EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/26/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.20.6 
 2. Scott, Radnicki K.17.9 
 3. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 4. Simon, KK.17.2 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost16.9 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.16.7 
 7. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 8. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 9. Kasun, KK.15.1 
 10. Prepelic, Helios14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm12.3 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost9.7 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.9 
 4. Kasun, KK.6.7 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.6.5 
 6. Pasalic, Helios6.1 
 7. Popovic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 8. Pavic, Krka5.7 
 9. Simon, KK.5.6 
 10. May, KK.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Steven MARKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Markovic, Radnicki8.9 
 2. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Vujasinovic, Zlato.5.2 
 5. Vladovic, Siroki W.4.7 
 6. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 7. Papaloukas, Macca.4.4 
 8. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.4 
 9. Draper, Cedevita4.2 
 10. Covic, Crvena Z.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 D.J. GAY
  Helios
  (183-G-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Gay, Helios2.3 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.0 
 3. Draper, Cedevita1.8 
 4. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.7 
 5. Zubcic, Cibona1.7 
 6. Simon, KK.1.6 
 7. Ohayon, Maccabi1.6 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.1.6 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki1.5 
 10. Salin, Union Olim.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.2 
 2. Simon, Radnicki K.1.1 
 3. Scott, Radnicki K.1.1 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.1 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 6. Savovic, Hemofarm0.9 
 7. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda0.8 
 8. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 9. Jordan, Krka0.7 
 10. Thompson, Union0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Lanus announce Derrick Roland - by Eurobasket News
Lanus bolstered their roster. They landed Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M). The player will fill in the spot of Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) who left the team. Derrick Roland started the season in Uruguay. He played for Sayago. The guard notched 22.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LUB. Later Derrick Roland moved to Penarol Mar del Plata. His stats read 6.2 points and 1.8 rebounds per appearance in Argentina. It is the first pro season for the player. Derrick Roland graduated from Texas A&M in 2010. The guard averaged 10.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his senior season.



Quilmes Mar del Plata part ways with Evan Brock - by Eurobasket News
Quilmes Mar del Plata released Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama). The forward joined the team in November. He tallied 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds per game. Last season Evan Brock played for Cocolos de San Pedro and La Villa in Dominican Republic. Quilmes are now looking for the replacement.


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  AUSTRIA   


Roster changes in Kapfenberg - by Stefan Prager
The Kapfenberg Bulls announced a few roster changes just today. First and foremost the Bulls did not extend the contract of big man Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming). The Belgian center appeared in 11 games for the former styrian powerhouse. He averaged 3.9ppg along with 1.5rpg while shooting 60.7% from the field. Meanwhile wingman Chad Gray (200-F-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Co.Carolina) earned an extension of his try- out contract until the end of January. Gray had 10 points and 3 rebounds in about 14 minutes in his debut for the Bulls in a win over the reigning champions from Oberwart. At last the Bulls loaned U20 National Team player Filip Kramer (200-F-92) to the UBC St. Poelten for 6 months which means the rest if the season. Krmer will return to the Bulls at the end of June and is expected to get some more minutes in Lower Austria. The cleared roster spot was given to 18 year old youngster player Daniel Gaberle (193-F-93).

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  AZERBAIJAN   


Araz shoot down Chag Oiretim - by Eurobasket News
Araz maintains their perfect record in D1 championship. The defending champions overcame Chag Oiretim 88:43 in the last round of action to stay on top of the ladder. Chag Oiretim remained in the second position despite loss.
Gala share the second spot with Chag Oiretim. The vice-champions toppled BGu 98:37.
Aztop secured another win at the tournament as they fired past NTL-Tudor 73:63.



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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional takes a break - by Cristian Quiroga
Played first half of second stage, Liga Nacional is having a year-end holidays break, and resumes the action on January 7th. Deportes Castro is in the top of standings with 15 points (7-1 record) followed by Colegio Los Leones (14), Osorno Basquetbol (13) and Deportivo Aleman (12).
Development of this second phase has been a little irregular for some teams, and that's the reason why all of them are still having real chances to get a ticket to semifinals, getting one of the first four places of standings.
After 7 games played in this second stage, Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) of Puente Alto is the best scorer with an average of 23,1 per game. Best rebounder of league is brazilian Marcos Leal de Souza of Deportivo Aleman with 12,1 per game. Regarding to assists, the best in the stats is Marcelo Hernandez of Osorno Basquetbol with an average po 5,3 per game.
League action continues on next January 7th with the following games: Deportivo Valdivia-Boston College in Valdivia, Aleman-Sagrados Corazones in Concepcion, Puente Alto-Deportes Castro in Puente Alto and Colegio Los Leones-Osorno Basquetbol in Quilpue.


Dimayor: UdeConce is the unbeaten leader - by Cristian Quiroga
After games played this week CD Universidad de Concepcion is the unique leader of Dimayor league. With a remarkable record of 14-0 'Campanil' seems to have no rivals in this league edition, and walks with safe steps to the title.
Liceo Mixto follows in the standings with 12-2 record, Deportivo Espanol (9-5) and the surprise of league Union Espanola with the same register.


Bayo Arigbon (197-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.) of Deportivo Espanol is the best scorer of league with 22 points per game. Best performance players of league are: Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88, college: Tarleton St.) of Union Espanola, Bayo Arigbon and Jason Keep of Universidad de Concepcion.
Results of last two rounds before the break were
December 20th
Deportivo Espanol 79 - Antofagasta Sokol 71
CD UdeConce 92 - Universidad Catolica 62
Liceo Mixto 73 - Union Espanola 62
San Luis 92 - Municipal Curacavi 78

December 21th
Deportivo Espanol 98 - Antofagasta Sokol 75
CD UdeConce 91 - Universidad Catolica 74
Liceo Mixto 81 - Union Espanola 59 San Luis 98 - Municipal Curacavi 71




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  CHINA   


Beijing Loses Second Straight, Guangdong Climbs within One of Lead - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing lost its second game in a row, dropping a 96-87 decision to Shanghai. Forehan-Kelly Ryan (196-F-80, college: California) led Shanghai with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Michael Harris had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Zhang Zhaoxu had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 2 blocks and contained Randolph Morris. Liu Wei had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Feng Tian scored 10. Shanghai moved to 7-8 and looks now to be a contender for a spot in the playoffs. Morris had 26 points and 9 rebounds for Beijing, making 12 of 13 free throws. Stephon Marbury had 15 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Zhai Xiaochuan had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Zhu Yanxi had 8 points and 6 rebounds but only made 3 of 11 shots. Ji Zhe had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Xiaohui had 7 points and 2 rebounds. Chen Lei was scoreless, missing all 9 shots he took.

Guangdong moved to within one game of Beijing at 12-3 with a 111-106 win over Shanxi. Aaron Brooks scored 21. James Singleton had 20 points, 13 rebounds and 3 blocks. Zhu Fangyu and Wang Shipeng each scored 15. Chen Jianghua had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Su Wei had 8 points and 6 rebounds. Ren Junfei had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Marcus Williams and Charles Gaines each scored 35 for Shanxi. Williams added 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals. Gaines had 16 rebounds. Bao Zhaobao had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Duan Jiangpeng scored 4 points on 1 of 9 shots.

Zhejiang Guangsha defeated 106-99 to gain an 11-4 record. Peter John Ramos had 27 points and 22 rebounds. Wilson Chandler had 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Lin Chih-Chieh had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Wang Bo scored 9 and Jin Lipeng and Wang Zirui both scored 8. Marcus Williams scored 26 for Jiangsu. Jackson Vroman had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Yi Li had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Kangming had 6 points and 9 rebounds.

Dongguan beat Xinjiang 97-90. Xinjiang was playing without any imports. Josh Akognon scored 24. Shavlik Randolph had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 15. Sun Tonglin had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Feng Qi scored 8. Tang Zhengdong had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Xinjiang. Xu Guozhong also scored 17 and Sun Weibo scored 16. Mulati scored 13. Meng Duo had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Mengke Bateer had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists.

Zhejiang defeated Jilin 100-90. J. R. Smith had 36 points and 5 rebounds. Josh Boone had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Xia Yobo had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Cao Fei had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Cartier Martin scored 47 points for Jilin. Jameel Watkins scored 11 and Li Tao had 10. Zhong Cheng had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.

Han Dejun had 21 points and 14 rebounds, his second straight excellent game, as Liaoning defeated Bayi 103-84. Josh Powell had 21 points and 6 rebounds. He Tianju had 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Rodney Carney had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 9 points and 9 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 8 points and 15 rebounds. Delehei had 33 points and 6 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points and 4 rebounds but Han Dejun played the better game. Wang Lei had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists.

Rony Fahed had 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists but also 10 turnovers as Tianjin beat Foshan 108-93. Zhang Nan also scored 26. Xu Lei scored 18. Donnell Harvey had 13 points and 13 rebounds. David Harrison had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu had 29 points and 5 rebounds for Foshan. Marcus Douthit had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Haislip had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Luo Zhi had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Lester Hudson had 30 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists as Qingdao edged Shandong 100-94. Xue Yuyang had one of those game he sometimes has, scoring 24 points hitting 6 of 9 three-pointers. Li Gen had 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Olumide Oyedeji had 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Othello Hunter had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Shandong. Li Lin had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Allan Anderson scored 15. Ding Yanyuhang had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Sun Jie scored 10. Liu Jiulong had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.


CBA Round 16: #1 Beijing Ducks are defeated by Shanghai Sharks - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Beijing Ducks (13-2) on the court of eleventh ranked Shanghai Sharks on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Shanghai Sharks 96-87. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanghai Sharks made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who added 21 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks (7-8) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Fujian XX. Beijing Ducks at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin in the next round where they are favorite. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#3) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) was upset in DongGuan by seventh ranked DongGuan Leopards 97-90. The winners were led by Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who scored that evening 24 points and Shavlik Randolph supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) did not help to save the game for Xinjiang Flying Tige. DongGuan Leopards (8-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. DongGuan Leopards will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan in the next round. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Taiyuan was also quite interesting. Second ranked Guandong Tigers (12-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (7-7). Guandong Tigers managed to secure a 5-point victory 111-106 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. James Singleton fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. Charles Gaines produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 12-3 record behind leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Guandong Tigers will meet Bayi Fubang (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against DongGuan Leopards and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game took place in Qingdao where 13th ranked Shandong Bulls (6-10) were upseton the court of sixteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (5-10) 100-94. It was a very good performance for Lester Hudson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with TianJin R. and Foshan. Shandong Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Qingdao Double Star's next round opponent will be Foshan (#16) at home.
Eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (8-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-8) by 19 points 103-84, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Dejun Han who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. Bayi Fubang lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Fubang will play at home against the league's second-placed Guandong Tigers (#2) in Dongguan.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 16: bottom-ranked Jiangsu D. lost to Guangsha L. on the opponent's court 99-106. Jilin NE T. unfortunately lost to Zhejiang C. in a home game 90-100. TianJin R. managed to beat Foshan on the road 108-93.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 47 points (!!!) and 5 assists by Cartier Martin of Jilin NE T..



Liaoning H. - Bayi Fubang 103-84

Eighth ranked Liaoning Hunters (8-7) crushed at home 10th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-8) by 19 points 103-84, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Liaoning Hunters outrebounded Bayi Fubang 57-32 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 9 blocks. Bayi Fubang was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of center Dejun Han (215-89) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) who added 21 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Liaoning Hunters players scored in double figures. At the losing side international forward Lehei De (208-87) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!) and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) scored 15 points. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to sixth place, which they share with DongGuan L. Bayi Fubang lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Liaoning Hunters will face higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#4) in Hangzhou in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Fubang will play at home against the league's second-placed Guandong Tigers (#2) in Dongguan.
Top scorers:
Bayi Fubang: D.Lehei 33+6reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 15+4reb+2ast, W.Lei 10+3reb+4ast, Z.Bo 7+1reb+2ast, Y.Cao 6, X.ZhongHao 4+7reb+1ast
Liaoning H.: H.Dejun 21+14reb, P.Josh 21+6reb, H.Tian-ju 17+6reb+3ast, C.Rodney 16+4reb+2ast, Z.QinPeng 9+3reb+9ast, L.Xiaoxu 8+15reb
gschID: 158145


DongGuan L. - Xinjiang F.T. 97-90

Xinjiang Flying Tige (#4) was upset in DongGuan by seventh ranked DongGuan Leopards 97-90. The hosts were ahead by 7 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 29-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. DongGuan Leopards forced 21 Xinjiang Flying Tige turnovers. Strangely Xinjiang Flying Tige outrebounded DongGuan Leopards 43-30 including a 32-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Xinjiang Flying Tige was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who scored that evening 24 points and American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) supported him with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Even a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds by the former international center ZhengDong Tang (213-84) did not help to save the game for Xinjiang Flying Tige. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) added 7 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. DongGuan Leopards (8-7) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side dropped to the fifth position with six games lost. DongGuan Leopards will play against Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan in the next round. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Xinjiang F.T.: T.ZhengDong 17+12reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 17+1reb, S.WeiBo 16+2reb, M.Lati 13+3reb+1ast, P.Duo 11+6reb+3ast, M.Bateer 7+9reb+5ast
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 24+4reb+1ast, R.Shavlik 17+9reb+1ast, Q.Biao 15+3reb+2ast, S.TongLin 13+5reb+6ast, F.Qi 8+1reb+1ast, H.ZhongMian 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 158146


Guangsha L. - Jiangsu D. 106-99

Very expected game in Hangzhou where 17th ranked Jiangsu Dragons (3-12) were defeated by third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (11-4) 106-99 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 106-99. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game, while Jiangsu Dragons only scored six points from the stripe. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 22 rebounds and American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) who added 25 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' coach Jim Cleamons used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Marcus Williams (191-85, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points. Four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Jiangsu Dragons lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 12 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will face league's leader Beijing Ducks on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Jilin Tigers (#12) in Changchun.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: W.Marcus 26+3reb+3ast, V.Jackson 22+10reb+4ast, Y.Li 17+4reb+1ast, Y.Li 16+5reb+4ast, W.Nan 6+6reb, S.KangMing 6+9reb+1ast
Guangsha L.: R.Peter John 27+22reb+2ast, C.Wilson 25+15reb+5ast, L.Chih-Chieh 14+3reb+4ast, W.Bo 9+2reb+2ast, J.Lipeng 8+1ast, W.Zirui 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158142


Shanxi Zh. - Guandong ST 106-111

The game in Taiyuan was also quite interesting. Second ranked Guandong Tigers (12-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (7-7). Guandong Tigers managed to secure a 5-point victory 111-106 on Sunday. Shanxi Zhongyu trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 34-28 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 106-111 at the end of the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds for the winners. point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) chipped in 21 points. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds (on 14-of-18 shooting from the field) and swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) added 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers maintains second position with 12-3 record behind leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Shanxi Zhongyu dropped to the eighth place with seven games lost. Guandong Tigers will meet Bayi Fubang (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play against DongGuan Leopards and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 35+8reb+7ast, G.Charles 35+16reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 13+4reb, P.Jiang 6+3reb+2ast, W.Shengjie 6+4reb, X.Zhijiang 4+2reb
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 21+2reb, S.James 20+17reb+2ast, W.ShiPeng 15+2reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 15+2reb+5ast, C.Jianghua 10+5reb+3ast, S.Wei 8+6reb
gschID: 158143


Jilin NE T. - Zhejiang C. 90-100

Very predictable result in Changchun where fifth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (9-5) defeated 12th ranked Jilin Tigers (6-9) 100-90 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Cyclones. Jilin Tigers was better in second period 28-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Jilin Tigers 50-21 including a 35-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Zhejiang Cyclones especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) who helped to win the game recording 36 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and the other American import power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who added 25 points and 16 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Zhejiang Cyclones players scored in double figures. At the losing side American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) responded with 47 points (!!!) and 5 assists and forward Cheng Zhong (206-89) scored 6 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Jilin Tigers' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zhejiang Cyclones moved-up to fourth place. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the twelfth position with nine games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will face Liaoning Hunters (#7) in Yingkou in the next round. Jilin Tigers will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#17) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 47+3reb+5ast, W.Jameel 11+2reb+1ast, L.Tao 10+3reb+1ast, D.Osama 6+3ast, Z.Biao 6+2reb, Z.Cheng 6+6reb+5ast
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 36+5reb+3ast, B.Josh 25+16reb+2ast, X.Yo Bo 13+7reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 10+8reb+1ast, Z.ChunJun 7+7reb+3ast, C.Fei 7+4reb+2ast
gschID: 158144


Foshan - TianJin R. 93-108

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 14th ranked Foshan (5-10) was defeated at home by fifteenth ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-10) 108-93 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by TianJin Rongcheng. Foshan was better in fourth quarter 31-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Foshan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Lebanese guard Rony Fahed (184-81) who helped to win the game recording 26 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists and forward Nan Zhang (197-81) who added 26 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Lingxu Zeng (193-87) responded with 29 points and 5 rebounds and American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Five TianJin Rongcheng and four Foshan players scored in double figures. Foshan's coach rotated twelve players and allowed the starting five to rest. TianJin Rongcheng have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Qingdao DS and Foshan. TianJin Rongcheng will face higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#10) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Foshan: Z.Lingxu 29+5reb, D.Marcus 18+10reb+2ast, H.Marcus 16+6reb+2ast, L.Zhi 10+3reb+3ast, Z.Zhun 8+4reb, H.Ben 6+3reb
TianJin R.: F.Rony 26+9reb+9ast, Z.Nan 26+2reb+1ast, X.Lei 18+3reb, H.Donnell 13+13reb+3ast, H.David 12+10reb, M.XiangLong 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158139


Qingdao DS - Shandong FB 100-94

An interesting game took place in Qingdao where 13th ranked Shandong Bulls (6-10) were upseton the court of sixteenth ranked Qingdao Double Star (5-10) 100-94. Shandong Bulls were ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 26-17 third quarter run of Qingdao Double Star. They made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Shandong Bulls helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 30 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals (made all of his thirteen free throws !!!). Nigerian-British power forward Olumide Oyedeji (208-81) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and forward Li Lin (203-88) added 18 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Qingdao Double Star moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with TianJin R. and Foshan. Shandong Bulls lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with ten games lost. Qingdao Double Star's next round opponent will be Foshan (#16) at home.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: H.Othello 19+11reb+3ast, L.Li 18+6reb, A.Alan 15+1reb+1ast, Y.Ding 12+4reb+1ast, S.Jie 10+2reb+2ast, L.JiuLong 8+4reb+4ast
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 30+10reb+8ast, X.YuYang 24+3reb+1ast, L.Gen 21+3reb+4ast, O.Olumide 16+14reb+4ast, C.Liang 4+1reb+1ast, L.Yan 3
gschID: 158140


