EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/20/2011

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  ABA   


Nashville Soul has new Ownership group - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association yesterday announced that the Nashville Soul has new ownership. 'We are very pleased that Paul Allsup and Robert Allsup have assumed the ownership of the Nashville Soul,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Together, they bring many years of experience in the entertainment business, primarily in Nashville, to the league and they are filled with many creative new ideas for making the ABA basketball and entertainment experience even more exciting than it already is. It is really going to be a fun team.'
The team will be owned by Unheard Voices Entertainment, LLC, a company involved in recording, concerts, movies and films. Paul Allsup has worked with recording artists including Michael Bolton, Rod Stewart, Smokey Robinson and many others. The company is ready to launch a Pay Per View Concert network as well as conduct a national talent search like X Factor, American Idol, America's Got Talent called Unheard Voices. 'The ABA has always said it wanted to merge sports and entertainment,' said Allsup. 'Well, they have not seen anything yet. If there's ever a place for that to happen, it is in Nashville and we plan to do just that - in a big way.'
'Paul is very excited about this opportunity,' stated his Dad Robert. 'He has wanted to own an ABA team for years. My job is to help keep him focused on the basketball team and make sure that it is a strong team and capable of competing for the ABA Championship while he does all of the exciting promotions he has planned. This should be a fun experience but we have a lot to do, that's for sure.' For more information,
visit www.youtube.com/uhveelive , email uveenet@yahoo.com or call 615 715 8411


Carolina Cheetahs defeat Tru Hope Trailblazers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Carolina Cheetahs came out on top on saturday night (SCORE 108 -105), but it wasn't an easy win. The Norfolk Virginia Tru Hope Trailblazers was a tough team for the Cheetahs tonight, they showed a lot of fight and heart. They fought the Cheetahs down to shooting a 3 pointer with less than 3 seconds in the game for a chance to send the Triad's Cheetahs into overtime.
'We were victorious in this game because we showed poise, patience, and controlled the tempo of the game,' said Tizzo Johnson, Asst General Manager of the Carolina Cheetahs and former overseas professional player and UNCG Spartan. 'This is how we beat our opponents. We played together as a team, shared the ball, and took open shots.'
The game was up-tempo, intense, and took execution of every play to win against them. The play of this game tonight showed the true meaning of the ABA. Fast paced, high scoring with a lot of dunks to ignite the crowd. Throughout the game, both teams were making big shots and the Cheetahs had a few players step up their game to seal the deal. Chris Woods (6'5''-F, college: Pfeiffer), Ryan Scott (6'3''-G-86, college: Johnson C. Smith), and Norman Carter (6'5''-F, college: Winston Salem) each scored big baskets in the clutch but it took a team effort to pull this game out.
Johnson said, 'Coach K and Coach Watts exemplified great leadership and composed themselves in a professional manner. If we continue to play this way, we will continue to be one of the best teams in the league.'


Cheetahs get revenge by an almost 50 point win - by Gianni Pascucci
Yesterday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Carolina Cheetahs redeemed themselves from a lost last week to the Lynchburg Legends. The mighty Cheetahs were too much for the Legends tonight leading the entire game. The final score was Cheetahs 142 to 100 Legends.
The Cheetahs built an early lead and never looked back as they cruised to a great margin of victory against a Legends team that had played two previous close games with the Cheetahs; one of which they won. The Cheetahs improved to 8-2 on the season.
The game top scorers were both Richard Barbee (6'3''-G, college: Belm.Abbey) and Kellen Brand (6'1''-G-87, college: Appalachian St.) with 22 points each. Leading rebounder for the night was Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-85, college: Livingstone) with 10 rebounds. Make sure you look out for more from this center from LA.

This ends the home games for 2011, the Cheetahs head on the road for the rest of the 2011 season. You can look out for more from the Cheetahs in the New Year beginning January 8th, 2012 against the West VA Blazers at 5pm Sunday.



Los Angeles hold onto #1 position in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association today released its Power Rankings for the week ending December 18th and the Los Angles SLAM held onto the number one position followed closely by the Colorado Kings, South Carolina Warriors and Memphis Bluff City Reign. 'We have some very strong teams in the ABA,' stated ABA President/COO Dick Packer . 'Thus far, these four seem to be the best but there are at least 10 other teams that could move up in the rankings as the season progresses. We've told the front runners to keep their eyes on the Gulf Coast Flash, Arizona Scorpions, Atlanta Experience, San Diego Sol and several others; they're very good.'

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

For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Petar Popovic claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Petar Popovic (211-C-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for Crvena Zvezda and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 23 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Siroki WWin (#9, 5-7) 83-72. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Crvena Zvezda maintains the 12th position in Adriatic League . The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Crvena Zvezda have already lost 9 games and recorded just three victories. It was one of impressive evenings for Popovic as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Petar Popovic averages this season 11.2ppg and 5.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO. Simon impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for KK Zagreb CO to edge Cibona (7-5) by 5 points 82-77. This victory allowed KK Zagreb CO to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Simon is one of the most experienced players at KK Zagreb CO and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.2ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.6rpg and 3.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was Greek Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of top-ranked Maccabi T-A. Schortsanitis scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Maccabi T-A, leading his team to a 94-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Helios (#13, 2-10). Many experts and fans count Maccabi T-A as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 10 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Schortsanitis has a very solid season. In 11 games in Adriatic League he scored 12.2ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 64.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) of Radnicki K. - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 16 assists
5. Mike Scott (203-F-86) of Radnicki K. - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) of Buducnost - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Shawn James (208-C-83) of Maccabi T-A - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) of KK Zagreb CO - 13 points and 14 rebounds
9. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) of Cibona - 23 points, 8 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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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


26th ACCM: Battle shift to the Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The final round of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men enter the quarter-finals stage, the qualified teams are strategising on how to outwit each in order to make progress in the competition which saw twelve teams from across the continent starting the race some seven days ago.

No doubt fans that will throng the Salle Fathallah Bouazzaoui gymnasium in Sale, Morocco on Monday will be treated to the finest of Africa club competition which ranked second to the Afrobasket (Nations Cup).

Date-line 14H00: ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of the defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola in the first quarter-finals pairing.

The game sure will one to watch out for as both sides are not new comer to the Champions Cup, while Mazembe with a 2-3 records and fourth place finish from group-A will rely on strength to spring surprises Agosto on the other hand will want to maintain it hundred percent record and dependence on it array of stars to surpass the Congolese.

Date-line 16H00: Atletico Petroleos Vs CRD Libolo This is one game no one can place a bet as to who will carry the day as both knows each other strength having finished as second and winner in their domestic (Angola) league with a sizeable number of national team players on their rosters but one thing is sure one team must be eliminated as the quarter-final offer no second chance to rewrite any wrong move.

Atletico, third in group-B goes up against fellow Angolan side Libolo who will finish second from group-A with a 4-1 record with both sides having the same style of play the team that exhibit better character will land a semi-final ticket.

Atletico winner of the Champions Cup in 2006 will rely on the skill and adaptation level of it playmaker Carlos Morais while Libolo will bank on the ability of 2005 Afrobasket most valuable player Olimpio Cipriano to see them through the difficult task of going through to the semi-final.

Date-line 18H00: Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima Vs Association Sportive du Sale (AS Sale) This is another local derby pairing as the two Moroccan sides are not newcomer to each other but the odd seems slightly tilt toward AS Sale who has exhibited strong character so far a situation which has seem it maintaining a clean slate.

But since the knock-out of any competition is a different ball game, Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima cannot be written off with the wave of the hands and the pairing will surely divide the fans who may pitch tent with either team since the first jump-ball a week ago.


Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima may not boost of top ranked players in their fold but one thing they have going for is their unrelenting ability as they always fight from the jump-ball to the buzzer and that will put to test the technical ability of AS Sale coach Lazare Adingono.

Date-line 20H00: Union Bank test Etoile Sportive du Sahel might, Nigeria flag-bearer in the quarter-finals Union Bank basketball club have a daunting task as it confront free scoring Etoile Sportive du Sahel basketball club of Tunisia in the fourth quarter-final Monday night with a mind set of making it first semi-final in the continent biggest club championship.

Union Bank finished third from group-A must adjust from it not too impressive last group game against AS Sale Saturday night when put one of it worst showing in the championship with series of misses if it must go past the no nonsense Etoile side who is credited with the record winning record when it shove aside Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea by 127-61 points in it last group-B game Saturday.

Union Bank who is carrying Nigeria burden on it shoulder after the fumbling of Nigeria league champion Royal Hoopers basketball club must be prepared to play hard from the jump-ball to the buzzer as the Tunisian side boost of quality players that help their national team win the last Afrobasket (Nations Cup) in Madagascar in August this year.

Parfait Bitee (188-G-85)


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  ALBANIA   


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. SK Tirana 4-0
 2. Kamza Basket 3-1
 3. Vllaznia Shk. 3-1
 4. Teuta Durres 1-3
 5. Flamurtari 1-3
 6. U.A.T. 0-4


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  ARGENTINA   


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


Standings - Liga B
Torneo Federal Standings
Andina
 1. Facundo 8-2
 2. Anzorena 8-4
 3. San Martin LR 5-6
 4. Del Bono 1-11
 5. Esp.San Luis 0-0
Buenos Aires
 1. San Lorenzo Ch. 8-2
 2. Estudian.O 6-4
 3. Independ.T. 5-5
 4. San Martin J. 5-5
 5. Estudiantes LP 4-6
 6. Pilar B.Aires 2-8
Capital Federal
 1. Velez Sarsfield 8-2
 2. P.Echague 6-4
 3. Ramos Mejia 5-5
 4. G. E. V. P. 4-6
 5. Villa Mitre 4-6
 6. Independien.AV 3-7
Entre Rios
 1. La Union 11-0
 2. Penarol Tala 5-6
 3. Sportivo SS 5-7
 4. Regatas U. 4-7
 5. Rosario Tala 3-8
Mediterranea
 1. Barrio Parque 0-0
 2. El Chorrillero 0-0
 3. Instituto Cor. 0-0
 4. Olimpia C. 0-0
 5. Union Electrica 0-0
Nea
 1. Faustino Sarm. 0-0
 2. Hindu 0-0
 3. Las Brenas 0-0
 4. Mitre 0-0
 5. Santa Rita 0-0
 6. Sarmiento 0-0
 7. Tokio Deportivo 0-0
Noa
 1. Alberdi 0-0
 2. Gorriti de Jujuy 0-0
 3. Independ.S. 0-0
 4. Municipal Bordo 0-0
 5. Nicolas Avellan. 0-0
 6. Talleres TV 0-0
 7. Union Oran 0-0
Patagonica
 1. All Boys LP 0-0
 2. Atletico Regina 0-0
 3. Centro Espanol 0-0
 4. Deportivo R. 0-0
 5. Hispano Am. 0-0
 6. Pacifico Neuquen 0-0
 7. Perfora 0-0
 8. Progreso Roca 0-0
Santa Fe
 1. Adelante 0-0
 2. Alma Juniors 0-0
 3. Argent.Firmat 0-0
 4. Brown 0-0
 5. Maria Juana 0-0
 6. Union SF 0-0


Torneo federal Recap - by Facundo Iatzky
The first term of the first edition of torneo federal (3rd division), has finished. After two months of competition, the only unbeaten team of all the tournament is La union de Colon. They could get a great combination of youth and experience, and by now are the best team. They lead the Entre Rios zone. The other leaders are: Talleres Tafi Viejo (Northwest zone), Santa Rita esquina (Northeast zone), Union Santa FE (Santa fe zone), Anzorena (andina zone), Instituto Cordoba (Mediterranea zone), velez Sarsfield (capital zone), San Lorenzo Chivilcoy (buenos aires zone), hispano Americano (patagonia zone).

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  AUSTRALIA   


Cedric Jackson claims Australian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Cedric Jackson (191-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Breakers and that's him to receive a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Breakers in his team's victory, helping them to crush Taipans (#4, 6-6) with 20-point margin 85-65. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Breakers to consolidate first place in the Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Breakers has a very solid 10-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Jackson turned to be Breakers' top player in his first season with the team. Cleveland State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jackson is league's best passer with 6.1apg. Jackson is in league's top in and averages solid 2.5spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Diamon Simpson (201-F-87) of 36ers. Simpson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead 36ers to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Hawks (#9, 3-9) 87-63. 36ers' 8th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Simpson is a newcomer at 36ers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles (#7). Holmes showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Holmes' great performance Crocodiles lost 80-93 to the higher-ranked Tigers (#3, 7-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Crocodiles needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Holmes has a great season in Australia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tommy Greer (200-F-83) of Tigers - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) of Blaze - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 21 points and 6 rebounds
7. Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) of Crocodiles - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 9 points and 14 rebounds
9. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Tigers - 19 points and 5 rebounds
10. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) of Breakers - 26 points

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


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  BELGIUM   


Caleb Green claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Caleb Green (203-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Spirou and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out M.Hainaut (#5, 6-6) 76-72. It allowed Spirou to consolidate first place in the Belgian D1. Spirou have a solid 8-2 record. Green turned to be Spirou's top player in his first season with the team. Oral Roberts University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is in league's top in points (8th best: 13.6ppg) and averages solid 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American guard Quincy Taylor (196-G-82) of M.Hainaut. Taylor impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as M.Hainaut was edged by the higher-ranked Spirou (#1, 8-2) 76-72. M.Hainaut managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Taylor is well-known by M.Hainaut fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Christopher Young (206-F/C-79, agency: Court Side) of Aalstar (#3). Young scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Young's great performance Aalstar lost 71-81 to #4 ranked Oostende. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Aalstar needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Young has a great season in Belgium. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.9rpg (3rd best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 57.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demond Mallet (186-G-78) of Spirou - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
5. A.J. Slaughter (191-G-87) of M.Hainaut - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of Oostende - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) of Oostende - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 18 points and 5 rebounds
9. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) of Oostende - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Richard Chaney (196-G-84) of Gent - 6 points and 13 rebounds

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


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Gembo 12-2 
 2. Waregem 10-3 
 3. Fleurus 10-4 
 4. Excelsior 9-5 
 5. Kangar.-Boom 8-5 
 6. Essor Charleroi 8-5 
 7. St-Niklase 7-6 
 8. Liege II 7-7 
 9. Sprimont 7-7 
 10. Sint-Jan Ant. 7-7 
 11. M.Hainaut II 5-9 
 12. De Westhoek 2-12 
 13. Gistel 2-12 
 14. Melsele 2-12 


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


Igokea too strong for Bosna ASA BHT in big derby - by Eurobasket News
Round 12 of the Bosnian D1 was played last weekend. There was a big derby between undefeated Bosna ASA BHT and second ranked Igokea. The Aleksandrovac team was the host in this meeting and celebrated valuable 85-71 victory. It means that Igokea handed Bosna first loss of the season and joined them on top of the standings with 10-1 record. Milan Dozet (204-SF-79) was a key player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Nebojsa Joksimovic (191-SF-81) helped with 14 points and 8 assists, while Nenad Sulovic (202-C-85) followed with 13 points and 9 boards. In the loosing squad, Dzenan Rahimic collected 22 points and 5 rebs. He was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Complete Round 12 results are below, as well as the standings. The next round is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Regular Season - Round 12
Dec. 18, 2011 Borac Nektar-Mladost 87-92
Dec. 17, 2011 Varda HE-Leotar 84-83
Dec. 18, 2011 Servitium-Vogosca 95-76
Dec. 17, 2011 Celik-Hercegovac 79-68
Dec. 17, 2011 Igokea-Bosna 85-71
Dec. 17, 2011 Capljina-Brotnjo 85-69

D1 Standings
1. Igokea 10-1
2. Bosna 10-1
3. Capljina 8-3
4. Leotar 7-4
5. Varda HE 7-4
6. Mladost 7-4
7. Hercegovac 5-6
8. Borac Nektar 4-7
9. Zrinjski HT 4-7
10. Servitium 3-8
11. Celik 3-8
12. Brotnjo 3-9
13. Vogosca 1-10


KK Celik Zenica took a step towards its goal of avoiding regulation with victory over Hercegovac - by Chris Mathieu
KK Celik Zenica took a step towards its goal of avoiding regulation with victory over Hercegovac. KK Celik Zenica announced before the season its main goal was to avoid regulation to D2 this season. So far they have struggled as expected but they came up with a big win on Saturday vs. Hercegovac. Keith Richardson came up with a big game finally scoring 22 points and dishing 9 assists. He still struggled with his outside shooting however, which along with shot selection has been his major struggle this season. Young talent Eldar Merdanovic had 11 points on 5-8 from the field in the surprising victory for the team. Their record now stands at 3-8 currently in third place from the bottom. Next week Celik plays Vogosca who are currently 1-10 and in last place. It is a must win for Celik if they want to continue to put distance between them and the bottom two teams in the league.

Young Bosnian talents are getting closer to the highest levels of basketball in Europe - by Chris Mathieu
Young Bosnian talents are getting closer to the highest levels of basketball in Europe. Two young Bosnian talents Dzenan Kurtic and Davide Loncarevic are getting closer to minutes on their respective teams of Nancy and Pepsi Caserta. Dzenan Kurtic has had one game so far for Nancy in garbage time but is getting closer to getting real minutes with his team at the tender age of 19. He has shown a real ability to score and rebound and is held in high regards by one of the best French teams in the country.
Davide Loncarevic is only an injury away from getting into his first action in Italy. He is starting to get recognized as a reliable option in the future for his team and has worked hard to improve his game. Not considered a great prospect in his career he has worked himself into one of the best leagues in Europe and has the look that he could be a late bloomer who will get better from the age of 25 to 30. It will be interesting to see his development once he gets onto the court for his team and gets some regular minutes of at least 10-15 a night. He would have benefited from playing on Bosnias U20 team last year.



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Smith returns for struggling SMU Mustangs! - by David Edole
ROADTOWN, Tortola, VI-- The VIs Leslee Smith (200-F), who missed the first seven games of the season whilst recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, has now completed two games for the NCAA Division 1 Big East Southern University Mustangs.

Smith tore his ACL back in March this year and spent seven long months recuperating before making his season debut on December 4, 2011, in the Mustangs 69 63 victory against Arkansas-Little Rock. He scored 4 points and had 2 steals in 12 minutes of playing time.

Little Rock used a 17-0 run in the early going to take a 19-5 lead, and was up 30-24 at halftime. But Smith hit two 3-pointers early in the second half to spark an 11-0 run that put SMU back on top 35-32.

The 14-point comeback ties for the eighth largest in SMU history, but is only second this year. The Mustangs overcame a 17-point deficit to beat Florida Gulf Coast 65-64 on November 19, 2011.

In his second game back on Thursday December 15, 2011 in the Dallas Classic having sat out 2010 as a Red Shirt, Smith and his team mates fell, 59-58, to Jackson State, which had won only one of its first 10 games before facing SMU (5-4).

Freshman Kelsey Howard led Jackson State with 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting. The Tigers (2-9), down 10 early in the second half, used hot shooting to take its first lead with 7:19 left on a 3-pointer by Howard, then squeezed out the win late.

Probably so, SMU coach Matt Doherty said when asked if the programme had missed an opportunity by losing in the Classic, which was part of the programmes ongoing efforts to fix a disconnect between SMU and Dallas Independent School District and the greater Dallas area. But just the attention of coming here, I know they appreciate it.

Smith, a member of the elite C-USA Commissioners Honour Roll, went 2 for 3 with field goal attempts, made 2 offensive and 1 defensive rebound, suffered 3 turnovers and made 1 steal in 6 minutes playing time.

Before choosing Southern Methodist University, Smith, who is yet undecided on his Major, played forward for coach Carlos Wilson at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas.

Originally from the Virgin Islands, he helped the BVI National Team to a silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships which was held on Tortola in the Virgin Islands.




Road Town romps to Championship clash with CGB! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Securing the second successive victory over Parsons, this time 59-38 on Thursday December 15, 2011, Road Town marched onto the Championship Game of the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club Xmas Village League, where they will play Cane Garden Bay.

The previous game on Wednesday December 15, 2011 had been a must win for the Road Town outfit and they duly delivered with a 49 22 victory, to force the sudden death playoff game to see who would face the so far unbeaten Cane Garden Bay boys.

Franklyn Penn Junior led the way for Road Town with 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals. Neville Smith Jr. added 12 points, 1 rebound and a steal; Jachoy Walwyn 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal and Devante Brewley 6 points and an assist.

For Parsons, Thomas Richardson Jr. scored 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals, 2 assists and Justin Solomon added 3 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals.

In the Sudden Death Play Off game, Road Town was all over Parsons from the start in the 59-38 rout.

They looked the hungrier team.

Parsons, whose Coach didnt show up, resorted to shooting on sight compared to the more patient build up play of Road Town and it was a ploy that just didnt work. Apart from a poor shooting percentage from long range, it also meant there was no one in a position to gather the rebounds and allowed Road Town to start their own attacks.

Penn Jr. reveled in the open court scoring 20 points with 4 rebounds, 1 steal and an assist. Walwyn was just behind him with 19 points along with his 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists. Donte Vanterpool recorded 8 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals. Tahj Malone under the watchful eye of Dad and National Coach, Keith 88 Malone, picked up 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal and a block.

Top Scorers for Parsons were Solomon with 14 points and 3 rebounds; Richardson Jr. had 13 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals and Nathan Rodney 5 points with 6 rebounds.

Cane Garden Bay faces Road Town in the Championship Game on the newly renovated Court at Sea Cows Bay at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, 2011.



MVP Franklyn Penn Jnr. leads Road Town to Xmas Village Championship! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI Surviving a 3rd quarter scare and a 4th quarter epic fight back from Cane Garden Bay, Road Town managed to hold on for a 67-64 victory on Saturday December 17th, 2011, in the Sea Cows Bay Basketball Club Under-15 Christmas Village League.

Although the flow of those white knuckle rides in the 3rd and 4th quarters were marred by three delays caused by rain, no one was leaving the Sea Cows Bay Court as what had looked to be a comfortable win for Road Town suddenly became a roller coaster of a game.

The 1st quarter had ended 20-11 in favour of Road Town and although Cane Garden Bay hit back to be down by just 5 at the half, what unfolded for the remainder of the game kept the large crowd on the edge of their seats.

Half way through the 3rd quarter the boys from CGB had not only pulled level, but taken a one point lead. The first time they had been ahead. The lead would change hands a further 6 times as the quarter ended with CGB ahead again by 1.
They increased that lead to 5 with 6.52 left on the clock in the final quarter, but then following a time out Road Town stormed back. It was all square at 49 a piece with 5.52 remaining and still level at 51 each with 4.45 left.

Road Town were being very slow in transition from offense to defense and Coach Dwayne Rubaine delivered a stern rebuke to his players in that time out, but also found the right motivational words I asked them if they wanted to win. I made them shout it out and they did. I had faith and so did the Team

Then a Franklyn Penn Jnr. 3 pointer gave Road Town the lead for good at 54-51, although that did injustice to the game which continued to be a nail biter right to the final buzzer.

With 2 minutes to go CGB pulled it back to 59 57 and if not for a string of defiant blocks by Jamari Dagou and a couple of missed free throw attempts the final result could have been very different.

Coach Rubaine was a relieved but happy man Feeling pretty good, pretty good my boy he said these boys beat us in the regular season so it feels great to beat them in the championship game

Sponsor of the Event, the Honourable Julian Fraser RA, stayed riveted to his spot for the game despite the rains Excellent game, CGB came not totally prepared, but they received some good coaching and gave Road Town a run for their money. I was pretty impressed

He added If you disrupt the rhythm the players are just human and they cannot perform at the same levels. The rain interruptions can be avoided and within a few months you will see some improvements here to mitigate the effects of the rain

Milton Mclean, Chief Organiser of the League commented We (SCBBC) are very happy that the tournament went so well it was a real treat tonight, a great game. The teams, especially Road Town, developed chemistry as the league wore on. They and all the teams gained more confidence and showed their skills. They dribbled the ball, they passed it through legs, round their backs and it was fantastic to see
Penn Jnr. finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists, Neville Smith Jnr. scored 13 with 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Jamori Dagou added 12 along with 3 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assists. Jachoy Walwyn had 7 steals and Tahj Malone finished with 5 points and 4 rebounds for Road Town.

JMoi Liburd top scored for CGB with 18 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Romain Minott contributed 14 with 12 rebounds, 2 assists and a block. Tyler Cameron scored 12 points and added 8 rebound

The presentation of awards for the tournament was also done with Franklyn Penn Jnr. adding Most Points to his MVP Award. Most 3s JMoi Hodge; Most Rebounds Dominic Adams; Most Steals Justin Solomon; Most Assists Jachoy Walwy; Most Blocks; Neville Smith Jnr; Best Guards JMoi Liburd and Penn Jnr; Best Centre Dominic Adams; Best Forwards Romain Minott and Justin Solomon.

Next up for SCBBC is a referees clinic and also a Martin Luther king weekend extravanga.




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Spartak Pleven head coach resigned - by Maria Mitzova
BC Spartak Pleven is now looking for a new head coach, after Tihomir Milev resigned today. He asked the team management to be released with immediate effect and Chairman Tzvetan Antov accepted his will.
I have been thinking about it for a while. My motives are strictly personal. I take the responsibility for our unsatisfying results lately. I dont have another offer right now, but I might even look aside from basketball for a while.
Milev has been working in Spartak for years as coach and assistant on different levels.
Tzvetan Antov , one of Bulgarian basketball legends, will take the coaching position for now, until the matter is solved.
Spartak is having different problems through the last couple of years, dealing with many injuries and the tough financial situation, but is still a well-recognized team on the Bulgarian basketball map.



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


Division A: Beroe ends first part of the season with perfect 9-0 - by Eurobasket News
First half of the regular season in Division A is over. Round 9 was played last weekend and Beroe managed to win its ninth straight game. Of course, Beroe is No.1 in the league at the end of the 2011 with 9-0 record. In this round they cruised past Dunav 2007 as a guest 47-89. Milen Dimitrov (204-F/C-88) exploded with 30 points and 14 rebounds in this victory. He reached valuation 46.
In the other games, Vidabasket was better than Overgas at home 84-75. Balkan 2 failed against Shumen 72-80 and Academik PL outplayed Academik BL 96-82. In the last game of the round Cherno More U20 handed 95-73 loss to Chavdar.
Round Ten of Division A is scheduled for January 15 of the 2012.


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  CANADA   


Wright moves to Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed 24-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-C/F-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Ukraine). While playing 12 games for Cherkasy this season he averaged 6.1ppg and 4.9rpg. Wright played also pro basketball in Canada, China, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. Wright graduated The University of Oklahoma in 2010 and it is his second pro season.


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  CHINA   


Ramos' double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Guangsha L. and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 34 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Shanxi Zh. (#8, 6-5) 126-112. Guangsha L. maintains the 3rd position in Chinese league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangsha L. will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. Ramos turned to be Guangsha L.'s top player in his first season with the team. Ramos has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.4rpg) and averages solid 1.6bpg and 61.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was J.R. Smith (198-G-85) of Zhejiang C.. He is American guard in his first season at Zhejiang C.. In the last game Smith recorded impressive 38 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Zhejiang C. cruised to a 103-96 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Foshan (#15, 3-9). Zhejiang C.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is a newcomer at Zhejiang C. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 34.5ppg (#2). His other stats are also decent: 7.5rpg and 3.5apg.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83) of DongGuan L. (#6). Randolph got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Randolph's great performance DongGuan L. lost 104-128 to the higher-ranked Guandong ST (#2, 10-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing DongGuan L. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Randolph has a great season in China. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.7rpg (7th best). He also has 1.7bpg and and 3PT: 42.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Williams (201-F/G-86) of Shanxi Zh. - 36 points and 4 rebounds
5. Will McDonald (211-C-79) of Fujian XX - 39 points and 11 rebounds
6. Aaron Brooks (183-PG-85) of Guandong ST - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of Qingdao DS - 22 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
8. James Singleton (203-F-81) of Guandong ST - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Mike Harris (198-F-83) of Shanghai S. - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing Ducks - 30 points and 7 rebounds

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


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. Akognon, DongGuan.25.8 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.25.4 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.24.5 
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.12.5 
 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. Brooks, Guandong5.9 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.8 
 5. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.7 
 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. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 7. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 8. Brooks, Guandong2.3 
 9. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 10. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.8 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 4. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 6. Ramos, Guangsha L.1.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 8. Carney, Liaoning H.1.4 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.4 
 10. Han, Liaoning H.1.3 


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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
1. Costa Rica3-0
2. Nicaragua2-1
3. El Salvador1-2
4. Honduras0-3


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New addition for Keravnos - by Michael Aristidou

Keravnos Strovolou make a new addition to their roster. They sigh up Serbian-Bosnia guard Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79). The player was in Greece at the beginning of the season. Kojadinovic will replace finish small forward Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86).

Keravnos Strovolou is leading on the championship and looks more serious than ever to challenge for the title this year. The team after the disqualification in FIBA Eurochallenge is now focusing in he local championship.




Cinderella story came to an end - by Michael Aristidou

InterCollege Etha Engomis had a difficult role to play in group F of FIBA Eurochallenge. Despite the difficulties last year champions make a remarkable try and lost the qualification in their last game against Generali Okapi Aalstar.

InterCollege Etha Engomis is the team with the lower budget from all the teams they participate in the groups of Eurochalenge. Taking that in mind and watching their effort in European matches we think that InterCollege Etha Engomis deserves a lot of credit. They finish 2nd in group F but lost the qualification against Generali Okapi Aalstar. The Belgian team won both matches between them.

InterCollege Etha Engomis manage to win both matches against Turkish team Olin Edirne Basketball and the question was what they could do against the other teams.
The away win on Triumph Lyubertsy was not enough for the team and we can say that the two defeats in home from Triumph Lyubertsy and Generali Okapi Aalstar eventually cost the qualification to the top-16.

Nevertheless in the team they keep the good try and now they focus in the championship. The team wants to make the back to back and win the title again.
We have to mention the good job make by head coach Antonis Konstantinides and his assistant coach Livadiotis Christoforos.




