EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/19/2011

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  ABA   


Indy Drive 2011-12 roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Brent Harrell returns as the Head Coach of the Indianapolis Drive for the second season of the team, in which Dometreus Kemp (6'5''-F/G-85, college: Indiana) is the top player and Mame Bocar Ba (6'9''-C) supplies the international flavour, see here down the ful team roster

David BARLOW G 5-11 I U P U-Indianapolis
Mame Bocar BA C 6-9 Colorado State
Brandon CARR F/C 6-7 Southern Indiana
Brandon EVANS G/F 6-3 Lawrence North HS (IN)
Marcus EVANS F 6-6 Mississippi College
Wayne KEELEN G 5-9 Santa Clara
Dometreus 'Tre' KEMP F 6-5 Lawrence North HS (IN)
Marquez MORSE G 6-2
Angelo SMITH C 6-9 I U P U-Indianapolis
Wesley SMITH G/F 6-3 Wabash

Head Coach: Brent Harrell
Coach Assistant/Player Personnel: Greg Rakestraw
Coach Assistant: Kennedy Wells


Bluff City Reign roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci
The Memphis, Tennessee based Bluff City Reign is an ABA team yet undefeated, at the top of South Central Division. The team is coached by former NBAer Cedric Henderson (6'7''-F-75, college: Memphis) and has Myron Strong (6'2''-G-89) as one of the best performers, Nigerian Cyril Awere (6'11''-C-85) as the tallest man and Galen Young (6'6''-F-75, college: Charlotte) as the most experienced player. See here down its full roster

Cyril AWERE C, 1985,6-11 NIGERIA
Cordero BOWEN G, 1988, 6-3 Mississippi College '10
Emmitt GREEN G, 1986, 6-1 Hometown: Southaven, MS
Lawrence HARRIS G, 1986, 6-0 Hometown: Memphis, TN
Dontaye HINTON F, 1987, 6-5 Bethel '09
Johnnie JACKSON F, 1984, 6-7 Ohio '10
Andreus LEE F, 1977, 6-6 Lane '01
Theophilus LITTLE C, 1984, 6-10 Arkansas State '06
Lawanski NEWSOME F, 1988, 6-6 Mississippi College '10
Myron STRONG G, 1989, 6-2 U T E P '10
Rashad WEATHERS F, 1987, 6-7 Le Moyne-Owen '09
Barry WELLINGTON G, 1987, 6-1 Mountain State '10
Galen YOUNG F, 1975, 6-7 U N C C '99

Head Coach: Cedric Henderson
Coach Assistant: Rodney Newsom



Detroit Hoops beat Gem City Hall of Famers - by Gianni Pascucci
Damien McSwine (6'4''-G-78, college: Loyola, IL) did not disappoint the fans of Detroit in his debut as he made several big plays in the fourth quarter to give the Detroit Hoops the lead for good. The first three quarters were dominated by Dayton based Gem City Hall of Famers. The Hoops used their speed and defense to take control of the game, ultimately coming away with their first win of the season 103-111. Detroit had 4 players in double figures with Marvin Walker (6'3''-G-89) leading the way with 35 points. The Hoops will be tested in front of a tough crowd on Sunday when they travel to Lima to play the division leader Lima Explosion who has defeated Detroit once this season.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 10-1 
 2. Cedevita 10-2 
 3. Partizan 8-4 
 4. Buducnost 8-4 
 5. Union Olimpija 8-4 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 7-5 
 7. Cibona 7-5 
 8. Radnicki K. 6-6 
 9. Siroki WWin 5-7 
 10. Hemofarm 4-7 
 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. Simon, KK.17.2 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.7 
 7. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Kasun, KK.15.1 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm12.7 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.7 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.5 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.5 
 7. Simon, KK.5.6 
 8. May, KK.5.6 
 9. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 10. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.6 
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. Dragic, Krka1.8 
 3. Draper, Cedevita1.8 
 4. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.7 
 5. Simon, KK.1.6 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 7. Salin, Union Olimp.1.6 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi1.6 
 9. Zubcic, Cibona1.6 
 10. Lucic, Partizan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.2 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.1.1 
 4. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.1 
 6. Savovic, Hemofarm1.0 
 7. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 8. Jordan, Krka0.7 
 9. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.7 
 10. Owens, Cedevita0.7 


Round 12: KK Zagreb CO beats Cibona in a derby game - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most interesting game of round 12 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Seventh ranked KK Zagreb CO won against visiting Cibona (7-5) 82-77. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Center Mario Kasun (213-80) chipped in 13 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Cibona's coach Daniel Lutz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Cibona. KK Zagreb CO is looking forward to face HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Cibona will play at home against Helios in Domzale and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zagreb. Second ranked Croatian Cedevita faced one of their biggest challengers Serbian Partizan. Host Cedevita (10-2) defeated guests from Beograd (8-4) 75-57. It was a good game for swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Dontaye Draper contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds for Partizan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Maccabi T-A. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Union Olimpija and Buducnost. Cedevita will play against Hemofarm (#10) in Vrsac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Zvezda.
Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Slovenian Helios (2-10) 94-56 in Tel-Aviv. Worth to mention a quality performance of Sofoklis Schortsanitis who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Dejan Jeftic with 17 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 10-1 record. Helios lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Maccabi T-A will meet Radnicki K. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Beograd, where 9th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (5-7) lost to twelfth ranked Serbian Zvezda (3-9) in a road game 72-83. The winners were led by Petar Popovic who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zvezda moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krka. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Krka was defeated by Radnicki K. in Kragujevac 82-75. Buducnost beat Zlatorog at home 81-75. Hemofarm lost to Union Olimpija on the opponent's court 75-80.



Maccabi T-A - Helios 94-56

Israeli leader Maccabi T-A delivered the tenth victory on Saturday night. This time they crushed 13th ranked Slovenian Helios (2-10) 94-56 in Tel-Aviv. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Helios' 14 and had 26 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Helios only scored nine points from the stripe. Maccabi T-A forced 19 Helios turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Maccabi T-A made 8 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and American center Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who added 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was Bosnian forward Dejan Jeftic (200-89) with 17 points and Croatian forward Drazen Bubnic (207-86) scored 5 points, 5 rebounds and 4 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. Defending Israeli champion maintains first position with 10-1 record. Helios lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with ten games lost. They share the position with Zlatorog. Maccabi T-A will meet Radnicki K. (#8) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Helios will play against Cibona (#7) in Zagreb and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: S.Schortsanitis 23+8reb, S.James 19+3reb+2ast, K.Langford 12+4reb+2ast, R.Hendrix 8+5reb, T.Papaloukas 8+5reb+8ast, D.Smith 7+3reb
Helios: D.Jeftic 17+2reb, T.Bolcina 11+2reb, K.Prepelic 8+2reb+3ast, D.Pasalic 5+4reb+2ast, D.Bubnic 5+5reb+4ast, D.Gay 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 133006


Radnicki K. - Krka 82-75

There was no surprise in Kragujevac where 11th ranked Slovenian Krka (3-9) was defeated by eighth ranked Serbian Radnicki K. (6-6) 82-75. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Krka won third quarter 23-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Radnicki K. won last quarter 23-17. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 assists and American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) supported him with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points and 7 rebounds by swingman Zoran Dragic (196-89) did not help to save the game for Krka. American guard Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-88, college: UCLA) added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Radnicki K. have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 6-6 record. Defending Slovenian champion Krka keeps the eleventh place with nine games lost. Radnicki K.'s next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Krka will play at home against Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko.
Top scorers:
Radnicki K.: D.Simon 24+7reb+1ast, S.Markovic 17+3reb+16ast, M.Scott 16+10reb+2ast, S.Bratic 14+5reb+1ast, A.Gaddefors 5+1reb, D.Mijatovic 3+2reb
Krka: Z.Dragic 19+7reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 15+5reb+1ast, J.Baxter 12+5reb+3ast, J.Balazic 10+7reb+1ast, S.Petrov 8+1reb+1ast, S.Pavic 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 133007


Buducnost - Zlatorog 81-75

No shocking result in a game in Podgorica where fourth ranked Montenegrin Buducnost (8-4) defeated bottom-ranked Slovenian Zlatorog (2-10) 81-75. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Zlatorog took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Buducnost had a 23-21 second period charge getting the lead and Zlatorog was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-81. 28 personal fouls committed by Zlatorog helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by Serbian forward Cedomir Vitkovac (201-82, agency: Beo Basket) who scored that evening 19 points and 7 rebounds and center Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: Beo Basket) supported him with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Even 14 points and 9 rebounds by center Alen Omic (213-92) did not help to save the game for Zlatorog. Guard Danijel Vujasinovic (180-89) added 8 points and 9 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Buducnost have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Montenegrin champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Union Olimpija. Zlatorog at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Buducnost's next round opponent will be Union Olimpija (#5) in Ljubljana. Zlatorog will play on the road against Krka (#11) in Novo Mesto.
Top scorers:
Buducnost: C.Vitkovac 19+7reb+1ast, M.Popovic 18+1reb, B.Dubljevic 12+12reb, B.Krstovic 12+4reb+2ast, J.Anderson 8+3reb+1ast, N.Ivanovic 6+1reb+2ast
Zlatorog: A.Omic 14+9reb+1ast, G.Mali 13+5reb+3ast, S.Atanackovic 11+1reb, L.Lapornik 9+4reb+4ast, D.Vujasinovic 8+4reb+9ast, J.Brodnik 7+3reb
gschID: 133001


Union Olimpija - Hemofarm 80-75

Very expected game in Ljubljana where 10th ranked Serbian Hemofarm (4-7) was defeated by sixth ranked Slovenian Union Olimpija (8-4) 80-75. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 34-28 Hemofarm's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 80-75 at the end of the game. Union Olimpija forced 19 Hemofarm turnovers. The winners were led by guard Jaka Blazic (193-90) who scored that evening 21 points and American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) supported him with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Even a double-double of 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists by forward Boris Savovic (206-87) did not help to save the game for Hemofarm. Bosnian-Serbian guard Aleksej Nesovic (189-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hemofarm's coach Zeljko Lukajic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Union Olimpija moved-up to third place, which they share with Partizan and Buducnost. Hemofarm lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with seven games lost. Union Olimpija's next round opponent will be Buducnost (#4) in Podgorica. Hemofarm will play at home against the league's second-placed Cedevita (#2) in Zagreb.
Top scorers:
Union Olimpija: J.Blazic 21+4reb+1ast, S.Salin 14+2reb+2ast, D.Thompson 14+8reb+1ast, J.Mocnik 11+2reb+9ast, D.Bertans 8+2reb+1ast, R.Rothbart 6+10reb
Hemofarm: B.Savovic 18+10reb+4ast, A.Nesovic 13+5reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 10+4reb+5ast, L.Mitrovic 10+2reb, M.Pantic 8+1reb, I.Maras 8+2reb
gschID: 133002


Cedevita - Partizan 75-57

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Zagreb. Second ranked Croatian Cedevita faced one of their biggest challengers Serbian Partizan. Host Cedevita (10-2) defeated guests from Beograd (8-4) 75-57. The game was mostly controlled by Cedevita. Partizan was better in third quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cedevita forced 20 Partizan turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Marino Bazdaric (197-78) who led his team to a victory with 11 points and 5 rebounds. American-Croatian guard Dontaye Draper (180-84, college: Charleston) contributed with 17 points and 4 steals for the winners. Forward Vladimir Lucic (202-89, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 14 points and 5 rebounds and center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Partizan. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cedevita have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 10-2 record having just -1 point less than leader Maccabi T-A. Defending Serbian champion Partizan keeps the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Union Olimpija and Buducnost. Cedevita will play against Hemofarm (#10) in Vrsac in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Partizan's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Beograd Zvezda.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: D.Draper 17+1ast, H.Owens 13+1reb, M.Bazdaric 11+5reb+3ast, M.Smodis 8+1reb, V.Princ 6+4reb+1ast, M.Bilan 6+3reb
Partizan: M.Raduljica 15+7reb, V.Lucic 14+5reb+3ast, D.Milosavljevic 10+8reb+2ast, R.Katic 5+1reb+2ast, A.Law 5+2reb, D.Kecman 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 133003


Crvena Zvezda - Siroki WWin 83-72

We should mention about the upset which took place in Beograd, where 9th ranked Bosnian HKK Siroki WWin (5-7) lost to twelfth ranked Serbian Zvezda (3-9) in a road game 72-83. The hosts were ahead by 8 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 21-8 run, which allowed them to win the game. Zvezda made 25-of-32 charity shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Zvezda outrebounded HKK Siroki WWin 38-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by HKK Siroki WWin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by center Petar Popovic (211-79) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 rebounds and guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-90) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 18 points by Croatian guard Fran Pilepic (192-89) did not help to save the game for HKK Siroki WWin. Croatian point guard Jakov Vladovic (186-83) added 6 points and 11 assists. Four HKK Siroki WWin players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zvezda moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Krka. Defending Bosnian champion HKK Siroki WWin keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Zvezda's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Beograd to the arena Partizan.
Top scorers:
Crvena Zvezda: P.Popovic 23+14reb+1ast, A.Milutinovic 16+8reb, N.Nedovic 11+1reb+3ast, S.Lesic 8+5reb, F.Covic 7+1reb, M.Ilic 6+2reb+2ast
Siroki WWin: F.Pilepic 18+3reb+3ast, C.Collins 13+2reb+1ast, D.Planinic 11+5reb, Z.Sakic 10+5reb, J.Vladovic 6+3reb+11ast, B.Barac 5+3reb
gschID: 133004


KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 82-77

The most interesting game of round 12 was a derby match between two teams from Croatia. Seventh ranked KK Zagreb CO won against visiting Cibona (7-5) 82-77. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. KK Zagreb CO made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Krunoslav Simon (197-85) who scored 29 points and 7 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Center Mario Kasun (213-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Davor Kus (191-78, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 6 assists respectively. Four Cibona players scored in double figures. Cibona's coach Daniel Lutz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KK Zagreb CO have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending Croatian champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated Cibona. KK Zagreb CO is looking forward to face HKK Siroki WWin (#9) in Siroki Brijeg in the next round. Cibona will play at home against Helios in Domzale and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: K.Simon 29+7reb+3ast, M.Kasun 13+14reb+1ast, A.Masic 11+1reb, P.Babic 8+2reb+1ast, S.May 8+5reb+3ast, D.Mulaomerovic 6+2reb+4ast
Cibona: D.Rudez 23+8reb+3ast, D.Kus 15+6ast, A.Zizic 11+4reb, A.Barbour 10+5reb+2ast, G.Suton 8+3reb+1ast, B.Chase 6+2reb
gschID: 133005




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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


26th ACCM: Union Bank loses mind game to AS Sale 72-93 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Nigeria hope of turning the table against Association Sportive du Sale basketball club of Morocco went awry as they lost the game of mind and determination by 72-93 points to finish third in group-A.

The Nigerian side who was aiming to go past the Moroccan side so as to lead the group into the quarter-final failed to get it bearing right as they were rattled by the more mobile AS Sale side.

Union Bank lost the first and second quarter (11-19 and 16-31) drew levels in the third quarter sharing the quarter equally with their opponent at 20 points apiece but manage a 25-23 points in the last quarter to go down by 72-93 points but the Nigerian side three wins in the preliminary round was enough to see them make the quarter-final cut in third position.

AS Sale Cameroon import Parfait Bitee led the floor with 26 points, free scoring forward Abdelhakim Zouta poured in 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 block-shots another Cameroon import and former Condo basketball club of Cameroon shooting guard Christain Bayang recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and gave 5 assist with Zakaria EL-Masbahi adding 16 points, 6 assists and 2 rebounds to ensure their side unbeaten run remain intact going into the quarter-finals.

All twelve teams will observe tomorrow (Sunday) as rest before hostility resume on Monday.


26th ACCM: Gallant AL Ahly loses to Libolo 72-85 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
AL Ahly basketball club of Libya was a gallant loser Saturday in a group-A pairing of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men in Sale Morocco by 72-86 points to GDR Libolo basketball club of Angola.

AL Ahly who were cheered by the crowd for giving Libolo a run for their money and talent base lost in all four quarters by 24-28, 15-17, 16-19 and 15-21 points and finished fifth in the group thus ending it hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Though a win would still have not seen them through to the last eight but the Benghazi, Libya-based side was a delight to watch as they were unrelenting throughout the duration of the game giving the Angolan league champion some tough moment.

Libolo Tommie Eddie led his team quest for a comfortable finish in the group that has host Association Sportive du Sale and Nigeria Union Bank with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Olimpio Cipriano was on target with 19 points and 4 rebounds, Luis Costa had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists with Byron Burnett adding 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winner.



26th ACCM: ESS in record win, humble Malabo Kings 127-61 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Etoile Sportive du Sahel basketball club of Tunisia Saturday in it final group-B game humbled Malabo Kings basketball club of Equatorial Guinea by 127-61 points thereby setting a championship record in scoring.

The FIBA Africa Zone-1 giant was in superb form in all four quarters with great basketball display both on offense and defense winning all four quarters by 38-09, 27-14, 32-16 and 30-22 points.

Macram Ben Romdhane led Etoile offense with 21 points and 5 rebounds, Houza Houdhali had 17 points and 3 rebounds, Montenegro import Ersid Ljuca had a double double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Radhouane Slimane, Mahmoud Toumi and Ibrahim Naddari contributed 12, 11 and 10 points respectively.

The big win for Etoile gave them a second place finish behind defending champion Primeiro de Agosto of Angola and a sure place in the quarter-final.



26th ACCM: CR AL-Hoceima bow to Agosto 62-70 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima basketball club of Morocco Saturday bow to the superior style of play of defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men by 62-70 points in a game where both sides share the quarter evenly (09-13, 13-26, 17-16 and 23-15).

The Moroccan side came into the game with the mindset to spring a surprise which they almost achieve against the defending champion who decided to take the calmly as they have already booked a place in the quarter-final as group-B leader while Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima are also through to the last eight but want to avoid finishing the preliminary round as the fourth placed team and being paired against the top team in group-A.

Agosto Reggie Moore led the floor with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Amando Costa added 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal with Carlos Almeida contributing 12 points and 4 rebounds to help their side remain unbeaten going into the quarter-finals.



26th ACCM: Mazembe through to last-8 beat Urunani 74-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday confirm its place in the quarter-final of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men with a 74-62 points win over Urunani basketball club of Burundi.

The group-A game saw the DR Congo side winning the first quarter by 19-13 points but the Burundian fought back to even score in the second quarter for a half-time scores of 36-30 points, the third quarter was Mazembe greatest moment as they race to 25-15 points victory to take a 16 points advantage of 61-45 points going into the last quarter. The Kinshasa-based side however, lost the last quarter to the determined Urunani side by 13-17 points but the damage was not enough to see them crashing as they picked their second victory in the group to go through to the quarter-finals.

Mazembe Aubin Kasongo led his team fight for a place among the top eight teams with a double double of 16 points and 10 rebound, Ngongo Asani also posted a double double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assist while the duo of Bertrand Boukinda and Katumbayi Tsibangu contributed 11 points, 2 assist and 10 points, 8 rebounds to their side hard earn victory over the Urunani side.



26th ACCM: Royal Hoopers crashed out, lost to Atletico 63-88 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria finally crashed out of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men losing by 63-88 points to Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola on a day Carlos Morais was on fire for his side scoring 34 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steal.

The Nigerian side that was the last of the twelve the championship lost three of the four quarters (17-23, 17-13, 15-32 and 14-20) to record fourth straight lose and one forfeit.

Morais scored 10 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter with Roderricks Nealy pouring in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist and Paulo Baros recording 12 points, 4 rebound and 2 steal to seal victory for the Luanda-based Petroloes who won the African title in 2006 in Lagos, Nigeria.


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  ALBANIA   


Tirana keep the leadership position - by Eurobasket News
Tirana keep the leadership position after four games played in 2011/2012 season. The team smashed Teuta 115:74 in their last game. Kamza Basket and Vllaznia are second with 3-1 records each. Vllaznia needed 73:70 to beat Flamurtarti that fell at 1-3 record. Kamza Basket edged UAT 68:41.


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  ALGERIA   


Pan Arab Games: Jordan wins Group D - by Eurobasket News
Jordan- Algeria 78:68

Jordan wins Group D of the Pan Arab Games to secure the place in the Semifinal. The favorites defeated Algeria 78:68 on Sunday.
Jordan started with 13-10 after the first period, but could not keep the advantage at the end of the half. Algeria bounced back with 28-17 in the second quarter and grabbed 38:30 lead at the halftime. Jordan meanwhile needed two victories in the second half to secure the win. They produced 22-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 26-16 in the last stanza.
Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) added 15. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) and Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) posted 11 points each, while the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Tampa) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Touhami Ghezzoul (209-C-87, college: N.Dakota St. JC) collected 20 points and 13 boards. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) scored 10 as Algeria fell at 0-1 record at the Second Stage.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 19, Enver Soobzokov 15, Wesam Al-Sous 11, Ayman Idais 11+11 rebs
Algeria: Mounir Benzegala 23, Touhami Ghezzoul 20+13 rebs, Mohamed Harath 10


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26th ACCM: Gallant AL Ahly loses to Libolo 72-85 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
AL Ahly basketball club of Libya was a gallant loser Saturday in a group-A pairing of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men in Sale Morocco by 72-86 points to GDR Libolo basketball club of Angola.

AL Ahly who were cheered by the crowd for giving Libolo a run for their money and talent base lost in all four quarters by 24-28, 15-17, 16-19 and 15-21 points and finished fifth in the group thus ending it hope of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Though a win would still have not seen them through to the last eight but the Benghazi, Libya-based side was a delight to watch as they were unrelenting throughout the duration of the game giving the Angolan league champion some tough moment.

Libolo Tommie Eddie led his team quest for a comfortable finish in the group that has host Association Sportive du Sale and Nigeria Union Bank with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Olimpio Cipriano was on target with 19 points and 4 rebounds, Luis Costa had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists with Byron Burnett adding 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winner.



26th ACCM: CR AL-Hoceima bow to Agosto 62-70 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima basketball club of Morocco Saturday bow to the superior style of play of defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men by 62-70 points in a game where both sides share the quarter evenly (09-13, 13-26, 17-16 and 23-15).

The Moroccan side came into the game with the mindset to spring a surprise which they almost achieve against the defending champion who decided to take the calmly as they have already booked a place in the quarter-final as group-B leader while Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima are also through to the last eight but want to avoid finishing the preliminary round as the fourth placed team and being paired against the top team in group-A.

Agosto Reggie Moore led the floor with 20 points and 5 rebounds, Amando Costa added 13 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steal with Carlos Almeida contributing 12 points and 4 rebounds to help their side remain unbeaten going into the quarter-finals.



26th ACCM: Royal Hoopers crashed out, lost to Atletico 63-88 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria finally crashed out of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men losing by 63-88 points to Atletico Petroleos basketball club of Angola on a day Carlos Morais was on fire for his side scoring 34 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steal.

The Nigerian side that was the last of the twelve the championship lost three of the four quarters (17-23, 17-13, 15-32 and 14-20) to record fourth straight lose and one forfeit.

Morais scored 10 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter with Roderricks Nealy pouring in 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assist and Paulo Baros recording 12 points, 4 rebound and 2 steal to seal victory for the Luanda-based Petroloes who won the African title in 2006 in Lagos, Nigeria.


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NBL Round 11: Gold Coast Blaze edges Perth Wildcats by three points - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

The most exciting game of round 11 in the NBL took place in Broadbeach. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (8-5) to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (5-5) 77-74 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 19-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gold Coast Blaze dominated on the defensive end, holding Perth Wildcats to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Gold Coast Blaze forced 19 Perth Wildcats turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who scored 28 points. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) produced 9 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crocodiles. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second position with five games lost. Gold Coast Blaze is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Auckland. First ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 3rd placed Cairns Taipans. Host New Zealand Breakers (10-3) smashed guests from Cairns (6-6) 85-65. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Daryl Corletto contributed with 26 points for the winners. American guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Findon. Local Adelaide 36ers (4-8) outscored 9th ranked Wollongong Hawks (3-9) 87-63 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Diamon Simpson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Joevan Catron responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 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. Adelaide 36ers maintains eighth place with 4-8 record. Wollongong Hawks lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 11 Crocodiles were defeated by Tigers in Melbourne 93-80.



