EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/22/2011

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  ABA   


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


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  ALGERIA   


Pan Arab Games: Algeria is placed 5th, Kuwaut finishes 6th - by Eurobasket News
Algeria- Kuwait 92:79

Algeria is placed 5th, while Kuwait finishes 6th at Pan Arab Games in Doha. The African team grabbed 92:79 victory in the last game for both teams.
Algeria took 25-22 after the first 10 minutes and erupted in the second frame. The African team added 29-16 in the quarter for 16-point advantage at the halftime. Kuwait however was too far to give up and reduced the gap after 24-12 in the third period. Only due to 26-17 in the last stanza Algeria managed to take the win.
Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, college: S.Florida) erupted with 24 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Tampa) nailed 20. Belkacemi Nedjeddine (F-87) scored 14 and Mohamed Amine Belhoul (F-86) added 10. Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) and Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) combined for 60 points in the losing effort.

Algeria: Mohamed Esseghir 24+19 rebs, Mounir Benzegala 20, Belkacemi Nedjeddine 14, Mohamed Amine Belhoul 10
Kuwait: Nayef AlRashidi 32, Abdulaziz Mohammad 28


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  ARGENTINA   


Jose Fabio joins monte Hermoso - by Facundo Iatzky
Paraguayan-argentinian Jose Fabio (198-F-77) will play in monte Hermoso Basket for the rest of the TNA season. jose comes to play in Paraguay, getting the championship with the team of Sol de America. He was the MVP of this league. Now he will occupy the the polace of Mike robinson, released some weeks ago. Jose Fabio also played the last FIBA americas championship in Argentina. Monte hermoso need to win one of the towo games they have ahead to advance to TNA1.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Blog#1: What Up Doe world? - by Ronald Dorsey
What Up Doe world? Glad to have this opportunity to write my first blog for Eurobasket.com (Pro Basketball Overseas).. So lets get started with a little intro into the life of Ronald Dorsey. Born and raised on the Eastside of Detroit, MI. Growing up I attended the Pershing High School (Doughboys). After graduating in 2001 I was blessed to be offered my first basketball scholarship to play 2yrs at Schoolcraft College where I bettered myself as an individual on the court, but most important in the class room as well! In 2003 I moved south to attend McNeese State Univ., a small town by the name of Lake Charles, LA where I decided to spend my last 2yrs as a student-athlete as a Cowboy. Immediately after graduating from college I went dream-chasing to pursue my DREAM of becoming a professional ball player! So that meant driving 12hrs to Boston from Detroit for a Explorer Camp with my Juco teammate 'Dion Sherrell' and his Granny who gave us pep talk the whole way there to get us HYPE and our minds focused on this one in a life time opportunity to play ball overseas! lol Let it be known, with her belief in us, talks with my family back at home and my AMBITION to make it to the next level, it worked for me!! God had sent me my blessing and was driving back home with all smiles the whole 12hrs to Detroit. STAY TUNED to find out more about how I got my first pro contract and the different roads it took for me to end up playing in Melbourne, AU for the Tigers!
MuchLove
Ron D.

@RonnyRealNice


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


OKK Beograd win first game in BIBL league - by Zoran Popovic
After three lost games OKK Beograd players scored first win in BIBL league. On their own court they beat Bulgarian team BC Rilski Sportist 86-68. Belgrade players took advantage from the beginning of the match and finish first half with 17 points advantage. Coach Djurovic team continues in the same rhythm in the third period of the match and in the last quarter routinely finished the match. The most efficient player in OKK Beograd were Luka Drca (195-PG-87, agency: Beo Basket, college: Utah) with 21 scored points, Nenad Misanovic add 14 points and Stanoje Knezevic scored 13 points.. The most efficient player in guests team was Filip Vukosavljeic with 18 scored points.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bowles, Siauliai20.3 
 2. Cipruss, Tarvas19.8 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.8 
 4. Kalve, Valmiera18.7 
 5. Barinov, Naglis P.18.0 
 6. Hallik, Tarvas17.2 
 7. Soo, Rapla17.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool16.9 
 9. Reminas, Naglis P.16.5 
 10. Jefferson, Triumph16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.5 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla9.3 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.8.8 
 4. Nelson, Jelgava8.8 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas8.7 
 6. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 7. McClure, Kedainiai8.3 
 8. Arnold, TT.8.3 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.8 
 10. Bowles, Siauliai7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mindaugas STASYS
  Neptunas
  (180-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Stasys, Neptunas6.7 
 2. Broadus, Siauliai6.1 
 3. Maceina, Juventus5.7 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas5.5 
 5. Rinkevicius, Nagli.5.0 
 6. Dorbek, Tarvas4.8 
 7. Janavicius, Baltai4.6 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas4.5 
 9. Tsiopych, Barsy A.4.4 
 10. Kulagin, Triumph4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle LANDRY
  Triumph
  (207-C/F-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Landry, Triumph2.5 
 2. Salenga, Rudupis2.2 
 3. Virsis, Valmiera2.2 
 4. Kriisa, Tarvas2.0 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.0 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.2.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.0 
 8. Krumins, Jelgava1.8 
 9. Matulionis, Techas.1.8 
 10. Evstigneev, Barsy1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.2.0 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.9 
 3. Gumeniuk, Juventus1.9 
 4. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.6 
 5. Staniulis, Techasas1.6 
 6. Masiulis, Kedainiai1.5 
 7. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.2 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph1.1 
 9. Kurtsevich, Trium.1.0 
 10. Cipruss, Tarvas1.0 


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


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 10-0 
 2. Grodno-93 9-1 
 3. Rubon 4-5 
 4. Minsk-2006 II 4-5 
 5. SBK Osipovichi 4-6 
 6. BGUIR-RTI 2-7 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-9 


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Kiril SITNIK
  SBK O.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Sitnik, SBK O.21.0 
 2. Rutkauskas, Minsk.19.6 
 3. Knox, Minsk-200615.7 
 4. Ignatchik, Minsk-.14.8 
 5. Zakhar, BG.14.2 
 6. Hawkins, Minsk.14.0 
 7. Patupchyk, Sozh G.13.3 
 8. Krisevich, Minsk-.13.3 
 9. Kojenets, Minsk.13.0 
 10. Akulich, Rubon12.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.10.4 
 2. Zakhar, BG.9.7 
 3. Rutkauskas, Minsk.9.6 
 4. Kojenets, Minsk.8.1 
 5. Krisevich, Minsk-.7.1 
 6. Hlebovich, Grodn.7.0 
 7. Knox, Minsk-20066.6 
 8. Skidan, SBK O.6.4 
 9. Zaitsev, SBK O.6.3 
 10. Drobyshevski., So.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.9 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20065.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.6 
 4. Kudrautsau, Minsk.3.8 
 5. Papruha, BG.3.6 
 6. Sitnik, SBK O.3.3 
 7. Volk, SBK O.3.2 
 8. Ignatchik, Minsk-.3.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-932.9 
 10. Konuyshenko, Gro.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Artem MALKOV
  Rubon
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Malkov, Rubon2.4 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20062.3 
 3. Zakhar, BG.2.2 
 4. Ovsepian, Rubon2.1 
 5. Akulich, Rubon2.1 
 6. Patupchyk, Sozh G.1.9 
 7. Sitnik, SBK O.1.9 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 9. Sapegin, Rubon1.9 
 10. Korzh, Grodno-931.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  BG.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, BG.0.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Sugoniako, BG.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 6. Stankevich, Sozh0.0 
 7. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 8. Sofaniuk, Minsk-20.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 10. Sivalko, Rubon0.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Oostende News - by Peter Buyse
Telenet Oostende could have somewhat of a different look after the winter break. The team announced today that both Kennedy Winston (198-F-84, college: Alabama) and Dusan Sakota (208-PF-86).
Winston was brought in to replace the injured Matt Lojeski and Sakota started the season in Oostende. Both players were instrumental in Oostende's home win over Valencia this past tuesday. According to the team's press release it was after the Valencia game that Winston notified the team management he was looking for other options for the rest of the season.
Sakoa
was released by the team in a mutual agreement. Still according to Oostende they are looking to replace both players.
Recently they extended the contract of Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) for the rest of the season.


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  BOSNIA   


Feliks Kojadinovic signs on Cyprus - by Eurobasket News
Feliks Kojadinovic (197-G-79) will continue his career on Cyprus. The Bosnian/Serbian forward penned a deal with Keravnos Nicosia for rest of the season. He will replace Samuel Haanpaa. Kojadinovic started this season with Marousi. He played there in 2010/11 as well. For 25 games in A1 Kojadinovic had 7.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 3.3 apg last season. He was named Eurobasket.com Greek A1 League All-Newcomers Team -11. In 2009/10, Feliks Kojadinovic played for Bosna ASA BHT. He had 9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 5.8 apg for 21 games in Adriatic league. He helped Bosna to win the National Cup that season. In the past, Kojadinovic played for Cherkasy Monkeys, PAOK, Samara, Vojvodina and Borac Nektar.

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  BRAZIL   


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


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: U.Concepcion continues with the unbeaten streak - by Daniel Valencia
After the first half of the regular season, CD Universidad de Concepcion continues as the unbeaten leader of Dimayor 2011/12 with a perfect 14-0 record, after victories from tuesday and wednesday night against Universidad Catolica. The second in the standings, Liceo Mixto won both games from round 13 and 14 against Union Espanola, while Espanol de Talca defeated to Sokol Antofagasta. San Luis de Quillota recorded its first victory of the season, playing against Municipal Curacavi. Both teams are at the bottom of the standings with only one victory for San Luis and thirteen defeats for Curacavi. These are the complete results from round 13 and 14.

Round 13

Liceo Mixto 73 - Union Espanola 62
Lic: Marcus Elliott 18 pts. Howard Wilkerson 16 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 12 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 11 pts.

San Luis 92 - Municipal Curacavi 78
San: George Holt 21 pts. Fernando De Oliveira 21 pts.
Cur: Diego Cabanez 18 pts. Franco Cabanez 15 pts.

Espanol de Talca 79 - Sokol Antofagasta 71
Esp: Adrian Hill 26 pts. Bayo Arigbon 14 pts.
Sok: Xavier Keeling 24 pts. Michael Smith 15 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 92 - CD Universidad Catolica 62
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 29 pts. Jason Keep 17 pts.
Uc: Felipe Contreras 21 pts. Osven Ledesma 10 pts.

Round 14

Liceo Mixto 81 - Union Espanola 59
Lic: Marcus Elliott 25 pts. Howard Wilkerson 16 pts.
Uni: Decorey Young 15 pts. Jeremiah Wilson 15 pts.

Espanol de Talca 98 - Sokol Antofagasta 75
Esp: Sebastian Saez 28 pts. Francisco Bravo 21 pts.
Sok: Xavier Keeling 21 pts. Michael Smith 20 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 91 - CD Universidad Catolica 74
Ucon: Alain Laroche 30 pts. Evandro Arteaga 17 pts.
Uc: John Huggins 22 pts. Osven Ledesma 20 pts.



Standings - LIBSUR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. U.Concepcion 14-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 12-2 
 3. U.Espanola 9-5 
 4. Dep.Espanol 9-5 
 5. Sokol de Antof. 4-8 
 6. U.Catolica 4-10 
 7. San Luis 1-10 
 8. Munic.Curacavi 0-13 


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  CHINA   


Beijing Keeps Winning, Guangdong Suffers Third Loss - by Arthur Volbert
Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Beijing defeated Shandong 86-79. Stephon Marbury had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Chen Lei scored 16. Zhu Yanxi had 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks. Zhai Xiaochuan had 6 points and 6 rebounds. Othello Hunter had 29 points and 12 rebounds for Shandong. Allan Anderson had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists but also 8 turnovers. Wang Ruheng had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Li Lin had 8 points and 3 rebounds.

Guangdong fell three games behind Beijing with a 90-85 loss to Fujian. Anthony Roberson scored 22. Will McDonald had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocks. Luo Yiting scored 13. Zhou Qixin had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Zhao Tailong had 5 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Brooks scored 29 for Guangdong. James Singleton had 20 points and 15 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Playing against McDonald, Su Wei had an abominable 2 points and 2 rebounds in 35 minutes.

Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Bayi 97-90. Wilson Chandler had 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Peter John Ramos had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Wei had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Yongpeng had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 22 points and 10 rebounds for Bayi. Cao Yan scored 17 and Delehei had 15. Han Shuo had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Lei had 8 points and 5 assists. Xu Zhonghao had 6 points and 8 rebounds.

Xinjiang, in its first game since firing National Team coach Bob Donewald, edged Liaoning 98-96. Patrick Mills had 31 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Meng Duo scored 24. Kenyon Martin had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Mulati had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Yang Ming had 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for Liaoning. Rodney Carney also had 25 points and 4 rebounds. Josh Powell had 17 points and 5 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 13 points and 17 rebounds. Guo Ailun had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Charles Gaines had 31 points and 13 rebounds as Shanxi defeated Jilin 115-107. Duan Jiangpeng, in his best game of the season, had 25 points and 7 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 22 points and 8 assists. Marcus Williams had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Ren Junhui scored 10. This is one of the few games, other than wins by Bayi, where native players were primarily responsible for providing a CBA club with its winning margin. Jameel Watkins scored 25 for Jilin. Cartier Martin scored 21. Lu Wei had 17. Zhong Cheng had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Biao scored 14. Osama Daghlas had 6 points and 11 assists.

Tianjin defeated Qingdao 89-78. Zhang Nan had 23 points and 5 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Donnell Harvey had 15 points and 19 rebounds. Xu Lei had 13 points and 5 rebounds. David Harrison had 7 points and 10 rebounds. Lester Hudson and Li Gen each scored 21 for Qingdao. Olumide Oyedeji had 11 points, 22 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocks for Qingdao. Wang Gang had 7 points and 2 rebounds.

Foshan defeated Jiangsu 111-106. Marcus Haislip had 36 points and 15 rebounds. Michel Maadanly had 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Zheng Zhun had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu scored 15. Marcus Douthit had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Jackson Vroman had 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for Jiangsu. Wu Nan had 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yi Li had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Yahui had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Meng Da scored 8. Marcus Williams had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.



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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.5 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS34.3 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.2 
 4. Mills, Xinjiang.28.0 
 5. Williams, Shanxi Z.27.7 
 6. Chandler, Guangsha.27.7 
 7. McDonald, Fujian X.26.8 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan.25.8 
 9. Martin, Jilin N.25.1 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.24.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Qingdao DS
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS16.5 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX15.7 
 3. Hunter, Shandong13.9 
 4. Ramos, Guangsha L.13.8 
 5. Harvey, TianJin R.13.6 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.13.0 
 8. Randolph, DongGua.12.5 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.3 
 10. Vroman, Jiangsu D.12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.8.2 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.6.0 
 3. Brooks, Guandong5.8 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.5 
 5. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.4 
 6. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 7. Anderson, Shandon.5.1 
 8. Yang, Liaoning H.4.6 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.5 
 10. Lu, Shanxi Zh.4.5 
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. Smith, Zhejiang C.3.0 
 4. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 5. Daghles, Jilin N.2.9 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.6 
 7. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
 8. Zhang, Zhejiang C.2.3 
 9. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 10. Brooks, Guandong2.2 
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. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 5. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.6 
 6. Douthit, Foshan1.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 8. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 


CBA Round 14: Guandong Tigers are defeated by Fujian SBS XunXin - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most important game in the last round took place in Jinjiang between second ranked Guandong Tigers (10-3) and twelfth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-8) on Wednesday night. Guandong Tigers were defeated by Fujian SBS XunXin in a tough game on the road 85-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) responded with 29 points and 5 assists. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Shandong FB. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin is looking forward to face higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng managed to get a third victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Qingdao Double Star in Tianjin 89-78. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and Rony Fahed supported him with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Even a double-double of 11 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists by Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) did not help to save the game for Qingdao Double Star. Qingdao Double Star's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Rongcheng (3-10) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. Qingdao Double Star at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with ten games lost. TianJin Rongcheng will play against higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#11) in Jinan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Qingdao Double Star will have a break next round.
CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (13-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (6-8) 86-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shandong Bulls. The best player for the winners was Randolph Morris who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. Othello Hunter produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Beijing Ducks have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the tenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Fujian XX. Beijing Ducks will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
Shanghai Sharks (#11) forced the game against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 86-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. Americans were the main players on the court. J.R. Smith orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones (8-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang F.T. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Hangzhou Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
The game in Ningbo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-6). Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90 on Wednesday. Peter John Ramos had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Hangzhou to the arena Zhejiang Cyclones.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14: Liaoning H. lost to Xinjiang F.T. on the opponent's court 96-98. Jiangsu D. unfortunately lost to Foshan in a home game 106-111. Jilin NE T. recorded a loss to Shanxi Zh. on the road 99-115.



Xinjiang F.T. - Liaoning H. 98-96

Very expected game in Urumqi where 9th ranked Liaoning Hunters (6-7) were edged by fifth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (8-4) 98-96 on Wednesday. However just two-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 30-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Xinjiang Flying Tige made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Liaoning Hunters were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) scored 31 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Duo Peng (192-90) chipped in 24 points during the contest. Guard Ming Yang (193-85) responded with 25 points and the former international center Xiaoxu Li (207-90) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 17 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Zhejiang C. Loser Liaoning Hunters keep the ninth position with seven games lost. Xinjiang Flying Tige will face league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Liaoning Hunters will play at home against Shanxi Zhongyu (#6) in Taiyuan.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 31+4reb+4ast, P.Duo 24+3reb+2ast, M.Kenyon 13+9reb+1ast, M.Lati 11+11reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 7+2reb, Z.Yong-Gang 5+1reb
Liaoning H.: Y.Ming 25+4reb+3ast, C.Rodney 25+4reb, P.Josh 17+5reb+1ast, L.Xiaoxu 13+17reb+1ast, G.Ailun 7+3reb+2ast, H.Tian-ju 4+4reb
gschID: 158125


TianJin R. - Qingdao DS 89-78

Bottom-ranked TianJin Rongcheng managed to get a third victory, breaking the nine-game losing streak. This time they won against fourteenth-ranked Qingdao Double Star in Tianjin 89-78. Qingdao Double Star was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 44-32 second half run of TianJin Rongcheng. They also forced 22 Qingdao Double Star turnovers and outrebounded them 55-40 including a 21-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 19 rebounds to lead the effort and Lebanese guard Rony Fahed (184-81) supported him with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Four TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 11 points, 22 rebounds and 7 assists by Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) did not help to save the game for Qingdao Double Star. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) added 21 points for the guests. Qingdao Double Star's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. TianJin Rongcheng (3-10) moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Jiangsu D. Qingdao Double Star at the other side dropped to the fifteenth position with ten games lost. TianJin Rongcheng will play against higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#11) in Jinan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Qingdao Double Star will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: Z.Nan 23+5reb+1ast, F.Rony 19+8reb+6ast, H.Donnell 15+19reb+3ast, X.Lei 13+5reb+1ast, H.David 7+10reb+3ast, Z.Zhihan 6+4reb+2ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 21+2reb+1ast, L.Gen 21+1reb, O.Olumide 11+22reb+7ast, W.Gang 7+2reb, X.YuYang 6+2reb, C.Kai 4+2reb
gschID: 158122


Beijing Ducks - Shandong FB 86-79

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (13-0) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat tenth ranked Shandong Bulls (6-8) 86-79. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shandong Bulls. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Beijing Ducks shot 29 for 44 from the free-throw line, while Shandong Bulls only scored thirteen points from the stripe. Beijing Ducks forced 21 Shandong Bulls turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds. The other American import guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 17 points. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds and American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) added 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Ducks have an impressive 13-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 13-0 record. Loser Shandong Bulls keep the tenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Fujian XX. Beijing Ducks will meet Foshan (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Shandong Bulls will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 31+12reb, M.Stephon 17+4reb+3ast, C.Lei 16+3reb+2ast, Z.YanXi 10+8reb+1ast, Z.Xiaochuan 6+6reb+2ast, J.Zhe 4+5reb
Shandong FB: H.Othello 29+12reb+1ast, A.Alan 21+10reb+6ast, L.Li 8+3reb, W.Ruheng 8+5reb, W.Ke 4+7reb, S.Ran 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 158123


Jiangsu D. - Foshan 106-111

Everything could happen in Nanjing at the game between two tied teams. Both fifteenth ranked Foshan and 16th ranked Jiangsu Dragons had identical 3-9 record. But Jiangsu Dragons were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Foshan 111-106 on Wednesday night. Jiangsu Dragons were trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 37-26 charge of Foshan, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Foshan made 7 blocks. American forward Marcus Haislip (208-80, college: Tennessee) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Syrian guard Michel Maadanly (195-81) chipped in 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Foshan's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Nan Wu (196-89) scored 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Foshan (4-9) moved-up to fourteenth place. Jiangsu Dragons lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Foshan will face league's leader Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Shanghai Sharks (#12).
Top scorers:
Foshan: H.Marcus 36+15reb+3ast, M.Michel 24+8reb+5ast, Z.Zhun 18+5reb+2ast, Z.Lingxu 15+4reb+2ast, D.Marcus 9+8reb+1ast, Y.Wenbo 5+1reb+2ast
Jiangsu D.: V.Jackson 30+14reb+5ast, W.Nan 22+7reb+4ast, Y.Li 16+5reb+2ast, L.Yahui 15+7reb+1ast, W.Marcus 9+3reb+4ast, M.Da 8+2reb
gschID: 158124


Fujian XX - Guandong ST 90-85

The most important game in the last round took place in Jinjiang between second ranked Guandong Tigers (10-3) and twelfth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (6-8) on Wednesday night. Guandong Tigers were defeated by Fujian SBS XunXin in a tough game on the road 85-90. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. Guandong Tigers trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-90 at the end of the game. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) chipped in 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) responded with 29 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds. Four Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Guandong Tigers' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Fujian SBS XunXin moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Shandong FB. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second position with three games lost. Fujian SBS XunXin is looking forward to face higher ranked DongGuan Leopards (#7) at home in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Guandong Tigers will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) in Urumqi and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 22+2reb+2ast, M.Will 20+7reb+4ast, A.Zaid 17+14reb+2ast, L.Yi Ting 13+1reb+1ast, Z.Qixin 9+8reb, Z.TaiLong 5+6reb+4ast
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 29+3reb+5ast, S.James 20+15reb, Z.Peng 13+4reb+2ast, Z.FangYu 11+6reb, H.Dong 8+4reb, W.ShiPeng 2+3reb
gschID: 158119


Bayi Fubang - Guangsha L. 90-97

The game in Ningbo was also quite interesting. Third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (9-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-6). Zhejiang Guangsha Lions managed to secure a 7-point victory 97-90 on Wednesday. The guests trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 7 points. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Bayi Fubang's 34. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions forced 21 Bayi Fubang turnovers. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Shuo Han (196-86) scored 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-4 record having four points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Hangzhou to the arena Zhejiang Cyclones.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 29+6reb+4ast, R.Peter John 25+16reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 11+8reb+4ast, Z.Wei 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Yongpeng 8+7reb, J.Lipeng 5+1reb+2ast
Bayi Fubang: W.ZhiZhi 22+10reb+3ast, Y.Cao 17+3reb+1ast, D.Lehei 15+3reb+1ast, H.Shuo 11+5reb+5ast, M.Ke 9+9reb, W.Lei 8+2reb+5ast
gschID: 158120


Shanxi Zh. - Jilin NE T. 115-99

Not a big story in a game in Taiyuan where 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (5-8) were defeated by seventh ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (7-5) 115-99 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Shanxi Zhongyu. Jilin Tigers was better in fourth quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 46-25 including a 37-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Jilin Tigers were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) had a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard XiaoMing Lu (176-79) chipped in 22 points and 9 assists during the contest. American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) responded with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) scored 21 points. Five Shanxi Zhongyu and four Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to sixth place. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the twelfth position with eight games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face Liaoning Hunters (#9) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 31+13reb, D.JiangPeng 25+7reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 22+4reb+9ast, W.Marcus 17+8reb+5ast, R.Junwei 10, P.Jiang 3+2reb
Jilin NE T.: W.Jameel 25+5reb+1ast, M.Cartier 21+2reb+2ast, L.Wei 17+3reb, Z.Cheng 16+7reb, Z.Biao 14+2reb, D.Osama 6+1reb+11ast
gschID: 158121


Zhejiang C. - Shanghai S. 89-86 OT

Shanghai Sharks (#11) forced the game against Zhejiang Cyclones (#5) into an overtime, but lost by three points 86-89. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Shanghai Sharks. Shanghai Sharks were ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 20-16 charge of Zhejiang Cyclones, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 12-9. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 20 Shanghai Sharks turnovers. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Shanghai Sharks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard J.R. Smith (198-85) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 6 blocks for the winners. Forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 15 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for Shanghai Sharks. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones (8-4) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Xinjiang F.T. Shanghai Sharks at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with eight games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Hangzhou Zhejiang Guangsha Lions.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 35+11reb+3ast, B.Josh 13+14reb, C.Fei 12+6reb+2ast, Z.ChunJun 9+8reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 7+5reb+5ast, Z.Dayu 7+1reb
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 24+13reb+6ast, H.Mike 15+15reb, Z.ZhaoXu 13+9reb, W.Yong-Liang 8+5reb, J.Xiang 7+2reb, F.Tian 7+5reb+3ast
gschID: 158118




Kenyon Martin leaving Chinese team - by Eurobasket News
Martin Kenyon (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) has severed ties with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, but he wont be able to secure a FIBA letter of clearance to return to the NBA until the teams season ends sometime in February or March, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The regular season runs through mid-February for Xinjiang, but the Flying Tigers expect to qualify for the playoffs.

For Martin and Xinjiang, the breakup was simply a chance to end a partnership that hadnt been productive. Martin, who turns 34 on Dec. 30, had been nothing resembling a dominant force in the CBA, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds in a league with few NBA-level big men.

After playing out his contract with the Denver Nuggets last season, Martin is an unrestricted free agent. There are NBA teams interested in him, but clearly theyll take a close look at his knees and try to understand why he struggled to find his past explosiveness in China. Was he simply not playing hard enough, or is he not healthy?

Nevertheless, Martins departure will assuredly set a precedent for some of the other American players J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler pushing to leave China for the chance to rejoin the NBA. Aaron Brooks is content to finish out his season with Guandong and likely re-sign with the Phoenix Suns in March. Brooks is a restricted free agent. Chinese Basketball Association rules and player contracts had stipulated that NBA free agents could sign to play in China, but wouldnt be granted the necessary FIBA letter of clearance needed to return to the NBA until the China season had been completed.

Smith, Chandler and Brooks have been high-scoring, highly productive players in China, and their teams are less apt to want to part ways with them. Without a chance to join the NBA until the end of the CBA season, they can still get paid their contracts in China.

Martin had signed a deal worth $2.6 million for the season, but will be paid only a prorated salary based on the 12 games he played for Xinjiang. Martin played one final game Wednesday in China, and will leave his team with an 8-4 record. Xinjiangs coach, Bob Donewald, was fired over the weekend.

All of these American players signed with Chinese teams during the NBA lockout, when they werent sure if the league would even have a 2011-12 season.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


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Standings - Division B
Division B First Round Standings
Group One
 1. Anagennises 5-0
 2. Asteras 4-1
 3. APOP Paphou 3-2
 4. Athanasiou 2-3
 5. Achilleas Agrou 1-4
 6. Athl.Aradippou 0-0
 7. Argonaftes 0-5
Group Two
 1. Paralimni 5-0
 2. Olympos 4-1
 3. Onisilos 2-2
 4. Enosis 2-3
 5. Zinon 1-4
 6. Doxa 0-4


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Fan Voting Comes to a Close as First 10 Mattoni NBL All-Stars Chosen - by Surujh Roopnarine
Over the course of the last two months fans have submitted more than 3000 online votes for the players and coaches they want to represent the East and West teams in the 2012 Mattoni NBL All-Star Game. The game, held on Sunday January 8th will feature a mixture of domestic and foreign players and will take place in the CEZ Arena in Pardubice.
The remaining players who will participate in the game will be named during the All-Star week by the Coaches.

Basic Five East
Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) (792 votes)
Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, college: Illinois) (650 votes)
Keaton Grant (193-G-86, college: Purdue) (578 votes)
Maurice Hampton (188-G-84, college: Austin Peay St.) (544 votes)
Michael Bernard (205-C-78, college: S.Florida) (416 votes)

Coach: Jan Slowiak (508 votes)

Basic Five West
Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) (828 votes)
Petr Benda (203-F/C-82) (726 votes)
Pavel Houska (201-F-84) (718 votes)
Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) (636 votes)
Tomas Pomikalek (200-F-89) (622 votes)

Coach: Pavel Budinsky (962 votes)


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Tyrell Biggs returns to Charge; Relphorde released - by Eurobasket News
With open arms, the Canton Charge welcomed back leading scorer Tyrell Biggs (6'8''-F-86, college: Pittsburgh) on Tuesday.

But his arrival came at a cost.

The Charge released versatile wing Marcus Relphorde (6'7''-F-88, college: Colorado) to make room for Biggs, who missed the past five games after being invited to Cleveland Cavaliers training camp.

Biggs was waived by the Cavs on Saturday and had 48 hours to pass through NBA waivers before he could rejoin the Charge.

I told him its great to have him back, love having him here, Charge head coach Alex Jensen said. Now lets get you back up somewhere, wherever it is. Thats the whole point of being here, to move up.

Biggs, Cantons first-round draft pick this year, was among the NBA Development Leagues top 10 scorers at 21.3 points a game when the Cavs brought him to camp.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward expressed disappointment in not making the Cavs, but he took plenty of positives from the experience.

