EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/31/2011

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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Hawks snare Richardson for 2012 - by Eurobasket News
The Perry Lakes Hawks Mens SBL team have secured one of the recruiting coups of the year by announcing the signing of 18-year-old point guard Cory Richardson (186-G-93).

Richardson, who played SBL for the South West Slammers last year, is of a high pedigree having represented Australia at the U/17 World Championships in Germany.

His involvement in the State Mens U20s team with Hawks Head Coach Trevor Pugh was one of the reasons for his decision to sign with Perry Lakes after moving to Perth for work.

I choose the Hawks because Coach Pugh described it as a great place to play and for me to advance my career.

Since arriving at Hawks he has integrated himself seamlessly into the squad despite not being able to join in preseason training due to a foot injury.

The club has been great so far, all the boys have been really welcoming and friendly.

His injury will be healed by the time official preseason starts on January 8 and will formally join his new teammates for the first time in lead-up to the 2012 SBL season.

I just want to have a good season with my new club and hopefully get back to the championship game.

Richardson will join other returning point guards Daniel Harloe (178-G-90), who spent a year studying abroad, and Luke Riches, who was injured late last season, to help replace the hole left by the retirement of Joe-Alan Tupaea.
Courtesy of: SBL


SBL: A Redbacks favourite settles in abroad - by Eurobasket News
One of the Redbacks favourite sons over the last four years, Jarrad Jackson is now settling in to his new environment as a member of the Ohlone Renegades.

Jarrad is currently at Ohlone Junior College in California alongside fellow Redback Ashley Stephens.

Click here to read an article on Jarrad and fellow Aussie Nic Clarke (Willetton) in the Ohlone College Monitor.
Courtesy of: SBL


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  BAHRAIN   


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


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  BOSNIA   


Edin Bavcic wins POW in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated excellent performance in Round 10 of the Greek A1 league. The 27-year-old Bosnian power forward had 25 points and 13 rebounds for his team KAO Dramas. Unfortunately, they lost that game to Ilysiakos on the road 76-73. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. KAOD maintains the 11th position in Greek A1. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. KAOD have already lost 7 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Bavcic had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be KAOD's top player in his first season with the team. Bavcic has impressive league stats. He leads league in rebounds with 8.7rpg. Bavcic is in league's top in and averages solid 71.4% FGP. Edin Bavcic joined KAOD at the beginning of the month, actually on December 7. He started the season with Vanoli-Braga Cremona.

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  BULGARIA   


Levski finished the 2011 year in style - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski finished the the 2011 year in style as they beat Chernomorets 91-63 in round 12 of mens national league. With this Levski success the team of coach Titi Papazov continue to ranks second in the league with 10 wins and 2 losses while Chernomorts are the last eighth with 2 wins from 12 games played.

Hrisimir Dimitrov was top scorer for the winners with 29 points as he also grabbed 8 rebounds. Aaron Harper finished with 24 points and 6 steals, while Marcus Hall ended with 13 points. The game was first by the Levski captain Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78), who played very well and finished with 11 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists.

For the visiting team from Burgas macedonian Kiril Pavlovski had double-double - 18 points and 16 rebounds. Todor Zahariev added 13 while point guard Dimitar Roshmanov notched 12 points.



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  CANADA   


Rochester RazorSharks sign player - by Eurobasket News
The Rochester RazorSharks have signed 6-foot-8 forward Aaron Williams (6'8''-C/F-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) for the 2012 season. Williams played for the RazorSharks in the 2009 season, averaging more than 11 points per game.

Since playing with the RazorSharks in 2009, Williams has played for Uruguay, Holland, Venezuela and Argentina. He played in college at West Chester University. Rochester opens the season at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com


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  CHINA   


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 J.R. SMITH
  Zhejiang C.
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Smith, Zhejiang C.34.5 
 2. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.1 
 3. Williams, Shanxi Z.29.8 
 4. Chandler, Guangsha.28.5 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.28.1 
 6. Vroman, Jiangsu D.28.0 
 7. McDonald, Fujian X.27.5 
 8. Mills, Xinjiang.26.5 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan.26.1 
 10. Martin, Jilin N.25.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zaid ABBAS
  Fujian XX
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Abbas, Fujian XX15.3 
 2. Oyedeji, Qingdao DS14.3 
 3. Ramos, Guangsha L.14.2 
 4. Harvey, TianJin R.13.7 
 5. Hunter, Shandong13.2 
 6. Gadzuric, Jiang.13.1 
 7. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.12.7 
 8. Boone, Zhejiang C.12.6 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.12.4 
 10. Harris, Shanghai12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  Jilin N.
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Daghles, Jilin N.7.9 
 2. Marbury, Beijing5.9 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.8 
 4. Mengke, Xinjiang.5.6 
 5. Yang, Liaoning H.5.2 
 6. Lu, Shanxi Zh.5.1 
 7. Brooks, Guandong4.9 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning H.4.7 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.6 
 10. Anderson, Shando.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.5 
 2. Smith, Zhejiang C.3.0 
 3. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.9 
 4. Vroman, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 5. Hu, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 6. Daghles, Jilin N.2.7 
 7. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 8. Marbury, Beijing2.3 
 9. Lu, Shanxi Zh.2.3 
 10. Yi, Jiangsu D.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dan GADZURIC
  Jiang.
  (211-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.0 
 2. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.8 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai S.1.8 
 4. Xu, Bayi Fubang1.7 
 5. Vroman, Jiangsu D.1.7 
 6. Carney, Liaoning H.1.6 
 7. Randolph, DongGua.1.6 
 8. Douthit, Foshan1.5 
 9. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 10. Watkins, Jilin N.1.4 


CBA Round 18: Guandong Tigers lose to Zhejiang Cyclones - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Dongguan between second ranked Guandong Tigers (13-4) and fourth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (10-6) on Friday night. Guandong Tigers were defeated by Zhejiang Cyclones in a tough game at home 92-97. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guandong Tigers won third quarter 29-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Cyclones dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Guandong Tigers' 44. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 21 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The other American import guard J.R. Smith (198-85) contributed with 27 points and 5 steals for the winners. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Guandong Tigers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Guangsha L.. Zhejiang Cyclones are looking forward to face DongGuan Leopards (#5) on the road in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and are hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 122-118. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) had a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Li Yi chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Jiangsu Dragons maintains seventeenth position with 4-13 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Shanghai S.. Jiangsu Dragons will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against the league's leader Beijing Ducks (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (14-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Jilin Tigers (7-10) in Changchun 104-98. Stephon Marbury notched a double-double by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by Jameel Watkins did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Ducks maintains first position with 14-3 record. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Shandong FB. Beijing Ducks will meet at home Liaoning Hunters (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Jilin Tigers will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#15) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
The game between 15th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-12) and third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-4) in Tianjin ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hangzhou outscored TianJin Rongcheng 115-85. The best player for the winners was Peter John Ramos who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guandong ST. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Qingdao Double Star (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Jilin Tigers in Changchun.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Fujian XX was beaten by Shanxi Zh. on the road 128-112. Shanghai S. won against Qingdao DS on its own court 69-63. Bayi Fubang was outscored by DongGuan L. in a road game 115-96. Shandong FB managed to beat Foshan at home 108-100.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 48 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists by Marcus Williams of Shanxi Zh..



Jilin NE T. - Beijing Ducks 98-104

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (14-3) added another victory to their record on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Jilin Tigers (7-10) in Changchun 104-98. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Jilin Tigers won third quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Beijing Ducks made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Beijing Ducks made 7 blocks. American guard Stephon Marbury (187-77, college: Georgia Tech) notched a double-double by scoring 31 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the effort and the other American import power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) supported him with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds by American power forward Jameel Watkins (211-77, college: Georgetown) did not help to save the game for Jilin Tigers. Jordanian guard Osama Daghles (198-79, college: Midwestern St.) added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Beijing Ducks and five Jilin Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Beijing Ducks maintains first position with 14-3 record. Loser Jilin Tigers keep the eleventh place with ten games lost. They share the position with Shandong FB. Beijing Ducks will meet at home Liaoning Hunters (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Jilin Tigers will play against TianJin Rongcheng (#15) in Tianjin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Beijing Ducks: M.Stephon 31+5reb+10ast, M.Randolph 22+10reb, Z.YanXi 17+9reb, X.LiBin 14+3reb, C.Lei 9+4reb+1ast, J.Zhe 7+7reb+1ast
Jilin NE T.: W.Jameel 23+9reb, M.Cartier 22+8reb+1ast, D.Osama 18+5reb+8ast, Z.Cheng 12+7reb+2ast, L.Wei 10+1reb, L.Ang 5+2reb
gschID: 158169


Liaoning H. - Jiangsu D. 118-122

Bottom-ranked Jiangsu Dragons managed to get a fourth victory, breaking the six-game losing streak. This time they won against sixth-ranked Liaoning Hunters in Yingkou 122-118. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Liaoning Hunters. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Liaoning Hunters won third quarter 37-27. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Jiangsu Dragons won last quarter 32-29. They made 25-of-31 charity shots (80.6 percent) during the game. Jiangsu Dragons forced 19 Liaoning Hunters turnovers. Strangely Liaoning Hunters outrebounded Jiangsu Dragons 47-30 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. Liaoning Hunters were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Lebanese power forward Jackson Vroman (208-81, college: Iowa St.) had a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international swingman Li Yi (203-85) chipped in 23 points and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) with a double-double by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) scored 31 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Jiangsu Dragons maintains seventeenth position with 4-13 record. Liaoning Hunters at the other side keep the sixth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Shanghai S.. Jiangsu Dragons will play against league's second-placed Guandong Tigers in Dongguan in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Liaoning Hunters will play on the road against the league's leader Beijing Ducks (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: V.Jackson 45+12reb+2ast, Y.Li 23+4reb+5ast, M.Da 21+3reb+2ast, L.Yahui 14+2reb+2ast, Y.Li 7+3reb+1ast, W.Marcus 6+3reb+8ast
Liaoning H.: P.Josh 39+11reb+1ast, C.Rodney 31+5reb+3ast, Y.Ming 16+4reb+9ast, H.Dejun 13+7reb, H.Tian-ju 8+5reb, Z.QinPeng 4+1reb+3ast
gschID: 158170


Shanxi Zh. - Fujian XX 128-112

There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (8-8) beat 8th ranked Fujian SBS XunXin (8-9) in Taiyuan 128-112. It looked good early as Fujian SBS XunXin took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Shanxi Zhongyu had a 36-14 second period charge getting the lead and Fujian SBS XunXin was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 112-128. Shanxi Zhongyu dominated down low during the game scoring 84 of its points in the paint compared to Fujian SBS XunXin's 54 and made 23-of-30 charity shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Shanxi Zhongyu forced 20 Fujian SBS XunXin turnovers. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) who scored 48 points (!!!), 6 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all fifteen shots !!!). Forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in a double-double by scoring 29 points and 12 rebounds. Five Shanxi Zhongyu players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 10 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Anthony Roberson (188-83, college: Florida) added 39 points (!!!) respectively. Fujian SBS XunXin's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Shanxi Zhongyu moved-up to ninth place. Fujian SBS XunXin at the other side dropped to the tenth position with nine games lost. Shanxi Zhongyu's next round opponent will be higher ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (#8) in Urumqi and it may be quite challenging game. Fujian SBS XunXin will play at home against Bayi Fubang in Ningbo.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 48+6reb+4ast, G.Charles 29+12reb, L.XiaoMing 14+3reb+10ast, X.Zhijiang 12+3reb+1ast, P.Shang 11+9reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 6+2reb+1ast
Fujian XX: R.Anthony 39+4reb, M.Will 35+10reb+5ast, A.Zaid 14+11reb+5ast, L.Yi Ting 9+3reb+4ast, Z.TaiLong 7+3ast, L.Hang 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 158166


Shanghai S. - Qingdao DS 69-63

Very expected game when 13th ranked Qingdao Double Star (6-11) lost on the road to ninth ranked Shanghai Sharks (9-8) 69-63. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 14 rebounds. International center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) who recorded 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Gen Li (196-88) added 21 points respectively. Shanghai Sharks have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Liaoning H. Qingdao Double Star at the other side dropped to the fourteenth position with 11 games lost. Shanghai Sharks' next round opponent will be Shandong Bulls (#12) in Jinan where they are favorite. Qingdao Double Star will play on the road against Zhejiang Guangsha Lions in Hangzhou.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: H.Mike 19+14reb+2ast, L.Wei 16+3reb+1ast, Z.ZhaoXu 13+10reb+1ast, T.Wen-Ting 8+3reb+1ast, F.Ryan 5+6reb, F.Tian 5+1reb
Qingdao DS: L.Gen 21+2reb+1ast, H.Lester 15+9reb+4ast, S.Sani 8+12reb+1ast, O.Olumide 6+10reb+5ast, L.Yan 5+2reb+1ast, C.Liang 5+7reb
gschID: 158167


TianJin R. - Guangsha L. 85-115

The game between 15th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (5-12) and third ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (13-4) in Tianjin ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Hangzhou outscored TianJin Rongcheng 115-85. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. TianJin Rongcheng was better in fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to TianJin Rongcheng's 60. They outrebounded TianJin Rongcheng 48-36 including a 35-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. Four Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds and forward Nan Zhang (197-81) added 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively. 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 Guangsha Lions have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Guandong ST. TianJin Rongcheng at the other side keeps the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' next round opponent will be Qingdao Double Star (#14) at home which should be another easy win for them. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Jilin Tigers in Changchun.
Top scorers:
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 22+9reb, R.Peter John 20+10reb+2ast, L.Chih-Chieh 15+5reb+8ast, J.Lipeng 14+3reb+5ast, W.Zirui 10+3reb+1ast, W.Bo 9+4reb+4ast
TianJin R.: Z.Nan 25+2reb+5ast, H.Donnell 18+14reb+3ast, H.David 16+6reb, S.Chun 8+1ast, Z.Zhihan 6+1reb+3ast, X.Lei 6+3reb
gschID: 158168


DongGuan L. - Bayi Fubang 115-96

Very predictable result when fifth ranked DongGuan Leopards (10-7) rolled over at home 12th ranked Bayi Fubang (6-10) 115-96. It looked good early as Bayi Fubang took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then DongGuan Leopards had a 26-20 second period charge getting the lead and Bayi Fubang was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 96-115. 28 personal fouls committed by Bayi Fubang helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) who scored 32 points and 7 rebounds. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 24 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was international swingman Bo Zhang (199-89) who recorded 32 points and the former international center ZhiZhi Wang (214-77) added 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Bayi Fubang's coach Chang Bin Adijan rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. DongGuan Leopards have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 10-7 record. Bayi Fubang lost sixth consecutive game. They dropped to the thirteenth place with ten games lost. DongGuan Leopards' next round opponent will be higher ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (#4) in Hangzhou and it may be quite challenging game. Bayi Fubang will play on the road against Fujian SBS XunXin (#10) in Jinjiang.
Top scorers:
DongGuan L.: R.Shavlik 32+7reb+2ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 24+1reb+5ast, Q.Biao 13+2reb+1ast, S.TongLin 12+14reb+2ast, H.ZhongMian 11+5reb+1ast, F.Qi 9+2reb
Bayi Fubang: Z.Bo 32+2reb+1ast, W.ZhiZhi 20+7reb+2ast, W.Lei 13+2reb+3ast, Z.Chengyu 11+1reb+1ast, X.ZhongHao 10+6reb, M.Ke 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 158163


Guandong ST - Zhejiang C. 92-97

The most important game in the last round took place in Dongguan between second ranked Guandong Tigers (13-4) and fourth ranked Zhejiang Cyclones (10-6) on Friday night. Guandong Tigers were defeated by Zhejiang Cyclones in a tough game at home 92-97. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Guandong Tigers. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guandong Tigers won third quarter 29-28. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Cyclones dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Guandong Tigers' 44. Zhejiang Cyclones forced 21 Guandong Tigers turnovers. 30 personal fouls committed by Guandong Tigers helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Josh Boone (208-84, college: Connecticut) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. The other American import guard J.R. Smith (198-85) contributed with 27 points and 5 steals for the winners. International forward FangYu Zhu (201-83) replied with 24 points and 8 rebounds and American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) added 20 points and 6 assists in the effort for Guandong Tigers. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Zhejiang Cyclones maintains fourth position with 10-6 record. Guandong Tigers at the other side keep the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Guangsha L.. Zhejiang Cyclones are looking forward to face DongGuan Leopards (#5) on the road in the next round. Guandong Tigers will play against Jiangsu Dragons in Nanjing and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Zhejiang C.: B.Josh 29+15reb+4ast, S.J.R. 27+4reb+3ast, C.Fei 13+2reb+3ast, D.Jinhui 9+6reb, Z.ChunJun 7+6reb+1ast, T.Hai 6+4reb
Guandong ST: Z.FangYu 24+8reb+2ast, B.Aaron 20+4reb+6ast, H.Dong 10+13reb, W.ShiPeng 9+1reb+1ast, S.James 7+9reb, Z.Peng 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 158164


Shandong FB - Foshan 108-100

Not a big story in a game when 16th ranked Foshan (5-12) lost to fourteenth ranked Shandong Bulls (7-10) in Jinan 100-108. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Shandong Bulls made 28-of-34 charity shots (82.4 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 Foshan turnovers. 33 personal fouls committed by Foshan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) who scored 35 points (!!!) and 4 assists. The former international guard Jie Sun (190-86) chipped in 22 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds and guard Zhi Luo (190-86) added 22 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. Shandong Bulls moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Jilin NE T. Foshan lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifteenth position with 12 games lost. Shandong Bulls' next round opponent will be higher ranked Shanghai Sharks (#7) on the road and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: A.Alan 35+3reb+4ast, S.Jie 22+1reb+5ast, S.Ran 15+3reb+3ast, H.Othello 14+10reb+2ast, L.Li 11+3reb, W.Ke 8+10reb+1ast
Foshan: D.Marcus 32+11reb+1ast, L.Zhi 22+2reb+2ast, H.Marcus 13+6reb+1ast, H.Bing 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Lingxu 8+3reb+2ast, Z.Zhun 8+7reb
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Beijing Regains CBA Lead with Win and Guangdong Loss - by Arthur Volbert
Beijing regained posession of the CBA lead at 14-3 today with a 104-98 win over Jilin. Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) had 31 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Randolph Morris had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks. Zhu Yanxi had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Xie Libin, in his best game of the season, had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Chen Lei had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 23 points and 9 rebounds for Jilin. Cartier Martin had 22 points and 8 rebounds. Osama Daghlas had 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Zhong Cheng had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Lu Wei scored 10.

Josh Boone had 29 points, 15 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks as Zhejiang edged Guangdong 97-92. Zhejiang is now 10-6 while Guangdong is at 13-4. J. R. Smith had 27 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals. Cao Fei had 13 points, 3 assists and 4 steals. Ding Jinhui had 9 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Chunjun had 7 points and 6 rebounds. Zhu Fangyu had 24 points and 8 rebounds for Guangdong. Aaron Brooks had 20 points and 6 assists. Dong Hanlin had 10 points and 13 rebounds but fouled out in 28 minutes. Wang Shipeng scored 9.

Wilson Chandler had 22 points and 9 rebounds as Zhejiang Guangsha defeated Tianjin 115-85 to tie Guangdong for second in the standings. Peter John Ramos had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Jin Lipeng had 15 points and 5 assists. Wang Zirui had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Wang Fei had 6 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Bo had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Zhang Nan had 25 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for Tianjin. Donnell Harvey had 18 points and 14 rebounds. David Harrison had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Shen Tujun scored 8.

Dongguan destroyed Bayi 115-96. Shavlik Randolph had 32 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Josh Akognon had 24 points and 5 assists. Qiu Biao scored 13. Sun Tonglin had 12 points and 14 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Feng Qi scored 9. Zhang Kai did not play. Zhang Bo scored 32 for Bayi. Wang Zhizhi had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Lei scored 13 and Zhang Chengyu had 11. Xu Zhonghao had 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Allan Anderson had 35 points, 4 assists and 5 steals as Shandong defeated Foshan 108-100. Sun Jie had 22 points and 5 assists. Othello Hunter had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sui Ran had 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Li Lin scored 11. Wu Ke had 8 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Douthit had 32 points and 11 rebounds for Foshan. Luo Zhi scored 22. Marcus Haislip had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Hou Bing had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 8 points and 7 rebounds.

Marcus Williams had 48 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists as Shanxi defeated Fujian 128-112. Charles Gaines had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Lv Xiaoming had 14 points, 10 assists and 6 steals. Shang Ping had 11 points and 9 rebounds. Xing Xiqiang had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks. Anthony Roberson had 39 points and 4 rebounds for Fujian. Will McDonald had 35 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Zaid Abbas had 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Luo Yiting had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Jackson Vroman had 45 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks as Jiangsu edged Liaoning 122-114. Yi Li had 23 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Meng Da scored 21 and Liu Yahui had 14. Marcus Williams had 6 points and 8 assists. Yang Li had 7 points and 3 rebounds. Josh Powell had 39 points and 11 rebounds for Liaoning. Rodney Carney had 31 points and 5 rebounds. Han Dejun had 13 points and 7 rebounds in 19 minutes but his defense against Jackson Vroman is suspect and lack of defense could prevent him from making the national team. He Tianju had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 4 points and 9 rebounds.

Shanghai moved to a 9-8 record with a 69-63 win over Qingdao. Michael Harris had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Liu Wei scored 16. Zhang Zhaoxu had 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Wen-Ting Tseng had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Li Gen scored 21 for Qingdao. Lester Hudson had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Sani Sakakini had 8 points and 12 rebounds. Cai Liang had 5 points and 7 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 6 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.



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Zagreb wins Rome NIJT - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 edition of the Citta di Roma Tournament saw a new champion celebrate as KK Zagreb CO beat Fenerbache-Ulker 62-52 in the final of the tournament on Thursday night in Rome, Italy. The trophy isn't the only thing Zagreb won but also the first ticket to the 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament that will take place during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four for the 10th year in a row. FB-Ulker, the champs of 2012 in Rome, will settle for the second place. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94), champion and MVP of the 2010 NIJT, reached the same stage in Rome as well winning another title and MVP award. He tailed 19.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in four games to reach an index rating of 30.5 for the entire tournament. On the All-Tournament team are Saric's teammate in Zagreb guard Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) who finished the tournament with 21.0 points, 50% from three point land on 3 made shots per game, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and an index rating of 20.0. His 32 points on 75% shooting in the game that decided the winner of Group B was his best performance on the tournament. FB-Ulker's tall guard James Birsen led his team to the final and finished the games with 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Virtus Siena's forward-center Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) collected 21.3 points and 12.8 rebounds and an index rating of 27.0 that helped his team finish third. Dnipro's Vladyslav Smyrnov (196-F-94) scored over 20 points in three games and finished the games with 18.8 points on 52.9% from the perimeter and 4.8 rebounds. Gran Canaria's Tridon Makonda (202-F/C-94) played only three games but wrote 13 points and 3.7 rebounds to complete the All-Tournament team. Earlier on Day 3 Virtus Siena beat the hosting club Stella Azzurra 83-78 to win the third place, Gran Canaria 2014 upset Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv 60-53 for the fifth spot and Dnipro beat Acea Virtus Roma 71-65 to finish seventh.

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Jure Lalic joins Krka - by Eurobasket News
Jure Lalic (212-C-86) will continue his career in Slovenia. The Croatian big guy penned a deal with Krka Novo Mesto for rest of the season. Lalic started it with Cibona Zagreb, where he played in 2010/11 as well. He had 7.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg in four EuroCup games in this season. Lalic also appeared 10 times in Adriatic league and twice in Euroleague qualifications, but with lower numbers. Jure Lalic already played in Slovenia and it was in 2009/10 season. He joined Union Olimpija in March of 2010 averaging 10 points and 1.9 rebounds for 17 games in Slovenian league. Lalic won the Belgian league title in 2009 with Charleroi. In the past, he played for Zadar. Krka Novo Mesto also signed Uros Lucic and Ben Hansbrough.

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Raymond starts blogging - by Benjamin Raymond
Well firstly, i want to thank eurobasket for this opportunity to have my voice heard... and secondly .. its a tough time to have my first blog ... we just suffered a 2 pt lost to aek on the road last night. Hmm what do i have to say about the game.. well i feel we wanted to play the game but just was not ready from the start last night. Aek was the more hungary team and they showed it from jump.. in the first quarter .. they were up by 15 pts in the first 4 mins of the game .. they started off beat us at every phase of the game .. we gave up 9 offensive rebounds in the first quarter alone..but just as a champion prize fighter its not about how hard you can hit .. but how well you can take a punch and hit the mat and get back up... we were down by 19 pts with 5 mins to go in the game.. and as my college coach said in the last 4 mins of the game.. its winning time .. and to the credit of our team.. we scored over 20pts in the last 5 mins of the game .. we had a shot to win it or tie it at the end of the .. game.. i would like to give credit to our team .. we fought, kicked and scratched to get back in the game .. but we got what we deserved.. i do believe we are the better team on paper, but last night Aek was the better team plain and simple ..but i was happy to see that we had the heart.. of a champion boxer. Well how am i feeling about last night, well 'Things are never as good as they seem and things are never as bad as they seem'..MJ. You cant get to high on yourself when things are going well and you cant get to low when things are going bad.. I'm going to stay positive about this one.. we showed heart and character of a championship team..and we played for ourselves and the Apollon basketball family.. even though we fell short last night .. we are still in second place .. we have 4 of our last 6 games at home.. and we still believe in ourselves one win wont make a whole season just as one lost wont cost you a season... I want to say thanks for reading this .. you will be hearing from me soon.. Happy holidays everybody...

God bless,

BJ Raymond



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Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 18-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 16-3 
 3. BK Pardubice 16-4 
 4. BC Kolin 14-5 
 5. BK Decin 14-7 
 6. USK Praha 13-7 
 7. NH Ostrava 10-10 
 8. Svitavy 8-12 
 9. Chomutov 7-13 
 10. Usti n/Labem 6-14 
 11. Levice 6-14 
 12. Plzen 5-15 
 13. B&W Opava 3-17 
 14. Inter Bratislava 3-17 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Keaton GRANT
  Levice
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Grant, Levice21.2 
 2. Sedmak, USK Praha19.8 
 3. Henderson, Levice18.5 
 4. Wright, Chomutov17.9 
 5. Lowery, Chomutov17.8 
 6. McFadden, Usti n.17.2 
 7. Hruban, USK Praha16.8 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.15.9 
 9. Arnold, BK Pardu.15.7 
 10. Houska, BK Decin15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Votroubek, USK P.9.4 
 2. Meno, Svitavy8.5 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.4 
 4. Gadri-N., BK Prost.8.3 
 5. Naymick, CEZ N.8.0 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.7.2 
 7. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
 8. Hughes, NH Ostrava6.4 
 9. Field, BC Kolin6.2 
 10. Grant, Levice6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha5.0 
 2. Wright, Chomutov4.6 
 3. Barnes, BC Kolin4.6 
 4. Lawrence, CEZ N.4.1 
 5. Vrubl, Plzen4.1 
 6. George, Svitavy3.9 
 7. Boyer, BK Decin3.6 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.3.6 
 9. Ames, BC Kolin3.4 
 10. Eitutavicius, BK3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.6 
 2. Wright, Chomutov2.4 
 3. McFadden, Usti n.2.4 
 4. Klecka, B&W Opava2.4 
 5. Sirina, B&W Opava2.2 
 6. Grant, Levice1.9 
 7. Ames, BC Kolin1.9 
 8. Lowery, Chomutov1.8 
 9. Inge, NH Ostrava1.8 
 10. Smith, BK Prost.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  NH Ostrava
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.6 
 2. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.5 
 3. Naymick, CEZ N.1.3 
 4. Meno, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Grant, Levice1.1 
 6. Williams, BK Decin1.0 
 7. Miklosik, B&W O.1.0 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Houska, BK Decin0.8 
 10. Votroubek, USK P.0.8 


NBL Round 20: BK Prostejov edges BK Pardubice by two points - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 20 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked BK Pardubice (16-4) to third ranked BK Prostejov (16-3) 76-74 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. It was a key game for the second position in the league. BK Pardubice was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of BK Prostejov, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Basketbal Svitavy and is hoping to win this game.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Decin, where higher ranked BK Decin (14-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked Levice (6-14) 74-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Decin. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Stipe Modric contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds for BK Decin. Levice moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Usti n/Labem. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Levice will play against B&W Opava (#13) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Praha. Local USK Praha (13-7) outscored 14th ranked Inter Bratislava (3-17) 96-55 on Friday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Vojtech Hruban who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. Emanuel Ubilla responded with 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. USK Praha have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-7 record. Inter Bratislava lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. They share the position with B&W Opava. USK Praha will meet league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Inter Bratislava will play against NH Ostrava (#7) and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 20 were very predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Plzen was defeated by Chomutov in a road game 85-73. NH Ostrava smashed Usti n/Labem at home 89-58. B&W Opava lost to Svitavy on the opponent's court 67-81.
The best stats of 20th round was 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists by Rob Lowery of Chomutov.



Chomutov - Plzen 85-73

There was no surprise when 12th ranked BK Loko Plzen (5-15) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Levharti Chomutov (7-13) 85-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Levharti Chomutov. BK Loko Plzen managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Levharti Chomutov won last quarter 28-18. They also forced 19 BK Loko Plzen turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and power forward Pavel Stanek (203-76, agency: Court Side) who added 25 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds and the former international guard Stepan Vrubl (186-76) scored 13 points. Five BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. BK Loko Plzen's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Levharti Chomutov maintains ninth position with 7-13 record. BK Loko Plzen lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 15 games lost. Levharti Chomutov will meet higher ranked BC Kolin (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BK Loko Plzen will play against BK Decin (#5) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: P.Stanek 25+5reb+1ast, R.Lowery 22+8reb+6ast, P.Pope 13+2reb+1ast, J.Krakovic 8+2reb, P.Hemmy 7+2reb+3ast, Z.Hanzlik 6+3reb+1ast
Plzen: L.Toth 15+13reb+1ast, S.Vrubl 13+4reb+1ast, M.Kozlik 11+2reb, J.Kovanda 10+5reb, T.Kubiznak 10+6reb+1ast, F.Smid 6+3reb
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NH Ostrava - Usti n/Labem 89-58

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked NH Ostrava (10-10) smashed at home 10th ranked BK Usti nad Labem (6-14) 89-58 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by NH Ostrava. BK Usti nad Labem managed to win second period 21-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Usti nad Labem to just 5 points in first quarter. NH Ostrava made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 BK Usti nad Labem turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and guard Jan Stehlik (182-86) who added 19 points during the contest. Four NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Forward Lukas Bazant (198-89) responded with 15 points and center Jaromir Fohler (211-85) scored 11 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. NH Ostrava maintains seventh position with 10-10 record. BK Usti nad Labem lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth place with 14 games lost. They share the position with Levice. NH Ostrava will meet bottom-ranked Inter Bratislava (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against the league's leader CEZ Nymburk (#1) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
NH Ostrava: J.Hughes 23+4reb+2ast, J.Stehlik 19+2reb+2ast, D.Wright 12+2reb+2ast, A.Ciz 11+2reb+3ast, S.Manousos 5+9reb, M.Stuchly 4+1ast
Usti n/Labem: L.Bazant 15+4reb+2ast, J.Fohler 11+6reb, V.Hejl 9+2reb+1ast, A.Novak 7+1reb, T.Hruby 6+2reb, A.Pistecky 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 136705


USK Praha - Inter Bratislava 96-55

The game with biggest result difference took place in Praha. Local USK Praha (13-7) outscored 14th ranked Inter Bratislava (3-17) 96-55 on Friday night. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Inter Bratislava's 28 and made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Inter Bratislava 47-24 including a 40-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a quality performance of international forward Vojtech Hruban (202-89) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds and Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Puerto Rican-American guard Emanuel Ubilla (188-86, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 12 points and Slovakian forward Tomas Durana (198-89) scored 12 points. Five USK Praha and four Inter Bratislava 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. USK Praha have an impressive seven-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 13-7 record. Inter Bratislava lost fourth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with 17 games lost. They share the position with B&W Opava. USK Praha will meet league's second-placed BK Prostejov on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Inter Bratislava will play against NH Ostrava (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: V.Hruban 19+5reb+2ast, P.Sedmak 14+7reb+1ast, M.Sotnar 12+2reb+5ast, M.Soukup 12+6reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 10+9reb+3ast, V.Cvek 9+4reb
Inter Bratislava: E.Ubilla 12+3reb+2ast, T.Durana 12+3reb+2ast, S.Gavran 10+4reb, M.Pesic 10+4reb, M.Trivunovic 3+4reb+2ast, M.Zilik 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136706


BK Pardubice - BK Prostejov 74-76

The most exciting game of round 20 in the NBL took place in Pardubice. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked BK Pardubice (16-4) to third ranked BK Prostejov (16-3) 76-74 in the game for the second place. It ended at the same time the eight-game winning streak of BK Pardubice. It was a key game for the second position in the league. BK Pardubice was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of BK Prostejov, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import center Bertengeh Gadri-Nicholson (208-83, college: Denver) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Four BK Prostejov players scored in double figures. BK Prostejov's coach Zbynek Choleva used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) produced 24 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian-Jamaican forward Corey Muirhead (198-83, college: W.Carolina) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for the hosts. BK Prostejov have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. BK Pardubice at the other side dropped to the third position with four games lost. BK Prostejov are looking forward to face USK Praha (#6) at home in the next round. BK Pardubice will play against Basketbal Svitavy and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: D.Pandula 14+4reb+2ast, B.Gadri-Nicholson 14+8reb, A.Eitutavicius 12+2reb+3ast, T.Peterson 11+10reb+3ast, J.Bohacik 7+3reb, J.Smith 7+3reb+2ast
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 24+9reb, Z.Pospisil 12+4reb, M.Carnecky 12+1reb+5ast, C.Muirhead 9+5reb+5ast, P.Bohacik 6+5reb, L.Kotas 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 136707


Svitavy - B&W Opava 81-67

Very expected game when 13th ranked B&W Opava (3-17) was defeated on the road by eighth ranked Basketbal Svitavy (8-12) 81-67 on Friday. The game without a history. Basketbal Svitavy led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Pavel Milos (200-79) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) who added 13 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Basketbal Svitavy players scored in double figures. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) responded with 14 points and international guard Jakub Sirina (185-87) scored 10 points and 6 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Basketbal Svitavy maintains eighth position with 8-12 record. Loser B&W Opava keeps the thirteenth place with 17 games lost. They share the position with Inter Bratislava. Basketbal Svitavy will meet higher ranked BK Pardubice (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. B&W Opava will play against Levice (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Svitavy: P.Milos 20+4reb+1ast, L.Horak 13+9reb, P.Mroz 12+3reb+1ast, B.Meno 10+8reb+1ast, T.Macela 7+1reb+4ast, L.Sindelar 5
B&W Opava: J.Blazek 14+3reb+3ast, J.Sirina 10+1reb+6ast, R.Klecka 10+3reb, M.Vanak 7+6reb, M.Miklosik 6+8reb, B.Celebija 6+3reb
gschID: 136702


BK Decin - Levice 74-80

We should mention about the upset which took place in Decin, where higher ranked BK Decin (14-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked Levice (6-14) 74-80. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of BK Decin. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Croatian-Slovenian forward Stipe Modric (206-79) contributed with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Lubos Stria (197-81) added 21 points in the effort for BK Decin. Levice moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Usti n/Labem. BK Decin at the other side keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Levice will play against B&W Opava (#13) at home in the next round. BK Decin will play against BK Loko Plzen (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 31+11reb+4ast, M.Sykora 10+5reb, D.Marek 9+1reb+2ast, S.Modric 8+7reb+5ast, J.Moravek 7+1reb, C.Hallett 6+7reb+1ast
BK Decin: L.Stria 21+3reb, L.Sanders 19+7reb, T.Pomikalek 8+5reb, P.Houska 7+5reb+3ast, T.Williams 6+5reb+2ast, A.Alic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 136703




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Vaerlose BBK adds Delk to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Vaerlose BBK added to their roster 25-year old American guard Reginald Delk (193-G-86, college: Louisville). Delk played most recently at Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 16 games for Kentucky S. last season he recorded 10.9ppg, 2.1rpg and 1.2apg. He graduated from University of Louisville in 2010 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.