Shanghai S. - Beijing Ducks 96-87

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Beijing Ducks (13-2) on the court of eleventh ranked Shanghai Sharks on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Shanghai Sharks 96-87. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 30-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Shanghai Sharks made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Beijing Ducks helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who added 21 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds and guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Five Shanghai Sharks and four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks (7-8) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Fujian XX. Beijing Ducks at the other side still keep top position with two games lost. Shanghai Sharks is looking forward to face TianJin Rongcheng (#14) in Tianjin in the next round where they are favorite. Beijing Ducks will play at home against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#3) in Hangzhou and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 26+9reb+1ast, M.Stephon 15+11reb+5ast, Z.Xiaochuan 13+12reb+1ast, J.Zhe 12+4reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 8+6reb, W.Xiaohui 7+2reb+1ast
Shanghai S.: F.Ryan 25+13reb+1ast, H.Mike 21+13reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 16+13reb+1ast, L.Wei 11+4reb+5ast, F.Tian 10+1reb, P.Fei 5+1ast
gschID: 158141




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 35.8
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.35.8 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS34.0 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.28.9 
 4. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.4 
 5. Chandler, Guangsha.27.9 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.26.6 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 8. Martin, Jilin N.26.2 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan.25.6 
 10. Ramos, Guangsha24.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Qingdao DS
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 16
 1. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS16.0 
 2. Abbas, Fujian XX15.6 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.14.6 
 4. Harvey, TianJin R.13.5 
 5. Hunter, Shandong13.4 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.12.9 
 8. Randolph, DongGua.12.4 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.12.3 
 10. Chandler, Guangsh.12.2 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.9 
 2. Mengke, Xinjiang.5.6 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.5 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.4 
 5. Brooks, Guandong5.1 
 6. Lu, Shanxi Zh.4.9 
 7. Yang, Liaoning H.4.9 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.7 
 9. Anderson, Shandon.4.7 
 10. Fahed, TianJin R.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.4 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.1 
 3. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 4. Smith, Zhejiang C.2.9 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.9 
 6. Daghles, Jilin N.2.8 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.2 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.2 
 10. Cao, Zhejiang C.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.8 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.7 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.7 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.1.5 
 8. Li, Liaoning H.1.5 
 9. Carney, Liaoning H.1.5 
 10. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 


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  CYPRUS   


Intercollege Etha lands Savo Djikanovic - by Michael Aristidou


InterCollege Etha Engomis looks to strength up their team after they sigh up Montenegrian center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket). The player signed a contract until the end of the season
Savo Djikanovic is not a stranger in the league while he played last year in Cyprus league with Achilleas Kaimakliou. This season was in Maroussi until the end of November.
In Cyprus league last year was Top Rebounder with 10.8 rebounds per game








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  DENMARK   


Before Christmas Break - by Durell Vinson
Before the Break
My team played our first cup game of the semi finals against Aabyhoj. On their home court the game started like any other game; off early with good execution on offense and defense. We jump out to a 25 point lead early, by the second half they started to make a push and got within 10 points, but it was too late of a run by them and we won by 10. Which in this stage of the cup games they are won by who has the most points out of a two game series.
The next game we had on December 8 which was on Thursday against the Bakken Bears that is in second place, a home game and on TV, so a lot of elements going on lights camera action let the game begin. The atmosphere was like a championship game, pack with people and both teams ready to battle. The game started close but Bakken got hot from the 3 point line and took control of the game flow and cruise to a comfortable victory against us on are home court.
So we had practice the next night and it wasnt an easy one because of the first lost of the season from the past night, but we practice and got through it. No time to worry we had to prepare for our second game of the semi final cup game versus Aabyhoj. Everyone on the team knew what we had to do on December 10, which was to win and redeem our self from the lost by Bakken. Game day came and we got on our job early from the start and jump out to a 20 point lead which was too much for Aabyhoj to handle throughout the game.
Holiday feeling was creeping up so everyone was feeling good now after the win and knowing that soon we get to spend the holidays with family and friends. Our game before the break was against Horsholm and this game was a game which we came out hot from the start. We were efficient with every aspect of the game. The aggressive play and defense got us going and made the offense to run smooth. The best stat during that game was that we out rebounded a team for the first time this season. In my head that made me happy because that is one of my main standout qualities in my game.
But overall as a team we are happy on how we finish 15-1 in the league for the first half of the season, and have a break now to get rest and spend time with family for the holidays. Our mission once we get back from the break is to keep the winning ways and get better as a team and for me get better as player so the team will be better.
Merry Christmas World
Signing out,
Durell

Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)


Finland vs. Denmark Swag - by Durell Vinson
Durell Vinson (201-F-85, college: Wagner)
The winter break is here and I like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I wanted to talk about the differences of being in Finland (Suomi) and Denmark. I played three years in Finland, the first thing that I notice is how people are quite shy and scared to use English language at first. The tall pine trees with the dark days and cold snowy winters. Many ask how one can become accustom to that type of surroundings, I always say I take the good with the bad and enjoy what Mother Nature made. Many people have never been to Finland, it is an exotic type of place because it has a lot of features that many do not know about unless you been in Finland. Like the saunas and Santa Claus, each of them two are famous in Finland because both are born from Finland. Or the cosy wood built homes that have a v shaped roof top for the snow to fall down once it melts. Also its quite different how they put regular rock pebbles down on the roads once it snows before the ice hits so it does not get slippery. In America we put down salt, so after seeing the rocks down on the roads in Finland I was confused but it works both ways. The language in Finland is called Finnish. To me it first sound very weird and I didnt understand a word, but now I understand quite a lot of the language but not able to speak of one of the most difficult language in the world. But overall I became familiar with the lifestyle and traditions of Finland after the three years, and it really became a home to me.
Now Im in Denmark for my first year and I have been in the country now for four months. I have noticed there are some differences compared to Finland. The first is the language of course, which in this country is called Danish. The language is spoken very fast with a lot of English words used. The second is the people in Denmark are not shy at all, they are very friendly and social able. I have noticed that people speak English more freely over in Denmark than in Finland. Also the colourful atmosphere of the cities in Denmark and the way the houses and apartments are made into stores and food shops. The locals are quite the bike riders, many people use bikes to make their way to work and transportation around town. The best asset in Denmark to me is the weather in the winter it is sunny and not as cold compare to Finland which is dark most of the days and freezing cold in the winter.
Overall both countries are wealthy government funded with their own unique styles. Northern Europe is a region in the world that many do not put on their destinations to visit, but you should. Things here are not like your everyday routine, it is an experience that you will not forget about and will talk about it in the future to your children and grandchildren. Signing out Durell


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  D-LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Maine RC
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Pigram, Maine RC27.0 
 2. Costner, Los A.25.1 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 4. Ahearn, Reno B.24.6 
 5. Millsap, Los A.23.2 
 6. Dentmon, Austin T.22.4 
 7. Biggs, Canton C.21.6 
 8. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 9. Russell, Ft.Wayne.20.8 
 10. Jones, Ft.Wayne20.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.0 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 5. Milligan, Canton C.11.0 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 7. Brown, Springfield9.7 
 8. Thomas, Reno B.9.7 
 9. Ojougboh, Tulsa9.2 
 10. Palmer, Bakersfi.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.10.8 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.8.0 
 4. Ahearn, Reno B.7.6 
 5. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 6. Coleman, Sioux F.7.1 
 7. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 8. Curry, Springfield6.6 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.6.3 
 10. Hayes, Maine RC5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.5 
 2. Curry, Springfield2.6 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.4 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.1 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Smith, Springfield2.0 
 8. Dentmon, Austin T.2.0 
 9. Hamilton, Los A.2.0 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.3.8 
 3. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 4. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 5. Horne, Sioux F.1.8 
 6. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.8 
 7. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 8. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 9. Major, Bakersfi.1.7 
 10. Kent, Maine RC1.7 


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  FRANCE   


Chris Daniels claims French ProB weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American Chris Daniels (200-PF-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) had an amazing evening in the last round for Chalons-Reims and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team crushed Fos Ouest (#6, 9-5) with 20-point margin 90-70. Chalons-Reims is placed at 3rd position in French ProB. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Chalons-Reims will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. It's Daniels' second year at Chalons-Reims and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Chris Daniels averages this season 12.7ppg and 8.6rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Senegalese Ousmane Barro (208-C/F-84) of Bourg. Barro impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Bourg to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Antibes (#16, 5-9) 78-54. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bourg keeps 12th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. Barro is a newcomer at Bourg 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 16.0ppg (#9). He also registered 9.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Wilbert Brown (199-PF-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) of Maurienne (#5). Brown scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Maurienne, leading his team to a 91-86 win against the lower-ranked Quimper (#17, 4-10). Maurienne needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 9 victories and 5 lost games. Brown has a very solid season. In 14 games in France he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 7.4rpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bambale Osby (203-C/F-86) of Maurienne - 22 points and 10 rebounds
5. Darryl Monroe (202-C/F-86) of Boulazac - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Pele Paelay (193-SG-84) of Quimper - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Vichy - 26 points and 14 rebounds
8. Ronnie Taylor (188-PG-81) of Le Portel - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Ryan Rossiter (204-F/C-89) of Denain - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Steeve Ho You Fat (203-PF-88) of Evreux - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Amara Sy claims French ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Mali Amara Sy (202-F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Orleans and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 30-year old forward had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds for Orleans in his team's victory, helping them to crush Hyeres-Toulon (#15, 2-10) with 22-point margin 95-73. Orleans maintains the 6th position in Mali ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Orleans will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. It's Sy's second year at Orleans and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sy has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 6.8rpg) and averages solid 57.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American Lamont Hamilton (208-C/F-84) of Paris-Levallois. Hamilton impressed basketball fans with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Paris-Levallois cruised to a 86-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Nanterre (#12, 4-8). Paris-Levallois' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 9-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Hamilton is one of the most experienced players at Paris-Levallois and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.9ppg (#8). He also registered 8.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg (#10). Greer scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Greer's great performance Strasbourg lost 73-89 to the higher-ranked Le Mans (#4, 9-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Strasbourg ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Greer could help Strasbourg to bring them higher in the standings. Greer has a very solid season. In 12 games in France he scored 13.5ppg. He also has 6.2rpg, 3.8apg and FGP: 58.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mykal Riley (198-F-85) of Nanterre - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73) of Hyeres-Toulon - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Eric Chatfield (191-G-79) of Paris-Levallois - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Zach Moss (201-F-81) of Dijon - 24 points and 5 rebounds
8. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88) of Gravelines - 19 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jawad Williams (204-F-83) of Paris-Levallois - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans - 16 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)


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  GERMANY   


Will Some Good Luck Finally Arrive For BG Goettingen In Their Current Turbulent Season? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Sometimes in life things turn a complete 180 degrees from comfortable and successful to miserable and unsuccessful like ex NBA star Scottie Pippen who is trying to live a normal life in retirement, but claims he has been unfairly portrayed in the media as a walking financial disaster and suing every media outlet who reported he went bankrupt, the NBA trying to prepare for the upcoming season, but the many cancelled trades seeming to take the spotlight from the whole affair or the current Syracuse sex scandal that has tarnished that schools reputation quicker than Shaq can devour a Big Mac or yell Kazaam. For 2010 Eurochallenge winner BG Goettingen that success seems about as far away as Charles Barton ever returning to the Skyliners as their current season as been like a nightmare first losing their heart and soul John Patrick who led the team into the Beko BBL playoffs in three out of four seasons, their many stars following him to Wurzburg, the Marco Grimaldi tragedy of him losing loved ones in a car accident and on top of that the team living in 18th place for most of the season which might feel the same as if one was deserted in the never revealed Lok Halle dungeon if there ever was one. With the Christmas season nearing its end when the Fraport Skyliners arrive in Goettingen December 26th, BG Goettingen could use some late Christmas gifts from Santa with a win. The team recently replaced head coach Stefan Mienack with assistant coach Michael Meeks and won a game against Tuebingen. Despite all the hard ship that the team has suffered, the atmosphere seems in tact. When we played in Goettingen, I didnt sense as much sadness. The fans were good there and there seemed to be a sense of urgency. They played with a chip on their shoulder, commented Tuebingen guard Josh Young. Nothing comes easy these days in Goettingen as the team plays with a very young and inexperienced team looking to gain experience and getting better while needing to win games each weekend and trying to escape out of the trap door that they have fallen into in the Beko BBL cellar all the while having the misfortune of the current season upon them like a dust cloud. Every team deals with internal problems, but it seems like BG Goettingen have had to deal with a lot this season. I hope that they can turn their season around. They have to continue to work and do things the right way. I believe that even with bad times, you will always get out what you put in, warned Tuebingen American Josh Young.

Last season, BG Goettingen finished the season in seventh place with a record of 19-15 and were benefited of getting to their third playoffs in four years on account of a strong finish. When comparing the 2010-2011 team to the 2009-2010 team after seven games, there was little difference as BG Goettingen had a record of 4-3. Two seasons ago after seven games BG Goettingen, then won 15 of their next 18 games and also were playing Eurochallenge. Defense seemed to be an issue in the early part of the season concerning the 3-4 start. 'We were missing 24 seconds of defense. Looking back on our loses, we did not do a good job playing defense until the possession was over. This is something that we have been working on this week', stressed exBG Goettingen center Jason Boone. BG Goettingen has been up and down since the start of the season and had a record of 10-8 and quietly moved on to the Top 16 of the Eurocup. The club had a 5 game winning streak around the holiday season having big wins against The Artland Dragons and The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. But then also had two 4 game losing streaks. Despite being up and down, the team was capable of beating anyone in the BEKO BBL. 'Goettingen had a great team and had an up and down season but they can beat anyone on any giving night because of there style of play', stressed John Bynum. The playoff race was tight, but BG Goettingen was able to make it into the final 8 at the end of the season. 'I think they deserved to be a playoff team. They were are capable of beating anyone on any giving night and if they get it going they are tough to beat on their home court as well', warned John Bynum.

Losing key players like Taylor Rochestie, Chris Oliver, Ben Jacobson and Chester Frazier seemed to have made a difference in the quality of play as well as in their style last season. 'Rochestie and Oliver are two great players that meant a lot to their team. They seem to be dearly missed. I think that they had a much better roster the last few years, but some players had success and moved on. Playing against them last season was much easier than the last few years, but they still had a lot of pressure. They still played their kind of style, but not as extreme as in the past', warned ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. Despite a little change in the new style of BG Goettingen, the team has also gained a few new positives in their game. 'Our game plan changed from game to game, but we still tryed to control the tempo in each game. I think that our team was more athletic than in the past, but also better at slowing down the pace when it was needed', stressed New York native Jason Boone. 'BG Goettingen played a fast paced speed up style and had a lot of the same type of players. They were small and had to play like this. I liked their style', stressed ex Michigan State guard Travis Walton. Patrick also seems to have understood how to form the style with the players that he had gotten last season. 'I think the coach of Goettingen was great at adjusting. And with his team last year he adjusted to the players he had and they still put up pressure but were more controlled. It w asnt as 'wild' as the past couple seasons. Before it seemed like 'organized chaos'. Now, it was more controlled pressure. Nothing 'hell-like', laughed Wayne Bernard. BG Goettingen had to step up their pressure against Dashaun Wood lasts eason. 'I think they Mix it up and still use some press but not like they used to. I would say like 75% press but for Dashaun Wood I would say more Pressure', joked Mark Dorris.

This past summer, it was no secret that the 2011-2012 would be a rebirth and a rebuilding year as the creator of the past BG Goettingen success head coach John Patrick had moved on and key players like Dwayne Anderson, John Little, Jason Boone, Trenton Meacham and Robert Kulawick left the team for new and more lucrative basketball challenges. The team named young Stefan Mienack coach who was put into the water as a guy who had learned under Patrick as an assistant coach from 2008-2011. The team also said goodbye to the beloved Lok arena that had a special aura and move d into the Sparkassen arena that seats 3,447 persons. With some debts having still to be paid, the club only had a slim 1,5 million budget and had less player quality to search for. We got American and German players with quality. We wanted to start a reputation of being a team that gets young german players and develop further. We had to live with the risk that possibly not all players would be able to get used to the Beko BBL level, stressed BG Goettingen sport director Jan Schiecke. The club got five Americans from the NCAA level with Kwadzo Ahelegbe, Paris Horne, Roberto Mafra, Damian Saunders and Josh Slater. The team also picked up big man Raymond Sykes that has two years of professional experience. The team got German veteran Max Weber and big German talent Phillip Noch. During the losing streak, the club had to part ways with Americans Josh Slater and Damian Saunders. Recently, the club brought in Sean Evans (203-F-88, college: St.John's) from the PRO A from Duesseldorf that has made an impact as well as Matt Bauscher. The team also brought in guard insurance with Jerel Allen. Recently the club axed Stefan Mienack and replaced him with 2000fifth best scorer at the Sydney Olympics with Michael Meeks.

After a 107-63 blow out loss in Bamberg, the team responded by getting a 93-71 win at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg. However then the team suffered a bitter nine game losing streak. In their losing streak, they were outscored by the opponents by 136 points. They lost 8 games by more than 10 points and lost a close battle against FC Bayern Munich 77-73 at home. The team has allowed 80 points average in 12 games which might not always pose a problem for a team like Phoenix Hagen or Bamberg that can score quickly an din bunches, but if your BG Goettingen and average only 67 points per game, then you will have problems winning games if you cant score at a consistent rate. A weakness is that they are young and inexperienced like we are. Their transition defense isnt too great either, stressed Tuebingen guard josh Young. When BG Goettingen play defense, they seem to be playing basketball lottery a lot. They usually play pressure defense, but when we played them, they didnt pressure as much maybe they are starting a new style? Their defense is ok and they gamble a lot, so they force many turnovers, stated ex Drake player Josh Young. BG Goettingen definitely have potential, but how much is that worth in the Beko BBL that has continued to get better each season? Their strength is their athletcism and inside play. Sykes and Evans are a handful and both are very athletic. Evans is very tough on the boards and strong, added Josh Young. Young saw the team recently and predicts better times for the club. They arent the same team that started the season. They have a new coach and three new players. I am sure that they will play better in the second half of the season, expressed Josh Young.
With Christmas day past and the feast having been digested, The Fraport Skyliners will continue to fight getting out of the lower standings and clawing back up to the middle ground. The Fraport Skyliners have been playing better basketball of late and will have to continue to focus on playing more consistent basketball and playing stronger in crunch time. Frankfurt has defended well in the last weeks especially in Eurocup play and will have to have their game faces on defense as stopping the versatile offense of BG Goettingen will be no cake walk. Frankfurt has to play very good interior defense, control the boards and not let them get going from the three point line. Frankfurt also will have to watch Paris Horne and Matt Bauscher as they can get going quickly, warned Josh Young. Playing in Goettingen wont be easy, but I think that if we can control the tempo and play like we did in Braunschweig, then we should have good chances to win, warned Johannes Herber.