I knew going up there it was going to be more of a learning experience, said Biggs, a 53.1-percent shooter from the field. Your goal is to make the team, but there are a lot of things you have to weigh in that equation, like limited roster spots and guaranteed contracts. Those are things you cant control.

You can go up there and go as hard as you can, do the best you can. Thats what I did.

Biggs said he received encouraging feedback from the Cavs, including head coach Byron Scott. He said I did really well and impressed them. So Ill be keeping in contact with them.

When no NBA team claimed Biggs, the Charge had a difficult decision to make. Who goes to make room on the 10-man roster?

Relphorde, who had played in all nine games and started six of them, was the choice.

Marcus was great for us, Jensen said. He practiced hard. But going back down to 10 players, youre forced to make decisions. Its hard, because hes a good basketball player that will be picked up by somebody.

Relphorde averaged 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds after making the team from the open player tryouts. He boasts a diverse skill package for a 6-7, 220-pound man. He struggled shooting the basketball, as his 43.2 field goal percentage, 25.0 3-point percentage and 55.6 free throw percentage will attest. He also seemed to struggle grasping some of the Charges defensive philosophies.

The Charge (4-5) didnt want to cut at point guard with Keith McLeod still in Utah Jazz training camp. And they didnt want to take away from a thin front court.

So that left them looking to the wing, meaning Relphorde, Antoine Agudio, Kyle Gibson or the recently acquired Trent Strickland.

Relphorde could come back to haunt them if the recently turned 23-year-old ever figures things out. As Jensen said, Hes still no where near his ceiling.

With NBA training camps closing later this week, many players will flood back into the D-League and rosters will continue to evolve. And that means the Charge likely will face many more difficult personnel calls.

Its not the first, Jensen said, and its not the last.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Fazekas agrees to a contract with Philippines team - by Eurobasket News
Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, college: Nevada) did some soul searching and came to the following conclusion: The Philippines is more money and less stress on his troublesome ankle, and that combination was enough for him to go.

The former Nevada basketball star said Tuesday he is leaving the Reno Bighorns NBA Development League team to join the Petron Blaze of the Philippine Basketball Association. He will leave in mid-January for the Manila-based team.

The 6-foot-11 forward/center signed a contract for this season only. The Blaze is 9-5 and has about four months remaining on its schedule. He did not want disclose the details of the contract but said he will make more money than he was making with the Bighorns.

Fazekas played six games with the Bighorns this season. The team is honoring him tonight ahead of its 7 p.m. game against Idaho at the Reno Events Center by offering $5 bowl tickets. Fazekas will be available to sign autographs from 6-7 p.m.

The Bighorns have been great, said Fazekas, who led the Wolf Pack to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2003-04, his freshman season. Theyve given me an opportunity.

Fazekas was with the Bighorns last year when an ankle injury ended his season after just 12 games. He has had problems with his feet and ankles in the past and said the PBA schedule one game a week figured into his decision as well.

Its a chance to play and make a little more money, he said. Its less games, which is easier for me. It was just a no-brainer.

Hell be four inches taller than any of his teammates but said he expects to continue to play the power forward position.

I hope to help the team out by scoring a lot of points, said Fazekas, who played one year in the NBA and has also played in Europe. I hope to bring my offensive abilities to the team. I dont know a whole lot about it.

Fazekas said Richie Frahm, a former Gonzaga player who has played in the PBA, encouraged him to go.

He said there are a lot of different incentives to go, Fazekas said. He said there are a lot of American restaurants.

Fazekas said the team provides housing, a driver and a meal allowance.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


Foote returns to Springfield - by Eurobasket News
The Springfield Armor announced today that they have waived Michael Sturns (6'5''-G-86, agency: Court Side, college: Holy Family) to make room for the return of center Jeff Foote (7'0''-C-88, college: Cornell). The current Armor roster stands at 10.

Foote returns to the Armor after a stint in the Portland Trail Blazers' training camp. Foote, who was acquired from the NBA D-League available player pool on Nov. 29, played in two games with the Armor (one start) and averaged 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 32.5 minutes. Foote will be available when the Armor travel to Bismarck, ND to take on the Dakota Wizards on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 9:00 PM EST.

Sturns was reacquired from the available player pool on Dec. 12 after being released by the Armor during training camp. He played in one game with the Armor totaling four minutes of action against the Tulsa 66ers on Dec. 17.

The Armor continue their longest road trip of the season when they play back-to-back nights against the Dakota Wizards on Thursday and Friday. The Armor do not return home until Jan. 5 when they host the Erie BayHawks at the MassMutual Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  EGYPT   


Pan Arab Games: Qatar enter championship game after beating Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Egypt 75:72

Qatar will play in Pan Arab Games Final. The hosts of the tournament overcame Egypt tonight to reach the championship game. Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) posted 21 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Qatar will face Jordan in the title game. Egypt will play versus Tunisia in the consolation final.
Egypt stunned the home side in the opening quarter. They went on a 23:10 run to leave Qatar behind. Egypt controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:30 halftime lead. But Qatar gradually came back to life in the third term. The hosts got within 5 points midway throughout the final frame and then went on a final spurt to clinch the victory. Ali Turki (201-F/C-82) posted 18 points, while Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) had 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 19 points for Egypt. Mohamed Kardani (196-PF-77) posted 12 points in the loss.

Qatar: Ousseynou N'Diaye 21, Ali Turki 18, Erfan Ali 15
Egypt: Amr El Gandy 19, Mohamed Kardani 12



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  EUROCUP   


Salenga to VEF Riga? - by Philip Mulryne
According to Latvian site sportacentrs.com who are referring from sportando.net, Lithuanian veteran Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) is close to VEF Riga . As well known, Rudupis Prienu had a strong Regular Season at Eurocup although eliminated at the last match against Aris. VEF Riga Riga advanced through Last 16 and they need someone to support Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) for scoring. Dainius Salenga had 12.3 pts. and 3.2 asists average. The fact that VEF Riga Riga has the ex Lithuanian national team coach Ramunas Butautas can make the transaction easier. This could lead to the exclusion of American guard Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) according to the source.

Standings
Eurocup Stage Two Standings
Group I
 1. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 2. Gravelines 0-0 
 3. Valencia 0-0 
 4. VEF Riga 0-0 
Group J
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. ASVEL 0-0 
 3. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 4. Khimky 0-0 
Group K
 1. Banvit BK 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Krka 0-0 
 4. Spartak SP 0-0 
Group L
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Benetton TV 0-0 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
Stage One Standings


Zarko Rakocevic gets MVP of the Week award for Eurocup - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Valencia and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team was edged out by Oostende (#3, 2-4) 87-83. Valencia was forced-out from the top positions in Eurocup group D. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Valencia will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 4-2 record. Rakocevic turned to be Valencia's top player in his first season with the team.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old guard Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) of Cholet. Causeur impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Cholet to edge slightly lower-ranked PAOK (#4, 1-5) by 3 points 69-66. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in group B. Cholet consolidated its place in top 3 of the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Causeur is one of the most experienced players at Cholet and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.8ppg (#1). He also registered 4.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Jared Homan (206-C-83) of B.Muenchen (#3). Homan scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of B.Muenchen, leading his team to a 80-65 easy win against #4 ranked Cedevita. The chances of B.Muenchen not to end season at such low position in group G, however are less than slim as they have already lost 4 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Homan could try to bring B.Muenchen's a little bit higher in the standings. Homan has a very solid season. In 4 games in Eurocup he scored 12.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Davis (202-F-84) of Banvit BK - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83) of ALBA - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Curtis Millage (185-G-81) of VEF Riga - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dominic James (180-PG-86) of Aris - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Warren Carter (205-F/C-85) of M.Hainaut - 24 points and 10 rebounds
10. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83) of Fraport SKY - 27 points and 3 rebounds

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


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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Caja Laboral 5-4 
 2. Olympiakos 5-4 
 3. Fener.Ulker 5-4 
 4. Bennet Cantu 5-4 
 5. Gescrap BB 4-5 
 6. Nancy 3-6 
Group B
 1. CSKA 10-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 7-3 
 3. Unicaja 4-6 
 4. Zalgiris 4-6 
 5. Brose Baskets 3-7 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 2-8 
Group C
 1. Real Madrid 7-2 
 2. Maccabi T-A 6-3 
 3. Anadolu Efes 5-4 
 4. Partizan 4-5 
 5. Armani MI 3-6 
 6. Spirou 2-7 
Group D
 1. FCB Regal 9-1 
 2. Montepaschi 8-2 
 3. Unics 7-3 
 4. Galatasaray 4-6 
 5. Asseco Prokom 1-9 
 6. Union Olimpija 1-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.23.1 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.8 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.9 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris17.5 
 5. Carroll, Real Madr.17.4 
 6. Mallet, Spirou16.9 
 7. Domercant, Unics16.5 
 8. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 9. Batum, Nancy15.8 
 10. Krstic, CSKA15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Motiejunas, Asseco7.9 
 3. Macvan, Partizan7.9 
 4. Krstic, CSKA7.1 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.9 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.6.9 
 7. Bourousis, Armani6.8 
 8. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja6.7 
 10. Kasun, KK.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Sergio RODRIGUEZ
  Real M.
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rodriguez, Real M.6.0 
 2. Teodosic, CSKA5.9 
 3. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 4. Huertas, FCB Regal5.0 
 5. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 7. Cook, Armani MI4.8 
 8. Tunceri, Anadolu4.8 
 9. Prigioni, Caja L.4.7 
 10. Blassingame, Asse.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.2 
 3. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 4. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 5. Gordon, Galatasaray1.7 
 6. Linehan, Nancy1.7 
 7. Gist, Fener.Ulker1.7 
 8. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 9. Moerman, Nancy1.6 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.8 
 4. Begic, Real Madrid1.6 
 5. Ilyasova, Anadolu1.5 
 6. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 7. Perovic, FCB Regal1.2 
 8. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.2 
 9. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.1 
 10. Ndong, FCB Regal1.0 


Spanoulis at the injury list for the next month - by Kostas Papadopoulos
What a shock yesterday evening for Olympiacos. 2011 seems that will not pass away in a good mood since the captain of the team and its best player now on this season, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), was injured, wounding his left ankle in the training. The news about the Reds captain was not very pleasant since the medical tests demonstrated a heavy sprain. The first estimations, which though should be verified, say that Vassilis Spanoulis will remain out of action for the next 3 to 4 weeks!
Vassilis Spanoulis, along with Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80), who is also injured, did not travel today to France for the tomorrow decisive, regarding the first place of its group, game for Euroleague against Nancy. If the estimations for the time to be out of the fields are verified, Vassilis Spanoulis will also lose the important game against Panionios for the Greek championship on January 4th at Nea Smyrni. However, the most possibilities for him are that he will be ready at the beginning of the Euroleague Top 16



An NBA Season Without Sasha Vujacic - by David Pick
One of the toughest aspects in collecting post game quotes is getting them from a losing squad. Especially one that just had their shorts blown off by 39-points.

Walking into Anadolu Efes' locker room at Nokia Arena in Tel-Aviv last week after they've witnessed David Blu drop four threes and 'Big Sofo' stomp the paint on route to an easy 96:57 win securing Maccabi's second spot in the Euroleague's Group C, it took me a few seconds to spot Sasha Vujacic in the left corner, mostly because all of Efes' player's heads were facing south.

Following some small talk and a short introduction, an expected boring interview took a nifty turn when I told Vujacic 'I'm here to talk NBA.' Sasha's face lit up with a huge smile, tucking his greasy hair behind his ears. 'Disappointed? I knew the lockout could and would end during the European season but I decided to sign a no out deal with Efes,' a confident Vujacic said. 'There's not much I can do about it now. I took a risk but I'm fully devoted to Efes for the remainder of season.'

Leading his team to a Turkish League best 9-1 record, Vujacic does the majority of his team's scoring with 14.5ppg in the Domestic League and 13.6ppg in the Euroleague, including 91.7% from the charity line.

Yet, in between games and road trips, Vujacic is experiencing something from his past that has returned to haunt him watching middle of the night NBA games on TV. From winning two championship rings with the Black Mamba to another season in New Jersey with former L.A. teammate Jordan Farmar, Vujacic might exercise the possibility of actually purchasing the NBA League Pass. 'I'll definitely follow the Lakers and Nets but regardless, with all the trades the NBA became very exciting.' He says.

When asked about setting him alarm clock to 03:00 AM to catch some real action, while knowing that with an out clause he'd be seeing NBA from the other side of the screen, Vujacic rolled his eyes laughing in disbelief 'It's something I haven't thought about but might have to do. My goal is definitely to get back into the league next season. I want to play on a championship contending team.' Said Vujacic with a descriptive smile, reminiscing on the good-old-days.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @DubiPick



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Jamie Skeen moves from ASVEL to Ironi Ashkelon - by Eurobasket News
Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU) will continue his career in Israel. The American rookie signed a deal with Ironi Ashkelon. Skeen started this season with French ASVEL. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg for six EuroCup games. The player had almost the same numbers for 11 games in ProA. Jamie Skeen is a product of the Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated this year. He helped VCU to reach the NCAA Final Four. In 39 games as a senior Skeen averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was named CAA All-Tournament Team -11. Jamie Skeen transferred to VCU in 2009 from the Wake Forest University.

Trail Blazers and Nicolas Batum will begin contract extension talks in the New Year - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have taken the first step toward signing forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) to a long-term contract extension, sending his representatives a formal letter of intention to discuss an extension.

In the letter, the Blazers said they plan on beginning discussions for a new deal after the first of the year, according to Batums agent, Bouna Ndiyae, so the sides expect formal dialogue to begin around Jan. 1.

The Blazers have until Jan. 25 to sign Batum to an extension or they will have to wait until June 30, when Batum would become a restricted free agent. The Blazers insist that extending Batum is a priority and Batum, likewise, has expressed a strong desire to remain in Portland, so the sides are optimistic negotiations will go smoothly.

I spoke to Nic last week and told him that he doesnt need to be worried about it, Blazers interim GM Chad Buchanan said. Were going to take care of him. We have a large window to get something done. He just needs to go out and play and everything will work out.

The Blazers can offer Batum up to a five-year extension, but that would require they give him a maximum contract, which seems unlikely. The Blazers can only have one player on their roster tied to a maximum deal. It seems more probable the sides would discuss a three-or four-year extension and Ndiyae said Batum is open to signing a long-term deal under the right circumstances.

Depending on the numbers, Ndiyae said. I think were going to wait and see what they have in mind and go from there. Well see. We dont mind going long term.

The Blazers acquired Batum in a draft-night trade with the Houston Rockets in 2008 after the Rockets selected him with the No. 25 overall pick.

He surprisingly developed into a starter as a rookie, when he blossomed into the teams best perimeter defender, and has remained an integral part of coach Nate McMillan's rotation since. Batum has showed marked improvement during each of his three NBA seasons and averaged career-highs in points (12.4 points), rebounds (4.5) and assists (1.5) last season.

All the while, he has become a sought after commodity in the NBA; a player who draws the most interest from other teams when the Blazers engage in trade discussions.

The Blazers see a great deal of upside in Batum, who turned 23 last week and appears to just now be coming into his own. Buchanan said the Blazers consider Batum a big part of our future.

So what does that mean in dollars and cents?

I dont know, Buchanan said. Obviously hes still a young player. Were open to something thats fair on both ends, something that pays Nicolas fairly but also gives us the flexibility to add pieces to our team at the same time. Its important that we remain competitive.'

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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


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, Vardar18.5 
 4. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 5. Gecevski, MZT S.17.6 
 6. Nikolovski, Feni I.17.5 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.1 
 8. Karadzovski, Torus16.9 
 9. Trajkovski, Torus16.8 
 10. Dahlman, MZT S.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Noah DAHLMAN
  MZT S.
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Dahlman, MZT S.9.2 
 2. Gecevski, MZT S.8.7 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.2 
 4. Nikolovski, Feni I.8.1 
 5. Reynolds, Torus S.7.8 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.4 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.3 
 8. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.6 
 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.3.7 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.6 
 4. Tasevski, Vardar3.2 
 5. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.2 
 6. Zivcevic, Lirija3.1 
 7. Mijajlovic, MZT S.3.1 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.1 
 9. Stojanovski, MZT S.2.9 
 10. Cekovski, MZT S.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.7 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.0 
 3. Filipovic, Lirija1.7 
 4. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 5. Simonovski, Feni I.1.3 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar1.2 
 8. Tomasevic, Kozuv1.2 
 9. Kostoski, Kumanovo1.2 
 10. Stajic, Lirija1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja JELESIJEVIC
  Kumanovo
  (209-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.4 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Gecevski, MZT S.1.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus1.0 
 5. Simic, Lirija0.9 
 6. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 7. Avramovski, Lirija0.8 
 8. Reynolds, Torus S.0.8 
 9. Kralevski, Vardar0.8 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.7 


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  GERMANY   


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Martin SAMARCO
  Karlsruhe
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Samarco, Karlsruhe21.6 
 2. Reese, Duesseldorf21.1 
 3. McKiver, Braves20.2 
 4. Stommes, Webmoebel19.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.18.6 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 7. Hassan, Leitersh.18.0 
 8. Webb, Crailsheim16.7 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel16.6 
 10. Capel, Cuxhaven16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Karlsruhe
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Howard, Karlsruhe10.4 
 2. Uskoski, Kirchheim8.3 
 3. Black, Jena8.3 
 4. Webb, Crailsheim8.0 
 5. Lawson, Chemnitz7.9 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven7.6 
 7. Richardson, Leiter.7.6 
 8. De Michael, NBC6.9 
 9. Mason, Webmoebel6.9 
 10. Watts, Heidelberg6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmad SMITH
  Kirchheim
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smith, Kirchheim6.1 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz5.6 
 3. Jeka, Braves5.3 
 4. Holcomb Faye, MBC4.9 
 5. Diggs, Webmoebel4.7 
 6. Burgess, Heidelberg4.6 
 7. Chavis, NBC4.5 
 8. Reese, Duesseldorf4.4 
 9. Rice, Cuxhaven4.4 
 10. Hill, Crailsheim4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim2.1 
 2. Bowlin, Leitershof.1.9 
 3. Rice, Cuxhaven1.8 
 4. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 5. Ishizaki, Chemnitz1.5 
 6. Williamson, Ehingen1.5 
 7. Reese, Duesseldorf1.4 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe1.4 
 9. Harris, NBC1.4 
 10. Matthews, Ehingen1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy CHEREMNYKH
  Braves
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Cheremnykh, Braves1.8 
 2. De Michael, NBC1.4 
 3. Zipser, Heidelberg1.3 
 4. Williamson, Ehingen1.2 
 5. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.0 
 6. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 7. Oakes, MBC0.9 
 8. Howard, Karlsruhe0.9 
 9. Okoye, NBC0.8 
 10. Schoo, Heidelberg0.8 


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


Jonathan Moore Lands With BG Karlsruhe - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO A team BG Karlsruhe have found Jonathan Moore (203-F/G-82, college: N.C.Central) right before Christmas able to fill the void that was left by the departures of Mario Boggan and Johannes Lange. Moore is a 29 year old 202cm German American that is a athletic swingman (plays the 3 and 2 positions) who was considered one of the best players in Div II at his college years. He can hit the jump shot or take his man off the dribble. He is not unknown to the Beko BBL where he played for TBB Trier and the Eisbaren Bremerhaven playing a total of 45 beko BBL games. 'He can move and has a high basketball intelligence. He fits perfectly to the team and was accepted. Now he needs to quickly learn the plays', stressed BG Karlsruhe head coach Torsten Daume.

Moore started his basketball career at East Carolina (NCAA) in 2001 where he played until 2003. he then played at North Carolina Central (NCAA2) from 2003-2005. He started his professional basketball career in 2005 playing for the Florida Flame (D-League): 37 games: 4.3ppg, 1.8rpg. In 2006-2007, he played for Arkansas RimRockers (D-League), released in Feb.'07: 26 games: 7.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 69.1%, later that month moved to BBC Bayreuth (Germany-2.Bundesliga), but DNP. In 2007-2008, he played for B Trier (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 33 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg. In 2008-2009, he played for Gothia Basket (Sweden-Basketligan): left during the season: 15 games: 18.0ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.8apg, 2.1spg, 2FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 68.3%. In 2009-2010, he played for Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 12 games: 1.8ppg. last season, he played for UMFN Njardvik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 9 games: 18.8ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.4apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 72.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been D-League Semifinals -06, WBA West Division Champion -06, WBA Semifinals -06, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Bosmans Team -09, and German Bundesliga Semifinals -10

Source: BG Karlsruhe



Josh Young (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Its No Surprise When Reggie Redding And Vaughn Duggins Have A Big Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Joshua Young (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Drake) is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Lawton, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB, starting five): 11 games: 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket after the 82-59 win against the LTi Giessen 46ers.

Congrats on the 82-59 win at home against Giessen. How important wa sit going into Christmas getting this win?

The win was very important for us. It gives us some momentum heading into the break. Hopefully we can use that when we resume play on the 27th.

Does every added win at home make it more fun to play at home?

We always have fun when playing at home. We have great fans and support when we play here. Our team does everything we can to win for those guys and to make Tubingen proud.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the slim 37-33 lead at halftime. Why couldnt the Tigers break away more in the first half?

In the first half, we werent getting stops on defense and offensively we turned the ball over too many times. It was tough for either team to break away.

What words of advise did Igor Perovic give the team that enabled you to score 28 points in the third quarter and give up only 25 points in the second half?

Coach told us that we had to control the offense, take care of the ball, and pick up the intensity on defense. Thats what we did and it helped us get the win.

Reggie Redding and Vaughn Duggins combined for 40 points on 17/23 shooting. Was this the best shooting that you have seen them do?

Reggie and Vaughn are both great players and shooters. I see them shoot every day in practice so its no surprise when they have a big game like this.


Baron Davis will sign with the New York Knicks. What kind of new dimension will this give the club?

He will add some experience and toughness. I think he will do well in New York.


Jon Leuer was top scorer for the Milwaukee Bucks in the first pre season game. How good do you think his chances are of making the team?

I think he has a good chance to make that roster. Since he played so well in their first game, he has definitely improved his chances even more.

What is your biggest Christmas basketball wish???

Simple- to keep winning games.

Thanks Josh for the chat.




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Spanoulis at the injury list for the next month - by Kostas Papadopoulos
What a shock yesterday evening for Olympiacos. 2011 seems that will not pass away in a good mood since the captain of the team and its best player now on this season, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), was injured, wounding his left ankle in the training. The news about the Reds captain was not very pleasant since the medical tests demonstrated a heavy sprain. The first estimations, which though should be verified, say that Vassilis Spanoulis will remain out of action for the next 3 to 4 weeks!
Vassilis Spanoulis, along with Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80), who is also injured, did not travel today to France for the tomorrow decisive, regarding the first place of its group, game for Euroleague against Nancy. If the estimations for the time to be out of the fields are verified, Vassilis Spanoulis will also lose the important game against Panionios for the Greek championship on January 4th at Nea Smyrni. However, the most possibilities for him are that he will be ready at the beginning of the Euroleague Top 16



Div.B Stats Leaders
Greek B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 21.3
2 Godopoulos, Koroivos 20.1
3 Goggidis, Diagora 17.5
4 Mitsakis, Anagen. 16.9
5 Nikolopoulos, MENT 14.3
6 Pallis, MENT 13.8
7 Gkeros, Koroivos 14.9
8 Makris, Koroivos 15.25
Rebounds Per Game
1 Charismid. Aiolos 9
2 Nikoloudis, Anagen. 7
3 Simeopoulos, Egaleo 7
4 Gkeros, Koroivos 7
5 Zarogiannis, Niki 7


Marousi signs Pureto Rican guard Rick Apodaca - by George Fragkos
Marousi BC keeps on winless in season 2010-11 having lost all the nine games they have given. The financial situation of the club did not allow it reinforce as much as it should during the summer and the inhibition for transfers that FIBA imposed to the team of Athens made things even worse.

The people of the club did their best to solve some of the problems and now they are about to convince FIBA to raise this embargo and let Marousi strengthen in order to fight against relegation. The Greek club has already agreed terms with the 31 year-old Puerto Rican guard, Rick Apodaca (192-G-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Hofstra) and the player who is expected to arrive with his family this week in Greece, has already his contract signed.

Apodaca comes from the BSN league of his country, where he played for Quebradillas Pirates, In the Puerto Rican team, he was a member of the starting five, playing 45 games with an average of 7 points and 3.5 assists per game. The Pirates did very well in the league, achieving to reach the finals, where they lost by Arecibo and finally took the second place.



Week 12 - B' Division: Aiolos and Filathlitikos are leading the league - by Chris Mammides
Aiolos and Filathlitikos prove to be punctual until now with their date with history!. Both teams won their games and it seems that unless a miracle happens these will be the teams to be promoted at the end of the season.
The games of the 12th round in more detail:

Filathlitikos - Irakleio 91-77
Quarters: 23-22, 50-41, 75-57, 91-77
Filathlitikos also succeeded an incredible victory over one of the toughest teams in the division the team of Irakleio. The youngsters of Coach Zivas performed enormous between the 17th and 23rd minute where they outscored their opponents with 24-2!! That was the begging of the end of the game. Final score 91-77
Top scorers:
Filathlitikos: Thanasis Adetokoubo (200-F-93) 16 and 5 rebounds, Christos Gikas (190-G-91) 19 and 4 asssts, Georgiadis 11 and 5 rebounds, Difadis 10 and Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77) 16 and 5 assists
Irakleio: Giannis Stefanakis (185-G-80) 18 and 3 assists, Agapitos 13, Karalis 13 and 5 rebounds, Charisis 11

Aiolos Trikalon - MENT 75-47
Quarters: 24-10, 36-19, 61-32, 75-47
Aiolos Trikallon thrashed the team of MENT with 75-47. Tzimass players played remarkable basketball and it is worth mentioned that all 12 players scored against MENT.
Top scorers:
Aiolos: Tsoutsos 12, Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) 18
MENT: Savas Chrysopoulos (200-F-89) 8

Stratoni - Egaleo 74-73
Quarters: 16-13, 39-38, 51-60, 74-73
Stratoni succeeded a vital victory in the derby against Egaleo even though was following the score most of the time, in fact the visitors were leading the score with as many as 12 points 5 minutes before the end of the game (53-65) but in the last 2 minutes Egaleo even though was leading the players of Coach Hatzigiannakos calmed down and with 2/6 free throws at the end gave the chance to the home team to score 3 consecutive three pointers with 18 to go and that was the end for the visitors as they couldnt score in the last 18 seconds
Top scorers:
Stratoni: Pipiliaris 10, Giannis Daskalopoulos (195-G/F-80) 27
Egaleo: Karavolas 16, Giorgos Atzamoglou (190-G-83) 17 and Tolias 21

Diagoras Rodou - Near East 82-68
Quarters: 17-15, 42-31, 62-50, 82-68
Diagoras won the game against Near East and with his five victories is facing the future in more relaxed way. Diagoras was leading the game from the early beginning and only in the last period the visitors were able to cut the deficit to as little as four points before Gavanopoulow start his personal crescent and with 7 personal points put a tombstone in the dreams of Near East and Coach Karnesis for something better than a simple negative result
Top scorers:
Diagoras: Chrisis 14, Panagiotis Panagiotarakos (194-G-74) 18, Pardakas 11, Gogidis 16
Near East: Themis Koupidis (198-G-84) 16, Karastamatis 11, Psaropoulos 14

Koroivos Amaliadas - Niki Volou 82-80 (in OT)
Quarters: 23-13, 33-32, 50-48, 71-71 and 82-80
Koroivos, the team with the smallest roster (due to injuries) and the smallest rotation in the games, are still surprising with their passion and their willingness to the unknown, just 8 players this time were able to beat Niki Volou among the favorite teams for promotion with 82-80 in the overtime and after they lost Marios Sakellarakis on a serious injury in his left foot.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) 25, Makris 20 and 9 rebounds, Agapiadis 12, Gkeros 16 and 12 rebounds,
Niki: Thymnios 18, Tsolis 16, Christos Zarogiannis (203-F-77) 19, Mistiliadis 10

Aias Evosmou - Doukas 69-75
Quarters: 13-21, 27-36, 49-51, 69-75
A great road win from Coach Giannopoulos troops took place in Evosmos after a very good game where the visiting site was leading the game from the beginning to the end. Only in the 3rd period the home team mainly with Anestis Tzinopoulos (188-G-88) tried to change the momentum but it was too late as the visitors had four solid players who helped the team in the most difficult part of the game
Top scorers:
Aias: Anestis Tzinopoulos 22, Eleftheriadis 10, Skarlatos 14
Doukas: Achis 18, Zakinthinos 16, Bitzis 11, Papakonstantinou 10

Agia Paraskevi - Anagennis Flogas 83-70
Quarters: 23-14, 50-30, 66-53, 83-70
An easy afternoon for the home team of Coach Hatzipanigiris took place in Agia Paraskevi where the home team face no troubles at all against the team of Coach Kontogiannis, Anagennis Flogas, even if Giannis Mitsakis (181-PG-81) tried his best together with Nikoloudis and Kasouras they were too few to beat the solid team of KAP and especially the furious Kostas Hatzikostis (185-G-81) who ended the game with 25 points and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
KAP: Kostas Hatzikostis 25, Koutsos 11, Matos 10, Kouris 9, Mougios 10
Anagennisi: Nikoloudis 14, Giannis Mitsakis 16, Kasouras 14



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  HOLLAND   


High-flyers from Belgrade give Dutch Invitational a boost - by Fred Roggen
The Under21-selection of the Belgrade basketball federation completes the field of competitors the organisation wished for the second Rinus de Jong Invitational, the tournament for top mens youth teams in Den Bosch, the Netherlands. The tournament is from December 27. till 30. In total eight teams play in both a mens Under18- as well an Under21-poule.