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


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


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Sunday: Mad Ants, Toros and Red Claws celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne MA - Springfield A. 101-84
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants beat the Springfield Armor 101-84 in the Fort Wayne War Memorial Coliseum. Springfield fell into an early deficit from which they could not recover from. Fort Wayne began the contest on a 13-4 run and extended to a lead of 17 points. The difference in the first quarter was the Mad Ants ability to penetrate and get to the free throw line as Fort Wayne attempted 11 more free throws than the Armor. Springfield hung tough and chiseled their deficit to only nine points by the end of the quarter. Lance Hurdle (6'2''-G-87, college: Miami, FL) continued to pace Springfield with a game-high 15 first half points, but the Armor's 14 turnovers helped Fort Wayne maintain its lead. With three players scoring in double digits and eight steals as a team, the Mad Ants took a 14 point advantage into halftime. Springfield won the third quarter by two points, as Travis Cohn led the Armor with seven points in the frame. But Cameron Jones (6'4''-G-89, college: N.Arizona) kept the Mad Ants lead in double digits as he took over the quarter with 11 points of his own. The Armor started the fourth quarter on a 10-1 run that cut the Fort Wayne lead down to just three points. Fort Wayne ended that run quickly to build its lead back up to a final margin of 17 points. Jones led the Mad Ants with a game-high 26 points, and Tory Jackson packed the stat sheet with 13 points, a game-high 8 assists and 4 steals. Lance Hurdle led the Armor with 24 points and 6 assists, and Jamar Brown (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) dominated the boards with a game-high 14 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Austin T. - Texas L. 116-99
The Austin Toros routed the visiting Texas Legends 116-99 Sunday afternoon behind 21 big points from backup point guard Solomon Bozeman (6'1''-G-87, college: UALR) and 20 points and five assists from off-guard Myles McKay. Power forward Anthony Vereen (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) led the Legends with 25 points while small forward Dominique Johnson (6'3''-G-87, college: Azusa Pacific) tallied 23 points and a team-high 13 rebounds in defeat. Behind a Cedar Park Center crowd of 3,197 screaming Toros' fans, Austin used a 62-point first half outburst to lead Texas by 20 at the break. The Toros (6-3) would go on to lead by as much as 23 handing Texas its' eighth loss of the season and pulling them to within just a 1/2 game of the West Conference leading Los Angeles Defenders. Combo-forward Omar Reed put in a solid effort posting 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He added five rebounds and two steals for the victorious Toros on the night. Legends veteran Head Coach Del Harris was ejected late in the third quarter after receiving his second technical for arguing a perceived bad call. Austin will not suit up again until next Friday December 23rd when they travel to Indiana to face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants from the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 6:30 PM Central Time. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Maine RC - Erie Bay H. 106-99
Paul Harris (6'5''-F-86, college: Syracuse) just missed the second triple-double in Red Claws history (30 pts,16 rebounds, 7 assists) in just his second game this season as the Maine Red Claws (3-5) toppled the Erie BayHawks (4-7) tonight at the Portland Exposition Building, 106-99. It was a see-saw affair that never saw the point spread more than 7 points with 11 ties and 8 lead changes. Paul Harris was the story of the game as the 6-5 guard out of Syracuse narrowly missed a triple-double. Harris was officially activated on December 15 after missing the early part of the season due to the premature birth of his third son. Still looking to regain his game form, Harris nonetheless lit up the scoreboard, delighting the home crowd. The Red Claw's starters scored 92 of the 106 points. Dominic Calegari (6'10''-F-87, college: Cal-Davis) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Courtney Pigram (6'1''-G-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) finished with 20 and added 5 assists. Justin Brownlee scored 19, while Tyc Snow added 10 of his own to round out the five Red Claws scorers in double digits. The Bayhawks had six players in double figures. Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87, college: San Diego St.) and Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) led Erie with 19 apiece. Chaz McCrommon and Mike Gerrity played big rolls off the bench with a combined 26 points and 17 rebounds. Leron Stokes finished with 14, and B.J. Jenkins rounded out the Bayhawks scorers with 11. The Red Claws will be idle until Saturday, December 23 when they host the Iowa Energy in the first of a two-game home set. The game will mark the 2nd Annual WinterKids Hat & Mitten drive, and fans are encouraged to donate new and gently used hats, mittens, gloves and scarves. WinterKids encourages Maine kids to be active and get outside to enjoy winter activities. Maine and Iowa will complete the set on Saturday, December 24 with a 1 PM Christmas Eve contest. All fans purchasing two or more tickets to either game will receive a free Red Claws mini ball. The Red Claws will hold a full-team autograph signing session on the court following each game. The BayHawks will also return to action on December 23 when they host the Tulsa 66ers.The team will then enjoy a brief break over the holidays before hosting the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on December 28 and the LA D-Fenders on December 29. *Courtesy of www.cmsbmedia.com




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 2. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.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. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 9. Asumnu, Rio G.20.0 
 10. Thompson, Erie B.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers12.7 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 7. Ojougboh, Tulsa10.5 
 8. Brown, Springfield10.4 
 9. Thomas, Austin T.10.3 
 10. Thomas, Reno B.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.8 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.8.4 
 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. McLeod, Canton C.5.8 
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. Hamilton, Los A.2.1 
 6. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.1 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 9. Jackson, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.5 
 3. Major, Bakersfi.2.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 8. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 9. Fazekas, Reno B.1.5 
 10. Rogers, Texas L.1.5 


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


Game of the Year Part II - by EBA Media
In what could have easily been the game of the year between division rivals NY Wizards and the Hudson Valley Hype the two teams are set to go at it again Saturday night, this time in Long Island on the home court of the Wizards. I truly feel that by Minor League Basketball Standards, two teams continue to stand out from the rest'

'Stated Wizards head Coach Greg Cerillo 'Be it playing the first Pro Basketball Doubleheader, broadcasting their games Live on Internet Radio, or providing fans an opening day nail bitter that came down to a last second dunk to win the game, the Hudson Valley Hype and New York Wizards are all about exceptional performance. Fans of this weekends game should expect nothing less. I would be stunned if our games are blowouts for either team.

We may as well put 3-minutes on the clock and start from there because everything that happens to that point means little.' Stay tuned to the websites (www.hudsonvalleyhype.com and www.nywizards.com) for the link to hear the live play by play broadcast from the game if you are unable to attend in person.


Wizards Even New York Rivalry at 1 Each - by EBA Media
The New York Wizards hosted the previouslyunbeaten Hudson Valley Hype at Robert Frost Middle School in Deer Park on Saturday 12/17 and led the game from the opening tip eventually winning a hard fought contest 112-102.

For the 200+ fans in attendance they got to see the Nassau Community College Kick Line, Deer Park Cheer, music by DJSwing,another outstanding performance by Long Island Dance Force, and of course a New York Wizards Win!!!

'I can not even begin to describe the heck of a job Allen Pickett has done to place a championship caliber club in Northern New York' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo 'It was only a few years ago this club had talent that bordered on mens league or worse. Allen kept pushing, recruiting, and working. The Hypes guard combination is excellent and will make things difficult for many teams in our league.'

How far have the Hype come in just two short years? Last season upon Pickettstake-over of the bench and increased front officepresence, theHype were forced to utilize a Wizards reserve guard who could not get any time with the Wizards. That player averaged double digits for the former struggling Hype squad. That same player did not see a minute of action in Saturday'scontest. The Hype have come a long way!!!!!

The Wizards on the other hand continue to prove their earned position as one of the better teams in the league. Two consecutive Final Four appearances have placed a 'target' on the Wizards and often have other teams measuring them selfagainst their standards.

'Truly this is one of the most unselfish teams I have ever coached' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo'We have guys like Greg Lottand JermaineAbraham totally give up their offensive games on Saturday to concentrate their efforts on assisting Brandon Lawleyin keeping Hype scoring machine Lloyd Clinton in check.'

Last game Clinton dropped 36 on the Wizards this game 14. Leading the way for the Hype was KeyodiAyeniout of St. Francis with 26 points.

'You have to always, always, always watch Clinton,' stated Cerillo.'You can hold this guy down for only so long. He can drop 20 on you in a half.'

To match the dangerous guard combination of the Hype (Labaseand Jones) the Wizards went with AubinScott, Jason Romer, Eric Ferguson, and TamienTrent, all former Division I collegeplayers.

AubinScott still proved to be an impossiblematch-upfor most EBAguards. Coming off last seasons MVPcampaign Scott torchedhis opposing guardswith 30 points, 6 assists, and 5 rebounds. Jason Romeradded11 points while Trentand Ferguson (3 3-ptshots in the game) added 13 and 16 respectively. That gave the Wizards guard combination 70 points. Difficult to match!!!!

Credit had to be given though to the 2 Wizards'big men' Tim Zephyr (19 points and 10 rebounds) and Brandon Lawley (10 points and 11 rebounds) who received most of the front line minutes, both posted a double/double, and both challenged Hype interior shots all evening long.

'Zephyr and Lawley were big for us this game' stated Coach Cerillo 'No pun intended. These two players are so skilled, play great defense, make their free throws, and are two great team players. This game was filled with a lot of skill and a lot of talk. I prefer to say little in regards to trash type talk. The true measure of this season will be all the teams remaining at the end. The Hype may very well be there, and if they are I have a feeling they will be looking at us! I know each team faced the other on their home court slightly short handed. We have one more game in this matchup this season and I truly have a sense that the team which comes with their full roster has the best chance.'

Stay tuned fans for the continue battle of these two beasts from the east!



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Lazaros Papadopoulos six weeks out - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Olympiakos and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80). The Greek big guy will miss next six weeks due to injury. He already underwent left knee surgery last week. Papadopoulos helped Olympiakos to beat Bennet Cantu on Thursday scoring 12 points in this game, 86-61. It was a Euroleague season high for the center. Lazaros Papadopoulos signed for Olympiakos during the pre-season. He split 2010/11 between PAOK and Khimky Moscow Region. With PAOK he had 16 ppg, 12.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 6 EuroCup games. Later he added 4.2 ppg anf 4.3 rpg for Khimky in Russian league. Papadopoulos played for PAOK also in 2009/10. Before that, he was a member of Real Madrid and Dynamo Moscow. Papadopoulos played for Iraklis and Panathinaikos in the past. From 2000 to 2007, Papadopoulos played for the Greek National Team.

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Eric Williams claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Eric Williams (198-F-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapua and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team outclassed ToPo Akatemia (#12, 1-12) with 36-point margin 103-67. Lapua maintains the 5th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Lapua will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. Williams turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Tarleton State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.2ppg), rebounds (9th best: 9.8rpg) and averages solid 59.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Aubrey Conerly (182-G-83) of SayRi. Conerly impressed basketball fans with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead SayRi to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Ura Basket (#8, 5-8) 103-81. SayRi's 10th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-9 record. Conerly is a newcomer at SayRi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Justice Graham (198-F/G-79) of Huima (#7). Graham showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Huima, leading his team to a 108-81 easy win against the higher-ranked Oulun NMKY (#3, 9-4). The chances of Huima ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Graham could help Huima to bring them higher in the standings. Graham has a very solid season. In 13 games in Finland he scored 15.8ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 65.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) of SayRi - 22 points and 11 rebounds
5. Brian Moultrie (198-C/F-87) of Oulun NMKY - 22 points and 12 rebounds
6. Lionel Green (196-G/F-84) of Ura Basket - 28 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Treylon Manning (176-PG-85) of Huima - 25 points and 12 assists
8. Darren Townes (201-F-86) of BC Nokia - 20 points and 11 rebounds
9. Ilkka Sirola (197-F-86) of Tapiolan Honka - 15 points and 15 rebounds
10. Benzor Simmons (195-G-88) of Porvoon Tarmo - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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


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French ProA round 11 best performance: Taylor Rochestie (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Le Mans, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 pointsnine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 2-9) with 22-point margin 101-79. Le Mans is placed at 4th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Mans will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. In the team's last game Rochestie had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Le Mans' top player in his first season with the team. Former Washington State University star has very solid stats this year. Rochestie is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.8ppg), assists (2nd best: 7.1apg) and averages impressive 59.5% FGP and 54.7% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois. Hamilton had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. It was enough for Paris-Levallois to edge the lower-ranked Strasbourg (#10, 5-6) 80-77. Paris-Levallois' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hamilton is one of the most experienced players at Paris-Levallois and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.3ppg (#8). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) of Roanne (#7). Nsonwu-Amadi scored 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Roanne, leading his team to a 78-71 win against the lower-ranked Cholet (#11, 4-7). Roanne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Nsonwu-Amadi has a very solid season. In 11 games in France he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 65.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alade Aminu (207-C/F-87) of Chalon - 19 points and 11 rebounds
5. DeMarcus Nelson (191-G-85) of Cholet - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81) of Le Mans - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Nicholas Pope (196-F/G-84) of Le Havre - 13 points and 9 rebounds
8. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83) of Nancy - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of ASVEL - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Nic Wise (178-G-87) of Le Havre - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Jonathan Tornato claims French NM1 weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Talented Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for Blois and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 22-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team crushed Montbrison (#18, 1-13) with 18-point margin 81-63. Blois is placed at 4th position in French NM1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Blois will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Tornato as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Jonathan Tornato averages this season 11.4ppg and 6.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old guard Johan Rathieuville (177-G-85) of Brest. Rathieuville impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Brest was edged by the higher-ranked Roche (#7, 9-5) 69-65. This loss caused Brest to drop to 11th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Rathieuville is well-known by Brest fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was another Blois' star - Finnish Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82). Kaunisto showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Blois, helping his team with a 81-63 easy win against the lower-ranked Montbrison (#18, 1-13). Blois needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Kaunisto has a great season in France. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (7th best) and rebounds with 11.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyray Pearson (201-F-80) of Angers BC 49 - 19 points and 9 rebounds
5. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Moustafa Diallo (200-F-86) of Roche - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jonathan Godin (185-G-82) of Cognac - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Streten Cabarkapa (204-C-84) of Rueil - 11 points and 13 rebounds
9. Milan Vasic (195-G-77) of Chartres - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jonathan Beugnot (201-F-83) of Clermont - 20 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)


French ProB round 13 best performance: Dar Tucker (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Dar Tucker (193-SF-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Maurienne, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (19 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Boulazac (#1, 10-3) with 23-point margin 91-68. Maurienne is placed at 6th position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Maurienne will need more victories to improve their 8-5 record. Tucker turned to be Maurienne's top player in his first season with the team. Dar Tucker averages this season 14.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Kurt Cunningham (205-C/F-87) of Bordeaux. Cunningham had a very good evening with 30 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Bordeaux lost that game 74-83 to the higher-ranked Boulogne (#3, 9-4). This loss caused Bordeaux to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Cunningham is a newcomer at Bordeaux, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American LaQuan Prowell (203-SF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of St Vallier (#8). Prowell scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Prowell's great performance St Vallier lost 72-81in overtime to the lower-ranked Lille (#13, 5-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing St Vallier needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Prowell has a great season in France. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.8rpg (8th best). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 51.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81) of Le Portel - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Landon Milbourne (201-PF-87) of Limoges - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-PF-88) of Evreux - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Chalons-Reims - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Jonathan Rousselle (190-PG-90) of Boulogne - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Kevin Corre (202-C/F-85) of Chalons-Reims - 14 points and 12 rebounds

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


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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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Jermareo Davidson And Michael Thompson Have A Basketball Tattoo Juice Party Leading The Fraport Skyliners Over Braunschweig 77-70 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes pre Christmas gifts come early and timely like the NBA season starting up again, The Dallas Mavericks getting older and older with Vince Carter and Lamar Odom to the delight of Mavericks bashers, or Charlie Sheens cell number being unwantingly being disposed to the world for all his haters to finally spread some vicious words in his direction, but for The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig, the club didnt get any negative pre Christmas delight, but a positive one as they signed ex Nevada Las Vegas (NCAA) star Michael Umeh to help at the guard position. Umeh is no stranger to the Beko BBL as he shot out the lights in various German arenas for two seasons with the LTi Giessen 46ers. The last time that Umeh did his damage in the Beko BBL, BG Goettingen was still far away from their Eurochallenge win, Braunschweig was still dreaming of landing in the post season since Demond Mallet last had led the team to the promised land in 2003 and guys like Kevin Hmailton and Brandon Thomas were still months away of coming to the Phantoms and Umeh was still playing in the same back court with German national player Heiko I can hit from anywhere on the planet Schaffartzik. Umeh made his debut in a Phantoms jersey, but was unable to help snap the 69 month winless streak in the Volkswagen halle against Frankfurt as the Fraport Skyliners controlled the game and won 77-70. I am very happy to be back in the Beko BBL playing with Braunschweig. I still have to get settled, but they are a good team. Braunschweig is bigger than Giessen and I am found out quickly why guys like to play here. We played against a very good team today. Frankfurt had us down early an djust were more aggressive and had more intensity than we did, stressed Nigerian national player Michael Umeh. The Fraport Skylinerswon their fourth game of the season and third on the road and showed their best game of the season topping their road win in Hagen. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was very emotional after the Hagen win, but seemed more composed after the Braunschweig win. I was more calm today. A huge burden was lifted off our shoulders in Hagen, but this is still a big win for us. This could be the start of a longer winning streak. We deserved to win today, stressed ex Paderborn baskets center Marius Nolte.

The Fraport Skyliners went into the game weakened immensely at the big positions as 20 year German Danilo Barthel had to sit out with a finger injury and German national player Tim Ohlbrecht had suddenly had to be operated because of his appendix and didnt make the trip to Braunschweig. Justin Gray was still missing. Despite all these pregame hardships, the Fraport Sklyiners gave a spirited team effort and had ex NBA player Jermareo Davidson and Beko BBL rookie Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) step up who had to play another 40 minutes and both guys scored a combined 48 points of the team 77 points. Davidson who has played below his expectations exploded with 26 points and 13 boards. He had scored 23 points in the first half taking apart Americans Kyle Visser and Rich Meltzer as if they were dog meat. Davidson was focused and hit shots in the low post and was just unstoppable and also stepped it up on defense with two blocks. Davidson played very well. We made adjustments at halftime and had him in check in the second half, but in the first half, he hit some very tough shots, but that is what skilled guys will do, expressed ex ACB player Michael Umeh. He hit his first shots which helped his self confidence. He just did what he does best making shots, added German national player, Johannes Herber. Braunschweig guard Stephen Dennis didnt have to guard Davidson, but he experienced a second nightmare again. I played against him last year in the D-league and he killed us there also. He is very hard to guard, because if you defend him too close, he will get by you, warned Stephen Dennis. Davidson played with so much intensity. You could see that he was totally mad and wanted control. He was totally in the zone, warned Marius Nolte. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) had his best game as a Skyliner scoring 22 points and taking command in the fourth quarter scoring 11 consecutive points in a phase were Braunschweig was threatening, but his scoring output sealed the win for Frankfurt. Thompson did a good job in the first half controlling the tempo and not getting fouls. He continued to a great job in the second half, warned Johannes Herber. He played very well hitting tough shots and getting to the basket very well. In the fourth quarter, he hit devastating baskets that hurt our momentum and getting back in the game, stressed Michael Umeh. But one of his strongest points today had to do more with his thinking than his physical actions. Juice made very strong decisions today, warned Marius Nolte. The competition between point guards in general is always high and after the strong effort from Thompson, Braunschweig guard Stephen Dennis did lose many words for the Skyliner guard. He is a good player, added Stephen Dennis.

Before the game commenced one could hear the dad of Marius Nolte getting the Volkswagen in a Christmas spirit playing Oh Christmas tree on his trumpet and one could see a relaxed llok on the faces of the Fraport Skyliners despite the news that Ohlbrecht had had his appendix out and wasnt there. The Fraport Skyliners stayed calm and jumped out on a quick 10-2 lead as Frankfurt quickly got Jermareo Davidson involved as he hit two shots, Thompson scored inside getting a quick pass from Davidson and Quantez Robertson scored on a lay in getting an extra pass from Jacob Burtschi. In the last weeks, The Fraport Skyliners have had some difficulty giving up runs and did so again allowing Braunschweig to go on a 7-0 run to sneak back in the game trailing only 10-9. American Lamarr Greer who is playing his second season in Braunschwieg and in his 8th country hit two shots and American Rich Melzer snuck inside scoring on a reverse lay up. However Frankfurt disallowed Braunschweig to take the lead closing out the first quarter with a timely 6-2 run to lead 16-11 after one quarter. Davidson burned Melzer on the left wing with a fade away jumper, Thompson hit two free throws and Jimmy Mckinney hit a pull up jumper. Frankfurt had given Braunschweig an early signal that they werent sitting under their Christmas tree in their living room giving up presents, but moreover stealing their presents as they had played a very aggressive defense. We were unable to make any shots and Davidson hurt us, commented New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig manager Oliver Braun. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 0% from outside while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 29% from the field and 13% from outside. Braunschweig had the narrow 10-9 rebound edge and both teams had two turnovers a piece.

The offense of The Fraport Sklyiners continued to roll in the second quarter as they went on a 4-2 run to lead 20-13. 221cm giant Nick Schneiders got inside dunking as no man was there to help and the Thompson made a steal and went coast to coast and Davidson then scored from the baseline with a pretty lay in over Schneiders. Braunschwieg stayed on course getting a bucket and free throws from 30 year old Serb Branko Jorovic, but the new dynamic duo of Davidson and Thompson continued to score on offense and Davidson made Melzer dizzy with a few fakes and then burned him with another fade away jumper from the wing and Thompson nailed a catch and pop shot as Frankfurt led 25-18. Braunschweig cut the Frankfurt lead to 25-22 with Melzer free throws and young German 18 year old talent Dennis Schroeder had some fortune getting a loose ball off the referee as a ball popped out of the hands of Thompson and deflected off the referee as into the hands of the German who went coast to coast for an easy lay up. However The Fraport Skyliners then exploded on a 15-1 run silencing the Braunschweig crowd leading 40-23. It was the Davidson show as he scored 11 of the 15 points in the run. Davidson continued to make life difficult for Melzer scoring two more fade away jumpers over the American and scoring on transition and over Jorovic inside. Herber added unwanted salt to the nasty Barunschweig wound with a big three pointer. Key in the run was continuing to attack the low post to Davidson and fierce aggressive defense as Braunschweig had many difficult shots and turnovers which led to Frankfurt points. Braunschweig was able to save themselves a bit going into halftime with a 6-2 run as Frankfurt still led 42-29. Melzer scored inside and Greer made a pull up jumper, while Davidson made his last bucket of the half connecting on another fade away jumper. I dont think that our defense was that bad. Davidson hit tough shots and we shot only 8% from outside which hurt, stressed Oliver Braun. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 57% from the field and 25% from the three point line, while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 35% from the field and 8% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 18-15 rebound edge and both teams had only four turnovers.

Basketball remains a game of runs and it was no secret that The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig would make their run sooner or later and quickly got hot fast going on a 9-2 run to trail only44-38. Even though Frankfurt got a beautiful Davidson block of a Visser dunk and Robertson jumper, Braunschweig rallied for nine consecutive points. American Stephen Dennis who had stayed relatively quiet in the first half scored four unanswered points with free throws and a lay up. Melzer who had been in the Washington wizards preseason camp in 2004 showed his touch from outside and Immanuel Mcelroy went coast to coast after getting a steal. Braunschweig had upped their defense forcing Frankfurt to more turnovers, were hitting their shots better and were denying Davidson the ball in the low post. Frankfurt got some needed production from Robertson who scored inside after getting a no look feed from Davidson, Herber nailed a jumper and Jacob Burtschi a mid distance shot as Frankfurt kept the lead at 50-41. Two Jorovic three pointers in the last two minutes hurt the Fraport Skyliners, but they still had the upper hand as they led 52-47 after three quarters. We increased our intensity and went on a run. Jorovic hit two big three pointers late keeping us close, commented Stephen Dennis. Runs belong to the game of basketball and they got theirs in the third quarter. We reacted well hitting shots and keeping the lead, stressed Marius Nolte. The Fraport Sklyiners were shooting 49% from the field and only 17% from the parking lot while The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were shooting 36% from the field and 21% from the parking lot. Braunschweig retook the rebound lead 26-24. Frankfurt had eight turnovers and Braunschweig only seven turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig gave the Fraport Skyliners a turbulent scare going on a mini 5-0 run tying the score at 52-52. Umeh started the potent attack with a three point bomb and Melzer found some daylight inside making a finger tip lay in past Davidson. Some weeks ago, Frankfurt might have collapsed, but not anymore as Frankfurt shined on defense which in turn sparked their offense going on a 6-0 run. Quantez Super Tez Robertson made two consecutive steals which led to a Burtschi bucket and Mckinney coast to coast sprint as he made anice fake pass in mid air to Burtschi, but finished himself. Marius Nolte then scored inside as Frankfurt led 59-52. Jorovic then scored inside and Visser made one of two free throws as Frankfurt still led 59-55 with Braunschweig on their heels. In a phase like this, you could most likely count on a Dashaun Wood or Bobby Brown who played two seasons in the NBA to take control, but a Beko BBL rookie Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) showed no shyness scoring 11 unanswered points as Frankfurt went on a 9-2 run to lead 68-57 with three minutes remaining and the game as good as sealed for the 2004 Beko BBL champion. Thompson nailed a three pointer, got inside for two buckets and got to the free throw line. The mimic on the faces of the Phantoms displayed little hope of turning the game around. Braunschweig might of controlled Davidson better in the second half, but everyone helped and we were able to withstand the pressure, said Marius Nolte. Braunschweig did get some more baskets from Greer, but Frankfurt continued to get to the Free Throw line and despite going 3/6 at the end, Frankfurt came out with a big 77-70 win. Mckinney and Mcelroy who have dueled for six years in the Beko BBL hugged each other at the end of the game. We made a big step today. WE had shorter phases where we didnt play so well. Even when they came back, we showed mental strength to win the game. This win was very important for us, stressed Johannes Herber.Every team can beat each other. Frankfurt might have been a 16th placed team, but we didnt have the right intensity today, expressed Stephen Dennis.

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jermareo Davidson with 26 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) had 22 points, four rebounds and three assists. Quantez Robertson chipped in with eight points and Jacob Burtschi with seven points. The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig were led by Lamarr Greer with 16 points. Branko Jorovic added 13 points, five rebounds and four assists. Rich Melzer produced 11 points and five rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners continue to do an excellent job taking care of the ball as they had only 10 turnovers. They did lose the rebounding battle 35-32, but were undermanned inside and still did a pretty decent job on the boards. Frankfurt had a strong defensive effort as they fooled Braunschweig at times. Frankfurt played a matchup zone that looked man to man, but really was a zone. We did a good job in the second half denying Davidson the ball, but that gave their guards the chance to get more shots, added Stephen Dennis. With the defense getting better and better in the last weeks, now the team still needs to find that equality on offense. We played very good defense for long phases. As soon as our offense gets even better, we will win more of these type of games, warned Marius Nolte. The Fraport Skyliners play their last Eurocup game December 20th in Gran Canaria.



The Mitteldeutscher BC Release Guards Aaron Cook And Darius Hargrove - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the basketball country of the Mitteldeutscher BC team, there always seems to be movement, not only on the court, but also with players coming and going this season as shortly before Christmas, the club announced that guards Aaron Cook (186-G-83, college: Hartford) and Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Virginia Union) no longer belong to the roster. Cook had a lot of misfortune as he broke his hand in October and was only able to play three games in the PRO A where he averaged 5,3ppg and 2,3 apg. In his absence, the team brought in Whit Holcomb Faye who made an instant impact. 'With Aaron, we chose a compromise decision. He is able to play again, but not 100% at the level where we want him. We won 8 games in a row with Whit and he has been intetegrated well into the team. The role would have been smaller for Aaron now. He would have deserved to have had the chance to develop and play more, but we couldnt give him that', stressed MBC head coach Silvano Poropat. Darius Hargrove averaged 10,9ppg, 3,1rpg and 1,5apg in 14 games. 'The expectations with Darius werent fullfilled as we were looking for other needs with his leadership and his role. It was best for both sides to separate', added Silvano Poropat. MBC will be looking for a replacement at the shooting guard position.

Source: Mitteldeutscher BC


Jermareo Davidson claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fraport SKY and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat NY Phantoms (#6, 7-6) 77-70. Fraport SKY is placed at 15th position in German 1.Bundesliga. Fraport SKY is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-9 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Davidson as usually he does not deliver so high stats. The University of Alabama graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davidson is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.3rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American guard Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Walter Tigers. Redding impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Walter Tigers to another comfortable win outscoring LTi 46ers (5-8) 82-59. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Walter Tigers managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Redding is a newcomer at Walter Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) of Art.Dragons (#4). Fenn scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Art.Dragons, leading his team to a 99-81 easy win against the lower-ranked EWE Baskets (#10, 6-6). Art.Dragons needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 4 lost games. Fenn has a very solid season. In 13 games in Germany he scored 13.1ppg. He also has 5.9rpg and FGP: 57.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jared Jordan (188-PG-84) of Telekom Baskets - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier - 16 points and 12 rebounds
6. Bryce Taylor (196-G-86) of ALBA - 20 points and 6 rebounds
7. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85) of Brose Baskets - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony King (206-F/C-85) of Art.Dragons - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87) of Walter Tigers - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of Telekom Baskets - 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Ducker's double-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Julius Ducker (205-C-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Schwelm and receives a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Bernau (#13, 1-14) 82-69. Schwelm is placed at 4th position in German ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Schwelm will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Ducker had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Schwelm, through which he has constantly improved. Julius Ducker averages this season 9.9ppg and 8.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Mike Mercer (193-G-86) of BG Illertal. He is American guard in his first season at BG Illertal. In the last game Mercer recorded impressive 24 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists. Of course he lead BG Illertal to another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Fraport SKY II (#10, 3-11) 98-74. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in South. BG Illertal keeps 12th position. 13 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory BG Illertal managed to get this year. Mercer is a newcomer at BG Illertal and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to Luke Fitzgerald (202-C/F-87, agency: Duran International) of Langen (#6). Fitzgerald showcased his all-around game by recording 13 points, twenty one rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Langen, leading his team to a 91-81 win against the lower-ranked Giessen (#11, 2-12). Langen needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 6 lost games. Fitzgerald has a great season in Germany. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.6rpg (2nd best). Fitzgerald attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Femi Oladipo (201-F-90) of BG Illertal - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83) of Noerdlingen - 14 points and 15 rebounds
6. Kellen Williams (194-F-84) of Stahnsdorf - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87) of Hannover - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84) of BSW Sixers - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jason Holmes (191-G-86) of Schwelm - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Terry Bryant (186-G-85) of Dorsten - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Buechert's double-double lands him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old center Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) put on an amazing game in the last round for Ehingen and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Heidelberg (#9, 7-7) 90-81. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Ehingen is placed at 10th position in German ProA. Ehingen 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 7-8 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Buechert as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Andreas Buechert averages this season 10.6ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Webmoebel. He is American swingman in his first season at Webmoebel. In the last game Stommes recorded impressive 23 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Of course he lead Webmoebel to another comfortable win 87-73 over the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#2, 10-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Webmoebel to move up to 6th position in . His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Stommes is a newcomer at Webmoebel and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#4).

Third place about best performers goes to guard Martin Samarco (191-G-85) of Karlsruhe (#14). Samarco got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was a key player of Karlsruhe, leading his team to a 90-79 win against slightly higher-ranked Cuxhaven (#12, 6-8). Karlsruhe can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 4-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Samarco he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Samarco has individually a great season in Germany. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 52.6% and 3PT: 44.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aubrey Reese (183-G-78) of Duesseldorf - 35 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Billy Baptist (196-F-87) of Crailsheim - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Chris Alexander (186-PG-83) of ETB Wohnbau - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Karlsruhe - 18 points and 11 rebounds
8. Garrett Williamson (196-G-88) of Ehingen - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84) of MBC - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Jared Stohl (185-G-89) of Crailsheim - 25 points and 2 rebounds

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


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PAOK without Marcus Goree against Cholet - by Giorgos Diploidis
PAOK Thessaloniki arrived in France for its game against Cholet for the Eurocup without Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia). The American power forward stayed in Thessaloniki because of a preblem in his passport.
The game has no motive for the two teams because Khimki and Riga have already qualified for the next round of European competition.

More probably coach Markopoulos will give more time to young athletes of the club. Today (19/12) the board had a press interview where they declared that their first target is tp decrease the depths of the club.


