position with 11 games lost. Rueil will face higher ranked Lievin Basket (#12) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Le Puy ASMB will play against Vendee Challans (#10).
Top scorers:
Le Puy: S.Borval 16+5reb, M.Gotagni 16+3reb+2ast, A.Daube 10+4reb+3ast, G.Sene 7+2reb+4ast, Y.Jacques 6+3reb, R.Martin 4+6reb
Rueil: G.Duro 19+2reb+2ast, M.Diame 14+5reb, M.Niakate 11+3reb+4ast, S.Cabarkapa 11+13reb, K.Gourari 8+3ast, G.Mdivani 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 147033


Souffel - Challans 69-75

An interesting game took place in Souffel., where higher ranked Souffelweyersheim (9-5) lost at home to tenth ranked Vendee Challans (8-6) 69-75. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 3-point deficit before their 30-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Vendee Challans made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Vendee Challans especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American forward Josh Almanson (205-82, college: Bowling Green) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Fabien Herard (198-79) supported him with 15 points and 4 assists. Vendee Challans' coach Olivier Le Minor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists by naturalized Chadian forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) did not help to save the game for Souffelweyersheim. Swingman Jessie Begarin (190-88, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 5 assists for the hosts. Four Souffelweyersheim players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chartres and Orchy. Souffelweyersheim at the other side keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Vendee Challans' next round opponent will be Le Puy ASMB (#16) in Le Puy en Velay and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play on the road against Roche (#7).
Top scorers:
Souffel: J.Alingue 16+8reb+5ast, A.N'Diaye 15+2reb+1ast, J.Tschamber 11+3ast, J.Begarin 11+2reb+5ast, F.Broliron 9+1reb+1ast, J.Bach 6+9reb+1ast
Challans: F.Herard 15+2reb+4ast, J.Almanson 13+11reb+1ast, J.Geay 9+2reb+3ast, R.Boissie 9+3reb+1ast, M.Boutry 9+6reb+1ast, S.Cherasse 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 147034


Chartres - CFBB 92-67

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Chartres (8-6) outscored 17th ranked CFBB (1-13) 92-67 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Chartres. CFBB was better in fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. Chartres looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by CFBB's players. The best player for the winners was forward Guillaume Merie (198-83) who scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Bosnian guard Milan Vasic (195-77) chipped in 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Anthony Racine (190-94) produced 23 points and guard Boris Dallo (193-94) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Chartres moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Challans and Orchy. CFBB lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventeenth position with 13 games lost. Chartres will face Stade Clermont (#14) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. CFBB will play against Etendard de Brest.
Top scorers:
CFBB: A.Racine 23+2reb, B.Dallo 16+6reb+3ast, P.Rigot 10+5reb, A.Chassang 8+4reb+2ast, M.Jaiteh 7+6reb, J.Basileu 2+2reb+1ast
Chartres: M.Vasic 27+5reb+4ast, G.Merie 22+8reb+7ast, G.Lemon 12+1reb+2ast, M.Ipouck 9+2reb+6ast, Z.Bojovic 6+3reb+3ast, W.Berquier 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 147029


Charleville - St Quentin 97-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Charleville. First ranked Charleville-Mezieres faced second-ranked Saint-Quentin. Host Charleville-Mezieres (12-2) defeated guests from Saint-Quentin (10-4) 97-80. The game was mostly controlled by Charleville-Mezieres. Saint-Quentin managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Charleville-Mezieres shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 51.7 percentage. Charleville-Mezieres looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Damien Pistre (190-83) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American-British power forward Tafari Toney (203-86, agency: JEMsports) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and forward Kevin Bichard (192-86) added 18 points respectively for the guests. Five Charleville-Mezieres and four Saint-Quentin players scored in double figures. Charleville-Mezieres have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 12-2 record. Saint-Quentin at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Sorgues. Charleville-Mezieres are looking forward to face Blois (#4) on the road in the next round. Saint-Quentin will play against the league's second-placed Sorgues and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: J.Lesieu 21+9reb+3ast, K.Bichard 18+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 15+2reb+2ast, K.Howell 11+5reb+1ast, J.Ball 9+4reb+8ast, O.Romain 3+1reb
Charleville: D.Pistre 21+6reb+2ast, T.Toney 18+6reb+1ast, C.Belser 16+6reb+2ast, N.Racon 13+4reb+8ast, F.Bourdillon 10+2reb+2ast, C.Guillarme 10+5reb+2ast
gschID: 147030


Montbrison - Blois 63-81

Very predictable result when sixth ranked Blois (9-5) beat on the road bottom-ranked Montbrison (1-13) 81-63 on Saturday. The game without a history. Blois led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was center Jonathan Tornato (210-89) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Finnish forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward James St Robert (203-86, college: Dowling) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and Polish forward Lukasz Biela (200-80) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Blois moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Montbrison lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Blois will face league's leader Charleville-Mezieres at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Montbrison will play against Orchesien BC (#9) in Orchies.
Top scorers:
Montbrison: J.St Robert 18+7reb+2ast, L.Biela 15+9reb+1ast, F.Giraud 9+1reb+3ast, C.Pegon 5+3ast, B.Tillon 5+6ast, K.Mondesir 4+6reb
Blois: J.Tornato 20+13reb+3ast, V.Kaunisto 19+11reb+4ast, G.Staelens 18+1reb+2ast, T.Sani 8+2reb, B.Recoura 7+2reb+2ast, P.Brochard 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 147031




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Bluntt, Orchy18.7 
 2. Thomas, Roche17.9 
 3. Belser, Charleville17.7 
 4. Bigote, Cognac17.6 
 5. Almanson, Challans17.6 
 6. Pridotkas, Brest17.4 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois17.2 
 8. Petrovic, Orchy16.5 
 9. St Robert, Montb.16.4 
 10. Pearson, Angers B.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois11.3 
 2. Caskill, Cognac10.4 
 3. Jaiteh, CFBB10.1 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin9.6 
 5. Pridotkas, Brest8.9 
 6. Pearson, Angers B.8.5 
 7. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 8. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 9. McClark, Clermont7.4 
 10. Diame, Rueil7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.5 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.5 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.1 
 4. Barbry, Orchy4.9 
 5. Daube, Le Puy4.8 
 6. Ball, St Quentin4.6 
 7. Fellah, Angers B.4.4 
 8. Godin, Cognac4.3 
 9. Dessart, Lievin4.3 
 10. Berquier, Chartres4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Damien PISTRE
  Charleville
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Pistre, Charleville2.2 
 2. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.0 
 3. Gourari, Rueil1.9 
 4. Bigote, Cognac1.9 
 5. Calvez, Charleville1.9 
 6. Bassine, Sorgues1.8 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois1.8 
 8. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.7 
 9. Gotagni, Le Puy1.7 
 10. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.9 
 2. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.4 
 4. Morin, CFBB1.2 
 5. Tornato, Blois1.1 
 6. Sanborn, Lievin1.1 
 7. Mendy, Lievin1.0 
 8. Ipouck, Chartres1.0 
 9. Borval, Le Puy0.9 
 10. Toney, Charleville0.9 


ProA Round 11: Paris-Levallois defeat Strasbourg IG in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the ProA took place in Levallois. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Strasbourg IG (5-6) to fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (8-3) 80-77 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) helped adding 17 points. International point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88) responded with 19 points and 5 assists. Paris-Levallois have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Dijon and ASVEL. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face JSF Nanterre (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Mans (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
An interesting game took place in Nanterre where higher ranked ASVEL (5-6) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (4-7) 97-81. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. William Daniels accounted for 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). International guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) came up with 24 points and 4 assists for ASVEL in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet. ASVEL at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Dijon and Strasbourg. JSF Nanterre will play against higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASVEL will play against Poitiers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
16th ranked Poitiers (2-9) was outscored at home by second ranked Chalon/Saor (9-2) with the biggest margin this round 81-55 on Saturday night. The best player for the winners was Alade Aminu who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. Pape Badiane produced 18 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. Poitiers lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hyeres-Toulon. Chalon/Saor will meet at home Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Poitiers will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Nancy won against Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the opponent's court 73-66. Dijon managed to outperform Le Havre in a home game 84-75. Cholet recorded a loss to Roanne on the road 78-71. Gravelines crushed Orleans on its own court 82-58. Le Mans smashed Hyeres-Toulon in a road game 101-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 9 assists by Taylor Rochestie of Le Mans.



Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Nancy 66-73

Very expected game when 12th ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (3-8) was defeated at home by third ranked Sluc Nancy (9-2) 73-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Sluc Nancy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Sluc Nancy forced 20 Pau-Lacq-Orthez turnovers. Strangely Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Sluc Nancy 38-23 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was Nigerian center Akinlolu Akingbala (208-83, college: Clemson) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Jamal Shuler (191-86) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Nigerian power forward Chinemelu Elonu (206-87, college: Texas A&M) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Slovenian forward Marko Maravic (201-79) added 11 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Laurent Villa rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Chalon. Loser Pau-Lacq-Orthez dropped to the thirteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Le Havre. Sluc Nancy will meet at home Chorale de Roanne (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will play against the league's leader Chalon/Saor (#1) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: C.Elonu 14+10reb, T.Gipson 12+1reb+3ast, A.Ray 11+4reb+1ast, M.Maravic 11+8reb+1ast, S.Rimac 8+3reb+1ast, C.Marquis 5+3reb
Nancy: J.Shuler 17+5reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 14+9reb+2ast, A.Moerman 13+5reb, J.Linehan 10+1reb+6ast, P.Amagou 7+2reb+3ast, A.Kader Sylla 6+1reb
gschID: 133577


Dijon - Le Havre 84-75

The game between closely ranked teams ended with eleventh ranked JDA Dijon's (5-6) home victory over 12th ranked STB Le Havre (3-8) 84-75 on Friday. STB Le Havre trailed by 16 points at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 31-23 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 75-84 at the end of the game. JDA Dijon looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard David Melody (184-77) who scored 25 points. American forward Zach Moss (201-81, college: Mountain St.) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five JDA Dijon players scored in double figures. American guard Nic Wise (178-87, college: Arizona) produced 23 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Nicholas Pope (196-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. JDA Dijon moved-up to eighth place, which they share with ASVEL and Strasbourg. Loser STB Le Havre dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Pau-Lacq-Orthez. JDA Dijon will meet Cholet (#11) on the road in the next round. STB Le Havre will play against the league's second-placed Gravelines-Dunkerque and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Le Havre: N.Wise 23+6reb+2ast, J.Cox 19+2reb+2ast, N.Pope 13+9reb+1ast, O.Camara 9+6reb+1ast, G.Jenkins 6+1reb, B.Boddicker 3+4reb+3ast
Dijon: D.Melody 25+3reb+1ast, Z.Moss 17+8reb+3ast, B.Dixon 11+6reb+9ast, A.Harris 10+5reb+1ast, S.Marshall 10+4reb+3ast, J.Leloup 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133572


Paris-Levallois - Strasbourg 80-77

The most exciting game of round 11 in the ProA took place in Levallois. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Strasbourg IG (5-6) to fifth ranked Paris-Levallois (8-3) 80-77 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Strasbourg IG won fourth quarter 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for American power forward Lamont Hamilton (208-84, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) helped adding 17 points. International point guard Abdoulaye M'Baye (189-88) responded with 19 points and 5 assists and American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Four Strasbourg IG players scored in double figures. Paris-Levallois have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Le Mans. Strasbourg IG at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Dijon and ASVEL. Paris-Levallois is looking forward to face JSF Nanterre (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg IG will play against Le Mans (#4) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: A.M'Baye 19+3reb+5ast, R.Greer 17+7reb+2ast, M.Zianveni 13+7reb+1ast, C.Oliver 11+10reb+3ast, K.Anderson 9+1reb+1ast, N.de Jong 4+1reb
Paris-Levallois: L.Hamilton 24+14reb, E.Chatfield 17+4reb+3ast, D.Noel 13+2reb+6ast, J.Williams 9+2reb+4ast, T.Meacham 5+3ast, P.Da Silva 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 133573