BG Goettingen is led by Raymond Sykes who is a 25 year old 206cm power forward from Jacksonville, Florida that is playing his first season with BG Goettingen. He played at Clemson (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 32 games: 7.9ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.8%, FT: 55.7%. He was an NIT finalist in 2007 playing with players like Clif Hammonds and KC Rivers. He played his first two seasons with the Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) and last season played 48 games: 14.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8bpg, FGP: 51.7%, FT: 72.2%. The team returned Louis Dale who is a 23 year old 180cm point guard from Birmingham, Alabama. He played at Cornell (NCAA) from 2006-2010 an din his senior year played 31 games: 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2010 and was All Ivy- League Player of the Year -08, All-Ivy League 1st Team -08, 09, 10 and was Ivy League Champion -08, 09, 10. Last season as a rookie he played EuroCup: 13 games: 4.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 37 games: 7.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 47.0%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 76.8%. The team also added 191 cm guard Paris Horne who played at St Johns from 2007-2011. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 7.9ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 61.9%: Finished career tied for second all-time (Felipe Lopez) in career three-pointers made with 148. At St Johns, he played with guys like Sean Evans (203-F-88, college: St.John's) and Larry Wright that are currently playing In Germany. The club recently stabilized their inside game with Sean Evans (203-F-88, college: St.John's) who is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also played at St Johns from 2007-2011 and in his senior year, he played 31 games: 3.6ppg, 2.7rpg, FGP: 49.4%, FT: 59.3%. His best season at St Johns was his second year where he averaged 10.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.4%, FT: 50.8%. He started his professional basketball career recently with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf where he didnt fit into the rotation of Murat Didin averaging 6,2ppg and 2,0rpg in 7,8 minutes per game.

The team also recently signed Matt Bauscher who is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Caldwell, Idaho. He played at Boise State from 2005-2008 and in his senior year played 33 games: 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.1%, 3Pts: 43.5%, FT: 50.0%. He spent the last three seasons in Holland making a name for himself playing for Aris Friesland Leeuwarden and GasTerra Flames Groningen where he was Dutch Eredivisie Champion 2010 and a Dutch Eredivisie Finalist in 2011. Last season, he played EuroCup: 6 games: 6.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 37.8%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 50.0%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.5spg; Dutch League: 51 games: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, Assists-2 (4.7apg), 1.7spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 55.9%. The team also brought in Kwadzo Ahelegbe who is also a Beko BBL rookie. He played at N.Iowa (NCAA) from 2006-2011 and was a teammate of ex BG Goettingen pit bull defender John Little. He played a total of 133 NCAA games. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16i n 2010. The team brought back Kyle Bailey for a fourth time in six years. He is a 29 year old 188cm guard from Fairbanks Alaska that is playing his third season for BG Goettingen. He played at Santa Clara from 2000-2005 playing together with Macabbi Tel Aviv guard Dorin Perkins. He is a very smart player that handles the ball well and is strong in pressure situations. In his rookie season, he split time between the Florida Flame (NBDL) and BK Riga. Since 2006, he has played in Germany. He helped BG Goettingen reach the BBL in 2007 from the second division. In 2007-2008, he played for Ratiopharm Ulm and in 2008-2009 helped BG Goettingen reach the playoffs averaging 14,4ppg, 4,3rpg and 3,3apg. Last season, he played EnBW Ludwigsburg, but it was a season to forget. He played 21 games: 8.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 18.3%, FT: 82.0%. He was released in February 2010. He somehow didnt seem to fit into the game style of coach Tolga Ongoren. Last season for BG Goettingen, he played EuroCup: 3 games: 8.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.0apg; German League: 20 games: 10.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.9%.

Jerel Allen is a 26 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward that is playing his ffith professional season. He is a versatile high energy explosive player capable of playing either guard position or a wing forward. He is a slashing player who can put the ball on the floor and finish strongly or knockdown the perimeter shot with good range. Jerel is strong rebounder who is especially dangerous on offensive rebounds because of his explosive leaping ability. He is an unselfish player and a good passer who will find the open player. Jerel is lock-down defender who can match-up with the opposing teams best player. Florida St. Head Coach Leonard Hamilton said: 'Jerel never had a bad effort day during his career as a Seminole. He worked as hard as any player I have coached at Florida State. He was also a very positive player whose attitude was spread throughout our team and was a very positive force during his career. Allen played at Florida St. (NCAA) from 2005-2007 with ratiopharm Ulm player Isiah Swann and NBA player Toney Douglas and in his senior year played 35 games: 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg. He has gained European experience playing in countries like Lithuania and the Ukraine. Last season, he was down under playing for the Rockingham Flames (Australia-SBL, starting five): 21games: 21.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.1apg, FG: 41.7%. The team also brought in Phillip Noch who is a 22 year old 200cm shooting guard/small forward. He played his entire career before coming to BG Goettingen in Braunschweig from 2005-2011. He played for the new Yorker Phantoms and for the Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB). In his six years there, he got into 12 Beko BBL games. Last season, he played Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB, starting five): 15 games: 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT: 28.8%, FT: 64.6%, played also at New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1.Bundesliga): 10 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg. He played at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada (Greece) -06: 6 games: 1.2ppg, and European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) -07: 6 games: 4.2ppg, 1.8rpg.

The team also signed Max Weber who is a 201cm small forward and be only 26, but he has much experience having played in Peru and winning a beko BBL title with Bamberg in 2005 at the age of 20. He started his basketball career with BBC Bayreuth (2.Bundesliga) in 2003 and then played for GHP Bamberg and TSV Troester II Breitengussbach from 2004-2oo6. He then played for TV Langen (2.Bundesliga) and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners from 2006-2009. He played a total of 19beko BBL games and seven Eurochallenge games. In 2009-2010, he played for the LTi Giessen 46ers playing 28 games: 2.6ppg, 1.4rpg. Last season, he played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA, starting five): 27 games: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 60.0%. He was a member of the German U-16, U-18, and U-20 national teams and played at World University Championships in Bangkoki n 2007. The team also brought in 26 year old 206cm Roberto Mafra who is from Brazil. He played at Southeastern CC (JUCO) from 2006-2008 and at San Diego (NCAA) from 2008-2010 where he played a total of 68 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 8.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.3%, FT: 72.8%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Brazilian University National Team -05, 09, World University Games in Izmir -05, and World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) -09: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 65.5%. The team also has young German players like Malte Herwig, Vitalis Chikoko, Aaron Donkor, David Markert and Nico Adamczk fighting for playing time.





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Ivosev's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
-year old Tomislav Ivosev put on an amazing game in the last round for Szedeak and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 28 points and 15 rebounds, while his team lost the game against PVSK Pannon (#8, 6-6) 80-90. Szedeak maintains the 9th position in Hungarian league. Szedeak is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. But it was their 8th lost game this season out of 12 games. In the team's last game Ivosev had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Szedeak's top player in his first season with the team. Ivosev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 9.5rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,2.6spg,65.0% FGP and 41.4% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Djordje Pantelic (204-F-84) of league's second-best Falco-Szova. He is Serbian forward in his first season at Falco-Szova. In the last game Pantelic recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Falco-Szova to another comfortable win 96-79 over the lower-ranked Kaposvari (#7, 6-6) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Falco-Szova to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Pantelic is a newcomer at Falco-Szova and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stefan Fekete (188-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) of Marso NYKK (#11). Fekete showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Marso NYKK, leading his team to a 98-64 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Soproni (#10, 4-8). The chances of Marso NYKK not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 9 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fekete could try to bring Marso NYKK's a little bit higher in the standings. Fekete has individually a great season in Hungary. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.6apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of Jaszberenyi - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Milan Csorvasi (209-F/C-88) of Kecskemeti - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Damian Hollis (203-F-88) of Albacomp - 20 points and 13 rebounds
7. Justin Ingram (185-PG-85) of FS Debrecen - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84) of Falco-Szova - 22 points and 7 assists
9. Julien Mills (193-G/F-85) of Szolnok - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Josh Wilson (188-PG-87) of Kaposvari - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 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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Albany Legends join IBA - by Gianni Pascucci
The Independent Basketbal Association announced yesterday the addition of the Albany Legends to the league. See here the official announcement, as sent by the league headquartes to Usbasket.com:
The IBA is proud to announce the addition of the Albany Legends to our league. The Legends are as quality of a Minor League Professional Basketball organization as there is in today's market place. The addition of the Legends allows the league to further build its regions throughout the Midwest and now the East as discussions are being had with several other quality franchises and ownership groups. The Legends will begin play in the upcoming Spring season along with a host of other exciting new franchises.
The IBA remains committed to partnering with organizations to use Minor League Basketball as a platform to positively affect its perspective communities where our franchises reside. For more information log on to http://ibaball.net or email info@ibaball.net


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Punjab clinch title in National Championship - by Eurobasket News
Punjab are crowned the National champions in India. They prevailed against Tamil Nadu 70:62 at home court. AmritPal Singh (201-F-91) delivered 21 points to pace the winners. Punjab surged ahead early in the game. They dictated the tempo and entered the second half comfortably in front. Tamil Nadu did not surrender though. They narrowed the gap to just 3 points early in the final frame. But Punjab stayed confident and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Talwinderjit Singh (185-G/F-86) and Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) provided 17 points each in the victory. Rikin Pethani answered with 24 points and 17 rebounds for Tamil Nadu.


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Acea Roma releases Vladimir Dasic - by Antonello Varallo
After a very disapponting first part of season, Acea Roma decided to release Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). The young montenegrin player had joined Roma during october 2010, playing a good season and ending his first experience in italian serie A with 11.8 ppg (season high of 23 points scored against Cremona). He was considered one of the best young players of the league and many people had big expectations for his 2011/2012. Dasic began the current season with a great performance against Bologna (his 22 points were not enough to win the game), but unfortunatelly game after game his contribution has become discontinuous, as well as those of all the team.

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BJ League Round 23: #1 Akita Happinets are defeated by Kyoto Hannar. - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Akita Happinets (13-8) on the court of fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Kyoto Hannar. 79-78. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Akita Happinets won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Kyoto Hannar. (14-5) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with eight games lost. Kyoto Hannar. is again looking forward to face league's leader Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (16-5). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) who led the winners and scored 32 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Anthony McHenry accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
A very close game took place in Osaka between Osaka Evessa and Sendai 89ers. Third ranked Osaka Evessa (14-5) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Sendai 89ers (11-10). Osaka Evessa managed to escape with a 1-point win 60-59 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Wayne Marshall who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Johnny Dukes produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Sendai 89ers lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa will again meet at home Sendai 89ers (#4) in the next round. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-7) against tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (6-15) on Saturday night. Host Shiga L-Stars were crushed by Iwate Big Bulls in Shiga 89-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. LaShawn Malloy orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#10).
Takamatsu FA has finally registered their first victory this season after 20 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Miyazaki, where they defeated Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-12) 80-75 on Saturday. It was a great evening for Masaaki Suzuki who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth place with 1-20 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Takamatsu FA will have a break next round.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 23: Shimane SM lost to Fukuoka Rizing on the opponent's court 76-83. Shinshu BW unfortunately lost to Yokohama BC in a home game 63-73. Niigata Albirex managed to beat Chiba Jets on the road 89-79. Chiba Jets were defeated by Niigata Albirex on its own court 80-93.



Osaka Evessa - Sendai 89ers 60-59

A very close game took place in Osaka between Osaka Evessa and Sendai 89ers. Third ranked Osaka Evessa (14-5) got a very close home victory over 3rd placed Sendai 89ers (11-10). Osaka Evessa managed to escape with a 1-point win 60-59 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 14-7. But Sendai 89ers won second period 22-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Osaka Evessa won last quarter 16-17. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sendai 89ers to just 7 points in first quarter. The best player for the winners was American center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple) who scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Cohey Aoki (167-80) chipped in 11 points. Osaka Evessa's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American forward Johnny Dukes (203-84, college: San Bernardino CC) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import center Rashaad Singleton (213-87, college: Florida Southern) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for the guests. Osaka Evessa moved-up to second place, which they share with Kyoto Hannar. Sendai 89ers lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fourth position with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa will again meet at home Sendai 89ers (#4) in the next round. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: J.Dukes 18+15reb+6ast, R.Singleton 13+11reb+1ast, D.Fitzgerald 12+10reb+3ast, T.Komoda 6+1reb, K.Takahashi 4, H.Kusaka 4+3ast
Osaka Evessa: W.Marshall 15+8reb+1ast, L.Payne 11+3reb+1ast, C.Aoki 11+3reb+3ast, S.Takeda 10+4reb, K.Tyner 8+6reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 4+7reb+4ast
gschID: 142035


Fukuoka Rizing - Shimane SM 83-76

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Shimane Magic's (12-9) road loss to fifth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (14-7) 76-83 on Saturday. Shimane Magic trailed by 11 points at halftime and as many as 13 after three quarters before a 28-22 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 76-83 at the end of the game. Fukuoka Rizing dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 6 points in first quarter. Fukuoka Rizing forced 21 Shimane Magic turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for swingman Kevin Palmer (198-87, college: Texas A&M-CC, agency: VVG Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami, FL) helped adding 13 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals. Four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for Fukuoka Rizing. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Shiga L-Stars. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with nine games lost. Fukuoka Rizing will face again Shimane Magic (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane SM: R.Golson 21+8reb+2ast, M.Parker 20+5reb, J.Davis 12+11reb, B.Puckett 8+6reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 6+2reb+1ast, E.Yamamoto 5+1reb+4ast
Fukuoka Rizing: K.Palmer 23+7reb+5ast, J.Nakanishi 20+1reb+1ast, C.Dixon 17+4reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 13+12reb+8ast, J.Dearman 4+5reb, A.Takeno 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 142036


Oita H.Devils - Okinawa GK 80-83

Eighth-ranked Oita Heat Devils (4-16) gave a tough game to first ranked Okinawa GK (16-5). The visitors from Okinawa managed to secure only three-point victory 83-80. However their fans expected much easier game. Oita Heat Devils were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 28-22 charge of Okinawa GK, which allowed them to win the game. Oita Heat Devils were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) who led the winners and scored 32 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import Anthony McHenry (202-83, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side. Four Okinawa GK players scored in double figures. American forward T.J. Cummings (205-81, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds and guard Naoto Takushi (182-81) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists respectively for Oita Heat Devils in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Okinawa GK. They maintain first place with 16-5 record. Oita Heat Devils lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the eighth position with 16 games lost. Okinawa GK will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Oita Heat Devils will play again at home against the league's leader Okinawa GK (#1) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Oita H.Devils: T.Cummings 25+19reb, N.Takushi 20+5reb+12ast, M.Lottich 12+2reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 9+2reb+2ast, W.White 9+7reb+2ast, Z.Atkinson 3+11reb
Okinawa GK: D.Palmer 32+3reb+1ast, N.Kosuge 14+2reb, M.Yamauchi 12+2reb+3ast, A.McHenry 12+10reb+3ast, N.Namizato 8+6reb+3ast, Y.Takushi 3
gschID: 142037


Miyazaki SS - Takamatsu FA 75-80

Takamatsu FA has finally registered their first victory this season after 20 consecutive loses. The win is especially important as it came on the road game in Miyazaki, where they defeated Miyazaki Shining Suns (9-12) 80-75 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 19-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Takamatsu FA dominated on the defensive end, holding Miyazaki Shining Suns to just 6 points in third quarter. They outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 43-32 including 32 on the defensive glass. Miyazaki Shining Suns were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for point guard Masaaki Suzuki (176-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) helped adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Takamatsu FA's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import power forward Lewis Witcher (207-87, college: Virginia Tech) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Takamatsu FA maintains ninth place with 1-20 record. Loser Miyazaki Shining Suns dropped to the sixth position with 12 games lost. Takamatsu FA will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki SS: Y.Tsubasa 16+2reb+1ast, L.Witcher 14+5reb+2ast, D.Lyons 13+3reb+1ast, D.Dora 11+14reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 8+3reb+1ast, T.Masato 7+2reb
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 18+5reb, M.Suzuki 15+9reb+3ast, N.Williams 11+6reb, H.Kikuchi 10+3reb+2ast, K.Smith 8+5reb, M.Nunnally 8+6reb
gschID: 142038


Shinshu BW - Yokohama BC 63-73

There was a small surprise in Nagano where eighth ranked Yokohama BC (7-11) defeated 6th ranked Shinshu BW (9-12) 73-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Yokohama BC. Shinshu BW was better in second period 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Yokohama BC dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Shinshu BW's 28. It was a great evening for American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Senegalese guard Pape Faye (194-87) helped adding 10 points and 16 rebounds. Yokohama BC's coach Reggie Geary used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Tyler Hughes (213-84, college: Kansas St.) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Yokohama BC maintains eighth place with 7-11 record. Shinshu BW lost their third game in a row. They keep the sixth position with 12 games lost. Yokohama BC will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 19+8reb+2ast, T.Hughes 12+10reb+1ast, E.Morris 12+5reb, D.Raivio 12+4reb+3ast, T.Utsunomiya 5+2reb, S.Yosuke 3+1reb+2ast
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 23+10reb+1ast, M.Simmons 13+1reb+3ast, K.Yamada 11+2reb+3ast, P.Faye 10+16reb+2ast, C.McFarland 8+9reb+1ast, M.Kabaya 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 142031


Chiba Jets - Niigata Albirex 79-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Chiba Jets' (10-12) home loss to fourth ranked Niigata Albirex (12-8) 79-89 on Saturday. Niigata Albirex outrebounded Chiba Jets 50-31 including a 19-8 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) helped adding 9 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Chiba Jets lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 29+10reb+6ast, J.Staten 23+9reb+2ast, Y.Kosuke 8, J.Holden 8+5reb+1ast, R.Itakura 7+3reb+2ast, H.Sato 3+1reb
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 21+13reb, N.Murry 19+3reb+4ast, D.Gordon 15+1reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 13+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 9+18reb+4ast, Y.Ikeda 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 142032


Shiga L-Stars - Iwate Big Bulls 69-89

Very important is a home loss of second ranked Shiga L-Stars (14-7) against tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (6-15) on Saturday night. Host Shiga L-Stars were crushed by Iwate Big Bulls in Shiga 89-69. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Shiga L-Stars. It was a great shooting night for Iwate Big Bulls especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) answered with 18 points and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Shiga L-Stars. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth place with 6-15 record. Shiga L-Stars at the other side dropped to the fourth position with seven games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round. Shiga L-Stars will play again at home against Iwate Big Bulls (#10).
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 18+3reb+3ast, J.Ashby 12+5reb+1ast, J.Peppers 9+4reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 7+2reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 7+5reb, J.Honda 6+2reb+1ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 22+2reb, M.Sawaguchi 17+2reb+1ast, G.Klaiber 15+9reb+2ast, L.Malloy 15+14reb+1ast, H.Kantake 10+3reb+3ast, N.Tasuku 4+8ast
gschID: 142033