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 11-1 
 2. Filathlitikos 10-2 
 3. Niki Volou 8-4 
 4. Irakleio 8-4 
 5. Koroivos 7-5 
 6. Diagoras 7-5 
 7. Agia Paraskevis 6-6 
 8. Doukas 6-6 
 9. MENT 6-6 
 10. Near East 6-6 
 11. Stratoni 5-7 
 12. Egaleo 5-7 
 13. Aias Evosmou 4-8 
 14. Anagennisi 3-9 
 15. Iraklis 3-9 
 16. Halkidona 1-11 


A1 Week 9: Kolossos and Olympiakos are leading the way... - by Chris Mammides
Ikaros Kallitheas - Olympiakos Piraeus 57-105
Quarters: 18-25, 31-53, 47-78, 57-105
In 50 points games there are not many details to add. The visiting site of Coach Ivkovic was much better that the home team as Ikaros was only able to play some decent basketball the first period where the deficit was only 7 points by the end of it. Ikaros without Sensley, Johnson and King in its roster is a team with only two none Greek players, Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Ljubicic couldnt resist at all against the reds so the game after the 11th game was a continuous monologue for the players of Ivkovic and especially after the 4th foul of Aron Baynes who was the only real thread against Olympiakos the game became even easier.
Olympiakos played without Spanoulis who is the top performer in both leagues, Euroleague and the Greek league and he was need some time off the team, while Lazaros Papadopoulos is injured and will be out of the courts for at least six weeks, for the specific reason Ivkovic is looking for a new center urgently.
Top Scorers:
Ikaros: Aron Baynes 16, Koumpouras 12.
Olympiakos: Lucas 15, Howard 13, Keselj 10, Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) 17.

KAOD - Kavala 81-58
Quarters: 20-19, 44-35, 62-51, 81-58
The supposed to be derby between the two neighbor teams never took place as the home team of Coach Kalafatakis succeeded a triumph against Coach Priftis Kavala after playing a marvelous games with the usual suspect as a leader, Kostas Charalampidis (189-G-76) who even though he went off the court with an injury on the 25th minute he was able to score 25 points in just 20 minutes, with 1 rebound and 3 assists, giving the Green light for the second victory of the Dramas team. Coach Kalafatakis saw his players proving that they have a solid character as after the injury of their leading figure, his players continue their crescent with Kakaroudis, Bavcic and Zaras filling up the emptiness of Kostas Charalampidis spot.
On the other hand, Kavala seems to be cursed after the great victory of the European champions team of Panathinaikos as since that magnificent night they are counting three consecutive losses and the one of them being the one succeeded by KAOD as the 23 points for KAOD could be vital in case that the two teams balance in the regular season
Even though the score was 62-51 in the 3rd period, the 4th period was an one teams role as the visitors couldnt score at all, not even without any defense so Michael Taylor (188-G-86, college: Iowa St.), or Stefanidis who shot the most in the specific period remain to the absolute zero like their team, while KAOD scored in the particular period and did a series of 19-7. It is worth mentioned that Travis Garrison didnt play as he is still injured.
Top scorers:
KAOD: Kostas Charalampidis 25, Ceranic 13, Bavcic 13, Kakaroudis 9
Kavala: Michael Taylor 20, O Bryant 11, Costov 12.

Aris Thessaloniki - Ilysiakos 83-67
Quarters: 27-16, 46-34, 66-51, 83-67.
It seems that Coach Alexandris troops are officially on the right track as they are getting better and better game by game while the addition of Davies and Tsaldaris brought some quality and some positive psychology in the team of Aris.
Last night it was Ilysiakos turn to taste this change as the team of Coach Flevarakis couldnt resist or defend themselves against the furious team of Coach Alexandris.
So, the first period which was a continuous monologue from the yellows succeeded initially and in the first 5 minutes a 15-3! Before Ilysiakos cut the deficit to 17-10 and Aris close the period with James and Tsaldaris scoring from the parameter to end the period with 27-16
The 2nd period was more or less the same so even if Ilysiakos players cut the deficit to the 9 points, they remain powerless and Aris kept its safety deficit until the end of the first half (46-34)
The comeback never came from Ilysiakos and Aris with Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) being on fire they increased the deficit to 21 points before Ilysiakos succeeds a small unanswered series to go to the end of the 3rd period to 66-51.
The 4th period was a simple procedure as Ilysiakos couldnt even cut the deficit to a single digit and remain to the same paste as the other periods.
Top scorers:
Aris: Keroush 16, Christos Tapoutos 17.
Ilysiakos: Harding 17, Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) 14

Peristeri - AGOR 62-75
Quarters: 13-18, 28-36, 45-54, 62-75
Peristeri suffered its second home loss as Pedoulakis players are unpaid since the beginning of the season and some of them really faces financial crisis as they do not even have the basics, so this result is obviously not only a basketball result but also a physical result. Allready, Ernest Scott will be a history as he will join forces with an A2 Spanish team in order to.survive..
In any case Coach Koufos road win is 100% fair and quite vital as AGORs Americans were once more amazing. The triplet of Dionte Christmas (196-G-86, college: Temple), Petway and Wright scored nearly as many points as all the team of Peristeri.
The game started aggressively for the team of Coach Koufos and took an early lead in the period with 13-18, while the 2nd period became for a while a derby as Edwards brought the game to a total balance 3 minutes to the end of the first half to a 28-28 draw before AGOR succeeds a crucial 8-0 to end the first half to 28-36.
The 3rd period was basically a tactic period for the visitors as they simply kept the deficit by playing simple basketball with the hosts not being able to score from the parameter as their psychology couldnt let them and Coach Pedoulakis couldnt do a lot about it. The 3rd quarter ended with 45-54.
The 4th quarter Peristeris instant chance to go for something better was cut off once and for all from the two consecutive three pointers by Dionte Christmas who was also the MVP of the game not only due to his 24 points but also for the 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 assists and the 7 fouls he won from his opponents.
Top scorers:
Peristeri: Boateng 11, Scott 11, Gavin Edwards (206-F/C-88, college: Connecticut) 14
AGOR: Dionte Christmas 24, Wright 13, Petway 21

Kolossos Rodou - PAOK 76-67
Quarters: 20-19, 34-39, 63-50, 76-67.
Coach Frangias Kolossos keeps winning and is figuring in the top seats of the league these first 9 rounds. This time it was PAOKs turn to digest Kolossos Rodou power in Rodos. Coach Markopoulos tasted the passion and the solidarity between the players of Kolossos and at the same time saw their willingness to win, that is for sure and 100% communication, relation and talent all together the secret of the success for Kolossos, this season.
The 1st period we had a derby as PAOK tried to control the rhythm but Markopoulos players couldnt do it successfully, and Kolossos with Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) and Boykin gave a small deficit to their team at the end of the period with 20-19. The total control in the rebounding area was the main reason of PAOKs performance in this first period.
The 2nd period Kolossos retried and PAOK offended and took a serious deficit of as many as nine points before Kolossos reacted and at the end cut the deficit to the 34-39. PAOK saw Goree, Dimos Dikoudis (206-F/C-77) and Kalabokis leading the scoring and showed that they could succeed a road win against the islanders.
The 3rd period though the scenery changed 100% as Kolossos scored 29 points in the period with Angelos Tsamis and Scotty Hopson (200-G-89, college: Tennessee) being the leading figures of the team and the amazing series of 29-11 found the home team to lead the game by 13 at the end of the period. The score was 63-50.
The 4th quarter was quite symbolic as the two teams played simply to keep the things as they were, PAOK was too tired to react in this crescent made by Coach Frangias players and simply let the game go.
Top scorers:
Kolossos: Hatten 11, Boykin 10, Angelos Tsamis 16, Scotty Hopson 17
PAOK: Goree 12, Dimos Dikoudis 21, Kalabokis 14, Giannakidis 10

Panathinaikos - Maroussi
This game will take place today..



Ikaros brings in Romel Beck, releases Ravern Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) will continue his career in Greece. The Mexican/American G/SF penned a deal with Ikaros for rest of the season. At the same time, Ikaros released Ravern Johnson (200-G-88, college: Mississippi St.). The rookie had 10.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 7 league games. Romel Beck started this season in Mexico. He had 25.7 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.7 rpg for 10 LNBP games with his team Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. Beck played in Italy last season. He had 16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 games with Reggio Emilia. They competed in LegaDue. Two sides parted ways in January this year. In 2009/10, Romel Beck was a member of the NBA D-League team Dakota Wizards. He had 17.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg for them in 42 games. In the past, he also played in Croatia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Lazaros Papadopoulos six weeks out - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Olympiakos and Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80). The Greek big guy will miss next six weeks due to injury. He already underwent left knee surgery last week. Papadopoulos helped Olympiakos to beat Bennet Cantu on Thursday scoring 12 points in this game, 86-61. It was a Euroleague season high for the center. Lazaros Papadopoulos signed for Olympiakos during the pre-season. He split 2010/11 between PAOK and Khimky Moscow Region. With PAOK he had 16 ppg, 12.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 6 EuroCup games. Later he added 4.2 ppg anf 4.3 rpg for Khimky in Russian league. Papadopoulos played for PAOK also in 2009/10. Before that, he was a member of Real Madrid and Dynamo Moscow. Papadopoulos played for Iraklis and Panathinaikos in the past. From 2000 to 2007, Papadopoulos played for the Greek National Team.

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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden18.1 
 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.14.9 
 9. Boxley, Leiden14.8 
 10. Wesley, Den Bosch13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Coleman, Weert9.5 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.7 
 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. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Harman, Weert4.8 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.6 
 3. Anderson, Weert4.6 
 4. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.1 
 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. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.6 
 3. Huffman, Zwolle2.5 
 4. Wells, Zwolle2.4 
 5. de Jong, Leiden1.9 
 6. Turner, Den Bosch1.9 
 7. Acker, Nijmegen1.9 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch1.9 
 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. Minter, Weert1.0 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 6. Zondervan, Zwolle0.9 
 7. Boxley, Leiden0.8 
 8. Poels, Leeuwarden0.7 
 9. Kennedy, Leiden0.7 
 10. Hulzebos, Zwolle0.6 


Wesley's 20 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Tai Wesley (200-F-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Den Bosch and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had the game-high 20 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Den Bosch in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Leeuwarden (#5, 7-6) with 39-point margin 108-69. Den Bosch maintains the 2nd position in Dutch league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Den Bosch will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Wesley turned to be Den Bosch's top player in his first season with the team. Tai Wesley averages this season 13.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Maurice Acker (173-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports) of Nijmegen. He is American guard in his first season at Nijmegen. In the last game Acker recorded impressive 23 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Nijmegen cruised to a 73-65 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Zwolle (#6, 7-6). This victory allowed Nijmegen to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 7-5 record is not bad at all. Acker is a newcomer at Nijmegen and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.8 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Leiden (#3). Kherrazi showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, five rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Leiden, leading his team to a 76-51 easy win against the lower-ranked Rotterdam (#7, 2-12). Leiden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Kherrazi has a very solid season. In 11 games in Holland he scored 4.6ppg. Mohammed Kherrazi has also Dutch passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Alex Wesby (196-G-80) of Groningen - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) of Leiden - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 15 points and 5 rebounds
7. Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88) of Nijmegen - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82) of Leiden - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83) of Den Bosch - 13 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Cameron Wells (185-G-88) of Zwolle - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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


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


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Standings - B Division
B Division Standings
East
 1. Bajai FKE 0-0
 2. DEAC 0-0
 3. EKF Hesz Gep. 0-0
 4. EnterNet Vas. 0-0
 5. Kecskemeti Foi. 0-0
 6. MTK Torokbalint 0-0
 7. Nagykorosi 0-0
 8. Obudai 0-0
 9. Phoenix KK 0-0
 10. Salgotarjani 0-0
 11. Szerencs 0-0
West
 1. B-BETON Bon. 0-0
 2. Bp. Honved 0-0
 3. Ceragem 0-0
 4. FKSZC-Sarvar 0-0
 5. Gyorszol 0-0
 6. Hegyvidek 0-0
 7. Kanizsa 0-0
 8. PTE-PEAC PVSK 0-0
 9. SMAFC-NYME 0-0
 10. Treff 0-0
 11. Ujbuda TC 0-0
 12. Veszpremi 0-0


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Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Kankakee S. 9-1 
 2. Rockford RD 9-5 
 3. Gary Splash 6-5 
 4. Battle Creek K. 4-6 
 5. Chicago R. 3-3 
 6. Lake County S. 0-11 
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-0 
 3. Springfield S. 0-0 


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


Blagoj Janev joins Thor Thorl - by Eurobasket News
Thor Thorl boosted their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Blagoj Janev (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire). The Australian forward spent the previous season in the Australian NBL. He played for the Sydney Kings. Blagoj Janev posted 2.5 points per game. Previously the forward had stints in Singapore, New Zealand, Estonia and FYR Macedonia. Blagoj Janev used to play for Australian U18 and U21 National Teams. He participated at U21 World Championship in Argentina in 2005. Blagoj Janev has already debuted for Thor Thorl. The forward notched 9 points and 3 boards in a 74:78 loss to Tindastoll.


Tindastoll bring in Curtis Allen - by Eurobasket News
Tindastoll strengthened their roster. They landed Curtis Allen (193-G-86, college: ORU). The guard started the season in Inter Bratislava. He averaged 11.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game in Czech Republic NBL. Last season Curtis Allen played in Estonia. The guard notched 19.1 points, 10.5 boards, 2.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 block per game for Voru KK. Curtis Allen has already debuted for Tindastoll in Express League. He came up with 9 points, 3 boards and 3 assists helping his new team to overcome Thor Thorl 78:74 on the road.


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Brandon COTTON
  Snaefell
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 35.3
 1. Cotton, Snaefell35.3 
 2. Jarvis, IR27.0 
 3. Govens, Thor Thorl25.6 
 4. Johnson, Valur25.0 
 5. Dagostino, Keflavik23.5 
 6. Sovic, IR23.4 
 7. Echols, Njardvik23.2 
 8. Shuler, Haukar22.7 
 9. Walkup, Fjolnir22.1 
 10. Bartolotta, IR21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quincy HANKINS-COLE
  Snaef.
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Hankins-Cole, Snae.14.6 
 2. Echols, Njardvik11.7 
 3. Ringgold, Thor Tho.11.3 
 4. Tratnik, Valur11.1 
 5. Walkup, Fjolnir10.9 
 6. Shuler, Haukar10.0 
 7. Hampton, Tindastoll9.9 
 8. Cole, Keflavik9.9 
 9. Miller, Tindastoll9.4 
 10. Magnusson, KR9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan6.9 
 2. Watson, Grindavik6.8 
 3. Hall, Snaefell6.8 
 4. Claessen, IR5.7 
 5. Miller, Tindastoll5.7 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar5.4 
 7. Arnarson, IR4.6 
 8. O''Neil, Fjolnir4.6 
 9. Dagostino, Keflavik4.5 
 10. Sigurgeirsso., Sn.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Travis HOLMES
  Njardvik
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Holmes, Njardvik3.2 
 2. Johnson, Valur2.8 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan2.7 
 4. Hall, Snaefell2.5 
 5. Shuler, Haukar2.5 
 6. Cothran, Stjarnan2.4 
 7. Parker, Keflavik2.4 
 8. Dagostino, Keflavik2.0 
 9. Barja, Haukar2.0 
 10. Watson, Grindavik1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Haukar
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Haukar4.0 
 2. Tratnik, Valur2.4 
 3. Hugee, Valur2.3 
 4. Hampton, Tindastoll1.3 
 5. Johnson, Valur1.3 
 6. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.1.2 
 7. Jonsson, Snaefell1.1 
 8. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.1 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Cole, Keflavik0.9 


Express L. Round 9 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Ninth-ranked Snaefell (3-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Grindavik (8-1) in Stykkisholmur on Sunday. The visitors from Grindavik managed to secure only five-point victory 110-105. However their fans expected much easier game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Grindavik maintains first place with 8-1 record. Snaefell lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Grindavik will face Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Snaefell will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 IR defeated Haukar in Reykjavik 84-82. Thor Thorl was beaten by Tindastoll at home 74-78. Fjolnir won against Njardvik on the opponent's court 82-79. Stjarnan managed to outperform Keflavik in a home game 107-91.


Haukar - IR 82-84

There was no surprise in Hafnarfjordur where 11th ranked Haukar (2-7) was edged by sixth ranked IR (5-4) 84-82 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 31-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. IR made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. Strangely Haukar outrebounded IR 47-35 including 17 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Robert Jarvis (180-87, college: ORU) who scored 32 points. Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds. Four IR players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists and the other American import forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) added 12 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks respectively. IR moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Haukar at the other side keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. IR will face higher ranked Keflavik (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Haukar will play against KR (#5) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
IR: R.Jarvis 32+3reb+2ast, N.Sovic 21+8reb, J.Bartolotta 15+3reb+2ast, H.Fridriksson 12+6reb+1ast, H.Hunfjord 2+3reb, E.Arnarson 1+5reb+7ast
Haukar: H.Fain 31+11reb+7ast, C.Smith 12+13reb+2ast, D.Hermannsson 12+3reb+2ast, E.Barja 9+7reb, S.Haraldsson 7+3reb+8ast, H.Oskarsson 6
gschID: 140122


KR - Valur 85-83 OT

Top scorers:
KR: E.Johannsson 20+5reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 13+8reb+2ast, O.Aegisson 12+2reb+4ast, M.Hermannsson 9+4reb, B.Kristjansson 9+2reb+4ast, S.Ingason 8+5reb+1ast
Valur: G.Johnson 24+7reb+4ast, R.Gylfason 21+1reb+2ast, I.Tratnik 19+17reb+1ast, B.Petursson 10+3reb+1ast, A.Bracey 4+2reb+1ast, B.Blondal 4+4reb+3ast
gschID: 140117


Thor Thorl - Tindastoll 74-78

There was a surprise result in Thorlakshofn where tenth ranked Tindastoll (4-5) defeated 4th placed Thor Thorl (5-4) 78-74 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 25-10 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Tindastoll dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Thor Thorl's 22. Tindastoll forced 21 Thor Thorl turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Maurice Miller (187-88, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international forward Throstur Johannsson (198-89) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) who recorded 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Gudmundur Jonsson (191-84) added 19 points and 8 steals respectively. Tindastoll have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Njardvik. Newly promoted Thor Thorl keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Tindastoll will face Snaefell (#10) in Stykkisholmur in the next round. Thor Thorl will play on the road against Valur (#12) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: T.Johannsson 18+5reb+3ast, M.Miller 18+11reb+7ast, S.Birgisson 14+7reb, C.Allen 9+3reb+3ast, H.Margeirsson 7+4reb+3ast, H.Viggosson 6+5reb+1ast
Thor Thorl: G.Jonsson 19+1reb+3ast, D.Govens 18+8reb+5ast, B.Ragnarsson 11+1reb+6ast, B.Janev 9+3reb, D.Hilmarsson 8+4reb+1ast, M.Latinovic 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 140118


Snaefell - Grindavik 105-110 2OT

Ninth-ranked Snaefell (3-6) made lots of trouble for first ranked Grindavik (8-1) in Stykkisholmur on Sunday. The visitors from Grindavik managed to secure only five-point victory 110-105. However their fans expected much easier game. Grindavik made 18-of-19 free shots (94.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Snaefell turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Grindavik made 8 blocks. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Giordan Watson (178-85, college: Cent.Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 4 steals (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Forward J'Nathan Bullock (196-87, college: Cleveland St., agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Quincy Hankins-Cole (203, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 23 rebounds and guard Marquis Hall (183-87, college: Lehigh) added 26 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Grindavik maintains first place with 8-1 record. Snaefell lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Grindavik will face Njardvik (#8) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Snaefell will play on the road against Tindastoll in Sauoarkrokur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: G.Watson 37+6reb+10ast, J.Bullock 26+13reb+2ast, S.Thorsteinsson 11+5reb+2ast, O.Saevarsson 10+8reb+1ast, J.Olafsson 10+4reb, O.Olafsson 10+8reb+2ast
Snaefell: M.Hall 26+5reb+3ast, Q.Hankins-Cole 21+23reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 19+5reb+2ast, S.Davidsson 17+4reb+2ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 10+3ast, O.Torfason 5+3reb+2ast
gschID: 140119


Njardvik - Fjolnir 79-82

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Fjolnir and 8th ranked Njardvik had identical 4-4 record. But Njardvik was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Fjolnir 82-79 on Sunday night. Njardvik cut a 13-point halftime deficit to three at the end of the game. Fjolnir forced 21 Njardvik turnovers. The best player for the winners was American forward Nathan Walkup (200-88, college: Texas A&M) who scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Calvin O'Neil (193-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists. Five Fjolnir players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Cameron Echols (203-81, college: Ball St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Elvar Fridriksson (181-94) added 21 points and 4 steals respectively. Njardvik's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fjolnir (5-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Njardvik at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Fjolnir will face league's second-placed Stjarnan at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Njardvik will play against the league's leader Grindavik (#1).
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: N.Walkup 23+5reb+2ast, C.O'Neil 16+3reb+6ast, J.Sverrisson 13+10reb+1ast, A.Ragnarsson 11+2reb+2ast, A.Gudmundsson 10+6reb+2ast, B.Rikhardsson 5+2reb+2ast
Njardvik: C.Echols 24+10reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 21+4reb+3ast, T.Holmes 15+7reb+3ast, M.Baginski 9+1reb+3ast, O.Jonsson 6+4reb+2ast, O.Petursson 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 140120


Stjarnan - Keflavik 107-91

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both third ranked Stjarnan and second-best Keflavik had identical 6-2 record. This time Stjarnan used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Keflavik 107-91 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Stjarnan. Keflavik was better in third quarter 24-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan shot 61.7 percent from the field and made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game. Stjarnan outrebounded Keflavik 36-18 including a 23-10 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Keflavik's players. Keflavik was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) who scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American guard Keith Cothran (193-86, college: Rhode Island) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Five Stjarnan players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Italian guard Steve Dagostino (180-85, college: St.Rose, NY, agency: Duran International) who recorded 26 points and 6 assists and American guard Charles Parker (193-85, college: Millersville) added 27 points respectively. Stjarnan (7-2) moved-up to second place. Keflavik at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Stjarnan will face Fjolnir (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Keflavik will play against IR (#6) in Reykjavik.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: K.Cothran 23+6reb+2ast, M.Valdimarsson 23+7reb+4ast, S.Larusson 20+5reb+3ast, J.Shouse 15+4reb+6ast, G.Larusson 10+6reb+4ast, D.Jonsson 8+4reb+2ast
Keflavik: C.Parker 27+4reb+1ast, S.Dagostino 26+2reb+6ast, J.Cole 18+5reb, V.Valsson 7+5ast, G.Stefansson 6+1reb, A.Gudbrandsson 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 140121




Last round before the holydays - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Round nine in Iceland Express league was interesting one. Overtime needed in KR-Valur game and double overtime in Snaefell-Grindavik game and last second shot to win in Haukar - IR game to win.
Thor lost to Tindastoll 74-78. In the round before Thor beat top team grindavik in away game. Tindastoll in a good run after bardur Eythorsson took over as head coach.Gudmundur Jonsson leading scorer for tThor 19 pts. Mo Miller and Throstur Johannsson 18 for Tindastoll.
Snaefell 105 Grindavik 110 in double overtime, it is nice to score a lot as Snaefell does but the defense usually wins the game. Marquis Hall 26 Quincy Hankins-Cole 23 & 20 boards for Snaefell Giordan Watson 35. J'Nathan Bullock 28 & 15 rebs for Grindavik.
Stjarna 107 Keflavik 91 Stjarnan in second place now after this win. Marvin Valdimarsson & Keith Cothran 23 for Stjarnan. Charles Michael Parker 27. Steven Gerard 26 for Keflavik,
Njardvik 79 Fjolnir 82. very important win for Fjolnir but bad loss for Njardvik. Cameron Echols 24. Elvar fridriksson 21 for Njardvik. Nathan Walkup 23 for Fjolnir.
KR 85 Valur 83. Valur so close to land their first win this season but lost in overtime. Emil Johannsson 20 for KR. Garrison Johnson 24. Ragnar Gylfason 21. Igor Tratnik 19 & 17 rebounds for Valur.
Haukar 82 IR 84 Last second shot from Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU) secure the win for IR. Hayward Fain 31 for Haukar. Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU) 32 for IR.


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Mahram 12-0 
 2. Azad 9-3 
 3. Zob Ahan 8-4 
 4. Petrochimi 8-4 
 5. Foolad Mahan 7-4 
 6. M.H.Ahvaz 5-7 
 7. Sanaye Petrochimi 5-7 
 8. Shiraz a.s Pipe 4-8 
 9. Pouya 4-8 
 10. Zanjan 4-8 
 11. Gorgan 3-8 
 12. Jahesh 2-10 


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  IRAQ   


Pan Arab Games: Iraq topple Saudi Arabia in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Iraq - Saudi Arabia 85:79

Iraq celebrated the second straight win at the second stage of Pan Arab Games in Doha. They held off Saudi Arabia to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Iraq will now take on Lebanon for the 7th-8th place at the tournament. Saudi Arabia fell at 0-2 record and would face Sudan for the 11th-12th position.
Iraq managed to build a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Saudi Arabia pulled ahead early in the second quarter but Iraq bounced back and secured a 41:33 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Iraq entered the final frame up by a single point 59:58. They were able to clear off early in the final stanza to take an 8-point lead. Saudi Arabia fought till the final seconds but Iraq wisely kept their opponents at bay and earned a hard-fought win at the end. Mohammed Mahdi (203-F/C-91) notched 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ali Ismael (201-PF-94) added 14 points for the winners. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) replied with 25 points for Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Samater (198-F/C-80) delivered 19 points and 8 rebounds in the losing case.

Iraq: Mohammed Mahdi 21+15 boards, Ali Ismael 14, Omar Al-Nidawi (G-88) 13
Saudi Arabia: Fahad Belal 25, Ahmed Samater 19



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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Luke ENOS
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Enos, Moycullen24.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.24.3 
 3. Atupem, UCC Demons23.7 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.20.8 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian19.8 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast17.0 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints15.8 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.15.2 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.0 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.5 
 4. Enos, Moycullen11.6 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles11.5 
 6. Atupem, UCC Demons10.6 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian9.9 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints8.3 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.0 
 2. Madsen, 11890 K.4.4 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.4 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 6. Clarke, 11890 K.4.1 
 7. Coughlan, UCC D.4.0 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen4.0 
 9. Cunningham, Moycul.3.8 
 10. Thompson, B.Gais3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.9 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.8 
 3. Stith, UCD Marian2.3 
 4. Madsen, 11890 K.2.2 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.1 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 7. Anderson, DCU S.2.1 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.1 
 9. McLoughlin, B.Gais2.0 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.6 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.7 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.4 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.9 
 5. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.4 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 7. Casey, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.0 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles0.9 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 11-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 8-3 
 3. UCD Marian 5-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-10 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 6-4 
 2. UCC Demons 6-4 
 3. UL Eagles 6-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-10 


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  ISRAEL   


Premier League Round 10: Hapoel J-M defeats Maccabi Rishon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 10 in the Premier League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-5) to third ranked Hapoel J-M (6-3) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Maccabi Rishon was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Hapoel J-M, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 22 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 24 points and 5 assists. Hapoel J-M moved-up to second place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Hapoel J-M is looking forward to face B.C. Habikaa (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-3) against tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) on Monday night. Visiting Galil Gilboa was defeated by Elitzur Netanya in Netanya 86-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and Adrian Banks supported him with 21 points and 7 assists. Even 19 points by power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Netanya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod and Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Elitzur Netanya will play against higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon 89-53. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 36-point difference suggests that Maccabi Ashdod is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Meir Tapiro fired a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. Tweety Carter produced 22 points and 5 assists 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. Maccabi Ashdod (3-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Elitzur Netanya and Maccabi Haifa. Loser Bnei Hasharon dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet league's second-placed Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-5) in Tel-Aviv 89-79. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of Richard Hendrix who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). B.C. Habikaa's coach Avi Ashkenazi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-1 record. B.C. Habikaa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#11) in Hod Hasharon and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem.
The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hapoel Holon (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-6). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 104-91 on Sunday. Ron Lewis scored 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Hapoel Holon will have a break next round. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Maccabi Haifa - Hapoel Holon 91-104

The game in Haifa was also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Hapoel Holon (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-6). Hapoel Holon defeated Maccabi Haifa 104-91 on Sunday. The game without a history. Hapoel Holon led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 61.5 percent from the field and made 33-of-38 free shots (86.8 percent) during the game. Hapoel Holon looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Maccabi Haifa was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St.) scored 38 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the former international point guard Moran Roth (183-82) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Qyntel Woods (203-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) responded with 20 points and naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) scored 23 points. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Holon moved-up to fourth place. Maccabi Haifa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with six games lost. Hapoel Holon will have a break next round. Maccabi Haifa will play on the road against Maccabi Rishon (#6) in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 23+2reb+1ast, Q.Woods 20+3reb+3ast, C.Powell 13+4reb+2ast, T.Wilkerson 12+5reb+2ast, T.Ariely 12+4reb+7ast, A.Ben-Chimol 7+1reb+4ast
Hapoel Holon: R.Lewis 38+6reb+4ast, B.Dunston 18+6reb+2ast, T.Mitchell 15+3reb, M.Roth 15+5reb+10ast, P.Sullivan 12+3reb+1ast, S.Daniel 4+2reb+4ast
gschID: 137333


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 88-87

The most exciting game of round 10 in the Premier League took place in Jerusalem. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-5) to third ranked Hapoel J-M (6-3) 88-87 on Sunday evening. Maccabi Rishon was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of Hapoel J-M, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Guni Israeli (185-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 22 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard D.J. Strawberry (196-85, college: Maryland) chipped in 22 points during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) responded with 24 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Hapoel J-M and five Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M moved-up to second place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Rishon at the other side keeps the sixth position with five games lost. They share it with B.C. Habikaa. Hapoel J-M is looking forward to face B.C. Habikaa (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi Haifa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 24+4reb+5ast, A.Uter 19+4reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 16+2reb, B.Bowman 16+7reb+2ast, D.Kitchen 12+6reb+3ast, A.Ben David 0+1reb+2ast
Hapoel J-M: G.Israeli 22+3reb+7ast, D.Strawberry 22+4reb+2ast, B.Randle 12+5reb+2ast, M.Mizrahi 10+2reb, J.Varnado 8+5reb+2ast, J.Thomas 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 137334


Maccabi T-A - B.C. Habikaa 89-79

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat seventh ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-5) in Tel-Aviv 89-79. B.C. Habikaa was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 48-33 second half run of Maccabi T-A. They shot 60.7 percent from the field. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Swingman Devin Smith (196-83, college: Virginia) contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) for the winners. Four Maccabi T-A players scored in double figures. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds and guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: CS Fullerton) added 21 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for B.C. Habikaa. B.C. Habikaa's coach Avi Ashkenazi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Maccabi T-A have a solid four-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 8-1 record. B.C. Habikaa lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the sixth place with five games lost. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#11) in Hod Hasharon and are hoping to win another game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Hapoel J-M (#3) in Jerusalem.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: P.Delaney 25+6reb+2ast, F.Robinson 21+9reb+3ast, N.Cohen 13+2reb+1ast, R.Freeman 7+3reb, D.Dowell 5+4reb+1ast, E.Skverer 5+3reb+4ast
Maccabi T-A: R.Hendrix 18+10reb+5ast, D.Smith 16+8reb+1ast, T.Burstein 15+2reb+5ast, K.Langford 15+5reb+3ast, Y.Ohayon 8+1reb+3ast, G.Pnini 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137335


Maccabi Ashdod - Bnei Hasharon 89-53

Bottom-ranked Maccabi Ashdod managed to get the second consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they outleveled ninth-ranked Bnei Hasharon 89-53. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 36-point difference suggests that Maccabi Ashdod is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. The game without a history. Maccabi Ashdod led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Bnei Hasharon's players. The former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) fired a triple-double by scoring 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the winners. American guard Ramel Bradley (188-85) chipped in 23 points. Four Maccabi Ashdod players scored in double figures. American point guard Tweety Carter (180-86, college: Baylor) produced 22 points and 5 assists and naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 6 points and 9 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. Maccabi Ashdod (3-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Elitzur Netanya and Maccabi Haifa. Loser Bnei Hasharon dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. Maccabi Ashdod will meet league's second-placed Galil Gilboa on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Bnei Hasharon: T.Carter 22+3reb+5ast, D.James 9+5reb, I.Rosefelt 6+9reb+2ast, R.Buchbinder 5+4reb, L.Dunn 4+3reb+2ast, K.Lawson 4+5reb
Maccabi Ashdod: R.Bradley 23+4reb+3ast, J.Duncan 16+4reb+2ast, M.Tapiro 11+10reb+10ast, J.Carter 11+1reb, D.Hagag 10+2reb+2ast, A.Tyus 8+7reb
gschID: 137331


Elitzur Netanya - Galil Gilboa 86-74

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Galil Gilboa (6-3) against tenth ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) on Monday night. Visiting Galil Gilboa was defeated by Elitzur Netanya in Netanya 86-74. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Galil Gilboa. Galil Gilboa was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Elitzur Netanya made 16-of-21 charity shots (76.2 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Elitzur Netanya especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and guard Adrian Banks (191-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) supported him with 21 points and 7 assists. Four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by power forward Joseph Jones (204-86, college: Texas A&M) did not help to save the game for Galil Gilboa. Romeo Travis (200-84, college: Akron) added 15 points and 8 rebounds for lost side. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Elitzur Netanya have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod and Maccabi Haifa. Galil Gilboa at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Hapoel J-M. Elitzur Netanya will play against higher ranked Ironi Ashkelon (#5) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Galil Gilboa will play against Maccabi Ashdod and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Galil Gilboa: J.Jones 19+4reb+3ast, R.Travis 15+8reb+2ast, C.Fells 12+3reb+2ast, C.Thomas 8+5reb+9ast, J.Martin 8+3reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 7+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: A.Banks 21+3reb+7ast, C.Burns 18+11reb+5ast, B.Asbury 16+9reb+2ast, Y.Orland 11+2ast, L.Lifshitz 11+3reb+7ast, E.Hicks 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 137332




Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 8-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 6-3 
 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 3-6 
 11. Bnei Hasharon 2-7 


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. Burns, Elitzur7.4 
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. Thomas, Galil Gilb.6.3 
 5. Carter, Bnei H.6.0 
 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. Delaney, B.C. H.2.0 
 8. Ohayon, Maccabi2.0 
 9. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.0 
 10. Berkowitz, Ironi1.8 
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. Dowell, B.C. H.1.0 


Adrian Intro! - by Adrian Banks
I want to start this first blog by saying hey and introducing myself. My name is Adrian Banks, I'm currently playing in Israel for Netanya. This is my second season with the team already. Last season was my first with the team and first time playing in Israel. I had a good season last year and displayed talents never seen from me before. It mostly had some to do with the style of play in israel, which is one of the main reasons I came back to play in Israel. Another reason I felt it was a great decision to come back was because of the support from the fans and the management. It's a great and wonderful feeling to play basketball abroad and have that home feeling. It helps time past and recover mentally from games when I don't play so well. These two reasons were the biggest factors into my decision making on returning to Israel!
Well that's enough about me for now, but we (Barack Netanya) have a game tonight and are on a two game winning streak and are trying our best to finish strong as we come to the mid point of the season and the end of the year! So wish us luck as we plan to progress as much as possible day to day.....