Breakers - Taipans 85-65

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Auckland. First ranked New Zealand Breakers faced 3rd placed Cairns Taipans. Host New Zealand Breakers (10-3) smashed guests from Cairns (6-6) 85-65. The game was mostly controlled by New Zealand Breakers. Cairns Taipans was better in third quarter 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. New Zealand Breakers made 22-of-24 charity shots (91.7 percent) during the game. New Zealand Breakers outrebounded Cairns Taipans 42-28 including 16 on the offensive glass. American guard Cedric Jackson (191-86, college: Cleveland St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized British guard Daryl Corletto (193-81) contributed with 26 points for the winners. American guard Andrew Warren (195-87, college: Bradley, agency: Interperformances) answered with 18 points and the former international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) added 13 points in the effort for Cairns Taipans. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. New Zealand Breakers have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-3 record. Cairns Taipans at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. New Zealand Breakers will play against league's second-placed Perth Wildcats on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Cairns Taipans will play against Melbourne Tigers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Breakers: D.Corletto 26+1reb, C.Jackson 18+6reb+7ast, G.Wilkinson 13+5reb+1ast, M.Vukona 8+6reb+3ast, T.Abercrombie 7+3reb, B.Anthony 6+2reb+1ast
Taipans: A.Warren 18+2reb+1ast, A.Loughton 13+4reb, J.Wilson 11+3reb+2ast, B.Hill 6+6reb+2ast, J.Dowdell 5, G.Deba 5+1reb+2ast
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36ers - Hawks 87-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Findon. Local Adelaide 36ers (4-8) outscored 9th ranked Wollongong Hawks (3-9) 87-63 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Adelaide 36ers. Wollongong Hawks managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a quality performance of American forward Diamon Simpson (201-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Center Daniel Johnson (212-88, college: Pepperdine) helped adding 21 points and 6 rebounds. Four Adelaide 36ers players scored in double figures. American forward Joevan Catron (198-88, college: Oregon) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) scored 12 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. Adelaide 36ers maintains eighth place with 4-8 record. Wollongong Hawks lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Adelaide 36ers will meet higher ranked Gold Coast Blaze (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Wollongong Hawks will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
36ers: D.Simpson 22+10reb+1ast, D.Johnson 21+6reb+1ast, C.Warren 12+5ast, S.Weigh 11+4reb+2ast, D.Ng 6+4reb+1ast, T.Daly 5+2ast
Hawks: J.Catron 19+11reb, T.Coenraad 12+4reb+1ast, M.Campbell 8+1ast, T.Demos 7+1reb+1ast, R.Martin 7+1reb+1ast, G.Saville 4+7reb+4ast
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Blaze - Wildcats 77-74

The most exciting game of round 11 in the NBL took place in Broadbeach. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Perth Wildcats (8-5) to seventh ranked Gold Coast Blaze (5-5) 77-74 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 19-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gold Coast Blaze dominated on the defensive end, holding Perth Wildcats to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Gold Coast Blaze forced 19 Perth Wildcats turnovers. The best player for the winners was international guard Adam Gibson (188-86) who scored 28 points. The former international forward Mark Worthington (202-83, college: Metro St.) chipped in 15 points and 9 rebounds. The former international power forward Matthew Knight (204-85, college: Loyola Mary) produced 9 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Kevin Lisch (188-86, college: St.Louis, agency: Warren Sports International) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Perth Wildcats' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Gold Coast Blaze moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Crocodiles. Defending champion Perth Wildcats keep the second position with five games lost. Gold Coast Blaze is looking forward to face Adelaide 36ers (#8) in Findon in the next round. Perth Wildcats will play at home against the league's leader New Zealand Breakers (#1) in Auckland and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Blaze: A.Gibson 28+4reb+3ast, A.Deleon 15+3reb+2ast, M.Worthington 15+9reb, C.Goulding 7+6reb+1ast, W.Hudson 5+7reb, T.Garlepp 4+3reb
Wildcats: K.Lisch 17+2reb+2ast, L.Nevill 10+5reb+3ast, M.Knight 9+14reb+1ast, J.Wagstaff 7+3reb+1ast, B.Robbins 7+2ast, S.Redhage 7+3reb+2ast
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Tigers - Crocodiles 93-80

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Townsville Crocodiles (5-5) were defeated on the road by third ranked Melbourne Tigers (7-6) 93-80 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-80. It was a great evening for the former international forward Tommy Greer (200-83, college: Nova SE) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 8 rebounds. International power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) helped adding 19 points and 5 rebounds. Four Melbourne Tigers players scored in double figures. The former international swingman Peter Crawford (193-79) responded with 30 points and the former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-83) scored 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Melbourne Tigers maintains third place with 7-6 record having just three points less than leader Breakers. Loser Townsville Crocodiles keep the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with Blaze. Melbourne Tigers will meet at home Cairns Taipans (#4) in the next round. Townsville Crocodiles will play against Kings in Sydney and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tigers: C.Tragardh 19+5reb+1ast, R.Dorsey 18+5reb+1ast, T.Greer 18+8reb+2ast, D.Dillon 16+3reb+4ast, A.Ubaka 8+3reb+3ast, L.Walker 7+7reb+1ast
Crocodiles: P.Crawford 30+2reb+2ast, J.Holmes 20+8reb+4ast, L.Schenscher 11+3reb+3ast, E.Mims 7+7reb+1ast, T.Blanchfield 6+4reb+1ast, E.Gill 6+3reb+6ast
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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. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 3. Khazzouh, Kings18.6 
 4. Crawford, Croco.17.2 
 5. Wilkinson, Breakers17.2 
 6. Lisch, Wildcats17.2 
 7. Wilson, Taipans16.9 
 8. Deleon, Blaze16.6 
 9. Warren, 36ers16.4 
 10. Johnson, 36ers16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Khazzouh, Kings11.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.5 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.4 
 5. Grant, Kings7.9 
 6. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 7. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 8. Greer, Tigers6.8 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.8 
 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, Crocodiles4.4 
 7. Martin, Hawks3.9 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.6 
 9. Warren, 36ers3.4 
 10. Wilson, Taipans3.3 
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. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.3 
 8. Gill, Crocodiles1.2 
 9. Deleon, Blaze1.1 
 10. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Khazzouh, Kings2.1 
 2. Simpsons, 36ers1.5 
 3. Grant, Kings1.5 
 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 7-6 
 4. Taipans 6-6 
 5. Kings 6-7 
 6. Blaze 5-5 
 7. Crocodiles 5-5 
 8. 36ers 4-8 
 9. Hawks 3-9 


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Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 11-2 
 2. Klosterneub. 10-2 
 3. Wels 9-3 
 4. Oberwart 8-4 
 5. Kapfenberg 8-4 
 6. Gussing 6-7 
 7. BC Vienna 6-7 
 8. UBSC Graz 4-9 
 9. Furstenfeld 4-9 
 10. Arkadia 3-10 
 11. St.Polten 0-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna27.2 
 2. Wade, Arkadia24.4 
 3. Booker, St.Polten23.0 
 4. Reed, Oberwart21.9 
 5. Djuric, Gussing19.0 
 6. Drenovac, Arkadia18.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.18.7 
 8. Vay, Arkadia18.3 
 9. Bobb, Klosterneub.18.1 
 10. Rakocevic, BC Vi.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.13.8 
 2. Werner, Wels9.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia8.8 
 4. Oppland, Gmunden8.2 
 5. Reed, Oberwart7.8 
 6. Skurdauskas, Arkad.7.8 
 7. Suljanovic, Kloste.7.3 
 8. Ware, Furstenfeld6.8 
 9. Trmal, St.Polten6.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Vay, Arkadia5.8 
 2. Fears, Kapfenberg5.8 
 3. Danek, Arkadia5.5 
 4. Schreiner, Kapfe.5.2 
 5. Klepeisz, Gussing5.1 
 6. Lanegger, Klostern.4.9 
 7. Shavies, Furstenf.4.9 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.8 
 9. Rakocevic, BC Vi.4.6 
 10. Curry, Gmunden4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Vay, Arkadia2.5 
 2. Pryor, Wels2.4 
 3. Shavies, Furstenf.2.3 
 4. Fears, Kapfenberg2.3 
 5. Schreiner, Kapfe.1.9 
 6. Brown, Wels1.8 
 7. Scott, Gussing1.7 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.6 
 9. Arnold, Gmunden1.5 
 10. Wade, Arkadia1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zarko RAKOCEVIC
  BC Vi.
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Rakocevic, BC Vi.3.2 
 2. Ware, Furstenfeld1.3 
 3. Brown, Wels0.8 
 4. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.7 
 5. Scott, Gussing0.7 
 6. Greimeister, Klost.0.6 
 7. Francois, BC Vienna0.6 
 8. Shaw, Oberwart0.6 
 9. Vay, Arkadia0.5 
 10. Sallomon, Kloster.0.5 


BC Vienna signs Alen Trepalovac and Sven Malus - by Stefan Prager
After adding forward Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87), who had 23 points and 7 rebounds in his debut game vs Traiskirchen just today, the BC Vienna strenghtened its roster with center Alen Trepalovac (214-C-85, agency: World Sport Agency) and forward Sven Malus (194-F-91). The 26 year old Trepalovac was a member of last seasons Vienna team and also played for the BC in their first game of the season. Like Kovacevic Trepalovac had his debut today against the Lions. He posted 27 points on 11/12 FG along with 6 rebounds in an 101:91 road win for the BC. Malus, a 20 year old Slovenian forward also debuted against Traiskirchen having 4 points in a bit more than 11 minutes of action. Meanwhile guard Milos Tripkovic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) has left BC Vienna and went back to Serbia.

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Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Hala 6-0 
 2. Muharraq 6-0 
 3. Al Manama 6-2 
 4. Al Ahli 5-0 
 5. Nuwaidrat 4-2 
 6. Issa Town 2-4 
 7. Sitra 2-4 
 8. Al Ittihad 2-5 
 9. Bahrain Club 2-5 
 10. Samaheej 0-6 
 11. Al Najma 0-7 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 10-1 
 2. Bosna 10-1 
 3. Capljina 8-3 
 4. Varda HE 7-4 
 5. Leotar 7-4 
 6. Mladost 6-4 
 7. Hercegovac 5-6 
 8. Borac Nektar 4-6 
 9. Zrinjski HT 4-7 
 10. Celik 3-8 
 11. Brotnjo 3-9 
 12. Servitium 2-8 
 13. Vogosca 1-9 
Play in international cups:
 1. Siroki WWin 0-0 


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


Paulistano destroy Uniceub/BRB in Round 10 - by Eurobasket News
Paulistano celebrated the seventh win in NBB season. They stormed past Uniceub/BRB 120:93 in Round 10. Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) erupted for 40 points to pace the winners. The teams got to a flying start. They combined for 67 points in the opening frame as Paulistano grabbed a 5-point lead. The hosts stretched the margin to 7-point mark at halftime. Paulistano delivered 35 points in the third term to take a 17-point advantage and never looked back en route to the victory. Felipe Ribeiro (201-F-79) accounted for 21 points, while Betinho Nardi Duarte (195-G/F-88) had 19 points in the win. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) answered with 28 points for Uniceub/BRB. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) posted 17 points in the loss.
Flamengo improved at 8-1 record after thumping Vila Velha 103:41 at home court. Six played scored in double figures to pace well-balanced effort from the hosts. David Jackson (196-G-82, college: Penn St.) knocked down 18 points, while Helio Vitor Lima (184-PG-81) added 14 points in the win.


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Levski with hard victory in Botevgrad - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski had very difficult game in Botevgrad but despite that was able to grab important victory by the score 77-71 over local Balkan in Round 10 of National Basketball League. The hosts were very inspired by their crowd but Levski dominated the last quarter to secure the success of this team.

Both teams had problems to score in the first quarter. Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) managed to get the first six points of the visiting team. Balkan got the first lead 10-8 after the middle of the first ten minutes. After few more lead changes Levski was at the top by a single point at the end of it - 19-18.

It happened that Evtimov once again to scored the first 3 points for Levski in the second quarter and pulled the team up by 4 points. Both teams then had few unsuccessful attacks before Balkan to score his first basket in nearly four minutes after the start of the quarter. The home team even made a series of 7-0. They had a chance to make double-digit but despite that they went at the half time break leading 40-32.

The third part started great for Balkan, since in the first attack Dimitar Filipov scored a triple. The hosts maintained the lead for few minutes but then the players of Levski woke up and cut it to only 2. Balkan took a time out after which they managed two 3-pointers in row and put back the difference in their favor to 8 once again. However right before the start of the last quarter Zlatin Georgiev scored to put his team back in the game 56-53.

A series of 9-0 shortly after the beginning of the last quarter again brought Levski up 64-59. Dimitar Marincheshki stopped their series but one another 5 consecutive points raised the Levski lead up to 8 points. In that point of the game the winner was pretty much decided as they closed the match at 77-71 for eight win of the season in NBL.

Aaron Harper was the best scorer for Levski with with 17 points. Vasil Evtimov had a double-double performance with after 16 points and 17 rebounds while Marcus Hall finished with 14 points.

For most hosts american Martin finished with 17 points. Three other - Lubomir Lilov, Dimiter Philipov and Stanimir Marinov added 13 points apiece.


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Quebec Kebs add Moodie to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Quebec Kebs (NBL Canada) added to their roster 33-year old American guard Cedric Moodie (187-G-78, college: Indianapolis). In his first game he scored 21 points helping his new team beat Oshawa P. 96-82. Moodie played most recently at Lanus Buenos Aires (Argentina). While playing 17 games for Lanus last season he recorded 8.5ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1apg and 1.7spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Moodie was selected also to the all-star game. He is a very experienced player. Moodie played also pro basketball in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Venezuela. He graduated University of Indianapolis in 2002 and actually missed last season. It will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS35.3 
 2. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.5 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.28.6 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.27.9 
 5. Mills, Xinjiang.27.7 
 6. Chandler, Guangsha.27.6 
 7. McDonald, Fujian X.27.3 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.25.4 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan.25.2 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha24.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 15.8
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX15.8 
 2. Hunter, Shandong14.0 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.4 
 4. Harvey, TianJin R.13.2 
 5. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 6. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.0 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.12.7 
 8. Chandler, Guangsha.12.5 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.1 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 8
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.8.0 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.6.1 
 3. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 4. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.7 
 5. Brooks, Guandong5.4 
 6. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 7. Anderson, Shandon.5.1 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning H.5.0 
 9. Yang, Liaoning H.4.8 
 10. Williams, Shanxi4.4 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.5 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.3 
 3. Daghles, Jilin N.3.2 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.3.0 
 5. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 6. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
 7. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 8. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 9. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 10. Johnson, Qingdao2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 3. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.8 
 4. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 5. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.7 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.1.7 
 7. Ramos, Guangsha L.1.6 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.4 
 9. Carney, Liaoning H.1.4 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.3 


CBA Round 13: Guandong Tigers defeat DongGuan Leopards in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
An interesting game for Guandong Tigers (10-2) which hosted in Dongguan 4th placed DongGuan Leopards (7-6). Second ranked Guandong Tigers had an easy win 128-104. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. DongGuan Leopards managed to win fourth quarter 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 56. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 45-31 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by DongGuan Leopards' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for DongGuan Leopards. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Beijing Ducks. DongGuan Leopards at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian SBS XunXin (#13) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be another easy win for them. DongGuan Leopards will have a break next round.
CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (12-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (4-9) 105-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Qingdao Double Star. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and Randolph Morris chipped in 30 points and 7 rebounds. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Beijing Ducks. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Qingdao Double Star at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Beijing Ducks will play against Shandong Bulls (#10) in Jinan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Bayi Fubang (6-5) and Shanghai Sharks (5-7), which took place in Ningbo. Higher ranked Bayi Fubang lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks 85-94 on Sunday. Mike Harris nailed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Shuo Han came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds for Bayi Fubang in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shanghai Sharks. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Shanghai Sharks will meet higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Fubang will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions having rather not much hope for a victory.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Jilin NE T. was beaten by Xinjiang F.T. on the road 94-89. Liaoning H. won against Fujian XX on its own court 108-94. Jiangsu D. unfortunately lost to Shandong FB in Jinan 91-99. Guangsha L. managed to beat Shanxi Zh. at home 126-112. Foshan was defeated by Zhejiang C. on the opponent's court 103-96.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 36 points (!!!) and 5 steals by Marcus Williams of Shanxi Zh..



Xinjiang F.T. - Jilin NE T. 94-89

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (7-4) beat 10th ranked Jilin Tigers (5-7) in Urumqi 94-89 on Sunday. Jilin Tigers were trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 28-19 charge of Xinjiang Flying Tige, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 26 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige players scored in double figures. Xinjiang Flying Tige's coach Bob Donewald used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) came up with 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) added 29 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Jilin Tigers in the defeat. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Loser Jilin Tigers dropped to the eleventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Shanghai S.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home Liaoning Hunters (#9) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Jilin Tigers will play against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 29+7reb+1ast, D.Osama 25+6reb+7ast, W.Jameel 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Cheng 7+5reb+3ast, L.Wei 7+3reb, L.Yao 6+5reb+1ast
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 26+7reb+3ast, T.ZhengDong 16+5reb+2ast, M.Kenyon 12+8reb+2ast, P.Duo 11, C.Tal 10+4reb+4ast, M.Lati 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 158108


Beijing Ducks - Qingdao DS 105-97

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (12-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (4-9) 105-97. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Qingdao Double Star. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-26 Qingdao Double Star's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 105-97 at the end of the game. Qingdao Double Star was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) stepped up and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) chipped in 30 points and 7 rebounds. Beijing Ducks' coach LuLei Min used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds and American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) scored 31 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory was the twelfth consecutive win for Beijing Ducks. They maintain first place with 12-0 record. Qingdao Double Star at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Beijing Ducks will play against Shandong Bulls (#10) in Jinan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 31+3reb+3ast, O.Olumide 22+17reb+2ast, L.Gen 14+5reb+1ast, S.Sani 11+8reb+4ast, C.Liang 6+3reb+1ast, C.Kai 5+4reb+3ast
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 30+7reb+1ast, M.Stephon 28+5reb+7ast, Z.YanXi 13+4reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 10+11reb+1ast, W.Xiaohui 8+1reb, C.Lei 7+1ast
gschID: 158105


Liaoning H. - Fujian XX 108-94

Rather expected game when 11th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (5-8) lost to ninth ranked Liaoning Hunters (6-6) in Yingkou 94-108 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hunters. Fujian SBS XunXin managed to win third quarter 31-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 7 blocks. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) nailed a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for the winning side and center Dejun Han (215-89) accounted for 17 points and 15 rebounds. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) came up with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) added 14 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for Fujian SBS XunXin in the defeat. Five Liaoning Hunters and four Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Liaoning Hunters maintains ninth place with 6-6 record. Fujian SBS XunXin lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Fujian SBS XunXin will play against the league's second-placed Guandong Tigers (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: M.Will 39+11reb, A.Zaid 14+18reb+4ast, R.Anthony 13+5reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 11+6reb+3ast, Z.Qixin 8+5reb+2ast, X.Yacai 4+1reb
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 35+10reb+2ast, H.Dejun 17+15reb+1ast, Y.Ming 13+3reb+15ast, H.Tian-ju 13+7reb+2ast, P.Josh 12+8reb, L.Xiaoxu 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 158106


Shandong FB - Jiangsu D. 99-91

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Shandong Bulls (6-7) won against 16th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-9) in Jinan 99-91 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shandong Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 34. Shandong Bulls forced 19 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 53-37 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) nailed a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winning side and American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 23 points and 13 rebounds. Four Shandong Bulls players scored in double figures. Shandong Bulls' coach Bob Weiss let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) added 30 points respectively for Jiangsu Dragons in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shandong Bulls. They moved-up to tenth place. Loser Jiangsu Dragons dropped to the fifteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Foshan. Shandong Bulls will meet league's leader Beijing Ducks on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Foshan (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: W.Marcus 30+4reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 26+5reb+2ast, V.Jackson 21+12reb+3ast, S.KangMing 6+10reb, M.Da 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Li 2+2reb+1ast
Shandong FB: A.Alan 23+13reb+3ast, H.Othello 23+15reb+2ast, W.Ke 18+5reb+2ast, L.Li 10+3reb+1ast, L.JiuLong 6+4reb+3ast, S.Jie 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 158107


Guangsha L. - Shanxi Zh. 126-112

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (6-5) lost to third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (8-4) in Hangzhou 112-126 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 69-53 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 30-of-36 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 55-31 including a 35-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 7 blocks. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds for the winning side and American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) accounted for 19 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) came up with 36 points (!!!) and 5 steals (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) added 28 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Shanxi Zhongyu in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. They maintain third place with 8-4 record having four points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Bayi Fubang. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet Bayi Fubang (#7) in the next round. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against Jilin Tigers in Changchun and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 36+4reb, G.Charles 28+10reb, B.ZhaoBao 10+4reb+1ast, Z.XueWen 10+1reb+2ast, P.Shang 7+4reb, D.JiangPeng 6+1reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 34+14reb+2ast, C.Wilson 19+8reb+1ast, J.Lipeng 16+1ast, Z.Wei 12+8reb+1ast, W.Zirui 10+3reb+1ast, W.Bo 9+4reb
gschID: 158102


Guandong ST - DongGuan L. 128-104

An interesting game for Guandong Tigers (10-2) which hosted in Dongguan 4th placed DongGuan Leopards (7-6). Second ranked Guandong Tigers had an easy win 128-104. The game was mostly controlled by Guandong Tigers. DongGuan Leopards managed to win fourth quarter 34-28. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guandong Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to DongGuan Leopards' 56. They outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 45-31 including a 35-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guandong Tigers shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by DongGuan Leopards' players. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals. His fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) added 34 points (!!!) in the effort for DongGuan Leopards. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Guandong Tigers have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-2 record having just two points less than leader Beijing Ducks. DongGuan Leopards at the other side dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Guandong Tigers are looking forward to face Fujian SBS XunXin (#13) in Jinjiang in the next round which should be another easy win for them. DongGuan Leopards will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 34+3reb+1ast, R.Shavlik 33+10reb+2ast, Z.Kai 10+3reb+1ast, S.TongLin 8+5reb+1ast, Q.Biao 7+2ast, F.Qi 6+1reb+1ast
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 27+6reb+10ast, S.James 24+10reb+5ast, W.ShiPeng 18+4reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 18+1reb+2ast, S.Wei 9+3reb+1ast, H.Dong 8+9reb+1ast
gschID: 158103


Zhejiang C. - Foshan 103-96

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (7-4) defeated 15th ranked Foshan (3-9) in Hangzhou 103-96 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-13. But Foshan won second period 28-26. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Zhejiang Cyclones won last quarter 26-20. They also forced 21 Foshan turnovers. American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) nailed 38 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) accounted for 17 points and 19 rebounds. American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) came up with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Foshan in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang F.T. Foshan lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fifteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D.. Zhejiang Cyclones will meet at home Shanghai Sharks (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against Jiangsu Dragons (#16) in Nanjing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Foshan: H.Marcus 26+11reb, M.Michel 17+7reb+3ast, Z.Lingxu 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 11+4reb, D.Marcus 9+10reb+1ast, Z.Zhun 7+4reb
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 38+7reb+2ast, B.Josh 17+19reb+2ast, Z.Anan 16+3reb, D.Jinhui 14+7reb, Z.ChunJun 6+4reb+2ast, C.Fei 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 158104


Bayi Fubang - Shanghai S. 85-94

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Bayi Fubang (6-5) and Shanghai Sharks (5-7), which took place in Ningbo. Higher ranked Bayi Fubang lost at home to thirteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks 85-94 on Sunday. Bayi Fubang was trailing by 14 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 33-23 charge of Shanghai Sharks, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 38 and made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) nailed 24 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) accounted for 31 points. International guard Shuo Han (196-86) came up with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for Bayi Fubang in the defeat. Four Shanghai Sharks and five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Shanghai Sharks. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. They share it with Shanxi Zh.. Shanghai Sharks will meet higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bayi Fubang will play against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: H.Shuo 21+7reb+2ast, W.ZhiZhi 17+6reb+5ast, W.Lei 15+2reb, D.Lehei 11+2reb, M.Ke 10+3reb+1ast, Y.Cao 3+3reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 31+3reb, H.Mike 24+8reb+3ast, F.Tian 13, M.Lingyuan 11+3reb+3ast, Z.ZhaoXu 6+8reb+2ast, W.Yong-Liang 5+2reb+4ast
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Beijing, Guangdong Appear to be Top Two Teams in CBA this Season - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing keeps on winning, defeating Qingdao 105-97 for its twelfth straight win. Randolph Morris had 30 points and 7 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhu Yanxi had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Zhai Xiaochuan had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Xiaohui scored 8 and Chen Lei 7. Ji Zhe had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Lester Hudson scored 31 for Qingdao. Olumide Oyedeji had 22 points and 17 rebounds. Li Gen had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sani Sakakini had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Guangdong moved to a 10-2 record with a 128-104 win over Dongguan. Brooks Aaron (183-PG-85, college: Oregon) had 27 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists. James Singleton had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Veterans Zhu Fangyu and Wang Shipeng each scored 18. Su Wei had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Josh Akognon had 34 points for Dongguan. Shavlik Randolph had 33 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Sun Tonglin had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 7.

Zhejiang Guangsha improved to 8-4 with a 126-112 win over Shanxi. Peter John Ramos had 34 points and 14 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 19 points and 8 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 16. Zhang Wei had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Zirui had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Zhang Yongpeng had 9 points and 12 rebounds. Wang Bo and Wang Fei each scored 9. Marcus Williams had 36 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals for Shanxi. Charles Gaines had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Bao Zhaobao had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Xuewen scored 10.

Patrick Mills had 26 points, and 7 rebounds as Xinjiang gained a 7-4 record with a 94-89 win over Jilin. Tang Zhengdong, in his first good performance of the season, had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Kenyon Martin had 12 points and 8 rebounds and the former number one NBA draft choice is clearly the number two import on this team. Meng Duo scored 11. Xirelijiang had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Mulati had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Cartier Martin had 29 points and 7 rebounds for Jilin. Osama Daghlas had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Jameel Watkins had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zhong Cheng had 7 points and 5 rebounds but the 6-9 widebody hit only 1 of 10 three-pointers. He could be so good if he moved inside and stopped taking these shots.

J. R. Smith had 38 points and 7 rebounds as Zhejiang reached 7-4 with a 103-96 triumph over Foshan. Josh Boone had 17 points and 19 rebounds. Zhao Anan scored 16. Ding Jinhui had 14 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun and Cao Fei each scored 6. Marcus Haislip had 26 points and 11 rebounds for Foshan. Michel Maadanly had 17 points and 7 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Yang Wenbo had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 9 points and 10 rebounds.

Ryan Forehan-Kelly scored 31 as Shanghai defeated Bayi 94-85. Michael Harris had 24 points and 8 rebounds. Feng Tian scored 13 and Meng Lingyuan had 11. Zhang Zhaoxu had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Han Shuo had 21 points and 7 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and still outperforms Zhang Zhaoxu. Wang Lei scored 15, Delehei had 11 and Mo Ke had 10.

Liaoning defeated Fujian 108-94. Rodney Carney had 35 points and 10 rebounds. 7-1 Han Dejun had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Yang Ming had 13 points and 15 assists. He Tianju had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Josh Powell had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Will McDonald had 39 points and 11 rebounds for Fujian. Zaid Abbas had 14 points and 18 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhao Tailong had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zhou Qixin had 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Othello Hunter had 23 points and 15 rebounds as Shandong defeated fading Jiangsu 99-91. Allan Anderson had 23 points and 13 rebounds. Wu Ke had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Li Lin had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Marcus Williams scored 30 for Jiangsu. Hu Xuefeng had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 7 steals. Jackson Vroman had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Song Kangming had 6 points and 10 rebounds.


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Round 9: Dabkus is in the house!! - by Chris Mammides
Intercollege Etha Engomis - Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 89-74
With an amazing Valdas Valdas Dabkus (204-PF-84) the team of Coach Konstantinidis Intercollege Etha Engomis beat the team of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD 89-74 in a derby which the final result is not miroring the real picture of the game as ENAD was very close to the score for more than 34 minutes.
The first period, Etha went itno the game quite aggresivelt and with Valdas Dabkus and Ray in a very good shape but also Thomas Massamba (185-PG-85) took an early lead and end the period with 20-11. The 2nd period though the visiting site of Coach Damianou with Panayiotis Yiannas (186-PG-80) in his best game since he join forces with ENAD and the Veteran Damjanovic with the usual suspect of ENAD Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) performed an amazing basketball and over scored their opponents by 11-21 and took the lead by the end of the half time with 31-32.
The 3rd period we had a 100% balanced game from both teams and the score was moving towards to the end of the period before a small series by the home team gave to ETHA an increased deficit of 5 points by the end of the period, the score was 54-49
The fourth and most crucial period though it was the time for the Lithuanian forward Valdas Dabkus to do his show, with his best ever performance, the Lithuanian was teh main reason, together with Ray and Thomas Massamba that last years champiopns won the game.

