EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/6/2011

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  ABA   


Michiana Monarchs roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Veterans Mike Hadley (6'4''-G/F-75, college: N.C.Central) leads the Monarchs on the court, Hubert Gentry (6'0''-G-85) is the top scorer, Danny Rodts (6'6''-F, college: Calvin) is a last time addition.
According with team website http://www.monarchsball.com this down is the full team roster

1 Hadley, Mike G 6' 3' N.C.Central
3 Lee, Rodney G 6' 0' Kellogg CC
5 Foster, Brian G 6' 0' Concord (WV)
6 Payne, Daniel F 6' 7' Coffeyville CC
10 Landis, Jed G 6' 1' Fremont, IN
20 Gentry, Hubert G 6' 0' Indiana-South Bend
-- Richie, Aaron F 6' 8' IUPU-Ft.Wayne
25 Hill, Terry G 6' 2' South Bend, IN
30 Brown, Aramis G 6' 2' Chicago, IL
42 Dixon, Brandon F/C 6' 9' South Bend, IN
-- Conard, Michael F 6' 5' Elkhart, IN
45 Rodts, Danny F 6' 6' Calvin
50 Parker, Dannie F/C 6' 4' Concord (WV)
52 Parker, Levon G/F 6' 5' Elkhart, IN




Cleveland open season with a defeat from Chicago - by Gianni Pascucci
On Saturday, December 3, 2011, the Cleveland Hotcards ABA Professional Team Embarked on its regular season opener Saturday vs the Chicago Steam at
South Suburban Community College. The Hotcards were defeated 116-132
The game featured a very young Cleveland Hotcards team, featuring several unknown, unproven, and underestimated athletes from the Cleveland, Ohio area. The Hotcards team was lead by Rollie Smith (6'0''-G-81, college: Clarion) with 39 points 7 reb and 6 assists. Smith made 3's, drove to the basket and completed baskets while being fouled, split double teams, and found open teammates, and kept the Cleveland Hotcards team in the game particularly in the first half. Darvel Harris, a 5'5' dynamo tallied 9 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists, sometimes grabbing rebounds over two, 7 foot center the Chicago Steam team featured. Harris drove to the basket finished shots. Harris used his speed in the open floor on offense and defense to create problems for the Chicago Steam.
The Hotcards unknown players McCray, Cline, Coleman, Young all contributed in a big way. McCray a 6'4' wing player scored 22 points grab 7 rebounds.
Cline a 6'0' explosive guard, scored 13 points 9 rebounds and 5 assists, but his speed proved to catch the Chicago Steam off-guard. Cline a one man fast break constantly used his speed to beat the Chicago Steam down the floor to either finish at the front of the rim for himself, or dropping his teammate off a dime that led to several easy scoring oppurtunities. Coleman a 6'0' guard scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds all in the second half.
Also contributing for the Hotcards team were veterans John Oliver (6'9''-F) and Vince Maxwell. Robinson, Oliver made some open jump shots and Maxwell mandated the Cleveland team front line. Hardway and Leigh, all really young players used there speed to try to wear down to the Chicago Steam, and everyone played an important part in the Cleveland Hotcards team effort.
The Chicago Steam was led by Sam Mack (6'7''-G/F-70, college: Houston). Mack who dropped 29 points on several catch and shoot jump shots. Mack also drove to the basket and created matchup problems for the Cleveland Hotcards team by posting up smaller defenders up on the block. Andre Muse (6'5''-G-86, college: Quincy), the 2011 ABA MVP notched 26 points. Reginald George (6'10''-C-85, college: Robert Morris) also contributed 21 points for the Chicago Steam as they defeated the Cleveland Hotcards in a game that was high scoring, exciting, and fun to watch.
The Cleveland Hotcards team was down 5 pts with 5 minutes to go, but the Chicago Steam vetereans used there wisdom to seal the deal. Ron Hicks owner of the Chicago Steam put a well organized team on the floor, and was a first class host to the Cleveland Hotcards team.
Up next for the Cleveland Hotcards, will be the New Jersey Express this Saturday in New Jersey


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Markovic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Steven Markovic (190-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Radnicki K. and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He got a double-double of 27 points and 11 assists, while his team beat Helios (#12, 2-8) in overtime 98-90. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Radnicki K. maintains the 10th position in . Radnicki K. is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-6 record. In the team's last game Markovic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Radnicki K. and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Markovic has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.2apg. Markovic is in league's top in and averages solid 52.2% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Sean May (203-F/C-84) of KK Zagreb CO. He is American forward in his first season at KK Zagreb CO. In the last game May recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for KK Zagreb CO to edge the lower-ranked Krka (#13, 2-8) by 5 points 85-80. This victory allowed KK Zagreb CO to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. May is a newcomer at KK Zagreb CO and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another KK Zagreb CO's star - forward Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85). Simon showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was another key player of KK Zagreb CO, helping his team with a 85-80 win against the lower-ranked Krka (#13, 2-8). KK Zagreb CO needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 5 lost games. Simon has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 14.9ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 5.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Klemen Prepelic (191-G-92) of Helios - 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) of Hemofarm - 19 points and 8 rebounds
6. D.J. Gay (183-G-89) of Helios - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Helios - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Papa Diasse (212-F-87) of KK Zagreb CO - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Andrija Zizic (207-C-80) of Cibona - 15 points and 5 rebounds
10. Smiljan Pavic (210-F/C-80) of Krka - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. Sionista 4-0 
 2. Libertad S. 3-1 
 3. Quimsa 3-1 
 4. La Union 2-2 
 5. Olimpico LB 1-2 
 6. Regatas C. 1-3 
 7. San Mart.C. 1-3 
 8. Atenas 0-4 
South
 1. Obras 4-0 
 2. Penarol 3-1 
 3. Wuber-Est.Bahia 2-1 
 4. Boca Jrs 2-2 
 5. Club 9 2-2 
 6. Lanus 1-3 
 7. GECR Indalo 1-3 
 8. Quilmes MP 1-3 


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Vienna found a new Head Coach - by Stefan Heinrich
After the dismissal of Ivan Rudez the BC Vienna presented their new Head Coach just a couple of hours before their TV game against Gmunden. The new man on the bench is the 34 year old Serbian Ratko Radovic and as they announced today he just arrived yesterday in Vienna and he only had 1 day to prepare his new team for the game against the Swans but his new team did a great job against the first placed team in the Austrian as they managed to win with 75:67

Traiskirchen Lions bring back reigning ABL MVP Fabricio Vay - by Stefan Prager
The Traiskirchen Lions bring back the reigning ABL MVP Fabricio Vay (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances). After the departure of the teams topscorer Tiras Wade the Lions were forced to add some firepower to their roster. Vay was voted MVP last season and was hoping to advance to a better league in summer. Vay stayed with the Lions as a practice player and is expected to have his debut on Saturday when the Lions play the Gussing Knights on the road. The 6'9'' native of Argentina has an opt out clause in case of a better offer. In this case Croatian youngster Alex Percan is expcted to advance to the Lions roster as their fifth import player. The days of Adam Leonard who is also a practice player in Traiskirchen are expected to be over.

Preparing For Battle - by Anthony Shavies

I believe 75% of success is preparation. All preparation is important, how you prepare for a season, for a game, for a playoff series etc. With that being said I'm always very dedicated to preparing myself mentally and physically for upcoming seasons.
For me preparation starts around the beginning of June. I outline which areas I want to focus on improving then I design a plan with that goal in mind.
This past summer my focus was becoming a better shooter both off the dribble and off the catch. There are other parts of my game, that I work on consistently every summer. However I pick one or two areas to take exception to.
I live in Springfield, Missouri so I workout at my alma mater, Missouri State University. I usually get to gym around 7 or 8am; and start shooting on the gun (if you don't know what 'the gun' is google it). I have a specific amount of shots I make before I'm done. After completing my shooting, I lift weights and work on my agility and explosiveness. Then I finish up with about an hour of skill development. This is when I work on ball handling, footwork, moves off the dribble and so on.
I don't play a lot of pick up basketball during the summer. When I do play, I play with the Missouri State players. Playing against the college players helps me a lot, they're young and athletic so I have to be on top of my game on every play. Missouri State is supremely talented on the perimeter this year so playing against them all summer was great for me.
Around the beginning of August I change my workout plan a little bit. I focus on conditioning a lot more because the season is nearing. I also begin to lift less weights with higher reps to improve my muscle endurance.
One of the ways I prepare myself mentally is working with aspiring basketball players on skill development. Helping young players with their game helps me examine parts of my own game. I work with several different players over the course of the summer both through camps and individual instruction. I genuinely enjoy spending time helping other players improve, I get just as much out of it as they do. There are three players in particular I look forward to working with every week, Shasta, Christian and Tommyboy. Shasta is really raw talent wise but she improves so much faster than other players her age, I love her intensity. Christian is a point guard for his middle school team and our AAU team (Missouri Flight). He's probably the most coachable player I've ever worked with, which is why he picks up things at a rapid rate. My man Tommyboy is only in the second grade I believe. However his skill level is easily at a 7th/8th grade level. I've never seen a kid at his age do the things he can do with the basketball. I'm not exaggerating at all this kid is amazing! And he's pretty good at H-O-R-S-E, he's beat me twice. I'm extremely excited about watching his basketball career grow.
Game preparation for me starts two days before the game. I try to consume foods low in sugar and high in carbohydrates. I love pasta so it's really no different from my usual diet.
It's imperative that I find a good shooting rhythm two days before, the day before and the day of the game. So before I leave the gym following practice/shoot around on those days, I pick a couple of spots and make a predetermined amount of shots.
The night before the game, I eat a good meal (usually grilled chicken piccata and penne with tomato sauce) and watch one of my favorite movies 'Troy'. Troy is a dope movie, if you haven't seen it go watch it, finish reading my blog first though.
Achilles is the greatest warrior to ever live, Brad Pitt does an excellent job portraying him in this movie. The fight scenes are incredible, Achilles just destroys guys on the battlefield. Watching Troy puts me in an aggressive mood, warriors going at it on the battlefield for their survival. Nothing gets me more mentally prepared to play than watching Troy.
Shout out to my Grizzly Bear Fam (Big Time Weems, CK, Keith, Nate Dogg, Big Drew, AD, JG, Bizzy, Corbin, CC, Dorian and the rest of the fam) they have a big game against Oklahoma St this week, Bears fans wear your grey/gray.
Joke time! So everybody thought last weeks joke was corny, even my girlfriend. However my mother liked it, and my man Tommyboy liked it. It's just a good, clean classic joke! Okay this weeks joke:
Two men walk into a bar, which is weird, cause the second should have ducked...BOOM! (credit goes to Tamar Maclin for that joke)
If you have a better joke email me or get at me on twitter (@AIShavies)


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Spirou 7-1 
 2. Aalstar 6-4 
 3. M.Hainaut 6-4 
 4. Leuven 5-4 
 5. Antwerp 5-4 
 6. Oostende 5-5 
 7. Liege 3-4 
 8. Gent 3-6 
 9. Verviers-Pep. 1-9 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Copeland, Aalstar18.7 
 2. Mallet, Spirou16.4 
 3. Bostic, Liege15.8 
 4. Rich, Oostende15.7 
 5. Tofi, Leuven15.4 
 6. Freeman, Leuven14.7 
 7. Booker, Oostende14.6 
 8. Green, Spirou14.3 
 9. Black, Antwerp13.8 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 8.2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp8.2 
 2. Young, Aalstar7.3 
 3. Brown, Gent7.1 
 4. McLean, Leuven6.7 
 5. Booker, Oostende6.6 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.6.5 
 7. Carter, M.Hainaut5.9 
 8. Shengelia, Spirou5.9 
 9. Bostic, Liege5.7 
 10. Tofi, Leuven5.6 
Assists Per Game
 TJ THOMPSON
  Verviers.
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Thompson, Verviers.4.3 
 2. Waters, Liege4.2 
 3. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.1 
 4. Bosco, Gent4.1 
 5. Marnegrave, Leuven3.9 
 6. Singletary, M.Hain.3.1 
 7. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 8. Rich, Oostende2.9 
 9. Welsch, Spirou2.8 
 10. Hamilton, Spirou2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Devan DOWNEY
  Verviers.
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Downey, Verviers.2.8 
 2. Black, Antwerp2.7 
 3. Singletary, M.Hain.2.6 
 4. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 5. Haynes, Gent2.2 
 6. Bosco, Gent2.1 
 7. Jenkins, Gent2.0 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
 9. Faison, Verviers.2.0 
 10. Steinbach, Aalstar1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (216-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mejri, Antwerp3.0 
 2. Riddick, Spirou1.9 
 3. Jennings, Liege1.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 6. Love, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 7. Holiday, Aalstar0.7 
 8. Gillet, Liege0.7 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp0.7 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.6 


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster found a replacement for the released Mike Singletary. They signed Belgian forward Wen Boss Mukubu (198-G/F-83, college: UAB). Wen played in France and Italie afer his college career.
This past season he played for Belgacom Liege as of February of 2011 to replace Len Matela and Michel Jenkins. In 18 games for Liege he averaged 12.6 ppg and 5.1 rpg.
Straight out of college he played in the French ProA league for Le Havre. In France he also played for Strasbourg. He saw action in Italy playing for Serie B's Ferrara and Postoia.
He started his college career at Arkansas where he saw very little action before transferring to University of Alabama-Birmingham. Had a good senior year with averages of 14.3 ppg and 5.7 rpg.



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  BOSNIA   


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


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  BRAZIL   


Jon Rogers is waived by Limeira - by Paulo Freire
The american center Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) was released last Wednesday (11/30), by Winner/ Limeira Basketball. Rogers and his agent from South America, were informed of the termination of the contract by the managers of the team. The difficulty in adapting to the Brazilian basketball and and his low performance wasnt expected by the coach staff and were the reasons for his dismissal.
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'He is a fantastic person and owner of a joy that did very well for this group of players. It is a great professional, but unfortunately he not adapted to our basketball. Who works in the sport knows that there are situations where things do not work and it happened to Rogers, 'said head coach Demetrius Ferraciu .
Rogers's return to the United States occur until early next week.


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  BULGARIA   


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 8-0 
 2. Levski Sofia 7-1 
 3. Rilski Sportist 5-3 
 4. Cherno More 4-4 
 5. Tundja Yambol 4-4 
 6. Balkan 2-6 
 7. Chernomorets 1-7 
 8. Spartak Pleven 1-7 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Martin DURCHEV
  Tundja Y.
  (200-G-87)
  Avg: 22
 1. Durchev, Tundja Y.22.0 
 2. Harper, Levski S.19.4 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More17.9 
 4. Vukosavljevi., Ril.17.0 
 5. Stankov, Spartak16.4 
 6. Hall, Levski Sofia15.8 
 7. Heath, Lukoil A.15.8 
 8. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.15.1 
 9. Dunovic, Chernomo.14.5 
 10. Tsenov, Spartak14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vasil EVTIMOV
  Levski Sofia
  (207-C/F-77)
  Avg: 10
 1. Evtimov, Levski So.10.0 
 2. Yanev, Cherno More10.0 
 3. Pavlovski, Chernom.9.0 
 4. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.8.6 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Ril.8.1 
 6. Slaveykov, Sparta.7.2 
 7. Petkov, Tundja Y.7.1 
 8. Todorov, Spartak6.4 
 9. Stankov, Spartak6.0 
 10. Crawford, Balkan5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.6.2 
 2. Dyakovski, Sparta.5.3 
 3. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.3 
 4. Heath, Lukoil A.4.6 
 5. Filipov, Balkan3.9 
 6. Aleksiev, Cherno M.3.9 
 7. Zhelev, Cherno M.3.3 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.3.1 
 9. Govedarov, Tundja3.1 
 10. Zahariev, Rilski3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  Tundja Y.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Radionov, Tundja Y.3.0 
 2. Roshmanov, Cherno.3.0 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.2.6 
 4. Mirkovic, Rilski S.2.1 
 5. Velikov, Rilski S.2.0 
 6. Zhelev, Cherno M.2.0 
 7. Durchev, Tundja Y.2.0 
 8. Dunovic, Chernomo.1.9 
 9. Marinov, Balkan1.9 
 10. Dimitrov, Levski1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh CRAWFORD
  Balkan
  (211-C-88)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Crawford, Balkan1.6 
 2. Pavlovski, Chernom.1.3 
 3. Martin, Balkan0.9 
 4. Banev, Lukoil A.0.9 
 5. Ofoegbu, Tundja Y.0.9 
 6. Gocevski, Tundja Y.0.8 
 7. Eller, Levski Sofia0.6 
 8. Petkov, Tundja Y.0.6 
 9. Todorov, Spartak0.5 
 10. Sundov, Lukoil A.0.4 


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  CANADA   


Rainmen release Delk, add Hagan - by Eurobasket News
On Saturday afternoon, the Halifax Rainmen released 6'4'' shooting guard, Richard Delk (6'4''-G-86, college: Troy), and signed 5'9'' 170-pound guard, Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.).

Hagan, a 22-year-old from Houston, Texas, played college basketball at Midwestern State University where he led MSU to back-to-back NCAA D-II Elite Eight appearances, and ranked fourth in all-time MSU 2-year players in scoringm with 1,067 points.

After graduating, Hagan went on to play professionally in New Zealand, where he signed with the Manawatu Jets.

Hagan will join the Halifax Rainmen in tomorrow afternoon's 2 p.m. match-up against former Rainmen head coach Mike Evans and his Moncton Miracles.

Also joining the Rainmen in tomorrow's line-up is 6'9'', 210-pound former NBA'er, Eddie Robinson. Robinson played his first game with the Rainmen on November 27 in Oshawa, after being taken off of the injured reserve list for the first time in the 2011-12 season.

In the Rainmen's road game against Oshawa, Robinson scored 18 points, going 6-for-8 from the field, sinking his only three-point attempt and finishing 5-for-5 from the foul line.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


No panic from Rainmen yet - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen players arent worried, and apparently, neither should their fans.

Through eight games, Halifax is a mediocre 4-4 and sits in the middle of the pack in the seven-team National Basketball League of Canada.

But coming off a 104-95 victory against the winless Moncton Miracles yesterday afternoon at the Metro Centre, the Rainmen hope to kick-start a winning run and eventually move to where they feel they belong - amongst the league elite.

Hopefully we can just build from here ... we havent really showed our potential yet, said Rainmen guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut), who had 12 points after missing one game with a sprained pinkie finger.

I think at the end, well be at the top with everybody else. I dont think (fans) should worry. Its early in the season.

Dont be fooled by yesterdays score. Halifax was in tough against a game Miracles squad coached by former Rainmen bench boss Mike Evans.

Halifax was always in the lead other than for one minute in the first quarter, but needed a late-game run to blow the game open.

Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) had a game-high 26 points to lead the way offensively for Halifax, which had dropped two-straight, including a 97-92 decision to the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night.

Former Saint Marys Huskies guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) added 15 points and eight assists, while Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) netted 10 points and nine rebounds.

This stopped the bleeding a little bit and now well try to get back on a winning streak, said Crookshank.

You know, its good to get the kinks out at the beginning of the season. Of course we want to win every game, but its a long season, and as long as we get the kinks out and play hard, were going to win.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


No Miracle for Moncton - by Eurobasket News
The struggling Moncton Miracles are still winless but they reminded the Halifax Rainmen on Sunday that there are no soft spots in the National Basketball League of Canada.

The Miracles, playing their third game in as many days, hung tough with the home team for three quarters before the Rainmen used a 13-3 spurt partway through the final period to create a little breathing room. They went on to a 104-95 triumph that sent Moncton to its 10th loss to start the season.

'Coach (Pep Claros) was telling us theyre gonna be tired and he said by the fourth quarter we should be pushing harder while theyre going down,' said Halifax guard Darrin Dorsey, who scored seven points.

'But they played hard for having played three games in a row. I really gotta give it to them.'

Small forward Lawrence Wright paced the Rainmen attack with 26 points, including 11 in the third quarter.

Joey Haywood added 15 and Justin Johnson and Taliek Brown, playing with a heavily taped right hand after suffering a dislocated pinkie a week ago, scored 12 each. Eric Crookshank just missed a double-double, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Centre Boubacar Coly netted 16 points and yanked down 19 boards to top Moncton, while Andrew Francis added 14 in Mike Evans return to Halifax. The former Rainmen coach was brought in last week by the Miracles following the resignation of GM/coach Norris Bell.

The Rainmen (4-4) were coming off a pair of losses while the Miracles were trying to snap a frustrating skid that was extended Saturday night in a tough 98-93 setback to the league-leading London Lightning.

The last time the Rainmen dropped two in a row, they bounced back by thrashing the Miracles 121-95 at the Metro Centre on Nov. 10.

This time, the Miracles werent so accommodating, though Halifax centre Abdullahi Kuso said the Rainmen were cognizant before the game that they couldnt afford to take their winless opponent lightly.

'Were all professionals here and nobodys gonna come out and just lay down and let you beat them,' said Kuso, who had a strong performance in the paint, scoring seven points and grabbing a team-high 11 rebounds.

The Miracles, with the NBLs lowest-scoring offence and most porous defence, held just two brief leads in the game. They slipped ahead 18-15 in the first quarter after back-to-back triples by Francis and went up 20-19 on a Coly put-back a couple of minutes later.

But Dorseys tip-in on the next possession, with 4:20 remaining in the period, gave Halifax a 21-20 edge and the Rainmen never trailed again.

'We came off two tough losses so we knew we had to come out here and play hard, box out, rebound and just run, do what we do,' said the point guard from Phoenix, Ariz.

Halifax carried a 29-24 advantage out of the first quarter, led by seven at halftime and was on top by nine, 81-74, after three periods.

Still, the Miracles didnt go quietly. Each time the Rainmen seemed on the verge of turning the game into a rout, the visitors responded, staying close enough to make 3,256 fans at the Metro Centre uneasy.

But a five-minute run in the fourth that ended with Crookshank stealing the ball at halfcourt and going in for a monstrous dunk gave Halifax a 100-83 spread with four minutes remaining. That seemed to finally knock the wind out of the Miracles.

'They came off a tough loss last night and they were gonna come out hard,' Kuso said. 'They had good energy coming in but we just had to stay with it and they broke at the end but they gave us a good fight.'

Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Defeats Foshan 116-92 - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong defeated Foshan today 116-92. It gained a 5-2 record. Like Beijing, Guangdong uses a blend of imports and native players to gain its victories.

Brooks Aaron (183-PG-85, college: Oregon) led Guangdong with 22 points. Wang Shipeng scored 17 and Zhu Fangyu scored 16. James Singleton had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Zhou Peng scored 13 and Chen Jianghua had 11. Su Wei had 5 points and 11 rebounds.

Marcus Haislip scored 27 points for Foshan. Marcus Douthit had 11 points and 12 rebounds. He Ben, Hou Bing and Zheng Lingxu each had 9. Zheng Zhun scored 8 and Zhang Xiaowei had 7.



CBA Round 7: No surprise as #1 Beijing Ducks defeat Shanxi Zhongyu - by Eurobasket News
After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the CBA and who belongs to weaker ones.

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (2-3) 121-97. The game without a history. Beijing Ducks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Beijing Ducks outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 45-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Zhe Ji (202-89) helped adding 19 points and 12 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 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. Undefeated Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with three games lost. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Jiangsu Dragons (#14) forced the game against Bayi Fubang (#11) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99. It was an exceptional evening for international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Shuo Han accounted for 24 points and 6 rebounds. Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 21 rebounds for Jiangsu Dragons in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang (3-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Xinjiang F.T. Jiangsu Dragons lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS and TianJin R.. Bayi Fubang will play against league's leader Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Zhejiang Cyclones (#2) in Hangzhou and hope to get back on the winning track.
Third ranked Guandong Tigers (4-3) crushed at home 12th ranked Foshan (3-3) by 24 points 116-92, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Foshan. Aaron Brooks fired 22 points and 5 steals for the winners. Marcus Haislip produced 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Guandong Tigers went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Foshan dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers will meet Shanghai Sharks (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against DongGuan Leopards (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Xinjiang F.T. won against TianJin R. on the opponent's court 121-108. Guangsha L. outscored Jilin NE T. in a home game 109-89. DongGuan L. managed to beat Shandong FB on the road 100-94. Qingdao DS was crushed by Fujian XX on its own court 96-120. Liaoning H. smashed Shanghai S. in Yingkou 118-99.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 42 points (!!!) and 4 assists by Patrick Mills of Xinjiang F.T..



Guandong ST - Foshan 116-92

Third ranked Guandong Tigers (4-3) crushed at home 12th ranked Foshan (3-3) by 24 points 116-92, which is the biggest margin this round on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Foshan. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 116-92. Guandong Tigers forced 28 Foshan turnovers. American point guard Aaron Brooks (183-85, college: Oregon) fired 22 points and 5 steals for the winners. His fellow American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. Five Guandong Tigers players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Haislip (207-80, college: Tennessee) produced 27 points (made all of his seven free throws) and American-Filipino power forward Marcus Douthit (210-80, college: Providence, agency: Edge Sports) added 11 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Despite that victory Guandong Tigers went down to fourth position due to points difference, which they share with Liaoning H. Loser Foshan dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Guandong Tigers will meet Shanghai Sharks (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Foshan will play against DongGuan Leopards (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Foshan: H.Marcus 27+3reb, D.Marcus 11+12reb+2ast, H.Bing 9+3reb+1ast, H.Ben 9+3reb+1ast, Z.Lingxu 9+5reb+5ast, Y.Wenbo 8+1reb+2ast
Guandong ST: B.Aaron 22+3reb+3ast, W.ShiPeng 17+2reb+1ast, Z.FangYu 16+1reb+2ast, S.James 15+7reb+2ast, Z.Peng 13+3reb+1ast, C.Jianghua 11+5ast
gschID: 158047


Beijing Ducks - Shanxi Zh. 121-97

CBA top team - Beijing Ducks (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they crushed ninth ranked Shanxi Zhongyu (2-3) 121-97. The game without a history. Beijing Ducks led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 33-of-42 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Beijing Ducks outrebounded Shanxi Zhongyu 45-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. 30 personal fouls committed by Shanxi Zhongyu helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a great evening for American power forward Randolph Morris (211-86, college: Kentucky) who led his team to a victory scoring 26 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Zhe Ji (202-89) helped adding 19 points and 12 rebounds. Five Beijing Ducks players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Charles Gaines (201-81, college: S.Mississippi) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 14 rebounds and the other American import swingman Marcus Williams (201-86, college: Arizona, agency: Interperformances) scored 31 points (made all of his eight free throws). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Beijing Ducks have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 7-0 record. Shanxi Zhongyu at the other side dropped to the thirteenth position with three games lost. Beijing Ducks are looking forward to face Bayi Fubang (#7) in Ningbo in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Shanxi Zhongyu will play on the road against TianJin Rongcheng (#17) in Tianjin and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Shanxi Zh.: W.Marcus 31+3reb+3ast, G.Charles 31+14reb, D.JiangPeng 7+1reb+1ast, Y.PengFei 6+2reb+1ast, B.ZhaoBao 6+2reb, M.Kan 5
Beijing Ducks: M.Randolph 26+7reb+1ast, J.Zhe 19+12reb+2ast, M.Stephon 19+5reb+4ast, Z.Xiaochuan 19+8reb, Z.YanXi 15+4reb, F.Shuo 10+1reb
gschID: 158048


Bayi Fubang - Jiangsu D. 99-97 OT

Jiangsu Dragons (#14) forced the game against Bayi Fubang (#11) into an overtime, but lost by two points 97-99. The hosts were tied after three quarters and then recorded another tie at the end of regular time. They eventually won an overtime period 11-9. Bayi Fubang forced 24 Jiangsu Dragons turnovers. Jiangsu Dragons were plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for international center ZhongHao Xu (212-90) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Shuo Han (196-86) accounted for 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Dutch center Dan Gadzuric (211-78, college: UCLA) came up with a double-double by scoring 30 points and 21 rebounds and the former international swingman Da Meng (196-82) added 16 points respectively for Jiangsu Dragons in the defeat. Five Bayi Fubang and four Jiangsu Dragons players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Bayi Fubang (3-2) moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Xinjiang F.T. Jiangsu Dragons lost their third game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS and TianJin R.. Bayi Fubang will play against league's leader Beijing Ducks at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jiangsu Dragons will play against the league's second-placed Zhejiang Cyclones (#2) in Hangzhou and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Jiangsu D.: G.Dan 30+21reb+3ast, M.Da 16+2reb+1ast, %PlayerNameFromUNbr% 13+4reb+1ast, Y.Li 10+4reb+2ast, W.Junjie 8+7reb+1ast, H.XueFeng 7+2reb+2ast
Bayi Fubang: X.ZhongHao 25+11reb+1ast, H.Shuo 24+6reb+1ast, W.Lei 12+7reb+3ast, D.Lehei 11+6reb+1ast, Z.Bo 10+6reb+4ast, M.Ke 5+4reb
gschID: 158044


TianJin R. - Xinjiang F.T. 108-121

Very expected game in Tianjin where 17th ranked TianJin Rongcheng (2-5) was defeated by tenth ranked Xinjiang Flying Tige (3-2) 121-108 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Xinjiang Flying Tige. TianJin Rongcheng managed to win second period 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Strangely TianJin Rongcheng outrebounded Xinjiang Flying Tige 46-28 including a 30-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 22 long-distance shots on high 61.1 percentage. Xinjiang Flying Tige looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Australian point guard Patrick Mills (183-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) fired 42 points (!!!) and 4 assists for the winners. The former international center Bateer Mengke (210-75) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. American power forward Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds and forward GuiJun Xu (202-80) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Xinjiang Flying Tige and five TianJin Rongcheng players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Xinjiang Flying Tige moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Bayi Fubang. TianJin Rongcheng lost their fourth game in a row. They stay at the bottom position with five games lost. They share it with Qingdao DS and Jiangsu D.. Xinjiang Flying Tige will meet at home Qingdao Double Star (#16) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. TianJin Rongcheng will play against Shanxi Zhongyu in Taiyuan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TianJin R.: H.Donnell 22+15reb+1ast, X.GuiJun 21+8reb+2ast, F.Rony 18+4reb+2ast, S.Chun 15+1ast, H.David 11+12reb+6ast, Z.Nan 9+2reb+1ast
Xinjiang F.T.: M.Patrick 42+4reb+4ast, X.GuoChong 29, M.Bateer 19+9reb+9ast, C.Tal 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kenyon 5+2reb+3ast, Y.Changdong 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 158045


Guangsha L. - Jilin NE T. 109-89

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions' (4-2) home victory over 6th ranked Jilin Tigers (3-4) 109-89 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Zhejiang Guangsha Lions. Jilin Tigers managed to win fourth quarter 30-25. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 21 Jilin Tigers turnovers. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Peter John Ramos (222-85) fired a double-double by scoring 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American forward Wilson Chandler (203-87, college: De Paul) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Five Zhejiang Guangsha Lions players scored in double figures. American swingman Cartier Martin (201-84, college: Kansas St.) produced 23 points and guard Wei Lu (194-85) added 25 points respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions moved-up to third place. Loser Jilin Tigers dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Zhejiang Guangsha Lions will meet at home Liaoning Hunters (#5) in the next round. Jilin Tigers will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Jilin NE T.: L.Wei 25+1reb, M.Cartier 23+4reb+1ast, Z.Biao 12+7reb+1ast, W.Jameel 9+5reb, D.Osama 9+5reb+6ast, L.Tao 5+1reb+2ast
Guangsha L.: C.Wilson 20+4reb+2ast, J.Lipeng 18+3ast, R.Peter John 17+15reb, Z.Wei 13+3reb+4ast, L.Chih-Chieh 10+2reb+5ast, W.Bo 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 158046