T.J Bannister from Israel - by T.J. Bannister
My experience in Israel has been really awesome thus far. I never knew it was so Americanized and how easy it is to navigate around which makes it that much easier to live here. The people here that Ive met have welcomed me like Im one of them and my teammates are really cool. My coach invited me to dinner at his house and I had an amazing dinner that was prepared by his wife and the food was great, and not many players can say theyve had dinner at there coaches house. So I felt kind of special and that too also made me feel comfortable and like I was home because being away from your family can be lonely at times unless you have good people around you like I do here. Another reason I love it here is because my friends Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia), Derwin Kitchen (193-G-86, agency: VVG Sports, college: Florida St.), and Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, college: Georgetown) can all support one another and watch each others games because Israel isnt a big country. Im really thankful and blessed to be able to travel and have this experience of playing here and doing what I love to do but getting paid while doing it. Ill just encourage everyone to stay focused on the most important things in life and never take your experiences for granted and always thank God for his blessings have a great day.





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Cantu interested in Robert Kurz? - by Andrea Centenari
Bennet Cantu is looking for a power forward to replace the injured Marko Scekic (207-F/C-81, agency: Beo Basket) (out for 5 months). The italian team seems to be interested in Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame). The former Notre Dame has played one season in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors in 2008-09 (40 games and 3,9 ppg) before the landing in Europe where he played in Spain (CB Granada) and in Germany (Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck). In this season Kurz was released by UCAM Murcia after only 7 games (7,4 ppg) played with the spanish team.


Prima Veroli releases Jason Rowe - by Eurobasket News
Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD) is no longer a member of Prima Veroli. The team decided to release Rowe, who didn't follow the rules few weeks ago when he flew back to USA without permission. Jason Rowe joined Prima Veroli during the pre-season. He appeared in 10 LegaDue games averaging 17 points, 3.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds. Season 2010/11 Rowe spent in Turkey. He was a member of Tofas Bursa. For 30 TBL games with them he registered 13.2 ppg, 4.6 apg and 3 rpg. From 2008 to 2010, Jason Rowe played for Banco di Sardegna Sassari. He also has experience from Greek PAOK and French teams Hyeres-Toulon and Gravelines. Rowe won the LegaDue Playoffs with Sassari in 2010. In 2006, he was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Guard of the Year.

Easley's double-double lands him Lega2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Tony Easley (206-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for MarcoPoloShop and receives a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Enel Brindisi (#5, 7-5) in overtime 93-92. MarcoPoloShop maintains the 11th position in Italian Lega2. MarcoPoloShop is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-6 record. Easley turned to be MarcoPoloShop's top player in his first season with the team. Murray State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Easley is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.1rpg) and averages solid 67.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Jimmy Hunter (196-G-77) of Enel Brindisi. He is American guard in his first season at Enel Brindisi. In the last game Hunter recorded impressive 40 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. Bad luck as Enel Brindisi was edged in overtime by the lower-ranked MarcoPoloShop (#11, 5-6) 93-92. This loss caused Enel Brindisi to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hunter is a newcomer at Enel Brindisi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Richard McConnell (182-G-89, agency: Priority Sports) of Fileni BPA (#10). McConnell showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Fileni BPA, leading his team to a 85-78 win against the higher-ranked Trenkwalder (#1, 8-3). The chances of Fileni BPA ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, McConnell could help Fileni BPA to bring them higher in the standings. McConnell has a great season in Italy. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.6ppg (7th best). He also has 2.5spg, FGP: 57.7% and 3PT: 40.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) of Fileni BPA - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Donell Taylor (198-G-82) of Trenkwalder - 24 points and 7 rebounds
6. Antonio Porta (188-G-83) of Tezenis Verona - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Andrea Pecile (187-G-80) of Biancoblu BO - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Patricio Prato (196-G-79) of Aget Imola - 21 points and 6 rebounds
9. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Sigma Barcel. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82) of Aget Imola - 13 points, 16 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)


Italian Nazionale A round 15 best performance: Marco Evangelisti - by Eurobasket News
Guard Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Recanati, receiving a Eurobasket.com Nazionale A Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (27 points, seven rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Latina Basket (7-8) with 31-point margin 90-59. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Recanati is placed at 3rd position in Italian Nazionale A. Recanati 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 7-8 record. In the team's last game Evangelisti had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Recanati's top player in his first season with the team. Marco Evangelisti has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.7ppg. Evangelisti

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) of league's leader Chieti. Rossi had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Chieti cruised to a 77-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Ruvo (#6, 2-13). This victory allowed Chieti to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team has currently 8-7 record. Rossi is a newcomer at Chieti, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) of league's top team Napoli. Iannilli scored 9 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Napoli, leading his team to a 83-54 easy win against the lower-ranked Anagni (#5, 6-9). Napoli confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Iannilli has a great season in Italy. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.5rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80) of Ferentino - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Alessio Iardella (187-F-88) of Fabriano - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) of Matera - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81) of Castelletto - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Riccardo Marzoli (190-G-89) of San Severo - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) of Orlandina - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89) of Omegna - 21 points

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


Best players of Italian SerieA round 11 - by Eurobasket News
American-FYR Macedonian Marques Green (169-PG-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sidigas AV and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 29-year old playmaker got a double-double of 35 points and thirteen assists, while his team edged out Lottomatica (#13, 4-7) in overtime 99-96. Sidigas AV is placed at 8th position in Italian SerieA. Sidigas AV is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-5 record. In the team's last game Green had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Sidigas AV and it's hard to imagine this team without him. St.Bonaventure University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Green is league's best passer with 6.5apg. Green is in league's top in and averages solid 43.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old former international swingman Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) of Pepsi Caserta. Righetti impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Pepsi Caserta toovertime win 97-82 over the lower-ranked Banca Tercas (#17, 2-9) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Pepsi Caserta to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Righetti is a newcomer at Pepsi Caserta and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87) of Angelico BI (#3). Coleman scored 27 points. Despite Coleman's great performance Angelico BI lost 73-79 to the lower-ranked Cimberio VA (#6, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Angelico BI needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 4 lost games. Coleman has a great season in Italy. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84) of Novipiu CM - 14 points and 11 rebounds
5. Clay Tucker (195-G-80) of Lottomatica - 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Linton Johnson (203-F-80) of Sidigas AV - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) of CS Bologna - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Marco Cusin (211-C-85) of Scavolini PS - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Rok Stipcevic (186-PG-86) of Cimberio VA - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) of CS Bologna - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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


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BJ League Round 22: Osaka Evessa defeats leader Akita Happinets - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Akita Happinets (13-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (13-5) 71-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 22. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Tyner (183-83, college: W.Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Osaka Evessa's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Akita Happinets. Osaka Evessa moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa is looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will play against Kyoto Hannar. and are hoping to win this game.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sendai 89ers (11-9) against seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-11) on Sunday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Sendai 79-67. American players dominated the game. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Dexter Lyons chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Osaka Evessa (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (15-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (0-20) 115-79. Jeff Newton notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Okinawa GK's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Masaaki Suzuki did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 15-5 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 20 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet Oita Heat Devils (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Takamatsu FA will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Oita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Shimane Magic (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-15). Shimane Magic smashed Oita Heat Devils 92-69. Michael Parker fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Shimane Magic have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Oita Heat Devils lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK.

Other games in round 22 were not that significant. Saitama Bron. were smashed by Niigata Albirex on the road 104-70. Chiba Jets won against Toyama Grouses on its own court 104-96. Shinshu BW unfortunately lost to Hamamatsu P. in Mikawa 73-78. Iwate Big Bulls was rolled over Fukuoka Rizing at home 69-93.
The most impressive performance of 22th round was 22 points and 17 rebounds by Gary Hamilton of Fukuoka Rizing.



Oita H.Devils - Shimane SM 69-92

The game in Oita supposed to be also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Shimane Magic (12-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-15). Shimane Magic smashed Oita Heat Devils 92-69. Oita Heat Devils were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 61-36 second half run of Shimane Magic. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Oita Heat Devils' 40. They outrebounded Oita Heat Devils 41-27 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shimane Magic players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Oita Heat Devils' players. American forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) fired a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The other American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) chipped in a triple-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists. Four Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kohei Mitomo (179-80) added 20 points respectively for lost side. Shimane Magic have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Oita Heat Devils lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 15 games lost. Shimane Magic's next round opponent will be Fukuoka Rizing (#5) on the road. Oita Heat Devils will play against the league's leader Okinawa GK.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: K.Mitomo 20+1reb+1ast, M.Lottich 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Atkinson 12+7reb+1ast, T.Cummings 6+4reb+1ast, N.Takushi 6+3reb+4ast, S.Umemiya 2
Shimane SM: M.Parker 31+10reb+2ast, J.Davis 21+8reb, E.Yamamoto 14+4reb+7ast, R.Golson 12+11reb+12ast, T.Yokoo 6+3reb+2ast, B.Puckett 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 142029


Sendai 89ers - Miyazaki SS 67-79

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Sendai 89ers (11-9) against seventh ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-11) on Sunday night. Host Sendai 89ers were defeated by Miyazaki Shining Suns in Sendai 79-67. Sendai 89ers were ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 55-32 second half run of Miyazaki Shining Suns. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Dexter Lyons (198-81, college: Cent.Florida, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 20 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds and forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Shinshu BW. Sendai 89ers at the other side keep the third position with nine games lost. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against Takamatsu FA (#9) at home in the next round. Sendai 89ers will play against Osaka Evessa (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: K.Takahashi 18+1reb+1ast, O.Mims 16+12reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 11+10reb+2ast, T.Shimura 9+3reb+6ast, J.Dukes 5+9reb+3ast, R.Singleton 4+8reb+2ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 22+10reb+4ast, D.Lyons 20+11reb+3ast, L.Witcher 10+2reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 10+6reb+3ast, T.Ito 9+3reb, O.Shinnosuke 4
gschID: 142024


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 104-70

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (10-8) crushed at home 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (6-12) 104-70. The game without a history. Niigata Albirex led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 34. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 42-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated also this game. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) chipped in 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Forward Jayme Miller (203-85) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward John Flowers (200-89, college: W.Virginia, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 12 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. Niigata Albirex maintains fourth position with 10-8 record. Saitama Broncos lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with 12 games lost. Niigata Albirex's next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#5) on the road.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: J.Miller 15+5reb+1ast, J.Flowers 12+2reb+2ast, J.Humphrey 9+3reb, Y.Arai 8+1reb+2ast, D.Terashita 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 7+1reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 19+3reb+1ast, C.Holm 17+14reb+1ast, N.Murry 16+7reb+5ast, D.Gordon 15+5reb+5ast, E.Maxey 15+7reb+1ast, R.Narumi 10
gschID: 142025


Chiba Jets - Toyama Grouses 104-96

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Toyama Grouses (8-10) lost on the road to fifth ranked Chiba Jets (10-10) 104-96. Toyama Grouses were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 35-25 charge of Chiba Jets, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Toyama Grouses turnovers. 32 personal fouls committed by Toyama Grouses helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) fired 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) chipped in 25 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) produced 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Brian Harper (206-85, college: Paine, agency: Pro One Sports) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players saving starting five for next games. Chiba Jets maintains fifth position with 10-10 record. Toyama Grouses at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Chiba Jets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#4) at home and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 19+5reb+2ast, H.Johnson 17+6reb+5ast, I.Brown 15+2reb+1ast, M.Joho 14+2reb+4ast, D.Searcy 14+10reb, T.Mito 8+3reb+3ast
Chiba Jets: J.Staten 33+7reb+3ast, M.Hargrow 25+6reb+3ast, T.Kensuke 14+2reb+2ast, R.Itakura 13+3reb+3ast, J.Holden 12+6reb+1ast, G.Moliva 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 142026


Hamamatsu P. - Shinshu BW 78-73

Rather predictable result when second ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (12-8) won against 6th ranked Shinshu BW (9-11) in Mikawa 78-73. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were ahead by 12 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 27-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. American guard Jermaine Dixon (191-87, college: Pittsburgh, agency: VVG Sports) fired 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Atsuya Ohta (206-84) chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Ryuji Kawai allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) produced 25 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) added 18 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Shinshu BW players scored in double figures. Hamamatsu Phoenix have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-8 record having just three points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with Shimane SM. Shinshu BW at the other side keeps the sixth place with 11 games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will have a break next round. Shinshu BW will play at home against Yokohama BC (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: D.Raivio 25+5reb+5ast, L.Roberts 18+11reb+1ast, T.Goya 12+3reb+3ast, E.Morris 10+8reb, T.Hughes 5+4reb+4ast, S.Yosuke 3+1ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Dixon 14+5reb+4ast, M.Ohguchi 13+2reb+2ast, M.Lamizana 9+8reb+1ast, A.Ohta 9+8reb+1ast, W.Arnold 9+5reb+3ast, S.Nakanishi 9+2reb
gschID: 142027


Takamatsu FA - Okinawa GK 79-115

BJ League top team - Okinawa GK (15-5) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (0-20) 115-79. The game without a history. Okinawa GK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Okinawa GK outrebounded Takamatsu FA 40-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. Okinawa GK looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Takamatsu FA's players. American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) supported him with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by point guard Masaaki Suzuki (176-87) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) added 24 points for lost side. Okinawa GK maintains first position with 15-5 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 20 games lost. Okinawa GK will meet Oita Heat Devils (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Takamatsu FA will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Takamatsu FA: M.Suzuki 24+7reb+4ast, P.Butorac 24+4reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 10+3reb+3ast, K.Tsutsumi 8+2reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 7+4reb+1ast, N.Williams 4+5reb
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 22+2reb+2ast, J.Newton 17+11reb+3ast, R.Okosa 15+7reb+4ast, A.McHenry 14+9reb+7ast, T.Yonamine 12+4reb+3ast, N.Kosuge 10+4ast
gschID: 142028


Iwate Big Bulls - Fukuoka Rizing 69-93

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls (5-15) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (13-7) 93-69. The game without a history. Fukuoka Rizing led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Iwate Big Bulls to just 6 points in second quarter. Fukuoka Rizing dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 36. Fukuoka Rizing forced 19 Iwate Big Bulls turnovers. American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. point guard Akitomo Takeno (173-85) chipped in 21 points. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Iwate Big Bulls' coach Vlasios Vlaikidis gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Fukuoka Rizing used an opportunity after Akita NH lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the tenth place with 15 games lost. Fukuoka Rizing's next round opponent will be Shimane Magic (#6) at home where they are favorite. Iwate Big Bulls will play against the league's second-placed Shiga L-Stars (#2).
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 27+12reb+1ast, L.Malloy 10+9reb, S.Coleman 7+11reb, H.Kantake 7+5reb, J.Shin 5+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 4+1reb+8ast
Fukuoka Rizing: G.Hamilton 22+17reb+2ast, A.Takeno 21+1reb+3ast, J.Dearman 17+4reb+3ast, C.Dixon 15+2reb+3ast, J.Nakanishi 9+2reb+5ast, K.Palmer 5+8reb+2ast
gschID: 142022


Akita NH - Osaka Evessa 64-71

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Akita Happinets (13-7) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Osaka Evessa (13-5) 71-64. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akita Happinets. The guests trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 25-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Osaka Evessa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Akita Happinets' 22. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kevin Tyner (183-83, college: W.Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. The other American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (206-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Osaka Evessa's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) replied with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) added 10 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Osaka Evessa moved-up to third place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with seven games lost. They share it with Fukuoka Rizing. Osaka Evessa is looking forward to face Sendai 89ers (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Akita Happinets will play against Kyoto Hannar. and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: K.Shoji 12+3reb+1ast, C.Terry 12+4reb+2ast, R.Woods 11+14reb+5ast, D.Sweetney 11+6reb, S.Ocitti 10+10reb, Y.Kikuchi 6+2reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: K.Tyner 21+7reb+4ast, C.Aoki 16+4reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 15+9reb+3ast, L.Payne 5+4reb+1ast, W.Marshall 5+8reb+1ast, L.Washington 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 142023




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 13-7 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 12-8 
 3. Sendai 89ers 11-9 
 4. Niigata Albirex 10-8 
 5. Chiba Jets 10-10 
 6. Shinshu BW 9-11 
 7. Toyama Grouses 8-10 
 8. Yokohama BC 6-11 
 9. Saitama Bron. 6-12 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 5-15 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 15-5 
 2. Shiga L-Stars 14-6 
 3. Osaka Evessa 13-5 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 13-5 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 13-7 
 6. Shimane SM 12-8 
 7. Miyazaki SS 9-11 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-15 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-20 


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 21 - by Eurobasket News
American Ricky Woods (194-F/G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Akita NH and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 27-year old swingman had a double-double of 32 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team crushed Osaka Evessa (#4, 12-5) with 17-point margin 85-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Akita NH to consolidate first place in the Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Akita NH has a very solid 13-6 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Woods turned to be Akita NH's top player in his first season with the team. Southeastern Louisiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Woods is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.7ppg) and rebounds (7th best: 10.5rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American swingman Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87, agency: VVG Sports) of Fukuoka Rizing. Palmer impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Fukuoka Rizing to another comfortable win 96-81 over the lower-ranked Iwate Big Bulls (#10, 5-14) being unquestionably team leader. Fukuoka Rizing's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 12-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Palmer is a newcomer at Fukuoka Rizing 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 24.3ppg (#1). He also registered 8.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Parker (202-F-81) of Shimane SM (#6). Parker got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for twelve rebounds . He was a key player of Shimane SM, leading his team to a 91-71 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#8, 4-14). Shimane SM needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 8 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.8ppg (2nd best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Holm (212-C/F-84) of Niigata Albirex - 13 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Jamel Staten (198-G-83) of Chiba Jets - 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82) of Shiga L-Stars - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Lewis Witcher (207-F/C-87) of Miyazaki SS - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jermaine Dixon (191-G-87) of Hamamatsu P. - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Oneal Mims (208-F-83) of Sendai 89ers - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Ray Nixon (203-F-84) of Shiga L-Stars - 22 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)


Best players of Japanese JBL round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized American power forward J.R. Sakuragi (206-F/C-76) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Aishin SH and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 35-year old power forward had a double-double of 27 points and fifteen rebounds, while his team beat Panasonic T. (#4, 11-11) 83-75. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Aishin SH maintains the 2nd position in American JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin SH will need more victories to improve their 17-5 record. Sakuragi has many years of experience at Aishin SH, through which he has constantly improved. Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles graduate has very impressive stats this year. Sakuragi. Sakuragi is in league's top in points (2nd best: 18.1ppg), assists (6th best: 3.0apg) and averages solid 54.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old international guard Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex. Kawamura impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Tochigi Brex to edge slightly higher-ranked Hitachi SR (#3, 12-10) by 1 point 66-65. Tochigi Brex'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 10-12 record. Kawamura is one of the most experienced players at Tochigi Brex and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.9ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 3.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was Senegalese Mamadou Diouf (197-G/F-77) of Hokkaido L. (#7). Diouf scored 13 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Diouf's great performance Hokkaido L. lost 73-79 to the higher-ranked Toyota Alvark (#1, 18-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hokkaido L. ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 13 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Diouf could help Hokkaido L. to bring them higher in the standings. Diouf has a great season in Japan. After 22 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best). He also has 1.0bpg and FGP: 50.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ron Hale (203-F-77) of Mitsubishi DD - 29 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido L. - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Scott Merritt (208-C-82) of Toshiba BT - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80) of Hitachi SR - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ace Custis (202-F-74) of Panasonic T. - 22 points and 13 rebounds
9. Yuta Miyanga (183-G-81) of Toshiba BT - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Parker, Shimane SM24.2 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka23.3 
 3. White, Oita H.20.9 
 4. Woods, Akita NH20.8 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.4 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama20.0 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 8. Washington, Osaka19.6 
 9. Roberts, Shins.19.6 
 10. Staten, Chiba Je.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.8 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.10.9 
 3. Woods, Akita NH10.8 
 4. Roberts, Shins.10.8 
 5. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.8 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets10.7 
 7. Blackledge, Osaka10.6 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.2 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.4 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.6.0 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.1 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 6. Dixon, Hamamats.4.6 
 7. Takushi, Oita H.4.6 
 8. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.5 
 9. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
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 SM2.7 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.4 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.2 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.9 
 9. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 10. Satterfield, Sait.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.8 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.1 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.2 
 4. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 5. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 7. Ocitti, Akita NH1.5 
 8. McFarland, Yokoham.1.5 
 9. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 10. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 


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  JORDAN   


Clash of the Titans: Daghles wins over Abbas ! - by Omar Shafaamri
Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) returned the first triple double of the 2011-12 CBA season on Friday to lead Jilin North East Tigers past fellow Jordanian Zaid Abbas-led Fujian Xunxin to a 90-82 win in Round 12 action.

Daghles, the reigning assists champion, went for 9/12 in field shooting and had a 7/11 in free-throws for his 27 points; collected 11 rebounds, 10 in defense; dished out a season-high 10 assists; and further effected 6 steals as Jilin won the game.

Abbas, who had played as important a role as Daghles had when Jordan finished with the silver medal at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship earlier this year, too was at his best.

Abbas had 20 points, in a 7/13 shooting on the paint, and pulled down 26 rebounds, but couldnt take this team to victory.


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  KOSOVO   


Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Sigal Prishtina 13-1 
 2. Trepca 13-1 
 3. Bashkimi 9-5 
 4. Peja 7-7 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 5-9 
 6. Kosova 4-9 
 7. Drita 3-11 
 8. Futura 1-12 


Sigal Prishtina too strong for Bashkimi - by Dren Shporta
Champions easily passed third place team Bashkimi in Prizren. They won with nearly 30 points difference. Their great captain, Edmond Azemi (201-G/F-80, agency: Prossin Sports Management), showed why he is one of best kosovar players by stoping Samir Shaptahovic and score 23 points to win last game of the winter season on BKT Superliga.

A captain was assisted by super Ulug Kacaniku and Besnik Podvorica to score 22, respectively 12 points. Sigal Prishtina was better than Bashkimi in every quarter and they were raising their difference constantly. Coach Arben Krasniqi, was too sure of winning this match. We knew that will win this match, he said for sports daily.

In the other hand, Bashkimi was without their internationals Rodrick Stewart and C.J. Webster, which have left the club last week. Samir Shaptahovic with 25 and Artin Gashi with 12 points were the most effective part of the oranges, while their captain Artan Kurti, couldnt do more after he went out with 5 personals.

With this victory Sigal Prishtina confirms the first place in classification table with same points as Trepca. While Bashkimi secured third position after Peja has surprisingly lost against Kosova in Vushtrri.



Leaders finished the winter season in great fashion - by Dren Shporta
League leaders Trepca, finished in great fashion the half of the season in BKT Superliga. They registered their 13th victory of the season against Futura with +36 points difference, 94:58 the final result. Drilon Hajrizi (208-C) as always in his good shape scored 35 points in the night.

Furious start of Trepca was inevitable from Futura players and the first quarter ended 29:4, which created the base difference and unbreakable score for visitors. After first quarter Futura showed some good game, but they couldnt do much more to close the difference.

The other ones that contributed most in Trepcas last victory of the year are Jaleel Nelson with 23 points and Denis Vrsaljko who added 15 more. In Futuras side, Islam Sylejmani with 13 points, followed by Enver Dili with 12 and Kreshnik Juniku who added 10 points, were among the main resisters in Jeton Nixhas team.

Trepca finishes the half of the season in a first place of BKT Superliga with same points as Sigal Prishtina have. While Futura, with only one win registered has a game to play against Kosova to finish the season. This match was delayed in Round 2 of BKT Superliga and it will be played during this week.



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  LATVIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Sims, VEF Riga26.3 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera19.5 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava19.3 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja18.7 
 5. Ozols, Jurmala18.4 
 6. Peiners, LU18.3 
 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: 9.6
 1. Jonats, Jurmala9.6 
 2. Willard, Ventspils9.0 
 3. Sims, VEF Riga9.0 
 4. Berzins, VEF Riga8.6 
 5. Rozitis, Valmiera8.3 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 7. Dargais, LU8.1 
 8. Nelson, Jelgava7.4 
 9. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.0 
 10. Kalve, Valmiera6.7 
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, Jurmala4.2 
 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. Krumins, Jelgava3.0 
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. Ozols, Jurmala1.7 
 7. Perry, VEF Riga1.7 
 8. Timma, Liepaja1.7 
 9. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Krumins, Jelgava1.5 
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, Jurmala1.1 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga1.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala1.0 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 8. Sims, VEF Riga0.7 
 9. Gromovs, U180.7 
 10. Willard, Ventspils0.6 


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


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  LITHUANIA   


LKL: Zalgiris grabs a victory in Utena - by Adomas Kraunevicius
B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas Kaunas (8-0) took a comfortable win in Utena over the local Juventus-LKSK Utenos (4-6) squad 82:60 (29:16 16:21, 18:12, 19:11) in the BEKO-LKL championship.

This victory has allowed B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas to become a leader in the league table after last weekend's Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (8-1) loss in Prienai. Utena is currently 8th with 4 wins and 6 losses in 10 games.

The match started quite closely and Zalgiris Kaunas only managed to build a 13 point differential after a 10-0 run in the last three minutes of the first period, winning it 29:16. However, Utena responded in the second quarter and reduced the deficit to 2 points (34:32). Zalgiris managed to recover part of their lead and won the first half 45:37.

They continued their job in the third quarter and after a 12:4 run increased their lead to 57:41. Utena reduced the deficit to 53:63 in the fourth quarter but B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas scored 13 points in a row, increased their lead to 76:53 and kept their lead till the end of the match.

Aleksandr Trifunovic decided to give big man Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) some rest thus Zalgiris played this match without him.

B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas: Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) 15, DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee)s 14, Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 12 (5 ast), Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) 11.

Juventus-LKSK Utenos: Karolis Petrukonis (212-C-87, college: Clemson) 10, Gediminas Maceina (188-PG-84) 9 (6 ast), Tomas Gaidamavicius (192-G-82) 9, Gintautas Matulis (195-F/G-86) 8.


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LNBP Round 37: Halcones UV Xalapa beats higher ranked Huracanes - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in LNBP is slowly approaching the end. But there may be still some important changes in the final standings in the last 5 rounds.

The game with biggest difference of round 37 was host Halcones UV Xalapa's (#7) easy victory at home over 4th placed Huracanes (23-13) 97-77 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huracanes. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones UV Xalapa made 7 blocks. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) fired 22 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Real Mata (205-86) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains seventh place with 22-10 record. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Correcaminos (#9) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round. Huracanes will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Leader Fuerza Regia delivered the twentieth eighth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Barreteros (16-19) 83-79 in Zacatecas. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. Andre Joseph Tyronzic contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Barreteros. Fuerza Regia (28-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Barreteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Barreteros will play at home against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Tenth-ranked Abejas (13-22) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Soles (24-13) in Guanajuato on Friday. The visitors from Mexicali managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Darren Fells stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. At the losing side Lorrenzo Wade responded with 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Soles. They moved-up to fourth place. Abejas lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 22 games lost. Soles will meet Lechugueros (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play against Aguilas Rojas in San Juan and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Leon. Local Lechugueros (11-22) outscored 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-30) 143-91. Ryan Moss nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Lechugueros maintains eleventh place with 11-22 record. Aguilas Rojas lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 30 games lost. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Soles (#4) in Mexicali and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Abejas (#10) in Guanajuato.

In the last two games of round 37 Toros defeated Panteras in Nuevo Laredo 79-72. Halc.Rojos beat Corr.Victoria at home 93-80.