It is worth mentioned that Jackson was injured and missed this game
The quarters: 20-11,31-32,54-49, 89-74
Top scorers:
ETHA: Valdas Dabkus 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals, Ray 21 and Thomas Massamba 20
ENAD: Panayiotis Yiannas 13, Matic 10, Damjanovic 12, Dewayne Reed 14


Keravnos Strovolou - Petrolina AEK Larnakas 73-60
Keravnos Strovolou was able to 'forget' its European dream and reached its 9th consecutive victory in nine games and is figuring in the top seat of the league waiting probably the game against the dangerous team of Pizza Express Apollon who is following with just one defeat, the one against Keravnos in Strovolos.
Keravnos was much better in the firt period and overcome the difficulties of the visiting site of Coach Papadopoulos with the American duet Wiliam Hatcher (188-PG-84, college: Miami, OH) and Marcus Moore in a much better shape comparing them against the Hungarians of Szolnoki. The score in the first period was 27-16.
The 2nd period was more or less the same as Keravnos was leading all the time with a specific deficit between 9-15 points with Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) adding another one good performance for the Strovolos team. The score in the half time was 42-29
The third quarter though, like nearly all the 3rd quarters this season for Keravnos was the period where Yiannaras must change if he wants to be 100% sure for the championship, AEK players with Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) and Subotic in the scoring and Garcia in the rebounding and scoring cut the deficit to as less as 53-47 with less than 4 minutes to go, the period ended with 56-50 with AEK overscoring Keravnos with 14-21.
The 4th period Keravnos was Keravnos and with Wiliam Hatcher and Moore finished the game earlier than it was thought by Papadopoulos having in his mind the performance of Keravnos players in the 3rd period. It is worth mentioned that the American guard Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) lost the chance for a third time this season to add him slef in a list of few int eh Cyprus league as he missed the triple double figure for 3 assists as he scored 10 points, 10 rebounds and had 7 assists!!
The Finnish Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) didn't play as he will be replaced by the ex forward of Maroussi Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) as of today.
The quarters: 27-16, 42-29, 56-50,73-60
Top scorers:

Keravnos: Panagiotis Trisokkas 14, Marcus Moore 10, Madache 10, Wiliam Hatcher 18
AEK: Panteli 12, Charron Fisher 14, Subotic 11, Garcia 10



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


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 3. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 4. Costner, Los A.24.7 
 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. Asumnu, Rio G.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 6. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa10.5 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.10.3 
 9. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 10. Milligan, Canton10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.8 
 2. Cooksey, Texas L.9.0 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.7.4 
 6. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 7. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.5 
 9. Baker, Dakota W.6.3 
 10. Snow, Maine RC6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 3. Dentmon, Austin T.2.3 
 4. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 6. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 7. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 8. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Braimoh, Rio G.2.0 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.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.3.5 
 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. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 9. Rogers, Texas L.1.5 
 10. Wright, Maine RC1.5 


Saturday's games - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D. - Bakersfield J. 96-68
After playing in a five point game last night against Bakersfield, the Los Angeles D-Fenders clamped down defensively and defeated the Jam 96-68 at the Toyota Sports Center. The 28-point win was the D-Fenders' largest margin of victory over the Jam, eclipsing the 22-point high set Jan. 28, 2007. 'Defensively it was a huge step for all of us,' D-Fenders head coach Eric Musselman said on Saturday night. 'We did a great job coming over and helping on dribble penetration.' Every time the Jam (6-3) tried to chip away at the lead, the D-Fenders (8-4) had an answer. In their team debuts, Los Angeles' Andrew Goudelock (6'2''-G-88, college: Charleston) totaled 24 points (11-24 FG), four rebounds and seven assists while Malcolm Thomas (6'9''-C-88, college: San Diego St.) recorded 13 points (5-7 FG) and six rebounds. Teammate Jordan Brady (6'6''-F-83) tallied a season-high 20 points (6-12 FG, 4-7 3FG) and six rebounds, Orien Greene finished with 14 points (5-7 FG) and three assists, and Brandon Costner added 10 points and 8 rebounds. Leading by as many as 32, the D-Fenders (8-4) held the Jam to 32.9 percent shooting (16.7% 3FG). The Jam scoring was paced by Juan Pattillo (12) and Adrian Thomas (11) while David Palmer notched a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. After scoring 52 points a night earlier, Osiris Eldridge was held to 8 points. The D-Fenders head on a four-game road trip through the end of the year, starting against the Texas Legends on December 21st. Game time is at 7 p.m. and can be seen on NBA Futurecast. *Courtesy of www.sportspagemagazine.com

Sioux Falls S. - Dakota W. 95-97
The Dakota Wizards defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 97-95 Saturday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. A late rally by the Skyforce fell short as the rivals split the weekend series. Sioux Falls took a 54-49 lead at halftime off of Billy McShepard's 3-pointer at the buzzer. Led by Maurice Baker (6'1''-PG-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.), who scored 14 of his 26 points in the third quarter, Dakota stormed back to take a four-point lead after three quarters. Dakota took control in the fourth quarter and led by eight with a little over 30 seconds left in the game. Ryan Anderson knocked in a 3-pointer for the Skyforce and then a quick steal and layup by Dominique Coleman cut the deficit to three (96-93) with 5.9 seconds left in the game. After Justin Johnson converted 1-of-2 free throws for Dakota to put them back up four, the Skyforce got another quick basket out of a timeout to pull within two with less than a second left on the clock. Dakota nearly threw the ball away on the inbounds pass but time ran out and they secured the two-point victory. Baker had another great performance for Dakota with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Mike Anderson (6'7''-F-86, college: VCU) was active on the boards, finishing with a double-double (14 points, 14 rebounds). Coleman put forth another solid effort with 14 points and 10 assists. McShepard recorded his fourth double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) in five games before leaving late in the third quarter due to an injury. Sioux Falls visits Fort Wayne on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Dakota returns home to face Springfield on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. *Courtesy of www.kdlt.com

Iowa E. - Reno B. 101-97
The Reno Bighorns lost a close game to the Iowa Energy Saturday night, despite a 26-point scoring outburst from Terrance Thomas (6'6''-F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Baylor). Chris Ayer (6'10''-C-83, college: Loyola Mary) continued his solid play with 19 points and 13 rebounds while Cedric Bozeman contributed with 15 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Michael Tveidt led the Energy with 28 points and 6 rebounds. The Bighorns continued to keep the game close, taking 15 more shot attempts (90-75), but the up tempo pace of the Bighorns was not enough. The Energy scored efficiently, shooting 53 percent from the field, including 6 of 12 from beyond the arc. Bighorns next game is December 21st at the Reno Events Center against the Idaho Stampede, the NBA D-League affiliate of Denver Nuggets, Portland Trailblazers and Utah Jazz. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 124-114
Admittedly, an early six-game road trip got in the way. But the Texas Legends, surely didn't want to wait nearly a month for their first home win. Nonetheless, they got it with best offensive performance of the year, downing the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 124-114 at Dr. Pepper Arena. Booker Woodfox (6'1''-PG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Creighton) once again led the Legends with 22 points, while Anthony Vereen (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) continues to show improvement. Vereen was one of three others to score at least 17 while adding eight rebounds. Ronald Allen had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Vance Cooksey had 18 points and eight assists. A poor second quarter allowed the Vipers to grab a 60-55 halftime lead. Stanley Asumnu had 14 of his 24 points in the first half. Woodfox came back with 10 points in the third quarter to rally Texas to an 83-80 lead after three. The Legends' defense wasn't spectacular in the fourth, allowing 34 points, but their own 41-point outburst made up for it. And now it's back on the road for the Legends, as they must face the Toros in Austin for the second time in four days. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Idaho S. - Canton C. 101-109
Canton's Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) scored 22 points, while Travis Frankin came off the bench to add 21 as the Charge defeated the Idaho Stampede 109-101 Saturday night in Boise. Aguidio, a 6-foot-3 guard, and Franklin, a 6-foot-7 forward, combined to connect on 10 of 10 3-pointers (Aguidio 6, Franklin 4), as the Charge finished 14 of 25 as a team from beyond the arc. Four other Charge players reached double figures - Kyle Gibson (11), Jonathan Blake (11), TJ Campbell (18), Marcus Relphorde (10). The victory improves the Charge to 4-5 on the season, while Idaho falls to 4-5. *Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 105-109
Starting quick hasn't been a problem for the Maine Red Claws this season. They usually play some of their best ball in the first quarter. It's what follows that still needs work. The Red Claws built an early 11-point lead Saturday night, then watched the Erie BayHawks surge past them en route to a 109-105 victory at the Portland Expo. Erie took the lead for good with 2:24 left in the second quarter, built an 18-point lead in the third, then held off a stirring charge by the Red Claws, who cut the margin to two in the fourth. 'We came out with a ton of energy, then we lost the energy in the second quarter,' said Courtney Pigram, who led Maine with 28 points and nine assists. 'We picked it up too late. Unfortunately now all we can do is wait to (today) to bounce back.' The teams play again at the Expo at 5 p.m. today. This was the second win for Erie (4-6) over the Red Claws (2-5) this year. In the previous game, Maine had a 13-3 lead. 'We get off to good starts,' said Maine Coach Dave Leitao. 'We were good pushing the ball and we were good on assignments defensively. Then we took the foot off the gas pedal mentally. 'I've been watching (Erie) a lot and they just keep playing. They don't care if they're up 12, down 12, that's what they do. When they came back it looked like we were surprised. And we didn't respond.' Not until late. Erie used its balanced offense -- six players in double figures, led by Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) with 23 and Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87, college: San Diego St.) with 21 -- and aggressive defense to build an 18-point lead twice in the third quarter. That's when Maine's defense, which left gaping holes on the back side for three quarters, tightened up. The Red Claws started pushing the ball again and slowly came back. But each time Maine got close, Erie responded. A foul shot by Dominic Calegari made it 79-77 with 9:11 remaining. The BayHawks responded with an 11-2 run. The Claws cut it to 100-97 with 1:02 left when Justin Brownlee (17 points, 6 rebounds) tipped in Paul Harris' missed foul shot. 'I felt like we didn't play the game, we didn't keep playing,' said Jay Larranaga, coach of the BayHawks. 'We got up and acted like it was going to be easy. They beat us to loose balls and got transition baskets, which you never let a good team like that do. But we definitely responded.' Especially at the foul line. Erie hit eight consecutive foul shots in the final 33.8 seconds to seal it. The BayHawks had a 30-11 edge at the foul line. The Red Claws know they can't fall that far behind. 'It's just energy and desire,' said Pigram. 'We can't just turn it on and off. We've got to keep it the same the whole game.' *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Tulsa 66ers - Springfield A. 87-76
One night after bemoaning his team's defensive intensity in the late stages of the game, Tulsa 66ers head coach Dale Osbourne saw his team piece together a defensive gem against the Springfield Armor on Saturday night. Tulsa tied a season-low in points allowed, including giving up just 11 points in the third quarter, as the 66ers ended a two-game slide with an 87-76 decision over Springfield in an NBA Development League matchup inside the Tulsa Convention Center. Leading 45-41 at intermission, Tulsa (6-4) saw Springfield score four quick points to open the second half. The 66ers, however, clamped down from there, allowing the Armor just seven points over the last 10 minutes of the third quarter. 'We definitely learned from last night,' Osbourne said. 'Our guys were talking at halftime about how we couldn't have a second half on defense like we had (in a loss to Reno on Friday night). I thought our guys were very focused tonight and we executed well.' After Springfield (5-3) pulled within one point during that early third-quarter spurt, Tulsa went on a 12-2 run to take control of the contest. The Armor got no closer than seven points the rest of the game, thanks largely to Tulsa's defensive intensity. Springfield was held to just 34.4 percent shooting from the field and had 10 of its shots blocked, which is a new season-high for the 66ers. Xavier Alexander (6'6''-G-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: S.Nazarene) paced Tulsa with a season-best 21 points, including 16 in the first half. It was the second straight game that the rookie guard had established a new season-high in scoring, following a 13-point effort against Reno. 'The last couple of games, it feels like I've been able to break out of my slump,' said Alexander, a product of Southern Nazarene. 'We have a lot of rookies on the team, but the last couple of games, I think we've been able to take our time and not rush through the offense as much as we did earlier in the season.' Alexander was one of five Tulsa players in double figures, with Billy Rush adding 15 points and nine rebounds and Brady Morningstar chipping in 10 points and a team-high six assists. Also posting a new season-high in scoring was center Brian Barkdoll, who came off the bench with nine points in 16 minutes. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com




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  DR CONGO   


26th ACCM: Mazembe through to last-8 beat Urunani 74-62 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday confirm its place in the quarter-final of the 26th FIBA Africa Champions Cup for Men with a 74-62 points win over Urunani basketball club of Burundi.

The group-A game saw the DR Congo side winning the first quarter by 19-13 points but the Burundian fought back to even score in the second quarter for a half-time scores of 36-30 points, the third quarter was Mazembe greatest moment as they race to 25-15 points victory to take a 16 points advantage of 61-45 points going into the last quarter. The Kinshasa-based side however, lost the last quarter to the determined Urunani side by 13-17 points but the damage was not enough to see them crashing as they picked their second victory in the group to go through to the quarter-finals.

Mazembe Aubin Kasongo led his team fight for a place among the top eight teams with a double double of 16 points and 10 rebound, Ngongo Asani also posted a double double of 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assist while the duo of Bertrand Boukinda and Katumbayi Tsibangu contributed 11 points, 2 assist and 10 points, 8 rebounds to their side hard earn victory over the Urunani side.



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Pan Arab Games: Egypt earn first win at second stage - by Eurobasket News
Egypt - Tunisia 82:59

Egypt registered the first win at the second stage of Pan Arab Games. They held off Tunisia to improve at 1-0 record in Group E. Tunisia fell at 1-1 record. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) nailed 17 points for the winners.
Egypt jumped into the lead early in the game but Tunisia bounced back to take a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Egypt quickly regained the lead and maintained it throughout the second frame. They posted a 36:32 halftime advantage. The margin grew at double digits in the third period. Egypt entered the final frame up by 11 points 56:45. They quickly stretched the lead to 16 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Assem Marei (206-C/F-92) notched 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Ganadi Shrief (G) posted 12 points in the victory. Bechir Hadidane (206-F-86) replied with 14 points and 10 rebounds for Tunisia. Mourad El Mabrouk (190-G-86) provided 12 points in defeat.

Egypt: Amr El Gandy 17, Assem Marei 13, Ganadi Shrief 12
Tunisia: Bechir Hadidane 14+10 boards, Mourad El Mabrouk 12



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  EL SALVADOR   


San Marcos wins Clausura - by Jaime Arevalo
San Marcos defeated Denver, 88-84 in the last round of Salvadorean First Division-Copa Gatorade 2011 and, thanks to this win, cliamed the 'Clausura' title 2011. The game was mostly a challenge between the import players of the two teams, Panamanian Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) and American Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's), who played both very well, leading their respective teammates to a spectacular performing. The first half had ended 52-39 for San Marcos, but Denver came back and battled point to point till the end of the regulation, when Mario Flores (183-G-85) hit the game winning three pointer.
Oglive was the game top scorer with 27 points, leading San Marcos, and Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) added 20 pts at the winning side. Devin Thompson scored 26 points for Danver, helped by Eduardo Aguilar (176-PG-86) with 12 pts .
In anorther game of the same round, ExSal prevailed over Leones-Automoto 88-80, with Oscar Rivera (190-F-80) leading the way at 25 pts and Julio Mancia (202-C-80) adding 20 pts. Arturo Escamilla (185-F-77) outstood in Leones with 27 pts, Eduardo Garcia (191-F-88) added 18 pts.
Now, it lacks only another round, to be played this weekend, but San Marcos is unarrivable at the top

1. San Marcos 10-1
2.Denver 8-3
3. Utec 7-4
4. Exsal 7-4
5. Leones-automoto 4-7
6. Roll royce 2-10
7. Chaleco-santa tecla 1-10



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Ringmets' 22 points and 6 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rapla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had the game-high 22 points adding six rebounds for Rapla in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Valga/CKE (#8, 2-12) with 34-point margin 96-62. Rapla maintains the 4th position in Estonian league. Rapla 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 7-6 record. It's Ringmets' second year at Rapla and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ringmets has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.8rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of TTU/Kalev. He is former international forward in his 2nd season at TTU/Kalev. In the last game Makke recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead TTU/Kalev to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Rapla (#4, 7-6) 76-52. TTU/Kalev's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Makke is well-known at TTU/Kalev and he already established his position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Matt Shaw (203-F-88) of Tln Kalev (#6). Shaw scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Shaw's great performance Tln Kalev lost 89-93 to the higher-ranked Tarvas (#3, 8-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Tln Kalev not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Shaw could try to bring Tln Kalev's a little bit higher in the standings. Shaw has individually a great season in Estonia. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Edgars Cunda (196-G-84) of Valga/CKE - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of Tartu Ulikool - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Brandis Raley-Ross (188-G-87) of Tln Kalev - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of Tarvas - 16 points and 10 rebounds
8. Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of Tartu Ulikool - 19 points and 11 rebounds
9. Andre Parn (200-F-77) of Rapla - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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Gelabale a possibility for Nancy? - by Philip Mulryne
According to basketactu.com referring from the French newspaper L'equipe , the transfer of Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83, agency: Court Side) from to BC Khimky Moscow Region could not finished. The reason for that is the ankle problem that Gelabale had at Belgacom Spirou. The medical condition of the player does not satisfy the medical stuff of Khimki. The Russian ex Eurocup winner is undefeated and already qualified for Last 16 at Eurocup. They have also a very good run at Russian League where they have managed to beat CSKA Moscow recently. News, however pleased someone else, Jean-Luc Monschau , coach of Nancy. After the departure of Nicolas Batum, they were looking for filling that position and Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) could not be enough alone. Gelabale can be a perfect reinforcement.

Benetton land Jeffrey Viggiano - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso signed deal with Jeffrey Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts). The guard is meant to replace Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) who left for Armani Jeans. Jeffrey Viggiano started the season in Armani Jeans. He posted 2.5 points per game in Seria A. In Euroleague his stats read 2.0 points per appearance. Last season Jeffrey Viggiano played for Angelico Biella. He delivered 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Jeffrey Viggiano participated at Seria A All-Star Game last season. He was also named into Eurobasket.com Italian SeriaA All-Domestic Players Team. Previously the forward had stints in Sweden, Hungary and Italy.



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Armani Jeans officially announce Alessandro Gentile - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans have officially announced the signing of Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92). The guard signed a deal through 2013/14 season. Alessandro Gentile played for Benetton since 2007. This season he averaged 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists per game in SeriaA. In EuroCup his stats read 15.0 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per appearance. Alessandro Gentile played for Italian team at U20 European Championship this summer. He averaged 18.2 points, 3.1 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Bilbao. Eurobasket.com named Alessandro Gentile All-Italian Seria A Newcomer of the Year. The player was also named the Seria A Most Improved Player. He was the member of U16, U17 and U18 Italian National Teams.


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Ukraine announced as the hosts of Eurobasket 2015 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine announced as the hosts of Eurobasket 2015. The country was decided today in Munich, Germany. The proposed venues are in the cities of Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnepropetrovsk and the capital Kyiv for the First Round with Odessa, Lviv and again Kyiv hosting the Second Round and the Finals.
Earlier Italy, Germany, France and Croatia withdrew their application and Ukraine became the only candidate.


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1.DIVISION: 58 fouls and 68 FTs - by Rauno Hurmalainen
1.Division, round 13: When Teams # 3 and # 2 (Pyrinto II, Tampere and Honka, Tapiola) met eachother tonight in Tampere, the referees called 58 fouls and gave 68 FTs. The game was rough and tough and both teams played without American players. Visitor Honka won after 15 lead changes and eight ties 68-81 (37-34). Joni Harjula (189-G-83) (Pyrinto II) fouled out, but led however the hosts with 19 points. Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) led Honka with 18 pts. Ilkka Sirola (197-F-86) had a double-double 15pts/15rbs.
Huima (Aanekoski) defeated YMCA Oulu 108-81 (58-31). Sami Kajander (189-F/G-83) scored game high 26 pts. Riento (Saynatsalo) visited at Kaarina and won over Ura Basket 81-103 (33-38). Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83, college: Jacksonville) played his third game this season on SayRi roster and netted 26 pts. ToPo Academy lost at home in Helsinki vs Korikobrat (Lapua) 67-103 (26-54). Eric Williams (198-F-85, college: Tarleton St.) (Lapua) had a double-double 28pts/15rbs.

Pyrinto II - Honka 68-81 (37-34). (Joni Harjula 19, Osku Heinonen 13, Jari Pulkkinen 11 - Anselmi Vanjoki 18, Ilkka Sirola 15/15, Daniel Dolenc 14).
Huima - YMCA Oulu 108-81 (58-31). (Sami Kajander 26, Treylon Manning 25/12a, Justice Graham 16/12 - Brian Moultrie 22/12, Lloyd Phillips 12/5a, Josh Nofflet 11).
Ura Basket - SayRi 81-103 (33-38). (Lionel Green 28, Niilo Lehtila 15, Jan-Axel Alanko 14 - Aubrey Conerly 26/6a, Kenneth Cooper 22/11, Bilal Abdullah 19).
ToPo Academy - Lapua 67-103 (26-54). Alexis Lavastida Lee 13, Joel Heinikoski 10, Julius Rajala 9 - Eric Williams 28/15, Walter Baxley 28, Henri Jokinen 9).


It's time for the Christmas break untill January 5. Happy Holidays!



Williams' 19 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
36-year old forward Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management) put on an amazing game in the last round for Pyrinto and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
He had the game-high 19 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for Pyrinto in his team's victory, helping them to beat LrNMKY (#8, 7-11) 82-71. Pyrinto maintains the 3rd position in Finnish league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need more victories to improve their 12-5 record. It's Williams' second year at Pyrinto and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Northern Colorado graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 5.5rpg), assists (2nd best: 2.5apg) and averages solid 2.4spg and 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Kauhajoki. He is American forward in his first season at Kauhajoki. In the last game Beidler recorded impressive 26 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Kauhajoki lost that overtime game 82-87 to the higher-ranked Kataja (#1, 16-3). This loss caused Kauhajoki to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Beidler is a newcomer at Kauhajoki and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.1ppg (#5). He also registered 9.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Court Side) of ToPo (#4). McIntosh showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, five rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of ToPo, leading his team to a 90-88 win against slightly lower-ranked Kouvot (#6, 8-9). ToPo needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 7 lost games. McIntosh has a very solid season. In 5 games in Finland he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeb Ivey (190-G-80) of Nilan Bisons - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
5. B.A. Walker (188-G-84) of Kataja - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Clevin Hannah (180-PG-87) of Kauhajoki - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Jeremy Price (203-F-88) of Kataja - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Ryan McDade (201-F-80) of Nilan Bisons - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. John Fields (205-F-88) of Salon Vilpas - 11 points and 13 rebounds
10. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) of Nilan Bisons - 16 points and 9 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)


1st Division Round 13: Oulun NMKY is upset by Aanekosken Huima - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-4) and eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (6-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Oulun NMKY was crushed by Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski 108-81. The game was mostly controlled by Aanekosken Huima. Oulun NMKY managed to win fourth quarter 34-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aanekosken Huima shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Aanekosken Huima forced 20 Oulun NMKY turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 assists for the winners. Swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) chipped in 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for lost side. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with BC Nokia and Lapua. Aanekosken Huima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Pyrinto II in Tampere and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 11th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-11) 85-80. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Sami Ikavalko contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for BC Jyvaskyla. BC Jyvaskyla's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 11-2 record. BC Jyvaskyla lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jyvaskyla to the arena Saynatsalon Riento.
The game in Tampere was also quite interesting. Second ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Pyrinto II (8-5). Tapiolan Honka defeated Pyrinto II 81-68 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. Ilkka Sirola stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Joni Harjula responded with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tapiolan Honka have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader FoKoPo. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet at home Ura Basket (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pyrinto II will play against Oulun NMKY and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Kaarina, where 7th ranked Ura Basket (5-8) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (4-9) 103-81. Aubrey Conerly nailed 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winning side. Ura Basket's coach Antti Saarinen already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saynatsalon Riento maintains tenth place with 4-9 record. Ura Basket at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Saynatsalon Riento's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jyvaskyla BC Jyvaskyla.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Porvoo. Local Porvoon Tarmo (4-8) was outscored by fourth ranked BC Nokia (9-4) 93-55 on Friday night. Darren Townes fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Porvoon Tarmo's coach was aware about no chance of winning the game, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. BC Nokia moved-up to third place, which they share with Oulun NMKY and Lapua. Loser Porvoon Tarmo keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. BC Nokia will face Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) at home in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.

In the last game of round 13 Lapua crushed ToPo Akatemia in a road game 103-67.
The best stats of 13th round was 28 points and 15 rebounds by Eric Williams of Lapua.



ToPo Akatemia - Lapua 67-103

There was no surprise in Helsinki where 12th ranked Torpan Pojat (1-12) was crushed by fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (9-4) 103-67 on Sunday. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 32. They outrebounded Torpan Pojat 36-18 including a 13-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) fired a double-double by scoring 28 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) chipped in 28 points. Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) produced 13 points and forward Julius Rajala (200-94) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Lapuan Korikobrat. Lapuan Korikobrat moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia and Oulun NMKY. Torpan Pojat lost their fifth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. Lapuan Korikobrat will face BC Nokia (#4) on the road in the next round. Torpan Pojat will play against BC Jyvaskyla (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 13+2reb+1ast, J.Heinikoski 10+1reb, J.Rajala 9+6reb, T.Suortti 8+2reb, M.Nuolivirta 8+1reb, J.Herrala 7+2reb+2ast
Lapua: W.Baxley 28+1ast, E.Williams 28+15reb+2ast, H.Jokinen 9+2reb, K.Siven 8+10reb+3ast, V.Turja 8+1ast, E.Jackson 7+3reb+2ast
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Ura Basket - SayRi 81-103

We should mention about the upset which took place in Kaarina, where 7th ranked Ura Basket (5-8) was outleveled at home by tenth ranked Saynatsalon Riento (4-9) 103-81. The game without a history. Saynatsalon Riento led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 32-of-38 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game, while Ura Basket only scored eight points from the stripe. They outrebounded Ura Basket 43-27 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Ura Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Aubrey Conerly (182-83, college: Jacksonville) nailed 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) for the winning side and his fellow American import center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) accounted for 22 points and 11 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Cooper is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) came up with 28 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals and forward Jan-Axel Alanko (197-82) added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Ura Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ura Basket's coach Antti Saarinen already knew that his team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Saynatsalon Riento maintains tenth place with 4-9 record. Ura Basket at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Saynatsalon Riento's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Jyvaskyla BC Jyvaskyla.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: L.Green 28+8reb+5ast, N.Lehtila 15+2reb+3ast, J.Alanko 14+6reb+4ast, E.Andrews 11+4reb, S.Salminen 6+3reb+1ast, P.Kallio 3+3ast
SayRi: A.Conerly 26+9reb+6ast, K.Cooper 22+11reb+1ast, B.Abdullah 19+8reb+1ast, S.Mantymaa 18+6reb+1ast, J.Lehto 8+1reb, K.Naukkarinen 4+5reb+2ast
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Pyrinto II - Tapiolan Honka 68-81

The game in Tampere was also quite interesting. Second ranked Tapiolan Honka (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Pyrinto II (8-5). Tapiolan Honka defeated Pyrinto II 81-68 on Sunday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Pyrinto II. The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 47-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Tapiolan Honka forced 20 Pyrinto II turnovers and outrebounded them 46-26 including a 33-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Ilkka Sirola (197-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and guard Anselmi Vanjoki (193-88) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Four Tapiolan Honka players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Joni Harjula (189-83) responded with 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and Jari Pulkkinen (203-84) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tapiolan Honka have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record behind leader FoKoPo. Newly promoted Pyrinto II keeps the sixth position with five games lost. Tapiolan Honka will meet at home Ura Basket (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pyrinto II will play against Oulun NMKY and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: J.Harjula 19+1reb+6ast, O.Heinonen 13+4reb+1ast, J.Pulkkinen 11+8reb, N.Mattila 8+4reb, M.Marttinen 7+3reb, J.Vaananen 6+5reb
Tapiolan Honka: A.Vanjoki 18+6reb+1ast, I.Sirola 15+15reb+1ast, D.Dolenc 14+8reb+1ast, T.Laitinen 12+7reb+2ast, V.Kopio 9+2reb+2ast, P.Vertio 8+7reb+3ast
gschID: 150211


Huima - Oulun NMKY 108-81

The game between third ranked Oulun NMKY (9-4) and eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (6-7) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. Oulun NMKY was crushed by Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski 108-81. The game was mostly controlled by Aanekosken Huima. Oulun NMKY managed to win fourth quarter 34-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aanekosken Huima shot 60.7 percent from the field and made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Aanekosken Huima forced 20 Oulun NMKY turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Oulun NMKY helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) fired a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 assists for the winners. Swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Power forward Brian Moultrie (198-87, college: Armstr.Atlantic) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) and forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY keeps the third position with four games lost. They share it with BC Nokia and Lapua. Aanekosken Huima will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oulun NMKY will play at home against Pyrinto II in Tampere and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: B.Moultrie 22+12reb+1ast, L.Phillips 12+2reb+5ast, J.Nofflet 11+5reb+4ast, A.Kemppainen 10+4reb+1ast, S.Keinonen 10+2reb+2ast, J.Laakso 8+3reb
Huima: S.Kajander 26+4reb+2ast, T.Manning 25+1reb+12ast, J.Graham 16+12reb+5ast, T.Viertola 15+4reb+7ast, M.Liukko 10+5reb+1ast, J.Uecker 6+3reb
gschID: 150212


Porvoon Tarmo - BC Nokia 55-93

The game with biggest result difference took place in Porvoo. Local Porvoon Tarmo (4-8) was outscored by fourth ranked BC Nokia (9-4) 93-55 on Friday night. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 93-55. BC Nokia dominated on the defensive end, holding Porvoon Tarmo to just 3 points in second quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Porvoon Tarmo's 26. BC Nokia forced 21 Porvoon Tarmo turnovers and outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 44-26 including 31 on the defensive glass. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American-British power forward Gerald January (201-88, college: Montevallo) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. American guard Benzor Simmons (195-88, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Shawn Henderson (190, college: Idaho) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Porvoon Tarmo's coach was aware about no chance of winning the game, so allowed to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. BC Nokia moved-up to third place, which they share with Oulun NMKY and Lapua. Loser Porvoon Tarmo keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. BC Nokia will face Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) at home in the next round. Porvoon Tarmo will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1) and be promoted back to the Korisliiga just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: B.Simmons 20+8reb+1ast, S.Henderson 14+2reb+2ast, T.Hartikainen 9+1reb+1ast, K.Hytonen 6+2reb+2ast, A.Nieminen 3, J.Laakkonen 2+4reb
BC Nokia: T.Riihela 20+4reb+2ast, D.Townes 20+11reb, G.January 15+14reb, A.Keski-Koukkari 11+2reb+3ast, J.Kauro 9+5reb, T.Kankaanpaa 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 150207


Jyvaskyla - FoKoPo 80-85

Leader Forssan Koripojat delivered the eleventh victory. This time they beat 11th ranked BC Jyvaskyla (1-11) 85-80. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But BC Jyvaskyla won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. Guard Sami Ikavalko (188-89) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. American guard Lance Storrs (195-89, college: Georgia Tech) answered with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Jarno Nissinen (195-77) added 20 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BC Jyvaskyla. BC Jyvaskyla's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Forssan Koripojat maintains first place with 11-2 record. BC Jyvaskyla lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. Forssan Koripojat will play against Porvoon Tarmo (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BC Jyvaskyla's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Jyvaskyla to the arena Saynatsalon Riento.
Top scorers:
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 20+9reb, J.Parkkinen 18+7reb+1ast, L.Storrs 17+9reb+6ast, J.Konttinen 5+2reb+1ast, M.Markkanen 4+5reb+1ast, J.Luoma 4+3reb
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 18+7reb+3ast, H.Coleman 14+13reb+1ast, T.Robinson 14+17reb+6ast, J.Helenius 14+1reb+1ast, M.Molenius 13+3reb, E.Johansson 5+1reb
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Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 11-2 
 2. Tapiolan Honka 10-3 
 3. Oulun NMKY 9-4 
 4. BC Nokia 9-4 
 5. Lapua 9-4 
 6. Pyrinto II 8-5 
 7. Huima 6-7 
 8. Ura Basket 5-8 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 4-8 
 10. SayRi 4-9 
 11. Jyvaskyla 1-11 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Baxley, Lapua28.7 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.25.2 
 3. Williams, Lapua23.2 
 4. Manning, Huima21.7 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.21.6 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.21.3 
 7. Abdullah, SayRi20.2 
 8. Green, Ura Basket19.7 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.19.4 
 10. January, BC Nokia19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.4 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.14.1 
 3. January, BC Nokia11.0 
 4. Britton, Huima10.8 
 5. Bojang, FoKoPo10.8 
 6. Stamper, Pyrin.10.7 
 7. Townes, BC Nokia10.5 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo10.4 
 9. Williams, Lapua9.8 
 10. Green, Ura Basket9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Treylon MANNING
  Huima
  (176-PG-85)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Manning, Huima5.4 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.5.1 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.7 
 4. Viertola, Huima4.1 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.8 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.3.7 
 7. Jackson, Lapua3.2 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.1 
 9. Harjula, Pyrinto II2.7 
 10. Baxley, Lapua2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.7 
 2. Townes, BC Nokia2.2 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.1.9 
 4. January, BC Nokia1.9 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.8 
 6. Bojang, FoKoPo1.8 
 7. King, Porvoon1.7 
 8. Green, Ura Basket1.7 
 9. Williams, Lapua1.6 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. January, BC Nokia1.2 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.0.9 
 7. Britton, Huima0.8 
 8. Townes, BC Nokia0.8 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi0.8 
 10. Molenius, FoKoPo0.8 


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).

