EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/3/2011

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  ACPBL   


Ring Ceremony highlights ACPBL opening weekend - by Gianni Pascucci
All thirteen teams will take to the hard wood this weekend (December 3 & 4) for opening weekend of the 2011-2012 Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) season. Below is a full listing of game information for the entire weekend.
Opening weekend will end @ 3pm on Sunday December 4th with the ACPBL Game of the Week which features ACPBL defending champion Chesapeake Tru Hope Trailblazers at home vs. their arch rival Beltway Bombers. This game will feature a pre-game championship ring ceremonial presentation, as the Trailblazers receive their 2010-2011 ACPBL championship rings presented by ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz and ACPBL ring sponsor chairman John Vrana of Team Ferrior.

Saturday December 3, 2011

GARDEN STATE REBELS @ THE ENTERPRISE
Game Time: 2:00pm
Location: A.W. Christy Center. 728 South 55th Street. Philadelphia, PA. 19143.

NORTH JERSEY PROS @ THE DESTROYERS
Game Time: 3:00pm
Location: Gustine Center. 4868 Ridge Avenue. Philadelphia, PA. 19129.

HUDSON VALLEY KINGZ @ BUFFALO WARRIORS
Game Time: 7:00pm
Location: Villa Maria College. 240 Pine Ridge Road. Buffalo, NY. 14225.

BAY AREA SHUCKERS @ BELTWAY BOMBERS
Game Time: 7:00pm
Location: Riverdale Baptist School. 1133 Largo Road. Upper Marlboro, MD. 20774.

MANHATTAN PRIDE @ HARTFORD LIGHTNING
Game Time: 7:00pm
Location: Sports & Medical Sciences Academy. 280 Huyshope Avenue. Hartford, CT.

TOMS RIVER SHOOTERS @ NEW YORK CITY 524
Game Time: 8:15pm
Location: Raymond P. Nash Athletic Center. 500 19th Street. Brooklyn, NY.

Sunday December 4, 2011

BELTWAY BOMBERS @ CHESAPEAKE TRU HOPE TRAILBLAZERS
Game Time: 3:00pm
Location: Atlantic Shores Christian High School. 1217 N. Centerville Turnpike. Chesapeake, VA. 23320.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Krka promote coach Sekulic, inks Abdul-Hamid - by Zeljko Zule
Krka's coach Nenad Trajkovic has officially stepped down and he looks set to continue to work in NBA League.The 50-year-old Trajkovic was yesterday dismissed after less than three months in charge. Trajkovic, who was hired in the summer, won Slovenian Supercupt and led Krka to a 2-7 record in Adriatic League and to a 2-1 record in EuroCup. He arrives from the NBA, where he was an assistant coach in charge of playerdevelopment at the Phoenix Suns. Trajkovic is immediatelly replaced by his assistant Aleksandar Sekulic Sekulic until he June 2013.

Krka already inked Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) for the remainder of season. He arrives from Hemofarm for whom he averaged 8.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.assists in EuroCup and 4.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Adriatic League last season.



Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 8-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 7-2 
 3. Partizan 7-2 
 4. Cedevita 7-2 
 5. Cibona 6-3 
 6. Buducnost 5-4 
 7. Hemofarm 4-5 
 8. KK Zagreb CO 4-5 
 9. Siroki WWin 4-5 
 10. Radnicki K. 3-6 
 11. Helios 2-7 
 12. Krka 2-7 
 13. Crvena Zvezda 2-7 
 14. Zlatorog 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 David SIMON
  Radnicki K.
  (207-C-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Simon, Radnicki K.19.9 
 2. Pilepic, Siroki W.17.8 
 3. Vucevic, Buducnost17.6 
 4. Panic, Zlatorog17.5 
 5. Scott, Radnicki K.16.6 
 6. Kasun, KK.15.7 
 7. Morrison, Crvena Z.15.5 
 8. Pavkovic, Radnicki15.5 
 9. Simon, KK.14.9 
 10. Pasalic, Helios14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris SAVOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Savovic, Hemofarm12.6 
 2. Vucevic, Buducnost10.0 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.7.4 
 4. Pasalic, Helios6.4 
 5. Kasun, KK.6.1 
 6. Pekovic, Partizan6.0 
 7. Collins, Siroki W.5.7 
 8. Pavic, Krka5.6 
 9. May, KK.5.6 
 10. Balazic, Krka5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  Radnicki K.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Pavkovic, Radnicki8.2 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki7.9 
 3. Farmar, Maccabi6.2 
 4. Stinson, Krka4.5 
 5. Mulaomerovic, KK Z.4.4 
 6. Draper, Cedevita4.4 
 7. Vujasinovic, Zlato.4.4 
 8. Papaloukas, Macca.4.3 
 9. Covic, Crvena Z.4.0 
 10. Simon, KK.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Yogev OHAYON
  Maccabi .
  (189-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ohayon, Maccabi2.1 
 2. Dragic, Krka2.1 
 3. Zubcic, Cibona2.0 
 4. Gay, Helios1.9 
 5. Lucic, Partizan1.9 
 6. Pilepic, Siroki W.1.8 
 7. Chase, Cibona1.8 
 8. Draper, Cedevita1.8 
 9. Papaloukas, Macca.1.8 
 10. Ramljak, Siroki W.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn JAMES
  Maccabi T-A
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. James, Maccabi T-A1.4 
 2. Ilic, Crvena Zvezda1.3 
 3. Simon, Radnicki K.1.3 
 4. Scott, Radnicki K.1.2 
 5. Vucevic, Buducnost1.1 
 6. Hendrix, Maccabi1.0 
 7. Owens, Cedevita0.9 
 8. Savovic, Hemofarm0.8 
 9. Pekovic, Partizan0.8 
 10. Pantic, Hemofarm0.7 


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  ARGENTINA   


Union Progresista tab Greg Dilligard - by Eurobasket News
Union Progresista bolstered their frontcourt. The team agreed on terms of contract with Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International). The forward will debut in Round 15 game against Asociacion Italiana. Greg Dilligard spent the previous season in Uruguay. He played for Club Atletico Olimpia. His stats read 14.1 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.9 blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.6 steals per appearance. Latinbasket.com named Greg Dilligard into All-Uruguay LUB 2nd Team. Previously the forward had spells with Sodertalje Kings in Sweden and Elgin Racers in IBL. Greg Dilligard graduated from Illinois State University back in 2007. He was named All-MVC Most Improved Player in 2006.

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  AUSTRALIA   


Aussies in the NCAA: Drmic and Hadziomerovic for Boise State - by Ian Moss
Half a world away from home, two Boise State mens basketball newcomers still have found comfort thanks to a long friendship.

Anthony Drmic (198-G/F-92) and Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92), freshmen players with the Broncos, played together on basketball teams in Australia and teamed up this summer on the U19 national team at the FIBA World Championships in Latvia.

Drmic (6-foot-6, 196 pounds) averaged 15.4 points per game and shot 68.3 percent and Hadziomerovic (6-4, 202) averaged 10.9 ppg. Their experience at the Australian Institute of Sport, their age (both are 19) and their experience with the national team gave them a leg up from their first week practicing at Boise State.

'The two Aussies are looking like they're a little more mature, in the basketball sense theyve just played more games,' BSU coach Leon Rice said. 'They're probably a little more advanced than some of the straight (from) high school guys.'

Despite being far from home, the duo has found the move to be fairly painless, thanks to their friendship and the fact the Broncos have a big crop of newcomers arriving with them.

'It definitely helps me, knowing Anthony is going through the same things,' Hadziomerovic said. 'On the court its great, but also just knowing Ive got him and hes got me, with class, finding someone to eat with, whatever.'

Used to playing a European style of basketball, both are strong shooters, but it was quickly evident that Division I basketball is a much different game.

'Even the first day, I realized everyone was more athletic and bigger,' Drmic said. 'I've adapted a bit already, but I think the experience playing over the summer has really helped out.'

Hadziomerovic will spend time at both guard positions, and should present some challenges for opposing defenses with his size. Drmic will be a versatile wing, who fellow freshman guard Joe Hanstad said 'is really good, he can play multiple positions and can really shoot.'

'They've got a tremendous feel for the game,' Coach Rice said. 'There's certain things you don't have to teach them that they already just know.'

(Article by Dave Southorn, www.IdahoPress.com)

Current Boise State University statistics as of December 2nd, 2011:

2011-12 Season Record: 5-1

Player averages:

Anthony Drmic: 16.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.0spg

Igor Hadziomerovic (193-G-92): 7.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg



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


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Cameron TRAGARDH
  Tigers
  (209-C/F-83)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Tragardh, Tigers18.9 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings18.7 
 3. Mills, Tigers18.6 
 4. Deleon, Blaze17.2 
 5. Wilson, Taipans17.2 
 6. Wilkinson, Breakers17.0 
 7. Warren, 36ers16.8 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats16.7 
 9. Worthington, Blaze16.3 
 10. Abercrombie, Brea.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Kings
  (209-C-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Khazzouh, Kings10.0 
 2. Holmes, Crocodiles9.9 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers8.7 
 4. Grant, Kings8.2 
 5. Johnson, 36ers7.6 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.7.6 
 7. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 8. Worthington, Blaze7.1 
 9. Vukona, Breakers6.6 
 10. Greer, Tigers6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jackson, Breakers5.6 
 2. Mills, Tigers5.0 
 3. Bruce, Kings5.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.8 
 5. Crosswell, 36ers4.8 
 6. Martin, Hawks4.2 
 7. Gill, Crocodiles4.0 
 8. Wilson, Taipans3.8 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats3.4 
 10. Glover, Hawks3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Cedric JACKSON
  Breakers
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Breakers2.8 
 2. Robbins, Wildcats2.2 
 3. Mims, Crocodiles1.9 
 4. Gibson, Blaze1.5 
 5. Gill, Crocodiles1.4 
 6. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.3 
 8. Lisch, Wildcats1.3 
 9. Dorsey, Tigers1.1 
 10. Tovey, Wildcats1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jerai GRANT
  Kings
  (203-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Grant, Kings1.6 
 2. Khazzouh, Kings1.6 
 3. Simpsons, 36ers1.3 
 4. Johnson, 36ers1.3 
 5. Worthington, Blaze1.1 
 6. Nevill, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Forman, Hawks0.9 
 8. Abercrombie, Break.0.9 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers0.7 
 10. Pledger, Breakers0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Timisoara signs PF Nikola Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) will continue his career in Romania. The Serbian power forward penned a deal with Timisoara for rest of the season. He will replace injured Robert Sarovic (205-F-78). Nikola Jovanovic spent last two seasons with Anwil Wloclawek. In the latest one he had 13.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 25 Polish league games. He had almost the same numbers in EuroCup. Before Anwil, Jovanovic spent one year with Atlas Stal Ostrow. It was in 2008/09, when Jovanovic averaged 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.7 apg in 34 PLK games. In the past, he played for Swissliosn Takovo, Ergonom, Zdravlje, Masinac and Cypriot Etha. Nikola Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -09, 10, 11.

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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Augustas Peciukevicius claims weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international guard Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Sakalai and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 20-year old guard had the game-high 14 points adding eight rebounds and nine assists for Sakalai in his team's victory, helping them to crush Turiba (#5, 2-5) with 22-point margin 89-67. Sakalai is placed at 2nd position in Challenge. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Sakalai will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. It's Peciukevicius' second year at Sakalai and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Augustas Peciukevicius averages this season 7.0ppg and 4.3apg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Russian forward Nikita Barinov (200-F-91) of league's best team Naglis Palangos. Barinov impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Naglis Palangos to edge slightly lower-ranked Neptunas (#2, 3-2) by 3 points 82-79. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the top position in Challenge. Naglis Palangos consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Barinov is a newcomer at Naglis Palangos and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.6ppg (#4). He also registered 7.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Edgars Krumins (194-G/F-86) of Jelgava (#5). Krumins got into 30-points club by scoring 43 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . Despite Krumins' great performance Jelgava lost 91-93in overtime to slightly higher-ranked Barsy Atyrau (#4, 1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Jelgava can only dream about fighting for top spots in Challenge. They have awful season losing so far all 5 games. Too bad for Krumins he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Krumins has individually a great season in Baltic League. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.6ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Maris Laksa (207-F-81) of Barsy Atyrau - 32 points and 6 rebounds
5. Kyle Landry (207-C/F-86) of Triumph - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Rashaun Broadus (183-PG-84) of Siauliai - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Liepaja - 25 points and 10 rebounds
8. Kiur Akenparg (190-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) of Turiba - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Raido Ringmets (206-C/F-83) of Rapla - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  BELARUS   


Stats Leaders - Premier League
Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Minsk-.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Rutkauskas, Minsk.20.7 
 2. Sitnik, SBK O.19.3 
 3. Knox, Minsk-200615.4 
 4. Patupchyk, Sozh G.14.5 
 5. Zakhar, BG.13.9 
 6. Hawkins, Minsk.13.0 
 7. Ignatchik, Minsk-.12.8 
 8. Kojenets, Minsk.12.5 
 9. Krisevich, Minsk-.12.3 
 10. Mastou, Grodno-9312.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel BLIZNETS
  Sozh Gomel
  (205-C-94)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bliznets, Sozh Gom.12.5 
 2. Zakhar, BG.9.1 
 3. Skidan, SBK O.8.5 
 4. Rutkauskas, Minsk.8.3 
 5. Kojenets, Minsk.7.9 
 6. Hlebovich, Grodn.7.5 
 7. Knox, Minsk-20067.1 
 8. Drobyshevski., Soz.6.2 
 9. Ovsepian, Rubon5.8 
 10. Kurapau, Minsk-20.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-935.7 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20065.3 
 3. Akulich, Rubon4.2 
 4. Papruha, BG.4.0 
 5. Ignatchik, Minsk-.3.2 
 6. Murashko, BG.3.0 
 7. Korzh, Grodno-933.0 
 8. Vergun, Minsk-20062.9 
 9. Kudrautsau, Minsk.2.8 
 10. Eldridge, Minsk-2.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anton PAPRUHA
  BG.
  (188-PG-93)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Papruha, BG.2.4 
 2. Hodge, Minsk-20062.3 
 3. Ovsepian, Rubon2.2 
 4. Zakhar, BG.2.1 
 5. Patupchyk, Sozh G.2.0 
 6. Sapegin, Rubon2.0 
 7. Murashko, BG.2.0 
 8. Yafremov, Grodn.1.9 
 9. Malkov, Rubon1.8 
 10. Vergun, Minsk-20.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dzmitry KUZMIN
  Grodno-93
  (196-G-75)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 2. Akulich, Rubon0.0 
 3. Kurapau, Minsk-20.0.0 
 4. Strukov, BG.0.0 
 5. Kudrautsau, Minsk.0.0 
 6. Solianikov, Sozh G.0.0 
 7. Krisevich, Minsk-.0.0 
 8. Skidan, SBK O.0.0 
 9. Korzh, Grodno-930.0 
 10. Sitnik, SBK O.0.0 


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 8-0 
 2. Grodno-93 7-1 
 3. SBK Osipovichi 4-3 
 4. Rubon 2-4 
 5. BGUIR-RTI 2-5 
 6. Minsk-2006 II 1-5 
 7. Sozh Gomel 0-6 


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  BOSNIA   


Emir Zimic to leave Greece. - by Chris Mathieu
Former KK BOSNA ASA player Emir Zimic (216-C-86, agency: World Sport Agency) has been cut by his team in Greece after only two games. He managed to average only 8 minutes per game and didn't show enough for the team to keep him around. He joins the list of Bosnians cut from their teams in Europe that includes former National team members Mujo Tuljkovic, Ermin Jazvin (who have been linked with Zrinjski HT in Mostar) as well as Damir Krupalija who looks most likely to return to France.

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  BRAZIL   


Flamengo stop Itabom/Bauru perfect run - by Eurobasket News
Flamengo handed Itabom/Bauru the first loss in the season. Flamengo claimed an 81:66 home win in Round 5. Guillermo Kammerichs (203-F/C-80) and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) scored 16 points each to pace the hosts as they improved at 4-1 record and leapfrogged Itabom/Bauru in the ladder. Flamengo led by 9 points after ten minutes of action 22:13 but Itabom/Bauru struck back to level things up at 31 at halftime. But Flamengo returned the lead in the third term and cruised to the victory in the final quarter. Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) provided 19 points for the winners. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) responded with 19 points for Itabom/Bauru. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) provided 18 points in the loss. Unitri/Universo clinched the fourth win in the season as they held off visiting Uniceub/BRB 84:73. Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) nailed 20 points to top-score for the hosts. Robert Day (197-F-82, college: W.Oregon) added 17 points for the winning side. Unitri/Universo were up by 6 points at halftime and never allowed their opponents to get any closer in the second half claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) had 23 points for Uniceub/BRB as they suffered the second loss in a row.
Minas opened the win count in the championship edging Vivo/Franca on the road 89:77. Luciano Gonzales (185-G) erupted for 30 points to lead the effort. Mark Borders (188-G-82, college: Tampa) had 17 points in the win. Kevin Sowell (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances) had 29 points for Vivo/Franca in the loss.


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


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Kleon Penn went under the knife - by David Edole
After undergoing surgery due to repain a fractured fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Kleon Penn (211-C-86, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: McNeese St.) will not complete the season with Fuerza Regiaon of Mexico's LNBP. His injury will keep him out of the play off as well.
Penn lamented on the injury by saying: 'I talked to the coaches and they said they would support me, however, I know my absence hurts the team and we are at out best when I am on the court.'
'The injury requires recovery time, so it's best for everyone,' said Kleon Penn who had earned the respect and affection of the supporters of the northern team, for his dedication and quality on the court.



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  CANADA   


CIS men's basketball Tuesday roundup: Dunn, Thomas lead No. 2-ranked X-Men to thrilling victory over Huskies - by Eurobasket News
HALIFAX, N.S. - The CIS No. 2-ranked StFX X-Men travelled to Halifax Tuesday night and survived a gritty effort from the Saint Mary's Huskies to post a 93-90 road victory in another classic instalment of a rivalry that had fans the Tower on their feet down the stretch as the Huskies missed on a three-point attempt at the buzzer to force overtime.

StFX's Jeremy Dunn (198-F) (Wolfville, N.S.) led all scorers with 35 points and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line to pace the X-Men. Terry Thomas (East Preston, N.S.) added 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals for StFX, who moved past the UPEI Panthers and into first place in the AUS standings with the four-point victory.

The Huskies led the see saw affair 43-41 at the half and 66-63 after three quarters but struggled from the free throw line, converting only 6-of-15 attempts.

Harry Ezenibe (190-G-87), a 6-foot-4 forward from Nigeria, had a double-double with 23 points and 11 rebounds while fourth-year guard Miguel Pink (185-G) (Whitby, Ont.) made six three pointers to finish with 18 points to pace Saint Mary's. Brian Rouse added 17 points for the Huskies, while Tory Fassett (F) had 13 and Jerome Smith finished with 12.

The undefeated X-Men (5-0, 14 pts) are set to begin the holiday break and won't play again until the Rod Shoveller tournament at Dalhousie Decemeber 29-31.

The Huskies (2-4, 6 pts) will travel to Sydney to finish off the fall term versus the Cape Breton Capers this Friday, December 2nd at 6:00pm. The game can be seen via webcast at www.gocapersgo.ca.

Source:Saint Mary's Sports Information



Bisons men's basketball handle Wesmen 99-80 in 21st annual Duckworth Challenge - by Eurobasket News
by Jordan Thompson

December 1st, 2011 10:00pm
With the Duckworth Challenge well underway at the University of Manitobas Investors Group Athletic Centre, the mens basketball teams hit the court as the Manitoba Bisons took on the Winnipeg Wesmen.

The Bisons controlled the game in the offensive and defensive departments from start to finish, and came within a single point of breaking 100, winning 99-80 over the Wesmen. The Duckworth Challenge Player of the Game for Manitoba was Kurtis Sansregret, and the player of the game for Winnipeg was Brayden Duff.

Manitoba was led in scoring by Kurtis Sansregret with 21 points. The Wesmens scoring leader was Dominique Brown (193-G), who also put up 21 points on the evening.

With the results of the game, the Bisons climb to 4-4 on their season, while the Wesmen will fall to 2-6.

The first quarter of the game was about as fast-paced as possible, with both teams putting up a respectable number of points. The Bisons jumped out to the quick lead, capitalizing on turnover opportunities, and finishing their chances. Manitobas offense went to work in the first, putting up big numbers, but their defence didnt allow them to have as large of a lead as they could have as the first quarter ended with the Bisons leading 32-24.

It wasnt expected that the Bisons would be able to keep up the same energy they had in the first quarter, and it showed as the Wesmen managed to hold them at bay for most of the quarter, and start to close the gap in the score. While Manitoba looked poised for a win in their dominating first quarter, the second was a different story as Winnipeg put more points on the board than their opponents, closing out the second quarter trailing 48-43.

The Bisons looked to be getting back to their first quarter performance in the third, putting up a large number of points, and forcing a lot of turnovers. Their defense also appeared to have tightened up between quarters, and Manitoba would lead 72-59 at the end of the third quarter.

The Wesmen put up big points in the final quarter, but the Bisons went even bigger, being diligent in not allowing Winnipeg to get within much closer than 15 points at any given time. In the end, Manitobas superior offense and defence combined to give them the 99-80 victory.

The Manitoba Bisons play next on December 28, this time at the Duckworth Centre, where they will take on the Wesmen once again in the annual Wesmen Classic.
Courtesy of: http://gobisons.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin KING
  TRU
  (--)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. King, TRU26.9 
 2. Diloreto, Windsor23.7 
 3. Fassett, St.Mary''s23.4 
 4. Habib, Memorial23.4 
 5. Thomas, St.Franc.22.0 
 6. Mackinnon, Victoria22.0 
 7. Barbeau, Western21.6 
 8. Baker, Alberta21.5 
 9. Yu, UBC21.3 
 10. Dorsey, Cape Bre.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lien PHILLIP
  Windsor
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Phillip, Windsor11.0 
 2. Baker, Alberta10.8 
 3. Klassen, Acadia10.8 
 4. King, TRU10.6 
 5. Burke, UBC10.5 
 6. Hadzimuratov., Lav.9.5 
 7. Thomas, St.Franc.9.0 
 8. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.8 
 9. Hull, Laurentian8.7 
 10. Smith, Waterloo8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy DORSEY
  Cape Breton
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Dorsey, Cape Bret.8.2 
 2. Yu, UBC6.0 
 3. Kanza Mata, Dalho.6.0 
 4. Helsby, Memorial5.8 
 5. Vernon, St.Franc.5.8 
 6. Bonhomme, Brandon5.8 
 7. Shepherd, Memorial5.8 
 8. Barrett, Saskatch.5.8 
 9. Kraus, Brock5.7 
 10. Allin, Laurier5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Terry THOMAS
  St.Franc.
  (193-G-)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Thomas, St.Franc.4.3 
 2. Laroche, Concordia4.0 
 3. Cooper, Lethbridge3.5 
 4. Carter, Lakehead3.2 
 5. Cote-K., UQ.3.0 
 6. Cooper, UPEI2.8 
 7. Baker, Alberta2.8 
 8. Brown, UPEI2.8 
 9. Collins, Windsor2.8 
 10. Smith, TWU2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominyc COWARD
  Lethbridge
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Coward, Lethbridge1.8 
 2. Bains, UBC1.8 
 3. Thomas, St.Franc.1.8 
 4. Tufegdzich, York1.6 
 5. Ezenibe, St.Mary''s1.5 
 6. Eyitayo, Concordia1.3 
 7. Andrews, Bishop''s1.3 
 8. Glisic, Toronto Un.1.3 
 9. Smith, Waterloo1.2 
 10. Gibson, Brock1.2 


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. UPEI 6-0 
 2. St.Francis X. 4-0 
 3. Cape Breton 3-2 
 4. Acadia 2-3 
 5. St.Mary's 2-3 
 6. New Brunsw. 2-4 
 7. Dalhousie 1-4 
 8. Memorial 1-5 
CanWest
 1. Victoria 8-0 
 2. Alberta 6-2 
 3. Saskatchewan 5-2 
 4. UFV 5-3 
 5. UBC 4-2 
 6. Lethbridge 4-4 
 7. Manitoba 4-4 
 8. TRU 4-4 
 9. Calgary 3-5 
 10. Brandon 3-5 
 11. Regina 2-5 
 12. TWU 2-6 
 13. Winnipeg 2-6 
 14. UBC Okanagan 1-5 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 6-0 
 2. Ottawa 3-3 
 3. Toronto Univ. 3-3 
 4. Laurentian 2-4 
 5. Ryerson 2-4 
 6. RMC 0-6 
 7. York 0-6 
 8. Queen's 0-7 
OUA West
 1. Laurier 6-0 
 2. Brock 5-1 
 3. Lakehead 5-1 
 4. McMaster 5-1 
 5. Waterloo 4-2 
 6. Guelph 3-3 
 7. Windsor 3-3 
 8. Western 2-5 
Quebec League
 1. Concordia 3-0 
 2. McGill 3-2 
 3. Laval 2-2 
 4. UQAM 2-2 
 5. Bishop's 0-4 


Ex-coach Evans on way back to Halifax - by Eurobasket News
Former Halifax Rainmen head coach Mike Evans will return to the Metro Centre with his new team, the Moncton Miracles, on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Miracles, who hired Evans earlier this week after Norris Bell resigned, are looking for their first win of the National Basketball League of Canada season with three games in three days this weekend.
The last-place squad is 0-7.

I like the team, Evans told the Moncton Times-Transript. Its a bunch of good guys. They work hard, they listen and they follow instructions. Im interested to see how they look in a game.

The 56-year-old long-time NBA assistant coach took over the Rainmen coaching job early last season from Les Berry, going 4-6 in the regular season before losing in the semifinals. Although the Rainmen hoped to bring him back this season, Evans decided not to return.

His son, Mike Evans Jr., is a guard for the Miracles.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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  CHINA   


CBA Round 6: Beijing Ducks beat Xinjiang Flying Tige by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of CBA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Eighth-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (2-2) was very close to win a game against top-ranked Beijing Ducks (6-0) on Friday. Beijing Ducks managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. Xinjiang Flying Tige trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 29-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-99 at the end of the game. Beijing Ducks shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 assists. The other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 32 points for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Undefeated Beijing Ducks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with Bayi Fubang and Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jilin Tigers (3-3) against fifteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (2-3) on Friday night. Visiting Jilin Tigers were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 85-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. American players dominated the game. Forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 22 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and Ryan Forehan-Kelly chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) with 16 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Foshan. Jilin Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Liaoning H. and Shandong FB. Shanghai Sharks will play against higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#6) in Yingkou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin 108-101. Will McDonald notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 29 points and 4 steals by Nan Zhang did not help to save the game for TianJin Rongcheng. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujian SBS XunXin (2-4) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated TianJin Rongcheng. TianJin Rongcheng lost third consecutive game. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road in the next round. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (3-3) to fourteenth ranked Foshan (2-3) 111-108 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The best player for the winners was Marcus Douthit who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Foshan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Foshan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shanghai S. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Shanghai Sharks.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jiangsu Dragons (2-4) and Shanxi Zhongyu (2-2), which took place in Taiyuan. 10th ranked Jiangsu Dragons lost to thirteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in a road game 95-112 on Friday. It was a good game for Charles Gaines who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). Shanxi Zhongyu's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang and Xinjiang F.T. Loser Jiangsu Dragons dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face league's leader Beijing Ducks on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Bayi Fubang (#10) in Ningbo.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: DongGuan L. beat Qingdao DS on the road 118-109. Zhejiang C. destroyed Bayi Fubang on its own court 113-91. Shandong FB unfortunately lost to Guandong ST in Dongguan 93-98.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 52 points (!!!), 22 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals by J.R. Smith of Zhejiang C..