Shandong FB - DongGuan L. 94-100

There was a minor upset in Jinan where higher ranked Shandong Bulls (3-4) were defeated by thirteenth ranked DongGuan Leopards (3-4) 100-94 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Shandong Bulls won third quarter 24-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American forward Shavlik Randolph (208-83, college: Duke) fired a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 19 rebounds for the winners. Nigerian-American guard Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-86, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 30 points. American swingman Alan Anderson (198-82, college: Michigan St., agency: Priority Sports) produced a double-double by scoring 46 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Liberian-American forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee services) added 17 points and 23 rebounds respectively for lost side. Shandong Bulls' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for DongGuan Leopards. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Shandong Bulls. Shandong Bulls lost their fourth game in a row. DongGuan Leopards will meet higher ranked Foshan (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shandong Bulls will play against Fujian SBS XunXin in Jinjiang and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shandong FB: A.Alan 46+11reb+6ast, H.Othello 17+23reb, T.HanLin 9+6reb+2ast, S.Jie 5+1reb+2ast, Y.Ding 5, W.Ruheng 4+1ast
DongGuan L.: R.Shavlik 33+19reb+2ast, A.Josh-Emmanuel 30+2reb+1ast, Z.Kai 8+11reb+1ast, G.QuAn 8+4reb, F.Qi 7+3reb+1ast, Q.Biao 7+4reb
gschID: 158041


Qingdao DS - Fujian XX 96-120

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Fujian SBS XunXin and 15th ranked Qingdao Double Star had identical 2-4 record. But Qingdao Double Star was not able to use a home court advantage and was outscored by the opponent from Jinjiang 120-96 on Sunday night. The game was mostly controlled by Fujian SBS XunXin. Qingdao Double Star managed to win second period 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Fujian SBS XunXin dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Qingdao Double Star's 56. American center Will McDonald (211-79, college: S.Florida) fired 40 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds (on 16-of-21 shooting from the field) for the winners. Jordanian forward Zaid Abbas (203-83) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 18 rebounds. Five Fujian SBS XunXin players scored in double figures. American guard Lester Hudson (191-84, college: Tenn-Martin) produced 29 points and 8 assists and Palestinian power forward Sani Sakakini (203-88) added 19 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Fujian SBS XunXin (3-4) moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Qingdao Double Star keeps the fifteenth position with five games lost. They share it with Jiangsu D. and TianJin R.. Fujian SBS XunXin will meet at home Shandong Bulls (#12) in the next round. Qingdao Double Star will play against Xinjiang Flying Tige in Urumqi and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Qingdao DS: H.Lester 29+2reb+8ast, S.Sani 19+11reb+1ast, L.Gen 10+3reb+2ast, J.Ivan 9+6reb+2ast, L.Yan 8, C.Kai 7+6reb
Fujian XX: M.Will 40+8reb+2ast, R.Anthony 23+5reb+1ast, A.Zaid 16+18reb+3ast, Z.TaiLong 15+1reb+2ast, G.SongLin 13+2reb+4ast, L.Yi Ting 6+2reb+5ast
gschID: 158042


Shanghai S. - Liaoning H. 99-118

There was no surprise when 13th ranked Shanghai Sharks (2-4) were outplayed at home by sixth ranked Liaoning Hunters (4-3) 118-99 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 118-99. Liaoning Hunters looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Liaoning Hunters made 8 blocks. American forward Rodney Carney (201-84, college: Memphis) fired 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import forward Josh Powell (206-83, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field). International center ZhaoXu Zhang (221-87, college: California) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Mike Harris (198-83, college: Rice) added 20 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Shanghai Sharks' coach rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Liaoning Hunters moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Guandong ST. Loser Shanghai Sharks dropped to the fourteenth position with four games lost. Liaoning Hunters will meet higher ranked Zhejiang Guangsha Lions (#3) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shanghai Sharks will play against Guandong Tigers (#4) in Dongguan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Shanghai S.: Z.ZhaoXu 20+11reb+2ast, H.Mike 20+6reb+1ast, L.Wei 16+6reb+4ast, F.Ryan 15+8reb+1ast, P.Fei 15+1reb, W.Yang 6+4reb
Liaoning H.: C.Rodney 27+6reb+2ast, P.Josh 24+7reb+2ast, L.Xiaoxu 17+8reb, Z.QinPeng 13+4reb+13ast, H.Dejun 13+4reb, G.Ailun 11+4reb+6ast
gschID: 158043




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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Lester HUDSON
  Qingdao DS
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 33.7
 1. Hudson, Qingdao DS33.7 
 2. Mills, Xinjiang.30.5 
 3. Chandler, Guangsha.30.0 
 4. Green, Foshan26.5 
 5. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.26.2 
 6. McDonald, Fujian X.25.9 
 7. Martin, Jilin N.25.9 
 8. Williams, Shanxi Z.25.8 
 9. Boone, Zhejiang C.25.3 
 10. Akognon, DongGua.24.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Othello HUNTER
  Shandong FB
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 16.6
 1. Hunter, Shandong16.6 
 2. Gaines, Shanxi Zh.15.0 
 3. Harris, Shanghai S.14.8 
 4. Abbas, Fujian XX13.8 
 5. Harrison, TianJ.12.6 
 6. Randolph, DongGua.12.6 
 7. Gadzuric, Jiang.12.5 
 8. Douthit, Foshan11.2 
 9. Chandler, Guangsha.11.2 
 10. McDonald, Fujian11.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bateer MENGKE
  Xinjiang.
  (210-C-75)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mengke, Xinjiang.8.0 
 2. Daghles, Jilin N.7.4 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS5.7 
 4. Marbury, Beijing5.7 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.5.3 
 6. Anderson, Shandon.5.3 
 7. Zhang, Liaoning H.5.2 
 8. Smith, Zhejiang C.5.0 
 9. Williams, Shanxi Z.4.4 
 10. Zeng, Foshan4.2 
Steals Per Game
 XueFeng HU
  Jiangsu D.
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hu, Jiangsu D.3.5 
 2. Anderson, Shandon.3.4 
 3. Hudson, Qingdao DS3.1 
 4. Daghles, Jilin N.2.9 
 5. Collins, Jiangsu D.2.8 
 6. Lee, Beijing Ducks2.6 
 7. Brooks, Guandong2.4 
 8. Zhang, Bayi Fubang2.3 
 9. Mills, Xinjiang.2.3 
 10. Zhang, Liaoning H.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 ZhaoXu ZHANG
  Shanghai S.
  (221-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Zhang, Shanghai S.2.7 
 2. Gadzuric, Jiang.2.2 
 3. Xu, Bayi Fubang2.0 
 4. Boone, Zhejiang C.1.5 
 5. Douthit, Foshan1.5 
 6. Li, Liaoning H.1.4 
 7. Wang, Bayi Fubang1.3 
 8. Yi, Guandong ST1.3 
 9. Abbas, Fujian XX1.2 
 10. Singleton, Guando.1.1 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan MIMICA
  KK Split
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Mimica, KK Split21.9 
 2. Ceskovic, Kvarner19.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly18.5 
 4. Tomeljak, Svjet.17.5 
 5. Simovic, Kvarner16.8 
 6. Mrva, Jolly16.8 
 7. Sarlija, Borik16.0 
 8. Sobin, KK Split14.4 
 9. Vrbanc, Zadar14.1 
 10. Kruslin, Zabok14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Teo SIMOVIC
  Kvarner .
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Simovic, Kvarner7.7 
 2. Radic, Zadar7.6 
 3. Cakarun, Borik7.3 
 4. Kastropil, Zadar7.3 
 5. Poscic, Svjetlost7.3 
 6. Ridl, Darda7.1 
 7. Zupic, Alkar Sinj6.9 
 8. Peraica, Darda6.9 
 9. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 10. Sobin, KK Split6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Josip GLAVINIC
  Krizevci
  (192-G-82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Glavinic, Krizevci7.4 
 2. Tomeljak, Svjet.6.6 
 3. Ross, Jolly4.1 
 4. Ceskovic, Kvarner4.0 
 5. Subotic, KK Split3.8 
 6. Mimica, KK Split3.8 
 7. Dosen, Dubrovnik3.6 
 8. Katic, KK Split3.3 
 9. Salamun, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Tomas, Zabok2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald ROSS
  Jolly
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ross, Jolly3.6 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.3 
 3. Zadnik, Zadar2.0 
 4. Panduric, Darda1.9 
 5. Blazevic, Borik1.8 
 6. Surina, Kvarner1.8 
 7. Zivkovic, Svjetlost1.8 
 8. Katic, KK Split1.7 
 9. Ridl, Darda1.7 
 10. Salamun, Kvarner1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZUPIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zupic, Alkar Sinj1.5 
 2. Sarlija, Borik1.2 
 3. Vukovic, KK Split1.0 
 4. Ridl, Darda1.0 
 5. Kastropil, Zadar0.9 
 6. Gaurina, Alkar Sinj0.9 
 7. Cakarun, Borik0.9 
 8. Sobin, KK Split0.9 
 9. Buva, Krizevci0.8 
 10. Vrsaljko, Jolly0.6 


A1 Standings
A1 Standings
 1. KK Split 6-2 
 2. Kvarner 2010 5-3 
 3. Zabok 5-3 
 4. Zadar 5-3 
 5. Krizevci 5-4 
 6. Svjetlost 4-4 
 7. Jolly 4-4 
 8. Borik 4-5 
 9. Alkar Sinj 3-5 
 10. Darda 3-5 
 11. Dubrovnik 1-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Zagreb CO


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CEZ Nymburk beat at home Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
CEZ Nymburk - Asseco Prokom 75:68


Czech CEZ Nymburk beat at home Polish Asseco Prokom 75:68 on Sunday. The hosts improved to 2-5 record after the exciting victory and sent Polish team to 2-4 record.
Asseco Prokom trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 26-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-75 at the end of the game. American guard Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Washington) orchestrated the victory by scoring 19 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). His fellow American import guard A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, college: Texas) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Lithuanian power forward Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 18 rebounds and American guard Jerel Blassingame (175-G-81, college: UNLV) added 14 points and 7 assists in the effort for Asseco Prokom.
Defending Czech champion maintains eighth place with 2-5 record will play Minsk-2006 next on December 18th. Defending Polish champion Asseco Prokom will take on Lietuvos rytas on December 10th.

CEZ Nymburk: Chester Simmons 19, A.J. Abrams 16, Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) 11
Asseco Prokom: Donatas Motiejunas 19+18rebs, Adam Hrycaniuk (206-C-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Cincinnati) 14, Jerel Blassingame 14, Lukasz Seweryn (196-G-82, agency: Court Side) 14



Christmas Break - by Inge Semaj
Welcome to my blog (Semaj Inge (193-G-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Temple)). This is my first blog post since I made the transition from Iceland to playing over in Czech Republic.

Now here we are in early December, and its about that time where most foreign players get a chance to return home for several days.
These days are critical for players. This is the time where players get a chance to go home to be with their loved ones, eat some of their favorite foods, be around their native language and a variety of other things would usually not be available.

It is very important for these players to get this time because it benefits them greatly mentally. It helps them to mentally recharge and we all know that the game of basketball is 90% mental.

So I just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays, as you go about finishing out these few games strong.

Follow me on twitter @eazyinge

-Semaj


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


1Liga Round 13: Sparta Praha is defeated by Sokol Vysehrad - by Eurobasket News
1Liga is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 13 rounds left.

The game between second ranked Sparta Praha (10-3) and eleventh ranked Sokol Vysehrad (4-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sparta Praha was defeated by Sokol Vysehrad in Vysehrad 95-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sparta Praha. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-83. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Litomerice. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Opava B. Sokol Vysehrad is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Benesov (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sparta Praha's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Prazsky.
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (13-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (7-6) in J.Hradec 73-66. Undefeated BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Sokol Prazsky lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Liberec. BK Lions Hradec will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sokol Prazsky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha Sparta Praha.
Third ranked B&W Opava B (10-3) crushed at home 9th ranked BC Benesov (6-7) by 49 points 101-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. B&W Opava B moved-up to second place, which they share with Sparta Praha. Loser BC Benesov keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. B&W Opava B will meet at home BK Kondori Liberec (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Benesov will play against Sokol Vysehrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Sokol H.Kralove won against Trutnov on the opponent's court 76-72. Kladno was outscored by Proton Zlin in a home game 62-84. Bottom-ranked Mlada Boleslav recorded a loss to Litomerice on the road 84-69. Prostejov B was defeated by Liberec on its own court 60-64.



Opava B - Benesov 101-52

Third ranked B&W Opava B (10-3) crushed at home 9th ranked BC Benesov (6-7) by 49 points 101-52, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. B&W Opava B moved-up to second place, which they share with Sparta Praha. Loser BC Benesov keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. B&W Opava B will meet at home BK Kondori Liberec (#8) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BC Benesov will play against Sokol Vysehrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Vysehrad - Sparta Praha 95-83

The game between second ranked Sparta Praha (10-3) and eleventh ranked Sokol Vysehrad (4-9) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. Sparta Praha was defeated by Sokol Vysehrad in Vysehrad 95-83. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Sparta Praha. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 95-83. Sokol Vysehrad moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Litomerice. Sparta Praha at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Opava B. Sokol Vysehrad is looking forward to face higher ranked BC Benesov (#9) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sparta Praha's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Praha to the arena Sokol Prazsky.
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Trutnov - Sokol H.Kralove 72-76

We cannot really consider it an upset in the game between close teams when 5th ranked Kara Trutnov (8-5) was defeated at home by sixth ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (8-5) 76-72 on Sunday. Sokol Hradec Kralove moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Trutnov. Sokol Hradec Kralove will meet Kladno (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kara Trutnov will play against the league's leader BK Lions Hradec (#1) in J.Hradec and hope to secure a win.
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Kladno - Proton Zlin 62-84

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Proton Zlin (9-4) smashed on the road 13th ranked Kladno (1-12) 84-62 on Sunday. The game without a history. Proton Zlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Proton Zlin maintains fourth place with 9-4 record. Newly promoted Kladno keeps the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. They share it with Mlada Boleslav. Proton Zlin will meet Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Kladno will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove.
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Litomerice - Mlada Boleslav 84-69

Not a big story in a game when 14th ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-12) was defeated on the road by eleventh ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (4-9) 84-69 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-69. Slavoj BK Litomerice moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Vysehrad. Mlada Boleslav lost their twelfth game in a row. Newly promoted team stay at the bottom position with 12 games lost. They share it with Kladno. Slavoj BK Litomerice will meet at home higher ranked Proton Zlin (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Mlada Boleslav will play against BK Prostejov B (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Prostejov B - Liberec 60-64

Everything went according to plan when eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (7-6) beat on the road 12th ranked BK Prostejov B (3-10) 64-60 on Sunday. The victory was the third consecutive win for BK Kondori Liberec. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Sokol Prazsky. Loser BK Prostejov B keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. BK Kondori Liberec will meet higher ranked B&W Opava B (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BK Prostejov B will play against Mlada Boleslav (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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J.Hradec - Sokol Prazsky 73-66

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (13-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat seventh ranked Sokol Prazsky (7-6) in J.Hradec 73-66. It looked good early as Sokol Prazsky took an 7-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then BK Lions Hradec had a 21-13 second period charge getting the lead and Sokol Prazsky was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-73. BK Lions Hradec have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. They maintain first place with 13-0 record. Sokol Prazsky lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position with six games lost. They share it with Liberec. BK Lions Hradec will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Sokol Prazsky's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Praha Sparta Praha.
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  DENMARK   


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Jam add Gurley and Harris - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam have claimed guard Anthony Gurley (6'3''-G-88, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Massachusetts) from the available player pool and reactivated point guard Anthony Harris (6'2''-G-85, agency: N.E.T.) from the injured list, the team announced today. Justin Graham has been waived due to injury.

Gurley was drafted by Los Angeles in the 2nd round of the 2011 NBA Development League Draft and attended the D-Fenders training camp. He worked out for the Boston Celtics in June, 2011 and participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals in 7 games. Transferring from Wake Forest, Gurley played three seasons at Massachusetts, averaging 18.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 30 games his final year.

Harris was acquired by Bakersfield from the available player pool after the GATORADE Call-up of Trey Johnson to the Los Angeles Lakers in April, 2011. He split the 2010-11 NBA D-League season between the Sioux Falls Skyforce and Utah Flash, averaging 11.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists on the year. Prior to joining the Jam, Harris played overseas in Cyprus and Hungary. He played college basketball for Miami, averaging 10.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 32 games his senior season.

The current roster now stands at 12 players. NBA D-League teams are permitted to carry a maximum of 12 players until one week after the commencement of NBA training camps, at which point they will be required to return to no more than 10 NBA D-League players.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Erie BayHawks beat Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) scored a game-high 21 points for the Erie BayHawks, who salvaged a split of their two-game series at Iowa with Sunday afternoon's 97-87 victory.

It was the first road win of the new NBA Development League season for the BayHawks, who lost 112-108 Saturday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

The BayHawks (2-3) never trailed Sunday's matinee after a 5-0 mini-run midway through the second quarter. Two free throws from center Chris Daniels left Erie up 36-31 with 5 minutes, 53 seconds left.

Erie built a 51-40 lead at halftime and maintained its 11-point margin at 74-63 after three quarters. The Energy (3-3) pulled within seven when Andrew Drevo's jumper made it 83-76 with 6:50 left to play, but they came no closer.

The BayHawks led by at least 10 the rest of the way when forward Mychel Thompson (6'7''-F-88, college: Pepperdine) converted a 3-pointer on their next possession.

Daniels recorded a double-double for the BayHawks with his 15 points and 13 rebounds.

He was one of four Erie starters who scored in double figures, with Sloan good for his 21, followed by Tirrell Baines (6'6''-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) with 18 and Thompson with 15.

Brandon Ewing (6'2''-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Wyoming) sparked the Energy with 17 points. Moses Ehambe totaled 13, while Nick Murphy and Jarrid Famous each contributed 12.

Sloan was Erie's top scorer in each game at Iowa.

The guard contributed 29 points in Saturday night's four-point loss.

Thompson followed with 21 points. Daniels added 14 points and 10 boards.

The BayHawks had few defensive answers in that game for Ehambe, who finished with 31 points.

Erie returns to action Friday, when it hosts the expansion Canton Charge at Tullio Arena.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


Red Claws rally for 1st win - by Eurobasket News
Kenny Hayes (6'2''-PG-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Miami, OH) scored 28 of his game-high 32 points in the second half in leading the Maine Red Claws to their first win this season, a 99-91 decision over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants before a crowd of 2,799 Sunday night at the Portland Expo.

Hayes took Coach Dave Leitao's halftime speech to heart and burst into the second half.

He single-handedly swung the momentum of a game that appeared to be clearly in the Mad Ants' favor.

The 6-2 guard from Miami (Ohio) rallied his team from an 11-point halftime deficit with 13 straight points in the third quarter, ending up scoring 18 of his team's 27 points in the period.

'Coach came in at halftime and really got on us,' Hayes said. 'He said we looked scared, which we did, and he told us we were better than that and that we could still win this game. That started with me being the leader and the captain. I need to do something to boost my team and bring some energy. I kind of took it personal and I couldn't let my team down.'

The Red Claws' surge came after Fort Wayne appeared to have the game under control at the half. The two teams played on relatively even terms through most of the first two quarters, until the Mad Ants outscored Maine 15-0 in the final 2 1/2 minutes for a 59-48 halftime lead.

Hayes was just 2 for 7 from the field in the half.

'I just forgot about the first half,' Hayes said. 'I knew it was a new half and I was going to do whatever I could do to help win this game for the team.

'That's the one thing that I learned over the summer. In the past I carried my emotions on my sleeve and I would let the first half carry over to the second. When you are the captain and the leader on the team you have to realize you have to have a short memory.'

'Because he's the floor general, whether it's (Hayes') fault or not, that goes on his shoulders,' said Leitao, whose team lost its first three games. 'Our challenge to him was to be better, to take care of his team and himself. So he took it personal.'

Justin Brownlee had a huge blocked shot and a put-back slam in the final two minutes of regulation to punctuate the comeback effort, and Chris Wright posted double-doubles for the Red Claws. Brownlee finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds off the bench while Wright had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) paced the Mad Ants with 26 points and Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) added 20 points and 11 rebounds.

NOTES: Saturday night's official final against Springfield was a 112-104 loss, not 112-107 as reported in an early version of the game's final stats. According to Jana Spaulding, the Red Claws' director of public and community relations, a power outage in the computerized statistics system caused some late confusion requiring postgame corrections. The point differential came from individual game totals for Wright, who finished with a game-high 26 points instead of 27, and Hayes, who officially had 18 points instead of 20. ...

According to Leitao, J.R. Reynolds has left the team. No other information was provided.

Courtesy of www.pressherald.com


Bakersfield loses first game - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam lost to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers by a score of 118-95 tonight. The Jam (3-1) drop their first game of the season and the Vipers (4-1) win their first road game of the year.

The first period of the game was a close battle as the lead changed 4 times and the teams were tied twice as the Vipers took a 28-26 lead over the Jam at the end of the quarter. Rio Grande Valley got hot in the second, shooting 55.0% on the quarter, while Bakersfield went cold, only hitting 16.7% of their shots to bring the halftime score to 58-44 in favor of the Vipers. The third quarter continued to go RGV's way as they extended their lead to as many as 30 points and entered the final period being up 85-66. The Jam made a push to start the final period with Adrian Thomas (6'7''-F-87, college: Miami, FL) hitting 4 of his 7 three pointers on the night in that quarter and trimmed the Vipers lead to only 10 points at the 7:34 mark but it wasn't enough to make the come back.

Rio Grande Valley outscored Bakersfield 56-20 in the paint and 17-6 in the fast-break category. The Jam committed 23 turnovers and had only 18 team assists compared to the Vipers 33.

Jam were led by Adrian Thomas with a game-high 21 points on 7-for-15 three point field goal shooting off the bench. Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) finished with his third double-double of the season (14 points and 15 rebounds). Mustapha Farrakhan had 12 points and Anthony Harris added 10 points and dished out a team-high 6 assists.

Seven Vipers scored in double figures this evening, led by Stanley Asumnu (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Tennessee) with 20 points off the bench. Forward Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88, college: La-Lafayette) contributed 19 points and Kelvin Lewis added 17. Josh Tarver and Marshall Brown had 12 points apiece. Terrel Harris and Jay-R Strowbridge scored 10 points each.

Up next, Bakersfield will take on the Idaho Stampede on Thursday, December 8, at 7 pm PT at the Jam Events Center.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Blake AHEARN
  Reno B.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ahearn, Reno B.25.0 
 2. Sloan, Erie Bay H.24.8 
 3. Garcia, Sioux F.24.8 
 4. Costner, Los A.22.7 
 5. Dentmon, Austin T.22.7 
 6. Millsap, Los A.22.5 
 7. Biggs, Canton C.22.3 
 8. Moses Randal., Iow.21.5 
 9. Famous, Iowa E.21.0 
 10. Smith, Springfiel.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamal SAMPSON
  Texas L.
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Sampson, Texas L.15.0 
 2. Butch, Bakersfi.12.5 
 3. Famous, Iowa E.12.2 
 4. Lewis, Tulsa 66ers11.6 
 5. Daniels, Erie B.11.4 
 6. Stiemsma, Sioux F.10.8 
 7. Wright, Maine RC10.8 
 8. Thomas, Austin T.10.0 
 9. Foote, Springfield9.5 
 10. Reid, Tulsa 66ers8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Walker RUSSELL
  Ft.Wayne.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne.11.0 
 2. Cooksey, Texas L.8.8 
 3. Sloan, Erie Bay H.8.4 
 4. Ewing, Iowa E.7.2 
 5. Ahearn, Reno B.7.0 
 6. Tinsley, Los A.6.8 
 7. Bozeman, Reno B.5.8 
 8. Hayes, Maine RC5.8 
 9. Ubiles, Dakota W.5.8 
 10. Baker, Dakota W.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Elijah MILLSAP
  Los A.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Millsap, Los A.4.0 
 2. Harris, Rio G.2.6 
 3. Fortson, Los A.2.5 
 4. Hamilton, Los A.2.3 
 5. Cooksey, Texas L.2.3 
 6. Tinsley, Los A.2.3 
 7. Curry, Springfield2.0 
 8. Franklin, Canton C.2.0 
 9. Johnson, Texas L.2.0 
 10. Russell, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux F.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Foster, Idaho S.4.0 
 3. Major, Bakersfi.2.3 
 4. Daniels, Erie B.2.2 
 5. Thompson, Erie B.2.0 
 6. Gladness, Dakota1.8 
 7. Dove, Dakota W.1.8 
 8. Okwandu, Rio G.1.8 
 9. Coleman, Rio G.1.8 
 10. Rogers, Texas L.1.5 


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 17 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
3rd placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-6) fell to fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-4) in overtime by two points 73-75 on Saturday night. The game took place in Kauhajoki. But the guests from Tampere were better at the end. American players dominated the game. Kenneth Lowe orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.

In the last game of round 17 Korihait beat Kouvot on the road 73-69. Bottom-ranked Namika Lahti lost to ToPo on its own court 89-107. Nilan Bisons was outscored by Kataja in Joensuu 68-91. KTP lost to defending champion Pyrinto at home 75-90.
The most impressive performance of 17th round was 25 points and 9 rebounds by Kimmo Muurinen of ToPo.


Kouvot - Korihait 69-73

There was a small surprise when eighth ranked UU-Korihait (7-9) beat 6th ranked Kouvot (7-8) in Kouvola 73-69 on Saturday. Kouvot was trailing by 10 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 21-15 charge of UU-Korihait, which allowed them to win the game. UU-Korihait outrebounded Kouvot 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. American swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Cedric Latimer (198-87, college: St.Francis, PA) contributed with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. American forward Anthony Brown (203-86, college: Oklahoma St., agency: KMG Sports Management) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Antoine Jordan (196-83, college: Siena) added 9 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Kouvot. UU-Korihait maintains eighth place with 7-9 record. Kouvot at the other side keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. UU-Korihait will face Salon Vilpas (#9) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Kouvot: A.Brown 20+7reb+2ast, A.Nikkarinen 16+2reb+3ast, S.Vanttaja 11+3reb, A.Jordan 9+10reb+2ast, J.Gonner 8+2reb+3ast, I.Seppala 4+2reb+1ast
Korihait: N.Moore 23+7reb+2ast, S.Vanzant 14+2reb+3ast, C.Johnson 12+5reb, C.Latimer 11+12reb, P.Rainamaa 5+5reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 141704


Namika Lahti - ToPo 89-107

Very expected game when 11th ranked Namika Lahti (2-14) lost at home to fifth ranked Torpan Pojat (9-6) 107-89 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Torpan Pojat. Namika Lahti was better in fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Torpan Pojat made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Namika Lahti was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Kimmo Muurinen (202-81, college: UALR) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agency: Warren Sports International) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. The former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) answered with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agency: Prossin Sports Management) added 20 points in the effort for Namika Lahti. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat maintains fifth place with 9-6 record. Namika Lahti at the other side stay at the bottom position with 14 games lost. Torpan Pojat will face league's leader Joensuun Kataja at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Namika Lahti will play against Tampereen Pyrinto (#3).
Top scorers:
Namika Lahti: V.Makalainen 22+6reb+4ast, M.Moore 20+4reb+2ast, R.Brooks 15+5reb+1ast, B.Bailey 13, J.Vanttaja 11+2reb, S.Pekkola 6+2reb
ToPo: K.Muurinen 25+9reb+3ast, C.McIntosh 23+1reb+4ast, C.Lindbom 16+4reb+1ast, T.Heinonen 12+7reb, S.Niskanen 11+2reb+1ast, E.Lehtinen 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141705


Kauhajoki - Pyrinto 73-75 OT

3rd placed Kauhajoen Karhu (10-6) fell to fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-4) in overtime by two points 73-75 on Saturday night. The game took place in Kauhajoki. But the guests from Tampere were better at the end. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-15. But Kauhajoen Karhu won second period 16-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Kauhajoen Karhu used huge pressure winning it 19-13 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 10-12. Tampereen Pyrinto forced 19 Kauhajoen Karhu turnovers. American players dominated the game. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points. Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) contributed with 6 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Tampereen Pyrinto players scored in double figures. Forward Kelly Beidler (199-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with a double-double by scoring 25 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks and point guard Clevin Hannah (180-87, college: Wichita St., agency: Court Side) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Kauhajoen Karhu. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. Kauhajoen Karhu at the other side dropped to the fourth position with six games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Kauhajoki: K.Beidler 25+13reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 15+6reb, C.Hannah 10+5reb+7ast, I.Vuori 6+4reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 6+2reb, H.Hirvikoski 4+3reb
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 18+2reb, K.Lowe 17+4reb+1ast, A.Williams 11+6reb+2ast, A.Nikkila 10+7reb+1ast, O.Ahvenniemi 7+5reb, D.Williams 6+11reb+4ast
gschID: 141706


Kataja - Nilan Bisons 91-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with first ranked Joensuun Kataja's (13-3) home victory over second-ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (10-4) 91-68 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Joensuun Kataja. Loimaan Korikonkarit was better in fourth quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Loimaan Korikonkarit was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tenn-Martin, agency: Pro One Sports) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) contributed with 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Martin Zeno (196-85, college: Texas Tech) answered with 11 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro) added 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Loimaan Korikonkarit. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Joensuun Kataja have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Joensuun Kataja maintains first place with 13-3 record. Loser Loimaan Korikonkarit keeps the second position with four games lost. Joensuun Kataja will face Torpan Pojat (#5) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against LrNMKY in Lappeenranta.
Top scorers:
Nilan Bisons: M.Zeno 11+6reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 11+5reb, C.Jones 10+7reb, J.Ivey 10+1reb+5ast, S.Latvala 9+3reb+2ast, M.Koivisto 9+5reb+4ast
Kataja: J.Newson 20+12reb+1ast, S.Lehtoranta 20+8reb+3ast, B.Walker 13+4reb+7ast, J.Price 12+8reb, A.Kanervo 9+3reb, P.Virtanen 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 141707


KTP - Pyrinto 75-90

Not a big story in a game when 10th ranked KTP-Basket (4-12) lost to fourth ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (10-4) in Kotka 75-90 on Monday. The game was mostly controlled by Tampereen Pyrinto. KTP-Basket was better in second period 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Tampereen Pyrinto made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. KTP-Basket was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated also this game. Guard Kenneth Lowe (192-80, college: Purdue) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Forward Tim Blue (205-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds and power forward Amal McCaskill (211-73, college: Marquette) added 12 points and 15 rebounds in the effort for KTP-Basket. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tampereen Pyrinto have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Nilan Bisons. KTP-Basket lost ninth consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with 12 games lost. Tampereen Pyrinto will face bottom-ranked Namika Lahti (#11) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KTP-Basket will play against Kouvot in Kouvola.
Top scorers:
KTP: T.Crocker 23+4reb, T.Blue 19+12reb, J.Matinen 16+2reb, A.McCaskill 12+15reb+3ast, B.Sarcevic 3+4reb+4ast, J.Lehtoranta 2+3reb
Pyrinto: K.Lowe 22+7reb, D.Williams 21+4reb+3ast, A.Williams 18+3reb+1ast, A.Lehto 17+3reb+3ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+7reb+1ast, N.Mattila 4+2reb
gschID: 141708


LrNMKY - KTP 92-81 OT

LrNMKY needed overtime to beat KTP 92:81. Hamm erupted with 31 points and Tiedeman notched 28. Crocker replied with 28 points in the losing effort.