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Bucks assign player to Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks assigned guard Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) to the Mad Ants, the Bucks NBA D-League affiliate.

A rookie, the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Hobson appeared in both regular season games for the Bucks, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 assists. The Mountain Wests Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year in his only season at New Mexico in 2009-10 while averaging 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.

Drafted by the Bucks with the 37th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, Hobson sat out the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery to repair both of his hips. He was re-signed by the Bucks on Dec. 10 and appeared in both of Milwaukees preseason games, averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.0 minutes per game. Hobson has not appeared in a regular season game for the Bucks.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Charge claim center Frank Hassell with top waiver spot - by Eurobasket News
The Charge finally got their man Thursday.

The Charge added forward/center Frank Hassell (6'8''-F-88, college: ODU) through their No. 1 waiver preference spot after keeping an eye on the Old Dominion product for quite a while.

Hes got very long arms and a very good understanding of how to rebound while being a physical presence, said Charge general manager Wes Wilcox, who recently saw Hassell in an NBA preseason game while he was in training camp with the San Antonio Spurs. Hes left-handed and a good interior scorer from both blocks. ... He knows how to get to the foul line.

The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Hassell averaged 15.0 points on 56.1-percent shooting and 9.4 rebounds last year as a senior in leading Old Dominion to the NCAA Tournament. He was named first-team All-Colonial Athletic Conference, CAA All-Defensive Team and CAA Tournament MVP.

Hassell played briefly in Turkey this fall before returning to the United States and entering his name into the NBA Development League draft. The Charge viewed him as a first-round talent.

But a clearance issue with FIBA prevented Hassell from being drafted. So he was in limbo until the NBA lockout ended and the Spurs invited him to camp. He was waived by the Spurs on Saturday.

The hardest adjustment to make is getting your mind right for moving on to the next thing right away, said Hassell, who made his Charge debut Thursday night. Im on a new team with new faces. New organization. New playbook. But I got to play right away.

Head coach Alex Jensens advice was to do what Hassell does best.

Hes physical, Jensen said. ... The offense will come. That usually takes the longest because of timing and familiarity of everything. But defending and rebounding is pretty universal.

To make room for Hassell, the Charge injury-waived Manny Harris, who was acquired Wednesday. The Charge maintain Harris rights, so the injury-waiver move is like putting him on injured reserve until he overcomes his foot problem.

Courtesy of www.cantonrep.com


Standings
D-League Standings
East Conference
 1. Iowa E. 9-4 
 2. Canton C. 7-5 
 3. Springfield A. 7-6 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 5-8 
 5. Erie Bay H. 5-9 
 6. Dakota W. 4-6 
 7. Ft.Wayne MA 4-7 
 8. Maine RC 4-8 
West Conference
 1. Los Angeles D. 9-6 
 2. Austin T. 8-3 
 3. Rio Grande VV 8-6 
 4. Bakersfield J. 7-5 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-5 
 6. Reno B. 6-6 
 7. Idaho S. 6-7 
 8. Texas L. 4-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 26.9
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.26.9 
 2. Costner, Los A.25.7 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 4. Millsap, Los A.23.7 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.21.8 
 6. Garcia, Sioux F.21.1 
 7. Pigram, Maine RC21.0 
 8. Russell, Ft.Wayne.21.0 
 9. Biggs, Canton C.20.9 
 10. Mitchell, Sioux F.20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus LEWIS
  Tulsa 66ers
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers13.1 
 2. Harris, Maine RC11.2 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.11.0 
 4. Milligan, Canton C.10.8 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.10.4 
 6. Thomas, Reno B.9.9 
 7. Brown, Springfield9.8 
 8. Dawson, Austin T.9.6 
 9. Andrews, Los A.9.1 
 10. Withers, Dakota W.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.10.3 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 3. Cooksey, Texas L.7.6 
 4. Tinsley, Los A.7.6 
 5. Coleman, Sioux F.7.5 
 6. Ahearn, Reno B.7.3 
 7. Ewing, Iowa E.7.0 
 8. Bozeman, Reno B.6.2 
 9. Curry, Springfield5.9 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.7 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Millsap, Los A.3.3 
 2. Curry, Springfield2.7 
 3. Tinsley, Los A.2.4 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 5. Fortson, Los A.2.2 
 6. Harris, Rio G.2.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 8. Coleman, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Hamilton, Los A.2.0 
 10. Dentmon, Austin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will FOSTER
  Idaho S.
  (226-C-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Foster, Idaho S.3.4 
 2. Daniels, Erie B.2.0 
 3. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 4. Dove, Dakota W.1.7 
 5. Tisdale, Maine RC1.6 
 6. Major, Bakersfi.1.6 
 7. Anderson, Dakota1.6 
 8. Fazekas, Reno B.1.5 
 9. Ojougboh, Tulsa1.5 
 10. Sensley, Rio G.1.4 


Thursday's games review (6) - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa 66ers - Idaho S. 77-95
As Idaho's Tony Bobbitt walked off the court on Thursday night, he had a very simple message for anyone who would listen: Idaho was a much better team now than earlier in the season. Part of the Stampede's improvement is the addition of Terrico White (6'5''-G-90, college: Mississippi). White's first game as a member of the Stampede was one to remember for the visitors and one to forget for the Tulsa 66ers as his 16 points off the bench paced Idaho to a 95-77 decision over Tulsa in an NBA Development League matchup on Thursday night in the Tulsa Convention Center. White, drafted by the Detroit Pistons 36th overall in the 2010 NBA draft, had 12 of his 16 points in the first half as Idaho (6-7) built a nine-point lead at intermission. Tulsa (7-5) could get no closer than eight points in the second half as Idaho dominated the interior. The Stampede owned a 50-34 edge in rebounding and outscored Tulsa 58-44 in the paint. Idaho's bench also outscored their Tulsa counterparts, 60-28. Tulsa started the year by sweeping a pair of games at Idaho, but, as Bobbitt said, this was clearly a different Stampede team than the 66ers faced in Boise. David Bailey, always a problem for Tulsa when he played for Sioux Falls, was acquired from the Skyforce on Dec. 16 and had 10 points on Thursday night. Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky), a three-time NBA All-Star with Boston who missed the first two games against the 66ers, added five points and six rebounds. 'They definitely have more experience now than they did the first time we saw them,' said Tulsa head coach Dale Osbourne. 'They have a good lineup and looked very impressive tonight.' For Osbourne, Thursday also marked the first time Jerome Dyson had played for the 66ers in three weeks as well as the Tulsa season debut of Larry Owens. Both players had participated in NBA training camps. 'This league is a league of transition and that can affect the chemistry of a team,' Ousborne said. 'We had put in some new plays and some of the guys weren't as familiar with them. We have good leaders on this team and we'll put this one behind us.' After being tied midway through the first quarter, Idaho strung together a 14-7 run to lead by seven points at the end of the quarter. The Stampede would extend that advantage to as much as 14 points in the second quarter before Tulsa started chipping away. Dyson's 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer sliced the Stampede lead to 54-45 at halftime. Billy Rush (6'7''-G/F-88, agency: VVG Sports, college: Robert Morris) would finish as Tulsa's leading scorer with 16 points while Marcus Lewis logged 13 points and 14 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.tulsaworld.com

Texas L. - Rio Grande VV 93-104
Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) had a game-high 19 points in his return to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to lead them to a 104-93 victory over the Texas Legends on Thursday. Johnson was playing in his first game since coming back after getting waived by the Indiana Pacers. Greg Smith (6'10''-C-91, college: Fresno St.), a 7-0 center, had 18 points and 11 rebounds in his first game as a Viper. Former NBA player, Greg Ostertag, had 11 rebounds and two points for the Legends in his NBA Development League debut. The Vipers will next play at Maine at noon Saturday for the first game of a back-to-back series. *Courtesy of www.themonitor.com

Bakersfield J. - Reno B. 114-139
Andre Emmett (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) had 39 points, eight rebounds and eight assists Thursday night, leading the Reno Bighorns to a 139-114 win over the Bakersfield Jam. Blake Ahearn (6'2''-PG-84, college: Missouri St.) had a strong game of his own with 35 points and 12 assists while Terrance Thomas added 18 points and 12 rebounds. The Bighorns were red-hot shooting the ball, converting 59.6 percent of their shots, including 45.5 percent on three pointers. Emmett led the shooting charge, making 16 of 20 shots while Ahearn was 11 of 13 from the field. The Bighorns' 139 points marks a season-high for the team, exceeding the previous season-high of 120 points. The Bighorns face the Jam again on Friday night in Bakersfield. The team returns to Reno to take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, affiliate of the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks, on Jan. 3 and 4 at the Reno Events Center. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Austin T. - Springfield A. 105-100
Eric Dawson (6'10''-F-84, college: Midwestern St.) had 28 points and 11 rebounds to help the Austin Toros hold off the Springfield Armor 105-100 at Cedar Park Center on Thursday afternoon. Justin Dentmon (6'0''-G-85, college: Washington) added 19 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Toros in a game that featured 15 lead changes and 11 ties. Leo Lyons debuted with 14 points and seven rebounds. L.D. Williams led Springfield with 22 points and 10 rebounds. JamesOn Curry had 22 points for the Armor. The Toros host the Armor tonight at 7:30. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com

Canton C. - Maine RC 111-98
Revenge was not the name of the game for the Red Claws as they looked to redeem themselves against the Canton Charge. The game resulted in a 111-98 win for Canton. Here are some positives from the game. Maine had two double-doubles; Paul Harris (6'5''-F-86, college: Syracuse) with 15 points and 11 boards, and Anthony Kent (6'10''-F/C-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Ball St.) with 10 points and 12 boards off the bench. The Claws shot 28 free throws, which is huge for Maine. Also, they only shot 16 three-pointers, which is an okay number. Here are some negatives, and big ones, too. Maine played a terrible inside game. Canton drove down the lane at will, and their drive-and-kick game was working. Three guys (Kent, Harris, and Justin Brownlee) had 31 of Maine's 47 rebounds. That says not many rebounders, and there wasn't. There were times when Kent was the only one battling, or Harris was the only one taking on three Charge players. Maine cannot expect to win with this kind of lackluster effort. Now, Maine is coming home for a back-to-back with Rio Grande Valley. Two straight losses on the road, and a home game with Ricky Davis looking to prove himself should have RGV a little nervous. The game on Saturday begins at 1pm. *Courtesy of www.examiner.com

Erie Bay H. - Los Angeles D. 112-117
The Los Angeles D-Fenders erased a fourth-quarter, double-digit deficit to stun the Erie BayHawks 117-112 before 2,504 fans Thursday night at Tullio Arena. Brandon Costner (6'9''-F-87, college: N.Carolina St.) nailed a 3-pointer with 27.7 seconds left to give the D-Fenders (9-6) the lead for good, 114-112. There were five lead changes in the final 1 minute, 36 seconds. Costner finished with a game-high 35 points, going 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Chris Daniels (6'11''-C-84) led Erie (5-9) with a career-high 32 points and had nine rebounds, but also had a game-high eight turnovers. The BayHawks, who were up 101-89 with 7:21 left in the fourth quarter, lost despite shooting 55.1 percent from the field. Erie general manager of basketball operations Allan Houston, who is the assistant general manager of the New York Knicks, was at the game. The Knicks and BayHawks are hybrid partners. The BayHawks begin a stretch of five games away from Tullio Arena starting Saturday at expansion Canton. The Charge beat Erie 101-98 in their first-ever meeting Dec. 9 at Tullio Arena. The BayHawks were without Daniels, Kyle Goldcamp, Donald Sloan, Cory Higgins and Mychel Thompson. All five were invited to NBA training camps, which started Dec. 9. Sloan and Thompson earned spots with the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers, respectively. The Denver Nuggets waived Higgins, but he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats where his dad, former NBA player Rod Higgins, is the president of basketball operations. The Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA affiliate of the D-Fenders, waived Daniels, while the Cavs cut Goldcamp. Erie will follow its New Year's Eve game at Canton with games at Springfield Jan. 5 and Jan. 7. The BayHawks and Armor split two games Dec. 14-15. The BayHawks will close out their five-game stint with two games in the D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev., at the Reno Events Center. Erie plays the Idaho Stampede Jan. 9 at 1 p.m. and the Austin Toros Jan. 10 at 3:45 p.m. Both games will be televised on NBA TV. *Courtesy of www.goerie.com




Butler comes back to Austin Toros - by Eurobasket Center
Austin Toros strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old swingman DaSean Butler (201-G/F-102kg-88, college: W.Virginia). Its actually Butlers comeback to Austin T. as he played here before. In his first game he scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds helping his new team beat Springfield A. 105-100. Butler played most recently at San Antonio Spurs (NBA). He played also pro basketball in Latvia and Serbia. Butler graduated West Virginia University in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Mardy Collins joins Los Angeles D-Fenders - by Eurobasket Center
Los Angeles D-Fenders agreed terms with 27-year old guard Mardy Collins (198-G-100kg-84, college: Temple). In In his first game he didnt score any points. Collins played most recently at Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing (China). While playing 4 games for Jiangsu D. this season he averaged 21.5ppg, 7.0rpg, 5.3apg and 2.8spg. Collins played also pro basketball in China and Turkey. He graduated Temple University in 2006 and actually missed last season. It will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Rio Grande Valley Vipers sign Damian Saunders - by Eurobasket Center
Rio Grande Valley Vipers signed 23-year old forward Damian Saunders (200-F-95kg-88, college: Duquesne). In his first game he scored 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds helping his new team beat Texas L. 104-93. Saunders played most recently at Factum Sport Debrecen (Hungary). While playing 2 games for FS Debrecen this season he averaged 9.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 4.0spg and 4.0bpg. Saunders played also pro basketball in Germany and Hungary. He just graduated University of Duquesne and actually missed last season. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Hudson Valley Hype Players Spend Holidays Overseas - by Eurobasket
The Hudson Valley Hype organization has always had a players first philosophy. It shows in the talent level of the players, the structure of Hudson Valley Hype Enterprises, and in the performance of the team. This holiday break three starters from participated in the famed Basketball Days tournament in the Netherlands. Anderson Labase (5'11''-G, college: Queens, NY), Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) and Dominique Jones (5'9''-G, college: Ft.Hays State) were among the American starting trio on the 94Fifty All Star team.
Dean Smith, the legendary coach of the University of North Carolina, once said: 'Basketball is a game of quickness. While a majority of the foreign teams were taller by almost a foot on average the Hype players showed why they are on top of their division in the U.S. An overseas scout explained, they put all their energy on the defensive: each pass was played, every dribble was contested, and open shots were not available. This tenacity made it more of a disadvantage for the opposing teams length than an advantage. At almost every position they (94Fifty All Stars) were at least a head shorter, but flashy footwork and hand speed and an iron will to compete forced many interceptions and steals. There were as many as nine turnovers in the first quarter alone, which often ended with spectacular scores from the resulting fast breaks. The Americans went on a 19-1 scoring sprint thanks mainly to Hudson Valley Hype player Dominique Jones who finished the game with 16 points.
As the tournament enters into its final days the Hype players on team 94Fifty are currently in second place with finals coming this weekend.



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Repesa is back to Cibona - by Philip Mulryne
According to sportando.net; The era of Daniel Lutz stayed short again, because Jasmin Repesa is back and is the new coach of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb. Obviously, the aim of the team is to get back the glorious days and Repesa can be a well known reminder. The Croatian coach, last year led Benetton to the Last 4 of Eurocup but did not continue with the club. KK Cibona VIP Zagreb started the season with Josip Vrankovic and then after the elimination from European campaign, parted ways with him. Repesa coached Cibona at two different terms; 1995-1997 and 2001-2002 season and led them to the Croatian crowns every time.

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Zagreb wins Rome NIJT - by Eurobasket News
The 2011 edition of the Citta di Roma Tournament saw a new champion celebrate as KK Zagreb CO beat Fenerbache-Ulker 62-52 in the final of the tournament on Thursday night in Rome, Italy. The trophy isn't the only thing Zagreb won but also the first ticket to the 2012 Nike International Junior Tournament that will take place during the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four for the 10th year in a row. FB-Ulker, the champs of 2012 in Rome, will settle for the second place. Dario Saric (208-F/C-94), champion and MVP of the 2010 NIJT, reached the same stage in Rome as well winning another title and MVP award. He tailed 19.8 points, 14.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals in four games to reach an index rating of 30.5 for the entire tournament. On the All-Tournament team are Saric's teammate in Zagreb guard Dominik Mavra (195-G-94) who finished the tournament with 21.0 points, 50% from three point land on 3 made shots per game, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and an index rating of 20.0. His 32 points on 75% shooting in the game that decided the winner of Group B was his best performance on the tournament. FB-Ulker's tall guard James Birsen led his team to the final and finished the games with 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds. Virtus Siena's forward-center Amedeo Tessitori (205-C-94) collected 21.3 points and 12.8 rebounds and an index rating of 27.0 that helped his team finish third. Dnipro's Vladyslav Smyrnov (196-F-94) scored over 20 points in three games and finished the games with 18.8 points on 52.9% from the perimeter and 4.8 rebounds. Gran Canaria's Tridon Makonda (202-F/C-94) played only three games but wrote 13 points and 3.7 rebounds to complete the All-Tournament team. Earlier on Day 3 Virtus Siena beat the hosting club Stella Azzurra 83-78 to win the third place, Gran Canaria 2014 upset Maccabi Teddy Tel Aviv 60-53 for the fifth spot and Dnipro beat Acea Virtus Roma 71-65 to finish seventh.

CLICK HERE FOR GAMES STATS, REPORTS AND FINAL STANDINGS

Courtesy of Euroleague


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McCaskill is back at KTP Basket Kotka - by Eurobasket Center
KTP Basket Kotka agreed terms with 38-year old American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-F/C-111kg-73, college: Marquette). Its actually McCaskills comeback to KTP as he played here before. In his first game he scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds helping his new team beat Nilan Bisons 97-87. McCaskill played most recently at Seoul SK Knights (Korea). While playing 4 games for SK Knights this season he averaged 18.0ppg, 12.3rpg and 3.5apg. McCaskill is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, China, Greece, Italy, Korea, Lebanon, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela. McCaskill graduated Marquette University in 1996 and actually missed last season. It will be his 16th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 16-4 
 2. Nilan Bisons 13-5 
 3. Pyrinto 12-7 
 4. ToPo 12-8 
 5. Kauhajoki 12-8 
 6. Kouvot 9-10 
 7. LrNMKY 8-12 
 8. Korihait 8-12 
 9. Salon Vilpas 8-12 
 10. KTP 6-14 
 11. Namika Lahti 4-16 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Tim BLUE
  KTP
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Blue, KTP21.8 
 2. Zeno, Nilan Bisons21.7 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.6 
 4. Crocker, KTP20.4 
 5. Beidler, Kauhajoki20.0 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Griffin, ToPo18.2 
 8. Newson, Kataja18.2 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.0 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.4 
 2. Blue, KTP11.7 
 3. Newson, Kataja9.2 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.1 
 5. McCaskill, KTP8.7 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.8.5 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto8.3 
 9. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.1 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jeb IVEY
  Nilan Bisons
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ivey, Nilan Bisons5.2 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 3. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.3 
 4. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 5. Virtanen, Kataja3.9 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.3.9 
 7. Moore, Namika L.3.8 
 8. McIntosh, ToPo3.8 
 9. Walker, Kataja3.7 
 10. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Juha STEN
  Kataja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.3 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.3 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.2 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.0 
 6. Moore, Namika L.1.8 
 7. McIntosh, ToPo1.7 
 8. Crocker, KTP1.7 
 9. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.5 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 5. Blue, KTP0.9 
 6. Zeno, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 7. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.9 
 8. Price, Kataja0.8 
 9. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 10. Bell, KTP0.7 


Korisliiga Round 22: Loimaan Korikonkarit is upset by KTP-Basket - by Eurobasket News
Korisliiga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 22 rounds left.

The most important game in the last round took place in Loimaa between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (13-5) and tenth ranked KTP-Basket (6-14) on Friday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by KTP-Basket at home 97-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KTP-Basket won last quarter 26-17. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. KTP-Basket maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#4) in Helsinki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (12-7) against ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (8-12) on Friday night. Host Tampereen Pyrinto was edged by Salon Vilpas in a tough game in Tampere 74-76. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 20 rebounds. Allen Durham contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Tampereen Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Korihait and LrNMKY. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the third position with seven games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#5) in Kauhajoki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked LrNMKY 89-75. Ryan Brooks scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Tyler Tiedeman responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 4-16 record. Loser LrNMKY keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LrNMKY will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.

In the last two games of round 22 Kouvot was defeated by Kauhajoki in a road game 84-79. ToPo beat Korihait at home 82-74.



Nilan Bisons - KTP 87-97

The most important game in the last round took place in Loimaa between second ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (13-5) and tenth ranked KTP-Basket (6-14) on Friday night. Loimaan Korikonkarit was defeated by KTP-Basket at home 97-87. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Loimaan Korikonkarit. The game was mostly controlled by KTP-Basket. Loimaan Korikonkarit managed to win second period 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when KTP-Basket won last quarter 26-17. They made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) chipped in 19 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jeb Ivey (190-80, college: Portland St.) added 14 points and 9 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. KTP-Basket maintains tenth position with 6-14 record. Loimaan Korikonkarit at the other side keeps the second place with five games lost. KTP-Basket are looking forward to face higher ranked Torpan Pojat (#4) in Helsinki in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Loimaan Korikonkarit will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Blue 29+14reb+3ast, A.McCaskill 19+8reb+1ast, T.Crocker 15+3reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 13+5reb+2ast, J.Matinen 12+2reb+3ast, M.Pounds 6+2reb+3ast
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 20+6reb+1ast, R.McDade 17+6reb+1ast, M.Koivisto 16+4reb, J.Ivey 14+3reb+9ast, M.Nuutinen 10+11reb+1ast, E.Aaltonen 5+1reb
gschID: 141733


Namika Lahti - LrNMKY 89-75

Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti managed to get the second consecutive victory on Friday night. This time they won against seventh-ranked LrNMKY 89-75. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Namika Lahti made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Namika Lahti especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. American guard Ryan Brooks (193-81, college: Temple, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Sami Pekkola (200-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Five Namika Lahti players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Tyler Tiedeman (201-85, college: Boise St., agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Lawrence Hamm (198-84, college: Towson, agency: Court Side) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. LrNMKY's coach Lasse Tuovi rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Namika Lahti maintains eleventh position with 4-16 record. Loser LrNMKY keeps the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Korihait and Salon Vilpas. Namika Lahti will meet at home higher ranked Kouvot (#6) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LrNMKY will play against the league's leader Joensuun Kataja having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: R.Brooks 29+6reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 16+7reb+1ast, B.Bailey 15+3reb+3ast, S.Pekkola 14+9reb+2ast, M.Moore 13+7reb+3ast, O.Aalto 2+1reb
LrNMKY: T.Tiedeman 20+6reb+4ast, L.Hamm 16+10reb+1ast, P.Riihela 11+1reb+1ast, M.Ojala 7+3reb, D.Haynes 5+2reb+3ast, H.Valimaa 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 141729


Kauhajoki - Kouvot 84-79

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Kouvot's (9-10) road loss to fifth ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (12-8) 79-84 on Friday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Kouvot won third quarter 24-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kauhajoen Karhu won last quarter 22-18. They also forced 20 Kouvot turnovers. American players dominated the game. Forward Todd Hendley (206-84, college: NC-Wilmington) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kauhajoen Karhu moved-up to fourth place, which they share with ToPo. Loser Kouvot keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Kauhajoen Karhu will meet at home Salon Vilpas (#9) in the next round where they are favorite. Kouvot will play against Namika Lahti and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 20+6reb+1ast, T.Hendley 20+10reb, V.Makalainen 14+3reb+1ast, C.Hannah 13+2reb+5ast, E.Skamo 7+2reb, I.Vuori 5+3reb
Kouvot: A.Brown 19+13reb+1ast, J.Gonner 19+2ast, A.Jordan 16+7reb, I.Seppala 10+3reb, S.Vanttaja 6+2reb, A.Nikkarinen 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 141730


Pyrinto - Salon Vilpas 74-76

Very important is a home loss of third ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (12-7) against ninth ranked Salon Vilpas (8-12) on Friday night. Host Tampereen Pyrinto was edged by Salon Vilpas in a tough game in Tampere 74-76. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Tampereen Pyrinto won fourth quarter 27-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Salon Vilpas made 28-of-35 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game, while Tampereen Pyrinto only scored eleven points from the stripe. Tampereen Pyrinto was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was also dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward John Fields (205-88, college: Tennessee) who helped to win the game recording 7 points and 20 rebounds. Forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) for the winners. Durham is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Salon Vilpas players scored in double figures. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) replied with 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 18 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Tampereen Pyrinto. Salon Vilpas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Korihait and LrNMKY. Defending champion Tampereen Pyrinto keeps the third position with seven games lost. Salon Vilpas will play against higher ranked Kauhajoen Karhu (#5) in Kauhajoki in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Tampereen Pyrinto will play at home against UU-Korihait in Uusikaupunki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: A.Durham 21+5reb, E.Holloway 16+2reb+4ast, R.Ahonen 12+2ast, A.Vaenerberg 10+2reb+1ast, J.Fields 7+20reb, S.Kaaresvirta 4+3reb+1ast
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 26+6reb+4ast, A.Williams 18+7reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 8+2reb, J.Niemi 7+2reb, V.Pekkola 6+2reb+1ast, D.Williams 5+10reb+4ast
gschID: 141731


ToPo - Korihait 82-74

No shocking result in a game in Helsinki where fourth ranked Torpan Pojat (12-8) defeated 8th ranked UU-Korihait (8-12) 82-74 on Friday. UU-Korihait was trailing by 11 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 25-16 charge of Torpan Pojat, which allowed them to win the game. Torpan Pojat outrebounded UU-Korihait 48-29 including a 31-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Cory Johnson (200-88, college: Valparaiso, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) responded with 28 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) scored 15 points and 7 rebounds. Torpan Pojat maintains fourth position with 12-8 record, which they share with Kauhajoki. UU-Korihait lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the seventh place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Salon Vilpas and LrNMKY. Torpan Pojat will meet at home KTP-Basket (#10) in the next round where they are favorite. UU-Korihait will play against Tampereen Pyrinto and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
ToPo: C.Griffin 28+10reb+4ast, T.Heinonen 14+9reb, K.Muurinen 14+8reb+1ast, H.Mottola 14+5reb+1ast, C.Lindbom 7+5reb, E.Lehtinen 5+5reb+5ast
Korihait: C.Johnson 28+9reb+1ast, N.Moore 15+7reb+1ast, S.Vanzant 11+1reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 9+7reb+3ast, M.Jalonen 7+2ast, M.Herbert 2+2reb
gschID: 141732




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BBL Round 15: Brose Baskets and Ratiopharm keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Brose Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Brose Baskets smashed 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in Bamberg 95-64. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets made 36-of-42 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while EnBW Ludwigsburg only scored fourteen points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 18 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) with 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Brose Baskets (12-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ratiopharm. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with ten games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play next round against Walter Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. Brose Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked BBC Bayreuth on the road.
Important game to mention about took place in Braunschweig. Second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (8-7) 88-86 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. Steven Esterkamp accounted for 18 points. American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) came up with 23 points and 4 assists for New Yorker Phantoms in the defeat. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Bayern Muenchen (#5) at home in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play against BG Goettingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Berlin where 4th placed ALBA Berlin (9-4) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (8-7) 86-78 on Friday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was Chris Ensminger who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). At the other side the best for losing team was Derrick Allen who recorded 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet TBB Trier (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets (#9) in Wuerzburg and hope to secure a win.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: bottom-ranked Goettingen lost to Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 77-83. Walter Tigers outscored TBB Trier in a home game 85-65. Bayreuth recorded a loss to B.Muenchen on the road 73-65. Fraport SKY was defeated by Art.Dragons on its own court 44-49. s.Oliver Baskets was beaten by Bremerhaven in a road game 79-71. EWE Baskets destroyed LTi 46ers at home 83-64.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 22 points and 10 rebounds by Sean Evans of Goettingen.


NY Phantoms - Ratiopharm 86-88

Important game to mention about took place in Braunschweig. Second ranked ratiopharm Ulm (12-2) saved a 2-point victory on the road edging 6th ranked New Yorker Phantoms (8-7) 88-86 on Friday evening. New Yorker Phantoms were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Dane Watts (203-86, agency: Pro One Sports) who led the winners and scored 15 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Steven Esterkamp (198-81, college: Ohio, agency: Limelight Hoops) accounted for 18 points for the winning side. American guard LaMarr Greer (196-76, college: Florida St.) came up with 23 points and 4 assists and Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 20 points respectively for New Yorker Phantoms in the defeat. Five ratiopharm Ulm and four New Yorker Phantoms players scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for ratiopharm Ulm. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Brose Baskets. New Yorker Phantoms at the other side dropped to the seventh place with seven games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. ratiopharm Ulm will play against Bayern Muenchen (#5) at home in the next round. New Yorker Phantoms will play against BG Goettingen and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ratiopharm: S.Esterkamp 18+3reb+1ast, D.Watts 15+8reb+1ast, P.Guenther 12+1reb+4ast, I.Swann 12+1reb+1ast, J.Bryant 12+9reb+1ast, R.Trice 8+4reb+1ast
NY Phantoms: L.Greer 23+3reb+4ast, B.Jorovic 20+1reb+1ast, R.Melzer 14+5reb+1ast, K.Visser 11+3reb, S.Dennis 7+3reb+2ast, I.McElroy 4+3reb+4ast
gschID: 133224


Phoenix Hagen - Goettingen 83-77

Rather expected game when 18th ranked BG Goettingen (2-13) was defeated on the road by fifteenth ranked Phoenix Hagen (6-9) 83-77 on Friday. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) who scored 26 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Marc Antonio Carter (191-85, college: NC-Wilmington, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points and 8 assists. Phoenix Hagen's coach Ingo Freyer used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Sean Evans (203-88, college: St.John's) who recorded a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eleven shots !!!) and the other American import power forward Raymond Sykes (206-86, college: Clemson) added 22 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four BG Goettingen players scored in double figures. The victory was the third consecutive win for Phoenix Hagen. They moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Walter Tigers. BG Goettingen lost their third game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Phoenix Hagen will meet higher ranked Artland Dragons (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BG Goettingen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 26+6reb+2ast, M.Antonio Carter 17+4reb+8ast, J.Hasquet 12+5reb, B.Brooks 8+3reb+5ast, T.Blackwood 6+2reb+3ast, B.Kruel 6+4reb
Goettingen: R.Sykes 22+10reb+1ast, S.Evans 22+10reb+2ast, M.Bauscher 15+6reb+4ast, P.Horne 10+4reb+2ast, M.Weber 5+4reb+1ast, K.Bailey 3+3reb
gschID: 133225


Walter Tigers - TBB Trier 85-65

Rather predictable result in Tuebingen where thirteenth ranked Walter Tigers (6-9) smashed 17th ranked TBB Trier (4-11) 85-65 on Friday. The game without a history. Walter Tigers led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Joshua Young (185-88, college: Drake, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 16 points and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Louis Campbell (190-79, college: Buffalo, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 7 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Philip Zwiener (198-85) who recorded 11 points and 5 assists and American forward Nate Linhart (201-86, college: Akron) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Walter Tigers moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with Phoenix Hagen. TBB Trier lost their fifth game in a row. They keep the seventeenth position with 11 games lost. Walter Tigers will meet EnBW Ludwigsburg (#16) on the road in the next round. TBB Trier will play against Telekom Baskets in Bonn and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Walter Tigers: J.Young 16+4reb+4ast, V.Duggins 14+1reb+2ast, T.Nash 11+1reb+1ast, A.Hodzic 9+8reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 8+2reb+3ast, R.Redding 8+2reb+3ast
TBB Trier: N.Linhart 13+5reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 11+4reb+5ast, A.Seiferth 9, J.Bynum 9+2reb+1ast, M.Zirbes 9+6reb, J.Washington 7+2reb
gschID: 133226


B.Muenchen - Bayreuth 73-65

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked BBC Bayreuth (7-8) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Bayern Muenchen (9-6) 73-65 on Thursday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 73-65. The best player for the winners was international guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) who scored 22 points and 4 assists. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Canadian-Haitian guard Osvaldo Jeanty (183-84, agency: Interperformances) who recorded 16 points and 4 assists and American forward Brandon Hunter (201-80, college: Ohio) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Bayern Muenchen moved-up to fifth place. Loser BBC Bayreuth dropped to the eleventh position with eight games lost. Bayern Muenchen will meet league's second-placed ratiopharm Ulm on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against the league's leader Brose Baskets (#1) in Bamberg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: S.Hamann 22+1reb+4ast, R.Benzing 15+4reb, A.Nadjfeji 10+2reb+3ast, J.Homan 8+6reb, D.Greene 7+6reb, C.Troutman 7+2reb
Bayreuth: O.Jeanty 16+2reb+4ast, E.Ibekwe 14+7reb, B.Hunter 13+8reb, S.Schmitz 7+1reb, D.Gibson 6+2reb+4ast, B.Wyrick 3
gschID: 133227


ALBA - Telekom Baskets 78-86

An interesting game took place in Berlin where 4th placed ALBA Berlin (9-4) was upset on its own court by tenth ranked Telekom Baskets (8-7) 86-78 on Friday. ALBA Berlin was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Telekom Baskets made 18-of-22 free shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agency: Limelight Hoops) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). point guard Jared Jordan (188-84, college: Marist) chipped in 9 points and 12 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Derrick Allen (203-80, college: Mississippi, agency: Pro One Sports) who recorded 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) added 10 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Telekom Baskets moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser ALBA Berlin keeps the fourth position with four games lost. Telekom Baskets will meet TBB Trier (#17) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ALBA Berlin will play against s Oliver Baskets (#9) in Wuerzburg and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 20+10reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 15+2reb, T.Battle 13+2reb+3ast, B.Veikalas 12+2reb, S.Serapinas 12+3reb+2ast, J.Jordan 9+2reb+12ast
ALBA: D.Allen 15+3reb+1ast, B.Taylor 12+3reb+2ast, S.Schultze 11+2reb, H.Schaffartzik 10+2reb+3ast, D.Wood 10+4reb+4ast, K.Weaver 8+6reb+4ast
gschID: 133220