Lechugueros - Aguilas Rojas 143-91

The game with biggest result difference took place in Leon. Local Lechugueros (11-22) outscored 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-30) 143-91. The game without a history. Lechugueros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 54 and made 18-of-21 charity shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 47-35 including a 36-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Lechugueros players were unselfish on offense dishing 44 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) nailed a double-double by scoring 28 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks (on 13-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Puerto Rican guard Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago (185-79, college: Missouri So.) accounted for 26 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Five Lechugueros players scored in double figures. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) came up with 38 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Luis Enrique Rangel (180-89) added 22 points and 4 assists respectively for Aguilas Rojas in the defeat. Lechugueros maintains eleventh place with 11-22 record. Aguilas Rojas lost their ninth game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 30 games lost. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Soles (#4) in Mexicali and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Abejas (#10) in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 28+12reb+4ast, E.'Guayito' Santiago 26+5reb+11ast, E.Cuen 22+10reb+3ast, E.Zuniga 19+5reb+10ast, J.Campos 17+4reb+4ast, D.Ford 13+4reb+3ast
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 38+5reb+4ast, L.Enrique Rangel 22+4reb+4ast, E.Hare 20+6reb+1ast, T.Gamble 9+13reb, J.Arenas 2+1reb, O.Ruiz 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137891


Panteras - Toros 72-79

There was no surprise in Aguascalientes where 12th ranked Panteras (9-26) were defeated by third ranked Toros (25-10) 79-72. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Panteras won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) nailed 27 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) accounted for 17 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and the other American import swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 19 points respectively for Panteras in the defeat. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. Toros maintains third place with 25-10 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Panteras lost their third game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 26 games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas which should be theoretically an easy game. Panteras will play at home against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Toros: J.Lopez 27+7reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 17+9reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 14+4reb+2ast, B.Angley 7+1reb+2ast, W.Pagan 5+1reb+4ast, T.Gardner 4+1reb+1ast
Panteras: S.Bowie 19+2reb+3ast, J.Smith 13+12reb+2ast, M.Bryant 12+5reb+5ast, A.Eneas 11+3reb+1ast, G.Giron 8+3reb, J.Moron 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 137892


Barreteros - Fuerza Regia 79-83

Leader Fuerza Regia delivered the twentieth eighth victory. This time they beat 8th ranked Barreteros (16-19) 83-79 in Zacatecas. Barreteros were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 25-15 charge of Fuerza Regia, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 assists. International guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) answered with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and U.S. Virgin Isl. Center JaJa Richards (207-75, college: Loyola, IL) added 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Barreteros. Four Fuerza Regia and five Barreteros players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia (28-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Barreteros lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with 19 games lost. Fuerza Regia will play against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Barreteros will play at home against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: D.Smith 18+4reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 17+6reb+1ast, J.Smith 14+6reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 10+5reb+3ast, C.Moore 9+5reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 8+4reb
Barreteros: F.Fisher 17+4reb+4ast, J.Richards 16+8reb+3ast, J.Reaves 14+11reb+4ast, D.Shaw 14+7reb+2ast, A.Aguirre 12+7reb+1ast, G.Stokes 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 137893


Halc.Xalapa - Huracanes 97-77

The game with biggest difference of round 37 was host Halcones UV Xalapa's (#7) easy victory at home over 4th placed Huracanes (23-13) 97-77 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Huracanes. The game without a history. Halcones UV Xalapa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 60.3 percent from the field and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Halcones UV Xalapa looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Halcones UV Xalapa made 7 blocks. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) fired 22 points and 9 assists for the winners. The former international center Real Mata (205-86) chipped in 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) produced 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains seventh place with 22-10 record. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth position with 13 games lost. They share it with Pioneros. Halcones UV Xalapa are looking forward to face Correcaminos (#9) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round. Huracanes will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones Rojos (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: D.White 22+1reb+9ast, R.Mata 19+8reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 13+3reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 11+3reb+1ast, H.Hernandez 9+3reb+3ast, K.Richard 7+5reb+4ast
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 24+7reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 16+3reb+3ast, O.Bailey 14+2reb+2ast, J.Edwin 10+3reb+4ast, L.Davis 6+4reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 137888


Halc.Rojos - Corr.Victoria 93-80

No shocking result in a game in Veracruz where second ranked Halcones Rojos (26-5) defeated 9th ranked Correcaminos (15-20) 93-80. Correcaminos were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Halcones Rojos players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) accounted for 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) came up with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Correcaminos in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Halcones Rojos. They maintain second place with 26-5 record having five point less than leader Fuerza Regia. Correcaminos at the other side keep the ninth position with 20 games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be Huracanes (#6) in Tampico. Correcaminos will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: N.Alonzo 16+4reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 15+11reb+3ast, G.Vargas 14+7reb+5ast, D.Cortes 13+2reb+1ast, P.Stoll 11+7reb+5ast, J.Aubry 10+5reb
Corr.Victoria: M.Allen 30+6reb+4ast, M.English 12+5reb+3ast, R.Brown 12+6reb+2ast, D.Lamont 9+8reb, S.Monreal 8+1reb+1ast, G.Burris 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137889


Abejas - Soles 79-81

Tenth-ranked Abejas (13-22) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked Soles (24-13) in Guanajuato on Friday. The visitors from Mexicali managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 20-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Venezuelan point guard David Cubillan (183-87, college: Marquette) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. Five Soles players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) responded with 37 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Soles. They moved-up to fourth place. Abejas lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the tenth position with 22 games lost. Soles will meet Lechugueros (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Abejas will play against Aguilas Rojas in San Juan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soles: D.Fells 21+10reb+2ast, J.Vargas 15+3reb, D.Cubillan 11+4reb+6ast, P.Meza Rogel 10+2reb+2ast, R.Zamora 10+7reb+1ast, J.Griffin 8+4reb+1ast
Abejas: L.Wade 37+8reb+2ast, M.McHugh 20+11reb+1ast, B.Heredia 9+4reb, M.Jackson 6+13reb, C.Castillo 3, A.Stockman 2+3reb+2ast
gschID: 137890




Best players of Mexican LNBP round 37 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Bahamas Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lechugueros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 37.
The 37-year old power forward had a double-double of 28 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed Aguilas Rojas (#13, 6-30) with 52-point margin 143-91. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Lechugueros maintains the 11th position in Mexican LNBP. Lechugueros is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 11-22 record. In the team's last game Moss had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lechugueros' top player in his first season with the team. University of Arkansas at Little Rock graduate has very impressive stats this year. Moss leads league in rebounds with 11.1rpg. Moss is in league's top in and averages solid 1.4bpg and 58.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-PG-81) of Aguilas Rojas. Dorsey impressed basketball fans with 38 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Aguilas Rojas lost that game 91-143 to slightly higher-ranked Lechugueros (#11, 11-22). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Aguilas Rojas keeps 13th position. 30 lost games are too many comparing to just six victories Aguilas Rojas managed to get this year. Dorsey is a newcomer at Aguilas Rojas 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 28.8ppg (#1). He also recorded 8.3 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Lechugueros' star - Puerto Rican Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago (185-G-79). Santiago showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, five rebounds and eleven assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Lechugueros, helping his team with a 143-91 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Aguilas Rojas (#13, 6-30). The chances of Lechugueros not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 22 games, recording just eleven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Santiago could try to bring Lechugueros' a little bit higher in the standings. Santiago has a very solid season. In 2 games in Mexico he scored 2.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eric Cuen (196-F) of Lechugueros - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Lorrenzo Wade (198-F-85) of Abejas - 37 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Real Mata (205-C-86) of Halc.Xalapa - 19 points and 8 rebounds
7. Myron Allen (180-PG-79) of Corr.Victoria - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Davin White (186-G-81) of Halc.Xalapa - 22 points and 9 assists
9. Albert Fuqua (211-C-83) of Huracanes - 24 points and 7 rebounds
10. Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Toros - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Wright moves to Soles de Mexicali - by Eurobasket Center
Soles de Mexicali (LNBP) signed 24-year old Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-C/F-109kg-87, college: Oklahoma). Wright played most recently at SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Ukraine). While playing 12 games for Cherkasy this season he averaged 6.1ppg and 4.9rpg. Wright played also pro basketball in Canada, China, Turkey, Ukraine and Venezuela. Wright graduated The University of Oklahoma in 2010 and it is his second pro season.


2012 CIBACOPA Season is approaching - Teams and Coaches set for tournament - by Alejandro Martinez
The CIBACOPA Season is fast approaching as 2011 Champion Mineros de Cananea sets to defend the title. The preseason will kick off with the 2012 CIBACOPA Preseason Tournament presented by Palermo Casinos on February 10th-12th in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Teams to be in attendance include: Fuerza Guinda de Nogales, Mineros de Cananea, Rayos de Hermosillo, Bomberos de Mexicali, Zonkeys de Tijuana, Ostieneros de Guaymas, Pioneros de Los Mochis, Frayles de Guasave, Caballeros de Culiacan, Caneros de Navolato, Coras de Tepic.

Confirmed Coaches (alphabetical) for the tournament to include:


Sean Cornell is an Overseas Vet that was all-conference 3 consecutive seasons at South Alabama and whose playing career took him to Europe's Ukrainian SuperLeague as League Finalist in 2001. Coach Cornell has since been instrumental in successful programs as a Coach in the WBA and in the ABA

Victor Jose Del Barba an Argentinean-born coach who has a wealth of experience after his coahing experience in Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico and Colombia. Del Barba is a multiple championship winning coach of Dimabbol. In addition to being the head coach of the north team at the 2007 cibacopa all-star game, he also has been a national team coach several times in Bolivia and Guatemala.

Mel Devonne is a veteran coach with significant experience in South America, the last several seasons in Brazil. Prior to making his mark on the professional levels, Devonne honed his craft at the collegiate levels while at Johnson C. Smith University and Indiana University Northwest

Steve Mergelsberg is a success story at every level. Nevada State Championship Coach, accomplished collegiate coach at Rutgers University and has taken that success to the professional level coaching in the PBL for the Dayton Air Strikers as well as in the USBL. Coach Merk as he's known has worked with many high level euroleague and NBA prospects and looks to make his mark in Mexico this season

Pascual Padilla is the current Head Coach of the Chico Rage and has led programs on the international level including matchups with the Chinese National Team, the Puerto Rican National Team, and the Mexican National Team

Giovanni Rivera is the current Head Coach of Zonkeys de Tijuana and Aguilas Rojas de San Luis. Previous posts include Abejas de Guanatuato and Volcanes de Toluca in Mexico and also has coached abroad in countries such as Bolivia, and Syria

Marcus Session has seen basketball take him all over the world and back. Playing in China and Korea for much of the early part of his career, Coach Session also played in Spain, Qatar, and Mexico and credits his work in the community and in the Houston area with helping to mold who he is as a person and a Coach today

Chris Terrell is this year's Director of Basketball Operations for the tournament and is the current Head Coach for Fuerza Guinda de Nogales. Terrell and has over the years seen much success at the professional level including posts in China's top division CBA, Mexico's LNBP and CIBACOPA, and the US based NBADL. A career 81% winner, this will mark Terrell's 7th season in Mexico.

Laurian Watkins is a very accomplished coach from leagues all over the world including the Phillipines, China, Syria, and Saudi Arabia in Asia but also experienced in South America in Guatamala and Costa Rica. But Coach Watkins may be best known for his work in the Continental Basketball Association and with the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Summer League

Sharone Wright is a former 1st Rd. NBA Draft pick for the Philadelphia 76er's where he went on to average over 11 points per game in 1994. Wright also experienced success in Europe and Asia as a player and later as a coach with Eiffel Towers Den Bosch in Holland and in China with Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (CBA-China 1)


To get more information about the CIBACOPA League, the Preseason Tournament, clubs, coaches, or players; visit www.cibacopa.org view other information here on www.latinbasket.com or contact tournament director at chrisbterrell@hotmail.com




Cheyenne Moore joins Fuerza Regia Monterrey - by Eurobasket Center
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY). In his first game he scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds helping his new team beat Barreteros 83-79. Moore played most recently at Montevideo Basket Ball Club (Uruguay). While playing 8 games for Montevideo this season he averaged 18.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. Moore played also pro basketball in Uruguay and Venezuela. He graduated Georgetown College in 2009 and actually missed last season. It will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Barreteros de Zacatecas adds White to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecas (LNBP) added to their roster 35-year old American guard Louis White (192-G-76, college: Voorhees). In his first game he scored 14 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Toros 65-91. White played most recently at Tri-City Suns (ACPBL) in the U.S. He is a very experienced player. White graduated Voorhees College in 2000 and actually missed last season. It will be his 12th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Halcones UV Xalapa adds Herrera to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) agreed terms with 30-year old Venezuelan international forward Juan Herrera (197-F-81). In his first game he didnt score any points. However his new team lost to Corr.Victoria 88-94. Herrera played most recently at Bucaros de Bucaramanga (Colombia). He helped them to win the championship title. It was a very successful year in Herreras career as He received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Colombian Federation Cup Import Player of the Year. Herrera played also pro basketball in Colombia and Venezuela. He played for Venezuelan senior national team this year. Herrera represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Colombia last year. His team got to the Semifinals and Herreras stats at this event were 4 games: 5.3ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 30.0%, 3PT: 42.9%.

By Eurobasket Data Center


LNBP Round 38: Top-ranked Fuerza Regia wins another 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. The round 38 was rather boring as all games ended with very predictable results.

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (29-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Panteras (9-27) in Aguascalientes 94-84. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-84. Fuerza Regia looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists. The other American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Mitchell Johnson (196-85, college: Jarvis Christian) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Panteras. Fuerza Regia have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-6 record. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 27 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panteras will play on the road against Abejas (#10) in Guanajuato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Zacatecas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Toros (26-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (16-20). Toros smashed Barreteros 91-65. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Wilfredo Pagan chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toros maintains third position with 26-10 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Barreteros lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Corr.Victoria. Toros will play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round. Barreteros will play against Lechugueros in Leon and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 38: Corr.Victoria beat Halc.Xalapa on the road 94-88. Halc.Rojos won against Huracanes on its own court 91-79. Aguilas Rojas were outscored by Abejas in Guanajuato 128-105. Lechugueros recorded a loss to Soles at home 86-94.
The most impressive performance of 38th round was 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas.


Barreteros - Toros 65-91

The game in Zacatecas supposed to be also worth to mention about. Third ranked Toros (26-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Barreteros (16-20). Toros smashed Barreteros 91-65. The game without a history. Toros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-31 charity shots (87.1 percent) during the game. Barreteros were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Toros players scored in double figures. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) responded with 13 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Louis White (192-76, college: Voorhees) scored 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toros maintains third position with 26-10 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Barreteros lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 20 games lost. They share the position with Corr.Victoria. Toros will play against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round. Barreteros will play against Lechugueros in Leon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: L.White 14+3reb+3ast, J.Reaves 13+9reb, D.Shaw 10+5reb+3ast, S.Cuevas 7, R.Loera Almanza 5+3reb, A.Chacon 4+3reb
Toros: J.Lopez 25+10reb, T.Gardner 16+4reb+1ast, E.Manuel Guzman 14+5reb, W.Pagan 13+6reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 9+6reb+4ast, I.Ofoegbu 5+3reb
gschID: 137900


Halc.Xalapa - Corr.Victoria 88-94

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Correcaminos (16-20) beat on the road 7th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (22-11) 94-88. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Correcaminos made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Trinidad and Tobago forward DeVaughn Lamont (208-84, college: CS Monterey) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American swingman Mike English (194-82, college: UMKC) chipped in 21 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Correcaminos players scored in double figures. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) responded with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and the former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) scored 22 points. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Correcaminos moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Barreteros. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side keeps the seventh position with 11 games lost. Correcaminos will play against higher ranked Huracanes (#6) in Tampico in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: V.Mariscal 22+3reb+1ast, D.White 17+6reb+8ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 14+4reb+7ast, Q.Gonzalez 8+3reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 8+3reb+1ast, R.Mata 8+12reb+1ast
Corr.Victoria: D.Lamont 27+8reb+2ast, M.English 21+8reb+3ast, R.Brown 17+5reb+6ast, S.Monreal 12+4reb+5ast, G.Burris 10+4reb, A.Ferguson 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137895


Halc.Rojos - Huracanes 91-79

Very expected game when 6th ranked Huracanes (23-14) lost to second ranked Halcones Rojos (27-5) in Veracruz 79-91. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Halcones Rojos made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Strangely Huracanes outrebounded Halcones Rojos 44-32 including a 20-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Huracanes were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Paul Stoll (178-85) chipped in 16 points and 6 assists during the contest. Four Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Halcones Rojos have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 27-5 record having five point less than leader Fuerza Regia. Huracanes at the other side keep the sixth place with 14 games lost. Halcones Rojos will play against league's leader Fuerza Regia in Monterrey in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Huracanes will play at home against Correcaminos (#8) in Ciudad Victoria and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 20+6reb+1ast, A.Fuqua 17+13reb, O.Bailey 12+7reb, L.Davis 9+3reb+1ast, N.Colmenares 8+10reb+1ast, O.Quintero 5+2reb+2ast
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 18+4reb+1ast, C.Rivera 18+7reb+3ast, P.Stoll 16+3reb+6ast, N.Alonzo 10+2ast, D.Cortes 8+3reb, M.Ayala 6+1reb
gschID: 137896


Abejas - Aguilas Rojas 128-105

Rather predictable result when tenth ranked Abejas (14-22) rolled over 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-31) in Guanajuato 128-105. The game without a history. Abejas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 54. It was a great shooting night for Abejas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) scored 24 points and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Abejas' coach Joe Bryant felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) responded with 42 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Idaho Coll.) scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Five Abejas and four Aguilas Rojas players scored in double figures. Abejas maintains tenth position with 14-22 record. Aguilas Rojas lost tenth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 31 games lost. Abejas will play against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against Pioneros in Cancun and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 42+6reb+4ast, E.Hare 22+9reb, A.Velarde 14+4reb, L.Enrique Rangel 13+4reb+2ast, T.Gamble 8+6reb+3ast, D.JUAN 6
Abejas: L.Wade 24+3reb+7ast, J.Verdejo 24+1reb+4ast, M.McHugh 20+10reb+2ast, C.Castillo 17+1reb, V.Buelna 15+1reb+3ast, M.Jackson 12+10reb+1ast
gschID: 137897


Lechugueros - Soles 86-94

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Lechugueros (11-23) lost to fourth ranked Soles (25-13) in Leon 86-94. The game without a history. Soles led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American power forward Darren Fells (201-86, college: Cal-Irvine) scored 23 points to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian power forward Ryan Wright (206-87, college: Oklahoma) chipped in 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Eddin 'Guayito' Santiago (185-79, college: Missouri So.) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 assists. Five Soles and four Lechugueros players scored in double figures. Soles have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain fourth position with 25-13 record. Lechugueros at the other side keep the eleventh place with 23 games lost. Soles will play against bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lechugueros will play at home against Barreteros in Zacatecas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 21+14reb+3ast, D.Ford 18+1reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 11+2reb+3ast, E.Cuen 11+3reb, E.'Guayito' Santiago 10+2reb+11ast, P.Brito 9+6reb+1ast
Soles: D.Fells 23+4reb+3ast, R.Wright 20+8reb, J.Vargas 17+4reb+4ast, J.Griffin 16+1reb, D.Cubillan 11+3reb+3ast, P.Meza Rogel 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 137898


Panteras - Fuerza Regia 84-94

LNBP top team - Fuerza Regia (29-6) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat twelfth ranked Panteras (9-27) in Aguascalientes 94-84. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 94-84. Fuerza Regia looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 assists. The other American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Bahamas forward Mitchell Johnson (196-85, college: Jarvis Christian) replied with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Panteras. Five Fuerza Regia and four Panteras players scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 29-6 record. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 27 games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Panteras will play on the road against Abejas (#10) in Guanajuato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: S.Bowie 24+5reb+4ast, M.Johnson 23+8reb+4ast, M.Bryant 11+2reb+6ast, J.Smith 10+3reb, A.Eneas 6+7reb, J.Moron 5+4reb
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 19+5reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 16+2reb, M.Mitchell 15+4reb+11ast, C.Moore 13+4reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 12+5reb+1ast, D.Smith 11+5reb+5ast
gschID: 137899




New Orleans Hornets talking with center Gustavo Ayon - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets are in pursuit of a possible backup center, Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.), a Mexican player currently under contract with a rather large buyout, sources said Sunday night.

Ayon, 6 feet 10, 245 pounds, has been a member of the Mexican national basketball team since 2007. A member of the Hornets' staff, sources said, scouted the 26-year-old several times prior to the start of the 149-day lockout.

Playing in 33 games last season for the team Fuenlabrada in Spain, Ayon averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets are also making attempts to get Ayon under contract, according to sources.

In previous years, Ayon has also been linked to interest by the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 29-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 27-5 
 3. Toros 26-10 
 4. Soles 25-13 
 5. Pioneros 23-13 
 6. Huracanes 23-14 
 7. Halc.Xalapa 22-11 
 8. Corr.Victoria 16-20 
 9. Barreteros 16-20 
 10. Abejas 14-22 
 11. Lechugueros 11-23 
 12. Panteras 9-27 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-31 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


Ikaros brings in Romel Beck, releases Ravern Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) will continue his career in Greece. The Mexican/American G/SF penned a deal with Ikaros for rest of the season. At the same time, Ikaros released Ravern Johnson (200-G-88, college: Mississippi St.). The rookie had 10.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg for 7 league games. Romel Beck started this season in Mexico. He had 25.7 ppg, 3.8 apg and 2.7 rpg for 10 LNBP games with his team Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. Beck played in Italy last season. He had 16.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 apg in 14 games with Reggio Emilia. They competed in LegaDue. Two sides parted ways in January this year. In 2009/10, Romel Beck was a member of the NBA D-League team Dakota Wizards. He had 17.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.4 apg for them in 42 games. In the past, he also played in Croatia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 8-1 
 2. Mogren 6-3 
 3. Sutjeska 6-3 
 4. Lovcen 5-4 
 5. Ulcinj 4-4 
 6. Teodo Tivat 4-5 
 7. KK Podgorica 4-5 
 8. Jedinstvo 3-6 
 9. ABS Primorje 2-7 
 10. Danilovgrad 2-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


Standings - 1B
1B First B League Standings
 1. Gorstak 5-0
 2. S.Centar 5-1
 3. Centar BP 4-1
 4. Berane 2010 4-3
 5. Rudar 4-3
 6. Un.Mediteran 4-3
 7. Ibar Rozaje 3-3
 8. Kotor 2-5
 9. Zeta 1-6
 10. Pljevlja 0-7


Vlado Scepanovic retires from professional basketball - by Darko Pekic
One of the best players ever born in Montenegro and former Yugoslavian National Team player, Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75, agency: FCM), decided today to end his professional career at the age of 36. Vlado played for Montenegrin National Team last summer in Lithuania ( European Championships) and showed signs of his enormous class but it was obvious that he would not be able to play ever again on his usual level so he decided to leave professional basketball. However, he will be be remembered for his deadly outside shot and leadership on the court.

'It it not easy to quit after 20 years in the game but you must be realistic also- my playing career is over and there are no regrets. I had some problems with injuries in the last couple of years and the current economic situation in european basketball along with my age convinced me that it was time to say goodbye. I think I made the right decision'- said Scepanovic

Scepanovic started his career in Gorstak Kolasin but soon moved to Buducnost where he became one of the best players in Yugoslavia. He then played in european giants such as Efes Pilsen, Partizan, Panathianaikos. Last season he joined Panellinios Athens to prepare himself for the European Championship and his averages were way below his standard (only 2ppg in 5 games).


Unstoppable Sutjeska. Vranjes shines again - by Darko Pekic
Sutjeska is very hard to beat, even for Balkan League teams such as Mornar and Ulcinj. After the big surprise they made against strong favorites from Bar, coach Dusan Dubljevic and his boys defeated another favorite from Southern Montenegro- KK Ulcinj 82:70 (24:25, 21:14, 20:13, 17:18). The game was decided in the second quarter when Sutjeska turned the result in its favour and had + 6 on the halftime break. They continued strong in the third quarter and the last quarter was a mission impossible for Ulcinj since they had to reach -13 to win the game.

Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) was outstanding once again, he scored 31 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and added 4 assists. He was assisted by Petar Popovic (88) who had a double double (16 points and 10 rebounds) and it was enough to beat Ulcinj yesterday night. On the other side, Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) scored 14 points.


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26th ACCM: Battle shift to the Quarter-finals - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The final round of the 26th Africa Champions Cup for Men enter the quarter-finals stage, the qualified teams are strategising on how to outwit each in order to make progress in the competition which saw twelve teams from across the continent starting the race some seven days ago.

No doubt fans that will throng the Salle Fathallah Bouazzaoui gymnasium in Sale, Morocco on Monday will be treated to the finest of Africa club competition which ranked second to the Afrobasket (Nations Cup).

Date-line 14H00: ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo will test the might of the defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola in the first quarter-finals pairing.

The game sure will one to watch out for as both sides are not new comer to the Champions Cup, while Mazembe with a 2-3 records and fourth place finish from group-A will rely on strength to spring surprises Agosto on the other hand will want to maintain it hundred percent record and dependence on it array of stars to surpass the Congolese.

Date-line 16H00: Atletico Petroleos Vs CRD Libolo This is one game no one can place a bet as to who will carry the day as both knows each other strength having finished as second and winner in their domestic (Angola) league with a sizeable number of national team players on their rosters but one thing is sure one team must be eliminated as the quarter-final offer no second chance to rewrite any wrong move.

Atletico, third in group-B goes up against fellow Angolan side Libolo who will finish second from group-A with a 4-1 record with both sides having the same style of play the team that exhibit better character will land a semi-final ticket.

Atletico winner of the Champions Cup in 2006 will rely on the skill and adaptation level of it playmaker Carlos Morais while Libolo will bank on the ability of 2005 Afrobasket most valuable player Olimpio Cipriano to see them through the difficult task of going through to the semi-final.

Date-line 18H00: Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima Vs Association Sportive du Sale (AS Sale) This is another local derby pairing as the two Moroccan sides are not newcomer to each other but the odd seems slightly tilt toward AS Sale who has exhibited strong character so far a situation which has seem it maintaining a clean slate.

But since the knock-out of any competition is a different ball game, Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima cannot be written off with the wave of the hands and the pairing will surely divide the fans who may pitch tent with either team since the first jump-ball a week ago.


Chabab Rif AL-Hoceima may not boost of top ranked players in their fold but one thing they have going for is their unrelenting ability as they always fight from the jump-ball to the buzzer and that will put to test the technical ability of AS Sale coach Lazare Adingono.

Date-line 20H00: Union Bank test Etoile Sportive du Sahel might, Nigeria flag-bearer in the quarter-finals Union Bank basketball club have a daunting task as it confront free scoring Etoile Sportive du Sahel basketball club of Tunisia in the fourth quarter-final Monday night with a mind set of making it first semi-final in the continent biggest club championship.

Union Bank finished third from group-A must adjust from it not too impressive last group game against AS Sale Saturday night when put one of it worst showing in the championship with series of misses if it must go past the no nonsense Etoile side who is credited with the record winning record when it shove aside Malabo Kings of Equatorial Guinea by 127-61 points in it last group-B game Saturday.

Union Bank who is carrying Nigeria burden on it shoulder after the fumbling of Nigeria league champion Royal Hoopers basketball club must be prepared to play hard from the jump-ball to the buzzer as the Tunisian side boost of quality players that help their national team win the last Afrobasket (Nations Cup) in Madagascar in August this year.

Parfait Bitee (188-G-85)


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UNLV hands No. 19 Illinois first loss - by Eurobasket News
Heres a quick look at UNLVs 64-48 win over No. 19 Illinois at the United Center on Saturday.

How it happened: Illinois and UNLV were equally as bad for the first 13 minutes of Saturdays game. It was almost as if it was a competition of which team could miss the basket by more. But after Illinois took a 20-19 lead with 6:46 left in the first, UNLV located the rim and closed the half on a 14-2 run. Illinois offense remained derailed, and the Rebels held a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

What it means: Illinois offense has looked sluggish at times this season, but still found ways to win in its first 10 games. On Saturday, the Illini couldnt overcome their offensive deficiencies against a quality opponent. Illinois was 16-of-63 from the field and 7-of-25 from 3-point range. With an upcoming game against Missouri, the Illini are going have to figure something out quickly or could be in for another long day. For UNLV, its another quality win to go along with its earlier victory over North Carolina. The Rebels have played one of the nations toughest non-conference schedules.

Outside the box: Illinois holds games in Chicago for its large alumni base and for recruiting purposes. Lately, it hasnt benefitted anyone. While once dominant in Chicago, which included an 18-game winning streak at the United Center, the Illini have now lost three consecutive games and five of their last six in Chicago. Illinois fans booed the team at times on Saturday.

Players of the game: None of UNLVs players were dominant, but Mike Moser (6'8''-F-90) and Quintrell Thomas (6'8''-F) gave Illinois fits inside. Moser had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas, who came off the bench, had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Illinois player of the game: Junior D.J. Richardson (6'3''-G-91) didnt have much competition, but he connected on five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points. He was the only Illinois player with more than seven points.

Whats next: Illinois returns to Champaign to host Cornell on Monday before meeting No. 8 Missouri on Thursday in St. Louis. UNLV hosts Louisiana-Monroe and California next week.

Courtesy of ESPN


LeBron James scores 19 points as Heat beat Magic 118-85 in preseason - by Eurobasket News
Once the Miami Heat started running away from the Orlando Magic, they simply did not stop.

LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 19 points, roster hopeful Terrel Harris added 16 and the Heat outscored the Magic by 29 points over the games final 27 minutes, cruising to a 118-85 win in the preseason opener for both teams.

'The adrenaline and energy was certainly pumping early on', Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. 'Our starters set the tone. Then the young kids came in there and took advantage of the opportunity.'

Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) each scored 14 for Miami, which got 12 points in 14 minutes from Derrick Byars and 11 points and nine rebounds from Udonis Haslem.

Its good to be back, James said. Its good to have our fans back.

Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) and J.J. Redick each scored 22 for Orlando, which lost for the first time in 22 preseason games dating to October 2008.

The Magic allowed Miami to shoot 71 percent in the second half and 82 percent in the fourth quarter while making 31 percent of their own shots after halftime.

When you have a team outscore you 22-0 on fast-break points, theyre clearly playing at a pace and an energy level higher than what you are, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. And we could not keep up.

The Heat scored 36 points in the fourth quarter, using mostly end-of-the-bench players.

We practice against the best players in the world every day, rookie point guard Norris Cole said. When we get out there and get to go against high competition, the work that gets put in shows.

The subject of trade talk throughout training camp, Dwight Howard finished with only five points on 2-for-9 shooting.

Afterward, Howard said his status is not a distraction for the Magic.

They look like a seasoned team, Howard said. We were off for seven months. And guys are trying to get back in to it. Theres no need for us, anybody, Magic fans, whatever, to stress about the first game. Theres a lot more games to be played.

Magic point guard Jameer Nelson missed all 10 of his shots and forward Hedo Turkoglu left late in the first half with a bruised left hip.

Jason Richardson was the only Magic starter to reach double figures, scoring 11 points.

I know in the grand scheme of things, preseason isnt a big deal, Magic forward Quentin Richardson said. But I dont care if were playing pickup. I dont want to lose by 40. Thats just me.

The teams play again in Orlando on Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Stiemsma scores winner, Celtics top Raptors 76-75 - by Eurobasket News
Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin) tipped in the game-winning shot with 12 seconds left and the Boston Celtics held off the Toronto Raptors 76-75 Sunday in the preseason opener for both teams.

Ray Allen (6'5''-SG-75, college: Connecticut) scored 12 points for the Celtics, while Kevin Garnett (6'11''-PF-76) had nine points and seven rebounds. Marquis Daniels (6'6''-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Auburn) had 11 points for Boston.

Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) led Toronto with 16 points, Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 14 points and Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston's Rajon Rondo, who had been bothered by a sore right ankle, started for the Celtics and finished with a team-high eight assists in 28 minutes.

The Raptors trailed 61-51 to start the fourth but rallied after Allen and Garnett headed to the bench. Jose Calderons 3-pointer made it 70-67 with 4:30 left and, after a missed shot by Brandon Bass, DeRozans layup cut it to one at 70-69.