It's time for the Christmas break untill December 28. Happy Holidays!



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

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Superleague Round 15: Feni Indistrija beats Kumanovo 2009 by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets.

Sixth-ranked Kumanovo 2009 (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Feni Indistrija (13-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Kavadarci managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-C/F-88) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench in such tough game. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) for Kumanovo 2009. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-1 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play on the road against the league's second-placed MZT Skopje (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Vardar (#7). Lirija (8-5) won against visiting Vardar (3-10) 82-73. It was a great evening for naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Vladimir Filipovic helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) with 21 points. Lirija have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Vardar lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Lirija will play against Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija in the next round. Vardar will play at home against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-12) and second ranked MZT Skopje (11-3) in Strumica on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Skopje outscored ABA Strumica 85-51. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Feni Indistrija. ABA Strumica lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. MZT Skopje will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#6) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 15 Kozuv was smashed by Torus Skopje on the road 99-66.


ABA Strumica - MZT Skopje 51-85

The game between 9th ranked ABA Strumica (2-12) and second ranked MZT Skopje (11-3) in Strumica on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Skopje outscored ABA Strumica 85-51. MZT Skopje have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 11-3 record having just two points less than leader Feni Indistrija. ABA Strumica lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. MZT Skopje will meet at home Kumanovo 2009 (#6) in the next round. ABA Strumica will play against Vardar in Skopje and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Lirija - Vardar 82-73

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Skopje: Lirija (#4) and Vardar (#7). Lirija (8-5) won against visiting Vardar (3-10) 82-73. Vardar was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 46-34 second half run of Lirija. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Vardar only scored five points from the stripe. Vardar was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized Serbian center Toni Simic (210-76) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) helped adding 20 points. The best for the losing side was guard Darko Radulovic (194-80) with 21 points and power forward Filip Kralevski (204-82) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Lirija and four Vardar players scored in double figures. Lirija have a solid series of four victories in a row. They maintain fourth place with 8-5 record. Vardar lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Lirija will play against Kozuv (#8) in Gergelija in the next round. Vardar will play at home against ABA Strumica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lirija: V.Filipovic 20+1reb, T.Simic 13+10reb+3ast, C.Morban 11+5reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 11+7reb, N.Zivcevic 10+5reb+3ast, S.Avramovski 8+6reb+2ast
Vardar: D.Radulovic 21+4reb+2ast, A.Tasevski 17+1reb+3ast, F.Kralevski 14+7reb+2ast, A.Shterjov 10+4reb+2ast, V.Georgievski 6+5reb+2ast, V.Levkoski 3+1reb+1ast
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Torus Skopje - Kozuv 99-66

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Torus Skopje (10-3) crushed at home 8th ranked Kozuv (2-11) 99-66 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 64-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Torus Skopje dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Kozuv's 36 and made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Kozuv 46-22 including a 33-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Torus Skopje made 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for the former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Nikola Karakolev (197-87) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Four Torus Skopje players scored in double figures. Serbian guard Dusan Domovic (190-85) came up with 20 points and Petar Marik added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Kozuv in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Torus Skopje maintains third place with 10-3 record having four points less than leader Feni Indistrija. Newly promoted Kozuv keeps the eighth position with 11 games lost. Torus Skopje's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Skopje to the arena Fersped-Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 22+9reb+2ast, N.Karakolev 22+7reb, D.Karadzovski 12+6reb+3ast, G.Markovski 10+7reb, I.Dimcevski 9+3reb+6ast, J.Markovski 8+3reb+1ast
Kozuv: D.Domovic 20+2reb+2ast, A.Dimitrovski 9+1reb, M.Golubovic 9+4reb+1ast, P.Marik 7+5reb+3ast, G.Glavcev 5+2reb, B.Tomasevic 5+1ast
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Kumanovo - Feni Indistrija 81-82

Sixth-ranked Kumanovo 2009 (5-8) used its home court advantage to challenge first ranked Feni Indistrija (13-1) on Saturday. The visitors from Kavadarci managed to secure only one-point victory 82-81. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a good game for international power forward Kiril Nikolovski (210-88) who saved his team from a defeat with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Serbian center Dusan Knezevic (207-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used entire bench in such tough game. Serbian power forward Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-79, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and Serbian forward Milan Janjusevic (196-83) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Kumanovo 2009. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 13-1 record. Kumanovo 2009 at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Feni Indistrija will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Kumanovo 2009 will play on the road against the league's second-placed MZT Skopje (#2) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija: K.Nikolovski 21+7reb, D.Knezevic 14+7reb+1ast, I.Lilov 14+5reb, J.Frye 10+2reb+3ast, S.Ocokoljic 7+3reb+2ast, S.Mihajloski 6+1reb
Kumanovo: N.Jelesijevic 19+8reb+1ast, D.Mikic 16+5reb+2ast, M.Janjusevic 16+5reb+2ast, A.Kostoski 10+6reb+2ast, D.Matic 9+2reb, M.Janevski 6+2reb
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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 13-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 11-3 
 3. Torus Skopje 10-3 
 4. Lirija 8-5 
 5. Rabotnicki 6-7 
 6. Kumanovo 5-8 
 7. Vardar 3-10 
 8. Kozuv 2-11 
 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. Nikolovski, Feni I.17.5 
 6. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.5 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus17.1 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus17.1 
 9. Gecevski, MZT S.16.8 
 10. Dahlman, MZT S.16.4 
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.7.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.7 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.8 
 9. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 10. Simic, Lirija6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Morban, Lirija3.9 
 2. Petrovski, Rabotni.3.9 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.3 
 4. Gecevski, MZT S.3.2 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 6. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija3.1 
 8. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.1 
 9. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.1 
 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. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.3 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Simonovski, Feni I.1.3 
 8. Stajic, Lirija1.2 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.2 
 10. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
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. Trajkovski, Torus0.8 
 7. Reynolds, Torus S.0.8 
 8. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 9. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 10. Tasovski, Rabotni.0.7 


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Larry Blair claims Georgian Superleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for MIA Tbilisi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old guard had a double-double of 41 points and ten rebounds, while his team outclassed TSU Tbilisi (#6, 4-5) with 28-point margin 113-85. MIA Tbilisi maintains the 5th position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MIA Tbilisi will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Blair had a remarkable 52.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be MIA Tbilisi's top player in his first season with the team. Liberty University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Blair is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.8ppg. Blair is in league's top in assists (5th best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 48.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Keyon Carter (203-F-88, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Dinamo Tbilisi. Carter impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Dinamo Tbilisi lost that game 81-97 to slightly higher-ranked STU Tbilisi (#7, 4-5). This loss caused Dinamo Tbilisi to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Carter is a newcomer at Dinamo Tbilisi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#5). He also registered 15.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another MIA Tbilisi's star - American Robo Kreps (182-G-88, agency: N.E.T.). Kreps showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was another key player of MIA Tbilisi, helping his team with a 113-85 easy win against slightly lower-ranked TSU Tbilisi (#6, 4-5). MIA Tbilisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Kreps has a great season in Georgia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.6apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zurab Machaladze (198-F-92) of STU Tbilisi - 17 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 28 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dave Noel (191-G-85) of Dinamo Tbilisi - 29 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Mikheil Berishvili (205-F-87) of Olympus - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ben Woodside (180-PG-85) of Armia - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists
9. Luka Khmelidze (195-G-92) of Rustavi - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84) of Armia - 24 points, 6 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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BBL Round 13: Brose Baskets keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Brose Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Brose Baskets smashed 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Bamberg 90-58. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Sout, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Brose Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ratiopharm. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play next round against BBC Bayreuth trying to get back on the winning streak. Brose Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked TBB Trier on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Eleventh ranked Telekom Baskets (7-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (4-8) 84-83 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Benas Veikalas contributed with 17 points for the winners. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Telekom Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Telekom Baskets will play against league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Phoenix Hagen (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Hagen between Phoenix Hagen and s Oliver Baskets. Seventeenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (4-9) got a very close home victory over higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-6). Phoenix Hagen managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Sunday evening. Zygimantas Jonusas stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Chris Kramer responded with 16 points. s Oliver Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Fraport SKY. s Oliver Baskets lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Phoenix Hagen will meet higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (7-6) lost at home to sixteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-9) 70-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. Jermareo Davidson nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side. New Yorker Phantoms' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Phoenix Hagen. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the sixth position with six games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (#18) on the road.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Berlin. Local ALBA Berlin (9-2) outscored 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (6-7) 92-53 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. Bryce Taylor fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7).

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
bottom-ranked Goettingen was defeated by Ratiopharm in Ulm 82-71. Walter Tigers smashed LTi 46ers at home 82-59. TBB Trier lost to B.Muenchen on the opponent's court 70-76. EWE Baskets unfortunately lost to Art.Dragons in a home game 81-99.



EnBW L'burg - Telekom Baskets 83-84

Important game to mention about took place in Ludwigsburg. Eleventh ranked Telekom Baskets (7-6) saved a 1-point victory on the road edging 13th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (4-8) 84-83 on Saturday evening. EnBW Ludwigsburg was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 22-17 third quarter run of Telekom Baskets. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 5 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Lithuanian guard Benas Veikalas (192-83, college: Metro St.) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Alex Harris (196-86, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for EnBW Ludwigsburg. Four Telekom Baskets and five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. EnBW Ludwigsburg at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Telekom Baskets will play against league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play against Phoenix Hagen (#17) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: J.Jordan 24+3reb+5ast, B.Veikalas 17+1reb+2ast, T.Battle 11+1reb+2ast, T.Gaffney 11+4reb+5ast, Z.Buljan 8+7reb+2ast, S.Serapinas 7+2reb+1ast
EnBW L'burg: D.Zavackas 15+6reb+2ast, J.Greer 15+4ast, A.Harris 13+3reb+4ast, J.Lischka 11+3reb, J.Bowler 10+4reb, M.Dorris 10+2reb+7ast
gschID: 130923


Ratiopharm - Goettingen 82-71

There was no surprise when 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-11) was defeated on the road by second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (10-2) 82-71 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 30-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Tommy Mason-Griffin (180-89, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. Forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. ratiopharm Ulm have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Brose Baskets. Loser BG Goettingen stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. ratiopharm Ulm will face Telekom Baskets (#9) in Bonn in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BG Goettingen will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#15) in Frankfurt.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: I.Swann 17+1reb+1ast, T.Mason-Griffin 14+2reb+5ast, K.Nankivil 13+5reb, D.Watts 12+10reb, J.Bryant 10+9reb+2ast, S.Esterkamp 6+7reb+2ast
Goettingen: R.Sykes 15+9reb, S.Evans 14+11reb+1ast, J.Allen 11+2reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 10+3reb+4ast, M.Weber 10+2reb+3ast, P.Horne 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 130924


Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers 82-59

There was a small surprise in Tuebingen where fourteenth ranked Walter Tigers (5-8) smashed 12th ranked LTi 46ers (5-8) 82-59 on Sunday. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 26. They outrebounded LTi 46ers 31-18 including a 24-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. Walter Tigers looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Reggie Redding (196-88, college: Villanova) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Vaughn Duggins (190-87, college: Wright St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists. Four Walter Tigers players scored in double figures. Center Robert Oehle (209-88) produced 10 points and American swingman Maurice Jeffers (194-79, college: St.Louis) added 13 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Walter Tigers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated LTi 46ers. Walter Tigers will face higher ranked EWE Baskets (#10) in Oldenburg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: R.Redding 21+8reb+2ast, V.Duggins 19+4reb+5ast, L.Campbell 11+3reb+7ast, J.Young 10+3reb+3ast, P.Cukinas 8+2reb+2ast, R.Spoden 5+3reb+1ast
LTi 46ers: B.Stewart 14, M.Jeffers 13+2ast, R.Oehle 10+3reb+2ast, R.Pilcevic 7+1reb+1ast, E.Ovcina 6+4reb+3ast, W.Bernard 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 130925


B.Muenchen - TBB Trier 76-70

Very expected game when 14th ranked TBB Trier (4-9) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (8-5) 76-70 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-70. TBB Trier was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Chevon Troutman (202-81, college: Pittsburgh, agency: ACMT) fired 18 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his twelve free throws !!!). The former international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and Serbian forward Dragan Dojcin (205-76) added 10 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to fifth place. TBB Trier lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with nine games lost. Bayern Muenchen will face s Oliver Baskets (#8) in Wuerzburg in the next round. TBB Trier will play at home against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: C.Troutman 18+9reb+1ast, J.Wallace 18+1reb+5ast, R.Benzing 15+5reb+1ast, P.Schwethelm 8+2reb, J.Homan 7+7reb+4ast, D.Greene 5+2reb
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 16+12reb+1ast, J.Washington 13+2reb, D.Dojcin 10+5reb+3ast, P.Zwiener 7+5reb+1ast, J.Bynum 6+4reb, O.Fassler 6+1ast
gschID: 130926


EWE Baskets - Art.Dragons 81-99

Very predictable result in Oldenburg where fourth ranked Artland Dragons (9-4) beat 9th ranked EWE Baskets (6-6) 99-81 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 99-81. Artland Dragons made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Center Darren Fenn (208-80, college: Canisius, agency: Limelight Hoops) fired 21 points and 8 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Artland Dragons maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Loser EWE Baskets dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Artland Dragons will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. EWE Baskets will play against Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: D.Fenn 21+8reb+2ast, A.King 17+8reb+1ast, B.Thomas 16+6reb, D.Holston 13+2reb+7ast, N.Peavy 9+5reb, G.Gruenheid 8+4reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 17+6reb, K.Hasbrouck 17+6reb+3ast, R.Burrell 16+8reb+3ast, B.Brown 14+1reb+8ast, S.Sehovic 6+2reb+1ast, A.Chubb 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 130920


NY Phantoms - Fraport SKY 70-77

We should mention about the upset which took place in Braunschweig, where higher ranked New Yorker Phantoms (7-6) lost at home to sixteenth ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (4-9) 70-77. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of New Yorker Phantoms. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But New Yorker Phantoms won third quarter 18-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Deutsche Bank Skyliners made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. American forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) nailed a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import point guard Michael Thompson (177-89, college: Northwestern) accounted for 22 points and 4 steals. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) came up with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) added 16 points respectively for New Yorker Phantoms in the defeat. New Yorker Phantoms' coach let to play eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Phoenix Hagen. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side keep the sixth position with six games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BG Goettingen (#18) on the road.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 26+13reb+3ast, M.Thompson 22+4reb+3ast, Q.Robertson 8+3reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 7+5reb+2ast, J.Herber 6+2ast, J.McKinney 6+3reb
NY Phantoms: L.Greer 16+4reb, B.Jorovic 13+5reb+4ast, R.Melzer 11+5reb, M.Umeh 8+2reb+1ast, S.Dennis 7+2reb+1ast, I.McElroy 5+5reb+3ast
gschID: 130921


Phoenix Hagen - s.Oliver Baskets 73-70

A very close game took place in Hagen between Phoenix Hagen and s Oliver Baskets. Seventeenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (4-9) got a very close home victory over higher ranked s Oliver Baskets (7-6). Phoenix Hagen managed to escape with a 3-point win 73-70 on Sunday evening. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-70. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) stepped up and scored 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side American guard Chris Kramer (191-88, college: Purdue) responded with 16 points and the other American import guard Chester Frazier (188-86, college: Illinois) scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. s Oliver Baskets' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Phoenix Hagen moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with TBB Trier and Fraport SKY. s Oliver Baskets lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Phoenix Hagen will meet higher ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (#14) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against Bayern Muenchen (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 20+7reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 19+2reb+2ast, T.Blackwood 11+2reb+3ast, J.Hasquet 9+3reb+1ast, E.Seward 6+6reb, B.Kruel 5+2reb+3ast
s.Oliver Baskets: C.Kramer 16+4reb+2ast, R.Harris 13+5reb, J.Little 13+3reb, C.Frazier 9+6reb+5ast, A.King 5+2reb, B.Jacobson 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 130922


Brose Baskets - Bremerhaven 90-58

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Brose Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Brose Baskets smashed 7th ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in Bamberg 90-58. Brose Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Anthony Leon Tucker (198-85, college: Texas) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. point guard Julius Jenkins (187-81, college: Georgia Sout, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. Four Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Mike Smith (198-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) added 4 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Brose Baskets have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ratiopharm. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven at the other side dropped to the sixth place with six games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play next round against BBC Bayreuth trying to get back on the winning streak. Brose Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against sixteenth ranked TBB Trier on the road.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: M.Slaughter 21+4reb, J.Jenkins 16+4reb+5ast, A.Leon Tucker 16+10reb+2ast, C.Jacobsen 11+2reb+4ast, B.Roberts 8+3reb+4ast, T.Pleiss 8+6reb
Bremerhaven: M.Smith 19+6reb+1ast, J.Cain 9+5reb, Z.Peacock 8+2reb+1ast, C.McNaughton 8+5reb, A.Smith 5+2reb+2ast, J.Raffington 5+1reb
gschID: 130918


ALBA - Bayreuth 92-53

The game with biggest result difference took place in Berlin. Local ALBA Berlin (9-2) outscored 11th ranked BBC Bayreuth (6-7) 92-53 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BBC Bayreuth. The game was mostly controlled by ALBA Berlin. BBC Bayreuth was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ALBA Berlin dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to BBC Bayreuth's 24 and made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They outrebounded BBC Bayreuth 43-25 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. ALBA Berlin looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by BBC Bayreuth's players. American guard Bryce Taylor (196-86, agency: Priority Sports) fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Kyle Weaver (198-86, college: Washington St., agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Four ALBA Berlin players scored in double figures. Nigerian-American forward Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (206-85, college: Maryland) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. ALBA Berlin have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to third place. Loser BBC Bayreuth keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin will face Artland Dragons (#4) in Quakenbrueck in the next round. BBC Bayreuth will play at home against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#7).
Top scorers:
ALBA: B.Taylor 20+6reb+1ast, S.Schultze 15+2reb+1ast, Y.Idbihi 13+5reb, K.Weaver 13+5reb+6ast, T.Francis 10+7reb, D.Wood 7+7reb+9ast
Bayreuth: B.Wyrick 13+2reb, O.Jeanty 11+3reb+2ast, E.Ibekwe 11+6reb, D.Gibson 7+2reb+4ast, B.Hunter 4+5reb, C.Stokes 3
gschID: 130919




ProA Round 15: Crailsheim Merlins defeat leader Mitteldeutscher BC - by Eurobasket News
ProA is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 15 rounds left. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (11-3) on the court of fourth ranked Crailsheim Merlins on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Crailsheim Merlins 100-80. The game was mostly controlled by Crailsheim Merlins. Mitteldeutscher BC managed to win second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 assists. Forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) answered with 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals for Mitteldeutscher BC. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Crailsheim Merlins (9-5) moved-up to third place. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will have a break next round.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-4) against ninth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-6) on Friday night. Visiting Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn 87-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. It was a great evening for American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Jamar Diggs helped adding 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will play against BG Karlsruhe (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Gloria Giants (#4) in Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gloria Giants (8-5) against ninth ranked Science City Jena (8-6) on Saturday night. Host Gloria Giants were defeated by Science City Jena in Duesseldorf 80-66. It was an exceptional evening for Tim Schwartz who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Aubrey Reese came up with 35 points (!!!) for Gloria Giants in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Science City Jena moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Webmoebel and Chemnitz. Loser Gloria Giants dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Science City Jena will meet BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) on the road in the next round. Gloria Giants will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (11-3) against eleventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (7-8) on Thursday night. Visiting Mitteldeutscher BC was defeated by Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen 89-77. The best player for the winners was Virgil Matthews who scored 10 points and 8 assists. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to tenth place. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against thirteenth-ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves in Homburg 100-86. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains fifteenth place with 2-12 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Leitershofen will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: ETB Wohnbau beat NBC on the road 82-73. Karlsruhe won against Cuxhaven on its own court 90-79. Heidelberg unfortunately lost to Ehingen in Allmendingen 81-90.



NBC - ETB Wohnbau 73-82

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked ETB Wohnbau (6-8) beat higher ranked NBC (7-7) in Nurnberg 82-73 on Saturday. NBC trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 17-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-82 at the end of the game. It was a great shooting night for ETB Wohnbau especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.4 percentage. It was a good game for American point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Center Sebastian Schroter (207-83) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for NBC. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ETB Wohnbau moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cuxhaven. Newly promoted NBC dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. ETB Wohnbau will face Saar-Pfalz Braves (#13) in Homburg in the next round.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: C.Alexander 28+6reb+5ast, S.Schroter 23+2reb+1ast, K.Wysocki 10+6reb+1ast, K.Chones 10+5reb+1ast, J.Henley 8+5reb+1ast, C.Bartels 3+2ast
NBC: I.Okoye 18+7reb+3ast, J.Harris 16+6reb+4ast, C.Abercrombie 12+4reb, R.De Michael 10+6reb+1ast, J.Reile 6+3reb, S.Barth 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 141471


Crailsheim - MBC 100-80

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (11-3) on the court of fourth ranked Crailsheim Merlins on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Crailsheim Merlins 100-80. The game was mostly controlled by Crailsheim Merlins. Mitteldeutscher BC managed to win second period 25-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Crailsheim Merlins made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. 24 personal fouls committed by Mitteldeutscher BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 assists. Forward Billy Baptist (196-87, college: Quincy) contributed with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) answered with 19 points, 8 assists and 4 steals and forward Arizona Reid (196-86, college: High Point) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Mitteldeutscher BC. 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. Crailsheim Merlins (9-5) moved-up to third place. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Crailsheim Merlins are looking forward to face bottom-ranked Leitershofen (#15) in Diedorf in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Mitteldeutscher BC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Crailsheim: M.Hill 26+2reb+6ast, J.Stohl 25+2reb, B.Baptist 18+6reb+9ast, D.Webb 10+6reb+1ast, J.Buck 9+8reb+1ast, A.Sivorotka 5+1ast
MBC: A.Reid 20+5reb, R.Holcomb Faye 19+3reb+8ast, M.Schwarz 13+2reb, P.Heyden 13+5reb, D.Hargrove 6+6reb+1ast, H.Vilhjalmsson 5+2ast
gschID: 141472


Karlsruhe - Cuxhaven 90-79

There was an upset when higher ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (6-8) lost on the road to fourteenth ranked BG Karlsruhe (4-10) 90-79 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by BG Karlsruhe. Cuxhaven BasCats was better in third quarter 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe shot 27 for 40 from the free-throw line, while Cuxhaven BasCats only scored six points from the stripe. Cuxhaven BasCats were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Martin Samarco (191-85, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 31 points. His fellow American import center Justin Howard (208-81, college: Mercer) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American guard Jackson Capel (191-87, college: Evangel) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized American forward Dorian McDaniel (198-87, college: Prairie View A&M) added 16 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cuxhaven BasCats. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BG Karlsruhe moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Braves. Cuxhaven BasCats lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. BG Karlsruhe will face higher ranked Webmoebel Baskets (#6) in Paderborn in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: M.Samarco 31+4reb+3ast, J.Howard 18+11reb, R.Roessler 15+8reb+3ast, M.Stockton 12+2reb+3ast, D.Jones 9+6reb+2ast, M.Hubner 3+4reb
Cuxhaven: J.Capel 19+6reb+2ast, D.McDaniel 16+7reb+3ast, N.Gerwig 12+9reb, J.El Domiaty 12+1reb+2ast, E.Harris 9+4reb+2ast, M.Bogdanov 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141473


Webmoebel - Kirchheim 87-73

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Kirchheim Knights (10-4) against ninth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (8-6) on Friday night. Visiting Kirchheim Knights were defeated by Webmoebel Baskets in Paderborn 87-73. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kirchheim Knights. The game was mostly controlled by Webmoebel Baskets. Kirchheim Knights was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Webmoebel Baskets players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Kirchheim Knights were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American swingman Justin Stommes (200-88, college: E.Kentucky, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. His fellow American import guard Jamar Diggs (187-88, college: Wofford) helped adding 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals. The best for the losing side was American guard Ahmad Smith (194-84, college: St.Bonaventure) with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Albanian guard Besnik Bekteshi (188-93) scored 13 points. Webmoebel Baskets moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Jena and Chemnitz. Kirchheim Knights at the other side keep the second position with four games lost. Webmoebel Baskets will play against BG Karlsruhe (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kirchheim Knights will play against Gloria Giants (#4) in Duesseldorf and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: J.Stommes 23+8reb+6ast, J.Diggs 20+1reb+5ast, J.Mason 17+4reb+2ast, N.Freer 9+6reb+1ast, O.Wendt 6+3reb+5ast, M.Fleischmann 5+1reb
Kirchheim: B.Bekteshi 13+3reb, A.Smith 13+7reb+5ast, C.Brooks 9+2ast, D.Uskoski 9+7reb, S.Adeberg 8+2reb+2ast, N.Menck 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 141467


Duesseldorf - Jena 66-80

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Gloria Giants (8-5) against ninth ranked Science City Jena (8-6) on Saturday night. Host Gloria Giants were defeated by Science City Jena in Duesseldorf 80-66. The game was mostly controlled by Science City Jena. Gloria Giants managed to win second period 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Gloria Giants' 32. It was an exceptional evening for forward Tim Schwartz (199-87) who led the winners and scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) accounted for 16 points for the winning side. Five Science City Jena players scored in double figures. American guard Aubrey Reese (183-78, college: Murray St., agency: Interperformances) came up with 35 points (!!!) and Estonian forward Rait Keerles (201-80) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Gloria Giants in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Science City Jena moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Webmoebel and Chemnitz. Loser Gloria Giants dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. Science City Jena will meet BV Chemnitz 99 (#7) on the road in the next round. Gloria Giants will play against the league's second-placed Kirchheim Knights and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jena: K.Barker 16+2reb+3ast, T.Schwartz 13+8reb+1ast, C.Roquette 13+7reb+1ast, E.Vierneisel 12+4reb, J.Black 11+6reb+1ast, T.Kepkay 11+2reb+2ast
Duesseldorf: A.Reese 35+4reb+2ast, R.Keerles 10+6reb+2ast, P.Flomo 7+6reb+1ast, Q.Lollis 4+2reb, P.Friedel 4+4reb+2ast, M.Liyanage 3+4reb
gschID: 141468