Fraport SKY - Art.Dragons 44-49

Everything went according to plan in Frankfurt where third ranked Artland Dragons (11-4) beat 12th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (5-10) 49-44 on Friday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 17-7 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Artland Dragons dominated on the defensive end, holding Deutsche Bank Skyliners to just 7 points in third quarter. The best player for the winners was American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami, OH) who scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. American guard David Holston (170-86, college: Chicago St.) chipped in 7 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Jermareo Davidson (208-84, college: Alabama) who recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Jimmy McKinney (192-83, college: Missouri, agency: Strategic Sports) added 13 points respectively. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Artland Dragons. They maintain third place with 11-4 record behind leader Brose Baskets. Loser Deutsche Bank Skyliners dropped to the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with LTi 46ers. Artland Dragons will meet at home Phoenix Hagen (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will play against LTi 46ers in Giessen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Art.Dragons: N.Peavy 10+6reb+1ast, B.Bailey 8+1reb, B.Thomas 7+6reb+2ast, D.Holston 7+3reb+6ast, A.King 6+5reb+1ast, J.Strasser 5+6reb+1ast
Fraport SKY: J.Davidson 19+13reb+1ast, J.McKinney 13+2reb, Q.Robertson 7+4reb+2ast, J.Herber 5+5reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 0+5reb+1ast, D.Barthel 0
gschID: 133221


Bremerhaven - s.Oliver Baskets 79-71

There was a minor upset when 7th ranked s Oliver Baskets (8-7) were defeated on the road by ninth ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-7) 79-71 on Friday. s Oliver Baskets were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) who scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists. Guard Anthony Smith (196-86, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points. Five Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard John Little (180-84, college: N.Iowa) who recorded 15 points and guard Ricky Harris (188-87, college: Massachusetts) added 19 points respectively. s Oliver Baskets' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated s Oliver Baskets. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will meet at home higher ranked EWE Baskets (#6) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. s Oliver Baskets will play against ALBA Berlin and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: A.Smith 17+4reb+3ast, J.Cain 14+7reb+2ast, T.Everett 14+9reb+7ast, C.McNaughton 13+2reb, M.Smith 11+5reb, Z.Peacock 7+3reb
s.Oliver Baskets: R.Harris 19, J.Little 15+4reb+1ast, I.Elliott 9+5reb, J.Boone 9+6reb, C.Kramer 6+4reb+3ast, C.Frazier 5+3reb+2ast
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EWE Baskets - LTi 46ers 83-64

No shocking result in a game in Oldenburg where tenth ranked EWE Baskets (8-6) outleveled 14th ranked LTi 46ers (5-10) 83-64 on Friday. The game without a history. EWE Baskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding LTi 46ers to just 7 points in fourth quarter. EWE Baskets dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to LTi 46ers' 30. The best player for the winners was American power forward Adam Chubb (208-81, college: Pennsylvania, agency: Pro One Sports) who scored 8 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. His fellow American import forward Ronald Burrell (204-83, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Barry Stewart (191-88, college: Mississippi St.) who recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and center Robert Oehle (209-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. EWE Baskets moved-up to sixth place. LTi 46ers lost their third game in a row. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. They share it with Fraport SKY. EWE Baskets will meet Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#8) on the road in the next round. LTi 46ers will play against Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#14) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
EWE Baskets: B.Brown 19+3reb, R.Burrell 18+5reb+2ast, R.Paulding 16+3reb+3ast, K.Hasbrouck 9+1reb, A.Chubb 8+14reb+6ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 7+1ast
LTi 46ers: R.Oehle 15+6reb, B.Stewart 11+5reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 11+1reb+1ast, W.Bernard 8+2reb+1ast, K.Archibong 6+6reb, R.Pilcevic 6+3reb+5ast
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Brose Baskets - EnBW L'burg 95-64

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Brose Baskets as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Brose Baskets smashed 16th ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg in Bamberg 95-64. The game was mostly controlled by Brose Baskets. EnBW Ludwigsburg managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets made 36-of-42 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game, while EnBW Ludwigsburg only scored fourteen points from the stripe. 32 personal fouls committed by EnBW Ludwigsburg helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for international power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. American guard Brian Roberts (188-85, agency: Interperformances) helped adding 18 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Antiguan-American power forward Kurt Looby (208-84, college: Iowa) with 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and American guard Mark Dorris (188-85, college: Marshall, agency: Court Side) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Brose Baskets (12-2) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. As mentioned above they are at the top of the standings, which they share with Ratiopharm. EnBW Ludwigsburg lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with ten games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will play next round against Walter Tigers trying to get back on the winning streak. Brose Baskets will try to continue on its current victory against eleventh ranked BBC Bayreuth on the road.
Top scorers:
Brose Baskets: B.Roberts 18+4reb, P.Suput 15+2reb, A.Leon Tucker 14+5reb+1ast, T.Pleiss 13+12reb, J.Jenkins 13+1reb+1ast, A.Gavel 12+1reb+3ast
EnBW L'burg: A.Harris 21+1reb+1ast, K.Looby 21+3reb+1ast, M.Dorris 15+5reb+4ast, D.McCray 8+2reb+1ast, J.Bowler 6+1reb+2ast, J.Greer 5+3reb+3ast
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Schwenningen Panthers have sacked Coach Taletovic - by Moritz Korff
Head coach Muamer Taletovic has been sacked by 1. Regionalliga South-West team Wiha Panthers Villingen-Schwenningen. After being relegated from the 2. Bundesliga Pro B last season, the Panthers have been struggling in the RLSW this year, falling short in nine of twelve games played. Taletovic, a two-time Allstar of the Bosnian league as a player, first came to Schwenningen in the course of this past campaign. As the team is currently sitting in 12th place in the RLSW standings and fears being relegated the second straight year, the decisionmakers felt that it was time for a change. They have already found a successor and promoted Josip Brkic, the coach of the Panthers' reserve team, to the head coaching job.

Patrick Wischnewski moves to SC Rist Wedel - by Moritz Korff
SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) has landed Patrick Wischnewski (191-G-87) to strengthen its backcourt for the remainder of the season. Wischnewski is a product of Rist's local rival Bramfelder SV and a Hamburg native. He comes off a short stint with Schwelmer Baskets (7 games: 7.1ppg), the team that SC Rist will face at home on January 8. The 24-year-old appeared in 25 BBL games for the Giants Duesseldorf in this past campaign and claimed the Pro A runner up spot with the Cuxhaven BasCats the year before.

Who Needs A Tyrese Rice When The Artland Dragons Have David Holston? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The area of the 12,881 population of frog town Quackenbruck may not be large, but there is still interesting things to do like following the 3,1km Froschpfad to observe the historic sites, chowing down on yummy Buchweizenpfannkuchen a speciality from there, spending a day in the many beautiful parks or in the past seeing a jubilant Darius Hall showcasing his big smile while bicycling from home to practice, but nothing is more exciting than following the basketball team Artland Dragons. The team has stood for success since they arrived in the Beko BBL in 2003 reaching the playoffs 5 times out of 8 times and missing three times on account of a 9th place finish. In the last two seasons the team has had extra suspense as they have had top point guards Tyrese Rice and this season David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.). The point guard position is the most important position on the floor and with Rice the team had the second best scorer and fourth best assist man. There was a bit of uneasiness at the start of this season if Holston could fill the shoes of Rice, but so far the smallest player in the league from Detroit at 167m, he is second in scoring, assists and steals. Holston has been a big reason for the success as he has scored in double figures every time this season in the Beko BBL except for against BBC Bayreuth who have held him in check. He scored 29 points against Giessen, 26 points against Tuebingen and won both head to head duels against top guards Je Kel Foster and Bobby Brown. Who could forget his four three pointer in overtime against FC Bayern Munich giving Dirk Bauermann a long uncomfortable trip back to Bavaria. I think Holston has fit in nicely with the team and been able to be one of the leaders on the court. He's able to score, set up his teammates, and control the game so he's a really solid PG, warned ex MBC center Velimir Radinovic. One has to wonder how Stefan Koch knew they were the right players or if a special basketball frog gave him the right slip of paper and name during the summer? I think he probably has a certain mould that he would like his point guard to fit, and recruits players that fit that profile. Rice and Holston are both capable of controlling the tempo of the game and running the team, but they can also drop 30 on you so you can never relax when defending that type of player. I think Rice had more of a scorer's mentality and maybe not a pure PG. He was maybe looking to shoot first, pass second., added ex Ohio State center Velimir Radinovic. But come the playoffs in May 2012, which player will have helped the Dragons most? They are both very quick and can get to the basket, but I would say that Rice would maybe shoot himself out of games sometimes. Holsten is 5'8 (on a good day) so his size is maybe a bit of an issue, however he's shown the ability to get his shot off over people and get to the basket and finish, added Velimir Radinovic. It seems, like winning a title will answer the question as to which point guard will have won this duel.

After winning their first BEKO BBL title with the cup in 2008 against EnBW Luwdigsburg in Hamburg in 2008, it seemed like the Artland Dragons were on a positive way with possible future hardware, but instead the club might secretly have been dreaming of the glory day in Hamburg where Darius Hall was in the middle of a swarm of Artland fans celebrating the win, because ever since that big title, the team has been looking for another success and missed the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Artland Dragons have been about as unlucky not reaching the playoffs the two seasons as a Formula one driver is racing the race of their life and then dropping out because the engine dies in the last lap as German Sebastian Vettel recently had to accept or poor cute lovable polar bear Knut who is being shunned by three female bears including his mother who cant remember he is her kid. In 2009, they had to win the last game and did crushing Frankfurt 90-69, but not reaching the playoffs because Paderborn won on the last day against BG Goettingen and in 2010, they made a last comeback winning the last four games, but losing their last game 82-80 to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven a game they had to win missing the playoffs again. 'I think that in 2010, Artland was lacking a guard who could control the team until the end. Ross was more of a scoring guard and Price could of done job, but he came to late in season to turn it around. The chemistry was lacking too and it seemed like players had their own agenda', stressed Quentin Pryor.
Last season, The Artland Dragons finally reached the Beko BBL playoffs again after a two year drought where they should of made it finishing the season with a record of 23-11 and landing in fourth place. They went the distance in the Beko BBL playoffs in the quarters beating a feisty Braunschweig team where the yhad to come from 2-1 down to win and in the semi finals gave a very hard fight against 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg bowing out 83-55 in game five. During the season, they had three three game winning streaks and one five game winning streak. They finished the season strong heading in to the Beko BBL playoffs winning eight of their last 10 games. They were unable to beat Bamberg in the regular season, but lost twice only by a combined score of 8 points. They were able to beat Alba Berlin once, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and BG Goettingen. One thing that The Artland Dragons improved on was not getting lost on defense. we didn't lose our defensive focus when we weren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Later we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes', stressed Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey. Last season Their strength was their speed and ability to score at a high pace. If you allowed them to play this then they can score 80 points plus. A hidden strength is that they were a very confident team and feel and play as if they were the best team in the league', warned Kyle Hines. Another strength of the team was their depth, they were deep at each position and continued to get better. The weakness if there had to be one is just being consistent but they were doing that late in season', said John Bynum.

After the strong season last year, The Artland Dragons would be crazy not to want to equal or better their accomplishment from last season. The team got rid of eight players including Tyrese Rice who fled to top team Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius. However the club was able to keep a core of six players from last season with top center Darren Fenn who seems to get better with age, sharp shooter Adam Hess who has found a second home in Quackenbruck, versatile forward Nathan Peavy, the heart and sould of the team and defense Bryan Bailey , German veteran Johannes Strasser who can always hurt an opponent with his timely scoring and the glue who keeps the team together from the bench Florian Hartenstein. The team brought in David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) who had two strong seasons in Turkey and quickly has made the name Tyrese Rice forgotten. The team also got Anthony Hilliard who had a strong season in Belgium and is a strong rebounder for his height, mr muscle Anthony King who has developed fine in Cyprus the last years and is ready to make the next step and make an impact in the Beko BBL, German veteran Guido Grunheid who has won 7 German titles and German Christian Hoffmann. Recently the club brought in insurance at the guard position with experienced guard Goran Jeretin and high scoring Brandon Thomas. This season, the Artland Dragons started the season slowly losing two of their first three games including a shocking 110-109 loss in Giessen. However since that less than satisfactory start, the Dragons have cruised in sixth gear winning eight of their last 10 games. Their biggest wins of the season have been against FC Bayern Munich where David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) won the game in overtime hitting four three pointers and recently outdueling the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and putting the Dragons as the most closest opponent to Bamberg and Alba Berlin. . Artland has been able to put up a lot of points on several occasions, and they have several players averaging double digit points, so they're offensively very dangerous. It's very much like Bamberg's attack, leading the league statistically but they can all get the job done. They are playing very well as a team. Artland has a lot of weapons, I think their X-Factor is Peavy, he can post you up and draw fouls to get to the line, and shoot from outside., added ex Tuebingen player Velimir Radinovic. A strength for years with the Dragons has been their depth and that continues to be true, but a weakness is that they can tend to give up more points than what Stefan Koch may like, injuries has hurt the team in the first months as they have never had a full squad to practice and have been delayed in forming that top chemistry as guys have gotten injured and new guys have come in with Jeretin and Thomas who need to be integrated and the club surprisingly lost the maker of the success of the team manager Marko Beens who left to become the CEO of the German Vollyball league. With the Beko BBL getting stronger each season, is it possible for an Artland to disrupt the triple title threat of Bamberg? I'm not sure if Artland can win it all but I think they're definitely a threat. The league is wide open, I don't see Bamberg dominating like the past years but you can never count them out, stressed Velimir Radinovic.

The Frankfurt Skyliners have had unfond memories to playing The Artland Dragons having a 7-8 record since 2005 and during 2005-2007 losing all four games including being outscored in the Artland arena 172-129. However, the tide turned for the better from 2007-2009 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 3-1 record. Three years ago, they celebrated a very big emotional win 87-75 winning in overtime as captain Pascal Roller sparked Frankfurt to the win with 26 points. two seasons ago on the last day, Frankfurt lacked spirit and were beaten in every phase of the game losing 90-69. Last season, the team lost a thriller 77-76 in Artland as Frankfurt staged one of their famous comebacks despite a late Pascal Roller three pointer, it was enough as they lost. Frankfurt was able to win at home 77-65 as Pascal Roller scored 20 points. However Frankfurt is 3-4 in Quackenbruck since 2005. Frankfurt won their first show down last season on the road winning 82-56 coming out of half time with a 24-8 run to easily win. Frankfurt was led by AJ Moye with 18 points and six rebounds and fans will remember a crashing dunk by ex NBA player Roger Powell. Frankfurt also won their home encounter 83-72 as Dashaun Wood had a Derrick Rose type of game making 29 points, 9 assists, five rebounds and four steals. The team lost a meaningless cup game in Bamberg against Artland where both teams played for third place and Frankfurt was without Dashaun Wood.

The Fraport Skyliners want to end 2011 on a winning note, but will have their hands full against The Artland Dragons. The Fraport Skyliners have been defending very well as of late and will need to continue to play at a very high level of intensity on the defensive end and hope for an off day on defense from the Artland Dragons. The Fraport Skyliners have only won one game at home and need to show the Artland Dragons who is boss in their own living room and start getting some wins at home. The Artland Dragons have a 3-3 record on the road, coming off a big road win in Oldenburg. The Skyliners have to go out and play up to their potential. They've had some disappointments this season, but if they can get out and run, and get their mobile bigs some easy buckets on Pick&Roll and keep Artland guessing on defense they've got a shot to win, added Velimir Radinovic. After the big win in Goettingen, the Fraport Skyliners are well aware of the challenge they will have against the Artland Dragons. They are one of the top teams and deserve to be there. We have to continue to stay strong on defense. On offense, we have to let the ball move and create good shots, warned Marius Nolte. Mckinney had his usual demenour after the game and is already focusing on the Dragons. We have to execute on offense and defense and not let them get easy baskets and get out on transition, warned Jimmy Mckinney. Jacob Burtschi remembers many Artland Dragon players from last season and has erased the 35 minutes of good play from his memory bank. We have to play excellent for 40 minutes, because they have sound roster from point guard to center. They have no real flaws. We have to leave it on the floor and give all we have, warned Jacob Burtschi.

The Artland Dragons are led by David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) who is a 25 year old 167cm point guard from Pontiac, Michigan. He is playing his first season in the Beko BBL and he played at Chicago St. (NCAA) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 32 games: 25.9ppg, 3.7rpg, 6.4apg, 3.0spg, FGP: 42.6%, 3Pts: 37.2%, FT: 82.4%. He played his first two professional basketball seasons with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir (TBL): Turkish League: 32 games: 14.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assists-2 (6.0apg), Steals-2 (2.2spg), FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT-2 (92.5%); EuroChallenge: 16 games: 14.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 84.8%. He is a two time Turkish Allstar. The Artland Dragons recently brought in Brandon Thomas for a one month contract to help fill the void at the guard position. He is a 26 year old 198 cm shooting guard/small forward who started in 2009-2010 with MEG Goettingen, but left, because he was supposed to play a position that he was not used to playing. Even though, he only played sparingly at UMASS in his senior year averaging 4,0ppg and 1,1rpg in the 2006-2007 season, he came to Europe in 2007 and exploded in the leagues in Norway and Austria. In Norway, he led the league in scoring with Fog Naestved averaging 24,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 3,2apf, 2,0spg and 1,0bpg. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was MVP of the 2008 Allstar game. In 2008-2009, in Austria, he played for Kraftwerk Wels averaging 20,2ppg, 3,2rpg, 2,5apg. He has a great basketball IQ, can defend anyone and likes to finish around the rim. In 2009-2010 for Braunschweig, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Last season for the Phantoms he played : 37 games: 14.3ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 41.2%, FT: 78.7%. This season he played in Italy for Vanoli-Braga Cremona averaging 4,1ppg and 2,7rpg.
American Nathan Peavy is a 26 year old 201 cm forward from Dayton, Ohio that is playing his fifth season in Germany and third with the Artland Dragons. He comes from a sports family as his . father, Terry, played basketball at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1979 and mother, Nila, was a swimmer for the University of Pittsburgh, a native of Puerto Rico, Nila was a member of the Puerto Rican national team and swam in the Pan-American Games. Peavy also has the Puerto Rico citizenship. Last season for the Dragons, he played 33 games: 10.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 72.2% .He can move very well and is very athletic. He is very versatile and can hurt a team inside and out, stated Giessen center Jannik Freese. He played at the University of Miami at Ohio and played for Paderborn from 2007-2009. Last summer, he played for Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico-BSN, starting five): 7 games: 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.9bpg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 81.1%. He played at the World Championships in Turkey 1or Puerto Rico in 2010 playing 5 games: 9.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 66.7%. Darren Fenn who is a 208 cm center from Tonawanda New York who is averaging 13,1ppg, 6,7rpg and 1,7apg and is playing his sixth season in Germany after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese. Darren Fenn is a 31 year old 208 cm center from Tonawanda New York who is playing his seventh season in Germany and fourth in Quackenbruck after having also played in Bremerhaven and Bamberg. He is also very versatile. He can score from outside, but also can post up and he is very strong, stressed Jannik Freese. Fenn was one of the most dominating players in the German BEKO BBL over the last five seasons. He was the 7th most efficient player in German BBL for the 2009/10 season. He finished the 2008/09 EUROCUP season as the 6th best scorer with 15,8 ppg. He is an unstoppable inside player with a lot of skills and post up moves and is a high percentage 3-pt. shooter with range. His two seasons playing in Bamberg under Coach Bauermann, he improved his defensive and rebounding skills. He is a all-rounder who can post up, hit the jump hook, take the midrange jump shot, fill the lane on the fast break, score on a put back after the offensive rebound, or hit the 3-point shot. He can defend both inside positions, plays always with great intensity and has great quickness for his size and a strong lower body. Last season, Fenn played 38 games: 11.8ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 70.6%.

Anthony King is a 26 year old 206cmpower forward/center from Durham, North Carolina. He is back in the Beko BBL after playing in Cyprus and Greece the last two years. He gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding, is a physical performer who doesnt mind mixing it up down low and gives the team added toughness in the paint. He played at Miami, FL (NCAA) from 2003-2008 playing 34 games in his senior year averaging 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 68.9%. He played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in his rookie season. In 2009-2010, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Score-5 (236 pts), Reb-1 (148 rbs), Blocks-2 (24 blocks). Last season, he remained with InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 53.6%, FT: 76.2%; Cyprus League: 16 games: 14.3ppg, Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 76.8%; Playoffs: 10 games: 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.4%, FT:80%, after winning the championship moved in Apr.'11 to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 57.9%. He was won the double in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis. The team also added Anthony Hilliard who is a 25 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In his last three seasons in the NCAA2, he averaged 11,0rpg. He played at Elizabeth City (NCAA2) from 2005-2009 and in his senior year played 28 games: 22.9ppg, 11.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 68.6%. In 2009-2010, he played for VOO Verviers-Pepinster (Belgium-D1): 32 games: 13.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.0%. Last season, he played for Generali Okapi Aalstar (Belgium-D1, starting five): EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 2 games: 11.5ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg; Belgian League: 38 games: 14.2ppg, Reb-4 (7.3rpg), 1.9apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 62.5%.

Adam Hess started his third tour of duty for the Artland Dragons last season and is back for another season. The trend the last years has always shown that Hess cant stay away for more than two years as He played the first time with the Dragons in 2006 and the second time in 2008. Hess is a 29 year old 201cm forward from Michigan. He is a quick forward with not so great athletic skills, but very effective at the scoring department. He's a tough player, however, and knows how to battle inside for a rebound and he defends well and has a great attitude. He played at William & Mary and also has gained experience playing in Italy, Czech Republic, France and Spain. In the Czech republic he won the league title twice with Nymburk and the Czech Rep. League All-Star Game -05 (3-Points Shootount Winner) in 2006. In 20092010, he played for C.B. Tarragona 2016 (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 34 games: 14.8ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.1%. He had much success in the Czech Republic winning the league title in 2005 and 2006 and showing his shooting ability winning the 2005 Allstar game three point shooting contest. Last season, Hess played 44 games: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 43.1%, FT: 76.3%. 29 year old 190cm combo guard Johannes Strasser is playing his second season with The Artland Dragons. He is a very strong point guard that can hit the open three pointer at any time, penetrate and finish or find the open guy and is a pest on defense. He started his basketball career at Rhondorf in 1999. He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Cologne from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is to come from the bench and help out at the point or hurt opponents with his deadly three pointer. Last season, he played 40 games: 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 87.2%.

Guido Gruinheid is a 29 year old 209cm forward from Jena that is playing his first season for the Artland Dragons. He is an in-betweener forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3. A good rebounder and a hustler. He played for Alba Berlin from 2001-2005 winning three BEKO BBL titles and two cup titles. He then moved to Rhein Energie Koln in 2005 where he won his fourth BEKO BBL title in 2006 and another cup in 2007. He got added experience playing in Holland for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen . He also has gained valuable experience playing for the German national team as he was a member playing at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and at the 2007 European Championships in Spain. Last season for MBC, he played 33 games: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 44.7%. Bryan Bailey is a 31 year old 185cm guard who comes from New York and played in Quackenbruck from 2004-2007 and is back for his fifth season.He is a team leader both on and off the court. He Possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball and is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. He is a fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. Bailey played at Bucknell and has gained experience having played in Holland and Poland. He reached the playoffs three times with Artland form 2004-2007 and the cup final in 2007. Last season, the American played 41 games averaging 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2%.

Florian Hartenstein is a 34 year old 206cm center that was born in Mainz, Germany and played at the University of Oregon before turning professional and playing at Giessen from 2001-2009 playing 227 games. He is starting his 11th professional season in Germany and third with the Artland Dragons. He is a competitor and tough defender and an important player for the team not only on the court but also off the court keeping the team together. He runs the floor very well and likes contact underneath the basket and has a unique shooting technique. Last season, he played 17 games: 1.6ppg, 1.1rpg. 'My man Flo is a good defender, is tough and is an important part of the team, stressed ex teammate Jannik Freese.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2%. The team recently signed Goran Jertin who is a 32 year old 192cm guard from Montenegro. He plays a physical game; defends hard, looks for the contact when he's at the offensive side; knows a lot of ways to score; the fans love him, the opponents not so much. He played for : KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd from 2003-2006. In 2006-2007, he played for Dynamo St.Petersburg (Russia-A Superleague): the team went bankrupt in Oct.'06, then signed at BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A, starting five): Adriatic League: 18.1 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.6 spg., in Jan.'07 moved to Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 17 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1apg; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 56.3%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 80%. In 2007-2008, he signed with ALBA Berlin (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ACL injury before the season and never played. In 2008-2009, he played for BC Kyiv (Ukraine-Superleague): Ukrainian League: 19 games: 6.2ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.3%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 6.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg; Eurocup Qualifications: 2 games: 6.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 2.0apg, left in Feb.09, then moved to Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (Cyprus-Division A), EuroChallenge: 4 games: 5.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.5apg; played only in EuroChallenge, not in Cypriot League. In 2009-2010, he played for BC Buducnost Podgorica (1A): Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 35.9%, FT: 84.3%; EuroChallenge: 11 games: 12.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 81.1%, in Mar.'10 moved to Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey-TBL, starting five): 8 games: 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, he played for : Lokomotiv Kuban (Russia-PBL): EuroChallenge: 15 games: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0spg; Russian League: 35 games: 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 82.1%. This season, he started with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius (Lithuania-LKL): Euroleague Qualifying Round: 3 games: 5.3ppg, 1.3apg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, left in Oct.'11, in Nov.'11 moved to Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck. He has won four titles in his career and played at the European Championships in Lithuania -11: 5 games: 10.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 3.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 84.2%. The Fraport Skyliners host the Artland Dragons on December 30th.






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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  EWE Baskets
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Brown, EWE Baskets18.1 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.17.9 
 3. Carter, Phoenix17.3 
 4. Jonusas, Phoenix15.7 
 5. Foster, B.Muenchen15.5 
 6. Ensminger, Teleko.15.3 
 7. Wood, ALBA15.2 
 8. Swann, Ratiopharm15.1 
 9. Leuer, Fraport SKY14.8 
 10. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  Ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Bryant, Ratiopharm9.7 
 2. Ensminger, Teleko.8.5 
 3. Evans, Goettingen8.3 
 4. Davidson, Fraport8.2 
 5. Chubb, EWE Baskets8.1 
 6. Leuer, Fraport SKY7.8 
 7. Sykes, Goettingen7.1 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm6.9 
 9. Zirbes, TBB Trier6.8 
 10. Troutman, B.Mue.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jared JORDAN
  Telekom .
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Jordan, Telekom7.7 
 2. Holston, Art.Drag.5.8 
 3. Joyce, TBB Trier5.3 
 4. Wood, ALBA5.2 
 5. Brewer, Bremerha.5.1 
 6. Brown, EWE Baskets4.9 
 7. Campbell, Walter T.4.7 
 8. Hamann, B.Muenchen4.5 
 9. Gibson, Bayreuth4.4 
 10. Everett, Bremerha.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Nate LINHART
  TBB Trier
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Linhart, TBB Trier1.9 
 2. Dorris, EnBW L.1.7 
 3. Holston, Art.Drag.1.6 
 4. Wood, ALBA1.5 
 5. Crowe, Phoenix1.4 
 6. Carter, Phoenix1.4 
 7. Redding, Walter T.1.3 
 8. Tucker, Brose B.1.3 
 9. Jacobson, s.Oliv.1.3 
 10. Kramer, s.Oliv.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Bayreuth
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.1 
 2. Gaffney, Teleko.1.9 
 3. Slaughter, Brose B.1.8 
 4. Looby, EnBW L.1.8 
 5. Davidson, Fraport1.5 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 7. King, Art.Dragons1.3 
 8. Redding, Walter T.1.1 
 9. Bryant, Ratiopharm1.1 
 10. Constantine, Phoe.1.0 


Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons)Jimmy Mckinney Can Score In Bunches And We Have To Force Him Away From The Basket - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Bryan Bailey (185-PG-80, college: Bucknell) is a 31 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 10th professional basketball season and fifth playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17 games averaging 18.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. Last season with the Dragons, he played EuroChallenge Qualifying Round: 1 game: 7pts, 5reb, 3ast, 3steals; German League: 41 games: 11.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.9%, FT: 77.2% He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket before the game with The Fraport Skyliners December 30th.

Congrats on the 97-89 win against Alba Berlin. Alba exploded for 31 points in the first quarter. what adjustments did the Dragons make in the second quarter to trail only 50-48 at halftime?

In the first quarter, Alba pretty much made every shot. We started out playing zone defensive and then switched to a man to man defensive which helped us get back into the game early on.

The Artland Dragons had a big third quarter and you were able to get the win. What was key in the second half for the win?

Although Alba scored a lot of points, I think we played a lot better team defense in the second half. We had good rotations and forced them to make the extra pass.

You were back in the lineup again after a long injury. Which teammate helped you the most in this difficult time where you couldnt play?

All of my teammates helped me during the time I was out, especially Christian Hoffman who is also out with an injury. We just try to stay positive and work as hard as possible to get back on the court. It's always tough to sit out and watch the games.

The Artland Dragons have won 9 of the last 11 games and currently belong to the top teams in the league. What does the team still need to improve on?

I still think we need to improve on the defensive end and be more consistent.

The next game is against the Fraport Skyliners. They have won three games on the road in a row, but have difficulty winning at home. What will be key in getting the win?

I think the key will be to control the rebounding and limit our turnovers. We have to play with intensity for the entire 40 minutes

You have played against Jimmy Mckinney for many years. What do you always fear the most from him on the court how he can hurt a team?

Mckinney is good player and can get hot and score in bunches. We have to limit his touches and force him away from the basket.

What was always the favorite present in your stocking at Christmas?

Candy

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Limitless

Thanks Bryan for the chat.




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  GREECE   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 20
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.20.0 
 2. Christmas, AGOR17.8 
 3. Kommatos, Marousi17.1 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris17.0 
 5. Roby, Peristeri GS16.4 
 6. Baynes, Ikaros15.3 
 7. James, Aris14.9 
 8. Gagaloudis, Marousi14.6 
 9. Dikoudis, PAOK13.9 
 10. Taylor, Kavala13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aron BAYNES
  Ikaros
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Baynes, Ikaros9.8 
 2. Bavcic, KAOD8.7 
 3. Haritopoulos, Maro.8.1 
 4. Stepheson, Panio.8.1 
 5. Goree, PAOK7.1 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. Giddens, PAOK6.7 
 8. Kommatos, Marousi6.3 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.2 
 10. Charissis, Koloss.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vasilis XANTHOPOULOS
  Panio.
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.3 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.1 
 3. Gagaloudis, Marousi5.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panat.5.0 
 5. Charalampidi., KAO.4.3 
 6. James, Aris4.2 
 7. Thompson, Ilysi.4.1 
 8. Petroulas, Periste.3.9 
 9. Wright, AGOR3.8 
 10. Keys, Panionios3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Darryl THOMPSON
  Ilysi.
  (173-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Ilysi.2.3 
 2. Wright, AGOR2.3 
 3. Christmas, AGOR1.9 
 4. James, Aris1.7 
 5. Calathes, Panathin.1.6 
 6. Tsamis, Kolossos1.6 
 7. Georgalis, Kolossos1.4 
 8. Gardener, Ilysiakos1.3 
 9. Chatzis, Ilysiakos1.3 
 10. Hatten, Kolossos1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam MULDROW
  Aris
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Muldrow, Aris1.9 
 2. O''Bryant, Kavala1.4 
 3. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 4. Hines, Olympiakos1.3 
 5. Scott, Peristeri GS1.0 
 6. Giddens, PAOK1.0 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Stepheson, Panio.0.8 
 9. Edwards, Perister.0.8 
 10. Vougioukas, Pana.0.8 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 8-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 8-1 
 3. Kolossos 8-1 
 4. Panionios 7-2 
 5. AGOR 5-4 
 6. Peristeri GS 5-4 
 7. Kavala 5-5 
 8. PAOK 4-6 
 9. Ilysiakos 4-6 
 10. Aris 3-6 
 11. KAOD 2-7 
 12. Ikaros 1-8 
 13. Marousi 0-10 


Marcus Goree terminated his contract with PAOK - by Giorgos Diploidis
Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) will not be a player of PAOK Thessaloniki any more. Two days after the win in the rival game against Aris today he went to the training to say goodbye to the rest of the team. He will leave for United States but he will not come back. The player had family problems for that reason he asked to leave the club. PAOK Thessaloniki now has to try to find the player who will replace the American power forward. These days they were making a try to terminate the contract of the injured Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-C/F-86) and to sign another center and if they had money to take also another one combo guard.

Goree in his career in Greek league so far had 12.1 ppg and 7.1 rpg in ten matches




Sasa Vasiljevic joins Ikaros - by Eurobasket News
Ikaros bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Sasa Vasiljevic (183-PG-79, agency: Beo Basket). The guard parted ways with Khimik last month. The point guard joined the team at the start of the season. He tallied 5.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.3 rebounds per game in Superleague. In EuroChallenge Sasa Vasiljevic posted 5.4 points, 3.4 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. Sasa Vasiljevic arrived to Ukraine last season. He played for BC Donetsk posting 10.3 points, 4.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds per appearance. Previously the guard had stints with Sloga Kraljevo, Hemofarm, Bosna Telecom Sarajevo, Vive Menorca, AEK Athens and VAP Kolossos. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year in 2006. Sasa Vasiljevic is the member of Bosnia and Herzegovina National Team. The guard participated at 2011 EuroBasket. He posted 6.4 points, 5.4 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game in Lithuania.



Bogris out for 10 days because of an injury - by Giorgos Diploidis
Giorgos Bogris (210-C/F-89) who was injured in the rival game against PAOK, he will stay away from training for 10 days. He has a strain in his right ankle a fact that made him to play only for 3:14 in the last game. He will not take part in the next game against Maroussi the next Wednesday and he will make an effort to be ready for the game against Agor (08/01) in Crete.

Bogris started the season in Peristeri, then he left and after some time he joined Aris. At first he could play only in Europe (because he has played in Peristeri before) but later the court gave him the permission to return to the Greek league where in three matches has 3.3ppg and 4 rpg.