The Serbs will try to copy the success of their own Mega Vizura-team that won a year ago in the first edition of the Dutch Invitational the first prize in the Under20-category. In the Belgrade selection squad Dusan Bogdanovic and Nemanja Miskovic, both 2.10 meters Partizan Belgrade talents, are literary high-fliers as well as eye-catchers.
Especially Bogdanovic is recognised as one of the biggest talents in European basketball. In the mean time the 18 years old center refused to sign a lucrative contract Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid offered him. Its an open secret several NBA-teams have this extremely strong and mobile Partizan-center on their wish-list.

If the favorits from Belgrade indeed want to bring another big prize from Den Bosch to the capital of Serbia they have to pick up a bone with the Americans of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Canarias Basketball Academy from Spain and the home team EiffelTowers Den Bosch. The Under18-poule is extremely strong equiped as well with Canarias Basketball Academy, Israeli Basketball Academy Tel Aviv and the Baltic teams Atletas Kaunas (Lithuania) and VEF Riga (Latvia).

On the roster of this four days event beside the games in the U18- and U21-poule there is on the day of the finals, December 30., a clinic for coaches too. Raoul Korner (EiffelTowers) and Chris Sparks (Wilbraham & Monson Academy) teach basketball from 9.30 till 13.00 hours.




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  HUNGARY   


Damjan Kandic joins Nyiregyhaza - by Levente Szabo
The management of Marso NYKK wasnt happy with the team performance so far and decided to make some roster changes. They brought in Montenegrin big man Damjan Kandic (208-F-84) while they sent away veteran big man Djordje Djogo.

Damjan Kandic is a very experienced player. He spent most of his career in Montenegro but played in Cyprus and Czech too. In 2009 he was Cup Finalist and he won the Cypriot Championship with Apoel Nicosia averaging 5.4ppg, 2.2rpg. Last year he was tested by Radnicki Basket Novi Sad (Serbia-A League) but he left the team before the season started and went back to his native country to play for KK Lovcen Cetinje. His team was playing in the Balkan League where Damjan averaged 9.9ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 73.3%.

The new acquisition of Marso NYKK comes in as a 6'10' very skilled big man. He has a great shooting touch with range outside the three point line and is expected to shake things up for the underperforming team. Damjan could already be on the court tomorrow night when Marso NYKK will face Kis-Raba menti Takarek Soproni KC.



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  IBA   


December 15th and 16th games recap - by Gianni Pascucci
Kankakee County Soldiers 128 vs. Battle Creek Knights 114
The Soldiers marched into Battle Creek and handed the Knights their 1st home loss of the season. The Soldiers notched their 7th win a row with the victory. The Soldiers were led by Stan Chismark (6'5''-F-84, college: Olivet Nazarene) 29pts 7rebs, Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) 28pts 12ast, and Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) 26pts 12rebs. The Knights got a big game from Joe Young (6'0''-G, college: Canisius) 38pts and supported by Tim Williams (6'3''-G-89, college: S.Alabama) 22pts.

Rockford Riverdawgs 119 vs. Gary Splash 109
In the final contest between these 2 teams the Riverdawgs pulled out there 3rd victory over the Splash. The Riverdawgs are all but set for one of the final 4 playoff spots. The Riverdawgs were led by Ameer Watts (5'10''-G-82, college: Missouri So.) 28pts 7ast, Nicholas Zachery (6'3''-G-79, college: UALR) 27pts 9rebs, and LC Robinson (6'2''-G-86, college: Florida A&M) 22pts. The Splash were led by Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine, KS) 20pts 8rebs, and Ray Howard 19pts.

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Weekend game recaps - by Gianni Pascucci
Kankakee County Soldiers 118 vs. Lake County Stars 104
On December 17th, 2011, the Soldiers moved their win streak to 8 in a row with the home win over the Stars. The Soldiers used the victory to move a few games ahead in the 1st place standing as they vie for home court advantage for the playoffs. The Soldiers got big games from Ryan Edwards (6'5''-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) 26pts 8rebs 10ast, Tristan Therkield (6'2''-G/F-88, college: St.Francis, IL) 18pts and Cece Malone (6'9''-F/C-80, college: Prairie St. CC) 17pts. The Stars were led by Carl Fine (5'11''-G/F-83, college: Newman) 25pts and Tim Baines (6'6''-F/C, college: Wisc.-Parkside) 18pts 11rebs 7ast.

Chicago Redline 116 vs. Gary Splash 103
The Redline proved they belong in the conversation amongst the top contenders as they pulled out another victory over the Gary Splash. The Splash have hit a bit of a road block as they now have to fight for a final playoff spot. The Redline were led by Tony Bennett (6'1''-G-84, college: Bradley) 21pts, Antwan Ware (6'5''-F, college: Tuskegee) 16pts 9rebs, and Amir Major (6'7''-F-82, college: Bemidji St.) 16pts 7rebs. The Splash were led by Marcus Jackson (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Benedictine, KS) 25 and Jerrell Thompson (5'10''-PG, college: Sacred Heart) 22pts.

Gary Splash 101 vs. Kankakee County Soldiers 96 OT
On December 18th, 2011, the Gary Splash captured a big win on Sunday as they snapped the Soldiers 8 game winning streak and their own 2 game slide but more importantly putting them back into the playoff hunt. In a game that was filled with twist and turns the Soldiers fought back form down 18 points with 5:46 left in the 4th to tie the game on a 3 pointer by Ryan Edwards with 11 seconds left in regulation. The Soldiers than got a steal with 5 seconds to go but a 2 last second attempts to win the game fell short. The Splash would regroup and win the game in overtime 101-96. The Splash were led by Ray Howard 20pts 6ast Marcus Jackson 16pts 5rebs, and Chris Wesby (6'8''-F-83, college: Indiana-S.Bend) 14pts 7rebs. The Soldiers were led by Anthony Kyle (5'9''-PG-81, college: Miles) 27pts 5ast, Ryan Edwards 19pts and Fred Gardner 15pts 18rebs.

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  ICELAND   


Best players of Icelandic Express L. round 9 - by Eurobasket News
American Giordan Watson (178-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Grindavik and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 26-year old guard got a double-double of 37 points and ten assists, while his team beat Snaefell (#10, 3-6) in overtime 110-105. It allowed Grindavik to consolidate first place in the Icelandic Express L.. Grindavik have a solid 8-1 record. In the team's last game Watson had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Grindavik's top player in his first season with the team. Central Michigan University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Watson is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 6.8apg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP and 41.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Hayward Fain (196-F, agency: Strategic Sports) of Haukar. Fain impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Haukar was edged by the higher-ranked IR (#6, 5-4) 84-82. Haukar is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Haukar managed to get this year. Fain is a newcomer at Haukar 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 Quincy Hankins-Cole (203-F, agency: Hoops Ambassadors) of Snaefell (#10). Hankins-Cole scored 21 points and grabbed twenty three rebounds (!!!). Despite Hankins-Cole's great performance Snaefell lost 105-110in overtime to the higher-ranked Grindavik (#1, 8-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Snaefell not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hankins-Cole could try to bring Snaefell's a little bit higher in the standings. Hankins-Cole has individually a great season in Iceland. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marvin Valdimarsson (198-G/F-81) of Stjarnan - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robert Jarvis (180-G-87) of IR - 32 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81) of Njardvik - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Igor Tratnik (206-C/F-89) of Valur - 19 points and 17 rebounds
8. Jon Sverrisson (197-F-88) of Fjolnir - 13 points and 10 rebounds
9. Sigurjon Larusson) of Stjarnan - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87) of Grindavik - 26 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  IRAQ   


Pan Arab Games: Lebanon edge Iraq, earn 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Iraq 89:75

Lebanon finished their Pan Arab Games on a high note. Ghassan Sarkis team overcame Iraq to claim the seventh overall position. Fadi El Khatib posted 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Iraq did not post a 20:18 advantage. Lebanon pulled ahead in the second quarter. They took a 41:36 halftime lead. The margin grew at double-digits in the third quarter. Lebanon entered the final frame up by 10 points 67:57. Lebanon triggered a 10:4 run early in the second quarter and sealed the deal. Elie ES\stephane posted 13 points, while Nadim Hawe (203-C/F-83) finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Lebona. Mohammed Mahdi (203-F/C-91) answered with 19 points and 11 boards. Quaiba Al-Doore had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lebanon: Cheokh El Khatib 30+10 boards, Elie EStephane 13, Nadim Hawe 12+10 boards
Egypt: Mohammed Mahdi 19+11 boards, Quatiba All-Doore 15 points +10 boards



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SuperLeague Round 12: UCC Demons lose #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 12 in SuperLeague means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Dublin where host DCU Saints (11-2) beat league's leader UCC Demons (6-4) 93-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCC Demons. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to UCC Demons' 44. They outrebounded UCC Demons 51-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. DCU Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Keith Anderson (188-G-89) who scored 27 points and 6 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. DCU Saints have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. UCC Demons at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by DCU Saints. UCC Demons will play next round against league's leader B.Gais Neptune trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork - B.Gais Neptune. DCU Saints will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked 11890 Killester in Dublin.
Fourth-ranked Belfast Star (1-11) made lots of trouble for first ranked B.Gais Neptune (7-4). The visitors from Cork managed to secure only three-point victory 99-96. However their fans expected easier game. It was a good game for guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Ronald Thompson contributed with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds for Belfast Star. B.Gais Neptune maintains first position with 7-4 record. Belfast Star at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. B.Gais Neptune's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cork to the arena UCC Demons.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limerick. Second ranked 11890 Killester faced one of their biggest challengers UL Eagles. Guests from Dublin (9-3) smashed host UL Eagles (6-7) 80-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Jermaine Turner who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. The best for the losing side was Robert Taylor with 25 points and 5 rebounds. 11890 Killester have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-3 record having just -3 point less than leader DCU Saints. Loser UL Eagles keep the third place with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet at home league's leader DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play against the league's leader B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. Third ranked UCD Marian faced one of their biggest challengers Moycullen. Host UCD Marian (5-7) defeated guests from Moycullen (3-10) 82-67. The winners were led by Donnie Stith who scored that evening 31 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). UCD Marian maintains third position with 5-7 record having just one points less than leader DCU Saints. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. UCD Marian will have a break next round. Moycullen will play on the road against the league's second-placed UCC Demons (#2) in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



UL Eagles - 11890 Killester 60-80

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Limerick. Second ranked 11890 Killester faced one of their biggest challengers UL Eagles. Guests from Dublin (9-3) smashed host UL Eagles (6-7) 80-60. They outrebounded UL Eagles 63-46 including a 43-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for 11890 Killester especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 66.7 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by UL Eagles' players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when 11890 Killester made 10 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American forward Jermaine Turner (195-74, college: Dowling) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 25 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks and guard Eoin Chubb (188-90) who added 18 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Five 11890 Killester players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) with 25 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St., agency: JEMsports) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 19 rebounds. 11890 Killester have a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 9-3 record having just -3 point less than leader DCU Saints. Loser UL Eagles keep the third place with seven games lost. 11890 Killester will meet at home league's leader DCU Saints in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play against the league's leader B.Gais Neptune in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
11890 Killester: J.Turner 22+25reb+4ast, E.Chubb 18+6reb+11ast, P.Madsen 17+4reb+4ast, R.Clarke 10+8reb+6ast, K.O'Brien 10+10reb+2ast, M.Gomes 3+2reb+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Taylor 25+5reb+3ast, S.Kinevane 11+4reb+1ast, J.Killeen 11+19reb, M.Hall 7+1reb+3ast, C.White 6+7reb+2ast, N.Campbell 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145155


Belfast Star - B.Gais Neptune 96-99

Fourth-ranked Belfast Star (1-11) made lots of trouble for first ranked B.Gais Neptune (7-4). The visitors from Cork managed to secure only three-point victory 99-96. However their fans expected easier game. B.Gais Neptune shot 63.9 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Belfast Star turnovers. It was a good game for guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists. American power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American forward Joshua Johnson (199-85, college: Bowie St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Michael McKillop (194-85, college: Davidson) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Belfast Star. Four B.Gais Neptune and five Belfast Star players scored in double figures. B.Gais Neptune maintains first position with 7-4 record. Belfast Star at the other side keeps the fourth place with 11 games lost. B.Gais Neptune's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cork to the arena UCC Demons.
Top scorers:
B.Gais Neptune: G.Noonan 34+10reb+5ast, R.Thompson 19+10reb+5ast, R.Downey 15+3reb+2ast, G.Walsh 12+2reb+3ast, I.McLoughlin 9+1reb+1ast, J.Wilkinson 8+1reb+1ast
Belfast Star: J.Johnson 34+13reb+2ast, S.Summersgill 15+2reb+2ast, P.Cummins 13+2reb+1ast, M.McKillop 12+6reb+1ast, F.Toner 10+2reb+1ast, M.Jackson 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 145156


DCU Saints - UCC Demons 93-78

Round 12 in SuperLeague means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Dublin where host DCU Saints (11-2) beat league's leader UCC Demons (6-4) 93-78 on Saturday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCC Demons. DCU Saints dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to UCC Demons' 44. They outrebounded UCC Demons 51-36 including 17 on the offensive glass. DCU Saints looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Keith Anderson (188-89) who scored 27 points and 6 steals (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Shawn Atupem (200-89, college: Mt.St.Mary's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and guard Niall Murphy (180-86) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively. DCU Saints have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 11-2 record. UCC Demons at the other side dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by DCU Saints. UCC Demons will play next round against league's leader B.Gais Neptune trying to make it back to the top of the standings. It will be a derby game for which supporters look forward to, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork - B.Gais Neptune. DCU Saints will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked 11890 Killester in Dublin.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: K.Anderson 27+3ast, M.Chubb 16+3reb+3ast, M.Provizors 13+11reb+5ast, J.Donnelly 9+5reb+3ast, E.Donnelly 8+11reb+6ast, M.Trimmer 8+6reb+1ast
UCC Demons: S.Atupem 22+12reb+1ast, N.Murphy 21+8reb, C.O'Sullivan 18+2reb+3ast, B.O'Neill 8+1reb+2ast, N.O'Reilly 5+4reb+5ast, L.O'Mahony 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145157


UCD Marian - Moycullen 82-67

An exciting game between Top Four teams was played in Dublin. Third ranked UCD Marian faced one of their biggest challengers Moycullen. Host UCD Marian (5-7) defeated guests from Moycullen (3-10) 82-67. The winners were led by American forward Donnie Stith (201-85, college: Tulane, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who scored that evening 31 points and 9 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and swingman Niall Meany (190-83) supported him with 8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Even a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds by American forward Luke Enos (201, college: Black Hills St.) did not help to save the game for Moycullen. Guard Dylan Cunningham (195-91) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. UCD Marian maintains third position with 5-7 record having just one points less than leader DCU Saints. Moycullen at the other side keeps the fourth place with ten games lost. UCD Marian will have a break next round. Moycullen will play on the road against the league's second-placed UCC Demons (#2) in Cork and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
UCD Marian: D.Stith 31+9reb+3ast, C.Meany 14+3reb+2ast, C.Finn 9+2reb+1ast, N.Meany 8+9reb+4ast, K.Foley 8+5reb+2ast, M.Kelly 6+5reb+3ast
Moycullen: L.Enos 27+13reb+1ast, C.Nihill 16+4reb+2ast, D.Cunningham 10+9reb+5ast, J.Loughnane 6+1ast, P.O'Brien 5+7reb, M.Dowd 3+2reb+9ast
gschID: 145158




Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 11-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 9-3 
 3. UCD Marian 5-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-11 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 7-4 
 2. UCC Demons 6-4 
 3. UL Eagles 6-7 
 4. Moycullen 3-10 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Luke ENOS
  Moycullen
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Enos, Moycullen24.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.23.7 
 3. Atupem, UCC Demons23.7 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.20.9 
 5. Stith, UCD Marian19.8 
 6. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 7. Cummins, Belfast16.4 
 8. Noonan, B.Gais N.16.2 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.8 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Turner, 11890 K.19.5 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.14.4 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.5 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles12.1 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.6 
 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: 4.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 2. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.4 
 3. Madsen, 11890 K.4.4 
 4. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.3 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.4.1 
 7. Coughlan, UCC D.4.0 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen4.0 
 9. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.9 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 4
 1. Turner, 11890 K.4.0 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.7 
 3. Madsen, 11890 K.2.3 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.3 
 5. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.2 
 6. Anderson, DCU S.2.1 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.2.0 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.0 
 10. McLoughlin, B.Gai.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.7 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.7 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.2 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.9 
 5. Casey, 11890 K.1.5 
 6. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.5 
 7. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 8. Enos, Moycullen1.1 
 9. Taylor, B.Gais N.0.9 
 10. Quigley, UL Eagles0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


National League Round 11: Ironi Kiryat Ata is upset by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with few extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The game between third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-5) and fourteenth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (3-8) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido in Yokneam 91-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Ironi Kiryat Ata managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Kiryat Ata's 28 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 41-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds for the guests. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Elitzur Yavne and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Beer Yaakov delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-5) 96-82. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Jermaine Hall contributed with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for Ironi Nahariya. Beer Yaakov (10-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#5) at home in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Hapoel Afula (6-5) survived in overtime against Kiryat Tivon (6-5) by four points 82-78 on Tuesday night. It was a great evening for Gregg Thondique who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. Lior Segev responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon lost their fourth game in a row. Hapoel Afula will meet league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against Lev Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Hapoel Kfar Saba (#13) forced the game against Lev Hasharon (#10) into an overtime, but lost by six points 91-97. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Jamelle Cornley who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lev Hasharon (5-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kiryat Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Hod Hasharon. Local Hod Hasharon (6-5) outscored 8th ranked Elitzur Ramla (5-6) 111-90 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. The best player for the winners was Gary Gandel who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hod Hasharon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Elitzur Ramla dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Hod Hasharon will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play on the road against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 11 Ironi Nes-Ziona was defeated by Elitzur Yavne in a road game 93-75. Ironi Ramat Gan was beaten by Hapoel T-A at home 62-76.
The best stats of 11th round was 40 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 6 assists by Errick McCollum of Hapoel K/S.



Elitzur Yavne - Ironi Nes-Ziona 93-75

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Ironi Nes-Ziona (3-7) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Elitzur Yavne (7-4) 93-75 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 60-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Elitzur Yavne forced 19 Ironi Nes-Ziona turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was American swingman Brian Laing (195-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Nir Golan (180-86) chipped in 21 points and 5 assists. American forward Gabe Blair (203-87, college: Wichita St.) produced 23 points and 9 rebounds and point guard Dori Assaf (178-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Elitzur Yavne moved-up to third place. Loser Ironi Nes-Ziona keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Elitzur Yavne will face Ironi Kiryat Ata (#4) on the road in the next round. Ironi Nes-Ziona will play against Hod Hasharon (#7).
Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: G.Blair 23+9reb+2ast, T.Karpeles 14+6reb+2ast, T.Michael Dunne 13+5reb+3ast, D.Bank 9+1reb+2ast, D.Assaf 8+6reb+9ast, R.Zehavian 6+8reb+1ast
Elitzur Yavne: K.Wilson 22+3reb+2ast, N.Golan 21+3reb+5ast, B.Laing 19+12reb+4ast, E.Hofman 11+2reb+3ast, Z.Volfer 9+9reb+4ast, E.Engel 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 145263


Hod Hasharon - Elitzur Ramla 111-90

The game with biggest result difference took place in Hod Hasharon. Local Hod Hasharon (6-5) outscored 8th ranked Elitzur Ramla (5-6) 111-90 on Tuesday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Elitzur Ramla. The game was mostly controlled by Hod Hasharon. Elitzur Ramla was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hod Hasharon shot the lights out from three sinking 18 long-distance shots on high 56.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 35 assists comparing to just 18 passes made by Elitzur Ramla's players. The best player for the winners was naturalized Latvian swingman Gary Gandel (203-80) who scored 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Puerto Rican point guard Javier Gonzalez (182-89, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. American forward Stacey Moragne (195-83, college: Mass.-Lowell) produced 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import forward Ryan Bacon (200-88, college: St.Peter's, agency: Strategic Sports) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Five Hod Hasharon and four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hod Hasharon moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Elitzur Ramla dropped to the ninth position with six games lost. Hod Hasharon will face Ironi Nes-Ziona (#11) in Nes Ziyona in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Elitzur Ramla will play on the road against Ironi Nahariya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: S.Moragne 17+7reb+4ast, I.Rejwan 13+1reb, O.Zinderman 13+1reb, R.Bacon 12+7reb, M.Badalov 10+2reb+1ast, R.Barzilai 9+2reb+2ast
Hod Hasharon: G.Gandel 25+7reb+7ast, A.Skverer 16+4reb+4ast, A.Johnson 15+7reb+2ast, A.Sukar 13+4reb+6ast, J.Gonzalez 13+5reb+8ast, H.Ratner 11+3reb+4ast
gschID: 145264


Hapoel Afula - Kiryat Tivon 82-78 OT

Hapoel Afula (6-5) survived in overtime against Kiryat Tivon (6-5) by four points 82-78 on Tuesday night. Kiryat Tivon was tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They were eventually defeated in overtime 8-12s. Hapoel Afula made 27-of-35 free shots (77.1 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American forward Gregg Thondique (201-87, college: Virginia Union) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Ronny LeMelle (196-81, college: Auburn) helped adding 26 points. point guard Lior Segev (190-83, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists and American-Cape Verdean guard Joshua Gomes (190-83, college: E.Illinois) scored 25 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel Afula moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Kiryat Tivon. Kiryat Tivon lost their fourth game in a row. Hapoel Afula will meet league's leader Beer Yaakov on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kiryat Tivon will play against Lev Hasharon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kiryat Tivon: J.Gomes 25+4reb+3ast, L.Segev 18+13reb+8ast, R.Clemente 17+10reb+1ast, K.Izik 12+6reb+2ast, B.Hagbi 4+1ast, N.Yanay 2+1reb
Hapoel Afula: R.LeMelle 26+4reb+2ast, G.Thondique 18+19reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 16+7reb, Y.Deri 11+3reb+2ast, E.Eliyah 6+6reb+6ast, G.Cohen 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145259


Lev Hasharon - Hapoel K/S 97-91 OT

Hapoel Kfar Saba (#13) forced the game against Lev Hasharon (#10) into an overtime, but lost by six points 91-97. Hapoel Kfar Saba was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 22-15 charge of Lev Hasharon, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-8. Lev Hasharon dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hapoel Kfar Saba's 40. Lev Hasharon players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Jamelle Cornley (196-87, college: Penn St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Lewis Clinch (191-87, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 29 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Guard Errick McCollum (185-88, college: Goshen) came up with a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!), 15 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Marshall Moses (198-89, college: Oklahoma St.) added 17 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Hapoel Kfar Saba in the defeat. Hapoel Kfar Saba's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lev Hasharon (5-6) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Elitzur Ramla. Hapoel Kfar Saba lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the bottom position with nine games lost. Lev Hasharon's next round opponent will be higher ranked Kiryat Tivon (#6) in Kiryat Tivon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hapoel Kfar Saba will play at home against Ironi Ramat Gan (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel K/S: E.McCollum 40+15reb+6ast, M.Moses 17+9reb+2ast, A.Harush 11+4reb+3ast, O.Cohen 8+1reb+1ast, E.Rotemberg 8+2reb+1ast, H.Karni 4+4reb
Lev Hasharon: L.Clinch 29+4reb+5ast, J.Cornley 23+11reb+4ast, O.Shmidt 21+5reb+3ast, O.Rub 9+6reb+8ast, V.Yeremishin 8+10reb+3ast, A.Sela 5+1reb
gschID: 145260


Ironi Ramat Gan - Hapoel T-A 62-76

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Hapoel Tel-Aviv (9-2) defeated on the road 12th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (3-8) 76-62 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 49-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Hapoel Tel-Aviv dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Ramat Gan's 34. The best player for the winners was American Curtis Kelly (205-88, college: Kansas St.) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import point guard Demontez Stitt (186-89, college: Clemson) chipped in 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Hapoel Tel-Aviv players scored in double figures. American forward Rodney Webb (200-83, college: Florida Atlantic) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Raviv Pitshon (201-89) added 9 points and 10 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The victory was the third consecutive win for Hapoel Tel-Aviv. They maintain second place with 9-2 record behind leader Macc.B.Yaakov. Loser Ironi Ramat Gan keeps the twelfth position with eight games lost. Hapoel Tel-Aviv will face Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Ironi Ramat Gan will play against Hapoel Kfar Saba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ramat Gan: T.Bannister 15+4ast, R.Webb 15+5reb+1ast, D.Davidi 12+2reb+3ast, R.Pitshon 9+10reb, G.Amitay 8+6reb+1ast, L.Rubinstein 3+1reb+2ast
Hapoel T-A: C.Kelly 23+8reb+2ast, D.Stitt 14+8reb+4ast, C.Carr 14+2reb+3ast, J.Skjoldebrand 13+2reb, G.Eytan 7+1reb, M.Naor 5+8reb+1ast
gschID: 145261


Hapoel Y/M - Ironi K-A 91-79

The game between third ranked Ironi Kiryat Ata (6-5) and fourteenth ranked Hapoel Yokneam/Megido (3-8) was the most important one in the last round on Tuesday night. Ironi Kiryat Ata was defeated by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido in Yokneam 91-79. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ironi Kiryat Ata. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Yokneam/Megido. Ironi Kiryat Ata managed to win second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Ironi Kiryat Ata's 28 and made 20-of-25 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Ironi Kiryat Ata 41-26 including 32 on the defensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Ironi Kiryat Ata helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American power forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fair Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). His fellow American import guard Thomas Sanders (194-85, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Duran International) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Hapoel Yokneam/Megido players scored in double figures. American forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 12 rebounds and guard Raz Elbaz (187-86) added 20 points respectively for the guests. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ironi Ramat Gan. Newly promoted Ironi Kiryat Ata dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Hapoel Yokneam/Megido is looking forward to face league's second-placed Hapoel Tel-Aviv on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ironi Kiryat Ata will play against Elitzur Yavne and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: T.Younger 30+12reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 20+1reb+2ast, A.Nanikashvili 12+2reb, R.Menashe 7+5reb, G.Halamish 6+1reb+2ast, I.Nanikashvili 4+2reb+3ast
Hapoel Y/M: R.Turner 22+14reb+3ast, H.Barbi 16+3reb+2ast, T.Sanders 16+8reb+2ast, J.Sztarkman 13+4reb+3ast, T.Ber-Aven 9+4reb+2ast, Z.Ben-Zvi 6+3reb+6ast
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Macc.B.Yaakov - Ironi Nahariya 96-82

Leader Beer Yaakov delivered the tenth victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Ironi Nahariya (5-5) 96-82. The game was mostly controlled by Beer Yaakov. Ironi Nahariya was better in fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beer Yaakov forced 28 Ironi Nahariya turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) contributed with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Marcus Ginyard (196-87, college: N.Carolina) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov (10-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place. Ironi Nahariya at the other side dropped to the eighth position with five games lost. Beer Yaakov will play against Hapoel Afula (#5) at home in the next round. Ironi Nahariya will play against Elitzur Ramla and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: M.Ginyard 22+8reb+1ast, J.Roberts 14+4reb+1ast, L.Shvarzvald 12+3ast, E.Traimel 10+12reb+1ast, A.Eliyahu 8+1reb+7ast, E.Saudai 7+1reb+1ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: J.Hall 26+6reb+2ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 26+1reb+9ast, N.Miller 17+3reb+6ast, I.Simin 14+4reb+2ast, C.Watson 9+2reb, I.Buchman 2+3reb+5ast
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Feeling a lot better! - by Adrian Banks
How's everyone doing on this beautiful day? Good I hope, because I'm doing a lot better, especially after we won our 3rd straight game in a row (after starting 0-6). Last night was a very intense game, as we took on the second best team in the league. The fans of the city of Netanya were very excited after our win. It's always a great feeling for me to make such a large number of people happy like that, all while I'm playing basketball and doing what I love. I even had a few kids from a youth program I'm involved in come see me play for the first time. It was crazy for real -- all of the compliments, hugs, picture taking and autographs made the win feel 10 times better. Feelings like these are ones that make the decision to come to Europe to play basketball a lot easier for me!