Top scorers:
KTP: T.Crocker 28+8reb, T.Blue 19+14reb+2ast, M.Pounds 14+1ast, J.Matinen 10+6reb, A.McCaskill 6+3reb, B.Sarcevic 4+5reb+3ast
LrNMKY: L.Hamm 31+8reb+2ast, T.Tiedeman 23+8reb+1ast, V.Vanjoki 14+6reb+2ast, M.Ojala 11+1reb, D.Haynes 5+4reb+2ast, H.Valimaa 3+3reb+1ast


gschID: 141703




CHICKEN TODAY FEATHERS TOMORROW!!! - by Dwight Coleman
The NBA lockout is a done deal. Im sure everyone involved is very happy, but the ripple effect is still being felt by international superstars like me and many others who were bumped to lower leagues and even back to the states as the market was in frenzy. I made a personal decision during the lockout that instead of being bumped to a lower paying opportunity, I opted to return to the states and plug back in with my skills trainer to sharpen my sword and put myself in position to fulfill my dream. I am exploring NBDL and NBA free agency opportunities. As the leading scorer and rebounder in the Las Vegas Courtside Basketball Camp, as well as leading my overseas team in scoring averaging 21 points per game before I got bumped. I am confident that wherever I focus my efforts I will succeed. My focus for the next 2 months is to get on here in the states. If its a no go, I will seek to continue to stack Euros!! I will be blogging my progress weekly.


Your Boy, Your Bundle of Joy
SWEET MILK
a.k.a. Dwight Coleman


KORISLIIGA: KTP lost again - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 16: KTP Basket (Kotka) has now three decent American players, but team cannot win. Tonight KTP suffered loss # 9 in a row, when visitor Pyrinto (Tampere) won 75-90 (35-42). Quarters: 20-28, 15-14, 18-22, 22-26. Even rebounds were now for KTP (4-12) advantage as newcomer Amal McCaskill grabbed 15 rbs alone in 37 minutes. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) had his double-double # 10 in 16 contests (19/12) and Tony Crocker (201-G/F-87, college: Oklahoma) scoring game high 23 pts. But the problem is; opponents score more points! Pyrinto had four starters between 17-22 points and there were still a few players helping to the victory. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) led Pyrinto (10-4) with 22 pts.
KTP Basket - Pyrinto 75-90 (35-42). (Tony Crocker 23, Tim Blue 19/12, Jukka Matinen 16 - Kenneth Lowe 22, Damon Williams 21, Antwine Williams 18. A: 1043).




Oulun NMKY add Eero Aaltonen - by Eurobasket News
Oulun NMKY add Eero Aaltonen (196-G/F-90) to their roster. The Finnish player recorded 14 points in his debut. Saynatsalon Riento was crushed on the road by second ranked Oulun NMKY 106-86. Oulun NMKY led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Saynatsalon Riento's 50. Oulun NMKY forced 21 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers and had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. point guard Lloyd Phillips notched 34 points and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Josh Nofflet supported him with 22 points,
The Finnish player started his career in 2008-2009 for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (1st Division) and in 21 games averaged 1.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In 2009-2010 for Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (1st Division) he improved to 4.3ppg, 2.1rpg. Last season with Kori-Konkarit Loimaa (1st Division, starting five) after 31 games his stats read 6.6ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 45.3%, 3PT: 19.0%, FT: 71.1%. The season 2011-2012 he started with Nilan Bisons Loimaa (Korisliiga) and averaged 0.9 points per game after 7 games.



1st Division Round 10: Aanekosken Huima hands first defeat to Forssan Koripojat - by Eurobasket News
Undefeated Forssan Koripojat (9-1) recorded its first loss in Aanekoski on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (5-5) 99-92. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. Forssan Koripojat trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 29-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 92-99 at the end of the game. Aanekosken Huima made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) fired 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) chipped in 27 points and 7 assists. Forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Forssan Koripojat at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Aanekosken Huima are looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Pyrinto II (#6) in Tampere and is hoping to win this game.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked BC Nokia (7-3) against sixth ranked Pyrinto II (6-4) on Sunday night. Visiting BC Nokia was defeated by Pyrinto II in Tampere 87-69. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Osku Heinonen contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals for BC Nokia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pyrinto II moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lapua. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Tapiolan Honka. Pyrinto II will play against league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Nokia will play against Ura Basket in Kaarina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in Kaarina supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ura Basket (4-6). Lapuan Korikobrat smashed Ura Basket 112-88 on Sunday. Eric Williams had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners. At the losing side Lionel Green responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 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. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid three-game winning streak. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 6-4 record, which they share with Pyrinto II. Loser Ura Basket dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Porvoon Tarmo. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet at home BC Jyvaskyla (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against BC Nokia and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (1-10) was outscored by fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (7-3) 87-56. Villematti Kopio notched 22 points and 4 assists to lead the effort. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Tapiolan Honka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Oulun NMKY at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.

In the last two games of round 10 SayRi was crushed by Oulun NMKY in a road game 106-86. Porvoon Tarmo beat ToPo Akatemia at home 87-72.



ToPo Akatemia - Tapiolan Honka 56-87

The game with biggest result difference took place in Helsinki. Local Torpan Pojat (1-10) was outscored by fourth ranked Tapiolan Honka (7-3) 87-56. Tapiolan Honka dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 28. Point guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) notched 22 points and 4 assists to lead the effort and forward Ilkka Sirola (197-86) supported him with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Even 17 points and 6 rebounds by Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Power forward Topias Suortti (201-94) added 13 points for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Tapiolan Honka moved-up to third place, which they share with BC Nokia. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Tapiolan Honka's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Oulun NMKY at home and it will be for sure the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Tapiolan Honka: V.Kopio 22+3reb+4ast, A.Vanjoki 19+4reb+2ast, I.Sirola 16+11reb, T.Laitinen 9+6reb+2ast, V.Puotila 8+3reb+8ast, A.Odabasi 4+4reb+1ast
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 17+6reb+2ast, T.Suortti 13, J.Aho 5+5reb, J.Kauppinen 5+3reb+1ast, E.Eerikinharju 5+5reb, M.Nuolivirta 4+3reb
gschID: 150191


Pyrinto II - BC Nokia 87-69

Very important is a road loss of third ranked BC Nokia (7-3) against sixth ranked Pyrinto II (6-4) on Sunday night. Visiting BC Nokia was defeated by Pyrinto II in Tampere 87-69. After very bad start, BC Nokia stormed back in the second period cutting the deficit to 1 point 36-35. But it was not enough and Pyrinto II took back the control in second half. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BC Nokia to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Jason Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds. Swingman Osku Heinonen (194-92) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Stamper is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and guard Timo Riihela (193-80) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for BC Nokia. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pyrinto II moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Lapua. BC Nokia at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. They share it with Tapiolan Honka. Pyrinto II will play against league's leader Forssan Koripojat on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. BC Nokia will play against Ura Basket in Kaarina and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto II: O.Heinonen 21+2reb, J.Stamper 17+14reb+2ast, J.Vaananen 15+3reb+1ast, M.Marttinen 8+6reb+4ast, J.Pulkkinen 8+7reb+3ast, J.Harjula 7+2reb+2ast
BC Nokia: G.January 14+6reb+1ast, D.Townes 14+10reb+4ast, T.Riihela 12+5reb+5ast, S.Hopkins 7+1reb, M.Ovaska 7+1reb+1ast, J.Koskinen 5
gschID: 150192


Huima - FoKoPo 99-92

Undefeated Forssan Koripojat (9-1) recorded its first loss in Aanekoski on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (5-5) 99-92. It ended at the same time the nine-game winning streak of Forssan Koripojat. Forssan Koripojat trailed by 12 points at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 29-21 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 92-99 at the end of the game. Aanekosken Huima made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Justice Graham (198-79, college: Glenville St.) fired 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. point guard Treylon Manning (176-85, college: Texas Coll.) chipped in 27 points and 7 assists. Forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola, IL) produced 30 points and 9 rebounds and forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) added 15 points and 10 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Aanekosken Huima and four Forssan Koripojat players scored in double figures. Aanekosken Huima moved-up to seventh place. Forssan Koripojat at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. Aanekosken Huima are looking forward to face Saynatsalon Riento (#10) in Jyvaskyla in the next round. Forssan Koripojat will play at home against Pyrinto II (#6) in Tampere and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Huima: J.Graham 28+8reb+3ast, T.Manning 27+2reb+7ast, T.Britton 16+17reb, T.Viertola 14+6reb+6ast, S.Kajander 12+3reb+3ast, M.Liukko 2
FoKoPo: T.Robinson 30+9reb+3ast, S.Ikavalko 19+4reb+1ast, B.Bojang 17+8reb+1ast, H.Coleman 15+10reb+2ast, J.Helenius 9+2reb+1ast, M.Suokas 2+1reb
gschID: 150193


Oulun NMKY - SayRi 106-86

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-8) was crushed on the road by second ranked Oulun NMKY (8-2) 106-86. The game without a history. Oulun NMKY led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Saynatsalon Riento's 50. Oulun NMKY forced 21 Saynatsalon Riento turnovers and had a 18-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. point guard Lloyd Phillips (178-85, college: Illinois St.) notched 34 points (!!!) and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Josh Nofflet (194-88, college: Lee) supported him with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Oulun NMKY's coach Juha Valkama allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks by guard Bilal Abdullah (196-84, college: Lafayette) did not help to save the game for Saynatsalon Riento. Center Kenneth Cooper (208-87, college: UAB) added 18 points and 10 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Newly promoted Oulun NMKY maintains second position with 8-2 record behind leader FoKoPo. Saynatsalon Riento lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with eight games lost. Oulun NMKY's next round opponent will be Tapiolan Honka (#4) on the road. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Aanekosken Huima (#7) in Aanekoski.
Top scorers:
Oulun NMKY: L.Phillips 34+1reb+6ast, J.Nofflet 22+11reb+4ast, E.Aaltonen 14+3reb+1ast, B.Moultrie 12+16reb+1ast, J.Siivikko 9+1ast, S.Keinonen 9+4reb
SayRi: B.Abdullah 27+10reb+3ast, E.Nieminen 19+4reb, K.Cooper 18+10reb+3ast, S.Mantymaa 12+4reb+2ast, J.Hautsalo 3+2reb+1ast, J.Lehto 3+1reb
gschID: 150194


Ura Basket - Lapua 88-112

The game in Kaarina supposed to be also quite interesting. Fifth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (6-4) played at the court of 7th ranked Ura Basket (4-6). Lapuan Korikobrat smashed Ura Basket 112-88 on Sunday. The game without a history. Lapuan Korikobrat led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Lapuan Korikobrat made 23-of-28 free shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Lapuan Korikobrat forced 21 Ura Basket turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Lapuan Korikobrat especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. American forward Eric Williams (198-85, college: Tarleton St.) had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Walter Baxley (191-84, college: Mars Hill) chipped in 29 points and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side American swingman Lionel Green (196-84, college: SUNO) responded with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds and forward Sakari Salminen (200-87) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who 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. Lapuan Korikobrat have a solid three-game winning streak. Lapuan Korikobrat maintains fifth position with 6-4 record, which they share with Pyrinto II. Loser Ura Basket dropped to the eighth place with six games lost. They share the position with Porvoon Tarmo. Lapuan Korikobrat will meet at home BC Jyvaskyla (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Ura Basket will play against BC Nokia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lapua: E.Williams 30+13reb+7ast, W.Baxley 29+3reb+5ast, P.Peltokangas 17+6reb+1ast, E.Jackson 17+5reb+2ast, V.Turja 10+1reb+2ast, P.Jurvanen 4+2reb
Ura Basket: L.Green 18+12reb+2ast, S.Salminen 17+10reb+1ast, J.Saari 11+2reb, J.Alanko 11+4reb, E.Andrews 10+6reb+3ast, N.Lehtila 7+2reb
gschID: 150190


Round 11
Porvoon Tarmo - ToPo Akatemia 87-72

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked Porvoon Tarmo (4-6) defeated at home bottom-ranked Torpan Pojat (1-10) 87-72. The game was mostly controlled by Porvoon Tarmo. Torpan Pojat was better in third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Porvoon Tarmo dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Torpan Pojat's 32. American forward Mike King (201-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized American guard La Trice Little (186-79, college: Mercy) supported him with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). Even a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds by Cuban guard Alexis Lavastida (188-77) did not help to save the game for Torpan Pojat. Power forward Harri Hohteri (200-77) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Porvoon Tarmo moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Ura Basket. Torpan Pojat lost third consecutive game. They stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Porvoon Tarmo: S.Henderson 20+5reb+2ast, M.King 16+13reb+3ast, T.Still 15+9reb+3ast, L.Trice Little 15+9reb+5ast, J.Laakkonen 8+7reb, K.Hytonen 7+3reb
ToPo Akatemia: A.Lavastida 18+12reb+1ast, J.Rajala 13+6reb, J.Heinikoski 13+4reb, H.Hohteri 12+7reb+3ast, S.Silvonen 8+3reb+2ast, J.Herrala 5+4reb+4ast
gschID: 150195




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


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Walter BAXLEY
  Lapua
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Baxley, Lapua27.9 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.26.9 
 3. Williams, Lapua23.4 
 4. Manning, Huima23.2 
 5. Nofflet, Oulun N.22.5 
 6. Henderson, Porvoo.21.6 
 7. Reed, Lapua21.3 
 8. Robinson, FoKoPo19.7 
 9. Abdullah, SayRi19.6 
 10. Stamper, Pyrin.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenneth COOPER
  SayRi
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Cooper, SayRi14.4 
 2. Moultrie, Oulun N.13.9 
 3. Bojang, FoKoPo11.7 
 4. Britton, Huima11.2 
 5. Stamper, Pyrin.10.8 
 6. Townes, BC Nokia10.7 
 7. January, BC Nokia10.3 
 8. Coleman, FoKoPo10.0 
 9. Green, Ura Basket10.0 
 10. Nofflet, Oulun N.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Sami IKAVALKO
  FoKoPo
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ikavalko, FoKoPo5.0 
 2. Phillips, Oulun N.4.8 
 3. Manning, Huima4.7 
 4. Riihela, BC Nokia4.1 
 5. Henderson, Porvoo.4.0 
 6. Jackson, Lapua3.8 
 7. Viertola, Huima3.7 
 8. Storrs, Jyvaskyla3.5 
 9. Little, Porvoon2.7 
 10. Abdullah, SayRi2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel JACKSON
  Lapua
  (188-G-)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jackson, Lapua2.8 
 2. Vanjoki, Tapiolan.2.2 
 3. Townes, BC Nokia2.1 
 4. Bojang, FoKoPo2.1 
 5. January, BC Nokia2.1 
 6. Reed, Lapua2.0 
 7. Nofflet, Oulun N.1.9 
 8. Little, Porvoon1.9 
 9. Baxley, Lapua1.7 
 10. Phillips, Oulun N.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  Oulun N.
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Moultrie, Oulun N.2.3 
 2. Andrews, Ura B.1.9 
 3. Laitinen, Tapiol.1.2 
 4. Cooper, SayRi1.1 
 5. Molenius, FoKoPo1.0 
 6. Pulkkinen, Pyrin.1.0 
 7. January, BC Nokia1.0 
 8. Abdullah, SayRi0.9 
 9. Townes, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Dolenc, Tapiolan.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.1 
 2. Blue, KTP20.8 
 3. Holloway, Salon V.20.7 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.8 
 5. Newson, Kataja19.3 
 6. Brooks, Namika L.18.6 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto18.5 
 8. Ivey, Nilan Bisons18.2 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.18.0 
 10. Hamm, LrNM.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.1 
 2. Blue, KTP11.3 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki9.4 
 4. Newson, Kataja9.1 
 5. McDade, Nilan B.8.7 
 6. Hairston, Salon V.8.7 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto8.4 
 8. Zeno, Nilan Bisons8.3 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto8.1 
 10. Davis, KTP7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Virtanen, Kataja4.7 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.7 
 3. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 4. Walker, Kataja4.2 
 5. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.1 
 6. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 7. Sarcevic, KTP3.8 
 8. Moore, Namika L.3.4 
 9. Nikkarinen, Kouvot3.3 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto2.6 
 2. Sten, Kataja2.5 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.5 
 4. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.3 
 5. Newson, Kataja2.1 
 6. Sarcevic, KTP1.9 
 7. Haynes, LrNM.1.9 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.1.7 
 9. Jordan, Kouvot1.7 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.2.7 
 2. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.1 
 3. Hairston, Salon V.1.3 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons1.1 
 5. Jones, Nilan Bisons0.9 
 6. Blue, KTP0.8 
 7. Price, Kataja0.8 
 8. McDade, Nilan B.0.8 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.8 
 10. Newson, Kataja0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Corey BELSER
  Charleville
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Belser, Charleville18.9 
 2. Bluntt, Orchy18.6 
 3. Almanson, Challans18.4 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest18.0 
 5. Thomas, Roche17.7 
 6. Merie, Chartres17.4 
 7. Kaunisto, Blois17.1 
 8. Bigote, Cognac16.7 
 9. Petrovic, Orchy16.6 
 10. St Robert, Montb.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Kaunisto, Blois12.1 
 2. Jaiteh, CFBB10.4 
 3. Caskill, Cognac10.1 
 4. Pridotkas, Brest9.6 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin9.3 
 6. Mendy, Lievin8.5 
 7. Aubry, Montbrison8.3 
 8. Pearson, Angers B.8.2 
 9. Belser, Charleville7.2 
 10. McClark, Clermont7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.9 
 2. Calvez, Charleville5.7 
 3. Daube, Le Puy5.6 
 4. Brochard, Blois5.6 
 5. Barbry, Orchy5.5 
 6. Dessart, Lievin4.5 
 7. Ball, St Quentin4.5 
 8. Berquier, Chartres4.2 
 9. Godin, Cognac4.2 
 10. Bassine, Sorgues3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelien TOTO N''KOTE
  Roche
  (194-F-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Toto N''Kote, Roche2.3 
 2. Pistre, Charleville2.2 
 3. Bassine, Sorgues2.0 
 4. Calvez, Charleville2.0 
 5. Koundjia-S., Le Puy1.9 
 6. Bigote, Cognac1.9 
 7. Cretaux, Lievin1.8 
 8. Ball, St Quentin1.8 
 9. Vounang, Brest1.7 
 10. Moupegnou, Cognac1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacques ALINGUE
  Souffel
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Alingue, Souffel1.8 
 2. N''Diaye, Souffel1.8 
 3. Caskill, Cognac1.5 
 4. Morin, CFBB1.3 
 5. Sanborn, Lievin1.2 
 6. Ipouck, Chartres1.1 
 7. Borval, Le Puy1.0 
 8. Jaiteh, CFBB1.0 
 9. Diame, Rueil0.9 
 10. Casseus, Angers0.9 


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 David DENAVE
  St Vallier
  (195-SG-85)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Denave, St Vallier19.3 
 2. McCray, Boulogne18.9 
 3. Davis, Le Portel18.6 
 4. Sonko, Bourg18.5 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.1 
 6. Paelay, Quimper16.9 
 7. Wood, Evreux16.4 
 8. Rowland, Evreux16.3 
 9. Siggers, Rouen15.7 
 10. James, Denain15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Limoges
  (206-C/F-77)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Massie, Limoges12.2 
 2. Wood, Evreux11.8 
 3. Allen, Antibes9.4 
 4. Badiane, Antibes9.3 
 5. Osby, Maurienne9.2 
 6. Monroe, Boulazac9.1 
 7. Rossiter, Denain8.8 
 8. Barro, Bourg8.7 
 9. Daniels, Chalons-.8.3 
 10. Raposo Laure., Bo.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ronnie TAYLOR
  Le Portel
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Taylor, Le Portel7.7 
 2. Copeland, Bourg5.7 
 3. Rowland, Evreux5.5 
 4. Darnauzan, Mauri.5.4 
 5. Denave, St Vallier5.1 
 6. Sauret, Lille4.9 
 7. Patiejunas, Rouen4.9 
 8. Choquet, Fos Ouest4.7 
 9. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.5 
 10. Poupet, Rouen4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Armand CHARLES
  Nantes
  (193-SF-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Charles, Nantes3.3 
 2. James, Denain2.6 
 3. Shiloh, St Vallier2.5 
 4. Paelay, Quimper2.5 
 5. McCray, Boulogne2.4 
 6. Eito, Vichy2.0 
 7. Denave, St Vallier2.0 
 8. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 9. Atamna, Fos Ouest2.0 
 10. Daniels, Chalons-.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-PF-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.9 
 2. Badiane, Antibes1.6 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.1.5 
 4. Massie, Limoges1.2 
 5. Osby, Maurienne1.0 
 6. Barro, Bourg1.0 
 7. Prowell, St Vallier1.0 
 8. Badiane, Nantes1.0 
 9. Ford, Bordeaux1.0 
 10. James, Denain0.9 


John Holland claims ProA weekly honour (by BasketStore) - by Eurobasket News
American swingman John Holland (195-G/F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for Roanne and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 23-year old swingman had the game-high 29 points adding six rebounds for Roanne in his team's victory, helping them to beat Poitiers (#16, 2-7) 85-80. Thanks to this victory Roanne moved-up to the 8th position in the French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Roanne will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. In the team's last game Holland had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Roanne's top player in his first season with the team. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Holland is in league's top in points (7th best: 17.6ppg) and averages solid 54.8% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American guard Malcolm Delaney (191-G-89) of Chalon. Delaney impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 2 assists. Of course Chalon cruised to a 88-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Nanterre (#15, 2-7). Chalon's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 7-2 record is not bad at all. Delaney is a newcomer at Chalon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84) of ASVEL (#7). Armstrong showcased his all-around game by recording 10 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of ASVEL, leading his team to a 87-78 win against the lower-ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#13, 2-7). ASVEL needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Armstrong has a great season in France. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.1rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Cox (195-G-81) of Le Havre - 29 points and 8 rebounds
5. Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) of Gravelines - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andre Barrett (175-PG-82) of Roanne - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81) of Orleans - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nic Wise (178-G-87) of Le Havre - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists
10. Pape Sy (197-G-88) of Gravelines - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 11-0 
 2. Torus Skopje 8-2 
 3. MZT Skopje 8-3 
 4. Lirija 6-5 
 5. Kumanovo 4-6 
 6. Rabotnicki 4-7 
 7. Vardar 3-7 
 8. ABA Strumica 2-9 
 9. Kozuv 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Phillip BROOKS
  ABA S.
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Brooks, ABA S.21.0 
 2. Radulovic, Vardar19.4 
 3. Boswell, ABA S.19.3 
 4. Zivcevic, Lirija18.2 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.18.0 
 6. Tasovski, Rabotnic.17.7 
 7. Jelesijevic, Kuman.17.6 
 8. Gecevski, MZT S.17.5 
 9. Janjusevic, Kuman.16.8 
 10. Karadzovski, Toru.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.9.5 
 2. Dahlman, MZT S.8.8 
 3. Mitchell, Lirija8.5 
 4. Reynolds, Torus S.7.8 
 5. Nikolovski, Feni I.7.6 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus7.5 
 7. Cekovski, MZT S.7.1 
 8. Hadzivasilev, ABA6.5 
 9. Jelesijevic, Kuman.6.4 
 10. Simic, Lirija6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jane PETROVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Petrovski, Rabotni.4.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija3.5 
 3. Karadzovski, Torus3.5 
 4. Frye, Feni Indistr.3.4 
 5. Radulovic, Vardar3.3 
 6. Tomasevic, Kozuv3.3 
 7. Tasevski, Vardar3.0 
 8. Zivcevic, Lirija3.0 
 9. Stojanovski, MZT S.2.8 
 10. Mijajlovic, MZT S.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Jarrid FRYE
  Feni Indistrija
  (194-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Frye, Feni Indistr.2.6 
 2. Tasovski, Rabotnic.2.1 
 3. Simonovski, Feni I.1.7 
 4. Filipovic, Lirija1.6 
 5. Morban, Lirija1.5 
 6. Brooks, ABA S.1.3 
 7. Zivcevic, Lirija1.2 
 8. Tasevski, Vardar1.1 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.1 
 10. Bogoev, Rabotnic.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Todor GECEVSKI
  MZT S.
  (209-C-77)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gecevski, MZT S.1.5 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.1.2 
 3. Jelesijevic, Kuman.1.2 
 4. Simic, Lirija0.9 
 5. Cole, Rabotnicki0.9 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus0.7 
 7. Kralevski, Vardar0.7 
 8. Avramovski, Lirija0.7 
 9. Buha, Kozuv0.6 
 10. Mitchell, Lirija0.6 


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  GEORGIA   


Patsatsia's 35-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Levan Patsatsia (198-G-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sokhumi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had the game-high 35 points adding eight rebounds for Sokhumi in his team's victory, helping them to beat MIA Tbilisi (#7, 3-4) 93-82. Sokhumi maintains the 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Sokhumi will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Patsatsia had a remarkable 53.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sokhumi's top player in his first season with the team. Troy University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Patsatsia is in league's top in points (3rd best: 25.9ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 12.0rpg) and averages solid 53.5% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Tornike Niniashvili (205-C-82) of TSU Tbilisi. He is a center in his first season at TSU Tbilisi. In the last game Niniashvili recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 17 rebounds. Of course TSU Tbilisi cruised to a 67-57 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked STU Tbilisi (3-4). This victory allowed TSU Tbilisi to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Niniashvili is a newcomer at TSU Tbilisi and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.9ppg (#6). He also registered 10.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of Kutaisi (#3). Matiashvili showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kutaisi, leading his team to a 86-84 win against the lower-ranked Samedicino (#9, 3-5). Kutaisi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 2 lost games. Matiashvili has a very solid season. In 7 games in Georgia he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 8.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 52.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Robo Kreps (182-G-88) of MIA Tbilisi - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 22 points and 11 rebounds
6. Irakli Kobidze (208-C-90) of STU Tbilisi - 9 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Shalva Kokhreidze (188-F-86) of TSU Tbilisi - 1 point, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
8. Vakhtang Kadaria (205-C-89) of Sokhumi - 12 points and 14 rebounds
9. Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87) of Sokhumi - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ilija Milutinovic (213-C-88) of Olympus - 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Superleague Round 8: Kutaisi beats Samedicino-Academia by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 8 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-5) to third ranked Kutaisi (6-2) 86-84 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Samedicino-Academia. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi maintains third position with 6-2 record behind leader Armia, which they share with Sokhumi. Samedicino-Academia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Kutaisi is looking forward to face STU (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Samedicino-Academia's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and MIA (#5). MIA was defeated at home 82-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and Lasha Parghalava who added 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 24 points and 5 assists. MIA's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sokhumi (6-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. MIA at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena .
Superleague top team - Armia (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Energy Invest (0-7) in Tbilisi 81-49. The winners were led by Buba Kvimsadze who scored that evening 16 points. Even 11 points and 6 assists by Davit Artsividze did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Armia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Armia will meet Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against TSU in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Olympus (6-1) 82-74. The best player for the winners was Mikheil Berishvili who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Olympus' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Olympus have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Batumi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Olympus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#9) and STU (#6). TSU (3-4) won against visiting STU (3-4) 67-57. Tornike Niniashvili orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. TSU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated STU. STU lost third consecutive game. TSU will face bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi in the next round where they are favorite. STU will play at home against Kutaisi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



MIA Tbilisi - Sokhumi 82-93

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Tbilisi: Sokhumi (#4) and MIA (#5). MIA was defeated at home 82-93 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. MIA was ahead by 1 point after three quarters before a 22-10 charge of Sokhumi, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded MIA 47-27 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of international guard Levan Patsatsia (198-88, college: Troy) who helped to win the game recording 35 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds and international guard Lasha Parghalava (191-87, college: Montana St. - Billin, agency: Alti Sport) who added 27 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Sokhumi players scored in double figures. American guard Robo Kreps (182-88, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 24 points and 5 assists and his fellow American import guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. MIA's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sokhumi (6-2) moved-up to third place, which they share with Kutaisi. MIA at the other side keeps the fifth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena .
Top scorers:
Sokhumi: L.Patsatsia 35+8reb+1ast, L.Parghalava 27+9reb+4ast, I.Chlaidze 12+1reb+1ast, V.Kadaria 12+14reb, G.Gaprindashvili 4+10reb+4ast, V.Janashia 3
MIA Tbilisi: R.Kreps 24+2reb+5ast, L.Blair 19+5reb+1ast, T.Smith 19+6reb, G.McCammon 9+4reb+5ast, I.Londaridze 9+3reb, G.Nikoladze 2+1reb
gschID: 153220


Armia - Rustavi 81-49

Superleague top team - Armia (7-0) had no problems winning another game on Saturday. This time they crushed eleventh ranked Energy Invest (0-7) in Tbilisi 81-49. The game without a history. Armia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Armia outrebounded Energy Invest 52-29 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by guard Buba Kvimsadze (195-82) who scored that evening 16 points and the former international forward Irakli Sakvarelidze (201-86, college: Dominican, NY) supported him with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 11 points and 6 assists by guard Davit Artsividze (178-83) did not help to save the game for Energy Invest. Forward Gela Kopaliani (193-90) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Armia have an impressive seven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with 7-0 record. Loser Energy Invest still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Batumi. Armia will meet Batumi (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Energy Invest will play against TSU in Tbilisi and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Armia: Z.Babiashvili 17+5reb, B.Kvimsadze 16+4reb+3ast, I.Sakvarelidze 9+9reb+4ast, J.Kjellbom 9+7reb, %PlayerNameByLink% 7+4ast, A.Boisa 7+5reb+1ast
Rustavi: G.Kopaliani 14+5reb, D.Artsividze 11+3reb+6ast, L.Khmelidze 8+7reb+1ast, D.Gugava 7+3reb+1ast, R.Baakashvili 4+4reb+3ast, R.Chachanidze 3
gschID: 153221


TSU Tbilisi - STU Tbilisi 67-57

Another interesting game was again a derby between two local teams from Tbilisi: TSU (#9) and STU (#6). TSU (3-4) won against visiting STU (3-4) 67-57. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 24-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Center Tornike Niniashvili (205-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 29 points and 17 rebounds. Forward Shalva Kokhreidze (188-86) contributed with 1 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. TSU's coach Nugzar Cheishvili used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Irakli Kobidze (208-90) replied with 9 points and 12 rebounds and forward Tato Chachibaia (201-90) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for STU. TSU moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated STU. STU lost third consecutive game. TSU will face bottom-ranked Energy Invest (#11) in Rustavi in the next round where they are favorite. STU will play at home against Kutaisi (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: T.Niniashvili 29+17reb+1ast, Z.Korkotadze 10+4reb+1ast, D.Berishvili 8+3reb+4ast, S.Shermadini 7+1reb, M.Chitashvili 4+6reb+2ast, Z.Maisuradze 3+6reb+1ast
STU Tbilisi: G.Khaniashvili 14+3reb, T.Chachibaia 12+6reb+5ast, I.Kobidze 9+12reb+3ast, Z.Antadze 9+3reb, V.Beruashvili 9+10reb+2ast, A.Dzidziguri 4+6reb+3ast
gschID: 153222


Kutaisi - Samedicino 86-84

The most exciting game of round 8 in the Superleague took place in Kutaisi. This derby game ended with only two-point defeat on the road of 7th ranked Samedicino-Academia (3-5) to third ranked Kutaisi (6-2) 86-84 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 9 points after three quarters before their 26-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 32 personal fouls committed by Samedicino-Academia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Center Richard Matiashvili (209-89) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Levan Tsekvava (190-89) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Serbian power forward Nemanja Ilic (206-83) replied with 15 points and 8 rebounds and guard Beqa Chikviladze (195-91) added 16 points in the effort for Samedicino-Academia. Four Samedicino-Academia players scored in double figures. Samedicino-Academia's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kutaisi maintains third position with 6-2 record behind leader Armia, which they share with Sokhumi. Samedicino-Academia lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place with five games lost. Kutaisi is looking forward to face STU (#8) in Tbilisi in the next round where they are favorite. Samedicino-Academia's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Tbilisi MIA.
Top scorers:
Kutaisi: R.Matiashvili 29+7reb+5ast, L.Tsekvava 17+3reb+5ast, D.Barbakadze 11+5reb+2ast, G.Barbakadze 9+4reb+2ast, R.Didia 8+4reb+2ast, B.Koridze 6+1reb
Samedicino: B.Chikviladze 16+4reb+3ast, N.Ilic 15+8reb+2ast, F.Samojlovic 14+1reb+3ast, G.Shvangiradze 12+2reb+2ast, M.Chochua 8+1reb+2ast, B.Bekauri 8+8reb+1ast
gschID: 153218


Olympus - Batumi 82-74

Bottom-ranked Batumi is still unable to win any game. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their seventh consecutive match to third ranked Olympus (6-1) 82-74. It looked good early as Batumi took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Olympus had a 25-10 second period charge getting the lead and Batumi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 74-82. Olympus dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Batumi's 30. They outrebounded Batumi 50-34 including a 38-22 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Mikheil Berishvili (205-87) who scored 11 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian center Ilija Milutinovic (213-88, college: Oakland, agency: Global Sports Plaza) chipped in 9 points and 9 rebounds. Olympus' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Lasha Keshelava (200-81) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Irakli Mikeladze (179-94) added 16 points and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Olympus have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Batumi at the other side still closes the standings with seven games lost. Olympus' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Olympus: T.Tavartkiladze 13+1ast, M.Berishvili 11+9reb+2ast, I.Hoger 10+10reb+1ast, I.Milutinovic 9+9reb+3ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 9+4reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 9+5reb+6ast
Batumi: L.Keshelava 22+11reb+1ast, A.Eliashvili 16+6reb+3ast, I.Mikeladze 16+3reb+7ast, I.Maisuradze 8+6reb+2ast, N.Ramishvili 7+5reb, L.Eliadze 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 153219




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ProB Round 14: #1 Hannover Tigers are defeated by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Hannover Tigers (9-3) on the court of ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 88-87. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 28 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) responded with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel is looking forward to face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will play at home against Hertener Loewen (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Spot Up Medien Baskets' (#4) 84-77 road victory against 5th ranked Dorsten in Group North. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Waldemar Buchmiller supported him with 23 points. Even 20 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by American guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) did not help to save the game for Dorsten. Spot Up Medien Baskets (9-4) moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Vechta. Newly promoted Dorsten keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Schwelm. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6) at home in the next round. Dorsten will play against SSV Lok Bernau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Noerdlingen (9-3) against fifth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Noerdlingen was crushed by Dragons Rhoendorf in Rhoendorf 103-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. The best player for the winners was Stuart Turnbull who scored 19 points, 7 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Eric Detlev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Kedrick Johnson produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds for the guests. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains fifth position in Group South with 7-4 record. Newly promoted Noerdlingen keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Dragons Rhoendorf will meet league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Noerdlingen will play against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach and hope to secure a win.
ProB top team - Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-12) 75-70. Marcus Monk orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 10-2 record. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#5) at home. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against USC Leipzig (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (9-4) 105-67 on Sunday evening. Matt Reid scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. Loser SSV Lok Bernau still closes the standings with 13 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face SC Rist Wedel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against Dorsten and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 14:
In Group North Rist Wedel lost to Bayer Giants on the opponent's court 81-85. ALBA Berlin II managed to outperform Wulfen in a home game 86-77. Stahnsdorf recorded a loss to Schwelm on the road 96-81.
In Group South BSW Sixers defeated Langen on its own court 76-63. Giessen was beaten by Licher Baeren in a road game 68-65. TSV Troester lost to Hanau at home 75-78. Leipzig managed to outperform Fraport SKY II on the opponent's court 81-78.