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  HUNGARY   


Moving Up - by Curtis Marshall
First of all I would like to wish everyone happy holidays and hope everyones year has been as much a blessing as mine. Its been a while since my last post and a lot has happened. I thank God for the guidance given to me over this year. Im currently playing for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (LMBC) in France-ProB. I must say it feels really good not to be the only American on my team since in previous seasons, I was the only American. We have a good team with great players but we got to a slow start this season. Now we are in 10th position, close to the half way point of the season. We know we have the ability to beat any team in Pro B when we play together, and it showed when we beat two #1 teams in back to back weeks (Limoges CSP Elite and Boulazac Basket Dordogne). There are only two returning players from last season so team chemistry has been an issue at times. With the holidays here, we go into the break with a 4 game win streak. Im totally confident in my team and what we can do. Even though our team has been plagued with injuries we stuck together and turned our season around. Momentum is on our side and Im definitely looking forward to the continued building of our success.
Apart from basketball life has been great. Even though Im not going back to the USA for the holidays Im still happy because my wife and daughter are with me. It just gives us more time to focus on God and each other with less distraction. There is nothing like having the family at the games cheering me on, even though when I get fouled my wife be ready to run on the court after the ref, lol. I know she be jumping all over the place even though I dont see or hear her. When Im not spending time on the court I spend my time just relaxing with the family. I dont go to clubs or drink; I enjoy spending time with my family and God. Im not ashamed to say that I seek God on a daily basis, I love worshiping the Lord and going to church. The Lord has blessed me so much and Im here to spread the word of God as much as possible. Its not common to see a professional athlete talk about God or their walk with God. Im proud to tell everyone that Im into God and live my life for God. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven Matthew 5:16. Until the next time, Curtis Marshall signing off, God Bless everyone!!!!



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  IBA   


Standings
IBA Standings
Winter League
 1. Kankakee S. 11-3 
 2. Rockford RD 10-5 
 3. Gary Splash 8-7 
 4. Battle Creek K. 6-6 
 5. Chicago R. 4-5 
 6. Lake County S. 0-13 
Spring League
 1. Holland Blast 0-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-0 
 3. Springfield S. 0-0 


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 12-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 9-4 
 3. UCD Marian 5-7 
 4. Belfast Star 1-11 
South Conference
 1. UCC Demons 7-4 
 2. B.Gais Neptune 7-5 
 3. UL Eagles 6-7 
 4. Moycullen 3-10 


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra cruises past Hemofarm in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Maccabi T-A 59-85

Maccabi Electra and Hemofarm met last night in their postponed Round Six game of Adriatic league. The Israeli powerhouse had no troubles to beat Hemofarm as a guest 59-85. Maccabi trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 22-52 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hemofarm. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Israeli champion keeps a position of league leader. Hemofarm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. Maccabi T-A will face bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hemofarm will play at home against Zvezda (#13) in Beograd.

Hemofarm: I.Maras 13+13reb+3ast, B.Savovic 13+9reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 9+1reb+2ast, M.Pantic 6+5reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 5+2reb, N.Dangubic 4
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 18+6reb+2ast, S.James 15+7reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 15+4reb+2ast, G.Pnini 11+1reb, R.Hendrix 9+4reb+3ast, T.Papaloukas 5+3reb+6ast


Maccabi Haifa Released Forward Qyntel Woods - by David Pick
Maccabi Haifa officially released former Euroleague and NBA forward -- Qyntel Woods.

According to Haifa's press release, Woods, who initially signed a two-month deal, received an offer from Ukrainian Dnipro (11-7) and was set clear for takeoff. Haifa, who recently came to an agreement with Jeremis Smith (Georgia Tech), felt that releasing Woods was an understandable move. Woods managed to play 4-Israeli League games posting averages of 7.3ppg and 4rpg.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @IAmDPick



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  ITALY   


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


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Mustafa SHAKUR
  Novipiu CM
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Shakur, Novipiu CM20.3 
 2. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 3. Coleman, Angelico.17.3 
 4. Smith, Pepsi C.17.1 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI16.8 
 6. Diener, Banco d.16.5 
 7. Dean, Sidigas AV16.2 
 8. Datome, Acea Roma16.1 
 9. Tucker, Acea Roma15.6 
 10. Diener, Banco d.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jared HOMAN
  CS Bologna
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 2. Johnson, Sidigas10.0 
 3. Sanikidze, CS Bo.9.8 
 4. Adrien, Benetton9.0 
 5. Brunner, Fabi Shoes8.6 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.3 
 7. Chiotti, Novip.7.8 
 8. Smith, Pepsi C.7.7 
 9. Amoroso, Banca T.7.1 
 10. Dragicevic, Angel.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Sidigas AV
  (167-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Green, Sidigas AV6.5 
 2. Collins, Pepsi C.5.3 
 3. Cook, Armani MI5.2 
 4. Diener, Banco d.4.8 
 5. Stipcevic, Cimberi.4.3 
 6. Poeta, CS Bologna4.1 
 7. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 8. Pullen, Angelico BI3.8 
 9. Shakur, Novipiu CM3.8 
 10. Brown, Banca T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.7 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.7 
 3. Hosley, Banco d.2.7 
 4. Kirksay, Fabi Shoes2.3 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI2.3 
 6. Stonerook, Montep.2.1 
 7. Bowers, Umana V.2.1 
 8. Kangur, Cimberio.2.1 
 9. Jones, Scavolini PS2.0 
 10. Poeta, CS Bologna2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.4 
 2. Shermadini, Bennet1.1 
 3. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 4. Crosariol, Acea R.1.0 
 5. Bourousis, Armani0.9 
 6. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 
 7. Johnson, Sidigas0.8 
 8. Adrien, Benetton0.8 
 9. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 10. Hunter, Banco d.0.8 


Conad Biancoblu signs Robert Hite for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
As expected, Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) officially became a new member of Conad Biancoblu. The American guard penned a deal for rest of the season. Hite parted ways with Cholet Basket during the week. Robert Hite got injured in September and was out until mid of November. He appeared 7 times for Cholet in ProA averaging 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. Hite also added 8.8 ppg and 2.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. Robert Hite already has experience from LegaDue. He shined for Reggio Emilia in 2009/10 with 17.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 spg in 14 games. That same season he also spent some time with Montegranaro and Caserta. In the past, Hite played for Oostende, Tau Ceramica, Galatasaray and he also appeared 12 times for the Miami Heat in 2006/07 season. Robert Hite will make his debut with Conad Biancoblu on January 5 against Enel Brindisi.

Banca Tercas Teramo adds Donnie McGrath - by Giovanni Bargna
Banca Tercas Teramo has officially announced the sign of Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence). The agreement is on a one month deal that could be extended for the rest of the season.
McGrath is a US guard with an Irish passport who spent last season in Greece at PAOK Thessaloniki. Out of Providence in 2006 landed in the italian league for the first time joining Cantu before going to Virtus Bologna on November 2007. After two different jerseys in Greece, with Egaleo in 2008 and with AEK Athens in 2009, Donnie McGrath got back to Italy in January 2010 signed by Varese.
Coach Ramagli said : 'A good addition to our roster in a very tough period. We inked an experienced player who already knows the italian league'.
McGrath will join his new teammates soon.


SerieA Round 13: Armani Milano defeats Air Avellino in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the SerieA took place in Milano. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Air Avellino (7-6) to second ranked Armani Milano (9-3) 90-89 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. Armani Milano looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 assists for the winners and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Armani Milano maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Montepaschi. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Lottomatica Roma (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angelico Biella (7-5) against fifteenth ranked Novipiu CM (4-8) on Friday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Novipiu CM in a tough game in Casale 70-77. American guard Mustafa Shakur (192-84, college: Arizona) nailed 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Oluoma Nnamaka accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Angelico Biella in the defeat. Novipiu CM moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Novipiu CM will play against higher ranked CS Bologna (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against Banco di Sard. in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Benetton Treviso (5-7) 78-69. David Andersen fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sani Becirovic produced 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Loser Benetton Treviso dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Scavolini Pesaro (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against Cimberio Varese (#10) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Varese was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bennet Cantu (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (6-6). Bennet Cantu defeated Cimberio Varese 83-67. Worth to mention a great performance of Giorgi Shermadini who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Bennet Cantu moved-up to fourth place. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Bennet Cantu will have a break next round. Cimberio Varese will play at home against Benetton Treviso (#13).
Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Twelfth ranked Banco di Sard. (6-6) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (6-6) 84-83 in the fight for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. Tony Easley stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Banco di Sard. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Scavolini Pesaro. Banco di Sard. will face higher ranked Angelico Biella (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Umana Venezia lost to Acea Roma on the opponent's court 80-89. Pepsi Caserta unfortunately lost to CS Bologna in a home game 80-87. Fabi Shoes recorded a loss to Vanoli CR on the road 72-76.


Novipiu CM - Angelico BI 77-70

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Angelico Biella (7-5) against fifteenth ranked Novipiu CM (4-8) on Friday night. Visiting Angelico Biella was defeated by Novipiu CM in a tough game in Casale 70-77. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 23-15. But Angelico Biella won second period 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Mustafa Shakur (192-84, college: Arizona) nailed 20 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winning side and Swedish-Nigerian power forward Oluoma Nnamaka (201-78, college: Marquette) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds. Novipiu CM's coach Marco Crespi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Aubrey Coleman (193-87, college: Houston) came up with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import point guard Jacob Pullen (182-89, college: Kansas St.) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively for Angelico Biella in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Novipiu CM moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Fabi Shoes. Angelico Biella at the other side dropped to the fifth position with five games lost. Novipiu CM will play against higher ranked CS Bologna (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Angelico Biella will play against Banco di Sard. in Sassari and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Novipiu CM: M.Shakur 20+4reb+5ast, M.Malaventura 10+1reb+1ast, O.Nnamaka 10+7reb+1ast, O.Stevic 10+6reb+1ast, G.Temple 9+2reb+2ast, M.Janning 8+2reb+2ast
Angelico BI: A.Coleman 18+7reb+1ast, J.Pullen 16+3reb+5ast, G.Jurak 14+3reb+1ast, A.Miralles 10+5reb, M.Chessa 8+3reb, L.Chrysikopoulos 4+3ast
gschID: 150733


Cimberio VA - Bennet Cantu 67-83

The game in Varese was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Bennet Cantu (8-5) played at the court of 8th ranked Cimberio Varese (6-6). Bennet Cantu defeated Cimberio Varese 83-67. It looked good early as Cimberio Varese took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bennet Cantu had a 22-11 second period charge getting the lead and Cimberio Varese was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 67-83. Bennet Cantu made 16-of-19 charity shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. 24 personal fouls committed by Cimberio Varese helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of Georgian center Giorgi Shermadini (216-89) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized Uruguayan point guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75, agency: Players Group) contributed with 16 points for the winners. French forward Yakhouba Diawara (201-82, college: Pepperdine) answered with 10 points and 6 rebounds and center Diego Fajardo (208-76, agency: Players Group) added 12 points in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Cimberio Varese's coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Bennet Cantu moved-up to fourth place. Cimberio Varese at the other side dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. Bennet Cantu will have a break next round. Cimberio Varese will play at home against Benetton Treviso (#13).
Top scorers:
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 16+1reb+2ast, V.Micov 14+3reb+1ast, G.Shermadini 13+9reb, M.Markoishvili 10+3reb, M.Leunen 9+2reb+3ast, A.Cinciarini 8+5reb+4ast
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 12+3reb, Y.Diawara 10+6reb+2ast, J.Talts 10+1reb, T.Rannikko 8+2reb+3ast, K.Kangur 8+2reb, D.Reati 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 150729


Acea Roma - Umana Venezia 89-80

There was an upset when higher ranked Umana Venezia (6-6) was defeated on the road by thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (6-7) 89-80 on Friday. Umana Venezia trailed 40-39 at halftime, rallying from a 28-15 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Lottomatica Roma shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 58.3 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Greek center Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-76, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (perfect behind the arc making all five shots) for the winners and Bosnian forward Nihad Dedovic (196-90, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) and American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Five Lottomatica Roma and four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. Umana Venezia's coach Andrea Mazzon tested eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Lottomatica Roma moved-up to twelfth place. Loser Umana Venezia keeps the seventh position with six games lost. Lottomatica Roma will face league's second-placed Armani Milano on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Acea Roma: M.Kakiouzis 23+11reb+1ast, N.Dedovic 17+5reb+3ast, C.Tucker 15+1reb+2ast, A.Crosariol 14+5reb+3ast, N.Gordic 13+2reb+7ast, A.Tonolli 3+1reb
Umana Venezia: S.Szewczyk 19+8reb, T.Slay 19+4reb+4ast, A.Young 15+2reb+2ast, K.Clark 12+1reb+1ast, G.Rosselli 7+2reb+3ast, G.Meini 5+1reb
gschID: 150730


Pepsi Caserta - CS Bologna 80-87

Very predictable result when fourth ranked CS Bologna (8-4) defeated on the road 10th ranked Pepsi Caserta (6-6) 87-80 on Friday. The game without a history. CS Bologna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Pepsi Caserta was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Giuseppe Poeta (190-85) stepped up and scored 19 points and 4 assists for the winners and Georgian forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-86, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Four CS Bologna players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international swingman Alex Righetti (198-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 23 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and American forward Andre Smith (203-85, college: N.Dakota St.) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. The victory was the third consecutive win for CS Bologna. They moved-up to third place. Loser Pepsi Caserta dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. CS Bologna will face Novipiu CM (#14) in Casale in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Pepsi Caserta will play on the road against Umana Venezia (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CS Bologna: G.Poeta 19+2reb+4ast, A.Gigli 17+6reb, L.Vitali 15+2reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 11+10reb+2ast, P.Koponen 9+2reb+2ast, D.Gailius 6+3reb+1ast
Pepsi Caserta: A.Righetti 23+7reb, A.Collins 14+1reb+1ast, A.Smith 12+7reb+1ast, K.Fletcher 11+1reb, J.Kudlacek 7+1reb+4ast, G.Maresca 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 150731


Vanoli CR - Fabi Shoes 76-72

There was a minor upset in Cremona where 14th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (4-8) was defeated by sixteenth ranked Vanoli-Braga (4-9) 76-72 on Friday. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 20-12 charge of Vanoli-Braga, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's 34. Vanoli-Braga forced 25 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. Slovenian forward Marko Milic (201-77) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Belgian point guard Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-85) chipped in 14 points and 4 assists. Five Vanoli-Braga players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 14 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) scored 13 points and 4 assists. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro's coach tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Vanoli-Braga maintains sixteenth place with 4-9 record. Loser Fabi Shoes Montegranaro keeps the fourteenth position with eight games lost. Vanoli-Braga will face higher ranked Air Avellino (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: M.Milic 21+12reb+3ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 14+1reb+4ast, T.Roderick 12+4reb+2ast, D.Cinciarini 11+2reb, D.Lighty 10+3reb+1ast, J.Perkovic 5+4reb
Fabi Shoes: D.Ivanov 14+8reb, I.Zoroski 13+3reb+4ast, T.Kirksay 9+7reb+1ast, F.Di Bella 9+3reb+2ast, C.Karl 8+7reb+2ast, J.McNeal 8+2ast
gschID: 150732


Armani MI - Sidigas AV 90-89

The most exciting game of round 13 in the SerieA took place in Milano. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 6th ranked Air Avellino (7-6) to second ranked Armani Milano (9-3) 90-89 on Friday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Air Avellino. The hosts trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and won the game by 1 point. Armani Milano looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Montenegrin point guard Omar-Sharif Cook (186-82, college: St.John's, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 14 points and 9 assists for the winners and Greek center Ioannis Bourousis (212-83, agency: FCM) chipped in 15 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American-FYR Macedonian point guard Marques Green (167-82, college: St.Bonaventure) responded with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agency: David Lee services) scored 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Armani Milano and four Air Avellino players scored in double figures. Armani Milano maintains second place with 9-3 record behind leader Montepaschi. Air Avellino at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Armani Milano are looking forward to face Lottomatica Roma (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga (#16) in Cremona and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Armani MI: J.Giachetti 17+1reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 15+7reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 14+2reb+1ast, O.Cook 14+3reb+9ast, A.Fotsis 12+3reb, D.Nicholas 10+2reb+4ast
Sidigas AV: R.Slay 19+6reb+4ast, T.Dean 19+4reb+4ast, M.Green 19+5reb+9ast, J.Golemac 14+6reb+2ast, V.Gaddefors 8+1reb, L.Johnson 8+5reb
gschID: 150726


Benetton TV - Montepaschi 69-78

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (10-2) managed to deliver another win on Friday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Benetton Treviso (5-7) 78-69. The game without a history. Montepaschi Siena led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Strangely Benetton Treviso outrebounded Montepaschi Siena 38-17 including a 16-2 advantage in offensive rebounds. Australian center David Andersen (212-80) fired 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American-FYR Macedonian point guard Bo McCalebb (183-85, college: New Orleans) chipped in 16 points. Naturalized Slovenian guard Sani Becirovic (196-81) produced 17 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and American guard Jobey Thomas (194-80, college: Charlotte) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 10-2 record. Loser Benetton Treviso dropped to the thirteenth position with seven games lost. Montepaschi Siena will meet at home Scavolini Pesaro (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against Cimberio Varese (#10) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi: B.McCalebb 16+1reb+1ast, D.Andersen 14+6reb+2ast, S.Stonerook 13+3reb, D.Moss 9+1reb+3ast, P.Aradori 6+2reb, I.Rakocevic 6+1reb+2ast
Benetton TV: S.Becirovic 17+1reb+5ast, J.Thomas 14+1reb+2ast, J.Viggiano 9+3reb+1ast, B.Ortner 8+5reb+2ast, A.De Nicolao 6+5reb+2ast, V.Moldoveanu 5+10reb+1ast
gschID: 150727


Banco di Sard. - Scavolini PS 84-83

Important game to mention about took place in Sassari. Twelfth ranked Banco di Sard. (6-6) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 9th ranked Scavolini Pesaro (6-6) 84-83 in the fight for the seventh place. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Scavolini Pesaro. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Scavolini Pesaro 37-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. American forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners and his fellow American import guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side Lithuanian power forward Tautvydas Lydeka (208-83) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the former international guard Daniel Hackett (198-87, college: USC) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Banco di Sard. moved-up to seventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Scavolini Pesaro. Banco di Sard. will face higher ranked Angelico Biella (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: T.Easley 23+11reb+1ast, D.Diener 18+5reb+3ast, T.Diener 18+3reb+4ast, Q.Hosley 13+6reb+2ast, M.Vanuzzo 6+2reb+1ast, G.DeVecchi 3+2reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: T.Lydeka 20+7reb, R.Hickman 19+4ast, J.White 14+3reb+4ast, D.Hackett 13+7reb+4ast, D.Cavaliero 9+2reb+3ast, J.Jones 8+4reb+3ast
gschID: 150728




Italy U18 started the International Tournament with the victory - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Basque Selection 56:53

Italy U18 started the International Tournament with the victory over Basque Selection. Italian side overcame the Spanish players 56:53 at the Torneo di Barakaldo.
Italy started with 20-19 in the first period, but could not keep the lead for good. Basque Selection replied with the win in the second quarter and grabbed 32-31 at the halftime. The third quarter was however decisive in the game as Italy needed a necessary surge for 46:41 after three quarters. They managed to keep the lead and won the Semifinal game.
Simone Fontecchio (197-F-95) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Alessandro Procacci (180-G-94) notched 11. Rath nailed 8, while Maccaferri added 6. Aranburu ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, while Rodriguez and Aitor Zubizarreta (188-G-95) posted 10 apiece.
Tomorrow Italy U18 will face Germany U18 in the Final game.

Italy: Akele 5, Allodi 1, Amato, Bianchi 4, Simone Fontecchio 15, Maccaferri 6, Meschini, Pipitone 4, Alessandro Procacci 11, Rath 8, Vildera, Davide Zattra (201-F/C-94) 2. Coach: Capobianco
Basque Selection: Betolaza 3, Aranburu 13, Tudela, Salazar 2, Rodrguez 10, Colome 5, Arenaza 5, Sierra, Aitor Zubizarreta 10, Azaldegi, Bilbao 2, Mikel Esnaola (200-F-94) 3.




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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 13-8 
 2. Akita NH 13-9 
 3. Niigata Albirex 12-8 
 4. Sendai 89ers 11-11 
 5. Toyama Grouses 10-10 
 6. Chiba Jets 10-12 
 7. Shinshu BW 9-13 
 8. Yokohama BC 8-13 
 9. Saitama Bron. 7-14 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 7-17 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 17-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 15-5 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 15-5 
 4. Shiga L-Stars 15-7 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 15-7 
 6. Shimane SM 12-10 
 7. Miyazaki SS 10-12 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-17 
 9. Takamatsu FA 1-21 


BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael PARKER
  Shimane SM
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 24
 1. Parker, Shimane SM24.0 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka22.8 
 3. Hargrow, Chiba J.21.0 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama20.3 
 5. White, Oita H.20.1 
 6. Woods, Akita NH20.1 
 7. Flowers, Saitama19.9 
 8. Staten, Chiba Jets19.6 
 9. Roberts, Shins.19.5 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.14.3 
 2. Roberts, Shins.11.1 
 3. Malloy, Iwate B.10.6 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.5 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers10.4 
 6. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.3 
 7. Blackledge, Osaka10.2 
 8. Allred, Kyoto H.10.2 
 9. Hamilton, Fukuok.10.2 
 10. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.2 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.5.8 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.6 
 4. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 5. Shimura, Sendai5.0 
 6. Dixon, Hamamats.4.7 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.4.6 
 8. Yamamoto, Iwate B.4.6 
 9. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.6 
 10. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jamel STATEN
  Chiba Jets
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 2. Palmer, Fukuoka3.0 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.4 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.2 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.1 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS2.0 
 8. Golson, Shimane SM1.8 
 9. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.8 
 10. Dixon, Hamamats.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.2 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.3 
 4. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 5. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.6 
 6. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 7. Flowers, Saitama1.5 
 8. Ocitti, Akita NH1.4 
 9. Moliva, Chiba Jets1.4 
 10. Marshall, Osaka E.1.4 


BJ League Round 25: Toyama Grouses beat Yokohama BC by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 25 in the BJ League took place in Yokohama. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Yokohama BC (8-13) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-10) 80-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses forced 19 Yokohama BC turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Yokohama BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Masashi Joho (183-82) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds for Yokohama BC. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Yokohama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Yokohama BC (8-13). Toyama Grouses smashed Yokohama BC 85-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. Masashi Joho (183-82) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and Haakim Johnson chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 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. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last two games of round 25 Saitama Bron. was beaten by Iwate Big Bulls on the road 85-81. Iwate Big Bulls was destroyed by Saitama Bron. on its own court 75-98.
The most impressive performance of 25th round was 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds by John Humphrey of Saitama Bron..



Iwate Big Bulls - Saitama Bron. 85-81

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (7-17) beat at home 9th ranked Saitama Broncos (7-14) 85-81. Saitama Broncos were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-19 charge of Iwate Big Bulls, which allowed them to win the game. American players dominated the game. Forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) stepped up and scored 28 points for the winners and power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) chipped in 23 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) responded with 26 points and 5 assists and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) scored 23 points and 5 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth place with 7-17 record. Saitama Broncos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with 14 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Saitama Broncos will play on the road against Yokohama BC (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 26+4reb+5ast, J.Humphrey 23+5reb, Y.Arai 10+3reb+1ast, N.Beard 8+8reb, D.Terashita 6+7reb, J.Miller 4+6reb+2ast
Iwate Big Bulls: T.Kennedy 28+4reb+2ast, L.Malloy 23+11reb, G.Klaiber 10+14reb+5ast, H.Kantake 9+4reb+2ast, Y.Yamamoto 8+3reb+6ast, A.Nogami 7+2reb
gschID: 142047


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 79-80

The most exciting game of round 25 in the BJ League took place in Yokohama. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Yokohama BC (8-13) to seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-10) 80-79 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. The guests trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 27-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Toyama Grouses forced 19 Yokohama BC turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by Yokohama BC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Masashi Joho (183-82) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Toyama Grouses players scored in double figures. American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) answered with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and the other American import center Chas McFarland (213-86, college: Wake Forest) added 15 points in the effort for Yokohama BC. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 38+10reb+3ast, C.McFarland 15+3reb+2ast, M.Simmons 14+5reb, O.Kimura 6+2reb+1ast, P.Faye 3+2reb, K.Yamada 3+1reb+5ast
Toyama Grouses: T.Mito 17+4reb+7ast, M.Joho 17+5reb+4ast, B.Harper 13+2reb, I.Brown 12+7reb+1ast, D.Searcy 11+6reb+2ast, H.Johnson 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 142048


Iwate Big Bulls - Saitama Bron. 75-98

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 10th ranked Iwate Big Bulls' (7-17) home loss to ninth ranked Saitama Broncos (7-14) 75-98. The game without a history. Saitama Broncos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Iwate Big Bulls' 34. American swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) stepped up and scored 37 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import forward Jayme Miller (203-85) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side Guyanese-American forward Gordon Klaiber (206-83, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. Four Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Saitama Broncos maintains ninth place with 7-14 record. Iwate Big Bulls at the other side keep the tenth position with 17 games lost. Saitama Broncos will play against higher ranked Yokohama BC (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Iwate Big Bulls will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: G.Klaiber 22+12reb+2ast, T.Kennedy 19+8reb+1ast, Y.Yamamoto 10+1reb+9ast, L.Malloy 10+4reb+1ast, J.Shin 6+2reb+1ast, H.Kantake 4+3reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: J.Humphrey 37+6reb+1ast, J.Miller 17+9reb+1ast, K.Satterfield 9+6reb+7ast, N.Beard 9+8reb+3ast, M.Haraguchi 8+4reb, Y.Arai 6
gschID: 142049


Yokohama BC - Toyama Grouses 61-85

The game in Yokohama supposed to be also worth to mention about. Seventh ranked Toyama Grouses (10-10) played at the court of 8th ranked Yokohama BC (8-13). Toyama Grouses smashed Yokohama BC 85-61. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Yokohama BC. It looked good early as Yokohama BC took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Toyama Grouses had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Yokohama BC was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 61-85. Toyama Grouses made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Yokohama BC turnovers. Masashi Joho (183-82) stepped up and scored 21 points for the winners and American guard Haakim Johnson (201-87, college: Pikeville) chipped in 12 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Justin Burrell (235-88, college: St.John's) responded with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Marcus Simmons (198-88, college: USC) scored 10 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Toyama Grouses moved-up to fifth place. Yokohama BC at the other side keeps the eighth position with 13 games lost. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Yokohama BC will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Yokohama BC: J.Burrell 13+13reb+1ast, M.Simmons 10+3reb+2ast, M.Kabaya 9, K.Yamada 8+4ast, O.Kimura 6+2reb+1ast, C.McFarland 5+9reb
Toyama Grouses: M.Joho 21+3reb+3ast, B.Harper 12+3reb, H.Johnson 12+7reb+2ast, T.Mito 10+4reb+3ast, D.Searcy 10+4reb+1ast, I.Brown 7+6reb+3ast
gschID: 142050




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  KOSOVO   


Arian Qallaku of Peja swoops the best young player of 2011 in Kosovo - by Dren Shporta
After a high competition between teammates, Arian Qallaku of Peja took the best young player award officially from Basketball Federation of Kosovo (FBK). Qallaku took 28 points, from 30 available points and left Trepcas Luard Halili in the second place with 19 points.

From Top 5 youngsters, three of them are coming from Peja, which means that the yellow eagles are working with youth and in coming years will say a main word in Kosovan basketball. Below, you can see the table of Top 5 youngsters of 2011 in Kosovan basketball with the points they got from the jury.

KOSOVO OFFICIAL TOP 5 YOUNG PLAYERS:

1.Arian Qallaku, PEJA - 28 points,
2.Luard Halili, TREPCA - 19 pts.,
3.Beqe Kovaci, PEJA - 15 pts.,
4.Zgjim Gerxhaliu, SIGAL PRISHTINA - 15 pts. and
5.Asaf Nallbani, PEJA - 13 pts.




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  LATVIA   


LBL2 Round 18: Gulbene tries to escape the last position defeating Cesis - by Eurobasket News
LBL2 is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 18 rounds left.

Bottom-ranked Gulbene managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Gulbene edged eleventh-ranked Cesis 68-65. Cesis trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 22-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-68 at the end of the game. Newly promoted Gulbene maintains sixteenth position with 2-12 record. Cesis lost third consecutive game. Cesis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Ogres. Gulbene are looking forward to face league's second-placed Liepaja-2 on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cesis will play against Livani (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
LBL2 top team - VEF Riga junior (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked BS Ogre (4-11) 84-58. Undefeated VEF Riga junior have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. BS Ogre at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Cesis. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
A very close game took place in Livani between BS Ogre and Livani. Twelfth ranked BS Ogre (4-11) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Livani (5-10). BS Ogre managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. BS Ogre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis. Loser Livani keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. BS Ogre will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Livani will play against Cesis (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Third ranked Barons/Keizar. (13-2) crushed at home 14th ranked Valmiera U21 (3-12) by 34 points 82-48, which is the biggest margin this round. Barons/Keizar. maintains third position with 13-2 record having just two points less than leader BK VEF. Valmiera U21 lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Ridzene.

In the last two games of round 18 VEF Kadeti won against Cesis on the opponent's court 82-69. Jelgava/LLU were outscored by VA in a home game 68-91.



Ogres - BK VEF 58-84

LBL2 top team - VEF Riga junior (15-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked BS Ogre (4-11) 84-58. VEF Riga junior have an impressive 15-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-0 record. BS Ogre at the other side dropped to the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Cesis. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 151371


Cesis - Gulbene 65-68

Bottom-ranked Gulbene managed to get a second victory, breaking the eight-game losing streak on Thursday night. This time newly promoted Gulbene edged eleventh-ranked Cesis 68-65. Cesis trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 22-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 65-68 at the end of the game. Newly promoted Gulbene maintains sixteenth position with 2-12 record. Cesis lost third consecutive game. Cesis at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the eleventh place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Ogres. Gulbene are looking forward to face league's second-placed Liepaja-2 on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Cesis will play against Livani (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151372


Cesis - VEF Kadeti 69-82

Very expected game when 11th ranked Cesis (4-11) were defeated at home by seventh ranked VEF Kadeti (8-6) 82-69. It looked good early as Cesis took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then VEF Kadeti had a 16-11 second period charge getting the lead and Cesis were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-82. VEF Kadeti moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Riga. Cesis lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the eleventh position with 11 games lost. VEF Kadeti will have a break next round. Cesis will play at home against Livani (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151367


Jelgava/LLU - VA 68-91

Very predictable result in Jelgava where eighth ranked Ventspils Augstskola (8-7) smashed 15th ranked Zemgale/Juniors (3-12) 91-68. Ventspils Augstskola maintains eighth position with 8-7 record. Zemgale/Juniors at the other side dropped to the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Ventspils Augstskola will have a break next round. Zemgale/Juniors will play against Gulbene (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151368


Livani - Ogres 81-83

A very close game took place in Livani between BS Ogre and Livani. Twelfth ranked BS Ogre (4-11) got a very close victory on the road over 10th ranked Livani (5-10). BS Ogre managed to escape with a 2-point win 83-81 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 83-81. BS Ogre moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Cesis. Loser Livani keeps the tenth position with ten games lost. BS Ogre will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Livani will play against Cesis (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 151369


Barons/Keizar. - Valmiera U21 82-48

Third ranked Barons/Keizar. (13-2) crushed at home 14th ranked Valmiera U21 (3-12) by 34 points 82-48, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. Barons/Keizar. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Valmiera U21 to just 6 points in second quarter. Barons/Keizar. maintains third position with 13-2 record having just two points less than leader BK VEF. Valmiera U21 lost ninth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth place with 12 games lost. Barons/Keizar.'s supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Riga Ridzene.
gschID: 151370




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


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 9-0
 2. Al Riyadi 7-1
 3. Anibal 6-4
 4. Sagesse 4-5
 5. Moutahed 4-5
 6. Byblos 4-5
 7. Bejjeh 3-6
 8. Hoops 3-7
 9. Antranik 1-8
 10. Chabab 0-0


The winning streak continues for Champville (9-0) - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
Round 10 saw another 2 games, one in Tripoli and another in Jounieh . In Tripoli Moutahed made some changes in the coaching staff by replacing coach Paul Coughter with Guermio Vechio they hosted Antranik who is desperate to win some games in order to have better its record , the home team had the advantage throughout the game and was leading all the time as much as 10 points despite the comebacks made by Antranik players who were reducing the score but in the last 3 minutes when it was obvious nothing will change Antranik players lost their concentration and Moutahed cruised in the end to a big and deserving important win on the score of 97-80.
Moutahed Players had a good perfoemance , Kibwe Trim finished the game with 24 points , 9 rebounds , Austin Johnson and Bassel Bawji finished with 23 points as for Mohamad Akarry he had 16 points in the game , on the other side Shelton Colwell finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds as for Derrick Tarver he was the leading scorer in the game with 28 points.

In the other game in Jounieh, Bejjeh welcomed Champville who was missing Sam Hoskin , the game was expected to be a close one due that Champvill was missing a very important key player , The First half saw the two teams exchanging baskets and keeping the game a close one with a small advantage for the Leader of the Lebanese League who finished the first half leading by 1 points 37-36. In the 3rd quarter the same tempo continued but this time Bejjeh managed to take the lead by 8 points but not for a long time because Champville players regrouped under the leadership of Fadi Khatib ( who finished with 43 points in the game ) and made a big 4th quarter which secured them the needed win that secured the 3 points in the standings, Champville won the game on the score 80-73. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) led all scorers with a hug performance with 43 points and Guarnette Thompson finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds m as for the Home Team Bejjeh they were led by Harodl Jamisson with 21 points and 20 rebounds.



Lebanese Championship Back in Action - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Championship is back in action after a break for one month for the Arab Championship which was held in Qatar. In the first game of the second leg Sagesse played against Byblos , Sagesse made some changes its roster by adding 2 new foreign players , the well known Nate Johnson who moved from the Long Time rival Al Riyadi and Brandon Crump who have a big experience in the Far East Leagues, The game saw one side dominance , Sagesse imposed its rhythm throughout the 40 minutes of the game and managed to secure a very easy and important game after the disappointing first leg. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) helped his teammates to be more involved in the game which reflected positively on their performance and made Sabah Khouri score a season high with 40 points. Nate Finished with 20 points in the game. The game saw a big blow for Byblos with big loss , Chudney Gray was injured and he will be sidelined for 1 month. Desmond Penigar was Byblos Best Scorer with 29 points. Sagesse won the game on the score of 103-81.

In the second game of the round Anibal hosted Hoops in Zahle, the two teams met in the first leg and Hoops managed to win the first game , this game especially in the first half saw a different Anibal Team who dominated all the first 2 quarters , and had comfortable lead at the half on the score of 48-30. The 2nd half saw a big comeback from Hoops who reduced the difference to 1 point in the 4th quarter through Their new signing Vernon Hamilton who finished the game as best scorer with 28 points. The game was very crucial in its last minutes but the big experience of Anibal players didnt allow Hoops to repeat their first round achievement , Anibal Won the game on he score of 87-81. Nbudy Ebi led Anibal with 23points and 9rebounds, followed by Jasmon Youngblood with 21 points. Ogushi Chamberlain from Hoops finished the game with 27points.




23rd Dubai International Basketball Tournament - by Rabih Khoury
Dubai International Tournament which will be held in Al Ahli Dubai court in Dubai from the period between the 12th of January until the 21st.
So far 10 teams are participating in this tournament. (Changes are possible until last minute)
Egypt: Al Gezira - Al Ittihad Alexandria
Syria: Al Jalaa Aleppo
UAE: UAE NT- Al Ahli Dubai
Kazakhstan: BK Almaty Alma-Ata
Iran: Zob Ahan Esfahan
Lebanon: Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut-Anibal Zahle-Hoops Club.
The schedule will be announced soon.