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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Thomas SANDERS
  Hapoel Y.
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Sanders, Hapoel Y.22.6 
 2. Ginyard, Ironi N.22.4 
 3. Miller, Macc.B.Y.22.3 
 4. Hall, Macc.B.Y.22.0 
 5. Moragne, Elitzur21.8 
 6. Thondique, Hapoel21.7 
 7. Laing, Elitzur Yav.21.0 
 8. Clemente, Kiryat T.20.9 
 9. Daniel, Ironi K-A20.4 
 10. Segev, Kiryat Tiv.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ramon CLEMENTE
  Kiryat T.
  (200-PF-85)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Clemente, Kiryat T.14.8 
 2. Thondique, Hapoel14.3 
 3. Rosefelt, Lev H.11.4 
 4. Moses, Hapoel K/S10.6 
 5. Daniel, Ironi K-A10.3 
 6. Kelly, Hapoel T-A9.5 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.9.4 
 8. Bacon, Elitzur Ram.9.3 
 9. Traimel, Ironi N.9.1 
 10. Miller, Macc.B.Y.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Ironi N.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Eliyahu, Ironi N.8.0 
 2. Segev, Kiryat Tivon7.5 
 3. Nanikashvili, Iron.7.5 
 4. Berkowitz, Elitzu.6.8 
 5. Sukar, Hod Hashar.5.6 
 6. Bannister, Ironi R.5.3 
 7. Assaf, Ironi N.4.1 
 8. Gonzalez, Hod H.3.8 
 9. Housman, Macc.B.Y.3.7 
 10. Ben Hemo, Ironi N.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lior SEGEV
  Kiryat Tivon
  (190-PG-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Segev, Kiryat Tivon4.2 
 2. Bet-Yosef, Macc.B.3.5 
 3. Hofman, Elitzur3.1 
 4. Eliyahu, Ironi N.2.9 
 5. Miller, Macc.B.Y.2.8 
 6. Tolbert, Hapoel K/S2.8 
 7. Gonzalez, Hod H.2.7 
 8. Housman, Macc.B.Y.2.3 
 9. Zigdon, Ironi R.2.2 
 10. Buchman, Macc.B.Y.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lenny DANIEL
  Ironi K-A
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniel, Ironi K-A3.0 
 2. Clemente, Kiryat T.2.0 
 3. Kelly, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 4. Thondique, Hapoel1.8 
 5. Jackson, Hapoel Y.1.8 
 6. Johnson, Hod H.1.8 
 7. Webb, Ironi R.1.8 
 8. Tzubrevitch, Ironi1.2 
 9. Rosefelt, Lev H.1.2 
 10. Younger, Ironi K-A1.1 


Israeli Premier League round 10 best performance: Ron Lewis - by Eurobasket News
American guard Ron Lewis (193-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Hapoel Holon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (38 points, six rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maccabi Haifa (#8, 3-6) 104-91. Hapoel Holon is placed at 4th position in Israeli Premier League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Hapoel Holon will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Lewis turned to be Hapoel Holon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Ohio State University star has very solid stats this year. Lewis is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.1ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Richard Hendrix (203-F/C-86) of league's leader Maccabi T-A. Hendrix had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Maccabi T-A cruised to a 89-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked B.C. Habikaa (#7, 4-5). Of course Maccabi T-A still keep the league's top spot. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 8 matches. Hendrix is well-known at Maccabi T-A and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international guard Meir Tapiro (192-PG-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) of Maccabi Ashdod (#9). Tapiro showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, ten rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading his team to a 89-53 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Bnei Hasharon (#11, 2-7). The chances of Maccabi Ashdod not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tapiro could try to bring Maccabi Ashdod's a little bit higher in the standings. Tapiro has individually a great season in Israel. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.9apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) of Hapoel Holon - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Paul Delaney (188-G-86) of B.C. Habikaa - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Frank Robinson (193-G-84) of B.C. Habikaa - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Adrian Banks (191-G-86) of Elitzur Netanya - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Maccabi Rishon - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86) of Galil Gilboa - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Christian Burns (203-F-85) of Elitzur Netanya - 18 points, 11 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)


Jamie Skeen moves from ASVEL to Ironi Ashkelon - by Eurobasket News
Jamie Skeen (205-F-88, college: VCU) will continue his career in Israel. The American rookie signed a deal with Ironi Ashkelon. Skeen started this season with French ASVEL. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.5 rpg for six EuroCup games. The player had almost the same numbers for 11 games in ProA. Jamie Skeen is a product of the Virginia Commonwealth University, where he graduated this year. He helped VCU to reach the NCAA Final Four. In 39 games as a senior Skeen averaged 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was named CAA All-Tournament Team -11. Jamie Skeen transferred to VCU in 2009 from the Wake Forest University.

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  ITALY   


Benjamin Ortner going to Treviso? - by Giovanni Bargna
Benetton Treviso will announce Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) soon. The italian team has reached the last 16 phase of Eurocup but has lost many key players in the last period and needs to add a big man in the paint. After the 'Scalabrine case', who flew back to the US as soon as the lockout end was announced to re-join the Chicago Bulls, the team lost Jeff Adrien (201-F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut), who will play next NBA season with the Houston Rockets. On December 9th E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) signed a guaranteed contract with the Celtics and more recently Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) was announced by EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.

On the other hand Benjamin Ortner, after two good seasons at Bennet Cantu, was almost sidelined in the further deep roster built up by coach Trinchieri and general manager Arrigoni. 8 games played for him so far this season with 5 ppg in 13.2 mpg.



Sant'Antimo brings in Milivoje Bozovic - by Eurobasket News
Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo signed a deal with Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old power forward will replace Nick George. Bozovic started this season with Buducnost Podgorica, but they parted ways in November. He appeared 6 times for the club in Adriatic league averaging 3 points and 1.8 rebounds. Milivoje Bozovic played for Hemofarm Stada Vrsac from 2007 until the last summer. He had 8.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 19 Serbian league games last season. He helped Hemofarm to reach the Playoff Finals. They did the same in 2008. In 2009, Hemofarm played in the EuroCup Semis. Bozovic registered 5.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 14 games that season. In the past, Milivoje Bozovic played for Mega Ishrana, Avala Ada and Lavovi.

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  JORDAN   


Pan Arab Games: Jordan entered the Final game - by Eurobasket News
Jordan- Tunisia 74:69

Jordan entered the Final game of Pan Arab Games in Doha. The team overcame Tunisia and revenged for the only loss in the tournament few days ago. That time Jordan lost to Tunisia 69:77.
Today Jordan edged Tunisia 74:69 mostly due to the second half. Although Jordan won the first period 20-14, the African team replied with 20-11 and took 3-points lead at the halftime. Jordan reduced to 2 points after three quarters due to 21-20 in the third quarter. Moreover the final push allowed them to taste the win and advanced to the Finals.
Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) paced all the winners with 28 points and Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) netted 9. Bachir Hadidane (201-C-84) ended up with 22 points and Mokhtar Ghayaza (204-C-86) notched 14 in defeat. El Mabrouk Mourad followed them with 8 points in the losing effort.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 28, Islam Abbaas 9
Tunisia: Bachir Hadidane 22, Mokhtar Ghayaza 14, Mourad El Mabrouk (190-G-86) 8



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana lands American Greer Wright to a 3-year deal - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana announced signing of a three-year deal with Greer Wright (200-F-89). The American shooting guard spent last two years with the University of Binghamton. In his first season with the school Wright shined with 15 ppg, 6.1 rpg and 3.2 apg for 31 games. In 2010/11, he averaged 13.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 3.5 apg 25 appearances. Wright was named 'All-AEC 1st Team' both years. He also was awarded with 'NABC Division I All-District 1 2nd Team -10'. Before the University of Binghamton, he spent one year for the City College of San Francisco. BC Astana currently has 4-4 record in VTB United league. In the latest round, BC Astana shocked Ukrainian champion Budivelnyk in Kiev 71-82. The team is untouchable in the Kazakhstan championship with 10-0.

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  KOSOVO   


The delayed match of Round 2, to be played today - by Dren Shporta
Round 2 match between Futura and Kosova will be played today, notifies Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK). This game will officially close the BKT Superliga's half of regular season after all matches are completed.

Futura is hoping to register their second victory of the season, tonight against Kosova. But in the other hand, Kosova is showing some great matches with their main player Besnik Azemi (198-F/C-89) in great form. Last weekend, Kosova achieved a surprise victory against favored Peja. Azemi and co are looking towards this game as their catapult to a higher classification in BKT Superliga.

Futura actually has only one international player, Darrin Williams, after they left Brandon Ward. With Kreshnik Juniku and veteran Valentin Spaqi, Jeton Nixhas boys are hoping for their second victory of the season. Their first meeting was finished in Kosovas favor, 91-77. The match starts tonight at 18:00 hrs and it will be refereed by trio of Mehdi Gashi, Arbnor Rifati and Fisnik Ramadani.





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  KUWAIT   


Pan Arab Games: Algeria is placed 5th, Kuwaut finishes 6th - by Eurobasket News
Algeria- Kuwait 92:79

Algeria is placed 5th, while Kuwait finishes 6th at Pan Arab Games in Doha. The African team grabbed 92:79 victory in the last game for both teams.
Algeria took 25-22 after the first 10 minutes and erupted in the second frame. The African team added 29-16 in the quarter for 16-point advantage at the halftime. Kuwait however was too far to give up and reduced the gap after 24-12 in the third period. Only due to 26-17 in the last stanza Algeria managed to take the win.
Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, college: S.Florida) erupted with 24 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Tampa) nailed 20. Belkacemi Nedjeddine (F-87) scored 14 and Mohamed Amine Belhoul (F-86) added 10. Nayef AlRashidi (185-SF-89) and Abdulaziz Mohammad (186-G/F-87) combined for 60 points in the losing effort.

Algeria: Mohamed Esseghir 24+19 rebs, Mounir Benzegala 20, Belkacemi Nedjeddine 14, Mohamed Amine Belhoul 10
Kuwait: Nayef AlRashidi 32, Abdulaziz Mohammad 28


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  LATVIA   


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


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  LEBANON   


Byblos: The City Within - by Chudney Gray
Whenever I speak to my family and friends back home, there's always an onslaught of questions regarding Lebanon. They're constantly curious to know how things are going, the living conditions, the demographics and a bevy of other things that surround my stay. My answers are somewhat calculated. Basically, giving formal responses that can subsequently fit any place throughout the world. I don't know, maybe my shortness of description captures a wonder that will forever resonate.
In Essence, here's Byblos in a nutshell.....
setting the scene with a road map, backpack, rugged boots and a wide lens camera....lol

The eyes of a pure tourist captures every ideal when traveling about.
Homes are built along vast hills that blend in beautifully with the foliage that shadow the wonderful landscape.
The roads are winding, steep and never ending. The contrast of
New money and old aesthetics make Byblos an experience within itself.
The city is considered to be one of the oldest in the world.
Where cobble stone roads are visibly assute and old fashioned hospitality hold true.
The air throughout the city has a calmness to it. A feeling of togetherness, a passion that has kept this city in great form.
The underlying spirit is that of one.
Ive enjoyed my time in Byblos thus far. I'm currently living at the 'Ocean Blue'. A water front mainstay that attracts many vacationers throughout the year.
It's been quit relaxing, waking to the mediterranianns waves crashing against the rocks while the suns transparenxy reflect along the coast.
I'm also happy about the short travels to and from the local stores, not having to tussle through mounds of traffic just to get from one place to another.
While the city of Byblos undergoes major work to compliment the times we are in, it still maintains its identity.


www.chudneygray.com


Pan Arab Games: Lebanon edge Iraq, earn 7th place - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Iraq 89:75

Lebanon finished their Pan Arab Games on a high note. Ghassan Sarkis team overcame Iraq to claim the seventh overall position. Fadi El Khatib posted 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners.
The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Iraq did not post a 20:18 advantage. Lebanon pulled ahead in the second quarter. They took a 41:36 halftime lead. The margin grew at double-digits in the third quarter. Lebanon entered the final frame up by 10 points 67:57. Lebanon triggered a 10:4 run early in the second quarter and sealed the deal. Elie ES\stephane posted 13 points, while Nadim Hawe (203-C/F-83) finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Lebona. Mohammed Mahdi (203-F/C-91) answered with 19 points and 11 boards. Quaiba Al-Doore had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Lebanon: Cheokh El Khatib 30+10 boards, Elie EStephane 13, Nadim Hawe 12+10 boards
Egypt: Mohammed Mahdi 19+11 boards, Quatiba All-Doore 15 points +10 boards



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  LITHUANIA   


BBL: Sharp shooting allows Pieno Zvaigzdes to continue their winning streak - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Pieno Zvaigzdes - BK Ventspils 65:56

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys (6-3) continues to demonstrate solid form. They have reached their fourth victory in a row in the BBL defeating latvian BK Ventspils (5-5) 65:56 (15:11, 19:12, 16:18, 15:15) in front of their home crowd.

Great shooting from beyond the arc has allowed Pasvalys to start off the match strong and get ahead from the first minutes. After 10 minutes they led 15:11 and increased their lead to 34:23 over the second quarter. The second half of the match was very close but Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys Zvaigzdes managed to prevent their lead winning comfortably 65:56.

The key factor that determined Pieno Zvaigzdes' win was great three point shooting. Pasvalys made 11 out of 20 (55%) long distance shots whereas BK Ventspils responded with only 5/17 (29.4%).

Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys: TreVon Hughes (183-PG-87, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) 16, Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) 11, Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) 9, Sylvester Morgan (208-C-83, college: Georgia St.) 9.

BK Ventspils: Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) 13 (11 rebs), Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 13, Martins Laksa (200-F-90, agency: FCM) 10.




BBL: Baltai came short of Lyubertsy - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Baltai - Triumph 71:83

KK Baltai Kaunas (2-8) did not manage to overcome the barrier of Triumph Lyubertsy (6-2). A slow start by KK Baltai Kaunas allowed Triumph Lyubertsy to build a solid differential from the beginning of the match and maintain it throughout, winning the game 83:71 (28:11, 21:13, 16:24, 18:23).

A close fight only took place during the very first minutes of the first period. After that, Triumph Lyubertsy ran away 15:1 and won the first quarter by 17 points. Until halftime, they improved this lead to 25 (49:24). Even though KK Baltai Kaunas looked stronger in the second half, winning both third and fourth quarters, they did not manage to wipe out the deficit and lost the match 71:83.

KK Baltai Kaunas: Siim-Sander Vene (203-F-90) 19, Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) 11, Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) 9 (10 assists).

Triumph Lyubertsy: Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86, college: N.Arizona) 19, Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) 16 (7 assists), Victor Zvarykin (198-G-86) 15, Davon Jefferson (204-F-86, college: USC) 13 (8 rebounds, 6 assists).


Maksvytis named coach of the year - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Sakalai Vilnius head coach Kazys Maksvytis was named the Lithuanian coach of the year by the Lithuanian Sports Journalist Federation (LSZF). Maksvytis received 42.5% of the total votes.

The team of the year award was given to the Lithuanian U19 team that triumphed in this year's world U19 championships. This title was awarded unanimously for the first time in history. Sakalai and U19 players Deividas Pukis (194-G/F-92) and Arnas Butkevicius (199-F-92) received the prize on behalf of the golden team from the legendary Lithuanian player and current president of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF), Arvydas Sabonis (222-C-64), who celebrated his 47th birthday on the 19th of December.


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  MEXICO   


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 30-6 
 2. Halc.Rojos 27-6 
 3. Toros 27-10 
 4. Soles 25-13 
 5. Pioneros 24-13 
 6. Huracanes 23-14 
 7. Halc.Xalapa 22-12 
 8. Corr.Victoria 16-20 
 9. Barreteros 16-21 
 10. Abejas 15-22 
 11. Lechugueros 12-23 
 12. Panteras 9-28 
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-32 
 14. Volcanes 0-32 


Lechugueros de Leon lands Thomas - by Eurobasket Center
Lechugueros de Leon (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old American forward Jamaal Thomas (202-F-118kg-80, college: Angelo St.). In his first game he scored 6 points helping his new team beat Barreteros 105-92. Thomas played most recently at Gaiteros de Zulia (Venezuela). He is a very experienced player. Thomas played also pro basketball in Argentina, Dominican Rep., Poland and Venezuela. He graduated Angelo State University in 2002 and actually missed last season. It will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


LNBP Round 39: Halcones Rojos lose to Fuerza Regia in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The game between Top Four teams took place in Monterrey. First ranked host Fuerza Regia (30-6) defeated second-best Halcones Rojos (27-6) 93-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fuerza Regia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-6 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Halcones Rojos will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-32) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Pioneros (24-13) with the biggest margin this round 134-94. It was a quality performance for American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. John Millsap accounted for 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Pioneros' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 20 assists and 5 steals for Aguilas Rojas in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Pioneros. They maintain fifth place with 24-13 record. Aguilas Rojas lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 32 games lost. Pioneros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aguilas Rojas will play again at home against Pioneros (#5) in Cancun and hope to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 39: Panteras lost to Abejas on the opponent's court 86-91. Lechugueros managed to outperform Barreteros in a home game 105-92. Halc.Xalapa recorded a loss to Toros on the road 76-70.


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 93-79

The game between Top Four teams took place in Monterrey. First ranked host Fuerza Regia (30-6) defeated second-best Halcones Rojos (27-6) 93-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Halcones Rojos. The game without a history. Fuerza Regia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-28 free shots (92.9 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American guard Donta Smith (201-83, college: SE Illinois JC) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) helped adding 21 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Paul Stoll (178-85) scored 11 points and 7 assists. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fuerza Regia have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 30-6 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side keep the second position with six games lost. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to face Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Halcones Rojos will play against Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: J.Smith 21+9reb+1ast, D.Smith 19+7reb+5ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 18+1ast, M.Mitchell 13+2reb+6ast, A.Izaguirre 10+4reb+1ast, C.Moore 8+7reb
Halc.Rojos: C.Rivera 22+5reb+4ast, P.Stoll 11+3reb+7ast, D.Cortes 11+3reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 8+9reb+1ast, G.Vargas 8+4reb+1ast, J.Aubry 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137903


Abejas - Panteras 91-86

Rather expected game in Guanajuato where 12th ranked Panteras (9-28) were defeated by tenth ranked Abejas (15-22) 91-86. Panteras were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 58-49 second half run of Abejas. It was an exceptional evening for American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) who led the winners and scored 27 points. American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) accounted for 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the winning side. American forward Jonathan Smith (206-82, college: Bowie St.) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agency: Promotex) added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Panteras in the defeat. Five Abejas and four Panteras players scored in double figures. Panteras' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Abejas maintains tenth place with 15-22 record. Panteras lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the twelfth position with 28 games lost. Abejas will play against higher ranked Barreteros (#9) in Zacatecas in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panteras will play on the road against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Abejas: M.McHugh 27+4reb+2ast, J.Verdejo 17+6reb+4ast, L.Wade 16+8reb+5ast, V.Buelna 12+3reb+1ast, M.Jackson 12+11reb+1ast, B.Heredia 7+2reb
Panteras: J.Smith 18+8reb, G.Giron 17+2reb+1ast, A.Eneas 16+5reb+4ast, M.Johnson 13+2reb+1ast, J.Casillas 11+1reb, M.Bryant 9+5reb
gschID: 137904


Lechugueros - Barreteros 105-92

There was a small surprise in Leon where eleventh ranked Lechugueros (12-23) defeated 9th ranked Barreteros (16-21) 105-92. It looked good early as Barreteros took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lechugueros had a 26-18 second period charge getting the lead and Barreteros were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 92-105. Lechugueros made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game, while Barreteros only scored nine points from the stripe. Lechugueros forced 19 Barreteros turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. It was an exceptional evening for Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 14 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Naturalized American forward Eric Cuen (196, college: Grand Canyon) accounted for 21 points and 4 steals (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for the winning side. American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) came up with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for Barreteros in the defeat. Five Lechugueros and four Barreteros players scored in double figures. Barreteros' coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lechugueros maintains eleventh place with 12-23 record. Barreteros lost their seventh game in a row. They keep the ninth position with 21 games lost. Lechugueros will play against Panteras (#12) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Barreteros will play on the road against Abejas in Guanajuato and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 23+14reb+7ast, E.Cuen 21+3reb+2ast, D.Ford 18, E.'Guayito' Santiago 14+2reb+8ast, L.Keeler 12+1reb, P.Brito 7+3reb+3ast
Barreteros: F.Fisher 16+1reb+5ast, J.Habel 16+3reb+2ast, J.Reaves 12+9reb+4ast, S.Cuevas 11+1reb+2ast, L.White 11+4reb+5ast, G.Stokes 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 137905


Aguilas Rojas - Pioneros 94-134

13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-32) were outscored at home by fifth ranked Pioneros (24-13) with the biggest margin this round 134-94. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 62.7 percent from the field. Pioneros outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 40-26 including a 29-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three nailing 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Pioneros players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists. It was a quality performance for American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. His fellow American import forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) accounted for 22 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) came up with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!), 20 assists and 5 steals and the former international swingman Erick Hare (196-79, college: Idaho Coll.) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Aguilas Rojas in the defeat. Five Pioneros and four Aguilas Rojas players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Pioneros. They maintain fifth place with 24-13 record. Aguilas Rojas lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the thirteenth position with 32 games lost. Pioneros will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Aguilas Rojas will play again at home against Pioneros (#5) in Cancun and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 26+5reb+12ast, J.Millsap 22+11reb+4ast, S.Soriano 17+2reb+1ast, C.Turley 17+2reb, J.Sanchez 16+2reb+1ast, H.Llamas 15+6reb+7ast
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 36+1reb+20ast, L.Enrique Rangel 17+4reb+7ast, E.Hare 16+10reb+3ast, T.Gamble 16+6reb+2ast, L.Mondragon Chagoya 9+4reb+1ast, J.Portillo 0
gschID: 137907


Toros - Halc.Xalapa 76-70

Not a big story in a game in Nuevo Laredo where 7th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (22-12) was defeated by third ranked Toros (27-10) 76-70. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Halcones UV Xalapa won fourth quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros forced 19 Halcones UV Xalapa turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Thomas Gardner (195-85, college: Missouri) accounted for 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Four Toros players scored in double figures. The former international center Real Mata (205-86) came up with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) added 13 points respectively for Halcones UV Xalapa in the defeat. Halcones UV Xalapa's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Toros. They maintain third place with 27-10 record having just two points less than leader Fuerza Regia. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Toros will play against league's second-placed Halcones Rojos in Veracruz in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Halcones UV Xalapa will play on the road against the league's leader Fuerza Regia (#1) in Monterrey and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Toros: T.Gardner 22+5reb, I.Ofoegbu 18+12reb+1ast, E.Manuel Guzman 12+10reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 11+4reb+3ast, W.Pagan 9+2reb+4ast, B.Angley 2+1reb+5ast
Halc.Xalapa: R.Mata 16+9reb+2ast, T.Thomas 14+4reb+1ast, D.White 13+4reb+3ast, Q.Gonzalez 8+5reb+1ast, J.Herrera 7+6reb+3ast, H.Hernandez 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137902




Tayron Thomas joins Halcones UV Xalapa - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones UV Xalapa (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old American Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84, college: Philadelphia). In his first game he scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Toros 70-76. Thomas played most recently at Indios de San Francisco (Dominican Rep.). While playing 19 games for Indios SF last season he recorded 20.4ppg(2), 2.4rpg, 2.7apg and FG: 54%(4). He helped them to win the championship title. Thomas is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Germany, Poland, Portugal, Venezuela and USA. Thomas graduated Philadelphia University in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Barreteros de Zacatecas sign Jerome Habel - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecas (LNBP) signed 26-year old American forward Jerome Habel (208-F-93kg-85, college: San Diego St.). In his first game he scored 16 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Lechugueros 92-105. Habel played most recently at San Diego Sol (ABA) in the U.S. He graduated San Diego State University in 2007 and actually missed last season. It will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Abejas de Guanajuato sign Kameron Gray - by Eurobasket Center
Abejas de Guanajuato (LNBP) signed 29-year old American Kameron Gray (186-PG-79kg-82, college: Oklahoma City). In In his first game he didnt score any points. Gray played most recently at Crailsheim Merlins (Germany). While playing 28 games for Crailsheim last season his stats were: 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.8apg (3rd best in the league) and 1.6spg. A very impressive season as he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-German 2. Bundesliga Pro A Honorable Mention. Gray played also pro basketball in Germany and Switzerland. He graduated Oklahoma City University in 2008 and actually missed last season. It will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Eurocup: Buducnost to face Banvit, Spartak and Krka - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost will not have an easy task in the last 16 of the second european championship- Eurocup. Dejan Radonjic 's guys will have to face the strong Russian side Spartak St.Petersburg and Banvit Basketbol Kulubu from Letonia. The last oponent will be a well known rival from Adriatic League, Krka Novo Mesto. Last 16 starts on January 17 and ends a month later ( February 28) and the best two teams from each group will qualify for the playoffs.

Group I: Gravelines, Nymburk, Riga, Valencia.

Group J: Himki, Asvel, Donetck, Aris.

Group K: Banvit Basketbol Kulubu, Spartak St.Petersburg, Krka Novo Mesto, Buducnost.

Group L: Lietuvos, Alba, Lokomotiv Kuban, Beneton.


Unlucky Ulcinj defeated in Serbia - by Darko Pekic
Ulcinj did not finish the year witha victory although they were close to make a surprise in Kusevac. The final score in Hala Sportova was 73:72 as the fans enjoyed a really interesting and contested match of basketball. Ulcinj started the game strong and had a 3 point lead after the fisrt quarter but at the beginning of the second quarter Slobodan Pejovic (192-PG-86) replied with a triple and tied the score. Both teams continued to trade the lead and the score at the halftime break was the perfect result of their equal efforts- 33:33.

Napredak started the second half really strong, as for the first five minutes they outscored their opposition 15:5 and held a deserved 10-point lead - 48:38 halfway through the period. However Ulcinj didnt seem like giving up at all, as in the following minutes they scored 18 points against just 5 for Napredak, and once again held the lead - 53:56. After 30 minutes it was Ulcinj ahead again - 57:59. The last quarter was very similar as both sides did not want to finish the year in a bad manner, but Napredak had more luck and thanks to ex Teodo player Aco Mandic (204-C/F-84), who scored only 6 seconds before the end of the game, they got important two points for their future plans and possible qualification in the next round.

Vladimir Radmanovac (191-PG-82) was the top scoring player for Napredak Rubin with 14 points. Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88) had 13 and Slobodan Pejovic added 12. For the guests, Milos Djurisic (194-G-88) had a game-high 21 points in Ulcinjs loss. Boban Medenica (204-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) and Sasa Stefanovic (188-PG-75) finished the game with 14 points each.


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Pan Arab Games: Morocco finished 10th in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Morocco-Palestine 83:65

Morocco finished 10th in Doha beating Palestine in the game for 10-11th places at Pan Arab Games. Trailing after the first 10 minutes of the game, they grabbed 83:65 win in their last game.
Palestine surprised the opponents with 20-16 in the first period, but could not follow them in the rest of the game. Morocco produced a 22-12 surge in the second frame and took 6-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the third quarter brought them 26-13 and the bigger lead that they kept up to the end.
Anouar Grayssi (193-G-88) paced all the winners with 26 points and Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 17. Said Boustout (203-C-80) nailed 9, while Nadim Soufiane (G-88) delivered 7. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Salim Sakakini (F-87) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Morocco: Anouar Grayssi 26, Reda Rhalimi 17, Said Boustout 9, Nadim Soufiane 7
Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 19, Salim Sakakini 16+16 rebs


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NBA's reigning MVP Rose signs five-year contract extension with the Bulls - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis), the reigning National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player, signed a five-year contract extension with the Chicago Bulls through the 2016-17 season.

The contracts value is the maximum Rose could have received from the Bulls under the leagues new collective bargaining agreement with its players, the team said in a news release on its website without disclosing figures. Its worth about $95 million, according to the Chicago Tribune.

I want all of our fans out there to know that I am committed to one goal and that is winning an NBA championship for Chicago, Rose said in a statement.

Rose was able to re-sign for the maximum salary because, under the terms of the new labor deal, he has been a high- performing rookie scale player, having won league MVP honors last season. That allows him to earn a salary of 30 percent of the team salary limit or cap. The cap for the first year of the leaguewide agreement remains unchanged from last season at about $58 million, with players salaries prorated for the shortened 66-game campaign.

The 23-year-old Rose became the NBAs youngest MVP when he led the Bulls to a league-best 62-20 Record last season, his third as a pro. He was the first player taken in the 2008 NBA draft and won Rookie of the Year honors for 2008-09.

Rose averaged 25 points, 7.7 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game last season, becoming the fifth player in NBA history to total at least 2,000 points, 600 assists and 300 rebounds in one campaign.

Courtesy of www.bloomberg.com


Sean Williams officially signs with Mavs - by Eurobasket News
Center/power forward Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86, college: Boston Coll.) signed his two-year deal with the the Mavericks on Wednesday. The second year is partially guaranteed. The former Mansfield High School star was brought in to fortify the middle behind starter Brendan Haywood.

Williams, Ian Mahinmi and Brandan Wright all will have an opportunity to earn playing time.

Williams, 6-foot-10, 235, was the 17th overall pick of the New Jersey Nets in the 2007 draft, but his career has been marked by maturity and discipline issues. The Nets released him after his third season, and Williams spent last season playing in Frisco for the Texas Legends in the D-League.

Known as a shot-blocker and solid defender, Williams will have to wait a day to practice with the team. Coach Rick Carlisle gave them Wednesday off after Tuesday night's second and final preseason game. Williams will have just three days of practice before Sunday afternoon's season opener against the Miami Heat.

Courtesy of ESPN


Dalembert agrees to join Rockets - by Eurobasket News
Free-agent center Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rockets, a source confirmed to SI.com.

The move was a bit surprising after Dalembert told Fox Sports South Florida on Tuesday that he was likely to re-sign in with the Kings. The report was met with confusion from Kings officials, with everyone from owners Joe and Gavin Maloof on down saying there was no mutual understanding that he would return. inutes before news of Dalembert's agreement with Houston was first reported by ESPN.com, the Kings announced that they had rescinded their offer to Dalembert.

Meanwhile, the Rockets finally landed a big man after what has been a frustrating start to their season. They were thrilled at the prospect of landing Lakers forward Pau Gasol in the three-team Chris Paul trade nearly two weeks ago. But after NBA commissioner David Stern vetoed the deal on behalf of league-owned Hornets, the Rockets were left looking for more help in the frontcourt.

Houston, which has been very active in its attempt to remake its roster after the retirement of center Yao Ming, also pursued Nene heavily before he returned to Denver.