Poitiers - Chalon 55-81

16th ranked Poitiers (2-9) was outscored at home by second ranked Chalon/Saor (9-2) with the biggest margin this round 81-55 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Chalon/Saor. Poitiers managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. Chalon/Saor forced 21 Poitiers turnovers. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Alade Aminu (207-87, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-89, college: Virginia Tech) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international power forward Pape Badiane (207-80, college: Cleveland St.) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Antonio Grant (198-76, college: S.Carolina, agency: Interperformances) added 9 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Chalon/Saor have a solid series of four victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Gravelines and Nancy. Poitiers lost eighth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Hyeres-Toulon. Chalon/Saor will meet at home Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14) in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Poitiers will play against ASVEL in Villeurbanne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Poitiers: P.Badiane 18+7reb, A.Grant 9+8reb+1ast, P.Guillard 8+7reb+2ast, E.Fournier 7+2reb, J.J.J. Miller 5+6reb+5ast, R.Wright 3+1reb+3ast
Chalon: A.Aminu 19+11reb, M.Delaney 18+6reb+1ast, I.Evtimov 14+10reb+1ast, A.Jordan 9+1ast, S.Tchicamboud 7+3reb+6ast, B.Schilb 6+1reb+8ast
gschID: 133574


Nanterre - ASVEL 97-81

An interesting game took place in Nanterre where higher ranked ASVEL (5-6) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked JSF Nanterre (4-7) 97-81. The game was mostly controlled by JSF Nanterre. ASVEL was better in fourth quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-19 charity shots (89.5 percent) during the game. JSF Nanterre outrebounded ASVEL 32-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward William Daniels (203-86, college: Rhode Island) accounted for 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. International guard Edwin Jackson (191-89) came up with 24 points and 4 assists and naturalized Trinidad and Tobago guard Leo Westermann (198-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points respectively for ASVEL in the defeat. 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. JSF Nanterre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cholet. ASVEL at the other side keeps the eighth position with six games lost. They share it with Dijon and Strasbourg. JSF Nanterre will play against higher ranked Paris-Levallois (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ASVEL will play against Poitiers and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: E.Jackson 24+3reb+4ast, L.Westermann 13+1reb+1ast, H.Armstrong 12+2reb, P.Lacombe 11+2reb+2ast, D.Thompson 8+2reb+1ast, K.Tillie 6+5reb+4ast
Nanterre: M.Riley 18+4reb+4ast, W.Daniels 18+4reb+2ast, S.Brun 15+2reb+1ast, X.Corosine 15+2reb+4ast, R.Covile 10+5reb, M.Judith 7+8reb+6ast
gschID: 133575


Roanne - Cholet 78-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Cholet's (4-7) road loss to ninth ranked Chorale de Roanne (6-5) 71-78 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Chorale de Roanne made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 26 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Dylan Page (204-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Chorale de Roanne players scored in double figures. American guard DeMarcus Nelson (191-85, college: Duke) produced 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami, FL) added 12 points respectively for the guests. Cholet's coach Erman Kunter rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Chorale de Roanne moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Orleans. Cholet lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Nanterre. Chorale de Roanne will meet higher ranked Sluc Nancy (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cholet will play against JDA Dijon (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cholet: D.Nelson 19+6reb+5ast, R.Hite 12+3reb, W.Gradit 11+1ast, R.Duport 10+2reb, L.Vebobe 7+3reb, F.Causeur 6+2reb+6ast
Roanne: U.Nsonwu-Amadi 26+8reb+2ast, D.Page 11+7reb+2ast, P.Braud 11+3reb, A.Barrett 11+6ast, J.Holland 9+6reb, M.Mokongo 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133576


Gravelines - Orleans 82-58

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque (9-2) outscored at home 6th ranked Entente Orleans 45 (6-5) 82-58 on Friday. The game without a history. Gravelines-Dunkerque led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Gravelines-Dunkerque especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. The best player for the winners was swingman Rudy Jomby (197-88) who scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. The former international center Ludovic Vaty (206-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four Gravelines-Dunkerque players scored in double figures. Gravelines-Dunkerque's coach Christian Monschau felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Naturalized Mali forward Amara Sy (202-81) produced 16 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Cedrick Banks (190-81, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Gravelines-Dunkerque keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Nancy and Chalon. Loser Entente Orleans 45 keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with Roanne. Gravelines-Dunkerque will meet STB Le Havre (#13) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Entente Orleans 45 will play against Hyeres-Toulon (#15) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Orleans: A.Sy 16+6reb+2ast, C.Banks 13+2reb+3ast, M.Lebrun 12+3reb+1ast, D.Monds 8+6reb, M.N'Doye 5+2reb, G.Joseph 4+4reb+1ast
Gravelines: C.Akpomedah 17+1reb, R.Jomby 15+6reb+3ast, L.Vaty 14+8reb+1ast, A.Albicy 10+2reb+7ast, D.Issa 8+7reb, J.Johnson 6+1reb
gschID: 133570


Hyeres-Toulon - Le Mans 79-101

There was no surprise when 15th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (2-9) was outplayed at home by fifth ranked Le Mans (8-3) 101-79 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Le Mans. Hyeres-Toulon managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Le Mans dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Hyeres-Toulon's 48. The best player for the winners was American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85, college: Washington St.) who scored 29 points and 9 assists (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Shaun Fein (191-78, college: Georgia Tech) produced 18 points and American power forward Thomas Terrell (201-79, college: Georgia St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Five Le Mans and four Hyeres-Toulon players scored in double figures. Le Mans moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Paris-Levallois. Hyeres-Toulon lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Poitiers. Le Mans will meet Strasbourg IG (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Entente Orleans 45 (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: S.Fein 18+3reb+2ast, T.Terrell 13+6reb+4ast, K.Reid 13+6ast, R.Hughes 12+4reb, L.Labeyrie 7+2reb+1ast, S.Cisse 6+4reb
Le Mans: T.Rochestie 29+1reb+9ast, J.Paulo Batista 16+14reb+3ast, N.Boungou Colo 14+3reb+1ast, M.Kouguere 14+4reb, A.Acker 11+2reb+1ast, H.Kahudi 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133571




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 13-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 11-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 9-3 
 4. Lirija 8-5 
 5. Rabotnicki 6-7 
 6. Kumanovo 5-8 
 7. Vardar 3-10 
 8. Kozuv 2-10 
 9. ABA Strumica 2-12 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 2. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 3. Radulovic, Vardar18.3 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.18.2 
 5. Karadzovski, Torus17.5 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.17.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.5 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.16.8 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus16.7 
 10. Mikic, Kumanovo16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.9.5 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.9 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.8.1 
 5. Reynolds, Torus S.8.0 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.6 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.8 
 9. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 10. Simic, Lirija6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jane PETROVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.9 
 2. Morban, Lirija3.9 
 3. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.3 
 4. Karadzovski, Torus3.3 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 6. Gecevski, MZT S.3.2 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 8. Zivcevic, Lirija3.1 
 9. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.1 
 10. Delev, ABA S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.7 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.7 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Simonovski, Feni I.1.3 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.3 
 8. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 9. Stajic, Lirija1.2 
 10. Turner, Torus S.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (209-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.5 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.3 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.0 
 4. Cole, Rabotnicki1.0 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.9 
 6. Reynolds, Torus S.0.8 
 7. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus0.7 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 


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  GEORGIA   


STU beats Dinamo Tbilisi in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Superleague. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with derby games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: STU (#8) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#7). STU (4-5) smashed visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (3-6) by 16 points 97-81. The game was mostly controlled by STU. Dinamo Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. STU forced 20 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Dinamo Tbilisi's players. Forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) chipped in 27 points. American guard Dave Noel (191-85, college: Cent.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for lost side. STU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. STU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was smashed at home by 28 points 58-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. Ben Woodside contributed with 14 points and 14 assists for the winners. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists for Sokhumi. Undefeated Armia (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olympus.
Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and TSU (#6). MIA (5-4) smashed visiting TSU (4-5) by 28 points 113-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TSU. Larry Blair had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tornike Niniashvili responded with 27 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MIA maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Loser TSU keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. MIA will meet bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another interesting game was also this time a derby match between teams from Tbilisi: Olympus (#2) and Samedicino-Academia (#8). Samedicino-Academia was defeated at home 71-78 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Mikheil Berishvili notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympus (8-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Olympus maintains second position behind leader Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with seven games lost. Olympus' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Batumi can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Rustavi, where they defeated Energy Invest (0-9) 93-85 on Friday. Lasha Keshelava fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Energy Invest's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Batumi maintains tenth position with 1-8 record. It was Energy Invest's ninth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Batumi will face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Energy Invest will play against MIA (#5) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.



STU Tbilisi - Dinamo Tbilisi 97-81

The most interesting game was a derby match between two local teams from Tbilisi: STU (#8) and Dinamo Tbilisi (#7). STU (4-5) smashed visiting Dinamo Tbilisi (3-6) by 16 points 97-81. The game was mostly controlled by STU. Dinamo Tbilisi managed to win third quarter 23-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. STU forced 20 Dinamo Tbilisi turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Dinamo Tbilisi's players. Forward Zurab Machaladze (198-92) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Zviad Antadze (198-88, college: Monroe Coll.) chipped in 27 points. Five STU players scored in double figures. American guard Dave Noel (191-85, college: Cent.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Keyon Carter (203-88, college: ODU, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 25 points and 19 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. STU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with TSU Tbilisi. Dinamo Tbilisi at the other side dropped to the eighth position with six games lost. STU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Sokhumi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: D.Noel 29+11reb+4ast, K.Carter 25+19reb, G.Bakradze 11+3reb+7ast, G.Markhvashvili 7+1reb, D.Sanadze 5+1reb+1ast, I.Keidia 2+2reb
STU Tbilisi: Z.Antadze 27+4reb+3ast, Z.Machaladze 17+16reb+4ast, T.Chachibaia 12+5reb+2ast, G.Khaniashvili 12+1reb+4ast, V.Beruashvili 11+13reb+5ast, A.Dzidziguri 10+5ast
gschID: 153229


Sokhumi - Armia 58-86

Another interesting game was again a derby between two teams from Tbilisi: Armia (#1) and Sokhumi (#4). Sokhumi was smashed at home by 28 points 58-86 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Armia had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 6 rebounds. The other American import point guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agency: Priority Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 assists for the winners. International guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) replied with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists and international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Sokhumi. Armia (9-0) have an impressive nine-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of 9 victories in a row. Sokhumi at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. Armia's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Olympus.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Parghalava 16+8reb+8ast, L.Patsatsia 14+7reb+2ast, S.Atuashvili 8+6reb+2ast, G.Jgerenaia 6+6reb+1ast, I.Chlaidze 5, V.Kadaria 5+4reb
Armia: J.Richardson 24+6reb+3ast, W.Thomas 21+6reb+2ast, B.Woodside 14+4reb+14ast, I.Sakvarelidze 9+3reb+2ast, B.Kvimsadze 6+5reb, J.Kjellbom 6+9reb
gschID: 153230


MIA Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 113-85

Another interesting game was again a derby match of two local teams from Tbilisi: MIA (#5) and TSU (#6). MIA (5-4) smashed visiting TSU (4-5) by 28 points 113-85. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of TSU. The game was mostly controlled by MIA. TSU managed to win second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to TSU's 48 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded TSU 52-32 including a 36-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when MIA made 8 blocks. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) had a double-double by scoring 41 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) chipped in 27 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. At the losing side center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) responded with 27 points and 9 rebounds and guard Mikheil Chitashvili (193-84) scored 9 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. MIA maintains fifth position with 5-4 record. Loser TSU keeps the sixth place with five games lost. They share the position with STU Tbilisi. MIA will meet bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. TSU's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 27+9reb, Z.Maisuradze 17+1reb+1ast, D.Berishvili 12+3reb+3ast, Z.Korkotadze 11+3reb, M.Chitashvili 9+8reb+9ast, D.Khizanishvili 6+3reb+2ast
MIA Tbilisi: L.Blair 41+10reb+7ast, R.Kreps 27+9reb+6ast, I.Londaridze 16+9reb+2ast, G.McCammon 12+5reb+5ast, T.Smith 9+9reb, T.Toudjani 6+3reb
gschID: 153231