Group North
Dorsten - SU Medien 77-84

Very significant was Spot Up Medien Baskets' (#4) 84-77 road victory against 5th ranked Dorsten in Group North. Dorsten was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 46-38 second half run of Spot Up Medien Baskets. It was a great shooting night for Spot Up Medien Baskets especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Center Daniel Theis (207-92) notched 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Waldemar Buchmiller (195-80) supported him with 23 points. Even 20 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) by American guard Terry Bryant (186-85, college: SE Louisiana) did not help to save the game for Dorsten. His fellow American import center Blake Poole (195-88, college: St.Martin's, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 12 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Spot Up Medien Baskets (9-4) moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with Vechta. Newly promoted Dorsten keeps the fifth position with five games lost. They share it with Schwelm. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against SG Schwelmer Baskets (#6) at home in the next round. Dorsten will play against SSV Lok Bernau and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Dorsten: T.Bryant 20+3reb+7ast, T.Lipke 15+5reb+2ast, N.Pelaj 12+2reb+1ast, B.Poole 12+14reb+3ast, M.Schulze-Pals 9+1reb+1ast, D.McDuffie 5+2ast
SU Medien: W.Buchmiller 23+4reb+1ast, D.Theis 21+9reb, F.Theis 19+3reb, H.Sant-Roos 16+3reb+6ast, C.Njoya Nken 5+1reb+6ast, J.Wessels 0
gschID: 143648


Vechta - Bernau 105-67

Bottom-ranked SSV Lok Bernau (0-13) is still winless. But it was rather predictable considering how strong their opponent was. This time they lost on the road their 13th consecutive match to third ranked SC Rasta Vechta (9-4) 105-67 on Sunday evening. The game without a history. SC Rasta Vechta 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 SSV Lok Bernau's 22 and made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded SSV Lok Bernau 44-24 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Matt Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) scored 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Marvin Boadu (193-89) chipped in 18 points and 4 assists during the contest. Five SC Rasta Vechta players scored in double figures. SC Rasta Vechta's coach Patrick Elzie felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Martinis Woody (201-82, college: Benedict) responded with 8 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Jermale Jones (186-86, college: Tuskegee) scored 14 points. SC Rasta Vechta have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place in Group North, which they share with SU Medien. Loser SSV Lok Bernau still closes the standings with 13 games lost. SC Rasta Vechta will face SC Rist Wedel (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against Dorsten and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Bernau: J.Jones 14+1reb, F.Rathke 11+2reb, M.Dathe 10+1reb+2ast, M.Woody 8+9reb+1ast, F.Lotze 8, S.Trzcionka 5+3reb+6ast
Vechta: M.Reid 18+6reb+6ast, M.Boadu 18+4reb+4ast, A.Rudowitz 18+5reb+1ast, D.Madrich 13+12reb, D.Krause 13+2reb, B.Fumey 10+1reb
gschID: 143649


Bayer Giants - Rist Wedel 85-81 OT

Everything could happen in Leverkusen at the game between two tied teams. Both eleventh ranked Bayer Giants and 10th ranked SC Rist Wedel had identical 4-8 record. This time Bayer Giants used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Wedel 85-81 on Sunday night. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SC Rist Wedel won third quarter 19-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where SC Rist Wedel used huge pressure winning it 15-10 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 12-16. Bayer Giants made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. SC Rist Wedel was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Farid Sadek (188-83) had a double-double by scoring 27 points, 8 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Till-Joscha Joenke (189-92) chipped in 15 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American center Anthony Pettaway (203-87, college: Defiance) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Augie Johnston (185-86, college: CS Monterey) scored 20 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayer Giants (5-8) moved-up to tenth place in Group North. SC Rist Wedel lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Bayer Giants will face higher ranked BSV Wulfen (#8) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. SC Rist Wedel will play against SC Rasta Vechta.
Top scorers:
Rist Wedel: A.Pettaway 27+13reb, A.Johnston 20+6reb+2ast, K.Gausa 11+8reb+1ast, M.Duah 10+8reb+3ast, F.Luehring 5+3reb, F.Moysich 4+3reb+2ast
Bayer Giants: F.Sadek 27+8reb+11ast, C.Robinson 16+6reb, T.Joenke 15+13reb+1ast, M.Goddek 13+7reb+2ast, N.Welling 8+4reb, L.Welling 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 143650


ALBA Berlin II - Wulfen 86-77

There was a surprise result when twelfth ranked ALBA Berlin II (4-9) defeated at home higher ranked BSV Wulfen (6-7) 86-77 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 23-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BSV Wulfen was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and forward Tobias Grauel (195-86) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four ALBA Berlin II players scored in double figures. ALBA Berlin II's coach Milan Pesic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American guard Steve Briggs (178-85, college: Okla.Wesleyan) responded with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Dijon Smith (203-89, college: Ft.Hays State) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds. ALBA Berlin II moved-up to eleventh place in Group North, which they share with Rist Wedel. BSV Wulfen lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with seven games lost. ALBA Berlin II will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Wulfen: S.Briggs 30+6reb+4ast, D.Smith 17+12reb+1ast, N.Janoschek 16+6reb, R.Bakoa 6, P.Mazur 4+2reb, R.Haenig 2+3reb+1ast
ALBA Berlin II: D.Stackhouse 19+5reb+1ast, T.Grauel 19+6reb+1ast, S.Lucca 16+7reb+6ast, C.Dinc 13+6reb+3ast, J.Ney 7+4reb+2ast, N.Schumann 7+2ast
gschID: 143645


Wolfenbuettel - Hannover 88-87

The most surprising game was another loss of top-ranked Hannover Tigers (9-3) on the court of ninth ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Herzoege Wolfenbuettel 88-87. The hosts trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 23-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American guard Marquis Jones (185-87, college: Rhode Island, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) scored 28 points and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) chipped in 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. American guard Richard Williams (178-87, college: San Diego St.) responded with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Canadian forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, agency: Interperformances) produced a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place in Group North, which they share with Wulfen. Hannover Tigers at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel is looking forward to face higher ranked RSV Eintracht (#7) in Stahnsdorf in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Hannover Tigers will play at home against Hertener Loewen (#4) and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Hannover: R.Williams 22+9reb+4ast, J.Doerksen 21+10reb+2ast, A.Smith 16+2reb+3ast, S.Janzen 10+1reb+1ast, J.Prasuhn 8+9reb+4ast, M.Williams 7+1reb+2ast
Wolfenbuettel: M.Jones 28+2reb+3ast, R.Owens 16+5reb+1ast, D.Nawrocki 12+3reb+1ast, S.Schubert 9+2reb, H.Knopke 8+8reb+6ast, M.Hart 8+4reb
gschID: 143646


Schwelm - Stahnsdorf 96-81

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked SG Schwelmer Baskets and 6th ranked RSV Eintracht had identical 7-5 record. This time SG Schwelmer Baskets used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Stahnsdorf 96-81 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by SG Schwelmer Baskets. RSV Eintracht was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SG Schwelmer Baskets looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Jason Smith (183-83, college: Al.-Huntsville) chipped in 15 points and 9 assists during the contest. SG Schwelmer Baskets' coach Raphael Wilder allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Oliver Mackeldanz (212-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Keoni Watson (178-84, college: Idaho, agency: Dynamics Global Management) scored 20 points and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. SG Schwelmer Baskets (8-5) have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to fifth place in Group North, which they share with Dorsten. Loser RSV Eintracht dropped to the seventh position with six games lost. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face league's second-placed Spot Up Medien Baskets in Braunschweig in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. RSV Eintracht will play at home against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: K.Watson 20+2reb+4ast, O.Mackeldanz 14+10reb+3ast, T.Schoeps 13+3reb+4ast, K.Williams 10+6reb+5ast, B.Butler 10+1reb, Y.Evans 9+3reb+1ast
Schwelm: J.Holmes 25+3reb+11ast, M.Dohmen 19+3reb+1ast, A.Starr 17+1reb+4ast, J.Smith 15+3reb+9ast, M.Kramer 9+2reb+1ast, P.Wischnewski 6+1reb
gschID: 143647


Group South
BSW Sixers - Langen 76-63

Everything went according to plan in Sandersdorf where third ranked BSW Sixers (9-3) beat 7th ranked TV 1862 Langen (6-6) 76-63 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 24-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Ryan McLemore (206-85, college: Edinboro) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Frieder Diestelhorst (201-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) chipped in 17 points during the contest. BSW Sixers' coach Stephen Arigbabu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Luke Fitzgerald (202-87, college: Cumberlands, agency: Duran International) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. BSW Sixers moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and Leipzig. Loser TV 1862 Langen keeps the seventh position with six games lost. BSW Sixers will face Hanau (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. TV 1862 Langen will play against Licher Baeren and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Langen: L.Fitzgerald 17+11reb+1ast, M.Schneider 15+2reb+1ast, N.Drury 15+4reb+3ast, M.Voeller 11+6reb+1ast, N.Butz 4+1reb+1ast, N.Anders 1+3reb
BSW Sixers: F.Diestelhorst 17+1reb, R.McLemore 12+11reb+1ast, P.Muensinger 11+4reb, M.Haut 11+1reb, D.Stawowski 6+2reb, W.Gardner 6+2reb+6ast
gschID: 143777


Dragons - Noerdlingen 103-83

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Noerdlingen (9-3) against fifth ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (7-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Noerdlingen was crushed by Dragons Rhoendorf in Rhoendorf 103-83. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Noerdlingen. The game was mostly controlled by Dragons Rhoendorf. Noerdlingen managed to win fourth quarter 28-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dragons Rhoendorf dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Noerdlingen's 30 and made 21-of-24 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. Dragons Rhoendorf forced 23 Noerdlingen turnovers. The best player for the winners was Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) who scored 19 points, 7 assists and 6 steals (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). Guard Nick Larsen (187-83) chipped in 19 points. Dragons Rhoendorf's coach Eric Detlev used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Kedrick Johnson (192-83, college: Lee) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and guard Fabian Brutting (189-88) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Dragons Rhoendorf maintains fifth position in Group South with 7-4 record. Newly promoted Noerdlingen keeps the second place with three games lost. They share the position with Leipzig and BSW Sixers. Dragons Rhoendorf will meet league's leader Oettinger Rockets Gotha on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Noerdlingen will play against TSV Troester in Breitenguessbach and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Noerdlingen: K.Johnson 24+14reb, F.Brutting 15+2reb+1ast, J.Eichler 13+2reb+1ast, D.Rotim 10+1reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 9+1reb+1ast, H.Debelka 6+4reb
Dragons: N.Larsen 19+2reb+2ast, S.Turnbull 19+3reb+7ast, F.Koch 15+5reb+1ast, E.Jones 14+6reb, E.Tukiss 9+1reb, T.Eisenberger 9+3reb+5ast
gschID: 143778


Licher Baeren - Giessen 68-65

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Giessen Pointers (2-10) were edged on the road by sixth ranked Licher Baeren (7-5) 68-65 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Giessen Pointers were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. American forward Tyrone Bradshaw (203-86, college: S.Indiana, agency: KMG Sports Management) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Brandon Chappell (183-83, college: Lamar) chipped in 15 points during the contest. Worth to mention Bradshaw played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped get the job in pro basketball. Forward Felix Rotaru (200-79) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and American guard Derrick Stevens (180-80, college: Colorado St.) scored 18 points. Licher Baeren have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position in Group South with 7-5 record. Giessen Pointers lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with ten games lost. Licher Baeren will face TV 1862 Langen (#8) on the road in the next round. Giessen Pointers will play against Fraport Skyliners II in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Giessen: F.Rotaru 20+6reb+1ast, D.Stevens 18+2reb+2ast, O.Biallas 8+3reb, D.Lockhart 6+3reb, D.Sumner 4+4reb+1ast, S.Lockhart 4+6reb
Licher Baeren: T.Bradshaw 15+10reb+2ast, B.Chappell 15+2reb+3ast, G.Aud 10+2reb+2ast, R.Christen 9+5reb, D.Dorr 8+6reb+1ast, N.Pederson 8+6reb
gschID: 143779


TSV Troester - Hanau 75-78

Everything could happen in Breitenguessbach at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked Hanau and 9th ranked TSV Troester had identical 5-6 record. But TSV Troester was not able to use a home court advantage and was edged by the opponent from Hanau 78-75 on Saturday night. The guests trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 32-23 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TSV Troester was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. American power forward Chris Miles (211-86, college: BYU) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Indian-American guard Anish Sharda (191-82, college: St.Mary's, KS) chipped in 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Center Philipp Neumann (210-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized Croatian forward Ivan Pavic (201-81) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Hanau (6-6) moved-up to seventh place in Group South, which they share with Langen. Loser TSV Troester keeps the ninth position with seven games lost. Hanau will face league's second-placed BSW Sixers in Sandersdorf in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. TSV Troester will play on the road against Noerdlingen (#3).
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: I.Pavic 18+6reb+1ast, P.Neumann 16+14reb+2ast, D.Harris 13+4reb+3ast, D.Schmidt 7+2reb+2ast, T.Korndoerfer 5+5reb+1ast, S.Walde 4+1reb+1ast
Hanau: C.Miles 23+6reb+2ast, C.Jared Thomas 15+1reb, A.Sharda 12+8reb+7ast, M.Schick 8+5reb+2ast, S.Koehnert 8+2reb+1ast, I.Ickert 4+5reb
gschID: 143780


BG Illertal - Gotha 70-75

ProB top team - Oettinger Rockets Gotha (10-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat twelfth ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (0-12) 75-70. The guests were ahead by 3 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 22-16 run, which allowed them to win the game. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas, agency: The House of Baller!Stars) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Naturalized Russian forward Albert Kuppe (195-88) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Mike Mercer (193-86, college: S.Florida) replied with 18 points and center Michael Wenzl (209-91) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. Oettinger Rockets Gotha have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position in Group South with 10-2 record. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn at the other side still closes the standings with 12 games lost. Oettinger Rockets Gotha's next round opponent will be Dragons Rhoendorf (#5) at home. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will play against USC Leipzig (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: M.Mercer 18+4reb+3ast, M.Wenzl 14+11reb, B.Butler 10+3reb, H.Fuller 10+3reb+2ast, M.Soyer 8+8reb+1ast, M.Simic 5+3reb+1ast
Gotha: M.Monk 18+10reb+1ast, D.Watson 15+5reb+1ast, A.Kuppe 14+8reb, T.Baker 9+6reb+2ast, K.Klein 8+2reb+5ast, T.Jarmusz 5+3reb
gschID: 143781


Fraport SKY II - Leipzig 78-81

Very expected game in Frankfurt where 10th ranked Fraport Skyliners II (2-10) was edged by fourth ranked USC Leipzig (9-3) 81-78 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 44-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely Fraport Skyliners II outrebounded USC Leipzig 42-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. American forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) scored 19 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to lead the charge for the winners and power forward Ralph Schirmer (203-86) chipped in 9 points and 13 rebounds during the contest. American guard Larry Wright (187-87, college: Oakland) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Demetrius Jemison (203, college: Manhattan) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Fraport Skyliners II players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. USC Leipzig moved-up to second place in Group South, which they share with Noerdlingen and BSW Sixers. Fraport Skyliners II lost third consecutive game. They keep the tenth position with ten games lost. USC Leipzig will face BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#12) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Fraport Skyliners II will play against Giessen Pointers and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fraport SKY II: L.Wright 24+7reb+2ast, D.Jemison 18+12reb+1ast, D.Barthel 16+11reb+1ast, F.Theilig 12+2reb+4ast, B.Nicolay 5+1reb+1ast, A.Klisura 2+3reb+1ast
Leipzig: M.Pratt 19+5reb+8ast, K.Kranz 15+1reb+1ast, L.Morinia 14+1reb+2ast, W.Simon 9+2reb, R.Schirmer 9+13reb+1ast, K.Schweiger 7+1reb
gschID: 143782




Former Real Madrid prospect Danilo Smigic joins TV Werne - by Moritz Korff
TV Werne has landed Danilo Smigic (190-G-84) to make up for the loss of Gunther Zajic (183-G-85, college: Bemidji St.), who had suffered a torn ACL. The Werne team has been struggling this season and is eager to avoid relegation from the 1. Regionalliga West. In his debut the former Slovenian junior international scored eight points, had three steals, three boards and dished out two assists in a 50-75 loss to BG Hagen.
Smigic appeared in four BBL games for the Koeln 99ers in 2008, but has not played competitive basketball in a while. Earlier in his career the now 27-year-old was considered one of the most talented guards of his age group in Europe. He is a product of Slovenian powerhouse Union Olimpija Ljubljana, appeared in the Euroleague at the tender age of 18 and signed a longterm contract with Real Madrid in 2002. However, Smigic never really broke through and took his game to Hungary, Bosnia and the Czech Republic in the following years, before heading to Koeln. In 2002 he captured the silver medal at the U18 European championships and on a team with Erazem Lorbek, Sasha Vujacic and others contributed 6.8 points per contest, including a 35 minutes, 11 points performance in the championship game.


Will Jon Leuer Be In Milwaukee This Week To Play For The Bucks? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
52 days without a win and 10 losses during autumn had been a very very tough time for The Fraport Skyliners and its fans as the team hadnt been used to losing this much since the 2005-2006 season where they were saved on the last game day with a win against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg from going down to the second league. The last weeks have been tough on the Skyliners especially the injury to leading scorer and Chris Paul buddy Justin Gray who is laboring with a knee injury and the club has 16 points less per game without his presence. Second leading scorer Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) has been a consistent scoring threat this season, and really exploded last weekend in Hagen pouring in 27 points in a much needed win and scoring any which way he could including four three pointers, dunks and reverse lay ups. After the win and 27 point effort, Leuer was asked if that performance had been his ticket to the Bucks? Leuer stayed calm and gave a typical neutral answer of I don't know. It had been no secret that his season long staus in Germany was up in the air if the NBA lockout would end since he had been drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks and had a clause in his contract to depart at any time if the NBA would resume and if the team wanted him. With The Fraport Skyliners seeming to find a way out of their rut with the convincing win in Hagen, a jump from Leuer would be very difficult since he averages almost 15 points per game. According to www.brewhoop.com, the Minnesota native will be heading to Milwaukee this week to start his NBA career.According to Leuer agent Mark Bartelstein, the American will opt out of his contract with the Fraport Skyliners and be headed to Milwaukee this week. However the article does say that Leuer would definately be signed by the Bucks, but presumably wouldnt be leaving Frankfurt unless he expected to make the team which should give some hope to the Fraport Skyliner organization of the American not jumping on the next plane to Milwaukee. The next days should be very exciting in the basketball world in Frankfurt whether or not Leuer will go. The question will be what kind of a signal can the Bucks give Leuer in his chances of making the team or not. NBA jobs are scarce and wouldnt the team want to see him a bit in action with other NBA players first?

Source: www.brewhoop.com


Jon Leuer Displays Ferris Bueller Mischieveness Leading The Fraport Skyliners Past Phoenix Hagen 83-65 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the current Fraport Skyliner losing streak at 10 games and 52 days since the Justin Gray buzzer beater win against Wurzburg and growing rapidly and at a seemingly uncontrollable rate like beautiful morning glories that start to vine quicker than Kobe Bryant can fall asleep after a five hour workout, the beard of Skyliner Johannes Herber that has taken considerable form in the last months, the losing streaks in the past of 26 games of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Cleveland Cavaliers or the sunglasses collection of society girl Paris Hilton, the club continued to be in desperate need of getting that monkey of their back and finally getting back on the win column again and finally showing a team effort for 40 minutes and wining 83-65. With so much pain during this losing streak suffered, The Fraport Skyliners would have welcomed any kind of help even if indirect like just the presence of ex Skyliner Bernd Kruel who won the 2004 Beko BBL title and played 13 Euroleague games for the Skyliners giving his ex team some aura of past success and let it rub off the team. Even after the loss, Kruel was his usual friendly self, but didnt even have his ex team in his thoughts as much anymore. I really dont have any special feeling for my old team. It has been a while since I played for them. There is no one left on the team from when I played there. Maybe some of my past Skyliner success rubbed of them tonight, commented Bernd Kruel.

It may only be December 2011, but the fans in the Enervie arena in Hagen saw two teams that are already fighting to get out of the Beko BBL cellar. Phoenix Hagen guard Brandon Brooks had a long face after the loss which was the fourth game in a row that they were unable to gain a victory while the Fraport Skyliners had gone 52 days without a win and seeing the relief in the faces and voices of the players after the final siren sounded were enriching. Skyliner captain Marius Nolte was as emotional after the win as if he had become a dad at the same time. I am a little disarranged now, but this feeling of finally getting the win is amazing. You could the relief on the faces of the players when the game was over. We played our game today being calm on offense, creating good shots, Leuer making quick decisions on offense, our defense continues to get better in the last weeks, we were consistent for a very long stretch and we just wanted to win so bad tonight, stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte. Phoenix Hagen never really had a chance as the Fraport Skyliners clearly showed them who was boss in their living room. This was a game that both teams needed to win very badly, but Frankfurt were the more aggressive team and wanted to win more, added Phoenix Hagen center Eddie Seward.

3,121 fans came into the Enervie arena see The Fraport Skyliners continue to start well into games as they had done last weekend at home against TBB Trier. Before the thunderbird mascot had been able to clean its feathers quickly, The Fraport Skyliners had quickly jumped out to a 9-4 lead. Quantez Robertson who came into the game shooting 15,4% from down town hit the first three pointer of the game which had to be a good omen. Jimmy Mckinney and Jermareo Davidson followed with jumpers while Marc Carter hit two difficult contested shots. Phoenix Hagen quickly got an early taste of how the game style would be. Robertson followed with an athletic coast to coast sprint finishing with a hard left handed slam dunk over Zygimantas Jonusas. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) nailed a three pointer and Robertson added a jumper while Phoenix Hagen got needed production from Brandon Brooks with a three pointer and a Jordan Hasquet runner. Frankfurt had started off the game hot and their self confidence grew right away. They quickly dominated on the boards especially getting timely offensive rebounds and their help defense quickly took shape. It was no surprise how we started since we have had good starts like this the last weeks. We controlled the rebounds and didnt let them get out on transition, stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from outside while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 29% from the field and 25% from outside. Frankfurt dominated the rebounds 12-6, but had seven turnovers while Phoenix Hagen had only three turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Fraport Skyliner offense slowly got rolling as more of a fluid was created and the ball was being turned over less. Frankfurt quickly had the 22-13 lead getting a Tim Ohlbrecht dunk, Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) jumper and Michael Thompson three pointer. The Frankfurt defense continued to be aggressive not allowing Phoenix Hagen any easy points inside and more to desperation shots from outside and continued to stop any transition attempts. The Frankfurt offense continued to grow as Thompson made a sweet Juicy floater and Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) hit three shots in a row to give Frankfurt the 34-22 lead. Leuer who has a resemblance to movie character Ferris Bueller also showed basketball mischieveness on the court not just pulling out his predictable jumper, but doing more damage inside as he made a dunk and reverse lay up. Young German Dominik Spohr gave Phoenix Hagen some precious support from the bench nailing two big jumpers not allowing Frankfurt to totally run away early with the game. Thompson ended the second quarter with another floater as The Fraport Skyliners had the comfortable 39-24 lead. Frankfurt had many guys that were hitting shots, continued to defend as if their life depended on it and forced Phoenix Hagen to more one on one situations. Frankfurt had almost double as much rebounds as us and just crashed the boards well and executed on offense hitting tough shots, added Eddie Seward. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 44% from the three point line while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 31% from the field and 18% from the three point line. Frankfurt dominated the boards 25-13, but had eight turnovers while Phoenix Hagen only had five turnovers.

No basketball is the same without some kind of run and Phoenix Hagen caught The Fraport Skyliners off guard at the start of the third quarter quickly cruising out on a 9-2 run and stepping up the intensity of their defense cutting the Frankfurt lead to 41-33. Canadian Tristan Blackwood scored inside, Marc Carter hit a three pointer and Brandon Brooks scored two typical shots in traffic in the zone. However that was as close as Phoenix Hagen would get to cutting the Frankfurt lead. Frankfurt got their offense going again as Mckinney hit three shots in a row. This was a stretch where neither team could get many stops, but kept scoring consistently as Frankfurt led 50-40. Jordan Hasquet made a runner in traffic and Brooks made another jumper keeping Phoenix Hagen at bay as Frankfurt still led 53-44. Frankfurt also did a fine job drawing fouls as Nolte and Leuer got to the free throw line. New Hagen player Adam Constantine who had missed two easy buckets got revenge scoring on a nifty no look pass from Brooks as the third quarter ended with the Fraport Skyliners still sitting in the drivers seat leading 56-46. We made a nice run in the third, but we were in the hole and it took a lot of energy to come back. Frankfurt had more energy and took off, stressed Eddie Seward. The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 51% from the field and 50% from the parking lot while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 40% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. Frankfurt continued to lead the rebounding battle 33-21. Frankfurt had 12 turnovers while Phoenix Hagen continued to do a splendid job taking care of the ball with only five turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, Phoenix Hagen continued to crawl up the backs of The Fraport Skyliners, but could never reach the top as they continued to hover being behind by 10 points. Phoenix Hagen got some timely production from Constantine and Jonusas cutting the Frankfurt lead to 61-51. After Carter and Leuer exchanged free throws, Brooks made another one of his typical off balance shots in the zone as the Frankfurt continued to lead 65-55. Phoenix Hagen was unable to go on a timely run in crunch time, but moreover it was The Fraport Skyliners who broke the tired backs of Phoenix Hagen going on a 12-4 run to lead 78-59 and valuable time on the clock dwindling. In the run, it was Mckinney who hit two pull up jumpers and two free throws while Leuer nailed a three pointer, made a dunk and lay in. With only a few minutes to play, Frankfurt had a relaxing 78-59 lead. Frankfurt had had simply too many options on offense and when a Mckinney and Leuer get going, then you can say an early good night at 8:30 in the evening. Thompson followed with another three pointer and Mckinney added another pull up jumper as The Fraport Skyliners celebrated a more than deserved 83-65 win on the road which was their third win in a row in Hagen. We saw that Frankfurt was not a 17th placed team. I was hoping that Leuer was on his way to the bucks, but he hung around and killed us tonight. Frankfurt had the kind of energy that you need to have in a game like this. They just played with a lot of effort and it showed with Robertson jumping all over the place having eight rebounds at half time. Frankfurt is big and long. Even when you run the pick and roll, it is hard to score inside with their big men. On top of that when the three isnt falling, its extra difficult to win, stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steven Wriedt. Our defense was key tonight. We knew that they liked to run and we did a super job controlling the tempo, added Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin).

The Fraport Skyliners were led by Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) with 27 points and seven rebounds. Jimmy Mckinney produced 21 points. Michael Thompson added 13 points. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Phoenix Hagen was led by Brandon Brooks with 14 points and six assists. Adam Constantine added 12 points and eight rebounds while Marc carter had 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners had a strong shooting day shooting 55% from the field and 57% from downtown. Phoenix Hagen struggled against the strong Frankfurt defense shooting only 38% from the field and 19% from downtown. Frankfurt had very good rotations on the pick and roll and they got many rebounds which hurt us, stressed Brandon Brooks. Some teams fall apart during stressful times, but The Fraport Skyliners never drifted away from each other, but continued to have a tight bond. Our biggest strength today was that we fought and stayed together for every second. Juice took more responsibility and Tez gave much energy. I hope that this is a first step for further continued success, warned Marius Nolte. The Fraport Skyliner next play Lok Kuban and are looking for their first win in Eurocup play Tuesday. We have to continue to build on this good performance for 40 minutes and now do it night in and night out, warned Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin).



Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Hannover 9-3 
 2. SU Medien 9-4 
 3. Vechta 9-4 
 4. Herten 8-4 
 5. Dorsten 8-5 
 6. Schwelm 8-5 
 7. Stahnsdorf 7-6 
 8. Wulfen 6-7 
 9. Wolfenbuettel 6-7 
 10. Bayer Giants 5-8 
 11. ALBA Berlin II 4-9 
 12. Rist Wedel 4-9 
 13. Bernau 0-13 
Group South
 1. Gotha 10-2 
 2. BSW Sixers 9-3 
 3. Noerdlingen 9-3 
 4. Leipzig 9-3 
 5. Dragons 7-4 
 6. Licher Baeren 7-5 
 7. Hanau 6-6 
 8. Langen 6-6 
 9. TSV Troester 5-7 
 10. Giessen 2-10 
 11. Fraport SKY II 2-10 
 12. BG Illertal 0-12 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Kosta CHARALAMPIDIS
  KAO.
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Charalampidi., KAO.19.7 
 2. Christmas, AGOR18.5 
 3. Roby, Peristeri GS17.6 
 4. Tapoutos, Aris16.8 
 5. Kommatos, Marousi16.0 
 6. Taylor, Kavala15.1 
 7. James, Aris15.0 
 8. Baynes, Ikaros14.3 
 9. Tsamis, Kolossos14.3 
 10. Spanoulis, Olympi.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex STEPHESON
  Panio.
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Stepheson, Panio.9.0 
 2. Haritopoulos, Maro.8.8 
 3. Baynes, Ikaros8.7 
 4. Giddens, PAOK7.2 
 5. Charissis, Kolossos7.0 
 6. Flowers, KAOD6.7 
 7. O''Bryant, Kavala6.6 
 8. Tapoutos, Aris6.5 
 9. Goree, PAOK6.2 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alekos PETROULAS
  Perister.
  (202-F-78)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Petroulas, Periste.5.8 
 2. Xanthopoulos, Pani.5.6 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympia.5.4 
 4. Gagaloudis, Marousi5.3 
 5. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 6. Diamantidis, Panat.4.8 
 7. Charalampidi., KAO.4.7 
 8. James, Aris4.5 
 9. Wright, AGOR4.0 
 10. Calathes, Panathi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Darryl THOMPSON
  Ilysi.
  (173-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thompson, Ilysi.2.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panat.1.8 
 3. Tsamis, Kolossos1.7 
 4. Christmas, AGOR1.7 
 5. Roby, Peristeri GS1.6 
 6. Wright, AGOR1.5 
 7. Hatten, Kolossos1.4 
 8. Kerusch, Aris1.3 
 9. Charalampidi., KAO.1.3 
 10. James, Aris1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Patrick O''BRYANT
  Kavala
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. O''Bryant, Kavala1.9 
 2. Muldrow, Aris1.8 
 3. Hines, Olympiakos1.7 
 4. Giddens, PAOK1.3 
 5. Flowers, KAOD1.3 
 6. Scott, Peristeri GS1.2 
 7. Johnson, Ikaros1.0 
 8. Vougioukas, Panat.1.0 
 9. Charissis, Kolossos1.0 
 10. Zimic, Perister.1.0 


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


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


Alex Stepheson claims A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Alex Stepheson (205-F-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Panionios and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Ikaros (#12, 1-6) 78-64. Panionios maintains the 2nd position in Greek A1. They are still close to the very top. Panionios would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. Stepheson turned to be Panionios' top player in his first season with the team. University of Southern California graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stepheson leads league in rebounds with 9.0rpg. Stepheson is in league's top in and averages solid 61.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Zack Wright (188-G-85) of AGOR. Wright impressed basketball fans with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead AGOR to another comfortable win 79-64 over Marousi (#13, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed AGOR to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wright is a newcomer at AGOR and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-G-85) of Peristeri GS (#5). Mocnik showcased his all-around game by recording 11 points, five rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Peristeri GS, leading his team to a 73-63 win against the lower-ranked PAOK (#8, 3-4). Peristeri GS needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 2 lost games. Mocnik has a very solid season. In 5 games in Greece he scored 4.8ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82) of Olympiakos - 29 points and 5 assists
5. Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) of Kolossos - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kostas Charissis (211-F/C-79) of Kolossos - 16 points and 8 rebounds
7. Sam Muldrow (205-F) of Aris - 14 points and 6 rebounds
8. Richard Roby (198-G-85) of Peristeri GS - 24 points and 8 rebounds
9. Miroslav Todic (206-F-85) of Ilysiakos - 23 points and 4 rebounds
10. Jon Diebler (198-G-88) of Panionios - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Justin INGRAM
  FS Debre.
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Ingram, FS Debre.25.7 
 2. Ivosev, Szedeak23.9 
 3. Timberlake, Falco-.23.2 
 4. Raivio, Kaposvari23.1 
 5. Doyne, PVSK P.20.5 
 6. Ciric, PVSK P.20.3 
 7. Jones, Jaszberenyi20.2 
 8. Miskovic, Marso N.20.1 
 9. Townes, Kormend18.8 
 10. El Amin, Albacomp18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Jaszberenyi
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Jones, Jaszberenyi12.6 
 2. Miskovic, Marso N.10.8 
 3. Szabo, FS Debrecen10.7 
 4. Ivosev, Szedeak9.3 
 5. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.9.1 
 6. Raivio, Kaposvari8.8 
 7. Townes, Kormend8.7 
 8. Chism, Albacomp8.1 
 9. Hines, ZTE K.8.0 
 10. Fey, Kaposvari8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.7.7 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari6.1 
 3. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 4. Fekete, Marso N.5.8 
 5. Williams, Atomeromu5.1 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.0 
 7. Drahos, Szedeak4.7 
 8. Ingram, FS Debre.4.6 
 9. Doyne, PVSK P.4.5 
 10. Thomas, Soproni4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Marso N.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Fekete, Marso N.3.9 
 2. Drahos, Szedeak3.0 
 3. Ivosev, Szedeak2.5 
 4. Doyne, PVSK P.2.5 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok2.4 
 6. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.3 
 7. Raivio, Kaposvari2.3 
 8. Chism, Albacomp2.3 
 9. Kelley, Kecskemeti2.2 
 10. Baki, ZTE K.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Kormend
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Townes, Kormend2.4 
 2. Pantelic, Falco-Sz.2.2 
 3. Jones, Jaszberenyi1.4 
 4. Chism, Albacomp1.2 
 5. Fey, Kaposvari1.2 
 6. Morgen, Atomeromu1.1 
 7. Ivosev, Szedeak1.1 
 8. Levy, Szedeak1.0 
 9. Miskovic, Marso N.1.0 
 10. Cole, Atomeromu1.0 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Falco-Szova 8-1 
 2. Albacomp 8-1 
 3. Kormend 8-1 
 4. Szolnok 7-2 
 5. Kecskemeti 6-3 
 6. Atomeromu 5-4 
 7. Kaposvari 4-5 
 8. PVSK Pannon 4-5 
 9. Szedeak 3-6 
 10. Marso NYKK 3-6 
 11. Soproni 3-6 
 12. FS Debrecen 2-7 
 13. Jaszberenyi 2-7 
 14. ZTE KK 0-9 


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  IBA   


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


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  ICELAND   


Around Europe - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Latest update on Icelandic players playing around Europe.

Germany.
Nurnberg 62 MBC 77. MBC keeps the top seat in Pro A Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson scored 5 points, took 1 rebounds and dish out 3 assist for the winner.
Spain
CAI Zaragoza lost to Alicante 77-75 Jon Stefansson scored 10 points took 2 rebounds and had 4 assist for CAI.
Sweden.
Boras 88 08 Stockholm 96. Important win for Helgi Magnusson and 08. Magnusson 12 points, 5 boards and 1 assist.
Solna 78. Sundsvall 77. Hard loss for Sundsvall, could not handle hot shooting Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) on Solna team that ended the game with 28 points. Jakob Sigurdarson almost won the game for Sundsvall by scoring last 11 points for the team and ended the game with 21. Hlynur Baeringson 18. Pavel Ermolinskij 11 .
Tonight Sundsvall made it to top of the league when they beat Uppsala 84-61 Jakob Sigurdarson again leading scorer for Sundsvall as well as Hlynur Baeringson with 20 points each. Pavel Ermolinskij added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assist on the statistic.


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  IRAN   


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


Jiri Hubalek signed in Petrochimi - by Kazem Ghayem
Czeck Repulic NT player Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, college: Iowa St.) signed in petrochimi to replace with French Claude Marquis in this team. he was playing in Dinamo Ford Sassari in italy A1 last season. he played last game against Mahram and claims 24 points in the lose to ex champion Mahram 92-70.
Claude Marquis also was watching the game on vip seats where his teamates was fighting to win. he signed in french and will be back to his country again. he spend last season in Jahesh and at the begining of this season signed 1 month contract in petrochimi.


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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. DCU Saints 9-2 
 2. 11890 Killester 7-3 
 3. UCD Marian 4-6 
 4. Belfast Star 1-9 
South Conference
 1. B.Gais Neptune 6-3 
 2. UCC Demons 5-3 
 3. UL Eagles 5-6 
 4. Moycullen 3-8 


Superleague National Cup quarterfinal stage recap - by Eurobasket News
UL Eagles finished the UCD Marian Superleague National Cup title defence at the quarterfinal stage. UL Eagles claimed a 72:62 win. Scott Kinevane (175-G-87) stepped up with 16 points to pace the effort. Robert Taylor added 15 points for the winners. UCD Marian answered with 21 points from Donnie Stith (201-F-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Tulane).
Killester will take on UL Eagles in the semis after edging Moycullen 83:69. The teams were tied at 42 after twenty minutes of action but Moycullen lost their import player Luke Enos (201-F, college: Black Hills St.) to the injury in the second half and Killester took over to seal the win at the end.
UCC Demons overcame DCU Saints 89:74 to set up an exciting semifinal clash versus Neptune.
Neptune meanwhile eked out an 80:79 victory over Belfast Star. Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse) delivered 33 points to pace the winners. Gerard Noonan (180-G-82) contributed 15 points for Neptune.


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 6-1 
 2. Galil Gilboa 5-2 
 3. Hapoel J-M 5-2 
 4. Ironi Ashkelon 5-3 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 4-3 
 6. B.C. Habikaa 4-3 
 7. Hapoel Holon 4-4 
 8. Maccabi Haifa 3-5 
 9. Bnei Hasharon 2-5 
 10. Elitzur Netanya 1-6 
 11. Maccabi Ashdod 1-6 


Loto League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sylven LANDESBERG
  Maccab.
  (198-F/G-90)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Landesberg, Macca.23.6 
 2. Carter, Bnei H.20.3 
 3. Crawford, Maccab.20.1 
 4. Banks, Elitzur19.8 
 5. Delaney, B.C. H.19.7 
 6. Dunn, Bnei Hashar.19.7 
 7. Duncan, Maccabi19.3 
 8. Lewis, Hapoel Holon18.8 
 9. Bradley, Maccabi17.4 
 10. Bowman, Maccabi16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Hapoel H.
  (202-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Dunston, Hapoel H.11.3 
 2. Duncan, Maccabi10.0 
 3. Bowman, Maccabi8.9 
 4. Dowell, B.C. H.8.7 
 5. Tyus, Maccabi8.6 
 6. Freeman, B.C. H.8.0 
 7. Kitchen, Maccabi8.0 
 8. Williams, Maccabi7.9 
 9. Burns, Elitzur7.7 
 10. Mitchell, Ironi A.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Moran ROTH
  Hapoel Holon
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Roth, Hapoel Holon8.1 
 2. Tapiro, Maccabi7.7 
 3. Randle, Elitzur6.6 
 4. Thomas, Galil Gilb.5.8 
 5. Carter, Bnei H.5.6 
 6. Papaloukas, Macca.5.5 
 7. Delaney, B.C. H.5.4 
 8. Mitchell, Ironi A.5.3 
 9. Jackson, Maccabi5.0 
 10. Ohayon, Maccabi4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Danilo PINNOCK
  B.C. H.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Pinnock, B.C. H.2.8 
 2. Limonad, Ironi A.2.8 
 3. Kitchen, Maccabi2.3 
 4. Delaney, B.C. H.2.1 
 5. Ben-Chimol, Maccab.2.1 
 6. Ohayon, Maccabi2.1 
 7. Banks, Elitzur2.0 
 8. Yavzuri, Galil Gil.2.0 
 9. Burns, Elitzur1.9 
 10. Skinn, Ironi Ashk.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Maccabi .
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Williams, Maccabi4.1 
 2. Uter, Maccabi2.3 
 3. Dunston, Hapoel H.2.1 
 4. Hendrix, Maccabi1.8 
 5. Varnado, Hapoel J.1.7 
 6. Wilkerson, Maccab.1.3 
 7. Sullivan, Hapoel H.1.1 
 8. Powell, Maccabi Ha.1.1 
 9. Tyus, Maccabi1.0 
 10. James, Maccabi T.1.0 


Premier League Round 8: Ironi Ashkelon is upset by Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
The most important game in the last round took place in Hod Hasharon between third ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-3) and ninth ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-5) on Sunday night. Ironi Ashkelon was defeated by Bnei Hasharon in a tough game on the road 96-101. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bnei Hasharon made 33-of-38 free shots (86.8 percent) during the game, while Ironi Ashkelon only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Bnei Hasharon forced 20 Ironi Ashkelon turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ashkelon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) for the guests. Bnei Hasharon maintains ninth position with 2-5 record. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to face Elitzur Netanya (#10) at home in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Elitzur Netanya can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-3) 88-80. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Brian Asbury contributed with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists for B.C. Habikaa. Elitzur Netanya (1-6) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. B.C. Habikaa at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Elitzur Netanya will play against higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the sixth victory on Monday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Hapoel Holon (4-4) 84-75 in Tel-Aviv. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of Keith Langford who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists. Bryant Dunston responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Loser Hapoel Holon dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Rishon (#5) in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Jerusalem. Local Hapoel J-M (5-2) outscored 8th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-5) 95-76. The winners were led by Jarvis Varnado who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel J-M have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#7) on the road where they are favorite.

In the last game of round 8 Maccabi Rishon defeated Maccabi Ashdod in Rishon Le-Zion 76-69.



Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Haifa 95-76

The game with biggest result difference took place in Jerusalem. Local Hapoel J-M (5-2) outscored 8th ranked Maccabi Haifa (3-5) 95-76. The game without a history. Hapoel J-M led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. The winners were led by American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) who scored that evening 16 points and 7 rebounds and international forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) supported him with 14 points and 5 assists. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by naturalized American swingman Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Haifa. American forward Tyler Wilkerson (202-88, college: Marshall) added 22 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Hapoel J-M have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Haifa at the other side keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Hapoel J-M's next round opponent will be Hapoel Holon (#7) on the road where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Haifa: T.Wilkerson 22+3reb, S.Landesberg 16+7reb+5ast, S.Williams 11+6reb+1ast, A.Ben-Chimol 11+3reb+2ast, S.Farine 5+1reb, J.Jackson 4+3reb+5ast
Hapoel J-M: J.Varnado 16+7reb+1ast, D.Strawberry 15+1reb+6ast, E.Kadir 14+3reb+5ast, D.Grunfeld 12+1reb+1ast, L.Jackson 11+9reb+2ast, Y.Naimy 10+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137324


Maccabi T-A - Hapoel Holon 84-75

Leader Maccabi T-A delivered the sixth victory on Monday night. This time they beat 6th ranked Hapoel Holon (4-4) 84-75 in Tel-Aviv. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Hapoel Holon. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a quality performance of swingman Keith Langford (193-83, college: Kansas) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 5 assists and power forward Richard Hendrix (203-86, college: Alabama) who added 17 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points, 15 rebounds and 5 blocks and forward Tasmin Mitchell (201-86, college: LSU) scored 18 points and 6 rebounds. Five Hapoel Holon players scored in double figures. Defending champion maintains first position with 6-1 record. Loser Hapoel Holon dropped to the seventh place with four games lost. Maccabi T-A will meet Maccabi Rishon (#5) in the next round. Hapoel Holon will play against Hapoel J-M in Jerusalem and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: T.Mitchell 18+6reb+2ast, R.Lewis 18+2reb+2ast, M.Roth 12+3reb+10ast, B.Dunston 11+15reb+2ast, S.Harush 10, P.Sullivan 6+2reb+1ast
Maccabi T-A: K.Langford 21+4reb+5ast, R.Hendrix 17+10reb, D.Smith 15+1ast, S.James 8+6reb+1ast, G.Pnini 6+1reb+3ast, L.Eliyahu 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137325


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 69-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Maccabi Ashdod (1-6) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Maccabi Rishon (4-3) 76-69. Maccabi Ashdod was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 22-13 charge of Maccabi Rishon, which allowed them to win the game. 27 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Ashdod helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The winners were led by American forward Brandon Bowman (204-84, college: Georgetown) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 18 points and 15 rebounds and the other American import swingman Joe Crawford (196-86, college: Kentucky, agency: Priority Sports) supported him with 23 points and 5 assists. Even 15 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals by the former international point guard Meir Tapiro (192-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Ashdod. American power forward Josh Duncan (203-86) added 16 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Maccabi Rishon moved-up to fifth place, which they share with B.C. Habikaa. Maccabi Ashdod lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Maccabi Rishon's next round opponent will be league's leader Maccabi T-A in Tel-Aviv and it may be quite challenging game. Maccabi Ashdod will play on the road against B.C. Habikaa (#6).
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Duncan 16+8reb, M.Tapiro 15+7reb+9ast, A.Tyus 14+9reb, J.Carter 9+5reb+1ast, A.Shoutvin 8+2reb, R.Bradley 3+3reb+2ast
Maccabi Rishon: J.Crawford 23+4reb+5ast, D.Kitchen 20+4reb, B.Bowman 18+15reb+1ast, A.Uter 8+5reb, A.Ben David 6+1reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 1+9ast
gschID: 137321


Elitzur Netanya - B.C. Habikaa 88-80

Elitzur Netanya can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as they defeated much higher ranked B.C. Habikaa (4-3) 88-80. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-13. But B.C. Habikaa won second period 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Netanya made 21-of-24 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Brian Asbury (200-86, college: Miami, FL) contributed with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Elitzur Netanya players scored in double figures. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB) replied with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists and swingman Dion Dowell (200-85, college: Houston) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for B.C. Habikaa. Elitzur Netanya (1-6) left bottom position moving up to tenth place, which they share with Maccabi Ashdod. B.C. Habikaa at the other side dropped to the fifth position with three games lost. They share it with Maccabi Rishon. Elitzur Netanya will play against higher ranked Bnei Hasharon (#9) in Hod Hasharon in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. B.C. Habikaa will play at home against Maccabi Ashdod (#11) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
B.C. Habikaa: R.Freeman 21+4reb, P.Delaney 19+6reb+10ast, D.Dowell 17+8reb+3ast, E.Skverer 6+1reb+1ast, N.Cohen 6+5reb, I.Grinboim 5+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: C.Burns 22+12reb+2ast, J.Randle 17+3reb+4ast, B.Asbury 17+12reb+2ast, A.Banks 15+1reb+4ast, L.Hakmon 9+2reb+1ast, E.Gueta 3+1ast
gschID: 137322


Bnei Hasharon - Ironi Ashkelon 101-96

The most important game in the last round took place in Hod Hasharon between third ranked Ironi Ashkelon (5-3) and ninth ranked Bnei Hasharon (2-5) on Sunday night. Ironi Ashkelon was defeated by Bnei Hasharon in a tough game on the road 96-101. The hosts trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 31-21 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Bnei Hasharon made 33-of-38 free shots (86.8 percent) during the game, while Ironi Ashkelon only scored sixteen points from the stripe. Bnei Hasharon forced 20 Ironi Ashkelon turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ashkelon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Delroy James (203-87, college: Rhode Island) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. Guard LaceDarius Dunn (193-87, college: Baylor) chipped in 22 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Power forward Marco Killingsworth (202-82, college: Indiana) produced a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) added 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bnei Hasharon maintains ninth position with 2-5 record. Ironi Ashkelon at the other side dropped to the fourth place with three games lost. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to face Elitzur Netanya (#10) at home in the next round. Ironi Ashkelon will play against the league's second-placed Galil Gilboa (#2) and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: D.Mitchell 25+5reb+4ast, M.Killingsworth 22+10reb+2ast, R.Limonad 16+10reb+7ast, T.Skinn 12+1reb+3ast, A.Simhon 9+3reb+2ast, D.Shamriz 6
Bnei Hasharon: D.James 34+6reb+1ast, L.Dunn 22+6reb+5ast, T.Carter 19+1reb+4ast, K.Lawson 16+7reb+1ast, J.Mintz 5+6reb, G.Lavie 3+1reb
gschID: 137323




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  ITALY   


Sanikidze's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: World Sport Agency) put on an amazing game in the last round for CS Bologna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Banco di Sard. (#10, 4-4) 85-80. CS Bologna is placed at 4th position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Sanikidze had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at CS Bologna, through which he has constantly improved. Sanikidze has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 9.9rpg) and averages solid 57.5% FGP and 45.5% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Milos Borisov (201-F-85) of Banca Tercas. He is Montenegrin forward in his first season at Banca Tercas. In the last game Borisov recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Banca Tercas to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Scavolini PS (#11, 4-4) 82-62. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Banca Tercas managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 15th place. 7 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Banca Tercas managed to get this year. Borisov is a newcomer at Banca Tercas and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Andre Smith (203-F-85) of Pepsi Caserta (#6). Smith scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Pepsi Caserta, leading his team to a 89-82 win against the lower-ranked Lottomatica (#12, 4-5). Pepsi Caserta needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Smith has a great season in Italy. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.1ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 8.1rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82) of Umana Venezia - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. David Andersen (212-C-80) of Montepaschi - 23 points and 4 rebounds
6. Andre Collins (183-PG-82) of Pepsi Caserta - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
7. Goran Jurak (203-F/C-77) of Angelico BI - 21 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jurica Golemac (209-F-77) of Sidigas AV - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88) of Armani MI - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) of Lottomatica - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Bennet Cantu adds Gianella - by Giovanni Bargna
Bennet Cantu will officially announce Nicolas Gianella (187-G-78) soon. The point-guard from Argentina has an italian passport and will join his new teammates today.
Gianella grew-up at La Plata, his hometown, with Gimnasia La Plata before joining Estudiantes Olavarria, first experience in his professional career.
The player appeared for the first time in the italian league in season 2000-2001 with Viola Reggio Calabria, then spent another season in Italy playing for Scafati Basket.
In the recent past Nicolas Gianella has been wearing for five seasons the jersey of CB Granada in the ABC.
In Cantu he is expected to share time with Andrea Cinciarini at the point and help the team both in the league and in the euroleague (he will probably have his debut next wednesday at Bilbao against Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket).
This won't be the only deal for Cantu in the next period. As Marko Scekic will be sidelined after undergoing surgery this week the italian team should send David Lighty on loan soon and ink a US forward to play at spot 4.


Ksistof Lavrinovic to undergo back surgery - by Andrea Centenari
Montepaschi Siena announced, on his official website, that Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) will undergo surgery for the spinal column problem he has been suffering from the beginning of the season. The surgery will take place today at Humanitas hospital in Milan and will be performed by Prof. Maurizio Fornari.
Lavrinovic has played 6 games this season in Serie A averaging 7,5 points and 4,8 rebounds per game. In Euroleague he had 9,5 points and 5,3 rebounds per game.


Lega2 round 10 best performance: Paul Marigney - by Eurobasket News
American guard Paul Marigney (192-G-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Scafati Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (33 points, nine rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Prima Veroli (#14, 3-7) with 18-point margin 96-78. Givova Scafati maintains the 5th position in Italian Lega2. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Givova Scafati will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. Marigney turned to be Givova Scafati's top player in his first season with the team. Former Saint Mary's College of California star has very solid stats this year. Marigney is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.6ppg) and averages impressive 3.0spg and 50.9% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was young American Austin Freeman (190-G-89) of MarcoPoloShop. Freeman had a very good evening with 35 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for MarcoPoloShop to edge slightly higher-ranked Fileni BPA (4-5) 89-87. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But MarcoPoloShop managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 10th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Freeman is a newcomer at MarcoPoloShop, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.1ppg (#1). He also registered 4.3 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget Imola (#11). Whiting showcased his all-around game by recording 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Whiting's great performance Aget Imola lost 71-79 to the higher-ranked Biancoblu BO (4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aget Imola ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 5 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Whiting could help Aget Imola to bring them higher in the standings. Whiting has a great season in Italy. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (5th best) and assists with 4.0apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) of Centrale Latte - 24 points and 12 rebounds
5. James Thomas (203-F/C-80) of Givova Scafati - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Richard McConnell (182-G-89) of Fileni BPA - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) of Enel Brindisi - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Riccardo Moraschini (195-G-91) of S.Antimo - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86) of S.Antimo - 21 points and 4 rebounds
10. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) of Prima Veroli - 17 points and 3 rebounds

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


Djordjevic:"I'm very disappointed by Brian Scalabrine" - by Andrea Centenari
After the defeat against Fabi Shoes Montegranaro in Ancona, Benetton Treviso coach Alexander Djordjevic has spoken on the moment of his team:'We played with not so much serenity in Ancona. The Scalabrine's departure, the uncertain situation of E'Twaun Moore (192-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue) that will also probably go back to the NBA, some others players injured put us in a hard situation since the beginning of the game'.
In particular Alexander Djordjevic is very disappointed by Brian Scalabrine (206-C-78, college: USC) who left the team a couple of the days ago:'A disappointment on the human side, I didn't expect that. This is my personal opinion. He was the first NBA player in Europe to go back to the USA without a contract, without playing the latest games and help the team and greet the fans, all at 33 years ago only for going on his knees to his wife that wanted him back. He hasn't a team and an NBA contract yet. I was counting on his professionalism, respect for the club and especially for his young teammates. He could help us at least until tomorrow, the team needed it, but Scalabrine had a very negative attitude, as already shown in recent weeks, which gave us not so much on the field and beyond, indeed he has also negatively influenced other americans. We're thrown off by this, thinking of a serious professional, but caused problems with teammates and club'.
Now Scalabrine hopes to resign with the Chicago Bulls or he will trying to find out another contract in the NBA.


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Bernardo MUSSO
  Napoli
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Musso, Napoli19.3 
 2. Evangelisti, Recan.18.6 
 3. Benevelli, Orlandi.16.9 
 4. Portannese, Torino15.8 
 5. Carra, Trieste15.8 
 6. Zanelli, Orlandina15.8 
 7. Prandin, Casalp.15.7 
 8. Mei, Comsum.it SI15.6 
 9. Micevic, Latina B.15.3 
 10. Fattori, San Seve.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emanuele ROSSI
  Chieti
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Rossi, Chieti11.2 
 2. Iannilli, Napoli9.8 
 3. Baldi Rossi, Perug.9.2 
 4. Benevelli, Orlandi.8.8 
 5. Borra, Treviglio8.4 
 6. Simeoli, Comsum.i.8.4 
 7. Tessitori, Comsum..8.2 
 8. Pazzi, Trento7.9 
 9. Ferraro, Trieste7.8 
 10. Musso, Napoli7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Matteo BERTOLAZZI
  Omegna
  (181-G-79)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Bertolazzi, Omegna4.8 
 2. Musso, Napoli3.7 
 3. Zanelli, Orlandina3.6 
 4. Stanic, Fabriano3.6 
 5. Ferrarese, Castell.3.4 
 6. Ruggiero, Bari3.3 
 7. Guarino, Ferentino3.2 
 8. Fabi, Treviglio3.1 
 9. Malamov, Anagni3.1 
 10. Rivali, Santarcan.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessio IARDELLA
  Fabriano
  (187-F-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Iardella, Fabriano3.8 
 2. Portannese, Torino3.4 
 3. Musso, Napoli3.3 
 4. Bertolazzi, Omegna3.3 
 5. Malamov, Anagni3.2 
 6. Cazzaniga, Pavia3.0 
 7. Tomasiello, Ruvo3.0 
 8. Guarino, Ferentino3.0 
 9. Vico, Matera3.0 
 10. Amici, Firenze2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jacopo BORRA
  Treviglio
  (212-C-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Borra, Treviglio1.4 
 2. Capitanelli, Firen.1.4 
 3. Ancellotti, Santar.1.3 
 4. Candido, San Seve.1.3 
 5. Biligha, Casalp.1.1 
 6. Tessitori, Comsum..1.0 
 7. Corral, Anagni1.0 
 8. Trapella, Fabriano0.9 
 9. Raminelli, Castell.0.9 
 10. Benevelli, Orland.0.9 


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


Standings - B1
Nazionale Standings
Div.North-East
 1. Trieste 8-4 
 2. Trento 7-5 
 3. Perugia 7-5 
 4. Comsum.it SI 4-8 
 5. Santarcangelo 4-8 
 6. Firenze 3-9 
Div.North-West
 1. Omegna 11-1 
 2. Treviglio 9-3 
 3. Torino 9-3 
 4. Casalpusterlengo 8-4 
 5. Pavia 4-8 
 6. Castelletto 4-8 
Div.South-East
 1. Bari 7-5 
 2. Recanati 6-6 
 3. San Severo 6-6 
 4. Chieti 5-7 
 5. Fabriano 2-10 
 6. Ruvo 2-10 
Div.South-West
 1. Napoli 9-3 
 2. Ferentino 8-4 
 3. Orlandina 7-5 
 4. Latina Basket 6-6 
 5. Anagni 5-7 
 6. Matera 4-8 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Von WAFER
  Vanoli CR
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Wafer, Vanoli CR20.1 
 2. Smith, Pepsi C.18.1 
 3. Pullen, Angelico BI17.2 
 4. Datome, Lottomat.16.7 
 5. Collins, Pepsi C.16.6 
 6. Dean, Sidigas AV15.8 
 7. Coleman, Angelico.15.6 
 8. Diawara, Cimberio.15.4 
 9. Diener, Banco d.15.3 
 10. McCalebb, Montep.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jared HOMAN
  CS Bologna
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Homan, CS Bologna10.0 
 2. Sanikidze, CS Bo.9.9 
 3. Adrien, Benetton9.9 
 4. Brunner, Fabi Shoes9.6 
 5. Johnson, Sidigas9.3 
 6. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.6 
 7. Smith, Pepsi C.8.1 
 8. Chiotti, Novip.7.7 
 9. Amoroso, Banca T.7.3 
 10. Dragicevic, Angel.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andre COLLINS
  Pepsi C.
  (183-PG-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Collins, Pepsi C.6.4 
 2. Green, Sidigas AV6.1 
 3. Diener, Banco d.5.4 
 4. Stipcevic, Cimberi.5.1 
 5. Cook, Armani MI4.5 
 6. McIntyre, CS Bo.3.9 
 7. Brown, Banca T.3.8 
 8. Zoroski, Fabi Shoes3.6 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna3.5 
 10. Pullen, Angelico3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey COLEMAN
  Angelico.
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Coleman, Angelico.3.4 
 2. Hackett, Scavolin.2.6 
 3. Hosley, Banco d.2.5 
 4. Jones, Scavolini PS2.4 
 5. Pullen, Angelico BI2.4 
 6. Bowers, Umana V.2.3 
 7. Collins, Pepsi C.2.1 
 8. Johnson, Sidigas2.0 
 9. Sanikidze, CS Bo.2.0 
 10. Temple, Novipiu CM2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Scavolini PS
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.6 
 2. Hunter, Banco d.1.3 
 3. Shermadini, Bennet1.2 
 4. Szewczyk, Umana V.1.1 
 5. Summers, Montepas.1.0 
 6. Crosariol, Lottoma.1.0 
 7. Adrien, Benetton0.9 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montep.0.8 
 9. Brunner, Fabi Shoes0.8 
 10. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.24.1 
 2. Hardy, Giorgio21.7 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.21.6 
 4. Teague, S.Antimo20.0 
 5. Whiting, Aget Imola19.0 
 6. Voskuil, Morpho B.17.9 
 7. Maggioli, Fileni B.17.7 
 8. Klobucar, Assi Ost.17.7 
 9. Robinson, Trenkwal.17.7 
 10. McConnell, Fileni17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Thomas, Givova S.10.6 
 2. Easley, MarcoPol.9.1 
 3. Diliegro, Assi Ost.8.8 
 4. Anderson, Morpho B.8.6 
 5. Maggioli, Fileni B.8.2 
 6. Borovnjak, Enel B.7.7 
 7. Baldassarre, Bianc.7.4 
 8. Chiacig, Trenkwald.6.8 
 9. Ghersetti, Centra.6.8 
 10. Brooks, Fileni BPA6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.6.8 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.5.9 
 3. Porta, Tezenis4.1 
 4. Whiting, Aget Imola4.0 
 5. Green, Sigma B.3.9 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.3.4 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.3 
 8. Goldwire, Centra.3.3 
 9. Hoover, Fileni BPA2.9 
 10. Kelley, Biancobl.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nikola RADULOVIC
  Givova S.
  (207-F-73)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Radulovic, Givova3.2 
 2. West, Tezenis3.0 
 3. Marigney, Givova S.3.0 
 4. Rowe, Prima Veroli2.8 
 5. Thompson, Centra.2.7 
 6. Blizzard, Biancobl.2.6 
 7. McConnell, Fileni2.6 
 8. Boscagin, Tezeni.2.4 
 9. Green, Sigma B.2.4 
 10. Robinson, Trenkwa.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michele MAGGIOLI
  Fileni B.
  (212-C-77)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.7 
 2. Trapani, MarcoPol.1.3 
 3. Thomas, Givova S.1.0 
 4. Cervi, Trenkwalder0.9 
 5. Renzi, Tezenis0.9 
 6. Busma, Centrale.0.8 
 7. West, Tezenis0.7 
 8. Brkic, Prima Veroli0.7 
 9. Edwards, Tezenis0.7 
 10. DiGiuliomari., Te.0.7 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Trenkwalder 7-2 
 2. Centrale Latte 7-2 
 3. Giorgio Tesi PT 7-3 
 4. Enel Brindisi 7-3 
 5. Givova Scafati 6-4 
 6. Morpho Basket 4-4 
 7. Sigma Barcel. 4-5 
 8. Biancoblu BO 4-5 
 9. Fileni BPA 4-5 
 10. MarcoPoloShop 4-5 
 11. Aget Imola 4-5 
 12. Assi Ostuni 4-5 
 13. Tezenis Verona 3-6 
 14. Prima Veroli 3-7 
 15. S.Antimo 1-8 


Nazionale A Round 12: #1 Napoli is defeated by Chieti - by Eurobasket News
The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Napoli (9-3) on the court of fourth ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 76-70. Napoli was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Chieti forced 22 Napoli turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Napoli's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Chieti maintains fourth position with 5-7 record, which they share with Anagni. Napoli at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Torino and Treviglio. Chieti is looking forward to face league's leader Bari in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Napoli will play against Latina Basket and is hoping to win this game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12: San Severo won against Ruvo on the opponent's court 75-60. Recanati was outscored by Ferentino in a home game 71-108. Orlandina recorded a loss to Bari on the road 70-68. Trento crushed Comsum.it SI on its own court 88-55. Casalpusterlengo was beaten by Torino in a road game 72-56. Perugia lost to Santarcangelo at home 49-51. Matera unfortunately lost to Latina Basket on the opponent's court 85-92. Anagni managed to beat Fabriano in a home game 61-56. Castelletto was defeated by Trieste on the road 72-60. Treviglio beat Pavia on its own court 67-65.