Consecutive jump shots by Celtics rookie ETwaun Moore gave Boston a 74-71 lead with 1:19 remaining, but a jumper by Bargnani and a tip-in by Amir Johnson with 26 seconds left made it 75-74 in favor of Toronto.

Stiemsma rebounded Moores miss and, after failing to score his first attempt, tipped in the go-ahead basket on his second chance.

Bargnani tried to put back DeRozans miss at the buzzer but his shot didnt fall.

Allen scored seven points in the second as the Celtics took a 40-33 lead at the half.

Toronto outrebounded Boston 39 to 35.

Boston was without forward Paul Pierce, sidelined by a bruised right heel, while Toronto guard Anthony Carter was absent with a sore right shoulder.

The teams meet again in Boston on Wednesday night.

Courtesy of http://articles.boston.com


Knicks top Nets, 92-83 in preseason - by Eurobasket News
It was pretty much what you would expect after a long lockout, a postage stamp-size training camp and rosters that have been put together on the fly.

Sloppy basketball, Nets point guard Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) said.

'It just felt good to put the uniform back on and all the equipment, running out there and getting into the flow of things. I haven't done this in a long time so it felt kind of weird,' Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) said.

So there was a little bit of everything - good, bad, ugly and weird - yesterday in the Knicks 92-83 victory over the Nets at the Prudential Center in Newark before an enthusiastic gathering of 13,027, who seemed grateful at long last to welcome NBA basketball - even that of the sloppy, weird, preseason variety - back to the area.

The game featured the first formal gathering of the Knicks new front line of Anthony (17 points), Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) (10 points, six rebounds) and newly acquired center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) (four points, four rebounds, two blocks and three steals), an alignment that has coach Mike DAntoni talking about the possibility of a championship run in Manhattan. Some heard that, and smiled. Some heard that, and thought, weird.

I agree with him, though. Your goal should be to win a championship, said Chandler, who won a title with the Mavericks last season. I understand we just came together, but I would be lying to you if I didnt tell you its my goal. When you come here and have talent we have, that should be our goal.

For the Nets yesterday, the goal seemed to be get to know one another and get to know where one another is going to be. The Nets unleashed a ghastly array of 26 turnovers. The cynics in the crowd saw that as the Nets truly being in midseason form. But coach Avery Johnson, ever the optimist, saw the two-dozen-plus miscues as a blemish amid lots of positives that included sound defense and a double-double by Brook Lopez (15 points, 11 rebounds). Lopez last season averaged 6.0 rebounds and about two and a half tons of criticism every game.

It definitely was a conscious effort. Coaches are keeping track of not just rebounds, but attempted rebounds, so youre not just sitting there watching. I think that helped a lot, Lopez said of his rebounding.

Defensively, I thought we were awfully good overall, said Johnson, choosing to highlight the Knicks shooting .405 and scoring 92 points, noting if that is a Net constant this season, were going to have a chance to be really good.

As long as the turnovers are not measured in the dozens.

Youve got to expect that, Deron Williams (nine points, six assists and six turnovers) said of the Nets slop. Weve only had two scrimmages in training camp so things are going to be rusty. Were not going to be in the right spots at times were going to make mistakes.

The Knicks are going through the same thing, too. And while theyll do it again against the Nets on Wednesday at the Garden in the two-game preseason finale for both, the Knicks gained a massive edge in reserves, with Renaldo Balkman leading all scorers with 20 points (told you weird applied) while energetic rookie Iman Shumpert scored 16 points. Toney Douglas (five points, six rebounds, five assists) started at point for the Knicks with Mike Bibby getting in 15 minutes. Anthony Morrow matched Lopez with 15 points.

So basically, there was a lot of pleased to meetcha play by both sides.

It was my first time playing with them, it was a long lockout, Chandler said of his new mates. Training camp was so quick but everybody is faced with the same thing. Well adjust as the season goes. You dont want to set too many long-term goals early.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Darrell Arthur suffers torn Achilles, team fears he is lost for season - by Eurobasket News
Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal broke the news this afternoon that Grizzlies forward Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) tore his right achilles tendon and could miss the entire 2011-12 season. Arthur was already nursing a sore achilles on his other foot, and this news complicates the Memphis roster situation with the season opener less than 10 days away.

This is the second time in Arthurs young NBA career that the forward has been sidelines by injury. He missed more than four months during the 2009-10 season after undergoing surgery on a torn pectoralis muscle.

The torn achilles is a big blow for the Grizzlies, who came to rely on Arthur as a solid back up to Zach Randolph and a player that brought instant offense and energy off the bench. As Peter Edmiston of Sports 56 WHBQ pointed out on Twitter earlier today, Arthur was the most effective offensive player in the NBA in transition, averaging 1.614 points per possession.

With Arthur gone, the Grizzlies roster will stand at 12. If owner Michael Heisley is dead set on not paying luxury tax as he has indicated, the team will have to sign three cheap big men, carry a roster of 15 and hope one of those bigs shows promise and earns minutes.

Courtesy of http://memphisport.com


Gilbert Arenas' free-agent wish list - by Eurobasket News
Since Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-PG-82, college: Arizona) cleared waivers last Sunday, you haven't heard his name much.

Eventually, though, someone will take a chance on an unrestricted free agent who once averaged better than 25 points per game for three straight seasons.

And I'm told that Arenas, in the wake of his Orlando release, has established a four-team wish list for resuming his comeback from the gun-play debacle in Washington that derailed his career and an unsuccessful stint with the Magic. The 29-year-old is holding out hope that the call comes from either the: Lakers, Heat, Knicks or whichever team trades for Dwight Howard.

The New Jersey Nets have quietly indicated that they plan to take Arenas on if they're able to complete the trade for Howard that the Magic keep resisting.

The intentions of the other three teams, though, appear to be in flux.

The Knicks, sources say, prefer Baron Davis to Arenas and are trying to convince BD to sign with them in the next 48 hours.

But the most interesting scenario I've heard all weekend is the idea that both Davis and Arenas could wind up in New York. One source close to the situation, in fact, says that the two Angelenos have discussed this concept.

Would the Knicks dare bring them both in? Seems unlikely with Mike Bibby already in New York, but you can make the argument that -- given the bargain prices involved -- Davis plus Arenas is at worst an intriguing option in the Knicks' quest to develop a guard rotation on a par with the frontcourt power trio of Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler.

Arenas' hometown Lakers, meanwhile, continue to give the impression that they're hesitant to launch into a Gil experiment. This, after all, is a time of high sensitivity in Lakerland in the wake of Lamar Odom's exit and Pau Gasol's uncertain future with the team.

The wild card in the equation is the Heat. They're also said to prefer Davis to Arenas, but Miami can't be ruled out for Gil. Not with Pat Riley in charge.

Thanks to multiple knee surgeries on top of the suspensions, Arenas has managed to appear in just 117 of a possible 328 regular-season games since signing that monster $111 million contract. Yet the fact remains that Miami needs backcourt help as much or more than the Knicks and has already illustrated Riles' we'll-try-anything nature with the recent signing of center Eddy Curry.

Stay tuned. If the Knicks don't prove to be an option and Arenas is intent on waiting a while to see what Orlando decides with Dwight, Miami might have a window to start the season and get a sense of just how big its backcourt need will be before taking (or nixing) the Gil plunge.

Word is Arenas has established Miami as his East Coast base and would love to wind up there.

Courtesy of ESPN


Spurs waive Doug Thomas and Antoine Hood - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs have waived Antoine Hood (6'5''-G-83, college: Air Force) and Douglas Thomas (6'9''-F/C-83, college: Iowa).

Hood scored one point in three minutes versus the Houston Rockets. Thomas went scoreless in two minutes of action against the Rockets.

The training camp roster now stands at 17. The Spurs will face the Rockets this Wednesday in San Antonio in their final preseason game before their first game of the regular season versus the Memphis Grizzlies.

Courtesy of www.woai.com


Kevin Durant scores 21 points to lead Thunder over Mavericks 106-92 - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 21 points and reserve James Harden added 16 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-92 victory over the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Durant, the NBA scoring leader last season at 27.7 points a game, went 13 for 14 from the free throw line.

Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island), acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade on Dec. 11, had 14 points and seven rebounds in his Mavericks debut.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, leaders of the Mavericks title run, were in uniform and are healthy but were rested.

Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) and Odom started in their place.

Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88, college: S.Florida) and Roddy Beaubois had 17 points each to pace Dallas.

The Mavs are working newcomers Odom, Vince Carter and West into their rotation, looking to make up for the losses of key rotation members Tyson Chandler, J.J. Barea and Caron Butler to trades or free agency.

Oklahoma City returns its core of young players.

The teams complete their two-game home-and-home exhibition set Tuesday night at Oklahoma City.

The Thunder took control with an 11-0 second-quarter run that included two 3-pointers from Daequan Cook, expanding a 25-24 lead after one quarter to 58-51 by halftime.

Oklahoma City went 7 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half, with Cook hitting 3 of 4 from beyond the arc.

Durant's nine points in the third quarter, all on foul shots, pushed the Thunder to a 90-70 advantage entering the fourth.

Dallas opened the fourth quarter with a 14-0 run and pulled as close as 93-88 on Ian Mahinmi's dunk with 5:04 remaining.

But the Thunder scored the next five points, including a pair of jumpers from Eric Maynor, for a 98-88 edge with 3:21 left, closing out the Mavs.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


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Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Halifax R. - Oshawa P. 109-108
The Halifax Rainmen defeated the Oshawa Power in a thrilling game on Sunday afternoon in front of 3,219 fans. The final score was 109-108. The leading scorer for the Halifax Rainmen was Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) with 23 points, followed by Tyrone Levett (6'5''-F-80, college: Alabama St.) with 21. Taliek Brown added 18 points and Eddie Robinson added 11 in the win. Leading the Oshawa Power was Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) with 24 points, followed by Akeen Wright with 21. Marcus Johnson added 16 for the Power, while Brandon Robinson added 13. Paul Campbell had 13 rebounds for the Power. The Rainmen will play their next game on the road against the Quebec Kebs on December 23, and will travel to Oshawa to face the Power less than 24 hours later. The Rainmen will return to the Metro Centre on Sunday, January 1 at 2:00 p.m. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Quebec K. - Oshawa P. 96-82
The Oshawa Power fall in their comeback attempt on the road to the Quebec Kebs 96-82. Durham Region's team weathered the early storm as the Kebs were cooking on all cylinders in the first half. A late push by the Power kept them within striking distance as they finished the first half down by only 12 points. A strong showing in the third quarter by the Power brought them back into the game reducing the lead to as little as one point, but the uphill climb was just too much for the visitors on Friday night. Omari Johnson put the team on his back offensively as he finished the game with 26 points. Canadian Tut Ruach (6'2''-G-85) had a near triple-double as he netted 13 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists. 'It's a game of runs. We made a run in the third to bring it to a one point game, but they answered right back,' said Ruach after the game. 'We were unable to get over that hump.' Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis) had 21 points in his Kebs debut, and Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) continued his strong play against the Power leading the Kebs with 24 points. The Power will head to Halifax to take on the Rainmen on Sunday December 18 at 1:00 p.m. Power Glance Record: 6-9 Next Home Game: Thursday, December 22 at the General Motors Centre, where they will tip off against the Summerside Storm at 7:30 p.m. Number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis will make his much anticipated return to action. *Courtesy of www.northumberlandview.ca

Summerside S. - Moncton M. 102-111
The Moncton Miracles' first win of the inaugural NBL of Canada season came at the expense of the Summerside Storm here Friday night. The Miracles defeated the Storm 111-102 in front of an announced 1,654 at EastLink Arena, in what was a back-and-forth match up for the majority of the 48 minutes. Mike Evans, who took over Moncton's head coaching job just two weeks ago, said it was an unfamiliar post-game atmosphere in his team's dressing room. 'It's a wonderful feeling because the team, since I got here, has done everything that I've asked of them,'' he said. 'We knew it would be a process to get to that first win . . . but they're the best group of guys a coach could ask for. They're learning how to play the game the right way, and they're getting better at it every day.'' Friday's loss was the Storm's sixth straight, dropping them to 5-9 on the season. That puts Summerside second-last in the league. Moncton's first victory came after 11 straight losses to start the season. The Miracles took a slim 50-42 lead into halftime thanks to 14 first-half points from Trayvon Lathan, part of his team-high 23. Victor Morris (6'1''-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) also sunk 23 points in the game for Moncton. Summerside's Mike Williams continued his consistent play for the Storm, tallying 14 points and six rebounds in the first 24 minutes. Williams finished with a game-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Moncton pulled away by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but Summerside surged back due to strong play from Jessan Gray (14 points) and Terry Martin (15). The Storm were down only 71-69 going into the final frame. 'There's four quarters to a game and you can't really have (any) letdown,'' said the Storm's Eric Gilchrese. 'We just have to piece together a full game, and we just haven't been doing that. Whatever it is, I hope we get out of this slump real soon.'' The lead swung back and forth within the final two minutes of the fourth quarter, before Summerside's Louie McCroskey missed a lay-up to put his team up by one point. Storm coach Joe Salerno thought McCroskey was fouled and, in frustration, jumped up and down along the sidelines. Salerno did not wish to speak to the media following the game. Summerside was forced to foul several times within the final minute. But Moncton, which shot 76 per cent from the foul line Friday night, was able to close out the game with free-throws. The Storm will host the first-place London Lightning (11-3) in a rare Tuesday night game on Dec. 20. Tip off is 7 p.m. at EastLink Arena. 'With London being in first place, it doesn't really matter,'' said Gilchrese. 'We're still coming in with the mentality that it's a must-win, whether it's the team at the top or the team at the bottom.'' *Courtesy of www.theguardian.pe.ca

St.John M.R. - Moncton M. 92-80
The Saint John Mill Rats downed the Moncton Miracles Saturday evening in front of a crowd of 1,881 with a final score of 92-80. The Mill Rats bolted out of the gate and held the lead for the entire game. By the end of the half, the Mill Rats were leading the Miracles 49-34. The Mill Rats were able to get the ball inside and use their post players effectively. At the end of the half, Antoine Tisby (6'9''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) and Kevin Francis (6'8''-F-84, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Vincennes Univ.) led the Mill Rats in points with 13 and 11, respectively. The Miracles fought hard in the third quarter, narrowing the score gap to a single point spread. Their run was answered by 2 three pointers from Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) and Anthony Anderson. Anderson then proceeded to sink another two, bringing the lead back into the double digits, 63-48. Tonight the crowd at Harbour Station saw minutes from every player. Newly signed guard Calvin Cage from Bowie, MD, with 7 assists and 7 points, was the game's leader in assists. 'It was a total team effort tonight. Everybody contributed from the entire bench. We did a good job cooling off a hot team coming off their first win,' said Assistant Coach Jim Palmer. Head Coach Jaren Jackson added, 'It was a merry win for the Mill Rats. For the first time we got production in the beginning of the game. We really came out and were able to get a good start. We had trouble with that in past games and in that sense, I'm really excited to move forward.' Leading scorers for the Mill Rats were Gregory Plummer with 18 points, Kevin Francis and Antoine Tisby with 15 each and Anthony Anderson with 14. Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) from the Moncton Miracles led the game in points with 21, followed by Darrell Wonge with 14 and Boubacar Coly with 12. The Mill Rats rise to 8-6 while the Moncton Miracles fall to 1-12. The Saint John Mill Rats have won 8 of their last 11 games. *Courtesy of www.oursportscenral.com


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 11-3 
 2. Quebec K. 10-5 
 3. Halifax R. 8-4 
 4. St.John M.R. 8-6 
 5. Oshawa P. 6-10 
 6. Summerside S. 5-9 
 7. Moncton M. 1-12 


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No. 2 Ohio State tops SC 74-66 behind Thomas' 30 - by Eurobasket News
Ohio State coach Thad Matta might have a second career ahead as a comedian.

Asked about the status of injured star forward Jared Sullinger, Matta quickly said the Buckeyes sophomore wasn't hurt, just yanked from the second-ranked Buckeyes' 74-66 win over South Carolina on Saturday for shoddy defense. 'He had no problems, we just sent him to the showers,' Matta told the room of stunned media.

Then Matta acknowledged the joke and Sullinger's bone bruise in his left foot. Ohio State's coach was just glad he could laugh a little bit since his leading scorer wasn't more seriously hurt.

'We think he'll be fine,' Matta said. 'We're just happy there wasn't a break in there.'

Still, Ohio State (10-1) showed it could succeed with Sullinger sidelined. Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F) had a career-high 30 points and William Buford (6'6''-G) added 17 as Matta collected his 200th win in nine seasons with the Buckeyes.

'We had to get a little juice into us,' Thomas said. 'We made some mistakes on offense in the first half with turnovers and that's not us. So we just put a little fire and juice into us.'

That looked as if it might be hard once Sullinger left the game. The Buckeyes were trailing 33-29 at the half and had appeared a step slower than the Gamecocks (4-6).

The Buckeyes used a 20-8 charge in the second half to take control.

Thomas got the run started with a jumper. Lenzelle Smith Jr. had a basket and a 3-pointer to put Ohio State in front for good, 41-37. Thomas added a 3-pointer and finished the surge with a short jump shot for a 49-43 lead.

The Buckeyes eventually built the lead to 11 points.

'Obviously, very happy with a road win,' Matta said.

He's also happy about his place in Ohio State history. Matta, 200-58 with the Buckeyes, joined Fred Taylor (279 wins 1959-76) and Harold G. Olsen (254 from 1923-46).

Matta did not know if Sullinger would be ready for Lamar on Tuesday night. But even if Sullinger can't go, Thomas showed he's more than ready to lead Ohio State (10-1). The 6-foot-7 sophomore hit 13 of 16 shots and surpassed his previous high of 24 points set last season against North Carolina A&T.

South Carolina coach Darrin Horn said he was more worried about Buford's outside touch coming in and tailored the defense to let Thomas, a 51 percent shooter on the season, wind up with the ball more often.

'We put him in position by design to make those plays and to his credit, he made them,' Horn said.

Malik Cooke led South Carolina with 21 points.

South Carolina cut things to 70-63 in the in the final minute. But Buford answered with a 3-pointer with 48.2 seconds to go to restore Ohio State's edge.

Ohio State figured to roll over a troubled Gamecocks club that had already lost to Elon and Tennessee State. Things started to change for the Buckeyes when Sullinger came up limping after getting kicked in the left foot on an early possession.

Trainers spent several minutes working on Sullinger's foot on the bench before he put his sneaker back on, talked with Matta and returned to action. But Sullinger was limping badly moments later after defending Carlton Geathers' drive with 10 minutes to go.

'We knew we had to pick it up defensively and offensively when Sullinger went out,' Buford said. 'We weren't playing to our basketball, playing to our level. We had great leaders and that helped us pick it up.'

Ohio State was up 18-11 after William Buford hit a 3-pointer and made a breakaway basket off a South Carolina miss.

The Gamecocks, though, closed the half with a 22-11 run to lead 33-29 at the break. Malik Cooke had 10 points in the half, including a pair of baskets in the final two minutes as the Gamecocks moved in front.

South Carolina was also helped by a technical foul on Ohio State's Amir Williams, who taunted R.J. Slawson after a bucket.

The Buckeyes had hoped to build on the momentum with Sullinger back for his second straight game. He had missed two games with back spasms, including Ohio State's only loss of the season, 78-67, at Kansas last Saturday.

Earlier this week, Sullinger looked like his smooth, confident self with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action in an 82-58 win at USC Upstate on Wednesday.

Results of the X-rays showed no fracture in the foot. Still, team spokesman Dan Wallenberg said it was too soon to know when Sullinger might play again. Ohio State faces Lamar on Tuesday and Miami of Ohio on Thursday before opening Big Ten Conference play against Northwestern on Dec. 28.

Matta had yet to speak with Sullinger about the injury. 'They told me, 'He's OK.' I said, 'Fine, I'll go do this stuff' of coaching a highly-ranked basketball team.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com


Drummond's 24 points lead No. 10 Connecticut past Holy Cross - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut's players impressed coach Jim Calhoun during exam week with their study habits on the practice court.

The tenth-ranked Huskies, who had not played in 10 days, routed Holy Cross 77-40 on Sunday behind a season-high 24 points from Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93).

The 6-foot-10 freshman added eight rebounds as UConn extended its home winning streak to 40 games against non-conference opponents.

'We're a much better basketball team,' Calhoun said. 'Practice in this particular case, because it's a young team, has paid off. And I think we're better at what we do.'

Alex Oriakhi (6'9''-F/C-90) added 15 points and Shabazz Napier (6'0''-G-91) had 13 assists for UConn (9-1), which is 117-4 under Calhoun in home games against non-conference opponents from New England, including 114 wins in the last 115 such games.

R.J. Evans (6'3''-G), who played high school basketball in Norwich, had 15 points for the Crusaders (4-7), despite getting physically ill during the game.

'I hope it was because he was sick to his stomach because of how the result was,' Holy Cross coach Milan Brown said. 'I wanted to throw up too.'

Evans kept Holy Cross in the game early with eight points. The Huskies hit just five of their first 15 shots, and the game was tied at 13 before Jeremy Lamb's steal and dunk put the Huskies ahead for good. Lamb, who was guarded by Evans, finished with just 10 points, 10 below his average.

UConn pulled away with an 18-0 run highlighted by Ryan Boatright's crossover move along the baseline and reverse layup. The Huskies led 43-24 at halftime.

Drummond and Oriakhi scored all the points in a 10-4 run that opened the second half and put the game out of reach.

UConn's big men (Drummond, Oriakhi and Tyler Olander) outscored Holy Cross 45-40 by themselves.

An alley-oop pass from Napier to Drummond gave the Huskies a 59-31 lead. Another after a missed free throw made it 70-36.

Drummond also showed off an array of post moves, including a turnaround jump shot for the first time this season.

'Someone asked me how much he's improved thus far,' Calhoun said. 'About 100 percent, and I think he's got about another thousand to go. He's got talent.'

Connecticut committed just one foul in the first half and finished with eight, something Calhoun attributed to the pace of the game which saw the Huskies outscore the Crusaders 26-4 on the fast break.

UConn was playing for the first time since beating Harvard at home on Dec. 8. Holy Cross hadn't played since a Dec. 9 win over Sacred Heart.

'We were all stressed out about the finals and we were studying all the time and we had practices,' Drummond said. 'We didn't let that stop us. We went out there and worked hard every single day in practice and we executed in the game.'

Calhoun is just 4-4 against Holy Cross in his career, which also includes his 14 seasons at Northeastern. The Huskies and the Crusaders were playing for the first time since 1988.

Holy Cross still leads the all-time series between the schools 20-13, but has lost five straight to the Huskies in a rivalry that dates to 1908.

Connecticut assistant coach George Blaney, who played at Holy Cross and coached the Crusaders for 22 seasons, was facing his alma mater for the first time since joining UConn 11 seasons ago.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Fast-starting Missouri rolls William & Mary 94-56 - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-man Michael Dixon (6'1''-G-90) scored a career-high 30 points and No. 10 Missouri beat William & Mary 94-56 on Sunday for its best start in two decades.

Missouri (11-0) jumped to a 19-0 lead over the hapless Tribe, which missed its first eight shots while committing five fouls and 10 turnovers and didn't score until nearly 12 minutes into the game. William & Mary (2-9) made just five first-half baskets as Missouri took a 44-18 lead.

Kim English (6'6''-G) added 17 points for Missouri, which last started a season with 11 straight wins under long-time Tigers coach Norm Stewart 20 years ago at the old Hearnes Center.

Ricardo Ratliffe (6'8''-F) and Matt Pressey (6'2''-G) contributed 11 points each as Missouri outscored William & Mary 48-24 in the paint and shot 60 percent for the game. The game-opening run featured a dunk by Pressey on an alley-oop pass from his younger brother Phil.

Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe with 14 points.

Marcus Denmon, Missouri's leading scorer entering the game with a 20.9 average, was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting and went scoreless for most of the first half until converting a reverse layup off a lob pass as he fell to the ground.

That highlight earned the biggest cheer of the day at Mizzou Arena - at least until the game announcer reported that the Kansas City Chiefs upset the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers, or when senior reserve forward Andrew Jones - who joined the team several weeks ago to help shore up a thin front line missing injured starter Laurence Bowers - scored his first two points of the season with free throws in garbage time.

The Tribe attempted to make it respectable early in the second half, scoring 20 points in the first 5 minutes - including a 15-4 run that led to a timeout by Missouri coach Frank Haith - to cut the lead to 18 points before the Tigers further extended it

Missouri entered the game outscoring its opponents by an average of 26.7 points. The Tigers' scoring average of 87.3 points was second in the NCAA.

Missouri is one of just seven unbeaten teams in Division I, joining Syracuse, Louisville, Baylor, Marquette, Indiana and Murray State. The Tigers next face border rival Illinois on Thursday in St. Louis. The Illini suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to UNLV.

Missouri will then play one more nonconference game, visiting Old Dominion on Dec. 30, before opening what could be its final Big12 Conference season on Jan. 3 at home against Oklahoma. Missouri is headed to the Southeastern Conference and expects to join the SEC in the fall of 2012.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Louisville wins over Memphis, 95-87; Russ Smith has career high - by Eurobasket News
Energized by Russ Smith's (6'0''-G) seemingly endless wick, the University of Louisville had too much firepower for Memphis posting a 95-87 win in their rekindled rivalry Saturday before 22,733 at the KFC Yum! Center.

The No. 4 Cardinals moved to 10-0 for the first time since 1996-97 and arguably looked like a team worthy of such a high ranking for the first time this season too. U of L got out in transition in ways that it didnt - couldnt even - in its previous games because of an injury-depleted roster.

The Cards entered the game averaging just 71.6 points per game - their lowest since the 2006-07 season. Their total of 95 was a season high for points.

Early in the season it was kind of a blessing in disguise we played halfcourt because we werent really conditioned, we didnt practice the way we needed to, said Smith, who had career highs with 24 points and seven steals. Now we got guys back and were just running up and down. Its kind of like pick your poison.

As the Cards inch back to being at full strength, theyre starting to play like a team that can overpower their opponents.

Senior guard Kyle Kuric (6'4''-G/F-89) said hes heard some national observers doubt the merits of their ranking.

We hear all that stuff but we really dont pay attention to it, said Kuric, who had 11 points. As far as proving anything, were not really big into that we just want to win. If we keep winning they cant say anything.

The Cards could get harder to beat as they get healthier.

Junior forward Rakeem Buckles, playing just his second game this season since coming back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament, made his first start. Freshman guard Kevin Ware, who just joined the team for the second semester on Wednesday, played six minutes as a backup point guard. Sophomore Elisha Justice also returned for the first time since the Ohio win on Nov. 25.

The expanded roster allowed the Cards to get back to their style of play against the Tigers. Thats why when Peyton Siva got benched after picking up his second foul with 14 minutes left in the first half, forcing U of L into a combination of Ware, Smith, Justice and even Tim Henderson at point guard.

Courtesy of www.courier-journal.com


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Syracuse 0-0 (10-0) 
 2. Ohio St. 0-0 (10-1) 
Eastern Division
 1. Kentucky 0-0 (9-1) 
 1. Louisville 0-0 (9-2) 
 2. N.Carolina 0-0 (9-0) 
 3. Baylor 0-0 (8-0) 
 4. Duke 0-0 (9-0) 
 5. Xavier 0-0 (7-1) 
 6. Connecticut 0-0 (9-1) 
 7. Missouri 0-0 (11-0) 
 8. Marquette 0-0 (9-0) 
Eastern Division
 1. Florida 0-0 (7-2) 
 1. Kansas 0-0 (7-2) 
 2. Wisconsin 0-0 (10-2) 
 3. Pittsburgh 0-0 (10-1) 
 4. Georgetown 0-0 (11-0) 
Western Division
 1. Mississippi St. 0-0 (11-1) 
 1. Indiana 0-0 (10-0) 
 2. Illinois 0-0 (4-4) 
 3. Michigan 0-0 (10-2) 
 4. Michigan St. 0-0 (10-2) 
 5. Texas A&M 0-0 (8-2) 
Western Division
 1. Alabama 0-0 (7-2) 
 1. Murray St. 0-0 (12-0) 
Eastern Division
 1. Vanderbilt 0-0 (6-3) 


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Brandon RILEY
  S.Caroli.
  (187-G/F-)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Riley, S.Caroli.20.9 
 2. Gallo, Coppin St.19.1 
 3. Pellum, Hampton18.2 
 4. Willis, N.C.Cent.17.1 
 5. Sutton, N.C.Central17.1 
 6. Clement, N.C.Cent.15.9 
 7. Tate, Delaware St.15.4 
 8. Thompson, Morgan15.3 
 9. O''Quinn, Norfolk14.0 
 10. McEachin, Norfolk12.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle O''QUINN
  Norfolk .
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. O''Quinn, Norfolk10.1 
 2. Thompson, Morgan8.5 
 3. Bruce, Hampton8.5 
 4. Sutton, N.C.Central8.5 
 5. Phillips, Howard7.7 
 6. Oliver, Delaware S.7.5 
 7. Louis, Savannah S.6.8 
 8. Holloman, Beth.-Co.6.8 
 9. Williams, Coppin S.6.6 
 10. Hines, Md-E Shore6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel CHAPMAN
  N.C.Cent.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Chapman, N.C.Cent.7.6 
 2. Threatt, Delaware.4.8 
 3. Blackmon, Savanna.4.8 
 4. Tuitt, Hampton4.5 
 5. Gallo, Coppin St.4.2 
 6. Hill, N..3.9 
 7. Toombs, S.Caroli.3.7 
 8. Woods, Md-E Shore3.7 
 9. Willis, N.C.Cent.3.5 
 10. Frazier, Howard3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Delaware.
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Threatt, Delaware.2.8 
 2. Sutton, N.C.Central2.4 
 3. Willis, N.C.Cent.2.2 
 4. Tolson, Hampton1.9 
 5. Jackson, Morgan S.1.9 
 6. McEachin, Norfolk1.7 
 7. Powell, N.Car.1.7 
 8. Gallo, Coppin St.1.7 
 9. Breeze, Beth.-Co.1.6 
 10. Ali, Morgan St.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall GRAY
  Delaware St.
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gray, Delaware St.3.4 
 2. O''Quinn, Norfolk2.9 
 3. Chiles, Morgan St.2.3 
 4. Crowder, Florida1.7 
 5. Oliver, Delaware S.1.7 
 6. Sanders, S.Caroli.1.6 
 7. Agbelese, Hampton1.5 
 8. Willis, N.C.Cent.1.5 
 9. McEachin, Norfolk1.4 
 10. Thompson, Morgan1.3 


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  NORWAY   


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Kristiansand 10-1 
 2. Miners 8-0 
 3. Persbraaten 6-3 
 4. STIF Whalers 6-4 
 5. Varden 4-4 
 6. Fyllingen BBK 3-6 
 7. OSI 3-6 
 8. Hop 1-8 
 9. NTNUI 0-9 


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Froya Basket 10-2 
 2. Asker Aliens 10-3 
 3. Baerum Basket 9-4 
 4. Tromso 7-5 
 5. Centrum 7-6 
 6. Gimle BBK 7-6 
 7. Ammerud Bskt 2-11 
 8. Langhus 0-15 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker23.1 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.21.9 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum21.6 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.21.3 
 5. Land, Asker Aliens20.8 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.17.3 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK17.0 
 8. Wallace, Tromso16.6 
 9. Sahlertz, Tromso16.5 
 10. Bullock, Froya B.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker12.9 
 2. Oatis, Baerum B.9.5 
 3. Karlsen, Centrum8.9 
 4. Bullock, Froya B.8.7 
 5. Land, Asker Aliens8.5 
 6. Byerson, Tromso8.3 
 7. Kombat, Froya B.7.8 
 8. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.5 
 9. Wallace, Tromso7.0 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.5.0 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso4.5 
 3. Mahnin, Centrum4.4 
 4. Randolph, Langhus4.1 
 5. Gabrans, Froya B.4.1 
 6. Stien, Gimle BBK3.7 
 7. Stien, Asker Aliens3.7 
 8. Mjos, Baerum B.3.6 
 9. Midtvedt, Asker A.3.5 
 10. Byerson, Tromso3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Froya B.
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bullock, Froya B.2.4 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.2.3 
 3. Pavlovic, Gimle B.2.3 
 4. Silavs, Froya B.2.1 
 5. Ferranti, Baerum B.2.1 
 6. Sumskis, Gimle BBK2.0 
 7. Sahlertz, Tromso1.9 
 8. Gabrans, Froya B.1.8 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso1.8 
 10. Westerlund, Ammer.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.3 
 2. Sjostrom, Baerum B.1.2 
 3. Nyborg, Centrum1.1 
 4. Byerson, Tromso1.0 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Asker0.9 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud0.8 
 7. Bryn, Ammerud Bskt0.8 
 8. Karlsen, Centrum0.7 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.0.6 
 10. Hammer, Gimle BBK0.6 


BLNO Round 13: Leader Froya Basket loses to Gimle BBK - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in BLNO just ended. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader, derby games and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Froya Basket (10-2) recorded its second loss in Bergen on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Gimle BBK (7-6) 62-57. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Froya Basket. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gimle BBK had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) fired 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Gimle BBK maintains fifth place with 7-6 record, which they share with Centrum. Froya Basket at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was played in Bekkestua between second ranked Asker Aliens and 3rd placed Baerum Basket where Asker Aliens (10-3) beat Baerum Basket (9-4) on the road 81-72. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. Cooper Land contributed with 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Stian Mjos (182-89) answered with 27 points and 6 assists for Baerum Basket. Asker Aliens have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Froya Basket. Baerum Basket at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Bekkestua between Centrum and Baerum Basket. Sixth ranked Centrum (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Baerum Basket (9-4). Centrum managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Tuesday evening. Ronny Karlsen stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Ryan Ferranti responded with 23 points and 5 assists. Centrum have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gimle BBK. Loser Baerum Basket keeps the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Oslo: Centrum (#6) and Langhus IL (#8). Langhus IL was crushed at home by 36 points 58-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Ronny Karlsen nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Centrum have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gimle BBK. Langhus IL at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tromso. Local Tromso (7-5) outscored 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-11) 89-50 on Sunday night. Brad Byerson fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. Coach Kenneth Webb's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tromso moved-up to fourth place. Ammerud Bskt lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last game of round 13 Ammerud Bskt was crushed by Tromso in a road game 84-51.