The terms of Dalembert's deal were not immediately known.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Marcin Gortat injury update: Gortat will have thumb re-examined on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84), who fractured his thumb in Phoenix's preseason match up vs. the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night when Denver forward Rudy Fernandez swiped at the ball, will have his injury re-examined on Wednesday, according to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

According to Coro, Gortat is set on not missing any time this season, though that may be tough depending on the severity of the fracture. Gortat, who came into his own last season after being traded to Phoenix, is an important cog in the middle of a typically outside, and offense, oriented Suns team. He averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. From 2007 until December of 2010, Gortat played for Orlando.

Courtesy of http://denver.sbnation.com


Nets close to signing Andrei Kirilenko, Kris Humphries - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets, so far unable to complete a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Dwight Howard, are moving ahead without their dream big man by bringing back power forward Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) under a one-year deal worth $7-8 million, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Humphries was expected to sign the deal on Tuesday and play in Wednesdays preseason game against the Knicks, according to the report.

Humphries wanted a multi-year deal worth $10 million annually, but the Nets would sign him to a one-year deal only in order to the maintain cap flexibility necessary to be able to fit Howard on their roster.

Another piece that may be falling into place imminently for the Nets is Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81), a countryman of the Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. The signing of Kirilenko has been anticipated for some time, and Sportando reported (via Pro Basketball Talk) that he will leave CSKA Moscow and sign a multiyear deal in New Jersey.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Thunder top Mavericks 87-83 to sweep preseason - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder took some satisfaction in sweeping Dallas during the NBA's shortened preseason even if it wasn't the Western Conference finals.

James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) added 12 points and the Thunder beat the Mavericks for the second time in three days, winning 87-83 on Tuesday night.

Oklahoma City won 106-92 at Dallas on Sunday, although Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd didn't play for the Mavericks in that game. Both saw action Tuesday but mostly struggled.

Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87, college: California) led Dallas with 17 points while Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina) had 12.

Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas), a two-time NBA scoring champ, had 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes. He sat out the entire fourth quarter, as did Nowitzki and Kidd.

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Boozer sends Bulls to 93-85 win over Pacers; Daye's free throws lift Pistons over Cavs 90-89 - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) scored 24 points to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 93-85 win over the Indiana Pacers in a preseason game Tuesday night.

Earlier in the day, NBA MVP Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Bulls worth approximately $94 million. Rose had 12 points and nine assists.

Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) added 13 points and six assists in his Bulls debut. Hamilton was signed last week after accepting a buyout of his contract with the Detroit Pistons.

Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85, college: N.Carolina) had 24 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Pacers. Paul George added 14 points and Danny Granger 12.

Chicago also beat the Pacers 95-86 in Indianapolis on Saturday. *Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com

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Austin Daye's (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga) two free throws with 3.1 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 90-89 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

Daye, who finished with 19 points, was fouled driving to the basket after the Pistons stole an inbounds pass with Cleveland holding an 89-88 lead.

Luke Harangody missed a jumper for Cleveland at the buzzer.

Rodney Stuckey (6'5''-PG-86, college: E.Washington), who re-signed with the Pistons last week, scored 15 points in his first action of the preseason.

Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88) had 18 points to lead the Cavaliers. Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 pick in this year's NBA draft, scored 11 points and had three assists in 25 minutes.

The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 91-87 on Friday. Both teams open the regular season Dec. 26. The Pistons play at Indiana, while the Cavaliers host Toronto. *Courtesy of www.chron.com


Holiday leads 76ers to 101-94 win over Wizards - by Eurobasket News
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-PG-90, college: UCLA) scored 24 points, including 15 in the last 5:35 of the fourth quarter, to propel the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-94 preseason victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Javale McGee (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Nevada) led Washington with 20 points, 12 in the fourth quarter. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) scored 17.

The Wizards took an 88-87 lead with 2:45 to play on a pair of free throws by McGee. Holiday then hit two 3-pointers, sandwiched around a hook shot by Nikola Vucevic (6'10''-F-90, college: USC), to give the Sixers a 95-88 edge with 1:09 left. The fourth quarter featured nine lead changes.

Washington took a 52-47 lead into halftime after Philadelphia's Nikola Vucevic made a 3 at the buzzer.

The Wizards had a 10-point advantage late in the half, behind Wall's 13 points.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Paul Pierce could miss beginning of the Celtics season - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce (6'7''-F/G-77, college: Kansas) will miss Wednesdays final exhibition game against the Toronto Raptors, and may miss the start of the 2011-12 season, according to ESPN Boston.

The Celtics star swingman has been battling with a bruised heel which he suffered during the teams first full-squad practice. He has not been able to return fully to on-court activity since.

We have [three] games right off the bat and hes really gone only one practice and thats basically it, Celtics head coach Doc Rivers told ESPN. So, yeah, Im concerned about it. Its just a heel bruise and he went real hard [Monday] and it got real sore. We just want him to rest. The problem with that is, itll be a lot of rest, and then he may be ready, but with no play, theres that.

Pierce, 34, averaged 18.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game in 80 contests for the Celtics last season. Over the course of his 13-year-career with Boston, he has averaged 22.2 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of http://tracking.si.com


Blazers release Earl Barron; roster now at 15 players - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have waived center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis), reducing their roster to 15 players.

Barron, 30, a 7-footer from Memphis, appeared in two games with Portland in 2010-11, averaging 3.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 18.5 minutes. He signed with the Trail Blazers on April 12, 2011.

Barron did not play in Mondays preseason opener against the Utah Jazz.

The Blazers close their preseason schedule at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Jazz. The game will be telecast on CSN (Comcast 37).

The Blazers open the regular season at 7 p.m. Monday against the 76ers at the Rose Garden.

Courtesy of www.statesmanjournal.com


Clippers sign rebounding machine Reggie Evans - by Eurobasket News
It's official, Reggie Evans (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Iowa) is a Clipper. The team has announced the deal.

This is a good signing by the Clips - it addresses a need with a player who does one thing exceptionally well at the NBA level. He doesnt cost much, will come off the bench and Clipper fans will grow to love the grit.

The Clippers keep making all the right moves. Never thought Id type that sentence.

Dec. 20, 11:37 pm: The Clippers have looked really good though one preseason game, which has Los Angeles (and the league) buzzing? How good can they really be?

Maybe we should wait for games that count to see how they are answering the questions still around this team. Like how well they will play defense and if Vinny Del Negro is the coach who can get them to do it? Or if Chauncey Billups can really play off the ball consistently (because Chris Paul is your PG)?

Another question is front line depth but Clips are trying to address that one - they are near a deal to sign rebounding machine Reggie Evans, according to the Los Angeles Times.

It would be a one-year deal for $1.3 million. The Celtics, Grizzlies, Nets and Kings were also said to be in the mix for Evans.

Evans grabbed 25.6 percent of the available rebounds when he was on the floor last season in Toronto (11.5 per game in 26 minutes). Think about that - one in four missed shots landed in Evans hands. Thats Rodman-like. It was the highest percentage in the league - but he only played in 30 games due to injury. He would be a great guy off the bench for the Clippers, scoring is not their issue but his solid play would be a good fit.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Warriors and Monta Ellis face sexual harassment suit - by Eurobasket News
A former employee of the Golden State Warriors is suing Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) and the team for sexual harassment, according to an e-mail obtained by Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

An e-mail from the law offices of Burton F. Boltuch said that on Wednesday, Dec. 21, a plaintiff will file the suit in Oakland at the Superior Court of Alameda County. The e-mail said a press conference will be held afterward to discuss the allegations.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson had no comment on the matter when asked about it Tuesday night. GM Larry Riley, who was named in the suit, also declined to discuss it.

Ellis was unavailable for comment before the game. Typically, he does not make himself available to the media before games. Ellis also did not speak with reporters after the Warriors' 95-91 loss in Sacramento.

A message was left for Boltuch late Tuesday afternoon seeking comment.

Ellis, entering his seventh season playing for Golden State, was in Sacramento with the team, which plays an exhibition game against the Kings. The team had not arrived for the game at the time of this writing.

According to the e-mail, Boltuch will discuss 14 allegations, including flagrant violations of Californias prohibition against sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Boltuchs e-mail was sent at 3 p.m., West Coast time, to more than 300 recipients.

The e-mail said the complaint will be filed Wednesday morning before the 9:30 a.m., press conference.

In addition to Ellis, also named in the lawsuit are co-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and Larry Riley.

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Derrick Rose agrees to five-year contract extension with Bulls, $94.8 million - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) has agreed to a five-year, $94.8 million contract extension, and the Bulls will make the formality official at a Wednesday news conference at the Berto Center, sources told the Tribune.

'It's something big,' Rose said without confirming the announcement. 'I'm going to talk about it more with my family there. I don't think about money. The Bulls show they trust me. I just feel blessed.'

The extension is for about $10 million to $11 million more than Rose would have been eligible for under the previous collective bargaining agreement. The newly nicknamed 'Derrick Rose rule' rewards players who outperform their rookie scale contracts. Rose qualifies for one of the three stipulations as he became the youngest most valuable player in NBA history last season.

The extension will begin in the 2012-13 season at $16.3 million in the first year. Rose, 23, said the extension won't change him.

'My mom did a great job letting me know it's just a sport,' Rose said. 'If I keep working hard and treating people the right way, good things will happen to me. I live a humble life. I know I'll be able to afford what I want. But not too many things excite me except winning and being around my family.'

General manager Gar Forman, who declined to comment Tuesday, talked on the third day of training camp about a potential extension for Rose.

'Derrick is the centerpiece of what we're putting together here,' Forman said. 'We want Derrick to be a Bull for a long, long time. It's very important that we put the right pieces around Derrick.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Warriors guard Curry hurt in 95-91 loss to Kings - by Eurobasket News
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) sprained his right ankle and had to be helped off the court during the Sacramento Kings' 95-91 preseason victory Tuesday night.

Curry was injured while defending rookie Jimmer Fredette just before halftime. Curry didn't play in the second half and finished with seven points and five assists in 15 minutes.

Team officials said Curry would have X-rays on his ankle Wednesday morning.

'I'm disappointed. We need him back quick,' Warriors rookie coach Mark Jackson said. 'But if not, we still have to go out and execute. It's no excuse. The next player has to look at it as an opportunity. We hope Steph comes back quick because everybody knows we are a better basketball team with him.'

Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, college: LSU) scored 21 points for Sacramento, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 27 seconds left.

Thornton, who hit some big shots late last season after being acquired from New Orleans, found the ball in his hands after a missed shot by the Kings. He never hesitated, making a 3 from the corner to put the Kings ahead 92-91. He added two free throws to help seal the victory.

'Time was ticking away, so I caught it and let it go,' Thornton said. 'It felt good leaving my hand.'

The teams split their two preseason games. The Kings open the regular season Monday at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, while the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers on Christmas night.

David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 30 points and 12 rebounds for the Warriors. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) added 19 points.

JJ Hickson had 19 points and nine rebounds for the Kings, who scored the final six points. Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis) scored 15, but committed seven of Sacramento's 27 turnovers. Fredette, who had 21 points in his NBA debut against the Warriors, finished with 12.

Ellis put the Warriors up 91-89 when Evans was called for goaltending on a drive to the basket with 1:15 left. But Thornton responded with five straight points and the Warriors never scored again.

'We made plays down the stretch both on offense and defense to win the game,' Kings coach Paul Westphal said. 'That's what we need to do as a young team.'

A 9-0 run, highlighted by two fast-break layups by Hickson, put the Kings ahead 84-81 with 5:09 to go.

The Warriors scored six consecutive points, the final four by Lee, who converted a fast-break layup to put Golden State up 81-75 with 7:16 left.

After the Warriors trailed by eight at halftime, Ellis scored nine points and Lee had eight in the third quarter to help Golden State take a 67-66 lead into the fourth.

Thornton scored 11 first-half points and Hickson had eight for the Kings, who led 49-41 at halftime. Lee had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.

In the first preseason meeting between these teams, Curry scored 22 points to lead the Warriors to a 107-96 victory.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Lawson scores 21 to lead Nuggets past Suns 127-110 - by Eurobasket News
Ty Lawson (5'11''-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) had 21 points and seven rebounds, Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) scored 15 and the Denver Nuggets beat the Phoenix Suns 127-110 Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

Nuggets rookie Kenneth Faried (6'8''-F/C-89, college: Morehead St.) added 14 points and Al Harrington had 12.

Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84) and Hakim Warrick led Phoenix with 14 points each. Steve Nash had 11.

The Nuggets took the lead for good on a layup by Lawson late in the first quarter. The lead grew to 11 midway through the second before Andre Miller's steal and layup just before halftime gave Denver a 63-49 cushion.

The Nuggets continued to push the pace and increase the lead in the third quarter. Lawson hit a 3-pointer and two free throws to give Denver an 82-65 advantage midway through the period. Faried brought the crowd to its feet with consecutive dunks to give the Nuggets a 97-81 lead heading into the fourth.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Report: Knicks sign Steve Novak - by Eurobasket News
The Knicks will sign veteran shooter Steve Novak (6'10''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Marquette) to a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

Novak was released by the San Antonio Spurs on Monday. The 6-10 forward has to pass through waivers unclaimed before the Knicks can sign him.

He reportedly tweeted on Monday night, 'Next stop .... NY' before deleting it.

Novak is a 41.7% career three-point shooter but is limited on defense and can't be counted on to create shots for himself.

Last season, he made 23 of his 42 attempts for San Antonio.

The Knicks still have the $2.5 million 'room' exception and are poised to add another free agent. They have been in talks with James Posey and have reportedly shown interest in Al Thornton and Bostjan Nachbar, among others.

Courtesy of ESPN


Vanessa to get around $75M from Kobe Bryant in divorce settlement - by Eurobasket News
The apparent lack of a prenuptial agreement -- coupled with 10 years of marriage -- will likely significantly increase the size of Vanessa Bryant's divorce settlement with Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78), legal experts said.

Vanessa Bryant's mother told The Times several years ago that the couple did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they tied the knot in 2001. If true, that would entitle Vanessa to half of their community property.

Christopher C. Melcher, a Woodland Hills-based family law attorney, said a prenup with the Lakers star would have limited Vanessa Bryant's rights for spousal support and some property rights.

'It could have saved half of his fortune,' he said.

Some estimates put Kobe Bryant's net worth at $150 million. Legal experts said Vanessa Bryant will probably receive at least $75 million in addition to ongoing spousal and child support.

Last season, as the NBA's highest-paid player, Kobe Bryant earned $24.8 million in salary, and his contract extension signed last year is worth $83.5 million. Forbes magazine estimates that with endorsement deals, Bryant last year earned $53 million before taxes and agent fees. In recent years, he has added Turkish Airlines and Mercedes-Benz to his portfolio of endorsements.

The fact the marriage lasted 10 years gives Vanessa Bryant several advantages under California divorce law. After passing the 10-year mark, attorney Dmitry Gorin said, a marriage is defined as a lengthy one, which means the spouse is allowed to maintain her standard of living after the split.

Gorin said Vanessa Bryant may be entitled to permanent spousal support and may even be part of Kobe Bryant's retirement plans. She'll probably get 'more than enough for many lifetimes,' Gorin said.

In the petition filed Friday, Vanessa Bryant cited 'irreconcilable differences' as the reason for the divorce. In what appears to be an effort to keep the details of their split out of the public eye, the couple said in a joint statement late Friday that they had 'resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately.'

Courtesy of http://latimesblogs.latimes.com


Hawks sign veteran point guard Jannero Pargo - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks, looking for point guard depth while Kirk Hinrich recovers from shoulder surgery, have signed seven-year veteran Jannero Pargo (6'2''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas).

Jeff Teague is expected to open the season as the Hawks starting point guard. Pargo, who most recently played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2009-10 season, gives Atlanta another contender for a backup spot.

Pargo signed with the Bulls on March 20 but didnt appear in a game last season. He played in 63 games with Chicago in the 2009-10 season and averaged 5.5 points and 1.4 assists.

The 6-foot-1 Pargo previously played with the Bulls from 2004-06 and has also been with the Lakers, Raptors and Hornets.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Courtesy of ww.washingtonpost.com


Kenyon Martin leaving Chinese team - by Eurobasket News
Martin Kenyon (6'9''-F-77, college: Cincinnati) has severed ties with the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association, but he wont be able to secure a FIBA letter of clearance to return to the NBA until the teams season ends sometime in February or March, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The regular season runs through mid-February for Xinjiang, but the Flying Tigers expect to qualify for the playoffs.

For Martin and Xinjiang, the breakup was simply a chance to end a partnership that hadnt been productive. Martin, who turns 34 on Dec. 30, had been nothing resembling a dominant force in the CBA, averaging 14 points and seven rebounds in a league with few NBA-level big men.

After playing out his contract with the Denver Nuggets last season, Martin is an unrestricted free agent. There are NBA teams interested in him, but clearly theyll take a close look at his knees and try to understand why he struggled to find his past explosiveness in China. Was he simply not playing hard enough, or is he not healthy?

Nevertheless, Martins departure will assuredly set a precedent for some of the other American players J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler pushing to leave China for the chance to rejoin the NBA. Aaron Brooks is content to finish out his season with Guandong and likely re-sign with the Phoenix Suns in March. Brooks is a restricted free agent. Chinese Basketball Association rules and player contracts had stipulated that NBA free agents could sign to play in China, but wouldnt be granted the necessary FIBA letter of clearance needed to return to the NBA until the China season had been completed.

Smith, Chandler and Brooks have been high-scoring, highly productive players in China, and their teams are less apt to want to part ways with them. Without a chance to join the NBA until the end of the CBA season, they can still get paid their contracts in China.

Martin had signed a deal worth $2.6 million for the season, but will be paid only a prorated salary based on the 12 games he played for Xinjiang. Martin played one final game Wednesday in China, and will leave his team with an 8-4 record. Xinjiangs coach, Bob Donewald, was fired over the weekend.

All of these American players signed with Chinese teams during the NBA lockout, when they werent sure if the league would even have a 2011-12 season.

Courtesy of http://sports.yahoo.com


Trail Blazers and Nicolas Batum will begin contract extension talks in the New Year - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers have taken the first step toward signing forward Nicolas Batum (6'7''-F-88) to a long-term contract extension, sending his representatives a formal letter of intention to discuss an extension.

In the letter, the Blazers said they plan on beginning discussions for a new deal after the first of the year, according to Batums agent, Bouna Ndiyae, so the sides expect formal dialogue to begin around Jan. 1.

The Blazers have until Jan. 25 to sign Batum to an extension or they will have to wait until June 30, when Batum would become a restricted free agent. The Blazers insist that extending Batum is a priority and Batum, likewise, has expressed a strong desire to remain in Portland, so the sides are optimistic negotiations will go smoothly.

I spoke to Nic last week and told him that he doesnt need to be worried about it, Blazers interim GM Chad Buchanan said. Were going to take care of him. We have a large window to get something done. He just needs to go out and play and everything will work out.

The Blazers can offer Batum up to a five-year extension, but that would require they give him a maximum contract, which seems unlikely. The Blazers can only have one player on their roster tied to a maximum deal. It seems more probable the sides would discuss a three-or four-year extension and Ndiyae said Batum is open to signing a long-term deal under the right circumstances.

Depending on the numbers, Ndiyae said. I think were going to wait and see what they have in mind and go from there. Well see. We dont mind going long term.

The Blazers acquired Batum in a draft-night trade with the Houston Rockets in 2008 after the Rockets selected him with the No. 25 overall pick.

He surprisingly developed into a starter as a rookie, when he blossomed into the teams best perimeter defender, and has remained an integral part of coach Nate McMillan's rotation since. Batum has showed marked improvement during each of his three NBA seasons and averaged career-highs in points (12.4 points), rebounds (4.5) and assists (1.5) last season.

All the while, he has become a sought after commodity in the NBA; a player who draws the most interest from other teams when the Blazers engage in trade discussions.

The Blazers see a great deal of upside in Batum, who turned 23 last week and appears to just now be coming into his own. Buchanan said the Blazers consider Batum a big part of our future.

So what does that mean in dollars and cents?

I dont know, Buchanan said. Obviously hes still a young player. Were open to something thats fair on both ends, something that pays Nicolas fairly but also gives us the flexibility to add pieces to our team at the same time. Its important that we remain competitive.'

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


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


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Quebec K. - St.John M.R. 105-100
The Saint John Mill Rats nearly rallied from an eighteen point deficit against the Kebs, but ultimately fell short 105-100. This was the second game in as many nights in Quebec for Saint John, and the results were similar as both games went down to the wire. On Monday night, the Mill Rats led 86-84 with 8.2 seconds remaining when Kebs guard Cedric Moodie tipped in his own miss. Video would reveal that the tip was indeed after the buzzer sounded, but nonetheless the officials awarded the basket to the Kebs which forced overtime. In the OT, the Kebs managed to pull out a 98-94 win. On Tuesday night, Saint John dug itself a deep hole and spent all game trying to climb out. They trailed by as many as eighteen point in the first half and were down 54-41 at the break. A rally in the 3rd cut the Quebec lead to 75-69. They would get as close as 81-80 before the Kebs pushed it back to a 102-94 lead with under a minute to play. Gregory Plummer (6'4''-G-83, college: Eckerd) hit a desperation three point, and then after a stop, Antonio Burks hit a three in transition and the Kebs lead was suddenly down to 102-100 with 34 seconds left. The Kebs Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) finished a hard baseline drive for the 4 point lead and the Mill Rats ran out of time trying to close the final gap. Plummer led the Mill Rats with 22 points, Calvin Cage (6'0''-G-84, agency: VVG Sports, college: Buffalo) 18, and Antonio Burks 17. Ralphy Holmes posted a triple double with 17 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. Saint John drops to 8-8 on the season while Quebec boosts their record to 12-5. The next game for the Mill Rats is December 29th at home against the #1 ranked London Lightning, who are led by their Head Coach and former NBA All Star Michael Ray Richardson. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Summerside S. - London L. 98-107
The top team in the National Basketball League of Canada - the London Lightning - put its record on the line against its opponent from Canada's smallest province. The Summerside Storm has shown that it has a great deal of fight in them this year, as reflected in their middle-of-the pack standing. With only a four point lead at the half, the Lightning were still able to take the win at the end, 107-98, in front of the fans in Summerside. 'It was a great win after being off for one week,' explained Lightning Coach Michael Ray Richardson. 'We came out and played great defense and it was good to have DeAnthony back in our lineup. Overall it was the team effort on offense and defense as a whole that gained us this win.' DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton), returning to the roster after an ankle injury, made his presence known scoring 18 points. Following his lead the Lightning had seven of their players finishing the game in double figures, led by Rodney Buford (6'5''-G-77, college: Creighton) with 19 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Moncton M. - Oshawa P. 103-95
Darrell Wonge (6'7''-F-86, college: Winston Salem) was the man of the hour. The small forward delivered a sparkling performance and came through in clutch situations to lead the Moncton Miracles to their first home win with a thrilling 103-95 decision over the Oshawa Power in National Basketball League of Canada action last night at the Moncton Coliseum. The crowd of 1,342 was engaged from start to finish, creating a noisy atmosphere in the building. Wonge provided plenty of reason to cheer as he established a Miracles record for most points in a game with 31 and that included draining eight three-point shots. 'We had a great crowd tonight, the fans were really into the game and it feels great that we were able to give them a win,' said Wonge. 'It's an early Christmas gift to all the Miracles fans. 'The people in this city have shown so much loyalty towards us. They could've jumped off the bandwagon when we got off to an 0-11 start, but they stuck with us and kept coming to the games to support us. We have amazing fans and they've helped us keep our heads up through everything.' Wonge was named yesterday as the NBL Canada Player of the Week, the first Moncton player to receive this honour. He averaged 20 points in three games and poured in 30 points in the club's 111-102 road win over the Summerside Storm last Friday. He followed that up with another great display last night in the Moncton's final game before Christmas. Tied 88-88 with 5:15 remaining, he nailed two straight three-point shots to put the Miracles ahead 94-88 and it was a lead they never relinquished. The Miracles broke the 88-88 tie by going on a 15-7 run down the stretch and improved to 1-4 at home. They're last in the league at 2-12, but have two wins in the past three games. 'We kept our turnovers down so that was a big factor,' said Wonge. 'We hit the glass hard (with a good job of rebounding) and we keyed in on their main scorers. We had guys on our team that sacrificed their bodies and played great defensively. 'We showed in this game that we're a balanced team and it doesn't matter who's the high scorer. There's a lot of guys who contributed and did things that may not show up on the game sheet. I'm happy about being named NBL Canada Player of the Week, but I'm much more happy about the fact we won two of our last three games.' Moncton will return to action on the road against Oshawa on Dec. 29. The Miracles will play their next home game against the Saint John Mill Rats on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Moncton Coliseum. Moncton suffered a 107-80 loss against Oshawa in the second game of the season, its most lopsided loss. The Miracles bounced back to even the season series between these clubs at one win each. 'We're working hard and getting better every day,' said Miracles point guard Jazzmar Ferguson. 'We really wanted to give our fans an early Christmas gift with a home win tonight. Merry Christmas to all our fans. Hopefully, there's lots more wins to come. 'That was our loudest and most energetic home crowd yet. They were into it right from the start and it was a great atmosphere. It's an adrenalin rush when you have the crowd behind you like that. The fans are our sixth man and we feed off them.' Moncton had six players reach double digits in scoring. Wonge was joined in this group by Trayvon Lathan (6'7''-G-84, college: Chowan) with 17 points, Ferguson with 14, George Fudge with 11 and Boubacar Coly and Sylvania Watkins both with 10. Coly led the club with 11 rebounds. Omari Johnson (6'9''-F, college: Oregon St.) had 19 points to lead Oshawa, which is fifth in the seven-team league at 6-11. Marcus Johnson and Brandon Robinson both had 18 points. Moncton was 35-for-79 (.443) in field goals and 10-for-25 (.400) in three-point shots. Oshawa was 31-for-72 (.430) in field goals and 7-for-18 (.388) in three-point shots. It struggled at 26-for-39 (.666) in free throws. The game had a terrific tempo from the get-go with entertaining back-and-forth action. The lead changed hands several times in the first quarter with the biggest gap on the scoreboard being six points. Ferguson and Wonge both scored nine points to spark the Miracles to a 31-29 lead after the first quarter. The crowd was engaged early with loud cheering and breaking into chants of 'Let's Go Miracles'' and 'Defence! Defence!'' when the visitors had the ball. Moncton held a 45-39 lead five minutes into the second quarter, the biggest lead for either club in that frame. Oshawa rallied and went on a 16-8 run over the final seven minutes to take a 55-53 lead into halftime. Wonge and Ferguson combined for 26 points in the first half. The Miracles drained seven three-point shots in the first half and Wonge had five of them. Moncton was ahead for most of the third quarter, its biggest lead being 67-59 with seven minutes remaining. Oshawa struck back with a 22-12 run down the stretch and held an 81-79 lead after the third quarter. Moncton won the first quarter by two points, lost the second quarter by four points and it was even on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The Miracles outscored their opponent 24-14 in the fourth quarter. Tied 88-88 with 5:15 remaining, the crowd broke into a loud chant of 'Defence! Defence!'' The Miracles were much sharper under pressure down the stretch and made sure to send fans home in a festive mood. 'Rebounding and free throws hurt us in this game,' said Oshawa head coach Mark Strickland. 'Wonge is a good shooter, that's his job, and he also had a big impact. He got a lot of baskets at key times. 'Moncton played hard tonight. They played like they wanted to win and we didn't. They showed lots of energy and will to win. We can't be thinking that we're playing the last-place so we can just turn it on when we want. Basketball doesn't work that way. You've got to play hard for 48 minutes and if you don't then you lose.' Moncton is 2-5 since Mike Evans took over as head coach. 'This win is a Christmas present for both ourselves and our fans,' he said. 'We really wanted the fans to enjoy this game and go into Christmas excited about the direction in which this team is headed. 'When you get a loud and enthusiastic crowd like we had in this game they become your sixth man. When the fans are into the game they can help get you through tough situations. I definitely think they had an impact tonight.' The head coach offered a comment on Wonge's performance. 'Sometimes you have to be like a scorpion and strike at the right time,' said Evans. 'That's what Darrell Wonge did tonight. He was there with key baskets when we needed them to change the momentum of the game. 'Boubacar Coly, George Fudge ... we got great contributions from lots of guys in this game. Sylvania Watkins' defence was outstanding. You have to identify who you are as a team and we're striving to become better defensively every day. We want to be known as a team that's solid defensively.' Courtesy of http://timestrancript.canadaeast.com

Quebec K. - St.John M.R. 98-94 OT
On Monday night, the Mill Rats led 86-84 with 8.2 seconds remaining when Kebs guard Cedric Moodie (6'2''-G-78, college: Indianapolis) tipped in his own miss. Video would reveal that the tip was indeed after the buzzer sounded, but nonetheless the officials awarded the basket to the Kebs which forced overtime. In the OT, the Kebs managed to pull out a 98-94 win. Moodie top-scored for the winners with 26 points. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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No. 15 Pittsburgh crushes St. Francis (Pa.) 71-47 - by Eurobasket News
J.J. Moore (6'6''-F) scored 15 points, Dante Taylor (6'9''-F-90) added 14 points and eight rebounds as No. 15 Pittsburgh crushed St. Francis (Pa.) 71-47 on Tuesday night.

The Panthers (11-1) won their ninth straight by holding the Red Flash (3-8) to 35 percent shooting and continuing their dominance on the glass. Pitt came in leading the nation in rebounding margin - grabbing 12 more a game than the opponent - and added to those numbers by outrebounding St. Francis 42-21.