Samedicino - Olympus 71-78

Another interesting game was also this time a derby match between teams from Tbilisi: Olympus (#2) and Samedicino-Academia (#8). Samedicino-Academia was defeated at home 71-78 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Samedicino-Academia was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 40-31 second half run of Olympus. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) notched a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (213-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by guard Konstantine Tomaradze (197-90) did not help to save the game for Samedicino-Academia. Center Beka Bekauri (207-91) added 11 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Olympus (8-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Newly promoted Olympus maintains second position behind leader Armia. Samedicino-Academia lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with seven games lost. Olympus' supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi Armia.
Top scorers:
Samedicino: K.Tomaradze 15+7reb, M.Chochua 12+3reb+1ast, B.Chikviladze 12+2ast, B.Bekauri 11+9reb+2ast, N.Ilic 10+8reb+1ast, M.Abaishvili 5+2reb+3ast
Olympus: M.Berishvili 20+14reb+3ast, I.Hoger 15+7reb, I.Milutinovic 14+7reb+1ast, N.Tutus 12+1reb+1ast, N.Sljuka 9+3reb+4ast, G.Gamqrelidze 6+3reb+13ast
gschID: 153232


Rustavi - Batumi 85-93

Batumi can celebrate finally their first win this season after eight consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Rustavi, where they defeated Energy Invest (0-9) 93-85 on Friday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-21. But Energy Invest won third quarter 24-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Energy Invest 40-29 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Batumi made 8 blocks. Energy Invest was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Guard Nika Ramishvili (181-94) chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Batumi players scored in double figures. Guard Luka Khmelidze (195-92) produced 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and guard Revaz Chachanidze (183-90) added 19 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals respectively for lost side. Energy Invest's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Batumi maintains tenth position with 1-8 record. It was Energy Invest's ninth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with nine games lost. Batumi will face higher ranked Kutaisi (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Energy Invest will play against MIA (#5) in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Rustavi: L.Khmelidze 33+5reb+2ast, R.Chachanidze 19+6reb+4ast, D.Artsividze 9+2reb+2ast, D.Gugava 8+11reb+1ast, G.Kopaliani 8+3reb, Z.Machavariani 6+1reb+6ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 28+14reb+4ast, N.Ramishvili 17+7reb+4ast, L.Eliadze 16+4reb, A.Eliashvili 14+6reb+2ast, I.Maisuradze 11+8reb+5ast, I.Mikeladze 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 153228




Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  MIA Tbilisi
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Blair, MIA Tbilisi29.8 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.25.3 
 3. Patsatsia, Sokhumi24.6 
 4. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi23.1 
 5. Carter, Dinamo T.22.8 
 6. Niniashvili, TSU T.21.1 
 7. Chikviladze, Samed.17.6 
 8. Khmelidze, Rustavi17.4 
 9. Barbakadze, Kutaisi17.0 
 10. Mikeladze, Batumi15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keyon CARTER
  Dinamo T.
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Carter, Dinamo T.15.3 
 2. Patsatsia, Sokhumi11.4 
 3. Milutinovic, Olymp.10.2 
 4. Niniashvili, TSU T.9.9 
 5. Machaladze, STU T.9.4 
 6. Bekauri, Samedicino9.4 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.4 
 8. Hoger, Olympus8.6 
 9. Matiashvili, Kutai.8.5 
 10. Smith, MIA Tbilisi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAMQRELIDZE
  Olympus
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.9.3 
 2. Chitashvili, TSU T.7.0 
 3. Artsividze, Rustavi6.6 
 4. Gaines, Armia6.5 
 5. Blair, MIA Tbilisi6.0 
 6. Mikeladze, Batumi5.6 
 7. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.3 
 8. Kreps, MIA Tbilisi4.6 
 9. Tsekvava, Kutaisi4.5 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nika RAMISHVILI
  Batumi
  (181-G-94)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Ramishvili, Batumi2.9 
 2. Blair, MIA Tbilisi2.8 
 3. Chachanidze, Rust.2.7 
 4. Gaines, Armia2.5 
 5. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.4 
 6. Beruashvili, STU T.2.1 
 7. Machaladze, STU T.1.9 
 8. Gulisabedash., Oly.1.9 
 9. Gamqrelidze, Olymp.1.9 
 10. Chitashvili, TSU1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BEKAURI
  Samedicino
  (207-C-91)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bekauri, Samedicino2.4 
 2. Atuashvili, Sokhumi1.4 
 3. Ilic, Samedicino1.4 
 4. Kjellbom, Armia1.4 
 5. Beruashvili, STU T.1.4 
 6. Toudjani, MIA T.1.4 
 7. Milutinovic, Olymp.1.3 
 8. Shermadini, TSU T.1.1 
 9. Machaladze, STU T.1.1 
 10. Matiashvili, Kuta.1.1 


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. Armia 9-0 
 2. Olympus 8-1 
 3. Kutaisi 7-2 
 4. Sokhumi 6-3 
 5. MIA Tbilisi 5-4 
 6. TSU Tbilisi 4-5 
 7. STU Tbilisi 4-5 
 8. Dinamo Tbilisi 3-6 
 9. Samedicino 3-7 
 10. Batumi 1-8 
 11. Rustavi 0-9 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Ratiopharm 10-2 
 2. Brose Baskets 9-2 
 3. Art.Dragons 9-4 
 4. ALBA 8-2 
 5. B.Muenchen 8-5 
 6. NY Phantoms 7-5 
 7. Bremerhaven 7-5 
 8. s.Oliver Baskets 7-5 
 9. Telekom Baskets 7-6 
 10. EWE Baskets 6-6 
 11. Bayreuth 6-6 
 12. LTi 46ers 5-7 
 13. EnBW L'burg 4-8 
 14. Walter Tigers 4-8 
 15. TBB Trier 4-9 
 16. Fraport SKY 3-9 
 17. Phoenix Hagen 3-9 
 18. Goettingen 2-11 


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 11-2 
 2. Kirchheim 10-4 
 3. Duesseldorf 8-4 
 4. Crailsheim 8-5 
 5. Webmoebel 8-6 
 6. Chemnitz 8-6 
 7. NBC 7-6 
 8. Heidelberg 7-6 
 9. Jena 7-6 
 10. Cuxhaven 6-7 
 11. Ehingen 6-8 
 12. ETB Wohnbau 5-8 
 13. Braves 4-9 
 14. Karlsruhe 3-10 
 15. Leitershofen 1-12 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets18.9 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.18.2 
 3. Carter, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Wood, ALBA16.5 
 5. Gray, Fraport SKY16.0 
 6. Troutman, B.Mue.15.7 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 8. Ensminger, Teleko.15.2 
 9. Swann, Ratiopharm15.1 
 10. Leuer, Fraport SKY14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.2 
 3. Evans, Goettingen8.2 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.0 
 5. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 6. Sykes, Goettingen7.2 
 7. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.8 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.7 
 10. Elliott, s.Oliv.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Brewer, Bremerha.5.4 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 5. Wood, ALBA5.1 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets5.0 
 7. Gibson, Bayreuth4.5 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Campbell, Walter T.4.3 
 10. Gavel, Brose B.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.1.9 
 2. Linhart, TBB Trier1.8 
 3. Carter, Phoenix1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Wood, ALBA1.4 
 6. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony GAFFNEY
  Teleko.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Gaffney, Teleko.2.2 
 2. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.2 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.2.0 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.9 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 6. Boone, s.Oliver.1.2 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. Davidson, Fraport1.0 
 10. Redding, Walter T.1.0 


Can The Fraport Skyliners Ruin The Pre Christmas Feast For The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig December 18? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With Christmas only a week away, folks of all ages will be having the holiday season on their mind, like thinking if there will be a white Christmas in New York city, what one can give Miss have it all Paris Hilton for Christmas, can the Miami Dolphins upend Tom terrific Brady and the New England Patriots on Christmas eve, or who would be the perfect substitute for the white bearded Santa Claus, Mickey Rooney, Leslie Nielsen or Tim Allen? However on December 18th, The Fraport Skyliners will have clash with 2011 beko BBL cup finalist New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and for at least two hours, stockings, eggnog, presents, Christmas caroling, and Rudolph the Reindeer will be secondary. Young fans in the Volkswagon arena in Braunschweig wont be dreaming of presents an dif Santa Claus can really fit through the chimney with his chubby stomach, but will be hoping of athletic and stimulating take offs to the hoop by Quantez Robertson, no look passes from Immanuel Mcelroy who could ask Jermareo Davidson some advice of how to cover your body correctly with additional tattoos, Robert Kulawick three point bombs from the corner, and making bets when Johannes Herber will cut or trim his overwhelming long beard. Fans come into the arenas to enjoy basketball anytime and might forget that players this season wont be in their real home for Christmas dinner, but in their home from home in Germany trying to tell their little children that Santa Claus has to use the balcony to distribute presents. The Beko BBL continues to make it very difficult for the players to find any kind of Christmas spirit. We play in Oldenburg on December 27th and have to practice on the 24th, 25th and 26th. One of my favorite things at Christmas is having home made goose. My mom cooks it and is the best cook in the world, stressed Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Ruben Spoden. Sure it is tough being away from home during the holiday season but it is part of your job and even if you want to be back at home, you have to still perform and make the best out the situations that you are put in, added TBB Trier guard John Bynum.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig continue to be very solid and consistent as they reached the Beko BBL playoffs the last two years including the 2011 cup final and are looking to reach their third playoffs this year. Last season, the club finished in fifth place with a strong 20-14 record losing a tough and hard fought five game quarterfinal playoff series against The Artland Dragons. After a slow start where they went 3-5 including a four game losing streak, the club rebounded nicely posting a 11-4 record until they met Frankfurt and lost in mid February. 'I do think that Braunschweig was stronger last season, gothen two years a. They had a lot of weapons at the offensive end and played really good basketball, and they were a contender and one of the top teams in the BBL. I think they showed that they were a team that could scare people in the playoffs and be capable of beating top teams as well. They got better and better each week', warned John Bynum. Their three biggest wins this season all came at home and show that they arent scared of any top teams as they defeated Alba Berlin, The Telekom Baskets Bonn and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg 'I think their strength last season was that they had a lot of guys that can score the ball and play really good team basketball. They had great guard play and guys on the perimeter that can play multiple positions. Weaknesses that is a tough one, but if I would say anything it would be depth down low', warned John Bynum. TBB Trier did beat Braunschweig 74-65, but Bynum remembers the game well. 'They really had good guard play and that stood out the most. The guards were always attacking and making plays and Visser and Cain as well as Goree played solid underneath the basket', stressed John Bynum. Braunschweig finished the season with huge wins in Bremerhaven, Goettingen and Bonn.

Despite the big success the last two seasons, the club was unable to hold a core of the players as they did a gigantic hose cleaning letting go nine players. Guys like Kevin Hamilton, Brandon Thomas, Tony Skin Marcus Goree and Jason Cain were the main support of the team as they averaged combined 55 points out of the team 77 points. Despite so many guys leaving, the club still was able to hold onto some important components like Mr New Jersey Lamarr Greer who can score from downtown Jersey city, inside magnate kyle Visser, 221cm tree and biggest player in the Beko BBL Nick Schneiders and mr versatile and captain Nils Mittmann. During the team shopping spree last summer, the club got a beko BBl star and fan magnate Immanuel Mcelroy who has been the top defender in the league before Luka Pavicevic arrived in Berlin in 2007, strong shooter Robert Kulawick, vestaile Branko Jorovic that adds a taste of Serbia to the team, Stephen Dennis who is an interesting and talented point guard who has had inquiries from the NBA and experienced Rich Melzer who gets a second chance in the Beko BBL after having a short stint in 2007 with the Artland Dragons. The team seems not to be as strong as last season on paper and reaching the playoffs this year wont be a cakewalk as the league has gotten stronger each season. If we reach the playoffs, then it is a good season, stressed Braunschweig head coach Sebastian Machowski. Tuebingen Forward Ruben Spoden played against them last season and already this season and is impressed of them. Last season they had many great players like Marcus Goree and two point guards on the court with Hamilton and Skinn, but this years team is different. They have a super team with great players and the mix seems to be rght especially with Immanuel Mcelroy on board, stressed Ruben Spoden. Braunscweig has been up and down but can compete with everyone in the the BBL. They have good guard play and some big men to compliment there style of play, commented John Bynum.
This season, The New Yorker Braunschweig have a 6-5 record and have been up and down. They do have positive records At home 3-2 and on the road 3-3. Their biggest wins were a road win in Oldenburg where it is never easy to exit with a victory and big wins at home against the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. They also suffered a bitter 72-71 loss at home against the Artland Dragons, a 70-69 win in Ludwigsburg and a total collapse in Tuebingen losing by 31 points. Braunschweig is still far from having found their total potential and as soon as they get their rhythm will add a dynamic spark to the playoff race. Braunschweig is a team that can beat any team in the Beko BBL on a good day. They have a very balanced team. They have a top center with Kyle Visser who has nice moves, two strong shooters with Nils Mittmann and Robert Kulawick, an allrounder with Mcelroy, a super point guard with Stephen Dennis who is quick and takes care of the ball and Rich Melzer who is a very aggressive rebounder, stressed Ruben Spoden. After losing Nick Williams, the club does have a weakness. They dont have a real back up point guard. Dennis Schroeder is a big talent and I am happy that he can play so much, but he is still developing. The team hasnt found their rhythm yet, but they will be atotally different team in the second half of the season, stressed Ruben Spoden. I think their strength is their guards. I really haven't saw them much but I think if there guards play well, then they are tough to beat. I think their weakness is depth down low. If Visser Or Melzer get in foul trouble then you can attack them down low on a more consistent basis, warned John Bynum.