Tromso - Ammerud Bskt 84-51

There was no surprise when 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-11) was crushed on the road by fifth ranked Tromso (7-5) 84-51 on Saturday. The game without a history. Tromso led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ammerud Bskt to just 7 points in third quarter. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 28. Tromso forced 23 Ammerud Bskt turnovers and outrebounded them 40-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. Danish forward Morten Sahlertz (198-89) fired 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) chipped in 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Byerson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. Coach Kenneth Webb's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) produced 16 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Tromso moved-up to fourth place. Ammerud Bskt lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tromso: M.Sahlertz 23+8reb+2ast, G.Wallace 14+7reb, H.Issalhi 14+3ast, B.Byerson 13+7reb+6ast, G.Mihaylov 6+3ast, A.Smalas 5+2reb
Ammerud Bskt: E.Westerlund 16+8reb, T.Hagen 15+1reb, O.Okoroafor 11+4reb+3ast, S.Wroldsen 4+1ast, Z.Mahojlovic 2+2reb, T.Mufoncol 2+4reb
gschID: 144959


Baerum Basket - Asker Aliens 72-81

Another exciting game was played in Bekkestua between second ranked Asker Aliens and 3rd placed Baerum Basket where Asker Aliens (10-3) beat Baerum Basket (9-4) on the road 81-72. The guests were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-16 Baerum Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-72 at the end of the game. Asker Aliens shot 20 for 28 from the free-throw line, while Baerum Basket only scored four points from the stripe. They outrebounded Baerum Basket 40-28 including a 29-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Anthony Lee-Ingram (198, college: Brescia, KY, agency: Warren Sports International) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 19 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Cooper Land (203-88, college: Wright St., agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Stian Mjos (182-89) answered with 27 points and 6 assists and American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Baerum Basket. Asker Aliens have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains second place with 10-3 record having just -1 point less than leader Froya Basket. Baerum Basket at the other side keeps the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: C.Land 32+6reb+2ast, A.Lee-Ingram 21+19reb+3ast, M.Midtvedt 13+3reb+3ast, F.Bohn 8+8reb+1ast, E.Stien 7+1reb+4ast, S.Gustavsen 0+1reb
Baerum Basket: S.Mjos 27+2reb+6ast, R.Ferranti 13+5reb+1ast, F.Sjostrom 8+7reb, T.Mjos 7+1reb+3ast, O.Fritzen 7+6reb+1ast, B.Andreassen 6+3reb
gschID: 144960


Tromso - Ammerud Bskt 89-50

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tromso. Local Tromso (7-5) outscored 7th ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-11) 89-50 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Tromso. Ammerud Bskt was better in second period 18-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ammerud Bskt to just 3 points in first quarter. Tromso dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ammerud Bskt's 38 and made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Tromso forced 22 Ammerud Bskt turnovers and outrebounded them 42-24 including 28 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Brad Byerson (201-85, college: Virginia Union) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the winners. His fellow American import guard Gary Wallace (190-88, college: Robert Morris) chipped in 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Byerson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Tromso players scored in double figures. Coach Kenneth Webb's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Martin Bryn (193-89) produced 12 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Orji Okoroafor (187-80) added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Tromso moved-up to fourth place. Ammerud Bskt lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 11 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tromso: B.Byerson 21+11reb+2ast, G.Wallace 13+8reb+5ast, H.Issalhi 12+2reb+1ast, A.Smalas 10+7reb+1ast, G.Mihaylov 9+1reb+5ast, A.Solem 8+1reb
Ammerud Bskt: M.Bryn 12+7reb+1ast, O.Okoroafor 11+5reb+4ast, Z.Mahojlovic 10+2reb+1ast, T.Mufoncol 8+5reb+1ast, T.Hagen 5+2reb+1ast, S.Wroldsen 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 144961


Langhus - Centrum 58-94

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Oslo: Centrum (#6) and Langhus IL (#8). Langhus IL was crushed at home by 36 points 58-94 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The game was mostly controlled by Centrum. Langhus IL was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrum dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Langhus IL's 42. Centrum forced 21 Langhus IL turnovers and outrebounded Langhus IL 62-32 including a 22-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Centrum players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) nailed a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side and the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Centrum players scored in double figures. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Gisle Klubnes (202-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and guard Ole Egeland (186-83) added 15 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Langhus IL in the defeat. Centrum have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gimle BBK. Langhus IL at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still closes the standings with 15 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Centrum: R.Karlsen 16+13reb+6ast, F.Nyborg 15+4reb+2ast, M.Lepovic 14+6reb+1ast, M.Mahnin 12+6reb+4ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 9+10reb+2ast, I.Petter Brodahl 8+6reb+1ast
Langhus: G.Klubnes 16+16reb+1ast, O.Egeland 15+7reb+3ast, T.Randolph 10+2reb+5ast, O.Henriksen 6+2ast, A.Kristiansen 6+6reb+1ast, E.Mamen 3+3ast
gschID: 144962


Baerum Basket - Centrum 73-76

A very close game took place in Bekkestua between Centrum and Baerum Basket. Sixth ranked Centrum (7-6) got a very close victory on the road over 3rd placed Baerum Basket (9-4). Centrum managed to escape with a 3-point win 76-73 on Tuesday evening. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Baerum Basket won third quarter 25-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Centrum had a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-78, college: Independence CC) stepped up and scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners and the former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) chipped in 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Centrum's coach Marco Sanders used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American forward Ryan Ferranti (196, college: Rollins) responded with 23 points and 5 assists and guard Stian Mjos (182-89) scored 11 points and 5 assists. Four Baerum Basket players scored in double figures. Centrum have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Gimle BBK. Loser Baerum Basket keeps the third position with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Centrum: R.Karlsen 33+7reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 17+9reb+4ast, L.Jaeger Torkildsen 8+5reb+1ast, S.Mahnin 5+1reb+1ast, C.Hinsch 4+3reb, B.Aunan 4+1reb
Baerum Basket: R.Ferranti 23+4reb+5ast, T.Mjos 11+2reb+5ast, S.Mjos 11+2reb+5ast, O.Fritzen 10+3reb, F.Sjostrom 8+5reb+1ast, L.Harto 7+1reb
gschID: 144957


Gimle BBK - Froya Basket 62-57

Top ranked Froya Basket (10-2) recorded its second loss in Bergen on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by fifth ranked Gimle BBK (7-6) 62-57. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of Froya Basket. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 15-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Gimle BBK had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Anders Stien (195-90) fired 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. American forward Parnell Smith (200-84, college: Buffalo) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Gimle BBK players scored in double figures. The former international forward Miilah Kombat (200-88, college: N.Idaho JC) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and Latvian guard Edmunds Gabrans (190-79) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Gimle BBK maintains fifth place with 7-6 record, which they share with Centrum. Froya Basket at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Gimle BBK: S.Enge 13+4reb, A.Stien 12+4reb+8ast, P.Smith 12+6reb+1ast, D.Berg 10+3reb, E.Fjaerestad 6+2reb, M.Pavlovic 4+10reb+2ast
Froya Basket: E.Gabrans 13+5reb+1ast, M.Kombat 12+9reb+3ast, P.Bullock 8+7reb+2ast, A.Ouakkaha 7+1reb+2ast, R.Silavs 5+4reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 144958




1Div. Round 11: Fyllingen BBK beats higher ranked STIF Whalers - by Eurobasket News
The game with biggest difference of round 11 in 1Div. was host Fyllingen BBK's (3-6) easy victory at home over 4th placed STIF Whalers (6-4) 106-86 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. The game without a history. Fyllingen BBK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fyllingen BBK moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OSI. STIF Whalers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Fyllingen BBK is looking forward to face Hop BBK (#8) in Bergen in the next round. STIF Whalers will have a break next round.
Leader Kristiansand delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Varden (4-4) 68-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Varden. Kristiansand (10-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Varden at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Kristiansand will play against league's second-placed Miners in Kongsberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varden will play at home against Persbraaten in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bergen supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked STIF Whalers (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hop BBK (1-8). STIF Whalers defeated Hop BBK 90-74 on Sunday. STIF Whalers maintains fourth place with 6-4 record. Hop BBK lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. STIF Whalers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hop BBK will play against Fyllingen BBK (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Kongsberg. Local Miners (8-0) outscored 6th ranked OSI (3-6) 100-61. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain second place with 8-0 record having five point less than leader Kristiansand. OSI at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Miners' next round opponent will be league's leader Kristiansand on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.



Kristiansand - Varden 68-62

Leader Kristiansand delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Varden (4-4) 68-62. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Varden. Kristiansand (10-1) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place. Varden at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. Kristiansand will play against league's second-placed Miners in Kongsberg in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Varden will play at home against Persbraaten in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 146361


Fyllingen BBK - STIF Whalers 106-86

The game with biggest difference of round 11 in 1Div. was host Fyllingen BBK's (3-6) easy victory at home over 4th placed STIF Whalers (6-4) 106-86 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of STIF Whalers. The game without a history. Fyllingen BBK led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Fyllingen BBK moved-up to sixth place, which they share with OSI. STIF Whalers at the other side keep the fourth position with four games lost. Fyllingen BBK is looking forward to face Hop BBK (#8) in Bergen in the next round. STIF Whalers will have a break next round.
gschID: 146362


Hop - STIF Whalers 74-90

The game in Bergen supposed to be also quite interesting. Fourth ranked STIF Whalers (6-4) played at the court of 8th ranked Hop BBK (1-8). STIF Whalers defeated Hop BBK 90-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. STIF Whalers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. STIF Whalers maintains fourth place with 6-4 record. Hop BBK lost their sixth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. STIF Whalers will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Hop BBK will play against Fyllingen BBK (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 146363


Miners - OSI 100-61

The game with biggest result difference took place in Kongsberg. Local Miners (8-0) outscored 6th ranked OSI (3-6) 100-61. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Miners. They maintain second place with 8-0 record having five point less than leader Kristiansand. OSI at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Miners' next round opponent will be league's leader Kristiansand on the road and it will be for sure the game of the week.
gschID: 146364




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  PALESTINE   


Pan Arab Games. Palestine hold off Sudan - by Eurobasket News
Palestine - Sudan 87:67

Palestine registered the first win at the second stage of Pan Arab Games. They held off Sudan in Group G to improve at 1-1 record. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) fired 32 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Sudan fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Sudan stayed competitive in the starting quarter. They earned a narrow 26:25 lead after ten minutes of action. But Palestine opened the second quarter on a 17:3 run to surge ahead. Palestine ensured a 51:36 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead throughout the third frame. They built a 69:55 advantage at the final intermission. Palestine never allowed Sudan closer throughout the final frame and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Nicola Fadayel (191-F-87) posted 22 points, while Yahya AlKhatib (190-G-77) had 12 points for the winning side. Kamal Elfadel (F/C) notched 30 points and 13 rebounds for Sudan. Alaa Eldin (G) and Orsd Hamend (G) chipped in 9 points each in defeat.

Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 32, Nicola Fadayel 22, Yahya AlKhatib 12
Sudan: Kamal Elfadel 30+13 boards, Alaa Eldin 9, Orsd Hamend 9



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  PAN ARAB GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group D
1. Jordan2-0
2. Qatar0-1
3. Algeria0-1
Group E
1. Egypt1-0
2. Tunisia1-1
3. Kuwait0-1
Group F
1. Iraq2-0
2. Morocco1-1
3. Saudi Arab.0-2
Group G
1. Lebanon2-0
2. Palestine1-1
3. Sudan0-2


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  PBL   


Dayton Air Strikers Defeat Lake Michigan Admirals to clinch PBL Preseason Championship Tournament Title - by Allen White
December 16, 2011 St. Joseph, Mich. The Dayton Air Strikers defeated the Lake Michigan Admirals to win the 2012 PBL Preseason Championship Tournament Saturday night in St. Joseph, Michigan. The Air Strikers were able to recover from a half time deficit to win by a 20 point margin. With a final a score of 122-102 the Air Strikers also brought home the five figure tournament cash prize. In the tournament consolation game played earlier that day, the Diesels topped the Stars 118-102.

Were excited to see such high caliber basketball during the preseason tournament. This is a true testament to what the league has to offer for the 2012 season, commented PBL Vice President of Operations Carrie Ann May.

The first regular season game of the 2012 season is set to tip off at 7:05PM EST between the Rochester RazorSharks and the Scranton Wilkes-Barre Steamers on December 31st, 2011 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.


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PBA Roundup: December 16-18, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 91-84
Through three quarters, Alex Cabagnot was having a bad night, but when the game called for experience to step forward, Petron Blazes premier guard was the first to
fall in line. Cabagnot detonated a 12-0 bomb in the fourth quarter with rare back-to-back four-point plays and the Boosters wiggled out from a close contest to whip Meralco and move to within a win of advancing to the semifinal round of the PBA Philippine Cup.

One of the tournaments leading candidates for the Best Player of the Conference first completed his four-point play by knocking down a three-point shot at the top of the key and drawing a foul from Chico Lanete, and then repeated the unusual offensive brilliance against Chris Timberlake at the right corner in the Boosters next possession.

Cabagnot finished with 14 points 10 coming in the fourth flicked 8 assists and pulled down 7 rebounds as the Boosters moved a win away from a second straight semifinal stint and eighth in the last nine conferences.

Arwind Santos had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Petron, Chris Lutz added 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, while Rob Reyes contributed 12 points, which matched his career-high.

Sol Mercado collected 18 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, Gabby Espinas had 13 points and Mark Cardona contributed 12 points and 5 steals for the Bolts, who are eyeing to make their first semifinal round appearance in only their second season in the league.

PBB 91 - Santos 19, Lutz 18, Cabagnot 14, Reyes 12, Miranda 11, Yeo 9, Sharma 4, Ildefonso 4, Doruelo 0, Baclao 0, Tugade 0.
MB 84 - Mercado 18, Espinas 13, Cardona 12, Isip 10, Taulava 9, Yee 7, Borboran 6, Timberlake 2, Macapagal 2, Omolon 2, Hugnatan 2, Lanete 1.
QS: 17-22, 40-40, 63-60, 91-84.

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over BGY. GINEBRA KINGS, 112-105
Rain or Shine pulled off an epic feat that coach Yeng Guiao termed coming back from jaws of hell. The Elasto Painters showed their own never-say-die spirit against the never-say-die Ginebra team, coming from behind to pull off a win in overtime.

JR Quiahan and Paul Lee combined for 29 points in the payoff period fuelling the Rain or Shine charge from 17 points down at 62-79. So vicious were the Elasto Painters in their fourth-quarter siege that they even got the chance to win the game right in regulation as they pulled ahead at 99-97 with 8.7 ticks left. The Kings forged the extension play as Willy Wilson came through with a buzzer-beating reversed lay-up. The Elasto Painters, however, roared on in OT and pulled through on clutch plays by Lee, Beau Belga, Gabe Norwood and Jeff Chan.

Quiahan produced team-highs of 21 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out with 1:53 left in regulation. Lee struggled most of the way, but hit his stride when it mattered the most. He put in 19 points, including 12 free throws.

ROS 112 - Quinahan 21, Lee 19, Chan 14, Arana 12, Rodriguez 11, Belga 9, Norwood 7, Tang 7, Cruz 5, Matias 4, Ibanes 3, Buenafe 0.
BGK 105- Caguioa 25, Intal 16, Canaleta 16, Villanueva 16, Cortez 15, Wilson W. 9, Labagala 4, Mamaril4, Maliksi 0, Wilson J. 0.
QS: 20-20, 33-44, 56-69, 99-99, 112-105

POWERADE TIGERS over B-MEG LLAMADOS, 131-123
Despite what he deemed as an affront to his team, Gary David seemed intent on just coasting along Sunday evening. Then came an incident that banished a teammate and fired him up for good. The result was David exploding for 37 points, lifting Powerade past B-MEG for the second straight game to crash the semifinals of the PBA Philippine Cup.

David scattered 23 of his points in the fourth period and overtime to lead the Tigers' charge from being No. 8 at the end of eliminations and past the top-seeded Lllamados to arrange a best-of-seven semis duel with either Bgy. Ginebra or Rain or Shine.

It marked only the third time in the league's 37-year-old history that such an upset occurred in the quarterfinals and coach Bo Perasol said it was about keeping the faith despite his team being down by as much as 17 points early and by 12 in the fourth period.

JV Casio scored 22 points and also had 10 assists while Mario Lassiter added 19 points, including an insurance triple in overtime. But it was David who was singled out by Perasol as foremost among those who made the upset happen.

David made just five of 13 shots in the first three quarters but wound up going 12-for-21 from the field, including a triple that tied it up at 115 in the last 11 seconds of regulation and ultimately forced overtime.

All after being fired up, he claimed, by a third quarter scrap between teammate Celino Cruz and B-Meg's Josh Urbiztondo. After being told something by Urbiztondo, Cruz tried to rush the former despite being restrained by game officials and other players and was banished for adopting a fighting stance.

POW 131 - David 37, Casio 22, Lassiter 19, Anthony 13, Vanlandingham 11, Kramer 10, Cruz 6, Antonio 6, Adducul 4, Lingganay 3, Allera 0, Crisano 0.
BML 123 - Raymundo 26, Simon 25, Yap J. 23, Pingris 14, De Vance 11, Barroca 10, De Ocampo 7, Reavis 3, Urbiztondo 2, Yap R. 2.
QS: 23-30, 47-57, 78-87, 115-115, 131-123

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



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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. David, Powerade T.22.5 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.0 
 4. Santos, Petron B.18.3 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Lassiter, Powerade.16.3 
 8. Cardona, Meralco15.8 
 9. Miller, Barako Bull15.8 
 10. Cabagnot, Petron15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.7 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.2 
 3. Kramer, Powerade.10.7 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 5. Reyes, Alaska Aces10.1 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 7. Sena, Shopinas.9.4 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 9. Espinas, Meralco9.3 
 10. Williams, Talk N.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.2 
 2. Casio, Powerade T.6.2 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.4 
 4. Alapag, Talk N Te.5.3 
 5. Mercado, Meralco5.2 
 6. Castro, Talk N Te.5.1 
 7. Lee, Rain or Shine4.8 
 8. Miller, Barako Bull4.7 
 9. Lassiter, Powerade.4.0 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.0 
 2. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Lassiter, Powerade.1.7 
 4. Miller, Barako Bull1.7 
 5. Cardona, Meralco1.6 
 6. Mercado, Meralco1.4 
 7. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 8. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 9. Santos, Petron B.1.3 
 10. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.2 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.4 
 4. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 5. Quinahan, Rain o.1.3 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.3 
 7. Williams, Talk N.1.1 
 8. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 9. Reyes, Alaska Aces1.0 
 10. Espinas, Meralco1.0 


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  POLAND   


Sapp number one in Poland for round 16 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Jessie Sapp (191-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kotwica, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Siarka Jezioro (#9, 7-8) with 24-point margin 84-60. Kotwica maintains the 5th position in Polish PLK. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kotwica will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game Sapp had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Kotwica's top player in his first season with the team. Former Georgetown University star has very solid stats this year. Sapp is in league's top in assists (6th best: 5.2apg) and averages impressive 51.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of AZS Koszalin. Eziukwu had a very good evening with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Of course he lead AZS Koszalin to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked AZS PW (#12, 3-12) 94-71. This victory allowed AZS Koszalin to move up to 8th position in Round 9. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Eziukwu is a newcomer at AZS Koszalin, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Ronald Moore (183-G-88) of PGE Turow (#3). Moore showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of PGE Turow, leading his team to a 88-87 win against the lower-ranked Slask Wroclaw (#7, 7-7). PGE Turow needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Moore has a great season in Poland. After 15 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.1apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of AZS Koszalin - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tomasz Kesicki (212-C-86) of Kotwica - 15 points and 12 rebounds
6. Adam Waczynski (199-F-89) of Trefl Sopot - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Stefhon Hannah (185-G-85) of AZS Koszalin - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87) of Siarka Jezioro - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Slask Wroclaw - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Tony Weeden (186-G-83) of Polpharma - 24 points, 2 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)


Peciak's double-double lands him 2Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old swingman Andrzej Peciak (195-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked MKS Limbach and receives a Eurobasket.com 2Liga Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed Unia Tarnow (#7, 6-6) with 26-point margin 98-72. MKS Limbach is placed at 2nd position in Polish 2Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. MKS Limbach will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Peciak had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at MKS Limbach and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Peciak has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 19.3ppg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87) of WKK Obiekty. He is former international forward in his first season at WKK Obiekty. In the last game Diduszko recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead WKK Obiekty to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked HK Zory (#7, 6-7) 86-60. WKK Obiekty's 6th position in Group B has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Diduszko is a newcomer at WKK Obiekty and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.5ppg (#1). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Radoslaw Jarosz (196-F-83) of MKS Skierniew. (#10). Jarosz scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of MKS Skierniew., leading his team to a 97-58 easy win against the lower-ranked UMKS Piotrc. (#14, 2-11). The chances of MKS Skierniew. not to end season at such low position in Group B, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Jarosz could try to bring MKS Skierniew.'s a little bit higher in the standings. Jarosz has a very solid season. In 3 games in Poland he scored 19.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Arkadiusz Zabielski (195-F-84) of Tur Bielsk Pdl. - 18 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tomasz Borkowski (200-F/C-81) of PWiK Piaseczno - 27 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Krystian Swiech (205-F-80) of MKS Skierniew. - 30 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Marcin Kowalewski (200-PF-86) of AZS UWM Olsz. - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Piotr Kwandrans (200-F-79) of MKS Limbach - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mariusz Lapinski (194-G/F-82) of Zyrardowianka - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Wojciech Zurawski (199-F/C-76) of Open Florentyna - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Mielczarek's double-double lands him 1Liga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Krzysztof Mielczarek (198-G/F-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for AZS Szczecin and receives a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 15.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Start Gdynia (#3, 10-4) 74-67. AZS Szczecin maintains the 11th position in Polish 1Liga. AZS Szczecin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-8 record. Mielczarek turned to be AZS Szczecin's top player in his first season with the team. Mielczarek has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Mielczarek is in league's top in and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.5spg and 61.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dariusz Oczkowicz (183-G-81) of MOSiR Krosno. He is a guard in his 8th season at MOSiR Krosno. In the last game Oczkowicz recorded impressive 34 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as MOSiR Krosno was edged in overtime by Sportino (2-12) 95-91. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. MOSiR Krosno keeps 13th position. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories MOSiR Krosno managed to get this year. Oczkowicz is one of the most experienced players at MOSiR Krosno and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Arkadiusz Kobus (197-F-86, agency: Promotex) of P.Cukier SIDEn (#4). Kobus scored 14 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Kobus' great performance P.Cukier SIDEn lost 63-82 to the lower-ranked Start Lublin (#12, 6-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing P.Cukier SIDEn needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Kobus has a very solid season. In 14 games in Poland he scored 8.7ppg. He also has 5.0rpg and FGP: 58.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dawid Witos (190-G-83) of Sportino - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Rafal Krol (198-F-87) of Start Lublin - 23 points and 11 rebounds
6. Aleks Perka (201-F-87) of AZS Kutno - 25 points and 9 rebounds
7. Lukasz Ratajczak (204-F-86) of SKK Siedlce - 16 points and 8 rebounds
8. Michal Musijowski (180-G-89) of Polonia - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Lukasz Kwiatkowski (207-C-79) of P.Cukier SIDEn - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Dawid Adamczewski (190-G-91) of Sportino - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 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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  PORTUGAL   


LPB Round 11: Benfica loses their first game against Lusitania - by Eurobasket News
LPB is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of previously undefeated Benfica (10-1) in Angra on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Lusitania (7-3) 75-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Benfica. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Lusitania made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for point guard Ricky Franklin (185-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Lusitania have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Ovarense. Benfica at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Lusitania is looking forward to face Sampaense (#8) in Coimbra in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Benfica will play at home against Barreirense CEPSA (#5) in Barreiro and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ovarense (7-3) against sixth ranked CAB Madeira (7-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Ovarense was crushed by CAB Madeira in Funchal 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ovarense. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 4 steals. Mario Fernandes accounted for 15 points and 8 assists. American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St.) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds for Ovarense 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. CAB Madeira moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Barreirense CEPSA. Ovarense at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Lusitania. CAB Madeira will play against Vitoria SC (#10) in Guimaraes in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ovarense will play on the road against Barcelos (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Barreiro. 4th placed host Barreirense CEPSA (7-4) lost to second ranked FC Porto Ferpinta (9-1) 68-58. The best player for the winners was Carlos Andrade who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Anthony Hill produced 19 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Defending champion maintains second place with 9-1 record behind leader Benfica. Loser Barreirense CEPSA dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with CAB Madeira. FC Porto Ferpinta will meet Academica (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Barreirense CEPSA will play against the league's leader Benfica and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Ginasio (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Academica (4-7) 80-65. Richard Oruche orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. Academica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sampaense and Barcelos. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Academica's next round opponent will be league's second-placed FC Porto Ferpinta at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ginasio will play against Terceira Basket (#11) in Angra Heroismo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Coimbra was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Barcelos (4-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Sampaense (4-7). Sampaense managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Sunday. It was a great evening for Joao Reveles who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists. Sampaense moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Academica and Barcelos. Sampaense will face higher ranked Lusitania (#4) in Angra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 11 Vitoria SC won against Terceira Basket on the opponent's court 83-67.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 11 rebounds by Sergi Coll of Barcelos.