Kyoto Hannar. - Akita NH 79-78

The most crucial game of the last round was another loss of top-ranked Akita Happinets (13-8) on the court of fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Kyoto Hannar. 79-78. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But Akita Happinets won second period 21-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kyoto Hannar. looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. It was a great evening for American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). His fellow American import forward Rick Rickert (211-83, college: Minnesota, agency: SportsTalent) helped adding 13 points and 8 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar.'s coach Honoo Hamaguchi used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) responded with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Dutch-American power forward Stanley Ocitti (203-80, college: Binghamton) scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannar. (14-5) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top position with eight games lost. Kyoto Hannar. is again looking forward to face league's leader Akita Happinets at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akita NH: S.Ocitti 21+9reb, R.Woods 16+8reb+6ast, E.Drayton 14+6reb, C.Terry 14+4reb+2ast, K.Shoji 7, R.Mizumachi 6+2reb+4ast
Kyoto Hannar.: L.Allred 21+12reb+2ast, J.Boyette 18+5reb+1ast, R.Rickert 13+8reb+3ast, N.Nakamura 9+1reb+1ast, B.Camara 6+2reb+1ast, K.Setoyama 5+2reb+11ast
gschID: 142034


Chiba Jets - Niigata Albirex 80-93

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fourth ranked Niigata Albirex's (12-8) road victory over 5th ranked Chiba Jets (10-12) 93-80 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Niigata Albirex. Chiba Jets was better in third quarter 24-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Chiba Jets 46-34 including 31 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) helped adding 10 points and 19 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Guard Jamel Staten (198-83, college: Minnesota St.) responded with 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and guard Maurice Hargrow (193-83, college: Minnesota) scored 25 points. Chiba Jets' coach Eric Gardow rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Niigata Albirex moved-up to second place, which they share with Hamamatsu P. Chiba Jets lost their third game in a row. They keep the fifth position with 12 games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chiba Jets: M.Hargrow 25+3reb+2ast, J.Staten 18+9reb+6ast, T.Ishida 12+1reb, R.Itakura 9+6reb, G.Moliva 9+5reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 7+2reb+1ast
Niigata Albirex: E.Maxey 19+11reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 16+1reb, N.Murry 16+1reb+5ast, H.Kondo 12+3reb+2ast, C.Holm 10+19reb+1ast, D.Gordon 9+5reb+5ast
gschID: 142030




BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 24
 1. Parker, Shimane SM24.0 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka23.3 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.0 
 4. White, Oita H.20.9 
 5. Woods, Akita NH20.5 
 6. Humphrey, Saitama20.0 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 8. Washington, Osaka19.6 
 9. Staten, Chiba Jets19.6 
 10. Roberts, Shins.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. Malloy, Iwate B.11.1 
 3. Roberts, Shins.10.7 
 4. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.6 
 5. Woods, Akita NH10.5 
 6. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 7. Blackledge, Osaka10.4 
 8. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 9. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.4 
 10. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.4 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.0 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.7 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.4.6 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.4 
 9. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.4 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.2 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.4 
 5. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.2 
 6. Arnold, Hamamats.2.2 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.9 
 9. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.9 
 10. Satterfield, Sait.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.7 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.1 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.2 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 7. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 8. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 9. Ocitti, Akita NH1.4 
 10. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 13-8 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 12-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 12-8 
 4. Sendai 89ers 11-10 
 5. Chiba Jets 10-12 
 6. Shinshu BW 9-12 
 7. Toyama Grouses 8-10 
 8. Yokohama BC 7-11 
 9. Saitama Bron. 6-12 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 6-15 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 16-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 14-5 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 14-5 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 14-7 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 14-7 
 6. Shimane SM 12-9 
 7. Miyazaki SS 9-12 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-16 
 9. Takamatsu FA 1-20 


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Savo Djikanovic returns to Cyprus - by Darko Pekic
The experienced globetrotter Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket) decided to return to Cyprus. He accepted the offer from InterCollege Etha Engomis ( currently placed in the upper part of the Cypriot League table) and signed a contract until the end of the season. The 36 year old veteran played in Cyprus last year for Achilleas and was the League Top Rebounder with 10.8 rebounds per game. He signed a contact for this season with Marussi from Greece but after a month the club and the player decided to part ways and Djikanovic returned to Cyprus.

Savo Djikanovic's career flourished at the beginning of the century when he played for KK Lovcen Cetinje and was considered one of the best big men in YUBA league. He also played for Hemofarm, Mornar and variety of clubs in Greece.


Adriatic League: Buducnost gets an easy win - by Darko Pekic
Buducnost expected a win tonight and Dejan Radonjic 's boys got the win (63:56). Although the final score does not say it all about the flow of the game, Buducnost won the game without too many problems. Olimpija used to be a big obstacle for any team but due to financial problems they had to make some roster changes and Buducnost took an advantage of that. At halftime Buducnost +16 and the game was over there. But in the second half Buducnost did not want to push the bottom too much and Olimpija got a chance to decrease their lead. Actually, in a low scoring game like this, the only thing that metters is the final result, and Buducnost got two points.

Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game. He dominated inside with 20 points and 8 rebounds although he had injury problems before the game. His opponent, Robert Rothbart (217-C-86) scored 21 points but it was not enough to make a surprise in Podgorica tonight.


EBL round 10:Teodo in great shape again. Podgorica surprised Mogren - by Darko Pekic
Erste Basketball League is getting more and more interesting. After a big surprise in Niksic (December 15), where Sutjeska defeated Mornar, by then the only team with a perfect score in the League, yesterday another big surprise happened in Podgorica, where the young and unexperienced KK Podgorica crashed Mogren. Marko Perovic (203-C-92) was outsanding with 24 points, on the other side the best player of KK Mogren, Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80), scored 19.

Teodo is in great shape again and they do not loose points on their home court. Balkan League member Ulcinj felt their strenght yesterday although they made some important roster changes in the past few weeks. Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) scored 20 points for teodo while the newcomer Milo Unkasevic scored 20 for the guests. The last two games of this round will be played today: Lovcen - Jedinstvo (5pm), ABS Primorje - Danilovgrad (6pm).

Podgorica - Mogren 92:67 (20:11, 24:13, 23:25, 25:18)

Podgorica - T-Mobile hall. Spectators: 100. Refs: Sundic, Popovic (Podgorica), Kaludjerovic (Niksic).

Podgorica: Djurovic 4, Femic 1, Drobnjak, Bogojevic 14, Perovic 28, Mugosa 14, Gavranic 14, Milickovic, Ljubenkovic 2, Nicaj 13, Nikolic, Draskovic 2.

Mogren: Fatic, Seferovic 6, Milatovic 9, Manojlovic 2, Djokovic, Vucurovic 19, Sestovic 4, Osmajic 3, Maricic 7, Susa 15, Reljic, Dovadzija 2.

Teodo - Ulcinj 83:75 (20:20, 22:15, 23:18, 18:22)

Tivat - Zupa hall. Specators: 150. Refs: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Jokic, Kajevic (Podgorica).

Teodo: Mijovic 20, Radonjic, Stanicic 3, Bulajic 5, Pekic 6, Calic 14, Boskovic 7, Subotic 5, Rondovic 11, Ljujic 2, Milosevic 4, Lucic 6,

Ulcinj: Latkovic, Djurisic 10, Stefanovic 11, Markasevic, Taflaj, Klikovac, Milic, Lalovic 4, Medenica 8, Unkasevic 20, Tepavcevic 10, Djurkovic 12.


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


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  NBA   


New York 106, Boston 104 - by Milord Nikolic
Carmelo Anthony erupted for 37 points as the New York Knicks prevailed 106-104 over the Boston Celtics in the Christmas Day season opener for both teams. Anthony shot a blistering 10-of-17 from the field and made 13 of 15 free throws for the Knicks, who built up a 10-point halftime advantage before getting outscored 35-17 in a dominant third quarter by Boston. With the game tied in the final moments, Anthony drew a Marquis Daniels foul and made both free throws to give the Knicks a two-point advantage. The Celtics inbounded the ball and set up a play for Kevin Garnett, but his 14-footer missed the mark and the Knicks recovered the rebound. Radon Rondo led the way with 31 points, 13 assists and five steals, who were forced to play without perennial All-Star Paul Pierce (heel).

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Paulo Diamantino in Maia Basket - by Joao Santos
Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85), a former player of FC Porto Ferpinta and Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes, is now,

at age 26, , the new player the Maia Basket Clube, thus joining his brother

Joao Diamantino (201-F-85), signed with the club for two years.

Paulo Diamantino with 2.04 m, this will be a good addition to the position of Center,

therefore addressing a need for the senior team squad


Maia Basket Clube, see your game now reinforced inside with a

player who comes from the LPB to give more quality to the Championship

the Proliga.


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Akita Northern Happinets lands Camara - by Eurobasket Center
Akita Northern Happinets (BJ League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Senegalese ex-international center Babacar Camara (211-C-113kg-81, college: CS Fullerton). In his first game he scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Kyoto Hannar. 78-79. Camara played most recently at Ohud Medina (Saudi Arabia). He is a very experienced player. Camara played also pro basketball in China, France, Italy, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Senegal. He graduated California State University, Fullerton in 2004 and actually missed last season. It will be his eighth season in pro basketball. Camara played for Senegalese senior national until 2005. He represented Senegal at the Arab Club Championships last year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  SLOVENIA   


Moving on!! - by Jimmy Baxter
Happy Holidays Eurobasket. I made it home safe from Slovenia. I want to thank Krka for signing me and i want to thank the fans for cheering for me and voting me in the 1st five of the All Star game.I regret to say i will no longer be apart of the team KRKA. It was fun playing in Slovenia and i will miss you guys. I was looking foward playing in the last 16 of Eurocup but some things are out of my control. I hate to unload all this on Xmas but i just recieved this info myself on Xmas (My Slovenian documents and visa were rejected). Enjoy your Xmas..

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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 25-6 
 2. Anyang KGC 23-7 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 19-11 
 4. KCC Egis 19-11 
 5. ET Land 15-14 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 13-17 
 7. LG Sakers 13-17 
 8. SK Knights 11-19 
 9. Daegu Orions 6-24 
 10. Samsung Th. 6-24 


KBL Round 32: Sonic Boom KT is upset by KCC Egis - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Busan between third ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-11) and fourth ranked KCC Egis (19-11) on Saturday night. Sonic Boom KT was defeated by KCC Egis in a tough game at home 66-74. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. The best player for the winners was forward Tae-Hong Kim (193-88) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the hosts. KCC Egis moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis is looking forward to face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and is hoping to win this game.
Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the twentieth fifth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Daegu Orions (6-24) 72-66 in Wonju. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Jin-Won Hwang contributed with 18 points for the winners. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for Daegu Orions. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 25-6 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. Dongbu Promy will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round where they are favorite. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and hope to get back on the winning track.
Leader Dongbu Promy recorded the twentieth fifth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Samsung Thunders (6-24) 85-72 in Wonju. Worth to mention a quality performance of Rodrique Benson who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds. Ira Clark responded with 29 points. Samsung Thunders' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 25-6 record. Loser Samsung Thunders stay dead last with 24 lost games. They share the position with Daegu Orions. Dongbu Promy will meet at home LG Sakers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Anyang. Local Anyang KGC (23-7) beat 8th ranked SK Knights (11-19) 80-63. The winners were led by Sek-Eun Oh who scored that evening 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. SK Knights' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Anyang KGC have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-7 record having just three points less than leader Dongbu Promy. SK Knights lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be Daegu Orions (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game.

In the last two games of round 32 Mobis Phoebus defeated LG Sakers in Ulsan 76-64. ET Land beat SK Knights at home 73-67.
The best stats of 32th round was 32 points, 31 rebounds and 4 blocks by Terrence Leather of Mobis Phoebus.



Anyang KGC - SK Knights 80-63

The game with biggest result difference took place in Anyang. Local Anyang KGC (23-7) beat 8th ranked SK Knights (11-19) 80-63. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 25-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. Anyang KGC dominated on the defensive end, holding SK Knights to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The winners were led by international center Sek-Eun Oh (200-87) who scored that evening 10 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) supported him with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists by American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for SK Knights. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Five Anyang KGC and four SK Knights players scored in double figures. SK Knights' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Anyang KGC have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 23-7 record having just three points less than leader Dongbu Promy. SK Knights lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. Anyang KGC's next round opponent will be Daegu Orions (#9) on the road and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Anyang KGC: J.Lee 18+2reb+1ast, R.White 14+5reb+3ast, T.Kim 13+5reb+3ast, H.Yang 13+2reb+1ast, S.Oh 10+9reb+4ast, C.Park 9+1reb
SK Knights: A.McCaskill 14+15reb+4ast, K.Hoon Byun 14+5reb+1ast, S.Lee 14+5reb+3ast, M.Kim 12+4reb+3ast, H.Kim 7+1reb+1ast, J.Son 1
gschID: 145758


LG Sakers - Mobis Phoebus 64-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams in Changwon where 6th ranked LG Sakers (13-17) were defeated by seventh ranked Mobis Phoebus (13-17) 76-64. The game was mostly controlled by Mobis Phoebus. LG Sakers was better in third quarter 13-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded LG Sakers 47-22 including a 18-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 32 points, 31 rebounds and 4 blocks and the former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) supported him with 14 points and 8 assists. Even a double-double of 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals by American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) added 5 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Defending champion moved-up to sixth place, which they share with defeated LG Sakers. Mobis Phoebus will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 32+31reb+2ast, D.Yang 14+4reb+8ast, G.Park 8+2reb+3ast, J.Park 7, C.Song 5+1reb, J.Ryu 4+7reb+1ast
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 26+12reb+4ast, I.Baek 11+2reb+1ast, H.Park 11+3ast, H.Jeon 7, G.Stevenson 5+7reb+3ast, C.Song 4
gschID: 145759


Dongbu Promy - Daegu Orions 72-66

Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the twentieth fifth victory. This time they beat 9th ranked Daegu Orions (6-24) 72-66 in Wonju. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Daegu Orions won fourth quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 19 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and his fellow American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 9 points in the effort for Daegu Orions. Daegu Orions' coach Il-Seung Choo rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 25-6 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 24 games lost. They share the position with Samsung Th.. Dongbu Promy will play against LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round where they are favorite. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 25+19reb+2ast, J.Hwang 18+3reb+1ast, H.Yoon 10+4reb+3ast, J.Kim 10+3reb+7ast, J.Ahn 9+4ast, J.Shin 0
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 27+18reb+2ast, J.Choi 9+2reb, M.Kim 8+3reb, S.Cho 7+1reb, Y.Kim 6+2ast, D.Kim 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145760


ET Land - SK Knights 73-67

No shocking result in a game in Inchon where fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (15-14) defeated 8th ranked SK Knights (11-19) 73-67. The hosts were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 18-11 SK Knights' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 73-67 at the end of the game. The winners were led by international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) who scored that evening 24 points and American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) supported him with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Four ET Land Elephants players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 30 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists by American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for SK Knights. The former international center Min-Soo Kim (200-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. SK Knights' coach gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth position with 15-14 record. SK Knights lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the eighth place with 19 games lost. ET Land Elephants' next round opponent will be higher ranked KCC Egis (#4) in Jeonju and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
ET Land: T.Moon 24+2reb+3ast, H.Hill 14+11reb+3ast, H.Kang 12+1reb+4ast, B.Chung 10+3reb+1ast, H.Lee 6+2reb+1ast, N.Ham 5+2reb+2ast
SK Knights: A.McCaskill 30+12reb+4ast, M.Kim 17+5reb+2ast, S.Lee 10+2reb+1ast, H.Joo 4+6reb+5ast, S.Shin 3+1reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 3+1reb
gschID: 145755


Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 85-72

Leader Dongbu Promy recorded the twentieth fifth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Samsung Thunders (6-24) 85-72 in Wonju. The game without a history. Dongbu Promy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 29-of-33 free shots (87.9 percent) during the game, while Samsung Thunders only scored nine points from the stripe. Worth to mention a quality performance of American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and guard Jae-Wook Ahn (175-87) who added 23 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) responded with 29 points and guard Won-Soo Lee (181-83) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Samsung Thunders' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 25-6 record. Loser Samsung Thunders stay dead last with 24 lost games. They share the position with Daegu Orions. Dongbu Promy will meet at home LG Sakers (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 24+14reb+1ast, J.Ahn 23+5reb+2ast, H.Yoon 18+2reb+2ast, J.Kim 12+4reb+9ast, B.Kim 4, Y.Choi 2+1reb+1ast
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 29+4reb+2ast, W.Lee 19+4reb+4ast, E.Sandrin 10+10reb+4ast, S.Yoo 9+3reb+1ast, S.Kim 4+2reb+3ast, B.Lee 1+2reb
gschID: 145756


Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 66-74

The most important game in the last round took place in Busan between third ranked Sonic Boom KT (19-11) and fourth ranked KCC Egis (19-11) on Saturday night. Sonic Boom KT was defeated by KCC Egis in a tough game at home 66-74. The guests trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 8 points. The best player for the winners was forward Tae-Hong Kim (193-88) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. The former international forward Sung-Min Cho (197-83) produced 14 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Do-Soo Kim (193-81) added 17 points respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KCC Egis moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis is looking forward to face ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon in the next round. Sonic Boom KT will play at home against Samsung Thunders in Seoul and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: T.Kim 20+5reb, S.Choo 14+1ast, M.Jeong 11+3reb, T.Akins 11+3reb+5ast, D.Sims 10+6reb+2ast, J.Lim 8+3reb+7ast
Sonic Boom KT: D.Kim 17+2reb+1ast, S.Cho 14+5reb+2ast, W.Yaung 12+1reb+1ast, C.Rhodes 12+2reb+1ast, Y.Song 6+5reb+1ast, M.Pyo 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145757




Promy Complete Christmas Sweep With Win Over Orions - by Kevin Campigotto
The Wonju Dongbu Promy won the second game of their Christmas Eve / Christmas Day back to back, defeating the Goyang Orions 72-66. Wonju won easily despite missing their starting point guard, Park Ji-Hyon (183-G-79) who is out with a shoulder injury. Goyang's Chris Williams (199-F/G-80, college: Virginia) had an excellent game with 27 points and 18 rebounds but he was the only Orion to score in double digits. Wonju's center Rod Benson (207-F/C-84, college: California) had 25 points and 19 rebounds while shooting guard Hwang Jin-Won (189-G-78), who has apparently lost his spot in the starting lineup, finished with 18 points.

With the win Wonju has now won three straight and next hosts the LG Sakers who they have yet to defeat this season.


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Huesca bring in Alex Franklin - by Eurobasket News
Huesca strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88, college: Siena). The guard started the season in France. He played for Vichy in ProB. Alexander Franklin tallied 13.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per appearance. Last season Alexander Franklin spent in Spain. The guard played for Taragona 2017. His stats read 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com gave Alexander Franklin All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention in 2011. It was his first pro season after graduating from Siena College.



Oviedo release Mamadou Diarra - by Eurobasket News
Oviedo and Mamadou Diarra (213-F-88, college: Chaminade) have reached an agreement on terms of contract termination. The Mali forward joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in LEB Silver. It is the first pro season for Mamadou Diarra who graduated from Chaminade in 2011. He was named All-PacWest Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Mamadou Diarra is the member of Mali National Team. He participated at 2011 African Championship. The forward notched 5.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game in Madagaskar.