The Fraport Skyliners want to go into Christmas with a win on the road in Braunschweig This will be a huge test for Frankfurt as Braunschweig is one of those teams that will be around the playoff places come May. Both regular season games last season were nail bitters and this could be another game that could be decided in the last minute. Frankfurt has to speed the game up and attack in transition. They also have to pressure the ball on the defensive end and make speed the tempo up like I said before. Braunschweig has to keep it a half court game run their sets and make Frankfurt play defense. Defensively I think you have to make someone else besides Mckinney make plays, warned John Bynum. Frankfurt has to be aggressive and attack their pick and roll defense and try to get Kyle Visser into foul trouble and control the rebounds, added Josh Young. The Fraport Skyliners have lost 13 of the last 14 games and will need for then just their fighting spirit to exit the Volkswagon Halle with a victory. We have to continue to play our style. We have to rebound better and it is always key to have a low number of turnovers. We also need to continue to keep Burtschi involved, stressed Michael Thompson. Mckinney as won most of his games as a Skyliner against Braunschweig and should transform some of his current confidence to his teammates. We have to go into that game and play with confidence and aggressive and control the boards and limit our turnovers, added Jimmy Mckinney. New Skyliner Jacob Burtschi will be playing his first Beko BBL game with Frankfurt and already seems to have done his homework on the plane ride from Spain to Frankfurt. Braunschweig is a top 8 team, are tough and have lost some tough games. We have to play at least 35 minutes of very good basketball, warned Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force)

The Fraport Skyliners have had very very fond memories of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig as they have a 12-1 record since March 11th, 2006 as Braunschweig won 81-76 then. The two most memorable games were from the 2008-2009 season. Who could forget the 68-58 win in the cup game which brought Frankfurt to the TOP 4 in Hamburg. That game displayed the best performance by guard Adam Emmenecker who came out of his shell and proved he has no nervous shooting hand as he left captain Pascal Roller on the bench as he had the hot hand leading the team with 13 points. However in the regular season game in Braunschweig, Roller got his revenge as he led the team to a 55-53 win as his last minute clutch jumper paved the way to the win. In 2009-2010, Frankfurt swept the series winning 81-77 as Frankfurt came from behind to win as Aubrey Reese poured in 21 points and prevailed at home 71-62 as Derrick Allen steered 18 points to the triumph. In teh first game this season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners pulled out a thrilling 94-91 win at home. Frankfurt fought back in the fourth quarter as they came back from being behind 90-87 and close out the game on a 7-0 run as Skyliner captain Pascal Roller hit a huge three pointer and Dashaun Wood a shot. Frankfurt did a fantastic job distributing the ball as seven players scored in double figures led by Pascal Roller and Kimmo Muurinen with 13 points a piece. Frankfurt dominated the boards 38-24. Last season, the Skyliners were 2-1and stretched their winning streak to 12 games as they won two memorable games winning 94-91 at home as they finished the game with a 7-0 run capped by a big three pointer by Pascal Roller. Seven players scored in double figures and nobody scored more than 13 points. In the return date in Braunschweig, Frankfurt pulled out a nail bitter 68-67 as Frankfurt was down 67-65 and Frankfurt won the game on their last possession as Dashaun Wood scored on a penetration and got the free throw to fall. Kimmo Muurinen led Frankfurt with 20 points.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are led by Rich Melzer who is a 32 year old 203cm power forward that was born in Minneapolis. He played at : Wisconsim-River Falls (NCAA3) from 2001-2004. Despite playing NCAA 3 ball, he has had a very steady professional basketball career. As a rookie, he played at the Washington Wizards (NBA) pre-season camp: waived in Oct.'04, next month signed at Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA, starting five): 47 games: 9.0ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 43%, 3Pts: 39.8%. Since then, he has played in countries like the Dominican Republic, France, Israel and even had a very short stint with the Artland Dragons in 2007. He also has played in countries like new Zealand and Australia. Last season, he played for Hapoel Holon (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 30 games: 16.8ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 75.3%. Kyle Visser is a 26 year old 211cm center from Grand Rapids, Michigan that is returning to Braunschweig for his fourth season and played for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he played for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 10.7ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT-2 (50.0%), FT: 55.7%. He played at Wake Forest from 2003-2007 and was a teammate with NBA top point guard Chris Paul and Skyliner Justin Gray. He is a center who still hasnt reached his fullest potential and could have his breakthrough year this season. Last season for Braunschweig, he played 38 games: 9.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 60.2%, FT: 60.2%.
Lamaar Greer is a 35 year old 196cm guard from New Jersey. Already in high school, he was a known player as he grew up in Cape May Court House and played his high school ball at Middle Township. He was the New Jersey High School Player of the Year in 1994 and led Middle Township to two Group II state titles. As a second team Parade All-American, he scored 13 points in the McDonald's All-Star game and had 16 points and 10 assists in Magic's Roundball Classic. He played at Florida State from 1994-1998. Since turning professional in 1998, he has played in countries like Italy (3 years with teams like Record Napoli (Italy-A2, Media Broker Messina (Italy-Lega2), and Pompea Napoli (Italy-LegaA). He also played in Russia for Uniks Kazan and three years for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague) from 2004-2007. In the last three years, he played in Greece, Cyprus, Jordan and Israel. In 2009-2010, he played for ASU Sports Club (Jordan-Premier League, starting five), in Dec.'09 moved to Ironi Nahariya (Israel-Premier League): 14 games: 14.9ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 64.5%. Last season with Braunschweig, he played 36 games: 10.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 78.6% He has played 44 Eurocup games in his career. Stephen Dennis is a 24 year old 198cm point guard from Pennsylvania that is playing his second professional season and first with Braunschweig. He had a strong college career at Kutztown (NCAA2) and in his senior year averaged 26.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.5apg, 2.1spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 48.3%, 3Pts: 32.1%, FT: 75.2%. As a rookie, he knocked on the NBA door with the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), only pre-season, then moved to Bakersfield Jam (D-League) playing 51 games: 10.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 75.0%.

31 year old 193cm guard Immanuel Mcelroy is playing his first season with the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig after successful years in Cologne and Berlin. He played at Cincinnati (NCAA) and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001. He already made a name for himself winning titles with Rhein Energy Cologne His overall quickness, combined with his mental toughness, makes him well-suited as a defender in the attacking defense. He is very athletic, a 40-inch vertical jump and a bench press approaching 300 pounds, ability to break defenders down with his dribble and his explosiveness to the basket makes him an effective scorer. He also possesses good court vision and excellent ball-handling skills, giving him the ability to distribute the ball, particularly in the transition game. He is a natural leader who makes others around him better players. He also has very much experience having won three BBL cups and two BBL league titles. If you want to slow down Mcelroy, you have to deny him the ball and give him the jump shot until he starts to make some, warned Omari Westley. Mcelroy who has never been known as a good shooter has really improved his shooting the last few years. Mcelroy may not score 20 points every night, but he belongs to the top players in the BEKO BBL, because he can really do it all on the court and is also one of the top defenders in the league. The American played at Cologne from 2004-2008 before moving to Alba Berlin in early 2008 as the team had financial difficulties. With Cologne, he was Beko BBL champion in 2006 and won the beko BBL cup in 2005 and 2007. With Alba Berlin, he won the German championship in 2008 and cup in 2009. He is a four time beko BBL Allstar and has played 96 international club games.

Branko Jorovic is a 30 year old 205cm forward from Serbia that is playing his first season in Braunschweig. He is a good forward, who can play in the 3 and 4 positions. Has great rebounding and scoring skills, but his career has been plagued by injuries. He started his basketball career with Borac Cacak in 2000 and played there until 2003. He then played for Reflex Beograd from 2003-2006. In the last years, he also played for teams like KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd and KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac. Last season, he played for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas (Greece-A1) playing 27 games: 13.1ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 88.4%. 31 year old 201cm German Nils Mittman is playing his seventh season in Braunschweig after having played there from 1998-2001. He is the ultimate team player that will do anything to win. He played two years in Ulm, two years in Wurzburg and three seasons in Ludwigsburg. Last season the team captain played 39 games: 3.2ppg, 1.7rpg. He has reached the beko BBL cup final twice in 2008 with EnBW Ludwigsburg and last season with Braunschweig. 25 year old 191cm guard Robert Kulawick is playing his first season in Braunschweig after having played the last three years in Goettingen. He started his basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 and also played for Alba Berlin from 2004-2006 playing 14 BBL games, three ULEB Cup games and winning the BBL cup in 2006. After playing with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2006-2007, he crossed the boarder into Holland and played for Den Helder Seals playing 34 games averaging 7.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 42.2%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 84.6%. Already in 2008-2009, one could see the confidence of John Patrick in the German letting him average 10 minutes per game, and in 2009-2010 season he increased his minutes to 17 minutes. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played EuroCup: 14 games: 7.5ppg, 2.1rpg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 37.0%; German League: 36 games: 5.4ppg, 1.9rpg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 78.6%. He has been a member of the German U-18 and U-20 teams the last years and if he keeps developing the way he does, then German National coach Dirk Bauermann will have to invite him to the German National team some day. 27 year old 221cm German giant Nick Schneiders that was born in Bielefeld and grew up in Rietberg is playing his second season in Braunschweig. He has experience having played in the States for S.Carol.Upstate (NCAA2) from 2005-2008 and then transferring to USC Upstate (NCAA) and playing there from 2008-2010. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 12.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 3.0bpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.6%. He is known as the tallest player in the Beko BBL and last season played 32 games: 2.1ppg, 2.3rpg. The team also has some young talented Germans with Lukas Gertz, Daniel Theis and Dennis Schroeder. Theis is a 19 year old 207cm center that has played for the German U-18 and U-20 national teams and last summer played at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) -11: 9 games: 12.7ppg, Reb-4 (8.7rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 64.0%. Schroeder is an 18 year old 186cm point guard that is very talented and recently played at the European Championships U18 in Wroclaw (Poland) -11: 8 games: 13.5ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.9apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 26.7%, FT: 63.6%.






Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) We Are Not Going To Overlook BG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against BG Goettingen December 17th.

After so many away games, ratiopharm Ulm is playing their second game at home in the new arena. How good is basketball life for you now around the Christmas time?

Its good to get another game at home before we go on another long away stretch over the holidays. Wish I had more time with my family at this time.

What was the most important lesson gained out of the Oldenburg win?

That we need to play defense for 40 minutes. We held them down for 3 quarters, then relaxed in the 4th and gave up a lot of points.

After seeing all the success teams like Alba Berlin, Artland, Bamberg and Oldenburg is having in international cup play, does it hurt a bit that you still havent played in that competition?

I think their success is good for the league and shows how tough the German league is. Every player wants to take that next step and it didn't work out for me to play this season but I am happy in Ulm and we are doing good things here.

The next game is against BG Goettingen. They have had a real tough season, but do they also seem better than their 18th place position to you?

They have played better their last two games with the changes they have made in personnel. We are not going to overlook them that is for sure, everyone is capable in this league.

BG Goettingen is still a scrapy team and recently beat Tuebingen. What will be key to getting the win?

Rebounding will be a big key, they have some guys that really get after it on the glass, limiting our turnovers will also be important.

Jacob Burtschi is back in Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners. What kind of new dimension will he give Frankfurt?

He will come in excited to play and Im sure they need him to give them some new energy. He had a good year last season and can get a lot done on the court.

The Dallas Mavericks have signed Vince Carter and Lamar Odom and gotten more old. What can this team achieve this season?