Anthony Ervin (6'4''-G-89) had 13 points and Stephon Whyatt (6'1''-G) added 10 for the Red Flash, who never recovered after Pitt reeled off the game's first 13 points

St. Francis came in shooting 48 percent from the field on the season but missed its first eight shots and quickly fell behind by 23 points before settling in.

The Red Flash shook off a rough November in which they went 0-6 - with five of the losses by eight points or less - to win three of their first four games this month.

Yet Pitt wasted little time improving to 29-0 all-time against the Red Flash.

The Panthers controlled things from the outset, despite a scoreboard malfunction that forced the public address announcer to call out the score after every basket.

It took a while for him to get around to saying 'Red Flash.'

Pitt remained patient while trying to figure out St. Francis' defense. Once the Panthers found a way to get inside, they never stopped. Pitt outscored St. Francis 44-16 in the paint, most of the points coming on dunks or layups courtesy of Taylor and Moore.

A tip-in by Taylor gave the Panthers a 13-0 lead before Scott Eatherton who entered the game making 77 percent of his shots hit a jumper to get St. Francis on the board more than 6 minutes into the game.

It did little to stop the deluge.

Taylor came up with a strip at halfcourt, and the 6-foot-9 forward raced down for a layup. Talib Zanna followed with a dunk and a 15-footer, Ashton Gibbs made a layup before Lamar Patterson came up with a steal and a dunk to make it 27-4.

Only then did St. Francis seem to calm down, but failed to make any sort of serious run at the Panthers, who are starting to round into form with the start of Big East play a week away.

The only hiccup came courtesy of Moore, who blew a wide-open one-handed dunk on a fast break missing the basket entirely. He atoned later in the half, driving the baseline and throwing one down over Eatherton just before the halftime buzzer.

The slam and ensuing free throw gave Pitt a 39-21 lead and allowed coach Jamie Dixon to tinker with his lineup as the defending Big East regular season champions remained perfect in December.

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No. 4 Louisville beats College of Charleston 69-62 - by Eurobasket News
The College of Charleston had No. 4 Louisville on the ropes for much of the game and just missed a chance to be the second Southern Conference team to knock off a Top 25 opponent in as many days, falling 69-62 on Tuesday night.

Charleston coach Bobby Cremins knows his club won't have much chance to dwell on the loss as they have another road test Thursday against Coastal Carolina.

'We've got a big game coming up. But we had a chance here and it was great,' Cremins said.

Charleston (9-2) led 59-58 with 4:03 to play but Louisville scored the next eight points after wearing down the Cougars with a full-court assault on defense.

'It was a heck of a ballgame. Their pressure finally caught up to us down the stretch,' Cremins said. 'Their pressure is relentless.'

Louisvillle coach Rick Pitino knew his team was in a battle to remain undefeated.

'We knew this was going to be a war,' Pitino said. 'We knew it'd be a great team. For about 32, 33 minutes, they were the better basketball team.'

Davidson beat No. 12 Kansas 80-74 on Monday.

Pitino said Kyle Kuric's (6'4''-G/F-89) move to the middle of the College of Charleston's zone late in the game was the game's critical move. He credited his son and assistant coach, Richard Pitino, with the idea.

'I give big credit to my son because he made the move that I thought won the game,' Pitino said. 'He said, put Kyle in there, he'll make the shot or something good will happen. And he got in there and really bothered them.'

The move paid off as Kuric hit a go-ahead jumper in the paint with 3:12 to play, giving Louisville a 60-59 lead. It was the start of an 8-0 run over a 70-second span for the Cardinals (11-0).

'Coach told me to flash to the middle and whoever's open, throw it to them or make a play,' Kuric said. 'We are not use to having an open post like that.'

Kuric finished with 17 points and Gorgui Dieng (6'10''-C) added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals.

Antwaine Wiggins (6'7''-F-88) had 23 points and seven rebounds for Charleston (9-2), which tied a season-high with 12 3-pointers.

'We just showed tremendous fortitude down the stretch to win,' Pitino said. 'When you give up 12 3s, you don't normally win.'

The Cardinals trailed 57-55 with 5:06 to play but went on a 9-2 run over the next 3 minutes, capped by a 3-pointer by Chris Smith that put them ahead 66-59 with 2:06 left.

A layup by Trent Wiedeman rolled out after breaking Louisville's full-court press with 2:54 left that would have given the Cougars a one-point lead. Louisville pushed the ball up the court and Russ Smith hit a transition 3-pointer 6 seconds later to make it 64-60.

Louisville trailed at the half for just the second time this season.

Andrew Lawrence nailed a 24-footer to give the Cougars a 31-30 lead with 2:51 remaining and later hit Wiggins with a no-look wraparound for the assist on the half's final basket.

Louisville faced an eight-point deficit with 15:06 remaining but cut the lead to 49-47 on 3 by Russ Smith less than 2 minutes later. Charleston's Matt Sundberg answered at 12:58 to stretch the lead to five but Louisville's pressure defense held the Cougars in check for the next 5 minutes.

That sparked a 6-0 Louisville run, punctuated by consecutive dunks from Dieng and Behanan to give Louisville a 53-52 lead with 8:25 to play.

Charleston ended its scoring drought and retook the lead on Anthony Stitt's 3-pointer at 7:52 before Kuric made a 13-footer in the lane to tie the game at 55-55 with 5:30 to play. Charleston led 59-58 after Wiggins' two free throws with 4:03 left but Louisville scored eight consecutive points, starting with a jumper by Kuric at the 3:12 mark.

Down 66-62, Wiedeman missed a layup with 36 seconds remaining and Louisville hit three of its final four free throws to close out the game.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Sullinger leads No. 2 Ohio State over Lamar, 70-50 - by Eurobasket News
Jared Sullinger (6'9''-F) bounced back from his latest injury to score 18 points and grab 11 rebounds, leading No. 2 Ohio State past Lamar 70-50 on Tuesday night.

Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F), chosen as the Big Ten's player of the week on Monday, added 16 points for the Buckeyes (11-1). His streak of making 17 consecutive two-point field goal attempts ended on his first shot of the game.

Devon Lamb (6'2''-G) and Stan Brown (6'8''-F) each had 10 points for Lamar (8-4), which had a four-game winning streak come to an end. The Cardinals' record against Big Ten teams dropped to 1-5.

The Buckeyes had played three of their last four games without Sullinger healthy. The All-America missed two games with back spasms including Ohio State's only loss, a 78-67 setback at No. 13 Kansas on Dec. 10 and all but 6 minutes of Saturday's 74-66 win at South Carolina with an ankle injury.

But he warmed up without any obvious discomfort, was in the starting lineup and picked up his sixth double-double of the season.

The win was Ohio State's 32nd straight at home, extending the second-longest streak in school history.

Lamar coach Pat Knight's father, Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, was honored at halftime with an alumni award. A 1962 graduate of Ohio State, he was a member of the 1960 team that won the school's only national championship.

The Buckeyes trailed just once, 4-3, and slowly took over the game.

A 3-pointer by Lenzelle Smith Jr. made it 6-4 and touched off an 11-2 run that put the Buckeyes in command to stay.

Thomas hit a 3 from the left corner late in the half to give Ohio State a 34-21 lead. They maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way while mixing in subs and despite some cold shooting by William Buford. He finished 3 of 11 from the field for seven points, leaving the court at one point in the first half while grimacing and holding his right shoulder.

Aaron Craft had his usual all-around game for Ohio State with four points, six assists and three steals.

The loudest cheer of the game came in the closing seconds when Shannon Scott tossed an alley-oop pass to J.D. Weatherspoon for a dunk, allowing the Buckeyes to reach 70 points and giving the fans free french fries at a fast-food chain.

The Buckeyes improved to 77-2 against nonconference opponents in Columbus in coach Thad Matta's tenure.

Bob Knight received a University Ambassador Medal, presented by the president and CEO of Ohio State's alumni association, two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.

Knight teased Griffin that 'you could play for me' but added he'd have to play defense because he wouldn't let him shoot.

Knight also said he was grateful for his days at Ohio State, particularly what he learned under his late coach, Fred Taylor.

'I don't know what I would have become,' Knight said. 'I don't think it would have been a minister.'

Courtesy of www.huffingtonpost.com


Doron Lamb scores 26 points as No. 3 Kentucky blasts Samford, 82-50 - by Eurobasket News
Theres a reason University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari didnt mention Samford in his pregame meeting with the media Monday: It was like the Bulldogs werent even there Tuesday night in Rupp Arena as the Wildcats cruised to an 82-50 victory without star forward Terrence Jones.

In a glorified scrimmage, third-ranked UK (10-1) was competing mostly with itself. The Cats acquitted themselves well enough, led for the second straight game by sophomore guard Doron Lamb (6'4''-G-91). He scored 26 against the Bulldogs (3-7) and has poured in 50 points the last two games.

Calipari said this week that Lamb has been coming in early and leaving late every day, working on his shot and improving his endurance. He shoots after sprinting on a treadmill to simulate late-game conditions.

The extra time hes spending on that basketball court youre seeing the benefit of it, Calipari said. I like to say you get what you deserve, in basketball and in life.

Karma mustve been on senior Darius Miller's (6'8''-G-90) side Tuesday, too, because hes kept a good attitude despite coming off the bench this season and showed up at Rupp hours before the game against Samford trying to bust himself out of a shooting slump.

Miller, who replaced the injured Jones in the starting lineup, contributed 17 points, five assists and two steals in arguably his best game of the season.

Im glad he made shots today, because we need him to make shots, Calipari said.

After scoring the games first 13 points against Chattanooga on Saturday, the Wildcats scored the first 11 points against the Bulldogs. Less than four minutes into the game, all five starters had already scored.

Kentucky hit a ridiculous 16 of 20 shots to start the game before missing 10 of 12 to close the first half, still good enough for a 45-22 lead and 56 percent shooting at the break.
Jones, who dislocated the pinky on his left (shooting) hand three days earlier, did not dress. But Miller was more than up to the task of replacing him. He has started 73 games in his career, but Tuesday was his first start since this seasons opener.

Courtesy of www.courier-journal.com


No.1 Syracuse remains unbeaten with 80-61 victory over Bucknell - by Eurobasket News
On Saturday, No. 1-ranked Syracuse played to a packed house of 19,400 fans at North Carolina State.

In an intense environment with a fired-up crowd, the Orange responded with an 88-72 victory over the Wolfpack.

On Tuesday, Syracuse returned home to the Carrier Dome where the announced crowd of 17,302 fans acted like so many theater-goers. The SU students had left campus for the holiday break and what little excitement there was seemed to vaporize in the expansive of the Dome.

Waiting for Syracuse was Bucknell, a veteran team with four starters back from last years NCAA Tournament team. But the Orange refused to fall for the trap.

Syracuse took advantage of Bucknells ice-cold shooting in the first half of the game and cruised to an 80-61 victory over the Bison.

Its always tough (when) youre coming off obviously a monster game Saturday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. Its always difficult to bounce back. Given the circumstances, we did bounce back and had a real good first half and we were helped because they missed some of those shots.

The Bison made just eight out of 28 shots in the first half as Syracuse opened up a 39-22 halftime lead. Bucknell missed its first eight attempts from 3-point range.

I thought our team in the first half came in kind of in awe of them, Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said. I was disappointed from that end. We have tremendous respect for Syracuse and their ability (and) their talent, but we would like to think that we would not come in in awe. I think that was kind of the case. We had some decent looks and we didnt knock them down.

The top-ranked Orange improved its record to 12-0 for the season, while Bucknell fell to 7-5.

Kris Joseph (6'7''-F-88) led Syracuse with 17 points. Joseph, a 6-7 senior, has scored in double-figures in 10 of the Oranges 12 games.

Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-88) added 14 points for the Orange. Sophomore center Fabricio Melo (7'0''-C-90) contributed eight points and nine rebounds. Freshman forward Rakeem Christmas (6'9''-F-91) scored a career-high 10 points and also grabbed five rebounds.

We try to work hard everyday, Boeheim said. We try to prepare everyday. Theres going to be some games that youre more excited about than others. Thats just natural; normal. It was very quiet tonight. The players made good plays.

Bucknell junior center Mike Muscala (6'11''-F/C-91) led the Bison with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Syracuse will play Tulane on Thursday before taking a break for the Christmas holiday. The Orange will open Big East play with a home game against Seton Hall on Dec. 28.

Boeheim warned the Orange players that they could not afford a letdown against Bucknell, which had beaten Syracuse in its last visit to the Dome in the 2005-06 season.

Thats one thing Coach told us, Melo said. We have to be prepared for games like this. Its like Kansas lost (to Davidson) yesterday. Thats the games where we have to be prepared. We cant come in here and lose a home game.

Bucknell came into Tuesdays game averaging 13.1 made 3-pointers per game. The Bison were shooting 39.5 percent from 3-point range in their first 11 games.

Syracuses 2-3 zone defense held Bucknell to 7-for-22 (31.8 percent) shooting from outside the 3-point line.

Its hard to replicate the length, the athleticism and the rotations that Syracuse plays in their zone, Paulsen said. I think theyre really, really underrated defensively.

Offensively, Syracuse countered Bucknells struggles with 52.8 percent (28 of 53) shooting from the field. The Orange connected on eight of its 17 attempts from 3-point range (47.1 percent).

The Orange jumped out to a 21-8 lead and pushed the advantage to 17 points by halftime. In the second half, Syracuse led by as many as 23 points. Bucknell never got closer than 13 points after halftime.

Jardine said he never worried about a letdown, saying hed play a game than practice.

The hardest thing is; not saying we dont like to practice, but coming off a big win and having to practice is pretty hard, the SU senior said. Id rather play.

Courtesy of http://blog.syracuse.com


Davidson shocks No. 12 Kansas in 80-74 victory - by Eurobasket News
Take a mid-major, add a neutral court and Kansas has a recipe for disaster.

The Jayhawks have stumbled against everyone from Bucknell to Bradley in the NCAA tournament, and barely squeaked by teams like Davidson.

They weren't so fortunate Monday night.

Nik Cochran (6'3''-G) scored 21 points, including a clutch 3-pointer in the closing minutes, and the plucky Wildcats shocked the 12th-ranked Jayhawks 80-74 at the Sprint Center to exact a little bit of revenge for an epic NCAA tournament loss three years ago.

'They were our equal and we knew that coming in,' Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Since arriving at Kansas in 2003, the mid-major has been a major headache for Self. Along with losses to the 'Killer B's,' the Jayhawks have also fallen to Northern Iowa and Virginia Commonwealth.

They barely survived the Wildcats in the regional finals in 2008 before winning the NCAA title.

'I don't think you can take as much this game as you can other games because this team's not that good,' Self said of his Jayhawks. 'Other games we were more talented and somebody beats you, you consider that an upset. That wasn't an upset tonight.'

Self also wasn't convinced that a lengthy break for finals was a problem. He said the team had a good practice Sunday and a 'spirited' workout before the game.

'I'm pretty sure Davidson had finals too,' Self said. 'I'm not buying into that.'

Thomas Robinson (6'9''-F) had 21 points and 18 rebounds for the Jayhawks, while Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) came back from surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee to get 15 points and seven assists. Elijah Johnson (6'4''-G) also finished with 15 points.

'Everybody was trying to focus in, but it seemed like every play there was a small mistake,' Johnson said. 'We couldn't get all five on the same page.'

J.P. Kuhlman (6'4''-G) added 15 points and DeMon Brooks (6'7''-F) had 13 for the Wildcats (7-3), who led the final 23-plus minutes to knock off the defending Big 12 champs in their home away from home.

The Jayhawks (7-3) had won 13 of the 15 games they had played at the Sprint Center, about a 30-minute drive from their campus in Lawrence, including the last two Big 12 titles. The losses also came out of conference - to Syracuse and Massachusetts.

It was the first meeting between the schools since the NCAA regional final in 2008, when Stephen Curry led the Wildcats on an inspired postseason run. Kansas managed a 59-57 victory when a last-second shot by Davidson's Jason Richards clanked off the rim, and the Jayhawks went on to win the fifth national championship in school history.

'A couple years back we took something real important from them. They probably circled this one early in the year,' Johnson said. 'We knew with us being Kansas, they played teams like us before. We knew they wouldn't come out afraid of us.'

Davidson was clinging to a 68-65 lead with 1:31 left and the shot clock winding down when Cochran took a pass from well beyond the 3-point line, squared up to the rim and let go a shot that hit nothing but net. Taylor couldn't match it at the other end, his 3 clanking off the front of the rim, and Davidson managed to seal it from the free throw line.

Both teams went through long scoreless droughts, dreadful shooting slumps and a mishmash of turnovers and missed opportunities that prevented the game from having any type of flow.

Kansas finished 25 of 62 from the field (40.3 percent), but just 6 of 23 from beyond the 3-point line. The Jayhawks were also 18 of 31 from the free throw line.

'As poorly as we played, and certainly didn't get stops when we needed to, if we make our free throws at least at a better percentage, then the outcome possibly could've been different,' Self said.

The juxtaposition of Davidson's veteran poise - four starters returned from last season's team - with the inexperience of Kansas became evident. The Wildcats responded to adversity by scoring the next six points, and carried a 33-32 lead into halftime at a silenced Sprint Center.

It never got very loud in the second half.

Every time Kansas tried to go on a run, Davidson coach Bob McKillop was quick to call a timeout, and his veteran bunch managed to answer nearly every basket with one of their own, ultimately pulling out a victory that snapped a two-game losing streak in most impressive fashion.

'It's a statement about a team that has shown some resiliency, when you play a storied program - and this is one of the storied programs in America - and you play them on a neutral site, but a home court,' McKillop said. 'This was as pure as it gets, and to win in this environment is very special.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Which Conference is Stronger: The A10 or the Pac-12? - by Carl Berman
Last year I wrote an article that supported the view that the Atlantic-10 conference was stronger than the Pac-12. This year the case is stronger.

In the current RPI rankings the A10 is ranked #7. The conference has six teams in the top 60, St. Josephs (13), Dayton (22), Xavier (24), Temple (34), St. Louis (53) and St. Bonaventure (57). Xavier would be much higher if not for their recent loss to Oral Roberts that they played with three starters suspended.

The Pac-12 is ranked #9 and only has two teams in the top 60, Arizona (35) and California (58).

Lets review each conferences bad losses and good wins. Good wins are any wins over a team with a better than 60 RPI or a strong BCS team. Bad losses are losses to a team with an RPI over 100 or a low mid-major team.

In the Pac-12, California defeated Denver (11) and Georgia, Stanford beat North Carolina St. (56) and Colorado State (52), Oregon State beat Texas, Arizona State beat Wake Forest, Washington lost to South Dakota State and Nevada, Oregon State lost to Idaho (239), Washington State lost to UC-Riverside (256), USC lost to Cal-Poly (127), Arizona State lost to Pepperdine (257), Northern Arizona (278) and Nevada, UCLA lost to LMU (164) and Middle Tenn. St. (132) while Utah lost to Boise State (124), Montana State (317), UMass (108), UNC-Asheville (139), Fresno State (196) and Fullerton (228), A total of 6 good wins and 16 bad losses.

In the A10, St. Josephs defeated Georgia Tech, Creighton (34) and Villanova (91) while losing to American (120). Xavier beat Georgia (73), Vanderbilt (28), Purdue (39) and Cincinnati. Dayton defeated Minnesota (18), Alabama (22) and Wake Forest while losing to Miami (OH) (269) and Buffalo (112). Temple beat Wichita State (44) and Villanova and lost to Bowling Green (229). St. Louis beat Oklahoma (24) and Villanova and lost to Loyola Marymount (164). Richmond beat Wake Forest. St. Bonaventure lost to Arkansas State (138). Charlotte beat Davidson (20) and lost to E. Tennessee St. (203). Duquesne lost to Western Michigan (207). LaSalle lost to Delaware (169). George Washington lost to Loyola (MD) (134) and Bradley (199). Fordham lost to Loyola (IL) (211), Lehigh (111), Manhattan (151) and Monmouth (284). Rhode Island lost to George Mason (191), Boston U. (157), Brown (300), Maine (200), Georgia State (273) and Yale (125). A total of 16 good wins and 21 bad losses with 10 of the bad losses by the bottom two teams.

Lets compare the conferences in games against BCS conference schools. The Pac-12 is 10-17 while the A10 is 20-18. In matchups between the conferences the result is 2-2 with St. Louis beating Washington 77-64 and UMass defeating Utah 89-75. The Pac-12s wins were Cal over George Washington (81-54) and Arizona beating Duquesne (67-59).

As far as NCAA bids, the Pac-12 shouldnt get more than two bids (maybe Arizona and Cal the way it looks now) while the A10 can get 3-4 out of Xavier, St. Josephs, Dayton, St. Louis and Temple.

The verdict is in. The Atlantic 10 is a stronger basketball conference this year than the Pac-12.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be found on our website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


Top 25 - Men
MEAC Standings
 1. Norfolk St. 2-0 (8-5) 
 2. N.C.Central 1-0 (5-6) 
 3. Beth.-Cookman 1-0 (3-9) 
 4. Savannah St. 1-1 (4-8) 
 5. Hampton 1-1 (4-8) 
 6. Delaware St. 1-1 (4-6) 
 7. Howard 1-1 (3-9) 
 8. Coppin St. 0-0 (4-6) 
 9. Morgan St. 0-0 (1-7) 
 10. S.Carolina St. 0-1 (4-7) 
 11. N.Carolina A&T 0-1 (4-8) 
 12. Md-E Shore 0-1 (3-9) 
 13. Florida A&M 0-1 (2-10) 


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.18.6 
 3. Pellum, Hampton17.6 
 4. Willis, N.C.Cent.16.5 
 5. Clement, N.C.Cent.15.9 
 6. Sutton, N.C.Central15.7 
 7. Tate, Delaware St.15.4 
 8. Thompson, Morgan15.3 
 9. O''Quinn, Norfolk14.2 
 10. Moore, Florida A&M12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle O''QUINN
  Norfolk .
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. O''Quinn, Norfolk10.0 
 2. Bruce, Hampton8.9 
 3. Thompson, Morgan8.5 
 4. Sutton, N.C.Central7.8 
 5. Oliver, Delaware S.7.5 
 6. Phillips, Howard7.3 
 7. Louis, Savannah S.6.8 
 8. Hines, Md-E Shore6.6 
 9. Williams, Coppin S.6.6 
 10. Sanders, S.Caroli.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel CHAPMAN
  N.C.Cent.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Chapman, N.C.Cent.7.1 
 2. Threatt, Delaware.4.8 
 3. Blackmon, Savanna.4.8 
 4. Tuitt, Hampton4.7 
 5. Gallo, Coppin St.4.2 
 6. Hill, N..3.9 
 7. Toombs, S.Caroli.3.7 
 8. Woods, Md-E Shore3.7 
 9. Ellis, Coppin St.3.5 
 10. Pitt, Md-E Shore3.3 
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.2.1 
 4. Jackson, Morgan S.1.9 
 5. Tolson, Hampton1.9 
 6. Powell, N.Car.1.7 
 7. Breeze, Beth.-Co.1.6 
 8. Ali, Morgan St.1.6 
 9. McEachin, Norfolk1.6 
 10. Hosley, Florida1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall GRAY
  Delaware St.
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gray, Delaware St.3.4 
 2. O''Quinn, Norfolk3.1 
 3. Chiles, Morgan St.2.3 
 4. Crowder, Florida1.9 
 5. Oliver, Delaware S.1.7 
 6. Sanders, S.Caroli.1.6 
 7. Agbelese, Hampton1.5 
 8. Willis, N.C.Cent.1.4 
 9. Smith, Savannah.1.3 
 10. McEachin, Norfolk1.3 


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Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 13 - by Eurobasket News
American Cooper Land (203-F-88, agency: Warren Sports International) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Asker Aliens and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Asker Aliens in his team's victory, helping them to beat Baerum Basket (#3, 9-4) 81-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Asker Aliens maintains the 2nd position in Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Asker Aliens will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. In the team's last game Land had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Asker Aliens' top player in his first season with the team. Wright State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Land is in league's top in points (5th best: 20.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 56.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international forward Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum. Karlsen impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Centrum to edge slightly higher-ranked Baerum Basket (#3, 9-4) by 3 points 76-73. This victory allowed Centrum to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Karlsen is a newcomer at Centrum 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 21.6ppg (#3). He also registered 8.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Asker Aliens' star - American Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International). Lee-Ingram scored 21 points and grabbed nineteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Asker Aliens, helping his team with a 81-72 win against #3 ranked Baerum Basket in a game of the week. Asker Aliens needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Lee-Ingram has a great season in Norway. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.1ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Morten Sahlertz (198-F-89) of Tromso - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Brad Byerson (201-F-85) of Tromso - 21 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78) of Centrum - 16 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Gisle Klubnes (202-C-84) of Langhus - 16 points and 16 rebounds
8. Brad Byerson (201-F-85) of Tromso - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Gary Wallace (190-G-88) of Tromso - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Frank Nyborg (197-F-83) of Centrum - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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Pan Arab Games: Morocco finished 10th in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Morocco-Palestine 83:65

Morocco finished 10th in Doha beating Palestine in the game for 10-11th places at Pan Arab Games. Trailing after the first 10 minutes of the game, they grabbed 83:65 win in their last game.
Palestine surprised the opponents with 20-16 in the first period, but could not follow them in the rest of the game. Morocco produced a 22-12 surge in the second frame and took 6-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the third quarter brought them 26-13 and the bigger lead that they kept up to the end.
Anouar Grayssi (193-G-88) paced all the winners with 26 points and Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) netted 17. Said Boustout (203-C-80) nailed 9, while Nadim Soufiane (G-88) delivered 7. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Salim Sakakini (F-87) collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Morocco: Anouar Grayssi 26, Reda Rhalimi 17, Said Boustout 9, Nadim Soufiane 7
Palestine: Jamal Abu-Shamala 19, Salim Sakakini 16+16 rebs


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Qatar and Jordan will play for the title in Doha - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS
Egypt - Qatar 72-75
Qatar will play in Pan Arab Games Final. The hosts of the tournament overcame Egypt tonight to reach the championship game. Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) posted 21 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Qatar will face Jordan in the title game. Egypt will play versus Tunisia in the consolation final. Egypt stunned the home side in the opening quarter. They went on a 23:10 run to leave Qatar behind. Egypt controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:30 halftime lead. But Qatar gradually came back to life in the third term. The hosts got within 5 points midway throughout the final frame and then went on a final spurt to clinch the victory. Ali Turki (201-F/C-82) posted 18 points, while Erfan Ali had 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 19 points for Egypt. Mohamed Kardani posted 12 points in the loss.

Jordan - Tunisia 74-69
Jordan entered the Final game of Pan Arab Games in Doha. The team overcame Tunisia and revenged for the only loss in the tournament few days ago. That time Jordan lost to Tunisia 69:77. Today Jordan edged Tunisia 74:69 mostly due to the second half. Although Jordan won the first period 20-14, the African team replied with 20-11 and took 3-points lead at the halftime. Jordan reduced to 2 points after three quarters due to 21-20 in the third quarter. Moreover the final push allowed them to taste the win and advanced to the Finals. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) paced all the winners with 28 points and Abbaas Islam netted 9. Bachir Hadidane (201-C-84) ended up with 22 points and Ghayaza Mokhtar notched 14 in defeat.

5-6 places
Algeria - Kuwait 92-79
Algeria is placed 5th, while Kuwait finishes 6th at Pan Arab Games in Doha. The African team grabbed 92:79 victory in the last game for both teams. Algeria took 25-22 after the first 10 minutes and erupted in the second frame. The African team added 29-16 in the quarter for 16-point advantage at the halftime. Kuwait however was too far to give up and reduced the gap after 24-12 in the third period. Only due to 26-17 in the last stanza Algeria managed to take the win. Mohamed Esseghir (208-C/F-85, college: S.Florida) erupted with 24 points and 19 rebounds for the winners, while Mounir Benzegala (178-PG-87, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Tampa) nailed 20. Belkacemi Nedjeddine (F-87) scored 14 and Belhoul Mohamed Amine added 10. AlRashidi Nayef and Mohammad Abdulaziz combined for 60 points in the losing effort.

7-8 places
Iraq - Lebanon 75-89
Lebanon finished their Pan Arab Games on a high note. Ghassan Sarkis team overcame Iraq to claim the seventh overall position. Cheickh El Khatib posted 30 points and 10 rebounds to lead the winners. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the opening quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before Iraq did not post a 20:18 advantage. Lebanon pulled ahead in the second quarter. They took a 41:36 halftime lead. The margin grew at double-digits in the third quarter. Lebanon entered the final frame up by 10 points 67:57. Lebanon triggered a 10:4 run early in the second quarter and sealed the deal. Elie ES\stephane posted 13 points, while Nadim Hawe (203-C/F-83) finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Lebona. Mohammed Mahdi answered with 19 points and 11 boards. Quaiba Al-Doore had 15 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

9-10 places
Morocco - Palestine 83-65
Morocco finished 10th in Doha beating Palestine in the game for 10-11th places at Pan Arab Games. Trailing after the first 10 minutes of the game, they grabbed 83:65 win in their last game. Palestine surprised the opponents with 20-16 in the first period, but could not follow them in the rest of the game. Morocco produced a 22-12 surge in the second frame and took 6-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the third quarter brought them 26-13 and the bigger lead that they kept up to the end. Anouar Grayssi (193-G-88) paced all the winners with 26 points and Rhalimi Reda netted 17. Boustout Said nailed 9, while Soufiane Nadim delivered 7. Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87, college: Minnesota) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Sakakini Salim collected 16 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.