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Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Dacin Tigers 4-0 
 2. Yulon Luxgen 3-1 
 3. KKL 2-2 
 4. Pure Youth 2-2 
 5. Taiwan Beer 1-2 
 6. Taiwan Mobile 1-2 
 7. Bank of Taiwan 0-4 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus FIZER
  Taiwan Mobile
  (203-F-78)
  Avg: 23
 1. Fizer, Taiwan Mobi.23.0 
 2. Chang, Dacin Tigers20.0 
 3. Broxsie, KKL19.5 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.19.0 
 5. Lu, Yulon Luxgen18.0 
 6. Felix, Dacin Tigers17.5 
 7. Dials, Pure Youth17.0 
 8. Chang, Bank o.16.5 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.15.3 
 10. Creighton, Pure Y.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.18.3 
 2. Broxsie, KKL13.3 
 3. Dials, Pure Youth13.0 
 4. Fizer, Taiwan Mobi.13.0 
 5. Vaudreuil, Bank o.11.5 
 6. Teng, Taiwan Mobile11.0 
 7. Carr, Taiwan Beer11.0 
 8. Felix, Dacin Tigers10.3 
 9. Cheng, Taiwan Beer9.7 
 10. Hsu, Bank o.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile5.0 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.5 
 3. Wu, Taiwan Beer4.0 
 4. Chen, Pure Youth3.5 
 5. Johnson, Yulon L.3.3 
 6. Shang, KKL3.0 
 7. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 8. Chen, Taiwan Mobile3.0 
 9. Lin, Dacin Tigers2.5 
 10. Hung, KKL2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Xiao-Rong CHEN
  Taiwan Mobile
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Chen, Taiwan Mobile4.0 
 2. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 3. Creighton, Pure Y.3.0 
 4. Liu, KKL2.5 
 5. Lin, Bank o.2.5 
 6. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.3 
 7. Su, Taiwan Mobile2.0 
 8. Canopy, Yulon L.2.0 
 9. Liu, Taiwan Mobile2.0 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Mobi.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine BROXSIE
  KKL
  (209-F-79)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Broxsie, KKL4.5 
 2. Felix, Dacin Tigers4.0 
 3. Johnson, Yulon L.2.0 
 4. Davis, Pure Youth1.5 
 5. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.3 
 6. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 7. Carr, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 8. Chen, Taiwan Mobile1.0 
 9. Lin, Dacin Tigers1.0 
 10. Chen, Taiwan Mobi.1.0 


TM releases Fizer - by Chris Wang
Taiwan Mobile has decided to release former NBA draft pick Fizer Marcus (203-F-78, college: Iowa St.) for his bad attitude, local media reported.

Fizer, who played for TM in only one game, told the team his injury flared up and did not practice with the team since then. He asked not to play this week.

According to TM head coach Jia Fan, Fizer also demanded extra preferential treatment.

Jia was quoted as saying that the team decided not to tolerate such behavior and release Fizer. We don't let a player to decide when he is in the mood to play and when not to, he said.

At the same time, KKL is testing Manny Richardson along with Antoine Broxsie. Since each team is allowed to register one import, Richardson had to sit this week and Broxsie took the opportunity to prove himself.

Broxsie, who was tested by Taiwan Beer before joining KKL, had 18 points, 18 rebounds and seven blocks in KKL's 56-55 win over TB on Saturday after scoring 34 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in a 98-93 overtime victory over TM on Friday.

Taiwan Beer is said to be releasing Dennis Carr and could bring back Emmanuel Jones, who played for TB last year.


SBL Round 2: Undefeated Yulon Luxgen loses their first game against Dacin Tigers - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in SBL. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Yulon Luxgen (3-1) against Dacin Tigers on Saturday night. Dacin Tigers were defeated by Dacin Tigers 79-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. Dacin Tigers trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 4 points. Dacin Tigers made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dacin Tigers made 9 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Yulon Luxgen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belizean-American power forward Felix Noel (205-C/F-81, college: Fresno St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Chih-Feng Chang (183-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists. Dacin Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Yulon Luxgen at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Dacin Tigers are looking forward to face Pure Youth (#4) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Taiwan Beer and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 2: Taiwan Beer lost to KKL 55-56. Winless Bank of Taiwan unfortunately lost to Pure Youth 63-77. KKL lost to undefeated Dacin Tigers 60-74. Yulon Luxgen crushed Bank of Taiwan 87-66. Taiwan Mobile was beaten by Pure Youth 69-72. Taiwan Beer won against Bank of Taiwan 62-56.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!), 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks by Antoine Broxsie of KKL.


KKL - Taiwan Beer 56-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with Taiwan Beer's (1-2) loss to KKL (2-2) 55-56 on Saturday. KKL took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Taiwan Beer won third quarter 16-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when KKL made 8 blocks. American forward Antoine Broxsie (209-79, college: Oklahoma St.) had a double-double by scoring 18 points, 18 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international center Wei-Fang Shang (196-78) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Dennis Carr (201-81, college: Embry Riddle, agency: TSS Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 15 rebounds and international forward Jen-Wei Cheng (194-87) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds. Four Taiwan Beer players scored in double figures. Taiwan Beer's coach Chun-San Chou tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. KKL maintains third position with 2-2 record having just two points less than leader Dacin Tigers, which they share with Pure Youth. Loser Taiwan Beer dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. KKL will face league's second-placed Yulon Luxgen in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Taiwan Beer will play against the league's second-placed Yulon Luxgen.
Top scorers:
KKL: A.Broxsie 18+18reb+2ast, W.Shang 17+3reb+1ast, C.Liu 8+5reb+1ast, C.Chen 6+2reb+1ast, Y.Chang 4+5reb+2ast, C.Hung 3+1reb+2ast
Taiwan Beer: S.Ho 15+2reb+2ast, J.Cheng 12+14reb, D.Carr 11+15reb, C.Yang 11+6reb+4ast, S.Chen 3+4reb+2ast, Y.Wu 3+2reb
gschID: 164115


Bank of Taiwan - Pure Youth 63-77

Rather predictable result when Pure Youth (2-2) defeated Bank of Taiwan (0-4) 77-63 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pure Youth. Bank of Taiwan was better in fourth quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Swingman Tsun-Ching Lin (188-86) scored 25 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) chipped in 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Guard Po-Sheng Chang (185-87) responded with 27 points and American power forward John Vaudreuil (203-85, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Warren Sports International) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pure Youth moved-up to third place, which they share with KKL. Loser Bank of Taiwan still closes the standings with four games lost. Pure Youth will face league's leader Dacin Tigers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Bank of Taiwan will play against Taiwan Mobile (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: T.Lin 25+4reb+1ast, 15+1reb, Q.Davis 13+8reb+1ast, C.Chien 9, H.Chen 7+7reb+4ast, C.Ke 4+3ast
Bank of Taiwan: P.Chang 27+4reb, J.Vaudreuil 17+9reb, C.Hsu 15+3reb, J.Lin 2+3reb+2ast, J.Liu 2+2reb+1ast, N.Wang 0
gschID: 164116


Dacin Tigers - KKL 74-60

Not a big story in a game when ranked KKL (2-2) was defeated by Dacin Tigers (4-0) 74-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Dacin Tigers. KKL was better in third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KKL to just 7 points in first quarter. Dacin Tigers dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to KKL's 30. Belizean-American power forward Felix Noel (205-81, college: Fresno St.) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Chih-Feng Chang (183-81) chipped in 22 points and 4 steals during the contest. American forward Antoine Broxsie (209-79, college: Oklahoma St.) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Cheng Liu (192-90) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Dacin Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser KKL keeps the third place with two games lost. Dacin Tigers will face Pure Youth (#4) in the next round. KKL will play against the league's second-placed Yulon Luxgen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: C.Chang 22+4reb+1ast, N.Felix 20+5reb+3ast, T.Chen 13+7reb+2ast, H.Hsu 7+3reb+1ast, Y.Lo 4+5reb, C.Wang 3+4reb+4ast
KKL: C.Liu 15+5reb+1ast, A.Broxsie 14+11reb, W.Shang 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Chang 9+5reb+1ast, C.Lee 7+7reb, W.Hsu 4+2reb
gschID: 164117


Yulon Luxgen - Bank of Taiwan 87-66

Everything went according to plan when Yulon Luxgen (3-1) outscored Bank of Taiwan (0-4) 87-66 on Sunday. Yulon Luxgen forced 21 Bank of Taiwan turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Yulon Luxgen made 7 blocks. International Po-Chen Chou (197-90) had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Yulon Luxgen players scored in double figures. American power forward John Vaudreuil (203-85, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Po-Sheng Chang (185-87) scored 15 points and 8 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. Yulon Luxgen maintains second position with 3-1 record behind leader Dacin Tigers. Loser Bank of Taiwan still closes the standings with four games lost. Yulon Luxgen will face Taiwan Beer (#5) in the next round. Bank of Taiwan will play against Taiwan Mobile and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yulon Luxgen: C.Lu 12+2reb+1ast, C.Yang 11+1reb+2ast, K.Johnson 11+7reb, P.Chou 10+11reb+1ast, F.Wu 9+2reb+2ast, S.Chou 9+2reb+2ast
Bank of Taiwan: J.Vaudreuil 17+9reb, P.Chang 15+8reb+2ast, C.Hsu 10+10reb+1ast, N.Wang 9, J.Lin 8+3reb, C.Chen 3+1reb
gschID: 164118


Pure Youth - Taiwan Mobile 72-69

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when Taiwan Mobile (1-2) was edged by Pure Youth (2-2) 72-69 on Sunday. Pure Youth trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 23-13 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Pure Youth outrebounded Taiwan Mobile 41-27 including 27 on the defensive glass. Taiwan Mobile was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Quincy Davis (206-83, college: Tulane) had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Tsun-Ching Lin (188-86) chipped in 14 points during the contest. Yu-Lin Chang (190-86) responded with 14 points and 5 rebounds and swingman Sheng-Yao Liu (190-83) scored 17 points. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Pure Youth moved-up to third place, which they share with KKL. Loser Taiwan Mobile dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Pure Youth will face league's leader Dacin Tigers in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Taiwan Mobile will play against Bank of Taiwan (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pure Youth: Q.Davis 17+14reb, T.Lin 14+4reb, C.Huang 9+4reb, H.Chen 9+2reb+3ast, C.Ke 7+4reb+2ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 6+5reb+2ast
Taiwan Mobile: S.Liu 17+2reb+1ast, Y.Chang 14+5reb+2ast, J.Chang 9+3reb+3ast, Y.Su 9+2reb+6ast, J.Chen 7+5reb+2ast, X.Chen 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 164119


Taiwan Beer - Bank of Taiwan 62-56

No shocking result in a game when Taiwan Beer (1-2) won against Bank of Taiwan (0-4) 62-56 on Friday. Taiwan Beer trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-56. Taiwan Beer forced 19 Bank of Taiwan turnovers. International guard Chin-Min Yang (188-84) scored 25 points to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Jen-Wei Cheng (194-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. American power forward John Vaudreuil (203-85, college: Minn.-Duluth, agency: Warren Sports International) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the former international forward Chih-Chiang Hsu (194-82) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four Bank of Taiwan players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Taiwan Beer went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Taiwan Mobile. It was Bank of Taiwan's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Taiwan Beer will face league's second-placed Yulon Luxgen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Bank of Taiwan will play against Taiwan Mobile (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taiwan Beer: C.Yang 25+3reb+2ast, J.Cheng 11+7reb+1ast, C.Wu 8+2reb, D.Carr 7+9reb, S.Chen 6+1reb+5ast, G.Lai 2+1reb+1ast
Bank of Taiwan: J.Vaudreuil 13+14reb+1ast, P.Chang 12+5reb+2ast, C.Hsu 11+10reb, J.Liu 11+1reb+2ast, J.Lin 5+4reb+1ast, Y.Chen 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 164112


Taiwan Mobile - KKL 93-98 OT

KKL used 34 points and 16 rebound from A. Broxsie to overcome Taiwan Mobile. C. Lee and W. Shang added 15 points each for the winners. J. Chang answered with 27 points for Taiwan Mobile in the loss.
Top scorers:
KKL: A.Broxsie 34+16reb+4ast, C.Liu 16+3reb, C.Lee 15+10reb+1ast, W.Shang 15+9reb+6ast, C.Hung 9+4reb+3ast, Y.Chang 7+3reb+2ast
Taiwan Mobile: J.Chang 27+6reb+1ast, J.Chen 15+5reb+4ast, Y.Su 12+5reb+7ast, S.Liu 12+3reb+3ast, X.Chen 10+8reb+1ast, Y.Chang 8+7reb
gschID: 164113


Dacin Tigers - Yulon Luxgen 79-75

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Yulon Luxgen (3-1) against Dacin Tigers on Saturday night. Dacin Tigers were defeated by Dacin Tigers 79-75. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. Dacin Tigers trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning next two quarters and won the game by 4 points. Dacin Tigers made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Dacin Tigers made 9 blocks. 28 personal fouls committed by Yulon Luxgen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Belizean-American power forward Felix Noel (205-81, college: Fresno St.) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Chih-Feng Chang (183-81) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Dacin Tigers' coach Ta-Tsung Chiu used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American forward Kevin Johnson (201-84, college: Humboldt St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 21 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Cheng-Ju Lu (194-86) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Dacin Tigers have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Yulon Luxgen at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Dacin Tigers are looking forward to face Pure Youth (#4) in the next round. Yulon Luxgen will play against Taiwan Beer and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Dacin Tigers: C.Chang 18+5reb+2ast, T.Chen 17+2reb, Y.Lin 14+8reb+1ast, N.Felix 14+15reb+2ast, C.Wang 12+1reb+1ast, H.Hsu 2+3reb+1ast
Yulon Luxgen: K.Johnson 15+21reb+5ast, C.Lu 14+10reb+1ast, P.Chou 14+6reb, C.Yang 13+4reb+2ast, C.Chen 13+4reb+3ast, F.Wu 3+1reb
gschID: 164114




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Ben Romdhane leads club to African crown - by Maarouf Mawloud
After helping Tunisia take gold for the first time ever at the FIBA Africa Championship this past summer, Makrem Ben Rondhane led by example once again in helping Tunisian side Etoile du Sahel claim a maiden African Clubs Championships title.

The 22-year-old Tunisian international poured 21 points in an 82-60 victory over defending champions Primeiro de Agosto of Angola in the Moroccan region of Sale.

He disrupted the Angolans' game and, much like in Madagascar this past August, was named the MVP of the 12-team tournament, featuring the very best from the African continent.

New signing Willie Kemp added 17 points for the Tunisian champions while Cape Verde international Mario Correia led all scorers with 22 points in Primeiro de Agosto's losing cause.

Dragan Petricevic's men led 40-32 at the break before the title-holders fought back in the third period for a 47-45 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

However, the Tunisians turned it on in the final frame and in it was their day to celebrate.

It is is the first time a Tunisian side lifts the African Clubs Championship trophy.

In 2008, Etoile du Sahel finished runner-up to Primeiro de Agosto, when the tournament was held in the Tunisian region of Sousse. This time the Angolan powerhouse missed the opportunity to win its sixth African clubs trophy.

After losing to the new champions, hosts Moroccan AS Sale handed Angolan champions Petro de Luanda a 80-75 defeat in the bronze medal game.

Final standings of the African Clubs Championship for Men:
1 Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia)
2 Primeiro de Agosto (Angola)
3 AS Sale (Morocco)
4 Petro de Luanda (Angola)
5 BC Mazembe (DR Congo)
6 CR Alhoceima (Morocco)
7 Recreativo do Libolo (Angola)
8 Union Bank (Nigeria)
9 Al Ahly (Libya)
10 Urunani (Burundi)
11 Royal Hoopers (Nigeria)
12 Malabo Kings (Equatorial Guinea)

FIBA


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TB2L Round 17: Final Genclik edges Akhisar Bld by three points - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

The most exciting game of round 17 in the TB2L took place in Bursa. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Akhisar Bld (11-5) to seventh ranked Final Genclik (11-5) 90-87 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akhisar Bld. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Final Genclik made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Akhisar Bld helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Esat Sinanoglu (188-82) chipped in 19 points and 10 assists. Final Genclik's coach Ali Ozbay used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the guests. Final Genclik have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Akhisar Bld. Final Genclik is looking forward to face Balikesir (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Akhisar Bld will play against Orman Genc (#19) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Optimum TED (11-5) against fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (12-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Optimum TED was defeated by Selcuk Universitesi in Konya 80-64. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Onur Aydin contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Cihan Amasyali (191-83) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Optimum TED. Optimum TED's coach Murat Ozyer rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Selcuk Universitesi have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gaziantep. Optimum TED at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Gelisim (#14) in Izmir in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Optimum TED will play at home against Istanbul B.B. (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Genc Telekom delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Pamukkale (8-8) 93-75 in Ankara. Nenad Delic stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Feyzi Celebioglu responded with 13 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Genc Telekom maintains first place with 13-3 record. Pamukkale lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Genc Telekom will meet Pertevniyal (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pamukkale will play against the league's second-placed Gaziantep and hope to secure a win.
Sixteenth-ranked Baskent Genclik (5-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Gaziantep (12-4). Gaziantep managed to secure only four-point victory 90-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Erden Eryuz nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side. Baskent Genclik's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Gaziantep. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Baskent Genclik at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 11 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Pamukkale (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Baskent Genclik will play against Darussafaka (#8) in Istanbul.
We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Darussafaka (9-7) lost to thirteenth ranked Tire Gucu (7-9) in a road game 59-77 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Tyrus Boswell who scored 26 points. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tire Gucu. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Pertevniyal and Istanbul B.B. Loser Darussafaka keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Tire Gucu will face Istanbulspor (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Maliye Milli crushed Istanbul B.B. in a road game 90-68. Vestel smashed Usak at home 80-54. Pertevniyal won against Orman Genc on the opponent's court 94-76. Bottom-ranked TED Istanbul unfortunately lost to Balikesir in a home game 56-62. Gelisim recorded a loss to Istanbulspor on the road 68-76.
The best stats of 17th round was 30 points and 13 rebounds by De Vaughn Washington of Gelisim.