Braves - Leitershofen 86-100

Bottom-ranked Leitershofen managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses on Saturday night. This time newly promoted Leitershofen won against thirteenth-ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves in Homburg 100-86. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 100-86. Newly promoted Leitershofen maintains fifteenth place with 2-12 record. Saar-Pfalz Braves lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Leitershofen will face higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
gschID: 141469


Ehingen - Heidelberg 90-81

There was a small surprise when eleventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (7-8) won against 8th ranked USC Heidelberg (7-7) in Allmendingen 90-81 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But USC Heidelberg won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Ehingen/Urspringschule made 10 blocks. It was a good game for center Andreas Buechert (208-87, college: Winthrop, agency: Limelight Hoops) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks. American guard Garrett Williamson (196-88, college: St.Joseph's) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. Five Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. American forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Central Mo., agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international power forward Bjoern Schoo (213-81, college: Northern St., agency: Court Side) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for USC Heidelberg. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to tenth place. Loser USC Heidelberg keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Buechert 22+11reb, K.Bright 13+3reb+2ast, G.Williamson 13+3reb+6ast, W.Creekmore 10+5reb+1ast, V.Matthews 10+4reb+4ast, A.Calvin 8+3reb
Heidelberg: S.Watts 17+5reb+2ast, B.Schoo 13+6reb+1ast, J.Williams 13+4reb+1ast, J.Heindel 9+3reb, C.Burgess 8+3reb+6ast, C.Sargent 8+1reb
gschID: 141470


Round 16
Ehingen - MBC 89-77

Very important is a road loss of first ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (11-3) against eleventh ranked Ehingen/Urspringschule (7-8) on Thursday night. Visiting Mitteldeutscher BC was defeated by Ehingen/Urspringschule in Allmendingen 89-77. The game was mostly controlled by Ehingen/Urspringschule. Mitteldeutscher BC was better in second period 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ehingen/Urspringschule players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) who scored 10 points and 8 assists. Swingman Kevin Bright (198-92) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-84, college: Radford) who recorded 17 points and 7 assists and forward Sascha Leutloff (202-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Ehingen/Urspringschule moved-up to tenth place. Mitteldeutscher BC at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: M.Mueller 15+2ast, A.Buechert 12+5reb+1ast, K.Bright 10+6reb+4ast, V.Matthews 10+4reb+8ast, W.Creekmore 10+3reb, A.Calvin 9+6reb
MBC: S.Leutloff 18+5reb+1ast, R.Holcomb Faye 17+2reb+7ast, S.Wachalski 11+4reb, C.Oakes 8, P.Heyden 7+7reb, D.Hargrove 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 141480




ProB Round 16: Noerdlingen defeats group leader BSW Sixers - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BSW Sixers (10-4) in Sandersdorf on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Noerdlingen (11-3) 84-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BSW Sixers. It was a key game for the top position in Group South as both teams had the same 10-3 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. BSW Sixers managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BSW Sixers 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for BSW Sixers. Noerdlingen keeps a position of Group South leader, which they share with Gotha. BSW Sixers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Leipzig. Noerdlingen is looking forward to face Licher Baeren (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BSW Sixers will play against the league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Lich. Eighth ranked Hanau (7-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Licher Baeren (7-7) 74-71 in the fight for the seventh place. Worth to mention a great performance of Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists and Ilja Ickert who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nicholas Pederson (203-85) responded with 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hanau moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with defeated Licher Baeren. Hanau will play against higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Licher Baeren will play against the league's second-placed Noerdlingen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (10-5) against seventh ranked RSV Eintracht (9-6) on Saturday night. Host Spot Up Medien Baskets were defeated by RSV Eintracht in a tough game in Braunschweig 88-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spot Up Medien Baskets. The winners were led by Keoni Watson who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Howard Sant-Roos did not help to save the game for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. RSV Eintracht moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Schwelm. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets dropped to the third position with five games lost. RSV Eintracht will meet at home Hertener Loewen (#6) in the next round. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against SSV Lok Bernau and hope to secure a win.
BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 13 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fraport Skyliners II (3-11) 98-74. Mike Mercer fired 24 points and 9 assists for the winners. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's coach John Staudt felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn maintains twelfth position in Group South with 1-13 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's next round opponent will be higher ranked Giessen Pointers (#11) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
ProB top team - Hannover Tigers (11-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (4-10) 95-74. It was a very good performance for Jan-Peter Prasuhn who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 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. Hannover Tigers maintains first position in Group North with 11-3 record. Loser ALBA Berlin II dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin II will play on the road against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.

Other games in round 16 were not that significant.
In Group North Rist Wedel beat Dorsten on the road 87-83. Schwelm won against Bernau on its own court 82-69. Wolfenbuettel managed to outperform Herten in a road game 84-69. Vechta managed to beat Wulfen at home 72-66.
In Group South Leipzig was defeated by Dragons on the opponent's court 78-73. Langen beat Giessen in a home game 91-81. Gotha destroyed TSV Troester on the road 88-60.
The most impressive performance of 16th round was 21 points and 14 rebounds by Julius Ducker of Schwelm.



Group North
SU Medien - Stahnsdorf 88-93

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (10-5) against seventh ranked RSV Eintracht (9-6) on Saturday night. Host Spot Up Medien Baskets were defeated by RSV Eintracht in a tough game in Braunschweig 88-93. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Spot Up Medien Baskets. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Spot Up Medien Baskets won third quarter 32-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when RSV Eintracht won last quarter 25-22. RSV Eintracht outrebounded Spot Up Medien Baskets 48-25 including a 24-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho, agency: Dynamics Global Management) who scored that evening 33 points (!!!) and 4 assists (made all of his seven free throws) and the other American import forward Kellen Williams (194-84, college: E.Washington, agency: Dynamics Global Management) supported him with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Cuban swingman Howard Sant-Roos (198-91) did not help to save the game for Spot Up Medien Baskets. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Four RSV Eintracht and five Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. RSV Eintracht moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Schwelm. Loser Spot Up Medien Baskets dropped to the third position with five games lost. RSV Eintracht will meet at home Hertener Loewen (#6) in the next round. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against SSV Lok Bernau and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SU Medien: D.Theis 19+6reb+1ast, H.Sant-Roos 19+5reb+4ast, W.Buchmiller 14+1ast, F.Theis 13+5reb, D.Schroeder 12+3reb+8ast, B.Wenzel 6+3reb
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 33+1reb+4ast, K.Williams 14+13reb+2ast, Y.Evans 13+14reb+1ast, T.Schoeps 13+2reb+3ast, O.Mackeldanz 9+11reb, T.Modersitzki 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 143658


Dorsten - Rist Wedel 83-87

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked SC Rist Wedel (5-10) beat on the road higher ranked Dorsten (8-7) 87-83 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 52-47 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SC Rist Wedel dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Dorsten's 46. It was a very good performance for forward Fabian Boeke (211-86, college: Washington St.) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Florian Moysich (183-80) contributed with 19 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. SC Rist Wedel's coach Ozhan Gurel used entire bench in such tough game. American center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 18 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) added 24 points and 5 assists in the effort for Dorsten. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SC Rist Wedel moved-up to eleventh place in Group North. Dorsten lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. SC Rist Wedel will face higher ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (#4) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: T.Bryant 24+3reb+5ast, J.Cadmus 22+1reb+1ast, B.Poole 14+18reb+3ast, T.Lipke 11+5reb+1ast, N.Pelaj 8+2reb+1ast, P.Spettmann 2+4reb
Rist Wedel: F.Moysich 19+1reb+1ast, F.Boeke 16+5reb, A.Pettaway 16+4reb, A.Johnston 12+4reb+2ast, K.Gausa 8+5reb+3ast, P.Huber-Saffer 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 143659


Schwelm - Bernau 82-69

Very expected game when 13th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (1-14) lost on the road to sixth ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets (9-6) 82-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. SSV Lok Bernau was better in third quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets outrebounded SSV Lok Bernau 43-22 including a 30-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 assists. Center Julius Ducker (205-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Four SG Schwelmer Baskets players scored in double figures. Forward Sebastian Trzcionka (197-79) replied with 22 points and American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SSV Lok Bernau. SG Schwelmer Baskets moved-up to fourth place in Group North, which they share with Stahnsdorf. Loser SSV Lok Bernau keeps the thirteenth position with 14 games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face SC Rist Wedel (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Bernau: S.Trzcionka 22+4reb+2ast, M.Woody 15+6reb+1ast, J.Jones 9+1reb, F.Lotze 9+3reb, D.Klein 8+5reb+3ast, F.Schekauski 6+1reb+6ast
Schwelm: J.Holmes 27+4reb+6ast, J.Ducker 21+14reb+1ast, J.Smith 10+4reb+3ast, M.Kramer 10+2ast, D.Malinowski 7+2reb+2ast, A.Starr 3+4reb+4ast
gschID: 143660


Herten - Wolfenbuettel 69-84

There was a surprise result when ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (7-8) won against on the road higher ranked Hertener Loewen (8-6) 84-69 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel. Hertener Loewen was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Hertener Loewen's 28. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel forced 24 Hertener Loewen turnovers and outrebounded them 35-24 including 24 on the defensive glass. Hertener Loewen was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Reggie Owens (200-87, college: Azusa Pacific) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds. The other American import guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 22 points for the winners. Four Herzoege Wolfenbuettel players scored in double figures. American forward Josh Taylor (201-87, college: E.Kentucky) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Christoph Hackenesch (204-86) added 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) in the effort for Hertener Loewen. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. Loser Hertener Loewen dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face ALBA Berlin II (#12) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Herten: C.Hackenesch 20+3reb, J.Taylor 14+10reb+1ast, C.Marquardt 10+2ast, V.Kittmann 7+3reb+1ast, R.Daugherty 6+1reb+3ast, J.Hartmann 5+1reb
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 22+1reb+3ast, D.Nawrocki 14+2reb+2ast, R.Owens 13+14reb+1ast, M.Kemp 12+3reb+4ast, N.Staebe 12+3reb, H.Knopke 4+8reb+5ast
gschID: 143661


Vechta - Wulfen 72-66

Not a big story in a game when 8th ranked BSV Wulfen (7-8) lost on the road to third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (11-4) 72-66 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 22-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. It was a very good performance for forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agency: Court Side) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) contributed with 12 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) replied with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for BSV Wulfen. SC Rasta Vechta have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North. Newly promoted BSV Wulfen keeps the eighth position with eight games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will have a break next round. BSV Wulfen will play at home against Dorsten (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 16+7reb+7ast, S.Hummelt 12+1reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+7reb, T.Reuter 9+2reb, N.Janoschek 8+4reb, H.Bellscheidt 6+1reb+2ast
Vechta: P.Heitzhausen 15+1reb+3ast, M.Smallwood 13+12reb+1ast, M.Reid 12+4reb+5ast, B.Fumey 10+4reb, D.Krause 9+3reb, D.Madrich 8+6reb
gschID: 143662


ALBA Berlin II - Hannover 74-95

ProB top team - Hannover Tigers (11-3) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked ALBA Berlin II (4-10) 95-74. The game was mostly controlled by Hannover Tigers. ALBA Berlin II was better in third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hannover Tigers shot 61.0 percent from the field. They also forced 19 ALBA Berlin II turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a very good performance for swingman Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-82) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. International guard Lucca Staiger (196-88, college: Iowa St.) replied with 21 points and 5 assists and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) added 9 points in the effort for ALBA Berlin II. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hannover Tigers maintains first position in Group North with 11-3 record. Loser ALBA Berlin II dropped to the twelfth place with ten games lost. Hannover Tigers will face Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin II will play on the road against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.
Top scorers:
ALBA Berlin II: L.Staiger 21+4reb+5ast, E.Muller 12+3reb, S.Fulle 10+1reb+1ast, T.Grauel 9+4reb+3ast, C.Dinc 5+5reb, J.Ney 5+4reb+2ast
Hannover: J.Doerksen 24+5reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 22+7reb+2ast, R.Williams 13+2reb+9ast, S.Janzen 12+3reb+4ast, T.Welzel 9+1reb+2ast, J.Lodders 6+1reb
gschID: 143657


Group South
BSW Sixers - Noerdlingen 63-84

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of BSW Sixers (10-4) in Sandersdorf on Saturday night. Hosts were rolled over by Noerdlingen (11-3) 84-63. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of BSW Sixers. It was a key game for the top position in Group South as both teams had the same 10-3 record before this meeting. The game was mostly controlled by Noerdlingen. BSW Sixers managed to win third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded BSW Sixers 42-30 including 29 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. The other American import guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) contributed with 21 points and 4 assists for the winners. Five Noerdlingen players scored in double figures. American forward Aaron Fleetwood (206-84, college: Delaware St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sascha Ahnsehl (186-86) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BSW Sixers. Noerdlingen keeps a position of Group South leader, which they share with Gotha. BSW Sixers at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share the position with Leipzig. Noerdlingen is looking forward to face Licher Baeren (#8) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BSW Sixers will play against the league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BSW Sixers: A.Fleetwood 21+8reb+1ast, S.Ahnsehl 12+5reb+5ast, M.Haut 9+3ast, P.Muensinger 7+6reb, W.Gardner 5+3ast, R.McLemore 4+6reb
Noerdlingen: J.Jamerson 21+4reb+4ast, F.Brutting 16+3reb+2ast, K.Johnson 14+15reb+1ast, D.Rotim 12+2reb+2ast, D.Rastatter 10+11reb+3ast, J.Eichler 8+5reb
gschID: 143789


Dragons - Leipzig 78-73

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when fifth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (9-4) defeated at home 4th ranked USC Leipzig (10-4) 78-73 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Dragons Rhoendorf made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 USC Leipzig turnovers. USC Leipzig was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for guard Nick Larsen (187-83) who helped to win the game recording 22 points. Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) contributed with 22 points and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-N.) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for USC Leipzig. Dragons Rhoendorf have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position in Group South with 9-4 record. Loser USC Leipzig dropped to the third place with four games lost. Dragons Rhoendorf will face Fraport Skyliners II (#10) in Frankfurt in the next round where they are favorite. USC Leipzig will play at home against TSV Troester (#9) in Breitenguessbach.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: L.Morinia 20+6reb+2ast, R.Frohlich 12+6reb, M.Pratt 10+10reb+3ast, R.Schirmer 9+4reb, P.Holm 7+4reb+4ast, M.Scholz 4+1reb
Dragons: N.Larsen 22+2ast, S.Turnbull 22+1reb, E.Jones 8+5reb, F.Koch 8+5reb+2ast, T.Kasper 7+8reb+1ast, E.Tukiss 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 143790


Langen - Giessen 91-81

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-12) lost on the road to sixth ranked TV 1862 Langen (8-6) 91-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 91-81. TV 1862 Langen outrebounded Giessen Pointers 41-20 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Giessen Pointers' players. Quite impressive performance for American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands, agency: Duran International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points, 21 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Sebastian Greene (203-84, college: Fordham) contributed with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Worth to mention Fitzgerald played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) added 23 points in the effort for Giessen Pointers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Giessen Pointers' coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TV 1862 Langen maintains sixth position in Group South with 8-6 record. Giessen Pointers lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place with 12 games lost. TV 1862 Langen will face Hanau (#7) on the road in the next round. Giessen Pointers will play against BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giessen: D.Stevens 23+1reb+1ast, D.Sumner 20+4reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 17+7reb+4ast, Z.Pavlovic 13+1reb, O.Biallas 5+4reb+1ast, V.Zabel 2
Langen: S.Greene 23+6reb+2ast, N.Drury 20+1reb+7ast, N.Butz 15+5reb+2ast, L.Fitzgerald 13+21reb+4ast, G.Raebel 8+2ast, M.Schneider 5+5ast
gschID: 143791


TSV Troester - Gotha 60-88

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Oettinger Rockets Gotha (11-3) crushed 9th ranked TSV Troester (5-9) in Breitenguessbach 88-60 on Saturday. The game without a history. Oettinger Rockets Gotha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSV Troester to just 6 points in first quarter. Oettinger Rockets Gotha dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to TSV Troester's 26. TSV Troester was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for forward Leo Niebuhr (208-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Torvoris Baker (203-83, college: Detroit Mercy) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Five Oettinger Rockets Gotha players scored in double figures. point guard Daniel Schmidt (186-90) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tobias Korndoerfer (200-90) added 11 points in the effort for TSV Troester. 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. Oettinger Rockets Gotha keeps a position of Group South leader, which they share with Noerdlingen. TSV Troester lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with nine games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will face BSW Sixers (#3) in Sandersdorf in the next round, which may be the game of the day. TSV Troester will play on the road against USC Leipzig (#4).
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: D.Schmidt 19+7reb+2ast, T.Korndoerfer 11+1reb, J.Thiemann 6+5reb, M.Rockmann 6+1reb, I.Pavic 6+3reb+1ast, D.Harris 4+4reb+3ast
Gotha: L.Niebuhr 19+7reb+1ast, T.Baker 13+13reb, T.Jarmusz 13+2reb, M.Monk 12+5reb+3ast, D.Watson 10+6reb+3ast, K.Klein 7+1reb+6ast
gschID: 143792


Licher Baeren - Hanau 71-74

Important game to mention about took place in Lich. Eighth ranked Hanau (7-7) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 7th ranked Licher Baeren (7-7) 74-71 in the fight for the seventh place. It looked good early as Licher Baeren took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hanau had a 23-9 second period charge getting the lead and Licher Baeren was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 71-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 assists and center Ilja Ickert (201-81) who added 16 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American forward Nicholas Pederson (203-85) responded with 22 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Licher Baeren's coach Igor Starcevic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hanau moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with defeated Licher Baeren. Hanau will play against higher ranked TV 1862 Langen (#6) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Licher Baeren will play against the league's second-placed Noerdlingen having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Licher Baeren: N.Pederson 22+3reb+2ast, T.Bradshaw 12+10reb, G.Aud 10+5reb+3ast, B.Chappell 7+2reb+5ast, V.Klassen 6+1reb+1ast, R.Christen 4+3reb
Hanau: A.Sharda 20+4reb+4ast, I.Ickert 16+5reb+1ast, S.Koehnert 14+3reb, J.Hirschberg 11+2reb, J.Cunningham 7+4reb+2ast, C.Miles 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 143793


BG Illertal - Fraport SKY II 98-74

BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's fans can finally celebrate the first win of their team after 13 consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Fraport Skyliners II (3-11) 98-74. The game without a history. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 63.9 percent from the field. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn had a 31-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Fraport Skyliners II's players. American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) fired 24 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Femi Oladipo (201-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's coach John Staudt felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian swingman Amil Klisura (197-89) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn maintains twelfth position in Group South with 1-13 record. Fraport Skyliners II at the other side keeps the tenth place with 11 games lost. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn's next round opponent will be higher ranked Giessen Pointers (#11) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: D.Jemison 20+8reb, L.Wright 16+2reb, A.Klisura 16+5reb+3ast, M.Merz 12+2reb+3ast, B.Nicolay 5+3reb+1ast, K.Schluter 3+2reb
BG Illertal: M.Mercer 24+3reb+9ast, F.Oladipo 20+10reb+3ast, M.Soyer 19+5reb, H.Fuller 12+6reb+3ast, B.Butler 8+2reb, P.Vojkovic 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 143794




Blake Poole, BG Dorsten, Interview - by Daniel Poerschke
Blake Poole (195-C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: St.Martin's) plays for BG Dorsten in Germany in the Pro B league. As a rookie fresh out of NCAA 2 St. Martin's University, Blake is in his european rookie season. So far he puts up some impressing stats (15.2ppg, 12.8rpg, 2.7apg, 2.3spg in 37.6 minutes per game).
BG Dorsten Head Coach Torsten Schierenbeck has only good words for his big man: I told him from the beginning, what I need out of him all season long: rebounding and low-post presence. Nobody could have expected, that he would play that great. His passing skills are outstanding and his positioning and feet movement under the basket are just incredible.
Blake Poole also was twice named Eurobasket.com Player of the week this season already. He graduated from NCAA 2 St. Martins University in 2011. Because of a stand-out senior season (19.3ppg, 11.6rpg) Poole was the GNAC Player of the year and was named to the NABC All-American Team and NABC All-Star Game. In the summertime he suited up for Bellingham Slam of the IBL, producing 12.5ppg and 11.6rpg and was also named to the IBL All-Star Game.

Eurobasket.com Germany had the chance to speak with Blake:

How does it feel, playing professional basketball in Germany?
It feels great to play basketball in Germany. Just being able to continue my passion and experience a great culture at the same time has been amazing.

What can you tell us about the BG Dorsten club, team and organization so far?
BG Dorsten has been great. I'm playing with a good group of guys. We are all on the same page wanting to win and get better. The chemistry of our team is really high, we get along great. Management is really involved and supportive.

How is it playing for coach Torsten Schierenbeck?
Torsten has been a great coach. He knows when to be laid back, but also knows when we need to step it up. He knows the game and always puts us in the right places to compete.

How do you feel since getting the Player of the Month award for your great performances in November? Did anything change?
Since getting player of the month I think I feel the same. I'm still competing along side my teammates and we are still battling day after day at practice. I appreciate the honor, but as a team player the only thing I'm worried about is getting wins.

What can we expect from yourself and your club in 2012?
In 2012, you can expect BG Dorsten to compete every time we touch the floor. We feel that we are in every game and are ready for any challenge.

Where do you see yourself in the future? What are your plans for the next 10 years?
For my future, I would like to play basketball as long as I can, continuing to get better and competing. Basketball is my passion, so I know my future will have something to do with this sport.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.6 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf21.1 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.4 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.6 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 7. Webb, Crailsheim16.7 
 8. Hassan, Leitersh.16.7 
 9. Capel, Cuxhaven16.6 
 10. Mason, Webmoebel16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.4 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.3 
 3. Black, Jena8.3 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.0 
 5. Richardson, Leiter.8.0 
 6. Lawson, Chemnitz7.9 
 7. Harris, Cuxhaven7.6 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
 9. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
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. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.9 
 5. Diggs, Webmoebel4.7 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.6 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 8. Rice, Cuxhaven4.4 
 9. Reese, Duesseldorf4.4 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim4.4 
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. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf1.4 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 9. Harris, NBC1.4 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen1.4 
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. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.0 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 7. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 8. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 
 10. Thomas, Kirchheim0.8 


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


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 11-3 
 2. Vechta 11-4 
 3. SU Medien 10-5 
 4. Schwelm 9-6 
 5. Stahnsdorf 9-6 
 6. Herten 8-6 
 7. Dorsten 8-7 
 8. Wulfen 7-8 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 7-8 
 10. Bayer Giants 5-9 
 11. Rist Wedel 5-10 
 12. ALBA Berlin II 4-10 
 13. Bernau 1-14 
Group South
 1. Gotha 11-3 
 2. Noerdlingen 11-3 
 3. BSW Sixers 10-4 
 4. Leipzig 10-4 
 5. Dragons 9-4 
 6. Langen 8-6 
 7. Hanau 7-7 
 8. Licher Baeren 7-7 
 9. TSV Troester 5-9 
 10. Fraport SKY II 3-11 
 11. Giessen 2-12 
 12. BG Illertal 1-13 


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, Phoenix17.4 
 4. Gray, Fraport SKY16.0 
 5. Troutman, B.Mue.15.7 
 6. Wood, ALBA15.6 
 7. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 8. Ensminger, Teleko.15.2 
 9. Swann, Ratiopharm15.1 
 10. Brooks, Phoenix14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.8 
 2. Evans, Goettingen8.2 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.2 
 4. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.0 
 5. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 6. Davidson, Fraport7.3 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.2 
 8. Troutman, B.Mue.7.0 
 9. Watts, Ratiopharm6.7 
 10. Ovcina, LTi 46ers6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.6 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Wood, ALBA5.5 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier5.4 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets5.0 
 7. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 8. Campbell, Walter T.4.5 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.4 
 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. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 4. Holston, Art.Drag.1.5 
 5. Carter, Phoenix1.5 
 6. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 9. Bernard, LTi 46ers1.3 
 10. Burrell, EWE B.1.2 
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.1.9 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.9 
 5. Pleiss, Brose B.1.5 
 6. King, Art.Dragons1.2 
 7. Redding, Walter T.1.2 
 8. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.2 
 9. Boone, s.Oliver.1.1 
 10. Davidson, Fraport1.1 


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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, Ikaros14.6 
 7. Taylor, Kavala14.0 
 8. Tsamis, Kolossos13.9 
 9. Gagaloudis, Marousi13.3 
 10. Stepheson, Panio.13.3 
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. James, Aris4.3 
 6. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 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. James, Aris1.4 
 8. Hatten, Kolossos1.4 
 9. Logan, Panathin.1.4 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.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. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Giddens, PAOK1.1 
 6. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 7. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 8. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 9. Michel, KAOD0.9 
 10. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 8-1 
 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 1-7 
 13. Marousi 0-8 


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  HOLLAND   


Results Dutch Basketball League: - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in DBL action, defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden closed off a successful week with another blowout win, at the expense of Rotterdam Basketball College, while title contenders Eiffel Towers and Gas Terra Flames also enjoyed home cooking with blowout wins. Meanwhile on the road in Zwolle a strong 3rd quarter gave Magixx Kidsright the momentum edge it needed to win over Landstede.

Saturday in the Vijfmeihal ZZ Leiden took no prisoners on the Rotterdammers, with the team winning convincingly 76-51. After a 16-13 Rotterdam first quarter lead, ZZ's defense in the 2nd quarter kept the Rotterdammers at a near standstill, in which ZZ's defense yielded only two points! ZZ woud dominate the glass with a 38-24 difference and forced 22 turnovers. ZZ, coming off an impressive Tuesday EuroChallenge home win over Armia to advance to the next round, were led in scoring by ace
Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) with 18 pts. Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added a season-high 16 pts. ZZ improves to 8-4.

Saturday in Zwolle, a strong 3rd quarter made the difference as Magixx Kidsright won for the second time in as many games this season over Landstede 73-65. Landstede led 39-36 at the half, but a 20-10 3rd quarter for Magixx was the momentum difference. Magixx's defense also forced Landstede into 34.9% FG and 21 turnovers.

Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Marquette) led four Magixx players in double figures with a game-high 23 pts. Cameron Wells (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Citadel) led Landstede with 18 pts. Magixx improves to 7-5 while Landstede falls to 7-6.

In the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers cooled off previously hot Lauselac Aris with a blowout 108-69 win. Eiffel led 48-33 at the half and were never seriously threatened, shooting a sizzling 76.9% FG. Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) led the way with 20 pts. Eiffel's defense forced 27 Aris turnovers and Eiffel also shared with wealth with 24 dimes. With the win, Eiffel improves to 9-3 and tied for 1st place with Gas Terra Flames.

In the Martiniplaza, the team of Gas Terra Flames head coach Hakim Salem took care of business, closing off the year on a positive note, cruising to a 93-68 win over struggling Stepco BS Weert. The Limburgers got off to a good start, leading 25-17 at the end of the 1st, but the Flames took control from the 2nd quarter on, with the guests unable to counter. Were it not for poor free throw shooting (only 15 of 34 FT's), the Flames would have done much more damage. Nevertheless the Flames forced Stepco Weert to cough up the ball 27 times.
Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) led Gas Terra Flames in scoring with 19 pts. Sjors Besseling (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) led the Limburgers with 19 pts. Gas Terra Flames improves to 9-3 and tied with Eiffel Towers for 1st place in the DBL.