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  LITHUANIA   


LKL: Lietuvos Rytas did not have much trouble with Sakalai - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Lietuvos rytas Vilnius - Sakalai Vilnius 106:65

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius has achieved a second easy victory in two days in the BEKO-LKL championship. This time they took care of Sakalai Vilnius 106:65 (26:27, 34:12, 27:15, 19:11).

Sakalai Vilnius only resisted for one quarter, winning the first 10 minutes 27:26. However, the hosts Lietuvos rytas Vilnius spurted 20:1 in the second quarter and developed an 18 point lead (46:28). Second half of the match followed the same path and Lietuvos rytas Vilnius only extended their lead winning the match by a 41 point margin 106:65. All twelve registered players played and scored points for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.

Sakalai Vilnius played without several key players: Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91), Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) and Rolandas Matulis (199-C-73).

Lietuvos rytas Vilnius will play their next match at home on the 7th of January versus their main rival B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas.

Lietuvos rytas: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) 19, Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) 17, Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) 15, Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) 11.

Sakalai Vilnius: Laurynas Samenas (192-G-88) 20, Evaldas Baniulis (201-F-87, college: S.Carolina) 12, Arvydas Gydra (206-F-89) 9.


Sakalai lose Peciukevicius and Sirvydis - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Sakalai Vilnius lost their main point guard, Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) due to injury and shooting guard, Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) due to an ilness.

Peciukevicius injured his ankle in the training session and will not be able to play for about two weeks. He already missed last game versus Lietuvos rytas Vilnius and is doubtful for Sakalai Vilnius' next game on January 8th against KK Baltai Kaunas. Peciukevicius averages 5.2 assists per game in the BEKO-LKL and is second in this category in the league.

Guard Virginijus Sirvydis caught flu but he is expected to play from the beginning of January.


Sinica leaves Rudupis - by Adomas Kraunevicius
Forward Justinas Sinica (203-F-85) has left Rudupis Prienu before its LKF DnB Cup match versus Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys on January 4th due to the end of his contract.

Only 9 players attended the last Rudupis training session. However, Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) joined the team's training after a while.

According to the president of the club, Naglis Jarusevicius, the team is looking for new players after Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) and Povilas Butkevicius (203-F-87) left for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas. However, no agreements with players have been made yet.

Rudupis will renew their training sessions on the 2nd of January.


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Interview with Filip Barovic, KK Mornar and Montenegro B National Team center - by Darko Pekic
Filip Barovic (208-F/C-90) is one of the most talented big men in Montenegro. He is currently averaging 9.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg in Balkan League and is proving his enormous talent after a quiet year in Buducnost. Eurobasket.com interviewed Filip before the holidays and here is what he says about Mornar, Buducnost and his plans for the future:

Hello Filip, tell us something about your first steps in the world of basketball. Why did you choose to play basketball although football is considered to be the most popular sport in your city? Who was your first coach?

I wanted to play some sport when I was younger, and one of my friends from elementary school decided to enroll in Niksic basketball program. My first coaches were Peko Visnjic, Migo Kovac and Dusan Dubljevic who helped me a lot to develop my game

You have played in Division 1 for KK Ibon Niksic along with Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket), Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88), Radoje Djurkovic (198-C/F-87), Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88). It was a very talented generation but unfortunately due to financial reasons that generation did not play together long enough. Tell us more about that period of your life?

It was a great young squad, we played great together and I still think that we have just needed a little bit of luck to make the finals. I will remember Ibon forever and when I meet with my ex teammates off the court we always talk about that.

Good performances for Ibon opened the door of U18 Montenegro National Team for you. In 2008 you averaged 16 ppg and 5.3 rpg (European B Championship in Hungary). Some of your teammates in that generation were Bojan Dubljevic, current member of Senior National Team- Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90), Nemanja Radovic (206-F/C-91, agency: Beo Basket), Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) etc. Do you agree that you could have achieved more? The National Team of Montenegro finished the championship on 10th place

Our result was not realistic because we had a lot of problems with the injuries so we played together only a couple of games. But we were one of the best teams there, I am sure.

After the financial collapse of KK Ibon Niksic you decided to move to the giant from Podgorica, KK Buducnost. How it feels when a young player like you gets a call from such a notorious club? Have you ever thought about the possibility to blow that chance for some reason?

It always feels good whenever someone is interested in you, especially if we talk about the biggest club in the nation. However, I did not doubt in my skills and all I wanted was to prove myself in the new club.

Buducnost had a very young team that year. Nemanja Gordic (193-G-88) and Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) were the leaders. Your new team won another title and you got a chance to prove your talent on a higher level (10 games in Adriatic League). How important was that experience for you?

When you get a chance to play with some of the greates players in Adriatic League it makes you feel important and it boosts your confidence.

But after the good first season with Buducnost you struggled to make a step forward in Adriatic League and European championships the following year. Was it hard to live with all that pressure? We all know how important for a young player is to play as much as possible but you were a bench warmer..

I did not play because I had ancle problems. Any time I tried to get back in shape my ankles started creating problems and it unabled me to give my contribution to the team. I had 3 injuries in a very short period of time but when can I sayI happens..

During the last summer you played for Montenegro B National Team on China Tour. But unfortunate death of your teammate Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) made you all feel bad and put the great result in China (2nd place) in shadow. After six months is there anything else you wish to add, in honor of Ljubo?

It was horrible news for everybody, especially for us, his teammates. A great tragedy happened to a great guy.

Before the start of this season, Buducnost loaned you to Mornar. Did you have any expectations or you just wanted to play?

I needed desperately some playing time. It was all clear to me and I was ready for that. Mornar was a great solution and I think I did not make a mistake.

The season started great for you in Balkan League and Erste Basketball League. What do you think about your new coach Mihajlo Pavicevic and what do you expect from this season?

Every young player can learn a lot from him. We have a great collaboration. He was able to put together all the pieces of the puzzle and I think we have a good team so the fans can expect a lot of good stuff in the second part of the season.

What are your plans for the future? Do you want to go abroad or you wish to get another chance in Buducnost and prove your quality?

When I finish the season with Mornar I will go back to Buducnost because I have a year left in my contract with them. I hope will will find the best solution for both sides. If they decide to keep me I will play the next season in Podgorica.

Thank you Filip. Eurobasket. com Montenegro wishes you Happy Holidays and good luck in the rest of the season.

Thank you Eurobasket! Happy new Year!



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  NBA   


An Early Look at the NBA Rookie Challenge - by Julius Johnson
After the first few days of action, here is a look at the players making a case for a spot on the rookie roster of the NBA Rookie Challenge.
Mostly based on minutes played, our analysis also looks at depth by position.

PG - Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Norris Cole (Heat), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves)
SG - Jimmer Fredette (Kings), Kemba Walker (Hornets)
SF - Chris Singleton (Wizards), Derrick Williams (T-Wolves)
PF - Markieff Morris (Suns), Tristan Thompson (Cavs)
C - Gregory Stiemsma (Celtics), Enes Kanter (Jazz)

This class is guard heavy. Others to watch: Jeremy Pargo (Grizzlies), Brandon Knight (Pistons). Marshon Brooks (Nets).

Leaders:
Minutes Played - Ricky Rubio (26.8)
Scoring - Brandon Knight (16.0)
Rebounding - Enes Kanter (8.0)
Assists - Kyrie Irving (7.0)
Blocks - Gregory Stiemsma (6.0)
Efficiency - Markieff Morris, Kemba Walker


Bucks assign player to Mad Ants - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks assigned guard Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87, college: N.Mexico) to the Mad Ants, the Bucks NBA D-League affiliate.

A rookie, the 6-foot-7, 210-pound Hobson appeared in both regular season games for the Bucks, averaging 3.0 points and 2.5 assists. The Mountain Wests Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year in his only season at New Mexico in 2009-10 while averaging 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists per game.

Drafted by the Bucks with the 37th overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft, Hobson sat out the 2010-11 season after undergoing surgery to repair both of his hips. He was re-signed by the Bucks on Dec. 10 and appeared in both of Milwaukees preseason games, averaging 3.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.0 minutes per game. Hobson has not appeared in a regular season game for the Bucks.

Courtesy of www.journalgazette.net


Pacers outlast Cavs in OT 98-91 - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS, IND---The Pacers looked to continue their hot start to the season and keep the number one pick Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers from getting a win on their home floor.

It took an extra period but in the end they were able to get it done.

The Pacers outlasted the Cavs 98-91 in OT as Danny Granger led all scorers with 22 points and he hit some big shots late in the game. Roy Hibbert (17 points and 13 rebounds), David West (14 points and 10 rebounds) and Tyler Hansbrough (11 points and 12 rebounds) each had double-doubles.

Irving led the way for the Cavs with 20 points and very nearly helped them pull out the win.

Both teams got off to nice starts with the Cavs shooting 50 percent from the field and Pacers close behind at 48 percent. The Pacers biggest asset throughout the first two games was their ability to outrebound the opposition but the Cavs have tall and athletic players who were quick enough to steal some rebounds from the bigger, stronger Pacer front court players. Still, the Pacers led on the boards 12-10 and Irving led all players with eight points to give the Cavs a 24-22 edge at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter was more of the same as neither team could put together a run to create separation. George Hill got off to his best start so far this season with 10 points on 4-of-7 shooting. Tyler Hansbrough nearly recorded a double-double for the half with seven points and seven rebounds.

Each team scored 23 points and ended the quarter with the same two point margin as the first with the Cavs ahead, 47-45 at halftime.

The Pacers came out of intermission on a mission to pull away. Granger and Hibbert led the way during a 10-0 run to make it 57-45. The run was finally stopped when Anthony Parker hit a cutting Anderson Varejao for a basket and the foul. Once again the Cavs refused to fold. Irving continued to attack and earn trips to foul line or find teammates.

With just over two minutes left in the quarter the crowd exploded when Hibbert met Tristan Thompson at the rim to reject his dunk attempt and Collison scooped up the ball and raced down court for a layup. The Pacers went int0 the fourth quarter ahead 70-61.

The resilient Cavs would not pack it in. Irving, Antawn Jamison and Varejao led a comeback with the help of Alonzo Gee. They played scrappy defense and contested the Pacers shots in the paint and the Pacers missed wide open jumpers. On the other end, the Cavs continued to get to the rim and grab offensive rebounds and get to the foul line.

Irving tied the game at 80-80 with a driving layup between two defenders with 2:30 left. David West got fouled on the next possession and knocked down two free-throws to make it 82-80. A couple of possessions later Irving aggressively drove to the rim and drew the foul but only made 1-of-2 free-throws to make it 82-81 Pacers. Irving then forced Hill into a turnover but then he missed the shot that would have put the Cavs ahead.

With 42.1 seconds left in the game the referees went to the instant replay to review which team would have possession after a loose ball. It was ruled Cavs ball with a chance to take the lead. Parker drilled a three-pointer to give them the lead at 84-82 and the Pacers came down court with no timeouts left. Hill passed it to West who seemed to lose the handle on the ball before regaining it and knocking down a runner to tie it up. 4.4 seconds left.

Im pretty comfortable in that situation Im going to get exactly what I want and get us a good shot, West said. Miss or make, Im just comfortable in those situations that I can make the play.

Out of the timeout Irving put together a series of moves to get free for the potential game-winning layup but it rimmed out sending the game to overtime.

In the extra session Granger started things off with a short jumper to make it 86-84. Parker drilled a three as the shot clock buzzer sounded to give the Cavs the lead at 87-86. Then West hit another shot to give the Pacers the edge at 88-87. Granger hit another tough layup to make it 90-87 then West blocked Jamisons three-point attempt.

Granger followed that up with a big three of his own to make it 93-87 and bringing the crowd to their feet. After the game he spoke about stepping up in crucial moments.

I hadnt been shooting well for the game but once the pressure is on I feel a little better about it and I have been able to make them, Granger said.

After each team hit some free-throws and layups the Pacers were able to pull away with the win, 98-91.

In overtime that was our moment, West said. We stayed poised and made the plays that we needed to make.



Thursday's games (6): Kobe Bryant masterfully guides Lakers past Knicks - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - New York K. 99-82
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 28 points in yet another dynamic performance against the Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers pulled away in the fourth quarter for their ninth straight victory over New York, 99-82 Thursday night. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 16 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the Lakers, who have won two straight after a 0-2 start to the compressed season. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored 27 points in his first showdown with Bryant since joining the Knicks, and Amare Stoudemire had 15 points on 4-for-17 shooting as New York again struggled down the stretch in the middle stop of a three-game West Coast road trip. Steve Blake scored 11 points and hit two big 3-pointers while the Lakers opened the fourth quarter with a 17-3 run, taking a 22-point lead and forcing the Knicks to miss nine of their first 10 shots while committing seven turnovers. Bryant didn't even need to score in the fourth quarter, contributing three assists as Los Angeles roared away. The Lakers have dominated this rivalry between the signature teams from the nation's two largest cities in recent years, winning every meeting since February 2007 with Bryant averaging more than 34 points per game. Tyson Chandler had 13 points and 11 rebounds in his hometown for the Knicks, whose nine-game skid against the Lakers is their longest current stretch against any opponent. New York opened the season with a gritty win over Boston on Christmas Day, but lost to Golden State on Wednesday. The Knicks' frustration showed in technical fouls for each of their Big Three, who incessantly argued calls despite New York's 41-22 free throw advantage. Josh McRoberts scored 10 points for the Lakers, who made 23 of their 32 shots before halftime for their highest shooting percentage in one half in nearly 13 years. New York pulled within eight points heading into the fourth quarter, but then committed five turnovers in the next 2 minutes as reserves Blake and Matt Barnes led the Lakers' runaway. Although Bryant is playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist that requires a brace whenever he isn't playing, the 13-time All-Star's latest injury is doing little to slow him. He has scored at least 25 points in each of the Lakers' games so far, and he shredded the Knicks' spotty defense. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

Sacramento K. - Chicago B. 98-108
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 19 points and eight assists and the Chicago Bulls earned a 108-98 victory over the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. The Bulls ran off 15 straight points early in the game and never trailed again in defeating the youthful Kings, the NBA's youngest team. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the Bulls (2-1). Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) also had 16 points, while reserve Ronnie Brewer led a productive Chicago bench with 12 points. Luol Deng also scored 12 points. Marcus Thornton had 20 points and Tyreke Evans had 19 for Sacramento (1-2). DeMarcus Cousins, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie Jimmer Fredette scored 14 points and John Salmons had 12. Trailing by 12 points, Fredette hit a 3-pointer and Evans followed with an uncontested dunk, cutting the Chicago lead to seven with 2:53 left. But the Kings could never get closer than that against the veteran Bulls, who made free throws in the closing minutes to secure the win. Rose was in foul trouble in the second half and picked up his fifth at the 7:46 mark in the fourth quarter after fouling Fredette. Joakim Noah followed him to the bench with his fifth less than a minute later with Chicago ahead 96-86. Foul trouble sidelined both Noah and Rose in the third quarter as well. Noah picked up his fourth foul at the 8:01 mark and several minutes later Rose walked slowly to the bench after also getting his fourth foul. But with two of their stars on the bench, the Bulls were still able to stretch their lead to 85-75 heading into the fourth quarter behind the scoring of backup point guard C.J. Watson and the veteran Boozer. Urged by coach Tim Thibodeau to play at a faster pace, the Bulls were on the run early, scoring 15 fast-break points in the first 16 minutes. Chicago had a number of fast-break layups in the opening half when it led 60-53. Rose had 11 points and five assists for the Bulls, while Thornton had 11 points for the Kings. The Bulls open the season with four straight road games, the final one coming Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season, the Bulls led the NBA in opponents' shooting percentage, and were the second-best team in terms of points allowed. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Houston R. - San Antonio S. 105-85
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, college: W.Carolina) scored 25 points, Luis Scola (6'9''-F/C-80) added 18 and Kyle Lowry had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists to lead the Houston Rockets to a 105-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night. The Rockets took advantage of the Spurs' poor shooting at the start and built a big lead. First-year Houston coach Kevin McHale was able to rest his starters in the fourth quarter, with his team playing the first of three games on consecutive nights. DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for San Antonio, which shot 38 percent (35 of 93) and went 2 for 17 from 3-point range. Tim Duncan went 1for 8 from the field and scored four points and Richard Jefferson went 2 for 10 and had only five points for the Spurs. Scola scored eight of Houston's first 10 points, prompting Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to call an early timeout. Martin sank his first 3-pointer of the season after going 0 for 6 from long range in the opening loss to Orlando and the Rockets led 13-4. The Spurs missed nine of their first 10 shots, but rallied to cut their deficit to 23-18 by the end of the first quarter. Martin stayed hot in the second quarter, hitting another 3 to help the Rockets rebuild the lead. San Antonio, meanwhile, hit another drought, missing 15 of its first 17 shots in the second quarter. Houston led 53-35 at the break. Martin sank three 3-pointers and scored 20 points in the half, only two points shy of the total for the Spurs' entire starting lineup. Martin swished a 3-pointer in the first 45 seconds of the third quarter to stretch the lead past 20 points for the first time. Parker and Ginobili started driving inside and San Antonio started to rally, climbing to within 12 on Blair's putback near the midpoint of the quarter. Martin hit another long jumper and Lowry sank a 3 as the Rockets regained control and built the lead to 78-59 by the start of the fourth. A lineup of all reserves maintained the comfortable lead for Houston early in the final quarter, as the Spurs continued to sputter on offense. The outcome decided, Popovich had all his starters except Richard Jefferson on the bench with 4:20 left. Samuel Dalembert, acquired by Houston on Monday, blocked four shots and scored four points in 21 minutes of action. The 6-foot-11 Dalembert, a much-needed presence inside, had 10 points and five rebounds in Houston's opener. Manu Ginobili, who had 24 points in each of the Spurs' first two games, scored only eight points in Houston. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Portland TB - Denver N. 111-102
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) had 25 points, including five 3-pointers in the second half, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 111-102 on Thursday night to stay undefeated after three games this season. Raymond Felton (6'5''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points, including a 3-pointer with 1:45 left as the Blazers pulled away from the Nuggets, who knotted the game at 98 midway through the fourth quarter. Portland, which opened the season with wins over Philadelphia and Sacramento, led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but the team was plagued by 25 turnovers. Ty Lawson had 25 points and eight steals for the Nuggets, who dropped their first game of the season. Denver was coming off a 117-100 victory over Utah on Wednesday night. The two teams traded point guards on NBA draft night in June. The Blazers got Felton, now a starter, while the Nuggets got Andre Miller, who backs up Lawson. The Nuggets also have former Blazer Rudy Fernandez on their roster. The Spanish shooter was traded to Dallas on draft night, then sent to Denver in a deal earlier this month. Nuggets coach George Karl noted Denver's' many connections with the Blazers, including his own friendship with Portland coach Nate McMillan. ' Your enemies motivate you,' Karl said. 'But your friends really motivate you.' Felton hugged Karl on the court just before the game started, and Miller was greeted with hearty applause when he came into the game midway through the first quarter. The Blazers jumped out to a 30-17 lead in the first quarter after Nicolas Batum's pass to Kurt Thomas for the layup under the basket. The 13-point lead came despite eight turnovers in the opening period. Denver closed to 44-41 on Danilo Gallinari's dunk with just over four minutes to go before the break. Al Harrington hit a driving layup to pull the Nuggets even at 53 at halftime. Lawson pulled the Nuggets in front 57-55 early in the second half, but Matthews made four three pointers and the Blazers went back up 69-63 midway through the third quarter. The Blazers clung to the lead until former teammate Fernandez made a layup and a 3-pointer to tie it at 84 early in the fourth. After Lawson hit a 3-pointer to make it 98-all midway through the final period, Jamal Crawford hit a free throw - for his 14th point of the quarter - and Matthews sunk a jumper and a 3-pointer to give Portland an 104-98 lead. Arron Afflalo made a pair of free throws to narrow it for Denver, but following some sloppy play by both sides Felton hit his 3-pointer to give the Blazers a 107-100 lead with 1:45 left. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Orlando M. - New Jersey N. 94-78
The New Jersey Nets are one of three teams the Magic gave superstar Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) permission to talk to about potential trades earlier this month. It's safe to say the Nets wish they had the Orlando center on their side Thursday night. Howard scored 16 points, grabbed 24 rebounds and blocked three shots and the Magic defeated the Nets 94-78 in front of a sellout crowd of 18,954. Ryan Anderson (6'10''-F-88, college: California) led the Magic with 22 points, while Jason Richardson added 16 points and JJ Redick had 15. 'I like the way we're heading right now,' Howard said after notching his 49th career 20-rebound game. 'We're doing all the right things on defense -- we're making mistakes here and there, but we'll get it right -- and our effort has been great.' It was a dominant performance from Howard -- who neared his career high of 26 rebounds and helped hold the Nets to 44.8 percent from inside the paint -- in a game against the team he's been heavily linked to in trade rumors since the NBA lockout ended. The two teams reportedly were close to a three-team deal that would've sent Howard to New Jersey a couple weeks ago, but Orlando backed out while holding out hope that Howard might stick around long term. And with trade talks stalled, New Jersey has maneuvered its payroll to make room for Howard, along with current star Deron Williams, next summer. But Orlando players say the off-court drama wasn't on their minds. 'He did a great job approaching it just like any other game, and everyone on the team did the same thing,' said Magic guard Jason Richardson, who scored 15 of his16 points in the first half. 'We didn't really worry about what's going on with him.' Howard is intent on taking care of business. 'My focus is on what the Magic have to do to get better,' he said. Rookie forward MarShon Brooks finished with 17 points off the bench for New Jersey, helping make up for the struggles of Williams, who scored just 10 points on 2-of-12 shooting. 'It is definitely frustrating,' said Williams, who shot 3 for 11 in the Nets' loss to Atlanta on Tuesday. 'I am not playing well right now and the team is not playing too well right now. It is not time to panic. We are going to have a little bit of struggles just because everybody is learning.' The Magic jumped out to a 20-point lead early in the second quarter, but 14-3 run just before halftime -- including eight points from Brooks -- cut the Magic's lead to six points heading into the break. But Orlando's suffocating defense prevented the Nets, who scored only 34 points in the second half, from making a serious run. New Jersey cut Orlando's lead to seven points in the fourth quarter, but a balanced Magic scoring attack led by Hedo Turkoglu put the win away. Turkoglu finished with 11 points, seven assists and six boards. 'In the second half we came back with a good frame of mind and didn't go on a big run, but we were pretty consistent throughout the entire second half,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'If we'd been able to make free throws then we could have really opened it up.' *Courtesy of www.newsday.com

Oklah.City T. - Dallas M. 104-102
Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 30 points and hit a 3-pointer at the final buzzer to lift the Thunder to a 104-102 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday in a rematch of last season's NBA Western Conference finals. The Thunder let Dallas wipe away a five-point deficit in the final 46 seconds to go ahead on Vince Carter's 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining. That was just enough time for Oklahoma City to get the ball to Durant, who drilled a 3 from the right wing that improved his team to 4-0. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 29 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Mavericks, whose title defense is off to an 0-3 start. *Courtesy of www.philstar.com




Memphis Grizzlies waive Brian Skinner - by Eurobasket News
The Memphis Grizzlies waived forward/center Brian Skinner (6'10''-F-76, college: Baylor), Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced Thursday.

Skinner (6-9, 255) originally signed with Memphis on Dec. 10. He appeared in one regular season game with the Grizzlies, logging four minutes on Dec. 26 at San Antonio.

The 35-year-old Baylor product holds career averages of 4.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 608 games (197 starts) over 14 NBA seasons. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Suns sign guard Michael Redd to one-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The 32-year-old has been plagued by knee injuries for the last three seasons and played in only 10 games in 2010-11.

Michael Redd (6'6''-G-79, college: Ohio St.) joined the Phoenix Suns in a bid to revive a career derailed by injury.

The 6-foot-6, 32-year-old guard signed a one-year deal for the veterans' minimum of about $1.3 million.

Redd left the Milwaukee Bucks at the end of last season, the final year of a six-year, $91-million contract. Injuries to his left knee cost Redd most of the last three seasons. He played in 33 games in 2008-09, 18 games in 2009-10 and 10 games in 2010-11.

'We came out and worked out on Tuesday,' Redd said after the Suns practiced Thursday. 'It went well. They wanted to see how I moved, if I still had some juice in the tank. I came out and performed and yesterday we made it happen.'

He averaged 20 points in 11 seasons, all with the Bucks. A 38% shooter from three-point range for his career, Redd's best season came in 2006-07, when he averaged 26.7 points per game.

'I want to play at the elite level that I'm accustomed to playing at,' he said. 'I asked all the doctors after this last surgery, 'Can I play at the level that I'm accustomed to playing at?' and they said, 'Yeah,' so that's the goal for me.'

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Michael Jordan engaged to model girlfriend - by Eurobasket News
Michael Jordan (6'7''-F-63, college: N.Carolina) is engaged to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto, a Cuban-American model he's been dating for three years.

Publicist Estee Portnoy confirmed the news Thursday, first reported by television station WCNC in Charlotte.

The Charlotte Bobcats owner got engaged over the Christmas weekend. No wedding date has been set.

Jordan, an NBA Hall of Famer who won six titles with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, is 48. Prieto is 32.

This will be Jordan's second marriage. He married Juanita Vanoy in September 1989, and they divorced in 2006. They have two sons, Jeffrey Michael and Marcus James, and a daughter, Jasmine.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 LeBron JAMES
  Miami Heat
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 32.7
 1. James, Miami Heat32.7 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.31.3 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers27.8 
 4. Love, Minnesota T.26.5 
 5. Anthony, New Y.25.7 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.25.0 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.3 
 8. Jennings, Milwauke.23.0 
 9. Lawson, Denver N.22.3 
 10. Rondo, Boston C.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Love, Minnesota T.16.0 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.15.3 
 3. Diaw, Charlotte B.13.5 
 4. Hawes, Philadelph..12.5 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.12.0 
 6. Johnson, Toronto11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.3 
 8. Cousins, Sacramen.11.3 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.11.0 
 10. Humphries, New J.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.10.3 
 2. Lowry, Houston R.10.0 
 3. Jack, N.Orleans H.9.0 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.0 
 5. Calderon, Toron.8.5 
 6. Collison, Indiana8.5 
 7. Diaw, Charlotte B.8.5 
 8. Miller, Denver N.8.3 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.7.7 
 10. Augustin, Charlot.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 James JOHNSON
  Toronto R.
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Johnson, Toronto4.0 
 2. Lawson, Denver N.4.0 
 3. Curry, Golde S.4.0 
 4. Wall, Washington W.3.0 
 5. Chalmers, Miami He.3.0 
 6. West, Dallas M.2.7 
 7. Granger, Indiana P.2.5 
 8. James, Miami Heat2.3 
 9. Kidd, Dallas M.2.3 
 10. Harrington, Denve.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Boston C.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Stiemsma, Boston6.0 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers5.5 
 3. Dalembert, Houst.3.5 
 4. Okafor, N.Orlean.3.5 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.7 
 6. Chandler, New Y.2.7 
 7. Johnson, Toronto2.5 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers2.5 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat2.3 
 10. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Philadelph.76 1-1 
 2. Toronto R. 1-1 
 3. New Jersey N. 1-2 
 4. New York K. 1-2 
 5. Boston C. 0-3 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 2-0 
 2. Chicago B. 2-1 
 3. Cleveland C. 1-1 
 4. Milwaukee B. 1-1 
 5. Detroit P. 0-2 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 3-0 
 2. Atlanta H. 2-0 
 3. Orlando M. 2-1 
 4. Charlotte B. 1-1 
 5. Washington W. 0-2 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Oklah.City T. 4-0 
 2. Portland TB 3-0 
 3. Denver N. 2-1 
 4. Minnesota T. 0-2 
 5. Utah Jazz 0-2 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golde State W. 2-1 
 2. LA Lakers 2-2 
 3. LA Clippers 1-1 
 4. Sacramento K. 1-2 
 5. Phoenix Suns 0-2 
Southwest Div.
 1. N.Orleans H. 2-0 
 2. San Antonio S. 2-1 
 3. Houston R. 1-1 
 4. Memphis G. 0-2 
 5. Dallas M. 0-3 


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Rochester RazorSharks sign player - by Eurobasket News
The Rochester RazorSharks have signed 6-foot-8 forward Aaron Williams (6'8''-C/F-83, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) for the 2012 season. Williams played for the RazorSharks in the 2009 season, averaging more than 11 points per game.

Since playing with the RazorSharks in 2009, Williams has played for Uruguay, Holland, Venezuela and Argentina. He played in college at West Chester University. Rochester opens the season at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester Community War Memorial at 7:05 p.m. Saturday against Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

Courtesy of www.democratandchronicle.com


Latest games - by Eurobasket News
St.John M.R. - London L. 93-104
Despite a gutsy effort the Saint John Mill Rats suffered a sour 104-93 defeat at the hands of the London Lightning at Harbour Station Thursday night in front of an electric crowd of 2,564. With the loss the Mill Rats fall to 8-9 in National Basketball League of Canada standings and the first place London Lightning improve to 13-4. After enduring several double-digit deficits, the Mill Rats came out strong early in the fourth. Steve DeLuca nailed a clutch three to cut London's lead to just four, 93-89. But, like most of the game, London came storming back with a late charge to take control of the game, proving why it's the top team in the league. Saint John's Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts), who's second in the league in scoring, played a terrific game, pouring in a game-high 31 points. The Lightning's Gabe Freeman (6'6''-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) and Rodney Buford led their team in scoring with 20 points. Jaren Jackson appeared furious on the sidelines throughout the game and was assessed a technical foul after lashing out at officials late in the fourth quarter. 'It was tough to see,' said Jackson. 'Our guys were playing aggressive, driving hard to the basket. I was proud of how are secondary scorers came out and played a really strong game. But we have to focus on Saturday.' Making his Mill Rats' debut, former Kennebecasis High School Crusader standout Drew Stratton entered the game early in the third quarter to rousing cheers. Though he played solid defensively, grabbing one rebound, the six-foot-eight forward failed to register a point in four minutes of play. He said he was happy with his performance. 'It will take a while for me to adjust to the league,' he said. 'It's too bad we couldn't get the win. But I'm going to look at the tape and I'm sure I'll keep improving.' The Mill Rats started the game explosively. On the opening play, Kevin Francis capped a picture-perfect fast break with a an explosive dunk followed up by another beautiful put back dunk just minutes later. Thanks two consecutive threes by Antonio Burks and Anderson brought the score 28-24 at the end of the first quarter. The Mill Rats refused to go away clawing their way back time and time again. London proved up to the challenge, exposing a Saint John team that on this night demonstrated a weak inside presence. The Lightning's DeAnthony Bowden (6'1''-G-80, college: Creighton) proved to be a one-man wrecking show early on, racking up four threes in the opening six minutes of the game and ending the first half with a game-high 16 points. In the second quarter the Lightning went on a 17-5 run to make the score 56-40. The Mill Rats ultimately couldn't recover. Saint John will visit the Summerside Storm on Saturday at 7 p.m. *Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com

Oshawa P. - Moncton M. 94-71
Durham's team the Oshawa Power got a much needed win and put an end to a six-game losing streak with a 94-71 win over the Moncton Miracles. The Power took a 42-33 halftime lead into the locker room, but unlike their previous six games they began the third quarter with more energy and effort feeding off of the great crowd at the General Motors Centre. Using a 9-2 run to begin the half, they never looked back from there taking a 23 point victory in Interim Head Coach Robert Brickey's debut. 'It's a great feeling' said Brickey after his first win. 'I'm happy for the guys, it was good to see them share the ball and have fun while playing. I was happy for the fans, because they got an entertaining game.' The Power held Moncton to a 39% field goal performance with stingy defense led by Canadians Paul Campbell and David Collins who combined for 5 of the Power's 12 blocked shots. Number one overall draft pick Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) led all scorers with 20 points, and Akeem Wright (6'6''-G-84, college: Kansas St.) added 17 in the win. Andrew Francis led the Miracles with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, Sylvania Watkins added 13 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. The Power will have little time to celebrate the win as they host the red hot Quebec Kebs Friday December 30. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. at the General Motors Centre. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Quebec K. - London L. 94-79
Santa brought the London Lightning a first place standing a third of the way in to the NBL Canada season, but the Lightning should have realized that the Kebs were thinking 'new year' heading into their matchup. A 94-79 loss was not the way that the Lightning wanted to begin their post - Christmas road trip in front of the fans in Quebec. 'We didn't play well and we didn't shoot the ball well,' explained Coach Michael Ray Richardson on his teams performance. 'The five days off really hurt us this game. It was one of those games. We played pretty good early but we couldn't get over the hump.' In sticking to his usual formula for success, Richardson went very deep into his bench as all 12 players saw action in the game. Gabe Freeman posted a double double (10 points, 13 boards); however, Quebec distributed the ball more efficiently and outrebounded the Lightning by 19. Ralphy Holmes led the winners with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The Lightning now travel to Saint John for a Thursday night game, tipping off at 7:00pm. They return home to take on Moncton for the first game in the New year, January 1st, at 2:00pm. Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Quebec K. - Summerside S. 92-100
The Summerside Storm is right back in the hunt for a playoff spot in the National Basketball League of Canada. The visiting Storm defeated the Quebec Kebs 100-92 on Wednesday afternoon for their second win in a row after losing seven straight. Both of the Storms recent wins have come on the road, including a 101-100 win in Oshawa on Dec. 22. It was a really big win for us, said Storm head coach Joe Salerno in a phone interview. Quebec is a tough team, they are one of the top two or three teams in the league. For us to come in here on their home floor and get a win, its big for us confidence-wise and our morale. The Storm improved to 7-10 (won-lost) while the Kebs fell to 13-7. Top scorers At the Universit de Laval, Mike Williams (6'7''-F-85, college: Cincinnati) led the Storm with 19 points, Louie McCroskey (6'5''-G-85, college: Marist) added 18 and Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Sout) chipped in with 14 coming off the bench. Troy Jackson (6'4''-F-84, college: Alcorn St.) (12), Stephen McDowell (10), Al Stewart (9) and Xavier Hansbro (9) were the other top scorers for the Storm, who led 56-48 at halftime. We almost had seven guys in double figures, said Salerno. It was a total team effort. Hansbro was a key contributor in the win, noted Salerno. They call him the X Factor, but I thought Xavier Hansbro really was the X Factor today (Wednesday), added Salerno. He didnt shoot the ball well (4-for-14 in field-goal attempts), but he came up with some huge rebounds late. He had 12 boards (including seven defensive rebounds), and was a really huge part of this win. Ralphy Holmes (6'4''-G-79, college: CS Fullerton) poured in a game-high 25 points for the Kebs, who received 22 points from Royce Parran (5'9''-G-85, college: Chicago St.) and 20 from Jermaine Blackburn. New Years Eve game The Storm will host the Saint Mill Rats (8-8) in an important New Years Eve game on Saturday at EastLink Arena. Game time is 7 p.m. The Storm is chasing the Mill Rats for the fourth and final playoff spot. If the Mill Rats lose to first-place London (12-4) on Thursday and the Storm is victorious Saturday, the teams will be tied. In Oshawa, we all said we dug ourselves a hole and our playoff push has to start right now, said Salerno. Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 13-4 
 2. Quebec K. 13-7 
 3. Halifax R. 10-4 
 4. St.John M.R. 8-9 
 5. Summerside S. 7-10 
 6. Oshawa P. 7-13 
 7. Moncton M. 2-13 


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No. 14 Marquette blown out by Vanderbilt 74-57 - by Eurobasket News
When nothing works the way it's supposed to, Marquette coach Buzz Williams doesn't see many solutions beyond simply getting up the next day and going back to work.