Beijing Ducks - Xinjiang F.T. 99-97

Eighth-ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (2-2) was very close to win a game against top-ranked Beijing Ducks (6-0) on Friday. Beijing Ducks managed to secure only two-point victory 99-97. However their fans expected much easier game. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Xinjiang Flying Tige. Xinjiang Flying Tige trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 29-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 97-99 at the end of the game. Beijing Ducks shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. 30 personal fouls committed by Xinjiang Flying Tige helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 8 assists. The other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) contributed with 22 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) replied with 32 points and the former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists in the effort for Xinjiang Flying Tige. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Beijing Ducks have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Xinjiang Flying Tige at the other side keeps the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with Bayi Fubang and Shanxi Zh.. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Shanxi Zhongyu (#8) in Taiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Xinjiang Flying Tige will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 22+5reb+1ast, M.Stephon 18+3reb+8ast, C.Lei 16+4reb+1ast, Z.YanXi 13+6reb+1ast, L.Hsueh-Lin 9+9reb+7ast, Z.Xiaochuan 6+7reb
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 32+2reb+3ast, M.Kenyon 22+11reb+2ast, M.Bateer 10+9reb+16ast, P.Duo 8+4reb+1ast, X.GuoChong 7+2reb+2ast, Z.Yong-Gang 6+1ast
gschID: 158039


Qingdao DS - DongGuan L. 109-118

There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked DongGuan Leopards (2-4) beat on the road higher ranked Qingdao Double Star (2-4) 118-109 on Friday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Qingdao Double Star won third quarter 34-31. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 assists. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Five DongGuan Leopards players scored in double figures. American power forward Ivan Johnson (203-84, college: CS San Bernar.) replied with 39 points (!!!), 9 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) added 30 points, 5 assists and 4 steals in the effort for Qingdao Double Star. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. DongGuan Leopards moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Qingdao Double Star. DongGuan Leopards will face higher ranked Shandong Bulls (#7) in Jinan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: A.Josh-Emmanuel 34+1reb+5ast, R.Shavlik 17+11reb+3ast, G.QuAn 17+5reb+1ast, Z.Kai 16+7reb, H.ZhongMian 15+2ast, Q.Biao 14+6reb+1ast
Qingdao DS: J.Ivan 39+9reb+4ast, H.Lester 30+4reb+5ast, S.Sani 11+11reb+1ast, C.Kai 9+2reb+1ast, L.Gen 8+3reb, W.Gang 6+1ast
gschID: 158036


Shanghai S. - Jilin NE T. 85-67

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Jilin Tigers (3-3) against fifteenth ranked Shanghai Sharks (2-3) on Friday night. Visiting Jilin Tigers were defeated by Shanghai Sharks in Shanghai 85-67. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Jilin Tigers. The game was mostly controlled by Shanghai Sharks. Jilin Tigers was better in fourth quarter 20-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shanghai Sharks made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Jilin Tigers turnovers and outrebounded them 52-22 including a 35-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. American players dominated the game. Forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 22 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Ryan Forehan-Kelly (196-80, college: California) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five Shanghai Sharks players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) with 16 points and power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) scored 13 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Shanghai Sharks moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Foshan. Jilin Tigers at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Liaoning H. and Shandong FB. Shanghai Sharks will play against higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (#6) in Yingkou in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jilin Tigers will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 28+22reb+2ast, F.Ryan 16+7reb+2ast, L.Wei 14+2reb+3ast, P.Fei 10+6reb, Z.ZhaoXu 10+9reb+2ast, T.Wen-Ting 4+3reb
Jilin NE T.: M.Cartier 16+4reb+1ast, W.Jameel 13+1reb+2ast, L.Wei 9+3reb, D.Osama 6+1ast, L.Tao 5, L.Yao 5+4reb
gschID: 158037


Zhejiang C. - Bayi Fubang 113-91

Very expected game when 9th ranked Bayi Fubang (2-2) was smashed by second ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (4-1) in Hangzhou 113-91 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 66-42 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 23 Bayi Fubang turnovers and outrebounded them 54-35 including a 21-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Zhejiang Cyclones shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 53.6 percentage. Bayi Fubang was plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American guard J.R. Smith (198-85) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 52 points (!!!), 22 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. Forward Fei Cao (194-91) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. International center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 16 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and international forward Lei Wang (203-86) added 14 points in the effort for Bayi Fubang. Four Zhejiang Cyclones and five Bayi Fubang players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Cyclones have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 4-1 record having just three points less than leader Beijing Ducks. Loser Bayi Fubang dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. Zhejiang Cyclones will have a break next round. Bayi Fubang will play at home against Jiangsu Dragons (#15) in Nanjing.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: S.J.R. 52+22reb+4ast, C.Fei 20+7reb+2ast, Z.Dayu 11+8reb+1ast, B.Josh 10+8reb+1ast, D.Jinhui 9+3reb+2ast, J.Peng 6+2reb+2ast
Bayi Fubang: X.ZhongHao 23+16reb, D.Lehei 15+2reb, M.Ke 14+2reb+1ast, W.Lei 14+4reb, Z.Bo 12+2reb+3ast, W.ZhongGuang 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 158038


Guandong ST - Shandong FB 98-93

Everything could happen in Dongguan at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Guandong Tigers and 7th ranked Shandong Bulls had identical 3-2 record. This time Guandong Tigers used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Jinan 98-93 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 14-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 98-93. Guandong Tigers forced 19 Shandong Bulls turnovers. It was a good game for international forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field). American forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) replied with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 14 assists and 9 steals and Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) added 22 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Shandong Bulls. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Guandong Tigers (4-2) moved-up to third place. Shandong Bulls lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Guandong Tigers will face Foshan (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shandong Bulls will play against DongGuan Leopards (#13).
Top scorers:
Guandong ST: Z.FangYu 27+5reb+1ast, S.James 16+11reb+2ast, B.Aaron 13+8reb+6ast, H.Dong 13+5reb, W.ShiPeng 11+4reb+2ast, Z.Peng 8+3reb+1ast
Shandong FB: H.Othello 22+12reb, A.Alan 21+4reb+14ast, Y.Ding 12+2reb+1ast, W.Ruheng 10+2reb+4ast, S.Ran 10+2reb+1ast, W.Ke 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 158033


TianJin R. - Fujian XX 101-108

Bottom-ranked Fujian SBS XunXin managed to get a second victory, breaking the four-game losing streak on Friday night. This time they won against twelfth-ranked TianJin Rongcheng in Tianjin 108-101. TianJin Rongcheng trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 34-29 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 101-108 at the end of the game. Fujian SBS XunXin forced 23 TianJin Rongcheng turnovers. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) supported him with 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Even 29 points and 4 steals by forward Nan Zhang (197-81) did not help to save the game for TianJin Rongcheng. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Four Fujian SBS XunXin and five TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Fujian SBS XunXin (2-4) moved-up to thirteenth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated TianJin Rongcheng. TianJin Rongcheng lost third consecutive game. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet Qingdao Double Star (#16) on the road in the next round. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Fujian XX: M.Will 34+10reb+2ast, R.Anthony 20+6reb+2ast, A.Zaid 16+12reb+5ast, G.SongLin 12+3reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 7+5reb+2ast, L.Yi Ting 6+3reb+1ast
TianJin R.: Z.Nan 29+4reb+1ast, F.Rony 17+5reb+3ast, H.David 16+9reb, H.Donnell 15+14reb+1ast, Z.Zhihan 14+2reb+1ast, X.Lei 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 158034


Shanxi Zh. - Jiangsu D. 112-95

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Jiangsu Dragons (2-4) and Shanxi Zhongyu (2-2), which took place in Taiyuan. 10th ranked Jiangsu Dragons lost to thirteenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu in a road game 95-112 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 112-95. Shanxi Zhongyu dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Jiangsu Dragons' 52. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 19 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds (on 16-of-20 shooting from the field). The other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 8 assists for the winners. Shanxi Zhongyu's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) replied with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and international swingman Li Yi (203-85) added 26 points in the effort for Jiangsu Dragons. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang and Xinjiang F.T. Loser Jiangsu Dragons dropped to the thirteenth position with four games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu will face league's leader Beijing Ducks on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Jiangsu Dragons will play against Bayi Fubang (#10) in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: G.Charles 36+15reb+1ast, X.Zhijiang 22+5reb+1ast, W.Marcus 17+3reb+8ast, P.Shang 10+4reb, Z.XueWen 10+4reb+1ast, L.XiaoMing 9+5reb+7ast
Jiangsu D.: Y.Li 26+1ast, G.Dan 25+13reb+1ast, L.Yahui 16+9reb+1ast, M.Da 16+4reb+2ast, Y.Li 5+1reb, H.XueFeng 4+3reb+5ast
gschID: 158035


Foshan - Liaoning H. 111-108

A very interesting game took place in Foshan. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Liaoning Hunters (3-3) to fourteenth ranked Foshan (2-3) 111-108 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 33-28. But Liaoning Hunters won second period 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Foshan made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Liaoning Hunters helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. Guard Zhi Luo (190-86) chipped in 28 points. Four Foshan players scored in double figures. Foshan's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) who recorded 29 points and guard Ming Yang (193-85) added 24 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Foshan moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Shanghai S. Liaoning Hunters at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. Foshan's next round opponent will be higher ranked Guandong Tigers (#3) in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against Shanghai Sharks.
Top scorers:
Foshan: D.Marcus 37+13reb, L.Zhi 28+3reb+3ast, H.Bing 12+5reb+1ast, H.Ben 11+5reb, M.WuLan 8+1reb+3ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 8+7reb
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 29+4reb+3ast, Y.Ming 24+5reb+2ast, P.Josh 21+8reb+1ast, L.Xiaoxu 9+14reb, H.Dejun 8+8reb+1ast, L.Shunan 7+1reb+1ast
gschID: 158032




Beijing Wins Another Close One to Move to 6-0 - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing won its sixth staight game, another tight one, edging Xinjiang 99-97. Randolph Morris had 22 points and 5 rebounds. Stephon Marbury had 18 points and 8 assists. Chen Lei had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Promising rookie Zhu Yanxi had 13 points and 6 rebounds. 173 cm Lee Hsueh-Lin had 9 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Former U-19 star Zhai Xiaochuan had 6 points and 7 rebounds. Patrick Mills scored 32 for Xinjiang. Kenyon Martin had 22 points and 11 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 10 points, 9 rebounds and 16 assists. Meng Duo had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Xinjiang outscored Beijing 29-16 in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short.

Smith J.R. (198-G-85) had 52 points, 22 rebounds, 7 steals and 4 assists as Zhejiang improved to a 4-1 record with a 113-91 win over Bayi. Smith hit 11 of 15 three-point shots. Cao Fei had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Josh Boone, playing only 15 minutes because Smith played 45 against Bayi, had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Ding Jinhui scored 9. Xu Zhonghao had 23 points and 16 rebounds for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi did not play. Delehei scored 15. Mo Ke and Wang Lei had 14. Zhang Bo had 12 points, 3 assists and 4 steals.

Zhu Fangyu had 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead Guangdong to a 98-93 victory over Shandong. James Singleton had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Aaron Brooks had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Dong Hanlin had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Wang Shipeng had 11 points and 4 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 8. Othello Hunter had 22 points and 12 rebounds for Shandong. Allan Anderson had 21 points, 14 assists and 9 steals. Ding Yanyuhang scored 12. Wang Ruheng had 10 points, 4 asists and 5 steals. Sui Ran scored 10.

Foshan edged Liaoning 111-108. Marcus Douthit had 37 points and 13 rebounds. Gerald Green has been cut from the team. Luo Zhi scored 28. Hou Bing had 12 points and 5 rebounds. He Ben had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Zheng Lingxu had 5 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists. Maiwulan scored 8. Rodney Carney had 29 points and 4 rebounds for Liaoning. Josh Powell had 21 points and 8 rebounds. Yang Ming had 24 points and 5 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 9 points and 14 rebounds. Han Dejun had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Michael Harris had 28 points and 22 rebounds as Shanghai blew out Jilin 85-67. Ryan Forehan-Kelly had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Liu Wei had 14 points and 3 assists. Zhang Zhaoxu had 9 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Peng Fei had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Cartier Martin had 16 points and 4 rebounds for Jilin. Jameeel Watkins scored 13. Liu Wei had 9 points and 3 rebounds. Returning to form, 6-9 Zhong Cheng missed all 4 three-pointers he took and scored 1 point and had 3 rebounds in 18 minutes.

Fujian defeated Tianjin 108-101. Will McDonald had 34 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Roberson had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 16 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Gong Songlin scored 12. Zhao Tailong had 7 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Nan had 29 points and 4 rebounds for Tianjin. David Harrison had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Donnell Harvey had 15 points and 14 rebounds. Zhang Zhihan had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Xu Lei had 7 points and 3 rebounds.

Charles Gaines had 34 points and 15 rebounds as Shanxi topped Jiangsu 112-95. Xing Xiqiang, the U-19 player who is now born in 1993 rather than 1994, had 22 points and 4 rebounds. The change in his age, as well as teammate Tian Guisen, who went from 1994 to 1992, shows China continues to have trouble with ages. Marcus Williams had 17 points and 8 assists. Zhang Xuewen and Shang Ping each scored 10. Lv Xiaoming had 9 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Dan Gadzuric had 25 points and 13 rebounds for Jiangsu. Mardy Collins is no longer with the team. Yi Li scored 26. Liu Yahui had 16 points and 9 rebounds. Meng Da had 16 points and 4 rebounds.

Dongguan defeated Qingdao 118-109. Josh Akognon scored 34 points. Shavlik Randolph had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gu Quan had 17 points and 5 rebounds. He Zhongmian scored 15. Qiu Biao had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Ivan Johnson had 39 points and 9 rebounds for Qingdao. Lester Hudson had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Sani Sakakini had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Chen Kai scored 9 and Li Gen had 8.



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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS34.5 
 2. Chandler, Guangsha.32.0 
 3. Mills, Xinjiang.26.7 
 4. Green, Foshan26.5 
 5. Martin, Jilin N.26.3 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.25.3 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.25.0 
 8. Williams, Shanxi Z.24.5 
 9. Harris, Shanghai S.24.2 
 10. McDonald, Fujian23.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike HARRIS
  Shanghai S.
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Harris, Shanghai S.16.6 
 2. Hunter, Shandong15.5 
 3. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.3 
 4. Martin, Xinjiang.13.3 
 5. Abbas, Fujian XX13.0 
 6. Harrison, TianJ.12.7 
 7. Chandler, Guangsha.12.6 
 8. Gadzuric, Jiang.12.5 
 9. McDonald, Fujian X.11.7 
 10. Randolph, DongGu.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 Bateer MENGKE
  Xinjiang.
  (210-C-75)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Mengke, Xinjiang.7.7 
 2. Daghles, Jilin N.7.7 
 3. Marbury, Beijing6.0 
 4. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 5. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.3 
 6. Anderson, Shandon.5.2 
 7. Smith, Zhejiang C.5.0 
 8. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.8 
 9. Maadanly, Foshan4.5 
 10. Brooks, Guandong4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alan ANDERSON
  Shandong.
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Anderson, Shandon.3.5 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.5 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.3 
 4. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 5. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.8 
 6. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 7. Abbas, Fujian XX2.2 
 8. Lin, Guangsha L.2.2 
 9. Wang, Guandong ST2.2 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.6 
 2. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.2 
 3. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.0 
 4. Li, Liaoning H.1.8 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.5 
 6. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.5 
 7. Abbas, Fujian XX1.4 
 8. Martin, Xinjiang.1.3 
 9. Randolph, DongGua.1.3 
 10. Wang, Bayi Fubang1.3 


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Dario Gjergja takes over Telenet Oostende as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Dario Gjergja (agency: Beo Basket) is a new Head Coach of the Belgian team Telenet Oostende. The 36-year-old Croatian replaces Jean-Marc Jaumin on the bench. Jaumin was released due to poor results as Oostende has 5-4 score in D1 and they also have 0-3 in EuroCup. Jaumin replaced Mehmet Becirovic in March of 2010. Dario Gjergja worked with Liege over the past two seasons. They reached Belgian league Finals in 2010 and Gjergja was named Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Coach of the Year -10. In 2007/08 and 2008/09, he worked as Assistant Coach of Charleroi. Gjergja also has experience as AC of Ural Great Perm and Cibona Zagreb. Dario Gjergja starts his work with Oostende today.

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Head Coach Peter Balint Heads to Astrum LeviceThree New Players Added Also - by Surujh Roopnarine
Astrum Levice has secured the services of veteran head Coach Peter Balint for the remainder of the 2011-12 Mattoni NBL season. The long-time coach of BK Prostejov, Balint began this season in his native Slovakia, heading MBK Rieker Komarno. The team currently sits in third position in the Extraliga at 9-6, but now Balint will once again coach in the NBL, where he led Prostejov to the Finals each of the past two seasons. Acting Head Coach for Levice, Peter Jankovic , who stepped up after the dismissal of Frantisek Ron, will continue his role as coach of Onyx Levice which plays solely in the Extraliga.
Along with a new coach, come three new players into the fold. First is veteran Slovak guard, and one-time Levice player Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81). The 30-year old guard spent the past three seasons with Pardubice, providing toughness and outside shooting in a supporting role. He also played with the Slovak National team this past summer. The other newcomers should help under the basket, and they are Croatioan/Slovenian center Stipe Modric (206-F-79), and Canadian big-man Corey Hallett (208-F/C-84, college: Monmouth). The 32-year old Stopic is very experienced, having played most recently last season in Poland with Anwil Wloclawek. In 24 domestic-league games he averaged 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in a reserve role. Additionally he has played in Germany and Croatia as well as Slovenia. Corey Hallett, a native of Novia Scotia, Canada, played collegiately at Monmouth in the USA before embarking on a professional career which has taken him to New Zealand, Austria, Slovakia and lastly Romania. The 6-10 forward/center began this season in Romania with BCM U Pitesti, where in 9 games he averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 66.7% on two-point field goals and 28.6% from three. In 2010-11 he was named an All-Star while playing with BC Prievidza of Slovakia. He is slated to play mainly with Onyx Levice in Slovakia.



Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Grant, Levice19.5 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.0 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Lowery, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.5 
 7. Houska, BK Decin16.7 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha16.2 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.16.1 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew NAYMICK
  CEZ N.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Naymick, CEZ N.9.2 
 2. Votroubek, USK P.9.0 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.6 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.3 
 5. Meno, Svitavy7.5 
 6. Houska, BK Decin7.4 
 7. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.7 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.6.7 
 9. Hruby, Usti n.6.6 
 10. Blazek, B&W Opava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Chadwick-Farrell BARNES
  BC Kolin
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Barnes, BC Kolin5.2 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha5.0 
 3. Vrubl, Plzen4.9 
 4. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 5. George, Svitavy3.6 
 6. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.5 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.3.3 
 8. Ames, BC Kolin3.1 
 9. McFadden, Usti n.3.1 
 10. Boyer, BK Decin3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava2.8 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.6 
 3. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 5. McFadden, Usti n.2.1 
 6. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Grant, Levice1.9 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Longmire, Usti n.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.7 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.7 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 4. Grant, Levice1.3 
 5. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 6. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 7. Spralja, CEZ N.0.8 
 8. Houska, BK Decin0.7 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.6 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.0.6 


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


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


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Ligaen Round 14: Horsens IC beats Aabyhoj by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 14 in the Ligaen took place in Horsens. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Aabyhoj (6-8) to eighth ranked Horsens IC (5-9) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Aabyhoj was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Aabyhoj 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 9 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Aabyhoj. Horsens IC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Horsholm. Aabyhoj lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with SISU. Horsens IC is looking forward to face higher ranked SISU (#5) in Copenhagen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aabyhoj will play on the road against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ligaen top team - Svendborg (14-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Vaerlose (4-10) 98-65. American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and Chanan Colman chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) responded with 20 points and 4 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Svendborg have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Vaerlose lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Svendborg will play against league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vaerlose will play at home against Aalborg (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Aalborg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Horsholm (5-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Aalborg (5-8). Aalborg defeated Horsholm 75-64 on Wednesday. American players dominated the game. Ryan White notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort. Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Joe Benjamin did not help to save the game for Horsholm. Aalborg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Horsholm lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Horsens IC. Aalborg will meet Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against Falcon and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 14 SISU was beaten by Naestved on the road 89-79. Bottom-ranked Falcon lost to defending champion Bakken on its own court 66-73.
The most impressive performance of 14th round was 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by Tony Bishop of Aalborg.



Naestved - SISU 89-79

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Naestved (9-5) beat at home 5th ranked SISU (6-8) 89-79 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 50-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Naestved outrebounded SISU 49-27 including a 26-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) notched 27 points, 6 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the other American import forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: SF Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) supported him with 11 points and 17 rebounds. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even 22 points and 7 rebounds by American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) did not help to save the game for SISU. International point guard Mikael Nielsen (178-90) added 17 points and 6 assists for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Naestved maintains third position with 9-5 record having five points less than leader Svendborg. SISU at the other side dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Aabyhoj. Naestved will meet at home Aabyhoj (#4) in the next round. SISU will play against Horsens IC in Horsens and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Naestved: C.Henry 27+4reb+6ast, P.Johansen 18+10reb+1ast, M.Frandsen 13+10reb, J.Glynn 11+17reb+3ast, L.Hoirup 9+1reb, N.Brasas 6+2reb
SISU: D.Rutherford 22+7reb+2ast, D.Harder 18+3reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 17+3reb+6ast, J.Harrison 10+6reb+1ast, M.Flowers 7+7reb+2ast, U.Promolds 5
gschID: 136154


Falcon - Bakken 66-73

Very expected game when 10th ranked Falcon (3-11) lost at home to second ranked Bakken (12-1) 73-66 on Thursday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Falcon won fourth quarter 21-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bakken had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Bakken made 8 blocks. The former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and international swingman Chris Nielsen (192-85) supported him with 21 points. Even 13 points and 7 rebounds by Senegalese power forward Pape Ba (207-80, college: Beth.-Cookman) did not help to save the game for Falcon. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-86) added 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the hosts. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Bakken have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains second position with 12-1 record having just three points less than leader Svendborg. Newly promoted Falcon stay at the bottom place with 11 games lost. Bakken will meet league's leader Svendborg on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Falcon will play against Horsholm (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 26+10reb, C.Nielsen 21+4reb+2ast, C.Christoffersen 12+8reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 7+10reb+6ast, M.Thuesen 4+4reb+4ast, H.Falsvig 3+1reb+2ast
Falcon: H.Thomsen 15+2reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 14+5reb, P.Ba 13+7reb+2ast, J.Rottgardt 7+5reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 6+8reb+5ast, P.Christiansen 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 136155


Horsens IC - Aabyhoj 75-73

The most exciting game of round 14 in the Ligaen took place in Horsens. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of higher ranked Aabyhoj (6-8) to eighth ranked Horsens IC (5-9) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Aabyhoj was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. They outrebounded Aabyhoj 39-28 including 25 on the defensive glass. American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) contributed with 9 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. St.John is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) replied with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Darko Jukic (199-90) added 18 points in the effort for Aabyhoj. Horsens IC moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Horsholm. Aabyhoj lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the fourth position with eight games lost. They share it with SISU. Horsens IC is looking forward to face higher ranked SISU (#5) in Copenhagen in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Aabyhoj will play on the road against Naestved and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 19+9reb, D.Sattler 17+1reb+3ast, H.Schur 10+8reb+1ast, M.St.John 9+16reb+2ast, M.Sakne 9+2reb+2ast, C.Lindberg 5+1ast
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 29+10reb+4ast, D.Jukic 18+1reb+2ast, O.Sigurdsson 8+2reb+1ast, D.Phillips 7+9reb+1ast, R.Laier 3+1reb+2ast, J.Wang 2+1ast
gschID: 136156


Aalborg - Horsholm 75-64

The game in Aalborg was also quite interesting. 6th ranked Horsholm (5-9) played at the court of seventh ranked Aalborg (5-8). Aalborg defeated Horsholm 75-64 on Wednesday. Horsholm was trailing by 9 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 27-15 charge of Aalborg, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Horsholm turnovers. American players dominated the game. point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the effort and forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St.) supported him with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) did not help to save the game for Horsholm. Forward Bonell Colas (205-82, college: Florida) added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Aalborg have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. Horsholm lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh position with nine games lost. They share it with Horsens IC. Aalborg will meet Vaerlose (#9) on the road in the next round. Horsholm will play against Falcon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.White 21+10reb+7ast, T.Bishop 20+11reb+5ast, M.Rasmussen 10+4reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 9+1reb, S.Eleraky 8+7reb, M.Christensen 5+2reb
Horsholm: J.Benjamin 16+10reb+5ast, P.Hertz 14+2reb+2ast, B.Colas 14+14reb+2ast, Z.Jukic 6+3reb+2ast, V.Aleksic 5+7reb+2ast, J.Bro 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136152


Vaerlose - Svendborg 65-98

Ligaen top team - Svendborg (14-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed ninth ranked Vaerlose (4-10) 98-65. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Vaerlose's 34. They outrebounded Vaerlose 36-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) responded with 20 points and 4 assists and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) scored 14 points and 6 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. Svendborg have an impressive 14-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 14-0 record. Vaerlose lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with ten games lost. Svendborg will play against league's second-placed Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Vaerlose will play at home against Aalborg (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: M.Kingsley 21+4reb+1ast, C.Colman 17+5reb+7ast, D.Vinson 16+12reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 11+1reb+4ast, A.Darboe 10+4reb+3ast, N.Degn-Andersen 9+2reb
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 20+2reb+4ast, A.Karason 14+6reb+1ast, R.Larsen 9+6reb+4ast, S.Jensen 4+1reb+1ast, P.Moller 4+1reb, A.Wire 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136153




Iversen's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-F/C-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Bakken and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Falcon (#10, 3-11) 73-66. Bakken maintains the 2nd position in league. Bakken has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 12-1. In the team's last game Iversen had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bakken's top player in his first season with the team. San Jose City JC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Iversen is in league's top in assists (9th best: 3.3apg) and averages solid 55.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tony Bishop (201-F-89) of Aalborg. He is American forward in his first season at Aalborg. In the last game Bishop recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Aalborg cruised to a 75-64 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Horsholm (#7, 5-9). This victory allowed Aalborg to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Bishop is a newcomer at Aalborg and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#8). He also registered 10.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) of Aabyhoj (#4). Curry showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, ten rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Curry's great performance Aabyhoj lost 73-75 to the lower-ranked Horsens IC (#8, 5-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aabyhoj ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Curry could help Aabyhoj to bring them higher in the standings. Curry has a great season in Denmark. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.2ppg (7th best), rebounds with 9.2rpg (5th best) and assists with 3.6apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Durell Vinson (201-F-85) of Svendborg - 16 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Donald Rutherford (198-F-87) of SISU - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Corin Henry (180-PG-88) of Naestved - 27 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ryan White (177-PG-88) of Aalborg - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
8. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80) of Naestved - 18 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jordan Glynn (200-F-89) of Naestved - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Bonell Colas (205-F-82) of Horsholm - 14 points, 14 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)


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Svendborg 14-0 
 2. Bakken 12-1 
 3. Naestved 9-5 
 4. Aabyhoj 6-8 
 5. SISU 6-8 
 6. Aalborg 5-8 
 7. Horsholm 5-9 
 8. Horsens IC 5-9 
 9. Vaerlose 4-10 
 10. Falcon 3-11 


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Ryan WHITE
  Aalborg
  (177-PG-88)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. White, Aalborg25.5 
 2. Harris, Horsens IC25.4 
 3. Henry, Naestved21.4 
 4. Kingsley, Svendborg21.2 
 5. Rutherford, SISU20.8 
 6. Rasmussen, Vaerl.19.8 
 7. Curry, Aabyhoj19.2 
 8. Bishop, Aalborg19.0 
 9. Bak, Horsholm17.2 
 10. Colman, Svendborg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tony BISHOP
  Aalborg
  (201-F-89)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Bishop, Aalborg10.9 
 2. Glynn, Naestved10.8 
 3. St.John, Horsens10.6 
 4. Benjamin, Horsholm9.5 
 5. Colas, Horsholm9.2 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj9.2 
 7. Phillips, Aabyhoj8.8 
 8. Harris, Horsens IC8.7 
 9. Johansen, Naestved8.2 
 10. Ba, Falcon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Henry, Naestved5.1 
 2. White, Aalborg4.8 
 3. McFarlane, Falcon4.2 
 4. Colman, Svendborg4.1 
 5. Sattler, Horsens IC4.0 
 6. Elgmork, Aalborg4.0 
 7. Sakne, Horsens IC3.8 
 8. Curry, Aabyhoj3.6 
 9. Nielsen, SISU3.3 
 10. Dennis, SISU3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Naestved
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Henry, Naestved4.8 
 2. Wire, Vaerlose3.0 
 3. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 4. White, Aalborg2.5 
 5. Bishop, Aalborg2.2 
 6. McFarlane, Falcon2.1 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.1.9 
 8. Sattler, Horsens IC1.9 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalbo.1.7 
 10. Curry, Aabyhoj1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jenard HARRISON
  SISU
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Harrison, SISU2.4 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.0 
 3. Bishop, Aalborg1.8 
 4. Phillips, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Colas, Horsholm1.7 
 6. Curry, Aabyhoj1.6 
 7. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.4 
 8. Eleraky, Aalborg1.2 
 9. Larsen, Vaerlose0.9 
 10. Vinson, Svendborg0.9 


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Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Dakota W. 2-1 
 2. Iowa E. 2-2 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 1-0 
 4. Springfield A. 1-0 
 5. Sioux Falls S. 1-1 
 6. Erie Bay H. 1-2 
 7. Canton C. 0-1 
 8. Maine RC 0-2 
West Conference
 1. Tulsa 66ers 3-0 
 2. Rio Grande VV 3-1 
 3. Bakersfield J. 2-0 
 4. Los Angeles D. 2-2 
 5. Austin T. 1-0 
 6. Reno B. 1-3 
 7. Texas L. 0-2 
 8. Idaho S. 0-3 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin DENTMON
  Austin T.
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Dentmon, Austin T.28.0 
 2. Garcia, Sioux F.28.0 
 3. Butch, Bakersfi.27.5 
 4. Franklin, Canton C.25.0 
 5. Johnson, Austin T.25.0 
 6. Thomas, Austin T.25.0 
 7. Ahearn, Reno B.24.8 
 8. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.7 
 9. Famous, Iowa E.23.8 
 10. Pruitt, Sioux F.22.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamal SAMPSON
  Texas L.
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sampson, Texas L.15.0 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.13.5 
 3. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.3 
 4. Famous, Iowa E.13.0 
 5. Lazare, Ft.Wayne.12.0 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.12.0 
 7. Daniels, Erie B.11.3 
 8. Wright, Maine RC10.5 
 9. Brown, Springfield10.0 
 10. Goldcamp, Erie B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.12.0 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.9.7 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.8.5 
 4. Farrakhan, Bakers.8.0 
 5. Tinsley, Los A.7.3 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.3 
 7. Dentmon, Austin T.7.0 
 8. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 9. Bozeman, Reno B.6.5 
 10. Galloway, Idaho S.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Travis FRANKLIN
  Canton C.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Franklin, Canton C.5.0 
 2. Spates, Springfi.3.0 
 3. Jackson, Ft.Wayne.3.0 
 4. Hurdle, Springfi.3.0 
 5. Millsap, Los A.3.0 
 6. Hamilton, Los A.2.8 
 7. Fortson, Los A.2.8 
 8. Harris, Rio G.2.8 
 9. Galloway, Idaho S.2.7 
 10. Stiemsma, Sioux F.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.5.0 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.4.7 
 3. Major, Bakersfi.3.0 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.7 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.3 
 6. Franklin, Canton C.2.0 
 7. Gladness, Dakota2.0 
 8. Goldcamp, Erie B.2.0 
 9. Koch, Bakersfi.2.0 
 10. Okwandu, Rio G.2.0 


Skyforce acquires Ryan Anderson - by Eurobasket News
The Sioux Falls Skyforce announced today that that the team has acquired guard Ryan Anderson (6'4''-G-87, college: Nebraska) from the available player pool.