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.8 
 2. Sally, Rotterdam17.9 
 3. Anderson, Weert17.2 
 4. Humphrey, Nijmegen16.7 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen16.5 
 6. Wesby, Groningen15.6 
 7. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.4 
 8. Sanchez, Leeuw.14.8 
 9. Boxley, Leiden14.8 
 10. Adako, Leeuwarden13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Coleman, Weert9.5 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.9.0 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle8.1 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Van Paassen, Den6.8 
 6. van Kempen, Weert6.5 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.4 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.6.4 
 9. Boxley, Leiden6.3 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Harman, Weert4.8 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.7 
 3. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.3 
 5. Acker, Nijmegen3.8 
 6. Bell, Groningen3.5 
 7. Wells, Zwolle3.3 
 8. Huffman, Zwolle3.2 
 9. de Randamie, Groni.3.1 
 10. Slagter, Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Harman, Weert2.7 
 2. Huffman, Zwolle2.5 
 3. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.4 
 4. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 5. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 6. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen1.9 
 8. Turner, Den Bosch1.8 
 9. Wesby, Groningen1.8 
 10. de Randamie, Gron.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ross BEKKERING
  Nijme.
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 2. Wyatt, Groningen1.5 
 3. Maddox, Zwolle1.1 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Minter, Weert1.0 
 6. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 8. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Groningen 9-3 
 2. Den Bosch 8-3 
 3. Leiden 8-4 
 4. Leeuwarden 7-5 
 5. Nijmegen 7-5 
 6. Zwolle 7-6 
 7. Rotterdam 2-12 
 8. Weert 1-11 


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  HUNGARY   


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


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.5 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak24.2 
 3. Raivio, Kaposvari23.1 
 4. Timberlake, Falco-.23.0 
 5. Ciric, PVSK P.21.4 
 6. Doyne, PVSK P.20.7 
 7. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 8. Miskovic, Marso N.19.6 
 9. Townes, Kormend19.0 
 10. Bell, Kormend18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.6 
 3. Miskovic, Marso N.10.5 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak9.0 
 5. Townes, Kormend8.8 
 6. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.8.8 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari8.4 
 8. Fey, Kaposvari8.3 
 9. Egemonye, Soproni8.1 
 10. Hines, ZTE K.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.3 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari6.2 
 3. Williams, Atomeromu5.5 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.5 
 5. Fekete, Marso N.5.5 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.4 
 7. Ingram, FS Debre.5.1 
 8. Doyne, PVSK P.4.8 
 9. Drahos, Szedeak4.7 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Fekete, Marso N.3.4 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak3.0 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.9 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari2.5 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.5 
 6. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.5 
 7. Wilson, Kaposvari2.4 
 8. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
 9. Doyne, PVSK P.2.3 
 10. Ingram, FS Debre.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Townes, Kormend2.2 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.2.0 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Morgen, Atomeromu1.2 
 5. Levy, Szedeak1.2 
 6. Ivosev, Szedeak1.1 
 7. Chism, Albacomp1.1 
 8. Egemonye, Soproni1.1 
 9. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari1.0 


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  ICELAND   


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


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


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Govens, Thor Thorl26.5 
 3. Johnson, Valur25.3 
 4. Jarvis, IR24.5 
 5. Sovic, IR23.8 
 6. Echols, Njardvik23.1 
 7. Dagostino, Keflavik23.1 
 8. Shuler, Haukar22.7 
 9. Bartolotta, IR22.6 
 10. Walkup, Fjolnir22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.13.5 
 2. Echols, Njardvik11.9 
 3. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.8 
 4. Walkup, Fjolnir11.7 
 5. Cole, Keflavik10.5 
 6. Tratnik, Valur10.4 
 7. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 8. Hampton, Tindastoll9.9 
 9. Miller, Tindastoll9.3 
 10. Magnusson, KR8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marquis HALL
  Snaefell
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Hall, Snaefell7.6 
 2. Shouse, Stjarnan7.0 
 3. Watson, Grindavik6.4 
 4. Claessen, IR5.7 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll5.5 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.0 
 7. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.4.6 
 8. Govens, Thor Thorl4.4 
 9. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.4 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Garrison JOHNSON
  Valur
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Johnson, Valur3.3 
 2. Holmes, Njardvik3.0 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan2.9 
 4. Parker, Keflavik2.8 
 5. Cothran, Stjarnan2.8 
 6. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 7. Hall, Snaefell2.2 
 8. Dagostino, Keflavik2.1 
 9. Viggosson, Tindast.2.0 
 10. Barja, Haukar2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Haukar
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Smith, Haukar3.8 
 2. Tratnik, Valur2.6 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Johnson, Valur1.7 
 5. Jonsson, Snaefell1.3 
 6. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 7. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.1 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.1 
 9. Eiriksson, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Ragnarsson, Fjoln.1.0 


D1 Round 9: KFI defeats Skallagrimur in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
D1 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left.

An interesting game for KFI (10-0) which played road game in Borgarnes against second-best Skallagrimur (6-3). Leader KFI had an easy win 97-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Craig Schoen (178-G-83, college: Georgetown, KY) posted 27 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Undefeated KFI have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Skallagrimur at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Breidablik. KFI are looking forward to face Hamar (#4) on the road in the next round. Skallagrimur will play against Hottur in Egilsstadir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
An interesting game for Breidablik (6-3) which played road game in Egilsstadir against 4th placed Hottur (4-3). Third ranked Breidablik managed to get a 4-point victory 94-90. Breidablik moved-up to second place, which they share with Skallagrimur. Hottur at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Breidablik will play against bottom-ranked Armann (#10) in Reykjav­k in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hottur will play on the road against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur (#2) in Borgarnes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Thor AK managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked FSU in Selfoss 78-70. And what about a second win in a row after ...seven consecutive loses. Thor AK (2-7) moved-up to ninth place. Loser FSU keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Thor AK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. FSU will play against the league's leader KFI (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.

In the last two games of round 9 IG was beaten by Hamar on the road 92-77. IA destroyed Armann on its own court 106-84.


FSU - Thor AK 70-78

Bottom-ranked Thor AK managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against eighth-ranked FSU in Selfoss 78-70. And what about a second win in a row after ...seven consecutive loses. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 28-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Thor AK (2-7) moved-up to ninth place. Loser FSU keeps the eighth position with six games lost. Thor AK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. FSU will play against the league's leader KFI (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
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Hamar - IG 92-77

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Hamar and 6th ranked IG had identical 4-4 record. This time Hamar used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from 92-77 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Hamar. IG managed to win fourth quarter 27-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hamar (5-4) moved-up to fourth place. IG lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Hamar will meet at home league's leader KFI in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. IG will have a break next round.
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Skallagrimur - KFI 71-97

An interesting game for KFI (10-0) which played road game in Borgarnes against second-best Skallagrimur (6-3). Leader KFI had an easy win 97-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Skallagrimur. The game without a history. KFI led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. KFI have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-0 record. Skallagrimur at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Breidablik. KFI are looking forward to face Hamar (#4) on the road in the next round. Skallagrimur will play against Hottur in Egilsstadir and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
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Hottur - Breidablik 90-94

An interesting game for Breidablik (6-3) which played road game in Egilsstadir against 4th placed Hottur (4-3). Third ranked Breidablik managed to get a 4-point victory 94-90. It looked good early as Hottur took an 13-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Breidablik had a 23-8 second period charge getting the lead and Hottur was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 90-94. Breidablik moved-up to second place, which they share with Skallagrimur. Hottur at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Breidablik will play against bottom-ranked Armann (#10) in Reykjav­k in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hottur will play on the road against the league's second-placed Skallagrimur (#2) in Borgarnes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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IA - Armann 106-84

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Armann (1-8) was smashed on the road by seventh ranked IA (4-4) 106-84 on Friday. The game without a history. IA led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. IA moved-up to sixth place. Armann lost their seventh game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with eight games lost. IA will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Armann will play against Breidablik (#3) in Kopavogur.
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Jakob Sigurdarson player of the year - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Icelandic basketball Federation has choosen Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birm.Southern) as player of the year 2011.Sigurdarson is on his third year with Sundsvall Dragons in Sweden
Sigurdarson has played as professional in Top league Germany, LEB Gold in Spain, Top league Hungary and Iceland and in Sweden where he won the Championship with his Club and was MVP of the finals and been Eurobasket.com player of the year last 2 years. Last summer with Iceland National team playing in Scandinavian Championship he was selected to Tournament All-Star team..
This year with Sundsvall Dragons he is average 18,8 points, 3,4 rebounds, 3,2 assist shooting 40,5% from three point line and 92,7% from freethrow line


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  IRAQ   


Pan Arab Games. Iraq defeat Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Iraq - Morocco 68:61

Iraq celebrated the first win at Pan Arab Games classification round. They overcame Morocco in the games for the 7th-12th places at the tournament. Ahmed Al-Nasrawi (F/G-89) posted 26 points to pace the effort.
Morroco looked better at the start of the game. They enjoyed a 14:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But Iraq started the second quarter strongly to surge ahead. Fikrat Abdulahad team gained a 37:25 halftime lead. Iraq maintained the advantage in the third period. They secured a 54:46 lead with one quarter remaining. Morocco tipped off the final period with an 11:2 rally to regain the advantage. But Iraq bounced back late in regulation and ran away with a tough win at the end. Mohammed Mahdi (203-F/C-91) nailed 17 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, while Malik Nahi (210-C-88) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Anouar Grayssi (193-G-88) accounted for 18 points and 8 rebounds for Morocco. Nadim Soufiane (G-88) had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Iraq: Ahmed Al-Nasrawi 26, Mohammed Mahdi 17+11 boards, Malik Nahi 12+11 boards
Morocco: Anouar Grayssi 18, Nadim Soufiane 14+11 boards



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  IRELAND   


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


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  ISRAEL   


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Landesberg, Macca.23.6 
 2. Banks, Elitzur21.1 
 3. Carter, Bnei H.20.6 
 4. Crawford, Maccab.20.2 
 5. Lewis, Hapoel Holon20.1 
 6. Delaney, B.C. H.19.1 
 7. Bradley, Maccabi18.3 
 8. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.18.2 
 9. Duncan, Maccabi17.8 
 10. Strawberry, Hapoe.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.11.0 
 2. Tyus, Maccabi8.3 
 3. Dowell, B.C. H.8.2 
 4. Bowman, Maccabi8.1 
 5. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 6. Duncan, Maccabi7.8 
 7. Randle, Hapoel J-M7.6 
 8. Kitchen, Maccabi7.6 
 9. Morgan, Ironi A.7.4 
 10. Freeman, B.C. H.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.3 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.9 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Carter, Bnei H.6.0 
 5. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.8 
 6. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.1 
 7. Jackson, Maccabi5.0 
 8. Delaney, B.C. H.4.8 
 9. Ohayon, Maccabi4.6 
 10. Powell, Maccabi H.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.2.7 
 3. Robinson, B.C. H.2.3 
 4. Kitchen, Maccabi2.2 
 5. Bowman, Maccabi2.1 
 6. Skinn, Ironi Ashke.2.1 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 8. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 9. Delaney, B.C. H.2.0 
 10. Yavzuri, Galil Gi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Varnado, Hapoel J.2.1 
 3. Uter, Maccabi2.0 
 4. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.0 
 5. Hendrix, Maccabi1.4 
 6. Wilkerson, Maccab.1.4 
 7. James, Maccabi T-A1.3 
 8. Tyus, Maccabi1.2 
 9. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 10. Powell, Maccabi H.1.0 


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 8-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 6-2 
 3. Hapoel J-M 6-3 
 4. Hapoel Holon 6-4 
 5. Ironi Ashkelon 5-4 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 4-5 
 7. B.C. Habikaa 4-5 
 8. Maccabi Haifa 3-6 
 9. Maccabi Ashdod 3-6 
 10. Elitzur Netanya 2-6 
 11. Bnei Hasharon 2-7 


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Armani Jeans officially announce Alessandro Gentile - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans have officially announced the signing of Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92). The guard signed a deal through 2013/14 season. Alessandro Gentile played for Benetton since 2007. This season he averaged 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.4 assists per game in SeriaA. In EuroCup his stats read 15.0 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per appearance. Alessandro Gentile played for Italian team at U20 European Championship this summer. He averaged 18.2 points, 3.1 boards, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game in Bilbao. Eurobasket.com named Alessandro Gentile All-Italian Seria A Newcomer of the Year. The player was also named the Seria A Most Improved Player. He was the member of U16, U17 and U18 Italian National Teams.


Benetton land Jeffrey Viggiano - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso signed deal with Jeffrey Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts). The guard is meant to replace Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) who left for Armani Jeans. Jeffrey Viggiano started the season in Armani Jeans. He posted 2.5 points per game in Seria A. In Euroleague his stats read 2.0 points per appearance. Last season Jeffrey Viggiano played for Angelico Biella. He delivered 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.1 steals. Jeffrey Viggiano participated at Seria A All-Star Game last season. He was also named into Eurobasket.com Italian SeriaA All-Domestic Players Team. Previously the forward had stints in Sweden, Hungary and Italy.



Nazionale A Round 15: Bari loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the Nazionale A leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Bari (8-7). They were defeated by fifth ranked Fabriano (5-10) 85-73 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fabriano. Bari managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fabriano forced 31 Bari turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Alessio Iardella (187-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 steals. Forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fabriano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Napoli. Bari will play next round against strong Ferentino trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fabriano will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Latina Basket on the road.
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Bari) loss. Chieti defeated 6th ranked Ruvo at home 77-65. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Andrea Raschi accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Ruvo in the defeat. Chieti have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Ruvo lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Ruvo will play next round against Matera trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Orlandina on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trieste (10-5) on the court of second ranked Trento on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Trento 65-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trieste. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-5 record before this meeting. The best player for the winners was Walter Santarossa who scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Marco Carra who recorded 18 points. Trento have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Trieste. Trento will meet Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Trieste will play against the league's leader Omegna (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Firenze (#5) beat Santarcangelo 74-68 on the road. It was a good game for Alessandro Amici who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Firenze (5-10) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Santarcangelo lost their third game in a row. Santarcangelo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be league's leader Trento at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santarcangelo will play against Pavia (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Perugia. Third ranked Treviglio (10-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Perugia (8-7) 63-60 in the game for the first place. It was a great evening for Andrea Vitale who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Treviglio keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Perugia still keeps top place with seven games lost. Treviglio will face Castelletto (#5) on the road in the next round. Perugia will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: San Severo lost to Orlandina on the opponent's court 57-63. Recanati outscored Latina Basket in a home game 90-59. Matera recorded a loss to Ferentino on the road 86-81. Omegna was defeated by Torino on its own court 72-86. Castelletto beat Comsum.it SI in a road game 74-62. Napoli destroyed Anagni at home 83-54. Pavia managed to outperform Casalpusterlengo on the opponent's court 76-65.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 27 points and 7 rebounds by Marco Evangelisti of Recanati.



Chieti - Ruvo 77-65

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Chieti as it allowed them to take a leadership position after previous leader's (Bari) loss. Chieti defeated 6th ranked Ruvo at home 77-65. The game was mostly controlled by Chieti. Ruvo was better in fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chieti had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized San Marino swingman Andrea Raschi (200-79) accounted for 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Marco Tagliabue (206-86) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Christian Villani (200-82) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Ruvo in the defeat. Five Chieti and four Ruvo players scored in double figures. Chieti have a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with 3 other teams. Ruvo lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place with 13 games lost. Ruvo will play next round against Matera trying to get back on the winning streak. Chieti will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Orlandina on the road.
Top scorers:
Ruvo: M.Tagliabue 16+6reb+1ast, C.Villani 12+6reb+2ast, P.de Martino 12+3reb+1ast, F.Emejuru 12+5reb+1ast, T.Laquintana 8+3reb, S.Zanotti 3+1reb
Chieti: A.Raschi 16+5reb+4ast, E.Rossi 15+12reb, M.Diomede 13+3reb+2ast, R.Feliciangeli 12+5reb+5ast, F.Gialloreto 11+2reb+4ast, A.Martelli 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 135737


Orlandina - San Severo 63-57

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when second-best Mazzeo San Severo (7-8) was defeated on the road by third ranked Orlandina (9-6) 63-57 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Mazzeo San Severo won third quarter 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Nicholas Crow (199-89) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Orlandina players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Giovanni Fattori (202-85) with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Riccardo Marzoli (190-89) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Newly promoted Orlandina maintains third place with 9-6 record behind leader Napoli which they share with defeated Mazzeo San Severo. Loser Mazzeo San Severo dropped to the third position with eight games lost. Orlandina will face league's leader Chieti at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Mazzeo San Severo will play against the league's leader Napoli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Fattori 21+8reb, R.Marzoli 11+7reb+5ast, I.Scarponi 8+5reb+1ast, F.Lovatti 8+1reb+2ast, F.Candido 6+7reb+1ast, F.Amoroso 3+2reb
Orlandina: N.Crow 13+7reb, A.Benevelli 13+10reb, F.Zanelli 12+2reb+2ast, M.Cardinali 11+5reb+1ast, T.De Min 7+11reb+1ast, F.Alessandri 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 135733


Recanati - Latina Basket 90-59

There was a small surprise when fourth ranked Recanati (7-8) smashed at home 4th placed Latina Basket (7-8) 90-59 on Sunday. The game without a history. Recanati led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Recanati especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. It was a great evening for guard Marco Evangelisti (198-84) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 7 rebounds. Power forward Alessandro Cecchetti (200-91) helped adding 12 points and 8 rebounds. Five Recanati players scored in double figures. Recanati's coach Piero Coen felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Giulio Gazzotti (202-91) with 10 points and 5 rebounds and guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) scored 11 points. Recanati moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Latina Basket. Recanati will face Anagni (#5) on the road in the next round. Latina Basket will play against Fabriano and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 11+3reb+1ast, T.Plateo 10+3reb, G.Gazzotti 10+5reb, R.Romano 9+3reb, R.Tavernelli 6, R.Serena 5
Recanati: M.Evangelisti 27+7reb+3ast, P.Chiarello 13+5reb+1ast, M.Ceron 13+1reb+2ast, A.Cecchetti 12+8reb+1ast, F.Gilardi 10+1reb+2ast, A.Magrini 8+1reb
gschID: 135734


Fabriano - Bari 85-73

There was a change at the Nazionale A leadership position after last games. Round 15 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Bari (8-7). They were defeated by fifth ranked Fabriano (5-10) 85-73 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fabriano. Bari managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fabriano forced 31 Bari turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Bari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for forward Alessio Iardella (187-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 7 steals. Forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian forward Silvio Gigena (200-75) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mario Chiusolo (182-91) scored 12 points. Five Fabriano and four Bari players scored in double figures. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fabriano have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Bari at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Napoli. Bari will play next round against strong Ferentino trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fabriano will try to continue on its current victory against fourth ranked Latina Basket on the road.
Top scorers:
Bari: S.Gigena 19+6reb, M.Chiusolo 12+3reb+3ast, A.Ruggiero 11+2reb, F.Mian 10+1reb, S.Deguara 6+9reb, D.Barozzi 6+4reb
Fabriano: A.Iardella 18+4reb+3ast, G.Castelletta 15+8reb, N.Manuel Stanic 13+4ast, C.Fontani 10+2reb+2ast, G.Sgobba 10+3reb+1ast, L.Usberti 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135735


Ferentino - Matera 86-81

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Matera (5-10) was defeated on the road by second ranked Ferentino (10-5) 86-81 on Sunday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Matera was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Lorenzo Panzini (185-90) helped adding 17 points. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) with 27 points and the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. Ferentino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Matera dropped to the fourth place with ten games lost. Ferentino will face league's second-placed Bari in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Matera will play against Ruvo in Ruvo di Puglia and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Matera: S.Vico 27+4reb+3ast, C.Grappasonni 12+3reb, A.Pilotti 11+5reb+1ast, G.Cantagalli 9+3reb, R.Martone 8+5reb, L.Tardito 7+6reb+1ast
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 26+5reb+1ast, L.Panzini 17+2reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 9+10reb, L.Ianes 8+4reb, S.Bonfiglio 8+2reb+2ast, F.Ihedioha 5+4reb
gschID: 135736


Trento - Trieste 65-63

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Trieste (10-5) on the court of second ranked Trento on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Trento 65-63. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trieste. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 9-5 record before this meeting. Trieste was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Trento dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Trieste's 24. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) who scored 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Argentinian point guard Andres Forray (187-86) chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Trento players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) who recorded 18 points and point guard Michele Ruzzier (181-93) added 15 points respectively. Trento have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Trieste. Trento will meet Firenze (#5) on the road in the next round. Trieste will play against the league's leader Omegna (#1) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: M.Carra 18+4reb+2ast, M.Ruzzier 15+3reb+2ast, L.Zaccariello 9+5reb+2ast, I.Ferraro 9+4reb, A.Moruzzi 6+4reb+3ast, L.Gandini 4+10reb+1ast
Trento: M.Pazzi 14+4reb, D.Pascolo 10+7reb, A.Forray 10+6reb+3ast, W.Santarossa 10+6reb+4ast, S.Fiorito 8+3reb, M.Spanghero 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135728


Omegna - Torino 72-86

There was a small surprise when third ranked Torino (10-5) beat on the road leader Omegna (13-2) 86-72 on Saturday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 47-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Torino dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Omegna's 26. Torino forced 21 Omegna turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Luca Fontecchio (202-91, agency: Players Group) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Pierpaolo Picazio (193-79, agency: Players Group) with 20 points and guard Andrea Saccaggi (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 21 points. Torino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Omegna still keeps top place with two games lost. Torino will face Comsum.it SI (#4) in Siena in the next round. Omegna will play on the road against the league's second-placed Trieste and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Omegna: A.Saccaggi 21+1reb, P.Picazio 20+2reb+1ast, S.Masciadri 9+2reb, M.Bertolazzi 8+3reb+3ast, D.Casadei 7+3reb, P.Paci 5+2reb
Torino: M.Portannese 18+5reb, L.Fontecchio 14+5reb, M.Giadini 12+3reb, C.Masper 10, F.Conti 8+7reb, D.Parente 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 135729


Comsum.it SI - Castelletto 62-74

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Siena where 4th placed Comsum.it SI (5-10) was defeated by fifth ranked Castelletto (7-8) 74-62 on Saturday. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Simone Cotani (201-81) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) helped adding 12 points and 12 rebounds. Five Castelletto players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Nicola Mei (186-85) with 23 points and 4 steals and center Amedeo Tessitori (203-94) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Castelletto. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Comsum.it SI keeps the fourth position with ten games lost. Castelletto will face league's second-placed Treviglio at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Comsum.it SI will play against Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Comsum.it SI: N.Mei 23+1ast, A.Tessitori 14+8reb, S.Simeoli 8+8reb, M.Cucco 6+1reb, G.Spizzichini 6, M.Pascolo 2+5reb
Castelletto: S.Ferrarese 18+1reb+1ast, F.Dri 15+2reb, M.Raminelli 12+12reb, S.Cotani 12+12reb+2ast, A.Piazza 12+3reb+1ast, A.Iannone 3+1reb
gschID: 135730


Perugia - Treviglio 60-63

Important game to mention about took place in Perugia. Third ranked Treviglio (10-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 3rd placed Perugia (8-7) 63-60 in the game for the first place. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Treviglio forced 26 Perugia turnovers. It was a great evening for swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Gabriele Zanella (204-81) helped adding 14 points and 5 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was the former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) with 15 points and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) scored 9 points and 7 rebounds. Treviglio keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Perugia still keeps top place with seven games lost. Treviglio will face Castelletto (#5) on the road in the next round. Perugia will play against Casalpusterlengo (#4).
Top scorers:
Perugia: L.Bisconti 15+4reb, M.Caroldi 11+2ast, G.Chiatti 10+4reb+1ast, S.Bonamente 9+7reb, D.Poltroneri 8+3reb, C.Cutolo 6+1reb
Treviglio: A.Vitale 20+5reb+2ast, G.Zanella 14+5reb+1ast, A.Fabi 10+4reb+1ast, M.Planezio 6+4reb, J.Borra 6+2reb, N.Cazzolato 3+2reb
gschID: 135731


Napoli - Anagni 83-54

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Napoli (11-4) outleveled at home 5th ranked Anagni (6-9) 83-54 on Sunday. The game without a history. Napoli led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 19 Anagni turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 29 on the defensive glass. Napoli shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 54.5 percentage. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Napoli made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) helped adding 9 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Andrea Malamov (196-83) with 19 points and 4 steals and naturalized Argentinian center Diego Corral (205-86, agency: Players Group) scored 9 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. Newly promoted Napoli maintains first place with 11-4 record. Loser Anagni keeps the fifth position with nine games lost. Napoli will face Mazzeo San Severo (#4) on the road in the next round. Anagni will play against Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anagni: A.Malamov 19+3reb+1ast, D.Corral 9+3reb+1ast, R.Santolamazza 7+4reb+1ast, N.Benedusi 6+1reb+2ast, F.Vanni 4+5reb, A.Zanelli 4+2reb
Napoli: B.Musso 17+5reb+6ast, S.Gatti 14+5reb, S.Lenardon 13+4reb+3ast, N.Rizzitiello 11+2reb, A.Iannilli 9+11reb+3ast, P.Rotondo 8+6reb
gschID: 135732


Santarcangelo - Firenze 68-74

And what about another game where Firenze (#5) beat Santarcangelo 74-68 on the road. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 29-22 run, which allowed them to win the game. Firenze made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for swingman Alessandro Amici (200-91) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Stefano Spizzichini (202-90) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Luca Pesaresi (180-89) answered with 19 points and center Andrea Ancellotti (212-88) added 10 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Santarcangelo. Four Santarcangelo players scored in double figures. Firenze (5-10) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Santarcangelo lost their third game in a row. Santarcangelo at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keeps the sixth position with 11 games lost. Firenze's next round opponent will be league's leader Trento at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Santarcangelo will play against Pavia (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: L.Pesaresi 19+1reb+1ast, L.Bedetti 11+3reb+1ast, A.Ancellotti 10+9reb, E.Rivali 10+3ast, G.Broglia 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bonaiuti 6+3reb
Firenze: A.Amici 20+7reb+1ast, S.Spizzichini 17+7reb, D.Monaldi 8+1reb, A.Giampaoli 8+2reb, M.Sanna 8+3reb, D.Scodavolpe 7+1reb
gschID: 135726


Casalpusterlengo - Pavia 65-76

There was a minor upset when 4th placed Casalpusterlengo (8-7) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Pavia (6-9) 76-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Pavia. Casalpusterlengo was better in second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Casalpusterlengo outrebounded Pavia 44-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. Casalpusterlengo was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Luca Furlanetto (197-81) helped adding 14 points. Four Pavia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Pavia moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Anagni. Casalpusterlengo lost their fourth game in a row. They still keep top position with seven games lost. Pavia will face Santarcangelo (#6) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round. Casalpusterlengo will play at home against Perugia (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 17+10reb+1ast, F.Loschi 16+6reb, R.Prandin 15+6reb+4ast, M.Contento 8+2reb+2ast, P.Biligha 4+3reb, M.Venuto 2+1reb+4ast
Pavia: R.Pederzini 15+5reb+2ast, L.Furlanetto 14+4reb, R.Maggio 13+4reb, F.Maiocco 12+5reb+1ast, I.Cisse 9+2reb+1ast, S.Borgna 7+4reb
gschID: 135727




Lega2 Round 12: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Lega2 round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Centrale Latte (8-3) against twelfth ranked Aget Imola (5-6) 75-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Aget Imola made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Centrale Latte turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Erik Daniels (204-82, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 4 steals for Centrale Latte. Centrale Latte's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aget Imola moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Centrale Latte at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Trenkwalder who have the same record. Centrale Latte will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aget Imola will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Leading Trenkwalder RE (8-3) recorded its third loss in Jesi. Visitors were defeated by thirteenth ranked Fileni BPA (5-6) 85-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and Michele Maggioli who added 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fileni BPA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Centrale Latte. Fileni BPA will play against Aget Imola (#8) at home in the next round. Trenkwalder RE will play against Biancoblu BO (#13) in Bologna and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Eleventh ranked MarcoPoloShop.it won an overtime thriller edging higher ranked Enel Brindisi by one point 92-93 on Sunday night. The winners were led by Tony Easley who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Even 40 points (!!!) and 8 assists by Jimmy Hunter did not help to save the game for Enel Brindisi. MarcoPoloShop.it (5-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will meet Tezenis Verona (#9) on the road in the next round. Enel Brindisi will have a break next round.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Assi Ostuni (4-7) and Tezenis Verona (5-6), which took place in Ostuni. Higher ranked Assi Ostuni lost at home to thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona 72-79. The best player for the winners was Antonio Porta who scored 16 points, 7 assists and 7 steals. Tezenis Verona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Tezenis Verona's next round opponent will be MarcoPoloShop.it (#11) in Forli. Assi Ostuni will play on the road against S.Antimo in Sant'Antimo.
The game between seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (6-5) and 15th ranked S.Antimo (2-9) in Barcellona on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sigma Barcellona outscored guests from Sant'Antimo 76-50. It was a good game for Mike Green who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Sigma Barcellona's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sigma Barcellona maintains seventh position with 6-5 record. Newly promoted S.Antimo stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Prima Veroli (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. S.Antimo will play against Assi Ostuni.