Who knows, it will be a season unlike any other, a lot will have to do with who can recover the quickest and how they manage the playing time over the 3 games in 3 days stretches.

What has been your take on the whole Chris Paul trading affair?

I thought that the Lakers deal was good for all sides but obviously the commissioner did not think so. The Clippers seem to be legit factors in the West right now, they have picked up some big pieces to go with their young talent, will be fun to watch.
Thanks Dane for the chat.




John Bynum (TBB Trier) When We Step On The Court, FC Bayern Is just Another Team Like Us - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 33 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that will commence his second season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2. can Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. In 2009-2010, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. Last season with TBB Trier, he played 35 games: 6.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 47.9%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 64.3%. He sat down with eurobasket before the game against FC Bayern Munich December 17th.

TBB Trier have been in a rut as of late. How has coach Henrik Rodel been keeping the team positive and focused the most?

Yea we havent been able to find a way to get some wins, but we have to stay together as a team and find a way to get a run of wins together. As far as coach, he is just staying positive and we are continuing to work hard as a group to fix what we need to do to get better as a unit.


The next game is against FC Bayern Munich. How excited are you to be playing against the most famous German sports team?

It is just another game for me, the name as I know it as goes with the success the soccer team has had over the years. When we step on the court they are just another team like us and have to put the ball in the basket like we do so it is just another game for me.


What has been your impression of the team this season? Will they be able to step it up in the second half of the season?

They are a solid team with some great players and are looking for there nitch like us as well. I expected them to have a better record but at the same time it is a long season and I am sure that when it is all said and done they will be towards the top at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich have had some tough loses and could be even higher up in the standings. What will be key in getting the win?


I think we just have to play together as a unit and just play hard especially being on the road. It is a tough atmosphere to play in and we just have to play are game and just be ready for anything to happen.

What is always the biggest challenge for you when defending Stefan Hamann?

. I wouldnt call it a challenge, but the key to making him be a different player is making him make plays with his left hand and keeping the ball away from his right hand.

Jacob Burtschi is back in Beko BBL with the Fraport Sklyiners. What kind of new dimension will he give Frankfurt?

It is good that he was able to catch on back here in the BBL. Its too bad things didnt work out for him in Spain but I'm sure he will do well in Frankfurt. He definately stretches out the defense and gives them another offensive presence on the court.

The Dallas Mavericks have signed Vince Carter and Lamar Odom and gotten more old. What can this team achieve this season?

I like them getting Lamar Odom but Vince Carter can retire for all im concerned. They did get more old and lost some key players so far to free agency, but they are still the champions and have Dirk, Terry, and JKidd and those are three great players to build something around.

What has been your take on the whole Chris Paul trading affair. Where do you think will he finally land?

Well honestly I think he will wind up with the Clippers in a trade that will make them the better team in Los Angeles... lol... Before I found out this morning I really thought he was going to be a Laker but its good that he was able to get out of new Orleans and is in a great situation now.

Thanks John for the chat.



Former Tar Heel Marc Campbell making noise in Lower Bavaria - by Moritz Korff
Marc Campbell (180-G-86, college: N.Carolina) needed only one game in Germany to score more points than he did during his entire career at the University of North Carolina. The 25-year-old Raleigh, NC native accounted for 25 points for the Baskets Vilsbiburg (1. Regionalliga South-East) in a 80-92 loss to Baunach on December 4 and has outscored his 16 points, which he amassed in his three years as a Tar Heel, in each of his three RLSO games so far. Obviously there is a whale of difference between the level of competition in the German Regionalliga and what Campbell has been part of at UNC. Battling for playing time on a talent-loaded team and going up against the likes of Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) certainly isn't the easiest task in the world.
In Saturday's 88-68 road win at Dachau Campbell proved once again that he payed attention to Coach Roy Williams and knows his trades, though never being much of a factor in his 51 games for the Tar Heels: He connected on 5 of 10 three pointers and tallied 30 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Vilsbiburg. Before he joined the RLSO team, Campbell, who holds an Italian passport, spent some time with ABA's Fayetteville Flight and had a short stint in Italy.


Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Controlling Ovcina Will Be Key - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket about the next game against the LTi Giessen 46ers.



The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are coming off a tough 80-75 loss in Goettingen. What lesson did the team get out of that loss?

We know that we have to bring more intensity in preparation for each game and that our focus has to be at a high level. Our last game showed us that.


What has been the focus in practice this week leading up to the Giessen 46ers game?

Were just continuing to work on how we want to play, trying to improve our chemistry and learn each other better.

What has been your impression of Giessen this season?

Giessen is a good team. We lost to them a couple of times in the preseason so we know we are in for a battle.


Giessen can beat anyone as they did Bamberg. They have some good shooters and an Elvir Ovcina that controls everything inside. What will be key in getting the win?

Controlling Ovcina will be a big key. He does so many things well. We have to keep them off the boards and make sure we identify their shooters.

Jacob Burtschi is back in Beko BBL with the Fraport Sklyiners. What kind of new dimension will he give Frankfurt?

Jake is a great player. He presents matchup problems at his position and is very smart. I wont be surprised if he helps them turn the season around.


The Dallas Mavericks have signed Vince Carter and Lamar Odom and gotten more old. What can this team achieve this season?

I think they are poised for a repeat. Experience is something that can never be taken lightly and that is a team that is full of it.

What has been your take on the whole Chris Paul trading affair. Where do you think will he finally land?

I honestly dont know where hes going. Im just going to grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.


What is your favorite German Christmas tradition?

I really like the Christmas markets. They are pretty sweet.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




Jason Boone (s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) We Are Our Biggest Challenge On The Court - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 26 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen December 18th.

A tough 75-59 loss last weekend in Bamberg. What was the most important lesson that the team got from this loss?

Having time to watch the film this week we noticed that we are our biggest challenge on the court. Even playing against the top team in the league, if we limited the 'unforced' mistakes we would have had a great shot to win that game.

The next game is against Phoenix Hagen. What has been your impression of Phoenix Hagen this season?

They are a very streaky. When they are playing their best, they can put points up in bunches. The opposite is also true, so we're doing all we can to limit them.

Phoenix Hagen can score score score, but dont always remember to defend properly. What will be key in getting the win?

Defense. If we can grind the game out, slow them down, and pick our spots to attack, we'll have a great shot of getting a very important road win.

What do you remember from your clashes with German Bernd Kruel from the last years?

He's a very deceptive player. He's quicker and more athletic than he looks. And is also very crafty. He is one of the players we cannot let get going early or it's going to be a long night.


Jacob Burtschi is back in Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners. What kind of new dimension will he give Frankfurt?

I'm not sure how he's going to fit in with that team, time will have to tell. He's a very undersized big man but a difficult guard for opposing defenders. He'll have to try and play to his strengths.

The Dallas Mavericks have signed Vince Carter and Lamar Odom and gotten older. What can this team achieve this season?

No one on that team is getting any younger but they are still the defending champions, and that comes with a sense of pride that can go a long way. Look at Bamberg. It's their title to lose and I see them being very competitive again.


What has been your take on the whole Chris Paul trading affair. Where do you think will he finally land?

I was excited to see him and Kobe and possibly Dwight play together in Laker uniforms. But I'm equally as excited to see him team up with Blake Griffin. It's good for the game and will definitely establish a newfound LA Rivalry.

What is your favorite German Christmas tradition?

I don't think there is anything that compares to the Weihnachtsmarkt. I've gotten a few advent calendars the last few seasons, which I enjoy as well, but at the end of the day, a German Christmas wouldn't be a German Christmas without the Christmas Market.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe20.8 
 2. McKiver, Braves20.4 
 3. Reese, Duesseldorf19.9 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.8 
 6. Alexander, ETB W.17.8 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim17.2 
 8. Hassan, Leitersh.16.7 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.6 
 10. Capel, Cuxhaven16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.3 
 2. Black, Jena8.5 
 3. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.3 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.2 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.8.0 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.9 
 8. De Michael, NBC7.0 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Diggs, Webmoebel4.7 
 5. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.6 
 6. Reese, Duesseldorf4.6 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 8. Burgess, Heidelberg4.5 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.4 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 5. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.5 
 6. Diggs, Webmoebel1.4 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen1.4 
 8. Harris, NBC1.4 
 9. Stommes, Webmoebel1.4 
 10. Brown, Cuxhaven1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.8 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.3 
 4. Harris, Cuxhaven1.1 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.1 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen0.9 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 9. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 
 10. Okoye, NBC0.7 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 20
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.20.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR19.1 
 3. Tapoutos, Aris17.0 
 4. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi14.8 
 6. Baynes, Ikaros14.3 
 7. Taylor, Kavala14.0 
 8. Tsamis, Kolossos13.9 
 9. Printezis, Olympia.13.6 
 10. James, Aris13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 2. Stepheson, Panio.8.5 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.8.3 
 4. Goree, PAOK7.0 
 5. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris6.5 
 7. Giddens, PAOK6.3 
 8. Kommatos, Marousi6.2 
 9. Charissis, Kolossos6.1 
 10. Scott, Peristeri5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilis XANTHOPOULOS
  Panio.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Diamantidis, Panat.4.9 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi4.7 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.3 
 7. Thompson, Ilysi.4.2 
 8. Wright, AGOR3.9 
 9. Petroulas, Periste.3.9 
 10. Tsaldaris, Aris3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  AGOR
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Wright, AGOR2.3 
 2. Thompson, Ilysi.2.2 
 3. Christmas, AGOR1.9 
 4. Tsamis, Kolossos1.6 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.1.6 
 6. Tsaldaris, Aris1.5 
 7. Logan, Panathin.1.4 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.4 
 9. James, Aris1.4 
 10. Gardener, Ilysiak.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.6 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.6 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos1.5 
 4. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 5. Giddens, PAOK1.1 
 6. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 7. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 9. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 10. Charissis, Koloss.0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Savvas ILIADIS
  Ermis L.
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Iliadis, Ermis L.20.7 
 2. Argyropoylos, Apol.20.1 
 3. Vasilopoulos, AEK20.0 
 4. Gizogiannis, Arkad.18.0 
 5. Psileas, Lavrio17.5 
 6. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.3 
 7. Sinadinovic, AEK/A.16.4 
 8. Magounis, Panele.16.3 
 9. Pettas, Doxa L.16.1 
 10. Sklavos, AEK16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Lolas, Amyntas9.1 
 2. Krolo, Apollon Pat.8.6 
 3. Gizogiannis, Arkad.8.3 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI8.2 
 5. Macheras, Panery.7.8 
 6. Sklavos, AEK7.8 
 7. Maglos, AE.7.7 
 8. Margaritis, Ikaroi7.2 
 9. Kakiouzis, Lavrio6.9 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkad.
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.7.7 
 2. Zoupas, Amyntas5.8 
 3. Koronidis, Perama5.2 
 4. Makris, Pagrati5.0 
 5. Kaberidis, Ikaroi4.9 
 6. Nikou, Panelefs.4.9 
 7. Vasilopoulos, AEK4.8 
 8. Kekelis, Ermis L.4.4 
 9. Panagakis, OFI4.1 
 10. Argyropoylos, Apo.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Evaggelis MARGARITIS
  Ikaroi S.
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Margaritis, Ikaroi2.1 
 2. Vasilopoulos, AEK1.9 
 3. Magounis, Panele.1.7 
 4. Pettas, Doxa L.1.6 
 5. Tsiotras, Arkadikos1.6 
 6. Kopsaftis, Arkad.1.5 
 7. Iliadis, Ermis L.1.5 
 8. Kallianotis, Paner.1.5 
 9. Anagnostopou., Erm.1.5 
 10. Nikitakis, Nea K.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Christos PETRODIMOPOULOS
  Nea K.
  (209-C/F-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 2. Libaris-P., Doxa L.1.0 
 3. Bracey, Pagrati1.0 
 4. Toutziarakis, OFI1.0 
 5. Krolo, Apollon Pat.0.9 
 6. Vagenas, Doxa L.0.8 
 7. Katoufas, Panery.0.8 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.0.7 
 9. Katiakos, OFI0.6 
 10. Michalopoulo., Ne.0.6 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 10-2 
 2. AEK 9-3 
 3. Apollon Patras 8-4 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 7-5 
 5. OFI 7-5 
 6. Lavrio 7-5 
 7. Arkadikos 6-6 
 8. Panerythraikos 6-6 
 9. Ermis Lagkada 6-6 
 10. Perama Ermis 6-6 
 11. Nea Kifisia 5-6 
 12. Periko/Arhelaos 5-7 
 13. Doxa Lefkadas 5-7 
 14. Pagrati 4-7 
 15. Amyntas Dafnis 4-8 
 16. AEK/Argous 0-12 


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


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


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Standings - 1 Division
D1 Standings
 1. KFI 9-0 
 2. Skallagrimur 6-3 
 3. Breidablik 6-3 
 4. Hamar 5-4 
 5. Hottur 4-3 
 6. IA 4-4 
 7. IG 4-5 
 8. FSU 2-6 
 9. Thor AK 2-7 
 10. Armann 1-8 


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Isaac Rosefelt moves to Bnei Hasharon - by Netanel Dahan
The Israeli-American PF/C Isaac Rosefelt (205-C/F-85, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: St.Thomas) decided to move to Bnei Hasharon.