He is expected to be in uniform tomorrow night as the Skyforce hosts the Los Angeles D-Fenders at 7 p.m. in a game that will air live on NBA TV. The active roster now stands at 12 players.

Anderson was waived by the Texas Legends in training camp after being selected in the sixth round (91st overall) of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft. He averaged 9.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in four seasons (122 games) at the University of Nebraska.

The 6-4, 195-pound guard was named to the Big 12 All-Underrated Team by the media after averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds as a senior in 2009-10.

Courtesy of www.keloland.com


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 105-87
Maine Red Claws point guard Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) didn't pull any punches after Thursday night's 105-87 loss to the Erie BayHawks before 4,526 fans at Tullio Arena. 'We just can't get punked like that,' Hayes said. 'They just straight punked us in the second half. If we want to get better and have our goal be to compete for a championship, then we can't allow that.' The Red Claws blew a 13-point first-quarter lead and fell to 0-2. Hayes scored a team-high 20 points, but the Red Claws got just 14 points in the fourth quarter. Maine will play its home opener Saturday against Springfield. The Armor beat the Red Claws in the season opener last week, 94-87. 'Like Coach said, this is a man's game,' Hayes said. 'If you're not going to step up to the plate and be a man, you don't belong here. We've got to forget about this game.' Mychel Thompson had 24 points and Donald Sloan and Chris Daniels each added 19 points in sparking Erie (1-2) to its first win of the season. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com

Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 135-103
Theres nothing like a taste of home-cooking. That must have been the sentiment for the Los Angeles D-Fenders, as they opened their 2011-12 home schedule with a resounding 135-103 victory over the visiting Reno Bighorns. The D-Fenders (2-1) had split their first two games of the season by a combined three-points, on the road versus Dakota over the weekend, but on Monday night there was no question as to who the dominant team was. Eric Musselman's club set a franchise record for largest margin of victory and fell just three points shy of the team record for points scored in a single game. LA could not miss, shooting 62.5% from the field, including an amazing 10-15 from behind the arc. They almost shot a better percentage from three (66.7% versus the free-throw line (67.69%)! Veteran forward Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82, college: La-Lafayette) led the way with a game-high 26 points, but Brandon Costner (22), Elijah Millsap (22) and Courtney Fortson (21) all reached the 20-point plateau. Both teams came out on fire to start the game and the score was actually tied at 38 apiece after one quarter, but Reno could not match the onslaught by the D-Fenders, as they fall to 0-3 on the season. A trio of Bighorns players also scored 20-plus points apiece, led by Blake Ahearns 24. NBA veteran guard Jamaal Tinsley did not have impress on the offensive-end in his home-debut, finishing with just three-points on 1-4 shooting, but he did run the team effectively, dishing out a game-high 13 assists as opposed to just three turnovers.

Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 117-130
If you aren't going to make your 3-pointers, you better play defense. If you aren't going to play defense, you are probably not going to win. In a nutshell, that's what happened to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in their 130-117 loss to the Iowa Energy on Thursday night at State Farm Arena. The Energy (2-2) shot 63 percent from the field, many of those came on easy baskets to the rim. The Vipers made 13 of 44 shots from the 3-point arc, including 5 of 26 in the first half. 'That's what was the most disappointing thing - they shot 63 percent from the field and most of them were right at the basket and that was bad because I thought our defense was coming along,' Vipers coach Nick Nurse said. 'We took a huge step backwards on that. Some of that was guys living a little bit through the offensive end. When it's not going good, they aren't playing as tough on the defensive end.' Ehambe Moses Randall (6'6''-G/F-86, college: ORU), a 6-6 guard, led all scorers with 33 points on 12-of-17 shooting. Six-foot-11 center, Jarrid Famous, had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Brandon Ewing, a 6-2 guard had 30 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Many of those came on drives to the basket. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Idaho S. - Dakota W. 77-120
Pick a stat, any stat. It should help illustrate how bad the Idaho Stampede were beaten by the Dakota Wizards on Thursday night at CenturyLink Arena. The score - 120-77 - only tells part of the story. How about this? The Stampede began last season winless in their first seven games and 2-13, but they never lost by more than 30 points. Thursday night, they lost by 43 points. Idaho was outrebounded 53-38. Two Stampede starters, Jason Ellis and Kendall Dartex, went a combined 0-for-9 from the field and finished with zero points. 'We just didn't play well tonight,' coach Randy Livingston said. 'We didn't make shots. We didn't defend. Sometimes you have nights like this. It's pro basketball.' Asked about the game's most telling statistic and Livingston pointed to the two teams' shooting percentage: Dakota finished at 58 percent, Idaho at 32.9. 'They shot almost 60 percent from the field,' he said. 'Anytime the opponent shoots 60 percent and you shoot 30, that's a recipe for disaster.' The NBA notified the D-League this week that rosters could be expanded to 12 players in anticipation of call-ups for the higher league's training camps in the wake of the lockout. Idaho added forward Kendall Dartez and guard Dontell Jefferson. Dartez was drafted by Idaho and missed the first two games because of injury. Jefferson, a D-League veteran, was playing in Canada. Both played limited minutes and were nonfactors, leaving Idaho looking for answers. 'We've just got to stick together and go out and compete,' said guard Cheyne Gadson (6'4''-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Oklahoma St.), who had a team-high 20 points. Competing is something Livingston said his team didn't do Thursday night. Asked if his players gave up on the game, he admitted they did. 'From the beginning,' he said. 'I don't think they were ever into it. Put that on the (coaching) staff.' The teams play again Friday night at CenturyLink Arena. 'Maybe every shot will fall,' Livingston said. ' But we've got to find a way to get a win.' *Courtesy of www.idahostatesman.com

Rio Grande VV - Iowa E. 134-108
It was a simple question that had no easy solution. Thats the kind of challenge Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard, Terrell Harris (6'5''-G-87, college: Oklahoma St.), loves and he delivered in a big way after coach Nick Nurse asked him: You want to take him? The subject in question was Iowa Energy's Ehambe Moses Randall, who helped engineer a comeback after his team had fallen behind by 16 points in the first half. Ehambe had 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting and the Vipers didnt have an answer for him at the time. Harris and Kelvin Lewis led the Vipers with 21 points apiece. Tyren Johnson, the Vipers first-round pick had 20 points. It was the second solid outing for Johnson, who was the target of some criticism by Nurse in the preseason for getting off to a slow start. With his 20 points Wednesday and 18 against Erie on Saturday, he seems be catching up. I was feeling good, Johnson said. Im getting comfortable, and Im still getting adjusted after playing European basketball. Im taking it step by step. I just want to let the game come to me and not force stuff. Famous had game highs 33 points and 15 rebounds for the Energy. Nick Murphy had 18 points. The Vipers and Energy play at 7 oclock Thursday. The Vipers begin a three-game road trip beginning Sunday at Bakersfield. Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Texas L. - Tulsa 66ers 84-97
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, college: ORU) scored a game-high 19 points, Dwight Buycks added 13 points and a team-high four assists and the Tulsa 66ers downed the Texas Legends 97-84 Wednesday at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. In the first of six matchups between the Western Conference foes this season, Tulsa (3-0) led Texas by as many as 23 points. Jerome Dyson added 16 points for Tulsa, and Brady Morningstar scored a season-high 11. Keys: Tulsa held Texas to 31-of-82 (.378) shooting overall, including 1-of-15 (.067) from beyond the arc. The 66ers also forced 19 Legends turnovers and recorded a season-high six blocked shots. Notes: Tulsa held its third straight opponent to under 90 points. ... Texas fell to 0-2. Up next: At Austin, 8 p.m. Friday. Next home game: 7 p.m. Saturday vs. Austin. Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Los Angeles D. - Reno B. 95-99
The Reno Bighorns took a 99-95 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Wednesay in Los Angeles for their first win of the season. Zach Graham (6'6''-G-89, college: Mississippi) led the Bighorns with 22 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Blake Ahearn added 19 points, five assists and four rebounds. Elijah Millsap led all players with 23 points for the D-Fenders. The win was the first for head coach Paul Mokeski with the Bighorns and the first under the ownership of Bighorns Basketball, LLC. Nick Fazekas shot the ball effectively, going 4-for-4 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line for 11 points and grabbing five rebounds. McCullough returned to the starting lineup for the Bighorns, scoring 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Five Bighorns finished in double figures. 'We had a great practice yesterday and fixed some things for tonight's game,' Fazekas said. 'Congratulations to Coach Mokeski for his first win. It feels good to get this monkey off of our backs.' The Bighorns were down 44-47 at halftime, but outscored the D-Fenders 28-14 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead. Los Angeles would cut the lead to one point in the final minute, but the Bighorns used careful clock management and ball control to finish out the game. The Bighorns will play their first home game in Reno on Friday against the Bakersfield Jam at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in the door will receive a free long-sleeve Bighorns t-shirts. Courtesy of www.rgj.com


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  EBA   


Wizards roster unveiled - by Gianni Pascucci
According with an official comminucation from Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr , this down is the 2011-12 roster of the New York Wizards, an EBA team expected to battle for the title till the end of the season. Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) is expected to provide the most of the points, the international flavour is made by Zimbabwean center Levy Mwanza ...

Gregory Cerillo Jr G 5'11' Suffolk CC

Aubin Scott G 6'1' LIU
Tamien Trent G 6'1' Fairleigh Dickerson
Eric Ferguson G 6'1' Arkansas
Jason Romer G 6'3' LIU
Gregory Lott F 6'5' Lane
Mike Mosby F/C 6'6' Adelphi
Brandon Lawley F 6'6' Mansfield Univ.
Jermaine Abraham F 6'7' Farmingdale
Levy Mwanza C 6'8' Zimbabwe National Team
Tim Zephyr F/C 6'9' Norfolk
Damion Fray C 6'9' Seton Hall
Brain Faustin C 6'9' Goldey Beacom




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Pilk, TT.17.9 
 2. Raley-Ross, Tln K.16.1 
 3. Soo, Rapla16.0 
 4. Veideman, Tartu U.15.9 
 5. Cipruss, Tarvas15.5 
 6. Raap, Parnu14.6 
 7. Raadik, Parnu14.5 
 8. Hallik, Tarvas14.0 
 9. Arnold, TT.13.9 
 10. Amis, Tartu Uliko.13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Tarvas
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Cipruss, Tarvas10.2 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.8 
 3. Adedeji, Va.8.8 
 4. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.1 
 6. Cricelli, Va.7.6 
 7. Fedortchuk, Tln K.7.4 
 8. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.7.0 
 9. Allingu, Tartu U.6.8 
 10. Keedus, TT.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Cunda, Va.4.5 
 2. Pilk, TT.3.8 
 3. Kriisa, Tarvas3.8 
 4. Laane, Rapla3.6 
 5. Raap, Parnu3.6 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.5 
 7. Dorbek, Tarvas3.5 
 8. Keedus, TT.3.2 
 9. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Va.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Cunda, Va.2.4 
 2. Karner, Parnu2.4 
 3. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Tarvas2.3 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.2.2 
 6. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.1 
 7. Raley-Ross, Tln K.2.0 
 8. Kaldre, Rapla2.0 
 9. Saks, Kalev/Cramo1.9 
 10. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Bamba FALL
  Kalev/Cramo
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.2 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool1.7 
 3. Fedortchuk, Tln K.1.5 
 4. Adedeji, Va.1.0 
 5. Varbanov, Kalev/Cr.0.9 
 6. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.0.8 
 7. Raadik, Parnu0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Eichfuss, Tartu U.0.7 
 10. Voolaid, Parnu0.6 


Kalev/Cramo wins thriller over rival Tartu University - by Janar
The two top teams met for the first time in national championships. Visiting team Kalev/Cramo came out with a narrow win 89:87. It was the first loss for Tartu this season, meaning that Kalev/Cramo took the lead in KML standings with 12 wins/13 games.

Kalev/Cramo started the game better and won the first quarter 16:13 but gave up the lead before halftime as the home team started the third quarter leading 34:29. After Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) cut Tartus deficit to one with 50 seconds remaining, Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) hit a three-pointer to give Kalev/Cramo a 4 point lead (86:82) with 30 second to go. Kristo Saage (184-G-85)s triple and a free throw cut Kalev/Cramos lead to two (88:86) with ten seconds to go, but that was it.
Cramos best tonight was Gregor Arbet with 19 points (4/6 for three) and 5 rebounds. Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) added 17 points, Armands Skele (192-G-83) 14 and Joosep Toome 12. Tartus Rain Veideman was the games best shooter with 25 points (FG 10/16) and 6 rbs. Bill Amis added 23, Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) 14 and Kristo Saage 12.
Kalev/Cramo had an amazing field goal percetage 60,3. Tartu connected half of their shots.

In other games Tallinna Kalev beat Rapla 67:61, Mihkel Kurg (191-G-87) made 6 three-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points. Raido Roos (185-G-84) added 13 points, including a game-winning basket with 22 secs to go. Janar Soo (199-G/F-91) had 20 in losing effort, Andre Parn (200-F-77) added 12.
Rakvere humiliated TTU 98:58. Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) scored 22, Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) 20+10rbs and Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) 14. Illimar Pilk led TTU with 14.



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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Caja L.
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Teletovic, Caja L.22.0 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.19.3 
 3. McCalebb, Montepa.17.9 
 4. Weems, Zalgiris17.9 
 5. Domercant, Unics17.4 
 6. Carroll, Real Madr.16.9 
 7. Gallinari, Armani16.4 
 8. Mallet, Spirou16.4 
 9. Macvan, Partizan16.3 
 10. Banic, Gescrap BB16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA9.0 
 2. Macvan, Partizan7.9 
 3. May, KK.7.8 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.1 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy6.8 
 6. Batum, Nancy6.7 
 7. Motiejunas, Asseco6.7 
 8. Heytvelt, KK Za.6.6 
 9. Moerman, Nancy6.6 
 10. Slaughter, Brose6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  FCB Regal
  (191-PG-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Huertas, FCB Regal5.6 
 2. Rodriguez, Real M.5.6 
 3. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.3 
 5. Batum, Nancy5.2 
 6. Teodosic, CSKA5.1 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympia.4.9 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.4.9 
 9. Linehan, Nancy4.6 
 10. Prigioni, Caja L.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Anadolu .
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kinsey, Anadolu2.7 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.3 
 3. Kirilenko, CSKA2.2 
 4. Sefolosha, Fener.U.2.1 
 5. Eidson, FCB Regal2.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 7. Lafayette, Asseco1.9 
 8. Slaughter, Brose B.1.9 
 9. Batum, Nancy1.7 
 10. Diamantidis, Pana.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  CSKA
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kirilenko, CSKA3.2 
 2. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 4. Vazquez, FCB Regal1.6 
 5. Perovic, FCB Regal1.5 
 6. Zoric, Unicaja1.3 
 7. Slaughter, Brose B.1.3 
 8. Kinsey, Anadolu1.3 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.3 
 10. Begic, Real Madrid1.2 


Zalgiris signs Uros Petrovic, loans him to Baltai Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris signed a deal with young small forward Uros Petrovic (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket). The 21-year-old Serbian is immediately loaned to Baltai Kaunas, where he will spend rest of the season. Petrovic started it with Hemofarm Vrsac. He appeared 3 times in Adriatic league averaging 2.3 points. Uros Petrovic is a product of Hemofarm, where he started as a teenager. They reached Serbian League Finals twice and EuroCup Semis in 2009. Uros Petrovic played for the Serbian U18 National Team three years ago. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds for 8 games at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos. In 2009 and 2009, Petrovic was a member of the Serbian U20 NT. He will make debut with Baltai Kaunas tonight.

Week 7 co-MVPs: Erazem Lorbek & Milan Macvan - by Kostas Papadopoulos
For the first time this season the Euroleague's weekly MVP honor is shared by two players. Two-time All-Euroleague selection Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) of FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Partizan are two of the best big man in the game and both starred in important wins for their respective teams en route to sharing Week 7 MVP honors. Erazem Lorbek needed just 25 minutes to produce 15 points with just 2 missed shots plus 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in posting a performance index rating of 25 as Barcelona remained undefeated with a 45-76 road win at Asseco Prokom Gdynia. Milan Macvan starred for Partizan in a tough 74-71 victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Milan Macvan tallied 22 points on 6-of-8 two-point and 3-of-6 three-point shooting in addition to 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal to also achieve an index rating of 25. Ironically, Milan Macvan's finest performance and career-high in scoring came against Maccabi, which whom Milan Macvan is signed through 2015, but sent him on loan to Partizan at the start of this season. Three other stars of key victories rounded out the list of top Week 7 performers: Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce Ulker, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) of CSKA Moscow and Javier Rodriguez (185-G-93) of Real Madrid. Curtis Jerrells came off the bench for 17 points and 5 assists for a performance index rating of 24 in an 86-70 win over Olympiacos. Viktor Khryapa, a former Euroleague Best Defender award winner, tallied 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for his 24 index in CSKA's 78-81 win at the buzzer of Brose Baskets. And Javier Rodriguez went for 19 points with just 2 missed shots plus 4 rebounds and 2 assists in a 65-72 win over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan that lifted Madrid into the Top 16.



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Round 7 best performance: Sonny Weems - by Eurobasket News
American Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zalgiris, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while his team edged out Unicaja (3-4) 67-65. Zalgiris is placed at 4th position in Euroleague Group B with 2-5 record. Weems turned to be Zalgiris' top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Arkansas star has very solid stats this year. Weems is in league's top in points (4th best: 17.9ppg) and averages impressive 47.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Serbian power forward Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) of Anadolu Efes. Savanovic had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Anadolu Efes to edge the lower-ranked Spirou (1-6) 66-62. Anadolu Efes' 3rd position in Group C has not changed. His team's 4-3 record is not bad at all. Savanovic is a newcomer at Anadolu Efes, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international center Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Partizan. Macvan scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Partizan, leading his team to a 74-71 win against ranked Maccabi T-A. Partizan improved to 4-3 record in Group C. Macvan has a great season in Euroleague. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 7.9rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84) of FCB Regal - 15 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85) of Brose Baskets - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87) of Fener.Ulker - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Andre Riddick (208-C-73) of Spirou - 9 points and 10 rebounds
8. Gerald Fitch (191-G-82) of Unicaja - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79) of Unics - 17 points and 3 assists
10. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) of Real Madrid - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Round Seven review - by Eurobasket Center
Group A
Bennet Cantu - Caja Laboral 71-68
Bennet Cantu demonstrated great performance against Caja Laboral on Thursday evening. The Italian squad grabbed 71-68 home victory joining Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce Ulker on top of Group A with 4-3 record. Cantu made impressive 52-34 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but then visitors finally woke up and came to 69-67 with 27 seconds to go. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) split free throws to put Caja Laboral at Cantus doorstep, 69-68, but a steal by Andrea Cinciarini ended the furious rally and gave Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) an easy layup as Cantu eked out the win, 71-68. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) led the hosts with 18 points (6 of 9 for 3-pts). Mazzarino had 14 points, while center Denis Marconato (214-C-75) helped with 8 points and 10 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 27 points. Bjelica had 11, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) stopped to 9 pts each. Quarters: 12-21, 23-9, 17-6, 19-32. Next week Cantu goes to Bilbao. Caja Laboral will meet Olympiakos in Athens.

Fener.Ulker - Olympiakos 86-70
Fenerbahce Ulker was too strong for Olympiakos on Thursday night. The reigning Turkish champion celebrated 86-70 victory in this meeting. Both teams had 3-3 record before it in Group A. Olympiacos was better than Fener in Round Two with 81-74. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and 5 assists. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) scored 16 points and Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 5 less. For the Reds, Kyle Hines (198-F-86) responded with 14 points and 7 rebs. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 and Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) had 8 points. Fener exploded in the last ten minutes to secure a comfortable win. Quarters: 16-17, 26-19, 17-20, 27-14. Fener will travel to Nancy next week. Olympiakos will host Caja Laboral.

Gescrap BB - Nancy 97-75
Valuable home win for Bilbao in Round Seven of the Eurolegaue regular season. The Spanish team celebrated 97-75 victory joining Nancy with 3-4 record in Group A. Nancy was better than Bilbao in Round Two with 'only' 87-73. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) led the hosts in scoring with 15 points. Janis Blums (190-G-82) and Marko Banic (205-F-84) helped with 12 points each. On the other side, Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) had 19 and Adrien Moerman (203-F/C-88) netted 16 pts. Third scorer in Nancy was Akinlolu Akingbala (208-C-83, college: Clemson) with 9 points (5 rebs). There was no Nicolas Batum in Nancy's roster as the NBA lockout is over. Bilbao shined in the second half to win this game with comfortable 97-75. Quarters: 22-22, 18-17, 29-23, 28-13. In the next round, Bilbao will host Cantu. Nancy will meet Fenerbahce Ulker also at home.

Group B
Panathinaikos - KK Zagreb CO 94-76
Panathinaikos jumped to 5-2 record in Group B of the Euroleague regular season. The defending champion was too strong for Zagreb once again, 94-76. Croatian champ dropped to 2-5 in this pool. Visitors managed to resists during the first 20 minutes, actually having plus one at the HT, but PAO took control on them after that celebrating comfortable win at the end. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) dominated under the basket collecting 18 points and 9 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) and Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida) scored 13 pts each, and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) (5 rebs) added one less. In the loosing squad, Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) netted 18 points. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) had 15 points and 6 rebs, and Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina) had double-double of 12 points and 10 rebs. NBAer T.J. Ford (178-PG-83, college: Texas) scored 12 pts for Zagreb and he was their most valuable player with valuation 17. Quarters: 24-22, 24-27, 23-13, 23-14. PAO goes to Kaunas next week. Zagreb will meet CSKA in Moscow.

Brose Baskets - CSKA 78-81
CSKA Moscow kept the perfect score after seven games of the Euroleague regular season. The Russian powerhouse grabbed 78-81 victory in Bamberg on Wednesday night thanks to buzzer beater triple by Milos Teodosic (195-G-87). Of course, the Moscow team stays No.1 in Group B and they already booked a spot for Top 16. Brose Baskets slipped to 2-5 after this meeting. Nenad Krstic (213-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) top-scored in CSKA with 20 points, while Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Alexey Shved (5 rebs) and a game hero Milos Teodosic (5 as) had 14 and 12 points respectively. For the hosts, Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, college: San Diego St.) netted 21 points. Anthony Leon Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) (6 rebs) and Anton Gavel (189-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports) had 11 and 10 points. Quarters: 18-25, 19-19, 25-23, 16-14. CSKA Moscow waits Zagreb next week, while Brose Baskets will travel to Malaga.

Zalgiris - Unicaja 67-65
Zalgiris is alive. They grabbed 67-65 home victory against Unicaja on Wednesday night joining Brose Baskets and Zagreb with 2-5 record in Group B of the Euroleague regular season. At the same time, Unicaja dropped to 3-4 record in this pool. Free throws by Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) and a dunk by Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) allowed Zalgiris to win the game, as Kristaps Valters (190-G-81) missed a shot in the game's final possession. His driving shot hit the rim seconds before the final buzzer. Weems led the hosts with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Marko Popovic and Ty Lawson (180-PG-87, college: N.Carolina) helped with 11 and 10 points respectively. In Unicaja, Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) (9 rebs) and Kristaps Valters (6 as) stopped to 12 points each. Quarters: 19-11, 16-13, 15-18, 17-23. Zalgiris waits Panathinaikos in the next round. Unicaja will host Brose Baskets.

Group C
Partizan - Maccabi T-A 74-71
Partizan used its home court to stop Maccabi's five game winning streak in Euroleague, Group C. The Serbian powerhouse grabbed 74-71 victory making a huge step forward to Top 16. Partizan has 4-3 record now in this pool, while Maccabi slipped to 5-2 sharing the first place with Real Madrid. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) was a key player for Partizan in this meeting. The power forward, loaned from Maccabi, had 22 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 25). He made two clutch triples in the last quarter. NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points in his goodbye game for Partizan this season, while Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 pts. The home squad played without Acie Law. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts (also in his last Maccabi game), while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 10 points and 5 rebs. In the finish, Pnini closed the gap to 70-68 with 21 seconds to go, but Nikola Pekovic drew an unsportsmanlike foul from him at the next possession. Both Pekovic and Milan Macvan split their free throws, and then Lucic hit both with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Quarters: 24-17, 15-20, 15-11, 20-23. Partizan goes to Charleroi next week, while Maccabi will play in Madrid.

Spirou - Anadolu Efes 62-66
Anadolu Efes did a great job in Charleroi on Wednesday night. The Turkish squad grabbed 62-66 victory against the Belgian champ for 4-3 record in Group C of the Euroleague regular season. With this victory, Efes drastically increased its changes to reach the Top 16. On the other side, Charleroi dropped to 1-6 and still closes the standings in this pool. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) paced Anadolu Efes to this important win collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. He was the MVP with valuation 22. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) had 12 points and 5 rebs, while Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) netted 10 pts. In defeat, Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) delivered 21 points. Their second scorers were Andre Riddick (208-C-73, college: Kentucky) (10 rebs) and Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) with 9 points each. Charleroi came to minus 5 with 34 seconds to go, but a ball-handling violation on Green doomed the home teams chances. And Vujacic iced the win from the line. Quarters: 14-18, 8-19, 21-15, 19-14. Anadolu Efes will host Armani Jeans Milano in the next round. Charleroi will play against Partizan in another home game.

Armani MI - Real Madrid 65-72
Real Madrid handed 65-72 home loss to Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday evening. Visitors improved to 5-2 and mathematically made it to the next round due to its 2-0 record against Armani and Charleroi. At the same time, Armani dropped to 2-5 and their hopes to reach the next stage drastically decreased, but still exist. Real Madrid was in charge during the entire game, despite they were not able to make a double digit lead. Armani came to 65-67 with less than two minutes to go, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) traded missed shots after that, but a three-pointer by Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) sealed the outcome, 65-70, with 50.1 seconds to go. Rodriguez was the leading scorer in victory with 19 points. Fernandez had 13, Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) 11 points and 10 rebs, and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 10 points, plus 5 boards. For the hosts, Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 13 points and 6 rebs, with poor 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Stefano Mancinelli and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-20, 15-16, 17-17, 18-19. Real Madrid waits Maccabi in the next round, while Armani will meet Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

Group D
Unics - Galatasaray 72-61
Unics booked a spot for Top 16 phase. It the game between two Euroleague newcomers, the Russian squad celebrated 72-61 home win for 5-2 record in Group D. On the other side, Galatasaray dropped to 3-4, but still has a nice chance to advance. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 17 points for the hosts. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 13, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) had 12 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) added 11 pts and 7 rebounds. In Galata, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) was the only player with double digits - 12 pts. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) (5 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. After pretty leveled first half, Unics found its usual go-to guy in Domercant after the break to get a 57-49 margin after three quarters. And Unics used outstanding defense to boost its margin to 67-51 and never looked back. Quarters: 21-23, 14-11, 22-15, 15-12. In the next round, Unics will meet Barca on the road. Galatasaray will host Montepaschi.