Gaziantep - Baskent Genclik 90-86 OT

Sixteenth-ranked Baskent Genclik (5-11) made lots of trouble for third ranked Gaziantep (12-4). Gaziantep managed to secure only four-point victory 90-86. However their fans expected much easier game. Baskent Genclik was tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they could not keep up in overtime eventually losing that period 12-16. Gaziantep forced 23 Baskent Genclik turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Baskent Genclik helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the winning side and American guard Antabia Waller (188-88, college: Auburn) accounted for 23 points. Four Gaziantep players scored in double figures. American power forward Marquise Gray (206-86, college: Michigan St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and forward Melih Sevda (200-78) added 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Baskent Genclik in the defeat. Baskent Genclik's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Gaziantep. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Selcuk Univ. Baskent Genclik at the other side keeps the sixteenth position with 11 games lost. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Pamukkale (#10) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Baskent Genclik will play against Darussafaka (#8) in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Gaziantep: A.Waller 23+2reb+1ast, S.Ugrasan 19+6reb, S.Ugur 15+2reb+2ast, E.Eryuz 13+6reb+10ast, A.Kaplan 7+10reb+3ast, H.Dogan 7+2reb
Baskent Genclik: M.Gray 28+10reb+3ast, M.Sevda 24+5reb+4ast, R.Ozturk 18+3reb+5ast, G.Ezel Akgor 9+4reb+2ast, E.Yavuklu 7+1reb+4ast, E.Isilar 0
gschID: 148659


Tire Gucu - Darussafaka 77-59

We should mention about the upset which took place in , where higher ranked Darussafaka (9-7) lost to thirteenth ranked Tire Gucu (7-9) in a road game 59-77 on Sunday. The game without a history. Tire Gucu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. The best player for the winners was power forward Tyrus Boswell (202-78, college: Ky Wesleyan, agency: EM-PA) who scored 26 points. American forward Justin Carter (193-87, college: Creighton, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Muhammed Baygul produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Goekhan Sunter (196-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the third consecutive win for Tire Gucu. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Pertevniyal and Istanbul B.B. Loser Darussafaka keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. Tire Gucu will face Istanbulspor (#16) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Tire Gucu: T.Boswell 26+3reb+1ast, J.Carter 14+5reb+4ast, C.Bayraktar 13+6ast, R.Hepsarsar 8+4reb+1ast, A.Yuce 7+9reb, U.Oguz 4+1reb
Darussafaka: M.Baygul 17+5reb+1ast, G.Sunter 9+2reb, D.Sonmez 8+3reb, E.Balto 8+2reb+1ast, T.Gedikli 6+1reb, C.Korkmaz 5
gschID: 148660


Istanbul B.B. - Maliye Milli 68-90

There was no surprise when 11th ranked Istanbul B.B. (7-9) was crushed at home by sixth ranked Maliye Milli (11-5) 90-68 on Saturday. Maliye Milli dominated on the defensive end, holding Istanbul B.B. to just 5 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) who scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Sinan Mustafa Karamanlier (202-84) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Serhan Derinbay (202-78) produced 15 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Marko Kolaric (213-84, college: Chaminade) added 7 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Maliye Milli moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Istanbul B.B. keeps the eleventh position with nine games lost. Maliye Milli will face Vestel (#9) in Manisa in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Istanbul B.B. will play on the road against Optimum TED in Ankara.
Top scorers:
Maliye Milli: C.Erdeniz 13+8reb+2ast, F.Aydemir 12+1reb+2ast, M.Kabakci 10+1reb, S.Mustafa Karamanlier 10+7reb+2ast, A.Johnson 8+5reb+2ast, T.Tekinalp 7+7reb+1ast
Istanbul B.B.: S.Derinbay 15+9reb, R.Dogrusoez 14+4reb+1ast, S.Eris 12+4reb+5ast, U.Yanar 10+3reb+1ast, C.Mumcuogullari 8+5reb+2ast, M.Kolaric 7+14reb+1ast
gschID: 148655


Vestel - Usak 80-54

No shocking result in a game in Manisa where ninth ranked Vestel (9-7) smashed 18th ranked Usak (4-12) 80-54 on Saturday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Vestel outrebounded Usak 45-21 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Usak was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was swingman Hakan Erol (200-83) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Center Umut Yenice (209-79, agency: EM-PA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Dijuan Harris (175-86, college: Charlotte, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) produced 10 points and 4 assists and Mirac Erol (-89) added 6 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vestel moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Darussafaka. Usak lost their eleventh game in a row. They keep the eighteenth position with 12 games lost. Vestel will face higher ranked Maliye Milli (#7) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Usak will play against TED Istanbul (#20) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vestel: H.Erol 23+10reb+2ast, U.Yenice 17+12reb, H.Ozdemir 13+11reb+4ast, S.Topcu 6+3reb+3ast, H.Cantopcu 6+1reb, C.Erdogan 4+2reb+5ast
Usak: M.Bayrak 11+1reb+2ast, D.Harris 10+3reb+4ast, E.Algin 10+3reb, N.Pastal 7+5reb+1ast, M.Erol 6+5reb+5ast, C.Karabulut 6+2reb
gschID: 148656


Selcuk Univ. - Optimum TED 80-64

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Optimum TED (11-5) against fourth ranked Selcuk Universitesi (12-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Optimum TED was defeated by Selcuk Universitesi in Konya 80-64. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Selcuk Universitesi. Optimum TED was better in third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Optimum TED was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Erdem Turetken (199-79, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Onur Aydin (203-79, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Selcuk Universitesi players scored in double figures. Swingman Cihan Amasyali (191-83) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Nezih Ozbakir (206-80) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Optimum TED. Optimum TED's coach Murat Ozyer rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Selcuk Universitesi have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Gaziantep. Optimum TED at the other side dropped to the fourth position with five games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Selcuk Universitesi will play against Gelisim (#14) in Izmir in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Optimum TED will play at home against Istanbul B.B. (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Selcuk Univ.: E.Turetken 18+5reb+4ast, O.Aydin 13+9reb+3ast, M.Gucyetmez 12+3reb+3ast, I.Cevik 12+3reb, M.Ufuk Kacar 10+4reb+4ast, O.Unver 9+5reb
Optimum TED: C.Amasyali 14+7reb, N.Ozbakir 10+6reb, H.Yapar 8+7reb+1ast, A.Kavaklioglu 7+1reb+3ast, C.Sahin 6+3reb, O.Orcun Goellu 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 148657


Orman Genc - Pertevniyal 76-94

Very expected game in Ankara where 19th ranked Orman Genc (4-12) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Pertevniyal (7-9) 94-76 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pertevniyal. Orman Genc was better in third quarter 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Pertevniyal outrebounded Orman Genc 43-28 including a 30-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Pertevniyal especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. The best player for the winners was guard Omer Sancakli (195-92, agency: 1x1 Sports) who scored 28 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Tayfun Erulku (188-94) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Timucin Yener (185-84) produced 17 points and Yusuf Poturoglu added 14 points respectively for the hosts. Five Pertevniyal and four Orman Genc players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Pertevniyal moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Istanbul B.B. and Tire Gucu. Loser Orman Genc dropped to the eighteenth position with 12 games lost. Pertevniyal will face league's leader Genc Telekom in Ankara in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Orman Genc will play on the road against Akhisar Bld (#6).
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal: O.Sancakli 28+4reb+1ast, T.Erulku 17+8reb+2ast, S.Yikilmaz 15+4reb+6ast, B.Can 14+11reb+1ast, R.Tekin 13+11reb, C.Osman 3
Orman Genc: T.Yener 17+1reb+1ast, Y.Poturoglu 14+4reb+1ast, A.Denk 12+1reb+2ast, O.Bolat 11+5reb+1ast, A.Erhan Kocamis 7+4reb, H.Karabulut 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 148658


Final Genclik - Akhisar Bld 90-87

The most exciting game of round 17 in the TB2L took place in Bursa. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 5th ranked Akhisar Bld (11-5) to seventh ranked Final Genclik (11-5) 90-87 in the game for the fourth place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Akhisar Bld. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Final Genclik made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Akhisar Bld helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Orcun Okkali (201-87) who scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Esat Sinanoglu (188-82) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 assists. Five Final Genclik players scored in double figures. Final Genclik's coach Ali Ozbay used entire bench in such tough game. American forward Tyrone Nelson (206-85, college: N.Mexico St.) produced 34 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds and forward Can Terzioglu (196-86) added 25 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) respectively for the guests. Final Genclik have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Akhisar Bld. Final Genclik is looking forward to face Balikesir (#15) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Akhisar Bld will play against Orman Genc (#19) in Ankara and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: O.Okkali 20+9reb+3ast, E.Sinanoglu 19+2reb+10ast, O.Sungur 18+3reb+1ast, C.Tate 15+4reb, E.Ilter 10+2reb+4ast, O.Aksoy 5+2reb+1ast
Akhisar Bld: T.Nelson 34+7reb+3ast, C.Terzioglu 25+5reb+1ast, L.Demirci 18+2reb+4ast, M.Eken 4+1reb+1ast, M.Dogan 4+2reb, O.Bugra Dag 2+4reb
gschID: 148651


TED Istanbul - Balikesir 56-62

Very predictable result when fifteenth ranked Balikesir (6-10) beat on the road bottom-ranked TED Istanbul (2-14) 62-56 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 7 points at the halftime before their 41-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Balikesir made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles Jackson (203-87, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agency: Court Side) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Power forward Orbay Kaya (205-82) chipped in 17 points. Forward Can Uzun (195-86) produced 18 points and forward Enis Bayrak (204-89, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balikesir. They moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Gelisim. TED Istanbul lost their twelfth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Balikesir will face higher ranked Final Genclik (#5) in Bursa in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. TED Istanbul will play on the road against Usak (#18) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Balikesir: C.Jackson 18+11reb+1ast, O.Kaya 17+3reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 13+3reb, S.Akyol 5+1reb+2ast, M.Senli 4+1ast, O.San 3
TED Istanbul: C.Uzun 18+3reb, S.Tulek 9+5reb+2ast, E.Bayrak 9+4reb+3ast, B.Brown 6+4reb, M.Baras 6+3reb+1ast, D.Deniz Yigit 2+3reb
gschID: 148652


Istanbulspor - Gelisim 76-68

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked Gelisim (6-10) was defeated on the road by seventeenth ranked Istanbulspor (5-11) 76-68 on Sunday. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-12. But Gelisim won second period 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Istanbulspor made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Troy Barnies (200-89, college: Maine) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Admir Kan (185-83) chipped in 14 points and 8 assists. Four Istanbulspor players scored in double figures. American forward De Vaughn Washington (202-89, college: Ohio, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) produced a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) and guard Sertay Gursu (195-87, agency: EM-PA) added 13 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Istanbulspor moved-up to sixteenth place, which they share with Baskent Genclik. Gelisim lost their fourth game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Istanbulspor will face higher ranked Tire Gucu (#13) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Istanbulspor: T.Barnies 24+7reb+2ast, O.Sonsirma 16+4reb+1ast, A.Kan 14+2reb+8ast, H.Uskuplu 12+4reb+4ast, C.Oner 9+6reb+1ast, O.Er 1+4reb+1ast
Gelisim: D.Vaughn Washington 30+13reb+1ast, S.Gursu 13+6reb+2ast, O.Akis 9+2reb+3ast, K.Isbilen 8, E.Ozpulat 4+8reb+1ast, O.Onver 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 148653


Genc Telekom - Pamukkale 93-75

Leader Genc Telekom delivered the thirteenth victory on Saturday night. This time they beat 10th ranked Pamukkale (8-8) 93-75 in Ankara. The game without a history. Genc Telekom led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Croatian power forward Nenad Delic (210-84, agency: TSS Management) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and forward Mustafa Goerur (204-88) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Feyzi Celebioglu (-88) responded with 13 points and guard Goekhan Senol (183-84) scored 8 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Genc Telekom maintains first place with 13-3 record. Pamukkale lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Genc Telekom will meet Pertevniyal (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pamukkale will play against the league's second-placed Gaziantep and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Genc Telekom: N.Delic 28+5reb+1ast, H.Avci 18+2reb, M.Goerur 17+4reb+6ast, S.Ekmen 9+4reb+3ast, D.Can Cevik 5+3reb+1ast, C.Ugur Ogut 5+4reb+4ast
Pamukkale: F.Celebioglu 13+3reb+1ast, M.Pilgrim 12+3reb, E.Gul 10+1reb, S.Doganay 9+1reb+1ast, G.Senol 8+2reb+6ast, G.Baybora 8+3reb
gschID: 148654




Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Anadolu Efes 10-1 
 2. Galatasaray 9-2 
 3. Banvit BK 8-3 
 4. Fener.Ulker 8-3 
 5. Besiktas 8-3 
 6. Aliaga 6-5 
 7. Erdemir 6-5 
 8. Karsiyaka 6-5 
 9. Tofas 6-5 
 10. Turk Telekom 6-5 
 11. Hacettepe Univ. 5-6 
 12. Olin Edirne 4-7 
 13. Mersin 4-7 
 14. Antalya 1-10 
 15. Trabzonspor 1-10 
 16. Bandirma Kir. 0-11 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tyrone NELSON
  Akhisar Bld
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Nelson, Akhisar Bld22.2 
 2. Gray, Baskent21.4 
 3. Jackson, Balikesir20.0 
 4. Waller, Gaziantep19.8 
 5. Harris, Usak19.6 
 6. Pilgrim, Pamukkale19.1 
 7. Delic, Genc Telekom19.0 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale16.6 
 9. Sevda, Baskent16.3 
 10. Can, Pertevniyal15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles JACKSON
  Balikesir
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Jackson, Balikesir11.8 
 2. Gray, Baskent11.2 
 3. Pilgrim, Pamukkale10.8 
 4. Kolaric, Istanbul.10.8 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.3 
 6. Pastal, Usak9.3 
 7. Can, Pertevniyal9.2 
 8. Washington, Gelisim7.7 
 9. Ozdemir, Vestel7.6 
 10. Okkali, Final Gen.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Admir KAN
  Istanbulspor
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kan, Istanbulspor6.3 
 2. Eryuz, Gaziantep6.1 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.5.8 
 4. Kavaklioglu, Optim.5.8 
 5. Bayraktar, Tire G.5.5 
 6. Eris, Istanbul B.B.5.4 
 7. Harris, Usak5.2 
 8. Senol, Pamukkale4.8 
 9. Yolcu, Baskent4.6 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevn.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew PILGRIM
  Pamukkale
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pilgrim, Pamukkale2.8 
 2. Yavuklu, Basken.2.3 
 3. Okkali, Final Genc.2.2 
 4. Nelson, Akhisar Bld2.1 
 5. Harris, Usak2.0 
 6. Carter, Vestel2.0 
 7. Jackson, Balikesir2.0 
 8. Rizvanoglu, Genc T.1.9 
 9. Mentese, Gelisim1.9 
 10. Ufuk Kacar, Selcu.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 De Vaughn WASHINGTON
  Gelisim
  (202-F-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Washington, Gelisim1.4 
 2. Pilgrim, Pamukkale1.3 
 3. Gray, Baskent1.2 
 4. Delic, Genc Telekom1.2 
 5. Boswell, Tire Gucu1.1 
 6. Brown, TED I.1.1 
 7. Kolaric, Istanbul.1.1 
 8. Johnson, Maliye Mi.1.0 
 9. Nelson, Akhisar Bld1.0 
 10. Kaplan, Gaziantep1.0 


TBL Round 11: Hacettepe Univ. beats Besiktas by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the TBL took place in Ankara. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Besiktas (8-3) to eleventh ranked Hacettepe Univ. (5-6) 81-80 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-81, college: ODU) saved the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international swingman Rifat Murat Kaya (194-84, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for Besiktas. Newly promoted Hacettepe Univ. maintains eleventh place with 5-6 record. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Fener.Ulker and Banvit BK. Hacettepe Univ.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Turk Telekom.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (8-3) against fifth ranked Banvit BK (8-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated by Banvit BK in a tough game in Balikesir 66-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Fenerbahce Ulker. It was a great evening for American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. Baris Ermis helped adding 5 points and 11 assists. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Banvit BK have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fener.Ulker and Besiktas. Banvit BK will play against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fenerbahce Ulker will play at home against the league's second-placed Galatasaray (#2) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
TBL top team - Anadolu Efes (10-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Bandirma Kir. (0-11) in Istanbul 80-56. It was a quality performance for Dusko Savanovic who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. Anadolu Efes' coach Ufuk Sarica felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Gary McGhee came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for Bandirma Kir. in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Bandirma Kir. lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Anadolu Efes will meet Besiktas (#5) in the next round. Bandirma Kir. will play against Tofas (#9) in Bursa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Aliaga. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Aliaga (6-5) to tenth ranked Erdemir (6-5) 74-72 in the fight for the sixth place. The best player for the winners was KZell Wesson who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Erdemir's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Erdemir moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Aliaga. Erdemir's next round opponent will be Olin Edirne (#12) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 11: Antalya was beaten by Tofas on the road 90-73. Galatasaray won against Turk Telekom on its own court 82-75. Mersin unfortunately lost to Olin Edirne in a road game 81-86. Trabzonspor was rolled over Karsiyaka at home 69-88.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists by Mire Chatman of Karsiyaka.