11-12 places
Saudi Arabia - Sudan 87-64
Saudi Arabia clinch 11th place in Doha as they beat Sudan in their last game. Saudi Arabia needed 87:64 win to finish one step higher at the Al Gharafa Sports Club-Indoor Hall. Saudi Arabia started with 26-13 and never looked behind after. The opponents however won the second frame 16-15 to reduce to 41:29 at the halftime. The second half belonged to the winners as they added two victories. Saudi Arabia posted 20-17 in the third frame and finished with 26-18 in the last. Fawaz Gassas (194-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Ahmed Samater (198-F/C-80) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) netted 14 and Almuwallad Marzouq scored 10. Haman Elkir (G) ended up with 22 points and Elfadel Kamal collected 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Sudan finished the tournament on the 12th place.






Standings
Standings
Group D
1. Jordan3-0
2. Qatar1-1
3. Algeria1-2
Group E
1. Egypt2-0
2. Tunisia1-2
3. Kuwait0-3
Group F
1. Morocco2-1
2. Iraq2-1
3. Saudi Arab.1-2
Group G
1. Lebanon3-0
2. Palestine1-2
3. Sudan0-3


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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 


Fazekas agrees to a contract with Philippines team - by Eurobasket News
Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, college: Nevada) did some soul searching and came to the following conclusion: The Philippines is more money and less stress on his troublesome ankle, and that combination was enough for him to go.

The former Nevada basketball star said Tuesday he is leaving the Reno Bighorns NBA Development League team to join the Petron Blaze of the Philippine Basketball Association. He will leave in mid-January for the Manila-based team.

The 6-foot-11 forward/center signed a contract for this season only. The Blaze is 9-5 and has about four months remaining on its schedule. He did not want disclose the details of the contract but said he will make more money than he was making with the Bighorns.

Fazekas played six games with the Bighorns this season. The team is honoring him tonight ahead of its 7 p.m. game against Idaho at the Reno Events Center by offering $5 bowl tickets. Fazekas will be available to sign autographs from 6-7 p.m.

The Bighorns have been great, said Fazekas, who led the Wolf Pack to four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the Sweet 16 in 2003-04, his freshman season. Theyve given me an opportunity.

Fazekas was with the Bighorns last year when an ankle injury ended his season after just 12 games. He has had problems with his feet and ankles in the past and said the PBA schedule one game a week figured into his decision as well.

Its a chance to play and make a little more money, he said. Its less games, which is easier for me. It was just a no-brainer.

Hell be four inches taller than any of his teammates but said he expects to continue to play the power forward position.

I hope to help the team out by scoring a lot of points, said Fazekas, who played one year in the NBA and has also played in Europe. I hope to bring my offensive abilities to the team. I dont know a whole lot about it.

Fazekas said Richie Frahm, a former Gonzaga player who has played in the PBA, encouraged him to go.

He said there are a lot of different incentives to go, Fazekas said. He said there are a lot of American restaurants.

Fazekas said the team provides housing, a driver and a meal allowance.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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Marcin Gortat injury update: Gortat will have thumb re-examined on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (7'0''-C-84), who fractured his thumb in Phoenix's preseason match up vs. the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night when Denver forward Rudy Fernandez swiped at the ball, will have his injury re-examined on Wednesday, according to the Arizona Republic's Paul Coro.

According to Coro, Gortat is set on not missing any time this season, though that may be tough depending on the severity of the fracture. Gortat, who came into his own last season after being traded to Phoenix, is an important cog in the middle of a typically outside, and offense, oriented Suns team. He averaged 13.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. From 2007 until December of 2010, Gortat played for Orlando.

Courtesy of http://denver.sbnation.com


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Kadiri Richard: The best american combo in the league is me and Dain! - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Kadiri Richard (203-F-80, college: Virginia Union) is probably one of the best rebounders in Proliga. What a fantastic player right down the board.
Eurobasket asked about his thoughts on the season and Portugal. And, proving to be also a great guy, Kadiri made an MVP answer.
Forget the questions, this is the Kadiri Show, in the first person!!




'I'm enjoying the year thus far in Portugal. I'm very pleased with our performance as a club. Slightly disappointed by our two defeats by ONE point each. Disappointed because if not for two points we would be undefeated and in first place! It was a good experience playing against one of the top teams in the country, Porto in the cup. We lost
by 11 but we competed and played hard. I KNOW we could compete and finish top six in the league (first division) with a healthy team we have currently.

Our goal is to win the Proliga regular season and playoffs. Anything less would not be acceptable for us,and short of our goals and expectations. With no disrespect to other teams, we are the best team in Proliga. I feel Coach Pires is one of the best coaches in the country and,still a good/great player at 41!! He has practiced with us two or three times this year. He prepares us so well for games,he does his homework and does all he can do,then its for us to execute as players and perform.

I dont think its fair to say who the best player is,too early in the season. Besides my teammates,ALL OF THEM,I must say I have made some good bonds with a few Portuguese players. I'm pretty cool with some of the top americans from the other teams; DeSean White,Deantre Jefferson,Spence Johnson and Drew Gibson. But being sincere and humble the best american combo in the league is me and Dain. He is an excellent player. Top scorer,shooter,rebounder and good teammate. As for myself, 15 points 13 rebounds and 4 blocks a game is what I want to do, finish with as a personal goal. Those numbers most importantly help us as a team. I feel as a player,if you play hard,smart and within the scheme of the team you will never have to worry about stats, they will come.

2012, I want Illiabum Clube back in the first division where WE should be. Personally,I love it here (Ilhavo) The city is great,everybody is from President on down. All that to say,if the Bobcats or Jazz call,I got to go! I hope my teammates and club would understand
!'




Dain Swetalla gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Proliga - by Eurobasket News
American Dain Swetalla (206-C-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Illiabum and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 25-year old center had a double-double of 31 points and twelve rebounds, while his team beat Electrico FC (#9, 3-5) 87-77. Illiabum maintains the 3rd position in Portuguese Proliga. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Illiabum will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Swetalla had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Illiabum's top player in his first season with the team. Augustana College, IL graduate has very impressive stats this year. Swetalla is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.1ppg), rebounds (8th best: 8.6rpg) and averages solid 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American forward Kevin Jolley (197-F-82) of Povoa. Jolley impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Povoa to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Guifoes (#8, 3-5) 85-60. Despite this victory they still are the league outsider. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Povoa managed to get this year. Jolley is a newcomer at Povoa and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#6). He also registered 11.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another Illiabum's star - American Kadiri Richard (203-F-80). Richard scored 22 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Illiabum, helping his team with a 87-77 win against the lower-ranked Electrico FC (#9, 3-5). Illiabum needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Richard has a great season in Portugal. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.8rpg (2nd best). He also has 3.3bpg and FGP: 65.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Mack (198-F/C-84) of Angra - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Andre Silva (193-F-89) of Povoa - 26 points and 6 rebounds
6. DeSean White (203-F-86) of Alges - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Rui Quintino (196-F-83) of Galitos-Tley - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Drew Gibson (188-G-85) of Angra - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joao Carmo (183-G/F-85) of Sangalhos - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Sergio Correia (197-F-85) of Alges - 21 points and 6 rebounds

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)


Gulbis number one in Portugal for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Latvian forward Maris Gulbis (202-F-85, agency: Players Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Vitoria SC, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (25 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Terceira Basket (#11, 2-8) with 16-point margin 83-67. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Vitoria SC is placed at 10th position in Portuguese LPB. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 8 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Gulbis had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Vitoria SC's top player in his first season with the team. Maris Gulbis averages this season 13.3ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Spanish Sergi Coll (204-F/C-82) of Barcelos. Coll had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Barcelos lost that game 81-87 to slightly higher-ranked Sampaense (4-7). This loss caused Barcelos to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Coll is a newcomer at Barcelos, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Durrell Nevels (198-F-86) of Terceira Basket (#11). Nevels scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Nevels' great performance Terceira Basket lost 67-83 to slightly higher-ranked Vitoria SC (#10, 3-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Terceira Basket can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Nevels he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Nevels has individually a great season in Portugal. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.9ppg (8th best). He also has 2.6bpg and FGP: 50.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Hill (204-F-88) of Barreirense CEPSA - 19 points and 6 rebounds
5. Richard Oruche (191-G-87) of Academica - 31 points and 3 rebounds
6. Stefan Djukic (197-G/F-89) of Ginasio - 13 points and 12 rebounds
7. Shawn Jackson (203-F/C-71) of CAB Madeira - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. John Waller (193-F-82) of Vitoria SC - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Pedro Silva (198-F-79) of Barcelos - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Tyronne McNeal (211-C-87) of Sampaense - 18 points and 8 rebounds

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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Pan Arab Games: Qatar enter championship game after beating Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Egypt 75:72

Qatar will play in Pan Arab Games Final. The hosts of the tournament overcame Egypt tonight to reach the championship game. Ousseynou N'Diaye (196-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) posted 21 points and 6 boards to pace the winners. Qatar will face Jordan in the title game. Egypt will play versus Tunisia in the consolation final.
Egypt stunned the home side in the opening quarter. They went on a 23:10 run to leave Qatar behind. Egypt controlled the tempo in the second quarter. They raced to a 44:30 halftime lead. But Qatar gradually came back to life in the third term. The hosts got within 5 points midway throughout the final frame and then went on a final spurt to clinch the victory. Ali Turki (201-F/C-82) posted 18 points, while Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) had 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Amr El Gandy (202-F/C-88) answered with 19 points for Egypt. Mohamed Kardani (196-PF-77) posted 12 points in the loss.

Qatar: Ousseynou N'Diaye 21, Ali Turki 18, Erfan Ali 15
Egypt: Amr El Gandy 19, Mohamed Kardani 12



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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. Khimky 5-1 
 2. CSKA 5-1 
 3. Spartak-Prim. 4-2 
 4. Spartak SP 3-2 
 5. Lokomotiv 3-3 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 3-4 
 7. Triumph 2-3 
 8. Unics 2-3 
 9. Enisey 1-5 
 10. N.Novgorod 1-5 


Standings - Superleague B
Superleague Standings
 1. Ural Ekaterinb. 13-3 
 2. Ataman 11-4 
 3. Univ.Surgut 10-5 
 4. TEMP-SUMZ 9-6 
 5. Severstal 8-7 
 6. Rjazan 8-7 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 4-11 
 8. Spartak V. 3-12 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 2-13 


Stats Leaders - Superleague A
Points Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Jefferson, Triumph19.2 
 2. Ignerski, N.Nov.17.5 
 3. Thomas, Spartak-.17.2 
 4. Mozgov, Khimky16.2 
 5. Beverley, Spart.16.0 
 6. Victor, Spartak-.15.2 
 7. McKee, Triumph14.4 
 8. Hayes, Krasnie Kri.14.4 
 9. Rush, Krasnie Kril.14.3 
 10. Halperin, Spart.13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cuthbert VICTOR
  Spartak-.
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Victor, Spartak-.9.4 
 2. Landry, Triumph8.6 
 3. Monya, Khimky7.2 
 4. Beverley, Spart.6.6 
 5. Baxter, Enisey6.3 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA6.2 
 7. Likholitov, Krasni.6.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics6.0 
 9. Massey, Lokomotiv5.8 
 10. Savenkov, Sparta.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yotam HALPERIN
  Spart.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Halperin, Spart.6.0 
 2. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.9 
 3. Samoylenko, Unics5.0 
 4. Beverley, Spart.4.6 
 5. McKee, Triumph4.6 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA4.4 
 7. Bremer, N.Novgorod4.2 
 8. Thomas, Spartak-.4.2 
 9. Bykov, Lokomotiv4.0 
 10. Planinic, Khimky3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Davon JEFFERSON
  Triumph
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jefferson, Triumph2.8 
 2. Victor, Spartak-.2.4 
 3. Beverley, Spart.2.4 
 4. Halperin, Spart.2.4 
 5. Thomas, Spartak-.2.3 
 6. Massey, Lokomotiv2.3 
 7. Chalmers, Lokom.2.2 
 8. Miles, Krasnie Kri.2.1 
 9. Blakney, Lokomotiv2.0 
 10. Planinic, Khimky2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Timofey MOZGOV
  Khimky
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Mozgov, Khimky1.6 
 2. Planinic, Khimky1.3 
 3. Traore, Lokomotiv1.2 
 4. Savrasenko, Unics1.0 
 5. Pushkov, Khimky1.0 
 6. Savenkov, Spartak.1.0 
 7. Kirilenko, CSKA1.0 
 8. Jefferson, Triumph1.0 
 9. McCarty, Unics0.8 
 10. Balashov, Krasni.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.21.5 
 2. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 3. Ageev, Ruskon-M.14.9 
 4. Sotnikov, TE.13.0 
 5. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.9 
 6. Aleksandrov, Univ..12.5 
 7. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.12.1 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan11.6 
 9. Vorotnikov, Ataman11.6 
 10. Kuznetsov, Rusko.11.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.8.3 
 2. Petukhov, Spart.8.0 
 3. Ivlev, Rjazan7.9 
 4. Trushkin, Spart.6.7 
 5. Zaykin, TE.6.6 
 6. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.0 
 7. Nikolaev, Ural E.5.9 
 8. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.9 
 9. Gresev, Ataman5.9 
 10. Varlamov, Ural E.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.2 
 2. Glazunov, Ural E.4.6 
 3. Zibirov, Ataman4.3 
 4. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.0 
 5. Bartunov, Rjazan3.8 
 6. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.3.6 
 7. Tokarev, TE.3.5 
 8. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.3 
 9. Hloponin, Univ.Sur.2.7 
 10. Vzdykhalkin, Rjaz.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman2.2 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.1.9 
 4. Bartunov, Rjazan1.8 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.7 
 6. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.7 
 7. Smygin, Ataman1.5 
 8. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.4 
 9. Aleksandrov, Univ..1.4 
 10. Kuzemkin, Sever.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.7 
 2. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 3. Goritskov, Sever.1.3 
 4. Gresev, Ataman1.2 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.1 
 6. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 7. Babitchev, Spart.0.9 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.0.9 
 9. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 10. Voronchikhin, Spa.0.8 


Superleague Round 18: TEMP-SUMZ Revda beats Rjazan by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 18 in the Superlaegue took place in Revda. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Rjazan (8-7) to fifth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (9-6) 74-73 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rjazan turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Rjazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Sergei Tokarev (190-85) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 9 assists. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) contributed with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Sergei Krasavtsev (208-82) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Rjazan. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to fourth place. Rjazan at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Severstal. TEMP-SUMZ Revda are again looking forward to face Rjazan (#6) at home in the next round. Rjazan will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Universitet-Yugra (10-5) which hosted in Surgut second-best Ataman (11-4). Third ranked Universitet-Yugra had an easy win 91-64. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) scored 14 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Denis Hloponin chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 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. Universitet-Yugra maintains third position with 10-5 record having just -8 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second place with four games lost. Universitet-Yugra will again play against league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ataman will have a break next round.

In the last two games of round 18 Spartak V. was smashed by Ruskon-Mord. on the road 83-56. Bottom-ranked Sojuz Zaretchny lost to Severstal on its own court 75-79.



Univ.Surgut - Ataman 91-64

An interesting game for Universitet-Yugra (10-5) which hosted in Surgut second-best Ataman (11-4). Third ranked Universitet-Yugra had an easy win 91-64. The game without a history. Universitet-Yugra led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-18 charity shots (94.4 percent) during the game. Universitet-Yugra had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Lithuanian guard Linas Lekavicius (186-84, college: American) scored 14 points and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Denis Hloponin (206-81) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Universitet-Yugra players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Nikita Gresev (204-88) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Sergei Vorotnikov (194-78) 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. Universitet-Yugra maintains third position with 10-5 record having just -8 point less than leader Ural Ekaterinb. Newly promoted Ataman keeps the second place with four games lost. Universitet-Yugra will again play against league's second-placed Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ataman will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ataman: S.Vorotnikov 14+3reb+3ast, N.Gresev 13+10reb+2ast, V.Belov 10+5reb+1ast, N.Krylov 8+4reb+1ast, I.Kaytnov 7+1ast, I.Oleynikov 7+1reb+2ast
Univ.Surgut: L.Lekavicius 14+4reb+9ast, D.Zagnoyko 14+1reb+1ast, D.Hloponin 14+7reb+3ast, I.Aleksandrov 13+5reb+4ast, A.Andruschenko 9+3reb, D.Beliaev 8+5reb+3ast
gschID: 155401


Ruskon-Mord. - Spartak V. 83-56

Everything could happen in Saransk at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Ruskon-Mordovia and 8th ranked Spartak V. had identical 3-11 record. This time Ruskon-Mordovia used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Moscow 83-56. The game without a history. Ruskon-Mordovia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ruskon-Mordovia forced 21 Spartak V. turnovers. Forward Aleksandr Krylov (205-80) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and center Pavel Aghapov (203-86) chipped in 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Andrey Petukhov (204-86) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and guard Aleksandr Karpukhin (191-90) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ruskon-Mordovia maintains seventh position with 4-11 record. Newly promoted Spartak V. keeps the eighth place with 12 games lost. Ruskon-Mordovia will again play against Spartak V. (#8) in Moscow in the next round. Spartak V. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Spartak V.: A.Petukhov 12+10reb+1ast, A.Karpukhin 9+5reb+1ast, A.Loginov 8+6reb, A.Babitchev 7+7reb+1ast, V.Zaryazhko 5+3reb+3ast, D.Kachanko 5+2reb+1ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Ageev 17+3reb, I.Krivko 12+3reb+3ast, A.Krylov 12+9reb+2ast, A.Kuznetsov 9+5reb+2ast, P.Aghapov 8+7reb+5ast, S.Chernov 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 155402


Sojuz Zaretchny - Severstal 75-79

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Sojuz Zaretchny (2-13) lost at home to sixth ranked Severstal (8-7) 79-75. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sojuz Zaretchny won third quarter 17-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Severstal forced 21 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Sojuz Zaretchny was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Aleksandr Lunev (201-80, agency: RIZO) chipped in 16 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five Severstal players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) with 15 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vyacheslav Sleta (205-89) scored 14 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Severstal have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Rjazan. Sojuz Zaretchny at the other side stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Severstal will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play again at home against Severstal (#5) in Cherepovec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Sojuz Zaretchny: A.Pushkin 16+2reb, P.Aleksandrov 15+5reb+3ast, V.Sleta 14+8reb, D.Novikov 8+9reb+2ast, V.Kuznetsov 7+2reb+2ast, A.Kondrashin 5+1ast
Severstal: A.Lunev 16+3reb+4ast, A.Kuzemkin 14+4reb+1ast, S.Zinchenko 11+7reb+5ast, S.Zakharov 10+4reb+2ast, M.Polyakov 10+6reb, A.Goritskov 7+5reb
gschID: 155403


TEMP-SUMZ - Rjazan 74-73

The most exciting game of round 18 in the Superlaegue took place in Revda. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of one of their biggest challengers Rjazan (8-7) to fifth ranked TEMP-SUMZ Revda (9-6) 74-73 in the game for the fourth place. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 26-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Rjazan turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Rjazan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for guard Sergei Tokarev (190-85) who saved his team from a defeat with 16 points and 9 assists. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Center Sergei Krasavtsev (208-82) replied with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Rjazan. Four Rjazan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. TEMP-SUMZ Revda moved-up to fourth place. Rjazan at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. They share it with Severstal. TEMP-SUMZ Revda are again looking forward to face Rjazan (#6) at home in the next round. Rjazan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rjazan: S.Krasavtsev 18+6reb, A.Kirdyachkin 16+3reb, V.Ivlev 11+5reb+2ast, A.Vzdykhalkin 10+9reb+4ast, O.Bartunov 8+5reb+4ast, A.Chernysh 2+1reb
TEMP-SUMZ: S.Tokarev 16+4reb+9ast, S.Sotnikov 15+3reb, A.Zaykin 15+11reb, M.Baranov 8+2reb+3ast, A.Komarov 6+1reb, I.Samsonov 4
gschID: 155400




Nets close to signing Andrei Kirilenko, Kris Humphries - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets, so far unable to complete a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Dwight Howard, are moving ahead without their dream big man by bringing back power forward Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) under a one-year deal worth $7-8 million, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Humphries was expected to sign the deal on Tuesday and play in Wednesdays preseason game against the Knicks, according to the report.

Humphries wanted a multi-year deal worth $10 million annually, but the Nets would sign him to a one-year deal only in order to the maintain cap flexibility necessary to be able to fit Howard on their roster.

Another piece that may be falling into place imminently for the Nets is Andrei Kirilenko (6'9''-F-81), a countryman of the Russian owner, Mikhail Prokhorov. The signing of Kirilenko has been anticipated for some time, and Sportando reported (via Pro Basketball Talk) that he will leave CSKA Moscow and sign a multiyear deal in New Jersey.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


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Pan Arab Games: Saudi Arabia clinch 11th place in Doha - by Eurobasket News
Saudi Arabia-Sudan 87:64

Saudi Arabia clinch 11th place in Doha as they beat Sudan in their last game. Saudi Arabia needed 87:64 win to finish one step higher at the Al Gharafa Sports Club-Indoor Hall.
Saudi Arabia started with 26-13 and never looked behind after. The opponents however won the second frame 16-15 to reduce to 41:29 at the halftime. The second half belonged to the winners as they added two victories. Saudi Arabia posted 20-17 in the third frame and finished with 26-18 in the last.
Fawaz Gassas (194-F-77) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Ahmed Samater (198-F/C-80) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds. Fahad Belal (181-G-91) netted 14 and Marzouq Almuwallad (179-PG-92) scored 10. Haman Elkir (G) ended up with 22 points and Kamal Elfadel (F/C) collected 18 points and 10 rebounds in defeat. Sudan finished the tournament on the 12th place.

Saudi Arabia: Fawaz Gassas 21+14 rebs, Ahmed Samater 19+13 rebs, Fahad Belal 14, Marzouq Almuwallad 10
Sudan: Haman Elkir 22, Kamal Elfadel 18+10 rebs


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Marko Boltic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News
Marko Boltic (193-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best BKK Radnicki and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 29 points adding five rebounds and four assists for BKK Radnicki in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mega Vizura (9-4) 75-69. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. BKK Radnicki is placed at 2nd position in Serbian A League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BKK Radnicki will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. It's Boltic's second year at BKK Radnicki and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Boltic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (8th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 51.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old center Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) of Borac. Dramicanin impressed basketball fans with 27 points and 5 rebounds. Bad luck as Borac lost that game 71-84 to the lower-ranked Radnicki Basket (#9, 6-6). Despite lost game Borac moved up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dramicanin is a newcomer at Borac 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 Bosko Balaban of Smederevo (#6). Balaban scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Balaban's great performance Smederevo lost 67-93 to the higher-ranked Vojvodina (#1, 11-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Smederevo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Balaban has a great season in Serbia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.2bpg and FGP: 71.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Milos Dimic (195-G-89) of Radnicki Basket - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Luka Igrutinovic (193-PG-92) of Proleter Naftagas - 20 points and 6 rebounds
6. Aleksandar Petrovic (206-C-72) of BKK Radnicki - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88) of Napredak - 22 points and 5 rebounds
8. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) of OKK Beograd - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Nenad Canak (204-F-76) of Zeleznicar - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83) of Proleter Naftagas - 22 points, 3 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)


Sant'Antimo brings in Milivoje Bozovic - by Eurobasket News
Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo signed a deal with Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 26-year-old power forward will replace Nick George. Bozovic started this season with Buducnost Podgorica, but they parted ways in November. He appeared 6 times for the club in Adriatic league averaging 3 points and 1.8 rebounds. Milivoje Bozovic played for Hemofarm Stada Vrsac from 2007 until the last summer. He had 8.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg for 19 Serbian league games last season. He helped Hemofarm to reach the Playoff Finals. They did the same in 2008. In 2009, Hemofarm played in the EuroCup Semis. Bozovic registered 5.4 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 14 games that season. In the past, Milivoje Bozovic played for Mega Ishrana, Avala Ada and Lavovi.

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Extraliga Round 22: Nova Ves defeat leader Nitra - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Nitra (14-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Nova Ves (10-10) 76-65. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Ves. Nitra managed to win second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Nova Ves won last quarter 27-18. Nova Ves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Handlova. Nitra at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Nova Ves is looking forward to face Handlova (#5) at home in the next round. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game for Prievidza (13-7) which hosted in Prievidza their biggest opponent Komarno (12-7). Third ranked Prievidza managed to get a 5-point victory 77-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Komarno. It was a key game for the second position in the league. American forward Bobby Davis (200-F-87, college: Edinboro) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and David Godbold chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Prievidza have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Komarno at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Prievidza will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Komarno will play at home against the league's leader Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Zilina between SKP Banska Bystrica and Vahostav-Zilina. Eighth ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (6-13) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (5-14). SKP Banska Bystrica managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 in the game for the eighth place. Richard Grznar notched 49 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the effort. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Spencer Perrin did not help to save the game for Vahostav-Zilina. Vahostav-Zilina's coach Oliver Vidin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SKP Banska Bystrica maintains eighth position with 6-13 record. Vahostav-Zilina lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will meet at home higher ranked Svit (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between sixth ranked Handlova (10-10) and 7th ranked Levice (8-12) in Handlova ended with biggest points difference. Handlova outscored guests from Levice 89-69. Anthony Jones fired 30 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. Handlova's coach Tibor Jany allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Handlova moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nova Ves. Newly promoted Levice keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Handlova's next round opponent will be Nova Ves (#4) on the road. Levice will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Prievidza - Komarno 77-72

An interesting game for Prievidza (13-7) which hosted in Prievidza their biggest opponent Komarno (12-7). Third ranked Prievidza managed to get a 5-point victory 77-72. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Komarno. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Komarno was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 30-17 charge of Prievidza, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Komarno 49-31 including 18 on the offensive glass. Komarno was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Bobby Davis (200-87, college: Edinboro) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side Slovenian forward Sinisa Bilic (201-89) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and American power forward Louis Johnson (203-86, college: W.Illinois, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Prievidza have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Komarno at the other side dropped to the third position with seven games lost. Prievidza will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Komarno will play at home against the league's leader Nitra in Nitra and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Prievidza: D.Godbold 18+9reb+1ast, B.Davis 17+13reb, S.Phillips 13+4reb+5ast, C.Pelle 10+4reb+2ast, L.Potter 6+5reb+2ast, P.Pipiska 6+2reb+2ast
Komarno: S.Bilic 16+9reb+1ast, L.Johnson 13+10reb+2ast, J.Jones 12+3reb+4ast, V.Klar 11+3reb, J.Kratochvil 8+2reb, M.Bilik 7+3reb
gschID: 139184


Nitra - Nova Ves 65-76

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Nitra (14-5) at the home court on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by sixth ranked Nova Ves (10-10) 76-65. The game was mostly controlled by Nova Ves. Nitra managed to win second period 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Nova Ves won last quarter 27-18. Nova Ves moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Handlova. Nitra at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. Nova Ves is looking forward to face Handlova (#5) at home in the next round. Nitra will play against Komarno (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 139185


Handlova - Levice 89-69

The game between sixth ranked Handlova (10-10) and 7th ranked Levice (8-12) in Handlova ended with biggest points difference. Handlova outscored guests from Levice 89-69. The game was mostly controlled by Handlova. Levice was better in fourth quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Handlova dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Levice's 30. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American swingman Anthony Jones (194-84, college: Indiana Tech) fired 30 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals for the winners. The other American import forward Sean Hampton (195-75, college: Alders.-Broad.) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Handlova's coach Tibor Jany allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Canadian power forward Corey Hallett (208-84, college: Monmouth) produced 25 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Andrej Cervenka (197-84) added 11 points respectively for lost side. Handlova moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nova Ves. Newly promoted Levice keeps the seventh position with 12 games lost. Handlova's next round opponent will be Nova Ves (#4) on the road. Levice will play against Vahostav-Zilina and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Handlova: A.Jones 30+7reb+8ast, S.Hampton 17+4reb+3ast, M.Golian 11+3reb+2ast, M.Madaj 8+1reb, I.Barisic 7+3reb+1ast, L.Prosper 6+2reb
Levice: C.Hallett 25+9reb, R.Klein 13+3reb, A.Cervenka 11+3reb+2ast, P.Seman 8+2reb+4ast, L.Bukovic 4+1reb+1ast, L.Lutovsky 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 139186


Vahostav-Zilina - B.Bystrica 96-98

A very close game took place in Zilina between SKP Banska Bystrica and Vahostav-Zilina. Eighth ranked SKP Banska Bystrica (6-13) got a very close victory on the road over 9th ranked Vahostav-Zilina (5-14). SKP Banska Bystrica managed to escape with a 2-point win 98-96 in the game for the eighth place. The guests trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. International point guard Richard Grznar (189-91) notched 49 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds (on 15-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American forward Marcus Kitts (205-89, college: William & Mary) supported him with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Even 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by American forward Spencer Perrin (195, college: E.Kentucky) did not help to save the game for Vahostav-Zilina. The former international center Ondrej Soska (208-78) added 21 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vahostav-Zilina's coach Oliver Vidin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. SKP Banska Bystrica maintains eighth position with 6-13 record. Vahostav-Zilina lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. SKP Banska Bystrica will meet at home higher ranked Svit (#6) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Vahostav-Zilina will play against Levice and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Bystrica: R.Grznar 49+9reb+3ast, M.Kitts 13+11reb+2ast, M.Marchyn 10+1ast, V.Hovanak 10+4reb+3ast, P.Dorazil 4+3reb, M.Zibrinyi 4+1reb
Vahostav-Zilina: S.Perrin 21+7reb+5ast, O.Soska 21+7reb, D.Stojanovic 18+5reb+1ast, P.Tilandy 10+1reb+1ast, L.Hoferica 8+4reb+1ast, J.Zavodny 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 139183