Ruvo - San Severo 60-75

Rather expected game in Ruvo di Puglia where 6th ranked Ruvo (2-10) was defeated by third ranked Mazzeo San Severo (6-6) 75-60 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 44-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Francesco Amoroso (202-78) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and swingman Giovanni Rugolo (196-81) who added 18 points and 5 assists during the contest. Five Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Marco Tagliabue (206-86) with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Simone Zanotti (206-92) scored 15 points. Mazzeo San Severo moved-up to second place, which they share with Recanati and Latina Basket. Ruvo lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth position with ten games lost. Mazzeo San Severo will face Fabriano (#5) in the next round. Ruvo will play against the league's second-placed Ferentino.
Top scorers:
San Severo: G.Rugolo 18+2reb+5ast, F.Amoroso 14+10reb+6ast, F.Lovatti 11+3reb+2ast, I.Scarponi 10+3reb, G.Fattori 10+7reb+1ast, R.Marzoli 6+5reb+1ast
Ruvo: S.Zanotti 15+3reb+1ast, M.Deregibus 14+4reb+1ast, M.Tagliabue 13+9reb+2ast, G.Valesin 6, C.Villani 4+3reb+2ast, G.Antrops 4+12reb+1ast
gschID: 135698


Recanati - Ferentino 71-108

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when third ranked Ferentino (8-4) smashed on the road second-best Recanati (6-6) 108-71 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Ferentino. Recanati was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ferentino dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Recanati's 34. They outrebounded Recanati 42-23 including a 32-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Argentinian swingman Manuel Carrizo (198-80, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and power forward Antonio Iannuzzi (207-91) who added 19 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Ferentino's coach Franco Gramenzi 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 guard Marco Ceron (195-92) with 19 points and forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Ferentino keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Trieste. Loser Recanati keeps the second place with six games lost. Ferentino will face Ruvo (#6) in Ruvo di Puglia in the next round where they are favorite. Recanati will play on the road against Orlandina (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferentino: M.Carrizo 34+5reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 19+14reb+3ast, S.Bonfiglio 19+2reb+3ast, F.Ihedioha 8+4reb+1ast, F.Guarino 8+2reb+7ast, L.Panzini 8+3reb+2ast
Recanati: M.Ceron 19+4reb+1ast, R.Fossati 14+5ast, A.Pierini 13+5reb+2ast, M.Pierangeli 8+2reb, A.Cecchetti 6+4reb, M.Evangelisti 6+7reb+1ast
gschID: 135699


Bari - Orlandina 70-68

The game between closely ranked teams ended with second-best Orlandina's (7-5) road loss to first ranked Bari (7-5) 68-70 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Bari made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-81) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and center Domenico Morena (210-70) who added 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Bari's coach Giovanni Putignano used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was forward Andrea Benevelli (202-85) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Filippo Alessandri (190-89) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Four Orlandina players scored in double figures. Newly promoted Bari maintains first position with 7-5 record, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Orlandina. Bari will face Chieti (#4) on the road in the next round. Orlandina will play against the league's second-placed Recanati and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bari: A.Ruggiero 21+3reb+2ast, D.Morena 10+8reb+4ast, M.Bona 9+4reb+5ast, D.Barozzi 8+5reb+1ast, S.Gigena 7+7reb, F.Mian 7+1ast
Orlandina: A.Benevelli 16+10reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 16+4ast, F.Alessandri 15+6reb+4ast, N.Crow 13+5reb, G.Zampolli 6+1reb, N.Damiani 2+1reb
gschID: 135700


Chieti - Napoli 76-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Napoli (9-3) on the court of fourth ranked Chieti on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Chieti 76-70. Napoli was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Chieti forced 22 Napoli turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and forward Roberto Feliciangeli (203-74) who added 18 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was naturalized Argentinian guard Bernardo Musso (192-86) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Napoli's coach Maurizio Bartocci rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Newly promoted Chieti maintains fourth position with 5-7 record, which they share with Anagni. Napoli at the other side, also newcomer in the league, still keeps top place with three games lost. They share the position with Torino and Treviglio. Chieti is looking forward to face league's leader Bari in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Napoli will play against Latina Basket and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Chieti: R.Feliciangeli 18+10reb+1ast, E.Rossi 18+13reb+3ast, F.Gialloreto 11+1reb+3ast, A.Raschi 11+8reb+2ast, S.Rajola 9+4reb+3ast, M.Diomede 6+2reb
Napoli: B.Musso 19+6reb+3ast, N.Rizzitiello 15+1reb, A.Iannilli 10+5reb+2ast, S.Lenardon 10+3reb, S.Gatti 6+6reb+1ast, P.Rotondo 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 135701


Trento - Comsum.it SI 88-55

The game between closely ranked teams ended with third ranked Trento's (7-5) home victory over 4th ranked Comsum.it SI (4-8) 88-55 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Trento. Comsum.it SI was better in second period 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of center Marco Pazzi (203-79) who helped to win the game recording 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international forward Walter Santarossa (200-78) who added 17 points and 5 assists during the contest. Four Trento players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Stefano Simeoli (200-86) with 15 points and 6 rebounds and center Amedeo Tessitori (203-94) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Trento keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Comsum.it SI lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with eight games lost. Trento will face Casalpusterlengo (#4) on the road in the next round. Comsum.it SI will play against the league's second-placed Treviglio and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trento: M.Pazzi 17+5reb+5ast, W.Santarossa 17+3reb+5ast, A.Forray 11+5reb+4ast, M.Spanghero 11+1reb+1ast, M.Negri 10+8reb, L.Conte 8+5reb+1ast
Comsum.it SI: S.Simeoli 15+6reb+1ast, A.Tessitori 13+8reb, N.Mei 12+2reb+1ast, G.Spizzichini 4+2reb+1ast, C.Bianconi 4+6reb+1ast, M.Pascolo 4+1reb
gschID: 135693


Torino - Casalpusterlengo 72-56

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Torino and one of their biggest challengers Casalpusterlengo had identical 8-3 record. This time Torino used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Casalpusterlengo 72-56 on Sunday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 72-56. Torino forced 22 Casalpusterlengo turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Marco Portannese (192-89, agency: Players Group) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Daniele Parente (190-78) who added 15 points during the contest. Five Torino players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Roberto Prandin (188-86) with 20 points and power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Torino (9-3) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Napoli and Treviglio. Loser Casalpusterlengo still keeps top place with four games lost. Torino will face Perugia (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Casalpusterlengo will play against the league's second-placed Trento and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Torino: D.Parente 15+3reb+2ast, M.Portannese 14+10reb, F.Conti 13+4reb+1ast, L.Fontecchio 10+1reb, F.Tassinari 10+5reb, C.Masper 4+4reb
Casalpusterlengo: R.Prandin 20+1reb+2ast, A.Chiumenti 12+5reb, R.Casagrande 9+2reb+2ast, M.Venuto 7+2reb, P.Biligha 4+9reb, G.Ricci 3+2reb
gschID: 135694


Perugia - Santarcangelo 49-51

There was a surprise result when sixth ranked Santarcangelo (4-8) edged on the road top-ranked Perugia (7-5) 51-49 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 19-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Santarcangelo dominated on the defensive end, holding Perugia to just 6 points in second quarter. They also forced 25 Perugia turnovers. Perugia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jacopo Silimbani (202-86) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Nazzareno Italiano (198-91) who added 14 points and 5 steals during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds and Riccardo Truccolo (190-89) scored 13 points and 5 steals. Santarcangelo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Perugia still keeps top position with five games lost. Santarcangelo will face league's leader Trieste at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Perugia will play against Torino and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Santarcangelo: N.Italiano 14+4reb, J.Silimbani 10+9reb+1ast, G.Broglia 9+6reb, M.Bonaiuti 7+3reb, E.Rivali 5+3reb, M.Palermo 5+2reb+1ast
Perugia: F.Baldi Rossi 16+13reb+1ast, R.Truccolo 13+3reb+1ast, G.Chiatti 6+5reb, L.Bisconti 6+3reb, S.Bonamente 4+4reb, M.Caroldi 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 135695


Latina Basket - Matera 92-85

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Matera (4-8) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Latina Basket (6-6) 92-85 on Sunday. Matera trailed by 19 points after 3 quarters before a 35-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 85-92 at the end of the game. Matera was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Tommaso Milani (190-88) who helped to win the game recording 20 points (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Riccardo Romano (191-84) who added 18 points during the contest. Latina Basket's coach Mattia Ferrari used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international swingman Andrea Pilotti (196-80, agency: Players Group) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and guard Gianni Cantagalli (196-88, agency: Players Group) scored 21 points and 5 steals (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Latina Basket moved-up to second place, which they share with San Severo and Recanati. Loser Matera dropped to the fourth position with eight games lost. Latina Basket will face league's leader Napoli on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Matera will play against Anagni and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Latina Basket: T.Milani 20+3reb, R.Romano 18+2reb+1ast, M.Micevic 17+3reb+1ast, A.Quarisa 14+7reb, T.Plateo 8+1reb, G.Gazzotti 6+2reb+1ast
Matera: G.Cantagalli 21+2reb+2ast, A.Pilotti 19+9reb, S.Vico 13+1reb+1ast, P.Aprea 10+2reb, L.Tardito 8+5reb+1ast, R.Martone 6+6reb
gschID: 135696


Anagni - Fabriano 61-56

There was a small surprise when fifth ranked Anagni (5-7) defeated at home 5th ranked Fabriano (2-10) 61-56 on Sunday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Fabriano won third quarter 14-4. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Anagni won last quarter 20-16. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and point guard Alessandro Zanelli (187-92) who added 12 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Giorgio Sgobba (202-92) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and forward Giulio Castelletta (206-92) scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Anagni moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Chieti. Newly promoted Fabriano keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Anagni will face Matera (#6) on the road in the next round. Fabriano will play against Mazzeo San Severo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Anagni: R.Santolamazza 14+7reb+1ast, A.Zanelli 12+3reb+3ast, D.Corral 10+6reb, L.Ciribeni 7+2reb, J.Pozzi 6+6reb+2ast, F.Vanni 6+9reb+1ast
Fabriano: G.Sgobba 15+11reb+2ast, M.Gigena 10+1reb, G.Castelletta 9+8reb, C.Fontani 7+2reb, N.Manuel Stanic 6+3reb, D.Liberati 5+2reb
gschID: 135697


Trieste - Castelletto 72-60

Not a big story in a game when 6th ranked Castelletto (4-8) was defeated on the road by first ranked Trieste (8-4) 72-60 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Trieste. Castelletto was better in second period 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Trieste forced 20 Castelletto turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Innocenzo Ferraro (200-82) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds and the former international point guard Marco Carra (185-80) who added 18 points during the contest. Trieste's coach Eugenio Dalmasson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Armando Iannone (187-90) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Four Castelletto players scored in double figures. Trieste maintains first position with 8-4 record, which they share with Casalpusterlengo and Ferentino. Loser Castelletto dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Trieste will face Santarcangelo (#5) in Sant'Arcangelo in the next round. Castelletto will play at home against Firenze and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Trieste: I.Ferraro 19+11reb+1ast, M.Carra 18+3reb, M.Ruzzier 12+2reb+2ast, L.Gandini 9+3reb+1ast, L.Zaccariello 5+5reb+1ast, A.Scutiero 5
Castelletto: M.Raminelli 18+10reb+1ast, A.Iannone 12+6reb+2ast, F.Dri 11+2reb, S.Cotani 10+5reb+1ast, M.Cucinelli 4+1reb, L.Marmugi 3+2reb
gschID: 135690


Firenze - Omegna 88-93 OT

Omenga needed overtime to beat Firenze 93:88. Masciadri,Picazio, Raspino and Saccaggi each scored 17 points for the winners.

Top scorers:
Omegna: S.Masciadri 17+7reb, P.Picazio 17+1reb+1ast, T.Raspino 17+5reb+1ast, A.Saccaggi 17+2reb+1ast, D.Casadei 11+3reb+1ast, M.Toure 10+2reb
Firenze: A.Amici 26+10reb+5ast, A.Giampaoli 18, S.Spizzichini 13+8reb, D.Scodavolpe 12+2reb, M.Sanna 10+2reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 5+5reb+1ast


gschID: 135691


Treviglio - Pavia 67-65

Everything went according to plan when third ranked Treviglio (9-3) edged at home 5th ranked Pavia (4-8) 67-65 on Sunday. Pavia was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 15-9 charge of Treviglio, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 8 rebounds and center Jacopo Borra (212-90) who added 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was power forward Roberto Cazzaniga (205-78) with 17 points and 5 rebounds and forward Riccardo Pederzini (198-89) scored 14 points. Treviglio have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Torino and Napoli. Loser Pavia dropped to the fourth place with eight games lost. Treviglio will face Comsum.it SI (#4) in Siena in the next round. Pavia will play on the road against the league's leader Omegna.
Top scorers:
Treviglio: A.Fabi 15+3reb+5ast, A.Vitale 12+8reb+3ast, J.Borra 11+10reb+2ast, R.Marulli 9+1reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 6+1reb+1ast, G.Zanella 5
Pavia: R.Cazzaniga 17+5reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 14+3reb+1ast, S.Borgna 10+3reb+1ast, F.Maiocco 10+3reb, D.Bozzetto 7+7reb, I.Cisse 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 135692


Werner is back at Canadian Solar Bologna - by Eurobasket Center
Canadian Solar Bologna agreed terms with 24-year old American forward Daniel Werner (203-F-107kg-87, college: Florida). Its actually Werners comeback to CS Bologna as werner played here before. Werner played most recently at Kaposvari KK (Hungary). While playing 18 games for Kaposvari last season his stats were: 18.0ppg, 9.1rpg (3rd best in the league), 3.4apg and 2.6spg. Werner was selected also to the all-star game. A very impressive season as werner was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. Werner graduated University of Florida in 2010 and actually missed last season. It will be Werners second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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BJ League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka24.4 
 2. Parker, Shimane SM23.1 
 3. Woods, Akita NH22.9 
 4. White, Oita H.20.9 
 5. Hargrow, Chiba J.20.7 
 6. Flowers, Saitama20.5 
 7. Washington, Osaka20.5 
 8. Fitzgerald, Sendai20.4 
 9. Mims, Sendai 89ers19.3 
 10. Gardener, Akita NH18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris HOLM
  Niigata Albirex
  (212-C/F-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Holm, Niigata Albi.13.9 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka10.9 
 3. Woods, Akita NH10.9 
 4. Staten, Chiba Jets10.8 
 5. Okosa, Okinawa GK10.4 
 6. Ocitti, Akita NH10.3 
 7. Dora, Miyazaki SS10.3 
 8. Malloy, Iwate B.10.3 
 9. Nunnally, Takamats.10.3 
 10. Rickert, Kyoto H.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kenny SATTERFIELD
  Saitam.
  (188-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Satterfield, Saita.7.1 
 2. Yamamoto, Shima.6.3 
 3. Gardener, Akita NH5.5 
 4. Shimura, Sendai5.3 
 5. Dukes, Sendai 89e.5.0 
 6. Takushi, Oita H.5.0 
 7. Dixon, Hamamats.4.9 
 8. Shimizu, Miyazaki.4.8 
 9. Namizato, Okina.4.4 
 10. Joho, Toyama G.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin PALMER
  Fukuoka .
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Palmer, Fukuoka3.4 
 2. Staten, Chiba Jets3.1 
 3. Parker, Shimane SM2.6 
 4. Humphrey, Saitama2.4 
 5. Arnold, Hamamats.2.3 
 6. Hamilton, Fukuok.2.0 
 7. Lyons, Miyazaki SS1.9 
 8. Nakanishi, Fukuok.1.9 
 9. Satterfield, Saita.1.8 
 10. Okosa, Okinawa GK1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeral DAVIS
  Shimane SM
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Davis, Shimane SM3.6 
 2. Blackledge, Osaka3.2 
 3. Singleton, Sendai2.0 
 4. Hughes, Shinshu BW1.7 
 5. Mims, Sendai 89ers1.6 
 6. Ocitti, Akita NH1.6 
 7. Dukes, Sendai 89e.1.6 
 8. Williams, Takamats.1.5 
 9. McFarland, Yokoham.1.5 
 10. Marshall, Osaka E.1.5 


BJ League Round 18: Okinawa GK defeats leader Akita Happinets - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Akita Happinets (11-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Okinawa GK (12-4) 90-76. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-4 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Okinawa GK outrebounded Akita Happinets 46-30 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds for Akita Happinets. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. They share the position with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar.. Okinawa GK is looking forward to face league's second-placed Sendai 89ers at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and are hoping to win this game.
Important game to mention about took place in Nagano. Sixth ranked Shinshu BW (8-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Niigata Albirex (7-7) 78-75 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. American players dominated the game. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Derek Raivio chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shinshu BW moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Shimane SM. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Shinshu BW will play against Saitama Broncos (#9) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (3-13) 77-70 on Sunday evening. LaShawn Malloy notched 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Even 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Paul Butorac did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth position with 3-13 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 16 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet at home higher ranked Oita Heat Devils (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Takamatsu FA will play against Shimane Magic and hopes to get finally their first victory.
The game in Miyazaki was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (11-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (6-10). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73. The best player for the winners was Lance Allred who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds. Kyoto Hannar. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Akita NH and Shiga L-Stars. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Kyoto Hannar.'s next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against the league's leader Akita Happinets (#1).
The game between second ranked Sendai 89ers (10-6) and 6th ranked Shimane Magic (8-8) in Sendai on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sendai 89ers outscored guests from Shimane 95-70. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for Oneal Mims who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 10-6 record having just two points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Sendai 89ers will face league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shimane Magic will play against Takamatsu FA.

In the last game of round 18 Saitama Bron. were smashed by Shiga L-Stars on the road 99-77.



Takamatsu FA - Iwate Big Bulls 70-77

Bottom-ranked Takamatsu FA is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 16th consecutive match to tenth ranked Iwate Big Bulls (3-13) 77-70 on Sunday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-12. But Takamatsu FA won third quarter 21-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Iwate Big Bulls won last quarter 23-18. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Strangely Takamatsu FA outrebounded Iwate Big Bulls 39-27 including 26 on the defensive glass. American power forward LaShawn Malloy (209-84, college: New Orleans) notched 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the other American import forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Global Sports Plaza) supported him with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Iwate Big Bulls players scored in double figures. Even 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by American power forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. STVn center Nyika Williams (203-87, college: Pacific) added 16 points and 13 rebounds. Iwate Big Bulls maintains tenth position with 3-13 record. Loser Takamatsu FA still closes the standings with 16 games lost. Iwate Big Bulls will meet at home higher ranked Oita Heat Devils (#8) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Takamatsu FA will play against Shimane Magic and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Iwate Big Bulls: M.Sawaguchi 16+1ast, T.Kennedy 14+7reb, L.Malloy 12+8reb+4ast, Y.Yamamoto 11+2reb+6ast, S.Coleman 10+5reb, H.Kantake 7+5reb+1ast
Takamatsu FA: P.Butorac 19+9reb+4ast, N.Williams 16+13reb, H.Kikuchi 13+4reb+3ast, Y.Kurihara 9+1ast, M.Nunnally 7+8reb+2ast, M.Kita 4+5reb+3ast
gschID: 141991


Miyazaki SS - Kyoto Hannar. 73-80

The game in Miyazaki was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked Kyoto Hannar. (11-5) played at the court of 7th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (6-10). Kyoto Hannar. managed to secure a 7-point victory 80-73. It looked good early as Miyazaki Shining Suns took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kyoto Hannar. had a 20-12 second period charge getting the lead and Miyazaki Shining Suns were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-80. The best player for the winners was American center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 20 rebounds. The other American import guard Jermaine Boyette (188-78, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Darryl Dora (206-85, college: Texas Tech) who recorded 19 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) added 16 points and 5 assists respectively. Kyoto Hannar. have an impressive six-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Akita NH and Shiga L-Stars. Miyazaki Shining Suns at the other side keep the seventh place with ten games lost. Kyoto Hannar.'s next round opponent will be Chiba Jets (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play against the league's leader Akita Happinets (#1).
Top scorers:
Kyoto Hannar.: J.Boyette 20+7reb+2ast, L.Allred 18+20reb+3ast, R.Rickert 16+10reb+2ast, L.Cummard 8+1reb+2ast, T.Kawabe 6, K.Setoyama 5+2reb+3ast
Miyazaki SS: D.Dora 19+9reb+7ast, T.Shimizu 16+4reb+5ast, D.Lyons 15+7reb+1ast, T.Ito 9+1reb+1ast, I.Harris 8+3reb, Y.Tsubasa 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 141993


Sendai 89ers - Shimane SM 95-70

The game between second ranked Sendai 89ers (10-6) and 6th ranked Shimane Magic (8-8) in Sendai on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Sendai 89ers outscored guests from Shimane 95-70. The game was mostly controlled by Sendai 89ers. Shimane Magic was better in third quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Shimane Magic to just 3 points in first quarter. Sendai 89ers made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 8 blocks. American players dominated also this game. It was a good game for forward Oneal Mims (208-83, college: Angelo St.) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Daniel Fitzgerald (206-84, college: Marquette) contributed with 28 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Fitzgerald is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Michael Parker (202-81, college: Evergreen St.) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds and forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Shimane Magic. Sendai 89ers maintains second position with 10-6 record having just two points less than leader Akita NH, which they share with Fukuoka Rizing. Loser Shimane Magic dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Sendai 89ers will face league's second-placed Okinawa GK on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Shimane Magic will play against Takamatsu FA.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: O.Mims 31+10reb+3ast, D.Fitzgerald 28+8reb+2ast, H.Kusaka 15+1reb+2ast, K.Takahashi 7+2ast, R.Singleton 6+13reb+3ast, T.Shimura 4+2reb+8ast
Shimane SM: M.Parker 24+9reb, R.Golson 14+9reb+5ast, J.Davis 9+10reb, B.Puckett 9+4reb, T.Yokoo 7+1reb+3ast, E.Yamamoto 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 141988


Shinshu BW - Niigata Albirex 78-75

Important game to mention about took place in Nagano. Sixth ranked Shinshu BW (8-8) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Niigata Albirex (7-7) 78-75 in the game for the fifth place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Niigata Albirex. The hosts were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. Shinshu BW made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. Power forward Lee Roberts (201-87, college: Findlay, OH) scored 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Derek Raivio (190-84, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports) chipped in 20 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 17 rebounds and forward Erron Maxey (198-78, college: Providence) scored 10 points and 6 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. Niigata Albirex's coach Matt Garrison rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Shinshu BW moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Shimane SM. Niigata Albirex at the other side dropped to the sixth position with seven games lost. Shinshu BW will play against Saitama Broncos (#9) on the road in the next round. Niigata Albirex will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Shinshu BW: L.Roberts 23+9reb, D.Raivio 20+3reb+3ast, E.Morris 16+6reb+1ast, T.Hughes 8+9reb, S.Yosuke 7+1reb+2ast, T.Goya 4+3reb
Niigata Albirex: Y.Ikeda 13+2reb+1ast, C.Holm 12+17reb+1ast, K.Sato 11+1reb+3ast, S.Komatsu 10+1reb+1ast, E.Maxey 10+6reb+1ast, N.Murry 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 141989


Shiga L-Stars - Saitama Bron. 99-77

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Shiga L-Stars (11-5) crushed at home 8th ranked Saitama Broncos (5-9) 99-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Shiga L-Stars. Saitama Broncos was better in fourth quarter 28-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Shiga L-Stars dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Saitama Broncos' 40. They outrebounded Saitama Broncos 38-19 including a 31-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Shiga L-Stars looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Saitama Broncos' players. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Josh Peppers (201-85, college: Cent.Florida, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ray Nixon (203-84, college: Wisconsin) contributed with 23 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Shiga L-Stars players scored in double figures. Shiga L-Stars' coach Al Westover felt very confident that he used 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) replied with 24 points and swingman John Humphrey (188-80, college: Middle Tenn.St., agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Shiga L-Stars have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Akita NH and Kyoto Hannar. Loser Saitama Broncos dropped to the ninth place with nine games lost. Shiga L-Stars will face Hamamatsu Phoenix (#4) in Mikawa in the next round. Saitama Broncos will play at home against Shinshu BW (#5) in Nagano.
Top scorers:
Shiga L-Stars: R.Nixon 23+5reb+2ast, J.Peppers 22+6reb+3ast, D.Gomez Camargo 14+8reb, T.Fujiwara 12+3reb+4ast, Y.Okada 11+3reb+8ast, J.Ashby 6+5reb+1ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 24+3reb+2ast, J.Humphrey 20+5reb+1ast, D.Terashita 11+7reb+1ast, Y.Arai 8+1reb, M.Haraguchi 7+1ast, Y.Kitamuki 7+3reb+4ast
gschID: 141990


Akita NH - Okinawa GK 76-90

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of Akita Happinets (11-5) at the home court on Sunday night. Hosts were defeated by Okinawa GK (12-4) 90-76. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 11-4 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-76. Okinawa GK outrebounded Akita Happinets 46-30 including a 36-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 15 rebounds and 4 blocks. Nigerian-American power forward Reggie Okosa (208-80, college: La Salle, agency: VVG Sports) contributed with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Okinawa GK's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Michael Gardener (182-81, college: SE Louisiana) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and his fellow American import swingman Ricky Woods (194-84, college: SE Louisiana) added 16 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Four Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. Okinawa GK keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Osaka Evessa. Akita Happinets at the other side still keep top place with five games lost. They share the position with Shiga L-Stars and Kyoto Hannar.. Okinawa GK is looking forward to face league's second-placed Sendai 89ers at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Akita Happinets will play against Miyazaki Shining Suns and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Okinawa GK: R.Okosa 26+13reb, J.Newton 22+15reb+3ast, A.McHenry 12+6reb+3ast, M.Yamauchi 8+1reb+2ast, D.Palmer 7+3reb+2ast, Y.Takushi 6+1reb+1ast
Akita NH: M.Gardener 26+5reb+2ast, R.Woods 16+12reb, K.Shoji 14+6reb, S.Ocitti 13+3reb+3ast, C.Terry 3+1reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 2+4ast
gschID: 141987




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 11-5 
 2. Sendai 89ers 10-6 
 3. Chiba Jets 9-7 
 4. Hamamatsu P. 9-7 
 5. Shinshu BW 8-8 
 6. Niigata Albirex 7-7 
 7. Toyama Grouses 6-8 
 8. Yokohama BC 5-8 
 9. Saitama Bron. 5-9 
 10. Iwate Big Bulls 3-13 
Western
 1. Osaka Evessa 12-4 
 2. Okinawa GK 12-4 
 3. Shiga L-Stars 11-5 
 4. Kyoto Hannar. 11-5 
 5. Fukuoka Rizing 10-6 
 6. Shimane SM 8-8 
 7. Miyazaki SS 6-10 
 8. Oita H.Devils 4-11 
 9. Takamatsu FA 0-16 


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Krasnie Krilya smash BC Astana in Samara - by Eurobasket News
VTB League
Krasnie Krilya - BC Astana 99:72


Krasnie Krilya smash BC Astana in Samara to send the team from Kazakhstan to 3-4 record. Krasnie Krilya meanwhile needed 99:72 win for 3-3 record.
The game was mostly controlled by Krasnie Krilya. BC Astana was better in third quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Krasnie Krilya forced 21 BC Astana turnovers. Brion Rush orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) added 16 points in the effort for BC Astana.
Krasnie Krilya moved-up to third place, which they share with VEF Riga and Azovmash. BC Astana dropped to the fifth position with four games lost.
BC Astana will play on the road against Budivelnyk in Kyiv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



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Sigal Prishtina wins against Trepca - by Dren Shporta
Champions, Sigal Prishtina, with their great defense blocked Trepcas perfect way in BKT Superliga. Reigning champions won the old rivals game and get up in the first place of the classification table. Edmond Azemi and Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85) were among the best players in the match.

Injured Drilon Hajrizi scored 30 points for Trepca in the match, but couldnt do more to stop Trepcas first defeat of the season in the league. Jaleel Nelson also had a good game while the newcomer Denis Vrsaljko (13 points) showed that he is a quality player and could help Trepca a lot in the championship road.