Hacettepe Univ. - Besiktas 81-80

The most exciting game of round 11 in the TBL took place in Ankara. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of second-ranked Besiktas (8-3) to eleventh ranked Hacettepe Univ. (5-6) 81-80 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 27-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Ricardo Marsh (207-81, college: ODU) saved the victory by scoring 23 points. The former international swingman Rifat Murat Kaya (194-84, agency: 1x1 Sports) contributed with 14 points and 7 assists for the winners. American guard David Hawkins (194-82, college: Temple) answered with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and British forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Besiktas. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Hacettepe Univ. maintains eleventh place with 5-6 record. Besiktas at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. They share it with Fener.Ulker and Banvit BK. Hacettepe Univ.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Ankara to the arena Turk Telekom.
Top scorers:
Besiktas: D.Hawkins 17+5reb+7ast, P.Mensah-Bonsu 17+8reb+2ast, S.Cetin 16+1reb+4ast, Z.Erceg 13+3reb+3ast, F.Can Akin 10+3reb+1ast, E.Dagli 5+8reb
Hacettepe Univ.: R.Marsh 23+4reb, S.Collins 17+1reb+2ast, R.Murat Kaya 14+3reb+7ast, H.Besok 12+4reb, M.Sanders 12+10reb+1ast, M.Bryan-Amaning 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 134367


Tofas - Antalya 90-73

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Tofas (6-5) beat 14th ranked Antalya (1-10) in Bursa 90-73. Antalya was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 50-31 second half run of Tofas. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Antalya's 34. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Antalya's players. The best player for the winners was American forward Bradley Buckman (203-84, college: Texas) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). His fellow American import swingman Austin Nichols (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) chipped in 15 points and 6 assists. point guard Goekper Gen (189-89) produced 14 points and American forward Kedrick Brown (201-81, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tofas moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Antalya at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Tofas' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Bandirma Kir. (#16) in Balikesir and are hoping to win another game. Antalya will play at home against Trabzonspor and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antalya: G.Gen 14+3reb, S.Jelovac 12+3reb, R.Basak 11, K.Brown 11+2reb+3ast, B.Pacun 7+4reb, M.Mahmutoglu 6+1ast
Tofas: J.Zuza 18+3reb+4ast, B.Buckman 17+6reb+4ast, A.Nichols 15+4reb+6ast, R.Steele 10+5ast, B.Ozcan 9, T.Ruzic 8+1reb
gschID: 134368


Galatasaray - Turk Telekom 82-75

Very expected game when 7th ranked Turk Telekom (6-5) lost to second ranked Galatasaray (9-2) in Istanbul 75-82. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-14 Turk Telekom's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-75 at the end of the game. Galatasaray players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-84, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 13 points and 7 assists. International forward Furkan Aldemir (207-91, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 8 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Ali Karadeniz (203-80, college: Arizona) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Muratcan Guler (192-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the guests. Four Turk Telekom players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Galatasaray maintains second place with 9-2 record behind leader Anadolu Efes. Turk Telekom at the other side dropped to the sixth position with five games lost. Galatasaray's next round opponent will be Fenerbahce Ulker (#4) in Istanbul. Turk Telekom's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Ankara Hacettepe Univ..
Top scorers:
Turk Telekom: A.Karadeniz 19+8reb, A.Capin 15+3reb+3ast, M.Guler 13+7reb+5ast, K.Kambala 10+1reb+1ast, B.Yarangume 5+2reb+2ast, C.Altay 4+2reb+1ast
Galatasaray: D.Songaila 16+1reb+2ast, J.Lukas Gordon 13+4reb+7ast, P.Shumpert 11+4reb+2ast, T.Acik 9+1reb+2ast, J.Shipp 9+3reb+3ast, H.Koeksal 9+6reb+5ast
gschID: 134369


Aliaga - Erdemir 72-74

A very interesting game took place in Aliaga. It ended with only two-point home defeat of higher ranked Aliaga (6-5) to tenth ranked Erdemir (6-5) 74-72 in the fight for the sixth place. Aliaga was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 24-14 third quarter run of Erdemir. The best player for the winners was American power forward KZell Wesson (201-77, college: La Salle) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Soner Senturk (194-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Erdemir's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international forward Ersin Goerkem (195-77) produced 13 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Hakan Koseoglu (188-81) added 12 points and 7 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Erdemir moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Aliaga. Erdemir's next round opponent will be Olin Edirne (#12) at home which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Aliaga: O.Haciyeva 13+2reb, E.Goerkem 13+5reb+2ast, U.Sonkol 12+3reb+1ast, H.Koseoglu 12+1reb+7ast, B.Qvale 8+5reb+1ast, R.Toolson 5+2reb+2ast
Erdemir: K.Wesson 17+11reb+1ast, Y.Cankaya 14+1reb+3ast, G.Henderson 12+4reb+2ast, S.Senturk 12+3reb+4ast, A.Robinson 9+5reb+2ast, M.Akpinar 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134362


Anadolu Efes - Bandirma Kir. 80-56

TBL top team - Anadolu Efes (10-1) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed sixteenth ranked Bandirma Kir. (0-11) in Istanbul 80-56. The game without a history. Anadolu Efes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Anadolu Efes forced 22 Bandirma Kir. turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Bandirma Kir.'s players. It was a quality performance for Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-83, agency: Beo Basket) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Kerem Tunceri (190-79) accounted for 6 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Anadolu Efes' coach Ufuk Sarica felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American center Gary McGhee (208-88, college: Pittsburgh) came up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import power forward Paul Miller (208-82, college: Wichita St.) added 10 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Bandirma Kir. in the defeat. The victory was the third consecutive win for Anadolu Efes. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Bandirma Kir. lost their eleventh game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with 11 games lost. Anadolu Efes will meet Besiktas (#5) in the next round. Bandirma Kir. will play against Tofas (#9) in Bursa and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bandirma Kir.: I.Yildirim 11+3reb+1ast, G.McGhee 10+11reb+2ast, P.Miller 10+9reb, S.Edge 7+1reb+2ast, A.Cantitiz 7+4reb+3ast, C.Sekeroglu 6+2reb+1ast
Anadolu Efes: D.Savanovic 20+9reb+2ast, O.Gokhan 11+3reb+1ast, C.Akyol 10+3reb+2ast, S.Barac 8+1ast, S.Guler 7+2reb+2ast, K.Tunceri 6+1reb+9ast
gschID: 134363


Olin Edirne - Mersin 86-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when thirteenth ranked Olin Edirne (4-7) won against at home 12th ranked Mersin (4-7) 86-81. Mersin was ahead by 4 points after three quarters before a 32-23 charge of Olin Edirne, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Chris Wright (185-89, college: Georgetown) who scored 16 points and 9 assists. Serbian center Vladimir Stimac (209-87, agency: Interperformances) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Olin Edirne players scored in double figures. American swingman Vincent Grier (195-83, college: Minnesota, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) added 20 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Olin Edirne moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Mersin. Olin Edirne's next round opponent will be higher ranked Erdemir (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Mersin: V.Grier 21+8reb+1ast, A.Grundy 20+3reb+4ast, A.Pars 11+4reb+5ast, J.Mays 8+5reb+1ast, I.Azizmahmutogullari 7+3reb+1ast, B.Guney 6+2reb+2ast
Olin Edirne: P.Kocaoglu 19+4reb, F.Videnov 16+6reb+2ast, C.Wright 16+1reb+9ast, V.Stimac 12+10reb+2ast, R.Oz 8+1reb+1ast, M.Abi 8+1reb+4ast
gschID: 134364


Banvit BK - Fener.Ulker 70-66

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Fenerbahce Ulker (8-3) against fifth ranked Banvit BK (8-3) on Sunday night. Visiting Fenerbahce Ulker was defeated by Banvit BK in a tough game in Balikesir 66-70. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Fenerbahce Ulker. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 19-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. Banvit BK brought some defensive toughness making 11 blocks. Fenerbahce Ulker was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Azerbaijan forward Charles Davis (202-84, college: Alabama) who led his team to a victory scoring 16 points. The former international guard Baris Ermis (194-85) helped adding 5 points and 11 assists. Banvit BK's coach Orhun Ene allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Croatian guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-84) responded with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Kaya Peker (207-80, agency: Court Side) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Banvit BK have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Fener.Ulker and Besiktas. Banvit BK will play against Mersin (#13) in Akdeniz in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fenerbahce Ulker will play at home against the league's second-placed Galatasaray (#2) in Istanbul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fener.Ulker: R.Ukic 15+5reb+4ast, B.Bogdanovic 12+2reb+2ast, J.Gist 9+2reb+1ast, K.Peker 9+8reb+1ast, H.Demirel 8+2ast, O.Savas 8+5reb+1ast
Banvit BK: C.Davis 16+3reb+2ast, L.Williams 14+1reb, S.Erdogan 10, K.Bajramovic 9+3reb+1ast, C.Hammonds 5+3reb+1ast, B.Ermis 5+4reb+11ast
gschID: 134365


Trabzonspor - Karsiyaka 69-88

Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Trabzonspor (1-10) was outscored at home by eighth ranked Karsiyaka (6-5) 88-69. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Karsiyaka's pressure prevailed and they won that period 29-17 extending their advantage to 19 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Trabzonspor's 28. Karsiyaka players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Trabzonspor's players. The best player for the winners was American guard Mire Chatman (187-78, college: UTPA, agency: Higher Vision Sports) who scored 26 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Serbian center Jovo Stanojevic (208-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds. Karsiyaka's coach Hakan Demir allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Elton Brown (206-83, college: Virginia) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St.) added 25 points respectively for the hosts. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Karsiyaka. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Trabzonspor lost their sixth game in a row. They dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Karsiyaka's next round opponent will be Aliaga (#6) at home. Trabzonspor will play against Antalya (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trabzonspor: J.Gibson 25+3reb, R.Robinson 17+4reb+1ast, E.Brown 14+16reb+2ast, P.Kaya 7+5reb+2ast, M.Salyers 4+2reb, S.Buker 2+1ast
Karsiyaka: M.Chatman 26+6reb+7ast, J.Stanojevic 12+12reb+3ast, A.Saruhan 9+1reb+3ast, A.Onur Kentli 8+3reb, G.Ikonic 8+2reb+2ast, A.Ali Erdogan 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 134366




Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
 1. Genc Telekom 13-3 
 2. Gaziantep 12-4 
 3. Selcuk Univ. 12-4 
 4. Optimum TED 11-5 
 5. Final Genclik 11-5 
 6. Akhisar Bld 11-5 
 7. Maliye Milli 11-5 
 8. Darussafaka 9-7 
 9. Vestel 9-7 
 10. Pamukkale 8-8 
 11. Pertevniyal 7-9 
 12. Istanbul B.B. 7-9 
 13. Tire Gucu 7-9 
 14. Gelisim 6-10 
 15. Balikesir 6-10 
 16. Istanbulspor 5-11 
 17. Baskent Genclik 5-11 
 18. Usak 4-12 
 19. Orman Genc 4-12 
 20. TED Istanbul 2-14 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Deron WILLIAMS
  Besiktas
  (191-PG-84)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Williams, Besiktas19.7 
 2. Grundy, Mersin19.6 
 3. Gibson, Trabzonspor19.3 
 4. Washington, Turk T.18.4 
 5. Kemp, Besiktas18.4 
 6. Chatman, Karsiyaka18.1 
 7. Marsh, Hacettep.17.2 
 8. Karadeniz, Turk T.16.9 
 9. Toolson, Aliaga16.3 
 10. Buckman, Tofas15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elton BROWN
  Trabzonspor
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Brown, Trabzonspor12.4 
 2. Stimac, Olin Edirne10.3 
 3. Sanders, Hacett.9.2 
 4. Okur, Turk Telekom8.2 
 5. Wesson, Erdemir7.9 
 6. Sonkol, Aliaga7.8 
 7. Stanojevic, Karsi.7.4 
 8. McGhee, Bandirma.7.4 
 9. Buckman, Tofas7.2 
 10. Miller, Bandirma7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Baris ERMIS
  Banvit BK
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Ermis, Banvit BK7.0 
 2. Williams, Besiktas6.4 
 3. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.3 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.3 
 5. Washington, Turk T.5.7 
 6. Tunceri, Anadolu5.1 
 7. Wright, Olin Edirne4.8 
 8. Steele, Tofas4.7 
 9. Senturk, Erdemir4.7 
 10. Gordon, Galatasar.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Vincent GRIER
  Mersin
  (195-G/F-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Grier, Mersin2.1 
 2. Ermis, Banvit BK2.1 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka1.9 
 4. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.8 
 5. Kinsey, Anadolu1.8 
 6. Vujacic, Anadolu1.6 
 7. Grundy, Mersin1.5 
 8. Simmons, Banvit BK1.5 
 9. Sanders, Hacett.1.5 
 10. Hawkins, Besiktas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Matthew BRYAN-AMANING
  Hacett.
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Bryan-A., Hacett.1.5 
 2. Qvale, Aliaga1.2 
 3. Erden, Besiktas1.2 
 4. Yucel, Turk T.1.0 
 5. Davis, Banvit BK1.0 
 6. Gist, Fener.Ulker0.9 
 7. Aldemir, Galatasar.0.9 
 8. Turkyilmaz, Banvit0.9 
 9. Koc, Tofas0.8 
 10. Karaman, Karsiyaka0.8 


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Duncan by the numbers - by David Edole
Tim Duncan (208-C/F-76, college: Wake Forest) says he wants to keep playing, but his 15th season with the Spurs will be the final year of his existing contract.

Just in case he hangs up the Spurs jersey, either through injury, retirement or by doing something crazy such as joining the Miami Heat, Express-News staff writer Douglas Pils takes a look at some of his Hall of Fame credentials, his numbers and where they rank.

1 Rookie of the Year (1997-98) and All-Star Game MVP (2000)

2 League MVPs (2001-02, 2002-03)

3 NBA Finals MVPs (1999, 2003, 2005)

4 NBA championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)

8 First-team NBA All-Defensive Team honors among his 13 overall

9 First-team All-NBA honors among his 13 overall

13 All-Star Games, 12 as a starter

93.4 Percentage of regular-season games hes played. Hes missed just 63 games in 14 seasons. To compare, teammates Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are at 85.7 and 91 percent in their careers; Chauncey Billups, taken two picks after Duncan in 1997, is at 88 percent; and Shaquille ONeal was at 84.2 in his first 14 seasons.

1,053 Games, 74th in NBA history

2,381 Blocks, ninth in NBA history. Little chance of moving up this season since hes 161 behind Tree Rollins, whos at No. 8.

3,296 Assists, 143rd in NBA history, 3.1 per-game average. Other big men: Wilt Chamberlain 4.4, Chris Webber 4.2, Alvan Adams 4.1, Charles Barkley 3.9, Wes Unseld 3.9, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3.6, Karl Malone 3.6, Jack Sikma 3.2, Vlade Divac 3.1.

7,161 Free-throw attempts, 23rd in NBA history. Maligned at times for his performance at the line career 68.8 percent shooter his 4,925 free-throw makes still rank at No. 31.

12,013 Rebounds, 21st in NBA history. Only eight have more defensive rebounds (8,831), and he will pass Patrick Ewing and ONeal with 60 more on defense.

21,663 Points, 28th in NBA history. He should pass Larry Bird and Gary Payton soon, and with 533 points he would move ahead of Clyde Drexler.
by Douglas Pils





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Women News

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  BRAZIL - Women  


Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Acucar 3-0 
 2. Americana 2-0 
 3. Ourinhos 2-1 
 4. Santo Andre 2-2 
 5. Sao Jose 1-1 
 6. Vasto Verde 1-1 
 7. Maranho 0-0 
 8. Aracatuba 0-3 
 9. Sao Caetano 0-3 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Fernanda BIBIANO
  Basquete.
  (193-C-85)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bibiano, Basquete.20.3 
 2. Gattei, Poty/Acuc.17.0 
 3. Crepaldi, Basque.16.7 
 4. De Oliviera, Sao J.14.5 
 5. Justino, Poty/Acu.14.3 
 6. Silvestre, Santo A.14.3 
 7. Santos, Ourinhos14.0 
 8. de Sousa, Blumenau14.0 
 9. Gustavo, Americana13.5 
 10. de Souza, Ourinh.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alessandra DE OLIVIERA
  Sao J.
  (201-C-73)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. De Oliviera, Sao J.13.5 
 2. Bibiano, Basquete.13.0 
 3. Nascimento, Basqu.12.0 
 4. Ferreira, Sao C.10.7 
 5. Irvin, Americana10.0 
 6. Da Silva, Poty/Acu.9.7 
 7. Dos Santos, Ameri.9.0 
 8. Da Silva Nas., Sao8.7 
 9. Santos, Ourinhos8.3 
 10. da Silva, Blumenau8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joice DE SOUZA
  Ourinhos
  (174-G-86)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. de Souza, Ourinhos5.7 
 2. Santos, Ourinhos5.3 
 3. De Andrade, Sao J.5.0 
 4. Martins, Americana4.0 
 5. Gattei, Poty/Acuc.3.7 
 6. Oliveira, Poty/Acu.3.7 
 7. Gustavo, Americana3.5 
 8. Generoso, Ameri.3.0 
 9. Felippus, Americana3.0 
 10. da Silva, Blumenau3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patricia RIBEIRO
  Sao Jose
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ribeiro, Sao Jose3.0 
 2. Martins, Americana3.0 
 3. Martins, Santo A.2.8 
 4. Santos, Sao Caeta.2.7 
 5. Camargo, Blumenau2.5 
 6. de Souza, Ourinhos2.3 
 7. Conceicao, Ourinhos2.3 
 8. de Sousa, Blumenau2.0 
 9. Dos Santos, Ameri.2.0 
 10. Nascimento, Sao2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Isis NASCIMENTO
  Basque.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Nascimento, Basqu.2.3 
 2. Gomes, Santo Andre2.0 
 3. Ferreira, Sao C.1.7 
 4. Garvao, Santo And.1.5 
 5. Ribeiro, Sao Jose1.0 
 6. Simoes, Sao Jose1.0 
 7. Da Silva Nas., Sao1.0 
 8. Nascimento, Sao J.1.0 
 9. Oliveira, Poty/Acu.0.7 
 10. De Oliviera, Sao0.5 


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  CHINA - Women  


WCBA Round 15: Shanghai Octopus are upset by Guangdong Dolphins - by Eurobasket News
The game between second ranked Shanghai Octopus (10-5) and sixth ranked Guangdong Dolphins (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Shanghai Octopus were defeated by Guangdong Dolphins in Shanghai 81-68. The game was mostly controlled by Guangdong Dolphins. Shanghai Octopus managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Swin Cash (187-79, college: Connecticut, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. International center Wei Wei (207-89) chipped in 25 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds. Guangdong Dolphins maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. Shanghai Octopus at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Liaoning and Jiangsu. Guangdong Dolphins are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#3) in Yixing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Octopus will play at home against Qujing Yunnan and are hoping to win this game.
Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Shandong (2-13) 92-76 in Dandong. It was a good game for international center Dan Liu (194-87) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. LiJie Miao contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for Shandong. Shenyang Golden Lions (13-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shandong lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions will play against league's second-placed Beijing Great Wall on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shandong will play against Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Yixing. Local Jiangsu Phoenix (10-5) outscored 12th ranked Henan Elephants (1-14) 94-74 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of ShanShan Li who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Jiangsu Phoenix's coach Tie Ding used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Jie Sun with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning and Shanghai. Henan Elephants lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will meet Guangdong Dolphins (#6) in the next round. Henan Elephants will play against Zhejiang Far East (#8) in Hangzhou.

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Zhejiang was defeated by Heilongjiang in Harbin 91-79. Yunnan was beaten by Beijing at home 61-77. Bayi lost to Liaoning on the opponent's court 73-83.