In the last two games of round 12 Morpho Basket beat Biancoblu BO on the road 76-70. Prima Veroli lost to Giorgio Tesi PT on its own court 82-90.



Aget Imola - Centrale Latte 75-64

Lega2 round 12 caused change at the leadership position. Third defeat of league's leader Centrale Latte (8-3) against twelfth ranked Aget Imola (5-6) 75-64 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Centrale Latte. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 11 points. Aget Imola made 26-of-30 free shots (86.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Centrale Latte turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including 25 on the defensive glass. 28 personal fouls committed by Centrale Latte helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American swingman Erik Daniels (204-82, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds. Naturalized Argentinian guard Patricio Prato (196-79) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Four Aget Imola players scored in double figures. American guard Leemire Goldwire (180-85, college: Charlotte, agency: Interperformances) replied with 19 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import guard Ryan Thompson (198-89, college: Rider) added 14 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Centrale Latte. Centrale Latte's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aget Imola moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Centrale Latte at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Trenkwalder who have the same record. Centrale Latte will play next round against Morpho Basket trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aget Imola will try to continue on its current victory against tenth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Centrale Latte: L.Goldwire 19+4reb, R.Thompson 14+5reb, L.Gergati 12+3reb, M.Jose Ghersetti 8+6reb, M.Farioli 5+4reb+1ast, D.Busma 4+1reb+1ast
Aget Imola: P.Prato 21+6reb+1ast, T.Whiting 16+3reb+3ast, E.Daniels 13+16reb+2ast, F.Masoni 13+1reb+1ast, T.Kotti 7+5reb, D.Bruttini 5+2reb+1ast
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MarcoPoloShop - Enel Brindisi 93-92 OT

Eleventh ranked MarcoPoloShop.it won an overtime thriller edging higher ranked Enel Brindisi by one point 92-93 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 1-point victory in overtime. The winners were led by American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Austin Freeman (190-89, college: Georgetown) supported him with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five MarcoPoloShop.it players scored in double figures. Even 40 points (!!!) and 8 assists by American guard Jimmy Hunter (196-77, college: Life) did not help to save the game for Enel Brindisi. Naturalized American forward Craig Callahan (203-81, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Court Side) added 18 points and 6 rebounds. MarcoPoloShop.it (5-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Enel Brindisi lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. MarcoPoloShop.it will meet Tezenis Verona (#9) on the road in the next round. Enel Brindisi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: J.Hunter 40+3reb+8ast, C.Callahan 18+6reb+2ast, D.Borovnjak 15+7reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 6+4reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 6+3reb+4ast, M.Giuri 4+2reb
MarcoPoloShop: T.Easley 20+10reb+2ast, A.Freeman 19+7reb+5ast, S.Borsato 18+1reb+2ast, N.Natali 11+3reb+1ast, J.Trapani 10+3reb+1ast, S.Huff 10+6reb+1ast
gschID: 135531


Biancoblu BO - Morpho Basket 70-76

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Morpho Basket (6-4) beat 10th ranked Biancoblu BO (4-7) in Bologna 76-70 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-70. Morpho Basket made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Biancoblu BO was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. American-Danish guard Alan Voskuil (191-86, college: Texas Tech) contributed with 20 points for the winners. American guard Tre Kelley (182-85, college: S.Carolina) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Andrea Pecile (187-80) added 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals in the effort for Biancoblu BO. Five Morpho Basket and four Biancoblu BO players scored in double figures. Morpho Basket moved-up to sixth place. Biancoblu BO at the other side, also newcomer in the league, dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Morpho Basket will face league's second-placed Centrale Latte in Brescia in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Biancoblu BO will play on the road against the league's leader Trenkwalder RE (#1) in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Biancoblu BO: T.Kelley 17+7reb+5ast, M.Canavesi 16+7reb, A.Pecile 14+7reb+5ast, P.Baldassarre 13+7reb+1ast, B.Blizzard 3+1reb+1ast, D.Cutolo 3+2reb
Morpho Basket: A.Voskuil 20+2reb+2ast, C.Cotis Harrison 16+8reb+3ast, R.Amoroso 14+4reb, A.Casella 10+4reb, D.Anderson 10+6reb+3ast, M.Passera 4+5reb+2ast
gschID: 135532


Assi Ostuni - Tezenis Verona 72-79

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Assi Ostuni (4-7) and Tezenis Verona (5-6), which took place in Ostuni. Higher ranked Assi Ostuni lost at home to thirteenth ranked Tezenis Verona 72-79. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-19. But Assi Ostuni won second period 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Tezenis Verona won last quarter 20-15. They made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Assi Ostuni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 16 points, 7 assists and 7 steals. American guard Mario West (196-84, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Tezenis Verona players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Israeli-American center Dane Diliegro (205-88, college: New Hampshire) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and guard Simone Berti (195-85) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Tezenis Verona moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Assi Ostuni dropped to the twelfth position with seven games lost. Tezenis Verona's next round opponent will be MarcoPoloShop.it (#11) in Forli. Assi Ostuni will play on the road against S.Antimo in Sant'Antimo.
Top scorers:
Assi Ostuni: D.Diliegro 16+9reb+1ast, S.Berti 15+5reb+3ast, M.Jurevicus 9+5reb, F.Basei 9+5reb+1ast, T.Rinaldi 8+4reb, G.Carenza 6+2reb
Tezenis Verona: A.Renzi 16+3reb+2ast, A.Porta 16+4reb+7ast, M.West 15+10reb, G.Boscagin 12+4reb, K.Waleskowski 9+4reb+1ast, D.Vukcevic 7+2reb+2ast
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Sigma Barcel. - S.Antimo 76-50

The game between seventh ranked Sigma Barcellona (6-5) and 15th ranked S.Antimo (2-9) in Barcellona on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sigma Barcellona outscored guests from Sant'Antimo 76-50. The game without a history. Sigma Barcellona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding S.Antimo to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded S.Antimo 44-31 including 31 on the defensive glass. Sigma Barcellona shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. It was a good game for American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Luigi Dordei (202-81) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sigma Barcellona's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Folarin Campbell (193-86, college: George Mason) replied with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international power forward Alessandro Cittadini (207-79) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for S.Antimo. Sigma Barcellona maintains seventh position with 6-5 record. Newly promoted S.Antimo stay at the bottom place with nine games lost. Sigma Barcellona will face Prima Veroli (#14) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. S.Antimo will play against Assi Ostuni.
Top scorers:
S.Antimo: A.Cittadini 15+8reb, F.Campbell 11+6reb+6ast, D.Teague 10+9reb, M.Rossi 5+1reb, R.Moraschini 5+3reb, G.Eliantonio 4+1reb
Sigma Barcel.: M.Green 19+8reb+3ast, L.Dordei 11+6reb+1ast, R.Bucci 8+2reb+5ast, A.Piazza 8+2reb+5ast, M.Lukauskis 7+3reb+2ast, M.Da Ros 6+8reb
gschID: 135527


Prima Veroli - Giorgio Tesi PT 82-90

Very expected game when 14th ranked Prima Veroli (3-8) lost at home to third ranked Tuscany Pistoia (8-4) 90-82 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-82. Tuscany Pistoia made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Prima Veroli was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard Dwight Hardy (188, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with 25 points. The former international power forward Giacomo Galanda (211-75) contributed with 19 points (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) replied with 21 points and the former international guard Anthony Giovacchini (188-79, college: Stanford) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Prima Veroli. Five Tuscany Pistoia and four Prima Veroli players scored in double figures. Prima Veroli's coach Demis Cavina let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Tuscany Pistoia maintains third position with 8-4 record having just -1 point less than leader Trenkwalder. Prima Veroli lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth place with eight games lost. Tuscany Pistoia will face Givova Scafati (#4) at home in the next round. Prima Veroli will play against Sigma Barcellona (#7).
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 21+3reb+1ast, A.Giovacchini 16+4reb+4ast, G.Lee 14+8reb+1ast, R.Rullo 13+3reb+1ast, C.Tommasini 6, I.Gatto 5+1reb+1ast
Giorgio Tesi PT: D.Hardy 25+1reb+2ast, G.Galanda 19+2reb+2ast, G.Gurini 18+3reb+1ast, D.Mathis 12+5reb+1ast, B.Jones 11+8reb+1ast, F.Toppo 5+8reb
gschID: 135528


Fileni BPA - Trenkwalder 85-78

Leading Trenkwalder RE (8-3) recorded its third loss in Jesi. Visitors were defeated by thirteenth ranked Fileni BPA (5-6) 85-78. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Trenkwalder RE. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 30-19. But Trenkwalder RE won third quarter 25-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fileni BPA made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fileni BPA especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Richard McConnell (182-89, college: St.Mary's, CA, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals and the former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) who added 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Dawan Robinson (189-82, college: Rhode Island) scored 24 points and 6 rebounds. Trenkwalder RE's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Fileni BPA moved-up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Trenkwalder RE at the other side still keeps top position with three games lost. They share it with Centrale Latte. Fileni BPA will play against Aget Imola (#8) at home in the next round. Trenkwalder RE will play against Biancoblu BO (#13) in Bologna and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Trenkwalder: D.Robinson 24+6reb+1ast, D.Taylor 24+7reb+1ast, D.Slanina 11+2reb+1ast, D.Filloy 7+3reb+2ast, R.Cervi 4+5reb+1ast, R.Valenti 4+2reb
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 23+8reb+2ast, R.McConnell 21+6reb+7ast, R.Hoover 14+8reb, J.Brooks 13+8reb+1ast, M.Santiangeli 8+3reb+1ast, J.Valentini 4+2reb
gschID: 135529




SerieA Round 11: Armani Milano keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with few extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Armani Milano as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Armani Milano defeated 14th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at home 88-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-72. Armani Milano shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Armani Milano forced 20 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Armani Milano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) who scored 13 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) chipped in 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) produced 15 points for the guests. Armani Milano have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Montepaschi. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Novipiu CM. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play next round against Banco di Sard. trying to get back on the winning streak. Armani Milano will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Bennet Cantu on the road.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angelico Biella (7-4) against eighth ranked Cimberio Varese (6-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Cimberio Varese in a tough game in Varese 73-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angelico Biella. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (186-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. Yakhouba Diawara contributed with 19 points for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) answered with 27 points and 6 steals for Angelico Biella. Cimberio Varese moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pepsi Caserta and CS Bologna. Angelico Biella at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will have a break next round.
Seventeenth-ranked Banca Tercas (2-9) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Pepsi Caserta (6-4) on Sunday. Pepsi Caserta managed to secure only fifteen-point victory 97-82. However their fans expected much easier game. It was a great evening for Alex Righetti who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Robert Fultz responded with 23 points and 4 assists. Pepsi Caserta moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and CS Bologna. Loser Banca Tercas stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta will meet Air Avellino (#8) on the road in the next round. Banca Tercas will play against Lottomatica Roma (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Lottomatica Roma (#13) forced the game against Air Avellino (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 96-99. The game took place in Roma. But the guests from Avellino were better at the end. It was an exceptional evening for Marques Green who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 13 assists. Air Avellino (6-5) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lottomatica Roma will play against Banca Tercas (#17) in Teramo.
Important game to mention about took place in Cremona. Eleventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 15th ranked Vanoli-Braga (3-8) 81-78 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Ricky Hickman who scored 20 points. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the sixteenth position with eight games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Umana Venezia (#9).

Other games of round 11 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bennet Cantu was defeated by Novipiu CM in Casale 69-65. Benetton TV beat Banco di Sard. at home 80-72. Umana Venezia lost to CS Bologna on the opponent's court 80-88.



Pepsi Caserta - Banca Tercas 97-82 OT

Seventeenth-ranked Banca Tercas (2-9) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Pepsi Caserta (6-4) on Sunday. Pepsi Caserta managed to secure only fifteen-point victory 97-82. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 23-13 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 15-point victory in overtime. Pepsi Caserta made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Pepsi Caserta outrebounded Banca Tercas 39-28 including 29 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Pepsi Caserta especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. It was a great evening for the former international swingman Alex Righetti (198-77, agency: Interperformances) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) helped adding 22 points and 8 rebounds. Four Pepsi Caserta players scored in double figures. The former international point guard Robert Fultz (189-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with 23 points and 4 assists and naturalized Argentinian swingman Bruno Cerella (194-86, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Pepsi Caserta moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and CS Bologna. Loser Banca Tercas stay at the bottom position with nine games lost. Pepsi Caserta will meet Air Avellino (#8) on the road in the next round. Banca Tercas will play against Lottomatica Roma (#13) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Pepsi Caserta: A.Righetti 30+10reb+1ast, A.Smith 22+8reb, G.Maresca 13+1reb+1ast, A.Collins 11+5reb+5ast, A.Doornekamp 6+3reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 4+3reb+1ast
Banca Tercas: R.Fultz 23+3reb+4ast, B.Cerella 21+4reb, V.Amoroso 15+4reb, D.Brown 9, Y.Green 8+5reb, B.Brown 3+5reb+1ast
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Vanoli CR - Scavolini PS 78-81

Important game to mention about took place in Cremona. Eleventh ranked Scavolini Pesaro (5-5) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 15th ranked Vanoli-Braga (3-8) 81-78 on Sunday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 81-78. Scavolini Pesaro made 25-of-31 free shots (80.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Vanoli-Braga turnovers. Strangely Vanoli-Braga outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 38-24 including a 18-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Vanoli-Braga was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American point guard Ricky Hickman (190-85, college: NC-Greensboro) who scored 20 points. The former international center Marco Cusin (211-85, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Scavolini Pesaro players scored in double figures. Slovenian forward Marko Tusek (203-75, agency: Alti Sport) produced 18 points and Slovenian forward Marko Milic (202-77) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Scavolini Pesaro moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Vanoli-Braga dropped to the sixteenth position with eight games lost. Scavolini Pesaro will face higher ranked Cimberio Varese (#6) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Umana Venezia (#9).
Top scorers:
Scavolini PS: R.Hickman 20+4reb+3ast, J.White 19+3ast, J.Jones 15+4reb, M.Cusin 11+10reb+2ast, D.Hackett 7+1reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 6+1reb
Vanoli CR: M.Tusek 18+4reb, D.Cinciarini 18+1reb, M.Milic 12+9reb, L.D'Ercole 12+2reb+1ast, T.Roderick 9+7reb+4ast, J.Perkovic 6+8reb+2ast
gschID: 150716


Novipiu CM - Bennet Cantu 69-65

There was an upset in Casale where 4th placed Bennet Cantu (6-5) was defeated by sixteenth ranked Novipiu CM (3-7) 69-65 on Sunday. Bennet Cantu was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 27-17 charge of Novipiu CM, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Mustafa Shakur (193-84, college: Arizona) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Naturalized American power forward David Chiotti (206-84, college: N.Mexico, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Novipiu CM moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Loser Bennet Cantu dropped to the seventh position with five games lost. Novipiu CM will face league's second-placed Montepaschi Siena on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 20+4reb+4ast, M.Janning 17+1reb, D.Chiotti 14+11reb, M.Malaventura 8+1reb, S.Gentile 6+1ast, G.Temple 4+3reb
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 15+3reb+4ast, V.Micov 12+7reb+2ast, G.Shermadini 11+12reb, G.Basile 7+1reb+1ast, N.Gianella 7+5reb+1ast, M.Leunen 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 150717


Benetton TV - Banco di Sard. 80-72

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked Benetton Treviso (5-5) defeated at home higher ranked Banco di Sard. (5-5) 80-72 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-72. Benetton Treviso outrebounded Banco di Sard. 40-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Jobey Thomas (193-80, college: Charlotte) who scored 17 points. Swingman Alessandro Gentile (197-92) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. Four Benetton Treviso players scored in double figures. American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) produced 15 points and 4 assists and naturalized Georgian power forward Nika Metreveli (212-91, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) respectively for the guests. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Benetton Treviso moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Banco di Sard. Benetton Treviso will face higher ranked CS Bologna (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: J.Thomas 17+3reb+1ast, V.Moldoveanu 14+4reb+2ast, S.Becirovic 12+3reb+3ast, A.Gentile 12+7reb+2ast, A.De Nicolao 9+6reb+2ast, G.Cuccarolo 8+11reb
Banco di Sard.: N.Metreveli 16+4reb, V.Plisnic 16+3reb, D.Diener 15+3reb+4ast, B.Sacchetti 9+6reb+1ast, Q.Hosley 8+4reb+1ast, T.Diener 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 150711


Cimberio VA - Angelico BI 79-73

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angelico Biella (7-4) against eighth ranked Cimberio Varese (6-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Cimberio Varese in a tough game in Varese 73-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Angelico Biella. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 19-11. But Angelico Biella won second period 22-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Cimberio Varese forced 27 Angelico Biella turnovers. Angelico Biella was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Croatian point guard Rok Stipcevic (186-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Cimberio Varese's coach Carlo Recalcati allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) answered with 27 points and 6 steals and Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Angelico Biella. Cimberio Varese moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pepsi Caserta and CS Bologna. Angelico Biella at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Cimberio Varese will play against Scavolini Pesaro (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angelico Biella will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: R.Stipcevic 25+4reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 19+2reb, D.Reati 12+1reb, K.Kangur 9+6reb+3ast, D.Fajardo 5+9reb+1ast, T.Rannikko 5+2reb+6ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 27+2reb+2ast, T.Dragicevic 12+12reb+1ast, J.Pullen 11+4reb+4ast, M.Chessa 9+5reb+1ast, G.Jurak 6+2reb, M.Soragna 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150712


CS Bologna - Umana Venezia 88-80

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked CS Bologna and 8th ranked Umana Venezia had identical 5-4 record. This time CS Bologna used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Venezia 88-80 on Sunday night. Umana Venezia trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 80-88 at the end of the game. Umana Venezia was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was international guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) who scored 17 points and 6 assists. The former international power forward Angelo Gigli (209-83) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!). Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. American-Bulgarian point guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) produced 20 points and 7 assists and American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) added 22 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna (6-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Cimberio VA and Pepsi Caserta. Loser Umana Venezia dropped to the ninth position with five games lost. CS Bologna will face Benetton Treviso (#10) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Umana Venezia will play against Vanoli-Braga in Cremona.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: G.Poeta 17+4reb+6ast, V.Sanikidze 16+3reb+3ast, A.Gigli 16+6reb, P.Koponen 11+3reb+2ast, L.Vitali 9+3reb, C.Douglas-Roberts 9+2reb+1ast
Umana Venezia: T.Slay 22+7reb, K.Clark 20+4reb+7ast, T.Bowers 20+4reb+1ast, S.Szewczyk 8+6reb, G.Rosselli 4+4reb, T.Fantoni 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 150713


Lottomatica - Sidigas AV 96-99 OT

Lottomatica Roma (#13) forced the game against Air Avellino (#10) into an overtime, but lost by three points 96-99. The game took place in Roma. But the guests from Avellino were better at the end. Lottomatica Roma was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 27-22 third quarter run of Air Avellino. They tied the game at the end of regular time. Then they were better in overtime eventually winning that period 15-12. Air Avellino made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Air Avellino players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. 26 personal fouls committed by Lottomatica Roma helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (169-82, college: St.Bonaventure) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 13 assists. American forward Linton Johnson (203-80, college: Tulane, agency: Priority Sports) accounted for 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American guard Clay Tucker (195-80, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee, agency: Pro One Sports) came up with 31 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Andrea Crosariol (212-84, college: Fair Dickinson) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Lottomatica Roma in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino (6-5) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Bennet Cantu. Lottomatica Roma lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Air Avellino's next round opponent will be higher ranked Pepsi Caserta (#5) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Lottomatica Roma will play against Banca Tercas (#17) in Teramo.
Top scorers:
Sidigas AV: M.Green 35+8reb+13ast, L.Johnson 22+8reb+4ast, T.Dean 17+6reb, R.Slay 11+2reb+1ast, J.Golemac 7+9reb+2ast, V.Gaddefors 5+3reb+1ast
Lottomatica: C.Tucker 31+5reb+3ast, N.Gordic 19+1reb+1ast, A.Crosariol 11+9reb+2ast, N.Dedovic 10+7reb+2ast, M.Mordente 9+4reb+2ast, M.Kakiouzis 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 150714


Armani MI - Fabi Shoes 88-72

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Armani Milano as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Armani Milano defeated 14th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at home 88-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Fabi Shoes Montegranaro. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-72. Armani Milano shot 60.4 percent from the field and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Armani Milano forced 20 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Armani Milano especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Drew Nicholas (191-81, college: Maryland) who scored 13 points and 6 assists. The former international forward Mason Rocca (204-77, college: Princeton) chipped in 15 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Four Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) produced 15 points and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Armani Milano have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Montepaschi. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro at the other side keeps the fourteenth place with seven games lost. They share the position with Novipiu CM. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play next round against Banco di Sard. trying to get back on the winning streak. Armani Milano will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Bennet Cantu on the road.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: M.Rocca 15+4reb, L.Radosevic 14+2reb, D.Nicholas 13+2reb+6ast, N.Melli 11+4reb+1ast, J.Giachetti 9+2reb+2ast, A.Fotsis 8+2reb
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 15+4reb, I.Zoroski 15+2reb+3ast, T.Kirksay 9+1ast, M.Antonutti 9, C.Karl 8+4reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 6+1reb+6ast
gschID: 150710




stats leader
Points Per Game
 Marco EVANGELISTI
  Recanati
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Evangelisti, Recan.18.7 
 2. Musso, Napoli18.5 
 3. Portannese, Torino16.5 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.2 
 5. Fattori, San Severo16.1 
 6. Mei, Comsum.it SI16.1 
 7. Carrizo, Ferentino16.1 
 8. Carra, Trieste15.9 
 9. Prandin, Casalp.15.5 
 10. Amici, Firenze15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.6 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.5 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Perug.8.8 
 4. Tessitori, Comsum..8.7 
 5. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.7 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.6 
 7. Borra, Treviglio8.3 
 8. Gandini, Trieste7.9 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.7.8 
 10. Ferraro, Trieste7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna5.1 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.9 
 3. Zanelli, Orlandina3.6 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.3 
 6. Ferrarese, Castell.3.0 
 7. Rivali, Santarcang.2.9 
 8. Vico, Matera2.9 
 9. Ruggiero, Bari2.8 
 10. Forray, Trento2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Iardella, Fabriano4.1 
 2. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.4 
 3. Amici, Firenze3.3 
 4. Portannese, Torino3.3 
 5. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 6. Vico, Matera3.1 
 7. Malamov, Anagni3.1 
 8. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.0 
 9. Musso, Napoli3.0 
 10. Mei, Comsum.it SI2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea CAPITANELLI
  Firenze
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Capitanelli, Firen.1.7 
 2. Borra, Treviglio1.5 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.3 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.2 
 5. Tessitori, Comsum..1.1 
 6. Benevelli, Orlandi.1.0 
 7. Biligha, Casalp.1.0 
 8. Cotani, Castelletto0.9 
 9. Feliciangeli, Chie.0.9 
 10. Cazzaniga, Pavia0.9 


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Armani MI 8-2 
 2. Montepaschi 8-2 
 3. Angelico BI 7-4 
 4. CS Bologna 6-4 
 5. Pepsi Caserta 6-4 
 6. Cimberio VA 6-4 
 7. Bennet Cantu 6-5 
 8. Sidigas AV 6-5 
 9. Umana Venezia 5-5 
 10. Benetton TV 5-5 
 11. Scavolini PS 5-5 
 12. Banco di Sard. 5-5 
 13. Lottomatica 4-7 
 14. Novipiu CM 3-7 
 15. Fabi Shoes 3-7 
 16. Vanoli CR 3-8 
 17. Banca Tercas 2-9 


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trento 10-5 
 2. Trieste 10-5 
 3. Perugia 8-7 
 4. Comsum.it SI 5-10 
 5. Firenze 5-10 
 6. Santarcangelo 4-11 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 13-2 
 2. Treviglio 10-5 
 3. Torino 10-5 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 8-7 
 5. Castelletto 7-8 
 6. Pavia 6-9 
Div.South-East
 1. Chieti 8-7 
 2. Bari 8-7 
 3. Recanati 7-8 
 4. San Severo 7-8 
 5. Fabriano 5-10 
 6. Ruvo 2-13 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 11-4 
 2. Ferentino 10-5 
 3. Orlandina 9-6 
 4. Latina Basket 7-8 
 5. Anagni 6-9 
 6. Matera 5-10 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Mustafa SHAKUR
  Novipiu CM
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Shakur, Novipiu CM22.0 
 2. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 3. Smith, Pepsi C.18.2 
 4. Coleman, Angelico.17.3 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI16.8 
 6. Diawara, Cimberio.16.2 
 7. Datome, Lottomat.16.1 
 8. Collins, Pepsi C.15.8 
 9. Tucker, Lottomat.15.5 
 10. Diener, Banco d.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Linton JOHNSON
  Sidigas AV
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Johnson, Sidigas10.2 
 2. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 3. Sanikidze, CS Bo.9.5 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes9.4 
 5. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 7. Smith, Pepsi C.8.2 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.8.0 
 9. Dragicevic, Angeli.7.4 
 10. Jones, Scavolini7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (169-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Collins, Pepsi C.5.8 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.3 
 4. Diener, Banco d.5.1 
 5. Stipcevic, Cimberi.4.6 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 7. Pullen, Angelico BI3.7 
 8. Poeta, CS Bologna3.7 
 9. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
 10. Mordente, Lottom.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.7 
 2. Hosley, Banco d.2.9 
 3. Hackett, Scavolin.2.5 
 4. Stonerook, Montep.2.4 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI2.4 
 6. Bowers, Umana V.2.3 
 7. Jones, Scavolini PS2.2 
 8. Poeta, CS Bologna2.0 
 9. Collins, Pepsi C.2.0 
 10. Johnson, Sidigas1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.5 
 2. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.2 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 4. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 5. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 6. Brunner, Fabi Shoes0.8 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 9. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 
 10. Adrien, Benetton0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.23.5 
 2. Marigney, Givova S.22.4 
 3. Hardy, Giorgio21.4 
 4. Taylor, Trenkwal.18.9 
 5. Voskuil, Morpho B.18.6 
 6. Robinson, Trenkwal.18.4 
 7. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
 8. Teague, S.Antimo17.5 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.17.3 
 10. Whiting, Aget Imo.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Thomas, Givova S.10.7 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.1 
 3. Anderson, Morpho B.8.5 
 4. Borovnjak, Enel B.8.2 
 5. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.1 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.7 
 7. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.9 
 8. Baldassarre, Bianc.6.9 
 9. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.8 
 10. Ghersetti, Centra.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.5 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.4 
 4. Green, Sigma B.3.7 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola3.3 
 6. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 7. Kelley, Biancobl.3.1 
 8. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.0 
 9. Goldwire, Centra.3.0 
 10. Renfroe, Enel B.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola RADULOVIC
  Givova S.
  (207-F-73)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Radulovic, Givova3.4 
 2. West, Tezenis3.0 
 3. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 4. Marigney, Givova S.2.8 
 5. Taylor, Trenkwal.2.6 
 6. Thompson, Centra.2.5 
 7. McConnell, Fileni2.5 
 8. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.4 
 9. Robinson, Trenkwal.2.4 
 10. Hunter, Enel Brin.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 2. Trapani, MarcoPol.1.2 
 3. Cervi, Trenkwalder1.1 
 4. Thomas, Givova S.1.0 
 5. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.8 
 6. Renzi, Tezenis0.8 
 7. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 8. Busma, Centrale.0.7 
 9. Baldassarre, Bianc.0.7 
 10. DiGiuliomari., Te.0.6 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 8-3 
 2. Centrale Latte 8-3 
 3. Giorgio Tesi PT 8-4 
 4. Givova Scafati 7-4 
 5. Enel Brindisi 7-5 
 6. Morpho Basket 6-4 
 7. Sigma Barcel. 6-5 
 8. Aget Imola 5-6 
 9. Tezenis Verona 5-6 
 10. Fileni BPA 5-6 
 11. MarcoPoloShop 5-6 
 12. Assi Ostuni 4-7 
 13. Biancoblu BO 4-7 
 14. Prima Veroli 3-8 
 15. S.Antimo 2-9 