Union Olimpija - Montepaschi 57-63
Montepaschi booked a spot for Top 16. The Italian powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija in Ljubljana 57-63 on Thursday night. Visitors improved to 5-2 record in Group D, while Olimpija slipped to 1-5 with tiny chances to reach the next stage. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 16 points for Montepaschi and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) added 14 points, plus 6 rebounds. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 13 pts, while David Andersen (212-C-80) had 10 points and 8 boards. In Olimpija, Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) delivered 11 pts. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) shined with 10 points, 15 rebs and 5 assists, and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) stooped too 10 pts and 6 rebs. Montepaschi made 0-6 run for 55-59 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Olimpija kept trying threes that didn't go in and Bo McCalebb made things clearer for the guests with two free throws, 55-61, what was too much for Olimpija for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-21, 18-16, 16-16, 8-10. Montepaschi will meet Galatasaray in Istanbul next week, while Olimpia goes to Gdynia.

Asseco Prokom - FCB Regal 45-76
Regal Barca had an easy job in Gdynia on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champ blasted Asseco Prokom 45-76 keeping the perfect record in Euroleague, Group D (7-0). The home squad closes the standings in this pool with no win (0-7). Barca took control on Prokom in the second quarter and never looked back. Victor Sada (192-G-84) led the scorers in Barca with 17 points, while their best player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 15 points and 8 rebs (valuation 25). Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) netted 10 pts. In Prokom, Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82, agency: Court Side) had 10 points and was the only one with double digits. Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) stopped to 7 points each. Quarters: 14-14, 12-22, 4-23, 15-17. Barca will host Unics in the next round. Prokom waits Union Olimpija, what could be a chance for the first win.


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KORISLIIGA: Two contests, two OTs - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 16: There were two contests on Friday evening and as many OTs! Karhu (Kauhajoki) made it an OT vs Pyrinto (Tampere), when PG Ilkka Vuori (181-PG-86) made his lay up and tied 63-63 with 39 seconds to go. During the over time Pyrinto's C Antti Nikkila (210-F/C-78, college: Valparaiso) gave the hosts one extra chance when missing both FTs (time 44:55), but Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Mt.St.Mary's) missed with his 3-pointer and visitor Pyrinto won 73-75 (63) (31-33). Quarters: 15-18, 16-15, 13-17, 19-13, 10-12. Beidler led Karhu with 25pts/13rbs. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) added 15 points. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) led Pyrinto with 18pts. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) added 17pts. Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) grabbed 11rbs, but was shooting 2/16 from the field.
Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Boise St.) saved the OT for YMCA Lappeenranta and what happened next? Visitor KTP didn't score a point during the OT five minutes! YMCA LPR won 92-81 (81) (43-31). Quarters: 17-14, 26-17, 18-23, 20-27, 11-0. Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) scored 31 points for YMCA Team. Tiedeman added 23pts. Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) led KTP with 28pts. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had again a double-double 19pts/14rbs. Newcomer Amal McCaskill started with six points and three rebounds in 14:35 minutes.

Karhu - Pyrinto OT 73-75 (63) (31-33). (Kelly Beidler 25/13, Vesa Makalainen 15, Clevin Hannah 10/7a - Antero Lehto 18, Kenneth Lowe 17, Antwine Williams 11. A: 667).
YMCA Lappeenranta - KTP OT 92-81 (81) (43-31). (Lawrence Hamm 31, Tyler Tiedeman 23/8, Viljami Vanjoki 14 - Tony Crocker 28, Tim Blue 19/14, Michael Pounds 14. A: 545).
1. Division:
Tarmo (Porvoo) - ToPo Academy, Helsinki 87-72 (40-26). (Shawn Henderson 20, Mike King 16/13, LaTrice Little 15/9/5a - Alexis Lavastida 18, Julius Rajala 13, Joel Heinikoski 13).




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 12-3 
 2. Nilan Bisons 10-3 
 3. Kauhajoki 10-5 
 4. Pyrinto 8-4 
 5. ToPo 8-6 
 6. Kouvot 7-7 
 7. LrNMKY 7-8 
 8. Korihait 6-9 
 9. Salon Vilpas 5-10 
 10. KTP 4-11 
 11. Namika Lahti 2-13 


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 9-0 
 2. Oulun NMKY 7-2 
 3. BC Nokia 7-2 
 4. Tapiolan Honka 6-3 
 5. Lapua 5-4 
 6. Pyrinto II 5-4 
 7. Ura Basket 4-5 
 8. Huima 4-5 
 9. Porvoon Tarmo 4-6 
 10. SayRi 2-7 
 11. Jyvaskyla 1-8 
 12. ToPo Akatemia 1-9 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Baxley, Lapua27.8 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.26.1 
 3. Manning, Huima22.8 
 4. Williams, Lapua22.7 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.22.6 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.21.6 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Stamper, Pyrin.20.3 
 9. January, BC Nokia19.6 
 10. Green, Ura Basket19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.9 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.7 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo12.1 
 4. January, BC Nokia10.8 
 5. Townes, BC Nokia10.8 
 6. Britton, Huima10.6 
 7. Coleman, FoKoPo10.0 
 8. Green, Ura Basket9.8 
 9. Stamper, Pyrin.9.7 
 10. Andrews, Ura B.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Sami IKAVALKO
  FoKoPo
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.4 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.4.7 
 3. Manning, Huima4.4 
 4. Jackson, Lapua4.2 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia4.0 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.4.0 
 7. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.5 
 8. Viertola, Huima3.4 
 9. Lehtila, Ura Basket3.0 
 10. Little, Porvoon2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jackson, Lapua3.0 
 2. Bojang, FoKoPo2.3 
 3. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.1 
 4. January, BC Nokia2.1 
 5. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.9 
 7. Little, Porvoon1.9 
 8. Nieminen, SayRi1.8 
 9. Phillips, Oulun N.1.8 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.4 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia1.0 
 7. Molenius, FoKoPo1.0 
 8. January, BC Nokia0.8 
 9. Henderson, Porvoo.0.7 
 10. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons23.0 
 2. Blue, KTP20.9 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.5 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto19.3 
 6. Newson, Kataja19.2 
 7. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.8 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.18.8 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.0 
 10. Griffin, ToPo17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.1 
 2. Blue, KTP11.2 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.2 
 4. Newson, Kataja8.9 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.8 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.6 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.5 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.2 
 10. Heard, ToPo7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Virtanen, Kataja5.1 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.9 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.0 
 5. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 6. Hannah, Kauhajoki3.9 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.8 
 8. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.4 
 9. Vuori, Kauhajoki3.2 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.8 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.5 
 4. Moore, Korihait2.4 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.2 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP2.0 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.9 
 8. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 10. Brooks, Namika L.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.7 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.1 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.8 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 8. Blue, KTP0.8 
 9. Price, Kataja0.8 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


BLOG #3 - by Jared Newson
Hello,

Well today i received some great and inspirational news. I was selected as the November Player of the Month. This is a award that says your hard work is paying off and keep it up. I first wanna say that if it wasn't for my teammates and my coach having trust that i can go out and do my job every night this wouldn't be possible. This award is actually a TEAM OF THE MONTH award and I'm just the player to represent the team at this particular moment. We have been playing OK basketball the month of November going 7-0 but we can definitely improve and i can continue to improve as a player. I do want to thank the Finnish basketball league for the honor and the support that i get from the fans and organization up in Joensuu. But with that said, this award isnt going to mean as much to me if we dont continue to win games and get better. We have a tough schedule coming up ahead of us the month of December and a cup game that could put us in the top 4 if we win. Once again, thank the people who made this happen and a big thank you to my support circle. (you know who you are. )

God Bless

'Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe in you'

Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Tenn-Martin)


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Jahsha BLUNTT
  Orchy
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Bluntt, Orchy18.9 
 2. Almanson, Challans18.8 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest18.4 
 4. Belser, Charleville17.6 
 5. Thomas, Roche17.3 
 6. Merie, Chartres17.2 
 7. Bichard, St Quentin16.9 
 8. Bigote, Cognac16.8 
 9. St Robert, Montb.16.5 
 10. Kaunisto, Blois16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.3 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.3 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.1 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest9.3 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin8.8 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.4 
 7. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 8. Pearson, Angers B.8.2 
 9. Belser, Charleville7.4 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.9 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.8 
 3. Daube, Le Puy5.7 
 4. Brochard, Blois5.4 
 5. Barbry, Orchy5.1 
 6. Dessart, Lievin4.8 
 7. Godin, Cognac4.6 
 8. Ball, St Quentin4.3 
 9. Berquier, Chartres4.1 
 10. Geay, Challans4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.5 
 2. Pistre, Charleville2.3 
 3. Bigote, Cognac2.1 
 4. Cretaux, Lievin2.0 
 5. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 6. Bassine, Sorgues1.9 
 7. Ball, St Quentin1.9 
 8. Dessart, Lievin1.8 
 9. Gourari, Rueil1.7 
 10. Koundjia-S., Le P.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Abdoulaye N''DIAYE
  Souffel
  (210-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. N''Diaye, Souffel1.7 
 2. Caskill, Cognac1.6 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.6 
 4. Sanborn, Lievin1.1 
 5. Jaiteh, CFBB1.1 
 6. Morin, CFBB1.1 
 7. Mendy, Lievin1.0 
 8. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 9. Casseus, Angers B.0.9 
 10. Ipouck, Chartres0.9 


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


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


Standings - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Charleville 8-2 
 2. Cognac 8-2 
 3. St Quentin 8-2 
 4. Sorgues 7-3 
 5. Souffel 7-3 
 6. Orchy 7-3 
 7. Roche 7-3 
 8. Blois 6-4 
 9. Brest 5-5 
 10. Challans 5-5 
 11. Chartres 5-5 
 12. Angers BC 49 5-6 
 13. Lievin 4-6 
 14. Le Puy 3-7 
 15. Clermont 3-8 
 16. Rueil 2-8 
 17. Montbrison 1-9 
 18. CFBB 0-10 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Eric CHATFIELD
  Paris-.
  (191-G-79)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Chatfield, Paris-.22.8 
 2. Parker, AS.20.3 
 3. Morlende, Hyeres-T.19.3 
 4. Rochestie, Le Mans18.9 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.18.6 
 6. Schilb, Chalon18.1 
 7. Batista, Le Mans17.3 
 8. Williams, Paris-.17.3 
 9. Cox, Le Havre17.1 
 10. Batum, Nancy17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chinemelu ELONU
  Pau-Lacq.
  (206-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.9.2 
 2. Mahinmi, Le Havre8.8 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy8.3 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.7.9 
 5. Jackson, Roanne7.6 
 6. Aminu, Chalon7.3 
 7. Turiaf, AS.7.3 
 8. Allen, Strasbourg7.2 
 9. Sommerville, Le Ma.7.1 
 10. Sy, Orleans7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (178-PG-75)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Reid, Hyeres-Toulon12.2 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans7.9 
 3. Parker, AS.6.3 
 4. Linehan, Nancy6.1 
 5. Wise, Le Havre5.8 
 6. Barrett, Roanne5.4 
 7. Pellin, Orleans5.3 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.2 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.8 
 10. Morlende, Hyeres-.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Phil GOSS
  AS.
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Goss, AS.2.4 
 2. Acker, Le Mans2.4 
 3. Linehan, Nancy2.3 
 4. Parsons, Cholet2.3 
 5. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.2.2 
 6. Batum, Nancy2.1 
 7. Riley, Nanterre2.1 
 8. Bokolo, Gravelines2.0 
 9. Melody, Dijon2.0 
 10. Judith, Nanterre1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronny TURIAF
  AS.
  (208-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Turiaf, AS.1.8 
 2. Gobert, Cholet1.5 
 3. Akingbala, Nancy1.4 
 4. Issa, Gravelines1.4 
 5. Jackson, Roanne1.3 
 6. Williams, Paris-.1.3 
 7. Batum, Nancy1.1 
 8. Nichols, Cholet1.0 
 9. Sy, Orleans1.0 
 10. Elonu, Pau-Lacq.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Boulogne
  (196-G/F-84)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. McCray, Boulogne21.2 
 2. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 3. Davis, Le Portel18.4 
 4. Denave, St Vallier18.3 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Paelay, Quimper16.8 
 7. Wood, Evreux16.7 
 8. Rowland, Evreux16.2 
 9. Milbourne, Limoges16.1 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Massie, Limoges12.6 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.3 
 3. Allen, Antibes9.4 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.2 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac8.9 
 7. Rossiter, Denain8.8 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.6 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.3 
 10. Raposo Laure., Bo.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.8 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.8 
 3. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.4 
 4. Rowland, Evreux5.3 
 5. Denave, St Vallier5.3 
 6. Sauret, Lille4.9 
 7. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.7 
 8. Patiejunas, Rouen4.7 
 9. Poupet, Rouen4.6 
 10. Gomis, Limoges4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Charles, Nantes3.4 
 2. McCray, Boulogne2.7 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.7 
 4. James, Denain2.6 
 5. Paelay, Quimper2.4 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.1 
 7. Denave, St Vallier2.1 
 8. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.0 
 9. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.9 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.1.5 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.3 
 5. Barro, Bourg1.0 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 7. Osby, Maurienne1.0 
 8. Prowell, St Vallier1.0 
 9. James, Denain0.9 
 10. Barrett, St Valli.0.9 


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


A Lot to catch up on... - by Brandon Cole
Wats up Eurobasket world!? Maaaaaaaaan, a whole lot has changed since my last blog entry at the beginning o the season, so I've got a lot to catch everybody up on, so I will get right into it. The last time I left you all, me and my team, KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje, were riding high. We were undefeated through the entire preseason schedule and defeated our rivals Feni Indistrija Kavadarci for the prestigious SuperCup Championship. We were rolling and everything was in line as were had our eyes set on 2 things for this upcoming season: Another National Cup Championship and a record 15th Superleague Championship. Needless to say that since then, we have hit a few major bumps in the road and our road to championship glory so far hasn't gone as smoothly as planned.

The regular season action tipped off for us on October 15th and we were all set to kick off the year with a big win over KK Vardar Skopje at home. That didn't happen however due to a monkey wrench in the plans. We apparently owed a hefty fine to the federation and some miscommunication was involved and we paid the penalty but it was right before the game apparently. We paid the penalty in cash just hours before the game, but the KK Vardar Skopje team president caught wind of it, and during warmups before the televised game, he started raising hell, saying that we didn't go through the proper channels in regards to paying the fine etc, and he and his team walked out! The Federation reviewed it, and judged that we technically didn't pay the penalty in the correct manner (bank transaction) and held up the decision as a forfeit for us! WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!! THE CASE IS CURRENTLY UNDER APPEAL AS WE SPEAK AND I AM BEING TOLD THAT There is a chance that WE WILL replay the game at a later date and the decision will be reversed. Time will tell. Thats just the beginning of our troubles however.

So after that initial debacle, we have a home game in against the defending League champs (whom KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje lost to in the finals last season) Feni, whom we just beat for the SuperCup title. This was a huge game that we definitely needed to get the bad taste out of our mouths from the KK Vardar Skopje situation. Bad thing is, our fans, who our like our 6th man) were suspended from the first 2 home games due to some incidents that occured late last season so we have to play 1 of our 2 biggest rivals in front of an empty arena: HOW IN THE HELL DO YOU SUSPEND THE FANS!? LOL, that is crazy. So we are playing and making a run after getting down early, and things just keep getting worse. Our National Team Point guard/Captain Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances) goes down right before halftime with an ACL injury! Are u serious!? After he went down, guys could not quite focus because we were all worried about if Dimitar was going to be ok. We tied the game up a few times and even got the lead for a slight second, but couldn't hold on and Feni pulled away in the 4th quarter to get the big win. After that things just wouldn't get right for us....We then played KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom at their gym (in front of an empty arena AGAIN, because THEIR fans were suspended for some incidents as well) and we made a true game effort and should've won the game but once again, let them pull away at the end with our own silly mistakes and get the win. The losses just kept piling up after that, with only a 3 point home win against ABA Strumica to stop the bleeding (but it didn't feel like a win at all because we played terribly and should've beaten that team by at least 20 points). We lost a tough road game against Kumanovo in front of a packed house of 6000 plus fans, the place was definitely rockin, and the refs must have felt the pressure from those crazy fans ( who were starting bon fires in the stands etc) because they just straight up CHEATED us out of soooooo many obvious calls it was ridiculous. Then after that followed 2 more losses to KK Torus Skopje and KK Lirija Skopje. It was definitely time for a change.

The entire season I had really felt under used in my role. Despite me already showing my dominance in this league 2 years ago, the coach here was determined to make me a role player on offense basically and just wanted me to do pick and rolls and wasn't really calling a lot of plays for me. The President ( whom I am very close with and played for 2 seasons ago with another team here in Macedonia), my agent and myself were all dissatisfied with the way that i was being used. The schemes we were using on offense and defense were'nt working and our coach was probably the most negative coach i've played for (next to my first coach in China). All he would do everyday in practice was yell at the Macedonian guys and tear them down and would do the same in games. Always throwing stuff, breaking stuff, and constanttly screaming and it really affected the teams morale. Given our situation and how the season started with the forfeit, the injury and not to mention the influx of about 5 new players through out the season joining the team, the last thing we needed was somebody steady stressing us out all the time and creating negative energy around us. I had voiced my opinion somewhat on my situation, but the home game against KK Lirija Skopje was the last straw. After we got a few new quality players added to the team, we lost again to KK Torus Skopje. The next game against KK Lirija Skopje, the coach decided to take ME, of all people out of teh starting lineup!, LOL, I couldn't believe it. Even though i was being underused i felt, doesn't mean i was playing bad. I was playing great and all my shooting percentages were high and my defense and rebounding were always solid. So instead of making changes somewhere else, he decides to blame the American (which is quite common overseas). I was shocked, but not as much as the President. He was upset that he had invested so much in me to come here and I was not being used properly....keep in mind he KNOWS what i can do because i played for him before. Of course we are down 20 at halftime, and he pulled me aside in the hallway and asks me what is going on and why I wasn't starting? I replied, ' Your guess is as good as mine, this coach is crazy! I can't play for him any more man, and the rest of the guys feel the same, we need a change if we're gonna get outta this situation.' Needless to say we lost that game, even though we came all the way back with me coming off the bench making a major defensive contribution to our comeback, and he was fired after the game.

Now in comes the new coach, who is like night and day from the previous one. He is calm, cool, positive and an all around Players coach. He gives us freedom to make mistakes and confidence to do our thing. Our first game with him at the helm, we go on the road against Kozuv Gergelija and their INSANE gym of 3500 plus screaming fans. We are down 20 points in the 3rd quarter. The refs are cheating us like never before, and trust me I am not being biased or imagining things...they were blatantly ignoring 24 shot clock violations, travels, fouls etc from the other team, and if we even BREATHED on them it was a foul and if we even looked at the ball on offense they called a travel. It was one of the most frustrating games i had ever been a part of and it reached its boiling point late in the 3rd quarter. I had pulled a ref aside and asked him, ' Could you PLEASE stop cheating us!? They are already up 18-20 points, could you please just call the game fair? You don't have to give us special treatment, just call it fair is all i ask, they are hammering us every time down court and you are calling nothing. The foul differential speaks for itself, just be fair is all i ask.' He looked at me with a smug face and replied, ' I think we have a good staff here today, we are doing all we can.' That really ticked me off but I let it go. 2 minutes after that conversation, I get the ball on the low block and go to make my move, and get elbowed right in my forehead by one defender and get my arm pulled by another. I throw up a wild hook shot and fall down, and blood is pouring from my head all onto the floor.......NO FOUL CALLED!!! Are you serious? I ran directly to the ref whom i had just spoken to and start going off! Cussing at him, yelling at him, pointing to the gash on my forehead with blood leaking all on my face etc. I can't even repeat the stuff that i was saying, but i was in his face for about a minute straight yelling at him and honestly was THIS CLOSE to doing something stupid and putting hands on him, thats how angry i was! To his credit, he didn't compound the mistake he made by giving me a tech and let me get my point across. He seemed almost scared and seemed like he realized his mistake and that he and his crew had taken this 'cheating' entirely too far. The crowd was going nuts, I couldn't even hear myself anymore. My teammate Boban got 2 technicals from the bench and was thrown out of the game coming to my defense. Our President came out of the stands 4 separate times and had to be held back from getting onto the court to state his case, the place was out of control. I had come to the bench for a minute to get treatment and ran back on the court to berate another ref who had looked at me the wrong way ( he was the main one cheating us really and was really getting under my skin) and i received a tech FINALLY, LOL! The game was delayed at least 7-8 mins with all the chaos going on. At the end we were down 20 points to start the 4th quarter with no hope in sight.

But something happened....the calm demeanor of coach got us refocused on the task at hand, we started to play some real defense, shots started to fall....and we came back down 20 points in the 4th quarter, on the road, through all the cheating and chaos, to win the game by 1! One of the most satisfying wins I've been a part of in my entire career and i had to sit most of the 4th due to my injury. Their fans were NOT pleased at all...the riot squad was out in full force and we needed them. They started throwing beer bottles, pop bottles, lighters, coins etc at us as soon as the buzzer sounded. 1 pop bottle flew right by my face and i couldn't believe it! We then had to be rushed back to the locker rooms in fear of the crowd rushing the court, it was crazy, and exciting at the same time. We couldn't leave for our bus for over an hour because the police had to try to clear the outside perimeter so the fans wouldn't attack us going to the bus. We finally made it out and onto the bus where the fans were waiting for us down the road and threw rocks at the bus and yelled obscenities etc, but it didn't matter, we were off to the sunset with a much needed win and a newfound swagg! Since then we won a hard fought overtime road game to KK Vardar Skopje and lost a close road game to Feni. We have been playing a lot better and the team morale and psyche has done a complete 180. Next up this weekend is the big derby rematch against KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom in front of our home fans and the place is gonna be crazy this Sunday, I can't wait. We need this win bad and if we cut down on our silly mistakes and not dig ourselves an early hole like we have been prone to do, we should be fine. We will find out this weekend. Well, glad i got everybody caught up on everything and thanks for reading as always. Until next time, be safe, be cool, and be easy ya'll.

p.s. Wanna send a special R.I.P. message to my former teammate and friend Sam Carey (203-F-84) (203-F-84) who died a couple of weeks back in a car accident. My prayers are with you and your family bro, and we all are gonna miss ya fam!

Also wanna shout out my guys Justin Griffin (194-G/F-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) and Porter Troupe (196-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Portland) (196-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Portland), get at me fools! TRINITY!!!


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Phoenix Hagen and Jason Crowe part company - by Moritz Korff
Phoenix Hagen and Jason Crowe (193-G-76, college: CS Northridge) have parted company, the BBL team announced. According to Hagen's general manager Oliver Herkelmann, the veteran guard showed glimpses of what the coaching staff had hoped for, but could not live up to expectations in the long run. 35-year-old Crowe appeared in nine games for Phoenix, averaging 7.7 points, 3.9 boards and 2.9 assists per contest.
However, the Phoenix decisionmakers are yet to determine, if they will be able to bring in a new guard. 'We have a good team, that's what we have seen. For that reason a new player could make the difference in order for us to have a lot of fun as the season progresses. But for that to happen we need additional receipts and a player, who will be good and affordable', Herkelmann stated.


The Fraport Skyliners Look To Snap Their 10 Game Losing Streak Against Scoring, Scoring And Scoring And A Possible Positive Jinx Growing Against Alba Berlin For Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Phoenix Hagen may not be a team that has a superstar player like Dashaun Wood, will reach the beko BBL playoffs with ease this season, have Bernd Kruel play point guard for a quarter, have Paris Hilton as a cheerleader, or German actor Til Schweiger sitting in the front row at each home game, but one thing that they have and can never be taken away from them is the very sweet distinction of having Alba Berlins number in the Enervie arena the last two seasons winning 92-86 last season despite 37 points from mr ballerina Derrick Allen and 98-91 this season. Who needs a Dashaun Wood when you have a Marc Antonio Carter (191-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: NC-Wilmington) who can lead you to the win with 33 points. Even if the season isnt a total success, one will at least have the memory of having beaten Alba Berlin in your own living room. One player that will cherish the win last season forever is Quentin pryor who found some time to reflect on the upset win last season in Austria where he is currently earning his bread for his family. The win over Alba Berlin was my second biggest win after the win we got getting to the Beko BBL in 2009. I remember that we didnt give Alba Berlin a chance in this game. Once the fourth quarter rolled along, we felt that we were going to win the game. We held the Alba Berlin shooters in check and got them out of their comfort zone. I thought that it was great that we were able to prove all those doubters wrong by coming on the floor and competiting, stressed Quentin Pryor. Other teams in the Beko BBL are noticing how difficult it is to play in Hagen like the Walter Tigers Tuebingen who won a 111-104 shoot out recently. Josh Young remembers the win in Hagen and beating underdogs in college as if apples were growing on trees. That they beat Alba Berlin doesnt surprise me at all. Once Hagen gets going offensively, they can be very dangerous and play with anyone. It is tough to play there since they have nice fans and use their home court advantage well. When I was at Drake, we beat Iowa and Iowa State each year until my senior year when we finally lost. For underdog teams, there is always an extra motivation playing higher ranked teams, because nobody expects them to win. And after you beat them so many times, you expect to always win, warned Josh Young. It took the Frankfurt Skyliners some six years to win in Bamberg again, is a Phoenix Hagne jinx already cast upon Alba Berlin? It seems like an Alba Berlin jinx has started, but if Phoenix Hagen wins again next season, then there is definitely a jinx, smiled Quentin Pryor.

This is the third season in the Beko BBL for Phoenix Hagen. They entered the German top league in 2009-2010 and Phoenix Hagen finished the year in 16th place just staying in the BEKO BBL by 0ne point as they had a record of 9-25. The two biggest problems of the team was a lack of defense and a thin rotation. If the club had not gotten Michael hakim Jordan in the stretch run, then the club might be visiting towns like Kirchheim, Cuxhaven and Kaiserslautern in the PRO A. The club started solid with a 2-2record beating Giessen and Ratiopharm Ulm, but then went 1-8 and landing in the BEKO BBL cellar. The team lost by more than 20 points five times and the Artland Dragons poured in over 100 points. The club then reacted bringing in Jordan and the team prompt went on a three game winning streak beating TBB Trier, The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and sweeping the season series at home against Giessen where Jordan was the hero with a game winning shot. However then as if Jordan had turned invisible, the team went on a 10 game losing streak. They finished the season with a 3-6 record beating Duesseldorf, EnBW Ludwigsburg and Paderborn, but were never able to beat a playoff team.

In their second season in the Beko BBL, the club improved vastly finishing in 11th place with a 15-19 record. Phoenix Hagen started the season very well winning four of their first six games scoring 107 points against the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but then getting hit for 103 points the next weekend against the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The team was averaging 83 points in the first month a game in comparison to scoring only 72 points last season. Their up and down style can be a hazard to at times. 'The way Phoenix Hagen plays, it can be a hit or miss. They are capable of going minutes scoring in buckets and then also minutes without getting buckets', warned John Bynum. 'We are an undersized team on the blocks. We just have to get back to defending like we been practicing for the last few months. Its on everyone to be accountable on that end because its more about heart than ability!, added Quentin Pryor. However since the strong start, Phoenix Hagen hit a slump losing nine of the next 10 games and were under 500 since the lightening start with a record of 9-15. Some people were whispering playoffs in the first weeks, but that dream was quickly doused. However they finished the season strong with a 6-4 record beating teams like ratiopharm Ulm and the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. That the club could score was no surprise, but their biggest problem was their defense. Even if they were able to put up 80-85 points, they still lost by more points. In games where Phoenix Hagen scored 80 points or more and still lost happened 12 times. They gave up 80 or more points 24 times. Why did the team give up so many points on a consistent rate? 'I think once again it had to do with there interior defense. They play at a fast pace and they are a team of runs, but even so they have the guards that can play defense, but if you made them play defense I dont think it was a high priority on their list', added John Bynum. Teams also have hurt them much under the boards. 'I think in the inside because I think the only down low defender is Eddie Seward and without him I think they struggle. They can put points up but he does so many little things for them', warned John Bynum.