Sigal Prishtinas coach, Arben Krasniqi, after the game declared that this is not the real Prishtina team, because we made some unacceptable errors. While Ilir Selmani, Trepcas coach, said that Prishtina were better after the third quarter which resulted in their win.

Sigal Prishtinas new signing Marcus Smallwood played most of the game and contributed with 7 points in a clash. Sigal Prishtina now has a equal record like Trepca 10-1 and the league leaders are also equal in the clashes between them (1-1).




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


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Nate Johnson in Lebanon for the 4th season but this time Sagesse - by Rabih Khoury
After failing to show good results in round 1 , Sagesse released both Terrence Leather and Alan Wiggins. Both players headed to Korea now. on the other hand, Sagesse management agreed to terms today with the league's MVP for the last seasons. Nathanel Johnson (199-F-77, college: Louisville) is back in Lebanon with Sagesse after playing 3 years with Riyadi since 2008-2009. Johsnon averaged last year in 24 games: Score-5 (22.1ppg), 7.5rpg, 3.7apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT-3 (39.4%), FT: 69.3%. He previously had in 2009-2010: Score-2 (25.3ppg), 5.2rpg, Assists-3 (5.3apg), Steals-4 (2.2spg), Blocks-5 (1.0bpg), FGP-1 (70.8%), 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 68.6%. As for the other foreigner, Sagesse are trying to sign a center in the next few days

Al Riyadi triumphs at 2nd December Intl. Basketball Championship - by Eurobasket News
Al Riyadi from Lebanon won 2nd December Intl. Basketball Championship beating Al Sharja from United Arab Emirates. Al Riyadi started with 26-7 after the first period and never looked behind after. They added 26-25 in the second frame and reached 52:32 at the halftime. Another 35-15 in the third quarter was too much for the visiting side.
In the game for the third place Al-Shabab from United Arab Emirates overcame Champville from Lebanon 89:73.
Earlier Champville from Lebanon outscored Jordan 89:78. Champville won the first period over Jordan 22-20, but the latter responded with 19-15 in the second frame to take the lead. The third quarter became decisive in the game as the winners held the opponents to just 6 points. They managed to win the game and finished second in the group. Mohammad Hadrab was named the Man of the match.
Al Sharja needed 86:72 win over Champville from Lebanon in Day 3 to win the group.
In Day 2 Philippines did not show for the game versus Al Riyadi from Lebanon.


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


Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas lost the road games - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris and Lietuvos rytas lost the road games to Russian representatives in VTB League.
CSKA edged Lietuvos rytas 89:75. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Lietuvos rytas. The best player for the winners was Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) who scored 14 points and 5 assists. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) produced 25 points and 4 assists and forward Mindaugas Katelynas added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.
VTB United League top team Khimky managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat eighth ranked Lithuanian Zalgiris 83:72. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Vitaly Fridzon (195-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) contributed with 16 points for the winners. Robertas Javtokas answered with 16 points and Croatian guard Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) added 15 points in the effort for Zalgiris.



Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Povilas BUTKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Butkevicius, Rudup.18.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Lietu.16.8 
 3. Urbonas, Juventus16.3 
 4. Benn, Naglis Palan.15.8 
 5. Lowe, Kedainiai14.4 
 6. Pakamanis, Juven.14.4 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.13.9 
 8. Johnson, Naglis P.13.4 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis13.4 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.13.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dane JOHNSON
  Naglis P.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Johnson, Naglis P.11.0 
 2. Butkevicius, Rudup.9.1 
 3. Adomaitis, Kedaini.8.0 
 4. McClure, Kedainiai7.9 
 5. Petrukonis, Juven.7.6 
 6. Benn, Naglis Palan.7.4 
 7. Onuaku, Neptunas7.0 
 8. Pakamanis, Juven.6.8 
 9. Javtokas, Zalgiris6.7 
 10. Katelynas, Lietuv.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.4 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.3 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas5.0 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.4.8 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.8 
 6. Maceina, Juventus4.5 
 7. Peciukeviciu., Sak.4.3 
 8. Rinkevicius, Nagli.3.8 
 9. Janavicius, Baltai3.7 
 10. Viskontas, Rudup.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 TreVon HUGHES
  Pieno Z.
  (183-PG-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Pieno Z.2.8 
 2. Collins, Zalgiris2.7 
 3. Lowe, Neptunas2.3 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.1 
 5. Weems, Zalgiris2.0 
 6. Broadus, Siauliai2.0 
 7. Dainys, Neptunas1.8 
 8. Kelys, Pieno Z.1.8 
 9. Benn, Naglis Palan.1.8 
 10. Zukauskas, Siauli.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuv.
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Valanciunas, Lietu.2.8 
 2. Morgan, Pieno Z.1.5 
 3. Johnson, Naglis P.1.4 
 4. Staniulis, Techasas1.4 
 5. Samardziski, Lietu.1.3 
 6. Kairys, Pieno Z.1.2 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudup.1.1 
 8. Petrukonis, Juven.1.1 
 9. Barnes, Kedainiai1.0 
 10. McClure, Kedainiai1.0 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Soleuvre
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Ulmer, Soleuvre26.4 
 2. Raji, Etzella24.9 
 3. Arre, BBC Nitia24.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence24.2 
 5. Perre, Musel Pikes23.3 
 6. Rajniak, Basket E.22.7 
 7. Muller, T7121.4 
 8. Schumacher, T7121.3 
 9. McNutt, Heffingen20.7 
 10. Walker, Heffingen20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCNUTT
  Heffingen
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. McNutt, Heffingen12.7 
 2. Stephens, T7112.5 
 3. Gary, Musel Pikes11.8 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre11.7 
 5. Walker, Heffingen10.7 
 6. Svitek, Basket Es.10.6 
 7. Bassirou, Musel Pi.10.0 
 8. Raji, Etzella9.9 
 9. Kennedy, Residence9.7 
 10. Carvalho, Heffing.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Schartz, Amicale4.0 
 2. Ulin, Sparta3.9 
 3. Schumacher, T713.7 
 4. Rajniak, Basket E.3.4 
 5. Birenbaum, Amicale3.1 
 6. Koster, Residence3.1 
 7. Biever, Basket Es.3.0 
 8. Di Bartolome., BBC2.9 
 9. Ruffato, T712.9 
 10. Reimold, Basket E.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Amicale
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Jones, Amicale2.8 
 2. Kennedy, Residence2.7 
 3. Perre, Musel Pikes2.4 
 4. Reimold, Basket E.2.0 
 5. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.7 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 7. Brown, Amicale1.5 
 8. Carvalho, Heffingen1.5 
 9. Arre, BBC Nitia1.5 
 10. Melcher, Amicale1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Musel Pikes
  (202-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Gary, Musel Pikes1.9 
 2. Walker, Heffingen1.7 
 3. Hoffmann, Sparta1.5 
 4. Ulmer, Soleuvre1.1 
 5. Carvalho, Heffingen1.1 
 6. Djerman, Amicale0.9 
 7. Reimold, Basket E.0.8 
 8. Poznaks, BBC Nitia0.7 
 9. Bintz, BBC Nitia0.7 
 10. Bassirou, Musel P.0.7 


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 10-1 
 2. Sparta 9-2 
 3. Etzella 7-4 
 4. Amicale 7-4 
 5. Basket Esch 6-5 
 6. Musel Pikes 5-6 
 7. Soleuvre 5-6 
 8. Residence 4-7 
 9. BBC Nitia 1-10 
 10. Heffingen 1-10 


Ulin's 24 points and 8 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old point guard Kasey Ulin (184-PG-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Sparta and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had the game-high 24 points adding eight rebounds and three assists for Sparta in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Etzella (#3, 7-4) with 45-point margin 99-54. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in league. They are still close to the very top. Sparta would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Ulin had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He turned to be Sparta's top player in his first season with the team. Dickinson State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ulin is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 3.9apg) and averages solid 64.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lamonte Ulmer (198-SF-86) of Soleuvre. He is American in his first season at Soleuvre. In the last game Ulmer recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds. It was enough for Soleuvre to edge slightly lower-ranked Residence (#8, 4-7) by 1 point 82-81. This victory allowed Soleuvre to move up to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Ulmer is a newcomer at Soleuvre and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.4ppg (#1). He also registered 11.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Philip Perre (198-F-79) of Musel Pikes (#6). Perre scored 28 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Musel Pikes, leading his team to a 79-50 easy win against the lower-ranked Heffingen (#10, 1-10). The chances of Musel Pikes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Perre could help Musel Pikes to bring them higher in the standings. Perre has a great season in Luxembourg. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.3ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Stefan Svitek (203-F/C-77) of Basket Esch - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Frank Muller (194-F/C-88) of T71 - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andy Schammo (185-G-92) of Soleuvre - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Larrie Smith (198-F-75) of Sparta - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Demetrius Brown (201-F-83) of Amicale - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87) of T71 - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82) of Residence - 20 points and 6 rebounds

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


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Athleta clinch Louis Borg Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Athleta kept on winning in all tournaments this season. Lately they claimed Louis Borg Cup title. Athleta held off Siggiewi 102:99 on aggregate. After beating Siggiewi in both SuperCup and MBA Shield Finals Athleta were looking for the third success this season. And it came in the opening game of the Finals. Athleta claimed a comprehensive 57:41 victory in the first game.
Siggiewi did not surrender and put on a decent fight in Game 2. Siggiewi built a 31:18 lead at halftime to threaten the margin. Athleta managed to narrow the gap in the third term. It all came down to the final seconds in this one but accurate free throws helped Athleta lose by just 13 points 45:58 and win the title on aggregate. Omar Said (177-G-80) fired 28 points in two games to lead the winners. Michael Naudi (193-G/F-80) added 18 points to the winning effort. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) combined for 32 points for Siggiewi in the loss.


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LNBP Round 32: Halcones Rojos keep a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Halcones Rojos as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Halcones Rojos defeated 7th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa in Veracruz 96-88. The hosts trailed by 62 points after three quarters before their 23-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Halcones Rojos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. International guard Paul Stoll (178-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) replied with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Halcones UV Xalapa. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones Rojos (23-4) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play next round against Pioneros trying to get back on the winning streak. Halcones Rojos will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Volcanes in Toluca.
An interesting game for Toros (22-9) which played road game in Cancun against one of their biggest challengers Pioneros (20-11). Third ranked Toros managed to get a 6-point victory 92-86. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and Wilfredo Pagan who added 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) responded with 29 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field). Toros maintains third position with 22-9 record behind leader Halc.Rojos. Pioneros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Huracanes. Toros will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round where they are favorite. Pioneros will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
The game between sixth ranked Soles (19-13) and 12th ranked Panteras (7-23) in Mexicali on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Soles beat guests from Aguascalientes 102-84. The winners were led by Carl Edwards who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Mitchell Johnson did not help to save the game for Panteras. Soles maintains sixth position with 19-13 record. Panteras lost thirteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 23 games lost. Soles will meet higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panteras will play against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 32: Barreteros beat Aguilas Rojas on the road 91-82. Abejas lost to Huracanes on its own court 75-85. Corr.Victoria unfortunately lost to Abejas in Guanajuato 84-93. Lechugueros recorded a loss to Huracanes at home 63-77.
The most impressive performance of 32th round was 36 points (!!!) and 15 assists by Daryl Dorsey of Aguilas Rojas.



Soles - Panteras 102-84

The game between sixth ranked Soles (19-13) and 12th ranked Panteras (7-23) in Mexicali on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Soles beat guests from Aguascalientes 102-84. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Panteras managed to win third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Soles forced 23 Panteras turnovers. The winners were led by American forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) who scored that evening 23 points and 8 rebounds and Venezuelan swingman Jose Vargas (196-82) supported him with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Even 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists by Bahamas forward Mitchell Johnson (196-85, college: Jarvis Christian) did not help to save the game for Panteras. American swingman Samuel Bowie (198-75, college: SE Louisiana) added 19 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Four Soles and five Panteras players scored in double figures. Soles maintains sixth position with 19-13 record. Panteras lost thirteenth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 23 games lost. Soles will meet higher ranked Huracanes (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Panteras will play against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Panteras: S.Bowie 19+6reb, M.Johnson 16+9reb+4ast, J.Tesis 15+3reb, M.Bryant 15+2reb+2ast, G.Giron 14+8reb+1ast, I.Lopez 3+1reb
Soles: C.Edwards 23+8reb, D.Cubillan 22+2reb+2ast, J.Vargas 17+9reb+5ast, R.Lopez 11+4reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 9+2reb+4ast, D.Fells 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 137857


Aguilas Rojas - Barreteros 82-91

No shocking result in a game when eighth ranked Barreteros (16-14) beat 13th ranked Aguilas Rojas (6-26) in San Juan 91-82 on Saturday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 29-21. But Aguilas Rojas won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Barreteros made 24-of-26 free shots (92.3 percent) during the game. Strangely Aguilas Rojas outrebounded Barreteros 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The winners were led by naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 assists and American guard Glenn Stokes (170-76, college: American, agency: R.H.Consultancy) supported him with 27 points (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). Barreteros' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even a double-double of 36 points (!!!) and 15 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) by American point guard Daryl Dorsey (185-81, college: S.Indiana) did not help to save the game for Aguilas Rojas. His fellow American import center Terrance Gamble (208-83, college: Tarleton St.) added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barreteros maintains eighth position with 16-14 record. Aguilas Rojas lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place with 26 games lost. Barreteros will meet Panteras (#12) in the next round. Aguilas Rojas will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: D.Dorsey 36+2reb+15ast, T.Gamble 17+17reb, D.Mercer 15+5reb+4ast, L.Enrique Rangel 11+6reb+5ast, E.Hare 2+6reb+2ast, J.Portillo 1
Barreteros: G.Stokes 27+4reb+1ast, J.Reaves 18+7reb+1ast, F.Fisher 17+1reb+14ast, D.SHAW 12+1reb+3ast, A.Aguirre 6+3reb+2ast, J.Richards 6
gschID: 137858


Halc.Rojos - Halc.Xalapa 96-88

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Halcones Rojos as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Halcones Rojos defeated 7th ranked Halcones UV Xalapa in Veracruz 96-88. The hosts trailed by 62 points after three quarters before their 23-25 charge, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Halcones Rojos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 64.3 percentage. International guard Paul Stoll (178-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 7 assists. American-Puerto Rican center Jeffrion Aubry (205-76, college: Cornell, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American guard Davin White (186-81, college: CS Northridge) replied with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international center Real Mata (205-86) added 15 points in the effort for Halcones UV Xalapa. Five Halcones Rojos and four Halcones UV Xalapa players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones Rojos (23-4) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will play next round against Pioneros trying to get back on the winning streak. Halcones Rojos will try to continue on its current victory against fourteenth ranked Volcanes in Toluca.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: D.White 29+6reb+6ast, R.Mata 15+4reb+1ast, V.Mariscal 15+2reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 12+3reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 5+2reb+1ast, G.Brown 5+3reb+1ast
Halc.Rojos: D.Cortes 19+1reb, P.Stoll 16+3reb+7ast, G.Vargas 15+2reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 15+7reb, J.Aubry 14+8reb+1ast, C.Rivera 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 137859


Abejas - Huracanes 75-85

Very expected game when 10th ranked Abejas (13-17) lost to fifth ranked Huracanes (20-11) in Guanajuato 75-85 on Thursday. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Abejas managed to win third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes forced 19 Abejas turnovers. The winners were led by American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) supported him with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Huracanes players scored in double figures. Even 30 points by Puerto Rican guard Jesus Verdejo (193-85, college: S.Florida) did not help to save the game for Abejas. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agency: Court Side) added 8 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Huracanes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pioneros. Loser Abejas dropped to the ninth position with 17 games lost. Huracanes will meet at home Soles (#6) in the next round. Abejas will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Abejas: J.Verdejo 30+3reb+1ast, V.Buelna 13+3reb, L.Wade 11+3reb+2ast, M.Jackson 8+11reb+3ast, A.Stockman 5+2reb+1ast, M.McHugh 4+7reb
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 22+10reb+2ast, N.Colmenares 13+4reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 12+5reb+1ast, J.Edwin 12+1reb+4ast, A.Gomez 8+2reb+1ast, L.Davis 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 164072


Abejas - Corr.Victoria 93-84

Everything could happen in Guanajuato at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Abejas and 9th ranked Correcaminos had identical 12-17 record. This time Abejas used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Ciudad Victoria 93-84 on Saturday night. Correcaminos were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 6-point lead after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of Abejas, which allowed them to win the game. The winners were led by American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds and American forward Lorrenzo Wade (198-85, college: San Diego St.) supported him with 23 points. Even 23 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) by American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) did not help to save the game for Correcaminos. His fellow American import point guard Steve Monreal (180, college: CS Monterey) added 21 points for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas (13-17) moved-up to ninth place. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the tenth position with 18 games lost. Abejas will meet higher ranked Toros (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Correcaminos will play against Aguilas Rojas (#13) in San Juan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: e.michael 23+3reb+2ast, S.Monreal 21+2reb, D.LAMONT 12+3reb, G.Burris 10+4reb, F.Harris 9+1reb, M.Allen 5+3reb+7ast
Abejas: M.McHugh 28+12reb+2ast, L.Wade 23+3reb+2ast, J.Verdejo 19+1reb+1ast, M.Jackson 10+11reb, V.Buelna 6+3reb+3ast, C.Silva 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137853


Lechugueros - Huracanes 63-77

Not a big story in a game when 11th ranked Lechugueros (10-20) lost to fifth ranked Huracanes (20-11) in Leon 63-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Lechugueros managed to win third quarter 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes forced 19 Lechugueros turnovers. It was a great shooting night for Huracanes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The winners were led by American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who scored that evening 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the other American import forward Leroy Davis (200-81, college: Georgia St.) supported him with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Even a double-double of 13 points and 15 rebounds by Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) did not help to save the game for Lechugueros. American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. Huracanes have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Pioneros. Lechugueros lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh position with 20 games lost. Huracanes will meet at home Soles (#6) in the next round. Lechugueros will play against the league's second-placed Fuerza Regia (#2) in Monterrey and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: D.Yearby 16+11reb+1ast, R.Moss 13+15reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 10+2reb+4ast, B.St.Preux 8+3reb+2ast, L.Keeler 8+3reb+2ast, C.Montas 8+4reb+2ast
Huracanes: L.Davis 19+5reb+1ast, R.Hornsby 19+6reb+6ast, N.Colmenares 11+7reb+2ast, A.Fuqua 8+9reb+4ast, J.Edwin 7+1reb+3ast, O.Quintero 6+1reb
gschID: 137854


Pioneros - Toros 86-92

An interesting game for Toros (22-9) which played road game in Cancun against one of their biggest challengers Pioneros (20-11). Third ranked Toros managed to get a 6-point victory 92-86. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-15. But Pioneros won fourth quarter 23-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Toros made 23-of-27 charity shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Toros outrebounded Pioneros 35-24 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) who added 21 points and 4 assists during the contest. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) responded with 29 points (on 13-of-17 shooting from the field) and his fellow American import point guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Four Pioneros players scored in double figures. Toros maintains third position with 22-9 record behind leader Halc.Rojos. Pioneros at the other side keep the fourth place with 11 games lost. They share the position with Huracanes. Toros will play against Abejas (#9) in Guanajuato in the next round where they are favorite. Pioneros will play on the road against Halcones UV Xalapa (#7) and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: L.Hickerson 29+4reb+3ast, G.Grays 20+5reb+3ast, J.Millsap 14+5reb+1ast, H.Llamas 10+4reb, A.Garcia 7+4reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 2+1reb+1ast
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 27+11reb+3ast, W.Pagan 21+2reb+4ast, T.EARL GARDNER 12, R.Rougeau 11+8reb+3ast, J.Hutchingson Mejia 8+5reb+2ast, J.Lopez 7+5reb+2ast
gschID: 137855




CIBACOPA: New Teams? Free Agents? - by Alejandro Martinez
Obregon, Sonora, Mexico - The CIBACOPA board of regents, league representatives, and team owners all met on Friday to discuss the upcoming season. Of the topics discussed, the decision was made to return to a FIBA rules 'Libre' defense where teams are free to employ any type of defense they choose in the game. Last season an NBA 3 seconds call was the rule and prevented alot of forms of zone that would place a defender in the paint. Also discussed was the possibility of adding teams via expansion. 4 potential ownership groups put in their requests to join the league and are now a part of review process. The potential cities for joining the league are: Novalato, Obregon, Mazatlan, and Agua Prieta. Obregon may partner with Potros to play this year and Navalato appears to be the other club that is among the most likely to get in. As it currently stands; Nogales, Cananea, Hermosillo, Guaymas are the teams representing Sonora. Tijuana and Mexicali are the two clubs in the State of Baja California, and Los Mochis, Guasave, and Culiacan in Sinaloa. Tepic is readying its return in Nayarit. With 10 teams last season, and the possibility of adding upto 4 more, it is a common theory that the league could allow expansion in pairs, meaning that the league could play with 12 clubs or 14. A review process will begin and a final decision and release of schedule will happen next month. The league has agreed a return of the structure of up to 3 imports per club. Clubs will open training camps on or about February 12th and the regular season will open March 9th.

The City of Nogales, which borders with Arizona, will be hosting a preseason tournament on February 10th - 12th. Fuerza Guinda de Nogales will be the host club and their Head Coach Chris Terrell will be the Director of Basketball Operations for the event. 60 Free Agents will be transported from Tucson, Arizona to Mexico and be given weekend hotel and accomodations . There will be a combine and draft on the first day, followed by a double elimination tournament. All 10 clubs are to be represented, and each of the teams in the tournament will select up to 6 imports per team. This will give the free agents an opportunity to play with the national and local players and teams will then have the opportunity to contract with those players for the coming season. Depending on the player and team needs, players usually sign FIBA contracts that can range anywhere from rookie contracts $2000/mo up to $8000 per month. All league games have an official fiba scoring system and all stats are updated on the league site as well as the eurobasket network. The event will be invitation only. Interested players (import, national, or dual nationality) and/or their representatives are encouraged to contact the tournament director by email and submit their profiles and videos for reveiw: chrisbterrell@hotmail.com


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Fuerza Regia 24-6
 2. Halc.Rojos 23-4
 3. Toros 22-9
 4. Pioneros 20-11
 5. Huracanes 20-11
 6. Halc.Xalapa 19-7
 7. Soles 19-13
 8. Barreteros 16-14
 9. Abejas 13-17
 10. Corr.Victoria 12-18
 11. Lechugueros 10-20
 12. Panteras 7-23
 13. Aguilas Rojas 6-26
 14. Volcanes 0-32


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Donbasket 3-0 
 2. ASEM 2-1 
 3. UASM 2-1 
 4. Gamma 2-1 
 5. PGU-SDUSHOR 1-2 
 6. Soroka 1-2 
 7. Fireball 1-2 
 8. Politech 0-3 


Donbasket takes the leading positions - by Eurobasket News
Donbasket takes the leading positions from the start of 2011/2012 season. The season won the first three games to remain the only undefeated team. Last night Donbasket beat Fireball 110:71, while UASM edged Soroka 81:59. Gamma edged Politech 83:70 and ASEM overcame PGU-SDUSHOR 87:81.



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EBL Round 7: Lovcen crashed Mogren at home. Jedinstvo finally won after the long losing streak - by Darko Pekic
The last round of Erste Basketball League didn't bring any big surprise although Jedistvo finally won against young Podgorica team but it was expected to happen after 6 rounds. It was a big duel against two best scorers in the League, Arso Lekovic (198-F-90), who was fantastic again with 35 points and Marko Mugosa (197-F-93) who scored 25.

Lovcen demolished Mogren in the derby match. Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88) scored 21 points. For the guests Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) scored 15.

Sutjeska is unbeatable at home. They won against Teodo this time and strenghten their place on the Top of the table.

Ulcinj won against ABS Primorje and proved that the bad start of the season was past because they are in better shape now.

LOVCEN - MOGREN 103:58 (21:16, 31:16, 27:13, 24:13)

Cetinje - SC ''Lovcen''. Spectators: 300. Refs: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Filipovic (Niksic).

Lovcen: Stojanovic 11, Djokovic 3, Milosevic 6, Pavlicevic 21, Vrbica 10, Borilovic 2, Koprivica, Lopicic 17, Zejak 17, Milic 4, Jablan 2, Latkovic 10.

Mogren: Fatic 4, Seferovic 13, Reljic, Manojlovic 7, Djokovic, Vucurovic 15, Sestovic 2, Osmajic 9, Maricic 2, Susa 2, Mazalica, Dovadzija 4.

JEDINSTVO - PODGORICA 88:86 (14:17, 23:21, 16:16, 24:23, 11:9)

Bijelo Polje - ''Nikoljac'' Hall. Refs: 200. Refs: Dragojevic (Podgorica), Micovic (Bar), Kaludjerovic (Niksic).

Jedinstvo: Radovic 11, Musovic, Miljic 8, Lekovic 35, Omerovic 8, Babaca 8, Ticevic, Knezevic 5, Nisavic, Kovacevic 2, Rajovic 2, Ljujic 9.

Podgorica: Djurovic, Femic, Bogojevic 18, Perovic 9, Mugosa 25, Gavranic 3, Pajovic 1, Ljubenkovic, Nicaj 19, Draskovic, Zizic 9, Nikolic 2.

SUTJESKA - TEODO 62:55 (13:8, 13:13, 15:19, 21: 15)

Niksic - Sports center. Spectators: 400. Refs: Jokic, Popovic (Podgorica), Muhadinovic (Cetinje).

Sutjeska: Kovac, Zarubica 7, Pavlovic, Jovanovic 6, Grabovica 2, Popovic 10, Dragicevic 15, Kuveljic 7, Krivokapic 2, Milosev, Jocovic 3, Pejovic 10.

Teodo: Milic 10, Lucic 2, Danilovic, Milosevic 8, Bulajic 2, Pekic 8, Calic 8, Boskovic 4, Subotic 6, Rondovic 5, Stancic, Ljujic 2.

ABS PRIMORJE - ULCINJ 57:69 (18:20, 10:19, 17:16, 12:14)

Herceg Novi - SC ''Igalo'' Hall. Spectators: 100. Refs: Sundic, Savovic, Radulovic (Podgorica).

ABS Primorje: S. Arapovic 8, Vujosevic, Misinezovic 3, D. Arapovic, Krivokapic 4, Devrnja 14, Bulatovic 2, Kovacevic 5, Radak 11, Bacovic 8, Brajovic 2, Savic.

Ulcinj: Latkovic 4, Djurisic 9, Stefanovic 22, Klikovac 10, Lalovic 2, Medenica, Jovovic, Marojevic 2, Taflaj, Tepavcevic 14, Djurkovic 6.


Standings - 1A
1A Erste Basketball League Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 6-0
 2. Lovcen 5-2
 3. Sutjeska 5-2
 4. Mogren 5-2
 5. Ulcinj 3-3
 6. KK Podgorica 3-4
 7. Teodo Tivat 2-5
 8. ABS Primorje 2-5
 9. Danilovgrad 2-5
 10. Jedinstvo 1-6
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost -


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Lockout accomplished little for NBA, Sixers - by Eurobasket News
After perhaps the biggest waste of time in professional sports history, the NBA lockout officially ended last week. And team owners, the ones who were so desperately losing control of the sport and needed to take drastic measures to help this league survive, gained . . . absolutely nothing.

OK, they got a little bit of a giveback on gross revenues. Instead of the players making 57 percent of all basketball-related income, they will now make only 50 percent.

The average fan doesn't know or care what that means. NBA millionaires will still be NBA millionaires and the Sixers still won't have enough money under the salary cap to improve their team.

See, the only chance the owners had here was to change that killer NBA salary-cap structure. And in that category, they gave it up like a school kid caught chewing gum.

Over at least the next six years of this new collective bargaining agreement, there will be no change to the basic NBA salary cap. It was and will continue to be a 'soft' cap, where there is a ceiling number that isn't a ceiling at all, since owners can exceed that barrier when re-signing their own players. In fact, owners can exceed that number as far as they want, the only restriction being they will have to pay a tax to the league for going over a designated amount.

The NBA salary cap is now set at $58 million. The luxury tax number is $70 million. Thus, NBA teams can spend more than $58 million so long as they are signing their own players, but if their total team salary then exceeds $70 million, they will be taxed.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The owners of rich teams, the ones that consistently bang out their buildings and reap the huge off-court revenues - or the really crazy ones, such as Mark Cuban - just pay the tax willingly in order to keep their team together. Growing up in the school systems of Germany, Dirk Nowitzki didn't spend a lot of time on the Boston Tea Party. But certainly he can understand taxation with representation. In a new system that doesn't change much from the old system, player movement is still restricted and the bad and poor teams still can't get much better.

Courtesy of http://articles.philly.com


Source: Pistons won't use the NBA's amnesty clause - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons wont use the NBAs amnesty clause to waive one of their high-priced players before the season, a person with knowledge of the situation said today.

The person requested anonymity because teams arent allowed to discuss the leagues amnesty clause. The move is not surprising, despite three players on the roster considered to be candidates for the new provision.

One option was shooting guard Rip Hamilton, who is on the books for roughly $19 million over the next two seasons. The Pistons have almost traded Hamilton several times, and all Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars needs is one contender to think Hamilton can help it win an NBA title. If Hamilton, 33, is not moved before the season opener next month, expect him to be in play at the trade deadline.

Next is shooting guard Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut), who has not lived up to expectations since signing with the Pistons before the 2009-10 season. He is owed nearly $35 million over the next three seasons, so his trade value is low. There is a thought that he could return to his high-scoring ways under new coach Lawrence Frank.

And then theres power forward Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut), who is under contract for nearly $23 million over the next three seasons. Villanueva attracted interest from teams last season, and his contract is not a cap wrecker.

There is not a big rush to invoke the provision thats part of the collective bargaining agreement because it can be used only once over the life of the new CBA.

Courtesy of www.freep.com


Teams can speak with free agents Monday - by Eurobasket News
Players will be allowed to speak with league executives and coaches starting Monday around 10 a.m. ET.

Teams learned Saturday that they will be allowed to speak with current players and court free agents on Monday, ESPN.com reported through sources familiar with the league's decision.

Still, teams cant come to any written or oral agreements. Likewise, coaches are not allowed to supervise any workouts until camps begin on Friday, according to ESPN.com.

As reported earlier by ESPN.com, NBA commissioner David Stern and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter have been negotiating the final points of the collective bargaining agreement. They will get back to work Monday after taking a day off on Sunday.

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

Hunter hopes to have the deal fully negotiated and ready to present to the union at a Wednesday meeting in New York, which was made mandatory for player representatives and open for all other players, according to ESPN.com.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Tyson Chandler to meet with Warriors, according to report - by Eurobasket News
Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) finds himself in the San Francisco Bay Area on Monday, the first day NBA teams are allowed to speak directly with free agent players. Chandler attended Sunday night's San Francisco 49ers game and, according to ESPN's Marc Stein, will meet with the Golden State Warriors this week.

Stein reports that Chandler, an unrestricted free agent who helped the Mavericks to the NBA championship last year, will also meet with the New Jersey Nets and Houston Rockets before the free agency period officially starts on Friday.

The Warriors would need to drop salary before fitting Chandler under the salary cap, assuming the center wants something close to market value (eight figures annually). Luckily, with the amnesty clause, Golden State can do just that. Dropping Latvian center Andris Biedrins via the amnesty clause and renouncing the rights to all of the team's free agents other than Reggie Williams would get the Warriors' salary down to $42 million, where they could easily fit Chandler and a few other small pieces.

Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Report: Miami Heat after Greg Oden - by Eurobasket News
The Heat is exploring any and every option available through free agency to upgrade at the center position, including possibly making a run at chronically injured Trail Blazers big man Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.).

ESPN.com reported Sunday that Heat president Pat Riley is working on a sales pitch for Oden, who hasnt played a game since 2009 because of injuries but holds a qualifying offer of $8.9 million with the Trail Blazers for the upcoming season.