Terceira Basket - Vitoria SC 67-83

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Angra Heroismo where 10th ranked Terceira Basket (2-8) was defeated by eleventh ranked Vitoria SC (3-8) 83-67 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Vitoria SC. Terceira Basket was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-85, agency: Players Group) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds. The former international swingman Paulo Cunha (199-80) helped adding 15 points and 9 rebounds. Vitoria SC's coach Fernando Sa used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Durrell Nevels (198-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Nate Bowie (183-86, college: Cent.Arkansas) scored 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Vitoria SC moved-up to tenth place. Terceira Basket lost eighth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Vitoria SC will face higher ranked CAB Madeira (#6) in Funchal in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Terceira Basket will play at home against Ginasio (#12) in Figueira da Foz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vitoria SC: M.Gulbis 25+9reb+1ast, J.Waller 19+3reb+2ast, P.Cunha 15+9reb+2ast, B.Morris 9+6reb, C.Fonseca 8+5reb, R.Mota 3+4ast
Terceira Basket: D.Nevels 27+10reb+2ast, T.Murphy 17+2reb, N.Bowie 11+9reb+5ast, D.Goncalves 8+4reb, A.Pontes 2+7reb+1ast, D.Soares 2+1reb
gschID: 132734


Sampaense - Barcelos 87-81

The game in Coimbra was also quite interesting. 7th ranked Barcelos (4-7) played at the court of eighth ranked Sampaense (4-7). Sampaense managed to secure a 6-point victory 87-81 on Sunday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. It was a great evening for the former international guard Joao Reveles (187-80) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points and 7 assists. American center Tyronne McNeal (211-87, college: Miami Dade CC) helped adding 18 points and 8 rebounds. McNeal is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Spanish power forward Sergi Coll (204-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds and the former international forward Pedro Silva (198-79) scored 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Five Sampaense and four Barcelos players scored in double figures. Sampaense moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Academica and Barcelos. Sampaense will face higher ranked Lusitania (#4) in Angra in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Sampaense: J.Reveles 20+2reb+7ast, T.McNeal 18+8reb+1ast, J.Balseiro 16+4reb, B.Addison 12+6reb, J.Sing 11+6reb+7ast, E.Viana 5+6reb+2ast
Barcelos: S.Coll 28+11reb+2ast, P.Silva 13+8reb+6ast, A.Matos 12+3reb+1ast, N.Oliveira 11+9reb+4ast, R.Coelho 9, J.Moreira 4+3reb
gschID: 132729


Ginasio - Academica 65-80

Bottom-ranked Ginasio (0-11) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Academica (4-7) 80-65. The game without a history. Academica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. 24 personal fouls committed by Ginasio helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Nigerian-American guard Richard Oruche (191-87, college: Ill.-Springfield, agency: KMG Sports Management) orchestrated the victory by scoring 31 points. American center Dillion Sneed (203-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Oruche is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Naturalized Angolan swingman Francisco Destino (190-89) answered with 19 points and 6 assists and Serbian swingman Stefan Djukic (197-89) added 13 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Ginasio. Four Ginasio players scored in double figures. Academica moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sampaense and Barcelos. Ginasio at the other side still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Academica's next round opponent will be league's second-placed FC Porto Ferpinta at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ginasio will play against Terceira Basket (#11) in Angra Heroismo and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Academica: R.Oruche 31+3reb, D.Sneed 13+9reb+1ast, C.Barroca 11+3reb+2ast, F.Sousa 9+3reb+1ast, M.Goncalves 5+2reb, D.Thomas 4+2reb+1ast
Ginasio: D.Caluico 20+4reb+1ast, F.Destino 19+1reb+6ast, S.Djukic 13+12reb, P.Rocha 13+5reb+2ast, G.Ehiagwina 0+4reb, A.Figueiredo 0
gschID: 132730


CAB Madeira - Ovarense 100-65

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Ovarense (7-3) against sixth ranked CAB Madeira (7-4) on Sunday night. Visiting Ovarense was crushed by CAB Madeira in Funchal 100-65. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ovarense. The game without a history. CAB Madeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. CAB Madeira forced 28 Ovarense turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international point guard Jaime Silva (187-80) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 4 steals. The former international guard Mario Fernandes (176-82, agency: Duran International) accounted for 15 points and 8 assists for the winning side. Four CAB Madeira players scored in double figures. American center Christopher Lee (206-84, college: S.Carolina St.) came up with 8 points and 9 rebounds and forward Fernando Neves (194-80) added 14 points respectively for Ovarense 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. CAB Madeira moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Barreirense CEPSA. Ovarense at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Lusitania. CAB Madeira will play against Vitoria SC (#10) in Guimaraes in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ovarense will play on the road against Barcelos (#9) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
CAB Madeira: J.Silva 20+3reb+3ast, S.Jackson 19+3reb+2ast, M.Fernandes 15+2reb+8ast, A.Kenon 15+1reb+4ast, J.Coelho 9+3reb+1ast, B.Shetzer 7+4reb+1ast
Ovarense: F.Neves 14+2reb, M.Goncalves 10+4reb, J.Miguel Barbosa 9+4ast, C.Lee 8+9reb+1ast, N.Cortez 7+3reb, A.Powers 6+3reb+3ast
gschID: 132731


Barreirense CEPSA - Porto Ferpinta 58-68

The game between Top Four teams took place in Barreiro. 4th placed host Barreirense CEPSA (7-4) lost to second ranked FC Porto Ferpinta (9-1) 68-58. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 27-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. FC Porto Ferpinta dominated on the defensive end, holding Barreirense CEPSA to just 7 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Barreirense CEPSA 40-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Carlos Andrade (197-78, college: Queens, NC) who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Gregory Stempin (203-79, college: Toledo, agency: Duran International) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 12 rebounds. FC Porto Ferpinta's coach Moncho Lopez used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Anthony Hill (204-88, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Jose Silva (194-89) added 16 points respectively for the hosts. Defending champion maintains second place with 9-1 record behind leader Benfica. Loser Barreirense CEPSA dropped to the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with CAB Madeira. FC Porto Ferpinta will meet Academica (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Barreirense CEPSA will play against the league's leader Benfica and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Porto Ferpinta: C.Andrade 11+9reb+3ast, G.Stempin 10+12reb, R.Jackson 10+1reb+1ast, J.Costa 8+1reb+1ast, J.Santos 7+3reb+1ast, D.Gomes 6+2reb
Barreirense CEPSA: A.Hill 19+6reb, J.Silva 16+2reb+3ast, D.Jackson 7+6reb, J.Guerreiro 5+1reb, P.Pinto 4+2ast, T.Raimundo 3+7reb+2ast
gschID: 132732


Lusitania - Benfica 75-73

The most surprising game was the first loss of previously undefeated Benfica (10-1) in Angra on Sunday night. Visitors were edged by fifth ranked Lusitania (7-3) 75-73. It ended at the same time the ten-game winning streak of Benfica. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 2 points. Lusitania made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for point guard Ricky Franklin (185-87, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Forward Brian Mills (203-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) helped adding 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Lusitania players scored in double figures. Forward Seth Doliboa (203-80, college: Wright St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Ted Scott (188-85, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 22 points. Lusitania have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Ovarense. Benfica at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Lusitania is looking forward to face Sampaense (#8) in Coimbra in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Benfica will play at home against Barreirense CEPSA (#5) in Barreiro and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lusitania: R.Franklin 28+1ast, B.Mills 13+9reb+1ast, R.Lindmets 11+7reb+2ast, M.Camara 10+7reb+1ast, M.Freitas 9+2reb+1ast, A.Sobrinho 2+2reb
Benfica: T.Scott 22+1reb+2ast, S.Doliboa 18+7reb, F.Gentry 11+8reb, S.Ramos 7+5reb+1ast, J.Gomes 6+5reb+1ast, E.Evora 5+8reb
gschID: 132733




Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 10-1 
 2. Porto Ferpinta 9-1 
 3. Ovarense 7-3 
 4. Lusitania 7-3 
 5. Barreirense CEPSA 7-4 
 6. CAB Madeira 7-4 
 7. Academica 4-7 
 8. Sampaense 4-7 
 9. Barcelos 4-7 
 10. Vitoria SC 3-8 
 11. Terceira Basket 2-8 
 12. Ginasio 0-11 


Standings - Proliga
Proliga Standings
 1. Alges 7-1 
 2. Galitos-Tley 6-2 
 3. Illiabum 6-2 
 4. Sangalhos 5-3 
 5. Angra 4-4 
 6. Oliveirense 4-4 
 7. Fisica 4-4 
 8. Guifoes 3-5 
 9. Electrico FC 3-5 
 10. Gaeirense 2-6 
 11. Maia Basket 2-6 
 12. Povoa 2-6 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Terceira.
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bowie, Terceira.20.3 
 2. Murphy, Terceira.19.9 
 3. Oruche, Academica19.2 
 4. Stempin, Porto F.18.7 
 5. Franklin, Lusitania18.3 
 6. Scott, Benfica17.8 
 7. Addison, Sampaense17.4 
 8. Nevels, Terceira.16.9 
 9. Kenon, CAB Madeira16.6 
 10. Sneed, Academica16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Claudio FONSECA
  Vitoria SC
  (206-C-89)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fonseca, Vitoria SC11.3 
 2. Lee, Ovarense10.4 
 3. Pierre, Terceira.10.1 
 4. Sneed, Academica9.6 
 5. Stempin, Porto F.9.4 
 6. Addison, Sampaense8.7 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.8.5 
 8. Momplasir, Lusitan.8.3 
 9. Thomas, Academica8.1 
 10. Nevels, Terceira.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mario FERNANDES
  CAB M.
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Fernandes, CAB M.6.3 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.0 
 3. Sing, Sampaense5.5 
 4. Blanks, Vitoria SC5.3 
 5. Reveles, Sampaense5.1 
 6. Minhava, Benfica4.7 
 7. Kenon, CAB Madeira4.5 
 8. Bowie, Terceira.4.2 
 9. Fechas, Barcelos3.4 
 10. Silva, CAB Madeira3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joao BALSEIRO
  Sampa.
  (192-F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Balseiro, Sampa.2.4 
 2. Fernandes, CAB M.2.4 
 3. Kenon, CAB Madeira2.4 
 4. Shetzer, CAB M.2.2 
 5. Tavares, Vitoria SC2.1 
 6. Pierre, Terceira.2.0 
 7. Blanks, Vitoria SC2.0 
 8. Silva, CAB Madeira2.0 
 9. Andrade, Porto F.1.9 
 10. Matos, Barcelos1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Durrell NEVELS
  Terceira.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Nevels, Terceira.2.6 
 2. Pierre, Terceira.2.5 
 3. Momplasir, Lusitan.1.6 
 4. Addison, Sampaense1.4 
 5. Johnson, Porto F.1.3 
 6. Coelho, CAB M.1.2 
 7. Gunter, CAB M.1.1 
 8. Silva, Barcelos1.0 
 9. Thomas, Academica0.9 
 10. Stempin, Porto F.0.9 


Interview with Kevin Jolley - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
It's Christmas time and, before the New Year, Eurobasket will interview some of the american playing in Portugal.

We start it with Kevin Jolley (197-F-82, college: Quinnipiac), from CD Povoa/MonteAdriano. His team might be in Proliga's last place, but Jolley is making a very good season.

Eurobasket: What do you think of the level of Portuguese Basketball?
Kevin Jolley: The level of Portuguese basketball is good of course you have your to top teams (benfica and Porto) outside of them anybody and even those team can be be on any giving day. It's a well ran league, they haven't fallin into the UNLIMITED american rule which I think is bad for the game. Teams wouldnt be able to compete that didnt have money to afford a lot of Americans.

E: Are you satisfied with your individual results until now?
KJ: No, I can play better I think im averaging about 17ppg and 12rppg. Im sure I will pick it up, I had to get adjust to a new role on a new team so everything will work out.

E: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
KJ:I expect us to make a Playoff push, We started slow lost 5 game after leading by double figures in each one. We are putting everything together now we won or last game just before the break by 25pts.

E: Who do you think are the best team and the best player in the league?
KJ: Ha, I haven't seen everybody play or ever team play so I wont comment on the question.. Like i said the leagues are Even in my opinion I think It will go down to the last few weeks to see who plays who in the playoffs.

E: What do you want to fulfill in 2012?
KJ:What do I want to Fulfill in 2012? I just want to be the best Person/player I can be... #noexcuses thats my motto for 2012 no excuses



Proliga Round 8: Galitos-Tley is upset by Angrabasket - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Angra between second ranked Galitos-Tley (6-2) and seventh ranked Angrabasket (4-4) on Saturday night. Galitos-Tley was defeated by Angrabasket in a tough game on the road 71-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Galitos-Tley. Galitos-Tley was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Angrabasket, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Galitos-Tley outrebounded Angrabasket 35-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) chipped in 21 points. Guard Eugenio Silva (190-90) produced 22 points for the guests. Galitos-Tley's coach Francisco Edgard rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Angrabasket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fisica and Oliveirense. Galitos-Tley at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Illiabum. Angrabasket is looking forward to face Maia Basket (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Galitos-Tley will play against Guifoes (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Alges. First ranked Alges faced 4th ranked Oliveirense. Host Alges (7-1) defeated guests from (4-4) 72-59. American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood Fl.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Sergio Correia contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Spencer Johnson (198-87, college: UMKC) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for Oliveirense. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alges maintains first position with 7-1 record. Oliveirense lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Fisica and Angra. Alges will play against Fisica (#7) in Torres Vedras in the next round where they are favorite. Oliveirense will play on the road against Sangalhos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Povoa managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Guifoes 85-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference suggests that Povoa is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guifoes. Worth to mention a great performance of Kevin Jolley who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds. Odair Conceicao responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Guifoes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Povoa (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Maia Basket and Gaeirense. Loser Guifoes dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Electrico FC. Povoa will meet at home higher ranked Illiabum (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guifoes will play against the league's second-placed Galitos-Tley (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Gaeirense (2-6) was outscored by seventh ranked Fisica (4-4) 80-39. The winners were led by Carlos Dias who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fisica moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oliveirense and Angra. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be league's leader Alges at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gaeirense will play against Electrico FC (#9) in Ponte de Sor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 8 Electrico FC was defeated by Illiabum in Ilhavo 87-77. Maia Basket was smashed by Sangalhos at home 62-82.



Illiabum - Electrico FC 87-77

There was no surprise in Ilhavo where 9th ranked Electrico FC (3-5) was defeated by third ranked Illiabum (6-2) 87-77. Electrico FC was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Illiabum, which allowed them to win the game. They made 21-of-26 charity shots (80.8 percent) during the game. Illiabum had a 27-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. They brought some defensive toughness making 8 blocks. The winners were led by American center Dain Swetalla (206-86, college: Augustana, IL) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and American-Liberian forward Kadiri Richard (203-80, college: Virginia Union) supported him with 22 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Even 11 points and 8 rebounds by forward Pedro Afonso (198-83) did not help to save the game for Electrico FC. Guard Joao Lanzinha (188-89) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Illiabum moved-up to second place, which they share with Galitos-Tley. Electrico FC at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Illiabum's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Povoa (#12) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Electrico FC will play against Gaeirense (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Electrico FC: A.Medeiros 14+4reb+1ast, J.Lanzinha 12+5reb+2ast, T.Brito 12+1reb, P.Afonso 11+8reb, P.Raminhos 10+1ast, M.Neves 8+8reb+3ast
Illiabum: D.Swetalla 31+12reb+2ast, K.Richard 22+17reb+3ast, P.Azevedo 13+3reb+3ast, P.Morgado 9+1reb+7ast, J.David 4+1reb, A.Pereira 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 132840


Gaeirense - Fisica 39-80

The game with biggest result difference took place in . Local Gaeirense (2-6) was outscored by seventh ranked Fisica (4-4) 80-39. The game without a history. Fisica led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Gaeirense to just 7 points in first quarter. Fisica forced 24 Gaeirense turnovers. The winners were led by forward Carlos Dias (197-79) who scored that evening 16 points and 5 rebounds and naturalized Mozambican guard Ricardo Rodrigues (185-81) supported him with 15 points. Four Fisica players scored in double figures. Even 7 points and 7 rebounds by Hugo Aurelio (-80) did not help to save the game for Gaeirense. Swingman Amadeu Cordeiro (192-78) added 7 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Fisica moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Oliveirense and Angra. Newly promoted Gaeirense keeps the tenth position with six games lost. Fisica's next round opponent will be league's leader Alges at home and it may be quite challenging game. Gaeirense will play against Electrico FC (#9) in Ponte de Sor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Gaeirense: R.Rochete 9+1reb+2ast, H.Aurelio 7+7reb, A.Cordeiro 7+5reb, F.Canha 6+3reb, O.Gomes 3+3reb, J.Ribeiro 3
Fisica: C.Dias 16+5reb, R.Rodrigues 15+3reb+3ast, N.Monteiro 15+2reb+1ast, E.Rosario 10+3reb, B.Freire 5+2reb+2ast, H.Medina 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 132841


Alges - Oliveirense 72-59

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Alges. First ranked Alges faced 4th ranked Oliveirense. Host Alges (7-1) defeated guests from (4-4) 72-59. It looked good early as Oliveirense took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Alges had a 24-11 second period charge getting the lead and Oliveirense was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 59-72. Alges forced 23 Oliveirense turnovers. American forward DeSean White (203-86, college: Northwood Fl.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 9 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Angolan forward Sergio Correia (197-85) contributed with 21 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Spencer Johnson (198-87, college: UMKC) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and center Andre Pereira (200-90) added 14 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oliveirense. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Alges maintains first position with 7-1 record. Oliveirense lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the fifth place with four games lost. They share the position with Fisica and Angra. Alges will play against Fisica (#7) in Torres Vedras in the next round where they are favorite. Oliveirense will play on the road against Sangalhos and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Oliveirense: N.Freitas 15+1reb, A.Pereira 14+8reb, S.Johnson 13+11reb+1ast, R.Azevedo 8+2reb+1ast, H.Oliveira 3+2reb, D.Jefferson 2+3reb
Alges: S.Correia 21+6reb+1ast, D.White 21+9reb+2ast, J.Manuel 11+3reb+4ast, D.Vieira 6+1reb, A.Pires 4+5reb+5ast, F.Mendonca 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 132842


Maia Basket - Sangalhos 62-82

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Sangalhos (5-3) smashed on the road 11th ranked Maia Basket (2-6) 82-62. The game was mostly controlled by Sangalhos. Maia Basket was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-30 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Maia Basket outrebounded Sangalhos 35-23 including 26 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Maia Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by swingman Joao Carmo (183-85) who scored that evening 16 points and 8 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and Miguel Carmo supported him with 13 points. Four Sangalhos players scored in double figures. Even 20 points and 5 rebounds by guard Joaquim Oliveira (178-81) did not help to save the game for Maia Basket. Forward Joao Diamantino (201-85) added 7 points and 12 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sangalhos moved-up to fourth place. Maia Basket at the other side dropped to the tenth position with six games lost. Sangalhos' next round opponent will be Oliveirense (#6). Maia Basket will play against Angrabasket (#5).
Top scorers:
Maia Basket: J.Oliveira 20+5reb+1ast, P.Diamantino 10+6reb+1ast, R.Sousa 8+2reb, J.Diamantino 7+12reb+2ast, J.Gomes 5+1reb+1ast, A.Dara 3+5reb+7ast
Sangalhos: J.Carmo 16+8reb+2ast, N.Bizarro 15+2reb, A.Duarte 15+2reb, M.Carmo 13+3reb+2ast, E.Silva 9+2reb+2ast, J.Anjos 6+1ast
gschID: 132837


Angra - Galitos-Tley 77-71

The most important game in the last round took place in Angra between second ranked Galitos-Tley (6-2) and seventh ranked Angrabasket (4-4) on Saturday night. Galitos-Tley was defeated by Angrabasket in a tough game on the road 71-77. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Galitos-Tley. Galitos-Tley was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 8-point lead after three quarters before a 25-11 charge of Angrabasket, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Galitos-Tley outrebounded Angrabasket 35-20 including 22 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American power forward Terrence Mack (198-84, college: Rhode Island) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import guard Drew Gibson (188-85, college: Wofford) chipped in 21 points. Gibson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Guard Eugenio Silva (190-90) produced 22 points and forward Rui Quintino (196-83) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the guests. Galitos-Tley's coach Francisco Edgard rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Angrabasket moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Fisica and Oliveirense. Galitos-Tley at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. They share it with Illiabum. Angrabasket is looking forward to face Maia Basket (#11) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Galitos-Tley will play against Guifoes (#8) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Galitos-Tley: E.Silva 22+4reb+2ast, F.Pinheiro 15+6reb, R.Quintino 13+10reb+2ast, G.Chucha 5+1reb, D.Neves 4+3reb, J.Ferreira 4+5reb+1ast
Angra: T.Mack 24+10reb+1ast, D.Gibson 21+3reb+3ast, F.Gomes 13+1reb, J.Pereira 9+2reb+2ast, H.Pola 4, J.Avila 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 132838


Guifoes - Povoa 60-85

Bottom-ranked Povoa managed to get a second victory, breaking the five-game losing streak on Sunday night. This time they outleveled seventh-ranked Guifoes 85-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 25-point difference suggests that Povoa is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guifoes. The game without a history. Povoa led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Guifoes to just 5 points in second quarter. Povoa forced 20 Guifoes turnovers and outrebounded them 37-24 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Kevin Jolley (197-82, college: Quinnipiac) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 15 rebounds and forward Andre Silva (193-89) who added 26 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Naturalized Cape Verdean forward Odair Conceicao (197-84) responded with 12 points and 6 rebounds and Angolan forward Joao Gaspar (196-89) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Guifoes' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Povoa (2-6) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Maia Basket and Gaeirense. Loser Guifoes dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. They share it with Electrico FC. Povoa will meet at home higher ranked Illiabum (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Guifoes will play against the league's second-placed Galitos-Tley (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Guifoes: O.Conceicao 12+6reb, J.Gaspar 10+7reb, P.Silva 9+1reb+4ast, D.Correia 9+2reb+2ast, J.Almeida 6+4reb+3ast, A.Moreira 4+1reb
Povoa: K.Jolley 27+15reb+3ast, A.Silva 26+6reb+1ast, F.Fernandes 11+3reb+5ast, R.Moreira 8+1reb, L.Pires 6+8reb+3ast, V.Teixeira 5+4reb+6ast
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  RUSSIA   


Vladislav Trushkin gets MVP of the Week award for Russian Superlaegue - by Eurobasket News
Talented Vladislav Trushkin (201-F-93) had an amazing evening in the last round for Spartak V. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Superlaegue Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 18-year old forward had a double-double of 17 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Sojuz Zaretchny (#9, 2-12) 74-71. Spartak V. maintains the 8th position in Russian Superlaegue. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Spartak V. have already lost 11 games and recorded just three victories. It's Trushkin's second year at Spartak V. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Trushkin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.0rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-F/C-84) of TEMP-SUMZ. Zaykin impressed basketball fans with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as TEMP-SUMZ was edged by the higher-ranked Ataman (#2, 11-3) 73-70. This loss caused TEMP-SUMZ to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Zaykin is well-known by TEMP-SUMZ fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Denis Novikov (200-F-85) of Sojuz Zaretchny (#9). Novikov scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Sojuz Zaretchny, leading his team to a 74-71 win against slightly higher-ranked Spartak V. (#8, 3-11). Sojuz Zaretchny can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-12 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Novikov he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Novikov has a very solid season. In 13 games in Russia he scored 7.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ilia Aleksandrov (194-G-81) of Univ.Surgut - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Vyacheslav Sleta (205-F-89) of Sojuz Zaretchny - 15 points and 7 rebounds
6. Aleksey Komarov (206-C-81) of TEMP-SUMZ - 10 points and 5 rebounds
7. Sergey Chernov (187-G-86) of Ruskon-Mord. - 16 points and 2 assists
8. Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-G-85) of Rjazan - 10 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Aleksey Tsvetkov (207-F/C-84) of Severstal - 6 points and 10 rebounds
10. Andrey Voron (208-C-87) of Ataman - 17 points and 2 rebounds

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


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Pan Arab Games: Iraq topple Saudi Arabia in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Iraq - Saudi Arabia 85:79

Iraq celebrated the second straight win at the second stage of Pan Arab Games in Doha. They held off Saudi Arabia to improve at 2-0 record in Group F. Iraq will now take on Lebanon for the 7th-8th place at the tournament. Saudi Arabia fell at 0-2 record and would face Sudan for the 11th-12th position.
Iraq managed to build a narrow 21:19 lead after ten minutes of action. Saudi Arabia pulled ahead early in the second quarter but Iraq bounced back and secured a 41:33 halftime lead. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Iraq entered the final frame up by a single point 59:58. They were able to clear off early in the final stanza to take an 8-point lead. Saudi Arabia fought till the final seconds but Iraq wisely kept their opponents at bay and earned a hard-fought win at the end. Mohammed Mahdi (203-F/C-91) notched 21 points and 15 rebounds. Ali Ismael (201-PF-94) added 14 points for the winners. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) replied with 25 points for Saudi Arabia. Ahmed Samater (198-F/C-80) delivered 19 points and 8 rebounds in the losing case.

Iraq: Mohammed Mahdi 21+15 boards, Ali Ismael 14, Omar Al-Nidawi (G-88) 13
Saudi Arabia: Fahad Belal 25, Ahmed Samater 19



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  SERBIA   


Gagovic number one in Serbian B League for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Jagodina, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Radnicki Stud. (#14, 3-8) 74-70. Jagodina maintains the 3rd position in Serbian B League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Jagodina will need more victories to improve their 7-4 record. Gagovic turned to be Jagodina's top player in his first season with the team. Vuksan Gagovic averages this season 17.2ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old Serbian Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85) of Sabac. Boljkovac had a very good evening with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Sabac to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Mladost Zemun (#2, 7-3) 94-70. This victory allowed Sabac to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 13th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Boljkovac is a newcomer at Sabac, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Borislav Djurovic (206-C-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) of Crnokosa (#8). Djurovic got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Djurovic's great performance Crnokosa lost 70-91 to the higher-ranked Spartak (#5, 6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Crnokosa ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djurovic could help Crnokosa to bring them higher in the standings. Djurovic has a great season in Serbia. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bojan Stajic (198-G-84) of Viva Basket - 33 points and 7 rebounds
5. Miljan Radenkovic (203-C-89) of Jedinstvo NB - 18 points and 10 rebounds
6. Aleksandar Vuletic (202-F-86) of Viva Basket - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Branislav Tomasevic) of Sabac - 21 points and 6 rebounds
8. Davorin Kuntic) of Spartak - 15 points and 3 assists
9. Srboljub Samailovic (194-G-82) of Radnicki Stud. - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Nikola Fekete (192-G-91) of Vojvodina - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Stefan Djukic signs in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Djukic (197-G/F-89) will continue his career in Portugal. The Serbian guard/forward penned a deal with Casino Figueira Ginasio for rest of the season. Ginasio is currently the last ranked team LPB with 0-10 record. Djukic already played his first game for the club last weekend collecting 14 points and 11 rebounds. Ginasio lost at home to Barcelos 47-54. Djukic started this season with Crnokosa Kosjeric. He appeared 10 times in Serbian B League averaging 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Season 2010/11, Stefan Djukic spent with Viva Basket. He had 7.5 ppg and 4.7 rpg for them in 12 B League games. Djukic joined Viva in December. In the past, he played for the Partizan Belgrade second team.

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


Sullivan Phillips gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced Bermudas-British Sullivan Phillips (198-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Prievidza and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 21.
The 32-year old swingman got a double-double of 26 points and eleven assists, while his team beat Nova Ves (#5, 9-10) 92-87. Prievidza maintains the 3rd position in Slovakian Extraliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Prievidza will need more victories to improve their 12-7 record. Phillips turned to be Prievidza's top player in his first season with the team. Washington Adventist University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Phillips is in league's top in assists (4th best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 56.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American swingman Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84) of Handlova. Jones impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 assists. It was enough for Handlova to edge the lower-ranked Vahostav-Zilina (#9, 5-13) by 5 points 90-85. Handlova's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-10 record. Jones is a newcomer at Handlova 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 28.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.8rpg and 6.6apg.

The third best performed player last round was Vincent Polakovic (203-F-84) of Svit (#4). Polakovic scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Polakovic's great performance Svit lost 86-95 to #2 ranked Komarno. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Svit needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 9 lost games. Polakovic has a very solid season. In 17 games in Slovakia he scored 13.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Jefferson (183-G-85) of Nova Ves - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Keaton Grant (193-G-86) of Levice - 23 points and 7 rebounds
6. Louis Johnson (203-F/C-86) of Komarno - 12 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Milan Golian (206-C-74) of Handlova - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Vladimir Klar (191-F-86) of Komarno - 15 points and 4 rebounds
9. Dejan Stojanovic (206-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Julian Mascoll (193-G-84) of Svit - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 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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Salih Nuhanovic gets MVP of the Week award for Slovenian Telemach League - by Eurobasket News
Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Elektra and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 16 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Rogaska (#8, 4-6) 64-56. Elektra maintains the 2nd position in Slovenian Telemach League. They are still close to the very top. Elektra would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. It's Nuhanovic's second year at Elektra and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nuhanovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 7.0rpg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 54.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American guard Patrick Rembert (182-G) of Sentjur. Rembert impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Sentjur cruised to a 87-80 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Parklji (#10, 1-9). This victory allowed Sentjur to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 7-3 record is not bad at all. Rembert is a newcomer at Sentjur 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 14.4ppg (#7). He also recorded 5.0 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was Croatian Ante Djugum (211-C-88, agency: Court Side) of Geoplin Slovan (#7). Djugum scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He was a key player of Geoplin Slovan, leading his team to a 79-75 win against slightly lower-ranked LTHcast Mercator (#9, 1-9). The chances of Geoplin Slovan ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Djugum could help Geoplin Slovan to bring them higher in the standings. Djugum has a great season in Slovenia. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.9ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matej Luznar (192-G-92) of Parklji - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Blaz Mahkovic (194-F-90) of LTHcast Mercator - 20 points and 5 rebounds
6. Milos Miljkovic (204-F/C-84) of Rogaska - 15 points and 10 rebounds
7. Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82) of Parklji - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jan Span (189-PG-92) of Maribor Messer - 21 points and 2 rebounds
9. Mensud Julevic (200-C-85) of Elektra - 18 points and 4 rebounds
10. Vjeran Soldo (208-F/C-84) of LTHcast Mercator - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Kunc number one in Slovenian D2 for round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Former international center Ales Kunc (208-C-73) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Grosuplje, receiving a Eurobasket.com D2 Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 38-year old player had a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Hrastnik (#10, 4-8) 80-78. It allowed Grosuplje to consolidate first place in the Slovenian D2. Grosuplje have a solid 11-2 record. Kunc turned to be Grosuplje's top player in his first season with the team. Ales Kunc averages this season 12.9ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Jure Erzen (203-C-75) of Sencur CP. Erzen had a very good evening with a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Sencur CP cruised to a 88-76 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Jance Prit (#12, 2-10). This victory allowed Sencur CP to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 8-4 record is not bad at all. Erzen is a newcomer at Sencur CP, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#2). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Andraz Kavas (200-F-92) of Jance Prit (#12). Kavas scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Kavas' great performance Jance Prit lost 76-88 to the higher-ranked Sencur CP (#3, 8-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jance Prit can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-10 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kavas he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kavas has a very solid season. In 7 games in Slovenia he scored 11.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aljosa Remus (200-F-86) of Branik - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Matija Trampus (203-C-89) of Grosuplje - 25 points and 9 rebounds
6. Tadej Tusek (194-F-80) of Hrastnik - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) of Sencur CP - 27 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Matic Ribic (186-G-85) of Konjice - 21 points and 8 rebounds
9. Davor Barovic (211-C-90) of Branik - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Boris Jersin (183-G-85) of Triglav Strazisce - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 8 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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South Korean KBL round 29 best performance: Charles Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sonic Boom KT, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 29.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 11 rebounds, while his team crushed KCC Egis (#4, 17-10) with 17-point margin 83-66. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sonic Boom KT maintains the 3rd position in South Korean KBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sonic Boom KT will need more victories to improve their 19-9 record. It's Rhodes' second year at Sonic Boom KT and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Mississippi State University star has very solid stats this year. Rhodes is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 12.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.9bpg and 64.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 33-year old American Gregory Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) of LG Sakers. Stevenson had a very good evening with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead LG Sakers to another comfortable win 74-59 over slightly higher-ranked ET Land (#5, 14-13) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed LG Sakers to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 12-15 record. Stevenson is one of the most experienced players at LG Sakers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Eric Sandrin (206-F/C-78) of Samsung Th. (#10). Sandrin scored 13 points and grabbed twenty nine rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Samsung Th., leading his team to a 83-76overtime win against the higher-ranked SK Knights (#7, 11-16). Samsung Th. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 5-22 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sandrin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sandrin has individually a great season in South Korea. After 27 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (9th best). He also has 1.4bpg and FGP: 53.1%. Eric Sandrin has also South Korean passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodrique Benson (207-F/C-84) of Dongbu Promy - 26 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Chris Williams (199-F/G-80) of Daegu Orions - 24 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of LG Sakers - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Herbert Hill (208-F-84) of ET Land - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tae-Jong Moon (199-F-75) of ET Land - 25 points and 2 rebounds
10. Ira Clark (203-C/F-75) of Samsung Th. - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  SPAIN   


New Orleans Hornets talking with center Gustavo Ayon - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets are in pursuit of a possible backup center, Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, agency: Duran International, college: San Jose St.), a Mexican player currently under contract with a rather large buyout, sources said Sunday night.

Ayon, 6 feet 10, 245 pounds, has been a member of the Mexican national basketball team since 2007. A member of the Hornets' staff, sources said, scouted the 26-year-old several times prior to the start of the 149-day lockout.

Playing in 33 games last season for the team Fuenlabrada in Spain, Ayon averaged 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.

The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets are also making attempts to get Ayon under contract, according to sources.

In previous years, Ayon has also been linked to interest by the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs.

Courtesy of www.nola.com


Haynes' 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Marquez Haynes (191-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for Gran Canaria and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 35 points adding three rebounds for GC 2014 in his team's victory, helping them to crush B.de Rueda V. (#18, 2-10) with 19-point margin 89-70. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. GC 2014 maintains the 12th position in Spanish league. GC 2014 is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-7 record. In the team's last game Haynes had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be GC 2014's top player in his first season with the team. Marquez Haynes averages this season 12.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) of Unicaja. He is Croatian in his first season at Unicaja. In the last game Zoric recorded impressive 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Unicaja to edge the lower-ranked FIATC Joventut (#16, 4-8) in overtime by 1 point 89-88. Unicaja's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 9-3 record is not bad at all. Zoric is a newcomer at Unicaja and quickly became one of team's most reliable player