This season, Phoenix Hagen were forced to do a sort of house cleaning simply because guys like Jacob Burtschi, Mark Dorris and Quentin Pryor were to expensive to hold. With costs on making more seating capacity possible in their old arena Ischeland arena, the team had hug expenses which didnt help for the player budget for this season. It also isnt easy when players see Hagen as a town where they can make a name for themselves and then get better offers from other teams the next season. Eight players left the club including scoring guard David Bell as well as young German talents Andreas Buchert and Malte Schwarz. Important was that the team was able to hold three important players with experienced German Bernd Kruel, versatile inside out player Zygimantas Jonusas and inside beast Edward Seward. The club knows the money is scarce, so they had a lot of home work to do last summer in getting the best possible players for the cheapest price. The team returned two ex Beko BBL players with Brandon Brooks who got his feet wet with the Eisbaeren playing a solid rookie season under Doug Spradley learning the ropes from stra point guard Louis Campbell and Marc Antonio Carter who had played in Duesseldorf and on any night can light up scoreboards in the Beko BBL with the best of them. The team also brought in Tristian Blackwood who made a name for himself in Holland, second year man Jordan Hasquet who is there to help under the boards and veteran Jason Crowe who is playing his 13th professional season and Germany is the 11th country where he has played. Currently they have a 3-7 record and defense continues to be a problem as they have allowed an average of 93 points in the first ten games. It seems, like the team is content just to outscore their opponents with defense being out on the back burner. Hagen seem to have a major focus on the offensive end and not so much on the defensive end. There isnt much help side and their pick and role defense isnt great eitherIf their quick shots dont fall, it can lead to easy fast break points for the opponent. Due to their athleticism, they should be able to get more steals, warned Tiger guard Josh Young. Ingo Freyer prides offense and that is something that works most of the time for the team. They are an extremely dangerous offensive team. They have so many weapons. They are great in transition and very good on one on one. Their biggest strength is their three point shooting, offensive rebounding and speeding up the game. You have to watch Carter and Jonusas very much, warned Josh Young.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners swept the season series in 2009-2010 with Phoenix Hagen stomping all over them in Hagen 93-64 as Derrick Allen led alls corers with 22 points, Aubrey Resse chipped in with 18 points and Grayson Moyer had one of his best games as a Skyliner with 15 points and five assists. In the return game in Frankfurt, Phoenix Hagen lost 89-76. Skyliner captain Pascal Roller led Frankfurt with 18 points and five assists and Derrick Allen produced 17 points. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners outrebounded Phoenix Hagen 66-49 in both games. Last season, the Skyliners also won the season series with a 90-85 win as Jermaine Bucknor led the team with 19 points and six rebounds and 92-53 romp at home getting 24 points and eight rebounds from Roger Powell and only six points and seven assists from Dashaun Wood.

The Fraport Skyliners are tangled up in a ten game losing streak and just need a winning experience desperately. Phoenix Hagen lead in every important team stat scoring 19 points more per game and grabbing five rebounds more. Frankfurt will have to tough it out and find away to stop this offensive scoring machine especially when they fly down the court. Frankfurt has to control the pace of the game. Hagen likes to run. Hagen is very good at getting offensive rebounds. Frankfurt cant allow open looks and stop their strong dribble penetration, stated Josh Young. Frankfurt hasnt been able to play a solid game for 40 minutes and cant afford not to in Hagen. Hagen is the most fast paced team in league. Frankfurt has to play very good defense and stay with them until the final buzzer. It doesnt matter if your up or down by 20 points. They always keep coming. Frankfurt has to stay consistent, warned Lebron James friend Dru Joyce. Frankfurt might only be averaging a paltry 63 points per game, but they have the talent to outscore Phoenix hagen. Hagen is tough to beat at home, because they play with much confidence. Once Hagen makes shots, they really get going. But I believe that Frankfurt has the firepower to stay with them, stressed EJ Gallup. The tempo will be key for Frankfurt. They have to stop their transition and get them in a half court game, stressed John Bynum.
Phoenix Hagen is led by Marc Antonio Carter who is a 26 year old 191cm guard from Mechanicsville, Mary land. He played at NC-Wilmington (NCAA) from 2003-2007 playing 121 NCAA games. He started his professional basketball career in 2008 for the Duesseldorf Giants playing there until 2010. He played a total of 68 games for Duesseldorf. Last season, he played briefly for Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A). Despite not playing much last season, he has returned strong to the Beko BBL and is averaging 18,0ppg, 4.9rpg and 2,4apg. Zgyimantas Jonusas is playing his third season for Phoenix Hagen and sixth in the BEKO BBL. He is a 29 year old 200cm forward from Lithuania. He is a very dangerous three pointer that can beat his defender off the dribble. He can score in many ways and can get to the rim of make the deadly pass. He also knows how to get o the free throw line and is a very good free throw shooter. He already played professionally in Poland for MKS Pruszkow (Poland-PLK) at the age of 20. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2006-2009. His best season was his first season as he played 38 games: 11.7ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3FGP: 40.1%, FT: 79.8%. In 2009-2010, he played 13 games for Phoenix Hagen averaging 12,8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 48.4%, 3PT: 30.2%, FT: 69.0%. Last season, he played 32 games: 13.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.9%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 74.7%. Currently, he is averaging 15,1ppg, 5,3rpg and 2,4apg.

Brandon Brooks is a 24 year old 188cm guard from Dallas, Texas that is playing his third professional season and second in the Beko BBL. He played at Alabama (NCAA) and in his senior year played 32 games: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 36.9%, FT: 77.1%. In 2009-2010, he was a rookie for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven playing 44 games: 7.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 72.8%. Last season he played for the Tulsa 66ers (D-League) playing 36 games: 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.3apg. I was impressed by his play. He can score, penetrate and sets his teammates up well, stressed Josh Young. Currently he is averaging 14,5ppg, 4.6rpg and 2,5apg. Jordan Hasquet is a 26 year old 206cm forward from Montana that is playing his first season with Phoenix Hagen. He played at Montana (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 29 games: 11.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3Pts: 39.2%, FT: 71.4%. In 2009-2010 as a rookie he played for Starwings Basket Regio Basel (Switzerland-LNA): 32 games: 10.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 58.1%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 71.4%. He won the Swiss cup with the Starwings. Last season, he played only preseason with Hasapis Omonia Nicosia (Cyprus-Division A). Despite being another player like Carter who didnt play much last season, he has gotten used to the Beko BBL as he is averaging 11,3ppg, 2,9rpg and 1,7apg. Recently the team brought in some valuable experience at the point guard position with Jason Crowe. Crowe is a 35 year old 193cm guard from California. He is is a versatile and talented point guard, who is very coachable, willing to adapt his game to the needs of his coach and team. He can either be the true point guard, sacrificing his own points to create scoring opportunities for his teammates, or he can be the scorer. Crowe has excellent athleticism (speed and quickness), a stable handle, sees the floor, passes well and shoots it with range and touch. He also is a strong asset on the defensive side, able to put strong pressure on the ball and cause turnovers. He was the last cut in the Los Angeles Clippers training camp twice and has played in countries like Hungry, Ukraine, Iran, Poland, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Venezuela, and Bulgaria. He won the league title in New Zealand in 2008. Currently he is averaging 7,7ppg, 3,9rpg and 2,9apg.

35 year old 210 cm center Bernd Kruel has played most of his career in Hagen starting with Brandt in 1993, but leaving in January 2004 as the team folded. He got rewarded by winning a BBL title with the Opel Skyliners. After playing some years in Frankfurt and Bonn, he came back to Hagen in 2008-2009 helping the team get back into the BEKO BBL. He may not be the youngest anymore, but he will bang with anyone and can still play at a very high level. In 2009-2010 he played 32 games averaging 7.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 8.3%, FT: 69.0%.His quickness, leaping ability, shot selection and rebounding are his main strength. He is a good athlete, can shoot, can dribble and plays inside and outside. He played in the BEKO BBL Allstar game in 2000, reached the BEKO BBL Cup final in 2002 and 2004 and was a BEKO BBL finalist in 2005 and 2008 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn. Last season, he played 33 games: 6.3ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 57.2%, FT: 70.8%. Currently he is averaging 7,0ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,5apg. The glue that keeps Phoenix Hagen together under the basket is 33 year old 206cm center Eddie Seward. He played at Norfolk State and then started his professional basketball career in Germany. He toiled around in the German Regionaliga for Aschersleben Tigers BC from 2004-2007 before moving up to the PRO A playing for BG Karlsruhe, Cuxhaven and BBC Bayreuth. In the 2008-2009 season, he showed that he could play at the PRO A level playing for Cuxhaven and making great stats of 11.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.4rpg), Blocks-4 (1.4bpg), FGP-1 (70.6%), FT: 56.9% in 30 games. In 2009-2010 for BBC Bayreuth, he played games 30 games averaging 8.2ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 60.9%, FT: 62.2. Last season for Phoenix Hagen he played 22 games: 4.2ppg, 5.0rpg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg). Currently, he is averaging 5,0ppg and 6,4rpg. Tristan Blackwood is a 26 year old 183cm guard from Toronto, Canada. He played at Cent.Conn.St. (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 16.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 5.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 86.4%: Finished career at CCSU ranked sixth all-time in scoring (1,605), second in assists (506), and first in three-pointers made (328). In 2009-2010, he played in Holland for DeFriesland Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 25 games: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT-3 (42.9%), FT: 84.2%; in Feb.'10 moved to Eiffel Towers Den Bosch (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): Dutch League: 13 games: 9.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 32.3%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 92.9%; EuroChallenge: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 5.5apg, 1.0spg. Last season, he played for JL Bourg Basket (France-ProB), in Dec.'10 moved to s Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg (Germany-ProA): 12 games: 3.3ppg, 1.5apg, in March'11 signed at GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck (Germany-ProA, starting five): 5 games: 11.6ppg, 1.2rpg, 5.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Currently he is averaging 4,9ppg, 1,7rpg and 1,0apg. The team also is supported by young Germans Dominik Spohr and Dominik Wilkins.




Hanau White Wings land Jared Cunningham - by Moritz Korff
The White Wings Hanau have added a fresh player to their roster, according to the website of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. Jared Cunningham (206-F-89, college: Cumberlands) is a 22-year-old forward out of Oregon City, Oregon. Cunningham spent his college career at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (JUCO), NCAA D1 school Cleveland State and the University of the Cumberlands (NAIA D1). He averaged 17.7 points and 7 rebounds per contest for Cumberlands throughout the 2010-11 season. Following graduation, Cunningham played shortly for the Moncton Miracles in the Canadian NBL.

Schwelmer Baskets waive David Bunts - by Moritz Korff
David Bunts (189-G-79, college: Pacific) has been cut by 2. Bundesliga Pro B team Schwelmer Baskets. The 32-year-old veteran was one of four import players on the Schwelm roster. Bunts had 12 appearances in the Pro B this season, averaging close to ten points per contest. He was second on the team in three pointers made. Bunts returned to the team during the summer, when Dante Williams (185-G-87, college: Saginaw Valley) had been waived and the team needed his help. He already played for Schwelm in the past two years.

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Marousi gets bigger with Savo Djikanovic - by Eurobasket News
Marousi reinforced its roster under the basket. The Greek outfit penned a deal with veteran center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket). The player split last season between Cypriot Achileas and Greek Ikaros. He joined Ikaros in February, but had limited playing time. Before that he had 14.8 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 12 games with Achileas. Savo Djikanovic also played in Greece from 2006 until March of 2010. He joined Olimpia GE Larisa in 2006 spending one year with them. Next season he played for Kolossos and after that joined Trikalla. In his last season with Trikala, Djikanovic registered 8.5 ppg and 5 rpg for 17 games. In the past, he also played for Hemofarm, Igokea and Lovcen.

Fenerbahce Ulker outplays Olympiakos with 16-point margin - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker - Olympiakos 86-70

Fenerbahce Ulker was too strong for Olympiakos on Thursday night. The reigning Turkish champion celebrated 86-70 victory in this meeting. Both teams had 3-3 record before it in Group A. Olympiacos was better than Fener in Round Two with 81-74. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) stepped up for the hosts with 17 points and 5 assists. Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) scored 16 points and Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 5 less. For the Reds, Kyle Hines (198-F-86) responded with 14 points and 7 rebs. Kalin Lucas (185-PG-89, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 and Andreas Glyniadakis (215-C-81) had 8 points. Fener exploded in the last ten minutes to secure a comfortable win. Quarters: 16-17, 26-19, 17-20, 27-14. Fener will travel to Nancy next week. Olympiakos will host Caja Laboral.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Curtis Jerrells 17+5 as, Roko-Leni Ukic 16, Omer Onan 11
Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 14+7 boards, Kalin Lucas 13, Andreas Glyniadakis 8


Week 7 co-MVPs: Erazem Lorbek & Milan Macvan - by Kostas Papadopoulos
For the first time this season the Euroleague's weekly MVP honor is shared by two players. Two-time All-Euroleague selection Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) of FC Barcelona Regal and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) of Partizan are two of the best big man in the game and both starred in important wins for their respective teams en route to sharing Week 7 MVP honors. Erazem Lorbek needed just 25 minutes to produce 15 points with just 2 missed shots plus 8 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in posting a performance index rating of 25 as Barcelona remained undefeated with a 45-76 road win at Asseco Prokom Gdynia. Milan Macvan starred for Partizan in a tough 74-71 victory over Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Milan Macvan tallied 22 points on 6-of-8 two-point and 3-of-6 three-point shooting in addition to 8 rebounds, an assist and a steal to also achieve an index rating of 25. Ironically, Milan Macvan's finest performance and career-high in scoring came against Maccabi, which whom Milan Macvan is signed through 2015, but sent him on loan to Partizan at the start of this season. Three other stars of key victories rounded out the list of top Week 7 performers: Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) of Fenerbahce Ulker, Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) of CSKA Moscow and Javier Rodriguez (185-G-93) of Real Madrid. Curtis Jerrells came off the bench for 17 points and 5 assists for a performance index rating of 24 in an 86-70 win over Olympiacos. Viktor Khryapa, a former Euroleague Best Defender award winner, tallied 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for his 24 index in CSKA's 78-81 win at the buzzer of Brose Baskets. And Javier Rodriguez went for 19 points with just 2 missed shots plus 4 rebounds and 2 assists in a 65-72 win over EA7 Emporio Armani Milan that lifted Madrid into the Top 16.



Courtesy of Euroleague




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  HOLLAND   


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden19.2 
 2. Anderson, Weert19.1 
 3. Humphrey, Nijmegen17.2 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen17.2 
 5. Sally, Rotterdam17.0 
 6. Hargrove, Nijmegen15.4 
 7. Adako, Leeuwarden15.2 
 8. Wesby, Groningen14.6 
 9. Bell, Groningen14.4 
 10. Boxley, Leiden14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Coleman, Weert10.4 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.8.4 
 3. Robinson, Zwolle8.4 
 4. Bekkering, Nijme.7.4 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch6.7 
 6. de Randamie, Groni.6.6 
 7. Humphrey, Nijmegen6.3 
 8. Hargrove, Nijmegen6.2 
 9. Van Paassen, Den6.0 
 10. van Kempen, Weert6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Harman, Weert5.1 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch4.7 
 3. Anderson, Weert4.4 
 4. Acker, Nijmegen4.1 
 5. Jeter, Leeuwarden4.1 
 6. Bell, Groningen4.0 
 7. Wells, Zwolle3.3 
 8. de Randamie, Groni.3.3 
 9. Mladenovic, Rotte.2.8 
 10. Defares, Groningen2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Damon HUFFMAN
  Zwolle
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Huffman, Zwolle2.7 
 2. Harman, Weert2.6 
 3. Gonzalvez, Den B.2.3 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch2.1 
 5. Anderson, Weert2.1 
 6. Turner, Den Bosch2.0 
 7. Jones, Rotterdam1.9 
 8. de Jong, Leiden1.8 
 9. Wells, Zwolle1.8 
 10. Dourisseau, Groni.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  Groningen
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Wyatt, Groningen1.7 
 2. Bekkering, Nijme.1.6 
 3. Minter, Weert1.3 
 4. Wesley, Den Bosch1.0 
 5. Maddox, Zwolle0.9 
 6. Boxley, Leiden0.9 
 7. Poels, Leeuwarden0.8 
 8. Wessels, Den Bosch0.8 
 9. Zondervan, Zwolle0.7 
 10. Wells, Zwolle0.7 


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


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Grindavik & Keflavik to Lengjan Cup finals - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
It will be a derby final in Lengjan Cup tomorrow when Grindavik meet Keflavik in the finals.
First game in final four was between Grindavik and Thor Thorl. . Final score was 80-66. Grindavik had control of the game most of the time but Thor fighting hard until late in the game and came close few times during the game to take the lead. Grindavik has just more players to use and more experience in games like this.
Leading scorers for Thor Darren Govens 18 & 12 boards. Gudmundur Jonsson 18. For Grindavik. J'Nathan Bullock 25 & 17 boards and 36 in efficiency.
Keflavik vs Snaefell game was closer but there was a lot of up & downs for both teams in that game. Jarryd Cole (200-F-88, college: Iowa) started the game very well for Keflavik by scoring teams first 12 points.. Snaefell had too many turnovers and bad shot selection in crucial time. Final score Keflavik 93- Snaefell 88.
Jarryd Cole (200-F-88, college: Iowa) had a real good game with 36 points. Steven Gerrard Dagustino 26 for Keflavik. Marquis Hall 25 Quincy Hankins-Cole 22. Jon Jonsson 18 for Snaefell.
Finals tomorrow.


Division 1. results. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Results from last round in division 1 played friday night. KFI still winning all their games
Thor Akureyri pick up a win thanks to three point buzzer from their new American player Eric Palm (188-G-87, college: McKendree).
FSU pick up a very important win also.
Results.
Breidablik 88 IA 65.Arnar petursson was the main player for the home team with 28 points . Hraunar Gudmundsson also did well with 17 pts. For IA player-coach terrence Watson 18 points & 18 rebounds.
Armann 88. FSU 104. Jon Runar Arnarson 24 for Armann. Saemundur Valdimarsson 31 . Kjartan Kjartansson 21 . Bjarni Bjarnason 20 for FSU
Tjor Akureyri 83. Hamar 80. Buzzer from Eric Palm (188-G-87, college: McKendree) was the winning shot for home team. Palm added 22 points on the scoreboard. Stefan Karel Torfason 18. For Hamar Brandon Cotton 25
Hottur 75 KFI 91 Nobody can stop KFI these days, have won all their games in the league. Michael Sloan 29. Trevor Bryant 19 for Hottur. Ari Gylfason 22 for KFI.
IG 58 Skallagrimur 81. Asgeir Asgeirsson 16 pts for IG. Dominique Holmes 16 for Skallagrim



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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  B.Gais N.
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Thompson, B.Gais N.25.4 
 2. Atupem, UCC Demons24.6 
 3. Enos, Moycullen23.5 
 4. Johnson, Belfast21.6 
 5. Turner, 11890 K.20.5 
 6. Cummins, Belfast17.8 
 7. Stith, UCD Marian17.5 
 8. Jefferson, UL Ea.17.4 
 9. Glover, DCU Saints15.9 
 10. Killeen, UL Eagles15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Turner, 11890 K.18.1 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.15.1 
 3. Provizors, DCU S.12.7 
 4. Killeen, UL Eagles11.9 
 5. Enos, Moycullen11.7 
 6. Stith, UCD Marian10.3 
 7. Atupem, UCC Demons9.9 
 8. Tummon, Moycullen8.7 
 9. O''Reilly, UCC D.8.2 
 10. O''Brien, 11890 K.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.6 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.4.6 
 3. Turner, 11890 K.4.3 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.4.1 
 5. Clarke, 11890 K.4.1 
 6. Dowd, Moycullen3.9 
 7. Cunningham, Moycul.3.6 
 8. Meany, UCD Marian3.5 
 9. Donnelly, DCU S.3.3 
 10. Hall, UL Eagles3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.8 
 2. Thompson, B.Gais N.3.7 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian2.8 
 5. Taylor, B.Gais N.2.3 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.3 
 7. Jefferson, UL Ea.2.1 
 8. Clarke, 11890 K.2.0 
 9. Madsen, 11890 K.2.0 
 10. Walsh, B.Gais N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  11890 K.
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Turner, 11890 K.3.3 
 2. Killeen, UL Eagles2.6 
 3. Thompson, B.Gais N.2.3 
 4. Stith, UCD Marian1.9 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.1.4 
 6. Enos, Moycullen1.3 
 7. O''Brien, 11890 K.1.3 
 8. Taylor, B.Gais N.1.1 
 9. Casey, 11890 K.0.9 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.0.8 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 9-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 6-3 
 3. UCD Marian 4-5 
 4. Belfast Star 1-9 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 6-3 
 2. UCC Demons 5-3 
 3. UL Eagles 5-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-8 


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Partizan downs Maccabi Electra in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Maccabi T-A 74-71

Partizan used its home court to stop Maccabi's five game winning streak in Euroleague, Group C. The Serbian powerhouse grabbed 74-71 victory making a huge step forward to Top 16. Partizan has 4-3 record now in this pool, while Maccabi slipped to 5-2 sharing the first place with Real Madrid. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) was a key player for Partizan in this meeting. The power forward, loaned from Maccabi, had 22 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 25). He made two clutch triples in the last quarter. NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points in his goodbye game for Partizan this season, while Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 pts. The home squad played without Acie Law. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts (also in his last Maccabi game), while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 10 points and 5 rebs. In the finish, Pnini closed the gap to 70-68 with 21 seconds to go, but Nikola Pekovic drew an unsportsmanlike foul from him at the next possession. Both Pekovic and Milan Macvan split their free throws, and then Lucic hit both with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Quarters: 24-17, 15-20, 15-11, 20-23. Partizan goes to Charleroi next week, while Maccabi will play in Madrid.

Partizan: Milan Macvan 22+8 boards, Nikola Pekovic 17, Vladimir Lucic 15
Maccabi: Devin Smith 12+5 boards, Jordan Farmar 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10+5 boards


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Cantu beats Caja Laboral 71-48, improves to 4-3 - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Caja Laboral 71-68

Bennet Cantu demonstrated great performance against Caja Laboral on Thursday evening. The Italian squad grabbed 71-68 home victory joining Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce Ulker on top of Group A with 4-3 record. Cantu made impressive 52-34 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but then visitors finally woke up and came to 69-67 with 27 seconds to go. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) split free throws to put Caja Laboral at Cantus doorstep, 69-68, but a steal by Andrea Cinciarini ended the furious rally and gave Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) an easy layup as Cantu eked out the win, 71-68. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) led the hosts with 18 points (6 of 9 for 3-pts). Mazzarino had 14 points, while center Denis Marconato (214-C-75) helped with 8 points and 10 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 27 points. Bjelica had 11, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) stopped to 9 pts each. Quarters: 12-21, 23-9, 17-6, 19-32. Next week Cantu goes to Bilbao. Caja Laboral will meet Olympiakos in Athens.

Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 18, Nicolas Mazzarino 14, Denis Marconato 8+10 boards
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 27, Nemanja Bjelica 11, Fernando San Emeterio 9, Brad Oleson 9


Real Madird victorious in Milano, secures Top 16 ticket - by Eurobasket News
Armani MI - Real Madrid 65-72

Real Madrid handed 65-72 home loss to Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday evening. Visitors improved to 5-2 and mathematically made it to the next round due to its 2-0 record against Armani and Charleroi. At the same time, Armani dropped to 2-5 and their hopes to reach the next stage drastically decreased, but still exist. Real Madrid was in charge during the entire game, despite they were not able to make a double digit lead. Armani came to 65-67 with less than two minutes to go, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) traded missed shots after that, but a three-pointer by Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) sealed the outcome, 65-70, with 50.1 seconds to go. Rodriguez was the leading scorer in victory with 19 points. Fernandez had 13, Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) 11 points and 10 rebs, and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 10 points, plus 5 boards. For the hosts, Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 13 points and 6 rebs, with poor 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Stefano Mancinelli and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-20, 15-16, 17-17, 18-19. Real Madrid waits Maccabi in the next round, while Armani will meet Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

Armani MI: Danilo Gallinari 13+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 12, Drew Nicholas 11
Real Madrid: Sergio Rodriguez 19, Rudy Fernandez 13, Nikola Mirotic 11+10 boards, Ante Tomic 10+5 boards


Montepaschi celebrates in Ljubljana, secures Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Montepaschi 57-63

Montepaschi booked a spot for Top 16. The Italian powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija in Ljubljana 57-63 on Thursday night. Visitors improved to 5-2 record in Group D, while Olimpija slipped to 1-5 with tiny chances to reach the next stage. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 16 points for Montepaschi and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) added 14 points, plus 6 rebounds. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 13 pts, while David Andersen (212-C-80) had 10 points and 8 boards. In Olimpija, Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) delivered 11 pts. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) shined with 10 points, 15 rebs and 5 assists, and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) stooped too 10 pts and 6 rebs. Montepaschi made 0-6 run for 55-59 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Olimpija kept trying threes that didn't go in and Bo McCalebb made things clearer for the guests with two free throws, 55-61, what was too much for Olimpija for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-21, 18-16, 16-16, 8-10. Montepaschi will meet Galatasaray in Istanbul next week, while Olimpia goes to Gdynia.

Union Olimpija: Ben Woodside 11, Damir Markota 10+15 boards+5 as, Danny Green 10+6 boards
Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 16, Igor Rakocevic 14+6 boards, David Moss 13, David Andersen 10+8 boards


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  JAPAN   


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin SH 13-3 
 2. Toyota Alvark 12-4 
 3. Hitachi SR 11-6 
 4. Tochigi Brex 8-8 
 5. Panasonic T. 8-9 
 6. Hokkaido L. 7-9 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 5-12 
 8. Toshiba BT 2-15 


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


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi21.4 
 2. Sakuragi, Aishin SH17.8 
 3. Kanamaru, Panasoni.16.6 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.15.9 
 5. McFarlin, Tochigi15.1 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitac.14.1 
 7. Orimo, Hokkaido L.13.7 
 8. Lewis, Hokkaido L.13.1 
 9. Klette, Hokkaido L.13.1 
 10. Ricci, Toyota Alv.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin SH
  (206-F/C-76)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin SH11.6 
 2. McFarlin, Tochigi10.4 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitac.9.2 
 4. Diouf, Hokkaido L.8.1 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.8.0 
 6. Moss, Toshiba BT7.8 
 7. O''Bannon, Panason.7.3 
 8. Allen, Mitsubis.7.1 
 9. Young, Aishin SH6.8 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ryota SAKURAI
  Hokkaido.
  (194-G-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sakurai, Hokkaido.4.2 
 2. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.8 
 3. Kashiwakura, Hitac.3.8 
 4. Kawamura, Tochigi3.5 
 5. Watanabe, Panason.3.0 
 6. Miyanga, Toshi.3.0 
 7. Sakuragi, Aishin SH2.9 
 8. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.9 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitac.2.8 
 10. Lewis, Hokkaido L.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi .
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi2.1 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Sato, Hitachi SR1.6 
 4. Hirose, Panasoni.1.6 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.1.5 
 6. Hale, Mitsubis.1.5 
 7. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.4 
 8. Sakuragi, Aishin SH1.3 
 9. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.2 
 10. Sakurai, Hokkaido.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  Aishin S.
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Richardson, Aishin1.8 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitac.1.6 
 3. Ricci, Toyota Alva.1.1 
 4. McFarlin, Tochigi1.0 
 5. Diouf, Hokkaido L.1.0 
 6. Young, Aishin SH0.9 
 7. Takeuchi, Toyota0.9 
 8. Uzawa, Mitsubis.0.8 
 9. Merritt, Toshi.0.8 
 10. Hale, Mitsubis.0.8 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ricky WOODS
  Akita NH
  (194-F/G-84)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Woods, Akita NH24.3 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka22.8 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM22.7 
 4. White, Oita H.22.1 
 5. Flowers, Saitama21.6 
 6. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.1 
 7. Washington, Osaka20.5 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai18.9 
 9. Gardener, Akita NH18.7 
 10. Burrell, Yokohama.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.8 
 2. Ocitti, Akita NH11.1 
 3. Staten, Chiba Jets11.1 
 4. Woods, Akita NH10.7 
 5. McFarland, Yokoham.10.6 
 6. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.4 
 7. Blackledge, Osaka10.3 
 8. Malloy, Iwate B.10.1 
 9. Nunnally, Takamats.10.1 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.5 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.9 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.8 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.1 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.5.1 
 6. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.9 
 7. Shimura, Sendai4.8 
 8. Dixon, Hamamats.4.6 
 9. Kabaya, Yokohama.4.2 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.5 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Arnold, Hamamats.2.4 
 5. Nakanishi, Fukuok.2.2 
 6. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.1 
 7. Humphrey, Saitama2.0 
 8. Hamilton, Fukuok.1.9 
 9. Roberts, Shins.1.8 
 10. Golson, Shimane1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.3 
 3. Williams, Takamats.1.6 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 
 9. Ocitti, Akita NH1.5 
 10. Singleton, Sendai1.5 


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Trepca 10-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 9-1 
 3. Bashkimi 6-4 
 4. Kolegji Univer. 5-5 
 5. Peja 5-5 
 6. Kosova 2-7 
 7. Drita 2-8 
 8. Futura 0-9 


Champions land Marcus Smallwood before the big match - by Dren Shporta
Just two days before the big match against league leaders Trepca, champions Sigal Prishtina have decided to strengthen their team. They registered in Basketball Federation of Kosova (FBK) American player, Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois).

29 year old forward has played recently at German Pro A basketball league for Mitteldeutscher BC. He has played in all ten games played for the German team, and they are actually in the first position of the classification table.

During those ten matches he had an average of 13.7 minutes, 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Before that, he had played in other German teams like, Kirchheim (2010/11 season, with an average of 31.1 minutes, 15.7 points and 10.8 rebounds per game) and Kaiserslautern for two seasons (2008/09 and 2009/10).