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Toyota Alvark 18-4 
 2. Aishin SH 17-5 
 3. Hitachi SR 12-10 
 4. Panasonic T. 11-11 
 5. Tochigi Brex 10-12 
 6. Mitsubishi DD 9-13 
 7. Hokkaido L. 9-13 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-20 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 13-6 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 11-8 
 3. Sendai 89ers 11-8 
 4. Niigata Albirex 9-8 
 5. Chiba Jets 9-10 
 6. Shinshu BW 9-10 
 7. Toyama Grouses 8-9 
 8. Saitama Bron. 6-11 
 9. Yokohama BC 6-11 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 5-14 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 14-5 
 2. Shiga L-Stars 14-6 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 13-5 
 4. Osaka Evessa 12-5 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 12-7 
 6. Shimane SM 11-8 
 7. Miyazaki SS 8-11 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-14 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-19 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi19.9 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH18.1 
 3. Hale, Mitsubis.17.0 
 4. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.3 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi16.1 
 6. Lewis, Hokkaido L.14.8 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.14.6 
 8. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.3 
 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: 11.9
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.9 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.6 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.3 
 5. Moss, Toshiba BT8.0 
 6. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.5 
 7. O''Bannon, Panason.7.2 
 8. Young, Aishin SH7.1 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.7 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.2 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.7 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi3.6 
 4. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.4 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.0 
 6. Sakuragi, Aishin SH3.0 
 7. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 8. Kinoshita, Panason.2.9 
 9. Miyanga, Toshi.2.6 
 10. Hirose, Panasoni.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin S.
  (183-PG-81)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi1.8 
 3. Sato, Hitachi SR1.7 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.7 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.7 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.1.6 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.4 
 8. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.3 
 9. Igarashi, Mitsubis.1.3 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.8 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 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. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.7 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.7 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.3 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM23.8 
 3. Woods, Akita NH21.7 
 4. White, Oita H.20.9 
 5. Washington, Osaka20.7 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama20.6 
 7. Flowers, Saitama20.5 
 8. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.1 
 9. Roberts, Shins.19.6 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.8 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.11.0 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 5. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 6. Blackledge, Osaka10.7 
 7. Woods, Akita NH10.5 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.3 
 9. Hughes, Shinshu BW10.2 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.8 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 6. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.6 
 7. Takushi, Oita H.4.6 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.4.6 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
 10. Yamamoto, Iwate4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.2 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka3.2 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.5 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.3 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.0 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.9 
 10. Lyons, Miyazaki1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.0 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.1 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Marshall, Osaka E.1.6 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.5 
 8. McFarland, Yokoham.1.5 
 9. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 10. Williams, Takamat.1.4 


BJ League Round 21: Toyama Grouses edge Chiba Jets by one point - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 21 in the BJ League took place in Chiba. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Chiba Jets (9-10) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (8-9) 83-82 on Saturday evening. Chiba Jets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Masashi Joho (183-82) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Shinshu BW. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (11-8) against seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-11) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Sendai 98-85. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Lewis Witcher contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds for Sendai 89ers. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 8-11 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P. and Shimane SM. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Miyazaki Shining Suns and hope to get back on the winning track.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Akita. First ranked Akita Happinets faced 4th placed Osaka Evessa. Host Akita Happinets (13-6) defeated guests from Osaka (12-5) 85-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Ricky Woods stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Lynn Washington with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Akita Happinets maintains first place with 13-6 record. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Akita Happinets will again meet at home Osaka Evessa (#4) in the next round. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-76 loss to second ranked Okinawa GK (14-5) in Takamatsu. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. Jeff Newton nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Okinawa GK's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader. Takamatsu FA at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Oita supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Shimane Magic (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-14). Shimane Magic did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-71 on Saturday. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Michael Parker who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Shimane Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Shimane Magic have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. and Sendai 89ers. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 21 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Shinshu BW were defeated by Hamamatsu P. in Mikawa 93-77. Niigata Albirex beat Saitama Bron. at home 93-80. Shiga L-Stars won against Yokohama BC on the opponent's court 81-64. Yokohama BC was outscored by Shiga L-Stars in a home game 71-91. Fukuoka Rizing managed to beat Iwate Big Bulls on the road 96-81.
The best stats of 21th round was 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals by Kevin Palmer of Fukuoka Rizing.



Hamamatsu P. - Shinshu BW 93-77

There was no surprise in Mikawa where 5th ranked Shinshu BW (9-10) was defeated by third ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (11-8) 93-77 on Saturday. The game without a history. Hamamatsu Phoenix led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-32 free shots (81.3 percent) during the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix forced 19 Shinshu BW turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) who scored 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agency: ACMT) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) who recorded 20 points and 4 assists and guard Takato Saito (181-85) added 18 points and 4 assists respectively. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Sendai 89ers and Shimane SM. Loser Shinshu BW keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will face again Shinshu BW (#6) in Nagano in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 20+3reb+4ast, T.Saito 18+3reb+4ast, E.Morris 13+3reb, T.Hughes 10+13reb, L.Roberts 7+13reb+3ast, S.Yosuke 6+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 29+5reb+4ast, W.Arnold 19+7reb+1ast, M.Lamizana 13+6reb+4ast, M.Ohguchi 9+1reb+1ast, K.Tomori 7+1reb+2ast, L.Pomare 6+2reb
gschID: 142019


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 76-97

Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA (0-19) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 97-76 loss to second ranked Okinawa GK (14-5) in Takamatsu. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. The game was mostly controlled by Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA was better in fourth quarter 22-18. 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. Okinawa GK players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and his fellow American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Okinawa GK's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Takamatsu FA in the defeat. Five Okinawa GK and four Takamatsu FA players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader. Takamatsu FA at the other side still closes the standings with 19 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round. Takamatsu FA will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 17+5reb+2ast, N.Williams 16+14reb, M.Kita 15+1ast, H.Kikuchi 11+5reb, M.Nunnally 8+6reb, K.Tsutsumi 5+2reb+4ast
Okinawa GK: N.Kosuge 21+1reb+3ast, A.McHenry 18+7reb+4ast, J.Newton 16+12reb+2ast, D.Palmer 14+3reb+3ast, R.Okosa 10+10reb+2ast, M.Yamauchi 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 142020


Oita H.Devils - Shimane SM 71-91

The game in Oita supposed to be also quite interesting. Sixth ranked Shimane Magic (11-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-14). Shimane Magic did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-71 on Saturday. The game without a history. Shimane Magic led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Shimane Magic outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 41-30 including 27 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) who had a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) who recorded 25 points and forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) added 16 points and 13 rebounds respectively. Shimane Magic have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. and Sendai 89ers. Oita Heat Devils lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 14 games lost. Shimane Magic will have a break next round. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against Shimane Magic (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: M.Lottich 25+4reb+3ast, T.Cummings 16+13reb+2ast, Z.Atkinson 16+6reb+1ast, N.Takushi 7+3reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 5+1reb+6ast, S.Umemiya 2+1reb+1ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 35+12reb+1ast, B.Puckett 15+6reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 13+2reb+2ast, R.Golson 12+7reb+11ast, J.Davis 9+5reb, J.Nakama 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 142021


Sendai 89ers - Miyazaki SS 85-98

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Sendai 89ers (11-8) against seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (8-11) on Saturday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Sendai 98-85. The game was mostly controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Sendai 89ers was better in third quarter 25-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Miyazaki Shining Suns made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was a good game for center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) contributed with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. Forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) answered with 30 points and 6 rebounds and center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) added 9 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Sendai 89ers. Miyazaki Shining Suns maintains seventh place with 8-11 record. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Hamamatsu P. and Shimane SM. Miyazaki Shining Suns will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sendai 89ers will play again at home against Miyazaki Shining Suns and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: O.Mims 30+6reb+2ast, D.Fitzgerald 16+3reb+2ast, J.Dukes 10+5reb+6ast, R.Singleton 9+12reb+1ast, Y.Tachibana 8+3reb, H.Kusaka 5+1reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: L.Witcher 24+9reb+2ast, D.Dora 17+13reb+7ast, T.Shimizu 13+2reb+2ast, I.Harris 11+2reb+1ast, Y.Tsubasa 11+2reb+1ast, D.Lyons 11+13reb+5ast
gschID: 142015


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 93-80

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Niigata Albirex (9-8) defeated at home 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (6-11) 93-80 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 57-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Saitama Broncos 49-31 including a 31-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists and forward Daiki Terashita (190-80) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Five Niigata Albirex and four Saitama Broncos players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex moved-up to fourth place. Loser Saitama Broncos keep the eighth position with 11 games lost. Niigata Albirex will face again Saitama Broncos (#8) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: D.Terashita 17+6reb+1ast, J.Humphrey 16+6reb, K.Satterfield 15+6reb+11ast, J.Miller 15+6reb, Y.Kitamuki 6+4reb, M.Haraguchi 6+1reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: S.Komatsu 22, Y.Ikeda 17+6reb+3ast, E.Maxey 16+13reb+1ast, C.Holm 13+18reb+4ast, N.Murry 11+8reb+5ast, H.Kondo 7+1reb+4ast
gschID: 142016


Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 82-83

The most exciting game of round 21 in the BJ League took place in Chiba. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Chiba Jets (9-10) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (8-9) 83-82 on Saturday evening. Chiba Jets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. Masashi Joho (183-82) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and the other American import guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) added 21 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Toyama Grouses maintains seventh place with 8-9 record. Chiba Jets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. They share it with Shinshu BW. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Chiba Jets will play again at home against Toyama Grouses (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 31+11reb+5ast, M.Hargrow 21+5reb+3ast, G.Moliva 11+7reb, R.Itakura 6+6reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 3+5reb+3ast, H.Sato 3
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 21+7reb+2ast, M.Joho 17+8reb+4ast, H.Johnson 13+2ast, I.Brown 12+4reb+2ast, D.Searcy 6+10reb+1ast, T.Mito 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 142017


Yokohama BC - Shiga L-Stars 64-81

Very expected game when 9th ranked Yokohama BC (6-11) was defeated at home by third ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-6) 81-64 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Yokohama BC was better in second period 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-26 free shots (88.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Yu Okada (184-83) who scored 18 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) chipped in 21 points and 7 rebounds. Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) added 15 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: C.McFarland 15+9reb+1ast, J.Burrell 14+11reb+3ast, M.Kabaya 12+1reb+1ast, P.Faye 9+8reb+1ast, O.Kimura 6+5reb+1ast, G.Shey 5+1reb
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 21+7reb+3ast, Y.Okada 18+6reb+7ast, D.Gomez Camargo 15+6reb+2ast, J.Peppers 14+5reb+1ast, J.Ashby 6+5reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 4
gschID: 142018


Yokohama BC - Shiga L-Stars 71-91

Very predictable result when third ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-6) outscored on the road 9th ranked Yokohama BC (6-11) 91-71 on Friday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Shiga L-Stars's pressure prevailed and they won that period 31-18 extending their advantage to 20 points. They made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Shiga L-Stars outrebounded Yokohama BC 42-27 including 30 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) chipped in 25 points (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). Four Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) who recorded 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Shiga L-Stars moved-up to second place. Loser Yokohama BC dropped to the eighth position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: C.McFarland 19+8reb+1ast, J.Burrell 16+8reb+3ast, G.Shey 8, M.Simmons 8+7reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 7+2ast, O.Kimura 5+1reb+1ast
Shiga L-Stars: J.Ashby 25+4reb+1ast, R.Nixon 22+9reb+1ast, D.Gomez Camargo 13+12reb+4ast, J.Peppers 12+5reb+4ast, Y.Okada 7+1reb, K.Hatano 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142012


Iwate Big Bulls - Fukuoka Rizing 81-96

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (5-14) were defeated at home by fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (12-7) 96-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Fukuoka Rizing. Iwate Big Bulls was better in fourth quarter 28-27. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fukuoka Rizing looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field). Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who recorded 28 points and 6 rebounds and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) added 15 points and 14 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing maintains fifth place with 12-7 record. Loser Iwate Big Bulls keep the tenth position with 14 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will have a break next round. Iwate Big Bulls will play again at home against Fukuoka Rizing (#5).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 28+6reb+2ast, L.Malloy 15+14reb, H.Kantake 13+2reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 13+5reb+7ast, S.Coleman 6+8reb, M.Sawaguchi 3+1ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 29+10reb+5ast, C.Dixon 20+2reb+4ast, J.Dearman 15+3reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 10+12reb+5ast, A.Takeno 8+3ast, J.Nakanishi 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 142013


Akita NH - Osaka Evessa 85-68

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Akita. First ranked Akita Happinets faced 4th placed Osaka Evessa. Host Akita Happinets (13-6) defeated guests from Osaka (12-5) 85-68. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Akita Happinets. Osaka Evessa managed to win fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 15 rebounds for the winners and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Akita Happinets maintains first place with 13-6 record. Loser Osaka Evessa keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Akita Happinets will again meet at home Osaka Evessa (#4) in the next round. Osaka Evessa will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 24+11reb+1ast, L.Blackledge 16+7reb+2ast, W.Marshall 10+9reb, S.Takeda 5+3reb, C.Aoki 5+4ast, K.Tyner 4+2reb
Akita NH: R.Woods 32+15reb+1ast, S.Ocitti 19+6reb+2ast, C.Terry 11+2reb+5ast, R.Mizumachi 8+3reb+2ast, Y.Kikuchi 8+5reb+2ast, K.Shoji 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142014




UBA Round 11 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-20) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-13) in Nagoya on Sunday. Mitsubishi Dolphins managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Ron Hale who scored 29 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hokkaido L. Toshiba Thunders lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka.

Other games of round 11 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Aishin SH defeated Panasonic T. in Kariya 83-75. Panasonic T. beat Aishin SH at home 80-73. Bottom-ranked Toshiba BT lost to Mitsubishi DD on the opponent's court 58-71. Tochigi Brex managed to outperform Hitachi SR in a home game 68-60. Hitachi SR recorded a loss to Tochigi Brex on the road 66-65. Toyota Alvark defeated Hokkaido L. on its own court 83-67. Hokkaido L. was beaten by Toyota Alvark in Fuchu 79-73.
The best stats of 11th round was 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists by J.R. Sakuragi of Aishin SH.



Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 75-83

There was no surprise in Osaka where 4th placed Panasonic Trians (11-11) were defeated by second ranked Aishin Sea Horses (17-5) 83-75 on Sunday. Panasonic Trians were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Aishin Sea Horses dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Panasonic Trians' 32. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Anthony Richardson (201-83, college: Florida St., agency: TSS Management) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Ace Custis (202-74, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Higher Vision Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and international point guard Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-80) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains second place with 17-5 record behind leader Toyota Alvark. Panasonic Trians at the other side keep the fourth position with 11 games lost. Aishin Sea Horses will face Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Panasonic Trians will play on the road against Toshiba Thunders in Kanagawa.
Top scorers:
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 27+15reb+5ast, A.Richardson 16+5reb+1ast, S.Kashiwagi 16+3reb+2ast, S.Asayama 11, K.Young 8+5reb+1ast, K.Takashima 2+1reb+1ast
Panasonic T.: A.Custis 22+13reb, H.Kinoshita 15+1reb+4ast, K.Kanamaru 13+2reb, K.Hirose 10+1reb+3ast, C.O'Bannon 7, T.Onishi 3+3reb
gschID: 137475


Panasonic T. - Aishin SH 80-73

There was a small surprise in Osaka where fourth ranked Panasonic Trians (11-11) defeated second-ranked Aishin Sea Horses (17-5) 80-73 on Saturday. Aishin Sea Horses were trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Panasonic Trians, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Kenta Hirose (193-85) who scored 19 points. American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds and Jamaican center Kevin Young (206-84, college: Missouri) added 14 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Aishin Sea Horses players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians maintains fourth place with 11-11 record. Defending champion Aishin Sea Horses keep the second position with five games lost. Panasonic Trians will face bottom-ranked Toshiba Thunders (#8) in Kanagawa in the next round. Aishin Sea Horses will play at home against Hitachi Sunrockers (#3) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panasonic T.: K.Hirose 19+4reb+2ast, K.Kanamaru 16+5reb, C.O'Bannon 9+8reb+5ast, H.Watanabe 9+1reb+2ast, F.Aono 9+6reb+1ast, H.Kinoshita 7+3ast
Aishin SH: J.Sakuragi 21+10reb+3ast, K.Young 14+10reb+1ast, T.Furukawa 11+2reb+4ast, S.Kashiwagi 10+4reb+2ast, A.Richardson 8+3reb, S.Asayama 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137474


Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 71-58

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 8th ranked Toshiba Thunders' (2-20) road loss to seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-13) 58-71 on Saturday. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Mitsubishi Dolphins's pressure prevailed and they won that period 23-15 extending their advantage to 13 points. The best player for the winners was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Shingo Utsumi (188-84) chipped in 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds and the former international swingman Shohei Kikuchi (190-85) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Toshiba Thunders' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hokkaido L. Toshiba Thunders lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: S.Utsumi 16+1ast, R.Hale 15+10reb+4ast, J.Uzawa 8+3reb, B.Allen 7+3reb, Y.Ueta 7+3reb+1ast, K.Nakagawa 6+7reb+2ast
Toshiba BT: S.Merritt 17+6reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 10+1reb, Y.Yamashita 9+2reb, S.Kikuchi 7+6reb+1ast, C.Moss 6+4reb+1ast, Y.Miyanga 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 137472


Mitsubishi DD - Toshiba BT 85-84 OT

Eighth-ranked Toshiba Thunders (2-20) made lots of trouble for seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (9-13) in Nagoya on Sunday. Mitsubishi Dolphins managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected easier game. Toshiba Thunders cut a 14-point halftime deficit to tie the game at the end of regular time. But they lost overtime period 10-11. Mitsubishi Dolphins made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. Strangely Toshiba Thunders outrebounded Mitsubishi Dolphins 43-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward Ron Hale (203-77, college: Florida St.) who scored 29 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). The former international guard Kei Igarashi (180-80) chipped in 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and guard Yuta Miyanga (183-81) added 22 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Toshiba Thunders' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Mitsubishi Dolphins have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Hokkaido L. Toshiba Thunders lost sixth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 20 lost games. Mitsubishi Dolphins will face league's leader Toyota Alvark in Fuchu in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Toshiba Thunders will play at home against Panasonic Trians (#4) in Osaka.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi DD: R.Hale 29+3reb+2ast, J.Uzawa 14+4reb, K.Igarashi 10+6reb+6ast, B.Allen 8+6reb, Y.Ueta 7, W.Brown-Matsushima 6+4reb+2ast
Toshiba BT: Y.Miyanga 22+6reb+2ast, S.Merritt 18+10reb+2ast, Y.Kagami 11+2reb+3ast, C.Moss 7+11reb, Y.Yamashita 6+2reb+1ast, S.Kikuchi 6+5reb+3ast
gschID: 137473


Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 68-60

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (10-12) beat at home 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers (12-10) 68-60 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-33 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) who had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. The former international center Daiji Yamada (200-81) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and international power forward Joji Takeuchi (206-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Tochigi Brex maintains fifth place with 10-12 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Hokkaido L. (#7) in Saporro in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: D.Yamada 15+5reb+2ast, Y.Tabuse 14+3reb, I.McFarlin 12+11reb+3ast, T.Kawamura 9+3reb+4ast, K.Takeda 7+2reb+1ast, T.Amino 5+1reb
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 17+10reb+2ast, J.Takeuchi 13+9reb, F.Nishimura 11+1reb+3ast, C.Maraker 7+5reb, H.Kashiwakura 5+2reb+2ast, T.Sato 5+2reb
gschID: 137468


Tochigi Brex - Hitachi SR 66-65

There was a minor upset when 3rd placed Hitachi Sunrockers (12-10) were edged on the road by fifth ranked Tochigi Brex (10-12) 66-65 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-86) who scored 32 points. American forward Ivan McFarlin (203-82, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in 5 points and 10 rebounds. American power forward Jamar Smith (206-80, college: Maryland) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and forward Junki Kano (192-88) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Hitachi Sunrockers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Tochigi Brex maintains fifth place with 10-12 record. Hitachi Sunrockers at the other side keep the third position with ten games lost. Tochigi Brex will face Hokkaido L. (#7) in Saporro in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play on the road against the league's second-placed Aishin Sea Horses (#2) in Kariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tochigi Brex: T.Kawamura 32+3reb+3ast, Y.Tabuse 6+1reb+3ast, L.Rice 6+3reb+1ast, I.McFarlin 5+10reb+3ast, R.Anzai 5+2reb+1ast, S.Ito 4+3reb+1ast
Hitachi SR: J.Smith 17+7reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 16+1reb+2ast, J.Kano 12+6reb+1ast, J.Takeuchi 11+6reb+1ast, D.Kobayashi 4+1reb, T.Sato 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137469


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 83-67

Everything went according to plan in Fuchu where first ranked Toyota Alvark (18-4) won against 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (9-13) 83-67 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 48-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Toyota Alvark forced 19 Hokkaido L. turnovers. The best player for the winners was international power forward Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Toyota Alvark players scored in double figures. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) produced 23 points and Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) added 12 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-4 record. Hokkaido L. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: J.Gibbs 19+1reb, P.Ricci 14+9reb, K.Takeuchi 13+8reb+2ast, K.Matsui 10+2reb+2ast, M.Takahashi 9+2reb+1ast, T.Shonaka 6+3reb+3ast
Hokkaido L.: T.Orimo 23, M.Diouf 12+10reb+1ast, J.Lewis 10+4reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 8+7reb+6ast, H.Shishito 5+1reb+3ast, D.Noguchi 5+1reb
gschID: 137470


Toyota Alvark - Hokkaido L. 79-73

There was no surprise in Fuchu where 5th ranked Hokkaido L. (9-13) was defeated by first ranked Toyota Alvark (18-4) 79-73 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Philip Ricci (202-80, college: Oregon St.) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Toyota Alvark's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and Senegalese swingman Mamadou Diouf (197-77, college: Delaware) added 13 points and 16 rebounds respectively for the guests. Toyota Alvark have an impressive series of sixteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 18-4 record. Hokkaido L. at the other side dropped to the sixth position with 13 games lost. Toyota Alvark will face Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Hokkaido L. will play at home against Tochigi Brex and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Toyota Alvark: P.Ricci 14+6reb, J.Gibbs 14+13reb, K.Takeuchi 10+6reb+1ast, Y.Okada 8+1reb, K.Tanaka 7+5reb+1ast, T.Ito 7+1reb+4ast
Hokkaido L.: J.Lewis 24+9reb+3ast, T.Orimo 15+2reb+3ast, M.Diouf 13+16reb+1ast, R.Sakurai 9+2reb, K.Hiruki 5, H.Shishito 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137471




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  JORDAN   


Pan Arab Games: Jordan wins Group D - by Eurobasket News
Jordan- Algeria 78:68

Jordan wins Group D of the Pan Arab Games to secure the place in the Semifinal. The favorites defeated Algeria 78:68 on Sunday.
Jordan started with 13-10 after the first period, but could not keep the advantage at the end of the half. Algeria bounced back with 28-17 in the second quarter and grabbed 38:30 lead at the halftime. Jordan meanwhile needed two victories in the second half to secure the win. They produced 22-14 in the third quarter and finished the game with 26-16 in the last stanza.
Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Enver Soobzokov (201-G/F-78, college: CS San Bernar.) added 15. Wesam Al-Sous (189-G-83) and Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) posted 11 points each, while the latter also grabbed 11 rebounds. Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Tampa) ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Touhami Ghezzoul (209-C-87, college: N.Dakota St. JC) collected 20 points and 13 boards. Mohamed Harath (196-F-90) scored 10 as Algeria fell at 0-1 record at the Second Stage.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 19, Enver Soobzokov 15, Wesam Al-Sous 11, Ayman Idais 11+11 rebs
Algeria: Mounir Benzegala 23, Touhami Ghezzoul 20+13 rebs, Mohamed Harath 10


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  LATVIA   


Willard's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old forward Sam Willard (205-F) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Ventspils and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 15 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team U18 (#9, 0-8) with 65-point margin 111-46. Ventspils is placed at 2nd position in Latvian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Ventspils keeps perfect 7 -0 record. In the team's last game Willard had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats. University of Pacific graduate has very impressive stats this year. Willard is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 63.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO) of Liepaja. He is American guard in his first season at Liepaja. In the last game Mayo recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead Liepaja to another comfortable win 90-74 over Jelgava (5-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Liepaja to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Mayo is a newcomer at Liepaja and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 4.1rpg and 5.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to another Ventspils' star - swingman Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85). Strelnieks showcased his all-around game by recording 14 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of Ventspils, helping his team with a 111-46 easy win against U18 (#9, 0-8). Ventspils have amazing season winning all 7 games without a single defeat. Strelnieks turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Strelnieks has a great season in Latvia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 2.3apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) of Ventspils - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) of Liepaja - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) of Ventspils - 6 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Arturs Bricis (193-PG-92) of Liepaja - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kristaps Kanbergs (190-G-88) of Jelgava - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Ventspils - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Stats 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, Liepaja18.7 
 5. Peiners, LU18.3 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.9 
 7. Lucas, Valmiera17.6 
 8. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 9. Mediss, Turiba16.2 
 10. Kravcenko, Liepaja14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ervins JONATS
  Jurmala
  (199-F-91)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.5 
 2. Willard, Ventspils9.0 
 3. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Dargais, LU8.1 
 7. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 8. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.0 
 9. Kalve, Valmiera6.7 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lejasmeiers, Vents.4.8 
 3. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 4. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga3.5 
 8. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.4 
 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, LU2.3 
 4. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 5. Osins, LU1.8 
 6. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 8. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 9. Mayo, Liepaja1.5 
 10. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
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. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 9. Gromovs, U180.7 
 10. Plivda, LU0.6 


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


Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. BK VEF 14-0 
 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 1-12 


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  LEBANON   


Pan Arab Games: Lebanon celebrated the second straight victory in the Second Stage - by Eurobasket News
Sudan-Lebanon 71:114

Lebanon celebrated the second straight victory in the Second Stage of Pan Arab Games. The Lebanese team smashed Sudan 114:71 in the opening game of Day 2.
Lebanon took the early lead and enjoyed 26-22 after the first 10 minutes of the game. The second quarter was the disaster for Sudan that lost it 15-31 and allowed the favorites to take 57:37 halftime advantage. In the second half Lebanon added two victories to reach 3-digit number. They won the third frame 25-12 and added 32-22 in the last stanza.
Cheickh El Khatib paced all the winners with 31 points and William Pharis (206-F/C-81, college: Arkansas) collected 24 points and 14 rebounds. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) delivered 20, while Ali Kanaan (205-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell) notched 11. Kamal Elfadel (F/C) responded with 29 points and 15 rebounds in the losing effort and Orsd Hamend (G) added 10.

Sudan: Kamal Elfadel 29+15 rebs, Orsd Hamend 10
Lebanon: Cheickh El Khatib 31, William Pharis 24+14 rebs, Elie Estephane 20, Ali Kanaan 11


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  LITHUANIA   


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


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. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.9 
 8. Orelikas, Rudupis13.6 
 9. Pakamanis, Juven.13.5 
 10. Johnson, Naglis P.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. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.5 
 5. Petrukonis, Juven.7.5 
 6. Adomaitis, Kedaini.7.4 
 7. Pakamanis, Juven.6.6 
 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. Maceina, Juventus4.7 
 7. Rice, Lietuvos.4.7 
 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. Collins, Zalgiris2.0 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.0 
 6. Dainys, Neptunas1.9 
 7. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.9 
 8. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.7 
 9. Weems, Zalgiris1.6 
 10. Zukauskas, Siauli.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. Staniulis, Techasas1.3 
 4. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 5. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.2 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 8. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.1 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis1.0 


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).


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