Isaac is already familiar with Bnei's program as he played with them on 2009-10, he is moving to Bnei Hasharon from Hapoel Lev Hasharon from the 2nd league.
Rosefelt posted up great numbers in the 2nd league as he averaged double-double of 16.3 ppg with 11.4 rpg.

Last season Isaac played for Ironi Ramat Gan (2nd league), and finished as the league 2nd best rebounder and shot-blocker with 12.1 rpg, and 1.9 bpg.



Sean Williams And Maccabi Haifa Part Ways - by David Pick
Maccabi Haifa and Sean Williams are expected to part ways within the next few days. The ex-NBA high flying big man has personal issues in the US and requested to leave the team. However, various sources in Israel are certain that due to the performances of the athletic freak-of-nature in the Israeli League, an NBA deal is definitely out there for Williams.

An email sent from Haifa to the media said the following: 'Sean Williams unilaterally informed the team of his intentions to leave Israel in the next coming days.' In Haifa, Williams posted averages of 12.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and led the league in blocked shots with 4.1 per game. Williams who's still in Israel ,won't take part in the team's home game tomorrow against Hapoel Holon. He helped the Green Apes win 3-season games as they're ranked 8th place with 3-5 record. Despite a problematic background coming into the season, Israeli fans and those of Haifa in particular, extremely enjoyed Williams' presence in Nesher (Haifa), on route to becoming a fan favorite.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 18-4 
 2. Aishin SH 16-5 
 3. Hitachi SR 12-9 
 4. Panasonic T. 11-10 
 5. Tochigi Brex 9-12 
 6. Hokkaido L. 9-13 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 8-13 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-19 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 12-6 
 2. Sendai 89ers 11-7 
 3. Hamamatsu P. 10-8 
 4. Chiba Jets 9-9 
 5. Shinshu BW 9-9 
 6. Niigata Albirex 8-8 
 7. Toyama Grouses 7-9 
 8. Saitama Bron. 6-10 
 9. Yokohama BC 6-10 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 5-13 
Western
 1. Kyoto Hannar. 13-5 
 2. Okinawa GK 13-5 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 13-6 
 4. Osaka Evessa 12-4 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 11-7 
 6. Shimane SM 10-8 
 7. Miyazaki SS 7-11 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-13 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-18 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi19.3 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.7 
 3. McFarlin, Tochigi16.8 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.5 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.16.4 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.6 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.5 
 9. Ricci, Toyota Alva.13.4 
 10. Diouf, Hokkaido L.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.7 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.8 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT7.8 
 6. O''Bannon, Panason.7.6 
 7. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.5 
 8. Young, Aishin SH7.2 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.7 
 10. Takeuchi, Toyota6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.2 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 3. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.6 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.5 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.1 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 7. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 8. Kinoshita, Panason.2.8 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.2.6 
 10. Miyanga, Toshi.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin1.9 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.9 
 3. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 4. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.1.7 
 6. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.1.2 
 10. Igarashi, Mitsubi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.8 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.5 
 3. McFarlin, Tochigi1.1 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 5. Takeuchi, Toyota1.0 
 6. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 7. Aono, Panasonic T.0.8 
 8. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 9. Young, Aishin SH0.8 
 10. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.7 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.1 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 3. White, Oita H.20.9 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama20.9 
 5. Woods, Akita NH20.7 
 6. Flowers, Saitama20.5 
 7. Washington, Osaka20.5 
 8. Roberts, Shins.20.3 
 9. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.1 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.5 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka10.9 
 3. Malloy, Iwate B.10.8 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 5. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 6. Roberts, Shins.10.7 
 7. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.6 
 8. Ocitti, Akita NH10.3 
 9. Hughes, Shinshu BW10.1 
 10. McFarland, Yokoha.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.5 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.6.0 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 5. Takushi, Oita H.4.8 
 6. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.7 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.7 
 8. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.1 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.0 
 3. Humphrey, Saitama2.6 
 4. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.2 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
 9. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 10. Satterfield, Sait.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Davis, Shimane SM4.0 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.2 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.2 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Ocitti, Akita NH1.5 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 9. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 10. McFarland, Yokoha.1.4 


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  JORDAN   


Pan Arab Games: Jordan hand Qatar their first loss - by Eurobasket News
Qatar-Jordan 71:77

Jordan continued their streak at Pan Arab Games and won the first one of the Second Stage. The team overcame Qatar 77:71 to hand them their first loss.
Qatar took 12-10 lead at the end of the first five minutes and had 16:15 after 10 minutes. Jordan however dominated in the second period and grabbed the advantage at the halftime taking 37:30 lead. Again Qatar looked better in the third quarter and bounced back for 55:51 lead after 30 minutes. They led 64:62 with 5 minutes to go, but could not keep the victory. The final push allowed Jordan to upset Qatar team and hand them their first loss.
Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) stepped up with 17 points and Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) as well as Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) added 15 apiece. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) followed them with12 points for another victory. Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, while Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) posted 14.

Qatar: Erfan Ali 17, Ousseynou N'Diaye 14, Yasseen Ismail (204-F/C-80) 13
Jordan: Enver Soobzokov 17, Islam Abbaas 15, Rasheim Wright 15, Wesam Al-Sous 12


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  KUWAIT   


Pan Arab Games. Tunisia open second round with victory - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Kuwait 67:59

Tunisia recorded the first win at the second stage of Pan Arab Games. They held off Kuwait in Group B in Doha. Lassad Chouya (190-G-89) posted 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
Kuwait led early in the game but Tunisia eked out a 17:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Kuwait opened the second frame on a 15:4 run to surge ahead. But Tunisia trimmed the deficit to 3 points at halftime 28:31. Kuwait maintained the lead throughout the third period. They entered the final stanza up by a single point 44:43. But Tunisia found the way to regain the lead and pulled ahead late in regulation. Nizar Knioua (189-G-83) posted 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Mourad El Mabrouk (190-G-86) and Marouane Laghnej added 10 points each in the win. Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) answered with 22 points and 10 rebounds for Kuwait. Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) posted 17 points in the loss.

Tunisia: Lassad Chouya 18, Nizar Knioua 13, Mourad El Mabrouk 10, Marouna Laghnej 10
Kuwait: Abdulaziz Mohammad 22+10 boards, Nayef AlRashidi 17



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  LATVIA   


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


LBL Round 13: U18 still not able to record any victory - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in LBL. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked U18 (0-8) in Ventspils 111-46 on Saturday evening keeping the perfect record after 13 rounds. U18 is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 16. Ventspils forced 20 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 47-10 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by U18's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sam Willard (205, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Forward Roberts Krastins (194-94) answered with 9 points for U18. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Undefeated Ventspils (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face Jelgava (#5) at home in the next round. U18 will have a break next round.
The game in Liepaja supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Jelgava (5-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Liepaja (5-6). Liepaja defeated Jelgava 90-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jelgava. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 assists for the winners and Martins Kravcenko chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Liepaja moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Jelgava. Liepaja will play against Turiba (#8) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 13 Turiba was smashed by LU on the road 84-64.



LU - Turiba 84-64

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Latvijas Universitate (5-7) crushed 8th ranked Turiba (3-8) in Riga 84-64. Turiba was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Latvijas Universitate forced 19 Turiba turnovers. Turiba was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Zanis Peiners (203-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up and scored 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and guard Kristaps Dargais (195-90) chipped in 11 points and 8 rebounds. Five Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Kristaps Mediss (188-89, agency: FCM) responded with 21 points and guard Martins Steinbergs (188-90, agency: FCM) scored 8 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvijas Universitate maintains sixth place with 5-7 record. Turiba at the other side keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. Latvijas Universitate will play against higher ranked Liepaja (#4) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Turiba will play against Liepaja (#4) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
LU: Z.Peiners 26+5reb+3ast, S.Vitols 17+1reb, Z.Plivda 12+5reb, K.Dargais 11+8reb+1ast, H.Rubenis 10+7reb+1ast, A.Osins 5+6reb+3ast
Turiba: K.Mediss 21+3reb, M.Steinbergs 8+4reb+2ast, K.Piternieks 8+3reb+1ast, J.Dilevka 8+5reb+1ast, E.Kikuts 5+6reb, R.Mednis 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 149881


Liepaja - Jelgava 90-74

The game in Liepaja supposed to be also worth to mention about. 4th placed Jelgava (5-6) played at the court of fifth ranked Liepaja (5-6). Liepaja defeated Jelgava 90-74. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jelgava. The game without a history. Liepaja led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: RIZO) stepped up and scored 21 points and 5 assists for the winners and guard Martins Kravcenko (192-85) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists. At the losing side guard Kristaps Kanbergs (190-88) responded with 23 points and 5 rebounds and guard Kalvis Krumins (183-90) scored 12 points and 4 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Liepaja moved-up to fourth place, which they share with defeated Jelgava. Liepaja will play against Turiba (#8) on the road in the next round. Jelgava will play against the league's second-placed Ventspils (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Liepaja: J.Mayo 21+3reb+5ast, M.Kravcenko 18+3reb+4ast, K.Miglinieks 13+2reb+1ast, A.Bricis 12+4reb+3ast, J.Timma 11+5reb+2ast, R.Freimanis 7+1reb+1ast
Jelgava: K.Kanbergs 23+5reb+2ast, K.Nelson 13+4reb, K.Krumins 12+3reb+4ast, E.Krumins 11+2reb+1ast, A.Senkans 10+4reb, S.Silavs 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149882


Ventspils - U18 111-46

Leader Ventspils blasted bottom-ranked U18 (0-8) in Ventspils 111-46 on Saturday evening keeping the perfect record after 13 rounds. U18 is still unable to win any game. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to U18's 16. Ventspils forced 20 U18 turnovers and outrebounded them 47-10 including a 15-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Ventspils looked well-organized offensively handing out 33 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by U18's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Sam Willard (205, college: Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-85) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Ventspils players scored in double figures. Forward Roberts Krastins (194-94) answered with 9 points and guard Edgars Stelmahers (185-94) added 8 points in the effort for U18. U18's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Ventspils (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Newly promoted U18 still closes the standings with eight games lost. Ventspils are looking forward to face Jelgava (#5) at home in the next round. U18 will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: S.Willard 24+15reb+3ast, R.Zakis 16+4reb+4ast, B.Bakic 14+3reb+3ast, A.Strelnieks 14+6reb+5ast, M.Laksa 12+4reb+3ast, L.Blaus 10+6reb+3ast
U18: R.Krastins 9+2reb+2ast, T.Leimanis 8+1ast, E.Stelmahers 8+1reb+1ast, R.Saubergs 6, G.Puhovs 5+3reb+1ast, E.Endzels 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 149883




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera19.5 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava19.2 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja18.8 
 5. Peiners, LU18.6 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera17.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 9. Mediss, Turiba16.2 
 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. Dargais, LU8.2 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 7. Willard, Ventspils8.1 
 8. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.0 
 9. Kalve, Valmiera6.7 
 10. Nelson, Jelgava6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Lejasmeiers, Vents.4.2 
 4. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.5 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Osins, LU2.8 
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. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Osins, LU1.8 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 8. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 9. Timma, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Mayo, Liepaja1.4 
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. Willard, Ventspils0.6 


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


LBL2 Round 16: Saldus defeat Riga in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with derby games and favorites losing the games.