Smallwood will be the great addition to the reigning champions squad and he should debut against league leaders Trepca, tomorrow. Sigal Prishtina is eagerly looking to register Trepcas first defeat of the season. In the first clash they lost in Mitrovica 77:67. Trepca has a perfect record from 10 wins out of ten matches played. While Arben Krasniqis boys has suffered the only defeat from Mitrovicas green boys



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  LATVIA   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Sims, VEF Riga29.2 
 2. Kalve, Valmiera20.4 
 3. Krumins, Jelgava18.1 
 4. Lucas, Valmiera17.8 
 5. Mayo, Liepaja17.4 
 6. Ozols, Jurmala17.3 
 7. Young, Ventspils16.8 
 8. Peiners, LU16.2 
 9. Perry, VEF Riga15.6 
 10. Mediss, Turiba15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Courtney SIMS
  VEF Riga
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Sims, VEF Riga9.8 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.4 
 3. Dargais, LU8.4 
 4. Rozitis, Valmiera8.0 
 5. Jonats, Jurmala7.9 
 6. Kalve, Valmiera7.6 
 7. Andriukaitis, Liep.7.4 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga7.2 
 9. Willard, Ventspils7.0 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Josh MAYO
  Liepaja
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Mayo, Liepaja5.3 
 2. Lucas, Valmiera4.5 
 3. Coders, Jurmala4.0 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventsp.3.7 
 5. Kravcenko, Liepaja3.6 
 6. Perry, VEF Riga3.6 
 7. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.6 
 8. Lejasmeiers, Vents.3.3 
 9. Valters, VEF Riga3.0 
 10. Millage, VEF Riga2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  VEF Riga
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Millage, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.6 
 3. Peiners, LU2.0 
 4. Osins, LU2.0 
 5. Perry, VEF Riga1.8 
 6. Gray, Ventspils1.8 
 7. Kosuskins, Jurmala1.6 
 8. Mayo, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Davis, Valmiera1.5 
 10. Virsis, Valmiera1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tyler CAIN
  VEF Riga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Cain, VEF Riga1.2 
 2. Rozitis, Valmiera1.2 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga1.2 
 4. Ozols, Jurmala1.2 
 5. Gromovs, U181.0 
 6. Dukulis, Liepaja0.8 
 7. Jonats, Jurmala0.8 
 8. Rubenis, LU0.7 
 9. Kavaliauskas, VEF0.7 
 10. Dilevka, Turiba0.6 


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


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  LITHUANIA   


Some transactions - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
Panevezys Techasas after getting three players from Kaunas Baltai team decided to cut contract with forward Gytis Pakalniskis (205-C/F-89). In Lithuanian league he averaged only 0.3 point per game.
Neptunas Klaipeda added to its roster big man Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, college: Virginia). Laurynas began his season in Switzerland, but after one month decided to leave team and came back to his home town Palanga team Naglis. In LKL he averaged 17.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg. In BBL his results were 20.0ppg and 6.0rpg.



NKL Round 17: Perlas-MRU defeats leader Radviliskis - by Eurobasket News
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Radviliskis (12-5) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Perlas-MRU (9-8) 85-82. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Radviliskis at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. Perlas-MRU is looking forward to face Matinga-Juod. (#9) in the next round. Radviliskis will play against Triobet (#6) in Jonava and is hoping to win this game.
An interesting game for Delikatesas (12-5) which played road game in Klaipeda against 4th placed Nafta Universitetas (10-7). Second ranked Delikatesas had an easy win 82-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Vaidotas Jatulevicius chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Delikatesas used an opportunity after Radviliskis lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Nafta Universitetas at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas will play against Meresta (#8) in Pakruojis in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Higher ranked Meresta (9-8) fell to thirteenth ranked Silute (7-10) in overtime by seven points 88-95 on Friday night. The game took place in Pakruojis. But the guests from Silute were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Meresta. Ignas Razutis nailed 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Simonas Slivka came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals for Meresta in the defeat. Silute moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys. Loser Meresta dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Silute will meet at home higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meresta will play against the league's second-placed Delikatesas and will have a slim chance for a victory.
The game between tenth ranked Statyba (9-8) and 11th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (7-10) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Statyba outscored guests from Moletai 86-61. The best player for the winners was Ovidijus Varanauskas who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Statyba moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ezerunas-Karys lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Statyba's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Mazeikiai (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 17: S.Marciulionio was beaten by LKKA-Atletas on the road 81-75. Zalgiris-Sabonio won against Triobet on its own court 96-83. ABRO-Univ. unfortunately lost to Mazeikiai in a road game 68-82. Matinga-Juod. managed to beat Gargzdai at home 80-69.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks by Tomas Urbonas of LKKA-Atletas.



Statyba - Ezerunas-Karys 86-61

The game between tenth ranked Statyba (9-8) and 11th ranked Ezerunas-Karys (7-10) in Vilnius ended with biggest points difference. Statyba outscored guests from Moletai 86-61. The game was mostly controlled by Statyba. Ezerunas-Karys was better in second period 24-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Statyba dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Ezerunas-Karys' 28. Statyba forced 20 Ezerunas-Karys turnovers and outrebounded them 34-22 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Ezerunas-Karys' players. The best player for the winners was guard Ovidijus Varanauskas (187-91) who scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) chipped in 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Statyba players scored in double figures. Forward Andrius Slezas (200-75) produced 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-82) added 8 points 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. Statyba moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Ezerunas-Karys lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with ten games lost. Statyba's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (#16) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Ezerunas-Karys will play against Mazeikiai (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Statyba: V.Luksa 14+5reb+5ast, G.Marciukaitis 14+1reb, D.Bickauskis 13+4reb+4ast, O.Varanauskas 11+6reb+8ast, R.Sugintas 9+5reb+1ast, A.Stakenas 7+1reb
Ezerunas-Karys: A.Slezas 11+6reb+2ast, E.Zinevicius 8+4reb, B.Steponenas 8+1ast, R.Ambrulaitis 8+3reb+3ast, K.Sestokas 7+3reb, P.Lescinskas 5
gschID: 148399


LKKA-Atletas - S.Marciulionio 81-75

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (10-7) beat 14th ranked S.Marciulionio (6-11) in Kaunas 81-75. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But S.Marciulionio won fourth quarter 18-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LKKA-Atletas made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. Center Tomas Urbonas (214-92) chipped in a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). LKKA-Atletas' coach Edas Nickus allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Giedrius Kulbis (187-81) produced 14 points and 8 assists and forward Jonas Elvikis (195-82) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four S.Marciulionio players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Nafta Universitetas. S.Marciulionio at the other side keeps the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. LKKA-Atletas' next round opponent will be Silute (#13) on the road and are hoping to win another game. S.Marciulionio will play against Zalgiris-Sabonio in Kaunas.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: S.Vingelis 29+5reb+2ast, T.Urbonas 21+12reb+1ast, T.Tamosiunas 9+1reb+2ast, D.Gricius 8+5reb, V.Sragauskis 7+6reb+3ast, P.Malasauskas 5+2reb+5ast
S.Marciulionio: J.Elvikis 17+5reb+2ast, G.Kulbis 14+3reb+8ast, T.Lekunas 11+4reb+4ast, O.Olisevicius 10+9reb, M.Niparavicius 9+6reb, M.Paliukenas 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 148396


Zalgiris-Sabonio - Triobet 96-83

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Triobet (9-8) lost to third ranked Zalgiris-Sabonio (11-6) in Kaunas 83-96. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris-Sabonio. Triobet was better in third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 25 personal fouls committed by Triobet helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Vaidas Kariniauskas (198-93) who scored 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Renaldas Simanavicius (184-92) chipped in 27 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Zalgiris-Sabonio players scored in double figures. Forward Martynas Linkevicius (197-85) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds and guard Audrius Vasiliauskas (189-82) added 16 points and 6 assists respectively for the guests. Triobet's coach Kestutis Narusevicius rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zalgiris-Sabonio have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-6 record behind leader Radviliskis. Triobet at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. Zalgiris-Sabonio's next round opponent will be S.Marciulionio (#14) which should be an easy win for them. Triobet will play against the league's leader Radviliskis (#1).
Top scorers:
Zalgiris-Sabonio: R.Simanavicius 27+2reb+2ast, V.Kariniauskas 22+5reb+5ast, M.Grigonis 14+5reb+3ast, T.Jogela 14+12reb+1ast, S.Kymantas 6+5reb, S.Januskis 5
Triobet: M.Linkevicius 29+10reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 16+3reb+6ast, H.Vorotnikovas 9+3reb+2ast, T.Sebeziovas 7+1reb, A.Urbonas 7+1ast, P.Vaitiekunas 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 148397


Radviliskis - Perlas-MRU 82-85

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Radviliskis (12-5) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were edged by ninth ranked Perlas-MRU (9-8) 85-82. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Gintautas Vileita (194-75, college: Monmouth) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Forward Tadas Padegimas (201-90) contributed with 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Tomas Rakauskas (184-81) added 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Radviliskis. Four Perlas-MRU and five Radviliskis players scored in double figures. Perlas-MRU moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Radviliskis at the other side still keeps top position with five games lost. They share it with Delikatesas. Perlas-MRU is looking forward to face Matinga-Juod. (#9) in the next round. Radviliskis will play against Triobet (#6) in Jonava and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Perlas-MRU: T.Padegimas 19+5reb+2ast, G.Vileita 16+5reb+7ast, E.Molosciakas 13+3reb, K.Brusokas 13+9reb+1ast, A.Udras 9+3reb+2ast, M.Virbalas 8+11reb+4ast
Radviliskis: T.Rakauskas 19+6reb+4ast, J.Ramanauskas 17+11reb+4ast, M.Pukinskas 14+3reb+4ast, A.Mineikis 11+9reb+2ast, Z.Petraitis 11+3reb+3ast, R.Rauktys 6+2reb
gschID: 148398


Mazeikiai - ABRO-Univ. 82-68

Rather predictable result when twelfth ranked Mazeikiai (8-9) won against at home 15th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (4-13) 82-68. The game was mostly controlled by Mazeikiai. ABRO-Universitetas was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was center Remigijus Trakimas (205-87) who scored 19 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Center Julius Jucikas (205-89) produced 18 points and 7 rebounds and guard Nerijus Mika (190-89) added 18 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) respectively for the guests. Mazeikiai moved-up to eleventh place. ABRO-Universitetas lost third consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth position with 13 games lost. Mazeikiai's next round opponent will be Ezerunas-Karys (#12) in Moletai. ABRO-Universitetas will play at home against Nafta Universitetas and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: R.Trakimas 19+6reb, D.Vaitelis 14+10reb+1ast, J.Jurgo 12+2reb+1ast, P.Brown 10+1reb+3ast, M.Stasys 10+3reb+3ast, M.Norkus 9+4reb
ABRO-Univ.: N.Mika 18+1reb+4ast, J.Jucikas 18+7reb+1ast, T.Stankunas 13+3reb, A.Kurauskas 7+4reb+7ast, R.Giedraitis 7+3reb, E.Vaupsas 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 148393


Nafta Universitetas - Delikatesas 61-82

An interesting game for Delikatesas (12-5) which played road game in Klaipeda against 4th placed Nafta Universitetas (10-7). Second ranked Delikatesas had an easy win 82-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Nafta Universitetas. The game was mostly controlled by Delikatesas. Nafta Universitetas was better in second period 23-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Delikatesas made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Swingman Vytautas-Edvardas Pikalavicius (196-90) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and swingman Vaidotas Jatulevicius (194-88) chipped in 20 points and 10 rebounds. Five Delikatesas players scored in double figures. Forward Julius Kazakauskas (197-90) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Dainius Zvinklys (202-90) scored 13 points. Delikatesas used an opportunity after Radviliskis lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Nafta Universitetas at the other side keeps the fourth place with seven games lost. They share the position with LKKA-Atletas. Delikatesas will play against Meresta (#8) in Pakruojis in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nafta Universitetas will play on the road against ABRO-Universitetas (#15) in Siauliai and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Delikatesas: V.Pikalavicius 20+10reb+1ast, V.Jatulevicius 20+10reb+1ast, P.Klemas 13+2reb+2ast, A.Kvedaravicius 12+9reb+3ast, V.Uzkuraitis 12+3reb+5ast, I.Lianzbergas 3+2reb+3ast
Nafta Universitetas: J.Kazakauskas 15+7reb+2ast, D.Zvinklys 13+3reb, E.Lengvinas 8+2reb+2ast, V.Tarolis 6+4reb, D.Norkus 6+4reb, D.Anuzis 6+1reb+4ast
gschID: 148394


Meresta - Silute 88-95 OT

Higher ranked Meresta (9-8) fell to thirteenth ranked Silute (7-10) in overtime by seven points 88-95 on Friday night. The game took place in Pakruojis. But the guests from Silute were better at the end. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Meresta. The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime then Meresta managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Silute who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 14-7. They outrebounded Meresta 45-33 including 19 on the offensive glass. Guard Ignas Razutis (185-87) nailed 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Mantas Tamasevicius (196-86) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Simonas Slivka (193-86) came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals and forward Audrius Maneikis (203-84, college: Motlow St. CC) added 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Meresta in the defeat. Five Silute and four Meresta players scored in double figures. Silute moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Ezerunas-Karys. Loser Meresta dropped to the sixth position with eight games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Silute will meet at home higher ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Meresta will play against the league's second-placed Delikatesas and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Silute: I.Razutis 24+7reb+2ast, E.Saulys 14+3reb+2ast, M.Tamasevicius 14+10reb+1ast, E.Ramanauskas 13+11reb+1ast, A.Cizikas 12+7reb+4ast, E.Jurkus 9+1reb+2ast
Meresta: L.Radavicius 20+3reb+4ast, S.Slivka 16+9reb+5ast, A.Maneikis 15+8reb+4ast, D.Keburys 13+4reb, A.Galkauskas 10+3reb+1ast, K.Artamonov 9+3reb+3ast
gschID: 148395


Matinga-Juod. - Gargzdai 80-69

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Gargzdai-Bremena (4-13) lost on the road to eighth ranked Matinga-Juod. (9-8) 80-69. Matinga-Juod. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Gargzdai-Bremena at the other side, also newcomer in the league, stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Matinga-Juod.'s next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#7) in Vilnius. Gargzdai-Bremena will play at home against Statyba (#10) in Vilnius.
gschID: 148392




Zalgiris signs Uros Petrovic, loans him to Baltai Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris signed a deal with young small forward Uros Petrovic (205-F-90, agency: Beo Basket). The 21-year-old Serbian is immediately loaned to Baltai Kaunas, where he will spend rest of the season. Petrovic started it with Hemofarm Vrsac. He appeared 3 times in Adriatic league averaging 2.3 points. Uros Petrovic is a product of Hemofarm, where he started as a teenager. They reached Serbian League Finals twice and EuroCup Semis in 2009. Uros Petrovic played for the Serbian U18 National Team three years ago. He averaged 7.4 points and 3.8 rebounds for 8 games at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos. In 2009 and 2009, Petrovic was a member of the Serbian U20 NT. He will make debut with Baltai Kaunas tonight.

LKL Round 8: Siauliai loses to Zalgiris in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaunas. Top-ranked host Zalgiris (6-0) smashed one of their biggest challengers Siauliai (7-2) 104-84. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zalgiris shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 6-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Siauliai will play on the road against Sakalai in Vilnius and is hoping to win this game.
Baltai Kaunas (#5) was upset in Pasvalys by eighth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Baltai Kaunas. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Eimantas Bendzius supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Even 19 points by guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Baltai Kaunas. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains eighth position with 3-4 record. Baltai Kaunas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Kedainiai (#10) on the road in the next round. Baltai Kaunas will play against Neptunas (#5) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Techasas (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to ninth ranked Sakalai (3-6) 90-80 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Rolandas Matulis who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Osvaldas Matulionis produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the hosts. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sakalai maintains ninth position with 3-6 record. Loser Techasas still closes the standings with eight games lost. Sakalai will meet at home league's second-placed Siauliai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Techasas will play against Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Techasas (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to top-ranked Zalgiris (6-0) 89-79. Robertas Javtokas orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Zalgiris have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 6-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Techasas at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round. Techasas will play on the road against Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Important game to mention about took place in Klaipeda. Seventh ranked Neptunas (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Kedainiai (1-6) 78-76 on Friday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Simas Galdikas who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Neptunas moved-up to fifth place. Kedainiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Neptunas will face Baltai Kaunas (#6) on the road in the next round. Kedainiai will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#8) in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 8 Naglis Palangos lost to Siauliai on the opponent's court 66-79.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 7 rebounds by Valdas Vasylius of Siauliai.



Pieno Zvaigzdes - Baltai Kaunas 78-72

Baltai Kaunas (#5) was upset in Pasvalys by eighth ranked Pieno Zvaigzdes 78-72. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Baltai Kaunas. The hosts were already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 23-17 Baltai Kaunas' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-72 at the end of the game. Baltai Kaunas was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) who scored that evening 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) supported him with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Five Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Even 19 points by guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Baltai Kaunas. Newcomer Uros Petrovic added 16 points for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Newly promoted Pieno Zvaigzdes maintains eighth position with 3-4 record. Baltai Kaunas at the other side dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Juventus. Pieno Zvaigzdes will play against Kedainiai (#10) on the road in the next round. Baltai Kaunas will play against Neptunas (#5) in Klaipeda and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 21+7reb+4ast, E.Bendzius 18+7reb+1ast, D.Leonard 10+3reb, S.Morgan 10+7reb+1ast, E.Kairys 10+4reb, A.Kieza 5+6reb+1ast
Baltai Kaunas: Z.Janavicius 19+4reb+3ast, U.Petrovicius 16+3reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 11+4reb+2ast, M.Delas 8+7reb+1ast, S.Vene 7+3reb+3ast, M.Kupsas 4+3reb
gschID: 151930


Techasas - Sakalai 80-90

Bottom-ranked Techasas (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to ninth ranked Sakalai (3-6) 90-80 on Friday evening. The game was mostly controlled by Sakalai. Techasas managed to win third quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) who scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Evaldas Baniulis (201-87, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Forward Osvaldas Matulionis (200-91) produced 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Sakalai maintains ninth position with 3-6 record. Loser Techasas still closes the standings with eight games lost. Sakalai will meet at home league's second-placed Siauliai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Techasas will play against Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: A.Butkevicius 17+1reb+1ast, R.Matulis 17+5reb+2ast, E.Baniulis 12+9reb+2ast, V.Sirvydis 12+4reb+2ast, A.Kiausas 11+4reb, P.Joneliunas 8+9reb
Techasas: E.Ezerskis 16+5ast, S.Kulevicius 15+5reb+1ast, O.Matulionis 13+6reb+6ast, G.Staniulis 12+5reb, S.Vasiliauskas 8+2reb+1ast, V.Cepukaitis 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 151931


Techasas - Zalgiris 79-89

Bottom-ranked Techasas (0-8) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their eighth consecutive match to top-ranked Zalgiris (6-0) 89-79. The game without a history. Zalgiris led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Zalgiris outrebounded Techasas 35-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. The former international center Robertas Javtokas (211-80, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points and 9 rebounds. The former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Zalgiris' coach Aleksandar Trifunovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. point guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists and power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) added 16 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Techasas. Five Zalgiris and four Techasas players scored in double figures. Zalgiris have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 6-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Techasas at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round. Techasas will play on the road against Naglis Palangos (#11) in Palanga and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: R.Javtokas 13+9reb, M.Popovic 12+1reb+2ast, P.Jankunas 11+8reb, M.Kuzminskas 10+3reb, T.Lawson 10+1ast, M.Kalnietis 10+3reb+5ast
Techasas: G.Staniulis 16+5reb, E.Ezerskis 13+5reb+11ast, O.Matulionis 11+6reb+2ast, J.Zurna 10+2reb+2ast, K.Babkauskas 8, S.Kulevicius 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 151927


Neptunas - Kedainiai 78-76

Important game to mention about took place in Klaipeda. Seventh ranked Neptunas (4-3) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 10th ranked Kedainiai (1-6) 78-76 on Friday evening. Kedainiai was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of Neptunas, which allowed them to win the game. Kedainiai was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Simas Galdikas (203-87) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and guard Mindaugas Girdziunas (188-89) who added 11 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Neptunas players scored in double figures. The former international guard Vidas Ginevicius (193-78, agency: Interperformances) responded with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Neptunas moved-up to fifth place. Kedainiai lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with six games lost. Neptunas will face Baltai Kaunas (#6) on the road in the next round. Kedainiai will play against Pieno Zvaigzdes (#8) in Pasvalys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Runkaukas 14+2reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 14+5reb, L.Mikalauskas 12+3reb, M.Girdziunas 11+2reb+5ast, M.Mazeika 9+1ast, R.Danys 7+4reb+1ast
Kedainiai: L.Kisielius 20+1reb+1ast, V.Ginevicius 13+5reb+7ast, M.Valukonis 13+10reb, V.Peciukas 7+2reb+3ast, V.Sulskis 7+1ast, D.McClure 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 151928


Siauliai - Naglis Palangos 79-66

Very expected game when 11th ranked Naglis Palangos (1-7) was defeated on the road by third ranked Siauliai (7-2) 79-66 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 79-66. Siauliai made 21-of-23 free shots (91.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Naglis Palangos turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds and American-Samoan point guard Rashaun Broadus (183-84, college: BYU) who added 14 points and 4 assists during the contest. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) responded with 24 points and 4 steals and his fellow American import center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds. Siauliai moved-up to second place. Loser Naglis Palangos keeps the eleventh position with seven games lost. Siauliai will face Sakalai (#9) in Vilnius in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Techasas in Panevezys and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: V.Vasylius 26+7reb+2ast, R.Broadus 14+2reb+4ast, M.Zukauskas 13, M.Prekevicius 6+1reb+2ast, D.Bowles 6+7reb+4ast, V.Liutych 6+5reb+1ast
Naglis Palangos: B.Benn 24+4reb+3ast, D.Johnson 15+14reb, T.Rinkevicius 9+1reb+5ast, M.Reminas 8+2ast, N.Barinov 5+2reb+1ast, C.Barnes 3+7reb
gschID: 151929


Zalgiris - Siauliai 104-84

The game between Top Four teams took place in Kaunas. Top-ranked host Zalgiris (6-0) smashed one of their biggest challengers Siauliai (7-2) 104-84. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Zalgiris shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. 28 personal fouls committed by Siauliai helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Tadas Klimavicius (204-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) and the former international forward Paulius Jankunas (205-84, agency: Interperformances) who added 9 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Four Zalgiris players scored in double figures. American power forward Denzel Bowles (208-89, college: JMU) responded with 17 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Cam Long (193-88, college: George Mason) scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zalgiris have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains third position with 6-0 record having 2 victories less than leader Lietuvos rytas. Siauliai at the other side dropped to the second place with two games lost. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Siauliai will play on the road against Sakalai in Vilnius and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: T.Klimavicius 17+6reb+2ast, T.Delininkaitis 16+3ast, T.Lawson 15+1reb+3ast, M.Kalnietis 12+4reb+1ast, P.Jankunas 9+11reb+3ast, M.Popovic 9+2ast
Siauliai: C.Long 18+3reb+3ast, D.Bowles 17+9reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 11+7reb, D.Gvezdauskas 9+2reb+2ast, M.Zukauskas 9+1reb+2ast, E.Ruzgas 9
gschID: 151926




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


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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.18.7 
 2. Urbonas, Juventus17.0 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietu.16.8 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.16.1 
 5. Pakamanis, Juven.14.8 
 6. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 7. Mazeika, Neptunas13.1 
 8. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.1 
 9. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.0 
 10. Johnson, Naglis P.12.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.10.6 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.1 
 3. Adomaitis, Kedaini.8.0 
 4. Petrukonis, Juven.8.0 
 5. McClure, Kedainiai7.6 
 6. Pakamanis, Juven.7.5 
 7. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.3 
 8. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.7 
 10. Matulionis, Techa.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.4 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 4. Ezerskis, Techasas5.0 
 5. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.4 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.3 
 8. Rinkevicius, Nagli.4.0 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai4.0 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudu.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.3 
 3. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.1 
 4. Broadus, Siauliai2.0 
 5. Weems, Zalgiris2.0 
 6. Lowe, Neptunas2.0 
 7. Kelys, Pieno Z.2.0 
 8. Dainys, Neptunas1.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.8 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.8 
 2. Staniulis, Techasas1.5 
 3. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 4. Johnson, Naglis P.1.3 
 5. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.2 
 6. Petrukonis, Juven.1.2 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 8. McClure, Kedainiai1.1 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas UZKURAITIS
  Delikate.
  (189-G-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Uzkuraitis, Delika.23.4 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.2 
 3. Maneikis, Meresta19.9 
 4. Rakauskas, Radvili.19.4 
 5. Lengvinas, Nafta17.7 
 6. Brown, Mazeikiai17.5 
 7. Jucikas, AB.17.0 
 8. Pancerevas, Silute17.0 
 9. Mineikis, Radvilis.16.8 
 10. Vileita, Perla.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas GUDAITIS
  Gargzdai
  (208-C-93)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gudaitis, Gargzdai10.0 
 2. Mineikis, Radvilis.9.5 
 3. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.9.4 
 4. Urbonas, LK.8.2 
 5. Jogela, Zalgir.8.1 
 6. Kumpys, Nafta U.8.1 
 7. Vaitiekunas, Triob.7.7 
 8. Ramanauskas, Radvi.7.5 
 9. Pikalavicius, Deli.7.5 
 10. Linkevicius, Trio.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius MALASAUSKAS
  LKKA-.
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Malasauskas, LKKA.6.1 
 2. Razutis, Silute5.2 
 3. Varanauskas, Stat.4.6 
 4. Vasiliauskas, Trio.4.5 
 5. Semaska, Perla.4.5 
 6. Kvedaraviciu., Del.4.5 
 7. Vileita, Perla.4.5 
 8. Artamonov, Meresta4.4 
 9. Vingelis, LKKA-.4.3 
 10. Kurauskas, AB.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  Zalgir.
  (201-F-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jogela, Zalgir.2.8 
 2. Slivka, Meresta2.7 
 3. Razutis, Silute2.5 
 4. Vileita, Perla.2.2 
 5. Brown, Mazeikiai2.2 
 6. Uzkuraitis, Delika.1.9 
 7. Paliukenas, S.Marc.1.9 
 8. Narusis, Ezerunas.1.8 
 9. Budzinauskas, Sta.1.8 
 10. Rauktys, Radvilis.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LK.
  (214-C-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Urbonas, LK.3.5 
 2. Gudaitis, Gargzdai1.7 
 3. Jucikas, AB.1.5 
 4. Pupinis, Matinga-.1.3 
 5. Vaitiekunas, Triob.1.3 
 6. Gvazdaitis, Mating.1.2 
 7. Krestinin, S.Marc.1.1 
 8. Ramanauskas, Radvi.0.9 
 9. Stakenas, Statyba0.9 
 10. Vorotnikovas, Tri.0.9 


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Marousi gets bigger with Savo Djikanovic - by Eurobasket News
Marousi reinforced its roster under the basket. The Greek outfit penned a deal with veteran center Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket). The player split last season between Cypriot Achileas and Greek Ikaros. He joined Ikaros in February, but had limited playing time. Before that he had 14.8 ppg and 10.3 rpg in 12 games with Achileas. Savo Djikanovic also played in Greece from 2006 until March of 2010. He joined Olimpia GE Larisa in 2006 spending one year with them. Next season he played for Kolossos and after that joined Trikalla. In his last season with Trikala, Djikanovic registered 8.5 ppg and 5 rpg for 17 games. In the past, he also played for Hemofarm, Igokea and Lovcen.

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Report: Chris Paul requests trade to Knicks - by Eurobasket News
Finally, basketball facilities are open. NBA players are back.

Say it with us: YES!

But the big news focused on Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), who insisted this week that his heart was in New Orleans.

On Wednesday, Yahoo! Sports reported that Pauls agent, Leon Rose, informed the Hornets that he wanted a trade to the Knicks.

Paul and Carmelo Anthony are friends who spent time together this summer and its long been speculated they wanted to play together, but Anthony denied trying to recruit his Olympic teammate.

As far as me recruiting Chris Paul, no, not at all, he said at the Knicks training facility. Were very close friends. Im pretty sure you guys saw him in New York a lot due to the player meetings and stuff like that, but weve never had any conversation about him coming to New York. Thats something that I would leave up to him, him and his family. Im staying away from that.

The Anthony trade saga lasted from the summer of 2010 until Denver finally dealt him to the Knicks in February, and he said he doesnt think the NBA needs a repeat of it now. Yet, he also realizes that regardless of what Im saying right here today, that will be the biggest topic, the biggest discussion, at the beginning of the season, the beginning of training camp.

Ive talked to him about that, said Anthony. Im pretty sure theres a certain part of him that doesnt want to deal with that.