After watching his 14th-ranked Golden Eagles get steamrolled 74-57 at home by Vanderbilt on Thursday night, Williams was ready to move on right away to Big East play.

'I don't know what to do when the bottom falls out of it, other than to wake up and go right back to work,' Williams said. 'The bottom fell out. We tried multiple things, multiple people, multiple everything - and nothing seemed to work.'

Jae Crowder (6'6''-F) scored 16 points on 4-of-13 shooting for the Golden Eagles (11-2), who shot a season-low 32.2 percent from the field.

'We were too reliant on making shots, in hopes that that would increase our energy and emotion, and it doesn't work that way,' Williams said. 'Not within how we're built. So we got exactly what we deserved.'

Marquette has lost two of its past three after starting the season 10-0. The Golden Eagles dropped their first game this season at LSU on Dec. 19 and shot 36.2 percent in that game, its previous season low. The Golden Eagles rebounded with a victory over in-city rival Wisconsin-Milwaukee a week ago.

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings couldn't believe his team was making things so difficult for the Golden Eagles during a dominant first half.

'I was sure that I was like in a mirage or something, just seeing things,' Stallings said. 'I tried to stop looking.'

Jeffery Taylor (6'7''-F-89) scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for the Commodores (9-4). John Jenkins (6'4''-G-91) added 14 points, and Lance Goulbourne (6'8''-F-89) had 13 points and 16 rebounds as Vanderbilt beat a ranked team for the first time this season.

Stallings said Marquette seemed to miss center Chris Otule, who is out indefinitely after injuring his left anterior cruciate ligament earlier this month.

Marquette big man Davante Gardner (6'8''-F) got in foul trouble early and Vanderbilt made the most of it.

'With Otule being out, they've been able to have success,' Stallings said. 'But then all of a sudden we get a couple of quick fouls on Gardner, the complexion of the game just changes completely.'

But with no timetable for Otule's return, Williams said the Golden Eagles have to learn how to win without him.

'If Chris comes back, it's a long time from now,' Williams said. 'And so we need to continue to do all of the things that we've done since Chris has been hurt. Otherwise, we won't have success.'

Williams didn't think his team was rusty coming off a one-week break. But the Golden Eagles seemed a step slow on both ends of the floor, particularly on one defensive play early in the second half.

With Vanderbilt inbounding the ball from the baseline, Marquette somehow left Jenkins - Vanderbilt's leading scorer and best 3-point shooter - wide open from long range. He nailed the 3 to give the Commodores a commanding 55-32 lead with an agonizing 14:49 left in the game.

Things went poorly from the start for the Golden Eagles, who shot 1 for 16 from the field to start the game.

Marquette tried to get the ball to Crowder down low early on, but it wasn't working with several Vanderbilt defenders collapsing on him every time he touched the ball. Crowder started the game 0 for 7.

'We played a tremendous, tremendous defense,' Taylor said. 'I think that's the best defense we've played consistently all year. We made it tough on them. We did a lot to take away from their offense. We kind of messed them up a little bit, got them out of their rhythm.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Rutgers pulls off upset against No. 10 Florida Gators in double OT - by Eurobasket News
Freshman Eli Carter (6'2''-G) scored a career-high 31 points and hit the go-ahead basket in the second overtime as Rutgers rallied to stun No. 10 Florida 85-83 on Thursday night.

The Scarlet Knights (8-5) came back from a seven-point deficit late in regulation and Carter hit a late 3-pointer in the first overtime to put the Scarlet Knights in position for their biggest win since knocking off No. 9 Villanova at home last season.

Erving Walker (5'8''-G) had a chance to tie the game for the Gators (11-2) in the final seconds, but his off-balance attempt from the foul line hit off the rim. Scarlet Knights fans stormed the court to celebrate in a game billed as the return of former Rutgers star and current Gator Mike Rosario to Piscataway.

Dane Miller (6'6''-G/F-90) added 16 points, Myles Mack (5'9''-G) had 14 and Jerome Seagears 13 for Rutgers, which won its fourth straight game and snapped the Gators five-game winning streak.

Kenny Boynton (6'2''-G-89) matched his season high with 26 points for Florida. Bradley Beal (6'3''-G-93) added 15 and Erik Murphy had 14 points and eight rebounds for Florida, which was playing its first game at the loud and intimidating Rutgers Athletic Center.

Carter, whose previous high was 21 points, put the Scarlet Knights ahead for good at 80-78 with a shot in the lane. He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.

After Beal missed a drive on the left side and Boynton missed a 3-point attempt, Carter scored inside again for an 82-78 edge. Beal cut the Gators deficit to a point on a 3-pointer with 1:18 to go, but Mack came right back with a 3-pointer with 55 seconds left for an 85-81 lead.

A floater by Walker with 44.8 seconds left cut the margin to a basket and Florida got a final shot when Rutgers was called for a shot clock violation with 8.7 seconds left.

Rutgers knocked the ball out of bounds in the backcourt with 4.3 seconds left and Walker could not connect after taking the inbound pass and driving to the foul line for his final shot.

Rutgers forced the first overtime by rallying from a 7-point deficit in the final 2:48 of regulation and the came from three points down in the first overtime with Carter tying the game at 76 with a 3-pointer with 18.2 seconds to play.

Florida turned the ball over in the waning seconds and Macks 40-footer at the buzzer wasnt close.

The Scarlet Knights trailed 64-57 late in regulation before scoring the final seven points, aided by two Gators turnovers. Mack started the comeback with a 3-pointer, Carter scored in the lane and Miller tied the game with 45.7 seconds to go with a layup.

After Walkers drive down the lane with about 15 seconds left hit nothing, the Scarlet Knights blew a chance to win. Mack seemed to lose track of time and his off-balance shot never had a chance.

Florida had seemingly taken command when Boynton scored on a fast break after Murphy blocked a shot with Rutgers up 55-54. Then Boynton came back on the next possession to hit a 3-pointer for a 59-55 lead. The lead eventually grew to 64-57 on a three-point play by Boynton with 2:48 to play.

Rosario averaged 16.4 points in his first two seasons with the Scarlet Knights before transferring to Florida. He sat out last season and has been coming off the bench for the Gators. He scored five points in 14 minutes in his return and he was booed every time he touched the ball or cheered every time he missed a shot. During warm-ups there were chants of Rosario is a bum and Jersey hates you.

The only other cheers he got were when he missed a shot or when he was called along with Miller for a double technical foul with 54.7 second left in the half.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Fifth-ranked North Carolina beats Elon 100-62 - by Eurobasket News
Tyler Zeller (7'0''-F-90) had 19 points and 13 rebounds to help fifth-ranked North Carolina beat Elon 100-62 on Thursday night.

Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92) added 18 points for the Tar Heels (12-2), who blew the game open with a dominating 23-0 run midway through the first half. North Carolina led 53-19 by halftime then pushed the margin to as many as 50 points after the break.

North Carolina won its 25th straight game in the Smith Center to tie the record for its longest winning streak in the nearly 26-year-old campus arena. That home winning streak is tied for third-longest in program history.

Sebastian Koch (6'8''-G-91) scored 17 points for the Phoenix (7-5), who lost their third straight game and remained winless against ranked opponents since entering Division I competition a dozen years ago. Elon shot just 33 percent, including 7 for 28 from 3-point range.

North Carolina hadn't played since an easy win against Texas eight days ago, its last test before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play against Boston College next week. That matchup was one of the few in the current nine-game homestand in which the Tar Heels seemed focused from tipoff to buzzer after frequently looking disinterested against overmatched opponents.

The Tar Heels had some of those moments in this one, too, though it was hard to blame them for losing some focus after their huge run took all drama out of this one.

Leading 18-14, the Tar Heels ran off 23 straight points their biggest run since scoring 25 in a row against North Carolina State here almost four years ago. John Henson had two of his six first-half dunks in that run, while Kendall Marshall knocked down two 3-pointers during the spurt that gave North Carolina a 41-14 lead with 3:26 left in the half.

Elon missed 14 straight shots during that 8-minute drought, sending North Carolina to its largest halftime lead of the season. The Phoenix missed 31 of 39 shots in the opening half (21 percent), including 13 of 15 3-point tries that might have helped them hang around a bit longer.

The rest of the game allowed the Tar Heels to pump up their stats and throw down a few dunks to thrill the crowd. Zeller had a career high with nine offensive boards and matched his career best for total boards. Barnes had battled a stomach bug in recent days, but had 10 points in the first half and finished with a career-high five assists. Henson added 16 points and 11 rebounds nearly all coming before halftime as the Tar Heels shot 47 percent and finished with a 64-35 rebounding advantage.

North Carolina finished with its third 100-point performance of the season.

Officials had to stop the game with 3:01 left when a Tar Heels cheerleader fell to the court while being held in the air by her partner during a timeout. She was helped to her feet and off the court with an apparent left-leg injury.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com


No. 18 Michigan blows by Penn State, 71-53 - by Eurobasket News
And so is life on the road in the Big Ten. Penn State got smoked in their Big Ten opener at Crisler Arena in a game that was never really in doubt after the first 10 minutes. No one on PSU's roster could match up with Tim Hardaway Jr. (6'5''-G-92), who torched PSU for 26 points despite lacking a jump shot. Hardaway was just 1-7 from three, but he was unstoppable on the interior as he went 10-11 on his 2-point attempts.

Trey Burke (6'1''-G) had a remarkable debut for the Wolverines as well, drawing the defense and making plays. He finished with 13 points (7-7 from the foul line), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, and no turnovers. Evan Smotrycz (6'9''-F) got a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Michigan posted a 54.7% eFG%, while making 60% of their 2's.

There are going to be more games like this for Penn State, unfortunately, but it's important to not lose sight of the positives from these dismal contests. I was excited to see Jon Graham for the first time since last month. I love the energy Graham always seems to bring to the floor, and it showed up in the stat-sheet. Graham grabbed 6 rebounds in 14 minutes in his first action since the St. Joseph's game. Trey Lewis also made some really nice plays on offense. All three of his FGs came on strong, aggressive moves to the rim.
Tim Frazier (6'1''-G-90) paced PSU with 20 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds, but it seemed he lost trust in his teammates at times. While PSU went through their usual scoring droughts, Frazier seemed pressured into carrying the load himself. He again had five turnovers forcing the issue. Billy Oliver (6'8''-F) had more fouls than points or rebounds in 26 minutes. Billy has to provide more than that if this team is going to be competitive. It didn't help that Jermaine Marshall was in foul trouble all game long, picking up three offensive fouls on charges. This will seemingly be an issue with Jermaine until he grows out of it. He too often puts his head down and attacks the rim relentlessly. This has gotten him in trouble more times than not. Despite never getting into the flow of the game, he did finish strong with 9 points on 4 shots. Ross Travis played 18 minutes but wasn't productive. He's got a long ways to go on the defensive end.

Courtesy of www.blackshoediaries.com


Stats Leaders - NCAA1
Points Per Game
 Brandon RILEY
  S.Caroli.
  (187-G/F-)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Riley, S.Caroli.18.6 
 2. Gallo, Coppin St.18.3 
 3. Pellum, Hampton17.0 
 4. Clement, N.C.Cent.15.9 
 5. Sutton, N.C.Central15.9 
 6. Tate, Delaware St.15.4 
 7. Willis, N.C.Cent.14.9 
 8. O''Quinn, Norfolk14.6 
 9. Thompson, Morgan14.2 
 10. McEachin, Norfolk13.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle O''QUINN
  Norfolk .
  (208-F-90)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. O''Quinn, Norfolk10.1 
 2. Bruce, Hampton9.0 
 3. Thompson, Morgan8.6 
 4. Sutton, N.C.Central7.6 
 5. Oliver, Delaware S.7.5 
 6. Sanders, S.Caroli.7.1 
 7. Williams, Coppin S.6.9 
 8. Louis, Savannah S.6.8 
 9. Phillips, Howard6.8 
 10. Crowder, Florida6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Emanuel CHAPMAN
  N.C.Cent.
  (185-G-)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Chapman, N.C.Cent.6.8 
 2. Threatt, Delaware.4.8 
 3. Blackmon, Savanna.4.7 
 4. Tuitt, Hampton4.5 
 5. Gallo, Coppin St.3.9 
 6. Hill, N..3.8 
 7. Toombs, S.Caroli.3.6 
 8. Ellis, Coppin St.3.5 
 9. Woods, Md-E Shore3.5 
 10. Willis, N.C.Cent.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Delaware.
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Threatt, Delaware.2.8 
 2. Sutton, N.C.Central2.5 
 3. Jackson, Morgan S.2.0 
 4. Tolson, Hampton1.8 
 5. Willis, N.C.Cent.1.7 
 6. Powell, N.Car.1.7 
 7. Breeze, Beth.-Co.1.6 
 8. McEachin, Norfolk1.6 
 9. Tuitt, Hampton1.6 
 10. Woods, Md-E Shore1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kendall GRAY
  Delaware St.
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gray, Delaware St.3.4 
 2. O''Quinn, Norfolk2.9 
 3. Agbelese, Hampton2.1 
 4. Sanders, S.Caroli.2.0 
 5. Chiles, Morgan St.1.8 
 6. Crowder, Florida1.8 
 7. Oliver, Delaware S.1.7 
 8. Smith, Savannah.1.5 
 9. McEachin, Norfolk1.3 
 10. Thompson, Morgan1.3 


Top 25 - Men
TOP25 Standings
 1. Syracuse 1-0 (13-0) 
 2. Ohio St. 1-0 (13-1) 
 3. Kentucky 0-0 (12-1) 
 4. Louisville 0-1 (11-3) 
 5. N.Carolina 0-0 (11-0) 
 6. Baylor 0-0 (12-0) 
 7. Duke 0-0 (9-0) 
 8. Missouri 0-0 (12-0) 
 9. Connecticut 1-0 (11-1) 
 10. Florida 0-0 (9-3) 
 11. Wisconsin 1-0 (12-2) 
 12. Georgetown 1-0 (13-0) 
 13. Indiana 0-1 (12-1) 
 14. Marquette 0-0 (10-2) 
 15. Mississippi St. 0-0 (12-2) 
 16. Michigan St. 1-0 (13-2) 
 17. Kansas 0-0 (9-3) 
 18. Michigan 1-0 (12-2) 
 19. UNLV 0-0 (14-2) 
 20. Murray St. 1-0 (13-0) 
 21. Creighton 0-1 (10-2) 
 22. Pittsburgh 0-1 (11-3) 
 23. Virginia 0-0 (10-1) 
 24. Harvard 0-0 (10-1) 
 25. San Diego St. 0-0 (11-2) 


No. 24 Harvard tops Boston College, 67-46, for fourth straight season - by Eurobasket News
It was about as bad a start for the No. 23/24 Harvard men's basketball team as Boston College could have hoped for.

Less than six minutes in, the Crimson trailed by 11, 14-3. The Eagles, led by seven-footer Dennis Clifford (7'0''-C-92), were having their way in the post, and Harvard junior Kyle Casey (6'7''-F) was sipping water on the bench after picking up two early fouls.

But the Crimson started making it rain from beyond the arc, shooting 5-of-6 from deep over a nine-minute stretch beginning midway through the first half to reverse the fortune of the game.

And riding its hot shooting stroke, the Crimson (11-1) came out on top, defeating the Eagles (5-8) at Conte Forum Thursday night for the fourth straight season, 67-46.

We didnt start off well, but were really happy that we played well defensively and ended up hitting some shots, said co-captain Oliver McNally (6'3''-G), whose squad finished the contest shooting 10-of-20 from deep, its second best percentage of the season.

Meanwhile, the Eagles finished the game with just three made three-pointerstheir fewest on the seasonconnecting on just 3 of 11 attempts.

I think Harvard does a very good job of chasing you off the line, Donahue said. Theyre so aggressive on ball screens that when you get the ball moving, youd think that they would give up an open three. But what they do is they chase you off that line. They fly at you.

Sophomore Laurent Rivard (6'5''-G-91) led the way for the Crimson, scoring 18 pointsmatching his second highest output of the seasonon 7-of-12 shooting. Rivard, who scored 15 points in the first half, was especially deadly from deep, knocking down four of his eight attempts.

Hes a terrific shooter, said Harvard coach Tommy Amaker of Rivard. Weve always tried to tease him a little bit about how we think hes the second best shooter in this town and the first one happens to be Ray Allen.

But Rivard wasnt the only one with a hot hand for the Crimson. Freshman Corbin Miller chipped in with 12 points, going 4-of-5 from deep in the second half. Junior point guard Brandyn Curry added 11 points, five assists, and five steals.

Boston College was led by a pair of rookiesClifford and Patrick Heckmanwho notched 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Clifford is a terrific player, Amaker said. We know how tough [BC is] going to be as those young guys grow and develop and get better.

Clifford fueled the Eagles opening run, scoring five of Boston Colleges first 14 points off a free throw and a pair of right-handed hook shots.

After Harvard started the game 0-of-8 from the field, junior point guard Brandyn Curry notched the Crimsons first field goal of the game with 13:58 to play, attacking the basket off a screen and notching a short jumper.

The point guard followed by getting to the free-throw line on the Crimsons next two possessions and then found co-captain Keith Wright (eight points, 11 rebounds) for an easy two on Harvards next trip down the floor, pulling the Crimson within five, 16-11.

I just figured that we had to get something going and the easy way to do that is just to get to the free throw line, Curry said.

While it was Curry who started the Crimsons comeback, it was Rivard who completed it. The 6-5 forward notched back-to-back treys off the dribble, pulling Harvard within one, 20-19.

After a Heckman layup extended BCs lead to three, Rivard found McNally open on the perimeter and the senior drained the three to even the score. McNally returned the favor moments later, picking Heckmans pocket on the ensuing Eagles possession and sending a pass ahead to Rivard. The forward caught the pass in stride and finished the transition layup, giving the visitors their first lead of the game, 24-22.

The Crimsons lead only grew from there, as Rivard added two more layups and another three-pointer over the next 3:31. A Christian Webster three-pointer with 1:16 to go in the first half put Harvard up by 12, 40-28.

A late BC run brought the Eagles within seven by halftime, but thats as close as they would get. A pair of early layups from Webster and Casey put Harvard up by 11 less than two minutes into the second half, and the Crimsons defense did the rest, holding BC to just 13 second-half points.

It started on defense, said Rivard, whose team faces a tough St. Josephs squad on Saturday. We got stops and that gave us momentum on the offensive end.

Courtesy of www.thecrimson.com


No. 17 Kansas rolls past Howard 89-34 - by Eurobasket News
First points of the season were scored. Season high in minutes played were logged.

The night went as scrpted for Kansas, which outclassed Howard 89-34 on Thursday.

When the margin crossed 50 with about 10 minutes remaining, reserves started shaking off the cobwebs, and soon Merv Lindsay (6'7''-G), Niko Roberts (5'11''-G) and Christian Garrett (6'3''-G) entered the game.

The group had combined to appear in five games this season and had played a total of 6 minutes.

But they brought home this romp and cracked the stat line.

Lindsay swished a three-pointer for his first basket of the season and finished with nine points. Roberts and Garrett picked up assists.

Asked how it felt to get in the game at the 8-minute mark, senior guard Jordan Juenemann, for whom playing minutes are precious, offered a correction.

I thought it was at 11 minutes, said Juenemann, who finished with five points.

The bench had been a point of frustration for Kansas, partly the result of a demanding schedule that didnt offer much opportunity. The Jayhawks entered the game having played one of the nations most difficult slates based on Ratings Percentage Index.

No other Big 12 team had more than two players average at least 30 minutes per game. Kansas entered Thursday with four: Thomas Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor, Elijah Johnson and Travis Releford.

All but Taylor got season-low minutes against Howard.

Our schedules been so hard that we havent had a chance to let guys play through mistakes off the bench, coach Bill Self said.

So, it wasnt a stats-padding night for the starters. They werent going to play long enough. Robinsons nine points and seven rebounds were well below his averages.

But whether Kansas is ready for the rigors of Big 12 play next week, few conclusions could be drawn.

Self didnt like that the Jayhawks were tested on the boards, winning the battle only 39-35. The Bison grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.

We just didnt hit anybody, Self said. We didnt go after the ball. Thats something we really have to emphasize before we get into league play.

The 13 turnovers were below the team average, but there was a bit too much carelessness.

Still, a largely satisfying night for the Jayhawks, who played terrific defense. The 34 points allowed were the fewest by a Kansas opponent since Alcorn State was held to 31 two years ago. It marked the third-lowest total of Selfs nine seasons at Lawrence.

We were using our full-court pressure a lot more, guard Conner Teahan (6'5''-G) said. Weve had the whole time, but we havent used it much.

The Jayhawks, 9-3, forced 24 turnovers and came up with 11 steals. Jeff Withey who scored the first basket five seconds into the game on a lob slam from Taylor, finished with six blocks.

From a competitive score standpoint, No. 17 KU was about where Indiana is. The 13th-ranked Hoosiers beat Howard by 57 last week. Bison coach Kevin Nickelberry learned a couple of lessons from these games.

I learned, dont go to any more games like Indiana and Kansas, Nickelberry said.

Another revelation: He thought Allen Field House wouldnt have much atmosphere with the students gone. And indeed, the lopsidedness of the game kept the crowd tempered. The biggest cheer late in the first half came when a pair of guests Saturday Night Live cast member Jason Sudeikis and his date, actress Olivia Wilde were introduced.
We just didnt do a good job dealing with the atmosphere, Nickelberry said.

The Jayhawks will play another outmanned opponent Saturday in North Dakota, which should give Self another opportunity to empty his bench.

Courtesy of www.kansascity.com


Stanford nips UCLA, 60-59 - by Eurobasket News
It was an 'almost' kind of basketball game for UCLA on Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

The Bruins would almost get a rebound. And then a Stanford player would tip it away. The Bruins would make a steal and almost get a layup. Except the ball would rim out or get blocked. The Bruins would almost get a lead. But never in the second half.

In the Pac-12 season opener for both teams, Stanford beat UCLA, 60-59.

The Cardinal (11-2, 1-0) gave itself just enough of an edge by piercing UCLA's work-in-progress zone defense with four straight three-pointers and a 56-51 lead with about five minutes left.

Until then UCLA (7-6, 0-1) had hung close because of senior Lazeric Jones (6'0''-G), who had a game-high 26 points, mostly from jump shooting, and from the work of center Joshua Smith (6'10''-C), who had 10 points in 20 minutes. But Smith was also often on the bench with foul trouble and he fouled out.

There were at least half a dozen times in the second half when UCLA had a chance to take a lead, but always there was a shot an inch short or a missed free throw or a turnover.

Still, the Bruins were within a point, 56-55, with 2:07 left. Jones, who had just missed a free throw that would have tied the game, committed a foul while trying to make a steal against Aaron Bright (5'11''-G). Bright made both foul shots, and the constantly uphill climb for UCLA ended.

UCLA's last stand came when they forced a Stanford miss with about 25 seconds left. Jerime Anderson (6'2''-G-89) shot a 12-footer too hard but on a tied up rebound, UCLA got the ball back. With four seconds left, Jones had a five-foot shot in the lane blocked Stanford's Josh Owens (6'8''-F/C).

At halftime the Bruins trailed by a point, which seemed unlikely when they were down by as many as 11 and were outrebounded 24-18 and allowed the Cardinal 10 offensive rebounds.

But Jones had a spurt of scoring seven straight points including a baseline jumper that cut Stanford's lead to 24-23 with 2:18 left in the first half. No one scored again, though Jones, who had 14 points in the first 20 minutes, had a chance to put the Bruins ahead when he tried to convert a steal into a layup. Jones missed, and it appeared that he'd been fouled Jones unsuccessfully begged for the call.

Two disappointing statistics for UCLA - nine missed free throws (15-of-24) and 12 offensive rebounds allowed to Stanford.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


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Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Trefl Sopot 12-4 
 2. PGE Turow 12-4 
 3. Energa Czarni 12-5 
 4. Anwil 11-5 
 5. Kotwica 11-6 
 6. Slask Wroclaw 9-7 
 7. Zastal ZG 9-7 
 8. Siarka Jezioro 8-9 
 9. AZS Koszalin 7-10 
 10. Polpharma 5-12 
 11. PBG Basket 5-12 
 12. AZS PW 4-13 
 13. LKS Lodz 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 17.9
 1. Edwards, Anwil17.9 
 2. Koszarek, Trefl S.17.3 
 3. Hodge, Zastal ZG17.1 
 4. Archibeque, LKS L.16.7 
 5. Lawal, Zastal ZG16.5 
 6. Corbett, Siarka J.16.4 
 7. Kulig, PBG Basket16.4 
 8. Reese, AZS Koszal.16.1 
 9. Weeden, Polpharma16.1 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gani LAWAL
  Zastal ZG
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Lawal, Zastal ZG11.7 
 2. Harris, Kotwica11.4 
 3. Archibeque, LKS L.10.2 
 4. Burgess, Trefl S.9.2 
 5. Eziukwu, AZS K.8.0 
 6. Bartosz, PBG Bask.7.6 
 7. Edwards, Anwil7.1 
 8. Doaks, Siarka J.6.9 
 9. Turek, Trefl Sopot6.5 
 10. Bigus, AZS Koszal.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Robert SKIBNIEWSKI
  Slask W.
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Skibniewski, Slask7.1 
 2. Hodge, Zastal ZG6.5 
 3. Koszarek, Trefl S.5.5 
 4. Wilczek, AZS P.5.3 
 5. Moore, PGE Turow5.1 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica5.1 
 7. Szubarga, Anwil5.1 
 8. Burrell, Energa C.4.9 
 9. Micic, PBG Basket4.8 
 10. Miller, Siarka J.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 2. Skibniewski, Slask1.6 
 3. Cesnauskis, Energa1.6 
 4. Koszarek, Trefl S.1.6 
 5. Nikolic, PBG Basket1.5 
 6. Sapp, Kotwica1.5 
 7. Hodge, Zastal ZG1.4 
 8. Edwards, Anwil1.3 
 9. Salamonik, LKS L.1.3 
 10. Reese, AZS Kosza.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  AZS K.
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, AZS K.2.2 
 2. Burgess, Trefl S.1.8 
 3. Kesicki, Kotwica1.5 
 4. Lauderdale, PGE T.1.4 
 5. Morrison, Energa C.1.4 
 6. Lawal, Zastal ZG1.4 
 7. Harris, Kotwica1.3 
 8. Barycz, Siarka J.1.2 
 9. Mladenovic, Slask1.1 
 10. Turek, Trefl Sopot0.9 


PLK Round 18: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
PLK round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Energa Czarni (12-5) against third ranked Trefl Sopot (12-4) 89-84 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Energa Czarni won fourth quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl Sopot made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trefl Sopot made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) replied with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!) for Energa Czarni. Trefl Sopot have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with PGE Turow. Energa Czarni at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trefl Sopot. Energa Czarni will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Trefl Sopot will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
The game between fifth ranked Kotwica (11-6) and 13th ranked LKS Sphinx (3-14) in Kolobrzeg ended with biggest points difference. Kotwica outscored guests from Lodz 85-58. Kotwica have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-6 record. LKS Sphinx lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Kotwica will play against higher ranked Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKS Sphinx will play at home against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Anwil beat Polpharma on the road 89-85. AZS PW destroyed PBG Basket on its own court 77-55. Siarka Jezioro unfortunately lost to Slask Wroclaw in a road game 83-91. Zastal ZG managed to beat AZS Koszalin at home 83-77.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 16 points and 17 rebounds by Mateusz Ponitka of AZS PW.


Polpharma - Anwil 85-89

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Anwil (11-5) beat 10th ranked Polpharma (5-12) in Starogard 89-85. Polpharma was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Anwil made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Polpharma was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St.) scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Central Mo.) with 25 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and point guard Marcin Nowakowski (184-89) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Five Polpharma players scored in double figures. Anwil maintains fourth position with 11-5 record. Polpharma at the other side keeps the tenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with PBG Basket. Anwil will play against Kotwica (#5) in Kolobrzeg in the next round. Polpharma will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Anwil: C.Edwards 21+6reb+3ast, J.Allen 13+3reb+4ast, N.Lewis 11+3reb, B.Woloszyn 11+2reb, D.Berisha 10+2reb+2ast, L.Kinnard 9+5reb+1ast
Polpharma: M.Hicks 25+4reb+1ast, J.Simmons 16+2reb+1ast, T.Weeden 15+4reb, M.Nowakowski 12+2reb+8ast, D.Wall 10+6reb+1ast, T.Snieg 4
gschID: 149236


Kotwica - LKS Lodz 85-58

The game between fifth ranked Kotwica (11-6) and 13th ranked LKS Sphinx (3-14) in Kolobrzeg ended with biggest points difference. Kotwica outscored guests from Lodz 85-58. Kotwica have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain fifth position with 11-6 record. LKS Sphinx lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom place with 14 games lost. Kotwica will play against higher ranked Anwil (#4) in Wloclawek in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. LKS Sphinx will play at home against PBG Basket (#11) in Poznan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 149237


AZS PW - PBG Basket 77-55

There was a minor upset when 10th ranked PBG Basket (5-12) was smashed by twelfth ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (4-13) in Warszawa 77-55. AZS Politechnika Warszawska outrebounded PBG Basket 43-30 including 33 on the defensive glass. PBG Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. International guard Mateusz Ponitka (196-93) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Four AZS Politechnika Warszawska players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Djordje Micic (195-83) with 15 points and 7 rebounds and forward Mateusz Bartosz (203-87) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Newly promoted AZS Politechnika Warszawska maintains twelfth position with 4-13 record. PBG Basket lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with 12 games lost. They share the position with Polpharma. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play against higher ranked Slask Wroclaw (#6) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. PBG Basket will play against LKS Sphinx (#13) in Lodz and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
AZS PW: M.Ponitka 16+17reb+3ast, P.Pamula 15+2reb+1ast, M.Popiolek 11+3reb+1ast, L.Karwowski 10+4reb+1ast, M.Nowakowski 10+2reb+1ast, J.Mokros 5+9reb+1ast
PBG Basket: D.Micic 15+7reb+3ast, D.Kulig 13+3reb, M.Bartosz 10+10reb+3ast, J.Sulowski 8+1reb, J.Parzenski 5+5reb+1ast, Z.Comagic 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 149238


Slask Wroclaw - Siarka Jezioro 91-83

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Slask Wroclaw (9-7) won against at home 8th ranked Siarka Jezioro (8-9) 91-83. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-23 Siarka Jezioro's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 91-83 at the end of the game. Slask Wroclaw shot 61.7 percent from the field. Slask Wroclaw had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. The former international guard Robert Skibniewski (182-83) scored 15 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American forward Qarraan Calhoun (203-86, college: Houston, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) chipped in 23 points during the contest. Four Slask Wroclaw players scored in double figures. Slask Wroclaw's coach Miodrag Rajkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard LaMarshall Corbett (190-88, college: Angelo St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) with 24 points and his fellow American import point guard Josh Miller (169, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) scored 20 points. Newly promoted Slask Wroclaw maintains sixth position with 9-7 record, which they share with Zastal ZG. Siarka Jezioro at the other side keeps the eighth place with nine games lost. Slask Wroclaw will play against AZS Politechnika Warszawska (#12) in Warszawa in the next round where they are favorite. Siarka Jezioro will play at home against Zastal ZG (#7) in Zielona Gora and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Slask Wroclaw: Q.Calhoun 23+1reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 15+5reb+9ast, A.Mladenovic 14+3reb, A.Wojcik 11+3reb+1ast, P.Graham 9+3reb+10ast, S.Bogavac 8+5reb
Siarka Jezioro: L.Corbett 24+2reb+2ast, J.Miller 20+1reb+1ast, N.Doaks 15+2reb+1ast, J.Tiller 9+4reb+2ast, W.Barycz 6+5reb, M.Piechowicz 5+4reb+8ast
gschID: 149239


Zastal ZG - AZS Koszalin 83-77

Not a big story in a game when 9th ranked AZS Koszalin (7-10) lost to seventh ranked Zastal ZG (9-7) in Zielona Gora 77-83. Zastal ZG made 25-of-28 charity shots (89.3 percent) during the game. AZS Koszalin was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Ivorian-Puerto Rican point guard Walter Hodge (183-86, college: Florida) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Piotr Stelmach (205-84, college: Mississippi St.) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward George Reese (201-77, college: Ohio St., agency: Alti Sport) with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Marcin Dutkiewicz (196-86) scored 19 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Zastal ZG moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Slask Wroclaw. AZS Koszalin at the other side keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Zastal ZG will play against Siarka Jezioro (#8) in Tarnobrzeg in the next round. AZS Koszalin will play at home against the league's second-placed PGE Turow in Zgorzelec and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zastal ZG: P.Stelmach 18+5reb, W.Hodge 15+3reb+10ast, M.Flieger 12+2reb+1ast, K.Chanas 10+4reb+3ast, M.Sroka 10+2reb, J.Dloniak 8+3reb+1ast
AZS Koszalin: M.Dutkiewicz 19+3reb, G.Reese 17+10reb+6ast, I.Milicic 14+4ast, J.Montgomery 13+2reb+1ast, R.Bigus 8+4reb, K.Laczynski 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 149240


Trefl Sopot - Energa Czarni 89-84

PLK round 18 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader Energa Czarni (12-5) against third ranked Trefl Sopot (12-4) 89-84 was the most important game of the last round. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Energa Czarni won fourth quarter 26-21. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trefl Sopot made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Trefl Sopot made 7 blocks. 25 personal fouls committed by Energa Czarni helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for international guard Lukasz Wisniewski (186-84, college: Barton County CC, agency: Promotex) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists. American power forward John Turek (205-83, college: Nebraska) contributed with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winners. Five Trefl Sopot players scored in double figures. American point guard Stanley Burrell (190-84) replied with 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (went 16 for 16 at the free throw line !!!) and Canadian center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St.) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Energa Czarni. Trefl Sopot have an impressive five-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with PGE Turow. Energa Czarni at the other side dropped to the third place with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Trefl Sopot. Energa Czarni will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Trefl Sopot will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked PGE Turow in Zgorzelec.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: L.Wisniewski 19+2reb+6ast, J.Mallett 19+2reb+1ast, L.Koszarek 16+3reb+4ast, J.Turek 15+8reb+1ast, C.Burgess 10+6reb+2ast, F.Dylewicz 6+5reb
Energa Czarni: S.Burrell 30+5reb+6ast, M.Cesnauskis 13+1ast, S.Morrison 11+5reb, P.Kikowski 8, D.Hinson 8+4reb+1ast, Z.Bialek 6+6reb+2ast
gschID: 149235




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Daniel Popescu moves from Otopeni to Pitesti - by Eurobasket News
Daniel Popescu (183-PG-88) will continue his career in Pitesti. The Romanian point guard parted ways with Otopeni, at the same time joining Pitesti for rest of the season. Popescu appeared 15 times with Otopeni this season averaging 8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 4.1 apg. His season-high so far is 16 points against Politehnica, 10 rebounds against Giurgiu, and 8 assists against Giurgiu and Gaz Metan. Daniel Popescu spent last season with Otopeni as well. He had 5.3 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.7 rpg for 27 games. In the past, he played for Steaua and Rapid. Daniel Popescu played for the Romanian University NT last summer. He also was a member of U20 NT in 2008. Romanian league continues on January 14.