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


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Jones, Handlova28.6 
 2. Clemente, Nitra19.2 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.18.8 
 4. Soska, Vahostav.18.6 
 5. Roberson, Svit18.2 
 6. Losonsky, Nova Ves18.1 
 7. Vaden, Nitra17.7 
 8. Jones, Nova Ves17.1 
 9. Hampton, Handlova17.1 
 10. Grznar, B.Bystrica17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Jones, Nova Ves10.9 
 2. Kitts, B.Bystrica10.1 
 3. Dorazil, B.Bystrica9.7 
 4. Godbold, Prievidza8.5 
 5. Roberson, Svit8.2 
 6. Majok, Nitra8.1 
 7. Losonsky, Nova Ves7.5 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves7.3 
 9. Johnson, Komarno7.3 
 10. Davis, Prievidza7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.7.0 
 2. Jones, Handlova6.7 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.6.2 
 4. Phillips, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Jones, Komarno5.3 
 6. Clemente, Nitra5.1 
 7. Cosic, Svit4.9 
 8. Grznar, B.Bystrica4.2 
 9. Godbold, Prievidza3.1 
 10. Grant, Levice3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Perry PETTY
  Vahostav.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Petty, Vahostav.3.1 
 2. Jones, Handlova2.8 
 3. Jefferson, Nova V.2.2 
 4. Grant, Levice2.2 
 5. Jones, Komarno2.2 
 6. Pelle, Prievidza2.2 
 7. Clemente, Nitra2.1 
 8. Phillips, Prievidza2.0 
 9. Roberson, Svit1.9 
 10. Kitts, B.Bystrica1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Majok, Nitra2.7 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves1.0 
 3. Roberson, Svit0.9 
 4. Dorazil, B.Bystrica0.9 
 5. Johnson, Komarno0.9 
 6. Kitts, B.Bystrica0.9 
 7. Golian, Handlova0.8 
 8. Perrin, Vahostav.0.7 
 9. Mathis, Komarno0.7 
 10. Silinskis, Nitra0.6 


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Vladimir PANIC
  Zlatorog
  (194-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Panic, Zlatorog17.7 
 2. Rizvic, Parklji17.1 
 3. Nelson, Sentjur16.4 
 4. Prepelic, Helios16.3 
 5. Maric, Sentjur15.8 
 6. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.14.6 
 7. Rembert, Sentjur14.5 
 8. Mahkovic, LTHcas.14.3 
 9. Pasalic, Helios14.2 
 10. Djugum, Geoplin14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante DJUGUM
  Geoplin .
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Djugum, Geoplin8.9 
 2. Miljkovic, Rogaska8.9 
 3. Pajic, Geoplin Slo.8.7 
 4. Rizvic, Parklji8.4 
 5. Nuhanovic, Elektra7.0 
 6. Nelson, Sentjur6.8 
 7. Zolotic, Maribor6.5 
 8. Mucic, Maribor6.5 
 9. Pasalic, Helios6.3 
 10. Maric, Sentjur6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Luka RUPNIK
  Geoplin .
  (184-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rupnik, Geoplin6.2 
 2. Rembert, Sentjur4.9 
 3. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.7 
 4. Jovanovic, Maribo.4.2 
 5. Gay, Helios3.6 
 6. Tomic, Rogaska3.5 
 7. Prepelic, Helios3.5 
 8. Hohler, Polzela3.4 
 9. Fon, Geoplin Slovan3.3 
 10. Panic, Zlatorog3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nejc KOBAL
  Parklji
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kobal, Parklji2.9 
 2. Mezek, LTHcast2.9 
 3. Fon, Geoplin Slovan2.4 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.2.0 
 5. Lelic, Elektra1.9 
 6. Vasl, Polzela1.8 
 7. Panic, Zlatorog1.7 
 8. Rembert, Sentjur1.6 
 9. Maric, Sentjur1.5 
 10. Gay, Helios1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Elektra
  (209-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Nuhanovic, Elektra1.5 
 2. Nelson, Sentjur1.4 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.3 
 4. Omic, Zlatorog1.0 
 5. Guna, Elektra1.0 
 6. Sebic, Sentjur1.0 
 7. Djugum, Geoplin0.9 
 8. Cresnar, Helios0.7 
 9. Hannibal, Polzela0.7 
 10. Dobravec, Geopli.0.7 


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Anthony Perez on the NBA limits - by Wolfgang Lucena
Great basketball skills, discipline, smartness and a big heart is what an athlete needs to be at the NBA level; Anthony Perez outstanding 6'9'' Venezuelan forward has all those ingredients and much more. Anthony has been improving a lot since last year, this past Monday December 19 in a packed arena at City of Palms he played a terrific all-around game. Perez shot the ball very well taking screens, exhibited a quick release to go with deep range, definitely a complete athlete. Anthony Perez whom signed with Ole Miss University of Mississippi scored four three-pointers; he finished with 18 points, a monster dunk and seven rebounds.' Trust me! I have been around of the game of basketball at different levels for many years and I truly believe that Anthony Perez has a bright future' said Ole Miss assistant Coach Sergio Rocco. Venezuela will welcome the 12 National teams trying for the last three Olympic openings on the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournaments which will take place in the country's capital and largest city of Caracas from 2-8 July 2012. Our great squad, Venezuela, will be fighting for an Olympic spot and by adding NBA level athletes such as Anthony Perez to the Venezuela team we can increase our possibilities to qualify for the upcoming Olympic Games. Lets keep our eyes on Anthony Perez.



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 22-6 
 2. Anyang KGC 21-7 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 19-10 
 4. KCC Egis 17-11 
 5. ET Land 14-14 
 6. LG Sakers 13-15 
 7. Mobis Phoebus 12-16 
 8. SK Knights 11-16 
 9. Samsung Th. 6-22 
 10. Daegu Orions 5-23 


KBL Round 30: Mobis Phoebus edge Sonic Boom KT by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 30 in the KBL took place in Busan. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-10) to eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-16) 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sonic Boom KT won fourth quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mobis Phoebus dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sonic Boom KT's 34. The best player for the winners was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against ninth-ranked Daegu Orions 87-80. It was a good game for international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. Ira Clark contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Daegu Orions. Samsung Thunders (6-22) moved-up to ninth place. Daegu Orions lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Samsung Thunders will play against higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Daegu Orions will play at home against LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Anyang. Local Anyang KGC (21-7) outscored 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (14-14) 87-63 on Wednesday night. Rodney White scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Herbert Hill with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Anyang KGC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-7 record behind leader Dongbu Promy. Loser ET Land Elephants keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Mobis Phoebus (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.

In the last game of round 30 LG Sakers defeated KCC Egis in Changwon 89-80.
The best stats of 30th round was 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists by Aaron Haynes of LG Sakers.



Daegu Orions - Samsung Th. 80-87

Bottom-ranked Samsung Thunders managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against ninth-ranked Daegu Orions 87-80. Daegu Orions were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Dong-Uk Kim (195-81) replied with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists and American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Daegu Orions. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Samsung Thunders (6-22) moved-up to ninth place. Daegu Orions lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom. Samsung Thunders will play against higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Daegu Orions will play at home against LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: D.Kim 19+6reb+9ast, C.Williams 18+10reb+5ast, J.Choi 13+10reb+1ast, J.Chun 13+3reb+1ast, Y.Kim 12+3ast, M.Kim 3+2reb+2ast
Samsung Th.: E.Sandrin 25+12reb+2ast, I.Clark 21+9reb+1ast, S.Kim 11+3reb+7ast, W.Lee 11+4reb+3ast, B.Lee 10+2reb+1ast, T.Kim 7+1reb
gschID: 145748


Anyang KGC - ET Land 87-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Anyang. Local Anyang KGC (21-7) outscored 5th ranked ET Land Elephants (14-14) 87-63 on Wednesday night. Anyang KGC made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game, while ET Land Elephants only scored three points from the stripe. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) scored 18 points and 7 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) chipped in 18 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Nuri Ham (196-88) scored 10 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. Anyang KGC have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 21-7 record behind leader Dongbu Promy. Loser ET Land Elephants keep the fifth place with 14 games lost. Anyang KGC will meet Mobis Phoebus (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. ET Land Elephants will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Hill 14+11reb+1ast, N.Ham 10+3reb, H.Kang 9+2reb+2ast, B.Chung 9+1reb+2ast, T.Moon 8+2reb, T.Joo 7+2reb
Anyang KGC: R.White 18+7reb+2ast, S.Oh 18+7reb, J.Lee 15+3reb+1ast, T.Kim 11+6reb+4ast, H.Yang 9+3reb+1ast, C.Park 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 145749


Sonic Boom KT - Mobis Phoebus 66-68

The most exciting game of round 30 in the KBL took place in Busan. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-10) to eighth ranked Mobis Phoebus (12-16) 68-66 on Wednesday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the home team. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sonic Boom KT. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sonic Boom KT won fourth quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Mobis Phoebus dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Sonic Boom KT's 34. The best player for the winners was American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 14 rebounds. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Sonic Boom KT players scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to seventh place. Sonic Boom KT at the other side keeps the third position with ten games lost. Mobis Phoebus are looking forward to face league's second-placed Anyang KGC at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: S.Cho 18+5reb, C.Rhodes 17+9reb+2ast, D.Cho 14+4reb+4ast, Y.Song 10+2reb+3ast, S.Park 3+4reb+1ast, D.Kim 3+2reb
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 26+14reb+1ast, D.Yang 17+5reb+4ast, J.Lee 10+4reb+1ast, J.Park 9+3reb, D.Ryang Kim 4+4reb+1ast, D.Kim 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145750


KCC Egis - LG Sakers 80-89

There was a minor upset in Jeonju where 4th ranked KCC Egis (17-11) were defeated by sixth ranked LG Sakers (13-15) 89-80 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-80. LG Sakers dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to KCC Egis' 44. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hyun-Soo Byun (185-86) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds and forward Min-Soo Jeong (194-88) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. LG Sakers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-15 record. Loser KCC Egis keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. LG Sakers will meet bottom-ranked Daegu Orions (#10) on the road in the next round. KCC Egis will play against Samsung Thunders (#9) in Seoul and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 25+13reb+3ast, M.Jeong 19+8reb+1ast, T.Akins 16+4ast, T.Kim 11+2ast, J.Lim 8+1reb+1ast, S.Choo 1+1reb+2ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 28+11reb+4ast, H.Byun 18+4reb+4ast, I.Baek 17+4reb, G.Stevenson 16+5reb+4ast, Y.Oh 5+2ast, H.Kim 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 145747




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  SPAIN   


Kenny Adeleke leaves Lagun Aro GBC - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Adeleke (205-C-83, college: Hartford) is no longer a member of Lagun Aro GBC. The American/Nigerian big guy left the club due to personal reasons. Adeleke joined Lagun Aro during the pre-season. He appeared in 11 Liga Endesa games averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Kenny Adeleke split 2010/11 season between Ukrainian Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk and Turkish Hacettepe University. With Hacettepe he had 11.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg in 4 TB2L games. He helped them reach TB2L Finals. Before that, he registered 10.9 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 7 Ukrainian league games with Dnipro. Kenny Adeleke played for Chinese Shanxi Zhongyu and Italian Martos Napoli in 2009/10. Before that, he was a member of Galatasaray, Lukoil Akademik, Banvit and Hapoel Galil Elyon.

LEB Gold Round 15: Lleida Basquet loses to UB La Palma - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Lleida Basquet (10-5) and sixth ranked UB La Palma (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Lleida Basquet was defeated by UB La Palma in La Palma 72-86. The game was mostly controlled by UB La Palma. Lleida Basquet managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UB La Palma made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Lleida Basquet. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UB La Palma moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Melilla and Menorca. Lleida Basquet lost third consecutive game. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. UB La Palma is looking forward to face Palencia Baloncesto (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lleida Basquet will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Clinicas Rincon managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Caceres 2016 81-74. It was a great evening for power forward Miguel Lorenzo (205-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ognen Kuzmin helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The best for the losing side was Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Clinicas Rincon maintains eighteenth place with 2-13 record. Caceres 2016 at the other side dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Clinicas Rincon will play against higher ranked Baloncesto Leon (#13) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caceres 2016 will play against Basquet Mallorca (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
LEB Gold top team - Canarias (13-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (7-8) in Tenerife 88-83. It was a quality performance for Ricardo Guillen who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. Adrian Moss came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Palencia Baloncesto in the defeat. Palencia Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Canarias have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Palencia Baloncesto lost fourth consecutive game. Loser Palencia Baloncesto keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Canarias will meet Lobe Huesca (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Palencia Baloncesto will play against UB La Palma (#4) and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Mahon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Menorca Basquet (9-6) to fifteenth ranked Lobe Huesca (6-9) 76-75 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Menorca Basquet. The best player for the winners was Gintaras Leonavicius who scored 22 points. Menorca Basquet's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lobe Huesca moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Leon and CB Tarragona. Menorca Basquet at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lobe Huesca's next round opponent will be league's leader Canarias in Tenerife and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Menorca Basquet will play on the road against CB Tarragona 2017 and be promoted back to the ACB just one year after relegation.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grupo Iruna Navarra (8-7) and CB Granada (5-10), which took place in Granada. Higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra lost to seventeenth ranked CB Granada in a road game 67-80 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Grupo Iruna Navarra. It was a good game for Francisco Sanchez who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. CB Granada's coach Curro Segura used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. CB Granada moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Knet Clavijo. Loser Grupo Iruna Navarra keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. CB Granada will face higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#10) in Lugo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 15: CB Tarragona was smashed by Burgos on the road 90-62. Melilla won against Knet Clavijo on its own court 107-91. Mallorca unfortunately lost to Girona in a road game 83-88. Leon recorded a loss to Breogan at home 70-76.
The most impressive performance of 15th round was 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists by Troy DeVries of Melilla.



Granada - Navarra 80-67

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Grupo Iruna Navarra (8-7) and CB Granada (5-10), which took place in Granada. Higher ranked Grupo Iruna Navarra lost to seventeenth ranked CB Granada in a road game 67-80 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Grupo Iruna Navarra. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. CB Granada dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Grupo Iruna Navarra's 30. It was a good game for the former international forward Francisco Sanchez (201-79) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Naturalized Senegalese power forward Mamadou Samb (208-89) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. CB Granada's coach Curro Segura used a ten-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Czech center Ondrej Starosta (215-79) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and guard Mikel Uriz (180-89) added 12 points in the effort for Grupo Iruna Navarra. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. CB Granada moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Knet Clavijo. Loser Grupo Iruna Navarra keeps the seventh position with seven games lost. CB Granada will face higher ranked Leche Rio Breogan (#10) in Lugo in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Navarra: O.Starosta 16+14reb+1ast, J.Garcia 12+5reb+1ast, M.Uriz 12+4reb+2ast, N.Rakocevic 12+2reb+3ast, K.Langford 11+2reb+1ast, A.Savitski 4+4reb
Granada: F.Sanchez 24+6reb+4ast, M.Samb 16+9reb+1ast, J.Fernandez 13+6reb+6ast, C.Cobos 11+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Coego 10+5reb, R.Guerra 2+4reb+2ast
gschID: 134693


Burgos - CB Tarragona 90-62

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Ford Burgos (11-4) crushed at home 14th ranked CB Tarragona 2017 (6-9) 90-62 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Ford Burgos. CB Tarragona 2017 was better in third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ford Burgos forced 24 CB Tarragona 2017 turnovers. It was a good game for British-American forward Darren Phillip (201-78, college: Fairfield) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Josep Ortega (200-84) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Ford Burgos players scored in double figures. Swedish center Andreas Schreiber (205-87, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Dynamics Global Management) answered with 8 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Alejandro Alba (193-77) added 6 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for CB Tarragona 2017. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Ford Burgos. Ford Burgos moved-up to second place. Loser CB Tarragona 2017 dropped to the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Ford Burgos will face Grupo Iruna Navarra (#7) in Pamplona in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. CB Tarragona 2017 will play at home against Menorca Basquet (#5) in Mahon.
Top scorers:
CB Tarragona: I.Martinez 10, A.Llorca 9+2reb, A.Schreiber 8+5reb, J.Mitchell 7+1reb, D.Van Oostrum 7+1ast, A.Alba 6+5reb+1ast
Burgos: D.Phillip 17+6reb+1ast, J.Castro 15+2reb+1ast, J.Aguilar 14+2ast, J.Ortega 14+6reb+1ast, J.Tillman 10+8reb+1ast, M.Vinicius Toledo 8+5reb+4ast
gschID: 134694


Menorca - Huesca 75-76

A very interesting game took place in Mahon. It ended with only one-point home defeat of 4th placed Menorca Basquet (9-6) to fifteenth ranked Lobe Huesca (6-9) 76-75 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Menorca Basquet. Menorca Basquet was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Lobe Huesca, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Menorca Basquet outrebounded Lobe Huesca 42-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian guard Gintaras Leonavicius (194-83, agency: Players Group) who scored 22 points. Power forward Miguel Montanana (206-80) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Oliver Arteaga (211-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and guard Roma Bas (192-83) added 14 points respectively. Menorca Basquet's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Lobe Huesca moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with Leon and CB Tarragona. Menorca Basquet at the other side keeps the fourth position with six games lost. Lobe Huesca's next round opponent will be league's leader Canarias in Tenerife and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Menorca Basquet will play on the road against CB Tarragona 2017 and be promoted back to the ACB just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Menorca: O.Arteaga 20+12reb+1ast, R.Bas 14+3reb+1ast, R.Morentin 11+6reb+1ast, A.Moncasi 8+6reb, D.Navarro 8+5reb+3ast, J.Jimenez 7+1reb+5ast
Huesca: G.Leonavicius 22+2reb+2ast, M.Montanana 14+6reb, L.Knutson 12+2reb+2ast, O.Herrero 9+2reb+1ast, J.Orfila 7+9reb, A.Garcia 6+4reb
gschID: 134695


Canarias - Palencia 88-83

LEB Gold top team - Canarias (13-2) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat ninth ranked Palencia Baloncesto (7-8) in Tenerife 88-83. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 26-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Canarias made 26-of-33 free shots (78.8 percent) during the game, while Palencia Baloncesto only scored eight points from the stripe. It was a quality performance for the former international power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-76) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds. point guard Albert Sabat (187-85) accounted for 23 points for the winning side. American power forward Adrian Moss (204-81, college: Florida) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and American-Cape Verdean guard Jeffrey Xavier (185-85, college: Providence) added 19 points respectively for Palencia Baloncesto in the defeat. Palencia Baloncesto's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Canarias have an impressive series of six victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-2 record. Palencia Baloncesto lost fourth consecutive game. Loser Palencia Baloncesto keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Canarias will meet Lobe Huesca (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Palencia Baloncesto will play against UB La Palma (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Palencia: J.Xavier 19+2reb+1ast, A.Moss 18+8reb+1ast, C.Bravo 15+4reb+2ast, M.Diouf 8+9reb, I.O'Leary 7+3reb+1ast, E.Garrido 6+3reb+3ast
Canarias: A.Sabat 23+2reb+2ast, R.Guillen 20+14reb, J.Donaldson 13+4reb+4ast, I.Yanez 8+6reb+1ast, J.Heras 7+2reb+1ast, F.Lampropoulos 7+4reb
gschID: 134696


La Palma - Lleida 86-72

The game between third ranked Lleida Basquet (10-5) and sixth ranked UB La Palma (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Wednesday night. Lleida Basquet was defeated by UB La Palma in La Palma 72-86. The game was mostly controlled by UB La Palma. Lleida Basquet managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UB La Palma made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Antonio Pena (203-86, college: Villanova) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Lucas Sikma (203-89, college: Portland) contributed with 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ivorian-American forward Jonathan Kale (203-85, college: Providence) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and American-Austrian guard Jason Detrick (198-80, college: Oklahoma, agency: Court Side) added 17 points in the effort for Lleida Basquet. Five UB La Palma and four Lleida Basquet players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. UB La Palma moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Melilla and Menorca. Lleida Basquet lost third consecutive game. Lleida Basquet at the other side keeps the third position with five games lost. UB La Palma is looking forward to face Palencia Baloncesto (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lleida Basquet will play against Melilla Baloncesto (#6) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Lleida: J.Detrick 17+1reb+1ast, J.Kale 15+6reb, M.Feliu 14+3reb, A.Alzamora 11+2reb+2ast, C.Ramsdell 5+7reb+1ast, M.Norris 4+3reb+6ast
La Palma: A.Pena 20+4reb+1ast, S.Arrocha 11+3reb, R.Martinez 11+3reb+2ast, R.Schaftenaar 11+3reb, L.Sikma 10+7reb+5ast, J.Bonhome 10+1reb
gschID: 134697


Melilla - Knet Clavijo 107-91

Very expected game when 16th ranked CB Clavijo (5-10) lost on the road to sixth ranked Melilla Baloncesto (9-6) 107-91 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 56-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Melilla Baloncesto shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 64.0 percentage. Melilla Baloncesto looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by CB Clavijo's players. It was a good game for American guard Troy DeVries (193-82, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). point guard Jose Antonio Marco (180-89) contributed with 17 points and 9 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American point guard Mathew Witt (183-84, college: E.Kentucky) answered with 23 points and 4 assists and Nigerian power forward Olaseni Lawal (208-86, college: Wayne St., MI) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for CB Clavijo. Five Melilla Baloncesto and four CB Clavijo players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Melilla Baloncesto moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Menorca and La Palma. Newly promoted CB Clavijo keeps the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Melilla Baloncesto will face higher ranked Lleida Basquet (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CB Clavijo will play against Girona FC (#8).
Top scorers:
Knet Clavijo: M.Witt 23+3reb+4ast, O.Lawal 15+9reb, E.Suarez 11+2reb+1ast, D.Mesa 11+4reb, J.Bonds 10+5reb, S.Zagorac 8+5reb+1ast
Melilla: T.DeVries 24+5reb+4ast, C.Odiakosa 21+3reb, J.Antonio Marco 17+4reb+9ast, J.Salvador Arco 11+1reb+3ast, K.Wachsmann 11+6reb+2ast, M.Suka-Umu 9+1reb+3ast
gschID: 134689


Girona - Mallorca 88-83

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Girona FC and 10th ranked Basquet Mallorca had identical 7-7 record. This time Girona FC used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Mallorca 88-83 on Wednesday night. Basquet Mallorca was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 29-22 charge of Girona FC, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Basquet Mallorca was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for naturalized American power forward Darryl Middleton (203-66, college: Baylor) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Xavier Guirao (190-87) contributed with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Shaun Green (203-87, college: Utah, agency: Limelight Hoops) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jose Amador (210-83, agency: Duran International) added 10 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Basquet Mallorca. Four Girona FC and five Basquet Mallorca players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Girona FC. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Navarra. Newly promoted Basquet Mallorca dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Girona FC will face CB Clavijo (#16) in Logrono in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Basquet Mallorca will play at home against Caceres 2016 (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mallorca: S.Green 19+6reb, S.Alonso 16+2reb+3ast, J.Carles Bivia 15+4reb+3ast, M.Whippy 11+4reb+1ast, J.Amador 10+12reb+1ast, J.Cabot 8+3reb
Girona: D.Middleton 20+10reb, X.Guirao 16+3reb+4ast, A.Labuckas 16+5reb+1ast, J.Vallmajo 13+2reb+6ast, S.Pino 8+7reb+1ast, M.Fernandez 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 134690


Caceres - Clinicas Rincon 74-81

Bottom-ranked Clinicas Rincon managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of seven consecutive loses. This time they won against eleventh-ranked Caceres 2016 81-74. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 27-21 Caceres 2016's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 81-74 at the end of the game. Caceres 2016 was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for power forward Miguel Lorenzo (205-91) who led his team to a victory scoring 14 points and 6 rebounds. Bosnian center Ognen Kuzmin (215-90) helped adding 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Four Clinicas Rincon players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Belizean-American power forward Leon Williams (203-86, college: Ohio) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Jose Angel Antelo (203-87) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Clinicas Rincon maintains eighteenth place with 2-13 record. Caceres 2016 at the other side dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Clinicas Rincon will play against higher ranked Baloncesto Leon (#13) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Caceres 2016 will play against Basquet Mallorca (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Caceres: L.Williams 19+12reb+1ast, J.Angel Antelo 15+1reb+1ast, D.Rodriguez 12+1reb+1ast, X.Forcada 9+3reb+4ast, D.Bouldin 7+3reb, C.Cherry 6+2reb+4ast
Clinicas Rincon: M.Lorenzo 14+6reb+2ast, O.Kuzmin 12+7reb, J.Pozas 11+3reb+2ast, D.Todorovic 10+2reb, E.Diaz 9+2reb, F.El Hadji Malick 8+1reb
gschID: 134691


Leon - Breogan 70-76

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Leche Rio Breogan and 13th ranked Baloncesto Leon had identical 6-8 record. But Baloncesto Leon was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Lugo 76-70 on Wednesday night. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-7. But Baloncesto Leon won second period 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Leche Rio Breogan dominated on the defensive end, holding Baloncesto Leon to just 7 points in first quarter. It was a good game for Dominican-American guard James Feldeine (193-88, college: Quinnipiac) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 8 rebounds. American swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Dominican point guard Emmanuel Quezada (188-85, college: USF) answered with 23 points and swingman Julio Alberto Gonzalez (196-81) added 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Baloncesto Leon. Leche Rio Breogan (7-8) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Baloncesto Leon keeps the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Leche Rio Breogan will face CB Granada (#17) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Baloncesto Leon will play against Clinicas Rincon (#18) in Malaga.
Top scorers:
Leon: E.Quezada 23+4reb+2ast, J.Alberto Gonzalez 18+5reb+3ast, J.Fernandez 10+2reb, C.Mortellaro 6+9reb, J.Calvo 5, J.Durley 3+2reb
Breogan: J.Feldeine 26+8reb+3ast, J.Krabbenhoft 15+7reb+2ast, M.Gomez 9+3reb+1ast, B.Sales 8+9reb+3ast, P.Yanez 5+1reb, S.Ogirri 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 134692




Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Canarias 13-2 
 2. Burgos 11-4 
 3. Lleida 10-5 
 4. La Palma 9-6 
 5. Menorca 9-6 
 6. Melilla 9-6 
 7. Navarra 8-7 
 8. Girona 8-7 
 9. Palencia 7-8 
 10. Breogan 7-8 
 11. Caceres 7-8 
 12. Mallorca 7-8 
 13. Leon 6-9 
 14. CB Tarragona 6-9 
 15. Huesca 6-9 
 16. Knet Clavijo 5-10 
 17. Granada 5-10 
 18. Clinicas Rincon 2-13 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  Melilla
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. DeVries, Melilla19.5 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo18.4 
 3. Quezada, Leon18.3 
 4. Feldeine, Breogan18.3 
 5. Guillen, Canarias17.6 
 6. Antelo, Caceres17.5 
 7. Leonavicius, Hues.15.9 
 8. Phillip, Burgos15.6 
 9. Xavier, Palencia15.6 
 10. Moss, Palencia15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo9.5 
 2. Sikma, La Palma8.3 
 3. Diouf, Palencia8.1 
 4. Donaldson, Canarias8.1 
 5. Mortellaro, Leon8.0 
 6. Starosta, Navarra7.9 
 7. Williams, Caceres7.9 
 8. Phillip, Burgos7.4 
 9. Orfila, Huesca7.3 
 10. Krabbenhoft, Breo.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Alvarado, La Palma6.2 
 2. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.5 
 3. Norris, Lleida4.3 
 4. Riera, Melilla3.9 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.9 
 6. Lopez, Burgos3.8 
 7. Sabat, Canarias3.7 
 8. DeVries, Melilla3.5 
 9. Perez, Menorca3.5 
 10. Bivia, Mallorca3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Xavier, Palencia2.8 
 2. Toledo, Burgos2.7 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.2 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.1 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.7 
 6. Abrines, Clinic.1.7 
 7. Guerra, Granada1.7 
 8. Sanz, Navarra1.6 
 9. Feldeine, Breogan1.5 
 10. Lopez, La Palma1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ognen KUZMIN
  Clinicas.
  (215-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.7 
 2. Diouf, Palencia1.7 
 3. Odiakosa, Melilla1.4 
 4. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.4 
 5. Green, Mallorca1.4 
 6. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.1 
 7. Antelo, Caceres1.1 
 8. Coleman, Girona1.0 
 9. Tillman, Burgos0.9 
 10. Arteaga, Menorca0.9 


Pervis Pasco debuts for CAI Zaragoza in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group, college: Kansas St.) played his first game in jersey of CAI Zaragoza. The American PF/C, who penned a deal for rest of the season recently, got 19 minutes in a friendly game against Huesca and he scored 10 points. Pasco will make debut in Liga Endesa next weekend in a game against Blusens Monbus. Pervis Pasco spent last season in France with Strasboug IG. He appeared 28 times in ProA averaging 8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. In 2009/10 season Pasco played for Italian Biella. He had 6.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 1.1 apg for them in 28 SerieA games. Pasco also added 7.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In the past, Pervis Pasco played for Rieti, Scavolini, Teramo and Turkish Erdemir. He also has experience from Bahrein, Korea and Qatar. In 2004, Pervis Pasco won the Asian Club Championship with Al Rayan.

The Club Basquet Puig d'en Valls hires Eva Yepes Hernandez - by Lino Lopez