Sixth-ranked Riga (7-6) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Saldus (12-3) on Friday. Saldus managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Riga. Riga was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Saldus, which allowed them to win the game. Saldus have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-3 record. Riga at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Saldus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Riga will play at home against Cesis (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#4) and RSU (#5). Barons/Keizar. (12-1) won against visiting RSU (9-5) 82-68. Barons/Keizar. have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted RSU keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Barons/Keizar. will play against league's second-placed Liepaja-2 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU will have a break next round.
The game in Ventspils was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked VEF Kadeti (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (6-7). VEF Kadeti managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72 on Saturday. VEF Kadeti moved-up to sixth place. Ventspils Augstskola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils Augstskola will play against BS Ogre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Ogre where higher ranked DSN (5-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked BS Ogre (3-9) 78-74. BS Ogre moved-up to twelfth place. DSN lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. BS Ogre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils Augstskola (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Second ranked Liepaja-2 (13-1) crushed at home 12th ranked Valmiera U21 (3-10) by 36 points 95-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Liepaja-2 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-1 record having just -1 point less than leader BK VEF. Valmiera U21 lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Liepaja-2 will face Barons/Keizar. (#3) in Riga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Valmiera U21 will play on the road against DSN (#9) in Riga.

In the last two games of round 16 Cesis won against Livani on the opponent's court 77-61. RSU managed to outperform VA in a home game 71-55.



Ogres - DSN 78-74

An interesting game took place in Ogre where higher ranked DSN (5-8) was upset on the court of thirteenth ranked BS Ogre (3-9) 78-74. DSN was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 16-14 charge of BS Ogre, which allowed them to win the game. BS Ogre moved-up to twelfth place. DSN lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. BS Ogre's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils Augstskola (#8) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
gschID: 151357


Barons/Keizar. - RSU 82-68

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: Barons/Keizar. (#4) and RSU (#5). Barons/Keizar. (12-1) won against visiting RSU (9-5) 82-68. The game was mostly controlled by Barons/Keizar.. RSU was better in third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barons/Keizar. have an impressive 12-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. Newly promoted RSU keeps the fifth position with five games lost. Barons/Keizar. will play against league's second-placed Liepaja-2 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. RSU will have a break next round.
gschID: 151358


VA - VEF Kadeti 72-76

The game in Ventspils was also quite interesting. Seventh ranked VEF Kadeti (7-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (6-7). VEF Kadeti managed to secure a 4-point victory 76-72 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 19-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. VEF Kadeti moved-up to sixth place. Ventspils Augstskola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ventspils Augstskola will play against BS Ogre (#12) and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 165547


Livani - Cesis 61-77

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 10th ranked Livani (4-9) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Cesis (4-8) 77-61 on Friday. The game without a history. Cesis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Cesis moved-up to tenth place. Livani lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Cesis will face higher ranked Riga (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Livani will play against Ridzene (#15) in Riga.
gschID: 151355


Saldus - Riga 79-78

Sixth-ranked Riga (7-6) gave a tough game to fourth ranked Saldus (12-3) on Friday. Saldus managed to secure only one-point victory 79-78. However their fans expected easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Riga. Riga was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 21-16 charge of Saldus, which allowed them to win the game. Saldus have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 12-3 record. Riga at the other side dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Saldus will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Riga will play at home against Cesis (#10) and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
gschID: 151356


RSU - VA 71-55

Rather predictable result in Riga where fifth ranked RSU (9-5) defeated 8th ranked Ventspils Augstskola (6-7) 71-55 on Thursday. The game without a history. RSU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Newly promoted RSU maintains fifth position with 9-5 record. Ventspils Augstskola lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with seven games lost. RSU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena .
gschID: 151353


Liepaja-2 - Valmiera U21 95-59

Second ranked Liepaja-2 (13-1) crushed at home 12th ranked Valmiera U21 (3-10) by 36 points 95-59, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. The game without a history. Liepaja-2 led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Liepaja-2 have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-1 record having just -1 point less than leader BK VEF. Valmiera U21 lost seventh consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. Liepaja-2 will face Barons/Keizar. (#3) in Riga in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Valmiera U21 will play on the road against DSN (#9) in Riga.
gschID: 151354




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  LEBANON   


Pan Arab Games: El Khatib Cheickh and Pharis William paced Lebanon over Palestine - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon-Palestine 90:77

Cheickh El Khatib and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) paced Lebanon over Palestine in the start of the Second Stage in Doha. Lebanon won over Palestine 90:77 at Pan Arab Games for 7-12 places.
Palestine looked better in the opening period and enjoyed 22-17 after the first 10 minutes of the game. The second period however was decisive in the game and brought Lebanon 32-18 surge. The teams went to the lockers at 49:40 and then Lebanon increased to 70:51 after three quarters. Palestine managed to reduce the gap due to the last period and finished with minus 13.
Cheickh El Khatib erupted with 30 points, while William Pharis collected 24 points and 15 rebounds. Mohamad Ibrahim (195-G-83) followed them with 16 and Nadim Hawe (203-C/F-83) added 15. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) responded with 14 points in defeat and Salim Sakakini (F-87) notched 13. Abu Tayyem Wael, Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) and Iyad Yousef (205-C-80) each added 10 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Cheickh El Khatib 30, William Pharis 24+15 rebs, Mohamad Ibrahim 16, Nadim Hawe 15
Palestine: Nicola Fadayel 14, Salim Sakakini 13, Abu Tayyem Wael 10, Jamal Abu-Shamala 10+12 rebs, Iyad Yousef 10+10 rebs


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Lietuvos rytas 8-1 
 2. Siauliai 8-3 
 3. Zalgiris 7-0 
 4. Rudupis 7-2 
 5. Neptunas 6-4 
 6. Baltai Kaunas 6-5 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 5-5 
 8. Juventus 4-5 
 9. Sakalai 3-8 
 10. Kedainiai 2-8 
 11. Naglis Palangos 2-9 
 12. Techasas 1-9 


NKL Round 22: #1 Delikatesas are defeated by Gargzdai-Bremena - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Delikatesas (14-8) in Joniskis on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by sixteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (6-16) 76-71. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Gargzdai-Bremena forced 22 Delikatesas turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Delikatesas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-PG-91) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mantas Martinkus (186-91) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) responded with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. Gargzdai-Bremena moved-up to fifteenth place. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Radviliskis. Gargzdai-Bremena are looking forward to face higher ranked Triobet (#11) in Jonava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Delikatesas will play against Matinga-Juod. (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Radviliskis (14-8) against fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (13-9) on Saturday night. Host Radviliskis was crushed by LKKA-Atletas in Radviliskis 99-72. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) notched 26 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and Darius Gricius supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points by guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and Statyba. Radviliskis at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. LKKA-Atletas will play against Meresta (#12) in Pakruojis in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radviliskis will play on the road against Mazeikiai (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Meresta (10-12) outlasted Perlas-MRU (11-11) in overtime by eleven points 104-93 on Saturday night. The game took place in Vilnius. But the guests from Pakruojis were better at the end. Liudas Radavicius fired 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Tadas Padegimas produced 24 points for lost side. Meresta moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Triobet and Ezerunas-Karys. Meresta will meet at home higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas-MRU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Statyba.
Fifteenth-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (5-17) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Ezerunas-Karys (11-11) in Siauliai. The visitors from Moletai managed to secure only twelve-point victory 88-76. However their fans expected much easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Giedrius Kulbis who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Ezerunas-Karys have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Triobet and Perlas-MRU. ABRO-Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Ezerunas-Karys' next round opponent will be S.Marciulionio (#14) in Vilnius where they are favorite. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Silute.
The game in Jonava was also quite interesting. Third ranked Nafta Universitetas (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Triobet (11-11). Nafta Universitetas managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Saturday. Evaldas Lengvinas scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nafta Universitetas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Triobet lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will face Zalgiris-Sabonio (#4) in Kaunas in the next round. Triobet will play on the road against Gargzdai-Bremena (#15).

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 22: Statyba won against Silute on the opponent's court 74-71. S.Marciulionio unfortunately lost to Mazeikiai in a home game 85-91. Matinga-Juod. managed to beat Zalgiris-Sabonio on the road 91-82.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 29 points and 9 rebounds by Julius Jucikas of ABRO-Univ..


Silute - Statyba 71-74

Very expected game when 12th ranked Silute (9-13) was edged at home by sixth ranked Statyba (13-9) 74-71 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Silute won third quarter 21-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Statyba forced 21 Silute turnovers. Forward Remigijus Sugintas (200-87) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 19 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) chipped in 19 points and 6 assists during the contest. At the losing side swingman Andrius Cizikas (197-88) responded with 20 points and guard Evaldas Jurkus (189-84) scored 14 points. Four Silute players scored in double figures. Statyba have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and LKKA-Atletas. Loser Silute dropped to the thirteenth position with 13 games lost. Statyba's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Vilnius Perlas-MRU.
Top scorers:
Silute: A.Cizikas 20+3reb+2ast, E.Jurkus 14+3reb+2ast, E.Ramanauskas 10+5reb, A.Kaubrys 10+3reb, V.Pancerevas 7+2reb+2ast, E.Saulys 4
Statyba: O.Varanauskas 19+1reb+6ast, R.Sugintas 18+19reb+1ast, V.Luksa 10+2reb+1ast, E.Zukauskas 9+2reb, D.Bickauskis 9+3reb+3ast, A.Stakenas 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 148437


Delikatesas - Gargzdai 71-76

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Delikatesas (14-8) in Joniskis on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by sixteenth ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (6-16) 76-71. The guests trailed by 13 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 5 points. Gargzdai-Bremena forced 22 Delikatesas turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Delikatesas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Point guard Dominikas Matutis (180-91) scored 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Mantas Martinkus (186-91) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Gargzdai-Bremena players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Aivaras Kvedaravicius (184-88) responded with 18 points, 5 assists and 4 steals and guard Paulis Klemas (186-91) scored 18 points. Gargzdai-Bremena moved-up to fifteenth place. Delikatesas at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Radviliskis. Gargzdai-Bremena are looking forward to face higher ranked Triobet (#11) in Jonava in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Delikatesas will play against Matinga-Juod. (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: P.Klemas 18+2reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 18+4reb+5ast, V.Jatulevicius 17+4reb+1ast, M.Keras 8+9reb, I.Lianzbergas 6+2reb, V.Uzkuraitis 4+5reb+3ast
Gargzdai: D.Matutis 16+5reb+5ast, M.Martinkus 15+7reb+2ast, R.Jonelis 12+8reb+1ast, M.Grigaitis 12+3reb, L.Lucinskas 11+7reb+3ast, L.Jonuska 8+7reb+1ast
gschID: 148438


ABRO-Univ. - Ezerunas-Karys 76-88 OT

Fifteenth-ranked ABRO-Universitetas (5-17) gave a tough game to eleventh ranked Ezerunas-Karys (11-11) in Siauliai. The visitors from Moletai managed to secure only twelve-point victory 88-76. However their fans expected much easier game. ABRO-Universitetas was ahead by 13 points after three quarters before a 26-13 charge of Ezerunas-Karys, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 17-5. Ezerunas-Karys made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) who helped to win the game recording 20 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) contributed with 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Ezerunas-Karys players scored in double figures. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) replied with 29 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and guard Nerijus Mika (191-89) added 17 points in the effort for ABRO-Universitetas. Ezerunas-Karys have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Triobet and Perlas-MRU. ABRO-Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with 17 games lost. Ezerunas-Karys' next round opponent will be S.Marciulionio (#14) in Vilnius where they are favorite. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Silute.
Top scorers:
ABRO-Univ.: J.Jucikas 29+9reb+2ast, N.Mika 17+4reb+3ast, R.Giedraitis 11+4reb+2ast, E.Vaupsas 9+4reb+4ast, A.Kurauskas 8+3reb+12ast, A.Gurklys 2+2reb
Ezerunas-Karys: G.Kulbis 20+8reb+6ast, R.Ambrulaitis 16+5reb+2ast, P.Lescinskas 15+6reb, A.Slezas 10+5reb+2ast, E.Narusis 9+3reb+1ast, B.Steponenas 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 148439