Paul will do his best to ignore it.

I dont think about it, to tell you the truth, he said. Im just ready to get out here and compete and hoop. This is what I do.

It might not be that easy. Just ask Melo.

Thats going to be a sensitive situation, Anthony said. I dont want to see him go through that because I know, personally, how that feels.

Courtesy of http://newyork.cbslocal.com


Celtics: Rajon Rondo trade rumors not true - by Eurobasket News
Despite media reports to the contrary, Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge insisted yesterday that he is not trying to trade point guard Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) and he expects the Big Four to be with the team for the entire lockout-shortened NBA season.

ESPN reported this week that Ainge would be willing to deal Rondo to New Orleans for point guard Chris Paul, but Ainge denied that when he and Celtics coach Doc Rivers met with the media at HealthPoint for the first time since the lockout ended.

I'm not, no, Ainge said about if he was trying to deal Rondo.

Ainge said he didn't know where the trade rumors began and that he'd talk to Rondo about them.

Rondo will be fine, Ainge said. Rondo knows that we love him. He knows that we like him. He's excited to come back and play basketball, in my opinion. He gets a lot of attention. He's a great player.

Ainge said many teams call him about Rondo, but that's only because he's such a good player, not that he's anxious to deal him. ESPN updated its initial report to say that Paul, whose contract expires at season's end, would not sign an extension with the Celtics, making the trade far less likely.

I'm not going to compare him to the other guys, Rivers said of Rondo, but I think he's one of the top point guards in the NBA.

Whether the Celtics want to deal Rondo or not, most NBA fans would rather talk about trade rumors than the lockout.

I just really believe that everybody is excited to be back playing basketball, Ainge said.

Ainge said he didn't anticipate dealing any of what he called his four All-Stars, Rondo, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett.

We love our players, and I think our players know that, Ainge said.

Things could change, though. Ainge also loved Kendrick Perkins, but he dealt him last season.

The Celtics have only six players under contract for this season, Pierce, Garnett, Allen, Rondo, Jermaine O'Neal and Avery Bradley. The Celtics have extended a qualifying offer to Jeff Green, who is a restricted free agent. The Celtics can match any offer to him. They have yet to sign JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore, their draft picks last summer. Ainge said he has talked to the agents of unrestricted free agents Glen Davis and Delonte West about returning to Boston, but teams can't sign anyone until training camps open a week from today. Ainge hopes to have close to a full roster signed that day.

The Celtics will conduct their entire preseason camp at HealthPoint and not head to Newport, R.I., or some other location as in past years. They will play two preseason games, both against the Toronto Raptors. The Celtics will travel to the Air Canada Centre for a 1 p.m. game on Dec. 18 and will host a game at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the TD Garden.

Even though they have so few players under contract, the Celtics are still over the luxury tax cap so they can offer free agents a mid-level exception of only $3 million. Teams under the cap can offer $5 million. But the Celtics are counting on players wanting to play for Rivers and with the Big Four.

We have a list of players that we'd like to get, Ainge said. Right now there's a lot of money out there, a lot of teams with cap space. So players are waiting for the big paydays, and so we just have to be patient in this process.

Ainge said his top priority was to find a big man to help out O'Neal up front, but he also needs to fill out his bench.

We don't have anything close to being done, Ainge said.

Ainge said he wouldn't exercise his right to dump a contract under the amnesty clause. O'Neal's contract was the only one that would have qualified.

Players could begin working out at NBA facilities yesterday, and Rivers said he expected most of the team's signed players to show up. The Celtics coaches can't be on hand for the workouts until training camp opens.

They'll be in the gym, Rivers said. That's who they are. I think they've (already) been in the gym. Every time I go to dinner somewhere in Boston, I hear a story about one of them at some YMCA or something, and that's a good thing.

The lockout enabled Rivers to watch his son Austin play his first seven games for Duke. Because of coaching commitments, Rivers couldn't remember ever watching seven of any of his children's games in a row before.

It's been phenomenal, Rivers said. I never dreamed that I would be able to watch his first seven college games.

Courtesy of www.telegram.com


Deron Williams turns down extension with Nets, may not be leaving - by Eurobasket News
Deron Williams (6'3''-PG-84, college: Illinois) is going to become a free agent. But that doesn't mean he will not lead the team into Brooklyn next season - it's just all about the money.

On the face of it this certainly does sound dire - the agent for Williams has told the Bergen Record that his client will not sign an extension with the Nets and plans to become a free agent.

Deron will not be signing the extension, Jeff Schwartz told The Record this afternoon. Based on the new rules it doesnt make any sense for him to sign the extension. It has nothing to do with how much he likes New Jersey. Because of the rules, hes going to play the season out and probably opt out of his deal.

According to the new rules, Williams can get a two-year extension from the Nets for roughly $39 million that would be tacked on to the two years, $31 million he has remaining on his deal. If Williams opts out after the season, he could get five years, and about $101 million from the Nets or four years and $73 million from another team.
He had to opt out to get the bigger payday. Its all about the money.

Well, not all. This does put pressure on the Nets to build a team that Williams thinks can compete in the East there will be no shortage of teams willing to pay him the $73 million if he wants to leave. And considering he will get a fifth year somewhere (barring a catastrophic injury) likely worth at least $15 million, hes really leaving closer to $13 million (or $2.6 million a season) to go elsewhere. That may be worth it for the chance to win.

But if the Nets find another key piece - Dwight Howard would be ideal - you can bet Williams will re-sign with the Nets. Just as a free agent.

Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


Billy Hunter: Talks to resume Friday - by Eurobasket News
The NBA and the reformed players union will resume negotiations on the remaining terms of their new labor agreement at noon ET Friday, according to a letter sent to union members Thursday night by NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter.

In the letter, obtained by ESPN.com, Hunter tells players that the owners and NBPA 'still must negotiate numerous non-economic matters, including the anti-drug agreement, commissioner and team discipline, and workplace rules, together with relatively smaller economic and other contract issues.'

The union's hope, according to Hunter, is that the deal tentatively agreed to in the early hours of last Saturday morning will be fully negotiated and ready to present to the union membership at a general meeting next Wednesday in New York City. The meeting will be mandatory for team player representatives but open to all players.

The deal, Hunter writes, would then be subject to ratification via electronic voting on Dec. 8 and would be completed by 5 p.m. that night, as per the terms set forth in the litigation settlement agreement reached between the owners and players earlier this week.

The NBA Board of Governors, according to Hunter's letter, is likewise schedule to hold a ratification meeting next Thursday.

'If both the players and owners vote to ratify the agreement,' Hunter wrote, 'then training camps will open the following morning on Friday, December 9.'

Hunter added: 'As with the union authorization process, the American Arbitration Association will supervise the ratification process. Every player will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed agreement.'

The NBPA announced earlier Thursday that NBA players had formally authorized the reforming of the union, with more than 300 players submitting the necessary signatures to a third-party accounting group.

'This is good news and completes another step in the process of finalizing our agreement,' NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

When talks between the players and owners broke down Nov. 14, Hunter and union president Derek Fisher announced that the NBPA was disclaiming its interest in representing the players, enabling them to file an antitrust lawsuits against the league. Negotiations finally resumed after Thanksgiving, in a last-ditch attempt to reach an agreement in time to start the season by Christmas Day, finally leading to a handshake agreement on the broad points of a tentative labor pact after 15 hours of talks last Friday.

Teams and player agents were cleared to begin contract talks Wednesday and NBA practice facilities opened league-wide Thursday. The union needed at least 261 signatures from players to be received by the American Accounting Association by the end of the business day Thursday to officially reform as a union and have the ability to resume CBA negotiations with the league on a variety of outstanding salary-cap matters and so-called B-List issues that could include establishing an age requirement for NBA eligibility, which currently requires a player to be 19 years old and, in the U.S., one year removed from high school.

ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported this week that, while it has been widely held that the NBA would like to push the age limit to 20, sources familiar with the dialogue between the two sides now say it is expected to remain at 19 for at least the first two years of the new deal and possibly beyond that.

Several alternatives have been discussed, sources told Bucher. One option would be to allow players to enter the draft directly out of high school but have the option to withdraw and go to college, similar to the draft rule used by Major League Baseball. Under this concept, such players would next be required to attend at least two years of college before entering the draft again.

Another option would be to revise the rookie salary scale by adding incentives to stay in college longer, one source close to the labor talks told Bucher. Potential incentives would include increasing the salary range for each year a player stays in school or allow him to qualify for free agency sooner.

There are several ancillary reasons why keeping the age limit at 19 for the time being is seen as desirable by the NBA. The first is the limited time that owners and players have to complete a collective bargaining agreement by Dec. 9, which is the date NBA commissioner David Stern has announced for the start of training camp and free agency. All significant rules pertaining to league operations have to be in place by then.

The prospect of re-stocking the league with young talent is another appealing factor.

The 2012 draft class is expected to feature several lottery-level collegiate players -- North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and Ohio State's Jared Sullinger among them -- who passed on the 2011 draft because of the labor uncertainty.

One league official told Bucher that a star-studded draft and the hope that it offers the league's struggling teams -- with NBA-caliber collegiate freshman such as Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Connecticut's Andre Drummond also potentially joining Barnes and Sullinger -- could help erase whatever lingering disenchantment fans might feel from the labor turmoil.

The 2012 NBA draft is tentatively scheduled for June 28, which would fall two days after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the 2012 NBA Finals.

Courtesy of ESPN


Heat's Mike Miller sidelined by hernia surgery - by Eurobasket News
The issue about whether the Miami Heat might cast aside Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) under the league's one-time amnesty policy might already have been decided by the 3-point specialist himself.

Miller confirmed Thursday to the Sun Sentinel that he underwent surgery for a sports hernia this week and could be sidelined for up to two months.

'That's just my luck right now,' he said when reached by phone. 'I've just got terrible luck. I don't know what's going on.'

Already on the way back from offseason thumb and shoulder surgeries, Miller recently said he finally felt that he had turned the corner on his injury issues. But he also said he felt a lingering soreness. That's when he went to see Heat physician Harlan Selesnick. Even amid the NBA lockout, players were allowed to consult with teams' medical staffs.

'It had been bothering me for a while, so I decided to have it checked out,' he said. 'They said I tore the abdominal muscle off the pelvic bone.'

Forward Udonis Haslem, Miller's closest friend on the team, first revealed Miller's injury at Thursday's informal workouts at AmericanAirlines Arena, the first time Heat players have been allowed back at the team's facilities since the July 1 start of the NBA lockout, that Miller recently underwent hernia surgery.

Now the Heat have yet another issue to deal with, at the same time they are in possession of the new, one-time allowance to release a player without incurring salary-cap or luxury-tax penalties. As part of the expected-to-be-ratified new collective-bargaining agreement, the amnesty provision can only be utilized once per team over the course of the CBA.

Haslem said he was surprised to learn of another setback for his former University of Florida roommate.

'He said he was working out and got a little pain,' Haslem said, with Miller not in attendance at Thursday's session. 'He said he didn't think it was that serious. I guess it ended being a lot more serious than what he thought it would be.'

With the collective-bargaining agreement yet to be ratified, several lockout regulations remain in place, including lack of team contact with players. The Heat have yet to be informed of the details of Miller's injury and might not be able to until the scheduled Dec. 9 start of training camp. While team physicians can continue to deal with players, they cannot report the results to franchises until a new collective-bargaining agreement is in place.

Haslem said Miller, who missed the first half of last season with a thumb injury not related to the thumb issue that led to his offseason surgery, attempted to downplay the injury.

'I called him the next day after I heard about it. I didn't even know about it,' Haslem said. 'So I think he might have had surgery on Sunday. I talked to him on Monday, but I talked to him on Sunday, he didn't even tell me. That's the kind of guy Mike is, he's not going to let me worry about that.'

For the Heat, it is now a significant worry, which will lead to a significant decision. Miller has four seasons left on the five-year contract he signed to join LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the 2010 offseason.

Pending a final CBA agreement, the Heat are scheduled to open their season Dec. 25 on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.

Miller said he would not be surprised if the Heat invoked the amnesty clause with his contract.

'It's a business. I understood that long before all of this,' he said.

He recently placed his Pompano Beach estate up for sale.

'Man,' he said, 'I never had a surgery like these before I got here, and now this is my fourth one here. I've just got to deal with it.'

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com


Chris Grant says Cavs want Anthony Parker back - by Eurobasket News
Chris Grant doesn't even know Cleveland's abbreviated 66-game NBA schedule yet, but the Cavaliers general manager is eager to bring back free agent guard Anthony Parker (6'5''-G/F-75, college: Bradley) to play it.

'We want him back', Grant said Thursday at the teams practice facility, where four players - Anderson Varejao, Ramon Sessions, Samardo Sessions and Manny Harris - worked out voluntarily on the first day they were permitted to do so.

Grant has spoken with Parkers agent, which is more than he has been able to do with other players. Until the new collective bargaining agreement is approved, players are not permitted to have contact with front office personnel.

Grant, happy that there soon will be a season, said re-signing Parker heads his long task list that must be filled in a short time. Even at age 36, Parkers presence on a team loaded with young players could speed up the Cavaliers rebuilding program.

He played great last year and is a leader for us, Grant said. Hes a person that everyone likes to be around. When fighting through adversity, he has a great way of building you back up.

We will be aggressive in talks. We made it clear we would love to have him back.

Adding other players through trade or free agency is not out of the question, though Grant said bringing in an ordinary player on a rich contract would not mesh with team plans.

We are excited to get started again, Grant said, adding that condensing work that normally would take place over an eight weeks between July 1 and Sept. 1 will have to be done in about nine days.

The organization has been busy for months making improvements in off-court areas. That includes working to bring back fans turned off by the NBA lockout.

We have a lot of hard work to do with our fans, Grant said. But we have great fans here and we cant wait to get back to the energy of sellout crowds.

It would help to have a schedule, and a full roster of healthy players participating in full practices with the league due to start play Christmas Day.

Well probably have two preseason games and an open scrimmage for the public, Grant said. Things are in somewhat of a rush and will be changing quickly. Well have updates when we get them.

Grant is eager for players to take physicals. The Cavaliers endured a number of injuries last season and could not speak with players during the lockout to monitor their condition. That includes No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving, who played only 11 games last season at Duke due to a severe injury to his right foot that likely will keep him sidelined until at least next month.

Grant said the Cavaliers will build around veterans Baron Davis and Antawn Jamison, pointing out that the roster changed dramatically just before the labor dispute and that the team will need time to have all the new parts mesh.

The approach for us hasnt changed, Grant said. We have a good young core, a lot of picks coming up in the future and tons of flexibility. We want to get these kids in here, get started, and see them grow.

Grant also said he is in the process of adding an assistant coach to Byron Scotts staff. He hopes to announce a decision soon in the midst of a whirlwind lead-up to the much-anticipated season.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


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Ex-coach Evans on way back to Halifax - by Eurobasket News
Former Halifax Rainmen head coach Mike Evans will return to the Metro Centre with his new team, the Moncton Miracles, on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The Miracles, who hired Evans earlier this week after Norris Bell resigned, are looking for their first win of the National Basketball League of Canada season with three games in three days this weekend.
The last-place squad is 0-7.

I like the team, Evans told the Moncton Times-Transript. Its a bunch of good guys. They work hard, they listen and they follow instructions. Im interested to see how they look in a game.

The 56-year-old long-time NBA assistant coach took over the Rainmen coaching job early last season from Les Berry, going 4-6 in the regular season before losing in the semifinals. Although the Rainmen hoped to bring him back this season, Evans decided not to return.

His son, Mike Evans Jr., is a guard for the Miracles.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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No.1 Kentucky rolls past St. John's, 81-59 - by Eurobasket News
The St. John's players gathered for strength through the flashing lights and pounding bass rhythms of the Kentucky Wildcats intimidating introductions. They faced the biggest challenge of the season in their first game on the road Thursday night, coming off a Nov. 26 loss to Northeastern to take on the No. 1-ranked Wildcats.

The players were grouped in the locker room at the end of the night as well to console one another after the Wildcats routed them, 81-59, at Rupp Arena.

'Kentucky played very good defense tonight', the Red Storms Nurideen Lindsey (6'3''-G) said. They did a good job of containing some of the things we tried to do. It was tough to play against them.

St. Johns Moe Harkless (6'8''-G/F), who had a double-double with 16 pounds and 10 rebounds, scored the first two points of the game - but that brief momentum did not last long for the Red Storm (4-4). The Wildcats ran their record to 7-0, led by powerful performances from the freshmen Anthony Davis (6'10''-F-93) (who scored 15 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and had 8 of a team-record 18 blocks) and Terrence Jones (26 points and 9 rebounds).

Its like shooting over a tower, Lindsey said of the 6-foot-10 Davis. I didnt know he was as long as he is and as athletic as he is. It was tough.

Kentucky came out sluggish, missing shots and turning the ball over. Coach John Calipari did not go lightly on his team after the game.

There were things weve worked on the past two or three days that they just didnt do, he said. Its December first, we are what we are - a good defensive team, offensively just not in synch yet - but around the country, there are top-ranked teams that are way ahead of us. Weve got to play better than we played.

Kentucky fans were nevertheless entertained by a Davis sequence of a rebound, a put-back and a block at the other end that fueled a 12-0 run by the Wildcats early on. Jones punctuated his 13-point first half with a rim-shaking put-back dunk that sent the Wildcats into halftime with a 31-20 lead, with 10 blocked shots and 11 forced turnovers.

Kentucky shot 23 free throws in the second half, and although fouls began to pile up for both teams, the Wildcats were also able to get out and run with five alley-oop dunks.

We did our job on defense, Jones said. We rattled their head.

Godsgift Achiuwa (6'8''-F) led St. Johns with 18 points, but the team had 19 turnovers by the end of the game.

When you go on the road you have to take better care of the ball, said the St. Johns assistant Mike Dunlap, who was standing in for Coach Steve Lavin. Lavin continues to recover from Oct. 6 prostate surgery and did not travel to Kentucky.

Guard DAngelo Harrison said: Weve got to be more crafty around the rim and not get our shots blocked. Everybody just feels like we could have just done so much better, but we have to pull together. We have to bounce right back.

With the St. Johns game behind them, the Wildcats could look ahead to Saturdays showdown with No. 5 North Carolina. The Red Storm will try to end their two-game skid when they travel to Detroit on Monday.

Courtesy of www.nytimes.com


Minnesota tips Virginia Tech 58-55 without Mbakwe - by Eurobasket News
Rodney Williams (6'7''-F) had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocks while filling in at power forward for injured star Trevor Mbakwe (6'8''-F-89), lifting Minnesota to a 58-55 victory over Virginia Tech on Wednesday night in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Julian Welch (6'3''-G) scored 15 points and hit two free throws with 18.9 seconds to go that gave the Golden Gophers the lead for good.

Elliott Eliason (6'11''-C) added eight points, seven rebounds and two blocks for the Gophers (7-1), who played their first game after Mbakwe was lost for the season with a right knee injury.

Erick Green (6'3''-G-91) scored 25 points for the Hokies (5-2) but was hampered in the final 19 seconds after falling off Williams Arena's raised floor and landing on his right shoulder. He returned, and his 3-pointer at the buzzer rimmed out.

Robert Brown (6'5''-G) added 13 points and Victor Davila scored 10 for Virginia Tech, which led 55-54 after Green scored on a put-back with 25 seconds to go. But he spilled off the court on the other end, and Welch hit all four of his free throws in the final 19 seconds to clinch the victory for Minnesota.

The Gophers were also missing senior center Ralph Sampson III, who did not play because of a sprained left ankle. Even without their two big post players, Minnesota still outscored the Hokies 38-16 in the paint.

The Gophers lost Mbakwe to a torn ACL in a loss to Dayton on Sunday, leaving them without their top scorer, rebounder and captain, the player who was carrying this young team on both ends of the floor.

Coach Tubby Smith has spent the last few days trying to keep his players from putting too much pressure on themselves individually to fill the enormous void left by Mbakwe, but Eliason was visibly flustered Tuesday as he spoke about needing to raise his level of play.

He came out determined in the early going Wednesday night, scoring on two put-backs, pulling down five rebounds and blocking a shot in the first 11 minutes. The Gophers got out to a 10-2 lead, capitalizing on some sloppy turnovers from the Hokies and energizing a Williams Arena crowd that was sullen before tipoff.

Virginia Tech weathered the early charge, started knocking down some 3-pointers and gradually got back into the game. Brown hit two 3s, and the Hokies finished the half on a 15-5 run to take a 28-26 lead at the break.

The Hokies have had their share of injury problems as well. Senior forward JT Thompson tore the ACL in his right knee on Nov. 2 and will miss the entire season after missing all of last year with a torn ACL in his left knee. They are also waiting for Marquis Rankin to return from knee surgery.

Courtesy of http://minnesota.cbslocal.com


Family reasons lead starting guard Calvin Newell to leave Sooners, transfer closer to Philly - by Eurobasket News
Guard Calvin Newell, who had moved into the starting lineup and sharply increased his production this season, plans to leave Oklahomas basketball team at the end of the semester for personal reasons.

Coach Lon Kruger announced Newells decision Thursday, a day before the Sooners (4-1) host Sacramento State.

Newell says he has been distracted by family issues the past few months and feels the need to transfer closer to his Philadelphia home.

Newell was the Sooners second-leading scorer this season with 13 points per game. He had averaged only 3.5 points last season as a reserve point guard but moved to the wing after Kruger took over as head coach.

Newell was the teams leading scorer in two of five games this season.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Ryne SMITH
  Purdue
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 26
 1. Smith, Purdue26.0 
 2. Wattad, Chattano.24.0 
 3. Smith, NC-Wilmi.23.0 
 4. Stoglin, Maryland22.0 
 5. Oladipo, Indiana21.0 
 6. McDougald, Jackso.21.0 
 7. Harris, Wake F.20.0 
 8. Howell, N.Caroli.19.5 
 9. Swansey, Tenn Tech19.0 
 10. McKie, Wake Fore.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Michigan.
  (200-F-90)
  Avg: 18
 1. Green, Michigan.18.0 
 2. Finney-Smith, Virg.16.0 
 3. Smith, Clemson14.0 
 4. Shannon, Florida12.0 
 5. Howell, N.Caroli.11.5 
 6. Plumlee, Duke11.0 
 7. Zlovaric, Chattano.10.0 
 8. Desrosiers, Wake F.10.0 
 9. Henson, N.Carolina9.5 
 10. Drummond, Loyol.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kendall MARSHALL
  N.Carolina
  (190-G-91)
  Avg: 10
 1. Marshall, N.Caroli.10.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson8.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.7.5 
 4. Bell, Chattanooga7.0 
 5. Loucks, Florida St.6.0 
 6. Udofia, Georgia6.0 
 7. Johnson, Belmont6.0 
 8. Finney-Smith, Virg.5.0 
 9. Jackson, Purdue5.0 
 10. Scott, Miami, FL5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cody ZELLER
  Indiana
  (210-F-)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zeller, Indiana6.0 
 2. Smith, Clemson5.0 
 3. Brown, N.Caroli.4.5 
 4. Jones III, Indiana4.0 
 5. Kennings, Florida3.0 
 6. Moore, Florida A&M3.0 
 7. Raines, Virginia T.3.0 
 8. Cooley, E.Tenn.St.3.0 
 9. Swoope, Miami, FL3.0 
 10. Faust, Maryland3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Carson DESROSIERS
  Wake F.
  (213-C-)
  Avg: 8
 1. Desrosiers, Wake F.8.0 
 2. Henson, N.Carolina5.5 
 3. Finney-Smith, Virg.4.0 
 4. Mosley, Maryland3.0 
 5. Inameti, Tenn Tech3.0 
 6. Elston, Indiana2.0 
 7. Jennings, Clemson2.0 
 8. Plumlee, Duke2.0 
 9. Lawson, Purdue2.0 
 10. Akpejiori, Miami,2.0 


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Kentucky 0-0 (7-0) 
 2. Ohio St. 0-0 (7-0) 
 3. Duke 0-0 (7-0) 
 4. Syracuse 0-0 (6-0) 
 5. N.Carolina 0-0 (6-1) 
 6. Louisville 0-0 (5-0) 
 7. Baylor 0-0 (5-0) 
 8. Connecticut 0-0 (6-1) 
 9. Wisconsin 0-0 (6-1) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (4-1) 
 11. Xavier 0-0 (4-0) 
 12. Alabama 0-0 (7-1) 
 13. Missouri 0-0 (6-0) 
 14. Michigan 0-0 (5-1) 
 15. Kansas 0-0 (4-2) 
 16. Marquette 0-0 (5-0) 
 17. Pittsburgh 0-0 (6-1) 
 18. UNLV 0-0 (8-0) 
 19. Gonzaga 0-0 (5-0) 
 20. Vanderbilt 0-0 (5-1) 
 21. California 0-0 (6-1) 
 22. Mississippi St. 0-0 (7-1) 
 23. Memphis 0-0 (2-2) 
 24. St.Louis 0-0 (6-0) 
 25. Texas A&M 0-0 (5-1) 


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Admirals host PBL preseason tournament - by Eurobasket News
The Lake Michigan Admirals will host the Northwest Indiana Stars in the PBL preseason tournament Sunday at Benton Harbor High School.

Like the Admirals, the Stars are in their first season of the PBL, moving from the ABA.

Admiral Coach Che' Eddie says the Stars have very quick guards, a sentiment reiterated by veteran forward, Odgra Bobo. 'They play extremely hard and put lots of pressure on defense.'

Northwest Indiana Coach Derrick Smith says the team is even faster this year. 'This is a whole different group,' stated Coach Smith. Players to watch include Howard Little, Luther Boyd, and Daniel Artest, younger brother of NBA veteran Ron Artest.

Asked Coach Smith about containing Admirals center 7'3' Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan) and he replied, 'We are confident we have a game plan for a player of that stature. It will be a faster game that will take him away from the basket.'

Five Admirals scored in double figures in last weeks 116-109 overtime win over Grand Rapids. Benton Harbor native Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) led the team with 22pts. Alexander played in China last year.

Winner of the 3:00pm contest will meet the winner between the Indiana Diesels and the Dayton Airstrikers December 10th at Lake Michigan Catholic.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Admirals to host PBL Preseason Tournament - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals will host the Northwest Indiana Stars in the PBL preseason tournament Sunday at Benton Harbor High School. Like the Admirals, the Stars are in their first season of the PBL, moving from the ABA. Admiral Coach Che Eddie says the Stars have very quick guards, a sentiment reiterated by veteran forward, Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC). 'They play extremely hard and put lots of pressure on defense.' Northwest Indiana Coach Derrick Smith says the team is even faster this year. 'This is a whole different group,' stated Coach Smith. Players to watch include Howard Little (6'3''-G-87, college: Valparaiso), Luther Boyd (6'7''-F, college: Ill.-Chicago), and Daniel Artest (6'6''-F-82, college: Westchester CC), younger brother of NBA veteran Ron Artest.
Asked Coach Smith about containing Admirals center Shagari Alleyne (7'3''-C-84, college: Manhattan) and he replied, 'We are confident we have a game plan for a player of that
stature. It will be a faster game that will take him away from the basket.'
Five Admirals scored in double figures in last weeks 116-109 overtime win over Grand Rapids. Benton Harbor native Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) led the team with 22pts. Alexander played in China last year.
Winner of the 3:00pm contest will meet the winner between the Indiana Diesels and the Dayton Airstrikers December 10th at Lake Michigan Catholic.
For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com


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Regal Barca cruises past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - FCB Regal 45-76

Regal Barca had an easy job in Gdynia on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champ blasted Asseco Prokom 45-76 keeping the perfect record in Euroleague, Group D (7-0). The home squad closes the standings in this pool with no win (0-7). Barca took control on Prokom in the second quarter and never looked back. Victor Sada (192-G-84) led the scorers in Barca with 17 points, while their best player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 15 points and 8 rebs (valuation 25). Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) netted 10 pts. In Prokom, Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82, agency: Court Side) had 10 points and was the only one with double digits. Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) stopped to 7 points each. Quarters: 14-14, 12-22, 4-23, 15-17. Barca will host Unics in the next round. Prokom waits Union Olimpija, what could be a chance for the first win.

Asseco Prokom: Lukasz Seweryn 10, Adam Lapeta 7+5 boards, Oliver Lafayette 7
Regal Barca: Victor Sada 17, Erazem Lorbek 15+8 boards, Kosta Perovic 10


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Eight teams confirmed for 2012 season: - by Luis Modestti
A meeting was held yesterday and eight teams were confirmed for the 2012 BSN season that starts on March 1.

The eight teams that will play in 2012 are: Arecibo, Bayamon, Guayama, Guaynabo, Mayagez, Quebradillas, Humacao and San German.

During that meeting Cangrejeros de Santurce announced that they will not play next season after having problems finding a home court. They join Coamo who played last season but wont participate in 2012.

Cariduros de Fajardo didnt come up with a plan to play next season and after three years out the franchise disappears.