With only the $5 million midlevel exception at its disposal, the Heats bargaining chips are limited. Riley would have to appeal to Odens desire to play for a championship-ready team to lure Oden away from Portland, which has waited patiently for Oden to recover from various knee injuries.

Oden was the No.1 overall pick of the 2007 draft but has only played in 82 games in his career.

He could be cleared to begin practicing this week.

Other options at center include free agents Samuel Dalembert and Kwame Brown. Dalembert is expected to command more than mid-level exception but could take less money to return to South Florida, where the Haitian big man owns a home and has many family members. There will be competition for Brown, as well.

The Heat used a combination of aging centers last season, but Zydrunas Ilgauskas retired in the offseason and Erick Dampier and Jamaal Magloire are free agents.

Dexter Pittman and Joel Anthony are the Heats only centers entering free agency and training camp, which both begin Friday.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Report: Suns to waive Vince Carter - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns plan to cut Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina), as his contract stipulates that his $18 million salary for this season becomes fully guaranteed if he is still on the roster 72 hours after free agency officially opens on Friday, ESPN.com reports.

Carters contract was amended in June to delay the guaranteed-salary date in Carter's final contract year until after the lockout ended, ESPN notes. Many league observers believe Phoenix wanted Carter to be part of last Decembers mega-trade with Orlando specifically for the salary cap relief Carter's contract provides.

Should the Suns, as expected, waive Carter within the 72-hour window, the team would have to pay him just $4 million.

The Bulls, Heat and Spurs are among the teams interested in Carter once he clears waivers and becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Miami Heat hope to land Shane Battier - by Eurobasket News
Once NBA teams can speak with free agents beginning Monday, Miami Heat president Pat Riley has his franchise in strong position to sell Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) on signing to play with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Battier has been a primary target in free agency for the Heat, and sources say the pitch of Riley, coach Erik Spoelstra and key Heat players could ultimately confirm Battiers strong feelings about chasing a championship in Miami.

Riley and Spoelstra see Battier as a strong defender with an ability to hit the open shots thatll come his way playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. Battier has been a proven playoff performer, and possesses the professionalism and maturity to navigate within the harsh glare of the Heats existence.

Battier, 33, is still studying the marketplace, and how his personal scenario could change as different teams use the amnesty clause to create salary-cap space. Nevertheless, Miami currently stands as the most compelling option for him.

Teams arent allowed to enter into formal agreements with free agents until Friday, but the NBA sent a memo on Saturday telling team officials they can talk to players starting on Monday morning. Teams have been able to negotiate with player agents since Thursday, but currently cant come to terms on deals.

Many had expected the Oklahoma City Thunder to aggressively pursue Battier, but that hasnt happened. While Kevin Durant (notes) publicly campaigned for Battier on Twitter in the offseason, Thunder officials havent been engaged in the recruitment. With Battier in his advancing years, there are natural questions about his slippage as an elite perimeter defender, especially over a multiyear deal.

[ Yahoo! Sports Radio: Wojnarowski discusses free agency ]

Battier would account for a portion or all of Miamis midlevel exception. Depending on the Heats maneuvering above or below the luxury-tax threshold, he could be eligible for up to a four-year, $20 million contract or a three-year, $9.4 million deal under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement.

Miami has had strong interest in free-agent center Samuel Dalembert (notes), but sources said its doubtful he would accept a midlevel exception at the expense of more lucrative offers available elsewhere. The Heat could use a portion of the midlevel to lure free-agent center Kwame Brown (notes), who is strongly considering Miami. The Charlotte Bobcats are also pushing to hold onto Brown.

For more than a year, Miamis star players have pushed for Battier to join them in free agency. Battier spent last season with the Houston Rockets and Memphis Grizzlies. He played a significant role in the Grizzlies run to the Western Conference semifinals, and has publicly and privately said that hes determined to sign with a title contender at this stage in his career.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports


NBA adds 2 games to Christmas slate - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City will host Orlando before Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) and the Los Angeles Clippers visit Golden State on Christmas night, running the NBA's planned opening-day schedule to five games.

Those games were added Friday to the three that were already set when the 2011-12 schedule was originally unveiled: Boston at New York, Miami at Dallas, and Chicago at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Commissioner David Stern said the league hoped to open the season with that tripleheader after announcing a tentative agreement on a new labor deal with the players last Saturday. But the league decided to add two later games, with the nightcap featuring Mark Jackson's debut as Warriors coach.

The revised 66-game schedule will be released Tuesday night during an NBA TV special.

TNT will televise the opener in the U.S., while ABC gets the NBA finals rematch and the matchup between MVP Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant, whose Lakers will be playing their first game under former Cleveland coach Mike Brown. The final two contests will air on ESPN.

The Thunder reached the Western Conference finals last season behind league scoring champion Kevin Durant, while the Magic face the uncertainty of Dwight Howard's future with the team.

'It's a different opening day than has ever happened in the past and Christmas Day games have always been a big day for the NBA,' ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy said in a statement. 'This unique situation combined with the unveiling of a championship banner for the Mavericks in a finals rematch, and then to see the Lakers and the debut of Mike Brown as head coach, those things are all going to be very compelling.'

The Dec. 25 opening date is contingent on the CBA being ratified next week.

Lawyers for the league and players' association resumed negotiations Friday on the remaining issues, the so-called B-list items such as drug testing, the draft eligibility age and the commissioner's power to discipline. The goal is to complete the agreement Tuesday so it could be presented at a meeting of player representatives Wednesday, then both sides would vote to ratify it Thursday.

If that happens, training camps and free agency would open next Friday.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


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Rainmen release Delk, add Hagan - by Eurobasket News
On Saturday afternoon, the Halifax Rainmen released 6'4'' shooting guard, Richard Delk (6'4''-G-86, college: Troy), and signed 5'9'' 170-pound guard, Chris Hagan (5'9''-G-89, college: Midwestern St.).

Hagan, a 22-year-old from Houston, Texas, played college basketball at Midwestern State University where he led MSU to back-to-back NCAA D-II Elite Eight appearances, and ranked fourth in all-time MSU 2-year players in scoringm with 1,067 points.

After graduating, Hagan went on to play professionally in New Zealand, where he signed with the Manawatu Jets.

Hagan will join the Halifax Rainmen in tomorrow afternoon's 2 p.m. match-up against former Rainmen head coach Mike Evans and his Moncton Miracles.

Also joining the Rainmen in tomorrow's line-up is 6'9'', 210-pound former NBA'er, Eddie Robinson. Robinson played his first game with the Rainmen on November 27 in Oshawa, after being taken off of the injured reserve list for the first time in the 2011-12 season.

In the Rainmen's road game against Oshawa, Robinson scored 18 points, going 6-for-8 from the field, sinking his only three-point attempt and finishing 5-for-5 from the foul line.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


No panic from Rainmen yet - by Eurobasket News
The Halifax Rainmen players arent worried, and apparently, neither should their fans.

Through eight games, Halifax is a mediocre 4-4 and sits in the middle of the pack in the seven-team National Basketball League of Canada.

But coming off a 104-95 victory against the winless Moncton Miracles yesterday afternoon at the Metro Centre, the Rainmen hope to kick-start a winning run and eventually move to where they feel they belong - amongst the league elite.

Hopefully we can just build from here ... we havent really showed our potential yet, said Rainmen guard Taliek Brown (6'1''-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Connecticut), who had 12 points after missing one game with a sprained pinkie finger.

I think at the end, well be at the top with everybody else. I dont think (fans) should worry. Its early in the season.

Dont be fooled by yesterdays score. Halifax was in tough against a game Miracles squad coached by former Rainmen bench boss Mike Evans.

Halifax was always in the lead other than for one minute in the first quarter, but needed a late-game run to blow the game open.

Lawrence Wright (6'5''-F-84, college: Bradley) had a game-high 26 points to lead the way offensively for Halifax, which had dropped two-straight, including a 97-92 decision to the Saint John Mill Rats on Friday night.

Former Saint Marys Huskies guard Joey Haywood (6'1''-G) added 15 points and eight assists, while Eric Crookshank (6'7''-F-80, college: Idaho St.) netted 10 points and nine rebounds.

This stopped the bleeding a little bit and now well try to get back on a winning streak, said Crookshank.

You know, its good to get the kinks out at the beginning of the season. Of course we want to win every game, but its a long season, and as long as we get the kinks out and play hard, were going to win.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


NBLC Standings
NBL Canada Standings
 1. London L. 9-2 
 2. Quebec K. 8-4 
 3. St.John M.R. 6-5 
 4. Summerside S. 5-6 
 5. Oshawa P. 5-6 
 6. Halifax R. 4-4 
 7. Moncton M. 0-10 


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


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


Unlike Penn State, Syracuse scandal just unfolding - by Eurobasket News
Syracuse men's basketball is unbeaten and unsettled.

Former longtime assistant coach Bernie Fine is under investigation for child molestation, and coach Jim Boeheim's future has been called into question in this his 36th season.

Two weeks after vilifying two former ball boys who accused Fine, Boeheim used his postgame press conference Friday to apologize for questioning the accusers' motives and admitted 'this has been a hard time.'

During Friday night's win over No. 10 Florida, some 24,000 Orange-clad fans packed the Carrier Dome and cheered as always for the man who is the face of the program.

But the allegations have rattled the Syracuse community, especially so soon after the Penn State child sex abuse case in which former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is accused in a grand jury indictment of sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. University trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9, four days after charges were filed against Sandusky, amid mounting pressure that school leaders should have done more to prevent alleged abuse.

'Those 1 million people in this (metro) community, they were traumatized and continue to be watching this unfold,' said former Syracuse mayor Tom Young. 'It's put people on edge, especially people in positions of responsibility pertinent to this case. They have taken a deep breath and they're allowing the investigation to take its course.'

The cases at the two schools are often compared because they involve long-tenured, iconic coaches in highly successful programs rocked by allegations of sexual abuse against children. But there are crucial differences.

Penn State's troubles erupted publicly when Sandusky was formally charged Nov. 5.

In Syracuse, the child molestation allegations came out in the media the same day local police opened an investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office and the U.S. Secret Service are now leading the investigation.

Two former ball boys told ESPN last month that Fine molested them decades ago. Bobby Davis, now 39, said Fine molested him beginning in 1984 and that the sexual contact continued until he was around 27. A ball boy for six years, Davis said the abuse occurred at Fine's home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on team road trips, including the 1987 Final Four. Davis' stepbrother, Mike Lang, 45, who also was a ball boy, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him while he was in the fifth or sixth grade.

Fine called the allegations 'patently false' and has not spoken publicly since. The university fired him last Sunday after a third accuser stepped forward and ESPN played an audiotape, recorded by Davis, of an October 2002 telephone conversation between him and a woman ESPN identified as Fine's wife, Laurie, in which she says she knew 'everything that went on.'

Adding to the uncertainty and anxiety was Boeheim himself.

Courtesy of http://abcnews.go.com


No.7 Baylor beats Northwestern 69-41 - by Eurobasket News
Northwestern knew it would be more difficult against Baylor. It was tougher than the Wildcats imagined.

Quincy Acy (6'7''-F-90) and Pierre Jackson (5'10''-G) both scored 16 points and No. 7 Baylor remained unbeaten with a 69-41 victory on Sunday.

'That's an elite team, that's who we want to play,' Northwestern guard Drew Crawford (6'5''-G/F-90) said. 'We just have to compete better.'

Baylor and Northwestern both came in undefeated for the first-ever meeting between the schools but once the game tipped off, that seemed to be about the only thing they had in common.

Acy had six blocks to lead a dominant performance in the paint on both ends of the court. Baylor (7-0) outscored Northwestern 46-12 in the lane and hit 25 of 30 shots from inside the 3-point line.

'You clearly have to get something inside,' Northwestern coach Bill Carmody said. 'We got nothing tonight.

'They smacked us pretty good,' Carmody said. 'I think they're pretty good, they have some good guys and they play together.'

Crawford had 15 points to lead Northwestern (7-1).

'We didn't play too good,' Crawford said. 'Everyone was excited for game. We just came out flat and that's something we can't do.'

Four players scored in double figures for the Bears (7-0), who cruised after an early game run. Jackson scored 14 points in the first half, while Perry Jones III added 12 and Brady Haslip 11.

'I've really been impressed with the unselfishness of the players,' Baylor coach Scott Drew said. 'We just really have good kids and I think they buy into (the) team (concept).'

Acy had six blocks to lead a dominant performance in the paint on both ends of the court. Baylor outscored Northwestern 46-12 in the lane and hit 25 of 30 shots from inside the 3-point line.

'We have a lot more depth this year we have a lot a guys than can do special things,' Acy said. 'We take it personally in practice guarding each other. Last year, (defense) is what really hurt us.'

Courtesy of www.boston.com


Purdue blows 19-point second-half lead in 66-63 loss at No. 11 Xavier - by Eurobasket News
Purdue knew who Xaviers most dangerous players were. Knowing them and stopping them were completely different things.

Tu Holloway scored 21 points, including three consecutive 3-pointers in the last two minutes, and No. 11 Xavier roared back from a 19-point second-half deficit to pull out a 66-63 win over Purdue on Saturday.

Holloway personally capped the Musketeers comeback with six straight points that gave Xavier a 61-60 lead with 1:06 left. It was Xaviers first lead since 2-0 in the first two minutes.

After Purdues Robbie Hummel (6'8''-F-89) tied the game with a free throw with 55.8 seconds left, Holloway calmly sank his third straight 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to give the Musketeers a 64-61 lead and two free throws with 21.7 seconds left for the final margin.

Holloways antics didnt surprise Boilermakers coach Mat Painter, who watched his team go the last 6:26 without a field goal.

When the snowball starts rolling in the wrong direction, everything goes wrong, Painter said. We wanted to get the ball out of Lyons and Holloways hands as much as possible. Two of (Holloways) 3-pointers were big-time shots, but I thought we did a good job. I think there were a lot of positives. It was unfortunate that we lost it, but Xavier won it.

Painter wasnt able to have Hummel, his All-America candidate, on the court for the last 22 seconds as the Boilermakers scrambled to tie the game with a 3-pointer. The senior forward, whos had two surgical procedures on his right knee, overcame bouts with leg cramps to score a team-high 17 points for the Boilermakers (7-2), who played their first game of the season on an opponents home court. The cramps kept Hummel on the bench in the last 22 seconds as Purdue scrambled to sink a game-tying 3-pointer.

Hes fine, Painter said. He just had cramps.

Purdue (7-2) missed a chance at its first win over a ranked opponent since beating the No. 2 Ohio State, 76-63, last Feb. 20.

I told the guys if we wanted to beat Xavier, we needed to be 15 points better than them, Painter said. Obviously, we werent even close. If we wanted to beat that team, we had to put ourselves into position to win. We put ourselves into position. We just didnt pull it out.

Mark Lyons (6'1''-G-89) added 14 points and Kenny Frease (7'0''-C-89) and Andre Walker each finished with 10 as the Musketeers (6-0) overcame their highest turnover total since the 2008-2009 season to remain undefeated.

Xavier (6-0) committed 22 turnovers but still pulled out its second consecutive comeback win. The Musketeers trailed by 10 points midway through the second before pulling out an 82-70 overtime win Monday at Vanderbilt.

Hummel scored 17 points to lead the Boilermakers (7-2), who played their first game of the season on an opponents home court.

The Musketeers committed 18 turnovers in the first half, two more than their previous high this season, while falling behind by 16 points in the first half. Lyons, who went into the game leading Xavier with an average of 18.0 points per game and Holloway each scored four. Holloway took just two shots and didnt sink his only field goal until a layup with 33 seconds left before halftime.

The points were the fewest for the Musketeers in a first half since they scored 20 in their 66-55 loss to Marquette in the second round of last seasons NCAA tournament.

Lewis Jackson scored 10 points and Hummel added seven, including a tip-in at the buzzer that gave Purdue a 33-22 halftime lead.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


No. 2 Buckeyes roll past Texas-Pan American 64-35 - by Eurobasket News
Texas-Pan American coach Ryan Marks put the 64-35 defeat to No. 2 Ohio State in perspective on Saturday.

Despite trailing 31-14 at halftime, the deficit was less than No. 3 Duke faced in an 85-63 loss to the Buckeyes on Tuesday.

'I was kidding with our guys at halftime that at least we know we're a little bit better than Duke, as they were down 19 points at the half and we were only down 17,' he said. 'Obviously, it was a unique experience for our players to play in a game of this nature.'

Jared Maree (6'3''-G-89) led the Broncs with 13 points.

His Broncs (2-7) couldn't capitalize on the absence of Buckeyes' star Jared Sullinger, who is sidelined with a back injury. Marks said he was disappointed that Sullinger was not in the lineup.

'I think it was some mixed emotions because I think a lot of our guys would have like to say 'Hey I played against that guy,' two or three years down the road,' he said.

Sullinger's team-leading 19.1 points per game and 10.3 rebounds were not missed. Evan Ravenel (6'8''-F-89) took Sullinger's spot and, at 6-feet-8, was two inches taller than any Broncs starter.

He promptly won the opening tip, but swatted the ball out of bounds underneath the UTPA basket. However, the Broncs were forced to call a timeout four seconds into the game when they were unable to complete the inbounds play to set the tone for the game.

Ravenel, a transfer from Boston College in his first season with the Buckeyes (8-0), had a career-high 11 points and tied another with seven rebounds in 20 minutes. He entered the game averaging 4.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 11.6 minutes.

Deshaun Thomas (6'7''-F) also had 11 points for the Buckeyes to give coach Thad Matta his 300th win. He is 300-88 over 12 seasons, the last eight at Ohio State where he is 198-57.

Ohio State took the 17-point advantage at the half when Aaron Craft hit a looping runner at the buzzer in an otherwise tepid shooting effort from both teams.

The Buckeyes shot 46 percent from the floor while the Broncs shot 25 percent and had nearly as many turnovers (11) as attempts (16).

Marks hopes his team draws on the experience of playing the No. 2 team.

'I think sometimes as coaches we have to appreciate how special it is for guys like this to play against a team like Ohio State, a team that will have a chance at a national championship and is one of the top teams in the nation,' he said.

Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


Forward Johnson leaves Arizona program - by Eurobasket News
Freshman forward Sidiki Johnson (6'8''-F) has left the Arizona basketball program with intentions of transferring to another school, according to a release from the athletic department.

Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound freshman from New York City, scored one point in three appearances for the Wildcats this season.

He was suspended Nov. 21 for a violation of team rules while Arizona was in New York playing in the 2K Sports Classic.

Johnson returned to Tucson last week to finish the academic semester, and head coach Sean Miller said he had the chance to return to the team once he met some agreements with Miller.

If he meets that agreement he could potentially be reinstated, Miller said on Nov. 21.

Despite that, Miller was skeptical whether or not Johnson would meet his demands, telling the media he was not optimistic.

Johnson has been well-traveled in the past few seasons, attending four different high schools and now leaving the Wildcats. He played at St. Raymonds in the Bronx, St. Benedicts in Newark, N.J., and was then dismissed from high school basketball power Oak Hill Academy in February for violating team rules. He transferred to Wadleigh High School to finish out his high school career.

Now, the Wildcats have one less big man in a already-thin front line. Forward Jesse Perry has been starting at center, and previous starter Kyryl Natyazhko didnt see any playing time in Saturdays game against NAU because of matchups, Miller said.

Miller has said freshman Angelo Chol will see more playing time after a strong week of practice.

Courtesy of www.wildcat.arizona.edu


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Admirals cruise 129-110 over NWI Stars - by Eurobasket News
The Lake Michigan Admirals (2-0) cruised to a 129-110 victory over the Northwest Indiana Stars in the 1st round of the $15,000 1st place prize PBL preseason tournament at Farnum Gymnasium in front of a crowd of approximately 800, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Benton Harbor native Rodney Alexander (6'7''-F-87, college: Oklahoma City) led all Admirals with 21 points. Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC) added 20 points as the duo put on a slam dunk exhibition.

The Admirals used a balanced scoring attack with five players in double figures. Shagari Alleyne, the Admirals 7'3' center had 10 points and five blocked shots.

'Shagari had a great game in the post. Most of his points were dunks and that's what we wanted,' stated Head Coach Che' Eddie.

The Stars put on a scoring attack led by Zach Biesch, who ended up with 36 points, including five three pointers, led all scores. Teammate Howard Little from Valporaiso University, added 21 points.

Next game for the Admirals is the championship game which is on December 10th at 6:00pm at Lake Michigan Catholic. Also, NWI will play the winner of the Indiana Diesels/Dayton Airstrikers game at 3:00pm at Lake Michigan Catholic.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 9-3 
 2. Petron Blaze 9-4 
 3. B-Meg Llam. 9-4 
 4. Rain or Shine 8-5 
 5. Meralco Bolts 8-6 
 6. Ginebra Kings 7-5 
 7. Barako Bull 6-6 
 8. Powerade T. 5-8 
 9. Alaska Aces 3-10 
 10. Shopinas.com C. 0-13 


PBA Roundup: December 2-4, 2011 - by Enzo Flojo
MERALCO BOLTS over POWERADE TIGERS, 100-98
Meralco is safely in the playoffs, so why risk injuries to players by playing hard, right? Wrong.

The Bolts came out with the same passion and intensity of a ballclub hanging on for its dear life, making the key defensive stops down the stretch in overcoming the Powerade Tigers last Friday night.

Sol Mercado scored 23 points and Gabby Espinas collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and two critical blocks in the fourth quarter as Meralco eclipsed the seven victories it posted in its maiden tournament the Philippine Cup last season. Mark Cardona added 17 points 11 coming in the second half and also had 5 assists while Asi Taulava pulled down 11 rebounds.

Gary David collected 16 first-half points but was held to only nine the rest of the way because of foul trouble, and Doug Kramer had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Powerade, which lost in its first chance to end a 7-conference playoff drought.

Meralco 100 - Mercado 23, Cardona 17, Espinas 14, Lanete 9, Macapagal 9, Hugnatan 6, Yee 5, Taulava 5, Borboran 4, Isip 4, Omolon 4, Timberlake 0.
Powerade 98 - David 25, Kramer 16, Anthony 14, Casio 13, Lassiter 9, Vanlandingham 7, Lingganay 6, Adducul 6, Cruz 2, Crisano 0, Antonio 0.
QS: 24-22, 49, 54, 76-76, 100-98.

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over PETRON BLAZE BOOSTERS, 91-89
Mark Caguioa teamed up with Willy Wilson for the winning play in the closing seconds as Barangay Ginebra edged Petron Blaze to formalize its entry into the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs. A defensive breakdown by the Boosters left Wilson open to make the winning basket with 5.5 ticks left to play. Caguioa was supposed to take the shot but opted to dish as he spotted Wilson by his lonesome underneath the basket.

Caguioa and Ronald Tubid combined for 38 points coming off the bench as the Kings sustained their romp and caught up with the Barako Bull Energy at sixth place at 6-5, just half-game behind the fifth running Rain or Shine Elasto Painters (7-5). Ginebra stretched its streak to seven games while stopping Petrons own hot surge at six. The Boosters, however, remained in strong contention for a twice-to-beat incentive with a 9-4 card.

Ginebra 91 - Caguioa 22, Tubid 16, Villanueva 14, Cortez 12, Intal 8, Wilson W. 6, Mamaril 6, Canaleta 5, Labagala 2, Wilson J. 0.
Petron 89 - Cabagnot 28, Santos 14, Miranda 14, Reyes 11, Ildefonso 8, Yeo 7, Tugade 7, Doruelo 0, Agustin 0, Baclao 0, Sharma 0.
QS: 20-16, 43-37, 71-65, 91-89

B-MEG LLAMADOS over BARAKO BULL ENERGY, 91-90
The quarterfinals of the PBA Philippine Cup wont start until Dec. 14, but already the B-Meg Llamados are playing like a playoff team. The Llamados dominated Barako Bull for most part of the game, but had to summon their championship experience and poise in the closing minutes to weather a fiery charge by the Energy and escape with a close shave.

Rookie Mark Baroca sealed B-Megs seventh consecutive win, driving past Barako Bull guard Wynne Arboleda then scoring the marginal basket off Mick Pennisi and fellow rookie Dylan Ababou with 4.9 seconds remaining.

James Yap scored 15 points, PJ Simon had 13 while Joe Devance and Kerby Raymundo added 12 apiece for B-Meg, which improved to 9-4 and remained in contention for one of the coveted twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals.

Willie Miller led Barako Bull with 25 points. Danny Seigle, displaying the form that made him one of the leagues top gunner, collected 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, including eight straight that pulled Barako Bull within 86-87 with '1:33 left.

B-Meg 91 - Barroca 18, Yap J. 15, Simon 13, De Vance 12, Raymundo 12, Reavis 7, Urbiztondo 6, De Ocampo 6, Yap R. 2, Pingris 0.
Barako Bull 90 - Miller 25, Seigle 22, Pena 11, Ababou 10, Najorda 8, Pennisi 7, Gatumbato 3, Allado 2, Arboleda 2, Artadi 0, Salvacion 0.
QS: 18-18, 45-33, 72-59, 91-90

TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over ALASKA ACES, 100-97
Talk n Text gave Powerade a free ride into the quarterfinals as it dropped the ax on Alaska Milk last Saturday. The Tropang Texters pulled away in the third quarter, building a lead big enough to cushion the Aces fiery fourth-quarter chase.

The Aces didnt survive the crippled Texters and eventually moved out of the race for the quarterfinals. They failed to make it past the elimination round for the first time since the 2009 Fiesta Conference and only the third time since 1999.

Jimmy Alapag, Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey put in huge numbers as the Texters delivered the knockout punch on the Aces. Alapag went 6-of-7 from beyond the arc and finished with 21 points that went with 8 assists, Williams chipped in 20 points while Carey contributed 18 points and 14 rebounds. Japeth Aguilar came through with a conference-high 7 blocks and added 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.

Talk N Text 100 - Alapag 21, Williams 20, Carey 18, Fonacier 16, Aguilar 10, Gamalinda 7, Castro 7, Alvarez 1, Raymundo 0, Weinstein 0, Lao 0.
Alaska 97 - Tenorio 25, Baguio 22, Baracael 15, Reyes 12, Salamat 9, Thoss 8, Eman 4, Custodio 2, Bugia 0.
QS: 27-22, 49-42, 75-57, 100-97

RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO-PAINTERS over SHOPINAS.COM CLICKERS, 88-81
If Rain or Shine's effort was as big as its heart, Shopinas.com would have been easily shrugged off Sunday. The Elasto Painters, however, were seemingly just going through the motions for the most part, giving head coach Yeng Guiao few reasons to be pleased following his team's victory.

Jeffrei Chan scored a team-high 14 points, but it was the help from the likes of Ryan Arana and Ronnie Matias in the decisive fourth period which enabled Rain or Shine to quash the challenge of Shopinas and snap out of an alarming skid. The win was the eighth in 13 games for Rain or Shine and snapped its losing streak at four games.

Jojo Duncil scattered a career-high 23 points to pace Shopinas, which had a splendid start, but failed to take advantage of Rain or Shines losing prized rookie Paul Lee early in the game due to injury and center JR Quinahan to a major infraction in the third quarter. Lee, usually good for 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game, saw action for only two minutes in the first quarter. He left the game after getting kneed in the left shin by a driving Ogie Menor. Quinahan also left the game due to an elbow on Menor's face, equivalent to a flagrant foul-penalty 2, with still 3:45 left in the third period.

Rain or Shine 88 - Chan 14, Arana 12, Quinahan 12, Matias 9, Norwood 9, Cruz 7, Tang 7, Belga 7, Rodriguez 7, Buenafe 4, Lee 0, Ibanes 0.
Shopinas.com 81 - Duncil 23, Jazul 17, Sena 11, Hubalde 9, Espiritu 7, Ritualo 6, Menor 4, Sison 2, Daa 2, Escobal 0, Aquino 0, Se 0.
QS: 19-27, 41-32, 61-55, 88-81

BGY. GINEBRA KINGS over MERALCO BOLTS, 81-71
Barangay Ginebra held Meralco down to 27 points in the first half and to 7 points in the last 8:21 of play in a fine defensive job leading to its 800th win in franchise history. The Kings drubbed the Bolts as they sustained their climb, notching a third straight win to the delight of their throngs that braved the rainy Sunday.

Sol Mercado and Mark Cadona, Meralcos two-man scoring machine, combined for 38 points, but the rest of Meralco was limited to 33.

Mike Cortez, Ronald Tubid, Mark Caguioa and Rico Villanueva led the job on the other end, each one finishing in double figures. Cortez, Villanueva, Caguioa, Tubid and Willy Wilson teamed up in their most decisive attack, a 13-2 run that gave the Kings a 79-66 lead with 1:46 left to play.

Mercado led all scorers with 22 points that went with 9 assists and 6 steals. Cardona added 16 points and 7 rebounds.

Ginebra 81- Cortez 14, Tubid 13, Caguioa 13, Villanueva 11, Canaleta 9, Wilson W. 6, Mamaril 6, Intal 5, Lbagala 4, Wilson J. 0, Menk 0.
Meralco 71 - Mercado 22, Cardona 16, Espinas 7, Macapagal 7, Isip 6, Yee 5, Hugnatan 4, Lanete 2, Omolon 2, Ballesteros 0, Borboran 0, Taulava 0.
QS: 22-15, 36-27, 59-50, 81-71

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



PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. David, Powerade T.21.3 
 2. Bangura, Air21 E.19.6 
 3. Yap, B-Meg Llam.19.6 
 4. Santos, Petron B.18.8 
 5. Lutz, Petron Blaze18.0 
 6. Seigle, Air21 Expr.16.5 
 7. Cardona, Meralco16.2 
 8. Cabagnot, Petron16.0 
 9. Chan, Rain or Shine15.7 
 10. Thoss, Alaska Ac.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arwind SANTOS
  Petron B.
  (193-F-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Santos, Petron B.12.7 
 2. Carey, Talk N Text11.0 
 3. Kramer, Powerade.10.8 
 4. Taulava, Meralco10.2 
 5. Reyes, Alaska Aces9.9 
 6. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 7. Espinas, Meralco9.7 
 8. Thoss, Alaska Aces9.4 
 9. Sena, Shopinas.9.2 
 10. Williams, Talk N.8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Petron B.
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Cabagnot, Petron7.2 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Te.7.0 
 3. Tenorio, Alaska A.5.5 
 4. Casio, Powerade T.5.5 
 5. Castro, Talk N Te.5.4 
 6. Mercado, Meralco5.1 
 7. Miller, Barako Bull4.8 
 8. Lee, Rain or Shine4.7 
 9. Lutz, Petron Blaze4.0 
 10. Bangura, Air21 E.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher LUTZ
  Petron Blaze
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Lutz, Petron Blaze2.3 
 2. Arboleda, Barako B.1.8 
 3. Miller, Barako Bull1.8 
 4. Mercado, Meralco1.5 
 5. Lassiter, Powerade.1.5 
 6. Bangura, Air21 E.1.4 
 7. Baguio, Alaska Ac.1.4 
 8. Hontiveros, Air211.3 
 9. Cardona, Meralco1.3 
 10. Castro, Talk N T.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Talk N.
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Aguilar, Talk N.2.8 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text1.5 
 3. Santos, Petron B.1.5 
 4. Quinahan, Rain o.1.4 
 5. Seigle, Air21 Expr.1.3 
 6. Thoss, Alaska Aces1.2 
 7. Reavis, B-Meg L.1.1 
 8. Espinas, Meralco1.1 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.1 
 10. Baclao, Petron B.1.1 


PBA: Latest games - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in PBA.

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Talk N Text as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Talk N Text edged 9th ranked Alaska Aces in Makati