Heilongjiang - Zhejiang 91-79

Everything could happen in Harbin at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng and 8th ranked Zhejiang Far East had identical 7-7 record. This time Heilongjiang Chenneng used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hangzhou 91-79 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 51-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Heilongjiang Chenneng made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Zhejiang Far East turnovers. It was a great evening for the former international swingman YanYan Ji (182-85) who led her team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). American center Rashidat Junaid (193-87, college: Rutgers) helped adding 18 points and 10 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Heilongjiang Chenneng players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American center Katie Mattera (202-82, college: Liberty) with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and guard Binbin Shen (174-89) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Heilongjiang Chenneng maintains seventh place with 8-7 record. Zhejiang Far East lost their third game in a row. They keep the eighth position with eight games lost. Heilongjiang Chenneng will meet at home Bayi Kylin (#10) in the next round. Zhejiang Far East will play against Henan Elephants in Jiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Heilongjiang: J.YanYan 34+5reb+3ast, J.Rashidat 18+10reb+1ast, G.Song 15+6reb+5ast, Z.He 13+1reb+5ast, Z.Yongfu 9+4ast, W.Dan 2
Zhejiang: M.Katie 24+10reb+1ast, S.Binbin 18+4reb+4ast, W.YanLan 9+2reb+2ast, S.Yi 9+4reb+3ast, D.Xue-Mei 6+1reb, G.Jun 5+1reb
gschID: 156876


Shenyang - Shandong 92-76

Leader Shenyang Golden Lions delivered the thirteenth victory. This time they beat 11th ranked Shandong (2-13) 92-76 in Dandong. The game was mostly controlled by Shenyang Golden Lions. Shandong was better in fourth quarter 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Shandong 36-25 including 22 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Shenyang Golden Lions especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. It was a good game for international center Dan Liu (194-87) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. International guard LiJie Miao (180-81) contributed with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Five Shenyang Golden Lions players scored in double figures. American center Chante Black (196-85, college: Duke) answered with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and the former international power forward Xiao Ji (193-85) added 23 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Shandong. Shenyang Golden Lions (13-2) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. They maintain first place. Shandong lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eleventh position with 13 games lost. Shenyang Golden Lions will play against league's second-placed Beijing Great Wall on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shandong will play against Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shenyang: M.LiJie 21+5reb+5ast, S.Zhao 17+3reb+5ast, S.Liwei 15+3reb+1ast, L.Dan 15+15reb+2ast, Z.Han Lan 13+4reb+6ast, Y.Fang 5
Shandong: B.Chante 29+14reb+2ast, J.Xiao 23+7reb+1ast, X.JiaWei 9+1reb+2ast, Y.Jie 7+2reb+6ast, L.Shuo 6, S.YingYing 2+1reb
gschID: 156877


Yunnan - Beijing 61-77

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Beijing Great Wall (11-4) defeated on the road 9th ranked Qujing Yunnan (6-9) 77-61 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Beijing Great Wall. Qujing Yunnan managed to win second period 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Great Wall forced 19 Qujing Yunnan turnovers. It was a great evening for international forward Fan Zhang (188-84) who led her team to a victory scoring 25 points. Forward Yu Zhang (184-86) helped adding 10 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American center Lindsay Taylor (203-81, college: UCSB) with 22 points and 9 rebounds and forward Lin Zhu (180-88) scored 23 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Beijing Great Wall. They moved-up to second place. Loser Qujing Yunnan keeps the ninth position with nine games lost. Beijing Great Wall will meet at home league's leader Shenyang Golden Lions in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Qujing Yunnan will play against Shanghai Octopus (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing: Z.Fan 25+3reb+1ast, K.Yeong-Ok 13+1reb+3ast, Z.Yu 10+5reb+2ast, A.Nicky 9+6reb+2ast, Z.Honghua 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Lin 6+8reb
Yunnan: Z.Lin 23+3reb+2ast, T.Lindsay 22+9reb, Z.Huan 9+3reb+1ast, L.XiaoLei 5+7reb+5ast, C.Betty 1+1ast, D.ChuanXing 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156878


Jiangsu - Henan 94-74

The game with biggest result difference took place in Yixing. Local Jiangsu Phoenix (10-5) outscored 12th ranked Henan Elephants (1-14) 94-74 on Saturday night. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Jiangsu Phoenix dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Henan Elephants' 36. Worth to mention a quality performance of guard ShanShan Li (177-87) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. International point guard Xiaojia Chen (177-88) helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. Five Jiangsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Jiangsu Phoenix's coach Tie Ding used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was swingman Jie Sun (183-91) with 23 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Jing Wang (188-84) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Jiangsu Phoenix moved-up to third place, which they share with Liaoning and Shanghai. Henan Elephants lost their tenth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Jiangsu Phoenix will meet Guangdong Dolphins (#6) in the next round. Henan Elephants will play against Zhejiang Far East (#8) in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu: L.ShanShan 26+7reb+3ast, C.Xiaojia 22+2reb+4ast, J.Amy 15+10reb+1ast, N.Xu 11+8reb+3ast, X.Hou 11+3reb, H.Huan 4+3reb+2ast
Henan: S.Jie 23+6reb+1ast, W.Jing 12+5reb+2ast, S.Dominic 12+1reb, X.Xin 8+5reb+6ast, L.Yunyun 7+3reb, Z.LiJun 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 156873


Liaoning - Bayi 83-73

Very expected game in Anshan where 10th ranked Bayi Kylin (3-12) was defeated by fifth ranked Liaoning Hengye (10-5) 83-73 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Liaoning Hengye. Bayi Kylin managed to win second period 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Liaoning Hengye shot 62.3 percent from the field. It was a great evening for American center Ruth Riley (196-79, college: Notre Dame) who led her team to a victory scoring 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International forward Zengyu Ma (183-84) helped adding 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Liaoning Hengye players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international center Nan Chen (197-83) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and the former international center Lisha Chen (195-82) scored 12 points (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Liaoning Hengye. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Jiangsu and Shanghai. Loser Bayi Kylin keeps the tenth position with 12 games lost. Liaoning Hengye will meet at home Shandong (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Bayi Kylin will play against Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liaoning: M.Zengyu 18+3reb+3ast, R.Ruth 17+9reb+3ast, Y.BanBan 12+2reb+3ast, Z.Yu 10+1reb, C.Feng 9+6reb+1ast, W.TingTing 6
Bayi: C.Nan 17+5reb, S.Xiaoyun 12+1reb, C.Lisha 12+2reb+3ast, W.Xue 8+1ast, W.Lu 8+5reb+1ast, H.Qiulou 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 156874


Shanghai - Guangdong 68-81

The game between second ranked Shanghai Octopus (10-5) and sixth ranked Guangdong Dolphins (9-6) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Shanghai Octopus were defeated by Guangdong Dolphins in Shanghai 81-68. The game was mostly controlled by Guangdong Dolphins. Shanghai Octopus managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American forward Swin Cash (187-79, college: Connecticut, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. International center Wei Wei (207-89) chipped in 25 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Camille Little (188-85, college: N.Carolina) who recorded a double-double by scoring 31 points and 16 rebounds and point guard Xiufeng Shi (178-87) added 16 points respectively. Guangdong Dolphins maintains sixth place with 9-6 record. Shanghai Octopus at the other side dropped to the third position with five games lost. They share it with Liaoning and Jiangsu. Guangdong Dolphins are looking forward to face higher ranked Jiangsu Phoenix (#3) in Yixing in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Octopus will play at home against Qujing Yunnan and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Guangdong: W.Wei 25+4reb+1ast, C.Swin 22+9reb, Q.Siyue 13+3reb+3ast, G.Xin 9+2reb+3ast, D.Yuan 6+6reb+5ast, H.Hongpin 6+5reb
Shanghai: L.Camille 31+16reb+2ast, S.Xiufeng 16+1reb, J.Lan 10+1reb+1ast, H.Jing 9+2reb, Z.Xuewei 2, Z.Ni 0+1ast
gschID: 156875




Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang 13-2 
 2. Beijing 11-4 
 3. Jiangsu 10-5 
 4. Shanghai 10-5 
 5. Liaoning 10-5 
 6. Guangdong 9-6 
 7. Heilongjiang 8-7 
 8. Zhejiang 7-8 
 9. Yunnan 6-9 
 10. Bayi 3-12 
 11. Shandong 2-13 
 12. Henan 1-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Camille LITTLE
  Shanghai
  (188-F/G-85)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. Little, Shanghai28.1 
 2. Ji, Heilongjiang25.9 
 3. Miao, Shenyang25.1 
 4. Ji, Shandong24.6 
 5. Camille, Shanghai24.4 
 6. Taylor, Yunnan24.3 
 7. Mattera, Zhejiang23.3 
 8. Bian, Zhejiang22.0 
 9. Cash, Guangdong19.7 
 10. Junaid, Heilongji.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katie MATTERA
  Zhejiang
  (202-C-82)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Mattera, Zhejiang14.6 
 2. Black, Shandong13.0 
 3. Junaid, Heilongjia.12.9 
 4. Little, Shanghai12.3 
 5. Ruili, Liaoning11.9 
 6. Cash, Guangdong10.8 
 7. Taylor, Yunnan9.9 
 8. Jaeschke, Jiangsu9.7 
 9. Anosike, Beijing8.8 
 10. Camille, Shanghai8.5 
Assists Per Game
 LiJie MIAO
  Shenyang
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Miao, Shenyang5.3 
 2. Bian, Zhejiang5.2 
 3. Chen, Jiangsu5.0 
 4. Ji, Heilongjiang4.3 
 5. Wang, Shanghai3.9 
 6. Cash, Guangdong3.5 
 7. Kim, Beijing3.2 
 8. Wen, Bayi3.1 
 9. Shuang, Shenyang3.0 
 10. Ding, Guangdong3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Zhao SHUANG
  Shenyang
  (188-F-90)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Shuang, Shenyang3.4 
 2. Wang, Shanghai3.0 
 3. Camille, Shanghai2.9 
 4. Miao, Shenyang2.5 
 5. Anosike, Beijing2.5 
 6. Rosigi, Henan2.4 
 7. Liu, Yunnan2.4 
 8. Bian, Zhejiang2.3 
 9. Zhang, Beijing2.2 
 10. Li, Jiangsu2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Lindsay TAYLOR
  Yunnan
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Taylor, Yunnan2.7 
 2. Ruili, Liaoning2.6 
 3. Cash, Guangdong1.6 
 4. Mattera, Zhejiang1.6 
 5. Anosike, Beijing1.5 
 6. Black, Shandong1.5 
 7. Wei, Guangdong1.3 
 8. Junaid, Heilongjia.1.1 
 9. Jaeschke, Jiangsu1.0 
 10. Camille, Shanghai0.9 


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Bettonvil and de Kleijn leave CTO Amsterdam - by Bas Hendriks
Dutch international players Jill Bettonvil (188-F-92) and Marlou De Kleijn (182-F-92) leave their team CTO for Spain. The Dutch forwards who both made the seniorsteam last year while still eligible for the youth squad will join Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza for three months.
Palacio de Congresos de Ibiza is currently in the last seed in Spain but they will add the Dutch youngstars with an idea. De Kleijn is an all around forward who could easily play the 2 spot having a very sweet stroke from outside. Bettonvil, who is in only her 5th year of organised basketball has excellent footwork and is a decent shooter too but will play both insides positions for her new team.

The Dutch rookies in Spain will face two fellow Dutchies as on jan 21th they will face Leonie Kooij who is with Real Club Celta Vigo Urban. The other Dutch lady on the highest level is Kourtney Treffers from Rivas Ecopolis who will be meeting her fellow teammates from Dutch national team on feb 18.



Dutch Worldcup for its first showing - by Bas Hendriks
The Dutch federation will host the 2012 U17 Worldcup in Amsterdam next year. The hosts are working meticously on their preparation and have been preparing their team for almost two years now. The roster is more and more finding it's form as the national federation announced the roster for the big tournament in Belgium this week where they will face the Belgium and English counterparts.

National headcoach Meindert van Veen will guide the team that consists of : Elske Heerschop,Dilara Keserlioglu and Emese Hof from UBall Utrecht, Lisanne de Jonge (181-F-95) from Lekdetec.nl/Batouwe, Fleur Kuijt and Kinou Kanbier from STOL Grasshoppers, Lanette Kempers from BV Hoofddorp, Pien Nijhuis and Anke RIkhof from Eurosped Twente, Isabella Slim and Brit Zappeij from CTO Amsterdam and Janiek van Veen from den Helder.

On the first day of the tournament the Dutch squad will face Bratislava, Dutch team STOL Grasshoppers and te national team from England. The schedule after that is up for planning and depending off the results.



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  INDIA - Women  


Indian Railways celebrate National Championship title - by Eurobasket News
Indian Railways - Chattisgarh 94:70

Indian Railways claimed the National Championship title. They overcame ambitious Chattisgarh in the title game. Anna Jose Geethu (185-C-85) came up with 31 points to pace the winners. The victory marked the ninth straight title for Indian Railways. The game was a close fixture throughout three quarters. But experienced Railways pulled away in the final frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Anitha Pauldurai accounted for 19 points. Anju Lakra (160-G-83) netted 14 points in the victory. Deepa answered with 20 points for Chattisgarh. Kavita Singh and Seema Singh (176-F-83) had 17 points each in the loss.
Tamil Nadu finished in the third position. They shot down Delhi 68:45 for the Bronze. Shyamala Jothi accounted for 20 points in the win.



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 18-3
 2. Winnus 13-8
 3. Bichumi 12-9
 4. KB Stars 9-12
 5. Cool Cats 7-14
 6. Woori Hansae 4-17


Bichumi is upset by Woori Hansae - by Eurobasket News
The game between third ranked Bichumi (13-8) and sixth ranked Woori Hansae (3-18) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Bichumi was defeated by Woori Hansae in a tough game in Chuncheon 56-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bichumi. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bichumi won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Woori Hansae made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Woori Hansae had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Ji-Hee Yang (186-84) who scored 9 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Kwe-Ryong Kim (192-79) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds. Woori Hansae maintains sixth place with 3-18 record. Bichumi at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Winnus. Woori Hansae are looking forward to face league's second-placed Winnus in Guri in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bichumi will play at home against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An exciting game was played in Seoul. Second ranked Winnus faced 4th placed KB Stars. Guests from Guri (13-8) defeated host KB Stars (9-12) 68-61. It was a good game for the former international guard Kyung-Eun Lee (176-87) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists. Jung Ja Sin contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. International forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for KB Stars. Winnus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-8 record having five points less than leader S-Birds, which they share with Bichumi. KB Stars lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Winnus will play against bottom-ranked Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon in the next round. KB Stars will play on the road against Bichumi in Yongin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader S-Birds delivered the eighteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Cool Cats (7-14) 81-66 in Anshan. Young-Suk Kang stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The best for the losing side was Jung-Eun Kim with 23 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. S-Birds (18-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Cool Cats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. S-Birds will again meet Cool Cats (#5) in the next round. Cool Cats will have a break next round.

The best stats of 21th round was 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals by Youn-Ah Choi of S-Birds.



KB Stars - Winnus 61-68

An exciting game was played in Seoul. Second ranked Winnus faced 4th placed KB Stars. Guests from Guri (13-8) defeated host KB Stars (9-12) 68-61. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KB Stars won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international guard Kyung-Eun Lee (176-87) who led her team to a victory with 21 points and 4 assists. International power forward Jung Ja Sin (185-80) contributed with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Winnus players scored in double figures. International forward Yeon-Ha Beon (180-80) answered with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and international center Sun-Min Jung (185-74) added 19 points in the effort for KB Stars. Winnus have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain second place with 13-8 record having five points less than leader S-Birds, which they share with Bichumi. KB Stars lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with 12 games lost. Winnus will play against bottom-ranked Woori Hansae (#6) in Chuncheon in the next round. KB Stars will play on the road against Bichumi in Yongin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Winnus: K.Lee 21+4reb+4ast, C.Han 16+4reb, E.Joo Cho 10+2reb+2ast, J.Ja Sin 10+6reb+6ast, B.Kim 7+2reb, J.Kwak 2+6reb
KB Stars: Y.Beon 20+5reb+7ast, S.Jung 19+1reb+3ast, S.Park 8+2reb+2ast, S.Jung 7+10reb+1ast, A.Kang 5+3reb+2ast, S.Kim 2+3reb
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Woori Hansae - Bichumi 61-56

The game between third ranked Bichumi (13-8) and sixth ranked Woori Hansae (3-18) was the most important one in the last round on Saturday night. Bichumi was defeated by Woori Hansae in a tough game in Chuncheon 56-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Bichumi. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Bichumi won fourth quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Woori Hansae made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Woori Hansae had a 30-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center Ji-Hee Yang (186-84) who scored 9 points and 14 rebounds. The former international forward Hye-Yoon Bae (182-89) chipped in 13 points and 9 rebounds. Four Woori Hansae players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was international center Kwe-Ryong Kim (192-79) who recorded 20 points and 9 rebounds and international swingman Kimberly Roberson (178-86, college: Indiana) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Woori Hansae maintains sixth place with 3-18 record. Bichumi at the other side dropped to the second position with eight games lost. They share it with Winnus. Woori Hansae are looking forward to face league's second-placed Winnus in Guri in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bichumi will play at home against KB Stars in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Woori Hansae: H.Bae 13+9reb+2ast, A.Go 13+8reb+2ast, S.Ji 11+5reb+1ast, Y.Lim 11+3reb+2ast, J.Yang 9+14reb+2ast, E.Lee 4
Bichumi: K.Kim 20+9reb+2ast, K.Roberson 12+6reb+2ast, J.Park 10+7reb+2ast, S.Lee 7+5reb, T.Park 7+1reb+2ast, G.Jeon 0
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S-Birds - Cool Cats 81-66

Leader S-Birds delivered the eighteenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 5th ranked Cool Cats (7-14) 81-66 in Anshan. The game without a history. S-Birds led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international center Young-Suk Kang (187-81) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and the former international guard Youn-Ah Choi (170-85) chipped in 18 points, 8 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Four S-Birds players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Jung-Eun Kim (180-87) with 23 points and 7 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and center Yun-Ha Heo (183-79) scored 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. S-Birds (18-3) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place. Cool Cats lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fifth position with 14 games lost. S-Birds will again meet Cool Cats (#5) in the next round. Cool Cats will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
S-Birds: Y.Kim 21+2reb+1ast, Y.Choi 18+4reb+8ast, Y.Kang 16+11reb+4ast, E.Ha 15+2reb, Y.Lee 5+3reb+4ast, H.Choi 4
Cool Cats: J.Kim 23+2reb+7ast, Y.Heo 21+3reb+3ast, J.Gang 15+7reb, J.Kim 4+3reb+9ast, B.Kim 2+2reb+2ast, H.Park 1+2reb
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WKBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jung-Eun KIM
  Cool Cats
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Kim, Cool Cats19.7 
 2. Kang, S-Birds16.2 
 3. Jung, KB Stars16.1 
 4. Cho, Winnus14.8 
 5. Kim, Cool Cats14.7 
 6. Han, Winnus14.3 
 7. Lee, S-Birds14.3 
 8. Kim, S-Birds14.0 
 9. Lim, Woori Hansae13.9 
 10. Sin, Winnus13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Sin, Winnus12.9 
 2. Heo, Cool Cats9.2 
 3. Kang, S-Birds8.3 
 4. Jung, KB Stars6.8 
 5. Bae, Woori Hansae6.6 
 6. Gang, Cool Cats6.5 
 7. Kim, S-Birds6.3 
 8. Kim, Bichumi6.3 
 9. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 10. Yang, Woori Hans.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats6.5 
 3. Choi, S-Birds6.1 
 4. Lee, Winnus4.7 
 5. Sin, Winnus4.2 
 6. Heo, Cool Cats4.0 
 7. Park, KB Stars3.8 
 8. Kim, S-Birds3.7 
 9. Kim, Cool Cats3.5 
 10. Park, Bichumi3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lee, Bichumi2.4 
 2. Han, Winnus1.9 
 3. Choi, S-Birds1.8 
 4. Roberson, Bichumi1.7 
 5. Lee, S-Birds1.7 
 6. Jung, KB Stars1.5 
 7. Beon, KB Stars1.2 
 8. Cho, Winnus1.1 
 9. Sin, Winnus1.0 
 10. Bae, Woori Hansae1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Jung, KB Stars1.8 
 2. Sin, Winnus1.3 
 3. Gang, Cool Cats1.3 
 4. Kim, S-Birds1.2 
 5. Kang, S-Birds1.1 
 6. Kim, Cool Cats1.0 
 7. Roberson, Bichumi0.7 
 8. Kim, Woori Hansae0.7 
 9. Bae, Woori Hansae0.7 
 10. Ha, S-Birds0.6