Oradea inks young center Bogdan Tibirna - by Eurobasket News
Another player left Otopeni yesterday. It is young center Bogdan Tibirna (210-C-91), who signed a deal with Oradea for rest of the season. Tibirna had 13.1 ppg and 6 rpg for 15 games this season. He spent the last one with Steaua, but with limited playing time. From 2008 to 2010, Tibirna also played for Otopeni. Bogdan Tibirna is active member of the Romanian University and U20 National Team. He shined with 15.9 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.9 bpg for 9 games at the European Championships U20 Division B last summer in Sarajevo. Tibirna was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Division B 3rd Team -11. In 2010, Tibirna had 14.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 2.4 bpg for 7 games at the European Championships U20 Division B in Austria. He also played for U16 Romania in the past.

Nafis Ricks joins SCM CSU Craiova - by Eurobasket Center
SCM CSU Craiova agreed terms with American guard Nafis Ricks (188-G). Ricks has graduated from Missouri St. (NCAA) in the U.S last year and it will be his first season in pro basketball. As a senior he played 25 games and was averaging 9.3ppg (3PT: 45.0%), 4.4rpg and 3.9apg. He helped his team to win MVC Regular Season and advance to MVC Tournament Final. In 2010 he was selected to the NCAA Defensive All-American Team.

Targu Mures bring in Miladin Pekovic - by Eurobasket News
Targu Mures strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Miladin Pekovic (196-G/F-83, agency: BeoExcell). The Serbian guard started the season with Naftagas Zrenjanin. He tallied 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Serbian A League. Last season the guard played for Keravnos Strovolou in Cyprus. Miladin Pekovic averaged 7.4 points, 2.5 boards and 1.7 assists in Division A. In EuroChallenge Qualifying Round his stats read 1.0 point, 2.5 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. The guard also had stints in Serbia and Germany. Miladin Pekovic was the German Bundesliga Champion in 2009. He also led Keravnos to Cyprus League semis in 2011.


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Maccabi Electra cruises past Hemofarm in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Maccabi T-A 59-85

Maccabi Electra and Hemofarm met last night in their postponed Round Six game of Adriatic league. The Israeli powerhouse had no troubles to beat Hemofarm as a guest 59-85. Maccabi trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 22-52 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Maccabi looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American swingman Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import center Shawn James (208-C-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Northeastern) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Montenegrin power forward Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) answered with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and forward Boris Savovic (206-F-87) added 13 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Hemofarm. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending Israeli champion keeps a position of league leader. Hemofarm lost sixth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with nine games lost. Maccabi T-A will face bottom-ranked Zlatorog (#14) in Lasko in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Hemofarm will play at home against Zvezda (#13) in Beograd.

Hemofarm: I.Maras 13+13reb+3ast, B.Savovic 13+9reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 9+1reb+2ast, M.Pantic 6+5reb+1ast, M.Sutalo 5+2reb, N.Dangubic 4
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 18+6reb+2ast, S.James 15+7reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 15+4reb+2ast, G.Pnini 11+1reb, R.Hendrix 9+4reb+3ast, T.Papaloukas 5+3reb+6ast


Marko Djurkovic out of Krka Novo Mesto - by Eurobasket News
Marko Djurkovic (205-C/F-87) is no longer a member of Krka Novo Mesto. The reigning Slovenian champion made few important roster changes and there is no room for Djurkovic any longer. Krka signed deals with Uros Lucic (207-C-83), Jure Lalic (212-C-86) and Ben Hansbrough (190-G-87, college: Notre Dame). Marko Djurkovic joined Krka during the pre-season. He appeared 12 times in Adriatic league and six times in EuroCup, but with limited playing time. Djurkovic had 2.8 ppg and 2.2 rpg in EuroCup, while his numbers in the regional championship were lower. Djurkovic split last season between Bosnian Borac Nektar and Slovakian Vahostav Zilina. In 2009/10, he played for Igokea Aleksandrovac. In the past, Marko Djurkovic was a member of Partizan Belgrade. He won three Gold medals with Serbian youth National Teams.

Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Konstantin 9-3 
 2. Mladost Zemun 9-3 
 3. Jagodina 8-5 
 4. Spartak 8-5 
 5. Radnicki OB 8-5 
 6. Mladost Cacak 6-6 
 7. Viva Basket 6-7 
 8. Crnokosa 6-7 
 9. Beovuk 72 6-7 
 10. Vojvodina 5-8 
 11. Napredak A. 5-8 
 12. Sabac 5-8 
 13. Jedinstvo NB 4-9 
 14. Radnicki Stud. 4-9 


B League Round 13: Bottom-ranked Sabac wins against Viva Basket - by Eurobasket News
B League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left.

Bottom-ranked Sabac managed to get a fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Sabac won against sixth-ranked Viva Basket 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Sabac. Viva Basket managed to win second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Viva Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aleksandar Ivanovic (197-F-82) (197-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Marko Todorovic contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Viva Basket. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sabac (5-8) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Vojvodina and Napredak A. Viva Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Beovuk 72 and Crnokosa. Sabac is looking forward to face Jedinstvo NB (#13) in Novi Becej in the next round. Viva Basket will play on the road against Radnicki OB (#5) in Obrenovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fourth ranked Spartak (8-5) and 12th ranked Jedinstvo NB (4-9) in Subotica ended with biggest points difference. Spartak outscored guests from Novi Becej 95-71. Ivan Djurovic stepped up and scored 28 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and Miodrag Dinic chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard Vuk Pekovic (183-89) responded with 20 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Jagodina and Radnicki OB. Jedinstvo NB lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Radnicki Stud.. Spartak will play against league's leader Konstantin in Nis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jedinstvo NB will play on the road against Sabac (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games in round 13 were not that significant. Crnokosa was beaten by Radnicki OB on the road 71-65. Radnicki Stud. lost to Mladost Zemun on its own court 65-72. Napredak A. unfortunately lost to Jagodina in a road game 82-96. Vojvodina recorded a loss to Beovuk 72 at home 88-92.
The most impressive performance of 13th round was 27 points and 12 rebounds by Milan Dondur of Beovuk 72.


Radnicki OB - Crnokosa 71-65

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Radnicki OB (8-5) beat 8th ranked Crnokosa (6-7) in Obrenovac 71-65. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-11. But Crnokosa won second period 14-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki OB made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. Crnokosa was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Goran Huskic stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Vladimir Radojcic chipped in 16 points. Radnicki OB's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side center Borislav Djurovic (206-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) responded with 25 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian forward Nikola Jeftic (202-85) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Radnicki OB moved-up to third place, which they share with Spartak and Jagodina. Crnokosa at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Beovuk 72 and Viva Basket. Radnicki OB will play against Viva Basket (#7) in Beograd in the next round. Crnokosa will play on the road against Radnicki Stud. in Kragujevac and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Radnicki OB: V.Radojcic 16+3reb+1ast, D.Boricic 11+5reb+2ast, G.Huskic 11+13reb+1ast, D.Stojkanovic 9+5reb+2ast, F.Simic 9+1reb+4ast, U.Baltic 4+1reb
Crnokosa: B.Djurovic 25+6reb+1ast, N.Jeftic 11+6reb+3ast, M.Radivojevic 8+2reb, S.Mukanovic 7+3reb+3ast, M.Masalusic 5+6reb+1ast, B.Sanjin 3+2reb
gschID: 148094


Radnicki Stud. - Mladost Zemun 65-72

Very expected game when 13th ranked Radnicki Stud. (4-9) lost to second ranked Mladost Zemun (9-3) in Kragujevac 65-72. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 19-10. But Radnicki Stud. won second period 16-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Nenad Banjanin (201-85, college: E.Michigan) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lazar Rasic chipped in 18 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Four Mladost Zemun players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Srboljub Samailovic (194-82) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) scored 7 points and 17 rebounds. Mladost Zemun keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Konstantin. Radnicki Stud. at the other side dropped to the bottom place with nine games lost. They share the position with Jedinstvo NB. Mladost Zemun will play against KK Jagodina (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Radnicki Stud. will play against Crnokosa (#8) in Kosjeric and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Mladost Zemun: N.Banjanin 19+11reb+4ast, L.Rasic 18+4reb+3ast, N.Celebic 12+2reb+1ast, N.Vukovic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Bozovic 5+5reb+1ast, F.Marjanovic 3+3reb+1ast
Radnicki Stud.: S.Samailovic 19+7reb+5ast, F.Lalovic 12, N.Knezevic 12+4reb+1ast, N.Tanasijevic 8+1reb+4ast, M.Blagojevic 7+2reb+1ast, N.Glisovic 7+17reb+2ast
gschID: 148095


Jagodina - Napredak A. 96-82

Very predictable result when third ranked KK Jagodina (8-5) won against at home 10th ranked Napredak A. (5-8) 96-82. The game was mostly controlled by KK Jagodina. Napredak A. was better in third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. KK Jagodina forced 21 Napredak A. turnovers. Napredak A. was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-84) stepped up and scored 27 points for the winners and Nikola Filipovic chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds. Five KK Jagodina players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Nenad Grujo (204-90) responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds and Nemanja Barac scored 23 points. Napredak A.'s coach rotated eleven players and allowed the starting five to rest. KK Jagodina maintains third place with 8-5 record behind leader Konstantin, which they share with Spartak and Radnicki OB. Napredak A. lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Sabac and Vojvodina. KK Jagodina will play against league's second-placed Mladost Zemun in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Napredak A. will play against Beovuk 72 (#9) in Beograd and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jagodina: V.Gagovic 27+4reb+2ast, J.Dasic 18+2reb+3ast, N.Vujicic 18+3reb+1ast, N.Filipovic 14+11reb+2ast, V.Stanisavljevic 14+3reb+7ast, V.Gajovic 3+1reb+2ast
Napredak A.: N.Grujo 27+5reb+1ast, N.Barac 23+4reb+1ast, N.Raicevic 12+2reb+4ast, S.Djukic 8+4reb+2ast, A.Miladinovic 5+8reb+4ast, S.Raicevic 5
gschID: 148096


Vojvodina - Beovuk 72 88-92

Everything could happen in Novi Sad at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Beovuk 72 and 9th ranked Vojvodina had identical 5-7 record. But Vojvodina was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Beograd 92-88. Vojvodina was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 23-16 third quarter run of Beovuk 72. Beovuk 72 shot 35 for 56 from the free-throw line, while Vojvodina only scored nineteen points from the stripe. Vojvodina was plagued by 36 personal fouls down the stretch. Milan Dondur stepped up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Milos Riboskic (195-89) chipped in 24 points. At the losing side forward Milos Grubor (201-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and Bosnian guard Marko Skoko (190-85) scored 19 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Beovuk 72 (6-7) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Viva Basket and Crnokosa. Vojvodina at the other side dropped to the tenth position with eight games lost. They share it with Sabac and Napredak A.. Beovuk 72 will play against Napredak A. (#11) in Aleksinac in the next round. Vojvodina will play on the road against Mladost Cacak and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Beovuk 72: M.Dondur 27+12reb+3ast, M.Riboskic 24+3reb+2ast, I.Djukovic 16+8reb+3ast, V.Ivanovic 10+3reb+1ast, N.Simic 6+4reb+1ast, D.Pejic 3+1reb
Vojvodina: M.Skoko 19+3reb+4ast, N.Fekete 15+2reb+2ast, M.Grubor 14+13reb+1ast, D.Laketa 12+3reb, S.Pastornjicki 9+1reb+1ast, A.Ratkov 7
gschID: 148090


Spartak - Jedinstvo NB 95-71

The game between fourth ranked Spartak (8-5) and 12th ranked Jedinstvo NB (4-9) in Subotica ended with biggest points difference. Spartak outscored guests from Novi Becej 95-71. The game without a history. Spartak led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jedinstvo NB was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Ivan Djurovic stepped up and scored 28 points (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. At the losing side guard Vuk Pekovic (183-89) responded with 20 points and Petar Perunovic scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spartak have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Jagodina and Radnicki OB. Jedinstvo NB lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the thirteenth position with nine games lost. They share it with Radnicki Stud.. Spartak will play against league's leader Konstantin in Nis in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Jedinstvo NB will play on the road against Sabac (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: I.Djurovic 28+1ast, S.Ljubotina 14+5reb+2ast, R.Vukolic 13+6reb+2ast, A.Drakulic 9+3reb+1ast, A.Sokolovic 9+2reb+1ast, M.Dinic 8+8reb+7ast
Jedinstvo NB: V.Pekovic 20+4reb+2ast, I.Jevdjenic 11+3reb, M.Radenkovic 8+2reb, P.Perunovic 7+5reb+2ast, S.Vokic 7+2reb+1ast, S.Bogdanovic 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 148092


Sabac - Viva Basket 85-75

Bottom-ranked Sabac managed to get a fifth victory on Wednesday night. This time newly promoted Sabac won against sixth-ranked Viva Basket 85-75. The game was mostly controlled by Sabac. Viva Basket managed to win second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls committed by Viva Basket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Aleksandar Ivanovic (197-82) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Marko Todorovic contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) answered with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and forward Aleksandar Vuletic (202-86, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 10 points and 13 rebounds in the effort for Viva Basket. Five Sabac and four Viva Basket players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sabac (5-8) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Vojvodina and Napredak A. Viva Basket at the other side dropped to the seventh position with seven games lost. They share it with Beovuk 72 and Crnokosa. Sabac is looking forward to face Jedinstvo NB (#13) in Novi Becej in the next round. Viva Basket will play on the road against Radnicki OB (#5) in Obrenovac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sabac: A.Ivanovic 21+5reb+5ast, M.Todorovic 16+10reb+3ast, P.Boljkovac 15+3ast, S.Jovanovic 14+7reb, B.Tomasevic 12+5reb+3ast, P.Koprivica 5+2reb
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 27+6reb+7ast, M.Starovic 11, L.Andrejic 11+2reb+1ast, A.Vuletic 10+13reb+1ast, M.Kurcubic 9+2reb+4ast, V.Bulatovic 5+5reb
gschID: 148093




Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.23.5 
 2. Riboskic, Beovuk20.8 
 3. Djurovic, Crnokosa20.0 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost19.4 
 5. Marinkovic, Mlados.17.8 
 6. Rasic, Mladost17.8 
 7. Dondur, Beovuk 7217.6 
 8. Gagovic, Jagodina17.6 
 9. Dasic, Jagodina17.1 
 10. Pekovic, Jedinstv.16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.12.2 
 2. Tmusic, Jagodina9.4 
 3. Jankovic, Mladost8.2 
 4. Grubor, Vojvodina8.2 
 5. Glisovic, Radnic.8.2 
 6. Dondur, Beovuk 728.2 
 7. Vukovic, Mladost8.0 
 8. Ljubotina, Spartak7.8 
 9. Djurovic, Crnokosa7.6 
 10. Sikman, Napredak.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Bjelica, Viva Bask.6.7 
 2. Velickovic, Konst.5.8 
 3. Simic, Radnicki OB4.7 
 4. Boricic, Radnicki.4.3 
 5. Mukanovic, Crnok.4.2 
 6. Skoko, Vojvodina4.0 
 7. Marinkovic, Mlados.3.8 
 8. Tanasijevic, Radni.3.7 
 9. Pastornjicki, Vojv.3.7 
 10. Dumic, Mladost3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Vuletic, Viva Bask.3.2 
 2. Marinkovic, Mlados.2.8 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak2.5 
 4. Rasic, Mladost2.4 
 5. Dugosija, Mladost2.4 
 6. Tanasijevic, Radni.2.2 
 7. Boljkovac, Sabac2.2 
 8. Djoric, Jagodina2.1 
 9. Trailovic, Konstan.1.9 
 10. Mitic, Crnokosa1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Goran HUSKIC
  Radnicki OB
  (--)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Huskic, Radnicki OB2.2 
 2. Karahodzic, Spartak1.7 
 3. Ljubotina, Spartak1.5 
 4. Jankovic, Mladost1.3 
 5. Dukanac, Mladost0.9 
 6. Tmusic, Jagodina0.9 
 7. Savic, Radnicki St.0.8 
 8. Grujo, Napredak A.0.8 
 9. Radenkovic, Jedins.0.8 
 10. Banjanin, Mladost0.8 


Dragan Raca won big New Year tournament in China - by Zoran Popovic
Yesterday Serbian coach Raca Dragan won the big New Year tournament, organized by the association of China Basketball. The tournament took place in town Qin Huong Dao from December 19-29 and it included 14 teams. The tournament winner is team Guangzhou Free Man, coached by Draga Raca. They had perfect score and at the same time the youngest team at this tournament. The Free Man won all 9 games with more than 10 points difference in each one. The team got Best Defense and Best Offense awards and Raca Dragan was named the Best Coach.


Teams that have participated:

GUANGZHOU FREE MAN (http://www.asia-basket.com/team.asp?Cntry=CHN&Team=15106)
HE BEI
WEI HAI
JIANG SU
DONG GUAN
HUANG PU
SI CHUAN
SHONA XI
HU BEI
JIANG GUO YOU ARE
HONG KONG
DONG GUAN L
JING NON ARMY
HEI LONG JIONG




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KBL Round 34: #1 Dongbu Promy is defeated by ET Land Elephants - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all visitors won their games.

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dongbu Promy (26-7) in Wonju on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (16-15) 76-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth position with 16-15 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Ulsan was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (21-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (13-18). KCC Egis managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and Tony Akins supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds by American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. KCC Egis have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. KCC Egis will play against Daegu Orions (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play against SK Knights in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Changwon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sonic Boom KT (21-11) played at the court of 7th ranked LG Sakers (13-19). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-78 on Friday. Charles Rhodes fired 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Aaron Haynes produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to third place, which they share with KCC Egis. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Ninth-ranked Daegu Orions (7-25) gave a tough game to eighth ranked SK Knights (12-19). The visitors from Seoul managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected easier game. Worth to mention a great performance of Amal McCaskill who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains eighth position with 12-19 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.



Dongbu Promy - ET Land 70-76

The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Dongbu Promy (26-7) in Wonju on Friday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked ET Land Elephants (16-15) 76-70. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Dongbu Promy. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Herbert Hill (208-84, college: Providence) scored 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks to lead the charge for the winners and international forward Tae-Jong Moon (199-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) chipped in 19 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American power forward Rodrique Benson (207-84, college: California) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds and forward Ho-Young Yoon (198-84) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds. ET Land Elephants maintains fifth position with 16-15 record. Dongbu Promy at the other side still keeps top place with seven games lost. ET Land Elephants are looking forward to face LG Sakers (#7) in Changwon in the next round. Dongbu Promy will play on the road against the league's second-placed Anyang KGC (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 22+18reb+1ast, H.Yoon 17+5reb+3ast, J.Kim 17+4reb+4ast, J.Ahn 6+2reb+1ast, J.Park 6+1reb+4ast, J.Hwang 2
ET Land: T.Moon 19+5reb+2ast, H.Hill 16+9reb+3ast, H.Lee 10+1reb, T.Joo 10+5reb+2ast, K.Shin 8+1reb+4ast, B.Chung 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 145770


Daegu Orions - SK Knights 66-69

Ninth-ranked Daegu Orions (7-25) gave a tough game to eighth ranked SK Knights (12-19). The visitors from Seoul managed to secure only three-point victory 69-66. However their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Daegu Orions took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SK Knights had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Daegu Orions were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Seung-Jun Lee (187-88) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American swingman Chris Williams (199-80, college: Virginia) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Jin-Soo Choi (202, college: Maryland) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Daegu Orions. Four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. SK Knights maintains eighth position with 12-19 record. Daegu Orions at the other side keep the ninth place with 25 games lost. SK Knights' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Seoul to the arena Samsung Thunders.
Top scorers:
Daegu Orions: J.Choi 20+7reb+3ast, C.Williams 18+11reb+2ast, D.Kim 15+9reb+6ast, J.Chun 13+2reb+1ast, S.Cho 0, M.Kim 0+2ast
SK Knights: S.Lee 17+4reb+1ast, A.McCaskill 13+8reb+4ast, K.Hoon Byun 12+2reb+3ast, J.Han 9+2reb, H.Joo 8+8reb+4ast, S.Hwang 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145767


Mobis Phoebus - KCC Egis 82-86

The game in Ulsan was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked KCC Egis (21-11) played at the court of 6th ranked Mobis Phoebus (13-18). KCC Egis managed to secure a 4-point victory 86-82. Mobis Phoebus were tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. American forward DeShawn Sims (203-88, college: Michigan) notched a double-double by scoring 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American guard Tony Akins (180-80, college: Georgia Tech, agency: Court Side) supported him with 27 points. Even a double-double of 28 points and 16 rebounds by American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. The former international guard Dong-Geun Yang (181-81) added 19 points and 10 assists for lost side. Four Mobis Phoebus players scored in double figures. KCC Egis have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Sonic Boom KT. Defending champion Mobis Phoebus keep the sixth position with 18 games lost. KCC Egis will play against Daegu Orions (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Mobis Phoebus will play against SK Knights in Seoul and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mobis Phoebus: T.Leather 28+16reb+1ast, D.Yang 19+3reb+10ast, G.Park 14+5reb+1ast, D.Kim 10+2reb+4ast, J.Park 5+2reb+1ast, J.Lee 4+1ast
KCC Egis: D.Sims 30+13reb, T.Akins 27+1reb+3ast, J.Lim 16+5reb+3ast, T.Kim 6+3reb+1ast, S.Choo 4+6reb+2ast, M.Jeong 3+1reb
gschID: 145768


LG Sakers - Sonic Boom KT 78-96

The game in Changwon was also quite interesting. Fourth ranked Sonic Boom KT (21-11) played at the court of 7th ranked LG Sakers (13-19). Sonic Boom KT did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 96-78 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sonic Boom KT. LG Sakers managed to win third quarter 22-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) fired 32 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Aaron Haynes (201-81, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and guard Hyun-Joong Kim (178-81) added 8 points and 5 assists respectively for lost side. Four LG Sakers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sonic Boom KT moved-up to third place, which they share with KCC Egis. LG Sakers lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with 19 games lost. Sonic Boom KT will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. LG Sakers will play against ET Land Elephants (#5) in Inchon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LG Sakers: A.Haynes 23+12reb+2ast, Y.Oh 14+1reb, H.Park 13+3ast, G.Stevenson 10+5reb, H.Kim 8+3reb+5ast, C.Song 6+3reb
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 32+9reb+2ast, S.Cho 24+2reb+1ast, S.Park 22+6reb+4ast, D.Kim 7+4reb+1ast, W.Yaung 4+2reb+5ast, S.Park 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 145769




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 26-7 
 2. Anyang KGC 23-8 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 21-11 
 4. KCC Egis 21-11 
 5. ET Land 16-15 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 13-18 
 7. LG Sakers 13-19 
 8. SK Knights 12-19 
 9. Daegu Orions 7-25 
 10. Samsung Th. 6-25 


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ACB Round 13: FIATC Joventut defeats Real Madrid in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most exciting game of round 13 in the ACB took place in Badalona. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Real Madrid (10-3) to fourteenth ranked FIATC Joventut (5-8) 78-75 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Real Madrid won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Albert Oliver (187-78) stepped up and scored 14 points and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Latavious Williams (202-91) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FIATC Joventut moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. FIATC Joventut is looking forward to face higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Real Madrid will play against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona having rather not much hope for a victory.
Bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Valencia Basket in Valladolid 74-65. American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Diego Garcia accounted for 19 points. Blancos de Rueda's coach Luis Casimiro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for Valencia Basket in the defeat. Blancos de Rueda maintains eighteenth place with 3-10 record. Valencia Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Fuenlabrada. Blancos de Rueda will play against higher ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#17) in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valencia Basket will play at home against Blusens Monbus (#15) in Santoago de Comp and hopes to get back on the winning track.
ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Assignia Manresa (5-8) 74-61. Chuck Eidson fired 14 points for the winners. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Micah Downs produced 11 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-2 record. Assignia Manresa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Regal FC Barcelona will meet Real Madrid (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Assignia Manresa will play against UCAM Murcia (#16) and hope to secure a win.
The game in Madrid was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Meridiano Alicante (10-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-7). Meridiano Alicante managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60. Worth to mention a great performance of Kaloyan Ivanov who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 17 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Meridiano Alicante have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Meridiano Alicante's next round opponent will be FIATC Joventut (#14) in Badalona which should be an easy win for them. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play on the road against Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria.
The game in Sevilla was also quite interesting. Third ranked Unicaja Malaga (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cajasol (7-6). Unicaja Malaga managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cajasol. Joel Freeland stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cajasol keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Unicaja Malaga will face Gescrap BB (#10) in Bilbao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajasol will play on the road against Lagun Aro GBC (#11) in San Sebastian.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Blusens M. lost to CAI Zaragoza on the opponent's court 71-80. Gescrap BB unfortunately lost to Caja Laboral in a home game 79-80. Asefa Estudian. recorded a loss to UCAM Murcia on the road 75-88. GC 2014 was crushed by Lagun Aro GBC on its own court 45-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 28 points and 5 rebounds by Bracey Wright of CAI Zaragoza.



CAI Zaragoza - Blusens M. 80-71

Very expected game when 14th ranked Blusens Monbus (4-9) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked CAI Zaragoza (6-6) 80-71 on Wednesday. Blusens Monbus was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. CAI Zaragoza shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 53.8 percentage. American guard Bracey Wright (191-84, college: Indiana, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and the former international point guard Carlos Cabezas (186-80) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. At the losing side Argentinian-Italian guard Javier Bulfoni (192-76) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) scored 10 points. Blusens Monbus' coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. CAI Zaragoza moved-up to seventh place. Newly promoted Blusens Monbus dropped to the fifteenth position with nine games lost. CAI Zaragoza will face Gran Canaria 2014 (#13) in Las Palmas in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Blusens Monbus will play on the road against Valencia Basket.
Top scorers:
Blusens M.: J.Bulfoni 15+6reb+3ast, M.Palacio 10+4reb+2ast, S.Lasme 9+4reb, D.Washington 8+2reb+1ast, E.Ere 7+2ast, L.Kendall 6+3reb+1ast
CAI Zaragoza: B.Wright 28+5reb+3ast, C.Cabezas 15+7ast, P.Aguilar 11+5reb+2ast, R.Hettsheimer 8+8reb, C.Toppert 6+3reb+1ast, J.Stefansson 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 133995


FIATC Joventut - Real Madrid 78-75

The most exciting game of round 13 in the ACB took place in Badalona. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of much higher ranked Real Madrid (10-3) to fourteenth ranked FIATC Joventut (5-8) 78-75 on Thursday evening. It was quite big embarassment for the guest team. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 22-17. But Real Madrid won second period 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Guard Albert Oliver (187-78) stepped up and scored 14 points and 4 assists for the winners and American forward Latavious Williams (202-91) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side naturalized Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-91) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and international point guard Sergio Llull (190-87) scored 15 points. Four Real Madrid players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. FIATC Joventut moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams. Real Madrid at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. FIATC Joventut is looking forward to face higher ranked Meridiano Alicante (#5) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Real Madrid will play against the league's leader Regal FC Barcelona having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Real Madrid: S.Llull 15+4reb+2ast, N.Mirotic 12+8reb+1ast, F.Reyes 10+5reb, M.Pocius 10+3reb, A.Tomic 7+4reb+1ast, M.Begic 6+2reb
FIATC Joventut: A.Oliver 14+2reb+4ast, D.Jelinek 13+3reb+1ast, L.Williams 10+7reb+1ast, D.Obasohan 8+1reb+3ast, E.Baez 8+5reb+1ast, F.Van Lacke 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 133988


Fuenlabrada - Lucentum 60-64

The game in Madrid was also worth to mention about. Fifth ranked Meridiano Alicante (10-3) played at the court of 8th ranked Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (6-7). Meridiano Alicante managed to secure a 4-point victory 64-60. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 19-13 charge of Meridiano Alicante, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 47-30 including 19 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Bulgarian forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86) who helped to win the game recording 8 points and 17 rebounds. Naturalized American power forward Lamont Barnes (208-78, college: Temple) contributed with 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. point guard Joaquim Colom (188-88, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points and 4 assists and New Zealand guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) added 19 points in the effort for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Meridiano Alicante have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada lost third consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Meridiano Alicante's next round opponent will be FIATC Joventut (#14) in Badalona which should be an easy win for them. Baloncesto Fuenlabrada will play on the road against Caja Laboral (#4) in Vitoria.
Top scorers:
Fuenlabrada: K.Penney 19+1reb+1ast, J.Colom 13+4reb+4ast, L.Mainoldi 11+1reb, M.Sene 6+11reb, J.Vega 3+3reb, S.Sanchez 2+4reb+2ast
Lucentum: T.Ellis 16+2reb, L.Barnes 13+7reb+1ast, B.Dewar 9+5reb+1ast, K.Ivanov 8+17reb+1ast, P.Llompart 7+1reb+7ast, M.Stojic 4+6reb
gschID: 133989


Gescrap BB - Caja Laboral 79-80

Very predictable result in Bilbao where fifth ranked Caja Laboral (10-3) edged 10th ranked Gescrap BB (5-7) 80-79 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 80-79. Caja Laboral made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 Gescrap BB turnovers. Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic (206-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up and scored 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Italian-Argentinian guard Pablo Prigioni (191-77) chipped in 18 points and 4 steals. At the losing side American guard Aaron Jackson (193-86, college: Duquesne) responded with 20 points and 5 assists and Greek swingman Kostas Vasiliadis (200-84, agency: FCM) scored 20 points. Gescrap BB's coach Fotis Katsikaris rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the ninth consecutive win for Caja Laboral. They moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Gescrap BB keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. Caja Laboral will face Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (#8) in Madrid in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Gescrap BB will play on the road against the league's second-placed Unicaja Malaga.
Top scorers:
Gescrap BB: A.Jackson 20+2reb+5ast, K.Vasiliadis 20+3reb, J.Blums 11+3reb, D.Fischer 9+7reb, A.Hervelle 7+6reb+1ast, A.Mumbru 5+7reb+3ast
Caja Laboral: M.Teletovic 24+7reb, P.Prigioni 18+3reb+1ast, F.San Emeterio 11+4reb+2ast, N.Bjelica 9+5reb, M.Bjelica 8+6reb+1ast, B.Oleson 6+1ast
gschID: 133990


Cajasol - Unicaja 68-72

The game in Sevilla was also quite interesting. Third ranked Unicaja Malaga (10-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Cajasol (7-6). Unicaja Malaga managed to secure a 4-point victory 72-68 on Wednesday. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Cajasol. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 24-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. British forward Joel Freeland (208-87) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Latvian guard Kristaps Valters (190-81) chipped in 18 points. Four Unicaja Malaga players scored in double figures. At the losing side American center Paul Davis (211-84, college: Michigan St.) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches allowed to play bench players in such tough game. Unicaja Malaga moved-up to second place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Cajasol keeps the sixth position with six games lost. Unicaja Malaga will face Gescrap BB (#10) in Bilbao in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Cajasol will play on the road against Lagun Aro GBC (#11) in San Sebastian.
Top scorers:
Cajasol: P.Davis 18+7reb, T.Urtasun 13+1reb+1ast, E.Calloway 10+3reb+3ast, C.English 9+2reb, M.Tepic 8+8reb+1ast, G.Rubio 4+5reb
Unicaja: K.Valters 18+2reb+2ast, J.Freeland 14+10reb+1ast, J.Garbajosa 11+4reb+3ast, G.Fitch 10+6reb+1ast, M.Payne 6+6reb+3ast, H.Peric 4
gschID: 133991


B.de Rueda V. - Valencia 74-65

Bottom-ranked Blancos de Rueda managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of six consecutive loses. This time they won against seventh-ranked Valencia Basket in Valladolid 74-65. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 17-12 Valencia Basket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 74-65 at the end of the game. American forward Jason Robinson (196-80, college: Pikeville) nailed a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Argentinian guard Diego Garcia (190-79) accounted for 19 points. Blancos de Rueda's coach Luis Casimiro allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Nik Caner-Medley (203-83, college: Maryland, agency: Priority Sports) came up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and French guard Nando De Colo (202-87) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Valencia Basket in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Blancos de Rueda maintains eighteenth place with 3-10 record. Valencia Basket lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the eighth position with seven games lost. They share it with Fuenlabrada. Blancos de Rueda will play against higher ranked Asefa Estudiantes (#17) in Madrid in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Valencia Basket will play at home against Blusens Monbus (#15) in Santoago de Comp and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Valencia: N.Caner-Medley 16+9reb+5ast, N.De Colo 16+6reb+2ast, S.Lishchuk 13+3reb, R.Martinez 10+1reb+3ast, R.Kuksiks 5+1reb, R.San Miguel 3+3reb+2ast
B.de Rueda V.: D.Garcia 19+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 18+11reb+1ast, K.Seawright 10+4reb, N.Martin 10+8reb, S.Dumas 8+1reb+7ast, H.Toure 6+4reb
gschID: 133992


UCAM Murcia - Asefa Estudian. 88-75

There was a minor upset when 15th ranked Asefa Estudiantes (4-9) was defeated on the road by seventeenth ranked UCAM Murcia (4-9) 88-75 on Wednesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. UCAM Murcia dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Asefa Estudiantes' 30. Montenegrin power forward Blagota Sekulic (208-82, agency: FCM) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and guard Jordi Grimau (195-83) chipped in 19 points. At the losing side center German Gabriel (207-80) responded with 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American swingman Antoine Wright (201-84, college: Texas A&M) scored 13 points. Five UCAM Murcia and four Asefa Estudiantes players scored in double figures. Both coaches allowed to play bench players saving starting five for next games. UCAM Murcia moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Asefa Estudian. and Blusens M. UCAM Murcia will face higher ranked Assignia Manresa (#12) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Asefa Estudian.: G.Gabriel 17+7reb, L.Flores 14+1reb, A.Wright 13+4reb, J.Granger 12+3reb+1ast, Y.Driesen 7, C.Jimenez 6+5reb
UCAM Murcia: J.Grimau 19+4reb+2ast, B.Sekulic 16+8reb+1ast, M.Walsh 14+4reb+2ast, J.Franch 14+3reb+4ast, D.Barlow 12+8reb, J.Augustine 9+6reb+1ast
gschID: 133993