Also Gallitos de Isabela were bought and moved to Guayama, the transfer was approved by the board.

Felix Felo Rivera was approved by the board as the new owner of Piratas de Quebradillas. Rivera was league President in 2008 and before that he owned Criollos de Caguas.

The players that were reserved by Coamo and Santurce enter a draft that is scheduled for December 15 at the Puerto Rican Olympic Committee. Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: FIU) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) are some of the players available for that draft.


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Timisoara signs PF Nikola Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) will continue his career in Romania. The Serbian power forward penned a deal with Timisoara for rest of the season. He will replace injured Robert Sarovic (205-F-78). Nikola Jovanovic spent last two seasons with Anwil Wloclawek. In the latest one he had 13.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 25 Polish league games. He had almost the same numbers in EuroCup. Before Anwil, Jovanovic spent one year with Atlas Stal Ostrow. It was in 2008/09, when Jovanovic averaged 15.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1.7 apg in 34 PLK games. In the past, he played for Swissliosn Takovo, Ergonom, Zdravlje, Masinac and Cypriot Etha. Nikola Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com Polish League All-Bosmans Team -09, 10, 11.

Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Timisoara 9-1 
 2. CSU Sibiu 9-2 
 3. Gaz Metan 8-2 
 4. Ploiesti 7-2 
 5. U.Mobitel.CN 7-3 
 6. Targu Mures 7-4 
 7. Oradea 6-3 
 8. CSM Bucuresti 5-5 
 9. Craiova 4-6 
 10. Pitesti 4-6 
 11. Rovinari 4-6 
 12. Dinamo B. 4-6 
 13. Otopeni 2-7 
 14. Giurgiu 2-7 
 15. Perla Harghitei 1-9 
 16. Politehnica 0-10 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu24.3 
 2. Durham, Dinamo B.23.9 
 3. Martinic, CSM B.22.4 
 4. Brown, Dinamo B.22.0 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 6. Ross, Craiova19.9 
 7. Darby, Rovinari19.8 
 8. Tomic, Craiova19.6 
 9. Forte, Targu Mures19.2 
 10. Burlacu, Ploiesti19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Allen DURHAM
  Dinamo B.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Durham, Dinamo B.15.2 
 2. Kinloch, Pitesti10.2 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.7 
 4. Ross, Craiova8.9 
 5. Carutasu, CSM B.8.8 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.6 
 7. Riley, CSU Sibiu8.6 
 8. Kazarnovski, Pites.8.5 
 9. Grubisic, Giurgiu8.3 
 10. Dies, Perla Hargh.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu8.0 
 2. Maric, Oradea6.6 
 3. Cooley, Targu M.6.4 
 4. Brown, Dinamo B.5.2 
 5. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.0 
 6. Howell, Gaz Metan4.9 
 7. Stojakovic, Giurgiu4.5 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.3 
 9. Long, Perla Harghi.4.3 
 10. Cuic, Timisoara4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jaytonah WISSEH
  CSU Sibiu
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu3.7 
 2. Cooley, Targu M.3.1 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti2.3 
 4. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.1 
 6. Seals, Craiova2.0 
 7. Riley, CSU Sibiu2.0 
 8. Popovici, Politehn.1.9 
 9. Maric, Oradea1.9 
 10. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryson MCKENZIE
  CSM B.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. McKenzie, CSM B.2.6 
 2. Oluic, Rovinari1.9 
 3. Tibirna, Otopeni1.7 
 4. Riley, CSU Sibiu1.7 
 5. VanderMeer, Gaz M.1.6 
 6. Durham, Dinamo B.1.2 
 7. Archie, Timisoara1.2 
 8. Mijovic, U.Mobite.1.1 
 9. Isleam, Pitesti1.1 
 10. Lazar, Oradea1.0 


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Unics takes crucial win against Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Galatasaray 72-61

Unics booked a spot for Top 16 phase. It the game between two Euroleague newcomers, the Russian squad celebrated 72-61 home win for 5-2 record in Group D. On the other side, Galatasaray dropped to 3-4, but still has a nice chance to advance. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 17 points for the hosts. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) scored 13, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) had 12 points, while Vladimir Veremeenko (208-F-84) added 11 pts and 7 rebounds. In Galata, Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) was the only player with double digits - 12 pts. Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) and Jamon Lukas Gordon (191-G-84, college: Virginia Tech) (5 rebs) stopped to 9 and 8 points respectively. After pretty leveled first half, Unics found its usual go-to guy in Domercant after the break to get a 57-49 margin after three quarters. And Unics used outstanding defense to boost its margin to 67-51 and never looked back. Quarters: 21-23, 14-11, 22-15, 15-12. In the next round, Unics will meet Barca on the road. Galatasaray will host Montepaschi.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 17, Henry Domercant 13, Lynn Greer 12, Vladimir Veremeenko 11+7 boards
Galatasaray: Jaka Lakovic 12, Preston Shumpert 9, Jamon Lukas Gordon 8+5 boards


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


Stats Leaders - Superleague B
Points Per Game
 Nikola LEPOJEVIC
  Ural E.
  (199-F-82)
  Avg: 22
 1. Lepojevic, Ural E.22.0 
 2. Ageev, Ruskon-M.16.1 
 3. Gordon, Ural E.15.9 
 4. Pushkin, Sojuz Z.13.8 
 5. Zibirov, Ataman13.8 
 6. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.13.0 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.12.7 
 8. Vzdykhalkin, Rjazan11.7 
 9. Vorotnikov, Ataman11.6 
 10. Sotnikov, TE.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrey PETUKHOV
  Spart.
  (204-F-86)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Petukhov, Spart.8.6 
 2. Ivlev, Rjazan7.7 
 3. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.7.6 
 4. Trushkin, Spart.6.5 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.6.2 
 6. Nikolaev, Ural E.6.1 
 7. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.9 
 8. Zaykin, TE.5.8 
 9. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.5.6 
 10. Goritskov, Sever.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Linas LEKAVICIUS
  Univ.Sur.
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Lekavicius, Univ.S.5.5 
 2. Zibirov, Ataman5.0 
 3. Glazunov, Ural E.4.4 
 4. Vokhmianine, TEMP-.4.1 
 5. Slepukha, Sojuz Z.4.1 
 6. Bartunov, Rjazan4.1 
 7. Aleksandrov, Sojuz3.4 
 8. Hloponin, Univ.Sur.2.9 
 9. Isakov, Ural E.2.8 
 10. Korchagin, Rjazan2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Dramir ZIBIROV
  Ataman
  (187-PG-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Zibirov, Ataman3.0 
 2. Lekavicius, Univ.S.2.7 
 3. Bartunov, Rjazan1.8 
 4. Ageev, Ruskon-M.1.8 
 5. Semerninov, Ruskon.1.7 
 6. Aleksandrov, Sojuz1.6 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.1.6 
 8. Krivko, Ruskon-M.1.5 
 9. Smygin, Ataman1.5 
 10. Babitchev, Spart.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dmitriy PONOSOV
  Sojuz Z.
  (220-C-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Ponosov, Sojuz Z.1.8 
 2. Gresev, Ataman1.5 
 3. Varlamov, Ural E.1.4 
 4. Goritskov, Sever.1.3 
 5. Tsvetkov, Severst.1.2 
 6. Beliaev, Univ.Surg.1.0 
 7. Ekimov, Univ.Sur.0.9 
 8. Petukhov, Spart.0.9 
 9. Babitchev, Spart.0.8 
 10. Polyakov, Severst.0.8 


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Partizan downs Maccabi Electra in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Maccabi T-A 74-71

Partizan used its home court to stop Maccabi's five game winning streak in Euroleague, Group C. The Serbian powerhouse grabbed 74-71 victory making a huge step forward to Top 16. Partizan has 4-3 record now in this pool, while Maccabi slipped to 5-2 sharing the first place with Real Madrid. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) was a key player for Partizan in this meeting. The power forward, loaned from Maccabi, had 22 points and 8 rebounds (valuation 25). He made two clutch triples in the last quarter. NBAer Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 17 points in his goodbye game for Partizan this season, while Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 15 pts. The home squad played without Acie Law. In Maccabi, Devin Smith (196-G/F-83, college: Virginia) had 12 points and 5 rebounds, Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) had 11 pts (also in his last Maccabi game), while Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) helped with 10 points and 5 rebs. In the finish, Pnini closed the gap to 70-68 with 21 seconds to go, but Nikola Pekovic drew an unsportsmanlike foul from him at the next possession. Both Pekovic and Milan Macvan split their free throws, and then Lucic hit both with 11 seconds remaining to seal the win. Quarters: 24-17, 15-20, 15-11, 20-23. Partizan goes to Charleroi next week, while Maccabi will play in Madrid.

Partizan: Milan Macvan 22+8 boards, Nikola Pekovic 17, Vladimir Lucic 15
Maccabi: Devin Smith 12+5 boards, Jordan Farmar 11, Sofoklis Schortsanitis 10+5 boards


Zeleznicar Indjija change their roster - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Zeleznicar Indjija and Nenad Kasabasic (190-G-84) parts away. Kasabasic started this season in Zeleznicar and on first 8 games average scored 7.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals per game. During the career Kasabasic played for Swisslion Takovo, Tamis Petrohemija and Metalac Valjevo. In the meantime Zeleznicar find replacement for Kasabasic in young guard Aleksandar Radulovic (190-G-88, agency: Beo Basket) from Sloboda Uzice. On first 8 games this season Radulovic average scored 6.5 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals. During the career Radulovic played for Beovuk 72, Masinac Kraljevo, Crnokosa Kosjeric and Sloboda Uzice.

Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou signs in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-F/G-77, agency: BeoExcell) signed a deal with Greek team Apollon Patras. They compete in A2 league. The Serbian/Greek forward spent last two seasons with Iraklis. In the latest one he had 10.6 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 26 games in A1. A year before that, he helped Iraklis to win the promotion from A2 to A1. He had 12.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2 apg and 1.6 spg that season. Petrovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 1st Team -10. Before Iraklis, Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou spent one year with Panellinios. He also has experience from Poland, Italy, France, Germany and Spain. Petrovic won the German league title with ALBA Berlin in 2003. They also were Cup winners that same year.

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Louis blog entry! - by Louis Johnson
This is my 3rd season in Europe, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity. In three years of professional basketball every situation is different, and every club has its ups and downs. In Portugal we had a great group of guys but could never figure out a winning chemistry. In Slovakia my first year, with Spisska Nova Ves we won games everyone had a role. We had great team chemistry and very good experienced coach. We came up short in the playoffs due to a plethora of players having nagging injuries which really hindered us. Now in my 3rd season hear in Slovakia Komarno, we are still gelling together, trying to figure out a consistent winning strategy. The coach we have at the moment preaches team first and tries to use an 8-9 man rotation similar to college. Now we are currently half way through the season, and I am uncertain who will be coaching us for the second half of the season. Which is a challenge for us as a team because now we have to be more prepared then ever to answer the challenge amongst each other whenever we step on the court without allowing ourselves to be distracted by off the court issues. Off the court life is great, Komarno is very similar to Spisska so it was not much of a transition. With Christmas break quickly approaching and the start of round 3 around the corner, we are all focused on improving and winning as many games as possible, we know that come playoff time all these games will have an effect on our seeding. We are motivated and need to win for this City and ourselves, I am aware of the disappoint felt here in the first round last season. We will continue to work, and hopefully the fans will continue to be great and make it hard for other teams to play here. As for me I will continue to work extra and try to prepare myself the best that I can, lord willing and help this team win games... Better days are coming to Komarno.. Tonight we prepare to face Spisska at home.. ATTACK KOMARNO, PROTECT THIS HOUSE!!!!!!!!

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Krka promote coach Sekulic, adds Abdul-Hamid - by Zeljko Zule
Krka's coach Nenad Trajkovic has officially stepped down and he looks set to continue to work in NBA League.The 50-year-old Trajkovic was yesterday dismissed after less than three months in charge. Trajkovic, who was hired in the summer, won Slovenian Supercupt and led Krka to a 2-7 record in Adriatic League and to a 2-1 record in EuroCup. He arrives from the NBA, where he was an assistant coach in charge of playerdevelopment at the Phoenix Suns. Trajkovic is immediatelly replaced by his assistant Aleksandar Sekulic until he June 2013.
Krka already inked Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) for the remainder of season. He arrives from Hemofarm for whom he averaged 8.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.assists in EuroCup and 4.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Adriatic League last season.




Montepaschi celebrates in Ljubljana, secures Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Montepaschi 57-63

Montepaschi booked a spot for Top 16. The Italian powerhouse managed to beat Union Olimpija in Ljubljana 57-63 on Thursday night. Visitors improved to 5-2 record in Group D, while Olimpija slipped to 1-5 with tiny chances to reach the next stage. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 16 points for Montepaschi and Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) added 14 points, plus 6 rebounds. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) netted 13 pts, while David Andersen (212-C-80) had 10 points and 8 boards. In Olimpija, Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) delivered 11 pts. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) shined with 10 points, 15 rebs and 5 assists, and Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) stooped too 10 pts and 6 rebs. Montepaschi made 0-6 run for 55-59 lead with less than 3 minutes left in the game. Olimpija kept trying threes that didn't go in and Bo McCalebb made things clearer for the guests with two free throws, 55-61, what was too much for Olimpija for rest of the way. Quarters: 15-21, 18-16, 16-16, 8-10. Montepaschi will meet Galatasaray in Istanbul next week, while Olimpia goes to Gdynia.

Union Olimpija: Ben Woodside 11, Damir Markota 10+15 boards+5 as, Danny Green 10+6 boards
Montepaschi: Bo McCalebb 16, Igor Rakocevic 14+6 boards, David Moss 13, David Andersen 10+8 boards


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KBL Round 22: KCC Egis edge LG Sakers by two points - by Eurobasket News
Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Eighth-ranked LG Sakers (8-13) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked KCC Egis (13-7) in Jeonju on Thursday. KCC Egis managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) chipped in 17 points and 12 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for lost side. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. LG Sakers at the other side keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. KCC Egis are looking forward to face ET Land Elephants (#6) in Inchon in the next round. LG Sakers will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (14-6) against sixth ranked ET Land Elephants (10-10) on Friday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by ET Land Elephants in Inchon 80-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. Tae-Jong Moon contributed with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds for Anyang KGC. ET Land Elephants maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against higher ranked KCC Egis (#3) in Jeonju in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against SK Knights in Seoul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the seventeenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-16) 86-76 in Wonju. Rodrique Benson had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Eric Sandrin responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 17-4 record. Samsung Thunders lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet KCC Egis (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Samsung Thunders will play against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-17) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked SK Knights (11-10) in Seoul. SK Knights managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. Alexander Johnson notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. SK Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-10 record. Daegu Orions lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. SK Knights' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Anyang KGC at home and it may be quite challenging game. Daegu Orions will play against Samsung Thunders (#9) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



ET Land - Anyang KGC 80-68

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Anyang KGC (14-6) against sixth ranked ET Land Elephants (10-10) on Friday night. Visiting Anyang KGC was defeated by ET Land Elephants in Inchon 80-68. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Anyang KGC. Anyang KGC was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 45-32 second half run of ET Land Elephants. They made 19-of-23 charity shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They brought some defensive toughness making 9 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks. International forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Rodney White (206-80, college: Charlotte) replied with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Tae-Sool Kim (180-84) added 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Anyang KGC. Four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. ET Land Elephants maintains sixth position with 10-10 record. Anyang KGC at the other side keeps the second place with six games lost. ET Land Elephants will play against higher ranked KCC Egis (#3) in Jeonju in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Anyang KGC will play on the road against SK Knights in Seoul and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
ET Land: H.Hill 27+12reb+5ast, H.Kang 20+2reb+1ast, T.Moon 15+10reb+4ast, H.Lee 9+2reb+2ast, T.Joo 4+2reb, B.Chung 3+2reb+3ast
Anyang KGC: R.White 20+11reb+2ast, S.Oh 13+7reb, T.Kim 13+5reb+5ast, S.Kim 10+1reb, H.Yang 8+5reb+2ast, C.Park 2+3reb+3ast
gschID: 145711


SK Knights - Daegu Orions 101-100

Tenth-ranked Daegu Orions (3-17) made lots of trouble for fifth ranked SK Knights (11-10) in Seoul. SK Knights managed to secure only one-point victory 101-100. However their fans expected much easier game. Daegu Orions were ahead by 5 points after three quarters before a 29-23 charge of SK Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American forward Alexander Johnson (208-83, college: Florida St.) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Hyo-Bum Kim (195-83) supported him with 26 points. Even a double-double of 31 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals by American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Forward Il-Young Heo (197-85) added 24 points for lost side. Five SK Knights and four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. SK Knights have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-10 record. Daegu Orions lost fifth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. SK Knights' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Anyang KGC at home and it may be quite challenging game. Daegu Orions will play against Samsung Thunders (#9) in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: H.Kim 26+2reb+2ast, A.Johnson 25+16reb+1ast, S.Lee 23+1reb+3ast, H.Joo 11+4reb+11ast, J.Han 10+2reb+1ast, H.Lee 3+1reb+4ast
Daegu Orions: C.Williams 31+12reb+6ast, I.Heo 24+1reb+3ast, S.Cho 18+1ast, J.Choi 12+3reb+2ast, M.Kim 7+1ast, K.Kim 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 145712


KCC Egis - LG Sakers 79-77

Eighth-ranked LG Sakers (8-13) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked KCC Egis (13-7) in Jeonju on Thursday. KCC Egis managed to secure only two-point victory 79-77. However their fans expected much easier game. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) fired 26 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. International center Seung-Jin Ha (221-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. Four KCC Egis players scored in double figures. Naturalized American forward Gregory Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists and American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) added 20 points and 14 rebounds respectively for lost side. LG Sakers' coach Jin Kim rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place. LG Sakers at the other side keep the eighth position with 13 games lost. KCC Egis are looking forward to face ET Land Elephants (#6) in Inchon in the next round. LG Sakers will play at home against Sonic Boom KT in Busan and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: D.Sims 26+8reb+2ast, T.Akins 17+3reb+6ast, S.Ha 17+12reb, J.Lim 12+3reb+2ast, S.Choo 7+2reb+1ast, W.Kim 0
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 28+11reb+5ast, A.Haynes 20+14reb+2ast, Y.Oh 13+1reb+3ast, I.Baek 7+1reb+1ast, H.Jeon 5+1reb+5ast, C.Song 4+3reb
gschID: 145709


Dongbu Promy - Samsung Th. 86-76

Leader Dongbu Promy delivered the seventeenth victory on Thursday night. This time they beat 9th ranked Samsung Thunders (4-16) 86-76 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 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. Dongbu Promy looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) had a double-double by scoring 40 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds (on 16-of-19 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the former international power forward Joo-Sung Kim (205-79) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists during the contest. At the losing side international power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and American power forward Ira Clark (203-75, college: Texas) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds. Four Samsung Thunders players scored in double figures. Dongbu Promy maintains first position with 17-4 record. Samsung Thunders lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the ninth place with 16 games lost. Dongbu Promy will meet KCC Egis (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Samsung Thunders will play against Daegu Orions (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 40+11reb+2ast, J.Kim 22+3reb+7ast, J.Hwang 10+1reb+4ast, J.Ahn 8+1reb+3ast, M.Suk 3+6reb+1ast, K.Jin 3+1ast
Samsung Th.: I.Clark 22+6reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 20+6reb+8ast, D.Kim 18+2reb+3ast, W.Lee 10+2reb+1ast, K.Lee 2+2reb, B.Lee 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 145710




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


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Real Madird victorious in Milano, secures Top 16 ticket - by Eurobasket News
Armani MI - Real Madrid 65-72

Real Madrid handed 65-72 home loss to Armani Jeans Milano on Thursday evening. Visitors improved to 5-2 and mathematically made it to the next round due to its 2-0 record against Armani and Charleroi. At the same time, Armani dropped to 2-5 and their hopes to reach the next stage drastically decreased, but still exist. Real Madrid was in charge during the entire game, despite they were not able to make a double digit lead. Armani came to 65-67 with less than two minutes to go, Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) traded missed shots after that, but a three-pointer by Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) sealed the outcome, 65-70, with 50.1 seconds to go. Rodriguez was the leading scorer in victory with 19 points. Fernandez had 13, Nikola Mirotic (209-F/C-91) 11 points and 10 rebs, and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) added 10 points, plus 5 boards. For the hosts, Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) answered with 13 points and 6 rebs, with poor 1 of 7 from behind the arc. Stefano Mancinelli and Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-20, 15-16, 17-17, 18-19. Real Madrid waits Maccabi in the next round, while Armani will meet Anadolu Efes in Istanbul.

Armani MI: Danilo Gallinari 13+6 boards, Stefano Mancinelli 12, Drew Nicholas 11
Real Madrid: Sergio Rodriguez 19, Rudy Fernandez 13, Nikola Mirotic 11+10 boards, Ante Tomic 10+5 boards


Cantu beats Caja Laboral 71-48, improves to 4-3 - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Caja Laboral 71-68

Bennet Cantu demonstrated great performance against Caja Laboral on Thursday evening. The Italian squad grabbed 71-68 home victory joining Caja Laboral and Fenerbahce Ulker on top of Group A with 4-3 record. Cantu made impressive 52-34 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game, but then visitors finally woke up and came to 69-67 with 27 seconds to go. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) split free throws to put Caja Laboral at Cantus doorstep, 69-68, but a steal by Andrea Cinciarini ended the furious rally and gave Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) an easy layup as Cantu eked out the win, 71-68. Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) led the hosts with 18 points (6 of 9 for 3-pts). Mazzarino had 14 points, while center Denis Marconato (214-C-75) helped with 8 points and 10 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 27 points. Bjelica had 11, while Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) and Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) stopped to 9 pts each. Quarters: 12-21, 23-9, 17-6, 19-32. Next week Cantu goes to Bilbao. Caja Laboral will meet Olympiakos in Athens.

Bennet Cantu: Gianluca Basile 18, Nicolas Mazzarino 14, Denis Marconato 8+10 boards
Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 27, Nemanja Bjelica 11, Fernando San Emeterio 9, Brad Oleson 9


Regal Barca cruises past Asseco Prokom in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom - FCB Regal 45-76

Regal Barca had an easy job in Gdynia on Thursday night. The reigning Spanish champ blasted Asseco Prokom 45-76 keeping the perfect record in Euroleague, Group D (7-0). The home squad closes the standings in this pool with no win (0-7). Barca took control on Prokom in the second quarter and never looked back. Victor Sada (192-G-84) led the scorers in Barca with 17 points, while their best player was Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) with 15 points and 8 rebs (valuation 25). Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) netted 10 pts. In Prokom, Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82, agency: Court Side) had 10 points and was the only one with double digits. Adam Lapeta (217-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (5 rebs) and Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) stopped to 7 points each. Quarters: 14-14, 12-22, 4-23, 15-17. Barca will host Unics in the next round. Prokom waits Union Olimpija, what could be a chance for the first win.

Asseco Prokom: Lukasz Seweryn 10, Adam Lapeta 7+5 boards, Oliver Lafayette 7
Regal Barca: Victor Sada 17, Erazem Lorbek 15+8 boards, Kosta Perovic 10


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.19.7 
 2. Monroe, Tenerife19.6 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.17.3 
 4. Ott, Lan M.16.6 
 5. Elias, Tenerife15.9 
 6. Ausina, Aurtenec.15.9 
 7. Balmon, Las Rozas15.9 
 8. Parejo, Avila15.0 
 9. Torres, Andorra14.9 
 10. Salson, Las Rozas14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.11.0 
 2. Balmon, Las Rozas10.4 
 3. Atoyebi, Lan M.8.6 
 4. Elias, Tenerife8.5 
 5. Thompson, Aurtene.8.0 
 6. Mbaye, Barca R.7.9 
 7. Miller, Gandia B.7.8 
 8. Monroe, Tenerife7.8 
 9. Adams, Coruna7.4 
 10. Ausina, Aurtenec.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Andorra
  (184-PG-81)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bavosi, Andorra4.5 
 2. Ibargutxi, Lan M.3.9 
 3. Ugrinoski, Las R.3.8 
 4. Llorente, Avila3.7 
 5. Creus, Barca R.3.6 
 6. Bassas, Prat J.3.5 
 7. Guigou, Tenerife3.3 
 8. Perez, Barca R.3.1 
 9. Carrera, Aurtenec.3.0 
 10. Alvarado, Gandia3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Lan M.
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ott, Lan M.3.4 
 2. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.3 
 3. Guigou, Tenerife2.1 
 4. Lazaro, Coruna1.9 
 5. Alvarado, Gandia B.1.9 
 6. Robertson, Avila1.8 
 7. Perez, Barca R.1.8 
 8. Ros, Plasencia1.7 
 9. Longmire, Plasencia1.6 
 10. Ryan, Tenerife1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko TODOROVIC
  Prat J.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Todorovic, Prat J.1.7 
 2. Joseph, Avila1.6 
 3. Mbaye, Barca R.1.4 
 4. Thompson, Aurtene.1.3 
 5. Elias, Tenerife1.3 
 6. Marti, Prat J.1.3 
 7. Brigman, Prat J.1.1 
 8. Monroe, Tenerife1.1 
 9. Pantin, Ourense1.1 
 10. Miller, Gandia B.1.0 


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


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Andorra 6-2 
 2. Aurteneche M. 6-2 
 3. Barca Regal II 6-2 
 4. Coruna 5-2 
 5. Ourense 5-2 
 6. Avila 4-3 
 7. Las Rozas 4-4 
 8. Prat Juventud 4-5 
 9. Lan Mobel ISB 3-5 
 10. Tenerife 3-5 
 11. Oviedo CB 2-5 
 12. Gandia Basquet 2-6 
 13. Plasencia 0-7 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 James FELDEINE
  Breogan
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Feldeine, Breogan18.8 
 2. DeVries, Melilla18.8 
 3. Quezada, Leon17.9 
 4. Durley, Leon17.5 
 5. Antelo, Caceres17.5 
 6. Witt, Knet Clavijo17.4 
 7. Guillen, Canarias16.8 
 8. Phillip, Burgos16.6 
 9. Donaldson, Canarias15.8 
 10. Knutson, Mallorca15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Knet Clavijo
  (208-F/C-86)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Lawal, Knet Clavijo9.5 
 2. Donaldson, Canarias8.9 
 3. Sikma, La Palma8.5 
 4. Diouf, Palencia8.4 
 5. Williams, Caceres8.2 
 6. Phillip, Burgos7.9 
 7. Mortellaro, Leon7.7 
 8. Antelo, Caceres7.6 
 9. McNeil, Huesca7.5 
 10. Orfila, Huesca7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Oscar ALVARADO
  La Palma
  (184-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alvarado, La Palma5.9 
 2. Norris, Lleida4.5 
 3. Witt, Knet Clavijo4.3 
 4. Sabat, Canarias4.2 
 5. Bernabe, Leon4.2 
 6. Riera, Melilla3.8 
 7. Bivia, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Perez, Menorca3.6 
 9. Lopez, Burgos3.5 
 10. Quezada, Leon3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey XAVIER
  Palencia
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Xavier, Palencia2.9 
 2. Bernabe, Leon2.8 
 3. Toledo, Burgos2.3 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.1 
 5. Norris, Lleida1.8 
 6. Rocchia, Leon1.8 
 7. Sanz, Navarra1.8 
 8. Schaftenaar, La P.1.8 
 9. Guerra, Granada1.7 
 10. Otegui, Menorca1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Michel DIOUF
  Palencia
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Diouf, Palencia1.7 
 2. Kuzmin, Clinicas.1.7 
 3. Lawal, Knet Clavijo1.5 
 4. Odiakosa, Melilla1.3 
 5. El Hadji Mal., Cli.1.3 
 6. Green, Mallorca1.3 
 7. Coleman, Girona1.2 
 8. Tillman, Burgos1.1 
 9. Samb, Granada0.9 
 10. Antelo, Caceres0.9 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 9-3 
 2. Boras 9-5 
 3. LF Basket 8-5 
 4. Sundsvall 8-5 
 5. Uppsala 7-6 
 6. Solna 7-6 
 7. 08 6-6 
 8. Sodertalje 6-7 
 9. Jamtland 5-8 
 10. Eco Orebro 0-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Stephen MCDOWELL
  Solna
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 23
 1. McDowell, Solna23.0 
 2. Zabas, Jamtland21.8 
 3. Krayem, Boras20.4 
 4. Palm, Boras19.0 
 5. Mbemba, LF Basket18.9 
 6. Smith, Sodertalje18.8 
 7. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.1 
 8. Gunnarsson, Solna17.9 
 9. McKnight, Boras17.6 
 10. Klaric, Jamtland17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Palm, Boras11.6 
 2. Johnson, Uppsala10.2 
 3. Baeringsson, Sunds.10.2 
 4. Toombs, Eco Orebro9.6 
 5. Ramsey, LF Basket9.4 
 6. Lalugba, Jamtland9.2 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.9 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping8.5 
 9. Safford, LF Basket8.2 
 10. Watt, Eco Orebro7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.6