Triobet - Nafta Universitetas 79-86

The game in Jonava was also quite interesting. Third ranked Nafta Universitetas (15-7) played at the court of 7th ranked Triobet (11-11). Nafta Universitetas managed to secure a 7-point victory 86-79 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Nafta Universitetas made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Triobet turnovers. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) scored 18 points and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Modestas Kumpys (191-91) chipped in 18 points during the contest. Five Nafta Universitetas players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Henrikas Vorotnikovas (203-90) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tadas Sebeziovas (183-85) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nafta Universitetas have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader. Triobet lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 11 games lost. Nafta Universitetas will face Zalgiris-Sabonio (#4) in Kaunas in the next round. Triobet will play on the road against Gargzdai-Bremena (#15).
Top scorers:
Triobet: H.Vorotnikovas 15+6reb+1ast, T.Sebeziovas 13+4reb+4ast, R.Juknevicius 11+3reb+1ast, V.Kruzikas 9+4reb+5ast, M.Linkevicius 8+3reb, A.Vasiliauskas 7+1reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: D.Anuzis 19+2reb, E.Lengvinas 18+3reb+5ast, M.Kumpys 18+4reb, V.Chodosovskis 12+9reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 11+1reb+2ast, H.Venskus 5+4ast
gschID: 148435


S.Marciulionio - Mazeikiai 85-91

Very predictable result in Vilnius where eighth ranked Mazeikiai (12-10) defeated 14th ranked S.Marciulionio (7-15) 91-85 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 48-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Mazeikiai forced 22 S.Marciulionio turnovers. S.Marciulionio was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) scored 21 points, 7 assists and 4 steals (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!) to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Marijus Norkus (197-85) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. At the losing side forward Vaidas Trepocka (200-80, agency: Court Side) responded with 29 points and 6 rebounds and forward Osvaldas Olisevicius (196-93) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Mazeikiai moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Matinga-Juod. Loser S.Marciulionio keeps the fourteenth position with 15 games lost. Mazeikiai will face league's second-placed Radviliskis at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. S.Marciulionio will play against Ezerunas-Karys (#9) in Moletai.
Top scorers:
S.Marciulionio: V.Trepocka 29+6reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 18+7reb, M.Paliukenas 13+2reb+5ast, M.Pociukonis 13+4reb+7ast, T.Lekunas 10+6reb+3ast, P.Naraskevicius 2+1reb
Mazeikiai: M.Stasys 21+3reb+7ast, M.Norkus 19+8reb+2ast, M.Simonavicius 14+2reb, D.Vaitelis 13+5reb, P.Brown 11+2reb+5ast, J.Jurgo 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 148436


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Matinga-Juod. 82-91

There was an upset in Kaunas where higher ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (13-9) was defeated by ninth ranked Matinga-Juod. (12-10) 91-82 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 28-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Aurimas Birgelis (190-88) scored 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and center Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-80) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Simonas Kymantas (204-93) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Matinga-Juod. have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Mazeikiai. Loser Zalgiris-Sabonio keeps the fourth position with nine games lost. Matinga-Juod. will face higher ranked Delikatesas (#3) in Joniskis in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Zalgiris-Sabonio will play on the road against the league's leader Nafta Universitetas having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: S.Kymantas 18+10reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 15+3reb+7ast, J.Tamulis 15+2reb+4ast, T.Jogela 11+4reb+1ast, M.Grigonis 10+2reb+2ast, R.Jakstas 7+5reb
Matinga-Juod.: A.Birgelis 27+5reb+5ast, M.Kalvelis 19+8reb+1ast, P.Gvazdaitis 11+3reb, Z.Kuklierius 11+1reb+5ast, A.Krivonis 10+6reb+5ast, K.Pupinis 10+9reb+2ast
gschID: 148432


Radviliskis - LKKA-Atletas 72-99

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Radviliskis (14-8) against fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (13-9) on Saturday night. Host Radviliskis was crushed by LKKA-Atletas in Radviliskis 99-72. The game without a history. LKKA-Atletas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.7 percent from the field. LKKA-Atletas players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Radviliskis' players. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) notched 26 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Darius Gricius (195-86) supported him with 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 18 points by guard Tomas Rakauskas (183-81) did not help to save the game for Radviliskis. Center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Four LKKA-Atletas and five Radviliskis players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zalgiris-Sabonio and Statyba. Radviliskis at the other side keeps the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. LKKA-Atletas will play against Meresta (#12) in Pakruojis in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Radviliskis will play on the road against Mazeikiai (#7) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 18+2reb+2ast, L.Pipiras 15+2reb, A.Mineikis 12+6reb+2ast, J.Ramanauskas 10+8reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 10+2reb+2ast, R.Grinius 4+6reb+1ast
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 26+3reb+5ast, D.Gricius 20+7reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 18+8reb, T.Tamosiunas 13+3reb+1ast, V.Sragauskis 12+2reb+1ast, E.Tviraga 4+1ast
gschID: 148433


Perlas-MRU - Meresta 93-104 OT

Meresta (10-12) outlasted Perlas-MRU (11-11) in overtime by eleven points 104-93 on Saturday night. The game took place in Vilnius. But the guests from Pakruojis were better at the end. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 17-6. Meresta dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Perlas-MRU's 38 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Meresta forced 19 Perlas-MRU turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. Guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) fired 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Deividas Keburys (202-90) chipped in 26 points. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) produced 24 points and guard Gintautas Vileita (193-75, college: Monmouth) added 14 points and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Meresta moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Perlas-MRU dropped to the ninth position with 11 games lost. They share it with Triobet and Ezerunas-Karys. Meresta will meet at home higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Perlas-MRU's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Statyba.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 24+4reb+3ast, G.Vileita 14+3reb+7ast, A.Udras 13+4reb, D.Domarkas 12+5reb+6ast, M.Kazonas 11+4reb+1ast, K.Brusokas 10+8reb+1ast
Meresta: L.Radavicius 27+7reb+1ast, D.Keburys 26+4reb, S.Slivka 14+6reb+9ast, A.Galkauskas 13+4reb+2ast, K.Artamonov 13+3reb+4ast, S.Raziulis 6+4reb+9ast
gschID: 148434




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Nafta Universitetas 15-7 
 2. Radviliskis 14-8 
 3. Delikatesas 14-8 
 4. Zalgiris-Sabonio 13-9 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 13-9 
 6. Statyba 13-9 
 7. Mazeikiai 12-10 
 8. Matinga-Juod. 12-10 
 9. Ezerunas-Karys 11-11 
 10. Perlas-MRU 11-11 
 11. Triobet 11-11 
 12. Meresta 10-12 
 13. Silute 9-13 
 14. S.Marciulionio 7-15 
 15. Gargzdai 6-16 
 16. ABRO-Univ. 5-17 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.18.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.16.8 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas14.9 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.14.5 
 6. Pakamanis, Juven.14.4 
 7. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 8. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.9 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis13.6 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.4 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.1 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai8.0 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.7.6 
 5. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 6. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.4 
 7. Pakamanis, Juven.6.8 
 8. Bowles, Siauliai6.5 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.6.4 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Mantas KALNIETIS
  Zalgiris
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Sak.5.2 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 4. Dainys, Neptunas4.9 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.9 
 6. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 7. Maceina, Juventus4.5 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.3.6 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai3.5 
 10. Rinkevicius, Nagl.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.8 
 2. Lowe, Neptunas2.3 
 3. Broadus, Siauliai2.1 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.0 
 5. Collins, Zalgiris2.0 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris1.7 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.8 
 2. Johnson, Naglis P.1.7 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas1.3 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.2 
 6. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 8. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-.
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.22.5 
 2. Uzkuraitis, Delika.21.8 
 3. Rakauskas, Radvili.20.3 
 4. Maneikis, Meresta19.1 
 5. Lengvinas, Nafta17.9 
 6. Jucikas, AB.17.6 
 7. Gudaitis, Gargzdai17.0 
 8. Brown, Mazeikiai16.5 
 9. Sragauskis, LKKA-.16.3 
 10. Giedraitis, ABRO-.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.8 
 2. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.2 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.8.8 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.3 
 5. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.8 
 6. Jogela, Zalgir.7.8 
 7. Jucikas, AB.7.7 
 8. Vaitiekunas, Triob.7.5 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.4 
 10. Kumpys, Nafta U.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (189-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.5.5 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.3 
 3. Semaska, Perla.4.8 
 4. Vileita, Perla.4.8 
 5. Varanauskas, Stat.4.7 
 6. Kurauskas, AB.4.5 
 7. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.5 
 8. Stasys, Mazeikiai4.5 
 9. Kuklierius, Mating.4.5 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Tri.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.6 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.6 
 3. Razutis, Silute2.5 
 4. Brown, Mazeikiai2.2 
 5. Paliukenas, S.Marc.2.0 
 6. Vileita, Perla.2.0 
 7. Krivonis, Matinga-.1.9 
 8. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 9. Kazakauskas, Naft.1.8 
 10. Birgelis, Matinga.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (218-C-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.4 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 3. Jucikas, AB.1.3 
 4. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.2 
 5. Ramanauskas, Sil.1.1 
 6. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.1 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 8. Gvazdaitis, Mating.1.0 
 9. Kaubrys, Silute0.9 
 10. Kymantas, Zalgir.0.9 


LKL: Rudupis hands Lietuvos Rytas their first LKL loss - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Sensation in the BEKO-Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). Rudupis Prienu has defeated a league leader Lietuvos rytas Vilnius who was 8-0 so far in LKL this season. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) netted 5/5 three pointers and 27 points and led Prienai to a difficult victory 90:88 (17:17 17:27 31:15 25:29) in the new Prienai Arena.

The match started off very slowly and both teams turned to defense. Lietuvos rytas Vilnius led 3:2 after 3:30 minutes but Dainius Salenga responded with 5 points in a row giving Prienai a 7:5 lead. Soon Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) and Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) recovered Lietuvos Rytas' lead to 9:7. With 2 minutes left on the clock, Dainius Salenga and Simas Buterlevicius (200-F-89) drained two three pointers (15:11) but Vilnius wiped out the deficit and the score was tied at 17:17 at the end of the first quarter.

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius started the second quarter with a 5:0 run (22:17) but Edgaras Zelionis (207-C-89) responded with 2 points and one and reduced the deficit to 25:23. Vilmantas Dilys (208-F-87, agency: Interperformances) netted four points in a row and increased the visitors' lead to 32:25 but Prienai answered with a 6:0 run and after Dainius Salenga's two pointer Lietuvos Rytas led only by 1 - 32:31. However, Vilnius managed to rebuild their lead to 43:33 and led 44:34 as the players headed to the locker room.

After the halftime the situation remained the same. Gediminas Orelikas (199-G/F-90) tried to reduce the difference but Lietuvos rytas Vilnius would regain their double digit lead. With four minutes left till the end of the quarter, Rytas' lead was reduced to 5 (54:49) and after Gintaras Kadziulis' (193-G-80) two pointer the score was 54:51. Vilnius struggled offensively and with 2 minutes left to play, Rudupis Prienu managed to take a 59:56 lead. At the last minute of the quarter, Prienai lead reached 7 points (63:56), which was reduced to 65:59 by Vilnius in the remainder of the third quarter.

Four minutes played in the fourth quarter, Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) brought back the lead to Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (71:70) but Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) responded with a three pointer, giving Rudupis Prienu a 73:71 lead. With four minutes left to play Dainius Salenga netted yet another three pointer, Gintaras Kadziulis and Justinas Sinica added 3 free throws and thus regained a 6 point Rudupis lead. 2 minutes left on the game clock, Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) answered with a three pointer and Lawrence Roberts added 2 and 1 cutting the lead to 83:81 but Vilnius didn't manage to tie the score and Rudupis Prienu celebrated a sensational victory.

Rudupis Prienu: Dainius Salenga 27 (5/5 three pointers), Gediminas Orelikas 15, Edgaras Zelionis 10 (8 rebounds).

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius: Tyrese Rice 20 (6/15 2 pt FG), Renaldas Seibutis and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) 14, Lawrence Roberts 11 (10 rebounds).


Pieno Zvaigzdes loses two players due to injuries - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys' victory over Sakalai Vilnius in Vilnius yesterday has come at a high cost. They have lost two players due to injuries. Center Evaldas Kairys (207-C-90) has sprained his ankle. This after he just recently recovered from the same injury and came back to the team.

Another player, Saulius Kulvietis (203-F-91) pulled his muscle while guard Leroy Nobles (195-G/F-87, college: IUPUI) collided with the opponent and bruised his knee. However, the american is feeling fine after this injury and should get back to the court in the coming days.

Medical examination will show how long Evaldas Kairys and Saulius Kulvietis will remain sidelined.


Bowles' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
22-year old power forward Denzel Bowles (208-F/C-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for Siauliai and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week