GC 2014 - Lagun Aro GBC 45-78

There was a small surprise in Las Palmas where fourteenth ranked Lagun Aro GBC (5-8) outscored 11th ranked Gran Canaria 2014 (5-8) 78-45 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Lagun Aro GBC. Gran Canaria 2014 was better in fourth quarter 10-6. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lagun Aro GBC forced 19 Gran Canaria 2014 turnovers. American forward Andy Panko (204-77, college: Lebanon Valley) stepped up and scored 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for the winners and point guard Javier Salgado (180-80) chipped in 12 points and 6 assists. At the losing side American forward Alando Tucker (198-84, college: Wisconsin) responded with 9 points and naturalized Senegalese forward Sitapha Savane (202-78, college: Navy) scored 9 points. Gran Canaria 2014's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the third consecutive win for Lagun Aro GBC. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Gran Canaria 2014. Lagun Aro GBC will face higher ranked Cajasol (#6) in Sevilla in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
GC 2014: S.Savane 9+3reb, X.Rey 9+2reb, A.Tucker 9+3reb+1ast, T.Bellas 4+1reb+1ast, M.Bramos 4+3reb, S.Nelson 3+4reb
Lagun Aro GBC: A.Panko 23+5reb+4ast, J.Salgado 12+2reb+6ast, S.Vidal 10+4reb+2ast, D.Doblas 9+8reb+1ast, J.Baron 9+2reb+2ast, E.Papamakarios 6+1ast
gschID: 133994


FCB Regal - Assignia M. 74-61

ACB top team - Regal FC Barcelona (11-2) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Assignia Manresa (5-8) 74-61. They outrebounded Assignia Manresa 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. American swingman Chuck Eidson (202-80, college: S.Carolina, agency: Court Side) fired 14 points for the winners. Senegalese center Boniface Ndong (213-77) chipped in 7 points and 11 rebounds. Regal FC Barcelona's coach Xavier Pascual used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Justin Doellman (206-85, college: Xavier) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Defending champion maintains first place with 11-2 record. Assignia Manresa lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with eight games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Regal FC Barcelona will meet Real Madrid (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Assignia Manresa will play against UCAM Murcia (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Assignia M.: J.Doellman 12+1reb+2ast, M.Downs 11+7reb+1ast, A.Hanga 8+4reb+2ast, J.Asselin 6+1reb, R.Montanez 6+3reb+4ast, P.Oriola 5+3reb
FCB Regal: C.Eidson 14+3reb+2ast, E.Lorbek 12+2reb+2ast, P.Mickeal 10+4reb+2ast, M.Huertas 9+3reb+3ast, V.Sada 8+6reb+4ast, B.Ndong 7+11reb
gschID: 133987




Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Andy PANKO
  Lagun A.
  (204-F-77)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Panko, Lagun A.19.2 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.17.4 
 3. Wright, CAI Z.16.3 
 4. Davis, Cajasol16.3 
 5. Fernandez, Real M.16.1 
 6. Penney, Fuenlabra.16.0 
 7. Ayon, Fuenlabrada15.9 
 8. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.14.9 
 9. Doellman, Assignia14.6 
 10. Singler, Lucentum14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaloyan IVANOV
  Lucentum
  (205-F-86)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Ivanov, Lucentum8.8 
 2. Hettsheimer, CAI Z.8.4 
 3. Davis, Cajasol8.4 
 4. Augustine, UCAM M.8.3 
 5. Ayon, Fuenlabrada8.1 
 6. Teletovic, Caja L.7.8 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja7.6 
 8. Reyes, Real Madrid7.1 
 9. Baez, FIATC J.7.0 
 10. Martin, B.de R.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Javier RODRIGUEZ
  Assignia.
  (189-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Rodriguez, Assigni.5.7 
 2. Markovic, Valencia4.6 
 3. Dumas, B.de R.4.3 
 4. Oliver, FIATC J.3.9 
 5. Salgado, Lagun A.3.8 
 6. Colom, Fuenlabrada3.8 
 7. Cabezas, CAI Z.3.8 
 8. Llull, Real Madrid3.7 
 9. Huertas, FCB Regal3.7 
 10. Rodriguez, Real M.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Rudy FERNANDEZ
  Real M.
  (197-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fernandez, Real M.2.4 
 2. Prigioni, Caja L.2.0 
 3. Barnes, Lucentum1.8 
 4. Doellman, Assignia1.7 
 5. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 6. Davis, Cajasol1.5 
 7. Rodriguez, Assigni.1.5 
 8. Vidal, Lagun A.1.5 
 9. Williams, FIATC J.1.4 
 10. Eidson, FCB Regal1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Serge IBAKA
  Real Madrid
  (208-C/F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ibaka, Real Madrid2.0 
 2. Fischer, Gescrap BB1.8 
 3. Lasme, Blusens M.1.7 
 4. Sene, Fuenlabrada1.6 
 5. Toure, B.de R.1.6 
 6. Baez, FIATC J.1.3 
 7. Begic, Real Madrid1.3 
 8. Landry, Assignia.1.2 
 9. Asselin, Assignia1.2 
 10. Seraphin, Caja L.1.2 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. FCB Regal 11-2 
 2. Unicaja 10-3 
 3. Real Madrid 10-3 
 4. Caja Laboral 10-3 
 5. Lucentum 10-3 
 6. Cajasol 7-6 
 7. CAI Zaragoza 6-6 
 8. Fuenlabrada 6-7 
 9. Valencia 6-7 
 10. Gescrap BB 5-7 
 11. Lagun Aro GBC 5-8 
 12. Assignia M. 5-8 
 13. GC 2014 5-8 
 14. FIATC Joventut 5-8 
 15. Blusens M. 4-9 
 16. UCAM Murcia 4-9 
 17. Asefa Estudian. 4-9 
 18. B.de Rueda V. 3-10 


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  TAIWAN   


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


Dennis Carr is a newcomer at Taiwan Mobile Leopards - by Eurobasket Center
Taiwan Mobile Leopards added to their roster 30-year old American forward Dennis Carr (201-F-111kg-81, college: Embry Riddle). In his first game he scored 10 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Despite his good performance his new team lost to Yulon Luxgen 78-96. Carr played most recently at TTL Taiwan Beer (SBL). While playing 3 games for Taiwan Beer this season he averaged 11.3ppg, 11.0rpg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg. Carr is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, Austria, Israel, Mexico and United Kingdom. Carr graduated Embry Riddle University in 2003 and actually missed last season. It will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus FIZER
  Taiwan Mobile
  (203-F-78)
  Avg: 23
 1. Fizer, Taiwan Mobi.23.0 
 2. Chang, Dacin Tigers20.0 
 3. Broxsie, KKL19.0 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.18.6 
 5. Felix, Dacin Tigers17.5 
 6. Lu, Yulon Luxgen17.2 
 7. Dials, Pure Youth17.0 
 8. Chang, Bank o.15.2 
 9. Vaudreuil, Bank o.15.0 
 10. Hsu, Bank o.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin JOHNSON
  Yulon L.
  (201-F-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Johnson, Yulon L.18.8 
 2. Broxsie, KKL13.4 
 3. Fizer, Taiwan Mobi.13.0 
 4. Dials, Pure Youth13.0 
 5. Carr, Taiwan Mobile12.0 
 6. Carr, Taiwan Beer11.0 
 7. Felix, Dacin Tigers10.3 
 8. Vaudreuil, Bank o.10.0 
 9. Cheng, Taiwan Beer9.7 
 10. Davis, Pure Youth9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yi-Chieh SU
  Taiwan Mobile
  (181-PG-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Su, Taiwan Mobile5.3 
 2. Chen, Yulon Luxgen4.4 
 3. Wu, Taiwan Beer4.0 
 4. Johnson, Yulon L.4.0 
 5. Hsu, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 6. Lin, Bank o.3.0 
 7. Shang, KKL2.8 
 8. Lin, Dacin Tigers2.5 
 9. Chen, Taiwan Mobile2.5 
 10. Felix, Dacin Tige.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hsiao-Wen CHUAN
  Bank o.
  (190-F-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Chuan, Bank o.6.0 
 2. Creighton, Pure Y.3.0 
 3. Chang, Dacin Tigers3.0 
 4. Lin, Bank o.2.4 
 5. Liu, KKL2.4 
 6. Yang, Taiwan Beer2.3 
 7. Lin, Dacin Tigers2.0 
 8. Chen, Taiwan Beer2.0 
 9. Su, Taiwan Mobile1.8 
 10. Canopy, Yulon L.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Antoine BROXSIE
  KKL
  (209-F-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Broxsie, KKL4.6 
 2. Felix, Dacin Tigers4.0 
 3. Johnson, Yulon L.2.4 
 4. Davis, Pure Youth2.3 
 5. Chou, Yulon Luxgen1.6 
 6. Cheng, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 7. Chen, Taiwan Mobile1.3 
 8. Carr, Taiwan Beer1.3 
 9. Chen, Taiwan Mobile1.0 
 10. Vaudreuil, Bank o.1.0 


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  TUNISIA   


Impressed greatly by Tunisia - by Joshua Jones
Hello world, I just wanted to update my blog and say how impressed I am with Tunisia and also with the professionalism of my club Stade Nabeulien. This is a very beautiful country and the team has done a great job with giving me everything I need to make me feel at home. Also, I was welcomed by two a day practices which is not a bad thing at this point in the season. The team has great players as well as a great coach and manager and they all have knowledge of the game. I know the tradition of this club and I look forward to helping bring the championship back here. To all my fellow ball players overseas enjoy your new year as we all hope 2012 has something great in store. Until next time... Joshua Jones (196-G-83, college: Dillard)

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  TURKEY   


Ukic miss one month - by Ugur Turker
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul combo guard Roko-Leni Ukic (196-G-84) will be sidelined at least a mounth due to injury. Ukic broke his finger in training and went under surgery. In this period, Ukic is going to miss lots of important matches such as Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul, Anadolu Efes Istanbul, Unics Kazan, Armani Milano. While Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul advancing Top16 in THY Euroleague this season, Ukic was the one of the best performer in the team. He played with 9.7 pts, 2.1 ass in 10 games. After injury of Ukic, probable line up guard will be Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) and game time of Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) who is 3th point guard of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul will increase.

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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Randy CULPEPPER
  Fe.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Culpepper, Fe.20.9 
 2. Solomon, Cherkasy20.4 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro19.1 
 4. King, BC Odessa18.5 
 5. Deane, BC Odessa18.0 
 6. Guinn, Fe.17.9 
 7. Minard, Azovmash17.8 
 8. Mitchell, Khimik17.6 
 9. McClinton, Budivel.17.0 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn KING
  BC Odessa
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, BC Odessa10.9 
 2. Vukosavljevi., Hal.10.3 
 3. Fraser, DniproAzot8.9 
 4. Davis, Fe.8.9 
 5. Davis, Kryvbasb.8.8 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro8.7 
 7. Dunigan, DniproAzot8.6 
 8. Pecherov, Azovmash8.2 
 9. Odufuwa, Halychyna8.1 
 10. Goodridge, BC Kyiv8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick ZIMMERMAN
  BC Kyiv
  (191-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Zimmerman, BC Kyiv6.1 
 2. Mitchell, Khimik6.1 
 3. Deane, BC Odessa5.5 
 4. Ewing, Azovmash5.3 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro5.3 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.0 
 7. Butskyy, Fe.5.0 
 8. Ervin, BC Kyiv4.5 
 9. Vaughn, Mykolaiv4.4 
 10. Morovic, Halychyna4.4 
Steals Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.2.2 
 2. Chappell, Fe.2.0 
 3. House, Dnipro1.9 
 4. Minard, Azovmash1.8 
 5. Curry, BC Donetsk1.7 
 6. Ewing, Azovmash1.7 
 7. Tiggs, Hoverla1.7 
 8. Sirsnins, DniproAz.1.6 
 9. Nelson, BC Donetsk1.6 
 10. Davis, Kryvbasb.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  BC Kyiv
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Goodridge, BC Kyiv2.5 
 2. King, BC Odessa2.3 
 3. McClintock, Mykola.2.3 
 4. Davis, Kryvbasb.2.1 
 5. Gorbenko, Dnipr.1.7 
 6. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.7 
 7. Rizvic, Azovmash1.5 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.4 
 9. Hunter, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Parakhouski, Budi.1.4 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 15-5 
 2. BC Donetsk 13-5 
 3. Azovmash 13-6 
 4. Hoverla 13-7 
 5. Khimik 13-8 
 6. Ferro-ZNTU 12-9 
 7. Dnipro 11-7 
 8. BC Odessa 11-8 
 9. BC Kyiv 10-10 
 10. Mykolaiv 7-13 
 11. Cherkasy 6-13 
 12. DniproAzot 6-14 
 13. Kryvbasbasket 5-14 
 14. Halychyna 2-18 


Dnipro release Frederick House, DniproAzot part ways with Preston Knowles - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro have decided to split ways with Frederick House (195-F-78, college: S.Utah). The forward joined the team at the start of the season. He posted 7.7 points, 2.0 boards and 1.3 assists per game in VTB League. In Superleague his stats read 5.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per appearance. However he was injured recently and did not manage to recover fully. Last season Frederick House played for Azovmash Mariupol. His stats read 11.8 points, 5.2 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals in Superleeague. In EuroCup the forward notched 12.0 points, 4.8 boards and 2.5 steals. In VTB League Frederick House delivered 10.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.2 assists.
Preston Knowles (185-G-89, college: Louisville) left DniproAzot. The guard signed with the team in December. He appeared in three Superleague games. Preston Knowles posted 1.7 points, 2.0 boards and 1.7 assists per game in those appearances. It was the first pro contract for Preston Knowles.



Dnipro is close to Qyntel Woods - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro are aiming at signing a deal with Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC). The forward has split ways with Maccabi Haifa recently. He is now negotiating contract with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk. Qyntel Woods posted 7.3 points, 4.0 boards and 2.5 assists per game in Israeli Premier League with Maccabi Haifa. Last season Qyntel Woods started in Krasnie Krilya. Later he moved to Asseco Prokom. His stats read 5.8 points, 2.1 boards and 1.0 steal per game in PLK. Eurobasket.com named Qyntel Woods All-Polish League Import Player of the Year. Previously the forward had stints in NBA, Greece, Italy. Eurobasket.com named Qyntel Woods All-Polish Forward of the Year in both 2009 and 2010.



Superleague Round 19: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Superleague round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader BC Donetsk (13-5) against fourth ranked Hoverla (13-7) 74-73 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 18 points and 5 assists for BC Donetsk. Hoverla maintains fourth place with 13-7 record. BC Donetsk at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Budivelnyk. BC Donetsk will play next round against BC Kyiv trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hoverla will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Khimik in Yuzhny.
Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. First ranked Budivelnyk (15-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Khimik (13-8) 97-95 on Friday evening. It was a great evening for Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. Zach Morley helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists (made all of his fifteen free throws !!!). Defending champion maintains first place with 15-5 record. Khimik at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimik will play at home against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Zaporozhye between Ferro-ZNTU and Azovmash. Eighth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (12-9) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked Azovmash (13-6). Ferro-ZNTU managed to escape with a 2-point win 88-86 on Friday evening. It was an exceptional evening for Randy Culpepper who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!). Artur Drozdov came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds for Azovmash in the defeat. Azovmash's coach Gintaras Krapikas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to sixth place. Loser Azovmash dropped to the third position with six games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will meet at home DniproAzot (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Azovmash will play against Kryvbasbasket (#13) in Krivoy Rog and hope to secure a win.
Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (15-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked BC Odessa (11-8) in Kyiv 104-77. Chris Monroe fired 22 points for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-5 record. BC Odessa at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round. BC Odessa will play at home against Dnipro (#7) in Dnepropetrovsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. Fifth ranked Khimik (13-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked BC Kyiv (10-10) 96-93 on Wednesday evening. It was a very good performance for Darrel Mitchell who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 assists (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). Khimik maintains fifth place with 13-8 record. Loser BC Kyiv keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kyiv will play at home against the league's second-placed BC Donetsk (#2).

In the last two games of round 19 BC Odessa was beaten by BC Kyiv on the road 76-71. Bottom-ranked Halychyna lost to Azovmash on its own court 79-97.



Budivelnyk - Khimik 97-95

Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. First ranked Budivelnyk (15-5) saved a 2-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Khimik (13-8) 97-95 on Friday evening. The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 5-point deficit before their 33-26 run, which allowed them to win the game. Budivelnyk shot 65.4 percent from the field. Khimik was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Zach Morley (203-83, college: Wisconsin) helped adding 21 points and 7 rebounds. Budivelnyk's coach Zvezdan Mitrovic allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. At the losing side American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) responded with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists (made all of his fifteen free throws !!!) and the other American import forward Reyshawn Terry (203-84, college: N.Carolina) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-5 record. Khimik at the other side keeps the fifth position with eight games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Khimik will play at home against Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Khimik: D.Mitchell 29+1reb+10ast, A.McGhee 19+4reb, R.Terry 15+9reb+1ast, O.Prokopenko 12, P.Miletic 7+6reb+1ast, D.Ikovlev 6+1reb+1ast
Budivelnyk: S.Sehovic 25+6reb+1ast, Z.Morley 21+7reb+3ast, R.Alijevas 14+1reb+4ast, A.Parakhouski 9+4reb+1ast, M.Anisimovas 8+1reb+3ast, A.Malysh 6+1ast
gschID: 160313


BC Kyiv - BC Odessa 76-71

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked BC Kyiv (10-10) beat at home 7th ranked BC Odessa (11-8) 76-71 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 76-71. BC Odessa was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St.) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Gary Ervin (182-83, college: Arkansas) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 21 points in the effort for BC Odessa. BC Kyiv maintains ninth place with 10-10 record. Loser BC Odessa dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. BC Kyiv will face league's second-placed BC Donetsk at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: W.Deane 21+4reb+1ast, S.King 19+17reb, J.Love 12+4reb+1ast, E.Annenkov 8+3reb, R.Kryvych 6+6reb+1ast, D.Korshuk 3+8reb+2ast
BC Kyiv: D.Zimmerman 13+11reb+3ast, V.Goodridge 13+7reb, R.Otverchenko 12+3reb, P.Barac 11+4reb+2ast, G.Ervin 11+6reb+4ast, V.Podolyan 9+4reb
gschID: 160314


BC Kyiv - Khimik 93-96

Important game to mention about took place in Kyiv. Fifth ranked Khimik (13-8) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 9th ranked BC Kyiv (10-10) 96-93 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 12 points after three quarters before their 26-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Khimik made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Khimik especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 55.0 percentage. BC Kyiv was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and 9 assists (perfect behind the arc making all six shots !!!). Forward Denis Ikovlev (201-86, college: Nevada, agency: RIZO) contributed with 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St.) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and Ruslan Otverchenko (195-90) added 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) in the effort for BC Kyiv. Four Khimik and five BC Kyiv players scored in double figures. Khimik maintains fifth place with 13-8 record. Loser BC Kyiv keeps the ninth position with ten games lost. Khimik will face higher ranked Hoverla (#4) in Frankivsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Kyiv will play at home against the league's second-placed BC Donetsk (#2).
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: R.Otverchenko 23+2reb, V.Goodridge 17+7reb, D.Zimmerman 16+5reb+7ast, A.Shvets 14+5reb+1ast, V.Podolyan 11+2reb+1ast, P.Barac 6+1reb+1ast
Khimik: D.Mitchell 29+9ast, D.Ikovlev 20+9reb+2ast, A.Pustovyi 15+5reb, A.McGhee 11+3reb+1ast, P.Miletic 8+5reb, O.Prokopenko 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 160310


Hoverla - BC Donetsk 74-73

Superleague round 19 caused change at the leadership position. Fifth defeat of league's leader BC Donetsk (13-5) against fourth ranked Hoverla (13-7) 74-73 was the most important game of the last round. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of BC Donetsk. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 17-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Eric Coleman (200-85, college: N.Iowa, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Kevin Tiggs (196-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Ramel Curry (192-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) answered with 18 points and 5 assists and Serbian point guard Vule Avdalovic (189-81, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 4 steals in the effort for BC Donetsk. Hoverla maintains fourth place with 13-7 record. BC Donetsk at the other side dropped to the second position with five games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Budivelnyk. BC Donetsk will play next round against BC Kyiv trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Hoverla will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Khimik in Yuzhny.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: R.Curry 18+3reb+5ast, V.Avdalovic 16+4reb, V.Kravtsov 12+6reb+1ast, D.Jackson 9+6reb, I.Radenovic 9+3reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 5+2reb
Hoverla: K.Tiggs 19+4reb+3ast, E.Coleman 18+8reb, M.Walker 12+2reb+1ast, B.Greene 9+4reb+2ast, D.Swanson 8+3reb+4ast, Y.Lemyk 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 160311


Ferro-ZNTU - Azovmash 88-86

A very close game took place in Zaporozhye between Ferro-ZNTU and Azovmash. Eighth ranked Ferro-ZNTU (12-9) got a very close home victory over much higher ranked Azovmash (13-6). Ferro-ZNTU managed to escape with a 2-point win 88-86 on Friday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Azovmash won fourth quarter 25-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferro-ZNTU looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) who led the winners and scored 37 points (!!!). His fellow American import guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. The former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) came up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and American swingman Ricky Minard (196-82, college: Morehead St.) added 25 points respectively for Azovmash in the defeat. Azovmash's coach Gintaras Krapikas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to sixth place. Loser Azovmash dropped to the third position with six games lost. Ferro-ZNTU will meet at home DniproAzot (#12) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Azovmash will play against Kryvbasbasket (#13) in Krivoy Rog and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: R.Minard 25+3reb+2ast, D.Ewing 18+3reb+4ast, A.Drozdov 16+14reb+3ast, R.Varda 9+4reb, I.Zaytsev 8+1reb, M.Ivshyn 4+3reb
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 37+4reb+1ast, J.Chappell 18+7reb+7ast, H.Kandrusevich 15+4reb+3ast, M.Davis 8+6reb+3ast, R.Guinn 7+7reb+1ast, A.Butskyy 2+2reb+6ast
gschID: 160312


Halychyna - Azovmash 79-97

Very expected game when 14th ranked Halychyna (2-18) lost to second ranked Azovmash (13-6) in Lviv 79-97 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Azovmash led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Halychyna's 30. They outrebounded Halychyna 35-20 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Azovmash looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Quite impressive performance for American guard Daniel Ewing (191-83, college: Duke, agency: Alti Sport) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 assists. The former international guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Azovmash players scored in double figures. American guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) answered with 26 points and 5 assists and Serbian power forward Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 26 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Halychyna. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Azovmash went down to third position due to points difference. Halychyna lost thirteenth consecutive game. They stay dead last with 18 lost games. Azovmash will face Kryvbasbasket (#13) in Krivoy Rog in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Halychyna: V.Vukosavljevic 26+7reb, L.Harris 26+3reb+5ast, K.Mays 11+3reb+3ast, A.Miloserdov 5+1ast, B.Djurasovic 5+2reb+1ast, A.Chemyakin 2+1reb
Azovmash: A.Drozdov 23+5reb+1ast, D.Ewing 18+4reb+10ast, R.Minard 17+4reb+3ast, R.Varda 14+7reb+4ast, R.Rancik 12+9reb+1ast, B.Bayda 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 160308


Budivelnyk - BC Odessa 104-77

Superleague top team - Budivelnyk (15-5) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed seventh ranked BC Odessa (11-8) in Kyiv 104-77. The game without a history. Budivelnyk led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. American guard Chris Monroe (191-81, college: G.Washington) fired 22 points for the winners. Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (197-87) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Budivelnyk players scored in double figures. Vincentian center Shawn King (208-82, college: ORU) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Defending champion maintains first place with 15-5 record. BC Odessa at the other side dropped to the eighth position with eight games lost. Budivelnyk will have a break next round. BC Odessa will play at home against Dnipro (#7) in Dnepropetrovsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: S.King 15+10reb, W.Deane 13+3reb+4ast, R.Kryvych 13+2reb, D.Korshuk 9+3reb, J.Love 8+3reb+4ast, D.Parvadov 7+3reb+2ast
Budivelnyk: C.Monroe 22+1reb+2ast, M.Anisimovas 14+4reb+1ast, D.Zabirchenko 14+4reb+4ast, S.Sehovic 14+8reb+1ast, A.Parakhouski 11+8reb+1ast, A.Agafonov 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 160309




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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Friday 30 Dec Round Up - by Paul Nilsen
Worcester Wolves and Glasgow Rocks bounced back from defeats to both get back to winning ways and end the calendar year on a high.



The BBL action for 2011 was wrapped up as Wolves came out on top 103-92 in a real shootout at Prestige Homes MK Lions to gain revenge for a heavy defeat a month ago in the same fixture.



There was no stopping Richie Gordon (203-F, college: W.Carolina) who recorded a sensational double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds while Tommy Freeman poured in 26 points and point guard Sherrad Prezzie-Blue dished up 10 assists.



While Demarius Bolds was on fire once again with 33 points and Daniel Northern pulled down a monstrous 20 rebounds, the Lions were always playing catch-up after a poor start and couldnt get their noses in front.



Glasgow Rocks meanwhile managed to grind out a hard-fought 72-64 success against One Health Sharks Sheffield at Kelvin Hall with Danny Huffor leading the way with an all-action display.



Huffor just missed out on a double-double with 19 points and 9 rebounds but was instrumental in the victory which brought their rivals to the same number of league losses.



Rocks made the telling run with seven unanswered points during the final quarter which when added to the seven point lead they already held, gave a disappointing Sharks little opportunity to fight back.


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  URUGUAY   


Shellman grabbed 26 rebounds, a record for the season - by Hector Lopez
Terence Shellman (199-F-78) scored 29 points, 10 during the last quarter, and grabbed 26 rebounds, a record for the Uruguayan League season when Sayago defeat Bigua 76-73. Also for Sayago Jason McCoy (206-F/C-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) added 10 points 12 rebounds and 2 blocks. For Bigua Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) scored 21 points with 15 rebounds and 3 blocks. Other results:
Aguada 80 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 24 points 10 rebounds 3 assists, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 12 points 5 rebounds
Montevideo 59 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 19 points 13 rebounds, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 9 points 11 rebounds 1 block 3 assists, Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 6 points 2 rebounds, 2 blocks 5 assists
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Malvin 75 - Joaquin Osimani (193-G-87) 13 points 5 rebounds, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 10 points13 rebounds, Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) 4 points 4 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 9 points 6 rebounds
Guruyu Waston 60 - Sebastian Martinez (PG-76) 24 points 2 rebounds 4 assists


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Hebraica 18-2 
 2. Malvin 16-6 
 3. Defensor 15-6 
 4. Aguada 14-9 
 5. Welcome 13-8 
 6. Bigua 12-10 
 7. Trouville 11-11 
 8. Larre Borges 11-11 
 9. Un.Atletica 10-11 
 10. Cordon 9-12 
 11. Olimpia 8-13 
 12. Bohemios 8-13 
 13. Guruyu Waston 8-14 
 14. Montevideo 8-15 
 15. Sayago 7-16 
 16. Cader 5-16 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 4-0 
 2. Remeros 3-1 
 3. Wanderers 2-2 
 4. Universitario S. 1-3 
 5. Juventus Salto 0-4 
South
 1. Lagomar 5-0 
 2. Plaza 3-2 
 3. Lavalleja 2-2 
 4. Maldonado 2-3 
 5. Flores Trinidad 0-5 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Willard CREWS
  Cader
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Crews, Cader24.6 
 2. Humphrey, Bigua23.9 
 3. Brown, Trouville23.8 
 4. Herring, Bohemios22.7 
 5. Keenan, Larre B.22.3 
 6. Roland, Sayago22.1 
 7. Eddie, Cordon21.7 
 8. Johnson, Olimpia21.0 
 9. Evans, Cader20.9 
 10. Garcia Moral., Bi.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Montevideo
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Polk, Montevideo14.4 
 2. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.12.9 
 3. Davis, Aguada11.7 
 4. Humphrey, Bigua11.6 
 5. Crews, Cader10.6 
 6. Jackson, Defensor10.4 
 7. Passos, Hebraica10.2 
 8. Shellman, Sayago10.2 
 9. Keenan, Larre B.10.1 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barrera, Hebraica8.8 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin5.6 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada5.3 
 4. Taboada, Larre B.5.2 
 5. Braggs, Guruyu W.5.0 
 6. de Gouveia, Monte.4.8 
 7. Silvarrey, Sayago4.8 
 8. Cambon, Bigua4.7 
 9. Garcia Moral., Big.4.6 
 10. Muro, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Tornaria, Trouville2.7 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.6 
 3. Shellman, Sayago2.5 
 4. Clarkson, Larre B.2.4 
 5. Garcia Moral., Big.2.3 
 6. Vazquez, Olimpia2.3 
 7. Aguilera, Trouville2.3 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago2.2 
 9. Evans, Cader2.1 
 10. Jeffries, Malvin2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Bigua
  (203-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Humphrey, Bigua1.9 
 2. Polk, Montevideo1.9 
 3. Crews, Cader1.8 
 4. Clarkson, Larre B.1.7 
 5. Herring, Bohemios1.7 
 6. Wilborn, Un.Atleti.1.6 
 7. Augustus, Hebraica1.5 
 8. Newsome, Malvin1.5 
 9. Suarez, Cordon1.5 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios1.4 




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Women News

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  NCAA1 - Women  


No. 13 Texas Tech women stay undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Shauntal Nobles (6'3''-F/C) scored a career-high 14 points to help No. 13 Texas Tech remain undefeated with an 81-63 win over Cal State Bakersfield in the Surf N' Slam Classic on Thursday night.

Texas Tech (11-0) is off to its best start since winning 15 straight to open the 2004-05 season. The Lady Raiders are one of six undefeated Division I teams.

Monique Smalls (5'6''-G-91) and Mary Bokenkamp (5'9''-G) each had 10 points for the Lady Raiders, who scored 15 straight points in the second half for a 72-43 lead over the outmanned Roadrunners.

Kristine Herman (5'11''-G) and Ciarra Ford (5'8''-G) led Cal State Bakersfield (3-14) with 19 points apiece. The Roadrunners, hard hit with injuries, suited up just six players.

Texas Tech, playing its first game in eight days, used its overwhemling size to outrebound Cal State Bakersfield 59-31, including 29 offensive rebounds.

Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com


No. 5 Maryland women defeats No. 19 Delaware 85-76 - by Eurobasket News
Laurin Mincy (6'0''-G) scored a career-high 25 points, Alyssa Thomas (6'2''-F) had 23, and No. 5 Maryland used a strong second half to defeat previously unbeaten and 19th-ranked Delaware 85-76 on Thursday night.

The Terrapins (13-0) trailed 44-41 before Mincy scored nine points in a 15-2 run that put Maryland ahead by 10 with 13:51 left. After the Blue Hens closed to 56-50, Anjale Barrett (5'10''-G) contributed the final seven points to a 9-2 spurt that upped the margin to 13.

Barrett had 16 points and eight assists, and Mincy scored 18 in the second half to help Maryland win the title game of the two-day Terrapin Classic.

Elena Delle Donne (6'5''-G/F-89) scored 32 for the Blue Hens (10-1), who were seeking to improve on the best start in school history. Delaware is 0-10 all-time against Maryland and 3-28 versus ranked opponents.

Delle Donne finished 10 for 19 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws. She kept the Blue Hens in striking distance by scoring 24 points after halftime, including two foul shots that made it 79-73 with 3:43 to go.

But the Terrapins simply had too much depth and height. Maryland finished with a 38-30 rebounding advantage, the first time this season Delaware was beaten on the boards.

Delaware ran off 11 straight points late in the first half, taking its second lead of the game before a follow-shot by Whitney Bays put Maryland ahead 39-38 at the break.

After Thomas scored off the opening tip, the Blue Hens went up 7-6. Thomas then made a pair of baskets in a 13-4 run that put the Terps in front 19-11. The only Delaware points during the surge were scored by Delle Donne, who also committed two turnovers.

It was 24-20 before Thomas drilled a 3-pointer off a pass from Barrett and Kim Rodgers sank two foul shots. Minutes later, Thomas drove the length of the court for a layup, was fouled and added the free throw to make it 37-27.

That would be the Terrapins' final points for a span of nearly nine minutes. Barrett had assists on five of Maryland's first eight baskets, but she hurt her left ankle trying to take a charge and did not play the last 6 minutes of the half.

Courtesy of www.krgv.com


No. 4 Stanford beats USC 61-53 in women's game - by Eurobasket News
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'2''-F-90) had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Toni Kokenis (5'11''-G) added 15 and No. 4 Stanford pulled away over the final 10 minutes to beat Southern California 61-53 Thursday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

Ashley Corral (5'9''-G-90) scored 21 points for the Trojans (5-6, 0-1), who returned home after nearly a month on the road to lose their eighth straight to the Cardinal (10-1, 1-1).

Stanford came into its league opener with wins over ranked Tennessee and Texas. The Cardinal rolled through conference play undefeated last season on their way to a Final Four appearance.

But the Trojans made them work for the win.

It was a three-point game for much of the second half. USC took its only lead of the half, 44-43, on a 3-pointer by Ariya Crook. Stanford struggled with turnovers and at the free throw line, making just 8 of 16 in the half.

Courtesy of www.boston.com


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


WKBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jung-Eun KIM
  Cool Cats
  (180-F-87)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Kim, Cool Cats19.1 
 2. Jung, KB Stars16.3 
 3. Kang, S-Birds15.9 
 4. Kim, Cool Cats14.9 
 5. Cho, Winnus14.8 
 6. Han, Winnus14.7 
 7. Lee, S-Birds14.5 
 8. Sin, Winnus14.0 
 9. Lim, Woori Hansae14.0 
 10. Kim, S-Birds13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jung Ja SIN
  Winnus
  (185-F/C-80)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Sin, Winnus12.8 
 2. Heo, Cool Cats9.1 
 3. Kang, S-Birds8.5 
 4. Jung, KB Stars6.9 
 5. Bae, Woori Hansae6.5 
 6. Kim, S-Birds6.3 
 7. Gang, Cool Cats6.3 
 8. Kim, Bichumi6.1 
 9. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 10. Kim, KB Stars5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lee, Bichumi7.0 
 2. Kim, Cool Cats6.6 
 3. Choi, S-Birds6.0 
 4. Lee, Winnus4.3 
 5. Sin, Winnus4.2 
 6. Heo, Cool Cats3.9 
 7. Kim, S-Birds3.8 
 8. Park, KB Stars3.8 
 9. Park, Bichumi3.5 
 10. Kim, Cool Cats3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mi Sun LEE
  Bichumi
  (175-G-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Lee, Bichumi2.4 
 2. Han, Winnus2.0 
 3. Choi, S-Birds1.8 
 4. Lee, S-Birds1.7 
 5. Roberson, Bichumi1.6 
 6. Jung, KB Stars1.5 
 7. Beon, KB Stars1.2 
 8. Cho, Winnus1.1 
 9. Kim, Winnus1.0 
 10. Sin, Winnus1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sun-Hwa JUNG
  KB Stars
  (184-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Jung, KB Stars1.7 
 2. Gang, Cool Cats1.3 
 3. Sin, Winnus1.2 
 4. Kang, S-Birds1.2 
 5. Kim, S-Birds1.1 
 6. Kim, Cool Cats0.9 
 7. Roberson, Bichumi0.7 
 8. Yang, Woori Hansae0.6 
 9. Bae, Woori Hansae0.6 
 10. Ha, S-Birds0.6 


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 19-3 
 2. Winnus 14-9 
 3. Bichumi 13-10 
 4. KB Stars 10-12 
 5. Cool Cats 7-15 
 6. Woori Hansae 4-18